Wild Dog Adventure Riding

Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Jerrycan on December 20, 2007, 01:55:23 am

Title: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: Jerrycan on December 20, 2007, 01:55:23 am
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I've had this itch since Linda bought her TW two years ago as a first bike, riding behind her on the F650GS like a true gentleman at 90 kays an hour while she found her way on two wheels.  So in typical dog style I scratched where it itched, and it wasn't my balls, it was the simplicity of the mini thumper that intrigued me, and the fact that it was Yamaha.  I've had Mercury  and Mariner outboard motors until I discovered Yamaha, and besides, my very first bike was a Yam, only later did I switch to Boxer Beemers with Bing carbs, again because the simplicity and resulting reliability combined with ease of maintenance made biking a thing of relaxation rather than a thing of financial burden and grovelling in front of the bank manager when a BM water pump or even worse ECU needed replacement.  The TW is a rugged little machine, been in production for at least 15 years with only minor design changes through all those years, it has enough torque to warrant a 5 teeth drop in rear sprocket for a bit more tops and a major service gets done by self in under an hour and only cost 1.3 litres of oil, oil and air filters are re-useable.

For those of you who may think I'm farkin mad to go from R80GS and F650GS to a TW while there are 1200GS's and 950 Katooms available, I'll simply quote Chris Scott, one of the pioneers of adventure biking since these are exactly my sentiments after having been there, done it and getting the T-shirt: "The more you learn about overlanding biking the more you realise what you DON'T need; your bike becomes less of a "statement of your individuality and belief in personal freedom" and evolves into a functional and dispensable adventure tool.  Comfort comes as a result of function and freedom from worry; you may not turn heads, but in Asia or Africa, a few less heads turned will make your day."  Also read about the two ouks that criss-crossed Namibia on two Hyperama specials costing only about R16g'seach, 180 or 175cc jobs I think it was, the story is in this month's Bark Essay.

So I bought a TeeDub, cheap enough to be able to replace it should it one day disappear falling overboard a dug out canoe in the swamps or something like that, found a used one from a preacher-man who used it to visit his congregation members, (it was a holy TeeDub, all hell was ridden out of it, I found traces of a chain-snap and the barrel was about to disembark from the crankcase due to loose top bolts and it was pissing oil as a result) it had 7K kms on the clock, was same year model as Linda's which meant only one set of spares to take along on trip and I kitted it out fully, o-ring chain, sprockets, alu bars, GPS bracket, soft panniers, top box, tank bag, new tyres etc. and still had change left for a new Evo jacket and new boots after selling the Beemer.  This TeeDub is mine, not Wesbank's or ABSA's or any loan shark's.  That was two months ago, the next step was to see if as much fun could be had on the TeeDub as on the Beemer, this trip being the result...

The standard knobblies were replaced with dual sport tyres for a more vibration free ride (to Linda's disgust) and had to be taken for a test before the trip, so after some Gauteng rainstorms we went looking for mud and sand around town to get the feel for the new tyres, needless to say, with a bike weighing less than 130kg and a contact patch almost the size of a John Deere tractor tyre I could hardly feel a difference in the sand and mud.
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Packing for the trip, we had to cater for sleeping and cooking in the bush and fuel for 300-400 kays so we could skip the towns.  We did over do the packing thing, this trip was a trial run for the luggage racks I built and I never used soft panniers before so wanted to see if all systems work for future long trips.  We only took extra fuel on board when leaving Bothaville, 10l each and 4l water each, the rest was more bulk than weight, tent and sleeping bags and sleeping mats which in the end did not prove to be worth a sh#t, next trip will see an inflatable mattress and 12v accessory plugs for an inflator.
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As we passed the Grassmere tollgate it started pissing of course, but we had an ace up the sleeve, we packed our raingear including rubber over boots which proved a blessing before the day was out.. yeah, we looked like pharmacy delivery personnel rather than ADV riders but there was no bath or tumble dryer where we were going and there was a lady on trip with me.
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Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: Jerrycan on December 20, 2007, 02:06:46 am
20 kays past Bothaville in the Freestate we crossed the Vaal river for the second time and it was time to leave the tar en route to our hide-out on the riverbank on a family farm, no running water, no electricity and a long drop toilet, we arrived just after a storm passed and the road was snot and the dips flooded.  After letting the tyres down we pushed on, slipping and sliding, speaking in tongues until eventually we reached the sandy road turnoff to the cabin just before sunset, the TeeDubs did not miss a beat and sorry, no "bike-on-side-bones-in-air" pics, (touch wood) these bikes are manageable and light and we could not have chosen better tools for the job of getting us to the cabin through that mud.
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At the cabin we stripped off the raingear and our riding clobber was dry, mud free and clean, we slept like dogs, well, after we fell asleep, adrenalin is an aphrodisiac... 
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There was more rain to come so I schemed about a Mariner/TW conversion to get through the flooded dips but there was only one Mariner outboard and two TeeDubs.
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Sunday morning we caught a cuzzin of mine on his farm just before they left for church, I told him where we were aiming to go find the pans I saw on Google Earth and he happened to know the ouks that farm around there so after some negotiation at grassroots level as we spoke he made some calls to the ouks to let them know two bikes will be roaming the area looking for pans as seen on Google Earth.  Now reason why you don't just open farm gates and ride through around there is that most maize farmers switched to diamond farming, digging holes the likes of Kimberley gat since they discovered that there's an ancient riverbed under their mielielande containing diamonds and every foreigner around there is suspect of being a diamond thief and or government official of some sorts.  And most of these ouks are good shots since they all used to belong to the commandos during the years of communist threat to Safrica.  And most worrying to me was the fact that ATGATT  does not show much skin and with the raingear looking like delivery personnel and all, and the TW being delivery bike size an all, well, rather safe than sorry.  So after some phone calls were made we left to go find the first pan "as seen on Google Earth".  Some more snot roads and then we hit the sandy areas going through disused maize fields and zillions of rusted farm gates closed with wire and chains.  TeeDub tracks, Linda approaching and a giant mushroom with TeeDub behind, of course the mushroom looks bigger cause the bike is smaller than most of you ouks are used to but still the mushroom was moera-big, not like those organic jobs you see at Woollies.
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It was overcast still, no rain and farkin hot and humid, we, actually Linda, spotted the most amazing veld flowers after the rains and we had to stop to do "tra-la-la" pics of the TeeDubs Heidi & Peter style in the flowers.  Linda is the most amazing chic, she can be rugged, tomboy-style when needed but yet she can be the daintiest most gentle lady and then again a super-flirt real biker's chic when she feels like it.  I am the luckiest dog in the world to have had her for seven years now as a bitch and riding partner and photographic model and sleeping partner and business associate and pal...
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The first pan reached as planned, but a boring pan, not much vegetation around it, neither any interesting rock formations, but that I could not judge from Google Earth, but a kick-ass feeling never the less having gotten to it on bike.  The "look Ma, we were there pic."
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Lunchtime, we saw an abandoned farmhouse in the distance and made our way there for some shade to make coffee and have lunch.  I have a total fascination with ruins and abandoned dwellings, always sitting there in a moment of quiet wondering who lived there, whom they loved, what their dreams were, I can almost hear them cry, laugh and live in the quiet abandonment.  Most times you will find their graves or those of their loved ones there, children, wives or parents, and only the trees they planted many years ago remain proud giant tokens of civilisation there, the wind whispering through their living leaves, then I wish; if only the trees could tell..
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Some more snot and water, (when you hit the water hard enough the TeeDub's front wheel cut the spray wide enough so you and soft panniers stay dry) kind of a-la-Moses-split-the-lake style.  Then back onto the Harrisburg road taking the Koedoesdraai turnoff.  These tracks tell a tale of a cage almost losing it on the Koedoesdraai road-of-snot.
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Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: Jerrycan on December 20, 2007, 02:09:09 am
Now, I know Wild Dogs don't cry, but then again charred dogs can't ride, bit ashamed to tell, but you might have read my thread on what adventure is, and I grootbek tuned there of going to find a bridge I saw on the map.  What I did not know then was that there was going to be a mother-of-thunderstorms over the area where the bridge is and I read a thread on lightning and biking and did some more research on the subject in the meantime and man, I kaark myself for electrical storms and no, we did not go see that particular bridge but we saw the storm protecting it and the cloud formations around it.
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Another ruin, this one from the 1800's, first farmers there according to the locals.
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On to the next pan where we planned to overnight "as seen on Google E", and this one is a pleasant surprise since it cannot be seen until you basically ride into it.  In fact, it is so well hidden that according to James, the one legged farmer on who's property it is, it was earmarked as a secret emergency gathering point by PDub Botha & Sons in case of a communist/Russian/Cuban/alien invasion of Safrica.  You could hide an army there without anyone knowing, well, unless they have Google E and a GPS.  So after telling James who my cuzzin is and that my dad was school pals with him and that we plan to cold-camp with no fire and we won't leave plastic bags lying around for his cattle to constipate on and so on and Linda gave him "the smile" he agreed to let us camp at his pan for the night.  Some funny cactus growing in the rock plates and a smaller pan before the real thing.
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One of the highlights of the trip, the pan that's the stuff National Geographic writes about.  We'll just call it James's pan.  A massive pre-historic sandstone plate gave way for the pan to form, surrounded by amazing sandstone formations and shade trees.  There's even a few flamingos around.
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We scouted around and took some amazing pics as the sun set.  The ultra wide angle lens I schlepped along in the trekker camera backpack all the way proved itself worth every gram it weighs, it was indispensable to portray the expanse and solitude of the pan.
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Our campsite, the dots around in the darkness are not stars nor dead camera pixels, it's creatures checking us out 'cause walking towards them with a torch made them duck.  We sat in total darkness in front of our little tent for hours watching the wide expanse of bright stars over the pan and the flashing thunderstorms far off on the horizon.  The jackal cried his lonely song. Sipping hot coffee, you cannot help but scheme just being there makes you remember why you seek out places and circumstances like this, riding miles of muddy roads, hanging around on forums like this, drooling over maps, readying bikes for trips..moments like these are the reward and not commercially available for any sum of money, it's about who you are that makes it possible to appreciate and experience it for what it is.
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Next leg of the trip, on to Kommandodrift, hot as hell.  Passed through Makwassie, a small forgotten town, very clean and neat and then got off the tar again heading for the other bridge over the Vaal river, built in the 40's and still standing and used.  Smoke-break under a typical African Acasia tree and Linda in full kit sporting her new Arai helmet.
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Filling water bottles fresh from earth and a two legged monkey checking us out along the way to Kommandodrift bridge.
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The bridge, coffee boiling on the Armco barrier and a photo opportunity of note.  Did a shot for a poster for our wall.  Draped the ThinkBike vest over the top box of the rear TW while parked there after the second local farmer came round the corner fearlessly broad siding his bakkie to do so and then gunning it for the bridge when he sees there's no one on it. (It's a single track bridge & the TDub due to it's size might easily be mistaken for a local's bicycle parked there while said local is on ablution duties under the bridge)
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Linda crossing.  Little did we know that we would fly over this exact spot 3 days later at 800kmh and 10 000 meters high on our way to Cape town, we could even see the bridge from the plane and have the GPS track to prove it.
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Kommandodrif Winkel and reception for Kommandodrif Hengel oord.  Now this place is a gem for Adv riders, it has 7 odd bungalows at R80 pp, it's somewhat rundown but has breathtaking scenery and it's a stone throw from the bridge.  There's 3 different gravel roads leading to it and very important to most, it sports a bottle store.  It is run by auntie Hester and again after negotiating at grassroots level as we spoke I convinced her that the kinda ouks I'm going to tell about her spot are nature lovers on bikes.  She eventually declared that she will allow bikes but "DO NOT WANT BIKERS LIKE THOSE ON RALLIES DOING BROWNIES IN THE STREETS".  After some deep thought I concluded she meant throwing doughnuts in the streets rather than meaning kaarking in the streets.  But either way, don't kaark in her streets should you ever go there, you will nullify my lengthy laborious grassroots level discussions in the farking sweaty hot winkel with her.  (I could not take my jacket off during discussions since I was packing a CZ and that might have been interpreted as hostile barker attire resulting in a night in Bothaville hotel and there was another motherfarking electrical storm brooding outside.)  Meanwhile Linda was doing her Black Empowerment thing amongst the Black unempowered locals and I was just in time to catch one in mid air ungraciously abandoning bike to escape a moer-in mother cause she did not want to smile instead of cry for the camera.  Bookings: Hester (056)5153281 or 083 766 4141 and the spot: S27 29 08.2 E26 14 10.8 about 270kays from JHB.
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Bungalow A1, the one with the best view on the river and the bridge and cover for the TeeDubs.
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We settled in and grabbed some photo opportunities before dashing back to A1 when all hell broke loose and sat out the storm hoping it would leave us with some daylight for more riding on the property.  The storm approaching the bridge we crossed earlier.
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After the storm we did some riding checking out the amazing rock formations and Linda did the typical "moer through water" adventure rider shot of me doing the GS stance on the TeeDub. The erdvark holes in the grass are treacherous, most big enough to swallow a front wheel and send you head over gat into the grass.
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Reaching for dry jeans, caught in the act and a pic-in-mirror for an avatar for Linda whom by now have earned to be a Wild Dog bitch.
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Linda enjoying her first hot bath since we left home, the bath the size of a plaas dam.

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Last walk-about at Kommandodrif before hitting the road home.
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Another old disused metal bridge over the Vals river at Bothaville.
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High tailing it back home, had a flight to catch to Capetown the next day.
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The stats: We did just over 700kms in total, had no breakdowns or flats even though we carried repair kit.  The luggage racks and soft panniers worked out nice and so did the dual sport tyres. 

After thoughts:  Inflateable mattress, 3 man tent instead of 2 man tent so the camera bags and clothes can be kept dry in case of rain, all biscuits to be packed in tupperware containers to avoid eating just crumbs with bullybeef.  Crate with lid instead of Givi top box for trips, cannot strap anything on top of top box and the camera backpack limits the height of luggage that can be strapped to the pillion seat.

Linda and my ex F650GS
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And Linda and her TW200 about a year ago on trip to Northwest
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Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: Welsh on December 20, 2007, 06:12:19 am
Reaching for dry jeans, caught in the act and a pic-in-mirror for an avatar for Linda whom by now have earned to be a Wild Dog bitch.

May I be the first to say what a wonderful butt you have Linda...

(As an old Wild dog I wanted to say something about sniffing, but I could not work out how to without getting in the,  sorry banned) etc)...

Welsh  :-[ :-[
 
Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: JourneyMan on December 20, 2007, 06:17:45 am
Great photo's!

Lekker trip.

Nice bitch as well. :redface: :wink:

Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: luke on December 20, 2007, 06:45:00 am
Great pictures,awsome trip, well done meneer
Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: buzzlightyear on December 20, 2007, 07:06:07 am
Looks like you guys had a lekka trip. I like the creativeness in the photos, hmmmm also the last couple.

And there sure is a LOT of rubber on that TWs rear!

Thanks for a lekka report.
Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: Beemer Man (RIP) on December 20, 2007, 07:30:03 am
I think this bout sums it up

Eeich!!
Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: Tim on December 20, 2007, 08:14:33 am
Respect!  Great report, great photo's.
Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: Briekmerk on December 20, 2007, 08:28:40 am
First time with camera?
Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: Excalibur on December 20, 2007, 08:31:20 am
Efferything just beeaurifull Jerrycan ;)
Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: blazes on December 20, 2007, 08:42:05 am
Well done Jerrycan. Thank's for sharing some great moments in your journey with us all. Special and private one's at that. Thank's
Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: letsgofishing on December 20, 2007, 08:45:39 am
Some AWEOME pics there Jerrycan!!!
Great report as well!!!
Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: Madala on December 20, 2007, 09:21:06 am
Thanks for posting. Bikes ok, report good, photos great, chick stunning ;)
Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: Eisbein on December 20, 2007, 09:30:42 am
Awesome report, awesome photos, awesome ride!

Wow.

Very cool.


You are blessed having a lady that you can share all of this with.



edit - she also looks like a real sport.

Title: Re: One dog and a bitch on trip to Kommandodrift and lotsa pics.
Post by: bobnob on December 20, 2007, 09:39:19 am
Awesome stuff  ;D
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Post by: Ratel on December 20, 2007, 09:46:06 am
Some people just know how to press the right buttons...on their cameras ;D Some really good pictures there :thumbsup:
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Post by: GIDEON on December 20, 2007, 09:54:25 am
Very nice report awsome pictures
Great to see someone with a better halve both enjoyong this to the exstream

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Post by: Beemer Man (RIP) on December 20, 2007, 10:15:46 am
First time with camera?

You noticed as well!! ;D
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Post by: Toothpick on December 20, 2007, 10:28:45 am
This report is AWESOME!!!

You guys are very lucky to have each other to enjoy rides like this together.

GOOD, GOOD, GOOD !!!!!!

Pics are the BEST!!!
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Post by: masehare on December 20, 2007, 10:40:57 am
Although some of the pics made me blush  ;D ;D ;D, this is a mighty fine ride report. Thanks for sharing...
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Post by: Trailrider on December 20, 2007, 11:08:07 am
Awesome awesome report! That's what minimalistic touring and adventure is all about. Great bikes BTW. Good to see more 200's out there doing their thing. :thumleft:
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Post by: LostAussie on December 20, 2007, 11:17:38 am
 I salute you both  :salut:

It is this type of ride report and pictures that show's those from other parts of the world, what an awsome country RSA really is and for us to get out there and see as much of it as we can.



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Post by: ROOI on December 20, 2007, 11:57:52 am
DUDE U sure knows how to handle that camera , ;D Feel free to post more pics in the pics thread if not about a trip  ;)
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Post by: Colyn on December 20, 2007, 11:59:40 am
Some really nice shots ... thanks for sharing.
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Post by: zetman on December 20, 2007, 12:16:02 pm
WOW WOW WOW great report and some stunning shots oy i can like to take some  lessons one day
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Post by: SuperJuice on December 20, 2007, 12:17:08 pm
Great report, great pics!

Any chance your 'bitch' would like to become an honorary Boobism member?
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Post by: Humvee on December 20, 2007, 01:04:24 pm
And Linda and my ex Beemer (which I did not miss at all on this trip) and her and her TW about a year ago during a trip to Nortwest.
Sweet Bike wouldn't mind a long hard ride on that  >:D
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Post by: cloudgazer on December 20, 2007, 01:21:16 pm
Great report, great pics.

i share everybody else's sentiments - its awesome that you've got a better half who is just as enthusiastic as you about adventuring.

Your reasons for the TW made me have a moment's doubt abut buying my Dakar... cause your reasoning is perfect.
But it was only a moment's doubt, cause i've wanted one for so long. if i do ever regret my purchase I'm gonna hunt you down.

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Post by: Ratel on December 20, 2007, 09:18:37 pm
What camera do you use?
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Post by: plaasbrak on December 20, 2007, 09:44:21 pm
stuning fotos.hou so aan.hoop om somtime n paar tips te vang op jou special effects van fotografie
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Post by: Kev on December 21, 2007, 02:07:22 am
Wow! :thumleft: Very very good report. Thanks muchley for the show and tell.
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Post by: BirdDog on December 21, 2007, 07:51:59 am
Excellent photo's.... add to the atmosphere of the trip.
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Post by: Gryshond on December 21, 2007, 08:23:58 am
What camera do you use?

I also want to know which camera.
Great ride report, you should patent the Tdub with outboard so LGF can still go for a ride.
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Post by: SGB on December 21, 2007, 09:32:51 am
I can see why you have to put those copyright stamps on your pics.  They are all excellent shots.
And the riding and the 2 TW's makes for a good story too, well done to both of you!
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Post by: Eisbein on December 21, 2007, 10:29:32 am
What camera do you use?

I also want to know which camera.
Great ride report, you should patent the Tdub with outboard so LGF can still go for a ride.

I also thought that was very funny!

I like the 'T-Dub' name as well...

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Post by: Jerrycan on December 21, 2007, 10:45:04 am
What camera do you use?

I also want to know which camera.
Great ride report, you should patent the Tdub with outboard so LGF can still go for a ride.
Thanks all for the compliments, it makes the late night in front of the puter so much worth the while and nobody asked 'wat de moer het jy al die pad soontoe voor gery met 'n baaik as jy 'n kar het'
I use Nikon, always have, the D100 and D200 and I carry an Olympus SW720 on my handlebars, this little beaut is waterproof to 3m, shock and crushproof so after the worst I simply rinse it under a tap.  It's smaller than a packet of smokes and a whopping 7MP.
Most pics of this trip was done with the D200 but I'm looking out for a used D40x, it's more compact and cheaper to replace in case of mishap.
Thanks again for the feedback all ya dawgs ;)
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Post by: edgy on December 21, 2007, 12:19:02 pm
Awesome stuff Jerrycan-wow,photos,bikes and bird-wow
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Post by: keithk on December 22, 2007, 03:53:16 pm
Super pics and a great ride well done  :)
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Post by: LeonDude on December 22, 2007, 04:40:55 pm
Thanks, that was a super report, really enjoyed the photies and the story behind it.
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Post by: JourneyMan on December 22, 2007, 05:15:17 pm
Where did you get that floating dog paws? :scratch:  :mrgreen:
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Post by: topbox on December 22, 2007, 05:47:29 pm
Linda enjoying her first hot bath since we left home, the bath the size of a plaas dam.

(http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh22/derekvandermerwe/dec07Kommandodrift/066.jpg)

Linda and my ex F650GS
(http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh22/derekvandermerwe/dec07Kommandodrift/beautybeast.jpg)
(http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh22/derekvandermerwe/dec07Kommandodrift/beemer01.jpg)
 

2  questions.
in the first pic is that Palmolive and does it leave your skin as smooth as they say

did you use a centre stand to lift the Dakar like that ?
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Post by: buzzlightyear on December 22, 2007, 07:28:50 pm

did you use a centre stand to lift the Dakar like that ?


Can't you see the stand, or can't you move your eyes?  >:D
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Post by: Goose on December 22, 2007, 10:07:20 pm
Absolutely stunning - how lucky you are to have someone special like Linda to share these moments with. Greatest respect for her and her riding abilities. A model for others in the true sense of the word!  ;D
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Post by: Watty on December 22, 2007, 10:39:42 pm
(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/signs130.gif) An A1 report if there ever was one.  And really (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/signs154.gif)
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Post by: Jerrycan on December 25, 2007, 11:45:51 pm
 


2  questions.
in the first pic is that Palmolive and does it leave your skin as smooth as they say

did you use a centre stand to lift the Dakar like that ?
Not Palmolive, PAWolive, foam does this funny thing when Lin gets in the water.  Yip, the Beemer was on it's centerstand, but also on an anthill, that's why it looks so agressive, rising to the occasion with more bark than bite :P
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Post by: Jerrycan on December 26, 2007, 12:59:13 am
Great report, great pics.

i share everybody else's sentiments - its awesome that you've got a better half who is just as enthusiastic as you about adventuring.

Your reasons for the TW made me have a moment's doubt abut buying my Dakar... cause your reasoning is perfect.
But it was only a moment's doubt, cause i've wanted one for so long. if i do ever regret my purchase I'm gonna hunt you down.

You won't regret the Dakar, well, presuming you are house friends with the bank manager and you only use clean unleaded in it and you don't mind disassembling half the bike with a funny looking Allen key to check the battery water and you have a torch and mirror handy to check the oil and water levels and.......you bought it, you ride it, and as for hunting me down, well you won't find me on foot, I'm on a TDub... just tugging your boot ;)

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Post by: Jerrycan on December 26, 2007, 01:12:51 am
Although some of the pics made me blush  ;D ;D ;D, this is a mighty fine ride report. Thanks for sharing...
My apologies to the blushing oke's, I left the full full nude pics out of the ride report taking you into consideration. It might also offend the ATGATT obiding dawgs. ::)
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Post by: Jerrycan on December 26, 2007, 02:06:00 am
Great report, great pics!

Any chance your 'bitch' would like to become an honorary Boobism member?

You ask her yourself, she'll join the forum as soon as we're back from Umhloti, following Pgpatric there, he scooted down in one day on his TDub an I'm sure he had to seriaasly apply brakes when he got there not to end up in the mighty Indian ocean.  We'll be back with another ride report. 
Ps. Linda stated that riding the TDub on such long distances improves her passion gap ::) 
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Post by: Uiltjie on December 26, 2007, 02:21:26 am
What camera do you use?

I also want to know which camera.
Great ride report, you should patent the Tdub with outboard so LGF can still go for a ride.
Thanks all for the compliments, it makes the late night in front of the puter so much worth the while and nobody asked 'wat de moer het jy al die pad soontoe voor gery met 'n baaik as jy 'n kar het'
I use Nikon, always have, the D100 and D200 and I carry an Olympus SW720 on my handlebars, this little beaut is waterproof to 3m, shock and crushproof so after the worst I simply rinse it under a tap.  It's smaller than a packet of smokes and a whopping 7MP.
Most pics of this trip was done with the D200 but I'm looking out for a used D40x, it's more compact and cheaper to replace in case of mishap.
Thanks again for the feedback all ya dawgs ;)

Aha! Another Nikon fan!  What WA lens was that?  The 12-24 Nikkor?

Fantastic shots!
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Post by: Jerrycan on January 01, 2008, 02:05:24 pm
10-20mm Sigma, stunning lens and pin sharp.
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Post by: Wild Hearted Son on January 01, 2008, 05:33:24 pm
- Great bikes
- Lovely lady
- Africa

what more do you need from life ?

My compliments 
Sublime pictures & a great ride report

regards
WHS >:D

PS Now if I could only persuade Mrs WHS to adopt the same attitude..........
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Post by: Jerrycan on January 02, 2008, 12:23:02 am
- Great bikes
- Lovely lady
- Africa

what more do you need from life ?

My compliments 
Sublime pictures & a great ride report

regards
WHS >:D

PS Now if I could only persuade Mrs WHS to adopt the same attitude..........

Easy, buy her a TW and you might find yourself on one soon too.. ::) Is what happened to me..
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Post by: Lourens ツ on January 02, 2008, 10:12:30 am

Most pics of this trip was done with the D200 but I'm looking out for a used D40x, it's more compact and cheaper to replace in case of mishap.


Rather look for a 2nd hand D70 or D70s because the D40 does not have an internal focusing motor and can only use lenses that have their own focusing motors(AF-S or AF-I lenses).

Just make sure that your Sigma 10-20mm have an internal focusing motor. 

BTW - I love your ride report.  Great pics!

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Post by: dakar wannabee on January 02, 2008, 09:19:03 pm
When can I ride with "one dog and a bitch"?

No tripod required to steady the Camera - I have a third leg ...
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Post by: Jerrycan on January 02, 2008, 09:44:24 pm
When can I ride with "one dog and a bitch"?

No tripod required to steady the Camera - I have a third leg ...
???HUH???
Sorry boet, TW's toolkit does not include tweezers so I dunno about that third leg.
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Post by: Watty on January 02, 2008, 09:55:40 pm
When can I ride with "one dog and a bitch"?

No tripod required to steady the Camera - I have a third leg ...

Answer - follow link below: >:(

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=16.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=16.0)
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Post by: dakar wannabee on January 02, 2008, 10:05:40 pm
You cut me deep Shrek
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Post by: tylerdurden on January 02, 2008, 10:15:53 pm
Awesome trip, awesome bikes and awesome photos!!!!
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Post by: Jerrycan on January 02, 2008, 11:15:11 pm

Most pics of this trip was done with the D200 but I'm looking out for a used D40x, it's more compact and cheaper to replace in case of mishap.


Rather look for a 2nd hand D70 or D70s because the D40 does not have an internal focusing motor and can only use lenses that have their own focusing motors(AF-S or AF-I lenses).

Just make sure that your Sigma 10-20mm have an internal focusing motor. 

BTW - I love your ride report.  Great pics!


Thanks for the info, the 2 lenses I plan to take on trips both have hypersonic motors but will test them first to see if they'll work, my older Nikkors wont work though, the 85 1.8 and 60 macro will have to stay home, but those are speciality lenses anyway.
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Post by: Iron Shark on January 13, 2008, 06:29:51 pm
Hey You 2, just want to say that you guys do great reports, pics the lot, SHIT HOT!!!

As you said and I quote, "Linda is the most amazing chic, she can be rugged, tomboy-style when needed but yet she can be the daintiest most gentle lady and then again a super-flirt real biker's chic when she feels like it.  I am the luckiest dog in the world to have had her for seven years now as a bitch and riding partner and photographic model and sleeping partner and business associate and pal..." You are a very luck man Jerrycan, all the very best for all your future trips together may the be looonggg ones!!!

As for being embaresed, well well, rather pm me a few of them pics.....  ;D ;D

Just another dog barking along.....

 :) ;D :)
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Post by: Ambro on January 14, 2008, 03:22:37 pm
 Guess whose posts ill be reading first from now on !great great reports guys and gals  do you do photography professionally? they are awesome and i've seen lots
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Post by: Zonkelnut on January 14, 2008, 04:50:29 pm
O yes. Uhm ... sjoe ... nice one ...
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Post by: Welsh on January 14, 2008, 07:22:45 pm
O yes. Uhm ... sjoe ... nice one ...

Howzit Zonk, she would make a lovely Fairy???
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Post by: Zonkelnut on January 15, 2008, 02:20:58 pm
Sure would Welsh. See my new fairy pic, it was inspired by her. not to bad looking hey?
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Post by: GG on January 15, 2008, 04:35:53 pm
Great writing great pics, thanks
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Post by: JdJ on January 16, 2008, 12:37:21 pm
Pakslae....en baie daarvan.

 >:D >:D >:D
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Post by: Poffmuis on January 16, 2008, 10:36:53 pm
Wow  ;)
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Post by: allover on January 18, 2008, 09:11:42 am
Wow  ;)
Wow se moer dis gefonk wow


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Post by: Captain Zef on February 10, 2008, 10:18:20 am
Great pics
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Post by: GSing on February 10, 2008, 07:57:32 pm
GR8 Report Jerrycan!! Awesome pics!!

Please let me know when your are starting your Photography 101 classes, I would like to book.
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Post by: Welsh on February 10, 2008, 08:56:08 pm
Sure would Welsh. See my new fairy pic, it was inspired by her. not to bad looking hey?

Very nice Zonk, I am riding nil at the moment, meeting to meeting to home and bugger off again, not amusing, beers this week though if you can fly in?

Welsh  ;D ;D
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Post by: cono on February 19, 2008, 09:03:29 am
Having a look at the real artistic photographs, (you know what I mean, nudge, nudge, wink, wink), it is clearly obvious that the rest of the WildDog Troop, will never get to ride on these trips with Dereck & Linda.

I mean like, I've seen some of you ou's fats butts and believe me, the last thing I want to see is that in a photograph.

By the way Dawgs, I had the privilege to meet Dereck & Linda, where I sat next to Linda on a Friday evening for drinks (from here on, we will no longer share our watering hole, being the Keg in ConstantiaKloof, West Rand), with anyone who is not invited.

She is a friendly and happy lady. I will have to say, Dereck from across the table eyed me like a hawk, watching my every move and hanging onto my every word I chatted to Linda. Who knows, perhaps he was jealous of this graying potbellied KLR650 rider. I mean like, my bike is bigger than his.

And is this Forum, not what it is all about, excitement and fantasy, living a dream through the words and lenses of others. Many of us will never get to ride through Boksburg & Benoni to Springs, let alone Moz & Nam.

But here through the sharing of Jerrycan & TDuBitch, many of us can live the dream.

Thanks to Derek & Linda for their uninhibited sharing, great photos and commentary.
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Post by: grizz on February 22, 2009, 11:35:09 pm
Awesome report Jerrycan.

Just read it now, after looking at your TW for sale thread.

Great photography skills and great report writing.