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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: grizz on August 31, 2012, 03:26:06 pm

Title: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on August 31, 2012, 03:26:06 pm
The story starts in 1977 when I was 14 years old.

I am now 50, and my brother Deon "DOZER" will be 49 in May 2013.

We lived in Melmoth in KZN, but went to boarding school in Eshowe. I had been there from Standard 6 aged 13 and did not enjoy it that much, as I was the only Afrikaans laaitie in my class to be in the Koshuis, so much bullying ensued.

The only escape would be a weekend once a term (amazing that 50km was seen as a far distance then and that my parents could not afford to have us home more often) and school holidays when we would rent horses from a local farmer at an exhorbitant R1.00/hour Of course we used to just keep riding, and used to get about 5 hours riding from that rand...... Bargain.
Growing up where we did the main things kids would do was either ride horses or motorbikes.
My dad worked for the KZN government in the "Information department" whatever that meant. It did also mean that we would never own horses, and motorbikes were out the question too.....
The other thing to mention is that we never got pocket money, but we never needed anything, and never went to bed hungry. My dad had a very strict financial plan, which meant he could retire successfully and could send my brother and I to University (We never went to University at his expense, I paid for my own studies and Deon went to the Army as a PF)

During the December school holidays of 1976 my brother and I spent a lot of time at Jurgens Moolman's parents Sugar cane farm. Driving  the Kark out of the Peugeot 404 bakkie/pickup as only a fearless kid could do and hunting monkeys that used to destroy the sugar cane and anything else we could shoot at, the African sun made our holidays so idyllic.
They had a couple of AG bikes and a Honda XL500 if I remember correctly, so it naturally ended up that we would ride the bikes...... AND WE WERE HOOKED, My brother and I.
Ohh, and we never told my mum and dad we were riding bikes, as it was taboo, even though my dad had had a "help my trap" 50cc Honda in about 1971 that I fondly remembered.

Back at Boarding school in 1977 I started to save up and make money any way I could, buying and selling food, coffee, hot chocolate at night in prep, I washed cars and did writing out punishment for the bad kids. I would collect comics, read them and then sell them again..... slowly the money started to accumulate, and at Easter we went home and I cut grass for neighbours for R5.00 etc....
After the July holidays we came back home on a weekend and my dad called me into the garage..... THIS WAS BIG KARK !!
He said to me "Ek hoor jy wil n motorfiets koop!"  Of course I was in Full Denial mode and pretty much dug a big hole for myself.
Then he said "Hou op lieg, jy maak my kwaad, Jurgens het vir my gese jy wil n bike koop"
FAAAARRK !!  Now I know I was in deep Kark. We were never allowed to swear or tell lies, if you got caught out, you got properly moered by mum or dad.
I knew it was time to confess..... So I told him that I had saved some money, and that I had planned to ask his permission first..... YEAH RIIIIGHT !!
He then asked me how much money I had managed to save and was shocked when I told him I had saved up R408.00
He said his boys would never ride no bloody 50cc bikes as they were just fast enough to get you into trouble, but not fast enough to get you out of trouble. He then said he was proud of me working and saving up and would double my money and find us a better bike, but I had to share it with my brother who was about 12 or 13 at the time.

The next time I came home on a hostel break weekend I found him on the front verandah cutting timber on his big circular saw, and managed to miss a huge lump covered under a couple of old grey army blankets...... After chatting to him a while he said "Gaan jy nie kyk wat onder die kombers is nie poephol?"
I had completely missed the big lump under the blankets as he had other tools under blankets on the stoep too.

HOLY FARK!!!

Pulled away the blankets when I realised there was a motorike under the blankets.

Yamaha RD350 Aircooled.

I was in heaven.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_l9hNvOSMAQk/TGkasa-pe8I/AAAAAAAAAU8/KoyZvrsxKUM/s1600/header.jpg)

Burgundy colour and HUGE compared to the 50cc I had planned to buy.

The 350 did great service for a while until my dad realised we wanted to be offroad mostly.

Came back a few months later and there were 3 bikes in the garage.

A Suzuki OR 50cc chopper (became my mums shopping bike)

(http://jleibovitch.tripod.com/219e4830.jpg)

A Suzuki TS 125 ER which we rode when we came home from Hostel.

(http://www.xwolf.ch/portal/sites/default/files/imagecache/product_full/suzuki_ts_125-01.jpg)

And a Honda XL 185 S which is the bike we used to fight about.

(http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gallery/Honda%20XL185S.jpg)


We were in Heaven.

The years went by and my mum managed to crash the 185 spectacularly at the gates of the license testing grounds as she got back from her test with Mr Deetlefs the tester close behind her.
She got a cuppa tea, and passed her license..... where are the good old days now?

Over the years the bikes went but we never stopped riding.

This leads me to yesterday when I went shopping with Goose (Peter) at Helmet City and bought a stunning helmet.

I have a good Shoei, but wanted   a cool looking MX/Enduro style crash hat.

So there you go.....

I will come back with the next episode of this story later, need a coffee now.

Not a cheap helmet, but the best fit I have possibly ever had in a helmet.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo32.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: HANS BOORMAN on August 31, 2012, 03:39:30 pm
Lekker storie :laughing4: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: Storm Trooper on August 31, 2012, 04:02:13 pm
See that helmet cost you the shirt off your back :imaposer:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: grizz on August 31, 2012, 04:04:24 pm
See that helmet cost you the shirt off your back :imaposer:

Thats no bloody lie.....

I could have had two of the cheaper model for the same price, but you know, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet.

The reasons will become apparent later.

Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: grizz on August 31, 2012, 05:06:07 pm
So we finished school and I did my national service, Deon became a CMO in the Engineers, eventually becoming a WO 1st Class.

After Diensplig I became a student nurse...... ja, n fokken nurse.
I had various bikes, including a Vespa 200cc, a Honda CX500 and a wild IT250 with a YZ racing kit fitted. Somewhere in the mix was a Suzuki GS 550 - Pre Katana shape.
Had more Vespa scooters and always kept a "propper bike" as well.

My brother had a family and nver had another bike, other than the XL 185 my dad had given to him at some point, this he sold on again later.

My first Vespa was a kark Orange colour.

(http://www.thecreeper.net/vespa/vespa-by-the-bay.jpg)


Black CX 500, Loved that bike.

(http://youngtimerclassic.com/img-pg/bikes-for-sale/honda-cx500e/1cx500.jpg)

(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk160/R1100ANDY/Picture040.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N8k4Gt4nS6c/Tdlac5fllaI/AAAAAAAAACA/p9pNnmEpaxg/s1600/suzuki_GS550E2.jpg)

I also got a R80/7 at one point and created Thunderchild.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/Thunderchild1.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/Thunderchild6.jpg)



My first Oil cooled BMW was a R1100R which I still think is massively under rated.

(http://www.bachecaannunci.it/adpics/moto_005823.jpg)


JUST FOUND A PIC OF IT.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/R1100R4.jpg)

The colour was a lovely grey metalic.

Then I got what was a dream bike....

I still rate this over my current R1200GS

R1150GS

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/IMG_0037.jpg)

I actually brought the bike with me in 2002 when I moved to the UK.....

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/IMG_2154.jpg)

It was then joined by another one of my dream bikes....

R100GS Bumble Bee.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/Bumblebee.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/Bumble2.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/Bumble-Confrontation.jpg)

Another great toy was this Aprilia Tuareg Wind 600 used mainly to play on forrest tracks etc.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/IMG_3978.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/IMG_4250.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/IMG_4260.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/IMG_4181.jpg)


(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/IMG_0016.jpg)



All of this riding and bike buying was of course thanks to my mum and dad allowing us to do stuff like ride and encouraging us to enjoy our bikes.

Got to go book a flight now.....

Back in a while with more, if you want to see and hear more.... about why I had to buy a Pletter Pet yesterday.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: grizz on August 31, 2012, 06:30:41 pm
Just remembered a Kawasaki KE100 I had bought for a very short ex GF, then gave it to a friends daughter who never rode it, and ended up selling it for beer money.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/IMG_0020.jpg)

Was a lovely little bike too.

Next up I sold the 1150GS to a guy in Ireland..... thinking I would stop riding.

Hmmmmmmm ?

Found a very low mileage BMW F650 Dakar in original B&W and bought that for sensible money.

Lovely bike.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/P1000327.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/P1000368.jpg)



At this point I met Nicola who is a great Harley fan.... pooop.

Anyway, she refused to ride pillion on the 650, so I offered to help her get her license and then get myself another or a bigger bike.... she refused but suggested I find an 1150 GSA because I rated them so muh and always wanted one.
After missing out on two because guys just sold to the first cash in hand, I started to look at 1200GS bikes as well, eventually buying one.

At the same time this Africa Twin in immaculate condition came into the market and my neighbour wanted £1500 for it, when the going rate was £3500. I offered to just put it on the forums for him and sell it for more, but he insisted I could have it for £1500, so Nicola told me to buy it as well......

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/IMG_2871.jpg)

It also came with a load of kit.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/IMG_2845.jpg)

I parked it in the garage for 6 weeks and then sold it for £3000 which was still a bargain for the buyer.

I had found and bought the 1200GS, great for two up riding, but somehow never the 1150GS I had before.... weird that.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/P1050260-1.jpg)


I also sold the F650 Dakar shortly after that as it was clear Nicola would never ride it.


This brings me up to date with my bike history.

Nicola used to love helping in the garage.

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/grizzbiz/P1040927.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/P1040673.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1050309.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1050890.jpg)



Inbetween the last few years I also bought a Sachs Madass 50cc for Nicola's son (Now my son as well)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010286.jpg)

Also a Honda PC50

Had that in the kitchen because my amazing wife insisted it was worked on in the house as the winter out here is cold and the garage was a baaaad place to be working in.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1080284.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1080008.jpg)

Then last year Nicola made me buy a Scorpa 250cc Trials bike. What a pleasure, should have done it years ago.
Again I can say that I have a most amazing wife. She understands parts of me, and will always only seek the best for me.

Goose tried it out and seemed to enjoy it thoroughly.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1040169.jpg)

Maverick and Mini-Maverick also giving it a go.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1040160.jpg)

Leading to this sort of behaviour.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1030501.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1030478.jpg)

Last pic.....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1080445.jpg)


All of this incredible history (well, to me it is great) thanks to my mum and dad allowing us to ride, but also riding themselves.
My dad was an absolute lunatic on the little ER 125, I remember panicking at seeing him do some of the stuff he used to do on the bikes, then again, I do the same sort of stuff today.

Time to order Chinese take aways.... it is Friday evening after all.


Next episode later , if anyone is still interested in why I had to go buy a new helmet yesterday.

Remember the helmet ??

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo32.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: capeklr on August 31, 2012, 06:55:20 pm
Some nice bikes there and great story.
We grew up a bit differently to today's kids, we worked for our pocket money. I also had to save up for my first bike, then my dad made a small contribution to it.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: katana on August 31, 2012, 07:53:56 pm
Great story!  Reading it made my night  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: buzzlightyear on August 31, 2012, 09:36:08 pm
Nice reading so far, keep it coming!
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: grizz on August 31, 2012, 09:56:05 pm
Thanks guys.

Well, all good things come to an end.

My mum died in 1996 aged 59 from emphysema due to smoking 20 plus all her life and a bunch of other medical reasons.
Nice thing is that she taught all of us to "celebrate life" rather than to mourn death......

So we have only great memories of her and just how much of a battle axe she was.

My dad then moved to Humansdorp as he was born in the Tsitsikama.

He spent a few years there, then moved to PE where he lived about 1.5km from me.

At this time we became the best of friends, as did my brother, so the three of us used to have amazing times together.

He got cancer in time, had chemo, surgery etc, but refused to let any of that get him under.

Eventually he died as well in 2007 at age 72 after a good innings.

Pic of my brother and my dad at Krom river.

At this time he had no hair due to the chemo therapy.

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/grizzbiz/IMG_1975.jpg)

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/grizzbiz/IMG_1957.jpg)

Deon , unusually not with a Brandy and Coke in hand.

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/grizzbiz/P1020508.jpg)

Out at the family farm where the ashes of my parents ended up in a wall of remembrance.

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/grizzbiz/P1010052.jpg)


My old house in Glencairn, Simons Town.

Designed by me when I started repping, shell built and then I did all the finishing.

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/grizzbiz/P1010368.jpg)

Finally..... my brothers bike, 1150 GS which he bought from part of his inheritance from my dad.

Interestingly, before my dad died he told Deon to make sure he bought himself a decent bike from his inheritance.

So he bought the bike and paid about 80% deposit on his house and moved out of Army barracks or accommodation for the first time in his life.



(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/grizzbiz/P1000978.jpg)


I guess that bikes have always been part of our lives.

Thanks to our parents.


Now you still have not worked it out ??

Why did I have to buy that helmet ?


Answers on a postcard.

I will do the last section of this little essay tomorrow or some other time.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo32.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: Bike_Buddies on August 31, 2012, 10:18:41 pm
Lekker lees-stof

Kom die 1150 dalk UK toe ??

Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on August 31, 2012, 10:21:50 pm
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Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: grizz on September 01, 2012, 11:00:33 am
Lekker lees-stof



Kom die 1150 dalk UK toe ??




Jy raak lekker warm.

Maar dis nie korrek nie.

Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: grizz on September 01, 2012, 11:04:37 am
Right boys..... and girls.

We are on our way over to Essex to a wedding this afternoon, so not much of a story right now.

I do have a photo of  a photo that my brother took last week.....

This was with our mum as little tjokkerkies.

But you can see that wheels seem to always feature in our lives.

Sorry about the quality, look at the size of his fingers holding the pic and keep in mind he texted it over from an old Nokia 6300

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo35.jpg)


More story telling later, lets see if anyone can figure out the reason for the new crash hat yet.

Wedding toe..... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: Smidty on September 01, 2012, 11:19:34 am
Jy maak nie reg nie  >:(

Hoe lank gaan ons wag ?
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: Goose on September 01, 2012, 12:55:55 pm
I managed to get some first-hand input from Rian about this story and what he's planning............  guys - SUBSCRIBE to this one... it's going to be worthwhile!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: JacoSwart on September 01, 2012, 01:42:15 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: grizz on September 01, 2012, 02:06:35 pm
Jy maak nie reg nie  >:(

Hoe lank gaan ons wag ?

Hallo Smidty

Sit gou in McDonalds en eet n Chicken Wrap en koffie voor ons verder ry.

Troue is in Suffolk so nog verder as wat ek gedink het.

Julle moet geduldig wees.


Later terug.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: Smidty on September 01, 2012, 03:07:32 pm
 :santa:     kom ook  :xxbah:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: grizz on September 01, 2012, 10:09:02 pm
:santa:     kom ook  :xxbah:

Well, Christmas is still on its way but in the mean time we had a great day at the wedding.

The brides car ....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo36.jpg)

The grooms car.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo37.jpg)

Edd who got married to Nicola today is the guy who did the engine conversion on my Taunus Transit.

A long time buddy and also a bike rider.

My sweet and valuable Nicola loves older cars too.

So here she is trying to be cute so that I would buy her one of the cars..... the green one was her choice.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo38.jpg)


I will be back tomorrow to update and tell more about the reason I bought the helmet.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on September 01, 2012, 10:39:28 pm
Lekker lees-stof



Kom die 1150 dalk UK toe ??




Jy raak lekker warm.

Maar dis nie korrek nie.



Vir wie is die vliegtuig kaartjie?  Jou broer?
Bike trip?
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: grizz on September 01, 2012, 11:40:20 pm
Lekker lees-stof



Kom die 1150 dalk UK toe ??




Jy raak lekker warm.

Maar dis nie korrek nie.



Vir wie is die vliegtuig kaartjie?  Jou broer?
Bike trip?


YUUUUPP !!


I guess you get to win the virtual beer.  (Nicola said to give you a cigar with it)

Vliegtuig kaartjiie is vir my  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:



It is my 50th Birthday in January.

Every year Nicola does something special for my birthday.

One year it was a weekend away to a a motor museum, this year it was an awesome long weekend away in the Cotswolds.

Next year I will be 50, so she had been pushing me for the last 6 months to go back to SA as I have not been there for about 5 years.

Because my mum and dad also rode bikes, we will be going on a tour for two weeks starting in Cape Town where I land in April next year, up via Eastern Cape, through Umtata to Durban, then up to Eshowe and Melmoth where we grew up, up to Rustenburg and back down to Dunnottar where Deon lives. I will then do the JoBurg to Cape Town leg on my own to get the bike I will be riding back to Paarl where it lives.

Now for the logistics.

My good mate Maverick (Dirk) who many on here know well was chatting to me a while ago about ways to tour SA and I was looking at buying something like a 650 GS or similar to export to SA, or buy something there and then sell it again.

Anyway, Dirk suddenly said to me..... "Ek wil nie kak in jou lewe maak nie maar jy kan my GS gebruik"  This was a massive surprise and then there followed a discussion on some of the logistics.

Mileage would not be a problem. What I would have to do was put two new tyres on his bike and get a carburetor kit fitted.
Ohh, and of course insure myself and the bike.

Sounds like a no brainer to me.

One cost concern less, I could not hire a bike in SA or import one for the same money as the maintenance i was about to pay for.

Last weekend Nicola and I went to a Ruby (40th) wedding anniversary of a couple that she was the bridesmaid for when she was 8 years old.....

Her two brothers were both there and the older bother and I were outside speaking about cars etc when he asked me when last I had been home...... I said about 5 years ago and that Nicola was just in the process of getting me to go and tour with my brother.

He asked if I had bought my ticket yet, to which I replied no, as I had a job interview booked for yesterday (It was cancelled by the agency when I was 50km from home already) and would first see where that would take me.

He then said to me that he would buy me a business class ticket to SA with his air miles as long as I paid the taxes and extras.
I agreed to look into it.

This turned into quite a shocker for all of us, as we had not realised just what a rip off this all is.

We have since bought the ticket, and the business class ticket would normally cost £2700.00  YES, REALLY
A regular ticket would be around £610.00

If you look at the pic below you will see the various mad taxes levied on a ticket, but we decided to go that route as I could never fly Business Class to SA for effectively £40-ish.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo39.jpg)


Back to the bike.

Thanks to Dirks offer to use his bike, we now have two bikes and plan to do quite an extensive trip, hopefully doing all those passes between Oudtshoorn, Knysna and George and also various other trips accross the rest of SA.

If we get lucky we will connect with some Wild dogs on our way.

This is The Whale.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo34.jpg)

And with Dirk on board.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo33.jpg)




Now you know why I bought the new crash hat.

Plans included using it for two weeks then selling it or passing it to my brother.

I also have to get some kit this side and if he can Deon will get me some Size 11's to use, rather than dragging boots over from here.


The reason for starting this thread was to learn from you guys where to go, and what we should look out for.

I do plan on spending at least a night here........

(http://dirklottering.smugmug.com/photos/383192185_zh5Ag-L.jpg)

(http://dirklottering.smugmug.com/photos/383192868_WReYu-L.jpg)

And deffo want to do some of this....

(http://dirklottering.smugmug.com/photos/383209267_TZeHT-L.jpg)

Thanks Maverick.  JY IS N BOER DUISEND  !!!

A lot of what I plan on doing is aimed at making the whole trip mind blowing for my brother who is one of my best friends who will do anything for other people without ever expecting anything in return.

I also want to have an awesome ride because my amazing wife, Nicola is the one who insisted and kept on pushing that i should go do this ride.  I have been speaking about it for the last 5 years.

Lastly I want us to do it as a fitting tribute to our parents and what they made of us.


When we go past you on the road, you will see my mum and dads ashes strapped to the back of our bikes.



So let me know what you think, and do drop all the advice you have into this thread.

It will be the preamble to a ride report in the new year. I will ask the moderators to move it to Ride Reports then.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: buzzlightyear on September 02, 2012, 04:49:17 am
Nice!
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: Adventurer on September 02, 2012, 08:40:53 am
Eish....1st bike an RD 350....respect dude....they were awesome in their day. I used to ride a Suzuki 750 GS back in the day, the only bike I would not take on was an RD 350.....
Memel, know the town, used to service the lift in Goedetrou Dam, went through Memel en rout to the dam, some good riding out that way....
Enjoy you trip, going to be a good one.... :thumleft:
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Post by: Adventurer on September 02, 2012, 08:41:46 am
Oh, and congrats on your choice of helmet.... :thumleft:
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Post by: grizz on September 02, 2012, 11:25:14 am
Eish....1st bike an RD 350....respect dude....they were awesome in their day. I used to ride a Suzuki 750 GS back in the day, the only bike I would not take on was an RD 350.....
Memel, know the town, used to service the lift in Goedetrou Dam, went through Memel en rout to the dam, some good riding out that way....
Enjoy you trip, going to be a good one.... :thumleft:

Neeeeee boet ....

It is Melmoth a small town in KZN
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: Adventurer on September 02, 2012, 01:04:56 pm
Eish....1st bike an RD 350....respect dude....they were awesome in their day. I used to ride a Suzuki 750 GS back in the day, the only bike I would not take on was an RD 350.....
Memel, know the town, used to service the lift in Goedetrou Dam, went through Memel en rout to the dam, some good riding out that way....
Enjoy you trip, going to be a good one.... :thumleft:

Neeeeee boet ....

It is Melmoth a small town in KZN

Sorry, I meant to type Melmoth, go through there onn the way to Eshowe, after an awesome mountain pass....last time I filled up there, they first wanted to check if my garage card could handle the amount.... :biggrin:
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Post by: Tiger8 on September 02, 2012, 05:17:22 pm
Hi Bud, watching this like I do most of your threads, yet to be dissappointed.
I had a Suzuki GS550E like yours only a black one with blue trim, was my daily ride to Varsity and back, rain or shine, first bike my wife ever road on, she was 15 at the time(girlfriend then) and my mom-IN-LAW didn't like it much   :biggrin:

When passing throuh the Eastern Cape, (PE) give me a call, would like to meet you, besides there is always room at "the inne" for road weary bikers and a friendly fire with food and drink.  :ricky:
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Post by: ratrap on September 02, 2012, 09:19:36 pm
 :sip:
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Post by: Smidty on September 03, 2012, 06:55:54 am
 :thumleft:  Very nice, remember us George dawgs like to do baviaans   :pot: :pot:

You should try and tie in with the EC Bash
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Coming to SA for a nice Ride.
Post by: grizz on September 03, 2012, 11:43:19 am
Hi Bud, watching this like I do most of your threads, yet to be dissappointed.
I had a Suzuki GS550E like yours only a black one with blue trim, was my daily ride to Varsity and back, rain or shine, first bike my wife ever road on, she was 15 at the time(girlfriend then) and my mom-IN-LAW didn't like it much   :biggrin:

When passing throuh the Eastern Cape, (PE) give me a call, would like to meet you, besides there is always room at "the inne" for road weary bikers and a friendly fire with food and drink.  :ricky:

Thanks boet

PE is my former home town. But interestingly things change over 10 years. A few of my old friends are always happy to see me or have me stay in contact but make little effort to visit or stay in touch so we may end up looking elsewhere just coz I am hardegat like that. My places have always been open to travelers as long as they respected it and my family including the 3 cats.   :lol8:


I may end up looking for a crash pad in PE or nearby for my brother and I as well as the bikes closer to the time. Its 6 months from today.

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Post by: grizz on September 03, 2012, 11:47:43 am
:thumleft:  Very nice, remember us George dawgs like to do baviaans   :pot: :pot:

You should try and tie in with the EC Bash

Thanks Smidty, I used to work the Garden route and Oudtshoorn for 11 years from both Cape Town as well as PE but I do NOT know the back roads, passes and places like Baviaans so guidance and company will be most welcome when we come up there.
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Post by: grizz on September 03, 2012, 11:52:11 am
Just one of many questions to come......

How many people use Satnav on trips like Baviaans ant to get to some of the other hidden gems around the country ??

Maverick texted me the following this morning. I know parts of SA really well but some parts not at all.

Jy moet redelik rigting befok wees as jy verdwaal in SA.
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Post by: iamgigglz on September 03, 2012, 11:57:46 am
Sub.

That's awesome! It's going to be a great trip on a great boney, and the tribute to your folks is really nice.

I can pretty much guarantee you'll be meeting up with Dogs along the way, whether it be on the road, off it, or at many of your destinations.

"various other trips across the rest of SA" - Looking forward to checking out the planned rides  :ricky:

I can see it now; this thread is going to burn office time  :thumleft:
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Post by: Tiger8 on September 03, 2012, 12:13:48 pm


I may end up looking for a crash pad in PE or nearby for my brother and I as well as the bikes closer to the time. Its 6 months from today.



Have Room for you chaps and a Garage for the bikes, btw Bikes take precedence, think they'll need more TLC, afterall they are the "beasts of Burden"  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Coming to SA for a nice Ride.
Post by: grizz on September 04, 2012, 09:57:16 am
Thanks for all the replies and PMs

My brother and I will work out logistics later but two weeks wont be that long.

It will be awesome to meet up with guys for a coffee, ride along or braai etc along the way.

We will be traveling with a restricted budget as Deon is in the Army and I need to watch the pennies too.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Coming to SA for a nice Ride.
Post by: Goose on September 04, 2012, 11:11:43 am
Well as the "Grizz" is so famous and one of the most amazing charaters I've ever met.......... it only seems fitting that the bidding for their esteemed presence should start at say.... 1 x case of beers....  :mwink: :mwink:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: Gérrard on September 04, 2012, 11:21:30 am
Some nice bikes there and great story.
We grew up a bit differently to today's kids, we worked for our pocket money. I also had to save up for my first bike, then my dad made a small contribution to it.

Its quite amazing when I read on the forum how many of our generation had parallel lives. I could almost have written this story my self.

Mooi man.
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Post by: Gérrard on September 04, 2012, 11:31:18 am
Right, ek het die week van 8 April 2013 gekanselleer. Ek wag om te hoor hoelaat en wanneer ek julle op Uniondale/Willowmore moet kry  :biggrin: vir die oorslaap en deur Baviaans ry.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Coming to SA for a nice Ride.
Post by: Gensetter on September 04, 2012, 03:54:48 pm
We stayed in that cave in Feb 2012 and it was awsome fun.
Not so much fun in winter, I think.
There is a 4x4 trail that runs past it, to the top of the hill and then down the other side ( proper 4x4 only )
That photo of your dad with the hobie, where was that taken ?
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - guess why? Tips wanted on how to use it.
Post by: poplap on September 04, 2012, 05:33:26 pm
I do plan on spending at least a night here........

(http://dirklottering.smugmug.com/photos/383192185_zh5Ag-L.jpg)


Where is this beautiful place? 
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Post by: Goose on September 04, 2012, 05:44:38 pm
oooooo gonna's.........   :mwink: 


Baviaans......... oviaasly!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Coming to SA for a nice Ride.
Post by: grizz on September 04, 2012, 06:44:29 pm
We stayed in that cave in Feb 2012 and it was awsome fun.
Not so much fun in winter, I think.
There is a 4x4 trail that runs past it, to the top of the hill and then down the other side ( proper 4x4 only )
That photo of your dad with the hobie, where was that taken ?

Pic of my dad taken at Kromme River at Cape St Francis. Above the bridge.
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Post by: Gensetter on September 05, 2012, 07:09:27 am
oooooo gonna's.........   :mwink: 


Baviaans......... oviaasly!   :thumleft:

Makkedaat caves
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Coming to SA for a nice Ride.
Post by: Ian on September 05, 2012, 10:25:10 am
Hi Riaan. You look like my Boet Dougie's best friend a few years ago. He stays in Lorraine. If so, there is a place for you to stay in PE at my spot, with lots of Dop and Tjop and fine red wine. PM me please.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Coming to SA for a nice Ride.
Post by: grizz on September 05, 2012, 10:57:35 am
Hi Riaan. You look like my Boet Dougie's best friend a few years ago. He stays in Lorraine. If so, there is a place for you to stay in PE at my spot, with lots of Dop and Tjop and fine red wine. PM me please.

Hi Ian

Yes thats me.

Have sent a PM to you.

Rian.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Coming to SA for a nice Ride.
Post by: grizz on September 06, 2012, 10:54:24 am
Been speaking with Goose this week.

Looks like the two of us are off to Europe for the week next week.

Bit of practice and testing various types of comms.

Pics later.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Coming to SA for a nice Ride.
Post by: Gérrard on September 06, 2012, 11:02:08 am
As julle in Makkedaatgrotte gaan oorbly gaan die plan mooi werk  :thumleft:
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Post by: Maverick on September 07, 2012, 03:24:19 pm
Wow as jy 50 word gaan ek jou begin Oom Grizz noem  :biggrin:

Gaan check die ride report uit toe ons Baviaan's gedoen het in 2008 - nog 'n stukkie hemel op aarde  :thumleft:

Nou moet ons net die Walvis prep  :patch:
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Post by: Goose on September 08, 2012, 08:05:56 pm
Tadaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

 :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=106585.0


NOW WE'RE COOKING WITH GAS!!!   :thumleft:

(http://a.imageshack.us/img529/1826/alizeehot.gif)

Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Coming to SA for a nice Ride.
Post by: grizz on September 09, 2012, 02:08:55 pm
Hein Gericke Strap-on Tankbag for the trip next year n Mavericks GS @ £2.00......... GOTTA BE A BARGAIN.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo43.jpg)
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Post by: Maverick on September 10, 2012, 05:32:20 pm
Hein Gericke Strap-on Tankbag for the trip next year n Mavericks GS @ £2.00......... GOTTA BE A BARGAIN.

Yeeehhhhh voertsek met jou siek puppy strap on goed  :bueller: Ohh dis net 'n tankbag  :biggrin:
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Post by: Gérrard on September 10, 2012, 05:33:39 pm
Ek het 'n plan.  :deal:

So ruk voor julle trip gaan haal ek die Walvis en sort hom mooi uit. DAN RY EK HOM GKG TOE in Maart, net om seker te maak als is reg, en besorg hom terug, betyds vir die trip. Die manier weet jy daar is nie worries nie  :ricky:
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Post by: Tiger8 on September 10, 2012, 06:30:15 pm
Ek het 'n plan.  :deal:

So ruk voor julle trip gaan haal ek die Walvis en sort hom mooi uit. DAN RY EK HOM GKG TOE in Maart, net om seker te maak als is reg, en besorg hom terug, betyds vir die trip. Die manier weet jy daar is nie worries nie  :ricky:

Jy wil alweer net ry en Gatskuur né, Jup  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Cat's out the bag now.... Coming to SA for a nice Ride.
Post by: Gérrard on September 10, 2012, 06:33:47 pm
Ek het 'n plan.  :deal:

So ruk voor julle trip gaan haal ek die Walvis en sort hom mooi uit. DAN RY EK HOM GKG TOE in Maart, net om seker te maak als is reg, en besorg hom terug, betyds vir die trip. Die manier weet jy daar is nie worries nie  :ricky:

Jy wil alweer net ry en Gatskuur né, Jup  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Altyd  :imaposer: En ek het op die oomblik nie 'n bike vir die GKG nie en dis reg hier in ons valley vlg jaar
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Post by: grizz on September 10, 2012, 09:57:47 pm
Klink soos n plan Jupiter   :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: grizz on September 17, 2012, 04:05:18 pm
Well, Goose and I went to France and Belgium on a shake down and check it out trip to see some battle fields and grave yards..... as well as a load of other great stuff.
He is busy writing up a ride report as I type on here as well.

What I did get to realise is that a good buddy with similar interests to you is vital on a trip like this.

Both Goose and I like to stop, take pics, talk to locals and learn a bit on the ride.

The other thing was that I discovered just how awesome it is to have radio communications.

That transformed the ride for us, I had never had comms before.... they will be a must on all future rides.


A couple of pics too.


I managed to score some number plates for my mad and ever increasing collection.

Belgium

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1040946.jpg)


France

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1040945.jpg)

A local one from Andy who loaned me a radio (I have now bought on as well)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1040949.jpg)

Saw some interesting window dressing.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1040934.jpg)

Coffee anyone ???

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1040911.jpg)


How many beers do you need ?

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1040870.jpg)

And of course nothing like a BIG BAKKIE.....  Toyota Tundra

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1040849.jpg)
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Post by: grizz on September 17, 2012, 04:08:30 pm
Last two.....


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1040784.jpg)


Look forward to a lot of this with my brother next year.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1040646.jpg)


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1040632.jpg)


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1040570.jpg)
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Post by: grizz on September 20, 2012, 12:28:55 am
Ride report now completed.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: grizz on September 21, 2012, 10:27:48 am
Whoooopppps....


Just found a pic of my R1100R

Note the number plates in my PE garage.

Both sides of the rafters had them on.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/madstuff/R1100R4.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: grizz on September 30, 2012, 09:53:04 pm
Well, between now and next year I need to put in some serious saddle miles to keep fit and get used to distance.

Yesterday we went to that lovely place called Whitstable on the coast, for lunch and to visit Nicola's brother and his wife.

It is an old working fishing harbour with a nice village and harbour to enjoy.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo89.jpg)

Amongst others it was the worlds first steam operated railway that ran from Whitstable to Canterbury carrying passengers.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/map.jpg)


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo90.jpg)

Pics without......


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo87.jpg)


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo90.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo86.jpg)

And with me.... no idea why TBH



(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo88.jpg)

A walk down the High street netted a few pics.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo94.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo95.jpg)


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo96.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo97.jpg)


Then back to the harbour for lunch.....

We saw a load of these..... a group of Belgians on about 15 of these, touring England,

Note the SatNav holder on the handlebars.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo99.jpg)

Latest Touratwat lightwight lugguage carrier....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo100.jpg)

Left Hand Drive

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo92.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo93.jpg)

Whitewalls anyone ?

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo98.jpg)


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo91.jpg)


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/food.jpg)

An uneventful ride back home saw us spend 2 hours at B&Q to look at new kitchens,

Seems that my wife has seen the opportunity of her year, get me to strip out the existing kitchen and fit a new one while I am unemployed.

Guess I can still pop out on the bike.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: cracklin on October 06, 2012, 10:48:35 am
Hello Riaan

Only picked up on this now.

This is Chickory harry still in Mongolia.

Linda and I will be back in PE by the time you arrive as winter is on its way here.

How about staying over with us when you are in PE?

It would be great to see you again (the last time we met was just before you left for the UK in the entrance of the Greenachers hospital)

You could even dip into some of the stock here ;)

Best regards

Harry and Linda
www.pikipiki2.co.za
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: grizz on October 06, 2012, 06:33:20 pm
Hello Riaan

Only picked up on this now.

This is Chickory harry still in Mongolia.

Linda and I will be back in PE by the time you arrive as winter is on its way here.

How about staying over with us when you are in PE?

It would be great to see you again (the last time we met was just before you left for the UK in the entrance of the Greenachers hospital)

You could even dip into some of the stock here ;)

Best regards

Harry and Linda
www.pikipiki2.co.za


Hi Harry,

Thanks for the invite.

Jupiter has booked our asses already, but I am sure we can move about a bit, as we will be in the Eastern Cape a few days.....

I have some financial stuff to sort out, so need business time etc.

The other thing Nicola reminded me of earlier is that this ride will be "for our benefit" not some of our family members etc....

We are, like travelers would be, mainly looking for a spot to sleep, shower and visit at night, daytimes will be (OR SHOULD BE) filled with travel, to places like Addo, and various other intersting places and meeting up with Wild dogs etc.

It will be good to discuss the finer details closer to the time, as I want us to do a lot of the trip impulsively, and to make it up as we go along.

Hope that makes sense. ???
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: grizz on October 06, 2012, 06:34:52 pm
As part of this thread build up, I will post over the smaller rides as part of the prep for this ride.

Well it has to be said. The New Forrest is one of the most beautiful parts of the South of England.

Scored a set of AWESOME hand made bike indicators and some other kit, including throw over panniers for next years South Africa trip of UKGSER recently.

So popping down there on the bike in a little while. Well as soon as the morning rush has ground to a halt on the M25



Thought I would download the route and post up quickly.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo1.png)




Some info for now.

Welcome to the New Forest National Park
The New Forest National Park was created in March 2005 and the New Forest National Park Authority took up its full powers in April 2006.

Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free.

Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

The National Park Authority’s purposes are to :

Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.
It also has a duty to:

Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.
The National Park lies mainly in south-west Hampshire – from east of the Avon Valley to Southampton Water and from the Solent coast to the edge of the Wiltshire chalk downs.

The New Forest has long been recognised as a special and important area that needs protection. National Park designation means the strongest possible level of protection for the future.

This website contains information about visiting, living in, looking after, learning about, news and planning in the New Forest National Park. Welcome.


LINK HERE:

http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/ (http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/)



(http://www.newforest.gov.uk/media/articleimage/m/l/Map_for_website_aa_1.jpg)


Expecting some of this.....

(http://www.thewwwsite.com/images/nfg15.jpg)

(http://www.thegreenhousehotel.co.uk/images/newforest.jpg)


(http://www.digitalwildlife.co.uk/mammals/img/new%20forest%20pony%20_MG_8117%20lw.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: grizz on October 06, 2012, 06:36:02 pm
Right..... The weather forecast earlier this week said RAIN..... This morning it said OVERCAST....

So I wore my Twat Suit and made sure I had even my neck warmer on.

Before I left the cats got a good scare too.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo35.jpg)

I left at 09.00 as I was waiting for the M25 traffic to get less before hitting the road.

Loads of Filtering later, I left the M25 and ran down the M3 toward Winchester where at the 101 mile mark I pulled in at the Services to use the loo and grab a Costa Coffee...... then decided sod the coffee and kept going as the day was beautiful, nothing like the weather forecast.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050010.jpg)

I knew the way up to Southampton as it was the patch I worked the last year on contract.
So when I got to Winchester at the services, I started up the Satnav and loaded the address in Lymington and set off....

From the outset the bloody thing wanted to take me on a different route....

Now I know there are a few Lymington/Leamingtons but the address and postcode as well as county were all correctly entered.

When I got to Southampton I stopped and checked my iPhone maps and it said I was 19 miles from destination, yet the SatNav was still 122miles from destination..... so I switched it off and restarted and re-entered the address. this time it worked.

The service station I pulled over at was closed, so not even a person to check my directions with. Anyway, set off and made my way into the New Forest.

Camera mounted to my crash hat meant pics taken as I went along.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050013.jpg)

Loads of this ....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050018.jpg)


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050017.jpg)

Along the way I got stopped at a railway level crossing and saw this pub along the way, very tempting it was.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050021.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050022.jpg)

I stopped outside Millards garage at 12.05 which showed just how well I had done in spite of the roads..... filtering has its value.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050025.jpg)

I was warmly invited in by a giant of a Scotsman, well he was 6foot plenty tall......

Coffee offered, and then the magic words came to life...... "Would you like a Bacon and Egg sandwich? "

Holy Crap !!

Of course I would .... to me it is still a special treat having a bacon sandwich to this day.

Millard got going.....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo34.jpg)

How good does that coffee look ??

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo33.jpg)

By the time I had eaten this far I remembered that a photo of the feast would be in order.....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo32.jpg)

After lunch we went back to the garage where Millard sorted out a load of old kit he was going to throw out, and give me the set of indicators which were the main reason for my 140 mile ride there.....

A pair of saddle bags which will go on the South African trip next year as the GS has no panniers, and a second pair for Goose to take to Cape Town for his one XT550
Then some stunning old leathers and a HG riding jacket for Maverick to use when he rides trials.

All in all a load of kit that may have been destined for the tip, now redistributed and due to be cherished and used for another life time.

Just about to leave I forced Millard to pose up next to his 1100GS, a bike that has been about a bit with trips to Morocco etc....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo31.jpg)

The return trip was reasonably uneventful, but thoroughly enjoyable.

Except that I got caught at the level crossing again.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050029.jpg)

On the way I suddenly passed a group of horses in a field and turned around when it was safe to do so and rode about a mile back.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050034.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050043.jpg)

The group of four New Forest horses included a young one..... typically I did try to make friends with them, and while taking pics, the youngster came closer and eventually tried to eat my camera.....leading to this....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050050.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050053.jpg)


I had filled my bike up yesterday and on the way I was doing constant mental calculations to see where I could get to.
Usually I refill my tank at around 160 miles or 240 km.
Today I pushed the range as hard as I could and made it to Fleet services....200.4 miles from my last refill and showing a reserve of 19 miles.
The tank then took 20.4 litres. For the Non-UK readers.... note the cost of a 20 liter fill or cost per litre.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050057.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050061.jpg)


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo3-1.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo1-1.jpg)

The last pic I stopped to take before taking on the rest of the M3 and M25 was of this drive thru Starbucks.... it used to be a shower block for truckers.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050065.jpg)




RIGHT, for those still awake....Here are the indicators.

Hand made on the lathe with his own fair hands for one of his Nortons in the style of Iron Man meets Ziggy Stardust meets Dan Dare over a cuppa SteamPunk

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0U3HijQKmJs/UEe_fx5Q27I/AAAAAAAAC50/wpQsh50V_Kw/s1600/Dan_dare_rian+hughes.jpg)

LOVELY RETRO LOOKING LED LIGHTS.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050067.jpg)



Thanks a Mil Millard, great to meet you and sample your cooking.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: grizz on October 06, 2012, 06:38:32 pm
Pic I forgot to post earlier......

I always love weird angle pics that you guys take on various rides.

More later.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/P1050041.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: Gérrard on October 06, 2012, 08:53:50 pm
Hello Riaan

Only picked up on this now.

This is Chickory harry still in Mongolia.

Linda and I will be back in PE by the time you arrive as winter is on its way here.

How about staying over with us when you are in PE?

It would be great to see you again (the last time we met was just before you left for the UK in the entrance of the Greenachers hospital)

You could even dip into some of the stock here ;)

Best regards

Harry and Linda
www.pikipiki2.co.za


Hi Harry,

Thanks for the invite.

Jupiter has booked our asses already...

It will be good to discuss the finer details closer to the time, as I want us to do a lot of the trip impulsively, and to make it up as we go along.

My thoughts were that there might be a few people in PE you would want to say hello to. When closer to the time you know when you will be staying over, you pick an evening and we have a lekker gettogether jol for everyone at my place.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: Goose on October 07, 2012, 06:14:24 pm
Hello Riaan

Only picked up on this now.

This is Chickory harry still in Mongolia.

Linda and I will be back in PE by the time you arrive as winter is on its way here.

How about staying over with us when you are in PE?

It would be great to see you again (the last time we met was just before you left for the UK in the entrance of the Greenachers hospital)

You could even dip into some of the stock here ;)

Best regards

Harry and Linda
www.pikipiki2.co.za


Hi Harry,

Thanks for the invite.

Jupiter has booked our asses already...

It will be good to discuss the finer details closer to the time, as I want us to do a lot of the trip impulsively, and to make it up as we go along.

My thoughts were that there might be a few people in PE you would want to say hello to. When closer to the time you know when you will be staying over, you pick an evening and we have a lekker gettogether jol for everyone at my place.  :thumleft:

 :mwink:   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: Obix on October 07, 2012, 08:18:23 pm
haha nice to see you spot us with the smal bikes in the UK

Have a look to

www.mobilickx.be


Regards

Rudi
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: grizz on October 07, 2012, 08:41:02 pm
haha nice to see you spot us with the smal bikes in the UK

Have a look to

www.mobilickx.be


Regards

Rudi



Hi Rudi,

Nicola and I nearly broke our necks getting to look at all your bikes, all over Whitstable.

In the very early 70's or maybe very late 60's my dad had a Honda Help my Trap that he used for work.

I would LOVE to have a Brommer for my own amusement.
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: grizz on October 09, 2012, 12:42:10 pm
haha nice to see you spot us with the smal bikes in the UK

Have a look to

www.mobilickx.be


Regards

Rudi


Hi again Rudi,

Just found these pics.....

Just to show how much I love these small bikes.

I used to have one of these.....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1080008.jpg)


Take note where Nicola made me park and work on it in my old house.....

This woman is truely without equal in my world.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1080284.jpg)

I do wonder if she will let me bring a bike into the new kitchen?
Title: Re: Bought a new helmet - Coming to SA for a nice Ride. European test ride.
Post by: grizz on March 03, 2013, 10:00:49 am
HOLY THREAD RESSURECTION BATMAN !!!


I am sure some of you know that I will be in SA for part of April.


Doing a memorial ride with my brother on two GS's (1150 and 1000 airhead) for our mum and dad who started us off riding when we were 12 and 14 years old, on an old aircooled RD350.
Since then we have never stopped riding.

I was wondering, if you look at the road from PE to Durban, through the Transkei etc, who has recently ridden this route?

Any advice, warnings, tips etc ?

Do we do it in one big hit, or do we go to East London, find a guest house and sleep over, then hit the road early and do a one hit runner?

Advice on where to sleep in East London that is CHEAP, Clean and "safe" for the bikes would be appreciated.



ROUGH AGENDA.

Landing at 22.00 on the 3rd in Cape Town, probably leaving for George the 5th via the coastal route as advised by Goose, sleeping somewhere in George or Oudtshoorn area in a CHEAP, clean, safe guesthouse or similar (Not camping) so that we can meet up with Jupiter to do Baviaans, then sleep in the caves en-route.
I have some business to deal with in PE, so probably Monday and Tuesday spent in PE, then off to Durban for a day or two,, hoping to meet up withh Dirty Boy (James), then going up to Rustenburg via Eshowe and Melmoth (we went to school and koshuis there, so has to be done) and then back to my brothers place in Springs.
I will be doing a solo ride from Springs/Dunnottar on the bike, unless someone wants to join me,  back to Paarl, leaving the 16th or 17th so that I am in Cape Town by the 18th. flying out the 19th again.



PM me, or post in here if you have advice, tips etc please.
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Buff on March 03, 2013, 12:43:26 pm
Make it really worthwhile and go down to the coast in the Transkei and sleep over at Mazeppa Bay Hotel. The best adventure riding area... ever!!! It's a 140km detour off the N2.
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Goose on March 03, 2013, 03:06:00 pm
Kom boetie... kom.......... ons wag vir jou.

Weather predicted for Cape Town tomorrow - Monday - 38deg with ample sun............   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 04, 2013, 12:08:14 pm
Make it really worthwhile and go down to the coast in the Transkei and sleep over at Mazeppa Bay Hotel. The best adventure riding area... ever!!! It's a 140km detour off the N2.

My brother wants to go to Dwessa/Dwesa..... not sure how to spell it, we used to go there as kids in the early 70's with our parents and uncles, aunts and cousins every Christmas.....

No idea what it looks like these days.
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 04, 2013, 12:09:39 pm
Kom boetie... kom.......... ons wag vir jou.

