Friday, January 20, 2017

Our man in the field files final trip report from Africa

Greetings from Entebbe, Uganda --

Pretty much done with reporting and now we just have to kill time before our flight about 31 hours from now.

I have given out Ironworks Club biz cards to some boda boda riders. Our driver, Saul, explained to them I like motorcycles. I don't think they understand that people ride motorcycles for fun. They are used for work,  like horses.  BTW horses have a hard time surviving this part of Africa because of various nasty viruses and parasites.  I have not seen a single horse, mule or donkey since being in Africa.

He says most of the boda boda guys will not have access to the internet; smart phones are too expensive for most people. The funny thing is Africa is way ahead of the US when it comes to using cell phones to pay for the things.

Motorcycles outnumbers cars about 15-1. Most are Indian or Chinese. I saw one BMW GS in Nairobi and one big Yamaha cruiser in Uganda. Everything is about about a 125cc. A bike like that costs about $1200 USD or 4,260,000 (Ugandan shillings). Per capita income is about $700 USD a year.
I missed the photo of the bike carrying a moderate-sized refrigerator, but I attached one almost as good







Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sad news to report

Little Timmy's brother Tracy passed away yesterday following a two-story fall on Jan. 1 while working a job in Deadwood, S.D. We're saddened to learn of his passing. We all got to meet Walter Tracy Ford last summer during the annual Walt Ride to Scottsbluff, NE, Tim's old stomping grounds of yore. As usual, it was an older brother who got the younger brother hooked on motorcycles. During out visit last June, it was fun to hear the tales of Tim and Tracy ripping around the bluffs on dirt bikes and of  other two-wheeled high jinx in western Nebraska. In talking with Tracy, it was clear he had a passion for motorcycles that he helped instill in Little Timmy. Our hat is off to you, Tracy. Godspeed. This 2017 Walt Ride will be dedicated to Tracy's honor.

Todd, Terry, Tracy and Tim.last June.





Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

More from Africa

Good morning from Nairobi --

Thought I'd send some a couple more photos before our flight to Entebbe, Uganda in a couple hours.

I shot these photos of boda bodas being repaired not he side of the road while on our trip to photograph fruit bats, that didn't pan out.

We got stuck in traffic and were running late. We get there and the chief wants to chat while daylight was fading quickly. 

We had to hire three police officers and village chief to accompany us in this slum after dark.

This was a place where even our Kenyan researchers guiding us were threatened recently by a mob of people high on glue and weed.

Anyhow, it got dark and the bats weren't cooperating.

Then we went out to dinner and local culture with our Kenyan researchers. Went to a place called Maxland's.

We had a traditional dinner of an entire roast goat, there's not a lot of meat. It's bland, very well done and served with what I think was bland mashed potatoes. It took a while to get dinner so maybe they were chasing it down.

It might have been in one the goats I photographed yesterday.

The surreal part was dinner. We were the only people of European descent, but no big deal. The funny part was the guy singing country western songs in Swahili. I even recognized Kenny Rogers' song "The Gambler".



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Spanning the globe to bring you the latest.

Our Man in the Field filed this motorcycle update from Nairobi:

Greetings from Nairobi --

The guy in this photo is sleeping on his boda boda which is a motorcycle taxi. There are thousands of them in this city of three million people and you be amazed how they handle the city's notorious traffic and crappy roads. By the way, I read a story the other day saying the Kenya has the highest motorcycle fatality rate in the world.

These guys are the toughest riders in the world.



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Number crunching

Our friends over at Superbike Planet crunched the numbers for all time winning percentages in Moto GP. A very good read, indeed.

http://superbikeplanet.com/2017/Jan/sp4/20170108-1702.htm


The only GP related photo I could find in the vast Ironworks Archives this AM.

Hey boys and girls....

It's Motorcycle Movie Night at Paul, Jr.'s this Saturday night. It's going to be swell; all the cool kids will be there. As usual, the stoopid stuff starts at 7 p.m.

Maybe we'll see this gem?