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Title: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 19, 2012, 07:55:49 pm
Ok so here goes.  My 1st ride report attempt so please bear with me.

I will start the story with my own perspective and pics and hopefully Grondpaaie and R-O-V-Rat can elaborate with their footage, pics and comments.

I finished packing by 16:00 on Monday...then realised that all this crap is not going on the DR in two big bags on top of the bike.  So I unpacked and kept one bag on top and soft luggage on the sides.  The bike felt a lot better despite the luggage being 20 Kg's in total.  I live to regret all this luggage, but more about that later.  Eventually finished packing and had my 3 test riders check things out.
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Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: eikeboom on December 19, 2012, 08:05:56 pm
 :thumleft:
So julle het dit gemaak...
Ek sien uit na die verslag en fotos!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 19, 2012, 08:14:37 pm
I managed to get to bed some time after 00:00 with the usual adrenaline before a trip keeping me awake. 05:00 came quickly and it was time to start the day.  By 06:05 I was on my way to meet up with Grondpaaie at Piketberg.  From Piketberg we continued to Citrusdal via some gravel where I had a near miss with a calf despite going really slow.  We refueled at Citrusdal and got onto the gravel towards Algeria.  I was riding close to GP to avoid the dust but soon realised my mistake when a large enough stone kicked up and hit me snugly between the kneebrace's carbon fibre and knee protector.  I swore for the next 10 minutes to try and deal with the pain.  First stop just before turning right toward Algeria.
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Some more pics above Jamaka on our way to Oasis to meet up with R-O-V-Rat.
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2nd stop where the road splits
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3rd stop at Oasis
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On our way to Wuppertal
Grondpaaie with his unmissable helmet
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Somewhere along the road - it very hot so stopping for too long not a good idea.  Better to ride and ventilate.  
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We were very diligent in hydration and made sure we had enough water.  Next stop Wuppertal where we had some chicken pie....and when that is what you order that is what you get, no garnish/chips/chutney or whatever else, just the pie, but it tasted very good.


Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 19, 2012, 08:21:16 pm
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And so we go through the rest of the town toward Singkop (hope I got the name right) and started looking for the trail.  Luckily both GP and RR had GPS's.  We initially went up the wrong trail.
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RR no side stand so had to lay her down to come and help me.  The DR's rear end slipped off the trail and I ended up in an awkward position unable to go forward.
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Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Bring It On on December 19, 2012, 08:24:54 pm
Cederberg area truly is a Gr8 place :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: Sure looks like you guys were in for quite an adventure.

Thanks for the RR :ricky:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 19, 2012, 08:40:38 pm
We worked our way up this treacherous trail bouncing, spinning and weaving as we go.  I wrestled a lot with the handle bars desperately trying to keep the front pointing forward and keeping momentum.  The last thing you want to do is stall on the incline.  The loose stones make it really hard to get going again...momentum is key, but not too much because if you loose control the result can be somewhat painful.

GP was doing well until he managed to come off harder than he would admit I guess.  He managed to get the handlebars bent and the XR would not start again.  
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By now we were really hot and bothered with temperatures between 45-51 grade Celsius depending on whose thermometer you want to believe.  GP struggled with the XR but she just would not start.  I shared the inevitable advice that I knew GP did not want to hear:  Turn around and run start it downhill.  After some deliberation RR and I decided to try and finish the trail.after GP decided to call it a day with the XR acting up and started to make his way down.  We agreed to to stay there and watch him all the way until he is safe on the main track next to Singkop.  Unfortunately he went down again.  RR took his plastic and turned back to go and assist.  


Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 19, 2012, 08:45:41 pm
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Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Crossed-up on December 19, 2012, 08:50:10 pm
Ah yes! I've been looking forward to this one.  Thanks for taking so many great pics.  It gives us a good idea of the conditions.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 19, 2012, 08:52:00 pm
RR accompanied GP all the way back to Wuppertal to make sure he will be OK.  This was only the start and unfortunately it got even worse than these pictures could tell.
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Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Bring It On on December 19, 2012, 08:54:27 pm
That trail sure looks like a place, where a 2 Stroke Plastic will feel very much @ home :ricky: ;D
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Crossed-up on December 19, 2012, 08:57:23 pm
Looks pretty hectic!  I do hope the XR starts!  It would be a shame to have to bail at this late stage.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 19, 2012, 09:25:50 pm
That trail sure looks like a place, where a 2 Stroke Plastic will feel very much @ home :ricky: ;D

No doubt about that!  Methinks good place for roof training or something like that, especially with the extreme heat!

Looks pretty hectic!  I do hope the XR starts!  It would be a shame to have to bail at this late stage.

GP decided to call it a day and went back to Wuppertal.



So we made it up to the first major incline and we were already knackered and overheating.  RR and I crawled under a doringbos and tried to hide from the sun for about an hour whilst refueling our bodies.  
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Despite the heat we decided early on to try and finish the trail and get back to Oasis before dark.  It was time to move on again.
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In the background you can see the trail.  It did not look bad at all.  We seemed to be near the top with some flat pieces coming up.  Would be nice to get some speed and get some airflow going.  Unbelievably so the trail got significantly tougher with some major steps one after the other to be traversed.  Combined with having to corner also it made for some really hard riding.  I realised that I was on the limit with the DR's ground clearance....and my own for that matter!  I often did not have enough momentum to get up on the steps and had to reverse for take two or three.  Le Cap's bash plate did a sterling job of protecting the underside.  After a while I found some rhythm in hitting the steps with some acceleration with the front wheel hitting the rock and then jumping up slightly, keeping up the power and doing a short wheelie up with the rear hitting and going up.  This was energy sapping stuff with the clutch working hard being feathered and throttle being worked constantly.  It also helped to go duck feet as soon as the bike started going sideways just to kick it back on track.  Good advice is to try and keep your feet on the pegs as far as possible to help with traction, but that is easier said than done.  Did not take any further pics on this section as I was just slogging it.  Along the road I met up with a young skaapwagter.  I enquired about the trail ahead and whether the top was where I saw it.  Again, unfortunately not!  He told me it was still beyond that and gave some directions.  The trail was well enough marked out so no navigation issues here.

