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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Wayne Duck on April 07, 2013, 05:44:43 pm

Title: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Wayne Duck on April 07, 2013, 05:44:43 pm
Before I start with this ride report here are the links to my other ride reports:

Off to Mpumalanga and a bit of Swaziland
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=120446.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=120446.0)

Zimbabwe May 2012 (unfortunately this one done using pdf attachments and not the usual format)
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=102344.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=102344.0)

Rides with my son / daughter A short collection
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=104992.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=104992.0)

Lesotho/Eastern cape My sons first long ride
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=107046.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=107046.0)

A bit of Free State and Eastern Cape
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=117650.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=117650.0)

21 days through BotsNamZamZim two up May 2011
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=106761.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=106761.0)

Fetching the Sunday papers...the long way round
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=121459.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=121459.0)

and then we got high! (21 passes through Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=125097.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=125097.0)

Short post on my riding history
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=117327.msg2355282#msg2355282 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=117327.msg2355282#msg2355282)

Easing my way into retirement...
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=148511.msg2829535#msg2829535 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=148511.msg2829535#msg2829535)

Route up Jericho Rock - the picture report
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=149105.msg2839810#msg2839810 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=149105.msg2839810#msg2839810)

Solo around a big chunk of SA (Oct 2014)
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=162111.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=162111.0)

So, it's Sunday and another one of those absolutely magnificent days in Africa, not a cloud in the sky   :sunny:  not a breath of wind, just warm autumn sunshine...one would say a perfect day to jump onto my 990R, fill the tanks, and head off in no particular direction.

However, I'm on standby for work and therefore I have to stay close to home and leave my phone on   :P

So with nothing else to do,  I get onto my trusty daily commuter to go fetch the Sunday papers...notice the casual ATGATT (I did put on a helmet after the photo, at least!)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4673_zps0271379a.jpg)

Now I could go 2.6 km up the tar road to the CNA, but why do quick and easy? Instead I head off into deepest darkest Africa to follow a few lesser known routes...

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4646_zpsed4550ad.jpg)

Along the game park fence,

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4647_zps291c25f5.jpg)

It's a bit overgrown in places but slowly slowly the (not so low down!) power of the 100cc 2 smoke pulls us through

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4649_zps67910e5d.jpg)

I jump off to recce the way ahead,

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4651_zps2d307742.jpg)

While "the machine" waits patiently,

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4650_zps7cc68c28.jpg)

Back onto some dirt highway,

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4652_zpsadc7878a.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4648_zps99ccd92e.jpg)

Even a steep little switchback "pass" to negotiate...

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4657_zps7700e3f7.jpg)

In no time at all that technological marvel was at the top!

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4658_zps6e870847.jpg)

Back next to the game park fence..

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4659_zpsa0b7828f.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4661_zps7d838981.jpg)

Then off the mountain and into "palm grove",

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4662_zpsd606a61d.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4663_zpscd5187a5.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4664_zps8c492af0.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4666_zpsf72c60d3.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4667_zps61a7fe58.jpg)

Down a tricky (for a scooter) patch of dirt and over a small stream...

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4668_zpsb497f05e.jpg)

and up a long bumpy climb to the top of the next hill.

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4669_zpsdb5e79ea.jpg)

Along the way I've come across "wild Africa"...from this little chap...

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4670_zpsdd8e3992.jpg)

..to his MUCH bigger cuzzies...

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4656_zps6d256b3c.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4655_zpse1008e94.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4653_zps724db7f0.jpg)

Some buck...very wary of the ring-ting-ting rattly scoot,

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4645_zps9fa5be07.jpg)

...an antelope stare down   ???

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4644_zps0368c944.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4643_zps36641c90.jpg)

And then I find it...the Lost City   :eek7:

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/97c5a8fd-e9f9-4778-b054-1255a4921bff_zpsd4a503d2.jpg)

Okay, so that's given it away! A big plus of living and working at Sun City is that, even when I'm "on duty" I can still pretend I'm riding Africa   :biggrin:

A few more pics of my morning ride...

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4636_zps3a92b533.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4637_zps459ca2ef.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4638_zpscb7c9d52.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4640_zpsce8b2fca.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4639_zps54537d4a.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4641_zpsf0a1a4aa.jpg)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Scooter%20Sun%20City/IMGP4671_zpsee56b17f.jpg)

The game park fence mentioned above is the Pilanesburg National Park, it runs along about 8 km of Sun City's boundry. I've sat at various points along this fence and watched elephant five meters from me...I'm brave with the fence between us of course!