Weather predicted for Cape Town tomorrow - Monday - 38deg with ample sun............   :thumleft:

Be there as soon as possible  :biggrin:

Just booked the 7th April at http://www.baviaansuitspan.co.za/

Will be doing that section with Jupiter as well.
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Chrissie B on March 04, 2013, 04:39:39 pm

Great story...  :3some:  I wish my parents had been kinder to me, no bikes allowed! But to piss them off I bought my younger brother an old Suzuki 50cc for his 16th birthday... and I only got my first bike at about 27y (Katana 750MKII), but I did ride my (now ex) hubby's RD350 now and then.

Your trip will be great, I'm sure, especially judging from the 5000km Solo trip I just did around SA, it was fantastic.   ;D

Pity you're not coming further north, I always have space for weary travelers.  Keep us up to date.  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Gérrard on March 04, 2013, 05:40:54 pm
Kom boetie... kom.......... ons wag vir jou.

Weather predicted for Cape Town tomorrow - Monday - 38deg with ample sun............   :thumleft:

Be there as soon as possible  :biggrin:

Just booked the 7th April at http://www.baviaansuitspan.co.za/

Will be doing that section with Jupiter as well.

 :thumleft: En die rede hoekom ek my tent saamvat is om bo in die kloof te kamp ver van julle twee snorkers af  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 04, 2013, 07:02:40 pm
Kom boetie... kom.......... ons wag vir jou.

Weather predicted for Cape Town tomorrow - Monday - 38deg with ample sun............   :thumleft:

Be there as soon as possible  :biggrin:

Just booked the 7th April at http://www.baviaansuitspan.co.za/

Will be doing that section with Jupiter as well.

 :thumleft: En die rede hoekom ek my tent saamvat is om bo in die kloof te kamp ver van julle twee snorkers af  :imaposer:

Jy is maar lekker bang ne??

Deon slaap so diep waneer hy n bottel brandewyn deur gedraf het dat jy niks met hom kan doen nie.


Chrissie..... Dankie.

Ons tyd is relatief beperk, ek weet nie hoe ver noord jy is nie, maar ons kon altyd vir jou n Wimpy koffie gekoop het erens langs die pad.
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Chrissie B on March 04, 2013, 11:30:32 pm



Chrissie..... Dankie.

Ons tyd is relatief beperk, ek weet nie hoe ver noord jy is nie, maar ons kon altyd vir jou n Wimpy koffie gekoop het erens langs die pad.

Ja nie, I'm a bit too far north/east, near Kruger Park.  And although I'd love to just come south for a ride, I don't think I can do that again in a looong while. 
Only just got back from 18 days of riding  ;D

Was actually just busy updating my ride report.  It's taking forever to write  ::)

Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 05, 2013, 10:13:57 am



Chrissie..... Dankie.

Ons tyd is relatief beperk, ek weet nie hoe ver noord jy is nie, maar ons kon altyd vir jou n Wimpy koffie gekoop het erens langs die pad.

Ja nie, I'm a bit too far north/east, near Kruger Park.  And although I'd love to just come south for a ride, I don't think I can do that again in a looong while. 
Only just got back from 18 days of riding  ;D

Was actually just busy updating my ride report.  It's taking forever to write  ::)




No Problem.


Just booked into Kosie's place last night for the Saturday night in George.
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Goose on March 05, 2013, 12:51:34 pm
Kom boetie... kom.......... ons wag vir jou.

Weather predicted for Cape Town tomorrow - Monday - 38deg with ample sun............   :thumleft:

Be there as soon as possible  :biggrin:

Just booked the 7th April at http://www.baviaansuitspan.co.za/

Will be doing that section with Jupiter as well.

 :thumleft: En die rede hoekom ek my tent saamvat is om bo in die kloof te kamp ver van julle twee snorkers af  :imaposer:


Wyse man indeed............  luister die bosbou ouens in Baviaans gaan kom vra om Grizz 'n permit het om daai interne gebrom toe te laat!  Hy gaan al die wildlife verdryf!   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Goose on March 07, 2013, 08:52:19 am
Grizz - groot 'seblief old man........... I need you to bring something else with you to SA...


PLEASE can you bring my GSA.............. I'm sure that if you deflate the tyres and just remove the screen, that it will fit in as excess baggage!!   :peepwall:
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Mr Zog on March 07, 2013, 10:51:56 am
Grizz - groot 'seblief old man........... I need you to bring something else with you to SA...


PLEASE can you bring my GSA.............. I'm sure that if you deflate the tyres and just remove the screen, that it will fit in as excess baggage!!   :peepwall:


Kak man, just ride it down...  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 09, 2013, 10:58:35 am
Grizz - groot 'seblief old man........... I need you to bring something else with you to SA...


PLEASE can you bring my GSA.............. I'm sure that if you deflate the tyres and just remove the screen, that it will fit in as excess baggage!!   :peepwall:


Kak man, just ride it down...  :peepwall:

Now that would be a ride and a half.



Still looking to find a place midway between PE and Durban on the inland route via Queenstown to sleep over one night.

Not sure how far Maclear is from PE?
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Dirt Junkie on March 09, 2013, 11:28:18 am
Grizz - groot 'seblief old man........... I need you to bring something else with you to SA...


PLEASE can you bring my GSA.............. I'm sure that if you deflate the tyres and just remove the screen, that it will fit in as excess baggage!!   :peepwall:


Kak man, just ride it down...  :peepwall:

Now that would be a ride and a half.



Still looking to find a place midway between PE and Durban on the inland route via Queenstown to sleep over one night.

Not sure how far Maclear is from PE?
almost 600
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 09, 2013, 11:34:09 am
Grizz - groot 'seblief old man........... I need you to bring something else with you to SA...


PLEASE can you bring my GSA.............. I'm sure that if you deflate the tyres and just remove the screen, that it will fit in as excess baggage!!   :peepwall:


Kak man, just ride it down...  :peepwall:

Now that would be a ride and a half.



Still looking to find a place midway between PE and Durban on the inland route via Queenstown to sleep over one night.

Not sure how far Maclear is from PE?
almost 600


So I guess more than halfway.

Did not seem to be much between Queenstown and Maclear though.

We are headed for Westville, so in the middle or just over halfway is ideal.
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Dirt Junkie on March 09, 2013, 11:59:34 am
Pe to Maclear via Queenstown 537km
might be nice to stay at the mountain shadow from PE it's 490km
http://www.mountainshadowshotel.co.za/index.htm (http://www.mountainshadowshotel.co.za/index.htm)
(http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g461/2827432187429874/Capture1111-1_zpsc922a52b.jpg)
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 09, 2013, 12:02:56 pm
Pe to Maclear via Queenstown 537km
might be nice to stay at the mountain shadow from PE it's 490km
http://www.mountainshadowshotel.co.za/index.htm (http://www.mountainshadowshotel.co.za/index.htm)
(http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g461/2827432187429874/Capture1111-1_zpsc922a52b.jpg)


Thanks for that boet, I am busy painting our entrance porch as the boss has a bee in her knickers about it this week.... Redecoration.

How far would Durban/Westville be from there if we went via Petermaritzburg?

Thanks for your mapping.
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Dirt Junkie on March 09, 2013, 12:20:16 pm
Good luck with the painting, it's 455km if you stick to the N2 and R56 to Petermaritzburg and the N3 to Durbs Westville
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 09, 2013, 12:31:41 pm
Good luck with the painting, it's 455km if you stick to the N2 and R56 to Petermaritzburg and the N3 to Durbs Westville

Sounds like Mountain Shadow is a good place to point toward.

Will Google later to see whats available there.
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 09, 2013, 08:00:00 pm
Just spoke to lovely Lelane at the hotel.

Looks like we may be staying there a night.
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: BiG DoM on March 09, 2013, 08:41:43 pm
Have you then decided not to go through TK but up toward the berg??
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 10, 2013, 01:18:58 am
Have you then decided not to go through TK but up toward the berg??

Hi Dom,

TK not completely out yet, Dwesa could screw that one up for us.

I will decide in the next week if we go inland or coastal.

Main or only reason for not going TK route is everyone on here saying its dangerous etc.

Why you asking?
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: BiG DoM on March 10, 2013, 07:02:23 am
No just looking at your routing and saw you were heading to Queenstown - Maclear. I would not consider TK is unsafe and the reserves like Dwesa are well controlled as are the other resorts like Mazeppa etc that have been going for years. The unsafe part are the idjutz on the road and in the CBD's of Uhmtata, Butterwoth etc. Once toward the coast becomes more relaxing - as always  O0

Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 10, 2013, 07:26:45 am
What a great story Grizz, you do your parents a great honour.


Have a very lekker trip!
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 10, 2013, 08:06:00 am
No just looking at your routing and saw you were heading to Queenstown - Maclear. I would not consider TK is unsafe and the reserves like Dwesa are well controlled as are the other resorts like Mazeppa etc that have been going for years. The unsafe part are the idjutz on the road and in the CBD's of Uhmtata, Butterwoth etc. Once toward the coast becomes more relaxing - as always  O0



Thanks for the reply Dom,
You also have a PM now, as you have scrambled my thoughts a bit  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 10, 2013, 08:10:26 am
What a great story Grizz, you do your parents a great honour.


Have a very lekker trip!

Thanks BlueBull, that is the plan.

My parents were not that special in the greater scheme of things, but rather special to us, and if they were not what they were to us, we could not be who we are today.

They would both have loved to have been on this ride themselves, or encouraged us to do it.

Also, this is another great opportunity to spend time with my brother, who I actually like a whole lot.

I have not been in SA for more than 6 years.

I am fortunate that my wife is insisting that I go do this ride with him.
Title: Re: Coming to SA for a nice Ride. ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 10, 2013, 08:42:07 am
Woke at 05.00 (03.00 in SA), got up, made some tea, played with the cats, surfed the forums, so now sitting here plotting routes etc.....  Route: PE - Westville (Durban)

This part of the route plan has been the most difficult of the whole ride plan, as I wanted minimal restrictions, and have a few waypoints that are NOT Negotiable. Port Elizabeth, where I need to do some business, Dunnottar where Deon, my brother lives, and the 19th April I have to be in Paarl at 15.00 to get ready to fly back to the UK.

Everything else is just details

This is the PRE-Ride Report for those who do not know about it.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=106063.0

Getting from PE to Durban is a bit of a dilema, due to warnings etc.... but Dwesa played a huge part in our growing up.

Dwesa is about 80km or 1hr50min from Idutywa on the N2

PE - Dwesa via N2 = 480km or 6hr40min

Dwesa - Westville via Kokstad = 570km or 7hr45min


CONVERSELY.....

PE - Mountain Shadows hotel (Elliot) = 490km or 6hr35min

Mountain Shadows - Westville (Durban) = 500km or 6hr30min


So Coastal route Dwesa, which has huge significance to both of us = 1050km or 14hr25min

                                                        OR

Inland route via Elliot, "safer" recommended by some and just a ride = 990km or 13hr05min


What does the communal conscience and knowledge say?

Try to support your vote with facts and experience.

I also know that one could have a prefect trip from Cape Town to Cairo, or you could get killed going out for a liter of milk.

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Geotraveller on March 10, 2013, 03:17:07 pm
Cant believe I only started reading this now! Subscribed.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Tiger8 on March 11, 2013, 10:57:52 am
Grizz, the mrs and I did a solo ride through the TK from PE-Durban. We had a good experience and could not understand the nay-sayers view. That being said, the speed in parts of the TK must be slower than normal, when approaching settlements and towns, always look for animals and idiots. If you ride sensibly you will have a great time. The people and even the Taxi's are friendly, we spoke to a couple of them on the road and if you wave and smile, they are very friendly.

This was our experience, we can chat when you get to PE or PM me, happy to share our experience of the TK, it was good. :thumleft:

(PS: we were on the Triumph doing a road trip - tar only N2, at the time)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 11, 2013, 02:29:08 pm
Grizz, the mrs and I did a solo ride through the TK from PE-Durban. We had a good experience and could not understand the nay-sayers view. That being said, the speed in parts of the TK must be slower than normal, when approaching settlements and towns, always look for animals and idiots. If you ride sensibly you will have a great time. The people and even the Taxi's are friendly, we spoke to a couple of them on the road and if you wave and smile, they are very friendly.

This was our experience, we can chat when you get to PE or PM me, happy to share our experience of the TK, it was good. :thumleft:

(PS: we were on the Triumph doing a road trip - tar only N2, at the time)

Sounds good.

I will still finalize with my brother.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 11, 2013, 10:25:42 pm
Thought I would post a couple of pics of the man of the moment.......

I give you a man with refined taste.....


Mr DOZER !!

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P8062132_zpsb2a36d6c.jpg)


I GIVE YOU A MAN WITH A MOERSE HORING

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/100_3294_zpsc4cb38a8.jpg)


The last time I saw him Nicola and I slept in this caravan I had built for us, and he slept on a matress in the back of my VW Touran.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/100_3209_zps7dd77396.jpg)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 12, 2013, 09:14:59 am
Had a long chat with my brother last night and in the end decided to keep our good memories from 40 years ago in place. When we used to go there, there was one brick built house and a rondawel. Long grass and foot paths. My mum managed to hit my dads Ford Corsair's bonnet with a .22 one night when the grown ups went shooting rabbits for the pot in the cars headlights..... Yep, whisky and "bok koors" can do that to you.

We decided the inland route and then to drop down to Camperdown where they lived when mum died and then down to Dirty Boy in Durban would be great new memories.

Now just need to pre-book at Mountain Shadows Hotel at Elliot, then we will be sorted for accomodation on this trip.

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Gérrard on March 12, 2013, 09:33:28 am
Goeie keuse vir blyplek. Julle sal dit moerse geniet.

As julle lus het vir bietjie grondpad ry soontoe gaan ek vir jull 'n mooi een gee.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 12, 2013, 10:00:25 am
Goeie keuse vir blyplek. Julle sal dit moerse geniet.

As julle lus het vir bietjie grondpad ry soontoe gaan ek vir jull 'n mooi een gee.

Klink goed.

Ons sal baie praat waneer ons daar is.

Is jy op kantoor vandag?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Gérrard on March 12, 2013, 10:08:48 am
Goeie keuse vir blyplek. Julle sal dit moerse geniet.

As julle lus het vir bietjie grondpad ry soontoe gaan ek vir jull 'n mooi een gee.

Klink goed.

Ons sal baie praat waneer ons daar is.

Is jy op kantoor vandag?

Ja en sal net van 1100 af so bietjie werk  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: BiG DoM on March 12, 2013, 03:34:29 pm
I hear Bastervoetpad calling  :biggrin:   Really cannot go that way and not do it.  :3some:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Gérrard on March 12, 2013, 03:37:02 pm
I hear Bastervoetpad calling  :biggrin:   Really cannot go that way and not do it.  :3some:

I thought about it... send them that way, but not tell them what they in for.  >:D  But Grizz has told me what type of roads and riding they want and don't think it will be kind on them.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: BiG DoM on March 12, 2013, 03:51:46 pm
I hear Bastervoetpad calling  :biggrin:   Really cannot go that way and not do it.  :3some:

I thought about it... send them that way, but not tell them what they in for.  >:D  But Grizz has told me what type of roads and riding they want and don't think it will be kind on them.  :biggrin:

Ahh - anyway alot of other good riding up there that way ...
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: Tiger8 on March 12, 2013, 03:53:57 pm
I hear Bastervoetpad calling  :biggrin:   Really cannot go that way and not do it.  :3some:

I thought about it... send them that way, but not tell them what they in for.  >:D  But Grizz has told me what type of roads and riding they want and don't think it will be kind on them.  :biggrin:

And remember the "Boys" aren't as young as what they used to be, when they last ran around "Them Thar Hills"  >:D  :peepwall: :pot:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: BiG DoM on March 12, 2013, 08:29:14 pm
I hear Bastervoetpad calling  :biggrin:   Really cannot go that way and not do it.  :3some:

I thought about it... send them that way, but not tell them what they in for.  >:D  But Grizz has told me what type of roads and riding they want and don't think it will be kind on them.  :biggrin:

And remember the "Boys" aren't as young as what they used to be, when they last ran around "Them Thar Hills"  >:D  :peepwall: :pot:


Now that would be a pathetic excuse,
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 12, 2013, 09:30:31 pm
I hear Bastervoetpad calling  :biggrin:   Really cannot go that way and not do it.  :3some:

I will have you know that I am the guy who took a R1100R on Avon Azaros over Zuurberg years ago......

I would be game, but it is not my bike, its an unknown quantity, and I do not want to break my brother, his bike or myself or Mavericks bike.

I am sure we will do just fine with the roads we will be on.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. UNDER ONE MONTH TO GO !!!
Post by: grizz on March 15, 2013, 11:21:14 pm
I designed some stickers a while ago and ordered them.

Today they came in the post.... I am pleased.

The idea is to stick them in random places during this ride and to feature the sticker in some of the pics, a bit like "photo bombing"


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/58_zpsbee923b2.jpg)


So look out where we go, it may just be on your front door.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: grizz on March 18, 2013, 01:41:26 am
In other  news.......


Some of you probably know that I am a real Boerseun/Redneck at heart, so I have always wanted another bakkie/pickup, ever since having one as a student.

Well, it has started.

Yesterday, Myrtle the 1956 Ford Anglia 100E sold to a young petrol head named Dan.
It left me with an emotional wife and feeling like I shot Bambi.

Next up is getting the Transit ready for selling too.

With one car out the garage, it meant that I could empty, then rearrange the contents of the garage, which I did today.

This was the final swansong for the Anglia, hopefully the Transit will follow soon and then set us up to find a Chevy pickup truck.

(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb451/69_Roadrunner/IMG_6044.jpg)

A very happy family.

It is great to have a 13 year old petrol head buy the car as it gives me hope for the future of our hobby.

(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb451/69_Roadrunner/IMG_6049.jpg)


DAN THE MAN......

He wanted to ride home in the Anglia on the back of the trailer.
I suspect he would have loved to have taken a sleeping bag into the garage and slept n her last night.

(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb451/69_Roadrunner/IMG_6059.jpg)

Following the SVT Lightening to her new home where she will be sharing the garage with a Model T Roadster and a white Plymouth Roadrunner

(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb451/69_Roadrunner/IMG_6063.jpg)


Once I reversed the bus out the garage it was much easier to rearrange everything.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/bus_zps8002bfd2.jpg)

Now just need to sell and then start all over again, looking for a Chevy Pickup truck.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: grizz on March 18, 2013, 01:43:31 am
Hoping to get an early 60's Chevy C10 Short Fleetside truck.


This is out of my league, but would love something like this.

(http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=1072691&stc=1&d=1362788070)

(http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=1072692&stc=1&d=1362788070)

(http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=1072693&stc=1&d=1362788070)

(http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=1072694&stc=1&d=1362788070)

(http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=1072695&stc=1&d=1362788070)

Something like this would be cool too, but I do not really want a Stepside.

(http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=1076691&stc=1&d=1363393270)

(http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=1076694&stc=1&d=1363393270)

(http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=1076695&stc=1&d=1363393270)

BUT I GUESS THIS IS WHAT I WILL END UP WITH.

(http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=1068812&d=1362153397)


Now just to find a good new home for a Zetec powered Transit van.

Know anybody ?


Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: bungycool on March 18, 2013, 02:15:51 am
boet that yellow one looks like the toyota landcruiser my folks had when I was six in botswana! its not out of your league you might have to work on it to get it there but if I know someone thats got some work left in them its you! looking forward to the next part of the project!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: Goose on March 18, 2013, 09:11:42 am
boet that yellow one looks like the toyota landcruiser my folks had when I was six in botswana! its not out of your league you might have to work on it to get it there but if I know someone thats got some work left in them its you! looking forward to the next part of the project!!




listen the fuel alone........... would put that out of his league.....  :eek7:  Grizz - what's it over there now.......  1.45/litre....?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: Gérrard on March 18, 2013, 12:00:07 pm
Smaak daai stickers oor 'n honderd  :thumleft: Onthou laat ek een kry.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: bungycool on March 18, 2013, 10:27:31 pm
boet that yellow one looks like the toyota landcruiser my folks had when I was six in botswana! its not out of your league you might have to work on it to get it there but if I know someone thats got some work left in them its you! looking forward to the next part of the project!!





listen the fuel alone........... would put that out of his league.....  :eek7:  Grizz - what's it over there now.......  1.45/litre....?
Was down in lundun taan couple weeks ago and saw a filling station with £1,79/l
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: Goose on March 18, 2013, 10:32:39 pm
boet that yellow one looks like the toyota landcruiser my folks had when I was six in botswana! its not out of your league you might have to work on it to get it there but if I know someone thats got some work left in them its you! looking forward to the next part of the project!!





listen the fuel alone........... would put that out of his league.....  :eek7:  Grizz - what's it over there now.......  1.45/litre....?
Was down in lundun taan couple weeks ago and saw a filling station with £1,79/l


oh jeez............   :'( :'( :'( :'(  R 24.77/litre..............
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: grizz on March 19, 2013, 01:22:09 pm
Smaak daai stickers oor 'n honderd  :thumleft: Onthou laat ek een kry.


Jy is meer as welkom, onthou net om my te vra vir een.

Hier is n bietjie ander nuus, or for the English speakers..... here is some more news, well, just a bunch of photos.

I suspect this ride has something to do with my Mojo returning too   :biggrin:

I seem to have lost my MOJO the last few years, but it seems to be creeping back.

Yesterday, for the first time since August 2010, the Grizz-Pod came out of the garage.

After selling the Anglia to Young Dan Young over the weekend, there suddenly was more space in the garage to move stuff about, first was the Transit, which is also up for sale, and I will be writing up a full for sale ad for it as soon as the time is right, unless someone comes in by PM and comes to take a look and decides to buy what is a pretty unique van/car.

Yesterday I decided to turn the Transit around in the garage so that it faces outward, and as is usually the case, a whole lot of other stuff started happening......

I decided a wash and some T-Cut is in order.

Once the bus was turned about, I started moving stuff about again, and then pulled the Grizz-Pod out and decided it needed a wash as well, as it never got washed after we came back from honeymoon in August 2010

So I will now just photos dump, as the bus and trailer does look different from different angles, and interestingly, if you look at some pics they look bigger than in others.


Sunlight.......

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000207_zps48172d8c.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000213_zpsa898d33b.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000226_zpsd775bc39.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000229_zps93f0f1aa.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000233_zps521c7fe4.jpg)


HOVER BUS

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000269_zpsd64afd71.jpg)

Washed and sparkly

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000277_zps1d4acfa2.jpg)

Washed as well, Much better, drying next.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000286_zpsd9016706.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000294_zps54662dce.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000299_zps900b1f04.jpg)

Just how low can you go ?

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000311_zpsd5010297.jpg)

Says it all.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000320_zps0072653c.jpg)


So next up is to sell the transit, and then get a Chevy pickup truck for the teardrop trailer.

Now to go start the T-Cut on the bus.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: grizz on March 19, 2013, 03:42:34 pm
NO MORE GRIZZ MOBILE......

After getting some advice on removing the Graffitti which this bus was known by, as it may put some buyers off, I have used some thinners, a couple of rags and done 4 passes on it all, soak, scrub, scrub, wash and then wiped again with a good old T-shirt.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/going3_zpsf1694e44.jpg)


GOING.......


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/going1_zps8be6e52f.jpg)


GOING.......

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/going2_zps8aaeaee3.jpg)


GONE !!!!

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/going_zps22905eb1.jpg)


Next up some polish and a bit of rubbing should see it almost disappear.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: BiG DoM on March 19, 2013, 04:56:42 pm
Plus some elbow grease  O0
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: Pistonpete on March 19, 2013, 04:59:09 pm
Dude...you got to much time on your hands or you turning your hard work into pound  ;D
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: Pistonpete on March 19, 2013, 05:00:17 pm
Oh....and Jeremy Clarkson's a huge fan of yours.... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: grizz on March 19, 2013, 09:23:28 pm
Oh....and Jeremy Clarkson's a huge fan of yours.... :biggrin:


......... Errrrrmmmmmm ??

Doubt it, unless I am missing a point here.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: Pistonpete on March 19, 2013, 09:51:03 pm
VW Combi's....towing a van are a nightmare on certain roads.... :laughing4:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: grizz on March 19, 2013, 10:28:54 pm
VW Combi's....towing a van are a nightmare on certain roads.... :laughing4:


GOTCHA!!!


Lucky thats not a VW van..... it is a Ford Transit.

In other news....

Next up I spent over 5 hours with T-Cut polishing and hand buffing the whole van, even the roof, which is a PITA.

I must say, it has come up pretty decently, so I hope it helps when it comes to selling.

GRIZZ-MOBILE graffitti side polished out well.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/going5_zpse5f8230c.jpg)

Other side done as well.

By this time I had to push the van inside again, as evening condensation was coming down.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/going4_zpsefd98564.jpg)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Sticker Bombing.......
Post by: grizz on March 21, 2013, 11:12:00 pm
Today.......

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/110_zpse6615b18.jpg)


And a short YouTube clip/




Thanks to Dirk and all involved.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. One week to go ......
Post by: grizz on March 27, 2013, 10:38:17 am
Well, all things being equal, this time next week I am either sitting in a plane on the runway at Schipol in The Netherlands, or in a Business Class lounge on my way home to SA for the ride of a lifetime.

Looking forward to this.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. One week to go ......
Post by: Gérrard on March 27, 2013, 10:54:17 am
Jy kan dit weer sê. Soos dit klink gaan ons dik moet gooi deur Baviaans. First ride wat jy gaan onthou.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. One week to go ......
Post by: grizz on March 27, 2013, 11:03:43 am
FARKINELLL !!!

Just updated my travel insurance.

Basic 12 month policy was £74.00

Now bike as transport is Hazardous pursuit and cost me an extra £239.40

At these prices you almost want to taste hospital food.



JUPITER- I really hope this ride does not turn into shit through Baviaans on the bikes we are on.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. One week to go ......
Post by: Gérrard on March 27, 2013, 11:07:01 am
Don't worry. We'll take it real easy and have lots of time. I'm a banggat rider and don't take risks... unecessarily.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE HAPPENED !!
Post by: grizz on March 30, 2013, 09:41:48 pm
HAVE I MENTIONED THAT I LOVE MY WIFE A WHOLE LOT ??


Today she suggested I contact KLM to see what it would cost me to change my return date to a later date, as I still do not have a job.....

And possibly the the fact that this may be the last time I go to South Africa..... :( :( :( :(

Anyway, called KLM and got the flight changed to the 29th of April.

NO COST !!!!!


I will be re=tiliing my brohers kitchen and bathroom in the extra days, so if anyone wants to come have a coffee or help......

You know where I am..... :peepwall:



Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE HAPPENED !!
Post by: Gérrard on March 30, 2013, 09:45:38 pm
En dit reën lekker hier by ons van gister af.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE HAPPENED !!
Post by: BiG DoM on March 30, 2013, 10:13:44 pm
Ja boet -  had 53mm here since yesterday by1pm today. My boet also here from Pomieland and as if he brought it with him!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE HAPPENED !!
Post by: grizz on March 30, 2013, 10:48:42 pm
Ja boet -  had 53mm here since yesterday by1pm today. My boet also here from Pomieland and as is he brought it with him!


Bliksem !!!!


Guess I will be packing these then.

(http://images.esellerpro.com/2152/I/318/15/XS0602-union-jack-wellies_1_1000.jpg)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE HAPPENED !!
Post by: Goose on March 31, 2013, 08:57:51 am
nee boet - jy's te lank weg gewees............. ons dra nie "Wellies"  hier nie.... net "Vellies" met lang sokkies!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE HAPPENED !!
Post by: grizz on April 01, 2013, 01:20:04 am
Right, I have been sitting on this report entry for quite a few weeks.

This ride seems to have been destined to happen.

Deon and I have spoken about it many times over the years, even when he was raising a family and had no bikes for about 20 years, as his family always came first..... which idiot pays maintenance to his ex-wife until his son is 23 and his daughter 21 ?
 DWISS or SAINT ??

So many a night we would sit next to the fire talking about this ride in various forms, even when our dad was alive, we used fantasize about taking him as a pillion, or putting him on a lowered F650GS (the toppie was a short arse)

Anyway, as mentioned before, my dad told Deon to buy a bike from his inheritance when he died, so Deon got this great used 1150GS.
Then Nicola's brother offered to buy me a Business class ticket to SA if I paid the taxes..... which were £648 if I recall correctly. But an experience worth having it seems. This was her present to me for my 50th birthday.
My plan was to buy a +- 650cc bike here and export it over to SA or buy something there and then get Deon to sell it after the trip.

Then Dirk ~Maverick~ and I spoke about the trip and out of the blue he suggested I do not buy a bike, but use his r100gs which already lives in the Cape......

Right, at this point I will not name and shame people for their generosity (as I would not want people to know if I had sorted someone out )
But if you see a description on here of the deed you did and offered, and want to mention it was you, please do.


I got a message from a guy offering me a free 660 delivered in Cape Town if I needed it quite early on.

Then about two weeks ago, the following PM landed in my box.......  "You're welcome to my DL1000 when you come to SA, got plastic panniers and Topbox as well. But I'm in Joburg."

Then last week another PM landed
" Hey Rian,

Been reading a bit about your trip to SA with your boet. Looks very lekker.  

I also noted that you are using a bike from a forum member. Is that bike sorted now? Reason I'm asking, my GSA will be standing at home while I am at work here in L****** until at least the 16th April. If the bike you are borrowing falls through, or if it breaks down, you can use mine. Its new, only about 6700km on the clock. Has full panniers, topbox, tooltube, bigfoot, etc. You may just want to re-attach the number plate (I took it off and attached it to the topbox - upside down   )

Its fully insured (I will just have to let the insurer know if you use it) and standing in my garage in Pretoria. I also have a new set of Anakee 2's ready to be fitted if the rear tyre wont make the distance you plan on doing (still original Metzeler front and rear)

Just let me know if you need it..."

Followed after a chat with him, by the following PM
"No worries Rian,

I dont have a landline, just a cell, but I dont pay incoming international rates in L****** (a deal between Vodacom SA and Vodacom L******) so taking calls is easy. My cell number is ############, my email is XXXXYYYYYZZ@XYZ.com I have a @@@@@@@@@@@@ so usually can reply even if internet in L****** conks out, as it often does.

If the bike from Dirk doesn't happen for whatever reason, mine is free. It will need to be serviced at 10k km, but that should still leave you over 3000km of riding.

And if we need to get the bike to Cape Town I'm sure that somehow someone from the forum will be able to assist. Somehow.

Just shout if you need it "


Then over this weekend Nicola asked me if I would like to stay a bit longer as none of the job applications have been successful, and I probably will not go back to SA soon after this trip, as we usually get Deon over here to come holiday in Europe etc. (ohh, and to do odd jobs like plumbing and electrical around the house.)  I will be redoing his kitchen and bathroom tiles for him now that I have some extra time.

So I called KLM on Saturday and got my flight delayed by a week at no additional cost.

And to add to everything, I was going to call a taxi to take me to the airport at 02.00 as I need to be there by 04.30 to book in, taxi was going to be £80.00 and here my trials riding buddy Jon was here the other day and said if I came to his place on Tuesday evening, I could kip on the couch for a few hours with the dog and cats and then he would take me to the airport.



So I guess this trip is meant to happen.


I just want to say a HUGE public thank you to everyone, from Goose for radio comms, mapwork etc, Jupiter for being an allround good guy, James "Dirty Boy" for insisting we stay over at his place in KZN and very other one of you that have had input into this ride, like Transkei directions etc.... Every offer of accommodation, food, coffee etc.

I hope to run into as many of you guys as possible on the way to say thanks or maybe ride a part of this trip together.

Cheers,

Rian.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE HAPPENED !!
Post by: Berty77 on April 01, 2013, 03:49:37 pm
 :ricky: sub
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE HAPPENED !!
Post by: grizz on April 01, 2013, 04:09:10 pm
Nicola just came home from the shops.

I had been spared the trip, so ended up in the garage, and cut the grass earlier.

Anyway, she said that she felt really guilty toward you guys for sending me home for a holiday, when in fact she was going to get the break....... from me snoring. Some nights she goes downstairs to sleep or into the spare room  :imaposer:

Anyway, as part of her apology to you guys, she has bought me a bulk load of soft earplugs to share out where ever I sleep over......

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/earplugs_zpse0b143dc.jpg)


Time is ticking now....
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE HAPPENED !!
Post by: Mr Zog on April 02, 2013, 09:08:06 am
Have a safe flight out grizz  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE HAPPENED !!
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2013, 10:28:17 am
Anyway, as part of her apology to you guys, she has bought me a bulk load of soft earplugs to share out where ever I sleep over......

Ek dink to maar ek moet my tent pak en bo in die kloof gaan slaap.  :eek7:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE HAPPENED !!
Post by: grizz on April 02, 2013, 11:47:58 am
Anyway, as part of her apology to you guys, she has bought me a bulk load of soft earplugs to share out where ever I sleep over......

Ek dink to maar ek moet my tent pak en bo in die kloof gaan slaap.  :eek7:  :imaposer:

NORRAFOK !!!

I spoke to the guest house and they have a kennel just outside the chalet for you.

In other news......

Extended my medical insurance, printed my boarding pass..... EK IS REG !!

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/photo_zps812695ed.jpg)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: woody1 on April 02, 2013, 12:25:05 pm
Ek hoop jou paspoort is nog reg vir die hallo se hier in BRAKPAN. Lekker vlieg en lekker ry  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: grizz on April 02, 2013, 12:38:53 pm
Ek hoop jou paspoort is nog reg vir die hallo se hier in BRAKPAN. Lekker vlieg en lekker ry  :ricky: :ricky:

Beslis.

Ek bly mos nou n week langer, so ek plan om Deon te oortuig dat ek sy kombuis en badkamer moet oorteel.

Daar sal beslis tyd wees vir n koffie en hallo se.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: woody1 on April 02, 2013, 12:50:09 pm
Mooi ons is hier  ek reel sommer vir 'n skaapkop  :pot:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: Kosie on April 02, 2013, 02:28:35 pm
Mooi ons is hier  ek reel sommer vir 'n skaapkop  :pot:
Lekker vlieg ons sien julle Saterdag!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2013, 02:47:16 pm
Mooi ons is hier  ek reel sommer vir 'n skaapkop  :pot:
Lekker vlieg ons sien julle Saterdag!

As julle die sewe passe gaan saamry, onthou om uit te werk, en my te laat weet, hoe laat ek julle op Rheenendal by die garage moet kry Sondagoggend.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: grizz on April 02, 2013, 03:09:56 pm
Mooi ons is hier  ek reel sommer vir 'n skaapkop  :pot:

Hou jy maar aan met daai lepel.....

Deon sal saam met jou eet.

Ek sal maar n toebroodjie eet.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2013, 03:12:42 pm
PE Honne kom kuier saam http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=121120.0   :deal:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: Goose on April 02, 2013, 08:53:26 pm
veilige vlug ou maat. sien uit daarna om jou te sien........ (moenie my TV remote vergeet nie asseblief man... :peepwall:)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: Buff on April 02, 2013, 09:00:36 pm
Safe travels Grizz.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: grizz on April 02, 2013, 10:16:53 pm
veilige vlug ou maat. sien uit daarna om jou te sien........ (moenie my TV remote vergeet nie asseblief man... :peepwall:)

Ja ou moangat...... missing your hugs too.  XXXXXXX

Remote is packed, along with moerse pipe spanner and a whole power shower and two two way radios, other comms stuff etc....
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: grizz on April 02, 2013, 10:17:54 pm
Safe travels Grizz.


Thanks boet, hope to take my helmet as hand bagage, then I should be OK   :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2013, 10:21:05 pm
Safe travels Grizz.


Thanks boet, hope to take my helmet as hand bagage, then I should be OK   :imaposer:
Sien julle sondagoggend. onthou om my te laat weet hoe laat ek julle op Rheenendal moet kry. Die SC Honne sal vir jou die timing kan uitwerk. Sal my net so 10 minute vat om daar te kom.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! Boarding pass printed.
Post by: grizz on April 03, 2013, 12:16:25 am
Safe travels Grizz.


Thanks boet, hope to take my helmet as hand bagage, then I should be OK   :imaposer:
Sien julle sondagoggend. onthou om my te laat weet hoe laat ek julle op Rheenendal moet kry. Die SC Honne sal vir jou die timing kan uitwerk. Sal my net so 10 minute vat om daar te kom.


Ek het geen idee nie, maar ons sal sekerlik comms he.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! On my way........
Post by: grizz on April 03, 2013, 07:32:20 am
Minute by minute reporting.....

On board.

Getting excited now
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! On my way........
Post by: Welsh on April 03, 2013, 07:34:26 am
Minute by minute reporting.....

On board.

Getting excited now

You got a day flight Grizz?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! On my way........
Post by: Gérrard on April 03, 2013, 12:29:13 pm
The MAN being spoiled first time around in Business Class, arriving in the lounge and sitting down for a lekker brekkie. Also plenty of leg room on the plane.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! On my way........
Post by: Goose on April 03, 2013, 12:37:14 pm
Eish - darem lekker ne!

My first time in Business Class was a bonus - believe it or not - I had a hand in getting a repair done to the electrical systym in the bulkhead. Prevented a massive delay and to say "thanks"  the capt had me upgraded from Cattle class to Business.... for the long-haul to Cape Town.. nice................. too bloody excited so wasn't even able to ,make use of the flatbed to sleep.......   :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! On my way........
Post by: Shangali on April 03, 2013, 01:48:43 pm


    :sip:

   Welcome to South Africa!

  Have yourself a super trip here in sunny S.A.
 
    :sip:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! On my way........
Post by: ®©errie on April 03, 2013, 02:04:16 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! On my way........
Post by: Gérrard on April 03, 2013, 02:09:56 pm
:happy1:

Ons gooi 'n brekkie by die wimpy in Knysna Sondagoggend, seker so hier by half tien. Hulle ry eers deur die Sewe passe van george af en dan kry ek hulle op Rheenendal.

Chat Saterdag met jou. Maak plan en join ons.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: grizz on April 04, 2013, 08:05:56 am
Well......

I am here.

Still in Paarl.

Off to Cape Town as my brothers pillion later.

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Mr Zog on April 04, 2013, 08:36:07 am
Well......

I am here.

Still in Paarl.

Off to Cape Town as my brothers pillion later.



Great stuff Grizz!!!!

You got my details  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Goose on April 04, 2013, 08:58:03 am
Well......

I am here.

Still in Paarl.

Off to Cape Town as my brothers pillion later.




hehe - DIT WIL EK SIEN!!!!!   :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: woody1 on April 04, 2013, 09:25:10 am
 :useless:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Geeza on April 04, 2013, 09:41:37 am
Welcome back to sunny Cape Town, Grizz. I'm really enjoying your story and am looking forward to the rest of it.

When are you leaving on your trip?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Gérrard on April 04, 2013, 10:46:21 am
Welkom Boet. Afhangend hoelaat ek Saterdag sal wegkom, sal ek julle dalk iewers raakloop laat Saterdagmiddag. Ek is alweer bachelor  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Goose on April 04, 2013, 03:17:13 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Tiger8 on April 04, 2013, 05:23:19 pm
I actually felt sorry for that poor 1150   :peepwall:  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Gérrard on April 04, 2013, 05:29:51 pm
I actually felt sorry for that poor 1150   :peepwall:  :biggrin:

Nou net vir Ant gesien. Hy sê hy join ons Dinsdagaand  :3some:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Tiger8 on April 04, 2013, 05:55:49 pm
I actually felt sorry for that poor 1150   :peepwall:  :biggrin:

Nou net vir Ant gesien. Hy sê hy join ons Dinsdagaand  :3some:
Mooi so, wens ek het tyd gehad om saam die Baviaans te ry, maar op die oomblik is ek druk besig  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: katana on April 04, 2013, 08:38:08 pm
Arghhh.... More tourists   :pot:

enjoy guys. And remember that ct is not a true reflection of south africa  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: BiG DoM on April 04, 2013, 08:39:33 pm
Arghhh.... More tourists   :pot:

enjoy guys. And remember that ct is not a true reflection of south africa  :peepwall:

Is it still part of SA?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Ant on April 04, 2013, 09:54:03 pm
I actually felt sorry for that poor 1150   :peepwall:  :biggrin:

Nou net vir Ant gesien. Hy sê hy join ons Dinsdagaand  :3some:
:thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: spoedvark on April 04, 2013, 10:34:42 pm
JUST SPENT THE LAST HOUR OR SO READING THIS THREAD.

WELCOME HOME GRIZZ.

IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE AND YOU GUYS COME THROUGH EAST LONDON, I AM SURE A FEW DOGS HERE WOULDNT MIND PUTTING YOU AND YOUR BOET UP OR EVEN ORGANISING A DOP A TJOP OR 10..

HAVE A SAFE AND MEMORABLE TRIP.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: grizz on April 05, 2013, 05:34:43 am
JUST SPENT THE LAST HOUR OR SO READING THIS THREAD.

WELCOME HOME GRIZZ.

IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE AND YOU GUYS COME THROUGH EAST LONDON, I AM SURE A FEW DOGS HERE WOULDNT MIND PUTTING YOU AND YOUR BOET UP OR EVEN ORGANISING A DOP A TJOP OR 10..

HAVE A SAFE AND MEMORABLE TRIP.

Glad you did read the thread boet.

I always enjoy reading other peoples threads and if I like them enough I cross post the thread or link to other forums where I go for others to enjoy.

It is great being here.

Here is a link and some photos of yesterday.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=120336.0


Unfortunately I cannot do a propper update and photo uploads untill Next week in Port Elizabeth.

In the mean time, we need to try to get the whale to rev much lower.

It currently idles at 3500 rpm once warmed up and will not drop down to normal under 1000rpm.

We suspect it is sucking a load of air in somewhere.

Anyway. Its 05.30 here and the house is quiet so I will turn over and try to doze a bit more.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Goose on April 05, 2013, 08:31:05 am
Grizz - remember to give me a call on my cell to lt me know where you guys are riding today!!  Would love to join you.....

PLEASE let me know how the Radio Comms worked.....  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Pistonpete on April 05, 2013, 08:32:49 am
Come pop in for a beer later :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Kosie on April 05, 2013, 08:46:23 am
Come pop in for a beer later :thumleft:
Hi Grizz, hoe laat dink jy sal julle more by my wees? Julle moet mooi ry en enjoy!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Gérrard on April 05, 2013, 08:53:03 am
Come pop in for a beer later :thumleft:
Hi Grizz, hoe laat dink jy sal julle more by my wees? Julle moet mooi ry en enjoy!

Kosie, julle moet vir my uitwerk en laat weet omtrent hoe laat julle Sondagoggend op Rheenendal gaan wees.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: spoedvark on April 05, 2013, 09:27:16 am
Julle maak my so lus vir ry, ek gaan sommer vir 'n ride KEi Mouth toe vir ontbyt vandag!! Ride, I'm gonna ride today, even if my bike is for sale and I would like to keep her clean, not today!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Smidty on April 05, 2013, 10:55:17 am
Come pop in for a beer later :thumleft:
Hi Grizz, hoe laat dink jy sal julle more by my wees? Julle moet mooi ry en enjoy!



Kosie  gaan jy ons ook nooi vir die party ?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: grizz on April 05, 2013, 11:33:32 am
Peter.... Ons engineer nog in Paarl. Sal jou se as ons inkom


Kosie....  Geen idee waneer ons land nie. Ons stop en start maar en ek het nog nooit die pad gery nie.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Gérrard on April 05, 2013, 11:40:25 am
Peter.... Ons engineer nog in Paarl. Sal jou se as ons inkom


Kosie....  Geen idee waneer ons land nie. Ons stop en start maar en ek het nog nooit die pad gery nie.

Julle gaan lucky wees om voor donker op george te kom.

En onthou wanneer julle Sondag se ry beplan, die bekkie op Knysna by die Wimpy, na ons mekaar gekry het. Ek het reeds die hele Suidkaap genooi om te kom kuier en hello sê.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Kosie on April 05, 2013, 11:43:03 am
Peter.... Ons engineer nog in Paarl. Sal jou se as ons inkom


Kosie....  Geen idee waneer ons land nie. Ons stop en start maar en ek het nog nooit die pad gery nie.
Smithy - Ons moet ma kyk ja, ek sal met julle praat!

Grizz - Bel my as julle naby George is dat ek net sorg ek is by die huis as julle in George kom. my selnr: 078 144 6729
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: grizz on April 05, 2013, 06:45:13 pm
Thanks all.

Spent today with a bright young 21 year old trying to find out why bike was idling at 3500rpm when warmed up.

Some of the findings includes gunk in both carbs
Half the Namib desert under the tank, in every hole.
Bike has Fiat Uno distributor. VW CDI units and one coil was dead. Now has Suzuki coil........
Every electrical contact opened, cleaned and then WD40'd
Also made up a frame to keep the soft pannier bags out the spokes and off the Zorst
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Gérrard on April 05, 2013, 06:50:07 pm
So is julle reg om te ry ?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: grizz on April 05, 2013, 08:47:39 pm
So is julle reg om te ry ?
..........YUUUUUPP!!!!!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Bliknêrs on April 05, 2013, 09:10:05 pm
Suzuki coil tot die redding  :thumleft: :thumleft:.
Hoet as julle verby Swellendam ry!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Goose on April 05, 2013, 09:19:50 pm
Grizz asked me to post these......... they spent most of the day sorting the bike due to idling problems........... well, well she's running schweet!!

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: Goose on April 05, 2013, 09:21:05 pm
Rian - just got home now - will get up at 4am to prep and sort bike.......... see you at that Garage before SirLowry's pass at 6am for brekkie!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: grizz on April 05, 2013, 09:30:23 pm
Rian - just got home now - will get up at 4am to prep and sort bike.......... see you at that Garage before SirLowry's pass at 6am for brekkie!!

Sounds good Peter.

Thanks for posting up pics.

We may leave a bit before the planned time to get it all done.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. CAPE TOWN !!! Ek is hier!!
Post by: grizz on April 05, 2013, 09:37:12 pm
Well, thanks to Goise for posting up these pics.
I am only on my phone so posting pics turns into a pain.

Simply put, Stefan who is a 21 year old local guy pretty much stripped both carbs, pulled the plugs, checked various bits etc to find why the running was so bad.
He manually ballanced the carburetors.
Then found a Fiat Uno distributir, some VW parts and ultimately fitted a Suzuki coil to teplace the knackered one of the two fitted.

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Goose on April 06, 2013, 04:36:41 am
Kom, kom boet - is julle al wakker?

Sien julle in nou-nou .... 6am by die Garage oppad Sir Lowries toe....  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: grizz on April 06, 2013, 05:11:15 am
Kom, kom boet - is julle al wakker?

Sien julle in nou-nou .... 6am by die Garage oppad Sir Lowries toe....  :thumleft:

Word wakker. Word wakker. Dis laat en die dag raak al kakker.

Yip. Ons roer.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Welsh on April 06, 2013, 06:02:07 am
Enjoy Grizz 8)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Goose on April 06, 2013, 06:37:15 am
Luister boet .... Ek sit al van 6uur vanoggend hier en wag ..... soos afgespreek  :-\ en jy trek NOU eers uit die Paarl weg!  :lamer:
Te lank weer met jou selfoon gespeel ne ..... Roer jou gat - dis koud hier!

For you guys expecting Grizz & Dozer in George tonight .....  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Welsh on April 06, 2013, 06:51:38 am
Luister boet .... Ek sit al van 6uur vanoggend hier en way ..... Soos afgespreek :-\ en jy trek NOU eers uit die Paarl weg!  :lamer:
Te lank weer met jou selfoon gespeel ne ..... Roer jou gat - dis koud hier!

For you guys expecting Grizz & Dozer in George tonight .....  :peepwall:

vok Goose I have to use google

"Listen brother .... This morning I put all of 6 hours and way ..... As agreed and you go NOW only from the Paarl away!
Played too long with your phone again ne ... Stir your ass - it's cold here!"
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Veldbrand on April 06, 2013, 07:13:47 am
Still makes way more sense than:

Gwrando brawd .... Y bore yma wyf yn rhoi i gyd o 6 awr a ffordd ..... Fel y cytunwyd, ac rydych yn mynd NAWR yn unig o'r Paarl i ffwrdd!
Wedi chwarae rhy hir gyda eich ffôn unwaith eto ne ... Cymysgwch eich ass - mae'n oer yma

Break a leg and enjoy the trip gents!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Welsh on April 06, 2013, 07:15:29 am
Still makes way more sense than:

Gwrando brawd .... Y bore yma wyf yn rhoi i gyd o 6 awr a ffordd ..... Fel y cytunwyd, ac rydych yn mynd NAWR yn unig o'r Paarl i ffwrdd!
Wedi chwarae rhy hir gyda eich ffôn unwaith eto ne ... Cymysgwch eich ass - mae'n oer yma

Break a leg and enjoy the trip gents!

 :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: LoneRunner on April 06, 2013, 07:26:55 am
Morning guys, Ill be watching this thread from my phone today, if you need anything passing the Mossel Bay area..... Just shout!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: BiG DoM on April 06, 2013, 07:28:04 am
Looks like greatbriding weatherbthis weekend p :ricky:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Gérrard on April 06, 2013, 08:29:05 am
For you guys expecting Grizz & Dozer in George tonight .....  :peepwall:

As hulle die volle kusroete doen, en die pont by Malgas insluit, reken ek hulle sal meskien teen so 2100 vanaand op George wees.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Goose on April 06, 2013, 02:57:22 pm
Ok chaps - I'm back in Cape Town with a moerse sore ass!! That XT is a lekker bike but jinne jong....... :pot:

Arrived at the SHELL garage to meet the boys - nada.... they not there....
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030100_zps3f4fd918.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030103_zps2531c7cc.jpg)

Thought Grizz could relate to the CHEAP petrol price here!
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030105_zps27ad9457.jpg)

I eventually had a chap arrive on a KLE - nothing to do with the forum - helluva nice bloke (Henk) who lives in Stanford (they do horseriding trails)...... so he kept me company until the two Brothers arrived..........

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030112_zps62559480.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030113_zpsdaae822e.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030116_zpsea664c6a.jpg)

We managed to get underway as time was running from us and we were now way behind schedule.
To make matters worse - Grizz managed to snap the PTT cable on his setup - too many cable ties and not enough play left.......... so I took mine from my bike and we installed it on his to ensure they have Comms between them for the trip!

Once we got going - the first photo-opportunity was above the Gordon's Bay harbour area.....
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030121_zpsc0836dd0.jpg)

once all was dusted, we got back on the bikes and I proceeded to move to the roadside and waited for them. Man - WHY WHEN YOU NEED THE CAMERA is it in the bag!!

Grizz somehow lost his footing and down he went with the bike - 100% sidestand incident........... but apart from losing a few litres of fuel - all was well. (by the way - if anyone has a spare fuel cap for this bike - please assist... it's got a temp-cap on that does not seal..)

Another stop was in order - about 4km's before Rooi Els...........
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030125_zpsd65d8144.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030128_zpsabd0a1e6.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030135_zpsa2b55efd.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030136_zpsca6af0aa.jpg)

at this stage there was some splattering excuse for rain.......... I was really chilled at this stage - having ridden to the garage without my liner........ and I still did not have a cuppa to warm the innards.......... so we decided to hoof it to Kleinmond for a brekkie.

Dozer with a moerse grin
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Grizz contemplating whether he could perhaps use the "BeadMaster" tyre levers to "harvest" a few Perlemoen   ;)
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030138_zpsa6f83560.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030145_zps51e8b582.jpg)

endless discussions about the bike and kit...........
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Grizz's new UVEX helmet he got at a bargain price before leaving the UK for our last trip to France........... note the Wilddog paw!! That was the first order of business - to get the paw on!  :thumleft:
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030153_zps8c5d4bd6.jpg)

Some of you might have read the trip report we did for the trip in France ............ one of my pet moans was that Grizz is a total blimmen Tech-junkie.......... he's addicted to his "Mobile" .............. and fok me..... his boet joined him............. two peas-in-a-pod!
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030160_zps01d90a80.jpg)

........... Our waitress helped out with the camera.......... man - was that a welcome meal!
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030162_zpsfdac4100.jpg)

View from the eatery!
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030165_zpsfe76d864.jpg)

Now - while we're sitting there minding our own business .. along comes this .........  not sure if it goes here or buttism....  :peepwall: .. but as it's Grizz's thread - I'll donate to him!
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030176_zpsb9a14f78.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030177_zps4eabb351.jpg)

I started chasing the chaps - realising they still had quite a distance to travel, I handed them my maps as well and told them that we'll hussle to Hermanus - where I'd take my leave of them.
The XT550 developed an electrical problem, my ass was sore and I was not about to take a chance that the bike might fail on me!

Ample Bike parking in Hermanus - nogal right by Tourist Info (WELL DONE!)
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nice boney............
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030185_zpsdda0a8cb.jpg)

Really nice to see such old stalwards together.........  :thumleft:
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030190_zps8394a6cf.jpg)

Final "MAL" pics before saying our goodbyes...........

Grizz
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030194_zps225bc164.jpg)

Dozer
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030195_zps19251731.jpg)

The Boys
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030197_zpsf49ad6c0.jpg)

New & old mates ..........
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030198_zps4e0c106d.jpg)

Travle safe chaps - been really lekker riding with you - nice to have met you Deon and looking forward to meeting up again in the near future.

Rian - sterkte boet........... veilig ry en geniet dit. Sien jou sommer gou weer!


Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: bungycool on April 06, 2013, 04:19:34 pm
Hey goose thanks for the update. That Xr of yours looks lekker and the boys starting to get into the rhythm even if the whale flipped the Grizz.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Goose on April 06, 2013, 07:13:02 pm
Hey goose thanks for the update. That Xr of yours looks lekker and the boys starting to get into the rhythm even if the whale flipped the Grizz.

Always a pleasure Jim -  :thumleft: it seems like ages since you were last here...!  

By the way - it's the Yamaha XT that - not the Xaar !  8)

I've had no further news from the two of them - hope all's well...  they wanted to reach George by 6pm - but maybe a bit ambitious...?


UPDATE - The boys reached George a short while ago - SAFE!! 
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Tiger8 on April 06, 2013, 08:52:18 pm
Thanks Goose for the RR, looks like the boys are going go have plenty bacon and eggs on this ride, tomorrow it is the Wimpy with Jupiter, for breakfast naturally ( I am sure Jup has shares in Wimpy  :biggrin:)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Kosie on April 06, 2013, 09:52:59 pm
Thanks for the update  Goose.

In a few words....

Landed at Kosie's place.

Unpacked bikes etc, fire started, brandy bottle necks broken.....

Two vicious dogs almost eating us up alive.

BBQ in order, tomorrow is 7 passes, and half of Baviaans Kloof.

ONLY ONE PIC TONIGHT ....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000855_zpscc74edc0.jpg)



OK.... one more....

Just shows that Kosie has a very wise wife in the decorating department.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000859_zps556d4f20.jpg)


I will update and upload properly when I have no time now.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Shangali on April 06, 2013, 10:46:58 pm

 looking forward to see the baviaans ride,
 good memories for me,
 a Great Chance to make some Water Crossing Shots
 
 Enjoy  ...  :ricky:

   :sip:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Smidty on April 06, 2013, 10:54:43 pm
 :cussing: :cussing: :cussing: :cussing:

Ons het 10 uur vanaand vir julle gewag by McNastys
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: spoedvark on April 06, 2013, 11:28:40 pm
The hospitality of fellow DOGs never ceases to amaze me. Well done so far guys.

Enjoying your trip with you via "THE CLOUD"!!!
Title: Re: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: ®©errie on April 07, 2013, 07:03:04 am
Sien julle manne nou nou
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on April 07, 2013, 07:43:34 am
woke up at 4am this morning, bike stuff on my mind, decided to read WD trip reports, and 11 brilliant pages later, have a grin on my face; everything from digging the Grizz-Pod, to having lost my own Dad just last year, and needing to distribute his ashes, too, knowing Goose, and how he (and others) helped out on your trip, mentally riding these roads with you, enjoying the fact the boys born in the era of fuel injection (the 21year-old), was helping balance carburetors (world is leaker upside down, ne!), and had a GOOD chuckle at Welsh translating Afrikaans into English, then chirping about it, and then seeing what WELSH language would look like.... frtht, whyth, abewisthwtyh, etc!

Brilliant thread, thanks :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Welsh on April 07, 2013, 08:58:03 am
ddeffro am 4am y bore yma, pethau beic ar fy meddwl, penderfynodd i ddarllen adroddiadau daith WD, a 11 tudalen gwych yn ddiweddarach, yn cael gwên ar fy wyneb; popeth o gloddio'r Grizz-Pod, eu bod wedi colli fy nhad ei hun y llynedd yn unig , ac angen i ddosbarthu ei lludw, hefyd, Goose wybod, a sut y (ac eraill) helpu ar eich taith, yn feddyliol marchogaeth ffyrdd hyn gyda chi, yn mwynhau'r ffaith bod y bechgyn a anwyd yn y cyfnod o chwistrellu tanwydd (yr hen 21year-), yn helpu carburetors cydbwysedd (byd yn leaker wyneb i waered, ne!), ac roedd ganddo chwerthin DA mewn Affricaneg cyfieithu Gymraeg i'r Saesneg, yna drydar am y peth, ac yna gweld pa iaith WELSH yn edrych fel .... frtht, whyth, abewisthwtyh, ac ati!   :spitcoffee: :snorting: :snorting:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: woody1 on April 07, 2013, 09:03:12 am
All I could get from that is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Shangali on April 07, 2013, 10:57:13 am
All I could get from that is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch  :imaposer:

  DITO here ....  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Welsh on April 07, 2013, 11:53:39 am
Well he's in George at the moment and hes gonna finish up in Nigel, doesn't sound good does it, but I guess we will see him at some stage  :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: bungycool on April 07, 2013, 12:04:11 pm
Hey goose thanks for the update. That Xr of yours looks lekker and the boys starting to get into the rhythm even if the whale flipped the Grizz.

Always a pleasure Jim -  :thumleft: it seems like ages since you were last here...!  

By the way - it's the Yamaha XT that - not the Xaar !  8)

I've had no further news from the two of them - hope all's well...  they wanted to reach George by 6pm - but maybe a bit ambitious...?


UPDATE - The boys reached George a short while ago - SAFE!! 
bloody phone I knew it was the xt but my spell checker wants you on an Xr. Go figure!  Glad the boys are progressing well and reliving the trippy of mine through the dog box!
Title: Re: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: ®©errie on April 07, 2013, 03:21:29 pm
The guys are probably just outside Uniondale, as I am typing. Updates and pictures to follow as soon as they get internet. I will load a few tonight. Lekker gewees om julle te ontmoet manne!!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Knucklhead on April 07, 2013, 07:13:22 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: ®©errie on April 07, 2013, 11:45:19 pm
A few kiekies I took today.

Arrived in Knysna

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(http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv57/rcerrie/Grizz/20130407_105121_zps6c081c28.jpg)

(http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv57/rcerrie/Grizz/11_zpsa9675ef8.jpg)

Ons almal het verkeerd gestop......behalwe Grizz
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Grizz op Spitskop
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The View
(http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv57/rcerrie/Grizz/20130407_130244_zps26b2c642.jpg)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: ®©errie on April 08, 2013, 12:33:20 am
http://www.youtube.com/v/IyUcyYWuwK4
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Maverick on April 08, 2013, 12:40:22 pm
Ai daai rooi Walvis klink darem soos musiek in 'n ou se ore  :ricky: Veilig ry kerels en geniet die roadtrip  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: stan1975 on April 08, 2013, 02:01:57 pm
 :sip:

Closer to Nigel you might meet Spyker.... jeepers that sounds worse than I thought...  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Gérrard on April 08, 2013, 08:49:06 pm
Ons is uiteindelik veilig on PE. Moeg lang dag gewees, met bietjie teëspoed. Vertel later meer.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: BiG DoM on April 08, 2013, 08:51:27 pm
Ons is uiteindelik veilig on PE. Moeg lang dag gewees, met bietjie teëspoed. Vertel later meer.

 :thumleft: :ricky: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Goose on April 08, 2013, 08:53:37 pm
Ons is uiteindelik veilig on PE. Moeg lang dag gewees, met bietjie teëspoed. Vertel later meer.

Bly julle is veilig... die manne probeer baie inpak - jammer ou Grizz het so laat nog 'n ekstra week gekry anders sou die trippie lekker gespace gewees het!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Gérrard on April 08, 2013, 09:02:57 pm
Ons is uiteindelik veilig on PE. Moeg lang dag gewees, met bietjie teëspoed. Vertel later meer.

Bly julle is veilig... die manne probeer baie inpak - jammer ou Grizz het so laat nog 'n ekstra week gekry anders sou die trippie lekker gespace gewees het!


Ons het genoeg tyd gehad, maar my splinter nuwe tweedehandse XT gee toe die gees, net na die eerste diep waterkruising in die middel van Baviaans, en staan nou in 'n skuur op Sandvlakte. Ons het toe teruggery, Willowmore om, ek en Dozer op sy bike.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: BiG DoM on April 08, 2013, 09:09:17 pm
Nee f*k ... thats not lekker! many years back I once hydrolocked a 1150GS at Smitskraal and had to come back the next day for it  ... before the snorkel mod was perfected by yours truelly.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: spoedvark on April 08, 2013, 09:34:08 pm
What an experience!!

Cant wait for the baviaans pics!!1
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Kosie on April 08, 2013, 09:57:53 pm
What an experience!!

Cant wait for the baviaans pics!!1
Ai tog manne! Kan ook nie wag vir die Fotos in Baviaans nie! Bly julle is veilig en mooi ry verder!
KTM Groete,  :thumleft:Kosie!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: Gérrard on April 08, 2013, 10:04:47 pm
What an experience!!

Cant wait for the baviaans pics!!1
Ai tog manne! Kan ook nie wag vir die Fotos in Baviaans nie! Bly julle is veilig en mooi ry verder!
KTM Groete,  :thumleft:Kosie!

Unfortunately not many. My bike konked after the first water crossing, when you enter the park from the Willowmore side. We turn around and road home via Willowmore/Steitlerville. Left my bike at Sandvlakte and Dozer pillioned me home on his 1150.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: grizz on April 08, 2013, 10:11:27 pm
Long story short.....

XT600's do not like deep river crossings, but BMW GS's seem to be OK with it.

Some updates and photos main thread, linked above.

My brother towed Jupiters XT some distance, then we pushed it through knee deep water... Then towed it further to a farm where it was dumped for recovery in two weeks time.
After this, Deon and Jupiter were two up on his 1150GS.
We had some serious dirt road and then tar roads to do.

Doing 120km/hr on the dirt roads at times.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: Veldbrand on April 08, 2013, 10:15:42 pm
Long story short.....

XT600's do not like deep river crossings, but BMW GS's seem to be OK with it.

Some updates and photos main thread, linked above.

My brother towed Jupiters XT some distance, then we pushed it through knee deep water... Then towed it further to a farm where it was dumped for recovery in two weeks time.
After this, Deon and Jupiter were two up on his 1150GS.
We had some serious dirt road and then tar roads to do.

Doing 120km/hr on the dirt roads at times.

Dis hoekom Jupe so kortaf is.
Eintlik niks met die eX-T te doen nie....
 :peepwall:
Sorry 'bout the bad luck gents.
Guess that's why it's called adventure biking....
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: Maverick on April 08, 2013, 10:35:06 pm
Grizz ek het jou mis vertel 'it ain't an adventure until shits starts going wrong!' 🙈
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: Crossed-up on April 09, 2013, 07:08:12 am
Bad luck, Jupiter.  Hope the new bike's OK.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: ®©errie on April 09, 2013, 07:17:34 am
Aggenee man, not nice!!!

 :deal:(with all respect) I thought the rooi walvis will have some problems crossing thru the waters. But then I suppose Grizz just wheelied thru them :ricky:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: BiganDaft on April 09, 2013, 07:18:41 am
Hey Jupiter,
Got a nice XT 600 that you can "borrow"  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: Gérrard on April 09, 2013, 08:06:46 am
Hey Jupiter,
Got a nice XT 600 that you can "borrow"  :peepwall:

You have no idea. That bike is a sub-marine. The days they still built them proper.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: Gérrard on April 09, 2013, 09:11:43 am
Bad luck, Jupiter.  Hope the new bike's OK.

 :thumleft: Should be when it gets a new CDI and I can make a plan to protect the electrics.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: DRAZIL on April 09, 2013, 09:12:57 am
Hey Jupiter,
Got a nice XT 600 that you can "borrow"  :peepwall:

You have no idea. That bike is a sub-marine. The days they still built them proper.

aren't CDI units sealed ?
Biviaans has claimed quite a few bikes in the last few months.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: ®©errie on April 09, 2013, 09:15:26 am
Bad luck, Jupiter.  Hope the new bike's OK.

 :thumleft: Should be when it gets a new CDI and I can make a plan to protect the electrics.

En jy het net Sondag inni bos gepraat daarvan.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: Johnnyboxer on April 09, 2013, 09:49:11 am
Great story Grizz

Reading with enjoyment, have a great trip
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: bungycool on April 09, 2013, 10:17:14 am
Hey Jupiter,
Got a nice XT 600 that you can "borrow"  :peepwall:

You have no idea. That bike is a sub-marine. The days they still built them proper.
G man I really feel for you about this. Must've been really hartseer and then the dogs rub it in some more???
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: Gérrard on April 09, 2013, 10:29:03 am
Hey Jupiter,
Got a nice XT 600 that you can "borrow"  :peepwall:

You have no idea. That bike is a sub-marine. The days they still built them proper.
G man I really feel for you about this. Must've been really hartseer and then the dogs rub it in some more???


The rub it in does not bother me, its what we do  :biggrin: but, it was easily the worse biking day of my life, just the whole vibe that went wonky. And the worse is, it spoiled grizz and dozer's much anticipated ride through Baviaans.  ??? They've not done it before.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: dogs bolloxs on April 09, 2013, 03:28:25 pm
Hey Grizz my ou vriend. Ek tel nou eers op op die fred. Jissie man, sal blerrie nice wees as ons bymekaar kan uitkom. Ek en vroulief ry die naweek bietjie Clarens toe virrie naweek. Meskien dalk te laat? Laat weet maar tjomma. Het jou n whatap ook gestuur.

Groete
Faantjie :ricky:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: grizz on April 10, 2013, 07:54:06 am
Great story Grizz

Reading with enjoyment, have a great trip

Hey JB !!!

Thanks for signing up on here.

Maybe if you can handle the bilingual nature of this board, the guys can start abusing you for Trials and other riding advice.

Glad you are enjoying the trip so far. Unfortunately hamstrung by lack of time and place to upload my 100 photos a day.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: woody1 on April 10, 2013, 07:57:50 am
Finish the ride and enjoy... THEN we demand to see ALL the fotos.   :deal:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 2&3 Much dirt, wetness, towing a Dead XT.
Post by: grizz on April 10, 2013, 08:00:56 am
Hey Jupiter,
Got a nice XT 600 that you can "borrow"  :peepwall:

You have no idea. That bike is a sub-marine. The days they still built them proper.
G man I really feel for you about this. Must've been really hartseer and then the dogs rub it in some more???


The rub it in does not bother me, its what we do  :biggrin: but, it was easily the worse biking day of my life, just the whole vibe that went wonky. And the worse is, it spoiled grizz and dozer's much anticipated ride through Baviaans.  ??? They've not done it before.

Hey Jupiter!!

I know where your feelings come from, but I can honestly say that I am completely happy with the outcome of Mondays ride, except fir you having Kark with your bike.

You know Karma is a Bitch, but I love her.....

She may have prevented a bike falling down a cliff, taking one or more of us with it..... By wetting your bikes spirit.

We are and continue to have really good time. Thanks to your hospitality and friendship.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: grizz on April 10, 2013, 08:06:11 am
Finish the ride and enjoy... THEN we demand to see ALL the fotos.   :deal:

You know how I like to photodump....

The thing is we all like different stuff, so I am always happy to just upload a lot and let people enjoy what they like.

Hopefully we will come and check out your machines next week and drink a coffee or two.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: grizz on April 10, 2013, 08:36:55 am
MINI, no really mini update.

Yesterday I spent half the day at Old Mutual and Standard Bank as well as signing documents for Sanlam ( there are all financial institutions for our foreign readers) as some of them are at times not very efficient.

Then we visited some of our aunts, did some grocery (well meat and booze) shopping for last nights awesome BBQ/Braai here at Jupiters place.

On Monday evening for the first time in my 36 years of riding, my back or kidneys forced me to pull over and take Turbo charged Paracetamol and some Ibuprofen about 70km from home.
So yesterday my brother who wears a kidney belt, insisted on buying me one as well, as we are only about 18% into this ride.

I hope that the guys who were here last night and took some pics, will post them up on here in this thread.

Last nights get together was awesome. Seeing old friends and meeting new.


Thanks to everybody who came around last night.

Deon and I really enjoyed meeting some of you guys face to face vs forum faces.

If any of you took pics, PLEASE DO POST IN MY RIDE REPORT THREAD  as I cannot upload or post yet.

I also want to make a special mention to two guys who maxed out on feeding my mad habit of number plate collecting.

Schaun "Tiger8" and Craig "Knucklehead" both had me personalized WD GRIZZ and GRIZZ EC plates made up. I was again blown away by the generous nature of guys on this forum, but also South Africans in general.

Thank you also to BigDom for sending me his original GSPOT EC plate that he replaced with a smaller more sensibly sized one.

Thanks to Jupiters network, my bike spent about 4.5 hours under the hands of Airhead Guru Martin Walker yesterdayand now feels tighter and actually idles below 1000rpm.

Today is Wednesday 10th, raining nicely.
Got a few things to do and visits to slot in as well as more deliveries of bits n bobs for UK people sending stuff here. My panniers are getting emptier as I deliver stuff but filling as fast with trinkets, number plates and other touristy treasures I buy along the way for my wife, kids and others.

Tomorrow is an early start up to Elliot, via Queenstown on some less than perfect roads.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: woody1 on April 10, 2013, 09:17:46 am
I am waiting for the kuier here in Brakpan.... so when you get up here, just shout and we will make it happen.  :3some:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Tiger8 on April 10, 2013, 09:30:25 am
Thanks Jup and Lyn for the hospitality your shared with a bunch of rowdy misfits, it was a great evening  :thumleft:

Meeting the "Boys" was an experience, like meeting long lost friends. Grizz, Dozer was unforgettable guy's, ride safely and enjoy the road and the mates along the way, this is what Epic rides are made off, I wish I was riding with  :ricky:

Will check if any of the pic's I took were actually in focus or if you guy's are naturally fuzzy - I suspect the latter  >:D  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Knucklhead on April 10, 2013, 10:17:30 am
Hiya all

thanks to the host (Jupiter) for the venue and the lekka braai, was lekka to meet some new dogs and chat to some old. Attached a few pictures taken, some kay , some a little blurry..sorry...Grizz when u back in the UK i want a pic of the GRIZZ EC plate above the bar!!

Pictures:
1 - some short oke that came along  with dozer and grizz in the background  :imaposer:
2 - Jason, my laaitjie chilling with the ol man  >:D
3 - Grizz tuning the manne about the times he fell off his bike, i think the figure was five  :peepwall:
4 -  Watch out for the ceiling my china  :lol8:
5 -  Crab havin a dop .. aggh i mean a coffee  :pot:
6 - some of the talent at the pozzie  :thumleft:
7 - Jason taking lessons on coals from Jup...4 second rule i believe  :deal:
8 - Youngster chowing again  :bueller:

have a mooi ride lads..
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Pietcoke on April 10, 2013, 10:24:58 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: woody1 on April 10, 2013, 11:04:11 am
Sheeeeet,  I did not know Jupiter had another jacket.  :pot:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Maverick on April 10, 2013, 11:05:25 am
Keep it coming boys and keep on going  :ricky:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Gérrard on April 10, 2013, 11:17:57 am
Sheeeeet,  I did not know Jupiter had another jacket.  :pot:

Dis my "Step-outs"  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Pietcoke on April 10, 2013, 11:28:14 am
Sheeeeet,  I did not know Jupiter had another jacket.  :pot:

Dis my "Step-outs"  :biggrin:
Die ander een is jou "DKW" baadjie = Dans, Kerk, en Werk...... :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: spoedvark on April 10, 2013, 05:20:50 pm
Sheeeeet,  I did not know Jupiter had another jacket.  :pot:

Dis my "Step-outs"  :biggrin:

Drag 9 seremonieel!!!! Patties en krawat!!!!!

Lyk lekker!!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Gérrard on April 10, 2013, 07:32:57 pm
Some more kuier pics from last nights braai
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: woody1 on April 10, 2013, 08:05:10 pm
Ek sien al die Advokate EN Prokureurs was daar.   :peepwall:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Gérrard on April 10, 2013, 08:12:33 pm
Ek sien al die Advokate EN Prokureurs was daar.   :peepwall:

Innis wou ook vir grizz ontmoet, want hy het laas jaar 'n vintage dovetail sagie uit hom geskollie.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: grizz on April 10, 2013, 08:43:09 pm
Ek sien al die Advokate EN Prokureurs was daar.   :peepwall:

Innis wou ook vir Grizz ontmoet, want hy het laas jaar 'n vintage dovetail sagie uit hom geskollie.

That was a lovely dovetail saw, but a great pleasure if he uses it.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Tiger8 on April 10, 2013, 10:51:30 pm
Ride safe in the morning boys, enjoy the ride :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: oo7 on April 11, 2013, 12:16:15 am
Lekker man Grizz.

Bly om te sien die Walvis gedra hom mooi - enjoy die trip!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Gérrard on April 11, 2013, 08:36:27 am
Die manne is vroegoggend hier by my weg oppad Mountain Shadows toe vir die dag. Wens hulle 'n veilige en genotvolle trip toe.

Dit was lekker om julle hier te hê vir die paar dae.  :3some:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Andre E on April 11, 2013, 03:45:25 pm
Hulle is 'n rukkie terug hier deur, alles bakgat. Daai rooi bike smaak olie.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Geotraveller on April 12, 2013, 09:08:10 am
Late subscrition.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Gérrard on April 12, 2013, 07:24:29 pm
SMS gekry dat grizz en dozer veilig by Dirty Boy in Westville aangeland het.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Pietcoke on April 12, 2013, 07:55:57 pm
SMS gekry dat grizz en dozer veilig by Dirty Boy in Westville aangeland het.
:thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Gérrard on April 13, 2013, 08:22:50 am
Wat maak julle ouens ? Hoekom so stil ?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: Kosie on April 13, 2013, 09:24:27 am
Wat maak julle ouens ? Hoekom so stil ?
Bly om te hoor hulle is veilig en dat albei die scooters nog seep glad loop! Wat is die planne, waarheen van nou af?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: spoedvark on April 13, 2013, 09:49:03 pm
Dying in anticipation for the next episode!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 4&5 - Easy Riders, Kidney Belt & Great BBQ
Post by: grizz on April 14, 2013, 03:45:39 pm
Sunday 14th April.

Been in Durban/Westville the last few days, since Friday 16.30

Staying with James "Dirty Boy" and his family. Did just over 400km yesterday to Zululand. To see our parents' old house and our old school. Disappointing as expected...... 30 years is a long time in Africa. Photos will show.

Had a 200km breakfast run with Dirty Boy this morning.

Now seeing Deon's son and grand daughter on his daughters side.

I really feel quite vulnerable without internet and modern comms.

WHEN WE GET TO SPRINGS/JO-BURG, I NEED TO HAVE THE REAR ADJUSTABLE OHLINS SHOCK REBUILT....... IT HAS COMPLETELY BLED ITSELF DRY AFTER BAVIAANS ETC.


ANY LEADS, PLEASE PM ME.

We will be back in Springs (Dunnottar) from Tuesday evening.


Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: grizz on April 14, 2013, 04:44:49 pm
PS: Mobile - 0720813920

If you want to contact me direct with any leads.

Thanks again.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Welsh on April 14, 2013, 05:23:58 pm
It isnt tuesday  8)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Scalpel on April 15, 2013, 10:09:37 am
Speak to Runner in Pretoria. He might be able to point you to someone that can rebuilt an Ohlin shock!!! He is a vendor. So check contact detail there.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 15, 2013, 12:22:52 pm
Grizz and Dozer arrived safely on Friday afternoon and after a few minutes of appreciating the fact that Grizz's bike had made the trip thus far without too many repairs and oil fill-ups, we made our way inside to get to know each other.
Saturday, we all had some running around to do so made our own tracks but got together with some other WD's to tan some meat and lubricate our throats (some better than others)
EssBee and The Badger came over with their ladies and much fun was had. Will the Cape guys please make some more wine, we made a huge dent in the National Reserves   ;D

Sunday morning and Grizz, Dozer and Myself did a tar only ride through Kloof Gorge, up Bothas Hill (Comrades Marathon route) to Pmb. Went up to Hilton for a breakfast and casual slab back on the N3 because they had friends and family to see.
My German girl enjoyed the family get-together and the 3 Airheads seemed to get on well together. There was no speed involved and it was a great way to spend the morning, cruising together,  blowing off the cobwebs and enjoying the crisp Autumn air.

Until I work out how to put text between photos, here is a summary of the following pics
1. They may be brothers and may have BMW's but obviously a different sense of direction. Trying to leave my house.
2. Passing another one of yesteryear's children up Fields Hill.
3. Dropping into Kloof Gorge, tight turn in a leafy tunnel, yes please
4. The 3 siblings, different years, different functions, different bodies and different size innards but all one family and many Km's between them.
5. Chips - Jon and Ponch, sorry my mistake. Chops- Deon and Paunch
6. Thats them hanging around behind me.
7. Bloody GS riders have to stand everwhere. Actually I thing his ass was reliving the last few days of 100's of km's
8. So pretty, well except for Grizz.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Gérrard on April 15, 2013, 12:27:25 pm
 :thumleft:  And a seriously nice looking RS you have there  :biggrin: You enjoying it as you hoped you would ?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: EssBee on April 15, 2013, 12:36:15 pm
"Will the Cape guys please make some more wine, we made a huge dent in the National Reserves"........wtf!  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 15, 2013, 12:37:51 pm
:thumleft:  And a seriously nice looking RS you have there  :biggrin: You enjoying it as you hoped you would ?

Jup, you would understand better than anyone else. It brings a huge smile to my face.
Once you get to 80+, it smooths out, the mirrors stop vibrating and it just want to pull. It also has great 'look back' appeal, the German girl enjoys the attention.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 15, 2013, 12:38:52 pm
"Will the Cape guys please make some more wine, we made a huge dent in the National Reserves"........wtf!  :peepwall:

Oh, I suppose you had nothing to do with that then ?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on April 15, 2013, 10:47:51 pm
What did you use to take these two pics?

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=269085;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=269086;image)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: bungycool on April 16, 2013, 12:55:36 am
Uhhhm a camera?? :pot:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 16, 2013, 07:48:38 am
What did you use to take these two pics?


SM, I have a GoPro mounted to the side of my helmet. The cord you see flapping in the top left of the pic is a 'tether' that is looped from the camera casing through the slots in my peak just in case the proper mounting gives way (double sided tape)
For a road trip like this, I had it set to take a photo every 5 secs. You land up with over 1000 pics to sort through and only keeping maybe 10. But thats 10 you wouldnt have had without the camera.   ;D
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 16, 2013, 07:58:02 am
So Grizz and Dozer took leave this morning from a sunny Westville, Durban. The temps were already high at 6am and they have 550km of boring tar/cement N3 to travel as they head for Gauteng.
Thanks guys for sharing your trip with my family and we wish you safe riding and Grizz a good trip back home.  :thumleft:
Photos:
- 6am this morning and Grizz with a bucket of coffee inside him still does not look excited about today's leg of the trip. A garage full of fun behind him   :biggrin:
- Cheers guys  :-\
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Gérrard on April 16, 2013, 08:00:55 am
Veilig ry julle.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: woody1 on April 16, 2013, 08:03:17 am
Sien julle later in die week... :3some:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on April 16, 2013, 08:10:42 am

SM, I have a GoPro mounted to the side of my helmet. The cord you see flapping in the top left of the pic is a 'tether' that is looped from the camera casing through the slots in my peak just in case the proper mounting gives way (double sided tape)
For a road trip like this, I had it set to take a photo every 5 secs. You land up with over 1000 pics to sort through and only keeping maybe 10. But thats 10 you wouldnt have had without the camera.   ;D

 :thumleft:  The GoPro takes some great photos.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Tiger8 on April 16, 2013, 10:44:13 am
Jirre Rian, you look like you could use a holiday, or is that one too many lekker visits  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Keep safe boys and enjoy the rest of the ride  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Gérrard on April 16, 2013, 10:50:33 am
Got an SMS earlier that they had to stop in Mooirivier for Dozer to take some oxigen supplement and a brekkie. Enjoy guys.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: EssBee on April 16, 2013, 12:43:02 pm
Grizz and Dozer, it was good making your aquaintance and kuiering with you guyz! Hope you have safe trips back...take care! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: bungycool on April 16, 2013, 12:48:40 pm
Travel safe guys. Remember it's a long trip eat the salads too!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 16, 2013, 08:21:44 pm
Sms from Grizz. They got to Gauteng ok but Grizz lost his phone somewhere along the way. He is getting a new number but in the meantime if you wish to contact him use his brothers number  0833302059
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: spoedvark on April 16, 2013, 08:51:14 pm
What an experience!!!!!!! LEKKERRRRRRR!!!!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: BiG DoM on April 16, 2013, 09:17:49 pm
Sms from Grizz. They got to Gauteng ok but Grizz lost his phone somewhere along the way. He is getting a new number but in the meantime if you wish to contact him use his brothers number  0833302059

like losing a limb for him I am sure  ::)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: bungycool on April 16, 2013, 09:33:59 pm
Sms from Grizz. They got to Gauteng ok but Grizz lost his phone somewhere along the way. He is getting a new number but in the meantime if you wish to contact him use his brothers number  0833302059
hope he wasnt using it to take all the photies!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Maverick on April 16, 2013, 09:39:00 pm
Sms from Grizz. They got to Gauteng ok but Grizz lost his phone somewhere along the way. He is getting a new number but in the meantime if you wish to contact him use his brothers number  0833302059

No wonder he did not respond to my sms's today! Glad they are safe
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 17, 2013, 08:22:58 am
No, all photos taken with a camera.
Ja, he either has a phone or a camera in his hand at all times, but not whilst riding. I think the bike is more than a handfull for him.   ;D
It seems that he landed in Gauteng at 5ish last night and went straight to bed. 
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: LouisXander on April 17, 2013, 09:00:59 am
Just spoke to Rian, they are at Deon's house and he sits with a laptop that is very slow.

Is there anyone that can assist him in getting this laptop sorted, IT guys, please. You can get them on the nr above which is Deon's nr.

Cheers
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 9 - KZN - Durban and surrounds @ Dirty Boy
Post by: grizz on April 17, 2013, 07:06:35 pm
Hi all,

Quick entry from a "Pay as you go" Dongle on Deon's laptop, which is older and slower than most.  :peepwall:


I have taken well over 1500 photos so far and have set about 280 aside to upload to Photofuckit when I have fast internet, and a few days to do the full write up of this ride, which has been an awesome adventure so far.

As a certain Mr Maverick once told me..... The adventure starts when shit starts going wrong..... :ricky:

The bloody mobile saga started when I texted a mate Mike "Touchdown69" about 90km from home yesterday to let him know our movements, and did not zip up my trouser pocket when we set off again, so I suspect the phone is in a many flat pieces somewhere on the M3 Tollroad.

Today I  took a HTC Wildfire I had bought for Deon, in to a guy in Nigel to unlock it from a UK Vodafone contract.... come back in one hour with R270 he said..... an hour later he said come back tomorrow.
Then an hour later he phoned me on Deons number to say that if I wanted it unlocked tomorrow it would be R650 and if I wanted to wait till Monday it would only be R450.

So I told him screw that, I will collect the phone tomorrow and buy some cheap phone to use here in SA till I leave from Cape Town on the 29th.

Africa ehhh??

Bought about R200's worth of fruit this morning, as the fruit is always sweeter in Africa, and I cannot just eat meat.
Also bought some 35mm thick T-Bone steaks at Meat Mecca.  :drif: :drif:


I also want to again say a massive than you to everyone who has touched us in one or another way so far.

It has been a humbling and heart warming experience so far.

LouisXander, dankie vir vanoggend se oproep.

Maveric called me from the UK this afternoon, he has managed to source a brand new R80GS rear shock through SuperFoxie in Cape Town which we will buy and get couriered up here tomorrow to fit to the bike woooot !!   :thumleft:

Deon and I were thinking of maybe doing a real Bring (your own shit inclucing some charka and ice) and Braai, here at his place on Friday evening early-ish 6pm for 6.30pm for any WD's who could be bothered to come over to his place in Dunnottar.  (He has a double bed and a single bed for the motherless, or long distance traveller if needed, and some floor space in the lounge for your own mattress)  I also have to say up front, he does not take shit from even me, abusing his home  :patch: as he lives as a bachelor here and everything is perfect in typical military style.  He just mentioned to me as well, no messy drinkers welcome as he has wall to wall carpets, SERIOUSLY.

HIS NUMBER TO CONFIRM FOR FRIDAY AND GET DIRECTIONS IS : 0833302059
Right, time to make some tea.....
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: LouisXander on April 17, 2013, 07:55:54 pm
Jy drink hopeloos te veel tee!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: woody1 on April 17, 2013, 09:08:20 pm
Ek bel jou more.  :3some:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: grizz on April 17, 2013, 09:18:26 pm
Ek bel jou more.  :3some:

That's cool Woody.

Deon knows I need, really need to come to your place to see where the magic happens.

Tomorrow he has to hang around here, as the two rull up doors he bought today, to replace the older ones, should be delivered here.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: ®©errie on April 18, 2013, 12:59:27 pm
Bly alles het mooi "vlot" verloop sover, en dat julle veilig is by Dozer se pozzie
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: grizz on April 18, 2013, 08:04:49 pm
Well, I have a phone again.... R220 cheapy. Perfect.

Deon bought two roll up garage doors yesterday and they were delivered at about 14.00 today.
By 19.00 the old doors and frames were removed and the new ones fitted, and dinner cooked inbetween...... spaghetti bollognese, as Deon only eats meat  :o

Tomorrow the new shock should get here at some point, get fitted and then the bike will be ready for more action.

Hopefully some guys will pop over for a braai here, directions to be given when you text to my number or Deon's number above.

Saturday we should get over to see Woody1's setup that has me fascinated, after a visit to the family farm between Rustenburg and Swartruggens.

Now for a couple of serious Brandy and Pepsi Max's

Later dudes.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: Welsh on April 19, 2013, 07:12:34 am
Well, I have a phone again.... R220 cheapy. Perfect.

Deon bought two roll up garage doors yesterday and they were delivered at about 14.00 today.
By 19.00 the old doors and frames were removed and the new ones fitted, and dinner cooked inbetween...... spaghetti bollognese, as Deon only eats meat  :o

Tomorrow the new shock should get here at some point, get fitted and then the bike will be ready for more action.

Hopefully some guys will pop over for a braai here, directions to be given when you text to my number or Deon's number above.

Saturday we should get over to see Woody1's setup that has me fascinated, after a visit to the family farm between Rustenburg and Swartruggens.

Now for a couple of serious Brandy and Pepsi Max's

Later dudes.

Morning Grizz,
I won't make a braai today, but we will see what we can do over the weekend.  8) i need to go to the factory in Nigel,  just too busy!

By the way, did you order this weather in specially??
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: grizz on April 19, 2013, 08:54:52 am
Morning Welsh,  Weather? What weather..... ??

You are starting to sound like Goose in France. :peepwall:

You have phone numbers.

Tonights braai is on, I think so far only Woody1 may be here, unless he gets called out.

Plan is to hit the road at 06.00 tomorrow to get to Rustenburg etc, pop in at a buddy on the  way back at Menlyn (I think) and then to go to Woody1's place in the afternoon to check out his woodwork setup.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: LouisXander on April 19, 2013, 08:57:16 am
OH, tel ek nou nie meer nie?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: woody1 on April 19, 2013, 11:54:44 am
Ja man ek hoor jy kom ook.  Ek bring dalk my seun saam.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: LouisXander on April 19, 2013, 12:01:07 pm
Gaan my 2 tsotsies saam vat, maar Francois is oud genoeg om hulle pa te wees. :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: woody1 on April 19, 2013, 12:03:10 pm
Gelukkig is hy 'n SOET seun... dink ek... :drif:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: Lebowski on April 19, 2013, 02:52:57 pm
Good to see you're enjoying yourself mate.....

So many phones, so little time! What would you do without one.....

All good at home, managed to get a good price at the scrap yard for all those old number plates, your welder made it back to mine on your bike (those panniers dent easy though, eh?) and Nicola texted to say she was enjoying the beach in Dubai....

Thought I'd help out and have a go at putting that access door in your garage door. Sorry mate, I'll bring the welder back and have another go.... You'll never notice a thing....

The good news is I've not had to touch your KY since you've been away...

Enjoy mate, see you at Terminal 3...

 :peepwall:



Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: Lebowski on April 19, 2013, 06:34:37 pm
Forgot to mention, and I figure it's better you know now...... you know how heavy your bike is, well rather than do a 50 point turn, I decided to move the ‘bus. Boy that thing leaps forward when you start her in gear…. Straight through the garage door! Hence having a go at putting the access door in (I know, no need for thanks though)

Now I would’ve thought the garage door would’ve stopped the thing, but mate that’s a flimsy door you had there. Straight through and into the wood shop…. I kid you not. Lucky none of the cats were in the way I can tell you. Nicola wouldn’t have been laughing then.

Most of the equipment (well hardly any really, but you’re on holiday) is repairable and the good news is your favourite coping saw is only slightly bent.

Micky said he’d shift the stuff that couldn’t be saved and you can pay him when you get back. Thought you said he was a pain? Seemed really helpful to me…

The chap buying the van says not to worry, you and he can have a chat about revaluing it, he said he’d pay more than scrap prices for it, so that’s good.

In case you think it’s all bad news, I’m fine. Bit of a bump on the head, but nothing serious. I did feel a bit sick after though and I didn’t want to bother Nicola who was upstairs with Micky, the bloke buying(?) the bus and Pete (not sure what he was doing there) and so I threw up in your bbq. Nicola said something about don’t worry the cats do that all the time and that you would sort it when you got home?

Oh and the dog’s dead.

 :eek7:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: bungycool on April 19, 2013, 09:02:30 pm
Forgot to mention, and I figure it's better you know now...... you know how heavy your bike is, well rather than do a 50 point turn, I decided to move the ‘bus. Boy that thing leaps forward when you start her in gear…. Straight through the garage door! Hence having a go at putting the access door in (I know, no need for thanks though)

Now I would’ve thought the garage door would’ve stopped the thing, but mate that’s a flimsy door you had there. Straight through and into the wood shop…. I kid you not. Lucky none of the cats were in the way I can tell you. Nicola wouldn’t have been laughing then.

Most of the equipment (well hardly any really, but you’re on holiday) is repairable and the good news is your favourite coping saw is only slightly bent.

Micky said he’d shift the stuff that couldn’t be saved and you can pay him when you get back. Thought you said he was a pain? Seemed really helpful to me…

The chap buying the van says not to worry, you and he can have a chat about revaluing it, he said he’d pay more than scrap prices for it, so that’s good.

In case you think it’s all bad news, I’m fine. Bit of a bump on the head, but nothing serious. I did feel a bit sick after though and I didn’t want to bother Nicola who was upstairs with Micky, the bloke buying(?) the bus and Pete (not sure what he was doing there) and so I threw up in your bbq. Nicola said something about don’t worry the cats do that all the time and that you would sort it when you got home?

Oh and the dog’s dead.

 :eek7:


Grizz how much you pay me to ride down and check all is ok??? :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: grizz on April 20, 2013, 09:20:41 am
Forgot to mention, and I figure it's better you know now...... you know how heavy your bike is, well rather than do a 50 point turn, I decided to move the ‘bus. Boy that thing leaps forward when you start her in gear…. Straight through the garage door! Hence having a go at putting the access door in (I know, no need for thanks though)

Now I would’ve thought the garage door would’ve stopped the thing, but mate that’s a flimsy door you had there. Straight through and into the wood shop…. I kid you not. Lucky none of the cats were in the way I can tell you. Nicola wouldn’t have been laughing then.

Most of the equipment (well hardly any really, but you’re on holiday) is repairable and the good news is your favourite coping saw is only slightly bent.

Micky said he’d shift the stuff that couldn’t be saved and you can pay him when you get back. Thought you said he was a pain? Seemed really helpful to me…

The chap buying the van says not to worry, you and he can have a chat about revaluing it, he said he’d pay more than scrap prices for it, so that’s good.

In case you think it’s all bad news, I’m fine. Bit of a bump on the head, but nothing serious. I did feel a bit sick after though and I didn’t want to bother Nicola who was upstairs with Micky, the bloke buying(?) the bus and Pete (not sure what he was doing there) and so I threw up in your bbq. Nicola said something about don’t worry the cats do that all the time and that you would sort it when you got home?

Oh and the dog’s dead.

 :eek7:


Grizz how much you pay me to ride down and check all is ok??? :imaposer: :imaposer:

Well Jim, it's fun, but not as we know it......