At one point I kept to the right (on the mountain side) going slightly up on the rock rather than the loose cobbles to get better traction.  Unfortunately I lost momentum as I tried to balance against the camber and started to slide backward.  RR came up from behind and I narrowly missed him as I moered down hard on my back.  Amazingly virtually no damage to the DR.

We got to some flat sections and then saw this:
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I took it all the way up in first gear and despite getting a bit hairy we managed.  I was very jealous of RR on his KDX and missed my KTM 300 sorely.  She would eat this hill.

We got to the top where we had to open a gate and found a little shade for a well deserved rest.
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According to the skaapwagter once we made it up this next bend we were on top.
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I nearly made it the first time but could not maintain momentum when I had to turn onto the cement section and got stuck.  Had to reverse all the way down to the gate for take two.  Tried a different line with a wider turn and made it.  RR made it look really easy when he went up.  F*&Ģ$%r



Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 19, 2012, 09:45:41 pm
Getting to the top we were thankful for the flat sections.  Not wanting to sound ungrateful but then we hit the sand and I struggled to keep the DR pointing straight.  Getting to 2nd gear helped, but the weaving was tough on an already tired body.  Did not want to go too fast because injury would be catastrophic out here.  It could take a while for help to come if needed, so no heroics, just slog on.

There were some nice gravel bits to get the speed up.  It was a bit cooler on top of the mountain with a bit of a breeze.  Hallelujah!!
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This Oak tree was a welcome sight and we took a long rest.
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I told RR that I am going ahead to try and find the next bit of the trail since I saw a sign board which seemed to indicate the trail.  I followed the tweespoor onto deep sand which was overgrown with hip high bush.  The trail disappeared and it became apparent that this was rather a cattle path.  RR caught up with me and we checked his GPS.  We were slightly lost but realised we need to turn back.  Bliksem, all that hard work in the sand for nothing.  We went up and down several parts before finding a rather obvious turn off where the signpost had been flattened to the next part of the trail.  Lekker tweespoor and we picked up the pace a bit.  Taking a break to take in the breathtaking views:
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Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: See Duiwel on December 19, 2012, 10:08:03 pm
Great!! Dik Zaan, lyk my jy sou maar geskyt het met die BM?  Ek vra maar want ek het net die 990 vir volgende jaar na pars.  RR sal maar moet saamkom, en jy ook! Dankie vir great rr, sover.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 19, 2012, 10:20:25 pm
Great!! Dik Zaan, lyk my jy sou maar geskyt het met die BM?  Ek vra maar want ek het net die 990 vir volgende jaar na pars.  RR sal maar moet saamkom, en jy ook! Dankie vir great rr, sover.

Ek neem aan jy kan donners goed bike ry as jy die 990 daar oorweeg.  Dit was pure oningeligtheid dat ek die 1150 oorweeg het.  Leen iemand se plastic as jy kan.  Ek sal nie weer die DR daar ry nie. 


We realised that we still had some way to go and time (or rather daylight) was running out on us.  We pushed on...........and then we reached Johnny's.  Up to this point the trail was really hard but something that one can comprehend.  What lay ahead was the steepest decline I ever saw where a vehicle was supposed to go down.  I was thoroughly tired.  My body was telling me that it had enough.  At this point I struggled to walk since I also hit the right knee somewhere, but could not remember where.  So the left knee (where the stone hit me earlier in the day) started acting up and my "fondament" was moer toe.  I could not sit normally on the bike or on a rock for that matter.  I took a rest to build up some sort of confidence for what lay ahead.  The name Johnny's sound so welcoming...wrongly so.  I think a more apt name is Heartbreak Hill.  It was just after 17:00 and we had a long way to go.  In the mean time RR decided to take the bull by the horns and started his descent. I shouted at him to rather get off his bike fearing that he might go gat oor kop, but he seemingly just ignored my advice and went for it...bike turned off using the clutch to break the rear and feather the front break.  

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He made it to what we thought was the bottom.  RR disappeared under a bush for some respite from the still searing sun.  I realised that I am not going to make it with all the luggage on the bike down these big steps.  I started working my way down slipping and sliding and resting every two or three meters with the bags.  Fatigue was clearly setting in.  The day just got very long.  
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: See Duiwel on December 19, 2012, 10:31:08 pm
Shit ou! Die 990 is al wat ek het, en 230 plaasbike. Het Riaan vir julle wortels vir padkos saamgevat? LOL, ou binnekring grappie. Great dat jy nog foto's ook geneem het. Ek het van die begin af gedink julle is bedonnerd om in die hitte in daai wereld te wil infoeter. Maar nou ja, daar is mos nie pille vir domgeit nie. Gelukkig hou ouens soos julle die forum intereassant!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Aprilian on December 19, 2012, 10:47:43 pm
Great report! Cant wait for rest!
Always amazed that one always ends up doing extreme routes in extremes of climate- either scorching heat or ice cold and snow.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Grondpaaie on December 19, 2012, 10:51:10 pm
Van My Kant af

Ek sal later die foto's en video wat ek het op sit.

Gaan ook nie baie dwel op die roete vanaf huis tot by Oasis nie.

Na al die handskud en voorstel, besluit ons om tot op Wuppertal te ry, iets te eet en dan die roete te pak.

Die pad vanaf Oasis tot Wuppertal is maar sleg verspoel en ons het dit maar rustig gevat.

Na lunch by Wuppertal is ons oor rivier en tussen paar huise verby. Ons kon 'n pad teen die berg uit sien. Baie Los klippe. DZ voor maar ons het verkeerd gery. RR op die kleiner fiets het gou gaan loer boontoe en kom terug en se ons moet maar omdraai. Weer af teen berg, vang regte pad en begin klim.

Op hierdie stadium begin ek warm kry, erg warm kry.

Die pad maak so 'S' teen die berg op, ek maak laaste draai en daar is nog so 200m oor. Ek stoei erg met die XR en ons maak so Klein Atoombom ontploffing soos ons val. Op hierdie stadium kan ek nie eers my fiets self optel nie, DZ genadiglik kom help my, toe ek hom optel sien ek 51grade op my temperatuur lesing.

Die XR wil niks weet van aanskakel nie, DZ SE enigste oplossing is om om te draai en berg af te probeer. Nie wat ek wil hoor nie.

Ek sukkel om asem te haal.

Partykeer moet 'n mens stop en "Admit Defeat", Letterlik "Live to fight another day"



My fiets is heeltemal te swaar gelaai vir wat ek met hom probeer doen.

Ek het dieselfde Riding Gear aan wat ek in die winter mee ry, heeltemal te warm aangetrek, kan nie regtig van iets onslae raak nie.

Die hitte is so erg dat die XR nie wil start nie, dit is in my mind dat alhoewel hier nou afdraande is om hom te start, wat gebeur as dit bo gebeur? Daar waar dit plat en sand is?

My fisiese kondisionering is klaarblyklik nie dieselfde as die ander manne nie, en wat Ou nie eintlik wil erken nie, hulle is heelwat jonger.

Last but not least, hulle is duidelik beter op die fietse as ek.


So oomblikkie van self ondersoek en ek besef - Ek gaan nie die roete maak nie.


Kerels, ek gaan terug, moeilke woorde, maar na lang denke hieroor na die tyd, die regte besluit op daai oomblik.



Ek vat die pad af, maar vorder net so 200m, daar le ek weer. RR kom help my en Lang storie kort.

Hy ry op die einde my fiets tot onder en ek kom op sy KX.


Hierdie Ou is Tuff en hy kan 'n fiets ry. Ou Tolla sou gese het hy maak sy broek met 'n Geelslang vas.

Onder by die huise kry hy koue water vir ons en ek rus, plat op my rug. Hy vat die pad op boontoe en hulle gaan die roete voltooi, iewers het ek die sat phone vir hulle gegee.


Vir my is die avontuur oor, vir nou. Ek sal weer terug wees, maar beter voorbereid wees met regte toerusting.

Die res van die storie los ek vir die Manne wat dit gemaak het. Welgedaan Manne

Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: buzzlightyear on December 19, 2012, 10:53:13 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Rynet on December 19, 2012, 10:56:11 pm
 :o :o that path looks hectic and that downhill unbelievable  :o :o

Respect to the two of you. :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 19, 2012, 11:03:19 pm
Shit ou! Die 990 is al wat ek het, en 230 plaasbike. Het Riaan vir julle wortels vir padkos saamgevat? LOL, ou binnekring grappie. Great dat jy nog foto's ook geneem het. Ek het van die begin af gedink julle is bedonnerd om in die hitte in daai wereld te wil infoeter. Maar nou ja, daar is mos nie pille vir domgeit nie. Gelukkig hou ouens soos julle die forum intereassant!

Die 230 is jou antwoord.  Die 990 gaan jou geld kos.  Ek sal later damage report post.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 19, 2012, 11:04:28 pm
Great report! Cant wait for rest!
Always amazed that one always ends up doing extreme routes in extremes of climate- either scorching heat or ice cold and snow.

Ons was gewaarsku, maar ignorance is 'n lelike ding!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 19, 2012, 11:05:53 pm


Leaving the DR at the top
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Last pics I took of the day
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(http://i328.photobucket.com/albums/l322/Jerichorider/2%20Day%20Ride%20to%20East%20of%20Wuppertal%20Tra%20Tra%20trail/P1070324Small_zps1c1bc8ac.jpg)

Reaching the bottom I lay down at RR's spot and just could not imagine going up that damn hill again.  After resting I did not feel better.  We had to go back up again to fetch the DR.  RR was doing better despite moaning earlier about his eyes burning from sweat, sunscreen and some vetplant's juice that somehow got in his eye when we took a break earlier.  We took the DR down ever so cautiously and again slipped and slided down all the way.  I was glad to be at the bottom.  By now it was 19:20 and the sun was going down behind the opposite mountain tops, but still some light.  We contemplated camping somewhere but rather opted to push on, especially since we could not see a decent flat spot anywhere.  

To my utter dismay we were far from done with the downhill.  More of the same punishment.  I went down once more just being too tired to stop anything.  RR help me up again since I just did not have it in me to pick that bike up alone.  It was starting to become a challenge to get on and off the bike.  We were nearly at the bottom but I was slowing us down.  My arms were jelly and I realised that I need to take it slow or risk going down hard.  RR offered to swap bikes which I accepted without a moments hesitation.  The KDX felt light and nimble, but I was still slower than RR.  He still had his backpack on plus all my luggage on the DR and just kept going.  By the time we reached the bottom at Wuppertal it was dark, but I could still make out the road in the last bit of glow.  RR asked me again what I want to do and I just signaled to push on "home" to Oasis.  

I rode in front with RR on the DR to provide some light from the rear.  We quickly fell into a rhythm and RR was doing exceptionally well to keep up and shine that light where I needed to see.  On the flatter sections I felt the energy coming back and the anticipation of a hot shower and good food made the world seem a better place.   I started to really enjoy the road despite it turning totally dark.  It must be said again:  RR did an amazing job of handling the DR and sticking to my rear to show the way with a not so bright DR light.  We encountered some rabbits on the way, but I was more worried about bigger game.  Just before Eselbank we hit some straights and the KDX was in top gear doing some lekker speed.  I had to tap off often for lack of visibility, especially on a right turn since RR was riding on my left.  On the left turns the lighting worked well and I could see through the corners.  Here and there was a bad spot, but in the dark it did not look all that bad and the KDX was just a lot of fun to ride.  I managed to go way too fast through one puddle and splashed RR with some red mud.  I noticed that I struggled more than before with visibility, but only realised afterwards that it was because of the sticky red mud that also got onto the headlight.  As the road straightened out we picked up more speed.  We reached Oasis just after 21:00.  

It was great to see that GP was also there.  Gerrit (Oasis) enquired whether I would like to have something to eat and grilled a perfect stake and chips which went down really well.  Gerrit kindly offered a bed since I did not have it in me to pitch a tent.  These people really have a lot of empathy for bikers.  He made sure I am sorted well and made sure we took in enough fluids before going off to bed.  

RR joined his family and went to bed for the night.  GP and I enjoyed a shot of Pyrat rum before also turning in.

Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 20, 2012, 12:18:45 am
Video of RR on initial incline.  I hope this works!!

http://www.youtube.com/v/p02jQFVr_F0
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Mambat on December 20, 2012, 12:19:58 am
RESPECT!
RESPECT!
RESPECT!

You are a crazy pair of baastids!

 :thumleft: :o :thumleft:

Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 20, 2012, 12:25:57 am
RESPECT!
RESPECT!
RESPECT!

You are a crazy pair of baastids!

 :thumleft: :o :thumleft:



Coming from you it means a lot thanx (at least the respect part -  :laughing4:).


Looking back a few comments:
Met two great WD mates.
In the saddle for 15 hours was just crazy, especially considering the conditions.
GP made the right call to turn back.  I must have started the DR at least 50 times on the trail which means the XR might well have left GP in a fix on the trail somewhere.
Having too much luggage made the trip a lot tougher than it needed to be.  We initially anticipated sleeping over on the trail but looking back will not recommend this only due to the weight issue.
Glad I took more than enough water (7,5 litres)
Glad I replaced the rear tyre with a new Mitas E-07.  It did pretty well given the conditions.
Grateful for the progressive fork springs I fitted last year.
I will never do this again with anything other than a plastic bike.  Both bike and body just took too much punishment.

Damage on the DR:
Bash plate took a beating with one big ding at the bottom, but I guess that is what it is there for in the first place
Soft luggage got scuffed, but not too bad.
Fine scratches on the tank - I hope to polish these out!
Right side plastic burned on the exhaust due to soft luggage pushing it in.  Considered replacing these with black plastics anyway.
Chain guide broken off - RR and I still arguing who broke it off, but I know it was him!  :pot:

Since the DR is my wife's bike I still have some explaining to do, but leaving that for tomorrow.

Thanx to my two riding buddies.  It was a tough day out, but beats doing anything else!!!  

I look forward to your side of the story and more pics.

Anyone want to join us in March on tupperware?
 
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: eikeboom on December 20, 2012, 12:41:21 am
Sjoe! is all I have to say! Will think of a more appropriate comment to post in the afternoon...
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Scenic Ride on December 20, 2012, 08:43:10 am
Vir my is die avontuur oor, vir nou. Ek sal weer terug wees, maar beter voorbereid wees met regte toerusting.

Die res van die storie los ek vir die Manne wat dit gemaak het. Welgedaan Manne


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Jy't seker gedink ek maak 'n grap toe ek gese' het ek kan/wil nie so iets baasraak nie , ne'!  Ek is boonop nie lus nie want 'n kwaai val kan ek nie bekostig in hospitaaltyd nie.  

Ek haal my hoed af vir julle guts egter!!!  Daai hitte is nie speletjies nie!  Hy tap jou.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Grondpaaie on December 20, 2012, 09:01:23 am
Glad nie gelag nie Ou Maat, jy weet wat ek gese het.

Hierdie is wat ek wil doen en ek is op 'n "Learning Curve" Beter beplanning ens en dis op my kerfstok een of ander tyd.


Daar is egter bq makliker paadjies vir eers. Hierdie was woes en ek haal my hoed af vir DikZol en ROV RAT, hulle mag maar brag.

Op hierdie stadium is daar 2 tipes, Die wat al die roete gedoen het en Die wat nog nie het nie, maak nie saak op watse bike nie.

Daar is Menigte ander paadjies wat ek en jy nog saam gaan ry.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Scenic Ride on December 20, 2012, 09:04:24 am
Daar is Menigte ander paadjies wat ek en jy nog saam gaan ry.


Ek hou van daai "ander" deel van die sin,  dit het potensiaal.

Well done finishers,  RESPECT!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Riebeeker on December 20, 2012, 09:45:17 am
Ek is nou skoon moeg net van die ride report lees en my in te leef oor hoe julle moes voel in daai hitte en op daai tipe paaie.

Ek haal my hoed af uit respek vir julle wat die moed gehad het en dit sonder ernstige gevolge voltooi het. Wel gedaan  :thumleft:







Nou weet ek vir wie ek moet saam nooi op roetes wat ek lank terug gery het en wat ek weer wil gaan ry  :peepwall:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: buzzlightyear on December 20, 2012, 10:03:12 am
Video of RR on initial incline.  I hope this works!!

http://www.youtube.com/v/p02jQFVr_F0

DikZol wie doen so heavy breathing in daai video  ;D
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Major Tom on December 20, 2012, 10:26:21 am
Yo!....yo!....yo!  Glad you all made it back safely.  That looks like excruciating work.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 20, 2012, 10:34:33 am
Video of RR on initial incline.  I hope this works!!



DikZol wie doen so heavy breathing in daai video  ;D

Skuldig soos aangekla, maar my radiator het nie lekker gewerk nie!!!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: See Duiwel on December 20, 2012, 11:46:43 am
Ek sę weer GREAT!! :thumleft:

Riaan , waar is jou rr? Ek weet jy het 'n kameratjie wat jy lief is voor om mee te speel :ricky:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Kamikaze Swazi on December 20, 2012, 01:33:50 pm
Jis dis mal, eks baie trots op jou ouboet, al dink ek ek het die breins in die familie gekry. Kannie wag om meer te sien van die trip nie, julle's heroes.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: wiledog_X on December 20, 2012, 01:45:44 pm
goeie werk julle ouens!! ek sou nie my DR daar oor kon kry nie, maar dit lyk na 'n epic avontuur!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Funtana on December 20, 2012, 01:54:18 pm
Ek was in Citrusdal karavaan park toe gaan julle daar verby en gooi brandstof in by die Toyota Garage. Ek onthou die helmut se kleur. Dit was k@k warm. Baie geluk, doen dit weer nader aan die winter. 
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Grondpaaie on December 20, 2012, 01:57:02 pm
Paar fototjies van my kant af

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Bietjie skaduwee net voor ons die pad via Algeria na Oasis to vat

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-XBtcvz9A6FA/UNL5XtYUalI/AAAAAAAABFg/ansGnES-qbc/s640/IMG_2928.jpg)

DikZol net voor ons Uitkyk Pas op is

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Lastige lekkende waterkan by Oasis.


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Rov Rat, lig gelaai


(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-VTcqTHib54o/UNL5j2-YP-I/AAAAAAAABG0/KMC8R0EnC-8/s640/IMG_2940.jpg)

Daar le "Johnny's" in die verte


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Net na Eselbank


(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-3RioOAFdc5c/UNL5swtdezI/AAAAAAAABHo/SdZ5dsnNrcI/s640/IMG_2946.jpg)

Laaste afdraande in Wuppertal in


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Bande word effe afgeblaas


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Helemal te veel gewig!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xFY7PG4KFY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xFY7PG4KFY)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD9tSUmCgz8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD9tSUmCgz8)


Nou Ja, Al wat oor is vir my om te se is.....

Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Sir Rat on December 20, 2012, 05:13:06 pm
Nou net terug by die huis gekom.  :thumleft:

Baie lekke rr so ver kęrels. Ek sal so gou ek n kansie kry n paar fotos post.  :thumleft:

Miskien laai ek n video ook.  :pot:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Grondpaaie on December 20, 2012, 05:15:43 pm
Hi RR, welkom tuis, nogmaals baie dankie!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: gwild on December 20, 2012, 05:24:14 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Sir Rat on December 20, 2012, 07:20:06 pm
Hi RR, welkom tuis, nogmaals baie dankie!

Baie dankie vir jou vir die reël van die ride, Grondpad.    Een van my lekkerste tot datum.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Sir Rat on December 20, 2012, 07:21:33 pm
Ek probeer aan woorde dink om die dag se ride te beskryf en al wat ek kan dink aan is "Dit was K@k warm"
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Bubby on December 20, 2012, 08:05:16 pm
Hectic ride Riaan ! Daai berge lyk rof.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 20, 2012, 10:51:17 pm
RR ons sit en wag in spanning vir jou bydrae.......
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Doug C on December 21, 2012, 08:10:33 am
What an adventure! What an achievement! Many thanks for the great ride report.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Dusty Rusty on December 21, 2012, 09:01:11 am
 :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

Hond se kinners! 

Dit was hectic.  Welgedaan manne! 
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Heimer on December 21, 2012, 09:13:55 am
Hoop julle het darem ook na die view gekyk  :peepwall:

Pragtige area and "WOW" vir wat julle aangepak het.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Frannarossi on December 21, 2012, 10:09:36 am
Baie nice RR.Moet sę,na ek dit gelees en die fotos en videos gekyk het kry ek ook nou sommer warmer!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Sir Rat on December 21, 2012, 10:42:14 am
Hier is so kort video.(link) Dit wys hoe moeg ons was. Die ride self was nie die langste of seker die moeilikste ooit nie maar die hitte was.  :eek7:

http://player.vimeo.com/video/56043522
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Sir Rat on December 21, 2012, 10:48:47 am
For now I am working on the full video but please be patient as it is holiday and Onrus beach is full of very good looking ppl so I don't want to spend my time indoors doing RR,s.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 21, 2012, 10:51:48 am
Dis nie mooi om 'n man in sy swakste oomblik af te neem nie!!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: eikeboom on December 21, 2012, 12:01:25 pm
Rowwe toestande gewees daai!
Ek sien uit na die langer video, dankie vir die moeite sover
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Bring It On on December 21, 2012, 04:42:43 pm
Hier is so kort video.(link) Dit wys hoe moeg ons was. Die ride self was nie die langste of seker die moeilikste ooit nie maar die hitte was.  :eek7:

http://player.vimeo.com/video/56043522

Daai man ly darem somer baie moeg ;D ;D :lol8:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Sir Rat on December 21, 2012, 05:15:14 pm
My apologies to the English speaking wilddogs for doing this in Afrikaans but I cant express myself as well in English as in Afrikaans.  ;D


As ek moet dink aan n opskrif vir n RR sal ek dit noem "n Sout happie so nou en dan"

Laat ek die sout happie verduidelik.

Die lug daar bo was maar dun en die hutte het nie gehelp nie so suurstof in die lug was skaars. Met die erg klip banke se uit ry raak mens so bietjie uit asem. Dan moet jy erg oop mond asemhaal om net so bietjie asem terug te kry anders oor verhit jy.

Nou met die oop asem storie loop daar so nou en dan n sweet druppel oor jou lippe en die gee bietjie sout terug.  

Ek weet nie of dit net ek is maar ek het so warm geword dat my snot in my neus gesmelt het en soos sweet begin loop het.

Ek gaan maar nou nie verder verduidelik nie. Ek dink julle moet maar julle eie verbeelding gebruik om te dink wat gebeur het terwyl jy ry en nie hande van motorfiets se stuur af kan haal om vinnig genoeg die lopende vloeistowwe ter keer uit verkeerde plekke in loop nie.

Weet nou nie of dit die sout happies was nie of die baie water nie maar ek het darem nie heeltemal weg gesmelt nie.

Ok genoeg oor die souttert meer oor my ervaring van die ride.

Vir my is die sederberge een van die beste plekke in die węreld om bike te ry so as ek n ride sien met die opskrif sederberge stel ek dadelik belang.  
My enigste worries was die tyd van die jaar is die sederberge baie warm. Oorspronklik sou ek op my XT660R gegaan het maar 3 dae voor die ride besluit ek en vroulief dat die hele familie met n paar dae kan doen van rustige wees daar by Gerrit en Chantelle.

Met vele kinders en baie bagasie was my bakkie toe nie groot genoeg vir XT660 by nie. KX250 was al wat pas. As ek nou dink aan die ride was dit die beste ding wat ek kon doen. Die KX het n paar keer goed te hand gekom en gehelp waar dit nodig was. Ek glo my XT600R sou menige keer oor verhit het, dalk probleme gegee het in die hitte op die berg en dit sou nie n goeie ding gewees het nie. Op n koeler tyd van die jaar gaan ek terug gaan en die XT660R sal daai paadjie doen.  :deal:

Dinsdag oggend voor Oasis reg vir die uitstappie wat wag. Dit was so teen 10uur die oggend. Die kinders en vrou het al klaar geswem en was reg om uit die son te bly tot later die dag. Ek skat dit was toe seker al naby die 30grade buite.
(http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp95/RovRat/DSC01825_zpsc4b0dda2.jpg)

Jaco(Grondpaaie) besig om sy Satfoon in te stel en alle nood nommers in te programmeer. Ek was baie beïndruk met sy setup/bike. Hy het alles saam gebring vir n 3 maande lange bike trip.  :o
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My eerste gedagte was ons gaan een aand dalk oor bly en dan ry ons n ernstige 4x4 roete. Wil mense nie dalk so min moontlik gewig by jou dra nie? Maar ek is nie een vir in meng met ander nie en die is n groot man! Ek het maar nie baie gesę nie.  ;D
Riaan(Dikzol) Het ook goed gepak vir n lekke lank bike trip. Ek was baie beïndruk toe hy n 5+l water sak uithaal en agter op sy bike begin vas maak. Ek het eers gewonder of dit vir n shower is want die water het so lekke uitgeloop teen die kant. Draai toe uit dit het bietjie skade gelyk met die op trip tot by Sederberge. Sakkie was toe maar afgehaal en het by Oasis gebly. Ek kon gedoen het met n shower so halfpad deur die roete.  :pot:

Die roete van Oasis tot by Wuppertal het sommer vinnig gegaan en amper geen probleme nie behalwe vir my Petrol kannetjie wat die hele tyd wil afval.  :)

Teen die tyd wat ons die roete begin ry was die son op sy hoogste. Ek weet nie of ek dit al gesę het nie maar dit was toe al "k@k warm"

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(http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp95/RovRat/DSC01830_zpsc58d2fd1.jpg)

Die mooi pers blomme sakkie in die fotos hier bo is myne. Sal later n bietjie meer oor dit uitbrei. (PS:Laat die kleur julle nie dink aan ETS nie?)

Ek het nie baie kans gekry om fotos te neem nie. My kamera was in my mooi pers sakkie en die was op my skouers en dit was PT om dit af te haal.  :-[

Die op ry deel het heel wat langer geneem as wat ons verwag het. Met Jaco se bike wat nie wou start nie en hy wat moes terug het ons seker n ekstra uur, uur en n half gevat om tot bo te ry. Dit het my darem n kansie gegee om te voel hoe ry n XR650L. Met n bietjie minder bagasie op is ek seker sal Jaco daai bike maklik daar uit ry.

Teen die tyd wat ons hier by die bossie gekom het was ek al redelik moeg en uitgeput van die hitte. Ons het seker n uur+ hier gerus.
(Foto copy Dikzol)
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Ongelukkig het ek nie baie fotos geneem van hier tot bo nie en ook nie veel van op die plato nie. Sorry. Daar is darem video.  ::)

n Boom wat my gat gered het van hitte uitputting! Het ek julle al gesę hoe vrek warm dit was daar bo? "K@k warm"
(http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp95/RovRat/DSC01831_zpseb7d7f69.jpg)
(http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp95/RovRat/DSC01833_zps04eca19d.jpg)

So n paar klip huisies. Was geen mense daar nie. Ek dink hulle bly seker net daar in koeler tye.
(http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp95/RovRat/DSC01835_zps2aa00f04.jpg)

Van hier het ons die pad so bietjie byster geraak. Dikzol was nie baie gelukkig oor dit nie want meeste van dit was op los sand en sy gladde tires het nie gehelp nie. Ek dink dis hier waar sy moed erg gebreek was, In hitte soos daai dag is dit nie kinderspeletjies nie. Sy motorfiets was seker 50kg swaarder as myne met bagasie en ryer by. Ek dink meeste manne sal daar onder daai groot boom bly lę het maar hy het aan gepor en deur gedruk. Tuff is n goeie woord om hom op daai oomblikke te beskryf.  :thumleft:

Toe ons uiteindelik die anderkant van die roete bereik het die son al redelik laag begin hang. Ons het n kort gesprek en besluit Oasis het koue's en ons wil deur druk.  :ricky:

(http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp95/RovRat/DSC01836_zpseee506a0.jpg)

Daar onder lę Wuppertal.

(http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp95/RovRat/DSC01839_zps49593590.jpg)

Van hier was dit n maklike vinnige ry tot by die af passie.  ;D
DIE AF PASSIE

Ek gaan nie veel uitbrei oor die pas nie. As jy nie self daar is nie sal jy nie die gevoel kan verstaan nie. Na jy amper omval van hitte uitputting en dan kom jy by die afdraand dan breek dit jou hart soos Dikzol gesę het. Mens wil amper op gee.

Woorde soos "hoede fok gaan ons hier af kom" "goeie fok dis styl" "net ouens met groot ballas sal hier afry in n 4x4" word gebruik.  :eek7:

Een foto van die afsukkel. Die is in die begin soos ons oor die rantjie gegaan het en van hier raak dit net steiler.

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Na baie rus en baklei met die bikes het ons dit gemaak tot onder die steil deel.  So dink ons wel ons is nou amper onder. LOL.
Hier lę ek onder n bos en tiep vir n rukkie.  :sip:

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Laaste fotos wat ek geneem het net soos die son gesak het agter die Eselbank berg.

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Daar op regter kant lę Eselbank. Eselbank waterval se rooi klip rante is baie mooi van die kant van die vallei.

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Kom ek gee so bietjie raat oor pers rugsakkies.

n KX het mos nou nie juis n subframe nie so die enigste plek is op jou rug. So pak ek maar die nodige water en kos en slaap goed in die pers sakkie. Met als in seker so 7-8kg. Wel 7-8kg as jy begin ry.

Teen die tyd wat ons die berg begin op ry het het daai sakkie soos 15kg gevoel toe ons die berg begin afry toe voel daai sakkie soos 50kg.  :eek7: Die uitwerking wat dit op jou arms het na so n lang dag in die saal met daai hitte(Ek het julle seker al gesę dit was "K@k warm")is net pyn. dit voel of die sak se straps deur jou arms wil skeur.

So die moraal van die storie is moet nie bagasie op jou rug laai as jy op n "k@k warm" dag n erg 4x4 roete wil gaan ry nie. Dit gel nie!

So dink ons net so klein entjie dan is ons onder. Haha net soos met die op was die af ook oor elke rantjie lę daar nog een en wag. Teen die tyd wat ons by die t aansluiting kom vir Wuppertal se pas was dit amper donker en ons was fodder/opela/klaar/fokkolniemeernie.

Ek stop en vra vir Dikzol wat nou net soos gewoonte kry ek net n thumps-up en daar gaan ons al weer.

So nou is dit amper donker en ons is op ons laaste bietjie krag. Twee bikes, een met n kerslig vir n voorlig en een met niks. Die Wuppertal, Eselbank roete op n goeie dag is nie die maklikste roete vir meeste bikers nie. Dis hier waar Dikzol lyk my weer n bietjie krag gekry het want hy is toe op die KX.  ;D Ek weet nie of hy op gevoel gery het nie maar ek moes my gajja afry om die lig so nou en dan darem te skyn waar hy ry.

Ek glo ons het van Wuppertal tot by Oasis in 45min gery daai aand.  Daai roete het baie hase op in die nag, verder het ek nie baie gesien nie net stof en modder wat Dikzol vir my aangegee het.

Ons het so net na 9 by Oasis gestop.

Dit was n harde dag, die gevoel van tevredenheid toe ons daar stop is iets wat jy net op n harde dag soos daai dag kan kry.  :thumleft:

Wat het ek geleer uit die ride? ??? ??? ???

Fokkol nie.   ::)

As ek nog so n opskrif in "planing a ride" sien is my naam weer by.  XT660R moet nog daar oor.  :ricky:


Dit was k@k warm!!!



PS: Video sal eers na die naweek klaar wees want ek moet n Daddy, kiddy ride gaan doen die naweek. Lekke!!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Sir Rat on December 21, 2012, 05:32:31 pm
Dikzol en Grondpaaie.

Ek se weer baie dankie aan julle twee vir een van my beste rides tot datum. Die ride sal vir nog baie jare in my geheue sit en ek sal hopelik dit vir my kleinkinders kan vertel.  :ricky:

Ek hoop ons kan sommer gou weer saam ry.

Groete

Riaan(R-O-V-Rat)
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Grondpaaie on December 21, 2012, 05:55:00 pm
Dikzol en Grondpaaie.

Ek se weer baie dankie aan julle twee vir een van my beste rides tot datum. Die ride sal vir nog baie jare in my geheue sit en ek sal hopelik dit vir my kleinkinders kan vertel.  :ricky:

Ek hoop ons kan sommer gou weer saam ry.

Groete

Riaan(R-O-V-Rat)



Selfde Ou Maters van my kant af. Ons ry weer saam.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: LouisXander on December 21, 2012, 06:24:27 pm
Ek haal my hoed vir julle af! Respek!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: eikeboom on December 21, 2012, 08:18:47 pm
Riaan jou fotos wys goed hoe steil daai afdraande regtig is. Sonder die los klippe sou dit darem baie makliker gewees het. Seker maar iets om in die winter aan te pak.
Ek weet nie hoe kry julle ouens gesit op daai groot b@ll@s nie!
 :ricky:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: See Duiwel on December 21, 2012, 08:30:45 pm
2 goedjies wat my nog heeltyd gepla het. Het julle nie YR weather nie en #2, hoekom so BAIE groceries wil saamvat?
Anyway, die RR was befok, en ja> Ek glo dit was KAK warm.  Riaan, as dit koeler is na pars ne?

dankie weereens, beste RR nog in my ogies.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Sir Rat on December 21, 2012, 09:08:29 pm
2 goedjies wat my nog heeltyd gepla het. Het julle nie YR weather nie en #2, hoekom so BAIE groceries wil saamvat?
Anyway, die RR was befok, en ja> Ek glo dit was KAK warm.  Riaan, as dit koeler is na pars ne?

dankie weereens, beste RR nog in my ogies.

Ek hoop julle pars is nie meer lank nie. Dis lekke inni berge in.  :deal:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: See Duiwel on December 21, 2012, 09:40:14 pm
Fok ou! Noggie eers begin nie!  Dis Paasnaweek en daarna se trippie daai. O ja, nice Billabong baggie van jou dogter wat u gegaps het ne?!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Sir Rat on December 21, 2012, 10:24:04 pm
Fok ou! Noggie eers begin nie!  Dis Paasnaweek en daarna se trippie daai. O ja, nice Billabong baggie van jou dogter wat u gegaps het ne?!

Reg so. Ek sal solank die berg gaan platter ry dat jy nie te veel sukkel met die KTM as jy die dag saam ry nie.   >:D

Ja dis my dogter se sakkie. My ene was so bietjie linne-lam vir so n trippie en sou sommer gou by die straps afgeskuur het nog voor ons die berg uit was.  :)

PS: Ek het klaar geboek by Oasis vir paasnaweek so daar is nie verskonings nie.  :deal:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Mambat on December 21, 2012, 11:34:51 pm
I say again.....

RESPECT!
RESPECT!
RESPECT!

Great RR RovRat.

 :ricky:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 22, 2012, 09:35:10 am
2 goedjies wat my nog heeltyd gepla het. Het julle nie YR weather nie en #2, hoekom so BAIE groceries wil saamvat?
Anyway, die RR was befok, en ja> Ek glo dit was KAK warm.  Riaan, as dit koeler is na pars ne?

dankie weereens, beste RR nog in my ogies.

1. Ons het geweet dit gaan warm wees.
2. Ons het beplan om oor te slaap op die trail. Moes tubes, water vir 2 dae, tent, kos, gasstofie, braairooster op versoek van GP ens inpak. Nie weer nie!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Grondpaaie on December 22, 2012, 04:17:07 pm
So leer ons. Sal nie weer daai fout maak nie.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 22, 2012, 04:19:24 pm
Ons moet egter nog die braai ding doen!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: buzzlightyear on December 22, 2012, 04:27:32 pm
ek dog julle het gebraai :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Grondpaaie on December 22, 2012, 05:42:41 pm
Ons moet egter nog die braai ding doen!


Sorg jy net lat jy daai roostertjie saambring, ek sorg viri vleis  ;D
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 22, 2012, 06:02:21 pm
Klink na 'n bargain!!!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Grrrr.... on December 22, 2012, 07:12:50 pm
So julle is hier af....

http://www.youtube.com/v/1ggbLKNQha8?version=3&hl=en_GB&rel=0"

En daai plek kan akkies warm raak..... Respect.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: DikZol on December 22, 2012, 09:47:01 pm
Dis hy daai.  Moet se, ek het baie respek gekry vir daai ou in die 4X4.  Nie so seker ek sal my familie in die voertuig laat sit as ek daar af ry nie!
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: Gérrard on December 23, 2012, 10:01:37 am
Welgedaan en mooi RR. Ook aan Grondpaaie wat die guts gehad het om die besluit te neem om om te draai. Dis nie maklik nie.

So paar jaar terug het ek die moeilike besluit geneem dat ek nie meer sulke roetes aspris ry nie. Thanks dat ek nog die mooi en swaarkry met julle kon deel.
Title: Re: 2 Day Ride to East of Wuppertal - Tra Tra trail
Post by: BMWPE on December 23, 2012, 05:29:02 pm
Well done  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: