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Title: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Gerrard on October 14, 2013, 09:07:32 pm
Ever wondered why Buddha has that serene expression and silly smile on his face... he's tuning The Blues in his head of course  :biggrin:

Koedoeskloof has now become my no 1 Serenity spot and what better place to go for a weekend of Blues music, good company... and a slow cruise on the bike. It would be my fourth visit this year.  :3some:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 14, 2013, 09:15:05 pm
When I saw the Plan a Ride for the Blues Weekend at Koedoeskloof there was no question I'd be there. Its a bad time of the year for me to take off, but every now and again you gotta say to yourself "what the fuck !"

Plans were made and fell apart... and then came together again by default. I'll not bore you with all the detail, but on last Friday morning, the 11th, I was packed early and ready to go... riding alone. It all just fell in place and I knew exactly how I wanted to do this ride


Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 14, 2013, 09:19:50 pm
I get on the N2 West, set the throttle, put my feet on the cruiser pegs and lean back against my topbag... you just know that feeling when you doing the right thing. I'm completely at peace with myself.

This poster is worth a thousand words
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Mr Zog on October 14, 2013, 09:24:40 pm
Ek sit terug en ry rustig saam...  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Footpeg se PA on October 14, 2013, 09:28:41 pm
Lekker man, en DESEMBER DOEN ONS DIT WEER!!!!!! :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 14, 2013, 09:31:03 pm
Here's the plan... there's no rush. If I make Koedoeskloof tonight its Ok, if not Its also OK, because at first the idea had been to leave Friday afternoon only, sleep somewhere and get there Saturday during the day sometime.

When it became apparent on thursday evening that my friend Innis would not be joining me anymore, I decided to leave early and do Baviaans... slowly, so I could take some notes and pics to update my BAVIAANS CONDITIONS (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=120704.0) thread. After that I'd see how far I get for the day, because there were a few other turns I wanted to ride as well.

I've often done these roads, but there's always some roads along the way that I'm going to do one day. This weekend would be 'one day' and I would add a few roads to my " head map"
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 14, 2013, 09:33:46 pm
Lekker man, en DESEMBER DOEN ONS DIT WEER!!!!!! :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

Ek het 'n paar mooi paaie raakgery die naweek, wat jy meskien ken, en wat ons die Sondag met die 'dayride' gaan doen.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Footpeg se PA on October 14, 2013, 09:38:18 pm
Kan nie meer wag nie :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 14, 2013, 09:42:08 pm
It would also be one of those rides where I stop at some places where i usually just cruise by, but everytime wonder about.

I get to Hankey and pull in at the lookout point over the valley. The metropolis of Hankey and views towards the mountain.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 14, 2013, 09:45:27 pm
Saartjie Baartman's grave. Always wondered about it... never been able to make up my mind what to make of it, but it is someones history and culture, so one should respect it.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 14, 2013, 09:47:51 pm
I had timed it to be at Tolbos in Patensie at eight, when they open for brekfis, and then the ride would start, of which I'll tell you more tomorrow  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: stan1975 on October 14, 2013, 09:58:56 pm
Nice Jup, looking forward to the rest  :thumleft:

3 weeks from today and I'll be sleeping in the Baviaans.

Was chatting to my folks on the weekend and they tell me it's incredibly dry and windy...
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 14, 2013, 10:10:33 pm
Friday was a beautiful day to ride Baviaans. The Onderkloof is green as you will see, but the Bo-kloof is dry.

Its often asked how long it takes and how far it is from here to there. So this is what I did... I timed the ride and took measurements to main waypoints. I'll add it to the RR and post separately on my BAVIAANS  thread.

I rode real slow, took lots of pics and lost half an hour to do a fix. I did it in such a way that I could have taken a gravel Newby with me safely, or like a newby, pillioning on a big bike, would be able to do.

Total distance on gravel is about 175km and it took 5 1/2 hours (excluding the 1/2 hour). So you average about 30 - 35km/h. The road is good and safe for DS and the waterlevels low. I would classify it Blue route, with a bit of Orange here and there.

I'll tell you about it as we ride along.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 11:08:42 am
I left my notebook at home, but feel like writing a bit, so I'll update some riding stats later.

After a scrumptous breakfast I leave Patensie just after nine and almost get taken out by a taxi on the way to get to gravel.

1. The first sign that I'm on my way to Baviaans

2. Going on to gravel at Heroncliff on the Grootrivier. As the river flows, this is just before Andrieskraal where the Kouga- and Grootrivier become the Gamtoos river. Also a Parks camp, although the facilities are not as great as Kondomo.

As always the first 20km of the kloof to Poorties is good gravel Highway.

3. Crossing the Grootrivier at Bruinjieskraal.

4. Kudu Kaya turn-off, although I've not been there, I believe its another good spot to stay.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Casting from Turd on October 15, 2013, 11:18:45 am
Nice one Jup
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 11:20:56 am
1. I get to the Eastern gate at Poortjies and pay my dues. Still R20.00

2. Going through the Poort, and just before I get to Combrinks the first pass. Never take Baviaans for granted. Its dry, but most of the cement driffies have a bit of water on them. Just enough for a bit of snotglad moss to grow, so take it easy.

3. The views climbing up Combrinks is spectacular. Take your time and stop to look back. That's where the good pictures are.

4. Combrinks is an 8km climb with some narrow twisties. Overall the surface is good with some washed out rocks. There's no need really to 'pick' a line. Just ride and hold your line with a steady throttle. Our bikes will just climb over anything you may encounter. I would classify it orange route though.

In the middle of the pic, at the top, is where we are heading to cross the mountain and get on to Bergplaas.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Hando on October 15, 2013, 11:30:04 am
subskraaib..

Gooi hom oom Jup.

Ek begin werk aan n plan om in Maart van hier af tot by my broer in Alexandria te ry en dan weer terug . So n 11 dae trippie.

En dit sal Baviaans insluit. Ek het nog nooit die hele Baviaans gedoen nie.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Dwerg on October 15, 2013, 11:32:44 am
:happy1:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 11:37:58 am
1. What has by now become my signature Baviaans pic at the top of Combrinks

2. Accross Bergplaas and the view on the other side. Its an easy gravel ride, but beware,... there are buck up there sometimes and when you appraoch, they heve to get to the other side of the road.

3. Starting down Holgat. Its cement spoor most of the way, broken up in places and gets a bit steep, with tight turns here and there. Again, no need to pick a line... where the path is broken you just hold your line, on whatever side you're comfortable with, and keep your momentum

4. Looking South West somewhere along Holgat.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Wooly Bugger on October 15, 2013, 11:47:45 am
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Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 11:51:48 am
As I ride down I keep hearing this knocking sound coming from the dash. Can't find anything loose and then it happens. There's a moer of a racket as the front suspension compresses on the down hill. I had heard that sound once before when the AT's mudguard jammed on the front wheel. Something jams and locks the steering as I go around the corner. I jerk the steering to correct and it locks the other way heading for the cliff. Its a close call and they would still have been looking for me at the bottom of the cliff.

1. The culprit. I had been working and experimenting with the crashbars. Thought it good to dampen the brace on the cross bar to lessen vibration. Left those studs too long and it jammed on the mudguard as the suspension compressed. Eish !

When you consider my total riding time through the Kloof, bear in mind I spent 1/2 hour here removing that damper. It was getting hot.

2. Just a pic showing you the track. That corner at the top of the pic is where I almost bought it.

3. And another view. Problem of course is that the whole of Baviaans is a VIEW and its difficult to decide where to take pics and not. So I always try and take pics of diffirent places on my rides.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 12:03:33 pm
1. Our next way point id the Parks campsite at Doodsklip. Can't say if it is still being used.

2. You then climb a nice little pass from the top of which you look accross the vally to the climp that leads to Rooihoek, another Parks camp and very popular one.

This little climp and the next is again good surface with some washed out rock. Nothing serious.

3. The turn-off to Rooihoek.

4. After Rooihoek, and after the top of another little pass, you descend to Elandsvlakte where you see the back of the Kouga dam. No water !.

When you get down in Elandsvlakte, you are on your way to Smitskraal. We are now in buffalo terretory.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: melvman on October 15, 2013, 12:04:42 pm
Lekker, man.....
lekker..
 :happy1:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Lem on October 15, 2013, 12:21:30 pm
subscribed  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 12:21:43 pm
Let me not forget to tell you how much I'm enjoying the ride. I am seriously going nowhere slowly. I know every part of the route well, but am not even thinking what lies ahead in the next few kilometers. Every now and again I stop, just look and ponder. The journey today truly is my only destination.