I have just had a really good chuckle here, as my life is going exactly as planned.....  :lol8:


Jon "Lebowski", I suspect the cats cleaned up the Braai (BBQ) area after you were there anyway, and then went indoors and upchucked it on the red carpet..... especially the Ginger Whinger.... he is good at cleaning up and then dumping it elsewhere.

Glad Mickey and Pete were there to help.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: Welsh on April 20, 2013, 09:30:36 am
Forgot to mention, and I figure it's better you know now...... you know how heavy your bike is, well rather than do a 50 point turn, I decided to move the ‘bus. Boy that thing leaps forward when you start her in gear…. Straight through the garage door! Hence having a go at putting the access door in (I know, no need for thanks though)

Now I would’ve thought the garage door would’ve stopped the thing, but mate that’s a flimsy door you had there. Straight through and into the wood shop…. I kid you not. Lucky none of the cats were in the way I can tell you. Nicola wouldn’t have been laughing then.

Most of the equipment (well hardly any really, but you’re on holiday) is repairable and the good news is your favourite coping saw is only slightly bent.

Micky said he’d shift the stuff that couldn’t be saved and you can pay him when you get back. Thought you said he was a pain? Seemed really helpful to me…

The chap buying the van says not to worry, you and he can have a chat about revaluing it, he said he’d pay more than scrap prices for it, so that’s good.

In case you think it’s all bad news, I’m fine. Bit of a bump on the head, but nothing serious. I did feel a bit sick after though and I didn’t want to bother Nicola who was upstairs with Micky, the bloke buying(?) the bus and Pete (not sure what he was doing there) and so I threw up in your bbq. Nicola said something about don’t worry the cats do that all the time and that you would sort it when you got home?

Oh and the dog’s dead.

 :eek7:


Grizz how much you pay me to ride down and check all is ok??? :imaposer: :imaposer:

Well Jim, it's fun, but not as we know it......

I have just had a really good chuckle here, as my life is going exactly as planned.....  :lol8:


Jon "Lebowski", I suspect the cats cleaned up the Braai (BBQ) area after you were there anyway, and then went indoors and upchucked it on the red carpet..... especially the Ginger Whinger.... he is good at cleaning up and then dumping it elsewhere.

Glad Mickey and Pete were there to help.

I assumed sanity prevailed with this weather?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: grizz on April 20, 2013, 09:56:56 am
Indeed my young friend, indeed.

We were kinda marooned yesterday, used Deon's pickup truck to go to a variety of shops and pick up stuff.
Not as much fun as with the bikes, especially as we have had good radio comms since leaving Cape Town, thanks to Goose sorting out the leads on the headsets for the radios I had bought in the UK.

Radio comms make a huge difference to a ride like this, the pleasure of sharing, chatting, being able to stop and take a pic while the other carries on etc..... Radios Rule.

We had some WD's over for a small Braai last night in the rain and wind.

Cancelled the Rustenburg trip to the family farm for today, tomorrow may be better
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place etc......
Post by: grizz on April 20, 2013, 09:58:53 am
Just one pic as this PC shuts down when asked the time.....

Last night.


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010965_zps71851c45.jpg)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: grizz on April 20, 2013, 10:21:50 am
Full story obviously later, but just one photo for now.....

Massive Thanks to Maverick, Super Foxi (Dirk and Mike) and also the courier service for delivering a R7000 incl delivery, shock.

Fitted at 06.00 mainly by Deon, followed by a quick rearend service and sorting of the brakes by Dozer.

5pm yesterday, met by a face only a mother could love.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010961_zps0b2a7d8b.jpg)

This shock is kinda pivotal to the 1500km trip to Cape Town, even though I suspect I had been riding without since Mountain Shadows above Elliot......

Still raining outside, off to see Woody1 and LouisXander over at Woody's place, to look at all his CNC woodworking machines.

Later Dudes/Dudesses  (I doubt many people actually know the meaning of Dude)   :peepwall:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: Geotraveller on April 20, 2013, 10:39:28 am
Enjoying this tremendously.

BTW from Wikipedia:

Dude is an old term, recognized by multiple generations although potentially with slightly different meanings.[2] From the 1870s to the 1960s, dude primarily meant a person who dressed in an extremely fashion-forward manner (a dandy) or a citified person who was visiting a rural location but stuck out (a city slicker).
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: spoedvark on April 20, 2013, 03:09:55 pm
Super riding and great report Dudes!!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: grizz on April 20, 2013, 04:41:33 pm
Thanks guys.

Yep, Dudes indeed..... Dude farms of course are stud farms in the USA.

I think I had ridden The Whale for around 1000km or more with a bled out rear shock, compensating a lot of the time by standing up to shift the COG a bit lower and toward the front.

So this shock was a real winner as the trip to Cape Town and then probably a few hunderd kilometers in and around the Cape would have been uncomfortable to say the least.

So both Deon and I were up by 05.00 and he could not wait to get going with fitting the new shock and also to give the rear end a good going over..... :pot:

There are more photos of the whole process, but this was the result.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010979_zps17b92ed6.jpg)


The reear brake has never been much more than a decoration, but Deon insisted we remove the rear wheel and then at least clean up and oil up any moving parts to eliminate age wear from the equation.
I did help..... :imaposer: and made the coffee.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010980_zps012b009e.jpg)


More in a bit.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: grizz on April 20, 2013, 05:27:18 pm
After this we showered and then took the bakkie and drove over to Woody1's place where we were joined by LouisXander and spent the next four hours looking and drooling over Woody's CNC woodworking machines and some of the items he has made, including a full violin he machined.

Woody's latest baby..... I hope he will add more clear descriptions, all I can say is that I wish I could use tools like this..... oooohhhh, and he is a lucky man, how many of your wives will let you bring in huge machines like this lazer cutter inside the house  :eek7:

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010982_zpsaebbb0c0.jpg)

Next up a trip to "Die Duiwehok" = "The Pigeon House" which used to house racing pigeons till Woody added quite a few brick courses to it and raised the roof in order to start building his hobby woodshop..... I am officially jealous of this space.

Large, efficient tools everywhere, most bought for sensible or silly low prices.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010990_zps63bd397b.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010990_zps63bd397b.jpg.html)


And on the other side, a machine he built himself, cutting a quick pic he programmed earleir.....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010988_zpsb946486a.jpg)


There are loads of things made here, everyone more interesting, complext than the last.....

Pepper mills with ceramic grinders?

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010997_zpsf456030b.jpg)

Back to the CNC macining that was on the go earlier......

RESULT

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010993_zps43459c04.jpg)


Then we were joined by his wife, youngest and mum  in law, who looks younger than him  :peepwall:

At this point, after coffees and biscuits, Louis had to go, and lucky for us, being rainy and cold....... Pancake time in the Woody Home, so Mrs Woody1 made a pile of pancakes and felt sorry enough for Dozer who was standing there dribbling and whimpering like a beat dog...... she offered us a share in the family treat. Thank you !!!

Caught in the act by my own camera.... thanks Woody !!

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010999_zps324626b4.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010999_zps324626b4.jpg.html)



After we left there is was off to some shops to find bits n pieces, then home via "Devil's Inn Pizza" where we had R7.50 ice cream cones and odered some serious pizza's, then home to relax.

Hope the weather clears up so that we can take the bikes out again tomorrow and ride to the farm and see aunt, cousins and maybe pop in to Touchdown69 Mike who spent the day in hospital having his kidney stones mined.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: woody1 on April 20, 2013, 05:43:34 pm
Thanks for the visit and the lekker chat... nice to meet the BROTHERS !! :3some:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: LouisXander on April 20, 2013, 05:48:23 pm
Julle blixems! Wanneer het die pannekoek in die deal gekom!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: grizz on April 20, 2013, 05:58:52 pm
Julle blixems! Wanneer het die pannekoek in die deal gekom!!


Dit was Woody meneer..... !!!

Just after you left, he said to Mrs Woody " I wish Louis did not have such a lot to do, and so many bikes to ride..... make us some pancakes please, we will miss him"  :peepwall:

I suspect they were waiting for Deon and I to leave, but of course when he started grinding his teeth, dribbling tears over his little red cheeks and making those horrible noises that make people say "Ag Shame" Mrs Woody could not resisit him any more.  She did however also produce a meat cleaver from the Voortrekkers that she showed us, maybe as a warning.

PS: Those pancakes were really nice, really really nice.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: woody1 on April 20, 2013, 06:18:54 pm
I promise,  I had nothing to do with this.... it was a surprise for me as well.

Sorry Louis... wassieekkie  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: woody1 on April 21, 2013, 05:22:41 pm
They are still riding around and having FUN.  Luckily for me I am close by and got a picture of them leaving this afternoon.
Don't worry LX,  pannekoeke long time finished...  :imaposer:

DOZER was here !!  :ricky: :ricky:

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: LouisXander on April 21, 2013, 07:16:16 pm
Man daai rooi fiets is n beauty!! Ek is toe vanoggend 7h00 al Chimes toe met die KTM en het eers na 13h00 Rian se sms gekry.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: Dozer on April 21, 2013, 07:27:09 pm
They are still riding around and having FUN.  Luckily for me I am close by and got a picture of them leaving this afternoon.
Don't worry LX,  pannekoeke long time finished...  :imaposer:

DOZER was here !!  :ricky: :ricky:




Dankie Kobus, dit lyk great.

Louis, jy het n nice ride gemis, twee gebreekte KTM's langs die pad  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: woody1 on April 21, 2013, 07:47:46 pm
Welkom op die forum Dozer  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: LouisXander on April 21, 2013, 07:58:02 pm
Ja welkom. Ek het gewonder of jy kan tik! :imaposer: synde jy alles kan fix!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: Dozer on April 21, 2013, 08:04:41 pm
Ja welkom. Ek het gewonder of jy kan tik! :imaposer: synde jy alles kan fix!

My Vingers staan vir niks verkeerd nie, en die tong tippie toets slaag ek altyd.

Kan my wenkbroue met my tong ook lek en haal sommer asem deur my ore.

Maklik man.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: bungycool on April 21, 2013, 08:09:16 pm
Boet glad to see that you are having an obscene amount of fun and relaxation. Will you be bringing some WD stickers back. I'm looking for a reflective for the helmet. Hint hint nudge nudge ya know wadda mean????
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: spoedvark on April 21, 2013, 08:40:35 pm
About time DOZER joins the forum officially!!

Welcome mate!!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: Dozer on April 21, 2013, 09:07:24 pm
Boet glad to see that you are having an obscene amount of fun and relaxation. Will you be bringing some WD stickers back. I'm looking for a reflective for the helmet. Hint hint nudge nudge ya know wadda mean????

Hi Jim, will see if he can get some on short notice. I need some too for my helmet and bike.

Will let you know.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 21, 2013, 09:17:07 pm
Hey Deon, on the forum now, welcome and enjoy. Enjoy the rest of boeties time here.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: Dozer on April 21, 2013, 09:45:38 pm
Hey Deon, on the forum now, welcome and enjoy. Enjoy the rest of boeties time here.

Thanks James.

Today was another great day.

Impulsively rode to Hartebeespoort dam, did the touristy stuff, Wimpy Brekkie omelette with no power on the kettles for a decent Wimpy mega coffee  ::), then visited Mike Touchdown69 at Brooklyn in Pretoria, and then back to Woody1's place for a quick visit to collect some gifts he had made for Rian (Not sure why   :pot:  )

Then home and a drink, some biltong and web intro with ouboet.

This ride really should have been a 3 month trip for us.

This country has so much to offer.

Thanks again for you and your families hospitality when we stayed over with you.

Mopping mud at 6am was  the best part of the trip....... keeping busy.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: Gérrard on April 21, 2013, 09:51:54 pm
Welkom Dozer  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: Goose on April 21, 2013, 10:03:45 pm
WELCOME ....... DOZER!!!!!!!!!!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Deon ou maat - jy sal nie jammer wees dat jy ooit die Wilddog forum gejoin het nie........ soos jy nou al sal weet - hulle is darem 'n regte klomp naais bliksems!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: grizz on April 21, 2013, 10:15:27 pm
WELCOME ....... DOZER!!!!!!!!!!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Deon ou maat - jy sal nie jammer wees dat jy ooit die Wilddog forum gejoin het nie........ soos jy nou al sal weet - hulle is darem 'n regte klomp naais bliksems!!  :thumleft:


* Thanks Gerard (Die Ingelse uitspraak)


Peter, jy weet mos ek is ook n horingrige Blixem.

Moet nou net  meisie kry wat rook (of my laat rook, en weet hoe om brandewyn te gooi, met haar eie job en dalk n bike, of sy kan saam met my ry as sy oulik genoeg is.

Ek het op die trippie wat nou amper 6000km is met Ouboet Rian gesien watse nice ouens hier op die forums leef.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: grizz on April 21, 2013, 10:20:10 pm
OK, here is a LOL moment.

Dozer and Grizz sharing one PC, logged in and out etc.....

Grizz hier, Deon het bo n reply geskryf as ek.


In the mean time I have just looked at this thread...... Remember it ?

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=106585.0

One for Goose   :peepwall:


(http://www.bestcelebritypictures.com/photos/alize-40.jpg)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: Tiger8 on April 21, 2013, 10:34:21 pm
Welcome Deon, great to have you on the forum. Looks like you boy's have been really busy visiting up a storm through SA. Good to see 2 brothers share an epic trip like this. You guys seem to be eating all the time, no wonder your shocks give in  :imaposer: :imaposer:

Enjoy the time remaining for your adventure together. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: Dozer on April 22, 2013, 09:05:54 am
Welcome Deon, great to have you on the forum. Looks like you boy's have been really busy visiting up a storm through SA. Good to see 2 brothers share an epic trip like this. You guys seem to be eating all the time, no wonder your shocks give in  :imaposer: :imaposer:

Enjoy the time remaining for your adventure together. :thumleft:

Can you blame us Schaun?

Rian says thanks again for the number plates..... :peepwall:  I think they broke his shock (I carried them on my bike.  :biggrin:

Busy getting the Whale ready for his solo trip that starts tomorrow at 06.00

He wants to try make Colesberg in one run..... 655km is a long trek, we did one from Elliott to Durban and the last 150km gets uncomfortable  :deal:


If he is stupid enough to do Colesberg in one day, then he could have two short days to get to Paarl by Thursday evening, leaving Friday to sort out the last of his banking appointments.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: Goose on April 22, 2013, 09:28:17 am
Welcome Deon, great to have you on the forum. Looks like you boy's have been really busy visiting up a storm through SA. Good to see 2 brothers share an epic trip like this. You guys seem to be eating all the time, no wonder your shocks give in  :imaposer: :imaposer:

Enjoy the time remaining for your adventure together. :thumleft:

Can you blame us Schaun?

Rian says thanks again for the number plates..... :peepwall:  I think they broke his shock (I carried them on my bike.  :biggrin:

Busy getting the Whale ready for his solo trip that starts tomorrow at 06.00

He wants to try make Colesberg in one run..... 655km is a long trek, we did one from Elliott to Durban and the last 150km gets uncomfortable  :deal:


If he is stupid enough to do Colesberg in one day, then he could have two short days to get to Paarl by Thursday evening, leaving Friday to sort out the last of his banking appointments.

I made a suggestion - that he turns off the N1 just after Beaufort West (left) and heads down to Ladismith via Meiring's Poort & Oudtshoorn ........ spend a night with Veldbrand at Koedoeskloof!  From there it's a pretty easy run via Calitzdorp, Barrydale, Montagu, Robertson & Worcester back to Cape Town (or Paarl) ...... GREAT scenery once more and a fitting goodbye stretch to SA for his last days!

Safe trip Rian - see you down here later this week!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: grizz on April 22, 2013, 09:45:51 am
Right, as mentioned by the baby brother above.... thanks to all for the variety of gifts, things, number plates  :biggrin: etc we have been given along the way, as well as hospitality, chats etc.

Yesterday we had planned to go to the family farm to wrap up the "family side" of this ride, but somehow could not get hold of the relevant people, so we just did an impulsive ride out to Hartebeespoort dam to test the new rear shock...... NIIIIIICE !!
Massive difference.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1020030_zps8662a088.jpg)

Deon had a Wimpy breakfast and both of us tea, as the coffee machines were down (No electricity WTF?? )
And we watched some "Baaaikers" being total Dwisses reving up noisy bikes in their colours. Listening to the customers in the Wimpy comment I wished the riders could hear it and respond in a way other than potentially threatening or assaulting them.
I wish people in general would be more tollerant and more considerate of each other (I include guys like the Groot Dwiss who came around the corner of the 4 way stop in a beige Land Cruiser, partly out of control, arse swinging wildly side to side, endangering many people waiting to cross the intersection)

After this we rode to Tant Malie se Winkel (well overpriced for tourists) where I bought 4 little blocks of real fudge and an Old South African flag Teaspoon for my English home for R49.50  :o

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1020041_zps97516fee.jpg)

On the way back we visited Mike, who bought Thunder Child from me 11 years ago, and then restored her again to standard, after he had encouraged me to chop her in the first place.
It was great seeing him arrive home from hospital after us as he had spent the night in there having his kidney stones mined in the operating theatre. Mike and his family have been an extension of my own family for years, and it is always interesting that time does not alter certain friendships.  He also gave me a New York Mafia number plate and the plate of his Aprillia 1000 that he sold on last week.

From there we rode back to Woody1's place as he had called to inform me that we had forgotten something the other day.....

A placemat for Dozer's Brandy & Pepsi Max mug, which has now had 4 coats of clear varnish.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1020063_zpsd7cca131.jpg)

And again, a surprise for me.....

A set of 6 placemats that I will finish in the UK.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1020062_zps5759cfc0.jpg)


Tonight is a last braai with Deon, Thick T-Bone steaks and Cheese Grillers washed down with a few B&C's
Then off to Cape Town in episodes tomorrow morning, hopefully stopping over at Nimmo's Guest House in Colesberg if my Poephol makes it.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: LouisXander on April 22, 2013, 09:56:09 am
Lekker man, Hope you do the trippie safe and uneventfull! Colesberg is just around the corner.....stare into my eyes....
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 12 - Dunnottar. DOZER'S Place, SHOCKED !!
Post by: Kosie on April 22, 2013, 10:07:07 am
Right, as mentioned by the baby brother above.... thanks to all for the variety of gifts, things, number plates  :biggrin: etc we have been given along the way, as well as hospitality, chats etc.

Yesterday we had planned to go to the family farm to wrap up the "family side" of this ride, but somehow could not get hold of the relevant people, so we just did an impulsive ride out to Hartebeespoort dam to test the new rear shock...... NIIIIIICE !!
Massive difference.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1020030_zps8662a088.jpg)

Deon had a Wimpy breakfast and both of us tea, as the coffee machines were down (No electricity WTF?? )
And we watched some "Baaaikers" being total Dwisses reving up noisy bikes in their colours. Listening to the customers in the Wimpy comment I wished the riders could hear it and respond in a way other than potentially threatening or assaulting them.
I wish people in general would be more tollerant and more considerate of each other (I include guys like the Groot Dwiss who came around the corner of the 4 way stop in a beige Land Cruiser, partly out of control, arse swinging wildly side to side, endangering many people waiting to cross the intersection)

After this we rode to Tant Malie se Winkel (well overpriced for tourists) where I bought 4 little blocks of real fudge and an Old South African flag Teaspoon for my English home for R49.50  :o

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1020041_zps97516fee.jpg)

On the way back we visited Mike, who bought Thunder Child from me 11 years ago, and then restored her again to standard, after he had encouraged me to chop her in the first place.
It was great seeing him arrive home from hospital after us as he had spent the night in there having his kidney stones mined in the operating theatre. Mike and his family have been an extension of my own family for years, and it is always interesting that time does not alter certain friendships.  He also gave me a New York Mafia number plate and the plate of his Aprillia 1000 that he sold on last week.

From there we rode back to Woody1's place as he had called to inform me that we had forgotten something the other day.....

A placemat for Dozer's Brandy & Pepsi Max mug, which has now had 4 coats of clear varnish.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1020063_zpsd7cca131.jpg)

And again, a surprise for me.....

A set of 6 placemats that I will finish in the UK.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1020062_zps5759cfc0.jpg)


Tonight is a last braai with Deon, Thick T-Bone steaks and Cheese Grillers washed down with a few B&C's
Then off to Cape Town in episodes tomorrow morning, hopefully stopping over at NemoDakar's Guest House in Colesberg if my Poephol makes it.

Rian my maat jy moet veilig ry en dit geniet! KTM Groete!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 18 - DOZER'S Place, Hartebeespoort Dam....
Post by: grizz on April 22, 2013, 03:14:02 pm
Thanks Kosie. Solank ek en die Walvis net nie neerblixem iewers nie, soos waneer ek wil afklim, of petrol volmaak.

Excluding my overnight backpack that lives in the one side panier and contains my life, I have now packed the bike and am ready to hit the road in the morning when I wake up.....whatever time it happens to be.

The biker is now rear and top heavy as  have added a 5 litre oil and also my bounty of EC number plates.

I was going to try source a new Free State Cheetah one, but riding into town, versus just filling up and meeting an old friend briefly at the Engen and Wimpy on the N1, it seemed more sensible just to fill up and hit the road again.

Bike got a final prep and a Paraffin, Sunlight dishwashing liquid, and presure cleaner wash earlier.

Now it looks respectable again   :biggrin:

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1020091_zps5f9b9b3b.jpg)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 18 - DOZER'S Place, Hartebeespoort Dam....
Post by: Gérrard on April 22, 2013, 03:18:23 pm
Ride safe and don't forget to enjoy it.

Its Nimmo(Jean) in Colesberg. nemodakar is a moegoe you definitely do not want to meet. >:D Your liver will never forgive you  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 18 - DOZER'S Place, Hartebeespoort Dam....
Post by: EssBee on April 22, 2013, 03:19:06 pm
Welcome to the forum Deon!!!

Riaan, ride safe tomo mate!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 18 - DOZER'S Place, Hartebeespoort Dam....
Post by: grizz on April 22, 2013, 03:33:33 pm
Ride safe and don't forget to enjoy it.

Its Nimmo(Jean) in Colesberg. nemodakar is a moegoe you definitely do not want to meet. >:D Your liver will never forgive you  :imaposer:

Het jou.  Dankie..... Ek het gedink Woody1 het dit in erg Afrikaans neergeskryf  :peepwall:

Sal oppas vir Nemodakar. ;)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 18 - DOZER'S Place, Hartebeespoort Dam....
Post by: woody1 on April 22, 2013, 04:27:37 pm
Nou is daai mooi skoon fiets reg vir bietjie TORSOP..  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 18 - DOZER'S Place, Hartebeespoort Dam....
Post by: grizz on April 23, 2013, 07:22:23 pm
In Richmond tonight.

Impulsively decided to continue riding, to break the back of this Cape Town ride.

Booked into a BIKER FRIENDLY GUEST HOUSE....... BE BLESSED.

RUN BY SAAG AND SUMI VISAGIE.


THE BEST PART IS THAT IT IS REALLY SECURE, AND SUMI SAID I COULD PULL MY BIKE INSIDE MY SELF CATERING FLAT....  :o

When I came out the shower, two contractors who are booked into some of their self catering flats were just pushing their CR450 and KTM200 out of their flats.....

There are 5 flats that sleep a total of 24 people.

Pricing and extras are extremely Reasonable. Tonight they are having a moerse braai for the 5 contractors that are booked in here.

www.wheretostay.co.za/beblessed  Contact: Saag 0829449240 or 0536930147

Contact them directly to discuss or book.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 18 - DOZER'S Place, Hartebeespoort Dam....
Post by: spoedvark on April 23, 2013, 10:07:42 pm
In Richmond tonight.

Impulsively decided to continue riding, to break the back of this Cape Town ride.

Booked into a BIKER FRIENDLY GUEST HOUSE....... BE BLESSED.

RUN BY SAAG AND SUMI VISAGIE.


THE BEST PART IS THAT IT IS REALLY SECURE, AND SUMI SAID I COULD PULL MY BIKE INSIDE MY SELF CATERING FLAT....  :o

When I came out the shower, two contractors who are booked into some of their self catering flats were just pushing their CR450 and KTM200 out of their flats.....

There are 5 flats that sleep a total of 24 people.

Pricing and extras are extremely Reasonable. Tonight they are having a moerse braai for the 5 contractors that are booked in here.

www.wheretostay.co.za/beblessed  Contact: Saag 0829449240 or 0536930147

Contact them directly to discuss or book.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Enjoy the rest of the trip Grizz.

Thanks for sharing a piece of your and Dozer's life with us!!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 20 - 788km not sore. Richmond guest house.
Post by: Dozer on April 24, 2013, 01:07:06 pm
Thanks for the welcome from all the other Dogs!!!! just a short update on Grizz's trip to CT. Received text at 08:30, "Filling up on fuel and coffee in Beaufort West, then to Laingsburg for Oil top-up. Hardegat pushed to Richmond last night!!!!

going off now to fiddle in garage, be back later...........


Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 20 - 788km not sore. Richmond guest house.
Post by: adelbert.champeon on April 24, 2013, 03:14:41 pm
Riaan, hoop jy is al in die Kaap!!

Tx for the chat along the way, and especially for the Lemon-Cream cookie and 'Vrugte-lekker"!!

I'm at home and clocked 2200km on the HP2, with average fuel consumption of 20km/l!

Best of luck and I'm looking forward to read the final report...!!!!   :ricky:

Groete,
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 20 - 788km not sore. Richmond guest house.
Post by: grizz on April 24, 2013, 06:02:23 pm
Riaan, hoop jy is al in die Kaap!!

Tx for the chat along the way, and especially for the Lemon-Cream cookie and 'Vrugte-lekker"!!

I'm at home and clocked 2200km on the HP2, with average fuel consumption of 20km/l!

Best of luck and I'm looking forward to read the final report...!!!!   :ricky:

Groete,

Moerse nice om met jou te chat by die roadworks.

Padlos deel is mos net reg. as daar meer tyd was kon jy koffie ook gedrink het.

650km done on a lazy pace today.

Went over old Du Toits Kloof Pass and has las Lemon Cream and coffee looking out over Gods country.

Found myself repeatedly laughing out loud in my helmet today at just how stunning this country is.

Safely in Paarl at 13.55 today.

Next few days will be spent pootling over to Simons Town, Waterfront and Goose's place if he replies to his text  :peepwall:

Also need to do a bit of shopping at Woolies and Mr Price.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: Goose on April 25, 2013, 02:29:49 pm
Well old Grizz arrived here at my place - as hot as a lizzard on a hot-rock!! 

 :biggrin:

Bit better temp's than the UK at the moment.

Posting a few pics below for Rian..........

1. Rian's tarmac river crossing in Richmond - just outside the "Be Blessed" self catering BFBB (Biker Friendly B & B) owned by SAAG & SUMI
2. SAAG met sy oupa se blaasbalk op sy troon - NAAIS!!!! (for Nicola's info - it's a "puffer" )
3. SAAG het hom by die "kop" beet...................  ek weet nie watter tiepe "blaas" hy nou doen nie........  >:D
4. The "Group" including Saag & Sumi the hosts, with some their tenants (working on fibre optic lines) showing exceptional Saffer hospitality to Grizz!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: woody1 on April 25, 2013, 02:36:40 pm
Lekker.  Bly jy is veilig
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: Dozer on April 25, 2013, 07:44:43 pm
Well, after borrowing Goose's power point adaptor, I went looking Tuesday and found something similar at Outdoor Warehouse in Boksburg. Not in the same class of waterproof, but it should do. Then I went looking for some 3mm perspex cut-off to make my own mounting plate, and to get prices on materials to build a "Braai afdak" (so Woody and LouisXander don't have to get wet if they visit for bbq again).

At the steel shop I noticed wetness on my rear wheel, first thought BSTRD DOG!!!!. Found a pinsized hole in brakeline!!! WHAT NOW????

Quick call to Justin at Motorad Tech to get wallet damage. He said to bring it in, as he needs sample to have replacement made up. 20km back home to load on trailer, then to his shop.

Great news!!!! as I stopped he said he had a replacement, 20min and 450 bucks later "Tweety" was ready to go!!!

He does great work at a very reasonable price compared to brand name shops, and does it quickly.

Finished cutting, drilling and priming my "Boerplan" power supply mounting, paint and mount tomorrow.

Going off now to books to read......
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: woody1 on April 25, 2013, 07:58:08 pm
Great news... I sommer order some rain and visit you this weekend.

Justin is TOP's.  I took my R1150 RT to him only for repairs and service.   :laughing4:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: grizz on April 26, 2013, 03:58:47 am
Well, after borrowing Goose's power point adaptor, I went looking Tuesday and found something similar at Outdoor Warehouse in Boksburg. Not in the same class of waterproof, but it should do. Then I went looking for some 3mm perspex cut-off to make my own mounting plate, and to get prices on materials to build a "Braai afdak" (so Woody and LouisXander don't have to get wet if they visit for bbq again).

At the steel shop I noticed wetness on my rear wheel, first thought BSTRD DOG!!!!. Found a pinsized hole in brakeline!!! WHAT NOW????

Quick call to Justin at Motorad Tech to get wallet damage. He said to bring it in, as he needs sample to have replacement made up. 20km back home to load on trailer, then to his shop.

Great news!!!! as I stopped he said he had a replacement, 20min and 450 bucks later "Tweety" was ready to go!!!

He does great work at a very reasonable price compared to brand name shops, and does it quickly.

Finished cutting, drilling and priming my "Boerplan" power supply mounting, paint and mount tomorrow.

Going off now to books to read......


Fokkitt Boet maar jy skryf mooi.

Glad your arse was just gently stretched, rather than being ripped a wallet sized one.

Its great to find a good tech that you can trust too.

Maybe you should start taking a few pics of your "Boere-Tech" plan for other guys to copy and to post in the Pooratech thread.

I think what you should do is invite W1 & LX plus a few other guys to come supervise your Braai Afdak (Afkark) build too.

I have a few final errands to run this morning, including getting Mickey my neighbour a carton of ciggies, as I used "Face Time" on my phone last night after Maverick had called me for a chat earlier on my iPhone, so I gave my lovely wifey a call at home too for a video chat.
Seems Mickey came and cut my grass this week as he knows I loke it short. He smokes roll ups, so some real ciggies should or could be a treat for him.

Woke at 02.30 and almost 04.00 now..... Insomnia sucks.

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: grizz on April 26, 2013, 04:08:48 am
Great news... I sommer order some rain and visit you this weekend.

Justin is TOP's.  I took my R1150 RT to him only for repairs and service.   :laughing4:

I dont think you need rain to visit Deon boet.... Just call or text to see if he is in and drop in. Thats how we do it  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: woody1 on April 26, 2013, 07:31:09 am
Will do.... Ek bring my meisie en hy braai haar/dit  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: LouisXander on April 26, 2013, 07:32:27 am
Ons sal ou Fixiit Steve Tswete vir n ride moet vat Kobus!! DIe ooste is juis dood wat dit aan betref!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: Dozer on April 26, 2013, 07:53:46 am
OK,OK!!!! Hold your horses!!!! got up 5:30, did bachelor thing( teeth,washing, tea & toast etc)then sprayed first coat (silver engine enamel) on plate. Decided to check forum, better than watching paint dry????

Horses?? Waiting for next Payday before buying material 4 Braaidak ( rough estimate 3K), will have to dig holes, clean oil off steel etc.

Going for visit with Lady Friend in Pretoria later till Saturday, then back to hang around my shack

Enough!! Gonna go watch paint dry now.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: LouisXander on April 26, 2013, 07:57:07 am
Watter een vd 2? Die intelektuele ene, of die amoreuse ene?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: grizz on April 26, 2013, 08:15:48 am
Watter een vd 2? Die intelektuele ene, of die amoreuse ene?

Ek Weet. Ek Weet. Ek Weet !!!!!

I know that answer Sir !!

Intelektueele een. Intelectual one !!

I think after spending three weeks on the road with me AND BEING IN RADIO COMMS CONTACT ALL THE TIME........... He needs a bit of intelectual stimulation.  :pot:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: LouisXander on April 26, 2013, 08:17:58 am
You've got it wrong Good Sir, he needs some peace and quiet, only noise must be from something other than words!! :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: grizz on April 26, 2013, 08:19:50 am
I think radio comms is a great thing on a ride like this.

However, we need to hear Dozers opinion as well. I suspect he has one too.

Thanks again to Goose for being the brains on that level.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: grizz on April 26, 2013, 08:21:53 am
You've got it wrong Good Sir, he needs some peace and quiet, only noise must be from something other than words!! :imaposer:

So meneer bedoel n gehyg na asem??

So sir means a barrage of heavy breathing??
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: LouisXander on April 26, 2013, 08:22:57 am
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: woody1 on April 26, 2013, 09:07:31 am
Julle twee is net jaloers.... at least het hy vriendinnnnnnne..  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: Dozer on April 26, 2013, 09:31:54 am
JA JA JA!!!! Paint dried, glued in 2 ports(pratley) soldered connections, siliconed exposed wires. Silver paint looks good(leftover frm Grizz painting the whales taillight inner reflector)

It is the intelectual one. Was gonna bbq, but she decided to take me to Spur. just had half pawpaw for brekkie, thx Grizz! Saw the Pod Build piece, remember it from my last UK visit.

Might try to get some heavy breathing going after Spur, but she is too nice for me to really try. So u can all give your imaginations a rest!!!!!

Going to watch silicone and glue dry now, maybe spin on bike.

Check in on Sa when I return........
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: Dozer on April 26, 2013, 09:36:38 am
I think radio comms is a great thing on a ride like this.

However, we need to hear Dozers opinion as well. I suspect he has one too.

Thanks again to Goose for being the brains on that level.

YES!!!! Comms is a must!!!! Talk about scenery for pics, chics, THE LAW, tech problems, potholes, all the other things like monkey butt, pitstops etc.

Hope Goose doesn't sue me for using his idea!!!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: Goose on April 26, 2013, 10:00:11 am
I think radio comms is a great thing on a ride like this.

However, we need to hear Dozers opinion as well. I suspect he has one too.

Thanks again to Goose for being the brains on that level.

YES!!!! Comms is a must!!!! Talk about scenery for pics, chics, THE LAW, tech problems, potholes, all the other things like monkey butt, pitstops etc.

Hope Goose doesn't sue me for using his idea!!!!


Definitely not my idea boet.......... but gla you found it useful - I think a lot of people have the wrong impression of Comms - some want silence and privacy - I found that "sharing" the ride does not mean constant nattering... but little bits of info being passed to each other or agreeing on a stop etc is definitely what makes the trip.
Comms between rider and pillion is also a huge must - hell this involves your pillion in the ride and although you enjoy sitting with the thrill of operating the bike......... remember your pillion sits in silence not knowing what's happening. Comms allows you to "share" the control and having an extra pair of eyes for safety is fantastic.

Glad you chaps had a good time!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: Andre E on April 26, 2013, 10:13:29 am
I asked my wife (who rides her own bike) is we should get comms. She said: "NO!"

Unbelievable! ???
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: grizz on April 26, 2013, 12:56:52 pm
I asked my wife (who rides her own bike) is we should get comms. She said: "NO!"

Unbelievable! ???

Yes, but your wife is cute and probably finds hiding inside her crash hat a relief..... :pot:

I suspect that if she tried it on the sort of ride we did, it would prove itself invaluable.

Just finished removing Suzuki coil from the GS, taking it back to Mavericks Father in Law later.

I have done just under 6200km on this bike, the last 1600-ish alone and must say the comms and company on long distance makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE.

Off to Eugenes farm for the weekend, flying back to England on Sunday evening.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: Tiger8 on April 26, 2013, 01:12:35 pm
Enjoy the last few days of Sunshine and Africa, great to have met you guy's and hope there will be another meeting in the future, all the best Bud and enjoy the farm, travel safe.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: grizz on April 26, 2013, 03:10:07 pm
Enjoy the last few days of Sunshine and Africa, great to have met you guy's and hope there will be another meeting in the future, all the best Bud and enjoy the farm, travel safe.  :thumleft:

Thanks mate. Maybe in England?

Just took the Whale back to Mavericks FIL Neels.

Weird how after removing the Suzuki coil, I reconnected the faulty BMW one for the top plugs and it ran faultlessly.....  ???

Looking forward to seeing Eugene's farm near Napier for the weekend..... He caters for Quads and Offroad/DS riders there.
You can camp or sleep in the massive shed, pitch your tent indoors and stay dry.

Not sure how many WD's are interested, but PM me for more details or contact him at Mabille Engineering in Paarl.

Then Sunday night homeward.

I have enjoyed this trip but have to say, I do love my wife's company and looking for shit with my kids. And of course the cats as well.

Weather my be shit in the UK but it is where I lay my head.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: Tiger8 on April 26, 2013, 03:22:54 pm
A good woman is hard to live without no matter how good a time a man has on his own (or because of the good time that we miss sharing with them).  :thumleft:
You will have many stories to share as you enjoy her and the kid's company, I am sure that Sunday evening cannot come soon enough for either of you.

God bless you and your family and who knows I may yet pop-in to say hi in "sunny" England, Des still wants to do a tour of Scotland and Ireland, when next I have saved enough to do the trip. (and not then go and spend the money on a new bike, as I am prone to doing  >:D)

Cheers Mate.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: Gérrard on April 26, 2013, 03:28:44 pm
Jis Ou Maat,

Ek glo die tyd in SA was dit werd en dit was goed om saam te kuier. Geniet die naweek, kom veilig by die huis en dan sien ons weer uit na jou manewales, en natuurlik die RR.

Groete
Gerard.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: Andre E on April 26, 2013, 03:40:33 pm
Dit was lekker om nog een van die (skaars) goeie ouens te ontmoet.

Voorspoed.

P.S. My vrou se dankie vir die kompliment. ;D
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 21 - 650km. Paarl and Cape Town areas.
Post by: woody1 on April 26, 2013, 03:54:53 pm
Ja lekker om jou en Deon te kon ontmoet.  Nou het ek iemand om hallo te gaan se sonder om my passpoort te toon.... Brakpan Dunnottar...slfde ding.

Lekker kuier die naweek en gaan geniet vir mammie en die kinders en die katte doer ver..  ;)

Hoop jou werk is nou gesort as jy daar kom.  Cheers
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 23 - NAPIER FARM for weekend.
Post by: Gérrard on April 26, 2013, 06:48:51 pm
So paar kiekies wat Grizz my gestuur het. Oppad terug sandvlakte toe deur die driffie waar my bike gevrek het.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 23 - NAPIER FARM for weekend.
Post by: Dozer on April 27, 2013, 11:02:49 am
OOH!!! AAAHH!!! JUST THERE!!!!! AAAAGGHHH!!!! No You Dirty Old Men!!!! That was me when she got on my back and got hold of my 6000km Knots and Muscle Pains in my back!!!

Had Great munchies at Spur, home, shower, back-massage and then played with the dog(mini Daschund/Yorkie X) Coffee @ 6, chat, on the road home by 8.

Odds & ends at home now, then book+ afternoon snooze to build energy for tonites bbq.

Grizz, leave the unweaned sheep and calves alone!!! and enjoy the farm and rest of your SA!!!!

Book is calling!!???......
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 23 - NAPIER FARM for weekend.
Post by: grizz on April 28, 2013, 01:53:50 pm
Back from farm.

Cousin picking me up at 3pm for coffee and chat, then early drop off at airport by 7pm as I have one more meeting with Thinus to collect a 310 year old smoking pile he dived put off the Cape coast from a wreck years ago.
He feels Nicola should be the newcare taker of it as she likes pipes just a bit.

This will be my last entry till I get back to Mud Island where it seems to still be cold and chilly.

Thanks to all the people who made this ride worthwhile for Deon and myself.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Last Day. Midnight flight back home.
Post by: Geotraveller on April 28, 2013, 02:40:15 pm
Safe travels.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Last Day. Midnight flight back home.
Post by: cracklin on April 28, 2013, 02:48:31 pm
A pleasant flight in buss Class Rian  ;) and nice to have seen you in PE!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Last Day. Midnight flight back home.
Post by: grizz on April 28, 2013, 03:08:50 pm
A pleasant flight in buss Class Rian  ;) and nice to have seen you in PE!

Thanks GT

Harry, after this trip, I suspect coach class will be very painfull.

Really looking forward to getting home to my wife and family, regardless of how good the trip was.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Last Day. Midnight flight back home.
Post by: Goose on April 28, 2013, 05:24:03 pm
Rian ou maat - dit was darem so lekker om jou hier te sien. Veilige trippie huis toe en ek sien uit om jou vroeg in Junie weer te sien - hopelik kan ons tussen ons so 'n bietjie sonskyn terugvat.

Groetnis aan Nicola...........  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Last Day. Midnight flight back home.
Post by: LouisXander on April 28, 2013, 06:56:18 pm
Lekker om jou te kon ontmoet Rian! Baie voorspoed!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Last Day. Midnight flight back home.
Post by: grizz on April 28, 2013, 09:23:18 pm
Wellllllll................................. :biggrin:


Sitting in the Business Class lounge in CT International Airport.

Got some fruit and a Brandy and Coke.


Flight at 23.20 and hope to be home by 18.00 tomorrow if the roads play along.

Louis, as mentioned before, some amazing guys met on this trip.

I met H2O/Tinus at Greens in Plattekloof with my cousin Marius tonight.

Tinus brought me a 300+ year old pipehe felt should be curated by Nicola....... What a nice guy, and he has one of the most envy provoking jobs I ever heard of...... ask him when you see him  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Last Day. Midnight flight back home.
Post by: spoedvark on April 28, 2013, 09:45:47 pm
Thanks for sharing this amazing trip with all of us here on the forum.

Have a safe trip back to Mudd Island.

Butt sore after collecting the GSA i bought in Pretoria and riding her back to East London over yesterday and today.

Lekker eina though!!!!!

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Last Day. Midnight flight back home.
Post by: grizz on April 28, 2013, 09:48:42 pm
Thanks for sharing this amazing trip with all of us here on the forum.

Have a safe trip back to Mudd Island.

Butt sore after collecting the GSA i bought in Pretoria and riding her back to East London over yesterday and today.

Lekker eina though!!!!!



That sounds great SV, hope we get at leasta mini RR.


I will do a full ride report once back in the UK and able to upload the 500 pics I have selected to share....... HONEST.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Last Day. Midnight flight back home.
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 28, 2013, 10:57:31 pm
Aaagghhh shit, never got to phone you. Sorry. Safe trip back bud. And please remember my message to Nicola. 'Thank you for sharing Grizz with us '
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: grizz on April 29, 2013, 10:40:37 pm
Back home.

Thanks to Jon "Lebowski" for picking me up.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: Goose on April 29, 2013, 10:53:17 pm
Back home.

Thanks to Jon "Lebowski" for picking me up.

Glad you're there and safe!

Weather update.....?   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: woody1 on April 30, 2013, 07:02:01 am
Mooi,  As jy jou sakke klaar leeggemaak het kan jy begin skryf.... jou tasse meen ek...  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: Kosie on April 30, 2013, 07:55:28 am
Mooi,  As jy jou sakke klaar leeggemaak het kan jy begin skryf.... jou tasse meen ek...  :imaposer:
Mooi man Woody, na so lang trip weg van die huis af sal n man seker maar albei moet leeg maak!!!!!! :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: Goatman on April 30, 2013, 08:05:57 am
Glad to have met you Riaan and Deon, good to hear you made it back home and i'm sure your ride was epic. Looking forward to reading your RR as it is always so well written. Look forward to seeing you again in the future, if not at least keeping in touch via WD.
Cheers , all the best.- Gerald
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: LouisXander on April 30, 2013, 08:18:36 am
 :patch: :peepwall: :pot:

Kap hom Kwagga!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: bungycool on April 30, 2013, 12:24:55 pm
Weather. It's fine sunny windy and a balmy 10 degrees!
He's probably gone into shock hibernation.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: grizz on April 30, 2013, 09:44:52 pm
Weather. It's fine sunny windy and a balmy 10 degrees!
He's probably gone into shock hibernation.

Out in shorts part of the day.

Started painting the inside of the garage late afternoon.

Sakke nie leeg.....  :(

Have selected around 300 photos to upload to Photobucket. Then start writing.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: bungycool on April 30, 2013, 10:04:19 pm
Weather. It's fine sunny windy and a balmy 10 degrees!
He's probably gone into shock hibernation.

Out in shorts part of the day.

Started painting the inside of the garage late afternoon.

Sakke nie leeg.....  :(

Have selected around 300 photos to upload to Photobucket. Then start writing.

300 sho that'll be a turner prize you're going after then?  Looking forward to it. Have you processed the insurance for your phone yet?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: Gérrard on April 30, 2013, 10:24:52 pm
Weather. It's fine sunny windy and a balmy 10 degrees!
He's probably gone into shock hibernation.

Out in shorts part of the day.

Started painting the inside of the garage late afternoon.

Sakke nie leeg.....  :(

Have selected around 300 photos to upload to Photobucket. Then start writing.

 :sip:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: grizz on May 01, 2013, 08:40:19 am
Morning Jupiter, make some more coffee....

I have a few priorities to deal with at the moment, and one is the ride report, but my neighbour Mickey and his Sprinter van are available to help me get some timber today and help me get the one garage door out and the new single door fitted and the hole boarded up.

I am also busy with this, which takes time as I have to empty parts of the garage bit by bit, moving and removing things to get to the walls, then I will fit 6 new six foot strip lights to get a very bright garage.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/bicycles/wall_zpsffce723c.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/bicycles/wall_zpsffce723c.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: Goose on May 01, 2013, 09:20:12 am
Nice paint-jobbie........... just make sure that you put a nice piece of carpet on the flor next to the wall. A storage area and coat hanger would also be appreciated. Let me know as soon as you are finished so I can bring my bike over..  >:D
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: grizz on May 01, 2013, 09:47:19 am
Nice paint-jobbie........... just make sure that you put a nice piece of carpet on the flor next to the wall. A storage area and coat hanger would also be appreciated. Let me know as soon as you are finished so I can bring my bike over..  >:D


The next big thing will be 10-15mm polystyrene sheeting on the floor, covered by 12mm plywood sheets....... 32 of them, if I can get used ones from a building site where they have been used as "Hoarding" then run an industrial sander over it all, and seal with a few coats of clear industrial marine sealer.

I also placed an order for three more 6 foot steel cabinets from Mickey when he does an office clearance again.

UITGESORT Goose..... ;)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: grizz on May 01, 2013, 09:54:04 am
PS:  Another of yesterdays happenings.

My Transit packed up, off on a 500km trip to its new owner.

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Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: grizz on May 01, 2013, 11:12:43 am
Stuck indoors at the moment, busy trying to get scanning, emailing and application for a security check sorted..... problem when left hand does not know what right hand is doing in one office.


Thought I would copy and paste some info, pics from Goose and my ride through Europe last year.

One of the things I instantly agreed to was radio comms as it was going to be a "slow ride" to actually see stuff, eat weird food, walk in the old quarters of cities etc.

Radios would prove invaluable in warning each other of various changes in circumstances..... stopping to take a photo, road conditions, traffic, Law enforcement and a sudden changes in direction etc.

Peter already had awesome SA sourced ZARTEC two way radios (Kenwood in disguise) with an enhanced range of 3km, so I borrowed one from a friend, and subsequently got to buy a pair plus a charger from Ebay.

Having a limited range, these robust little radios have about 15 chanels, and do not need to be licensed.

I will pus Goose's comments in italics to add his views.

I must say that it's an absolute pleasure spending time with another dude that can "Maak-'n-plan" ........   as we had 1 x Autocom system + 1 x Kenwood, 2 x Other radio's and a kak-huis full of cables.....!  

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo15.jpg)

Well Autocom installed - we found that there was no way we could get the two smaller radios working - the Kenwood was ok - but powered off the Autocom - however no PTT was in the bag, so out came a set of Sharman headphones......

A quick installation of the Headset and we were ready to connect the radio.... or so we thought  
Two small 1,5mm screws were needed to allow the Kenwood to be connected via cables to the Autocom... but we had none - so off to Maplin and their wonderfully skilled Electronic experts to assist!

  

Hier kom kark.

I watched Grizz's stare and if he could have BLIKSEM'd the salesman - he would have..............  the DUDE insited on ïnserting" the screw himself and after 2 turns both of us could see the thread was wrong into the aluminium housing. Before either of us could blurt out a word... the bliksem forced the screwdriver and snapped the head of the screw off............   Dom twatwaffle (sorry hentie)

Fortunately.........  I'm used to working on radio equipment.. so with the salesman realising he was in deep kark......... (he would potentially be liable to replace a 70 quid radio) we were given carte blanche to open and use ANY of the tools and equipment in the store to rectify the situation!


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo.jpg)

So on the Maplin counter top.........  we did a strip & repair........... but not just ANY repair... (as the old screw was totally jammed) we promptly proceeded to strip the unit, drill a new hole (check the size of the hand-drill)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo2.jpg)

..... the drill-bit being so thin & flimsy - required Grizz to stabilise it with his farmer-brown "vingers" .....


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo5.jpg)

and as a first ever.... used a nifty miniature Tap & Die set to tap a new thread for our fastening screw!



(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo3.jpg)

Finally we were given the screws by the salesman after being more than grateful that we were not holding him liable for the stuffed screw.
Amazingly he commented on how he found it fascinating to watch us with the inhouse repair as he'd not realised what some of the tools we used were for..... - he works there... but no clue!

The Autocom connector had rust and some broken wires inside the power lead sheath... causing intermittent functionality that really screw'd us around.... but nothing a soldering iron would not sort out!

Eventually a whole rewire of the cable system was required to get it working........... using old dvd power lead (recycling's big here you know!)


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo10.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo11.jpg)

EUREKA!!!!  Comms finally working.. a quick test and a blast up to the M25 was needed to make sure it works. (another excuse for a spin on the boney  )

Interestingly we had 9/10 reception at speeds approaching  "license threatening"  with a distance of close on a mile (1.5km) and no signs of any break-up at all.
Needless to say - we are really chuffed with the performance and this adds a new dimension to riding with your mate!

SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!!!  Check the LED Lights that we got on the group-buy!! Seriously NICE!!!


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo13.jpg)



After the France trip I got the radios we used in SA on Dozer and my trip, but they also work perfectly fine with Goose's Zartek radio.

On about three occasins we could hear farmers talk on the ride and once I could hear a really agitated farmer telling a worker what he was going to do with the tractor...... interestingly, Dozer and I did not always listen in on the same conversations and once in the KZN rural areas we just moved up one chanel.

Goose also lengthened both our leads, this is great for getting on and off the bikes with helmets on, and more importantly, on the days we did over 600km we could stand up on the footpgs and rest our butts.

RADIO COMMS RULE !!!!!

Just try it some time.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Back in the UK.
Post by: spoedvark on May 01, 2013, 08:48:58 pm
Cant wait for the 300 pics. Gonna be lekker to see where you and Dozer travelled.

Enjoy writing the report.

Sorry. Hardly took any pics on the way home to EL from Pretoria on the new GSA!! So not even a small RR yet!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Anyone waiting? Wie wag nog?
Post by: grizz on May 02, 2013, 06:54:34 pm
Ja Spoedvark.....

I am busy uploading but my PC hangs every time I try to load more, so its switch off, switch on and launch the next lot.

I am taking my lovely wife out to dinner and then to an American style Diner to look at some street rods and hot rods.

Hopefully when I get home I will not be too tired, and start the actual essay.

This will probably end up boring some, but I am catering for a large international audience who may not all know what Waterblommetjies are. (Not that I care at all, best part about them is Randall Wicomb's song))
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 1
Post by: grizz on May 03, 2013, 11:46:30 am
RIGHT.......  Here are some basic rooollzzz.

I will be repeating myself in places.

Some of the photos will make no sense.

Please add all your comments and observations.... THAT INCLUDES LURKERS LIKE "MAAK HOM DRONK"

I will try to keep to the truth, but nothing is what it seems.




**********************************************************************************************************************



**********************************************************************************************************************



You all read the pre-report and the small updates, so should be up to date.


I flew out of London Heathrow after Jon "Lebowski"  seen below, dropped me off at the airport.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1020116.jpg)

We had stayed awake through the night and left my place at 02.15 to get to Heathrow for the 04.30 check in

Business Class Lounge was rather nice at 05.00.

Then onto the KLM flight from Heathrow to Amsterdam Schipol Airport for a quick change onto the rather large intercontinental plane that would be taking me to Cape Town and the start of this ride.

The staff on the first leg were Exeptionally good, Thank You KLM.

Then the mid morning boarding of the Amsterdam-Cape Town flight.

BLOODY HELL...... Chairs the size of Rugby fields.

Then our staff came into view and a typical Grizz prayer was answered.....

My side of the plane was crewed by a 6 foot, blue eyed, pretty, always smiling and INTELLIGENT Dutch girl.

I was happy.

Nothing like a crew you can speak to , old, young, male or female (Our first leg was crewed by two Very nice guys and as much a pleasure)

I was sat next to an early retired construction company owner whose son was now managing the company.

.................................... He proceeded to get quite and quietly pissed next to me and after dinner promptly went to sleep for the rest of the flight.  I did not sleep at all, rather watched movies.

Dinner/Lunch was great..... no..... extremely good.


STARTER


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I was so enjoying my Lunch and also my Brandy and Coke that I forgot to take a photo of the main course......

However, the one lady who tended the other side of the plane came around with a mindblowing array of deserts and asked what I would like??


"SURPRISE ME"   I replied, as she was as Intelligent and nice as our goddess.

So she surprised me with a selection.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000528_zps44f9718e.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000528_zps44f9718e.jpg.html)


While we were somewhere over the Sahara, I asked our goddess if she could ask the captain for a photo through the door and front windscreens of the plane..... "Of course, that is a good idea for your Ride report"she replied. (I had told her about the ride and about the Wilddogs community so the was on side.

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Everything else went exceedingly well on the flight and when we landed in Cape Town the goddess came over and thanked me for introducing her to Rodrigues , "Searching for Sugarman" was an in flight movie...... I also watched "Django - Unchained" on the flight and enjoyed Tarrantino's latest offering.

I was picked up by Eugene and my brother at the airport and went through to Paarl, getting to bed on my mattress in the lounge by just after midnight.



Thanks to Goose, the mattress in the lounge became my standard sleeping place in every place we stayed over, as Deon, my brother kept reminding people I was a threat to their sleep.


More later.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 1
Post by: EssBee on May 03, 2013, 11:58:52 am
Grizz, was that an A340?

And those snacks in the c/pit?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 1
Post by: Dirty Boy on May 03, 2013, 12:18:55 pm
Grizz, was that an A340?

And those snacks in the c/pit?

Only the best, but you wouldnt understand.

Grizz, was that a snow storm you flew through, I cant see squat ?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 1
Post by: grizz on May 03, 2013, 01:53:25 pm
Grizz, was that an A340?

And those snacks in the c/pit?

Only the best, but you wouldnt understand.

Grizz, was that a snow storm you flew through, I cant see diddley squat ?

This is Dutch Airlines...... So snacks and a bit of recreational smoking to get us high is all permitted.

Not snow.... Sand, over the Sahara.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 1
Post by: Goose on May 03, 2013, 02:37:41 pm
........... soooooooooo you tell me you've posted pics... so I get coffee and sit down to enjoy...........  :eek7:  FFS...................4 pics and farkall story..............  WHAT'S UP DUDE?????












 :peepwall: :pot:


 :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 1
Post by: grizz on May 03, 2013, 03:42:56 pm
........... soooooooooo you tell me you've posted pics... so I get coffee and sit down to enjoy...........  :eek7:  FFS...................4 pics and farkall story..............  WHAT'S UP DUDE?????












 :peepwall: :pot:


 :imaposer:

Well, that was day one.

Wait till you see what I have done to the garage.

I have daylight jobs and evening jobs.

It took me 36 hrs of broken time to get the pics uploaded between sloooow internet speed, doing online security check admin and my PC shutting down randomly.

Be back tonight.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 1
Post by: spoedvark on May 03, 2013, 05:05:22 pm
Is that the "Dutch Airhostess" in your avatar pic??????
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 1
Post by: grizz on May 03, 2013, 05:17:47 pm
Is that the "Dutch Airhostess" in your avatar pic??????

Thai LadyBoy in the back of a real ambulance in 5pm traffic in Bangkok in 2005......... But thats another long story  :lol8:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 1
Post by: EssBee on May 03, 2013, 08:22:39 pm
Is that the "Dutch Airhostess" in your avatar pic??????

Thai LadyBoy in the back of a real ambulance in 5pm traffic in Bangkok in 2005......... But thats another long story  :lol8:

I hope she didn't get an erection...
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 2 - Cape Dogs
Post by: grizz on May 04, 2013, 08:34:50 am
Back to the story.

After a late night, preceded by very little sleep, I woke up "early" by 07.00 and had a shower, coffee and then some fresh naartjies from Eugene's tree in his garden.
After which I went downstairs to the workshop to look at the changes that had happened since the last time I had been here more than 10 years ago.

Mabille Engineering is a General Engineering shop in Jan Van Riebeek Avenue in Paarl, and will pretty much make you whatever you ask. Eugene is a bit of an entrepreneur and will find and sell you anything you need. He also makes BMW Airhead header nut spanners etc.

A new access road and loads more machines and tools.

I also found Deon checking to see he had all he needed on his bike.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000556_zpsca8da476.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000556_zpsca8da476.jpg.html)

A man who knows how to travel, his one pannier was filled with story books, tools and a tow rope...... he is a prolific reader and also a contingency man, always ready to "make a plan"

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Shortly after breakfast, some chit chat etc, we were off to collect The Whale in Rondebosch from Maverick's mate Piet who had given it a once over between doing his day job, running a family and completing a submission for his thesis.

Two fat/big blokes on a bike...... no idea why they say GS's are big ??

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000569_zps95dbe659.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000569_zps95dbe659.jpg.html)

I was not looking forward to being Deon's or for that matter, anyone else's pillion, but it turned out to be a perfect opportunity to take photos and look around, to see just how the Western cape, and specifically the Peninsula region had developed since I moved away about 16 years ago.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000591_zps2d4009e4.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000591_zps2d4009e4.jpg.html)

My My Deon..... look how shiny your helmet is.....  >:D


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000629_zps98f55fda.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000629_zps98f55fda.jpg.html)

Made it to Rondebosh to Piet's offices without any mishap to collect The Whale.

First impressions.....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000633_zps19aedb95.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000633_zps19aedb95.jpg.html)


After saying our Hallo's and Good Bye's to Piet, we were off to the Victoria and Albert Waterfront in Cape Town to meet GOOSE......

We would have a coffee and then  get over to LEAF SUSHI for a lunch organized by Goose with a bunch of Cape Town Wild Dogs and then go to his place to set up the radios on the bikes so that Dozer and I could chat and enhance the trip further. 5000km on the road can get pretty boring an lonely when you have nobody to talk to.

The two of us together..... Table Mountain behind us.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000636_zps0572937a.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000636_zps0572937a.jpg.html)

SIAMESE TWINS ??

The T-Shirt was a birthday present from my Daughter, one that Goose immediately laid claim to.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000637_zps50b901b1.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000637_zps50b901b1.jpg.html)


I have to say than you to Goose for organising, and to all the Cape Dogs for attending, a great afternoons eating ensued, with all op us eating Sushi until we could no more....Bargain at under R120.00 per person, which is about  £8.70 or   $13.50

I think it was the first highlight of many for Deon on this trip.

I have to admit that I do not remember most of the names, but hopefully you guys, girls will comment and make yourselves known, or Goose who is always meticulous with this sort of thing can add to the list the attendees.

I was given various gifts along the way by people and was really humbled by it all.

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=120336.0;attach=266395;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=120336.0;attach=266396;image)

YUMMMMM...

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=120336.0;attach=266398;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=120336.0;attach=266399;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=120336.0;attach=266400;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=120336.0;attach=266401;image)

Last Man Standing ?? (Or paying the bill)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=120336.0;attach=266402;image)


After lunch and all the good byes and looking at various bikes we decamped to Peter's place up on the base of Table Mountain.....

I will not expose it, as Peter (Goose) can do that himself.

However, the last time I was there, it was a building site and he and Jenny his eternally tolerant wife were living quite rough.
Nothing could have prepared me for the house he had single handedly built.....

I will however leave you with a view, the house is worthy and possibly exceeds the view..... yes it is awesomely nice, with two large rental flats below, and with every unit having its own privacy, a shared swimming pool with viws and a large BBQ/Braai area, Goose has really laid a Golden egg here on the land his grandfather had bought a very long time ago.

The view is from the roof where the plumbing links, ducting and access are all ready for another rather large house/floor to be added when time, money, politics allow.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000642_zps0628d607.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000642_zps0628d607.jpg.html)


Downstairs in his garages Goose was also quick to offer one of his custom laser cut multi-point power outlets with a large 12v socket to fit to Dozers bike so that we could use the SatNav that I had brought with from the UK. Peter had uploaded all the South African maps last year and over the ride I think Deon first hated the thing, until he learned to to override any commands that sounded like bullshit..... I will leave it to him to comment on his experience of the SatNav unit.
What I can say is tha by the time we got back to Dunnottar, he had decided to, and did fit a double 12volt outlet to  custome made plate for his 1150GS.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000645_zpse015af0f.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000645_zpse015af0f.jpg.html)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000646_zpse0a493b7.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000646_zpse0a493b7.jpg.html)

After fitting the radio comms etc and a quick test, Deon and I fell into the 5pm Cape Traffic, managing to "get lost" and drive through the centre of Cape Town


When I was given the bike to ride by Piet, and also previously being informed by Maverick that the bike had a tendency to idle a bit high at 2000-2500 rpm when hot, I was surprised when on the way back to the Paarl after the day out, the idling would run up to 3000rpm when stood in traffic at lights etc.... easy solution was to switch off the engine, but it was not good enough.

So we rode home to Paarl and decided that rather than spend the Friday, as Day 3 riding to Cape Point and some other points of interest, we would give the bike a quick going over...... this proved to be very interesting.

So far the Ride was proving to be a good one....... it had not yet turned into an adventure, which is what Maverick had warned me happen when things start to go wrong  :biggrin:

More on Day 3 when I get in to write it up.

Now off to the garage to paint an do some other bits n bobs.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 2 - Cape Dogs
Post by: Geotraveller on May 04, 2013, 08:58:00 am
We wait ....... impatiently! Great so far.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 2 - Cape Dogs
Post by: LouisXander on May 04, 2013, 09:25:39 am
Ja nee kyk, Goose se plek gee jou goosebumps!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 2 - Cape Dogs
Post by: Goose on May 04, 2013, 09:57:57 am
Ja nee kyk, Goose se plek gee jou goosebumps!

 :laughing4:  thanks boet - much appreciated.....
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 2 - Cape Dogs
Post by: woody1 on May 04, 2013, 05:13:31 pm
Ek geniet hom.  Wag in spanning vir die res.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 1
Post by: spoedvark on May 04, 2013, 06:48:53 pm
Is that the "Dutch Airhostess" in your avatar pic??????

Thai LadyBoy in the back of a real ambulance in 5pm traffic in Bangkok in 2005......... But thats another long story  :lol8:

I hope she didn't get an erection...

For Grizz and her part i hope they BOTH got an erection!!!!!! :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 2 - Cape Dogs
Post by: grizz on May 04, 2013, 11:37:59 pm
Ek geniet hom.  Wag in spanning vir die res.

11.06 in SA, so meeste van julle slaap seker al.



So on to Day 3 of this little adventure.

The plan had been to go for a ride and see some stuff, including my old house in Glencairn which was my first house. I had designed it and then had the shell built and did all the finishing inside by myself.

But with the idling up at 3000rpm, something needed to be done, so Eugene contacted Stefan who had worked for him before in the shop.
Stefan is only 21 but seems to have a natural affinity for these airhead motors.

In typical South African style, he came around in Shorts and barefooted, something that Eugene and his son Marcel has always done too.

Dozer was in there like a shot.

Basic diagnostics started with things like the throttle cables etc.....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000650_zps7429042f.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000650_zps7429042f.jpg.html)


In the mean time I asked Eugene if I could buy or use some material to make a simple carrier to stop the soft pannier bags I got from Millard in the New Forest last year, from burning on the exhaust or getting into the wheels.

Flat bar and 5mm rod, cut, bent, welded together along with 4 allen head screws and grippers, assured it all stayed together.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000656_zpsdaf7ad6f.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000656_zpsdaf7ad6f.jpg.html)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000657_zpsf659bd04.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000657_zpsf659bd04.jpg.html)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000667_zps85300973.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000667_zps85300973.jpg.html)


Stefan the mechanic with one of his Rovers. He changes engines in an afternoon when others like me struggle all day to change the plugs.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a7_zpsbc66df78.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a7_zpsbc66df78.jpg.html)

So the bike stripping back continued as the problems could not be identified

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000670_zps3a80ca60.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000670_zps3a80ca60.jpg.html)

Early on the much in the carburetors jets was obvious as this pic illustrated.....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a6_zps6df6dc38.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a6_zps6df6dc38.jpg.html)

Various options were tried, carbs balanced etc.

At lunchtime, Marcel popped out to the shops, dressed like this.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a5_zps7461e993.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a5_zps7461e993.jpg.html) :spitcoffee:

Test rides etc all made he day go by rather quickly.

Nothing seemed to arrest the bikes mad idling.

The engine was dismantled further and further, showing itself up as quite a Frankenstein.

Fiat Uno Distributor, VW CDI units..... Followed late afternoon by the addition of a Suzuki coil to run the top spark plugs.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a4_zpsa9ea9f58.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a4_zpsa9ea9f58.jpg.html)

Next up was a full dismantle of the whole electrical system, showing many connectors being very corroded, so that allowed Deon and Stefan to use loads of Q20/WD40 as they proceeded to clean and inspect every connector.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a3_zpse1dbc461.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a3_zpse1dbc461.jpg.html)

Deon and Stefan at it, Deon with his eternal fag hanging from his mouth.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a2_zpsccea7b77.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a2_zpsccea7b77.jpg.html)

The cleaning and testing went on and on, eventually it was 4.30pm and Stefan would not take money from me for the day spent with the bike, until I threatened to "Moer" him, when he said R300.00 would be good. That is about £21.00 or $32.60, which still seemed like very little to pay for a job done.

The Next day was Saturday and we would be off early to meet Goose for a joined ride up to Hermanus........ Of curse that was still more shit to develop.


Hope there are still some people interested in the photos and story.

Off to bed now, Bootfair in the morning.

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 3 - Prepping Bike
Post by: J-dog on May 05, 2013, 06:30:16 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 3 - Prepping Bike
Post by: grizz on May 05, 2013, 09:03:06 pm
BLIKSEM BLIKSEM BLIKSEM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just managed to delete the whole of day 4 report as I was about to post it.....NO, I do not know what happened.

BUGGERRR !!

And it was a long story for this who like to read.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 3 - Prepping Bike
Post by: CHorse on May 06, 2013, 07:40:20 am
Subscribed  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 3 - Prepping Bike
Post by: LouisXander on May 06, 2013, 08:02:23 am
Daai paint reuk het met jou kop gesmokkel !!!! :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 3 - Prepping Bike
Post by: Goose on May 06, 2013, 04:09:00 pm
Grizz - I've done that before........... suggestion - write and compile it in MS-Word - make sure the auto-save function is set in the Options/Preferances - it will at least save the doc and will also give you the chance to press "CTRL-Z"  to undo any deleted work....   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 3 - Prepping Bike
Post by: ®©errie on May 06, 2013, 04:16:09 pm
Grizz - I've done that before........... suggestion - write and compile it in MS-Word - make sure the auto-save function is set in the Options/Preferances - it will at least save the doc and will also give you the chance to press "CTRL-Z"  to undo any deleted work....   :thumleft:

+1
I use this method even for large emails
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 3 - Prepping Bike
Post by: grizz on May 06, 2013, 10:31:45 pm
Well, after killing over an hours worth of creative writing, and photo hunting etc. yesterday, I am back to write up Day 4 again.

Between removing one door and replacing it with a front door and some paneling, clearing all the walls in the garage and then painting the grey block wall with two coats of paint, I have also moved some of the tools in the garage, and will be refitting them on the opposite side of the garage where I put the new door in.

This is to make space for the Esse Dragon, wood burning stove I am going to fit in the garage.

(http://www.stovespares.co.uk/images/stoves/1_esse_dragon.jpg)


I was also given a really nice  chair and footstool by a neighbour that will find its way into the garage.


Just realized that I am actually quite tired. Maybe early up too update this thread is a better way.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 3 - Prepping Bike
Post by: grizz on May 07, 2013, 09:04:28 am
07.30 here in the UK..... lovely day out.

Lets try this again, last night I was just so buggered, I could not type a straight sentence after the last few days in the garage.

Day 4 started early, with us up by 04.45 in order to be on the road by 05.30 as we wanted to be at Sir Lowry's Pass Village by just after 06.00.

Of course Goose who we were meeting, was there already by 04.00  :patch:

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030100_zps3f4fd918.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030103_zps2531c7cc.jpg)

Poor guy was even taking photos of the price of fuel while freezing his nuts off  :peepwall:

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030105_zps27ad9457.jpg)

The time we  were ready to go.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a1_zps10e3c9b8.png) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a1_zps10e3c9b8.png.html)

Dozer and I had tested our comms, checked the lights, indicators etc on both bikes already so were ready to Lock n Load and hit the road, quite excited at this point, and I suspect Deon was probably as well, but being the guy he is, it takes a lot more to make him smile.


This was the point I had started my bike in the garage to start it warming up, followed by pushing it out and swinging about on full lock.

Did I mention we had two way radios and PTT buttons on the handlebars??

Well, aparantly not anymore.

Those of you who know Goose, will know his name really should be Mr Cable Tie.

In an effort to make sure the cables were secure, he had tied it all down just a bit too efficiently, and when it came tofull lock right...... No more comms. BUGGER !!

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000678_zps6cef8b1e.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000678_zps6cef8b1e.jpg.html)


Of course this meant that Dozer who had the SatNag on his bike would not have the benefit of my verbal guidance on the way out.

The SatNag kept on reprogramming itself and updating the route, which meant that Taurus Dozer, (WHOSE BIRTHDAY IS TOMORROW ON THE 8th MAY ) must have been ready to throw it over the Armco barriers.

The SatNag took us down side roads etc, and one new residential development saw us at a traffic light (robot) for about 3 minutes waiting to get out, and Dozer who is a law abiding type, refused to just get on and jump the red light...... maybe a good thing because I had enough time for a photo.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000680_zps77b58c22.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000680_zps77b58c22.jpg.html)

Once I had told him to over ride the commands and use common sense to do the riding it went much better, and though behind our own schedule, we made good time.

Eventually getting to an irrate Goose's spot.

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030112_zps62559480.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030113_zpsdaae822e.jpg)

In his typical style, which I can relate to , Goose had made a friend and got another guy to agree to look up Wilddog Forums.

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030116_zpsea664c6a.jpg)

After the meet and greet we were off to Hermanus, via the coastal route.

Top of Gordons Bay was the first photo opportunity.
I also managed to drop the Whale for the first time, due to brand new Army boots not offering much feedback and some dodgy paving stones on reversing out of the spot I had parked the bike.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000684_zps67d3e8f5.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000684_zps67d3e8f5.jpg.html)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030121_zpsc0836dd0.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030125_zpsd65d8144.jpg)

Then off again

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030128_zpsabd0a1e6.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030136_zpsca6af0aa.jpg)



After this we had some distance (not a lot) to cover to get to Kleinmond for Breakfast......


Something I learned on this trip to be vital to Dozer, along with his cigarettes.

Back in a bit.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: grizz on May 07, 2013, 09:30:58 am
Got to Kleinmond after hoofing it as Goose mentioned, we had a few drops of rain, and I did expect him to cry about it (Goose does not like rain  :pot: )

Dozer was now HAPPY..... Food does that to him.

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030137_zps86df2d3d.jpg)

I went down to the boat launch ramp first, just to enjoy the smell of the ocean.

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030138_zpsa6f83560.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000700_zps0c5322a4.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000700_zps0c5322a4.jpg.html)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030145_zps51e8b582.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030148_zps71fbadbe.jpg)

And a photo specially for Nicola my wife and of course Goose.

Both Deon and I were checking up on various aspects of the trip, but of course people only see two guys with phones in hand......

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030160_zps01d90a80.jpg)

Then it was brekkie time.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000712_zps43e6c1da.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000712_zps43e6c1da.jpg.html)


During breakfast Goose suddenly became VERY DISTRACTED...... the reason, with the help of his 24xZillion zoom camera became apparant..... he does not miss a woman at any distance. I thought I had a problem, but GOOSE IS DA BOSS Lucky for him his lovely wife Jenni is very understanding   :xxbah:

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030177_zps4eabb351.jpg)


With breakfast out the way, the next stop would be Hermanus, a lovely village known for its Whale watching..... the Whale should be quite comfortable there then ?

So we set off after getting a Kleinmond Sticker for the panniers.

It is amazing how few towns, Cities etc keep stickers these days.

On the ride I did not get stickers for most of the places like Port Elizabeth, Durban and various inbetween.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: grizz on May 07, 2013, 09:44:55 am
Hermanus is a tourist trap, with prices, comodities all aimed squarely at your wallet and holiday mentality.

I was quite UNIMPRESSED with the fact that they have a "Tourist Information Centre" that had a scribbled note on the door stating "Back in 5 minutes" and half an hour later, they were still not there.
Some arses should be kicked, as it is certainly and official office, not someones private business.

Still, they have a HUGE Motorcycle parking space right on the seafront.

Goose's XT looking decidedly lonely in there.

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030180_zpsdb1c5672.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030185_zpsdda0a8cb.jpg)

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030190_zps8394a6cf.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000729_zpsa5b9c507.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000729_zpsa5b9c507.jpg.html)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1000731_zpsc7263b6e.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1000731_zpsc7263b6e.jpg.html)

Some photos Goose took. Interestingly, one rarely takes photos of yourself.

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030194_zps225bc164.jpg)

Always a good guy to have on your side. My brother has been mellowing over the years, from being a real Bliksem when younger to a guy whose company and sense of humour I thoroughly enjoy today.

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030195_zps19251731.jpg)

And a final pic of the three of us together.

Goose's bike had developped an electrical/charging problem, so he turned around at Hermanus, and Deon and I started the trip on our own.

Next stop would be Cape Aughulas, or L'Aughulas as it is known as well.

That was some way ahead.

(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/GoosePix/Grizz%20and%20Dozer/P1030198_zps4e0c106d.jpg)


Back in a bit.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: Tiger8 on May 07, 2013, 10:27:20 am
I see you are back at the grindstone, literally, you are like the Energiser Bunny, always moving  :biggrin:
Don't keep us hanging on little bits now, this was a long trip and it needs to be told with momentum............this isn't budget TV you know - us Dogs need to be entertained!  >:D

Keep Well Bud!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: grizz on May 07, 2013, 10:38:10 am
Before we left, Goose in one of his characteristic good deeds removed the PTT Lead from his bike, to give me a lead that workd, so that Deon and could chat the rest of the 5000km ahead.

THANKS GOOSE !!!
Deon and I filled the bikes up, I added Wynns Valve Ease as well, to see if w could reduce the amount of oil the bike was demanding...... it averaged out at about 500ml every 400-500km depending on pace set.

We then his the road and was reminded this Whale Country.

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It did not take us long to hit the end of the tarmac...... :ricky:

We stopped, had a chat and agreed that this made us feel like when we were kids, riding the farm roads around Melmoth, Eshowe and Empangeni on small capacity DS bikes, remember the Suzuki TS125ER and Honda XL185S  ????
Now we were older, less bold, and on rather large, comfy bikes, and in his case, even had ABS, not that you want that on marble like surfaces and gravel.

We proceeded without any fear or caution, elation in our hearts because this was starting to feel like the trip of a lifetime.

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As long as the road surfaces stayed hard and clean (which they did not) we could stand on the footpegs and happily do 120km/h and more.

On the Whale I needed to be a bit more cautious as it was older technology, and the braking etc is not quite the same  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:

Kap n Meerkat.....

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As always, you only take pics when things go well, some parts of this road were scary, even at 20km/h and we saw only two bakkies in al this time.

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All too soon the dirt roads ran out, and we were back on track for the outhernmost tip of Africa.

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Some signs in South Africa are serious, but still do amuse.

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We made it to Cape ughulas, to be confronted by this sign...... so we would not be riding to the outhernmost tip if Africa after all...... poles, bollards and a clear attempt to keep motorized vehicles away was being made.

 Still, interestingly, there is an educational angle as well.

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This was what we had come to see.....

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Could not get Dozer to do the whole role play thing with me.... maybe he was ready to Moer me......

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Sticker time.

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Of course, being there, meant I felt the need to get the bike to the Southernmost point..... DOZER DECLINED, Not wanting to drop his bike between the rocks or some embarrasing place, and having to explain to Nature Conservation why his bike was beyond the demarcated areas.....

So I took one for the team and took the Whale to the monument for a photos of proof.

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After a drink, we headed back into town for fuel and a coffee, and another opportunity for me to drop the bike in front of a sympathetic fuel pump attendant.

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Once filed up, pee'd out and drunk up, we regrouped and spoke to a local who told us the ferry was currently of intermittent functionality.... so being a bit gutted, we decided to hit the road for George, where we were booked in at Kosie's B&B for the night.

Several smoke breaks and many miles later we got to Kosie's place.

He was out watching rugby, but got home 5 minutes after I called hime to let him know we had landed.

The last hour plus we rode from Albertinia to George was in the dark..... not nice with all the roadworks etc, but we were "home"

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One of the phone calls or texts Gooses had photographed me making had been to ask Kosie to buy some Steaks and chops as well as Boerewors (International readers...... Google Time  :deal: ) as we wanted to have a Braai.....

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It did not take long for the fire to be started......

At which point the dogs had taken control, and the Brandy was flowing freely.

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I loved this simple lighting arrangement in Kosies house passage.... his wife (or he himself) has a keen eye for nice things and getting the best out of decorative items.

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This was the status before the meat even hit the fire..... PERFECT !!

We eventually Braai'd the meat, and man that T-Bone was awesome.... my first in more than 6 years.

Thanks a million Kosie.

We went to bed quite late, but there was still the matter of the 7 Passes to be ridden before Breakfast in Knysna the next day.

One of the things I also did was to add Deon and my sticker to Kosie's collection that will be growing on his bar mirror.

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More later.

Got to get to the garage now, it is 09.30 here now.

Day 5 to follow.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: grizz on May 07, 2013, 10:46:10 am
I see you are back at the grindstone, literally, you are like the Energiser Bunny, always moving  :biggrin:
Don't keep us hanging on little bits now, this was a long trip and it needs to be told with momentum............this isn't budget TV you know - us Dogs need to be entertained!  >:D

Keep Well Bud!

Hi Schaun,  After writing up Day 4 with the wordsmithing skills of a pro , and then promptly losing it all the other day, along with being tired from all the stuff I am doing in the garage the last few days, I have decided to break up  the days into slightly smaller chunks so that I do not lose as much.

Thing is, if I have a new job next week on the 13th, I have to complete a lot of stuff in the garage, as it is essentially "logistics and future planning" moving tools, boards, making another workbench, rewiring the whole garage and fitting the 6 six footer lights before a normal job screws with my "play time"

Right, brekkie, then garage.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: Goose on May 07, 2013, 11:21:54 am
Jy's darem 'n moerse vriend.... BLIKSEM......... drop my innie kark orals waar jy gaan............   :eek7:  .............    :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: grizz on May 07, 2013, 12:41:52 pm
Jy's darem 'n moerse vriend.... BLIKSEM......... drop my innie kark orals waar jy gaan............   :eek7:  .............    :imaposer:

Says the guy who kicks you while you're down so that he can get his camera out to photograph the carnage.....  :pot:

Almost done with your electronics table buddy.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: grizz on May 07, 2013, 09:40:21 pm
Thought I would add the reason why this ride report is happening slowly day by day.

Being back from my South Africa bike tour, and the promise of a 9 month job contract meant I had one week in which to do some jobs that may not happen for a while.

I have wanted to remove one of the garage doors for some time, and then to replace it with a panel and a single door.

Recently I got a Free door and frame, including a key from a Glazing company, so the plan was in a holding pattern while I went off to do my ride.

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This had to be quick one day job, at least replacing the door etc.

I only got started after 11.00 as I had some computer stuff to do indoors.

Mickey had the day off, so offered his van to help me get a 4x8 foot sheet of heavy duty plywood and some fence posts in. I also had some extra keys cut for the door.

We came home, had a cuppa tea and then proceeded to remove said door.

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Cut about 25mm out of the floor to recess the door frame, to prevent tripping when getting in and out of the side door.
Fitted the frame.

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Door tried out and Mickey who is always on hand to help.... I do help as well in the opposite direction.

Lucky we both believe in helping each other out.

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Later on, note the angle of the shadows..... panels were screwed onto the frames that had been laid onto a very thick bead of silicone, which should act as a damp course.

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I had also decided to start painting the whole inside of the garage with some Freebie paint I had gotten from the neighbour two houses down.
In the end I used 35 litres of cream and then white paint in two layers to cover the walls. Next up will be fitting the 6 six foot strip lights I was given by Euan.

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I have to say, when I put the garage together it was menat to never be moved again..... ooooopppps.

Moving every bit of furniture and fittings away from the walls once again reminded me that there has to be something wrong with me.

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I also put 5 coats of paint on the outside panels and 3 coats on the inside.

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These tins were mostly full, and a few were halves..... Free, and people complain about finances.

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I had to laugh at my own pile of paints, mostly tins and colours used in redecorating our current house, and from our previous homes.

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Back to the garage, first coat down, white next.

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One of the jobs that I was trying to put off was clearing all the toolsof this section of the wall, as the Esse Dragon stove I was given by Deli Dave a couple of years ago, will be finding its way in here.

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So the next job was to create a pile of tools.

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In the mean time I had moved all the tool boards to the opposite side of the garage, and also made a screwdriver shelf......

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The same neighbour who gave me all the paint also had a lazy chair and foot stool he was tossing out..... in my direction.

Perfect for putting in the garage in front of the fire.

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And having a nice Brandy and Pepsi Max at the end of a tough day

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Fire place painted and ready.

Next up a single course of bricks and a thick paving slab 24 x 36 inches on top of it.

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Opposite end with boards in place.

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And that was tonight.

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Next up will be the stove base, and tidy up the floor of the garage (again) and a couple of other small jobs.

And that is my garage up to date again.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: Goose on May 08, 2013, 08:24:22 am
Jy's darem 'n moerse vriend.... BLIKSEM......... drop my innie kark orals waar jy gaan............   :eek7:  .............    :imaposer:

Says the guy who kicks you while you're down so that he can get his camera out to photograph the carnage.....  :pot:

Almost done with your electronics table buddy.

 :eek7: whaddaya mean........  I did not even reach for my camera... you had the boney up so quickly I did not even realise that you'd made a boo-boo............ maar ek gaan jou kry!   :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: grizz on May 08, 2013, 08:28:08 am
Jy's darem 'n moerse vriend.... BLIKSEM......... drop my innie kark orals waar jy gaan............   :eek7:  .............    :imaposer:

Says the guy who kicks you while you're down so that he can get his camera out to photograph the carnage.....  :pot:

Almost done with your electronics table buddy.

 :eek7: whaddaya mean........  I did not even reach for my camera... you had the boney up so quickly I did not even realise that you'd made a boo-boo............ maar ek gaan jou kry!   :imaposer:




Jy sal moet vinnig wees.

Reen hier vandag, so ek het geen veskoning om nie nou te sit met n kat wat help skryf, en Dag 5 op te skryf nie.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: grizz on May 08, 2013, 09:09:50 am
Day 5 started out early as well, well for us all it seemed early.

Kosie was going to take us through the 7 mountain passes between George and Knysna, before meeting up with some more Wilddogs in Knysna at the Wimpy for Breakfast.

Wimpy Breakfasts seem to be the staple of many of these guys.

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We left Kosies place after a quick coffee, then filled the bikes, which took about 30 minutes as the card readers at the pumps were playing up.

Eventually getting away, we hit the road past Saasveld into the forestry roads..... HEAVENLY !!

Shaded dirt roads, some of which Deon and I remembered from our time as kids when my dad used to take us for drives through there, some of these roads were still the "National Roads" when we were growing up 45 years ago.

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Loads of bendy bits.

Some tricky bits and many rivers and old bridges gave us the opportunity to really open our eyes, ears and noses..... the senses come alive when you do these back roads, so much more interesting than motorway blasts (which have a place when you need to connect the dots)

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Came down a winding bit of road and came around a corner to find Kosie relaxing on the bridge, breakfast in hand ....

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After this stop we continued on dirt and bendy roads, making the smile on our faces go wider and wider, till we hit another tar connecting road, leading to the next pass.

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We were meant to be meeting Jupiter later in the morning, as he would be joining us through Baviaans Kloof on his "new" or latest bike.

Seems he could not wait, so he joined us much earlier......

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Then of course we carried on..... toward breakfast.

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Unfortunately, due to the lawless nature of the new generation, signs like these are the norm in many areas, and in some areas the signs are not even put up.... people just know they need to stay alert.

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After many miles of smiles we got to Knysna where some more WD's were waiting, had brekkie, then some of us carried on to do some more forestry roads and passes.

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Some pics stolen from earlier posts.

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More in a bit......on the next section after the Wimpy Brekkie.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: grizz on May 08, 2013, 09:57:10 am
With Jupiter now in the lead, we went deep into various passes, the names, like those of the guys we met at brekkie etc, I have not remembered.

®©errie, Dozer and I followed him. He had also swopped bikes for a while with ®©errie as he felt his bike was not performing as it should.
 
Some real beauty spots, or Zen Spots as Jupiter calls them presented for the next few hours.

I love water, so any dam, river, ocean etc  does it for me.

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I can see Dozer smiling..... amazing what a bit of dirt will do to the most serious of guys.

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY.

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Then came a really nice climb, bendy steep roads with sheer drops down one side and nowhere to go up the cliffs on the other side.
Time to keep alert as car and truck drivers seem to own all the width of these roads.

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Just perfect.

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We rode for some time, enjoying the quiet, nature and the blue skies.

Getting to a sudden sharp turn down a hill, turning back on yourself up to Spitskop viewing point, one of the highest points in these mountains, where, on a good day you can see forever.

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Jupiter turning around......to go up the hill, the "road" tracks had been filled with rough cast concrete in places, to prevent the errosion that is caused by rain and weather from turning these tracks into trenches.


YOUTUBE CLIP

No idea how to post and copy them.



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With typical enthusiasm, Dozer had gone flying past, so he needed to make a U-Turn on the slope of the road, the pics are slightly deceptive as many of you will know, one cannot capture slopes or just gow rutted a track is on a camera.

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Then up he went as well....

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The last kilometer is a sligthly slower, watch out what you do type of ride as it is steep, and narrow in places, with the road twisting and turning up on itself.

But the view when you get to the perfectly maintained viewpoint, is worth the 7 passes to get to.

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Of course a self portrait featuring  ®©errie, Jupiter, Grizz and Dozer.

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The view is spectacular from up there.

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Of course there has to be a clown....

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At some point it had to end, so we got started and decended from our throne in the clouds.

I love the Fynbos of this area, and again, the camera does not do the beauty of thse shrubs and bushes any justice.

I wish Nicola could have been there, she is a keen gardener, and love to go to the Chelsea Flower Show every year, this would have been just perfect for her.

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We then rode for quite some time, many more bends, hills, surprises and eventually stopped at a bridge again, where Jupiter showed us the plaque to the memory of one of the greatest engineers ever.

Thomas Bain  -  He built the passes in the region, without which much of this area would never have been developed.

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More in a bit.... coffee time now.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: grizz on May 08, 2013, 10:33:31 am
Right... charged up again.

Amazing what a cuppa coffee can do.

After the biltong and smoke break at the river and bridge (Jupiter and Dozer's stops are driven by their nicotine levels) we carried on, upward and onward.

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Till we got to this point..... Lovely.

Deon got some really nice pictures here, and at some of the other places we were on this trip, unfortunately I forgot to get them onto a memory stick before leaving SA, so they will be added later when they get here in the post (he bought a memory stick and posted them out last week, Thanks Boet)


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The road dropped away and ended up here.....

Jupiter was already camped out under the tree with his first ciggie lit and coffee ordered.

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Inside the shop we found one of Jupiters relatives..... she is standing on a box, to give you an idea of just how small she is.

The shop is the sort of place people try to replicate in Garden and Home magazine, or what reminds us of times in farm shops growing up.

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And then we were off again.....

Cliffs rising above us the one moment, the next, the ground falling away by hundreds of feet..... not that I even want to try a two foot drop.... crashing is always kark !!

Jupiter and Dozer giving it horns..... really getting into it, only thing is one soon realizes there are still idiots on the road, like a certain youung lady who came charging around a bend, taking up the whole road, and almost taking them both out, as well as a dickhead in a white VW Kombi who seemed to purposefully go for Dozer and I on one of the decents.

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At one point I just had to stop again to just take in the majesty of everything around me.

I switched off the bike, took off my helmet, hearing Jupiter and Deon disappear into the distance of the cliffs.... then, suddenly the silence, punctuated by bird calls and the pinging of The Whale's brakes and engine cooling down.

I just took one random pic of some Proteas for my wife, as I will always associate them with her, as she had surprised me with Proteas as her Bridal Bouquet when we got married.
This woman is always filled with surprises and can be so considderate in the stuff she does for me and others.
At that point, I really wished to have her there, just to share my South Africa with her.

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I think hers were a lot better on the day....

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Also note her surprise "Wedding Car" again, a nod at my "Redneck" nature.

Who would not love a woman like that ?

The same girl who had decided to send me on this trip with my brother.

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Ultimately I woke from my reverie and got started up again, pushing the old bike a bit, thoroughly enjoying the feel of the dirt under its wheels.

Catching up with Jupiter and Dozer where they had stopped for another fag break.


Then followed a bit of boring tar connecting road to get onto the next section of dirt, heading toward Baviaans Kloof where I had booked us in at Uitspan Guest farm.

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: Dirty Boy on May 08, 2013, 10:41:01 am
Refer that pic of you guys in the shop:- has Dozer just farted or is actually about to smile, ah forget it I must be imagining it.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: grizz on May 08, 2013, 11:26:11 am
Refer that pic of you guys in the shop:- has Dozer just farted or is actually about to smile, ah forget it I must be imagining it.

Knowing Deon 49 years today.... I am Ouboet, and it is his 49th Birthday today.......  The grimmace is a look of impending DOOM... You got it right, he was trying to push through a silent but violent one there..... possibly a combo of last nights braai and the Wimpy breakfast that would have progressed some way   :lol8:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. AT LAST Ride Report - Day 4 - Paarl - George.
Post by: grizz on May 08, 2013, 12:22:30 pm
After riding some distance on tar, and having filled our tanks at the last village Uniondale ?  we made it back onto dirt roads again.... BLISSS


I did stop after a while to take the following three photos.

PLEASE NOTE: THEY WEE TAKEN SITTING ON MY BIKE< FRONT, SIDE AND REARWARD......

Straight roads?  You got that right, quite weird after a day of passes and mountains.

FORWARD

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SIDEWARD

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REARWARD

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This did not mean you could fall asleep, Potholes, wildlife and no oncoming or overtaking traffic were the order of the day... so stay alert.

Miles and miles of farms, game farms and little else meant that sightings like this were a real pleasure.

I had to use the maximum 16x Zoom of my camera to pull this guy in when I stopped and he ran off.

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Eventually a T-Junction.

The signage was starting to look like what we wanted to see.

The Baviaans trip was a great part of this ride plan.

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Then eventually a sign, we had to turn around for on Jupiters insistence.

But it did show where we had made it to.

The start of the Baviaans Kloof propper.

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Next smoke break was ina dried up river drift that crossed the road, evidence of the previous weeks heavy rains were everywhere to be seen.

But this was a pleasure to see.... maybe one of my favourite pics so far.

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Lovely skies.

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Then after the first section cris crossing the rverbed, we had some open roads and the pac was pushed up again.

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Evidence of what was to come.

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And then of course our destination for Day 5

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Bikes parked up at the Reception area where breakfast is served.
They also have a large meeting/conference room space here.

Note the idylic backdrops everywhere.

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Nico and Christine who run Uitspan as a working farm, and guest farm will supply you with everything you need.

Nico is both a very capable engineer and a DS bike rider himself, so understands what is needed by bikers.

This is an amazingly well set up camping place, they cater for allsorts, tents, 4x4's challets, and the unit Deon and I had could sleep 6 upstairs and downstairs. Dozer took lovely photos that I will post when his pics get here.

I had pre-ordered Braai/BBQ Packs from the UK, as well as wood etc.

The challets are fully equipped with all you need from dishwashing liquid to plates, glasses, towels, soap etc.

They also have an "Honesty Bar" where you use what you need from the bar and just write it up and settle the bill in the morning.

There were three dogs on the farm too, which put me straight into my "happy place"

The Australian Kelpie made sure he followed either me or the older Collie, and even insisted on waiting for me to get done in the shower.

Once we had chatted to Nico and Christine, had a couple of beers we went to our lodgings to unpack, Jupiter had a dream cottage on the other side of the river and dam.....

Then we started the fire up and got down to the serious business of Braaing.

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I drew the short straw and did the cooking (one way to ensure a decent Medium Rare steak)

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For some reason animals have always gravitated toward me, wherever I go.

I love them to do so, and have been banned from my local vets because the staff did not like me giving customers' pets attention.

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Deaf, but always working.... he just never settles, always bringing a stick, or looking for something to herd together.

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Best seat in the house ?

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Jupiter at his best.... relaxed and in a good place, being mugged by one of the dogs.  They know so well when they are in charge (dogs that is)

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I had a visit from a rather large stick insect, attracted by the outside light.

He landed on my arm, then went down to my leg and again onto my hands.

Nice to see nature come in from the dark.

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Kelpie guarding me......

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Then made sure I was comfortable in my bed.....

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Right..... 11.21 here.

Time to get onto some other stuff.

More later on day 6.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 5 - George - Baviaans Kloof.
Post by: Andre E on May 08, 2013, 04:10:39 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 5 - George - Baviaans Kloof.
Post by: EssBee on May 08, 2013, 08:19:58 pm
Wow...what an adventure, guyz, awesome!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 5 - George - Baviaans Kloof.
Post by: grizz on May 08, 2013, 09:41:54 pm
:sip:


Ja-nee.... jy kan gerus n koffie kry.   ;)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 5 - George - Baviaans Kloof.
Post by: grizz on May 08, 2013, 09:45:59 pm
Wow...what an adventure, guyz, awesome!


Hi EssBee, trust your head has recovered   :biggrin:


Thanks for taking the time to reply.

It deffo was a great ride and adventure.

Next year North America..... top to bottom ?
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 5 - George - Baviaans Kloof.
Post by: Andre E on May 08, 2013, 09:47:49 pm
Hou op kak praat en tik jou report, boet.... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 5 - George - Baviaans Kloof.
Post by: grizz on May 08, 2013, 09:50:14 pm
Hou op kak praat en tik jou report, boet.... :biggrin:

FOKKITT HOE LAG EK NOU SOOS N DRONK MAN !!!!!


Ja Baas, gaan nounet begin, tensy my vrou saam met my "Searching For Sugar Man" gaan kom kyk, dan is vanaand se goeie intensies ook almal in hulle se moere in  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 5 - George - Baviaans Kloof.
Post by: Andre E on May 08, 2013, 09:52:56 pm
Ek en my vrou is hier in die bar met die bra's...(jy onthou?)... sy drink vanaand Potency so my kak is geboek.(en dit gaan nie 'n dvd wees nie). :3some:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 5 - George - Baviaans Kloof.
Post by: grizz on May 08, 2013, 11:05:12 pm
Right, Day 6 was planned as a late start with breakfast booked for 09.00 by Jupiter, thankfully (we would find out later) Christine needed to get off early to get her daughter to school, so we agreed to have brekkie earlier.

All of us were up by 06.00 and ready to eat by 07.00.

Before breakfast we all had a walkabout and took some random and not so random pics.

I walked up the valley and past the dam, finding Jupiter in great spirits, packing up his bike.

This was his challet, specially supplied as he had complained about my snoring, before actually experiencing it.

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When the dogs and I came back from the valley, I just caught Jupiter leaving his lodgings.

Pic looks like a photoshop.

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This was what the Whale's oil leak from the shock looked like before breakfast...... it had progressively gotten worse since leaving Cape Town.

Not to worry.... there was sure to be more oil in there.

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I also took the opportunity to go look around in Nico's Workshop/Barn.....

Nice bike(s)

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Did I mention Home engineering ??

Lawn mower with grass collector.
Hence the lovely lawns out there.

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If you look at the truck behind it, you will get an idea of the size of this lathe..... best of all, look where it is standing, gives you an idea about the weather Nico has to work in.

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Homestead and mountain again.

Now you can get an idea about the lawnmower and why it was built.

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Breakfast is set out in a  buffet style with Christine cooking the hot orders fresh in the kitchen.

Deon must have been grinning madly at this point.

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After breakfast we said our Goodbyes and Thank You's and then set off into the Baviaans Kloof
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 6 - Baviaans Kloof - PE.
Post by: spoedvark on May 08, 2013, 11:28:55 pm
En toe begin die kak!!! :sip:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 6 - Baviaans Kloof - PE.
Post by: grizz on May 09, 2013, 12:20:12 am
Leaving the farm, I noted that Nico had a collection of old car shells, farm implements etc parked along the fence and roadside.
That made me smile..... kindred spirit ?

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We crossed many little streams like this, some a bit deeper a couple dried out already after the recent rains.

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These roads carry reasonably little traffic, and most of it is of the 4x4 or pickup truck and bus type.

However, again I was reminded that we were not in the city....

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After quite a distance, including a stop for Jupiter to show us where he had fallen himself stupid on a blind rise, combined with a bend where the road just disappeared (Not something you want to happen when you are in top gear, giving it some stick) we came to the entry gate to the Baviaans Nature reserve.

Entry was R60 for the three of us, translating to under £5 for all three together.

They have a system of clocking you in and out of the camp, so as to know when to go look for people who do not make it, or have breakdowns and accidents,

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The game ranger told us the rivers were still quite high, and to be careful as some Non-Locals had the habit of spinning up the river crossings, thus dislodging rocks in the crossings, making motorbike crossings more tricky.

So we carried on riding, and eventually got to our first river crossing for the day.

Jupiter in the lead, went through.... no problems.

The Dozer went through..... SITTING FLAT ON HIS ARSE  :eek7:

Water over the pots of his 1150GS.... No problems

Then it was the turn of The Whale.

Onto the foot pegs and straight through..... I could feel the rocks play at the front wheel, and just prayed that I did not fall over, or more importantly, that the bike did not die on me.... No Problems , pheww!!

We then set off on the road again and a short while later Jupiter pulled over.... quick for a smoke break I thought.

OOOOPPS..... nope, Bike was dead. It had just died.

Fortunately we had our break down right at the most randomly placed caravan shop ever......

While stationary, there were a couple of these roadworks tractors... and I have to say, their road manners were exemplary, slowing right down when passing us, so as not to cover us in road dust. Thanks Guys.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010263_zps8db87bd8.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010263_zps8db87bd8.jpg.html)

Between the three of us we tried to get Gerard's bike to fire up again, multiple false starts followed over the next few hours.

Remember my comment about having breakfast early vs a lazy start ??

Dozer Magic on the CDI

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010264_zpsa02509a6.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010264_zpsa02509a6.jpg.html)

Not much protection under there then ehhhh ?

What went through the mind of the modifier when he decided to remove all the weather protection from under the seat??

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010265_zpsa9e0227a.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010265_zpsa9e0227a.jpg.html)

In and out went the components.

And here is the other weird coincidence......

Eventually we all needed the toilet, too much eating the night before and a big breakfast 6hrs before would help.

So what are the chances of finding an open air toilet, with running water flushing system ??

Pretty slim I would say, till you break down in the middle of nowhere.


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010268_zpsff329302.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010268_zpsff329302.jpg.html)

So after a few hours, Dozer opened his one side pannier... remember the one with the story books and tools ?
And he pulled a moerse long piece of nylon rope from the pannier.

Jupiter looped it around his left hand footpeg, and they were of........ until they hit the same river as before.

Just as we got there, a couple in a 4x4 from KZN got thre, they actualy told us we should not go through the river..... hmmmm ?

Been there, did it, now towing bike.

Anyway, before you could say AbraCadabra, I had the Whale into the river, and of course the coule in the bakkie took some photos.

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=271779;image)

Dozer was next into the shallow end.

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=271780;image)


Followed by a dejected Jupiter, pushing his bike through.

I dropped my jacket and electrical goodies and walked in to help him push it through.

I then walked back again to pass our email details to the couple in the bakkie to send me the pics.

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=271781;image)

By the  time I was back on my bike Deon and Jupiter were long gone, stopping at Sandvlakte where the farmer agreed to store his bike till he could recover it, or till he, the farmer went to the coast again, in which case he would take the stricken bike along for Gerard to collect.

Interestingly, with my number plate collecting, I was surprised to see this lot on the farm.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a8_zpsa054c8cc.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a8_zpsa054c8cc.jpg.html)

Once Gerard had transferred  his stuff to Deon's 1150GS, Deon suggested that he ride pillion and Jupiter ride his bike, as he was used to riding with his wife on these roads.

Loaded and ready to go......

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010272_zps277d8b1d.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010272_zps277d8b1d.jpg.html)

From here it was all the way back the way we had come the previous day, riding to Willowmore on this dirt road...... Jupiter did nit spare the horses and I had to maintain 120km/h just to  keep up with them.

Port Elizabeth and Jupiters home was our destination, a looong way to go.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010276_zpsa29d9401.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010276_zpsa29d9401.jpg.html)

Willowmore offered many quaint looks into rural living in the Karoo.

Note the signs.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010282_zps7a7cd938.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010282_zps7a7cd938.jpg.html)

Next after filling fuel and oil, we went to a local coffee shop to use the toilets and drink a quick coffee.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010288_zps36c33fa3.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010288_zps36c33fa3.jpg.html)

After coffee it was onto the weirdest road ever.

A single concrete strip, where both parties yielded when meeting, and dropping one side onto the dirt and keeping on side on the concrete.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010294_zpsb1dda68c.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010294_zpsb1dda68c.jpg.html)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010303-1_zps39792a8e.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010303-1_zps39792a8e.jpg.html)


The road was incredibly straight and boring.

About 70km from Port Elizabeth, my back gave in for the first time in my life of riding, forcing me to stop and take a cocktail of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen..... Deon told me he would be buying me a kidney belt the next day.

Eventually, and hour after dark, we made it to Jupiters place.

Coffee, chat, and then off to bed......

Guess where I ended up sleeping ????


Day 7 to follow tomorrow or the next day.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 6 - Baviaans Kloof - PE.
Post by: Brink on May 09, 2013, 12:39:27 am
 :sip:

Great Trip
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 6 - Baviaans Kloof - PE.
Post by: Goose on May 09, 2013, 09:30:21 am
lekker Rian........... would love to here Dozer's comments on being pillion with Jup....   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 6 - Baviaans Kloof - PE.
Post by: EssBee on May 09, 2013, 07:10:36 pm
Once again...NICE!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 6 - Baviaans Kloof - PE.
Post by: grizz on May 10, 2013, 10:15:55 am
Built an "Electrics" work bench yesterday.

650mm deep worktop and 550mm shelf,  and 920mm high, (which is just right for me) both heavy duty but in front of the window to have maximum light on small intricate jobs.

I am now happy with the whole layout of the garage's work spaces, welding table, "woodwork" table and this one.

Today I will be mixing some cement/mortar to build a plynth about 3 courses high for the wood burning stove to stand on.

I bought a 900 x 600 paving slab yesterday that will go on top of it.


(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/grizzbiz/P1020511.jpg) (http://s4.photobucket.com/user/grizzbiz/media/P1020511.jpg.html)



And the garage got its name formally.....

I saw a sign along the roadside last year, but never had the chance to stop and pick it up, M25 has 3 lanes and it was the fast lane.

Anyway, it struck me as the perfect name.

I think Nicola, my wife will agree, it's called "THE END"


(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/grizzbiz/gar20.jpg) (http://s4.photobucket.com/user/grizzbiz/media/gar20.jpg.html)



I will come and do the next day or two's RR through the day when I get time.

It is almost weekend.... time to relax and hopefully make a fire and Braai/BBQ
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 6 - Baviaans Kloof - PE.
Post by: Dirty Boy on May 10, 2013, 10:38:00 am
I think Nicola, my wife will agree, it's called "THE END"

I would have thought the best place for that sign would be in the garage on the back wall.   ;D
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 6 - Baviaans Kloof - PE.
Post by: grizz on May 10, 2013, 12:01:52 pm
I think Nicola, my wife will agree, it's called "THE END"

I would have thought the best place for that sign would be in the garage on the back wall.   ;D

Keep wanting to tell you, now that I know the significance of your avatar photo, that I absolutely love it.

You are right regarding placement of the sign, but when I am down at the garage, we leave a sign on the front door to say we are out back for post and parcels that are too big for the letter slot.

Now I can change it to read...... "Come on down to the End"
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 6 - Baviaans Kloof - PE.
Post by: grizz on May 10, 2013, 01:09:20 pm
Day 7, 8 spent in PE had minimal content, excluding commuting into and out of PE business areas.

Tuesday The Whale spent all day at Martin Walkers place, getting fettled.

At 17.00 exactly (He is very serious abut time keeping) we were there at his gate, and got the bike back, he then fitted a small rubber grommet to the side of the engine casing which I gave him R50 for, so the bill below for work done actually totalled up to R300.00 which in English £'s will be just a spot over £31.00

The bike felt smoother and the front brake was vastly improved from before.

In typical Martin style, the bill was scribbled on some random paper..... Perfect from a genius.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a12_zpsc1b6f918.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a12_zpsc1b6f918.jpg.html)

I have copied the entry I made at the time......

MINI, no really mini update.

Yesterday I spent half the day at Old Mutual and Standard Bank as well as signing documents for Sanlam ( there are all financial institutions for our foreign readers) as some of them are at times not very efficient.

Then we visited some of our aunts, did some grocery (well meat and booze) shopping for last nights awesome BBQ/Braai here at Jupiters place.

On Monday evening for the first time in my 36 years of riding, my back or kidneys forced me to pull over and take Turbo charged Paracetamol and some Ibuprofen about 70km from home.
So yesterday my brother who wears a kidney belt, insisted on buying me one as well, as we are only about 18% into this ride.

I hope that the guys who were here last night and took some pics, will post them up on here in this thread.

Last nights get together was awesome. Seeing old friends and meeting new.


Thanks to everybody who came around last night.

Deon and I really enjoyed meeting some of you guys face to face vs forum faces.

If any of you took pics, PLEASE DO POST IN MY RIDE REPORT THREAD  as I cannot upload or post yet.

I also want to make a special mention to two guys who maxed out on feeding my mad habit of number plate collecting.

Schaun "Tiger8" and Craig "Knucklehead" both had me personalized WD GRIZZ and GRIZZ EC plates made up. I was again blown away by the generous nature of guys on this forum, but also South Africans in general.

Thank you also to BigDom for sending me his original GSPOT EC plate that he replaced with a smaller more sensibly sized one.

Thanks to Jupiters network, my bike spent about 4.5 hours under the hands of Airhead Guru Martin Walker yesterdayand now feels tighter and actually idles below 1000rpm.

Today is Wednesday 10th, raining nicely.
Got a few things to do and visits to slot in as well as more deliveries of bits n bobs for UK people sending stuff here. My panniers are getting emptier as I deliver stuff but filling as fast with trinkets, number plates and other touristy treasures I buy along the way for my wife, kids and others.

Tomorrow is an early start up to Elliot, via Queenstown on some less than perfect roads.



As well as the phots taken and posted on here by various members who came to Braai at Jupiters.

ONCE AGAIN.... A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO JUPITERS WHOLE FAMILY FOR PUTTING DEON AND I UP WHILE WE WERE IN PORT ELIZABETH. (We had no option, since he had sent me a PM in August 2012 to state that SA was NOT a Democracy, and that we would be staying with them)

Knucklhead's Entry

thanks to the host (Jupiter) for the venue and the lekka braai, was lekka to meet some new dogs and chat to some old. Attached a few pictures taken, some kay , some a little blurry..sorry...Grizz when u back in the UK i want a pic of the GRIZZ EC plate above the bar!!

Pictures:
1 - some short oke that came along  with dozer and grizz in the background 
2 - Jason, my laaitjie chilling with the ol man 
3 - Grizz tuning the manne about the times he fell off his bike, i think the figure was five 
4 -  Watch out for the ceiling my china 
5 -  Crab havin a dop .. aggh i mean a coffee 
6 - some of the talent at the pozzie 
7 - Jason taking lessons on coals from Jup...4 second rule i believe 
8 - Youngster chowing again 

have a mooi ride lads..


(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267680;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267681;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267682;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267683;image)

Aaaaa, Mr Crab, whose sense of humour I loved.

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267684;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267685;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267686;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267687;image)

One pic I took, Dozer getting on with what he does very well......

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010356_zps1ee06137.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010356_zps1ee06137.jpg.html)


JUPITERS PICS

Seems to be a theme here....

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267852;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267853;image)

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267854;image)

And a pic that had me objecting.... From the left, my very long time great friend and buddy, Antoinette, always happy to sort out my shit in SA. Then Paulina, used to be Antoinettes "sister in law" being married to brothers, been a great friend for years, and one of my dad's fans. And lastly, Sonja, another long term friend, met her because of a F650 Funduro many years ago.

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267855;image)


While in PE, I noticed, that like in many parts of the country, due to the rampant, indiscriminate crime, even the shopping malls have their own armed response and security companies active.

For the UK readers, the retro cars are/were all available long after European, American builds were discontinued, allowing more South Africans to become and stay mobile.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a9_zps8ae9025a.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a9_zps8ae9025a.jpg.html)

Again, for the UK readers, and our American brothers.....

Chevrolet Pickup truck..... Half ton (maybe payload is a bit more)

Not pretty, but one of many small pickups used in SA by small business and private people.

It would be the one I would buy if in SA.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a10_zps204176af.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a10_zps204176af.jpg.html)

We went to see my dad's second youngest sister, who has her own self contained home in the back of her daughters propperty.

She also has a family of about 7 Meerkarts that used to come onto the deck and eat her old Labrador's food, but since a newer stray dog had moved in, they had cleared off to the outside of the fence where the dog cannot get to them.
She still feeds them threats, including raw eggs that they love, and they know her voice. When we went onto the deck to see them, she called twice in her typically high pitched "Aunty voice" to her kids and they were all there expectantly, waiting for chunks of cheese and an egg.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010310-1_zpsa6d4cc03.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010310-1_zpsa6d4cc03.jpg.html)

It was interesting watching the group dynamics, one always on watch duty, while the others eat, and they do rotate the eating and watch duties.

Being as fast, nervous and spread out as they are, one cannot get a decent photo of the whole gang at once, note the gueards tail on the bottom right corner of the pic.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010338_zps1b69d7fe.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010338_zps1b69d7fe.jpg.html)


While we were out on Deon's bike we also popped around to my old house which is about a kilometer from Jupiters place.

Spoke to the new owner after he came to check up why I was taking a photo and promptly invited us in to take a look.

The house has been modified and updated. Some work is currently being done to create a huge Braai area, which I had planned a long time ago.

I had forgotten how huge my garage had been, and interestingly , the shelves, storage and steel cabinets I had fitted were all unchanged, and even had the stickers I had stuck on them before 2002 still on them.

The garden has gone through two major changes since I had it, and all the trees, except one Yellow wood tree were removed by a previous owner.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/P1010363_zps7ddfcb51.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/P1010363_zps7ddfcb51.jpg.html)


The next day we left early-ish for the next part of our trip.

Report of Day 9 later.

Almost weekend..... BRAAAAAAAIIII TIME  !!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 7, 8 - Port Elizabeth.
Post by: grizz on May 10, 2013, 01:28:24 pm
I thought it would fit in with the timing of the RR to add in some of the plates I was given as presents by Knucklhead, Tiger8 and BigDom for my garage.

Thanks a million guys, I was really blown away at the time by all the generosity of everyone, and still sit here grinning madly.

The plates have found their way, as many do, for various reasons to various places about my shged and garage.

The WD GRIZZ plate is on the Woodwork shed door......  Woodwork Department as well as WildDog Grizz

The GRIZZ EC plate is next to the new shelf with all the screw drivers, but specifically where I can enjoy it, and where it covers some of the knife blades hanging there.

And of course the GSPOT EC plate found its way to where people will note it.....

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/grizzbiz/gar9.jpg)

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/grizzbiz/P1020511.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a11_zpsc1e4559e.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a11_zpsc1e4559e.jpg.html)

I have also received a load of traded and gifted plates from the USA while away,, and typically guys put a return address and possibly a real name, but never a note of forum name.

Anyway, I am sure they will ask at some point if I received their plates..... then I can say a formal thank you.

Right now is is 12.30 and I need to go lay some bricks.#


Later Dudes.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 6 - Baviaans Kloof - PE.
Post by: Dozer on May 10, 2013, 04:23:36 pm
lekker Rian........... would love to here Dozer's comments on being pillion with Jup....   :thumleft:

Well Goose, actually Jupiter's piloting was good enough that I might have taken a snooze if I had velcro on my jacket and top-box!!! Didn't mind riding "Bitsh?" with him.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 6 - Baviaans Kloof - PE.
Post by: grizz on May 10, 2013, 04:25:48 pm
lekker Rian........... would love to here Dozer's comments on being pillion with Jup....   :thumleft:

Well Goose, actually Jupiter's piloting was good enough that I might have taken a snooze if I had velcro on my jacket and top-box!!! Didn't mind riding "Bitsh?" with him.


Good to see you on here Deon.

Hey Boet, trust you had a good birthday, did you check out your birthday wished in the "Jou Ma" section ?
Probably on page 2.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 6 - Baviaans Kloof - PE.
Post by: Dozer on May 10, 2013, 04:35:56 pm
Day 7, 8 spent in PE had minimal content, excluding commuting into and out of PE business areas.

Tuesday The Whale spent all day at Martin Walkers place, getting fettled.

At 17.00 exactly (He is very serious abut time keeping) we were there at his gate, and got the bike back, he then fitted a small rubber grommet to the side of the engine casing which I gave him R50 for, so the bill below for work done actually totalled up to R300.00 which in English £'s will be just a spot over £31.00

The bike felt smoother and the front brake was vastly improved from before.

In typical Martin style, the bill was scribbled on some random paper..... Perfect from a genius.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/a12_zpsc1b6f918.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/a12_zpsc1b6f918.jpg.html)

I have copied the entry I made at the time......

MINI, no really mini update.

Yesterday I spent half the day at Old Mutual and Standard Bank as well as signing documents for Sanlam ( there are all financial institutions for our foreign readers) as some of them are at times not very efficient.

Then we visited some of our aunts, did some grocery (well meat and booze) shopping for last nights awesome BBQ/Braai here at Jupiters place.

On Monday evening for the first time in my 36 years of riding, my back or kidneys forced me to pull over and take Turbo charged Paracetamol and some Ibuprofen about 70km from home.
So yesterday my brother who wears a kidney belt, insisted on buying me one as well, as we are only about 18% into this ride.

I hope that the guys who were here last night and took some pics, will post them up on here in this thread.

Last nights get together was awesome. Seeing old friends and meeting new.


Thanks to everybody who came around last night.

Deon and I really enjoyed meeting some of you guys face to face vs forum faces.

If any of you took pics, PLEASE DO POST IN MY RIDE REPORT THREAD  as I cannot upload or post yet.

I also want to make a special mention to two guys who maxed out on feeding my mad habit of number plate collecting.

Schaun "Tiger8" and Craig "Knucklehead" both had me personalized WD GRIZZ and GRIZZ EC plates made up. I was again blown away by the generous nature of guys on this forum, but also South Africans in general.

Thank you also to BigDom for sending me his original GSPOT EC plate that he replaced with a smaller more sensibly sized one.

Thanks to Jupiters network, my bike spent about 4.5 hours under the hands of Airhead Guru Martin Walker yesterdayand now feels tighter and actually idles below 1000rpm.

Today is Wednesday 10th, raining nicely.
Got a few things to do and visits to slot in as well as more deliveries of bits n bobs for UK people sending stuff here. My panniers are getting emptier as I deliver stuff but filling as fast with trinkets, number plates and other touristy treasures I buy along the way for my wife, kids and others.

Tomorrow is an early start up to Elliot, via Queenstown on some less than perfect roads.



As well as the phots taken and posted on here by various members who came to Braai at Jupiters.

ONCE AGAIN.... A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO JUPITERS WHOLE FAMILY FOR PUTTING DEON AND I UP WHILE WE WERE IN PORT ELIZABETH. (We had no option, since he had sent me a PM in August 2012 to state that SA was NOT a Democracy, and that we would be staying with them)

Knucklhead's Entry

thanks to the host (Jupiter) for the venue and the lekka braai, was lekka to meet some new dogs and chat to some old. Attached a few pictures taken, some kay , some a little blurry..sorry...Grizz when u back in the UK i want a pic of the GRIZZ EC plate above the bar!!

Pictures:
1 - some short oke that came along  with dozer and grizz in the background 
2 - Jason, my laaitjie chilling with the ol man 
3 - Grizz tuning the manne about the times he fell off his bike, i think the figure was five 
4 -  Watch out for the ceiling my china 
5 -  Crab havin a dop .. aggh i mean a coffee 
6 - some of the talent at the pozzie 
7 - Jason taking lessons on coals from Jup...4 second rule i believe 
8 - Youngster chowing again 

have a mooi ride lads..


(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=267680;image)

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Aaaaa, Mr Crab, whose sense of humour I loved.

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One pic I took, Dozer getting on with what he does very well......

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JUPITERS PICS

Seems to be a theme here....

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And a pic that had me objecting.... From the left, my very long time great friend and buddy, Antoinette, always happy to sort out my shit in SA. Then Paulina, used to be Antoinettes "sister in law" being married to brothers, been a great friend for years, and one of my dad's fans. And lastly, Sonja, another long term friend, met her because of a F650 Funduro many years ago.

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While in PE, I noticed, that like in many parts of the country, due to the rampant, indiscriminate crime, even the shopping malls have their own armed response and security companies active.

For the UK readers, the retro cars are/were all available long after European, American builds were discontinued, allowing more South Africans to become and stay mobile.

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Again, for the UK readers, and our American brothers.....

Chevrolet Pickup truck..... Half ton (maybe payload is a bit more)

Not pretty, but one of many small pickups used in SA by small business and private people.

It would be the one I would buy if in SA.

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We went to see my dad's second youngest sister, who has her own self contained home in the back of her daughters propperty.

She also has a family of about 7 Meerkarts that used to come onto the deck and eat her old Labrador's food, but since a newer stray dog had moved in, they had cleared off to the outside of the fence where the dog cannot get to them.
She still feeds them threats, including raw eggs that they love, and they know her voice. When we went onto the deck to see them, she called twice in her typically high pitched "Aunty voice" to her kids and they were all there expectantly, waiting for chunks of cheese and an egg.

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It was interesting watching the group dynamics, one always on watch duty, while the others eat, and they do rotate the eating and watch duties.

Being as fast, nervous and spread out as they are, one cannot get a decent photo of the whole gang at once, note the gueards tail on the bottom right corner of the pic.

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While we were out on Deon's bike we also popped around to my old house which is about a kilometer from Jupiters place.

Spoke to the new owner after he came to check up why I was taking a photo and promptly invited us in to take a look.

The house has been modified and updated. Some work is currently being done to create a huge Braai area, which I had planned a long time ago.

I had forgotten how huge my garage had been, and interestingly , the shelves, storage and steel cabinets I had fitted were all unchanged, and even had the stickers I had stuck on them before 2002 still on them.

The garden has gone through two major changes since I had it, and all the trees, except one Yellow wood tree were removed by a previous owner.

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The next day we left early-ish for the next part of our trip.

Report of Day 9 later.

Almost weekend..... BRAAAAAAAIIII TIME  !!!

Just to put Knucklehead at ease!!?? I did part-time job as barman in the Military in Durban for 3 years while not out on my regular earthmoving tasks!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 7, 8 - Port Elizabeth.
Post by: grizz on May 11, 2013, 01:26:07 pm
Day 9

This was really just a connecting section to get us to KZN (Kwa Zulu Natal) and Durban where we were staying in Westville at Dirty Boy's place with him and his family, dogs and cats.....

James (Dirty Boy) had also approached me shortly after this trip was announced to offer Deon and I "unrestricted" accommodation, which meant he would not interfere in our schedule, but would be happy to integrate in any rides we wanted to do.
This was a most generous offer which I accepted, even though we have two aunts and a bunch of cousins in and around Durban, as well as Deon's ex-wife, and kids, all of who he is still good friends with.
I chose to stay with James as the "unrestricted movement" appealed to me, and he is a great guy anyway.

We left Jupiter's early morning (well, not really early, everyone was up and on the go) and hit the N2 toward Grahamstown after running the gauntlet of Port Elizabeth morning traffic.
I was amazed at Dozer..... LAWBREAKER SUPREME..... Mounting the pavements on the left of cars to get past all the idiots (2 Policemen in different Police marked cars texting!! )mummies on their mobile phones, sandwiches, makeup and morning coffee's, business men reading documents while driving, sportsbikers darting left and right, all of who were making the whole thing quite dangerous to actually compete for road space. Also changing of lanes without warning by cars and Minibus Taxis was just beyond stupid.
So I happily followed him, using the unused portion of the road for our own safe movement..... next thing I had a maxi scooter behind me as well,  Made me snigger in my helmet.

We left the city limits of PE after sampling the joy of Swartkops sewerage plant and Carbon Blacks smells without any issue, bar the mad drivers everywhere.

Riding the N2, which I used to know so well was a bit DeJaVu like, some improvements that have been made over the last 10 years had me happy to see where my tax dollars had gone way back when.

We stopped for a couple of smoke breaks till we got to Grahamstown, proud of its heritage as a frontier town in the days of the Xhosa and Boer wars. I had done some of my Psychiatry training at Fort England Hospital which had the dubious honour of having had a staff member beaten to death by a patient with a bedpan years ago.

This sleepy hollow also is home to Rhodes University, where BigDom used to work as professor of Art when I met him a looooong time ago ( fact or fiction ?? ) In the days of Apartheid, Rhodes was known to be of a liberal disposition and I do not know enough to tell you more, so refer to Wikipedia or Google for more info and history.


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We also took the opportunity to fill both the bikes as Queenstown was another 200+ km to go, and PE was 135km behind us.

I love these sorts of signs, usually, including this time, they make me start up the engine and drive off and find another station to fill up at. To this day I remember all the times I used to hitch hike across South Africa and this sort of sign pisses me off instantly, so no business for them.

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After filling at a "Mobil"  Engen station we found the well hidden Wimpy.... Dozer can smell out a Wimpy at 5000 meters.

Breakfast ordered, he went out to check over the bikes, make a call to his Colonel to extend his leave and have a smoke (multitasking at its best) and when the brekkie landed, Joseph, the incredibly charismatic floor manager went to invite him back in.
That shop has a treasure in Joseph, originaly from Zimbabwe, he really makes a difference and manages the floor like few others I have seen.

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After breakfast and a Mega Coffee we set out for Queenstown, our next stop.

In the carpark I saw this survivor.

Being in the market for a 1960-66 Chevy Pickup truck, I could not help myself, and had to stop and take a pic.

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Leaving Grahamstown the decay into typical African village was obvious as you moved up the road away from town..... sad.

Just before we got to the T-Junction to go left to Queenstown, I saw another one of these..... again, I love them, but they are also a sign of people's financial status. The rich get richer, the poor still have nothing.

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From here the road was interesting with passes, turns, bends and changing scenery.

Riding through the Echa Pass, which I once did in 6.5 minutes as a student from entry to exit, I was surprised I have managed to live as long as I have.

We rode till after Fort Beaufort with only one smoke break.

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Then stopped again.... nice spot.

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And onward, stepping up the pace a bit.

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Getting to Queenstown we filled up, bought more oil at Midas and then contacted AndreE for a cuppa coffee.
We had wanted to sleep over at his place originally, but the distance was too short to break the KZN destination in half.

Once again, for the international riders and readers, this is the norm in South Africa, getting fuel filled, winddscreens cleaned and oil, wheels checked.
In the total of 6200km plus that I rode, I only got one non-smiling pump attendant, and he was surrounded by smilers anyway, so maybe he was having a bad day in Bloemfontein.

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Then it was off to AndreE's place just outside town where we were treated like premium guests by his wife and were fed cake and coffee, note..... two slices each. Heavenly man, heavenly.
Thanks a lot guys, that was really great.

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I also loved the inside of their shop, reminding me of times growing up, going to the farm shop, just the numbers on the prices have changed, but the contents are the same. Nice to have some stuff stay the same.

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Maybe my favourite bit of decor in the bar area.... every one donated on site by the wearers.
There was quite a range of sizes and styles.

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Then it was time to leave again and make our way for Mountain Shadows above Elliot where we were booked in for the night. I think this was also a 600+ km day, which included a lot of old Transkei roads.

Before we left, I saw this guy, reminding me again of South Africa in summer time.

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Before we left, I made Dozer come with me to get a pic of the old incinerator of the sawmill near Andre's place, I love old steel structures like this and old factories as they have many stories to tell.

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After a really great rest, unwind and chat at Andre's place it was off toward Elliott via the "bottom road" which is slightly shorter, but more challenging and interesting to ride.

Just about to leave.

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It did not take long before we hit the first of many roadworks stops.

Now here is an other interesting observation for the non South Africans.

Note all the Taxi's , roadworks and coned off lanes are reserved by heavenly decree by the god of dangerous drivers to be used as a passing lane. These roadworks were at the start of a mountain pass, so it was interesting watching minibus taxis duck into the "works lane" and overtake on the left, everything and then swerving back into the active lane.
IDIOTS.

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We got to Elliott by about 16.30 and having stpped along the way to buy a bottle of brandy and 2 litres of Pepsi Max, and a large bag of Dorito's we were ready for our evening at Mountain Shadows Hotel.
Being in radio comms all day saw Deon and I fall into a really nice rhythm of ride, share, chat and we decided to pull over and see if we could get some food at the hotel.... No Problem said the new front desk guy, we have food.

While stopping  to make the call to the hotel,I noted this guy.....Enterprise at its best.

When people buy a couple of crates of beer, shopping etc, he is the transport, for a fee.

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After this we left Elliott to do the last 20km to the hotel on the top of the mountains, again, a perfect time.... sunset.

One of the great thing about the routes we took, was that it included loads of interesting roads, passes etc.

Barkly Pass was a wide sweeping, but deceptive pass, so we hit it with all the enthusiasm is would allow, Deon commenting on the radio "I LOVE MY BIKE.... IT REALLY DOES HANDLE"  having owned and ridden an 1150GS for about 80 000km myself around mostly South Africa, where 1000km weekends were not unusual, or riding to Cape Town from Port Elizabeth on  a Saturday morning to test fly an airplane in Cape Town and coming back on Sunday morning with my good old friend, the late Warwick Sparg at whatever top speeds we could squeeze out of our boxer engines, I knew exactly how he felt.
BMW got it so right when they built the R1150GS range, and to this day, I still rate my 1150 GS above the 1200GS that I now have here in the UK.

We were just chatting about how nice the ride had been and how beautiful the mountains were when we decided to stop for a few pics again.

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Then is was on to the hotel, with dusk just wanting to push the last suns rays away, we could feel it in the change of temperature.

Last few miles and then we were there.

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There is a main hotel, and then these units, where we ended up in. Perfect.


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The hotel is a family run affair and even the food in the kitchen is cooked by the granny and her small staff.

We switched our booking from Bed and Breakfast to Dinner and bed, with a sandwich pack to take out.

A real farm meal was served buffet style, with seafood starters, soup and also a stunning desert to follow.

During the day they had actually had two small snow flurries, so it was no wonder we were quite chilled when we booked in and even Dozer was cold, thick skin and all.

Thankfully, grandpa had started a fire in the dining room to warm it all up.

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So after dinner we went back to our room, showered, poured a drink and both of us were out cold before 10pm, with only half our respective drinks actually drunk.

Day 10 was going to be a long day down to KZN, with more crap roads and with breakfast sandwich packs which included canned fruit juice, boiled eggs and a sweety for afterwards, we were ready for a good early start.

If the bikes did not freeze over.

Hope you are still reading......
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 9 - Mountain Shadows Elliott
Post by: ratrap on May 11, 2013, 01:35:33 pm
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Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 9 - Mountain Shadows Elliott
Post by: Goose on May 11, 2013, 02:25:07 pm
laat waai meraai!!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 9 - Mountain Shadows Elliott
Post by: Mr Zog on May 11, 2013, 02:30:37 pm
Oh yes, still reading  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 9 - Mountain Shadows Elliott
Post by: spoedvark on May 11, 2013, 09:09:53 pm
Gooi Pappie!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 9 - Mountain Shadows Elliott
Post by: grizz on May 11, 2013, 10:13:09 pm
Early on Day 10 we got up and packed our kit onto the bikes.

The Whale took a few stabs at the starter button to fire up, as her chokes had long since been removed, so Dozer and I would kneel next to her like suitors to ask her nicely to start up with our finger manually poking up the sides of her carbs, holding up the levers till she fired up.

We quietly left the hotel grounds and rode in the cold morning air,down the pass we had come up the night before, it did not take long before we hit a wet, cold mist on the Transkei roads we were on, still not fully light, I am not sure which was worse, the cold or fogged up visors..... the minute you opened the visor to see where you were headed, of course the cold made your eyes stream, and early morning bugs were a threat as well.

Again,  the mad driving and absolute lack of fear of death, maiming and dismemberment of cars, minibus taxis and trucks continued to surprise me.

We rode to Maclear where we stopped to fill the bikes, buy a machine coffee and eat our packed breakfasts.

The local girls in the shop insisted on coming out and posing around the bikes with the cheekier of the two crawling onto the Whale before I could object, doing the whole Nicholas Cage on a Harley from Hell thing for her mate to photograph on a mobile phone.

They had also asked us to come inside and eat our breakfast at their tables, but we declined, mainly because we had already set it out.

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This had to be my pic of the day.....

No wonder the driving standards are what they are.

DRIVING SCHOOL...... ????

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Memories of the village where we grew up.... septic tanks and the weekly "Suckit Suzy" sessions before mains sewerage was installed.



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Another sample of Wildest South Africa.....

Spares delivery, but the rifle actually belongs to the delivery driver, here being played with by one of the locals...... The driver carries it with him, in case he sees something worth shooting along the way.

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We carried on for a long time as this was going to be a loooong day.

Thankfully we got stopped at a Police checkpoint, and the ol guy who "inspected" my bike was happy to take a photo once he had asked about the tank size on the whale and our destination.

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At the stop, Dozer had said to me it was time for a smoke break, and that he would wait for me at the top of the hill when he found a place to pull over.

So when I caught up, he was smoking and relaxing, inspecting some water pipes etc by the road side.

Next thing we heard a typical, traditional Xhosa herdsman singing at a distance and saw him come walking with his flock.

Where we stopped was actually a livestock crossing, and the evidence as on the road surface where something had very recently been hit and bled out.

Anyway, the pics should tell the story.

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Zoooom lenses what to do without them?

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Note the fresh blood on the tarmac,

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More in a bit.....

Some homework to deal with.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 9 - Mountain Shadows Elliott
Post by: grizz on May 11, 2013, 11:33:03 pm
After the sheep crossed the road we carried on for quite some distance, potholes in potholes, bendy roads and some nice sections too.

Loads of livestock including cows, horses, goats and sheep randomly walking on the motorway surfaces.

Fortunately for us, we grew up in the region and this was no surprise to us, so sensible riding was the key.

We had for some distance on the day and the day before noticed piles of scrap metal old vintage cars, cut up, bits of fencing wire, pipes, poles etc.....

Seems someone was buying up all the scrap that people could carry to the roadside.

I stopped at one of these piles, just to take a photo, and was amazed that there, looking at me was an emblem that read C/10
Could this be a divine sign ?  As I am in the market for an early 1960's Chevy C10 Fleetside pickup truck.

It took about 60 seconds before the owner of the pile of metal was there, and we started negotiating.
In the end I bought the badge for R6.00 which is about 65p or under a Dollar.

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I also tried to get the Velox badges off, but they were rusted on and I could see myself just breaking them without any propper tools.

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Deon had carried on riding when I radio'd him to say I was stopping at the scrap, and while I was walking about, my mobile started to ring, answering it, it was Deon, warning me that about a kilometer further there was a copper with a radar device on an open piece of road trapping..... than goodness for mobile phones, as I would have been hitting the throttle hard to catch up once done with the photos.

The rest of the day went rather uneventfully and we stopped at Camperdown to take a look at house where our mum had died, where they had retired when dad took early retirement so that he could look after her.
The house was unchanged, except for much increased security.
The extra plot next door that my dad had turned into a very large garden was subdivided and now acted as a plant nursery.
A bit disappointing, but then we know now that everything changes and the rose tinted spectacles of youth do help.

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We ended up getting to James "Dirty Boy's" place just after the main traffic rush, fortunately our route ran against the homeward bound Friday evening rush.

When we got to his place, he was just cleaning up his baby to go off to transport some youngsters in style.

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Of course the dogs also came out to greet us, and who can resist such a welcome?

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I managed to get the mattress in the lounge again.... Thanks to Dozers plea's and Goose's pre=emptive strike on my credibility as a silent sleeper.

After showering, and while James was out, I sat on Dozers bed and read, having one of the cats (the friendly one) make itself at home at my feet.

We ended up in bed by 23.00 as we were both knackered from the roads and long day riding.

At about 03.30 I woke with a big lump right behind my butt.... at first I thought I may have shat myself or had a prolapse, then gingerly peeling back my blanket, I discovered the Nasty cat who attacks for no reason, had actually crawled in under my blanket and made herself comfortable in my bed.

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I tried some gentle stroking and was met by a neat, loud purrrrr....

Followed by a stretch that would be perfectly at home on LOLCATS and I can haz cheeseburger.

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And another.

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After this the two of us went back to sleep, as Deon and I had planned to do a 400+ km daytrip on the Saturday, back to our old school, and our parents homes.

More of the next day tomorrow.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 10 - Elliott - Durban
Post by: grizz on May 12, 2013, 07:21:35 am
Went to my local, well it is 10 miles away, council tip to get rid of all the rotten paint and loads of empty paint buckets yesterday.....

A guy was unloading this shield.... it never even hit the ground, just went straight into my car.

I will make a new backing plate for it to replace the broken one, and modify it slightly. Then it will go up on the wall behind the new garage fire place.

Still need to fit the chimney etc once I figure that out.


Treasure.

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Esse Dragon was a freebie from a mate in Malmesbury, if I could get it home...... of course I got it home.

Needs a bit of work, the chimney made up and hopefully I have a wood burner in the garage by winter.

Any advice on chimney/flue fitting appreciated.

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Also finished fitting the shelves, strip light and a HUGE HiFi in the garage yesterday.... Party anyone ??

Really pleased with the new layout and tool boards.

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Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 10 - Elliott - Durban
Post by: Maak Hom Dronk on May 12, 2013, 05:43:48 pm
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Most excellent read Grizz... like a good book it's got me hanging for the next chapter... btw, your 'Girrhage' is looking good... almost like a self contained flat... just needs a bed... and bada-boom.... or am I reading too much into it?   :o  I did hear that sleeping through the deforestation of the Amazon with 100 000 chainsaws with no baffles and blunt blades is easier to do than catch 40 winks next to you... ;) 

BTW...Did you spot this dude on your ride through TKei? He's taken the scrap collection to a whole new level...

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Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 10 - Elliott - Durban
Post by: grizz on May 12, 2013, 06:10:10 pm
Mrs Grizz here,

Yes there is a bed in the garage it is inside the teardrop caravan!

The snoring? oh yes chainsaw central indeed!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 10 - Elliott - Durban
Post by: Goose on May 12, 2013, 06:24:46 pm
Mrs Grizz here,

Yes there is a bed in the garage it is inside the teardrop caravan!

The snoring? oh yes chainsaw central indeed!!


Hehe - I can vouch for that ............   :biggrin:  Nicola must be the bravest wife ever......  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 10 - Elliott - Durban
Post by: spoedvark on May 12, 2013, 06:40:50 pm
I'm enjoying this RR!! i can only imagine how you and Dozer must have enjoyed the real thing!!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 10 - Elliott - Durban
Post by: grizz on May 12, 2013, 07:03:20 pm
Mrs Grizz here,

Yes there is a bed in the garage it is inside the teardrop caravan!

The snoring? oh yes chainsaw central indeed!!


Hehe - I can vouch for that ............   :biggrin:  Nicola must be the bravest wife ever......  :peepwall:

Of dalk net die domste een.... Ten spyte van hoe lief ek vir haar is.

She is so incredibly tollerant of all my shit. I am a lucky/licky guy.

She also commented Goose must be a very sensitive chap and that I really must have traumatized him terribly in France.

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 10 - Elliott - Durban
Post by: grizz on May 12, 2013, 07:07:53 pm
I'm enjoying this RR!! i can only imagine how you and Dozer must have enjoyed the real thing!!!

Thanks Spoedvark, glad you are enjoying the trip.

We definitely did. I am fortunate that I really like my brother, so it made the ride that much more of an epic adventure.

If guys enjoy reading the report with all of its inaccuracies and confabulation, my work is done.

Will try do the next day report later tonight.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 10 - Elliott - Durban
Post by: spoedvark on May 12, 2013, 07:59:30 pm
Looking forward to it.

I have 2 boets who love bikes and the ones son also.

One is here in SA and the other one is with you on MUDD ISLAND (SCOTLAND)!!

One day we will get him back to SA to join us on a ride like this!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 10 - Elliott - Durban
Post by: grizz on May 12, 2013, 11:46:39 pm
Day 11 started at an easy pace, after which we went off to Eshowe and Melmoth in Zululand where we had both finished our schooling and grown up.

We decided to bite the bullet and run the gauntlet of all the toll roads.

And there are quite a few of them..

I am not sure if we saw much evidence of the moneys being re-invested into roads and infrastructure, but it was a nice ride, once again some of the pleasure taken away by young dickheads in pocket rockets, overtaking at high speed on both sides of the motorway.
One idiot in a Toyota nearly planted himself under a slow moving truck after his stupid left handed overtaking maneuver..... pity he did not.

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Our ride to Eshowe was uneventful.... well, until Dozer's belly started to complain..... So we popped into a shopping centre where typically, we were invited by security to ride our bikes into the centre under shade and park on an area possibly reserved for other purposes.
But hey..... this is Africa, who were we to complain.

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We decided (well, Dozer decided)  a breakfast burger eaten out on the bikes back seat in the "bike parking area" would be perfect.

So I went into the Spur to order these and some coffees.

Anti-Smoking legislation managed South African style.

Smoking section in the Spur.

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While we were having our Moerse big breakfasts, which was way too much food for me, we heard the roll of thunder, at first I thought Harleys, then realized the drone was different, only to be joined (well, I did invite them) on out spot by two guys on KTM's.
Dozer had a long chat with them while I kept myself busy differently.

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After this we went to our old school, first the main entrance, then off to the boarding school and sports fields.

Well, things again have changed a lot..... scruffy buildings, untidy spaces etc were a good start.

As white South Africans it was interesting seeing almost no white pupils at the rugby matches that were being played.

We chatted to one of the new teachers and it seems only one of the teachers we remembered was still there, Mr Simpson. We did not get to see him, but that was fine too.

I did have a silly smile when I took this pic.

When I was in my last two years at school, a few of us used to climb out through a window in the "box room" where the suitcases stayed during term, onto the flat roof on the right of this pic above the pickup truck, I had smashed out a vent under the eaves and this is where I would store my booze for consumption over weekends.

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We rode around to the sports fields, and interestingly, the pavilion which used to so large t us as kids, had shrunk over the interceding years.
Deon used to take girls in under the pavilion for "sessions" on the high jump mattresses...... not sure what all transpired there.

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All along on this ride, ever since having to give the Whale a load of attention in Cape Town, I neurotically kept an eye on the bike's vital signs.........

When we were done chatting at the school and wanted to leave...... oooooppppssss..... Semi-Flat wheel. BUGGGERRRR !!
It was midday on a Saturday in South Africa, businesses close down for the weekend.

So we sourced a Supa-Quick tyre place and whipped off the rear wheel.....

Visual inspection showed nothing, no holes, cuts, nails or a leaking valve.

Into the water bath next.... then the problem became apparent.

All along the bead of the rim there were micro bubbles, the sot you would normally discount as not important.... but as we watched, they  slowly got bigger.

So it was off with the tyre, fine sand paper around the rims, and re-fit the tyre.

 When we tried to pump it up, being a tubeless tyre, it just would not pop and seat..... that is until the technician realized he had not tightened the valve to the rim.... POP !! She went. Thankfully.

In the mean time I had had time to rethink our route and where I may have hit a big pothole etc, then I realized, when we filled the bikes up at one of the fuel pumps along the way, I had the Whale on its centre stand, and in order to get it off the centre stand, I had rocked, reved and tried to ride it off the stand....this action must have been enough to loosen the tyres lock on the rim and allow a slow puncture to develop.

The whole process cost me R35.00 in the end, which is about £2.05 in English money.

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With the rear shock being totally buggered, the reason for some of the noise on the road became apparent once the wheel came off.

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Crisis managed/averted, we stepped it up as we had lost about 100 minutes between Breakfast and breakdown.

There were more bendy bits and Nkwaleni Pass to deal with before we got to Melmoth, where our parents had lived and where we had spent many a summer and other holidays, disappearing all day on horseback, motorbike, or just walking.

The Melmoth Inn, where most of us local boys popped our cherries as far as alcohol was concerned.

Of course, like so many other places, it was closed up and did not really resemble the hotel we had known as kids...... still, we have our memories. I remember getting my final school results an getting a pass and going into the bar to have a lemonade, the barman was shocked as I refused the Brandy and Coke he offered, that he knew I used to drink in the "ladies bar"

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We then rode a short loop through town and went to see the house we had grown up in (we grew up in many houses over our childhood) and got to speak to the current guy who lives there.
He remembered my dad as he was a junior clerk when our dad worked and lived there.
Dad used to make a lot of furniture and turned  load of table lamps that he sold at work, this money ultimately paid for his retirement home that he bought.

She house was unchanged, the garden a bit rough, and some of the trees had grown big over the last 25 years since I had last been there.

The place was fenced in as well, seems crime was colourblind in this town.

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After that we made a bee line back to Durban and Westville as we had a Braai planned with James and some other Wilddogs and their families.

Which of course was just perfect.

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After a good evenings merriment, we eventually made it to bed, having agreed that James would be taking us on a short breakfast run the next day.

Day 12 coming to a theatre near you, soon.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 11 - Durban, Eshowe, Melmoth
Post by: grizz on May 13, 2013, 12:02:35 am
Mickey, Mickey, Mickey.... what can I say, other than that he is a really good guy.
I told him a few weeks ago that I wanted some steel filing cabinets for the garage, to replace the wooden wardrobes I have about.

Today he delivered.....

Three units from an office clearance. FREE, though I did give him £30.00 for his effort.

Delivered.

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Moved about and in place, though I may move them again.

The narrow drawer unit is upside down, but the drawers are the right way up. I suspect I will make a different plan for it.

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Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 11 - Durban, Eshowe, Melmoth
Post by: grizz on May 13, 2013, 09:10:50 am
Day 12 came in the shape of a perfect morning.  Dirty Boy was taking us out with his Airhead for a breakfast run up past Pietermaritzburg and hopefully we would collect EssBee along the way.  :ricky:

Got the bikes out and started up, his boxer sounding and looking like a boxer should. Jupiter probably still misses this bike.

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(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=269084;image)

Then on our way.... up the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

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Awesome photo from James' GoPro camera. He had taken a whole load through the day, but I will just copy and past the ones he had chosen to post up here.

One of my favourite photos he took.

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Then we stopped at the Kranskloof Nature Reserve for a short break.

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Same photo, taken by two different cameras.

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Then some more secondary roads, we also failed to raise EssBee from the slumber he had fallen into after the night before.

Carpark had quite a few bikes, actually, thinking about it, there were loads of bikes about on the day.

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Of course the Dozer special came next.....

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After a relaxed breakfast and a long chat, we hit the return road with James in the lead, alternating it with Deon and I.

Again, the GoPro proved its worth.

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=269088;image)

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Not sure if my dutt was getting numb, or if I was just stretching a bit..... at this point the rear shock was still a thing of concern.

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After a thoroughly enjoyable day out, we got back to Villa Dirty Boy around 13.00 and decided to have a coffee, and then Dozer and I would be off to "The Bluff, where guys are Tuff" to see Deon's son and possibly his daughter.

Whale parked up next to James' baby again.

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After coffee and rusks, we were off again.

This was Dozers back yard, as he had been stationed in Durban for many years before he moved to 1 Engineers Regiment in Dunnottar.
So he SatNag was left behind and we took on Durban's worst drivers.
Strange how you become aware of your mortality when on a motorbike in a strange city.

Because we had done some fast motorway miles on the way back from our breakfast run, I guess the Whale had sucked through the juice with more vigor than usual, because the 41 litre tank ran out about 3km from his sons home....... which meant he went off to find some petrol, did I mention this was his back yard??
Not long and he was back with 2 two liter Coke bottles of petrol, unceremoniously dumped into the tank, allowing the boxer to fire up, and me to follow him to a local fuel station......

The prices are a lot higher than USA prices per litre (Use Google to get a Currency converter) and a bit lower than UK prices, roughly converted to  85p/liter for fuel.......

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The filling team were all congregated around the Whale, which tended to draw crowds and interested parties everywhere we went.... gasping in shock at the fact that I managed to squeeze 38 litres of fuel into the tank, and telling them it actually took 41 litres.

When one of them spotted the Satnag, quietly stashed in Dozers tankbag.... well, that was too good not to get him to start it up and demonstrate.

Funny how stuff we take for granted can still amaze and impress.

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Then it was a short trip up to Where Deon's son, Jean lives, renting a room from his mum and step dad.
Deon is one of these guys who sees life for what it is and he still has a good relationship with his ex-wife and her new husband, as well as his kids who are both independent.

Take note the bare feet..... seems to be an ongoing theme in both Africa, but also in our family.

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Once again, I was cut down in size by a small animal.....

The family dog, with a great personality that belies his stature.

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Once settled and coffee'd, everyone except me were lighting cigarettes and smoking away, Dozer was clearly happy......

Then his granddaughter woke up, she was being looked after by Jean and her step grandpa as Michelle, Deon's daughter and his ex-wife were at the hospital, as she is expecting again.

She initially did not want to sit on the grandpa she does not know well's lap, having a typical post sleep cry, then she crawled up and sat with him.

Happy Grandpa..... He has another 8 year old grandson with Jean, who was not there.

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And I ended up with a dog..... just perfect.

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Another of those shopping centre armed response vehicles.

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We had a quickly decided Pizza dinner with Deon's son, who is a chef, and should really have cooked us dinner.....

Then back to James' place just after dark for an evening of relaxing and chatting.

Day 13 shortly.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 10 - Elliott - Durban
Post by: grizz on May 13, 2013, 10:03:35 am
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Most excellent read Grizz... like a good book it's got me hanging for the next chapter... btw, your 'Girrhage' is looking good... almost like a self contained flat... just needs a bed... and bada-boom.... or am I reading too much into it?   :o  I did hear that sleeping through the deforestation of the Amazon with 100 000 chainsaws with no baffles and blunt blades is easier to do than catch 40 winks next to you... ;)  

BTW...Did you spot this dude on your ride through TKei? He's taken the scrap collection to a whole new level...

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Morning Maak Hom Dronk I was wondering if I should try to explain your user name on here, but I guess most people will make their own (Wrong) deductions about it.

Good to see you posting, and that you have not lost any of your keen sense of observation and humour.

I am about to post a pic of you in a public forum, so hope it will encourage you to switch off the cloak more regularly.

Well, as you can see the tidal wave of disinformation against me, based on Goose's report and also my sweet wife, colluding with him, is growing.
Soon I will have to turn in my passport as I will not be able to cross any borders for fear of me waking up entire neigbourhoods.

I already have a freezer, fridge, kettle etc in the Ghirrage, add to that some decent sounds and a small stainless steel hand wash basin that Nicola immediately identified as a urinal  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8: and the Teardrop caravan..... which has a double bed fitted, it would seem that I am OK for pretty much everything.
MORE HERE: http://www.retrorides.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=othrmod&action=display&thread=67389

Nicola trying it out for size the first time..... it can sleep a guy of 6 foot 8 inches

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Bed made up....and curtains in.


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And of course it has a fully functioning kitchen in the rear.... so if banished from the house.....

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Right now it is time to write up Day 13 and then out to the garage, seems like I may have a start date of Friday 17th for a contract job if my security clearance checks out.. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 12 - Breakfast, Bluff....
Post by: grizz on May 13, 2013, 11:24:00 am
Being in Durban, and having a few relatives and friends there, I had asked James if Deon and I could stay another day and night, rather than move to some other place like a guest house or one of Deon's kids homes.
He agreed that we could stay, so we could spend Day 13 seeing important people in our lives.

Day 13 started at 03.30 when I woke to go for a pee and to give the cat some attention.... I heard what sounded like a lot of water running somewhere, thinking it was a decent rainfall, escaping a gutter somewhere, I went back to my banished spot in the lounge, not switching any lights on etc, and stayed restless until about 05.30 when James got up to open the armed and alarmed kitchen door for Dozer to charge out and have his first cigarette of the day....

I told him I had heard the water cascading from early, as I  could not get back to sleep, and did not want to wake the whole house up.

He used some really nice words to express his feelings (NOT ONE SWEAR WORD CROSSED HIS LIPS, HONEST) as it was a repeat of a bust pipe a few weeks before, fortunately it was on the "away" side of his water meter, or else he would have been liable for the costs.

He was onto the emergency water services instantly, and within two or three hours the water was cut off.

Dozer and I sprang into action, shoveling sand/mud and sweeping the courtyards where all the water had come gushing through.
James wanted to help, but we tried to get him to go get ready for work.
Mondays should not start like this........

Camera perched on a windowsill and a ten second timer makes for a half decent action photo  :biggrin:

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Three courtyards needed clearing, sweeping, washing and then a final broom and hose session to clear all the fine silt like sand and mud that came down with the water flood.

We were both sweating in the sub-tropical early morning heat by the time we were done, but for the first time since jumping on the Whale in Cape Town, I felt alive..... Dozer and I are not very good at "relaxing and holidaying"
Usually our holidays are spent "Doing stuff" like painting a house, rebuilding a kitchen etc.... so this was great for both of us.

Once we had had coffee, brekkie and pushed the bikes out, we were off to Durban North to meet a few friends and family.

When we left there was an armed response vehicle with the driver relaxing under a tree, parked out front of James' place, nice to know they were in good hands.

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Firstly we rode up to Pinetown to see my dad's youngest sister, Ester, who had last year mentioned that if we came to visit her, would give me our grandpa's pipe, carving block (He used to buy his tobacco in a roll, then carve it every night after dinner under the light of the paraffin/kerosene lamp in the front room of their house, and his tobacco tin to add to Nicola's ever growing collection of rare and vintage smoking pipes.

Met by two dogs, and then three cats, we felt right at home and settled in the kitchen, which felt like home..... climbing into her home made rusks....

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As is usually the case, an animal attached itself to me.

In this case a 17 year old cat..... with massive paws.

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And this one just watched us with steely eyes.

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Then my aunt took me over to the one display case and on a small side shelf it was..... Oupa's pipe.
With tears in her eyes, and threatening me with death, should I lose the pipe and carving block and tin, she handed it to me like the treasure it is.

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All too soon, two hours had rushed by, but we had caught up on the basics of all her daughters and various other cousins we have no contact with anymore.
And it was time to be off again.


Next up was new member Maak Hom Dronk who I have known since about 1983...... bloody hell, that is 30 years of friendship that seems to be able to just continue without any effort.
Ian and I were married to two sisters in our youth, both of whom we stay in touch with and keep a good friendship going with, which is great, but then the girls, Kim and Karen were always great people, as were their mum and dad.... being from Scotland it makes a lot of sense.
Needless to say, Ian and I spent many a day and night over time under the influence of Alcopohol..... Braaing, riding bikes and generally growing up, which we are still trying to do.
Back in the day Ian user to ride an XR500 which regularly got stolen by some dickhead on Friday nights.... that is until Ian caught him one night and ensured he would never kick start his XR again  :deal: :thumleft:


We got to where Ian worked and promptly stationed ourselves in a Flame Grilled Chicken restaurant..... Perfect.

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Ordering 2 litres of Coke and a bunch of glasses we got down to some serious catching up and kuiering.

Deon and Ian together, smoke time.

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Later in the day were were joined by Goatman.... ask him why  ;)

Gerald was from Mauritius, and was in boarding school with us, finishing school the year before me in 1979 , his younger brother Dominic was in the same class group as I was, so a lot more catching up was done between us.

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As some of you know, I  love retro cars, so when this Golf Bakkie or Rabbit Pickup came onto the forceourt where we were, I had to snap it.

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Eventually we had to get going again, as we had some "touristy stuff" to do, and then had a 16.00 appointment John and Hilda Stanfliet and their young son Nicholas near Entabeni Hospital. They are very good friends from Cape Town, who I had met in the UK, and traveled to France with etc, they had relocated to Durban for John to specialize as a consultant in medicine.
Typical Capetonian Hilda of course had all sexy finger foods set out, made coffee and we spent some great time eating all the food and catching up, before making our way back home to Dirty Boys place for our last night in Durban.

Tomorrow was the long road up the N3 to Johannesburg and back to Deon's place at Dunnottar.

So an early night, bikes prepped and checked were all the order of the day.

Day 14 to follow later.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 13 - Durban Durban Durban.
Post by: Goatman on May 13, 2013, 12:54:06 pm
I've been reading silently and enjoying your trip, and now i see you got me in there.
It was a great pleasure to catch up with you again and i will continue to follow your story.
It really was an amazing trip and can't believe how much you fitted in to this short space of time. Anyway, all the best, hope to catch up sometime again in the future.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 13 - Durban Durban Durban.
Post by: Andre E on May 13, 2013, 02:52:48 pm
Leka leka!

Nou is my plek famous op die interwebz. ;D
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 13 - Durban Durban Durban.
Post by: EssBee on May 13, 2013, 08:44:59 pm
@ "raise Essbee from his slumber".....mmmmfh...IF I remember correctly I went for a surf the following morning.....babelas se moer.... :biggrin: But yes....copious amounts of red wine was consumed.

'so long as vines grow on this earth....
let no water spoil our mirth...'

 :biggrin:

NICE RR Grizz....eerste klas!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 13 - Durban Durban Durban.
Post by: grizz on May 13, 2013, 11:07:06 pm
I've been reading silently and enjoying your trip, and now i see you got me in there.
It was a great pleasure to catch up with you again and i will continue to follow your story.
It really was an amazing trip and can't believe how much you fitted in to this short space of time. Anyway, all the best, hope to catch up sometime again in the future.

Hey Buddy, thanks for the comments.

Glad you are enjoying the write up.

I think that if you exclude the days we were not actively riding, then we did cover quite a bit of ground.

Give me a shout if you come out here.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 13 - Durban Durban Durban.
Post by: grizz on May 13, 2013, 11:08:10 pm
Leka leka!

Nou is my plek famous op die interwebz. ;D

Daai koek en koffie was beslis die advertensie werd. :deal:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 13 - Durban Durban Durban.
Post by: grizz on May 13, 2013, 11:09:31 pm
@ "raise Essbee from his slumber".....mmmmfh...IF I remember correctly I went for a surf the following morning.....babelas se moer.... :biggrin: But yes....copious amounts of red wine was consumed.

'so long as vines grow on this earth....
let no water spoil our mirth...'

 :biggrin:

NICE RR Grizz....eerste klas!

Thanks mate, just trying to share as much as possible, and remember peoples names.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 13 - Durban Durban Durban.
Post by: grizz on May 14, 2013, 12:16:27 am
Having packed etc the previous night, we were able to just brush our teeth, have a coffee and hit the road.

Not at all hung over, but looking it, as I was not sleeping very well, with changing beds every couple of nights, and being who I am, I actually enjoy the cats crawling onto the foot end of my bed at night, and then tend to give them attention when I wake in the middle of the night.

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=269300;image)

I asked Dozer to push it a bit on the day, the N3 can get very long and boring, so we left James and his family early so as to gain early morning freshness on the road and beat some of the traffic near Pietermaritzburg.

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Toll roads abound, on the N3 so Deon took the lead and all the cash and paid for all the gates rather than us both struggling with change etc.

At Mooiriver plaza we came of the motorway and discovered this gem.... So much more interesting than another Engen/Mobil 1 with a Wimpy.


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I had ordered a Toasted Ham, cheese and tomato sandwich and a filter coffee, and Deon opted for a Chicken Mayo toasted sandwich and coffee.

Mine was large, but the Dozer sat with a silly grin on his face, he had gotten two grilled chicken breats on toast with some mayonnaise on top.

They say presentation is important, well it is, and so was eating it all.

Total cost was way under Wimpy prices, for a better product, and I got a free coffee refill too.

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We then set off, again I asked Deon to keep at it, and push his smoke breaks to a minimum as we wanted to get home, this was a longer than average day.

Once again, from the outset this day, the radios were a great help and pleasure to have, right down to deciding not to stop at the Engen for brekkie, but rather at the quirky restaurant.

We were doing really well when Deon started to tell me about a Farm stall he used to stop at when he drove his Caterpillar on a supersized rig down to the coast, he used to buy biltong,and dried wors there.... so of course we stopped at Zandspruit Farm stall to see what they had in stock.

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Some lovely wares, so we bought cold drinks, and I bought a load of dried yellow cling peaches.... heavenly after the absence from SA.
You guys who have never traveled outside of your own dialing code have no idea just how terribly boring an bland imported fruit in the UK is.

Everywhere we went, I could just taste the sunshine in the fruit we bought and ate.

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After the stall we hit the road again.... some bends and hills, and all too soon we got to another pass..... here Deon told me of just how close he had once come to death after another rig behind him lost its brakes and mounted an embankment, overtaking him in a fashion where the driver could stick his hand out and touch the road..... some scary shit if you ask me.

Then we hit Van Reenens Pass, another modern pass that continues to catch out the unaware.

And as luck would have it, there was a truck and trailer 100 meters down the hill, after it had left the road, lucky for us, the traffic was still being directed past by the cops.

Ready to Rock n Roll.....

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Exit of Van Reenens Pass.

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The road started to flatten out, as it does in the Free State.....

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We eventually spotted a service station and Wimpy along the road near Harrismith and decided to stop there for a coffee.

Aaaahhhh, another farmstall, so I bought a pack of biccies while Deon fetched the coffee.

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While we were on the road, I was amazed at how many more of these large for SA, rigs there were on the road.

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Self portrait of two brothers, a couple of coffee's and a packet of home made biscuits.

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At this point I texted my mate Mike Touchdown69 to see hat his plans were for the next few days, and managed to forget to zip up the pocket on my riding trousers..... I LOST MY PHONE on the motorway somewhere, and when we got to Springs 90km further, I realized it. Fortunately I was able to cancell that phone instrument and buy another SIM card..... I still had a spare HTC Wildfire phone I had bought in the UK for Deon, that I could use if it allowed me, as it had been a Vodafone contract before, but more about the phone saga on Day 15.

We stopped at a Spar, bought some brandy, and other provisions, then made for Dunnottar, where Deon lives.

Stopped in front of his garages, we were pleased to have had another safe day, even though I had stupidly gone and lost my phone.

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At this point my butt was tired from riding on a bled out shock

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And there was chafing marks on both the inner mudguard and the spring around the rear shock.....

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Parked up....

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Walking into Deon's garage was like walking into an Aladdin's Cave of supplies.

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Of course he had also gotten his friend who keeps an eye on the house to take out some decent T-Bone Steaks and cheese sausages that morning, so they were all defrosted when we got in.

We unpacked, showered, and started to relax, while getting a quick fire going to cook dinner.

Dozer is a guy who likes to engineer solutions, so his BBQ table is one of those, with a multitude of settings and add on and take off bits, it was all a real man needs to cook dinner.


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It took only one Brandy and Coke to get to this point.....

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The man also keeps a bar in a fridge.....  :peepwall:

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PIXAR brought all the light we needed on the meat..... sorry for the photo quality or lack of it.

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Soon I had all I needed.

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After eating myself to a standstill, we went to bed, tired after the days ride.

Ready to be up early next morning as Deon had been grumbling about some jobs that needed doing around the house, including fitting new garage doors.

More on Day 15 in the morning.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 14 - Durban - Dunnottar.
Post by: grizz on May 14, 2013, 10:43:37 am
We woke up early to a perfect day in the Transvaal...... rain threatening.

Not that it mattered much, as the bike was knackered, and Deon needed to do some chores with the bakkie/pickup truck.

Day 15 was not going to be a biking day, well, not in the traditional sense anyway.

First thing I did was to walk around Deon's house, checking out all his treasures and shit, while he smoked his second, third, fourth cigarette ?? He walked around the house, plant poison in one hand for weeds, and ant poison in the other.....he has an ongoing dispute with ants and weeds on his property.

Breakfast was tea and rusks..... rusks again, followed by bone dry Kudu Biltong, just the way I love it. He had bought it about 6 weeks before and stashed it under fly nets in the dining room to dry for my attention..... WHAT A BROTHER TO HAVE !!!!

QUESTION TIME

One of the first things I lai eyes on in Deon's lounge was this tool.


I had always coveted it when my dad brought it home after my grandfather had died years ago..... it had been his.

Now the question is..... WHAT IS THIS TOOL CALLED AND USED FOR ????

(I do know the answer)

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Walking around outside, the property was laid out in a very sensible, and intuitive way, at least for me. Behind the garage, he had turned the alley into a wood store, simultaneously securing that route of entry into the back yard, although he has not added six foot fences etc, the garage and house has been alarmed, secured and booby trapped after a rather big burglary while he was at work one day.
Weird how neighbours see nothing.

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Shed or Kaya was there when he bought the place on a thin concrete floor. So the option was to remove it all, at cost, replace it with a new shed, at cost or just fix it up, and add a roof over the top, also creating a rainy day Braai area for his mibile BBQ.
I think the second option was the best one. The second roof helps to keep his workshop cool in summer, a bit like a Safari Roof on a Land Rover.

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Plaashuis/Farmhouse sized he said when he bought the house after dad died..... It was the first time I have been to see his place, so I was both surprised and "shocked" at just how much house he had bought for the money he spent.

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One of the first jobs on our first day back was for Deon to go sign extended leave forms at his base,1 Construction Regiment, and to check if there were any crisis that needed his immediate attention.
While I was waiting for him, I watched about 100 soldiers in 4 small groups march and "practice" for some parade...... shocking is all I can say, no pace, pride, attitude or interest is probably about the right description...... I mentioned this to Dozer and he said..... YES, you are right, it is part an parcel of the New SA, but also remember that these guys are Carpenters, plumbers, electricians and construction machine operators.... they are not "soldiers" in the traditional sense. I had to accept that, and the fact that I live in a country where the military still is an active fighting force, makes a difference too.

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After this we were off to the Butchers and Fruit and Vegetable shops..... Dozer knows his prices incredibly well, and the meat wholesalers have him on their text lists, so every special offer gets texted through to him.
We went into the first one, Meat World and this greeted me..... The black you see on the ceiling is all Biltong and dried Wors.


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Another thing that is not known in the UK is Flat chicken, sometimes sold as Spatchcock Chicken.

A Flattie is usually Deons nod toward Vegetarianism...... They come in various flavours and you cook them in the bag over slow coals, from a height.

While there, Deon reminded me that a slow cooking braai can be good as well. I have always prefered to do a hot fire and coals, then swearing as the meat fat strikes up flames and the glow burns my hands.
The last two braai's I did for us here at home were done slower and on a higher setting..... Nicola has actually told me to thank Deon for slowing me down.

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Being as well known in his two butcher shops, Deon walks between the carcasses and chooses his meat and cuts off the hook.
I guess if you are a Sargent-Major, people do listen to you at times.

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Pink Viennas in this display are a flash-bang reminder of childhood..... all the snouts, arses and ears go in there.... and anything thats not collected and sold of the ground..... but lovely to stuff into your face.
We had three each , eating two before we even exited the car park...... There is a lot to be said for H&S, but sometimes you just need to return to the old ways of low hygiene and improved taste.

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Janpap is a new name and packaging for a very old product.
Maize porrige made incredibly dry, and crumbly, eaten with a "sauce" or relish containing amongst others onions, tomotos, garlick, and everything else you want to toss in there..... I absolutely love Krummel Pap as it is known, and even though I am able to do so many things just by trying it out..... Krummel Pap preparation is a secret known only the best alchemists, cooks and other special people. It is cooked with almost no water, and the coarser and lumpier the texture the better.

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Some GOOGLE images of what it could look like served up.

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Cooked in a cast iron pot, usually alongside another pot with the sauce.

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DESCRIPTION COPIED FROM HERE.

http://www.ejozi.co.za/south-african-cuisine/mealiepap.html


Mealiepap or just pap (pup) is a traditional staple food of South Africans. It is made out of white granular maize meal usually cooked to a crumbly dry porridge such as krummelpap, or a stiff porridge such as putu or stywepap which can be served with grilled boerewors and a tomato-based gravy or sauce. Mealiepap can also be served with milk and sugar for breakfast. A lump of butter added to the porridge will improve the taste and texture.

This dish is eaten like rice or noodles in other cultures.

Afrikaners in the northern parts of South Africa eat it as a breakfast staple, with milk and sugar (slappap), but also serve it (stywepap) with meat and tomato-stew (usually tomato and onion) at other meals. In the Cape Provinces, among the white population, it is almost exclusively seen as a breakfast food.

Since mealiemeal is inexpensive, poor people can afford to combine it with vegetables and be sure of one good meal a day. It can be served hot or, after it has cooled, it can be fried, giving it a different texture. Stywepap or putu is sometimes enjoyed with chakalaka as a side dish with braais.

A similar dish is polenta, from northern Italy. In the USA a very similar dish is known as Grits. The primary difference between the US and the South African dishes is that in the US the maize (or corn) used is a yellow kernel maize, whereas in South Africa maize is especially grown for human consumption with white kernels, allowing the whole kernel to be used for the maize meal.




Polo Cop car, not sure we see them in the UK or if they are in the USA either.

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Polo Dune, again a car I have not seen in this new model format in the UK, but I am sure they will be available on special order.

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Africa is Hot !!

Take not what time of the day it was, temperature outside in the afternoon, in the morning it was threatening rain.

It is meant to be Autumn now in South Africa.

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As a certain Mr Maverick once told me..... The adventure starts when shit starts going wrong.....

The bloody mobile saga started when I texted a mate Mike "Touchdown69" about 90km from home yesterday to let him know our movements, and did not zip up my trouser pocket when we set off again, so I suspect the phone is in a many flat pieces somewhere on the M3 Tollroad.

Today I  took a HTC Wildfire I had bought for Deon, in to a guy in Nigel to unlock it from a UK Vodafone contract.... come back in one hour with R270 he said..... an hour later he said come back tomorrow.
Then an hour later he phoned me on Deons number to say that if I wanted it unlocked tomorrow it would be R650 and if I wanted to wait till Monday it would only be R450.

So I told him screw that, I will collect the phone tomorrow and buy some cheap phone to use here in SA till I leave from Cape Town on the 29th.

Africa ehhh??

Bought about R200's worth of fruit this morning, as the fruit is always sweeter in Africa, and I cannot just eat meat.

However, we did manage to buy some 35mm T-Bone steaks, you may notice a theme coming through here.....

Paw Paws are bloody expensive in the UK, when you can get them, and also small.

Devide the price by 14 to get a UK £££ price.

I bought a box and ate myself stupid on them and the other fruit I bought, pears, apples, grapes and a load of real vegetables, as Dozer does not keep them in his house, he is a true South African, surviving on meat and having two slices of toast for breakfast to make up for the deficiency.

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Pineapples - cheap by the box.

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Pears, a whole box for the prices of what 5 would cost in the UK, and sweeter than anything you get here.

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My first day at Deon's  place was spent shopping for sandals, as I had not brought any along, and it was too hot for shoes and jeans. so I shopped Barefoot as many people who cannot afford shoes, do. Oranges were about £1.20 for a whole bag, again the price of 3 or 4 in the UK.

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In the afternoon when we dropped off the mobile phone I did find some very gay beach shoes.... left them behind when I left Deon's place for Cape Town the next week.

We also ran some other errands, visited a few of his mates to sort things out etc.

Then of course we had left over braai for dinner and a drink or many.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 15 - Dunnottar.
Post by: Maak Hom Dronk on May 14, 2013, 06:28:24 pm
Me, me, me, me... I know what that tool is for....

Is it for measuring spaghetti portions for iron age dwarfs? Yeah?... I knew I could crack it... Genius....

*note to self* After seeing myself in those pics I must get that fringe of mine seen to soon...


and btw... this RR is making me more hungry than anything else....
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 15 - Dunnottar.
Post by: Maak Hom Dronk on May 14, 2013, 06:49:11 pm
  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 15 - Dunnottar.
Post by: grizz on May 14, 2013, 11:38:40 pm
 :lol8: :lol8: :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:

Well, you had me choking on my braai earlier.

I usually sport the same model sandals in the summer.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 15 - Dunnottar.
Post by: grizz on May 14, 2013, 11:48:50 pm
Day 16 was spent mostly in Dozer's bakkie.

We went to Nigel to fetch back my phone, buy a new cheap handset and to look at a few old cars.

At one dealers place we saw these cars and trucks.

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Only needs a new windscreen, owner cannot find one anywhere in the world.

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And lastly, one of these.

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In Nigel, I also saw this, strange the new gubberment have not painted this out.... seeing as it is from the dark distant past.

Maybe the workers are just too lazy or busy.

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While we were out, Deon also ordered two new roll up garage doors, to be delivered to his house.

And fitted by the two of us.... no, never done one before, but sure we can work it out.

Bedtime now.

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 16 - Dunnottar.
Post by: Dirty Boy on May 15, 2013, 07:34:12 am
For Nigel, those must be NEW cars  ;D  I notice there is only one colour, "DULL"
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 16 - Dunnottar.
Post by: grizz on May 15, 2013, 10:17:32 am
Day 17 dawned wet and cold.

So we decided to go to Boksburg flea market, for some more touristy trinkets and shit.

In the mean time, Maverick and Super Foxi had agreed to buy a brand new rear shock for the Whale, which meant my plans to have it rebuilt for about R1400.00 went south. I agreed to contribute the money to the "pot" and then of course there was the courier saga.

Sent out on Thursday late, I was told that the shock would be delivered some time on Tuesday..... WTF ???  !!!!

I told Maverick I was leaving at first light on Tuesday, shock or no shock, for Cape Town.

So Maverick got me the tracking numbers, a phone number in Cape Town and while we were out shopping for tools for Dozers garage, I called Cape Town depot and got to speak to an incredibly helpful and apparently efficient young lady in the distribution depot.

She checked the systems and told me the shock was in Joburg at the local hub distribution centre already ..... WTF ???  !!!!

She took my details, and while I expected nothing, I did offer to drive anywhere in Gauteng Province to go collect this bloody shock that had really killed my spirit and enthusiasm at this point. She called back within 20 minutes and said they could deliver today.....  WTF ???  !!!

At 12.00 there was a call on Dozers phone from the Courier saying he was sitting outside his home, could he deliver please ..... WTF ???  !!!

I seemed to be saying WTF ??  !!! a lot at this point.

We agreed to be there by 2pm to take delivery..... as we also had Dozers garage doors arriving later.

We were home by 2pm, and took delivery of the new garage doors and started to fit them..... waiting for the courier to deliver the shock.

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We had also arranged for Woody1 and LouisXander to come over for a braai, but the weather was not helping, so we put up a temporary rain cover.

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Chicken in a bag...??

The trick for Deon is a slow gentle heat. So he started early.

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One of the things about Dunnottar is that is used to be South Africa's premier Airforce training base.

The view from Deon's on patio is quite pleasant.

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Later in the afternoon we were greeted by this view....

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A very happy and relieved Grizz taking possesion of the shock.

Next question of course was..... WILL IT FIT ????

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I had told Dozer to carry on with the meat on the braai, but he had to get inside the garage to check it out..

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Later we were joined by "Die Manne"

A great evening of eating, some gentle drinking and lots of chat ensued.

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Eventually we made it to bed.

A great evening had been had by all.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 17 - Dunnottar Braai, Shock.
Post by: grizz on May 15, 2013, 11:11:05 am
After the great Braai/BBQ the night before, we were both up by 05.00 and out in the garden and then garage.

Day 18 would consist of getting the shock fitted by 06.00 and then some more shopping, an a visit to Woody1's place of wonder.



Firstly, this is what R7000 or £500 buys you.

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Patient ready.....

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Tumor removed.


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Doctor Dozer at it with the reconstruction.

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Nurse Grizz helping with the final assembly.

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Sorted.... ready for another 200 000km of hard riding.

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Note my gay shoes I had bought at Jet Stores, to replace my usual flip flops.

While we were at it, Dozer decreed that we should disassemble the rear and look at the rear brakes, cables etc.
So we lubricated, cleaned everything etc, which resulted in a 5% improvement on the 5% braking I had in the rear before. Still, better than 0%


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After this we showered and then took the bakkie and drove over to Woody1's place where we were joined by LouisXander and spent the next four hours looking and drooling over Woody's CNC woodworking machines and some of the items he has made, including a full violin he machined.

Woody's latest baby..... I hope he will add more clear descriptions, all I can say is that I wish I could use tools like this..... oooohhhh, and he is a lucky man, how many of your wives will let you bring in huge machines like this lazer cutter inside the house  :eek7:

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Next up a trip to "Die Duiwehok" = "The Pigeon House" which used to house racing pigeons till Woody added quite a few brick courses to it and raised the roof in order to start building his hobby wood shop..... I am officially jealous of this space.

Large, efficient tools everywhere, most bought for sensible or silly low prices.

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And on the other side, a machine he built himself, cutting a quick pic he programmed earlier.....

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There are loads of things made here, everyone more interesting, complext than the last.....

Pepper mills with ceramic grinders?

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Back to the CNC macining that was on the go earlier......

RESULT

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Then we were joined by his wife, youngest and mum  in law, who looks younger than him  :peepwall:

At this point, after coffees and biscuits, Louis had to go, and lucky for us, being rainy and cold....... Pancake time in the Woody Home, so Mrs Woody1 made a pile of pancakes and felt sorry enough for Dozer who was standing there dribbling and whimpering like a beat dog...... she offered us a share in the family treat. Thank you !!!

Caught in the act by my own camera.... thanks Woody !!

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The problem with guys like Kobus is that they have lived the most interesting and varied lives, and every story leads to another, so we ended up in Antartica and the Netherlands and a few places inbetween where Woody1 had worked in the past. And then he is a nice guy to boot.

We eventually left Woody1's place.

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=106063.0;attach=270500;image)

After we left there is was off to some shops to find bits n pieces, then home via "Devil's Inn Pizza" where we had R7.50 ice cream cones and ordered some serious pizza's, then home to relax.

Hope the weather clears up so that we can take the bikes out again tomorrow and ride to the farm and see aunt, cousins and maybe pop in to Touchdown69 Mike who spent the day in hospital having his kidney stones mined.

Some of the newer names on the roads we drove on were shall we say Interesting, I missed some better ones when we were on the bikes too,

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That pretty much concluded Day 18 of my trip. Only a few hundred meters done to feel the new shock, which felt like heaven.

Day 19 to follow when I get back in a moment.

This report seems to have more days than I remember.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 18 - Dunnottar - Woody1 next
Post by: grizz on May 15, 2013, 11:47:44 am
Day 19 we started at ease, leaving home after 06.00 on the bikes.....

Dozer remote activating his alarms and booby traps....

Do note the new garage doors we fitted two days previously, I was very impressed that we got both doors fitted along with new rails etc in a short afternoon.
This is the sort of stuff Deon and I love to do..... taking on jobs we have never done and making it up as we go along.
Woody1 had made six 40x50x100mm spacers for the arms of the mechanised door openers as well, thanks Kobus !!

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A quick photo opportunity  at the plane you can see from Dozers patio.

I am amazed it has not been stolen and weighed in for scrap value, or due to the represntation of the "Apparthate Regime" Any bloody excuse will do these days.

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One of the clever tricks or schemes the new local and provincial authorities use to squeeze more taxes and money out of anyone that needs to move from one place to another (that means everybody) is to add Toll Roads and gates everywhere...... here is another.

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We rode some distance, filled the bikes along the way and had a few smoke breaks, saw idiots driving and doing stupid stuff...... eventually we left the toll roads for a bit.

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Yesterday we had planned to go to the family farm to wrap up the "family side" of this ride, but somehow could not get hold of the relevant people, so we just did an impulsive ride out to Hartebeespoort dam to test the new rear shock...... NIIIIIICE !!
Massive difference.

Some nice views....

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We hit the light at the tunnel on a red as the tunnel and bridge road is single file, so alternates between the coming and going, So we stopped and took a few pics.

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Deon had a Wimpy breakfast and both of us tea, as the coffee machines were down (No electricity WTF?? )
And we watched some "Baaaikers" being total Dwisses reving up noisy bikes in their colours. Listening to the customers in the Wimpy comment I wished the riders could hear it and respond in a way other than potentially threatening or assaulting them.
I wish people in general would be more tollerant and more considerate of each other (I include guys like the Groot Dwiss who came around the corner of the 4 way stop in a beige Land Cruiser, partly out of control, arse swinging wildly side to side, endangering many people waiting to cross the intersection)

After this we rode to Tant Malie se Winkel (well overpriced for tourists) where I bought 4 little blocks of real fudge and an Old South African flag Teaspoon for my English home for R49.50  :o

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Then some back roads, and the inevitable bloody Toll roads, we ran into "Buffel" a WD member on his new 1200 Tenere, no number plate, waiting to shoot through the toll gates without paying..... I SAY: GO BOY !!!

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On the way back we visited Mike, who bought Thunder Child from me 11 years ago, and then restored her again to standard, after he had encouraged me to chop her in the first place.
It was great seeing him arrive home from hospital after us as he had spent the night in there having his kidney stones mined in the operating theatre. Mike and his family have been an extension of my own family for years, and it is always interesting that time does not alter certain friendships.  He also gave me a New York Mafia number plate and the plate of his Aprillia 1000 that he sold on last week.

On one of his smoke breaks Deon saw one of these sitting on Mike's garage wall..... KWE VOEL !!! 
Growing up, we hated them on the farm, when you went into the veld to hunt, they were like sentries, always making their characteristic noise to warn everything in a couple of kilometers radius that there was danger

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From there we rode back to Woody1's place as he had called to inform me that we had forgotten something the other day.....

A placemat for Dozer's Brandy & Pepsi Max mug, which has now had 4 coats of clear varnish.

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And again, a surprise for me.....

A set of 6 placemats that I will finish in the UK.

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Tonight is a last braai with Deon, Thick T-Bone steaks and Cheese Grillers washed down with a few B&C's
Then off to Cape Town in episodes tomorrow morning, hopefully stopping over at Nimmo's Guest House in Colesberg if my Poephol makes it.

Day 20 would be a long one as I was hitting the road back to Cape Town, hoping to split the trip into three as the Whale started to hurt you after 500km. And I do not stop for anything but Petrol, Pissing and Police.

Hope you guys are keeping up here......
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 19 - Hartebeespoort Dam run.
Post by: Goatman on May 15, 2013, 12:02:20 pm
Abso frickin lootly
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 18 - Dunnottar - Woody1 next
Post by: grizz on May 15, 2013, 12:02:20 pm
After we got home from the Hartebeespoort dam ride out, it was time to do a bit of housekeeping.

I went off to fill the bike up to its filler cap, check the oil etc.

Then back to Deon's place to wash the bike with paraffin/kerosene to remove the oil slick that covered large parts of it.

Also a soapy wash to get it looking good for the trip back to Cape Town that I was starting the next day.

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While I was being industrious, Dozer managed to get a load of coats of clear lacquer onto his Tweety placemat that Kobus had cut him.

This will be joining all the other "kaggel kakkies" he has already got, according to him its too good to just use.

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The Dozer-Kaya where it all happens.

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We had another Braai that evening, and I kept the alcohol to a single drink, followed by a mug of tea as tomorrow I needed to be focussed.

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 19 - Hartebeespoort Dam run.
Post by: grizz on May 15, 2013, 01:52:38 pm
04.35 AWAKE !! ......... WTF ??? !!!!

I woke up, could not get back to sleep, edited my camera a bit to reduce the 2000 pics I had on there, then made a cuppa tea, ate the last of the rusks and left a " Sorry I ate the last ones and Thank You for an awesome ride " note in the empty biscuit tin......

Next up a quiet shower, packed the bike and at 05.15 I shook Dozer awake with a coffee, so that he could at least close the door behind me.

The previous day we had also connected a power outlet to the battery for the SatNag to run off on my trip to cape Town.

The first 200km was completely unknown to me, so she would be helpful if she did not have a meltdown.

It was still dark when I pushed the bike out, and the first 100km would be done with caution, as most of the labour force, taxis etc are on the road that time of day, and going on what i had seen the past 3 weeks, it was time to be wide awake and ride defensively.

My hands were soon numb from the cold and also the mist that seemed to be hanging over the road for most of the way, another hazzard.

Getting past Heidelberg, and through some of the more densely populated local areas had me worried and free rage animals was the other worry.

Somewhere past Heidelberg I rode alongside a rather large abatoir yard, with a few kilometers of paddocks filled with cattle waiting to become biltong, steaks and burgers.

I got stuck behind a loaded cattle truck at this point, and kept quite close to it, so that I could overtake in the cold, dull, misty early morning light the moment an opportunity presented itself..... the road carried on like this for a while, then we went into a gentle left handed bend that tightened up a bit...... suddenly, all the cow piss and shit that had congregated on the two floors of the truck got shifted to one side and started to overflow the edges..... TOO LATE !!!!!
I was showered by a pungent mix and thanked my lucky stars that my visor was completely closed and I was trussed up like a turkey against the morning chill. My visor was so covered I had to use a finger to clear a strip to see through.
Shortly after this I did manage to overtake and get back to business with the suns rays starting to break over the edge of the eastern horizon, again a picture I would have loved to have taken, but the cold drove me, not sure my fingers would have been a safe place for the camera anyway.

I got to one of the bigger intersections and saw a bakkie parked on the opposite side, smoke lazily curling from a Webber that was already loaded.

I stopped for a few minutes, just to relax my hands a bit, and without even taking my helmet off, spoke to Gert, he was another casualty of the "New South Africa" having been made redundant as an Instrument technician where he had worked for almost 20 years, he now made a living cooking burgers, chops and sausages alongside the road, in the middle of nowhere, and selling cold drinks..... he said he was surviving, and that this life beat begging on street corners for him.

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As soon as my hands warmed up again, I was off.

Eventually seeing the gods of the region..... grain silos.
Grain is big business here.

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Followed shortly by my directions getting clearer.

The N1 route connects Johannesburg and Cape Town. Note again, the Tollroad signs.

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I eventually made it onto the N1 to start my run for cape Town.

I had already seen a few of these signs, starting at over 1200km to Cape Town and just giggled, knowing how blooody far it still was.

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I carried on, filling and riding.

I also had made a Thermos full of coffee so had a good break at my first filling station.

From there it was Bloemfontein that was my next objective.....

400km from Deon's place, it was also where I used to work once a month when I lived in SA, flying from PE on a Monday and back on the Friday, Kimberley was part of that weeks work. I had the most amazing customers and relationships in this area, and would have loved to pop in to say hallo to people  I had not seen for over 10 years, but time moves on and I decided against it.

At some point I saw this signs and thought of my good friend in California, an Ex-US Marine, who came from a family of Marines, father, sons all were active members of the US Marines.

Gus' surname is Marquardt and knowing what a hard arsed guy he is, who takes no shit from anyone, I had to take the pic for him.

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The deeper I got into the Orange Free State, the more interesting the roads got......

Loads of this behind me, right as far as the horizon goes and the same ahead.

These roads are the ones to be careful of, speed traps and falling asleep are both a threat.

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I eventually made it to Colesberg early, by 13.00 where I had planned to stay over at Niimmo's guest house, but two things stopped me, no LRP Petrol, Not being able to find his place in town when asking locals, and the fact the bike was running beautifully and feeling very comfortable on the new shock.... really the first time on this trip I felt 100% ready for another few hours.

I did see this shop for Nicola.......  :peepwall:

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So I set off again, and found LRP in Hanover, but no accommodation, so I headed out for Richmond in the hope that there would be a spot to stay.

The whole route so far had been inundated with roadworks and there were loads of crews working on the roadside with heavy duty digging and trenching machines, many rolls of colourful cables along the road as well....... This I found out very soon was all for the new Fiber Optic cables that were being laid between Jo-Burg and Cape Town, as well as large sections of the N1 being rebuilt, widened etc to accommodate all the heavy duty trucking that was on the road.

I eventually made it to Richmond and found the local Information centre..... having seen quite a few the last couple of weeks, that were empty "out to lunch" and "back in 10 minutes" I held little hope......

GREAT WAS MY SURPRISE THEN...... To be helped by a young man who seemed to know a whole lot.

I told him I was on a bike (Kinda obvious if you looked at my kit) and needed a place to sleep for the night where I did not need to unpack my bike.
He immediately said that "Be Blessed" next to the river would be the right place to go to.

Ohhh, and they run the local Spar supermarket just down the road. He made a phone call, and said that I could leave my bike and kit unattended outside his office, it would be fine..... and go see Mr Saag next door.

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I went around and spoke to Saag's wife Sumi who it turned out was as nice as he is.

She could offer me a plate of food, early departure and the company of a group of contractors they had over for the week..... Sounded perfect to me, so I went down to their place..... guess what.....??
Another stream to cross.

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I was greeted by Jonty, one of their three dogs and Sumi shoved two ice cold Windhoek Lagers into my hand before I had even unpacked the bags, saying "I am sure you need one of these"  Just how cool is that??

I had mentioned that I needed "secure" parking for the bike.

When I got to my self contained double room, Sumi said "park your bike inside if you want, but nothing will happen here"

I declined, but it was a nice gesture.

Parked up for the night.

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My room for the night, with kitchen, bathroom etc. There was a liter of milk, bottle of Nescafe Classic and sugar and teabags for guests. Perfect, as I wanted to fill up my thermos flask again the next day.

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I agree, but then I have a wife who wears some pretty nice things.

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With the river alongside the boundary, olive trees and figs amongst others seemed very happy.

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Later the afternoon, the contractors all came back from their various sites alongside the N1.

I had to laugh a whole lot when I saw two of them wheeling a Honda 450 and KTM 200 out of their bedrooms... she was serious.

Saag, along with some of the guys went off on their bikes into the nearby hlls for some mad riding, we could hear the bikes being ridden in anger...... Saag came back on his F650GS a while later, just saying.... "Hulle is fokken mal" "They are fucking mad"
Seems these guys ride at 10/10 when offroad.

After the sun set, the fire had been started, and Saag sat next to it with his inherrited Puffer, helping to blow the fire into action.

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Jonty, the dog had also immediately made an attachment to me, so I would find him on my bed, waiting for attention. Nice.

I had gone to my room to eat my dinner, supplied by my hostess.... two Garlic Chicken Kiev's and a load of vegetables etc.... absolutely PERFECT !!

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I may have previously mentioned Chickens in bags......

More on this night.

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My legs in my riding boots after showering as I had left the gay shoes with Deon to give to some unsuspecting fool, and Jonty who had figured out that setting his little arse on your shoe or foot meant that he did not sit on the cold floor.

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A pic of the group at the self catering rooms at Be Blessed on the night, with owners inbetween. Amazing hosts, a lot like many I met on this trip.

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The Braai area is a great idea, with what looks like a round brick built dam, with a concrete slab on top, on which the fire is made, so you can sit next to the fire on logs, or stand next to it while cooking your meat or whatever.

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In the room there was also  some menu's for local restaurants that cater for guests.

I thought the prices looked decent, and the food was sure to be a winner. For English pricing, divide by 15 to get an idea, and keep in mind, typical South African restaurant portions are at least 20% bigger than the average UK servings..... thats just the way it is.


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I eventually went to bed, watched a bit of TV to unwind my mind further and went to sleep after having done 788km for the day, I was content, as it was more than half the trip, and tomorrow the weather promised to be good as well.

For anyone who is interested.

There are 5 flats that sleep a total of 24 people.

Pricing and extras are Extremely Reasonable.

Catering, like a Braai etc is done on request, and Saag and Sumi will happily join you, along with Jonty.

www.wheretostay.co.za/beblessed  Contact: Saag 0829449240 or 0536930147

Contact them directly to discuss or book.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

The time now is 12.50

Maybe time to get into the garage for a while.

I start a new job on Friday, so need to maximise the time left.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 20 - Richmond NC - 788km
Post by: grizz on May 15, 2013, 03:28:22 pm
Just got some photos on a memory stick from Dozer in SA.

Rather than weave them in with the ride report, I thought I would just do them as an entry on their own.

Dozer arriving at his best mate Fred's place in Kroonstad.

He had decided to do this ride in a much more relaxed way from Jo-burg to Cape Town, so 200km days were fine to him. I do envy him the peaceful way he approaches certain tasks.

I think he was home before them.

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Next day on the road, of course.... Brekkie, how could you forget the best part of his day.

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Somewhere between Nowhere and Nothing.

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Dozer took 3 days to get to Cape Town, and like me chose to use the old Du Toits Kloof Pass.

On top of the old pass overlooking Paarl and surrounding areas.

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The next couple of days went by in a flash.... then we were off on the actual ride.

Meeting Goose at Sir Lowries Pass Village service station.

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Gordons Bay views.....

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Hermanus, and the canon all facing inland. Guess they are only ornamental these days.

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Then on to the Seven Passes day.... Sunday.
Nothing beats the taste of black river water in a forest.

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One of many stops with Kosie, our guide on the first half of the day.

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Coming into Knysna where we were having breakfast, I love the lagoon to the right. Seen the road change over many years.

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After Breakfast at the Wimpy, it was off with Jupiter and RCerrie into more forestry roads and passes.

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Into the mountains, higher and higher to get to the viewpoint

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Jupiter in the lead

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Grizzly and Dusty

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The roads just seem to go on and on for ever.

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Zooooooom me up Scotty.

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Eventually, Top of the world

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Then back again to the main roads.....into another valley

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Self portrait of Dozer.

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After cake and coffee in the valley, it was on to Uniondale etc, and into the Baviaans where we stayed at Uitspan farm.

Nico likes the old stuff as much as we do.

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Jupiters rest, a different perspective.

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Deon's and my place.

He slept upstairs, to avoid my snoring.

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After the traumatic end to our Baviaans adventure, getting my feet properly wet helping Jupiter push his fallen angel through the stream.

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Then a couple of days later, after the stay over at Jupiters place, we were on our way to Elliott via Queenstown.

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Last stop before Mountain Shadows to take a few nice sunset over the mountains type pics.

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And just like that we were off into the sunset.

Day two of the Cape Town trip coming up later if anyone is still interested.

 :peepwall:

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 20 - Richmond NC - 788km
Post by: Maak Hom Dronk on May 15, 2013, 05:41:21 pm
Outstanding trip.... Outstanding pictures...  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 20 - Richmond NC - 788km
Post by: EssBee on May 15, 2013, 08:19:28 pm
+1000 x 10²

Sigh.....one day...

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 20 - Richmond NC - 788km
Post by: spoedvark on May 15, 2013, 10:06:44 pm
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 20 - Richmond NC - 788km
Post by: bungycool on May 15, 2013, 11:13:49 pm
Ag Grizz. You write so well tempt me with a thousand lovely flavours sights and sounds to head back home again. Thanks for having us along for the ride!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 20 - Richmond NC - 788km
Post by: grizz on May 15, 2013, 11:20:40 pm
Outstanding trip.... Outstanding pictures...  :thumleft:



Thanks Ian, It was certainly the trip of a lifetime, and doing it all with Deon was just a great way to build on a friendship we have as brothers.

All the stuff we did, saw and experienced, has left us so much richer for it.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 20 - Richmond NC - 788km
Post by: grizz on May 15, 2013, 11:23:10 pm
+1000 x 10²

Sigh.....one day...



Easy EssBee........

Dream it, Discuss it, Do it.

We could have done a 4 day weekend and still managed to pull and suck out all the life it had out of th experience.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 20 - Richmond NC - 788km
Post by: grizz on May 15, 2013, 11:24:36 pm
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!!!

Once again, Thank you very much, I write for guys like you.

Sharing this ride makes it that much more enjoyable for me.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 20 - Richmond NC - 788km
Post by: grizz on May 15, 2013, 11:27:24 pm
Ag Grizz. You write so well tempt me with a thousand lovely flavours sights and sounds to head back home again. Thanks for having us along for the ride!!

Well, Mr KTM, are you not the guy who spent the afternoon scratching about the Scottish back roads this afternoon, enjoying yourself ??

You have done it yourself, so you know how good it is.

I just tend to do a bit of wordsmithing and post some pics (OK, a lot of pics)

Thanks for your kind comments.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 20 - Richmond NC - 788km
Post by: grizz on May 16, 2013, 01:00:02 am
I woke "late" on day 21, having slept till 05.40.

So I really made an effort to rise and shine slowly.
 
Having a shower, coffee and three Bakers Lemon Creams (There is only one Bakers )

Then I packed the few bits into the side panniers, which had given amazing service thus far.

I had also made a very hot flask of good coffee, boiling the milk and priming the flask twice with boiling water, this way I would have hot coffee when I made my first coffee break in two hours, and the last cup would still be quite hot when I got to it.

I left the house, pushing the bike out by about 06.15 and started it in the street. Then proceeded to go to the local petrol station to fill up with LRP.
I rode onto the N1 at 06.30 just as it started to get light.

Yesterday the bike was a pleasure, and soon we settled into a nice brisk pace of around 120km/h which we maintained till we hit the first roadworks, with a sign stating 10 minute wait between streams.... BUGGERRR !!!

About 2 minutes Later I was waved through and in my rear view mirror I saw them move the barrier for the Minibus taxi that had been at the head of the stopped traffic.

I carried on and as I rode further away from Richmond, the world flattened out and the road became more and more pleasant.

I was also wearing my specialized earplugs that Harry Pienaar "Cracklin" (another friendship going back almost 30 years) had given me to try out, they reduce the harmful road noise but even with our radio comms, I could head Dozer clearly when we were riding together.
These plugs also allow you to reach your destination much less fatigued. And for me this was my third big "New Thing" since starting the ride. The radio comms, though used in France on this trip - http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=106585.0  and then the use of a kidney belt on a longer and rougher trip, followed by the use of these ear plugs, all contributed to a much improved riding experience.
Thanks Harry, they work for sure.

Just as the sun was about to break the horizon, I reached the North Cape and Western cape border, and stopped to take a couple of photos and to just enjoy the silence.

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And looking back at where I had just come from....

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The morning air was what could be described as Crisp or even bracing...... I could happily just have sat down next to the road for an hour, watching the sun come up, and feeling its first rays on my shoulders, warming me through the layers of synthetic fibers on my back.

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Then I dragged myself out of my short reverie and climbed back onto the Whale, who was performing more like a dolphin or a killer whale today.

Many more roadworks followed and at most I sneaked to the front, by overtaking on the left or right of the line of stationary vehicles.
I waited mostly for less than 4 minutes, and then sped off to only be caught by the next section, that said, I think I had been able to break the rhythm and thus ended up not waiting as long as some.

If you look at this photo, you will see to the right behind me, another bike approaching...... A rider on a HP2 who was putting some serious distance under his arse.

We greeted, and at the next stop, I shared my Bakers Lemon Creams  some dried fruit with him. being unemployed and between jobs, he kept himself busy with voluntary work and also, like me was making good use of the time to do some really cool long distance rides.

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Towns like Three Sisters,Beaufort West, Laingsburg all came and went, and we were making very good time, all I had in my vision was N1 Cape Town.

Filling up here showed me I was on the right route.

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Remember mentioning the sun on my back ?

At this point I started to feel just a gentle warmth through my riding jacket which I had kept the lining in when I had left early morning.  I just had to smile and chuckle inside my helmet. This would be repeated several times on the road back to Cape Town.

This country has a beauty that amazes, hypnotizes and never really leaves you.

I just wish more people could realize and experience it.

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Some action and bored while riding shots.


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At Laingsburg I saw this lot in the carpark.... overloaded?? Naaahhhhh...

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Hex River Pass had these signs.... loved by most bikes.

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Beauty everywhere you look.
Over my shoulder, vineyards, all in autumn colours and with varying degrees of leaf loss.
Again, this just made my heart shout and my head very happy, I found myself saying things like "Fuckit but this is beautiful, I wish Nicola was here" she has an incredible eye for detail with a camera.

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Then you come out of the Hex River Pass, and come around a long bend to be confronted with this..... where the farm workers live.

What a contrast.

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After Worcester I came to to the start of the Du Toits Kloof road, which ultimately culminates in a nice long oldskool mountain pass.

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Surrounded by tall mountains, and colours as bright as what comes out of my wife's washing basket, I was really happy.
There was a time when I lived in Cape Town that I drove this road almost every week.

Then I came to the point where you have to choose, Pass or Tunnel ??

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Easy choice. really

The road to the right leading to the old road, and to the left you had the entrance to the tunnel.

Details:

The Huguenot Tunnel is a toll tunnel near Cape Town, South Africa. It extends the N1 national road through the Du Toitskloof mountains that separate Paarl from Worcester, providing a route that is safer, faster (between 15 and 26 minutes) and shorter (by 11 km) than the old Du Toitskloof Pass travelling over the mountain.
Geological surveys and design started in 1973, and excavation followed in 1984, tunneling from both ends using drilling and blasting. The two drilling heads met with an error of only 3 mm over its entire 3.9 km length. The tunnel was finally opened on 18 March 1988.
Currently the tunnel carries one lane of traffic in each direction. Plans are underway to open a second unfinished tunnel, the "northern bore", to carry eastbound traffic. This will allow for two lanes of traffic in each direction, with each tunnel carrying traffic in one direction only.[1][2]
In 2002, traffic peaks occurred during Easter (a record on 26 April 18 200 vehicles) and the December school holidays (12 000 vehicles per day).
The tunnel is maintained by Tolcon, a subsidiary of the Murray & Roberts construction company.[3]


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Following the old road, there was a tunnel as well, but no toll.

Many heavy hauliers still use the old road, as the cost of repeated tolls every day is prohibitive.

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After a leisurely ride, with a couple of stops, I got to the viewpoint, and found some Swiss tourists who were prepared to take a photo for me before they drove off.

I also had the last of my coffee and biscuits here, as Paarl which was my destination, was literally 20 minutes away.

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I then descended down the other side of the pass.

Enjoying the absolute majesty of the mountains.

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It was just on 13.00 when I rolled back into the yard at Mabille engineering.

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Eugene was both surprised and pleased,a as he had expected me back the next day only.
My original plan had been to do the trip over three days.

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Happy to be back in one piece, I had done just over 6000km so far, and the trip was not over yet.....

I unpacked, relaxed, chatted and sorted my washing,

Later Eugene took me to the Woolworths/Marks & Spencer fudge factory shop where I bought 3kg of Fudge, Nougat and Turkish Delight. Some of it was to be consumed before I left SA, the rest was all that Nicola had asked for.

We also went to Metro Wholesale  for me to buy deodorant, toothpaste in bulk..... Trust me, if I had to explain, you still would not understand.

I also arranged to see Goose the next day, to return the electrical cables and connectors he had fitted to Deon's bike for the SatNav , and to pop in at Mavericks mate Piet in Rondebosch to collect a second set of saddle bags and some more electrical kit that needed to go back to Johannesburg to Deon after I left for the UK.

That night I went to bed with a stupid grin on my face, knowing what we had done was great, and that our parents both, wherever they were would be looking down and saying something like "You bloody mad bastards"

My trip was not yet over, there was still the days in and around the Cape on the bike, and then Friday night and Saturday, Sunday on Eugene's farm, near the village of Napier.

More about that tomorrow.

Bed beckons now.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 21 - Cape Town - 650km
Post by: grizz on May 16, 2013, 08:08:55 am
Amazing, three weeks at this ride now.

I was on Day 22 and that was spent going to various shops around Paarl to buy some clothes, gifts and a few other bits. Followed by a trip to Rondebosh and then finally to Goose on the base of Cape Town.

Getting to Goose's place is easy, both geographically as well as easy on the eye.
Who would not be happy with this backdrop. That's his gate to my right.

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I spent some quality time with Goose planning world domination and their return to the UK at the end of May, then went down to the Waterfront, and specifically to "The Red Shed" as I still needed to get an Elephant hair bracelet for Nicola, she had a very short shopping list, and I wanted to fulfill it for her.
Red Shed is aimed squarely at Rich Oriental and European tourists with its pricing, but at that point, at 16.00 with afternoon traffic building, it was convenient.
So I did a quick walk through, nearly bought a Senegalese brass cross for our collection, but when a shopkeeper takes an item out of my hands to tell me its virtues (I do not care that that is the way they do business) I just turned around and walked away.
At another stall ( where apparently I was the first customer, that was after 16.00) l I did find what I wanted (At a price that could make the eyes water) bought two of them and left the Red Shed.

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After this I was straight back onto the Whale and into the 5 o'clock homeward traffic, with everyone spilling out of Cape Town onto the N1 in my case.
It makes for interesting, defensive riding, with every man/woman for themselves and all trying to catch up with all the phone calls and texts they missed through the day.
Again, I was pissed off at Policemen in marked cars driving and texting etc......

I made it to Eugene's place in one piece and settled for the evening.

Notice the standard working outfits of him and his son Marcel.

His disregard over the years for H&S has always pleased me, because in spite of shit happening, he has always allowed common sense to prevail in his domain.

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Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 21/22 - Cape Town - 650km
Post by: grizz on May 16, 2013, 11:01:13 am
Day 22 was a slow one.

I needed to dismantle The Whale again, to get the borrowed Suzuki Coil out from under the tank and recoonect the original dead BMW coil.

How typical though.... when I refitted and tested the BMW coil, it worked, very well.

I had breakfast, ate Eugene's rusks and stood in the garden eating fresh, ripe fruit from his trees.......Now that is as good as it sounds.

After Breakfast I unpacked, repacked my pile of stuff into a sensibly split by weight and value setup. I also weighed it all and found I was exactly on my weight limit. This allowed me to settle mentally as I was off to the farm near Napier with Eugene and his wife Annemarie after work, which means 19.00-ish after traffic settles and it is dark (Not a good combination when you drive with Eugene, I have known him for a long time and he drives like a demon)

Once packed up, I was ready for my last trip to the local shopping centre as I had a couple of things still to get.

I was also meeting Neels, Mavericks father in law there, as he is the manager of the Pick n Pay and would be taking back ownership of the bike.
Delivering it to him and being driven back the 3km to where I was staying was massively helpful.
We ended up chatting for quite a while and I fed back all the behaviours of the Whale that I had experienced so that he know what to expect.

Back at Mabille Engineering I kept myself busy until we were ready to leave for the farm.

I do not scare easily, but the drive to the farm had me at a point between scared shitless and angry enough to get out of the car and beat the crap out of Eugene. He is a guy who will always do more of what he is told to stop doing, and in retrospect, I should have stopped him and hitch hiked back home. Between him texting, calling and answering two different phones while driving through Franschoek and other passes and stupid speeds, I am very pleased to be able to be writing this Ride Report.
Porblem is, guys like him, as much a I like him, never see themselves as to blame.
On the way he delivered 150kg of frozen chicken, bacon and other items he sells as a side line, so the Mk3 Jetta at least handled better the last 30 minutes of the trip, than the first part with its boot stuffed full of boxes of chicken.

We got to the farm after 21.00 and had a drink (to calm my anger) and then went to bed.


Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 21/22 - Cape Town - 650km
Post by: grizz on May 16, 2013, 11:03:10 am
DAY 23 - On the farm.

Up early on Saturday morning, I was able to walk out and just enjoy the solitude and quiet.

Listening to the farmer and his workers in their bakkie checking the bleating sheep on the next farms hills about 2km away was really good.

Eugene has buiilt pretty much everything you see singlehandedly in the last 5 years, as a weekend project when not in the engineering shop.
He has removed acres of invasive bush, built dams, sheds and roads.

This is the new farm house he built after vandals burned down the original house that was situated in a valley near one of the other sheds, known as the wood shed.

The designs is very specific, to be Baboon and wind proof. The wind is a real problem so high up on the farm, we are not talking breezes, but rip your head off winds.

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Koi ponds

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One of the VW bakkies he keeps to manage the farm.

I was amazed at just how tough they are, looking at the use and abuse he throws at them.

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A 10 horsepower SINGLE PHASE saw he built to cut trees up for fire wood.

The invasive species he has systematically been removing brings in another welcome income to make the farm more self sufficient.

He also welcomes offroad riders and quad riders to the farm, and you can pitch your tents inside the woodshed.

There are basic amenities, like a workshop shower and toilet....... gotta beat taking a dump behind a tree.

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Need some fire wood ??

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No, not having a pee, but this is the workshop shower and toilet you could use after a day playing in the bush.

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At the one dam he built up in the mountain, he has some "tame" ducks that he put there.
This is a grain "auto-feeder" that he made, being serviced.
Everything has to be baboon proof as they are absolutely destructive, and the porcupines love the free grain as well, so often come down to feed on the free food.

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Protea and fynbos as far as the eye can see.

During the flowering season he contracts out the harvesting to flower sellers who come pick the flowers and take them to the city to sell.

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Heather is doing well this year as well.

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Looking down to the house and yard shed.

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The 5 foot stone wall built with locally quarried stone with electrification is there for "security" from the raiding baboon troups.
They will rip every gutter and door handle off a house if not kept out. Which Eugene found out once when he forgot to activate the electric fence after a weekend there.

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Eugene has always been a very keen gardener and keeps a vegetabe and table fruit garden next to the house, behind the shed.

Look to the left of him, close to the wall, there is a low bush ..... the nest of a Cape Sugarbird pair that were working very hard, they are tiny little birds but work incredibly hard and and incessantly.


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(http://birdcinema.com/pictures/271_1.jpg)

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Water is precious here as well, so in addition to bore hole and windpump water, tanks are vital.

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Casualty of who knows what??

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The green hill in mid-distance of the next farm is where the sheep were being inspected and I could hear the workers talk, the air is so clear here, no noise polution and no city smog.

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Baboon shit on top of the Braai/BBQ chimney stack.

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Some really nice colours in the veld to surprise you when walking about.

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Eugene is also a keen bee keeper, so has quite a few hives dotted all over the farm.

He mentioned that this was his most aggressive swarm he kept, and typically it is one that resided inside the homestead walls, close to the Koi Pond.

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Because of the baboon and porcupine problem with eating all the duck food, we needed to figure out a plan to make the food specifically accessible for the ducks only.

So a floating feeder with a hanging rock for ballast was designed by me....  strung between two strings in the middle of the dam.

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Later we brought the ducks down to the farmyard as Eugene wants them to live between the dam and the yard.

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This was my view driving about fetching and taking stuff around the farm, a view I could get used to ......

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One large tunnel going into the dam wall, we cleared it a bit to see if there were any tracks in and out of it, to establish if maybe the porcupines had moved in there...... gotta try it all.

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Late Saturday afternoon we had to go to one of the other small dams to harvest "Water blommetjies" for an order that needed filling

The order was for 8kg, but in typical style, we ended up with 19kg.
Now like eating roast sheeps head, waterblommetjie stew is not my thing. There are certain "cultural" delicacies that I just do not get.

Still, I agreed to help with the harvesting and processing.

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It is a labour intensive harvest, and bloody cold if you are the guy in the water for two or three hours.

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As the flowers and stems come out the water.

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We filled 4 crates in the end.

The stems go back to be added to the garden and also for the ducks as they like greenery.

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After this, Eugene in his typical style had to go show me the rest of the farm, going high up and over the hills to more viewpoints.

We were supposed to be returning to Paarl as his wife had arranged to see family on on Sunday, but the man just stays on his own mission.

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King Protea

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(http://www.proteasdelmar.cl/King%20Protea%20Pag.jpg)

Picture below lifted from Google to illustrate size

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One of the viewpoints.

I am not sure if the guy actually own real shoes.

His wife made him buy a pair of Crocs for when they go shopping together, as he never wears shoes.

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Of course with all his time wasting, we had to sleep over on Saturday night, and had a really good Braai..... what else would you expect to do ?

We had more than enough brandy to drink and eventually went to bed near midnight. (still pissed at him for not listening to others or considering others)

Still, the visit was great and the farm has a magical way of calming pretty much anyone.



Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 21/22 - Cape Town - 650km
Post by: grizz on May 16, 2013, 11:04:24 am



DAY 24 - SUNDAY MORNING BROKE BEAUTIFULLY ON THE FARM.

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Eugene's aunt had turned 100 the day before, so we were out into the veld to get some Proteas for her.

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After a rather large breakfast, which included mushrooms freshly picked from the pine forest below the top dam, we packed up and left the farm.
It seemed the farm had drained some of Eugene's mad energy, as we drove back to Paarl via The Strand and his aunts residential home at speeds not exceeding 120km/h so my mood was a bit better.

In the Strand we stopped at an open air "market" with many Nigerian, Zimbabwean and other foreign nationals all competing to sell handbags, flags and baseball caps.
Toward one end was some food stalls and here we bought some really goo, freshly made samoosa's and also coconut koeksusters...... just perfect.

Fishmongers all with the fresh mornings catch, straight off the boats waiting to clean your choice of fish.

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Ice cream vendor did not seem to be doing too good.

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We eventually got back to Mabille Engineering (remember his house is built on top of the workshops) at 13.00 which gave me time to shower, shave and get ready for my cousin Marius who was picking me up at 15.00 to spend some time with him before taking me to the airport.

We said our goodbyes and went off to Plattekloof to Greens restaurant for something to eat (Pizza and coffee's) Thanks Marius.

Later we were joined by Wilddogs member H20 who amongst other things is a keen diver.

He had contacted me in the first week when we were in Elliott to ask when he could meet me.


Tinus is another of life's gems  (for the English, an abbreviation for Marthinus) who had contacted me.
He desperately wanted to meet up with me to give me a smoking pipe he had dived out many years ago from a 300 year old wreck, for Nicola to add to her collection.

"Het Huis te Kraaiestein" was a Dutch ship of 1,154 tons, built in 1697 at the Zeeland Yard for the Zeeland Chamber of the Dutch East India Company, and commanded by Jan van de Vijver. It was wrecked on the rocks in the bay at Oudekraal on the Cape Peninsula on 27 May 1698 in thick mist as they were trying to find the way into Table Bay. The ship was on its maiden voyage outward-bound from Wielingen, which they had left on 1 February 1698, with a cargo of 19 chests of pieces-of-eight (approximately 57 000 pieces). No lives were lost. Three chests of treasure disappeared and the name 'Geldkis' (money-chest) appears on maps of the area.

When he got there, he showed me a couple of other pipes he had bought in deepest darkest Africa some years ago.

Lovely stuff.

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Once we had enjoyed these, he brought out the reason for the meeting......

More than 300 years ago, someone had this in their hands and used to smoke it, using what would have been a luxury item, as tobacco was very expensive in the early days.

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300 years worth of crystalization inside the bowl.

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And back in the UK, in its current resting place, in front of Victorian tobacco jars.

I am in the process of making a small wooden display case for it, in which it will live a slightly protected life.

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Finally I was checked in Cape Town International and waiting for my 23.25 departure for Amsterdam.

Stupidly I forgot the privileges that go with a Business Class tickets and went and bought myself a coffee ......
 

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When I came back from my bike trip through South Africa, I was greeted by a bunch of parcels from the USA.


Some from Turnpikecruiser .... WHAT A SURPRISE !!

Thank you very much.

And some more from unidentified members.... Thank you too.

Problem is user names on here are not related to real names and surnames.

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Now that concludes this Ride Report.

Thank you all for your contribution, interest, encouragement, incredibly generous offers of bikes, homes, friendship and everything else I may not have mentioned.

The people I have mentioned are by no means an exhaustive list.

You know who you are.

And lastly, also, a big thank you to the guys who have taken the time to make the effort to make comments on this thread.

Tomorrow I start a new contract job.

Life is good.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: cracklin on May 16, 2013, 02:43:58 pm
Nice to have seen you after all these years Riaan!

Its cracklin sans the g by the way ;)

Rian will know what I mean ;D.

All the best for the new job
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: LouisXander on May 16, 2013, 02:59:22 pm
Kan nie glo alles moet tot n einde kom nie ne.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: grizz on May 16, 2013, 03:39:45 pm
Nice to have seen you after all these years Riaan!

Its cracklin sans the g by the way ;)

Rian will know what I mean ;D.

All the best for the new job

You continue to be a funny guy Harry.

Great to see you and spend a few hours catching up.

You know where we live.

See you when you get here.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: grizz on May 16, 2013, 03:41:38 pm
Kan nie glo alles moet tot n einde kom nie ne.

Plan klaar die volgende een   ;)

All good things come to an end.... then the next good thing starts.

Planning my next ride as we all sit here watching the screen.

This is the sort of Ride Report I want to be able to write, both the way he writes and the adventure they had.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=269251

Guess there is time to practice and get my writing style up to scratch .
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 16, 2013, 04:10:51 pm
Thanks for sharing your adventures, thoughts, trials and tribulations with us Rian.

Maybe on a next trip we may have the pleasure of meeting and riding a bit together.

Best of luck with the new job tomorrow, I hope it all turns out good.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: billy-joe on May 16, 2013, 04:26:45 pm
thanks grizz, been following you on advrider too, (fosterb)

pity these things end.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: Maak Hom Dronk on May 16, 2013, 06:22:21 pm
Hey Reeen...
What a most excellent adventure.... For Real bro!... The RR had me hanging for the next episode from the start.
I especially enjoyed the latter part... the solitude of just 'being out there out there on your own' appeals to me for some inane reason.
Thanks for sharing and an especially big thanks for stopping over during your Debben leg... as I said, seeing you again after 12+ years MADE MY YEAR!!

Cheers...

PS: That pic of the pipe was just crying out for a 'song bubble'...  :lol8:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: LouisXander on May 16, 2013, 06:26:45 pm
MHD, that is a cradle of civilization male blow up doll! :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: Maak Hom Dronk on May 16, 2013, 07:14:29 pm
MHD, that is a cradle of civilization male blow up doll! :imaposer:

 :laughing4: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: spoedvark on May 16, 2013, 09:40:27 pm
Thanks for a great read and awesome pics. Really enjoyed your trip with you from start to finish.

Good luck with the contract!!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete.
Post by: grizz on May 18, 2013, 10:38:00 pm
Remember this....... ??

Often council tip finds end up as useful items.

This one on the other hand, though "impressive" is only cosmetic in potential.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/es2_zpsd56eb3d3.jpg)When I put it in my car, without it hitting the ground, I did not realize it had slots in for swords.
I thought it would be a cool thing to hang up above the wood burner I have fitted in the garage.

Of course that is where one starts..... then you lose control.

So I removed the black backing and made a new one, using a 1.2 X 1,4 meter sheet of hardboard I had stashed for some time.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b12_zpsc56baa08.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b12_zpsc56baa08.jpg.html)

Decided to change the backing colours while I was at it.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b14_zpsff7320d8.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b14_zpsff7320d8.jpg.html)

Then this morning I made a "Stencil" to be able to paint the accents to the stretchy bits..... cut a groove into some knotty pine ceiling plank.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b13_zps64c74014.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b13_zps64c74014.jpg.html)

The rest of the plank was used to make tow "blades" for the swords.
Initially I had planned to just do a very simple pair, but as I progressed the complexity increased, typical.
Fortunately the bandsaw is perfect for this sort of work.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b11_zps24547444.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b11_zps24547444.jpg.html)

Now every now and then I get a silly grin on my face, for various reasons... today it was the electric planer I bought from ALDI years ago, rarely used, but to get the two blades shaped into a typical double sided cutting edge associated with large swords, Claymores etc, I got to use the planer to get the edges.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b10_zpsb51676a1.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b10_zpsb51676a1.jpg.html)

Next up, back into the woodshed to turn a couple of handles, and make a handle with a pommel as well as a cross guard.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/90/Sword_parts.svg/550px-Sword_parts.svg.png)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b9_zps0dd4c0d1.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b9_zps0dd4c0d1.jpg.html)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b8_zps52bd2a33.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b8_zps52bd2a33.jpg.html)

Then to split them I made up a quick guide using a couple of clamps and a bit of pallet plank.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b7_zps4608d086.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b7_zps4608d086.jpg.html)

Putting the bits together started to make me grin......

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b6_zps3e572ac2.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b6_zps3e572ac2.jpg.html)

Next up to retrieve the silver paint I bought years ago for 50p on a B&Q sale. The gold was also bought at the same sale.
The blades got two coats of silver.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b5_zpsdfa18c37.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b5_zpsdfa18c37.jpg.html)

Handle, Pommel and Cross-guard got a couple of coats of Danish Oil and then I used an old cosmetic jewelry to decorate it.
The leather strips came from Nicola's UGG Boots.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b4_zps7ee3c06c.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b4_zps7ee3c06c.jpg.html)

I also added some decoration to the tops of the blades.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b2_zps2a58cfb8.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b2_zps2a58cfb8.jpg.html)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b1_zps4222a2c0.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b1_zps4222a2c0.jpg.html)

Finally done.
I had a good laugh as I was pretty pleased with the outcome overall.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/b3_zpse977e8fc.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/b3_zpse977e8fc.jpg.html)

Swords just on their own.

Trust you like them.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/mapa4_zps15f30373.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/mapa4_zps15f30373.jpg.html)


So next job is to hang it and hope the heat from the chimney does not set it alight.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: grizz on May 18, 2013, 10:43:10 pm
Hey Reeen...
What a most excellent adventure.... For Real bro!... The RR had me hanging for the next episode from the start.
I especially enjoyed the latter part... the solitude of just 'being out there out there on your own' appeals to me for some inane reason.
Thanks for sharing and an especially big thanks for stopping over during your Debben leg... as I said, seeing you again after 12+ years MADE MY YEAR!!

Cheers...

PS: That pic of the pipe was just crying out for a 'song bubble'...  :lol8:

It was all great mate.

Glad you enjoyed the RR.

To be honest, our extra day started with having to see you..... cozzz you're worth it.

You always make me laugh, so our visit was a winner.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: grizz on May 18, 2013, 10:44:43 pm
MHD, that is a cradle of civilization male blow up doll! :imaposer:

Lyk soos "Kop tot hy drop"
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Ride Report - Day 23/24 - Napier Farm.
Post by: grizz on May 18, 2013, 10:46:23 pm
Thanks for a great read and awesome pics. Really enjoyed your trip with you from start to finish.

Good luck with the contract!!

Once again, thanks for the encouragement and comments.

Contract is work, and more importantly, lets hope they have something when it ends.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete.
Post by: Andre E on May 18, 2013, 11:41:18 pm
Lekker gelees, ou maat.

Bly in kontak... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete.
Post by: ThomTom on May 19, 2013, 07:49:41 pm
Nice one Grizz, after reading this story, missed my old air head beemers (but did not miss their shocks), and was inspired, even started to clean an unclutter my garage! :sip: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete.
Post by: grizz on May 22, 2013, 07:40:17 pm
Lekker gelees, ou maat.

Bly in kontak... :thumleft:

Bly jy het dit geniet ou maat, jy het geen idee hoe baie ons dit en al die mense ens geniet het nie.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete.
Post by: grizz on May 22, 2013, 07:43:03 pm
Nice one Grizz, after reading this story, missed my old air head beemers (but did not miss their shocks), and was inspired, even started to clean an unclutter my garage! :sip: :thumleft: :thumleft:

I used to have a 1000cc Bumble Bee before as well and they are a pleasure.

Glad you were inspired to start clearing your garage..... it does feel good once done.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. SPEED FINE.....
Post by: grizz on May 22, 2013, 07:48:52 pm
Got a text from Maverick last weekend...... "There are two speedfines for the Whale, one in Fishoek and one in Natal"

Ooooppppsss. I was not in Fishoek, but certainly was all over Natal.

R200.00 fine translates to about £15.00 and no points   :biggrin:

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/mapa1_zpsb02f87eb.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/mapa1_zpsb02f87eb.jpg.html)



In a fitting finale to this thread, I got a small resolution copy of a scanned photo taken of my mum and dad a loooong time ago in Melmoth on the lawn behind the house they lived in.

I do not have any photos like this, so am really pleased to be able to add it.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/mapa_zpsf7e4355a.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/mapa_zpsf7e4355a.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. SPEED FINE.....
Post by: Tiger8 on May 23, 2013, 11:05:45 pm
Nice Grizz, always a kick to read your reports, I'm glad to have had the chance to meet you and Deon, crazy duo if ever there was ;)
Pleased you are safely home and have another contract to get back to. I bet that 300yr old pipe was a hit with Nicola, not to mention plenty of fudge and nougat :biggrin:
Like your swords, well done mate. Now looking forward to your next Adventure report, whatever it may be  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. SPEED FINE.....
Post by: Maak Hom Dronk on May 24, 2013, 12:34:15 pm
Got a text from Maverick last weekend...... "There are two speedfines for the Whale, one in Fishoek and one in Natal"

Ooooppppsss. I was not in Fishoek, but certainly was all over Natal.

R200.00 fine translates to about £15.00 and no points   :biggrin:

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/mapa1_zpsb02f87eb.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/mapa1_zpsb02f87eb.jpg.html)

 :laughing4: :imaposer: :laughing4: :imaposer:

Damn Grizz... 99km/h.... If you'd just tucked your head down you would have reached the 'fabled' 100km/h
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. SPEED FINE.....
Post by: oo7 on May 29, 2013, 10:41:56 am
What a nice report! - Thanks Rian
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. SPEED FINE.....
Post by: grizz on June 01, 2013, 10:41:54 pm
Thanks MHD and oo7

Here are a few YouTube clips from the trip I forgot to load.




Want to start a 1050cc Airhead with your hand...??

This is how to do it.







Hermanus.....



Top of the world.




Uitsig farm Baviaans kloof

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on June 07, 2013, 10:50:03 am
Blixem!!!

I am thankful we were not riding during this week with the weather as it is now.

Snow in the Cape?????
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on June 16, 2013, 04:57:38 pm
Just got this pic texted from Deon, Woody1 made him a sign a while ago for his birthday, to put up at his Braai place.

Thought I would post it up here as it was part of the trip.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/dozer_zpsc8a14fa8.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/dozer_zpsc8a14fa8.jpg.html)

Moerse Dankie Kobus !!
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: woody1 on June 16, 2013, 05:00:28 pm
Plesier. Het ook een vir Francois gedoen die naweek. Kyk op Sweisie se XT600 bou thread.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on June 16, 2013, 11:10:20 pm
Plesier. Het ook een vir Francois gedoen die naweek. Kyk op Sweisie se XT600 bou thread.

Het hom gecheck, mooi. (en die bike is nogal OK oook  ;)  )

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/dozer_zpsef0ba949.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/niknakpix/media/dozer_zpsef0ba949.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE !! On my way........
Post by: grizz on April 03, 2014, 08:51:05 am
Minute by minute reporting.....

On board.

Getting excited now

Can it be that a year has passed since this?

Thanks to all involved.

It was the best ride of my life.

Making friends and also spending some awesome time with my brother.

Would love to do it all again.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: Gérrard on April 03, 2014, 03:32:43 pm
Yip, was a good few days with you guys as company. That ride out of Baviaans on the 1150 did it for me. All for a reason. One day we still have to complete the ride and this time we won't get stuck again.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on December 07, 2014, 08:27:18 pm
Yip, was a good few days with you guys as company. That ride out of Baviaans on the 1150 did it for me. All for a reason. One day we still have to complete the ride and this time we won't get stuck again.

And weirdly Jupiter, I was recently telling a friend in America that I want to do that trip again.

It really was a trip of a lifetime.

Thanks for your input as well.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: ®©errie on December 07, 2014, 09:37:41 pm
Recently showed a friend your and dozer' sticker @ spitskop. I think two next to each other will look good. Haha
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on April 24, 2015, 09:57:31 am
Recently showed a friend your and dozer' sticker @ spitskop. I think two next to each other will look good. Haha

Amazingly, two years since I stuck that sticker here.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: Andre E on April 24, 2015, 12:04:07 pm
Wanneer laas het jy melktert en koeksusters gehad....... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: Gérrard on April 24, 2015, 12:07:38 pm
Recently showed a friend your and dozer' sticker @ spitskop. I think two next to each other will look good. Haha

Amazingly, two years since I stuck that sticker here.

Gister verby die spot gery waar my bike gevrek het en weer aan die trip gedink. Julle sal maar weer moet kom dat ons Baviaans kan ry.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 24, 2015, 12:17:02 pm
He probably wont stay with me again. I put him to work after we had a flood.   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. MAJOR CHANGE HAPPENED !!
Post by: grizz on April 25, 2015, 09:39:27 am
Right, I have been sitting on this report entry for quite a few weeks.

This ride seems to have been destined to happen.

Deon and I have spoken about it many times over the years, even when he was raising a family and had no bikes for about 20 years, as his family always came first..... which idiot pays maintenance to his ex-wife until his son is 23 and his daughter 21 ?
 DWISS or SAINT ??

So many a night we would sit next to the fire talking about this ride in various forms, even when our dad was alive, we used fantasize about taking him as a pillion, or putting him on a lowered F650GS (the toppie was a short arse)

Anyway, as mentioned before, my dad told Deon to buy a bike from his inheritance when he died, so Deon got this great used 1150GS.
Then Nicola's brother offered to buy me a Business class ticket to SA if I paid the taxes..... which were £648 if I recall correctly. But an experience worth having it seems. This was her present to me for my 50th birthday.
My plan was to buy a +- 650cc bike here and export it over to SA or buy something there and then get Deon to sell it after the trip.

Then Dirk ~Maverick~ and I spoke about the trip and out of the blue he suggested I do not buy a bike, but use his r100gs which already lives in the Cape......

Right, at this point I will not name and shame people for their generosity (as I would not want people to know if I had sorted someone out )
But if you see a description on here of the deed you did and offered, and want to mention it was you, please do.


I got a message from a guy offering me a free 660 delivered in Cape Town if I needed it quite early on.

Then about two weeks ago, the following PM landed in my box.......  "You're welcome to my DL1000 when you come to SA, got plastic panniers and Topbox as well. But I'm in Joburg."

Then last week another PM landed
" Hey Rian,

Been reading a bit about your trip to SA with your boet. Looks very lekker.  

I also noted that you are using a bike from a forum member. Is that bike sorted now? Reason I'm asking, my GSA will be standing at home while I am at work here in L****** until at least the 16th April. If the bike you are borrowing falls through, or if it breaks down, you can use mine. Its new, only about 6700km on the clock. Has full panniers, topbox, tooltube, bigfoot, etc. You may just want to re-attach the number plate (I took it off and attached it to the topbox - upside down   )

Its fully insured (I will just have to let the insurer know if you use it) and standing in my garage in Pretoria. I also have a new set of Anakee 2's ready to be fitted if the rear tyre wont make the distance you plan on doing (still original Metzeler front and rear)

Just let me know if you need it..."

Followed after a chat with him, by the following PM
"No worries Rian,

I dont have a landline, just a cell, but I dont pay incoming international rates in L****** (a deal between Vodacom SA and Vodacom L******) so taking calls is easy. My cell number is ############, my email is XXXXYYYYYZZ@XYZ.com I have a @@@@@@@@@@@@ so usually can reply even if internet in L****** conks out, as it often does.

If the bike from Dirk doesn't happen for whatever reason, mine is free. It will need to be serviced at 10k km, but that should still leave you over 3000km of riding.

And if we need to get the bike to Cape Town I'm sure that somehow someone from the forum will be able to assist. Somehow.

Just shout if you need it "


Then over this weekend Nicola asked me if I would like to stay a bit longer as none of the job applications have been successful, and I probably will not go back to SA soon after this trip, as we usually get Deon over here to come holiday in Europe etc. (ohh, and to do odd jobs like plumbing and electrical around the house.)  I will be redoing his kitchen and bathroom tiles for him now that I have some extra time.

So I called KLM on Saturday and got my flight delayed by a week at no additional cost.

And to add to everything, I was going to call a taxi to take me to the airport at 02.00 as I need to be there by 04.30 to book in, taxi was going to be £80.00 and here my trials riding buddy Jon was here the other day and said if I came to his place on Tuesday evening, I could kip on the couch for a few hours with the dog and cats and then he would take me to the airport.



So I guess this trip is meant to happen.


I just want to say a HUGE public thank you to everyone, from Goose for radio comms, mapwork etc, Jupiter for being an allround good guy, James "Dirty Boy" for insisting we stay over at his place in KZN and very other one of you that have had input into this ride, like Transkei directions etc.... Every offer of accommodation, food, coffee etc.

I hope to run into as many of you guys as possible on the way to say thanks or maybe ride a part of this trip together.

Cheers,

Rian.



Just been re-reading this whole thread.

Again realised what an awesome community this is, and that all you guys and others who touched my and Deon's lives, really Rock!!!

Thank You All !
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on April 25, 2015, 09:42:23 am
He probably wont stay with me again. I put him to work after we had a flood.   :biggrin:

Boet, I would stay with you and your amazing family any time.

I also hope that I can repay the favour one day.

Keeping me busy for a while with the flood was the best thing you could have done, but of course, Deon and I really just did take over a bit.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: Welsh on April 25, 2015, 09:43:27 am
Thanks, although it didnt pan out for us to get together.... :thumleft: 8) 8)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on April 25, 2015, 09:44:24 am
Wanneer laas het jy melktert en koeksusters gehad....... :biggrin:

Laaste keer was by jou Andre.

And it was absolutely awesome, Deon and I were talking about it on the radios for days after that.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on April 25, 2015, 09:48:24 am
Recently showed a friend your and dozer' sticker @ spitskop. I think two next to each other will look good. Haha

Amazingly, two years since I stuck that sticker here.

Gister verby die spot gery waar my bike gevrek het en weer aan die trip gedink. Julle sal maar weer moet kom dat ons Baviaans kan ry.

I know it is never say never Jupiter, but it is fairly unlikely to happen soon.

I resigned from my current job which I got offered while on that trip, yesterday, starting a new job on the 26th May and off to America for three weeks in October, so it will be a while before I have leave saved up, and hopefully even longer before I am unemployed again  :peepwall:

Still, it would be really nice to take a smaller bike like a 600-650cc size through there.

The 1200GS is fine for cross continental trips, but a 650 really is perfect for that sort of trip.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on April 25, 2015, 09:50:04 am
Thanks, although it didnt pan out for us to get together.... :thumleft: 8) 8)

Well Ian, there is always "tomorrow"

Hope to meet up somewhere sometime so I can buy you a brew.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: Welsh on April 25, 2015, 09:55:24 am
Thanks, although it didnt pan out for us to get together.... :thumleft: 8) 8)

Well Ian, there is always "tomorrow"

Hope to meet up somewhere sometime so I can buy you a brew.

Likewise, but I am suffering currently, no beer since January.... it must be my longest beer drought in a few decades....  8)
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Memorial SA ride. Day 1 CAPE TOWN to GEORGE coastal ride.
Post by: grizz on April 25, 2015, 10:01:22 am
http://www.youtube.com/v/IyUcyYWuwK4

Can't seem to get visuals on this clip.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: werner94 on April 25, 2015, 09:23:22 pm
Uiteindelik die hele thread gelees. Dankie vir die link op AMC forum. Dit moes 'n ervaring duisend gewees het

Groete

Werner
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on December 04, 2015, 01:29:23 am
Uiteindelik die hele thread gelees. Dankie vir die link op AMC forum. Dit moes 'n ervaring duisend gewees het

Groete

Werner

Werner.

Moerse dankie.

Glad you got to read and enjoy the tread.

Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on April 09, 2019, 10:13:30 am
Six years since doing this ride with my brother.

Time flies.

Memories stay.
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: woody1 on April 09, 2019, 10:15:39 am
TIME !!!!! :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: woody1 on April 09, 2019, 10:15:59 am
Pannekoek  :3some:
Title: Re: Grizz & Dozer's Ride South Africa, Ride Report Complete. YouTube Videos.....
Post by: grizz on May 08, 2019, 09:14:38 am
TIME !!!!! :ricky: :ricky:

Ja......

TIME !!




And it is Dozers Birthday today too.



Happy voting SA.