Total kilometers traveled, 23
Fuel used, 1 liter (plus a few milliliters of 2 stroke oil)

...oh yes, when I got to the CNA they had sold out of newspapers   ::)    :biggrin:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Uge690 on April 07, 2013, 06:16:15 pm
 :imaposer: Brilliant
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Mark Hardy on April 07, 2013, 06:58:31 pm
 :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2:

Excellent ride report
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: T Rex on April 07, 2013, 07:02:23 pm
Thanks it was nice to ride the scooter with you.....anyway the papers usually only has bad news.
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Topie on April 07, 2013, 07:25:19 pm
Dit is nou n lekker R&R...
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Wayne Duck on April 07, 2013, 08:42:00 pm
Ha ha, thanks.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Beltzer on April 08, 2013, 02:30:21 pm
Nice!!!
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Malibu on April 08, 2013, 02:31:57 pm
Terrific!
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Pietcoke on April 08, 2013, 03:48:06 pm
Jy het ons nou lekker vir n RIDE gevat..... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Riebeeker on April 08, 2013, 04:00:37 pm
Jy het ons nou lekker vir n RIDE gevat..... :thumleft:

Pietcoke ek dink ons moet vir die man gaan kuier dat hy ons kan saam vat op sy "RIDE"  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Tommy Transalp on April 08, 2013, 04:14:20 pm
Imagine how well you scoot would perform with knobblies! :laughing4: lekker RR! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Pietcoke on April 08, 2013, 04:15:20 pm
Jy het ons nou lekker vir n RIDE gevat..... :thumleft:

Pietcoke ek dink ons moet vir die man gaan kuier dat hy ons kan saam vat op sy "RIDE"  :thumleft:
Ek was HOEKA nog nooit daar by daai klomp helder liggies nie. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Hentie @ Riders on April 08, 2013, 04:20:43 pm
Great RR  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: White Rhino on April 08, 2013, 04:26:44 pm
:imaposer: :laughing4:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Wayne Duck on April 08, 2013, 05:25:29 pm
Jy het ons nou lekker vir n RIDE gevat..... :thumleft:

Pietcoke ek dink ons moet vir die man gaan kuier dat hy ons kan saam vat op sy "RIDE"  :thumleft:
Ek was HOEKA nog nooit daar by daai klomp helder liggies nie. :thumleft:

Glad I could make you all laugh!  ;)
Maybe I could start an "adventure scooter tours" business here   :ricky:
(Riebeeker) Sorry it was Pietcoke talking about never having been here... let me know when and I'll gladly show you around "my home" for the past nine years! I'm also not one for the "helder liggies" hence my regular escapes into the bush on my 990  8)
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Beagle Boy on April 08, 2013, 08:37:49 pm
Fantastic RR  :lol8:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Wayne Duck on April 08, 2013, 08:51:59 pm
Imagine how well you scoot would perform with knobblies! :laughing4: lekker RR! :thumleft:

No doubt  :)  But the thing has no suspension worth talking about, and it's very difficult to stand while going over the rough bits   ;D
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Casting from Turd on April 09, 2013, 07:02:21 am
Would love to see you "meerkat" on that scooter.. great RR
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Pietcoke on April 09, 2013, 07:40:11 am
Jy het ons nou lekker vir n RIDE gevat..... :thumleft:

Pietcoke ek dink ons moet vir die man gaan kuier dat hy ons kan saam vat op sy "RIDE"  :thumleft:
Ek was HOEKA nog nooit daar by daai klomp helder liggies nie. :thumleft:

Glad I could make you all laugh!  ;)
Maybe I could start an "adventure scooter tours" business here   :ricky:
(Riebeeker) Sorry it was Pietcoke talking about never having been here... let me know when and I'll gladly show you around "my home" for the past nine years! I'm also not one for the "helder liggies" hence my regular escapes into the bush on my 990  8)
I would rather spend my money exploring your area than "feeding those hungry machines". :thumleft:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: DRAZIL on April 09, 2013, 09:08:54 am
awesome ride,you and Wolveseun will be great riding buds as he also likes taking a scooter to the outbacks :thumleft:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Swart Baard on April 09, 2013, 10:01:24 am
Excellent RR   ;D  :ricky:

Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Wayne Duck on April 09, 2013, 12:12:32 pm
Would love to see you "meerkat" on that scooter.. great RR

Not a pretty sight  :eek7:  My height is much more suited to my 990!
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: COLES on July 10, 2013, 09:30:31 am

a youngster that worked for me some time back left his home to fetch the newspaper and ended up in Storms River Village and just missed Elvis
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Geotraveller on July 11, 2013, 07:33:10 pm
Loved it, specially the "climb" and "switchbacks" up to the tee-off at the 8th, Lost City if I am correct?
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: spoedvark on July 11, 2013, 09:21:23 pm
Lucky Bliksem!!!!!
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Wayne Duck on July 12, 2013, 11:33:23 am
Loved it, specially the "climb" and "switchbacks" up to the tee-off at the 8th, Lost City if I am correct?

Ha ha, yes thats the one!  ;)
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Geotraveller on July 12, 2013, 03:34:36 pm
Loved it, specially the "climb" and "switchbacks" up to the tee-off at the 8th, Lost City if I am correct?

Ha ha, yes thats the one!  ;)

 :imaposer: Brilliantly done.
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Bazinga on July 15, 2013, 10:19:16 am
 :imaposer: :ricky:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Iron Shark on July 15, 2013, 11:37:50 am
Nice RR Wayne, good to see you still keeping well that side !!!   :thumleft:

Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Bring It On on August 07, 2013, 10:00:15 pm
Excellent RR :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Very well done & put together. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: COLES on August 08, 2013, 07:46:53 am

scoots in the bush     Volveseun has also ridden the Baviaans on a scoot
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: GO GIRL on August 08, 2013, 08:54:58 am
Food for the Soul .... ;) ;)
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Wayne Duck on April 16, 2020, 07:43:19 pm
Been reading these old ride reports of mine...this one is quite relevant to the lockdown we now find ourselves in  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Ri on April 16, 2020, 09:22:03 pm
 :ricky:

Fun ride report - thanks!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Slim Jim on April 17, 2020, 06:57:30 am
you had me going there! I was thinking you LUCKY BUGGER!!!! well I still am . [ awsome RR]
Cheers
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: 8 min Mark on April 17, 2020, 08:23:16 am
Very relevant, I had to check dates and then realized its 7 years ago.


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Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Andyg on April 21, 2020, 12:52:31 pm
Hi Wayne,

Are you still in Underberg. We were there a couple of months ago on a ride and stayed at The Shed.

Need to come up again and do some more riding in the area.

Cheers,

Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Wayne Duck on April 23, 2020, 03:45:44 am
Hi Wayne,

Are you still in Underberg. We were there a couple of months ago on a ride and stayed at The Shed.

Need to come up again and do some more riding in the area.

Cheers,

Hello Andy,
Nope, we sold up in 2015. Been travelling and living in an Iveco Daily 4x4 camper since then.
Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: mike gs on April 23, 2020, 08:01:20 am
Hi Wayne,

Are you still in Underberg. We were there a couple of months ago on a ride and stayed at The Shed.

Need to come up again and do some more riding in the area.

Cheers,

Hello Andy,
Nope, we sold up in 2015. Been travelling and living in an Iveco Daily 4x4 camper since then.
Wayne, where are you and how are you managing lockdown?

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Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Wayne Duck on April 24, 2020, 05:57:51 am
Hello Mike,

We're actually not in SA at the moment....long story...
We were up in east africa,  planned on touring around there for two to three years. After eight months (Moz, Tan, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi) my wife's son called and told us he was getting married - he lives in the US!

So we picked up the pace a little and made our way back to SA (via Zam, Zim and Bots), stored the truck / our only home at a friend's place and, in March before this virus was even a concern,  we flew to Florida. Wedding done we are now stuck here!

We have our return tickets and airline is ready to fly...but SA has closed their airports as you know. A bit frustrating but at least we are comfortably accommodated with son and his new wife - no ways that we could have afforded to pay accommodation with our rather pathetic rand !!

Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: mike gs on April 24, 2020, 07:34:21 am
Lekker Wayne. You going to be staying a bit longer......it seems international travel still closed down here in ZA

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Title: Re: Fetching the Sunday newspaper, the long way 'round...
Post by: Wayne Duck on April 27, 2020, 04:41:39 am
Lekker Wayne. You going to be staying a bit longer......it seems international travel still closed down here in ZA

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Yip, it certainly seems like it!

Thanks,
Wayne