I have done Baviaans countless times in the last 30 years, in all conditions. Today (I think its my 4th or 5th this year) was my most enjoyable ride and the way it should be done. If you want to do yourself a favour, take a day to ride Baviaans. Start in Patensie and end at Uitspan, or the other way around.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 12:37:59 pm
Smitskraal. As you cruise down Elandsvlakte take it easy. The buffalo live deep in the side klowe but they do venture into the valley. You will recall a guy was killed here about a year or so ago. You might even be lucky one day to see one.

What you should do (after shitting yourself) should you bump into buffalo, I have no idea. Take a pic and RUN.

1. Start of the crossing. At the top, around the corner is the island which gives you the indication of the waterlevel to expect.

2. The Island, looking back

3. The crossing. Its river stone and tricky. You take in in first gear and keep momentum. Don't look down and you cross on the right. Do not go onto, or cross the middle mannetjie. Its rough.

You can see the water is shallow, about ankle deep,

4. ...and hardly splashed on the footpegs of my bike.

5. Nice braai spot
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: the_BOBNOB on October 15, 2013, 12:49:50 pm
kan nou maar weer tyd raak vir die EC bash  :P

eks weer lus vir baviaans  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 12:50:09 pm
You wind through the valley a bit and then climb a tight, twisty pass. The road surface is good.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 12:51:45 pm
kan nou maar weer tyd raak vir die EC bash  :P

eks weer lus vir baviaans  :ricky:

Selwers. Die beplanning is al onderweg  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Malibu on October 15, 2013, 12:55:22 pm
YES!  *sub*  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 12:58:03 pm
1. On the other side you in the valley again on your way to Geelhoutbos and some sections you will ride in river bed spoor. Its dry now, but once, in about 2007 I did a mountain bike race here when we rode these sections in water. We walked Smitskraal with the wheels of our mountain bikes covered under water.

2. This toppie also thought Friday was a good day to cruise Baviaans

3. More river bed spoor

4. Some sections are wet
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 01:07:08 pm
1. Next thing I note my camera is gone. I'd been riding with it in the open handle bar bag to get to it easily. I've just gone over a rough section and knew it had bumped out. Disaster. Its a hundred meters or so to where I took the last pic at that wet spot so I turn around to go look for it. No luck and I'm totally despondent.

2. Around again and carry on, but I go slow to where I stopped, still looking and hoping... and then I almost ride over it. Man I was glad to find it.  :biggrin: And no damage

3. And then we get to the entrance of Geelhoutbos, another Parks campsite, but last I've heard its closed. Don't know why.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 01:19:13 pm
1. After Geelhoutbos there are a good few cement driffies of varying depth most with water in. About the fourth or fifth one you have to watch for. Its got a hole on the left that I've seen swallow a GSA in the wet. Even though its dry now, the crossing on the right still covered the axles of my bike.

2. Then in the middle of nowhere you will find this ncaravan with ice cold drinks...

3. And nice clean flushing toilets

After this you will find one more tricky river bed crossing before you leave the park. This one is the exception and you cross it on the LEFT. I did not take a pic this time, but here is one from a previous ride in March this year with Dozer styling it.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Scenic Ride on October 15, 2013, 01:48:11 pm
Ek geniet hierdie RR,  dankie baie vir die moeite!
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Post by: Barbelas on October 15, 2013, 01:59:49 pm
Eish  one day (dreaming )
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Kerritz on October 15, 2013, 02:10:00 pm
Lekker Jup...goeie werk soos altyd. Sien uit na die res.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Dusty on October 15, 2013, 02:30:06 pm
Very comprehensive report, thank you  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 02:41:30 pm
Then we are out of the park, past Zandvlakte, the home of Piet and Mariette Kruger, with good accomodation

1. Now the bo-Kloof opens up in front of you and we get to the gate of Doornkloof Boskamp. There in the back is where we have The Bash.

From here, for the next 80km or so, the road undulates, with here and there a sharp section. You still take care as you ride.

2. Its now rather hot and I take a breather in Studtispoort

3. For some reason the bo-kloof is mostly just a way to get out of, or into, Baviaans and you seldom see pics of it, yet it has its own beauty
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 02:50:56 pm
Some way on you pass Hungu. You'll recognise it by a climb up a hill, followed by a drop into a little valley around which the road horse shoes, climbing out the other side again. In the valley farms the Erasmusse of the Rassie Erasmus clan. Its on that hill, climbing out the other way, I had my first ever off on a bike some years ago, going too fast.

1. The next marker is Duiwekloof and before you get there is a liitle kiosk next to the road. I've ridden past it many times and always wondered, but this is a ride of stops, and I stop.

2. I'm long overdue for a cup of coffee. A lovely lady, by the name of Veronica, attends on me and sure, I can have a cup of coffee. They've been living there for 25 years. A worthwhile stop and I enjoy my koffee under the trees. Pure serenity.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 02:58:23 pm
1. On we go, and just past Makadaat, before I get to Uitspan I come accross this group of ladies walking through the kloof  :eek7: on a five day trek.

2. The entrance to Uitspan. Great place to stay and more charming hosts than Nico and Christine Smit you will not easily find. (Makadaat is now 2km behind us)

3. 2km further and you will find the entrance to Nuwekloof pass.

4. Again, the whole pass is a view, and one of my favourites. Take it easy, its good flat surface, but always gravelly
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 03:00:48 pm
Exit the pass, and as you take the final climb out of the kloof, I know there is a good pic behind me
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 03:10:50 pm
1. At the top I take the gravel to Uniondale. Its two o'clock in the afternoon. 5 hours of leisure ride to get here.

2. Some distance in you get this turn-off which says Uniondale. That is the Vaalwater road, a nice undulating cruise through the hills. If you go straight, you're on the Hartebeesrivier road. Both take you to the N9, the latter through a big game farm

3. I've not done the Vaalwater road from this direction, so I take it. You get these long, "roads in the distance" straights,... feet up, lean back and cruise with the wind in your face.

4. The beauty of a throttle lock... taking pics while riding.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 03:17:18 pm
At around three I arrive in the metropolis of Uniondale for a coffee, coke and sandwich. The little place I park off in has some nice old stuff.

Its really become a nice little town.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 03:28:48 pm
As I'm in no hurry I spend a leisurely hour there on the stoep. Its four o'clock and decdision time, but I don't want to make any, just ride.

Initially the plan had been to make it to Uniondale late afternoon and then sleepover at a place called Eagle Falls on the Kamanasie, and get to Koedoeskloof sometime Saturday. Its too early to stop riding, but I decide to go see Eagle Falls in any case.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: jaybiker on October 15, 2013, 04:11:29 pm
Don't stop now, Jup. :sip:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 05:42:55 pm
Some time ago I get a call from a guy called Michal, who owns the resort called Eagle Falls in the Kamanasie. He has heard about the bike get together I arranged at Doornkloof and would like me to come and see he's place and maybe do something there. I promised I'd come around when I go that way again.

Today I'm going that way again, so I give him a call to get directions... and had a really good laugh. Take the Kamanasie road and after the second cement driffie you'll see a big stone on the left. Drive past it. A little futher there is a skew fencepost on the right and some yellow flowers. When you've gone over the third driffie you've goine to far. After the red painted gateposts you'll go up a hill and on the top is a Coca Cola sign bord with Eagle Falls written on it, but it is faded so you won't be able to read it, but you'll recognise the spot by the orchard on the left... and sometimes birds sit on the fence so you can't miss it. Turn left at that road and drive 3km to Eagle Falls. If you see Table Mountain, You're lost  :imaposer: Now where have I heard someone give directions like that before, but I found the place.

Nice views driving along the Kamanasie road



Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 05:52:35 pm
I get to Eagle Falls and meet Michal. A friendly oke who wants to please. Really nice place with excellent facilities. Restaurant, bar, fixed accomodation, camping, BIG lapa, communal kitchen and decent ablutions. They do catering on site and anything you want. Lots of outdoor activities.

I would not be embarrassed to arrange a jol there, but not the bash. Although for bash weekend I won't mind picking up the kitchen and lapa and putting it at Doornkloof. I can see Marissa having a jol in that kitchen. A weekend get together for say 30 peolple or so would be great.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 06:13:01 pm
Those of you taht have done the Paardepoort road from harold to Deyselsdorp will know the fourway cross just as you come out the poort. I've always wondered where the cross road comes from and goes to.

I gather Michal knows the area well and ask him to explain how to get on that road that will take me to the crossing. Again he spins my head and Table Mountain is not one of the waypoints. But I have an idea where I'm going and if it goes pear shaped I'll find the R62.

I head of towards and past Buffelsdrif (just typing that name gives me a rilling. Those who have read the RR of Lyn and my travels will get it)

1. When doing that RR, I came accross pics of a random ride we did and could not place this pic.

2. Here it is again and now I know, on the Kamanasie road just past Buffelsdrif, before you get to Daskop.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 06:21:29 pm
At Daskop I keep left at the dog leg (right takes you to Deyselsdorp) Now I have to look for a road to the right before I go out the mountains. The turn-off is on a sharp right hand bend and I'll see it when I see two workers cottages accross a small valley. Ja-nee.

But its easy. As I approach I can see the road along the mountain I want to be on and easily find the turn-off. I turn right and get on to a beautiful rd with nice views. Its late, past six and I'm having a great ride. I'm still not sure where I'm going to end up, but right now I'm having fun


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Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 06:28:38 pm
1. So it brings me to the fourway cross and now I know and I'm happy. Another road added to my headmap

2. I carry on and it takes me to the R62 on the way to Oudtshoorn at this turn-off... another one I've wondered about for the past thirty years.

Now its time to make a decision. Secretly, in the back of my mind I had the idea that, should I make it to Oudtshoorn to get groceries, and enough time to get to the top of Rooibergpass with light to spare, I would have stealth camped there at the stone cairn. But I was not going to make it, so Koedoeskloof here I come. It will be dark by then. No need to rush in any case then.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 06:43:15 pm
I need coffee, but the Wimpy in Oudtshoorn is closed and I'm too lazy to turn around in traffic to find a coffe shop. Die Dorpshuis in Calitzdorp it will be. The sun is getting low and I have difficulty seeing ahead. The last time I had seen De Hoop church was in 1983 when I walked past it on a Vasbyt during NS. Not a good memory and through the years I often driven past it with a reminder to turn off one day and take some pics.

1 & 2. I take the turn-off to get those pics, while I wait for the sun to drop behind the mountains.

3. Its near dark and I head for Calitzdorp for that promised cup of koffee.

Here I wait it out 'till its properly dark and head for Koedoeskloof, and a good jol awaiting, where I arrive around half past seven ( but not before almost stupidly killing myself in Huisrivier pass over taking a truck on the inside of a blind corner, in the face of oncoming traffic. Why, after such a great day of superchilled riding, I would now get impatient is beyond my comprhension, but shit happens and I'm just glad I'm here to tell you about it)
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 07:06:38 pm
Friday night chillin' around the braai. This was before Veltie had started pulling his beard out, but with Blommie as calm as ever.

1. Kaboef and Lucky Striker with his back to us

2. Nicky and Engela, new ladies to the pack and friends of Dusty who is hiding in the shadows

3. Veltie and Blommie. Don't know the other two in the middle

4. Half of Mof and Lizanne
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 07:14:37 pm
1. A pretty lady I don't know, and then Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee again, Lucky Striker and Kaboef (hiding from the camera)
    (EDIT : I now see it is Elzanne, Hinksding's Merrie  :biggrin: )

2. Heimer jawing it as usual

3. Some more people

4. An oke I don't know and Moeder Yster.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: cheesy on October 15, 2013, 07:49:55 pm
Jup you have a way with words and a darn good eye for photos. I am enjoying this report immensely, thank you.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 08:01:43 pm
Jup you have a way with words and a darn good eye for photos. I am enjoying this report immensely, thank you.

Thanks. Makes it easier when you share something you love doing... and I live to ride my bike.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 08:11:50 pm
I'm the last one to head off to the tents at about twelve, but we won't be sleeping just yet. The Twins had decided they are now clever enough to solve the worlds problems and were lying in front of LS's tent brumbling away. It was a not to unpleasant drone that sent me drowsing... (but was kept awake by the interruptions in the narrations all the time  >:D ) I think they are however still trying to figure out why the wheel is round.  :imaposer:

All would have been well, untill something set LS of laughing and then Kaboef joined as well. LS does not just laugh, he gets hysterical and then you start laughing. The mountain bikers who had to get up at dassie pis the next morning would not have thought it funny, as I think they then woke everyone up.

But all's good and we had fun. Next morning we were up early checking the bikes for the day's ride and getting coffee. It promised good , but turned out hoorible blistery day.

Always a pretty site seeing the bikes parked and waiting
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 08:26:32 pm
Most of the guys were taking short rides on the Saturday. The weather did not hold promise, but what the hell.

Ls and Kaboef had never done the Groenfontein road from Calitzdorp to Kruisrivier and we had decided to do that. I was on the road for 12 hours yesterday and tired. My riding mojo does not want to come, but I still enjoy the ride through the 22km poort to Kruisrivier. We take a smokebreak at Kruisrivier and the other two let know their mojo is not good either.

LS had never done Gamkaskloof and they decide to go. Its too much for me so we part our ways.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 08:33:11 pm
I take the Redhills road to the R62, a new one for me and what beautiful views. I don't take all the pics, but nevertheless stop every now and then to enjoy the views
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 08:36:10 pm
Back on the R62 the wind is howling, making for a very unpleasant ride. I get through Huisruvier pass safely this time and take the gravel road  Opsoek to Zoar
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 08:41:38 pm
Girls with Bikes. They had poor DRAZIL all gagga the whole weekend.   :3some:

I got back to Koedoeskloof and found them doing what us bikers love doing... standing around looking at, and talking about their bikes.

Dusty, Nicky, Engela and Mariette( I think that's her name, but they call her Bollie  :biggrin: )
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 08:45:45 pm
Let the kuier begin. Chris and Amanda pop in for a visit. Damn if she'll let me get a pic, but finally I get a skelm one after trying for longer than a year.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 08:48:26 pm
Chilli surveying it all in his regal manner
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: DRAZIL on October 15, 2013, 08:51:47 pm
Girls with Bikes. They had poor DRAZIL all gagga the whole weekend.   :3some:

I got back to Koedoeskloof and found them doing what us bikers love doing... standing around looking at, and talking about their bikes.

Dusty, Nicky, Engela and Mariette( I think that's her name, but they call her Bollie  :biggrin: )


Do you blame me,there is nothing to beat women DS riders :drif:  better looking and more shapely than my riding buddys :lol8:
great report and photos :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 08:52:14 pm
There's an on and off light drizzle, which makes Veltie pull his beard out, because the stage is open air and we were promised rain. Don't worry Boet, it always works out and it did... splendidly so  :thumleft:

We are rewarded with a beautiful double rainbow, right up close
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 08:54:01 pm
Girls with Bikes. They had poor DRAZIL all gagga the whole weekend.   :3some:

I got back to Koedoeskloof and found them doing what us bikers love doing... standing around looking at, and talking about their bikes.

Dusty, Nicky, Engela and Mariette( I think that's her name, but they call her Bollie  :biggrin: )


Do you blame me,there is nothing to beat women DS riders :drif:  better looking and more shapely than my riding buddys :lol8:
great report and photos :thumleft:

Not at all, they were the most charming company (when the rest of us got a little chance to enjoy it  >:D  :imaposer: )
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 08:57:28 pm
Some time during the afternoon I happen to see this pic. Man, I love this place and can see myself chilling out my old age in one of those workers cottages at back ( I've actually already chosen the one I want  :biggrin: )
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: DRAZIL on October 15, 2013, 08:59:06 pm
Girls with Bikes. They had poor DRAZIL all gagga the whole weekend.   :3some:

I got back to Koedoeskloof and found them doing what us bikers love doing... standing around looking at, and talking about their bikes.

Dusty, Nicky, Engela and Mariette( I think that's her name, but they call her Bollie  :biggrin: )


Do you blame me,there is nothing to beat women DS riders :drif:  better looking and more shapely than my riding buddys :lol8:
great report and photos :thumleft:

Not at all, they were the most charming company (when the rest of us got a little chance to enjoy it  >:D  :imaposer: )

"they put a spell on me"   :peepwall:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 09:03:57 pm
The brothers arrive and not long before short they don't waste time and start strumming. These guys love their music and really put their soul into it. They don't perform for you... they play for themselves and jou just happen to be there and have the privilege of enjoying it.

Proof is that they were only booked to start playing at 2030, but the moment they were set up in mid afternoon they got going and only intermittend rain stopped them now and again. They just wanna play
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Post by: troos on October 15, 2013, 09:04:07 pm
Absolutely  :drif: 
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 09:15:08 pm
And then we chilled out the day. Cold beer, lekker burgers and great music as promised. I'll put names to the faces you can see

1. Berm_rooster, heimer, Mof and Hingsding

2. Kaboef, Moeder Yster, Heimer, Elzanne(Hingsmerrie) en Mof

3. Die meisie met die boks wyn en Berm_rooster

4. Kaboef en Veltie

5. Heimer en Moeder Yster
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 09:21:09 pm
1. Kally(with his back to us) Hazzard, Nicky, Dusty, engela and DRAZIL

2. Bokveljake, Elzanne en Hingsding

3 & 4 The Brothers still doing the thing
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Heimer on October 15, 2013, 09:26:30 pm
Baie nice report Jup. Dit voel of ek weer daar is.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 15, 2013, 09:28:54 pm
And so a most enjoyable evening played out. LS and Kaboef promised us an earlier night, but not before LS entertained us again with another fit.

The next day we would go our own ways. I had to get all the way to George and it would take very careful planning to make that take the whole day. But, I'm a good planner and I eventually arrive at my daughter's flat in George at half past six, after another supercool day of riding.

I'm now cross-eyed from all the writing, so I'll tell you about it tomorrow.  :thumleft:

TO BE CONTINUED...
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: BLK on October 15, 2013, 10:10:37 pm
You are blessed to have such beautiful riding country on your doorstep.Thanks for an informative RR.

cheers,going to bed
 :)
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: mtr89 on October 16, 2013, 06:54:30 am
Fantastic ride report as always,Jupiter.looking forward to the rest.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: JMOL on October 16, 2013, 06:57:54 am
 :sip:

Gemerk om later van voor tot agter te lees  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Berm_Rooster on October 16, 2013, 07:26:56 am
Gooi! Ek wil sien hoe jou Koedoe-to-George roete toe uitgedraai het!
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 08:14:57 am
Gooi! Ek wil sien hoe jou Koedoe-to-George roete toe uitgedraai het!

Was awesome gewees. Klomp nuwe paaie gery.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: woody1 on October 16, 2013, 08:23:44 am
Dankie vir die LEKKER saamry... wens ons was ook daar. 
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Dusty on October 16, 2013, 08:30:42 am
Loving your RR  :thumleft:

It was the first time the four of us rode together and I can't think of a better venue or event to have attended.  We had so much fun   ;D     Thank you Jupiter for your patience answering many newbie questions and helping with loading luggage etc........a true gentleman  :thumleft:

Watching LS and Kaboef laugh had me in stitches and I didn't even know what the joke was   :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 08:43:23 am
Loving your RR  :thumleft:

It was the first time the four of us road together and I can't think of a better venue or event to have attended.  We had so much fun   ;D     Thank you Jupiter for your patience answering many newbie questions and helping with loading luggage etc........a true gentleman  :thumleft:
Watching LS and Kaboef laugh had me in stitches and I didn't even know what the joke was   :imaposer:

Your too kind, but its easy when the company one keeps brings out the best in you.  :3some:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Hando on October 16, 2013, 09:37:22 am
EK besef dis nou al n bietjie te laat in jou RR , maar hier is 'n paar ander pics wat by daai vreemde foto van jou in die kammanassie geneem is.

1. Daai bome wat in jou foto is.
2. Die plaas opstal wat daar staan. (Daskop)
3. As jy regs draai op daai paadjie in jou foto dan ry jy deur 'n mooi klofie tot jy by die bleddie hek kom. En dan moet jy maar omdraai.

Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 09:55:35 am
 :thumleft: Al gewonder waar daai pad heen gaan en wou hom nog ry.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Tiger8 on October 16, 2013, 11:55:21 am
Mooi Jup, dankie dat ek die saamry in jou RR kan beleef  :thumleft: Ek sien jy is toe sowaar, vroeg en alleen weg  8)
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 12:04:49 pm
Its Sunday morning and we pack up. I'm sleeping over in George tonite, which is only about an hour and a half away if you sleep it, but I have to figure a way to take the whole day to get there.  :biggrin: Now how does such a happy coincidence come about ?

It may seem easy, but takes careful planning.  :deal: It started many years ago when I married a girl who only wanted to make me happy and let me ride my bike.  :biggrin: Read the line on my profile again.  :3some: I also have a job that just about allows me to ride whenever I please.

So this is how it then came together... Veltie has a Blues Bash at Koedoeskloof... I don't easily miss a chance to go to Koedoeskloof... Lyn is going to George on a work trip Thursday and Friday... the Little One is busy with matric farewell the whole weekend... we have no idea where my son is... there's no point in Lyn going home and being 'alone' the weekend... so she stays in George with Kirsty and goes to Cape Town with them for the weekend, returning to George late Sunday, sleeping over again and driving home Monday morning... my bike needs to get to George Yamaha for a service... Lyn is going to George again on next Monday, the 21st... So, I go to George, sleepover, drop the bike off and drive home with Lyn... next Monday I fetch the bike again.  :thumleft:

One happy, choatic and fortunate series of coincidences... and I get to do another trip  :biggrin:


Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 12:06:36 pm
Mooi Jup, dankie dat ek die saamry in jou RR kan beleef  :thumleft: Ek sien jy is toe sowaar, vroeg en alleen weg  8)

Was daar ooit twyfel,... en so sien jy mos was plan B, C en D reeds uitgewerk.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: MURPHY on October 16, 2013, 12:10:36 pm
Double Damn - i really wanted to do this one too but i am supposed to work every second weekend , and i really stretched things by taking the last 5 weekends off in a row . This would have pissed off a few staff and family members  properly , so unfortunately its next time . :xxbah:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Tiger8 on October 16, 2013, 12:16:38 pm
Mooi Jup, dankie dat ek die saamry in jou RR kan beleef  :thumleft: Ek sien jy is toe sowaar, vroeg en alleen weg  8)

Was daar ooit twyfel,... en so sien jy mos was plan B, C en D reeds uitgewerk.

 :thumleft:
Die middag toe ons koffie drink was die vermoede al daar, maar jy het daarem lekker gery.

Lyk my daar was so paar planne in die wind, en nou ry jy weer oor n week lekker ompad huis toe  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 12:18:51 pm
Mooi Jup, dankie dat ek die saamry in jou RR kan beleef  :thumleft: Ek sien jy is toe sowaar, vroeg en alleen weg  8)

Was daar ooit twyfel,... en so sien jy mos was plan B, C en D reeds uitgewerk.

 :thumleft:
Die middag toe ons koffie drink was die vermoede al daar, maar jy het daarem lekker gery.

Lyk my daar was so paar planne in die wind, en nou ry jy weer oor n week lekker ompad huis toe  :biggrin:

Ja-nee, die trip is nog nie klaar nie en my kop werk klaar aan 'n paar paaie oppad huistoe om my bike se nuwe voorsuspensie te toets.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 12:32:09 pm
I linger, while the rest leaves, to savour the place and continue my dream of retiring in one of those cottages  :biggrin: The plan had been to cross the mountain over Gysmanshoek and I ask Veltie to tell me some gravel roads to get there. He does so and I map them in my head.

I don't use a GPS and sometimes hardmap. Over many years of riding I have devolped a handy ability to map an explained route in my head. I do get lost often and then I just go left, right, left, right... until I find myself again. Makes for great rides. After all, how lost can you get... I'm always in SA and I know where Table Mountain is.

But Veltie explains well and I off.

1. Leaving Koedoeskloof I take a right at the t-junction on the old Laingsburg road. Short distance and its a left at Winkelplaas. At the next t-junction its a right to the R62/Laingsburg tar road.

2, 3 & 4. I cross the tar road and take the first left to get to Buffelsdrif nature reserve
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 12:37:56 pm
1. Its a nice windy road through the hills and very scenic. I assume this is the Buffelrivier I'm crossing, flowing strongly

2. Get to the R62 and I cross over to Baviaanskrans

3. Again a pleasant scenic ride, with some wide open spaces.

4 & 5. I stop to get the view behind
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 12:42:37 pm
1. I join the Riverdal road and turn right

2. 30km before Riversdal, just before garcias pass its right to brandrivier

3 & 4. And 14km further a left into the Kanetberg and to Gysmanshoek pass
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 12:47:42 pm
The road up the pass is good. It had rained the night before, but the surface is nice and firm

1. A view going up...

2. ... and down the other side

3 & 4. I get to the t-junction on the Heidelberg/riversdal road and go left
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 01:00:25 pm
From a previous ride I remember there is a road that turns off this one towards the N2. I've not done it before and the rules say take the right turn  :biggrin:

1 & 2. Its a nice scenic ride through the valleys. Up on the first hiil going into a plantation I see a nice view towards Kanetberg. I don't know why I took two pics, so you can pick the one you like  :biggrin:

3. I get to a t-junction and go... left  :imaposer: This is good fun. The road then eventually brings me here on the N2, where of course I knew I had to end up. All roads lead to Table Mountain, remember.

I enjoyed this little ride and another one for the map.

See, this is how I've always done it. Most of the exploring I do when solo. Then when Lyn and I go tour I know the nice safe roads to take her on, as I know where she likes to ride. I don't mind riding the same roads again, and I often do. Its always a different day and a different ride.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 01:41:34 pm
There was at this time actually a small logistical complication. I'm not always in charge of my own destiny. I had a consultation the next morning, but a time had not been fixed. It was now 1200 and if I can't sort it out now, and move it to the afternoon, i'd have to hoink it home.

I've been battling the whole weekend to get hold of the guy without success. I fone Lyn and tell her the position. She's very disappointed that I might have to go home.

1. While talking to Lyn I notice a road accross the way going into the hills, south towards the see. WTF ? It looks good and I'm not going to miss a chance. I decide to wing it, and when I get hold of the guy, I'll sort it out. Lyn then sounds much happier and that's all that matters.  :biggrin:

2. It fits the plan as it is time for a right turn and then the left to a place called Ou Muragie

3. Its a scenic ride untill I get to Old Muragie and find its a farm house

4. There's an unmarked t-junction so right we go
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 01:50:00 pm
1. I'm cruising along happily under the impression that i am 'lost' when the road starts to look familiar and i recognise Vermaaklikheid in the distance. Dang ! I was just beginning to have fun.

2. Its a pretty place

3. I cruise along that gravel highway towards Stillbaai ( this was the plan all along... duh !  :imaposer: ). The WC goverment really knows how to take the fun out a ride by putting up signboards everywhere. Come ride in the EC.. you never know where you are going  :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 01:55:25 pm
Along the way to Stilbaai I see pretty flowers, have a smoke and take some pictures
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: DRAZIL on October 16, 2013, 02:41:32 pm
amazing that the Western Cape gravel roads are far better than the Eastern Capes tar roads  :lol8:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 02:53:35 pm
amazing that the Western Cape gravel roads are far better than the Eastern Capes tar roads  :lol8:

That's why they call EC the adventure province... everywhere else its just a nice ride  :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: DRAZIL on October 16, 2013, 03:22:43 pm
amazing that the Western Cape gravel roads are far better than the Eastern Capes tar roads  :lol8:

That's why they call EC the adventure province... everywhere else its just a nice ride  :imaposer:

Yeessss indeed  :lol8:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 03:27:24 pm
Its 1 o'clock and Stilbaai is closed down. The reastaurant at the shopping centre is open, thank goodness, so I can have coffee and something to eat.

I check with Chris and Amanda, if they are receiving guests and head that way. Even though I saw them yesterday, I seldom socialise with Chris in crowds. Firstly, you don't get a word in edgewise, because of all the rest wanting to enjoy their company, and I come this way often, and prefer to vist him at home, where we can sit on the stoep and have a quiet conversation. Not least the reason is Amanda's coffee.

As always I spend a most pleasant hour or so in their company. I'm also planning to go around Mosselbay to say hello to Fat-b, so reluctantly I have to say good-bye.

There are some roads around that Chris has told me about before, but I did not have the time to ride them... now I have. No problem, he needs to clean his head a bit and will take me on a ride.

Ja well, no fine  :eek7: ... I hang on for dear life, way outside my comfort zone. Don't even think of stopping and taking pics. I know,... you ride your own pace, but its always inevitable to get sucked along. It was fun though, feeling the bikes ass slip away now and again.  :biggrin: It was a very nice ride and I'll come back one day to see what it looks like  :imaposer:

We part ways on the N2 outside Albertinia and I head for Mosselbay.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on October 16, 2013, 03:32:09 pm
En ek het spesiaal stadig gery!!!!! :eek7:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 03:36:06 pm
En ek het spesiaal stadig gery!!!!! :eek7:

80km/h  :eek7:  :imaposer: Dis hoekom ek nooit 'n KTM sal ry nie... die ouens sal hulle gatte af lag vir my. Met my 650 sinle kan ek maar stadig ry. Dis te wagte en aanvaarbaar in die hardebaard kringe  :xxbah:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on October 16, 2013, 03:41:43 pm
En ek het spesiaal stadig gery!!!!! :eek7:

80km/h  :eek7:  :imaposer: Dis hoekom ek nooit 'n KTM sal ry nie... die ouens sal hulle gatte af lag vir my. Met my 650 sinle kan ek maar stadig ry. Dis te wagte en aanvaarbaar in die hardebaard kringe  :xxbah:
Ek ry dieselfde roete as ek n tos dag gehad het. Teen die tyd as ek in Albertinia kom
is ek heel rustig en relaxed, maar dan ry ek vinniger as Sondag..............heelwat. ;)
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Buddy on October 16, 2013, 03:42:11 pm
Another great one (RR) Jupiter. Feels like I've known you for ages, although we've never met.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 04:00:30 pm
Fat-b is one of my first WD friends... he is of course also my biggest WD friend  :biggrin: I've been wanting to visit them since Sally was born and passed that way often, but life kept on interrupting. Today we were determined to make the visit happen.

Many will know that him and Christina went through difficult times after Sally was born. He's been quiet lately and I'm often asked how are they doing. Well, they are doing great. I knew Christina was pregnant again and what a pleasant surprise to walk in and be greeted with the new baby born a month ago.

As for Sally, (for those who may wonder, she is a Down Syndrome baby), what a beautiful, animated child. Both of them have made peace with the fact that they have a tough road ahead raising her, and to see them all together, the love and patience, would be an inspiration to any parent.

We drank coffee and caught on the happenings of the past 15 months or so.

All the best my friend and good luck to the future plans.

Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 04:04:54 pm
Another great one (RR) Jupiter. Feels like I've known you for ages, although we've never met.

 :biggrin: Everyone will tell you I'm the quiet oke you won't even notice,... you'll meet me, walk away and not even be aware of it  :imaposer:

If I do my Social Ride again early next year, we'll make a point of having coffee  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Firecoast on October 16, 2013, 04:07:53 pm
FLIP!!!!! Dit is nou lekker lees!

Dankie Jup!
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 04:17:45 pm
And so the end of another wonderful day in the saddle draws to a close. I head for George and, well timed, arrive just before dark, a few minutes before Lyn and the children at Kirsty's flat.

Kisrty, who causes chaos wherever she goes, is boundless with excitement that it is the first time that her Mom and Dad will visit together at "her house" which she's very proud of.

They want to give us their double bed to sleep on as they only have a small 3/4 bed in their spare room. Hey, I've not seen my wife in four days,... that 3/4 bed is oversized... and that's all the detail you get  :imaposer:

Its noizy and its pleasant, we have supper and watch the new Star Trek. Sorry, but the new generation have no idea what its about and the movie is offensive to a real Trekkie, who grew up with it.

That's it then for now... next day its in the cage and back to reality, while my bike is getting sorted by Emile and Hendri.

This then is where we hit the "pause" button. Next episode is when I fetch my bike next Monday and complete the trip.

EDIT : Oops ! forgot the pics.

1. My pride and joy... Kirsty

2 & 3. Us...
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Hando on October 16, 2013, 04:24:33 pm
Nice nice nice.

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences here.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Tiger8 on October 16, 2013, 05:07:30 pm
Nee jinne, ek nog nooit jou "Happy Face" so happy gesien nie, jy het amper op daai laaste 2 foties geglimlag  :peepwall:  :pot:  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Veldbrand on October 16, 2013, 05:57:25 pm
Nee jinne, ek nog nooit jou "Happy Face" so happy gesien nie, jy het amper op daai laaste 2 foties geglimlag  :peepwall:  :pot:  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
Seker maar die linne op daai 3/4 bed wat 'n man so laat grinnik. Nudge, nudge,  ;) ;)
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 06:08:55 pm
Nee jinne, ek nog nooit jou "Happy Face" so happy gesien nie, jy het amper op daai laaste 2 foties geglimlag  :peepwall:  :pot:  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
Seker maar die linne op daai 3/4 bed wat 'n man so laat grinnik. Nudge, nudge,  ;) ;)

Nee, want my kop is nog ge-tune met die lekker musiek.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Veldbrand on October 16, 2013, 06:13:25 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Maar ek het linne verkeerd gespel... >:D
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Tiger8 on October 16, 2013, 07:52:47 pm
Nee jinne, ek nog nooit jou "Happy Face" so happy gesien nie, jy het amper op daai laaste 2 foties geglimlag  :peepwall:  :pot:  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
Seker maar die linne op daai 3/4 bed wat 'n man so laat grinnik. Nudge, nudge,  ;) ;)

 :lol8:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: DrDirt on October 16, 2013, 08:07:32 pm
Dankie baie lekker lees Jup   :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: pietas on October 16, 2013, 08:08:58 pm
Dankie. Mooi foto's en lekker stof paaie daai
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 08:09:53 pm
Dankie baie lekker lees Jup   :thumleft:

 :thumleft: Waar's die koffieshop op die Groenfontein pad. Elke keer as ek daar deur ry kyk ek of daar 'n koffie plek is en nog nooit gesien nie.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: DrDirt on October 16, 2013, 08:14:41 pm
Dankie baie lekker lees Jup   :thumleft:

 :thumleft: Waar's die koffieshop op die Groenfontein pad. Elke keer as ek daar deur ry kyk ek of daar 'n koffie plek is en nog nooit gesien nie.

Dit  lyk soos n arbeiders huisie nie regtig borde nie. Hy sit meer na Calitzdorp se kant toe. So op n skelm draai.
 Ek het self nog nie daar gestop nie dit is n nuwe ding  maar het dit wel gesien toe ons daar deur is Sondag.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 09:11:09 pm
Dankie baie lekker lees Jup   :thumleft:

 :thumleft: Waar's die koffieshop op die Groenfontein pad. Elke keer as ek daar deur ry kyk ek of daar 'n koffie plek is en nog nooit gesien nie.

Dit  lyk soos n arbeiders huisie nie regtig borde nie. Hy sit meer na Calitzdorp se kant toe. So op n skelm draai.
 Ek het self nog nie daar gestop nie dit is n nuwe ding  maar het dit wel gesien toe ons daar deur is Sondag.

 :thumleft: Nou weet ek en sal hom later vanjaar gaan soek.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on October 16, 2013, 09:13:47 pm
Dankie baie lekker lees Jup   :thumleft:

 :thumleft: Waar's die koffieshop op die Groenfontein pad. Elke keer as ek daar deur ry kyk ek of daar 'n koffie plek is en nog nooit gesien nie.

Dit  lyk soos n arbeiders huisie nie regtig borde nie. Hy sit meer na Calitzdorp se kant toe. So op n skelm draai.
 Ek het self nog nie daar gestop nie dit is n nuwe ding  maar het dit wel gesien toe ons daar deur is Sondag.

 :thumleft: Nou weet ek en sal hom later vanjaar gaan soek.
Dink dis daar by die T junction by die studio(kunsgalery) Ek kan verkeerd wees.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 09:20:34 pm
Vir eers is daar nie veel meer om te s nie. Thanks aan Veltie vir 'n great idee, en hom en Blommie wat sulke gawe gashere is. Neem dit weg en dit sal maar 'n saai kuiertjie wees.

Lekker gewees om die ou gesigte weer te sien en nuwes te ontmoet.  :3some:

Thanks vir al die gawe comments op die RR  :thumleft: Mens skryf dit om 'n rekord te h van jou avonture en vir my laat dit die ry weer ervaar. Die wat weet, weet dis harde werk om 'n RR te skryf, en waardering daarvoor gee aansporing. Ek het lanklaas 'n RR gedoen en het lekker geskryf aan die een.

Ek doen min solo trips deesdae, meestal van die risiko oogpunt, maar het net 'n gevoel gehad om alleen by myself te wees en ry. Die trip was alles wat ek wou h dit moet wees.

Sien julle volgende week  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Veldbrand on October 16, 2013, 09:25:56 pm
Dankie vir die lekker RR en jou ondersteuning Jupe.
Daai koffie shoppie is soos Chris se op 'n skerp draai by die ingang van die Bayleys Wines plaas.
Die plekkie is ook 'n gallery vir plaaslike kunstenaars en word bedryf deur 'n span gawe pienk manne.
Hulle bedien goeie ligte etes en verstaan van ordentlike troos.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: mtr89 on October 16, 2013, 09:26:48 pm
What a great RR and  an even better way to end it off with family.A blessed man you are indeed,Jupiter.Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 09:31:54 pm
Dankie vir die lekker RR en jou ondersteuning Jupe.
Daai koffie shoppie is soos Chris se op 'n skerp draai by die ingang van die Bayleys Wines plaas.
Die plekkie is ook 'n gallery vir plaaslike kunstenaars en word bedryf deur 'n span gawe pienk manne.
Hulle bedien goeie ligte etes en verstaan van ordentlike troos.

Lyk ek gaan myself moet force om nog twee keer die jaar te kom kuier. Wag net om te hoor van die datum vir die Breede bash  :biggrin:

What a great RR and  an even better way to end it off with family.A blessed man you are indeed,Jupiter.Thanks for sharing.

 :thumleft: That is so and I don't take it lightly. (Does not come cheap either, to bribe everyone so I can have my way  :imaposer: )
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Bokveld on October 16, 2013, 09:45:19 pm
    Soos altyd ,geniet ek jou trippe.Daars niks soos n solo nie.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 16, 2013, 09:47:41 pm
    Soos altyd ,geniet ek jou trippe.Daars niks soos n solo nie.

Dag Oom Kallie, jy was nogal stil die laaste tyd
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Hando on October 17, 2013, 08:19:09 am
Smitswinkel op die R62 doen ook n baie lekker breakfast. Selfs 5 uur in die middag. Baie beslis die moeite werd om te stop vir n koffie en n brekkie.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 17, 2013, 08:49:56 am
Smitswinkel op die R62 doen ook n baie lekker breakfast. Selfs 5 uur in die middag. Baie beslis die moeite werd om te stop vir n koffie en n brekkie.

Toe ek deur Redhills kom dag ek ek is op die afdraai wat by Smitswinkel uitkom maar dis toe die een verder weg. Die wind was sleg en ek was nie lus vir terugdraai nie, al het my tong toe al ver uitgehang vir koffie.

Ons het vroer die jaar daar gestop oppad XT Bash toe en die volstruis burger geet. Sommer heel lekker.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: oldmannorman on October 17, 2013, 02:33:48 pm
Dankie vir die uitstekende RR. Ek sien uit om van die paaie te ry. Probleem is, ek ry gewoonlik alleen en het ook al n paar noue ontkomings gehad.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 17, 2013, 07:05:59 pm
Dankie vir die uitstekende RR. Ek sien uit om van die paaie te ry. Probleem is, ek ry gewoonlik alleen en het ook al n paar noue ontkomings gehad.

Dankie Norman. Al die paaie wat ek gewys het is veilige gravel highway, behalwe Gysmanshoek wat hier en daar bietjie klipperig en steil is. Maar vat dit rustig en jy sal OK wees.

In Baviaans kan dit gou skeef loop, so daar sou ek nie aanbeveel jy ry alleen nie.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: MegaPix on October 17, 2013, 08:51:07 pm
Jupiter... jong ja daai area is SOOO mooi.
Dankie vir die RR

As ek mag vra met watse kamera neem jy die fotos?  Ek het baie van die alles in fokus gehou om die storie te vertel.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 17, 2013, 09:11:46 pm
Jupiter... jong ja daai area is SOOO mooi.
Dankie vir die RR

As ek mag vra met watse kamera neem jy die fotos?  Ek het baie van die alles in fokus gehou om die storie te vertel.


Dis net 'n mik en druk... Kodak Easyshare, maar dis 'n oulike kamera. Ek sal jou antwoord op jou thread oor RR skryf.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Strompie on October 17, 2013, 09:32:32 pm
Jup, jy maak my nou LUS vir daai wreld ! Dis bitterlike mooi kiekies, en baie lekker lees. Baie dankie.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 17, 2013, 09:36:32 pm
Jup, jy maak my nou LUS vir daai wreld ! Dis bitterlike mooi kiekies, en baie lekker lees. Baie dankie.

Ek ry al meer as dertig jaar daar rond en ry probeer en ry nuwe paaie met elke trip. Nooit raak ek verveeld nie, al ry ek dikwels dieselde paaie oor en oor.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: shanti on October 17, 2013, 09:51:39 pm
great RR - lovely pictures and stories , thank you for taking the time to do it . I love solo rides with vague routes planned , always take you to interesting places .
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 18, 2013, 08:01:06 am
great RR - lovely pictures and stories , thank you for taking the time to do it . I love solo rides with vague routes planned , always take you to interesting places .

Thanks. Its not done yet... still have to fetch the bike in George on Monday and ride back to finish the trip.  :biggrin: Have a nice ride planned on some roads not often done, and which I've not done in a while  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: 2StrokeDan on October 18, 2013, 07:29:31 pm
Ja, party van ons moet mos werk :xxbah:, ook g'n stuk nodig om die lekkerte so in te vryf nie. :eek7:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 19, 2013, 08:00:51 am
Ja, party van ons moet mos werk :xxbah:, ook g'n stuk nodig om die lekkerte so in te vryf nie. :eek7:

... en party moet ons die lyding verduur met 'n blymoedige glimlag  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: 2StrokeDan on October 19, 2013, 08:31:58 pm
Ja, party van ons moet mos werk :xxbah:, ook g'n stuk nodig om die lekkerte so in te vryf nie. :eek7:

... en party moet ons die lyding verduur met 'n blymoedige glimlag  :biggrin:

 :imaposer: :imaposer:, ja, ek simpatiseer. :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 20, 2013, 08:52:02 am
Lyk my die weer, met ren, het ander planne vir my terugry trip more  ???
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: JMOL on October 20, 2013, 10:04:16 am
Baie dankie Jup.

Ek het nou baie lekker saam gery  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on October 20, 2013, 10:31:42 am
Lyk my die weer, met ren, het ander planne vir my terugry trip more  ???
Weer is simpel hier vandag. Vroeoggend n harde bui reen geval. Nou net wind en bewolk.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 21, 2013, 05:06:10 pm
Back home after a very wet ride... and a chance meeting on the road that would turn an otherwise ordinary ride into a memorable one.

Hoop jy's veilig by die huis Oubaas.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Kerritz on October 21, 2013, 05:26:53 pm
2 legends....en etter....jou nog NOOIT so sien smile nie.... :pot:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 21, 2013, 06:32:34 pm
Yesterday, Sunday, in the afternoon we set off for George in the cage. Dreary weather, raining most of the way, and not much promise for my ride back today on the bike.

1. Looking at the TV screen as we pass Humansdorp.

2. We stop at Storms for lunch. As usual the place is busy. Even though overcast, it still makes for nice pics in its own way.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Orangeswifty on October 21, 2013, 06:37:01 pm
Lekker pics en storie daarby Jup :thumleft:
Ek is in 1991 in Jeffreys se Ng kerk getroud met my ex - nogals deur dominee Bond
Haar pa hulle het die slaghuis gehad op Patensie
Ek het al baie solo daai Hankey Golfbaan deurgedraf

Snaaks genoeg was dit 'n tydperk in my lewe wat ek motorfietsloos was nadat ek amper 10 jaar ernstige Enduro's deelgeneem het.
Ek het net nooit 'n kans gehad om die Baviaans of die Hel of van daai Ernstige uitloklike kleinkaroopaaie te ry nie
Dit is deffinitief op my bucketlist
Ek weet wie om te nader vir advies!
Doe so voort :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 21, 2013, 07:02:44 pm
Thanks  :thumleft: Moenie uistel nie. Hierdie is die laaste dertig jaar of so my speelplek en ek rak nooit moeg daarvan nie. Elke keer as jy ry is dit 'n ander seisoen en asof dit is 'n nuwe roete.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 21, 2013, 07:07:17 pm
1. I think this is a pic as we come down the hill to Knysna.

2. Its still a pretty town, but to busy and for me just a place to get through quickly

3. Just before Sedgefield we stop at a picnic spot for some oxigen supplement. You know you're in the western Cape when it looks like this. I can't remember when last I've even =seen a picnic spot in the EC.

4. A view over Groenvlei
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 21, 2013, 07:21:50 pm
1. There's a roadworks stop and go just before Wildernis. Strange how the aftermarth of an accident always stays with you. As we approach I get the heebeegeebees.

2. As we cross the bridge at Wilderness there's a speedtrap. My wife, who knows these roads well, reminds me and I task my foot off the petrol. I'm doing below sixty and as we hit the trap this guy comes flying past me and we get flashed together. Who's going to get the ticket. The lawyer in me kicks in and I gather my evidence with this pic and some contemparaneous notes. I wont be the one paying the fine  :biggrin:

3 & 4. George must be the town with the most robots per kilometer.

We get to my daughters place, spend a pleasant evening anmd watch the movie "Ted" I pissed myself laughing.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 21, 2013, 07:41:08 pm
1. I met Oldmannorman over the forum a while back when he was discussing some routes to ride with friends of his. We've been trying to meet up but kept on missing each other. Now I have to have breakfast and what better opprtunity this morning when I picked up my bike from George Yamaha.

He's a long time biker and resident of George. A pleasant meeting and sharing of experiences. Thanks Norman for your kindness. I'm in your debt now, so we'll have to do a ride together so I can repay you with some good riding.  :thumleft:

2 & 3. I have to get going and its pissing with rain. Outeniqua pass is a tester, hoping to find better weather on the other side as I have some gravel routes planned.

But that was not to happen, as it rained al the way to Kareedow, and bleddie hard some times. My Vuka suit kept me bone dry.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 21, 2013, 07:45:45 pm
Nou's ek gatvol gesukkel met die internet wat so stadig upload, seker die weer. Sal later weer probeer.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Difflock on October 21, 2013, 08:50:34 pm
Weereens uitsteekend RR jup, weet hoe dit voel om solo te doen, defnitief waar jy jouself vind. Ek sekondeer die padtekens van die Wes Kaap teenoor die Oos Kaap, maak dit nogal intresant sonder n gps in die Oos Kaap. Kyk uit vir jou en Lyn by die Winterberge.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Tiger8 on October 21, 2013, 08:53:25 pm
Hoe ry daai nuwe "Progressive" springs van jou?
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 22, 2013, 08:07:58 am
1.  I stop at Harold to collect and re-arrange myself myself after an unenjoyable ride over the mountain.

2. My next regular stop is Nolshalte. Despite it raining hard again I'm now beginning to enjoy the ride. I'm comfortable and strangely its not cold. This is the only stop on all my riding where I don't drink coffee... I have hot choclate. I don't know why. They have a vending machine and for some reason when stopping there I had started drinkung the hot choclate.

3 & 4. There's a short break in the weather and I take some pics.

I had forgotten to check the bikes petrol and just before Nolshalte it goes on reserve. They have no petrol. One's not always sure to get petrol at Avontuur which leaves Joubertina, more than 100km's away or Uniondale.

What the hell, lets ride, I'll see when I get there.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Gerrard on October 22, 2013, 08:13:36 am
Hoe ry daai nuwe "Progressive" springs van jou?

Baie lekker. Hulle is ,soos ek daarvan hou, en gee postiewe terugvoer van die pad af. Die R62 is mos maar stamperig, en die manier hoe jy agterkom 'n ding werk goed, is as jy nie oplet dat hy daar is nie.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - Continued
Post by: Gerrard on October 22, 2013, 08:25:05 am
When I planned the ride back the idea was that I'd take the side-entry over Jonckshoek to De Vlugt and then Prins Alberts pass back to the R62. From there it would be the Kouga Loop, with a vist to The Wilderness Area, and ten home.

1. As I approach the hairpin where the turn-off is I see what the valley looks like I have to ride. Not promicing.

2 & 3. I stop at the turn-off and ponder. I'm riding with a slick Anakee and they had told me at Nolshalte it had rained a lot. I know the road is good gravel, so it can't be to bad. Lets give it a go.

Its bad. After about 500 meters I decide discretion is the better part of valour. The bikes ass is all over the place. I'd have to ride dead slow and there's little to see with the heavy cloud and mist.

We'll live to ride another day, so I head back to the R62. And it is these small decisions that change a day and leads to a chance meeting  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - Continued
Post by: Gerrard on October 22, 2013, 08:37:21 am
1. I get petrol at Avontuur and local knowledge still confirms it had rained hard last night

2. As you get to Joubertina, through the dip at Kraaltjie, you cross this little stream which is a raging torrent. OK, it has rained hard and the Kouga Loop is also out  :eek7:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - Continued
Post by: Gerrard on October 22, 2013, 09:04:44 am
1. I stop at Joubertina for some coffee. I'm not sure if its fir the coffee or to warm my hands. They're cold from riding with wet gloves.

2 & 3. I take some pics. Would love to have this lttle anglia as a run about.

Earlier I had noticed another bike in the distance behind me, but he then disappeared. As I walk back to my coffee a guy on a GSA pulls in. I walk up to say hi and chat.

"Hello Gerard. Hoe lyk dit ?"

I don't recognise him in the helmet, but that gravel voice I've heard before. I then realise its Laban... and what a pleasant surprise we should meet here.

Do you have any idea how much had happen to us in our separate paths in life, and how the cosmos had to align for us to meet here, on this day, at this time. As they say... shit happens.

We spend a very pleasant hour or so catching up. He'd been to Oudtshoorn for the Infantery School reunion and was on his way home.

4. While there some guys and girls on their way home from the Eco Challenge pull in. I meet Warren, chairman of the WC BMW club and we have a good chat about biking.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - Continued
Post by: Gerrard on October 22, 2013, 09:10:06 am
We sort of ride further on our own together. We'll meet up again at smoke breaks.

One usually does not take much note on the way home, but every now and again I see a nice pic and stop. Especially the view of the valley with the Krom flowing through it.

There's a bit of a drizzle now and again, but mostly it had stopped raining with the sun breaking through.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - Continued
Post by: Gerrard on October 22, 2013, 09:14:24 am
1 & 2. Past Kareedow

3 & 4. We meet up again under the bridge at Humansdorp for a last smoke and goodbye's. Thanks vir die lekker kuier Laban  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - Continued
Post by: Gerrard on October 22, 2013, 09:18:34 am
And last pics, dropping down the hill to the gamtoos valley.

Thanks to you all for sharing this ride with me and to those I chanced to meet along the way. You all played your part to make this another good one.

I arrive safe home and am relieved to find my son and the Little One had not throttled each other while we were away.  :3some:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Tiger8 on October 22, 2013, 09:36:27 am
It is great to see that the river actually flows through the Langkloof, it is almost always dry when I ride there, looks impressive  :thumleft:

Are we gonna drink some coffee later? I'll make ;)
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Gerrard on October 22, 2013, 09:40:35 am
It is great to see that the river actually flows through the Langkloof, it is almost always dry when I ride there, looks impressive  :thumleft:

Are we gonna drink some coffee later? I'll make ;)

Me... coffee... does a duck fart bubbles ?  :sip:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Tiger8 on October 22, 2013, 09:45:40 am
It is great to see that the river actually flows through the Langkloof, it is almost always dry when I ride there, looks impressive  :thumleft:

Are we gonna drink some coffee later? I'll make ;)

Me... coffee... does a duck fart bubbles ?  :sip:

 ;D ;D ;D
I knew I had you at "coffee"  :lol8:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Lynn on October 22, 2013, 09:50:40 am
Great ride!!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Wooly Bugger on October 22, 2013, 09:52:43 am
 :thumleft:

Nice one!
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Casting from Turd on October 22, 2013, 10:27:10 am
Back home after a very wet ride... and a chance meeting on the road that would turn an otherwise ordinary ride into a memorable one.

Hoop jy's veilig by die huis Oubaas.

Damn maar die oubaas lyk goed vir sy ouderdom ne?? jonk en ongeskik  :peepwall: :peepwall: :peepwall:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: mtr89 on October 22, 2013, 06:09:25 pm
I always find myself grinning when reading your ride reports,thanks man.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Gerrard on October 22, 2013, 06:18:49 pm
I always find myself grinning when reading your ride reports,thanks man.

Its the bike  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Scenic Ride on October 23, 2013, 08:08:00 am
I always find myself grinning when reading your ride reports,thanks man.

Its the bike  :ricky:

Thnx for sharing it! 

Jy maak my meer lus!
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Vis Arend on October 23, 2013, 09:08:40 am
Baie mooi RR, dankie.   :thumleft: 
Dis net soos ek van hom hou, stadig ry op my se eie tyd met gin gejaery nie.
 
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Gerrard on October 23, 2013, 09:38:35 am
I always find myself grinning when reading your ride reports,thanks man.

Its the bike  :ricky:

Thnx for sharing it! 

Jy maak my meer lus!

 :thumleft:

Baie mooi RR, dankie.   :thumleft: 
Dis net soos ek van hom hou, stadig ry op my se eie tyd met gin gejaery nie.
 

Jong bul, ou bul... jy ken mos die storie  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: spoedvark on October 23, 2013, 09:45:15 pm
Dankie vir die deel! Het nou lekker gelees en gekyk!
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Laban on October 24, 2013, 06:00:13 pm


Dankie vir die saamry Jup, die koffie drink en die rookbreek of 3.........was so net na 6 by die huis.........sien die 9de  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Gerrard on October 24, 2013, 07:08:06 pm


Dankie vir die saamry Jup, die koffie drink en die rookbreek of 3.........was so net na 6 by die huis.........sien die 9de  :thumleft:

Ek, jy en Footpeg-se-Pa moet nooit 'n trip saam doen nie... ons sal nooit daar uitkom nie  :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Footpeg se PA on October 24, 2013, 08:54:08 pm
Hoekom nie, met n bike, genoeg rook goed en koffie, wie wil dan nou DAAR uit kom?????? :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on October 24, 2013, 09:42:38 pm


Dankie vir die saamry Jup, die koffie drink en die rookbreek of 3.........was so net na 6 by die huis.........sien die 9de  :thumleft:

Ek, jy en Footpeg-se-Pa moet nooit 'n trip saam doen nie... ons sal nooit daar uitkom nie  :imaposer:
Ja nee kyk daar slaan jy die spyker op die kop!!!
As hy stop spring daar gewoonlik drie sigarets gelyktydig uit sy pakkie!!
Koffie en die hoeveelheid suiker in die koffie sal ek nie eens noem hier is kinders wat die
forum lees!!!! :eek7: :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Footpeg se PA on October 25, 2013, 11:27:32 am
Hey Chris, jy mag nie so uit die huis uit praat nie :deal: :deal:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: 2StrokeDan on October 25, 2013, 10:40:56 pm
Mooi RR, en laat mens verlang na ry op ons lekker ou paaie.

Van rook gepraat, kyk asseblief op Youtube na Thys die bosveldklong se rook/rokers. Skreeusnaaks, spesiaal vir ouens wie se pakkies so 3siggies op n slag offer. :pot:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Gerrard on October 26, 2013, 07:26:57 am
Mooi RR, en laat mens verlang na ry op ons lekker ou paaie.

Van rook gepraat, kyk asseblief op Youtube na Thys die bosveldklong se rook/rokers. Skreeusnaaks, spesiaal vir ouens wie se pakkies so 3siggies op n slag offer. :pot:


 :thumleft: Vir een of ander rede kan ek nie meer videos kyk op my laptop nie  ???
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: wrangler on December 21, 2013, 07:24:13 am
HI THERE ,
I WANT TO GO DO THAT RIDE THROUGH BAVIAANS  AND WISH TO PRINT THE ROUTE THAT YOU HAVE INDICATED  - I TRIED TO PRINT THE ROUTE BUT PRINTER WANTS TO PRINT ALL 42 PAGES  CAN YOU MAKE IT EASIER  -SORRY NOT VERY COMPUTOR LITERATE
RGDS
WRANGLE
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: wrangler on December 21, 2013, 07:34:12 am
PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN U R GOING TO DO THAT RIDE AGAIN
WRANGLER
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style.
Post by: Madala on December 21, 2013, 08:12:35 am

2. I'm long overdue for a cup of coffee. A lovely lady, by the name of Veronica, attends on me and sure, I can have a cup of coffee. They've been living there for 25 years. A worthwhile stop and I enjoy my koffee under the trees. Pure serenity.

Veronica se roosterkoek en jam was n belewenis! Ai, moet weer daai draai ry. Dankie Jup.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Casting from Turd on December 21, 2013, 08:15:18 am
PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN U R GOING TO DO THAT RIDE AGAIN
WRANGLER

Why you shouting. Jup might be old but he isnt deaf yet!!


Take off your caplocks  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Gerrard on December 21, 2013, 08:02:43 pm
PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN U R GOING TO DO THAT RIDE AGAIN
WRANGLER

Will do that. Which route do you want to print ? The Ride Description on Pg 1 of my Baviaans Conditions thread ?
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: OldmaSA350 on April 16, 2014, 11:08:23 pm
Fantastic read, Jup.
I enjoyed evry bit of it. Feel almost as if I was riding with you.
Great ride report, I like the way you write it and it keeps you interested in wanting to read more.
Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: Gerrard on April 17, 2014, 06:03:18 pm
Fantastic read, Jup.
I enjoyed evry bit of it. Feel almost as if I was riding with you.
Great ride report, I like the way you write it and it keeps you interested in wanting to read more.
Thanks for sharing.

Thanks  :thumleft: One of my more memorable trips. There's more if you want http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=90841.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=90841.0)   :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN, The Blues... and riding Slowhand Style - DONE
Post by: ALLEN I on April 19, 2014, 03:44:41 pm
Hell Jupiter thanks for sharing the RR, that was a lekker little ride i had with you.  :ricky: