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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: droffarc on January 27, 2008, 09:01:48 pm

Title: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: droffarc on January 27, 2008, 09:01:48 pm
Just some quick pics..
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: droffarc on January 27, 2008, 09:03:57 pm
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Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: wayneh on January 27, 2008, 09:18:14 pm
You guys musta melted on Saturday  ;D   That campsite looked amazing (awesome sunset pic, Droffarc)... Will definitely be on the next one.

Looking forward to the stories  ;)

Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Trailrider on January 27, 2008, 09:46:51 pm
Look nice! I would also like to join the next one ;D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: droffarc on January 27, 2008, 10:30:47 pm
A few more..
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: droffarc on January 27, 2008, 10:33:31 pm
Hot off the press.....

BTW the first one above is in fact sunrise
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: KTM BIGGER on January 28, 2008, 01:51:12 am
Glad to see everybody got there safely.

Looked like fun. ;D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Camelman on January 28, 2008, 07:42:37 am
Lets Introduce the Adventurers!

droffarc,Bradleys,XT660R,growweblaar,tok-tokkie
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Camelman on January 28, 2008, 07:45:53 am
And the Rest!
Go_Girl,keithk, and me!
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Camelman on January 28, 2008, 07:51:31 am
And some more pics!
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Camelman on January 28, 2008, 07:54:19 am
Day 1 ended on this scenic camping spot, where we made fire and talked k@k, shot cans with a kettie, and kept the others awake!
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Camelman on January 28, 2008, 07:56:57 am
Day 2 started with koffie for some, others got shot on the arm by a certain kettie-whealding XT, who was subsequently disarmed!  ;D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Camelman on January 28, 2008, 08:02:01 am
Another flat tyre was fixed, a refueling took place, and then a lekker brekkie at the Sutherland Hotel.
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Camelman on January 28, 2008, 08:08:42 am
And now I shall wait for the awsome pics of the most beautifull pass I have ever had the pleasure of riding which name I forgot. I was too busy chasing Bradleys and XT660R at 150km/h to take decent pics and read road signs!  >:D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Mark Hardy on January 28, 2008, 08:12:39 am
Looked like all you all had fun. Wish I could have joined you, next time.
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Camelman on January 28, 2008, 09:11:58 am
Hey Mark!

You would have liked this ride!!

Almost forgot about this pic, taken at Middelpos of the only shop's front door.
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Mark Hardy on January 28, 2008, 09:19:33 am
My first ever overnight ride on the KTM was to Middlepos during July 2006, Cold, wet and I loved it. Want to do it again.
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Andy660 on January 28, 2008, 10:33:41 am
Thanks Droff for an awesome  ride.
And thanks to all :Namely . Droffarc, Camelman, Bradley, Keith k, Growweblaare , Tok-tokkie, Go-Girl , for the pleasure of your company.
It was a blast and especially all the Kark Praat around the fire.
Applogies to Keith and Gavin Bradley for the sights on my katty being out.I have sent it in for callibration.

I will post some pics later when I get time.
Drof, What was the name of that pass we came down ?
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Eisbein on January 28, 2008, 10:40:44 am
Drof, What was the name of that pass we came down ?

If it is 'Ouberg' I'm going to be jealous ...

:D ;D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Pistonpete on January 28, 2008, 10:45:51 am
Awsome guys! Sorry i could not make that one....next time :'(
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: tok-tokkie on January 28, 2008, 11:23:01 am
Drof, What was the name of that pass we came down ?

If it is 'Ouberg' I'm going to be jealous ...

:D ;D
Ganagga (sp?)
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Camelman on January 28, 2008, 12:06:09 pm
jis! Thanks Tok-tokkie! I was racking my brain for that name. Here's the route we followed.
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Butch on January 28, 2008, 01:09:43 pm
Nice one!

That pass is the bestest.
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Captain Zef on January 28, 2008, 02:31:47 pm
Nice
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: tok-tokkie on January 28, 2008, 04:53:43 pm
Just some captioned pictures & brief notes.

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Looks like they have got a groot skrik.  Slippery road, shall we turn back?

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Dithering dogs.  No tree to piss on & there is a bitch in the pack.  Who will use the sign posts first?

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Camp site.  Not a vehicle passed all the time we were there.  Most had tents, Droffarc slept inside a mosquito net.  I slept under the stars & was troubled by a not very persistent mosquito.  Where the hell was she going to get her next meal (only the females drink blood) and, even more perplexing, where is the pool she grew up in?

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Droffarc about to let them off the leash.  XT660, Bradleys & Camel Man about to rush off ahead.  What you are supposed to do at that age.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2040/2226197706_364058cb73_o.jpg[img]Same three fixing Go Girl‚??s flat.  The previous day they had fixed mine.  I predicted I would get one because I needed to fit a front tyre but it did not arrive in time but it was the rear that picked up a fencing staple.  My bead breaker worked just fine but ordinary long tyre irons are easier to use than my set-up (this refers to this post  http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=12116.180 )[img] http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2381/2226197964_4938a543ce_o.jpg)
Groweblaar, Camel Man & Go Girl and the puddle.

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Droffarc and the Ganaggapas sign.  Droffie collect pictures of pass signboards; we had to turn back to get this.

(http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2225407761&size=o[img]Ganagga Pass.  It was so hot & bright I could not really see the image on the camera so the right hand side is missing.[img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2303/2225407721_da46ac10a7_o.jpg)
After Wellington we were hit by a STRONG south-easter.  Battled our way back to Cape Town running on the sides of our tyres.  That is table mountain covered by a fluffy duvet instead of the more usual cloth.

Thanks guys, that was a blast.
Lastly ‚?? I fell in the mud but there are no photos to show it.  I hate sand & now have experienced a little mud.  Give me heat; I can survive that with a little Rehydrate in my camelback but mud does me in.
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: tok-tokkie on January 28, 2008, 04:57:07 pm
Don't know what the problem with 2 pictures is.  Will post them again
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And I left out this one
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Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: droffarc on January 28, 2008, 06:03:39 pm
Karoo sleepover OR Go Girl and the seven DS riders....

I cant help about the shape I'm in, I cant sing, I aint pretty and my legs are thin. But don't ask me what I think of  you - I might not give the answers that you want me to.... Oh Well!

So this was clearly a boys night out - as pionted out by the only female member of the group, especially when one member posted scary pics of this lang slang all flacid like, on his bike's seat.

We met at the Total in Richwood in the middle of the day - to get the maximum effect of the heat that we would endure the following day. The first to arrive (apart from myself who sat shivvering in the dark recesses of the forecourt roof) was Growweblaar all the way from BettiesBay - I personnaly think he deserves at least a round of applause if not a meddle - you will see later why.

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LTR: Camelman, Growweblaar, Tok Tokkie, Eisbein, Xt660r, KiethK, BradleyS and Go Girl

It was good meeting eveyone and most thoughtfull of Eisbein to see us off with a tearful wave and a brave countenance - and he took some photos of our departure along the way.

Our first taste of dust was along the Malanshoogte road and then the Occultdale road - to ensure that the luggage was ok etc.

And here our first happening happened! At Klipheuwel we pulled off at the side of the road, using a skelm little footpath to get to the shade. I looked around and found that our esteemed sweeper volunteer was present but then I sensed someone was amiss. Then along came KiethK, and missed us despite the fact that we all hooted and made a general din - I think he was on the phone - and he assumed we would take the Slent road - which was not the plan as I had something else in store.

In der haas I was off like a shot to catch him - wonder what he thought were we had gotten to so quickly - and eventually cought up with him on the gravel in front of the fans - with the rest of the party on my tail.

Oh well, may as well continue on this route with an ad lib - it pays to know the roads around sometimes! As I departed from that spot I spotted a truck doing a leopard crawl from behind so I made haste and we regouped at the tar - again all but sweeper KiethK, whom I had learned had entered into a pact with Xt660r in order to be able to perv a certain lady's rear. As we waited the truck, trailing a massive dustcloud arrived, then another with an even larger dust cloud and to our horror yet another truck - I am not talking bakkies here - trailing the biggest dust cloud I have seen. Then out of this cloud came none other than our trusted sweeper Dusty - er - KiethK.

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We then did my little impromtu to Drie Susters. And then on to Malmesbury where again we stopped under some trees by the Police station - but not for long as Camelman indicated that he was experiencing a melt down.

Out on the dirt on the Moorreesburg road turning toward Riebeek-wes and then again to Riebeecksrivier.

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Go Girl followed by KiethK


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From there over the Bothmanskloof pass to the further entrance to Riebeeck kasteel and past the Travellar's Rest where there was this inviting sign about ice cold beer. Suddenly there was an almighty outcry from a certain Yamaha rider, but a good klap shut him up.

As we passed over the berg river at Zonkwasdrift I myself felt an allmighty urge to immerse my shapely body in the cooling water, but held myself in check. From there we hot tailed it over the Nuwekloof pass and on to the Tulbaghweg road and more gravel to the wonderous Wolesley. Here a certain GS rider named Tok Tokkie decided was a good place to fix a puncture - in the hot sunlight.


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Now there was heated activity around the slightly modified GS as the well oiled - or was that just sweat - puncture crew sprang into action and in a little while even the two spectators agreed that the job was done and we proceeded to Ceres over the Mitchells pass.


Here while absorbing water at an alarming pace I realized that To Tokkie was missing! Ah! there he was at the garage opposite. He had decided that his rear brakes were now binding and I can attest to the fact that placing three unsuspecting fingers on the rear caliper was indeed not a clever thing to do right then, despite the ambient heat.

He unpacked his mobile tool shop and quickly bled the rear brakes and we were again on our way - to the men's washroom.

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From there we took the road to Onder Swaarmoed and I suffered a mild attack of "WhereThFkRwe"! My in-stink-ts told me that this was the correct turnoff to the Swaarmoed Pass - but it looked so different! Last time it was so lush and green! So I asked a friend - who just happened to be riding a KTM, and BradleyS swayed me into thinking that we should go straight on - wrong! we ended at the gate - you know that big blue one? Anyway it turns out that I consulted the wrong friend - it should have been the other KTM rider - Camelman had a GPS and he confirmed that the turnoff was indeed the right one, it was the left one at the time, so we went back - and may I say it was nice passing so many DS riders on the way, the one at the back looked like he could do with a serious bath!

Over the Swaarmoed pass and down that slippery little decline and soon we were on our way to THE SPOT!

The road was at first boring but became more interesting when we encountered the dips. One special one which now is deeply embedded in the mind of GoGirl.

When we arrived at THE SPOT we noted that GOGirl and her dusty entourage were not present. Apparently what had happened was she - like almost all of us - had bottomed out on that one dip and threw all her toys out but no damnage could be noted so we all sniffed around for a comfortable spot to lay down and lick out chops. Well only some of us had chops to lick! So many that next morning there were still two left.


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We settled down beside the fire - they managed to find an amzing amount of wood! and talk ranged from the war to bank robbery, ghosts in whiskey bottles and whether the weather would worsten - there was lightning and a drip or two was reportedly reported. Some of us then retired while others decided to hold a cattie shooting contest. One of the tins that were used as targets apparently had a hole right through. Later a discussion of rides like the Canola run were discussed and whether or not it was fun to race through canaola fields. Eventually the all nighters turned in and soon the first sparrow chirped its welcome to a new day.

My camera's batteries had gone flat in the night or I would have had a perfectly good photo of BradleyS doing an impromptu impersonation of a meditating Buddah, but by the time I had enticed Growweblaar to fetch his camera the buddah had ceased his medditative contemplation of the fire.

In awe I watched the eastern horison became a scarlet blaze which turned golden and I managed to get just one pic of the light display.

Tune in again for the second eppisewde of our exciting trip, comming to a screen near you soon ( actually I must get some work done first!). ::)
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: keithk on January 28, 2008, 06:05:32 pm
(Applogies to Keith and Gavin Bradley for the sights on my katty being out.I have sent it in for callibration.)

XT no need  ;D ;D ( WD's each have their day ?? ::) ::))

Thanks to all that ventured out in the midday sun to ride this great route with may I say it ? the leader of the pack Drofarc who organised the route with the help of his friends ? . GG (sounds good), Drofarc XT, Bradley (soon to have a new forum name), Tok tokkie , Growweblaar and Camelman it was a real PLEASURE eating your dust and being able to ride with you . To prove all the dust that was consumed please see pic attached that Mrs K took as I arrived home:

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Unfortunately I did not take my camera with and do not have more pics. Thanks and waiting for the second half of the RR from Drofarc.
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: droffarc on January 28, 2008, 06:25:19 pm
KiethK - you forgot to mention that you gave the bike a shower in Ceres, so that it would look less dirty when you got home.

Thanks for looking after Go Girl and eating so much dust - would never have managed without you.

Tok Tokkie thanks for attending and for the great pics, esp that panoramic one of the SPOT. You actually had a interesting ride - puncture and off all in one.

I hope Growweblaar managed to get home all right and that his foot is not too badly injured.

Go Girl was really the star of the trip - you really did well - never mind the jelly - to have survived with the guys AND enjoyed it - see what the ladies can do! next time we must have more female participation - or even an all girls trip to that SPOT.
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Andy660 on January 28, 2008, 07:39:30 pm
And now some of my pics

Tok tokkies puncture.

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This rider didnt want to be reconised !

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At The spot

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Somone on the hill,is that a joint or a camera flash ?

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 more to follow






Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: keithk on January 28, 2008, 07:51:56 pm
Yip ! thats definitley a joint ?? :o
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Mark Hardy on January 28, 2008, 08:44:27 pm
Yip ! thats definitley a joint ?? :o

and a good healthy pull on one too.... >:D


ok stop posting the pics, you are making my bike jelouse and wanting to get out and ride
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: droffarc on January 28, 2008, 08:53:12 pm
Sorry Mark


After experiencing the magnificent sunrise we packed up and left.

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Oh no! Go girl‚??s front tyre was flat. Upon inspection it was noted that the rim had a bit of a dent ‚?? from that nasty dip of the previous day. Out came our friend Trailrider‚??s special ‚?? tyreweld ‚?? and the tyre was inflated.

Instead of the planned direct route to Sutherland I talked the guys into doing the little dogleg 3 around the Zeekoegat body of water. We were just about to turn onto the return leg, after going through the gate when it was decided that the errant KTM tyre needed to be replaced and that it would be done there and then. I suggested that we retire to the shade of the nearby trees before we re-tyre or we could possibly expire from the early morning heat.

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Soon we were on our way again and found the river in the Verlatekloof pass where we (some of us) went for a welcome dip in the algy froggy water. Others, like Denis the menace went off in search of something to shoot with his catty.

When we reached Sutherland everything was quiet, but some of us soon put a stop to that and the Garage guy, you remember, the one with the sideburns like those sported by a certain former GS rider who has all the lucky strikes, was soon in attendance ‚?? and did not even charge us a call out fee.

Soon our tanks were full and we invaded the quiet hotel for a sumptuous breakfast. What a breakfast ‚?? maybe I was hungry but it all tasted verrrry nice and the orange juice was cold and wet. A really worthwhile breakfast run this was.

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We then made our way to Middlepos, reaching there by lunchtime. The shop was closed and the hotel was closed but upon trying the door ‚?? it was open BUT not a sole in attendance. Soon the guy arrived and served beers.

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Andy thoughtfully bought me a beer ‚?? thanks pal ‚?? not knowing that I don‚??t consume any alcohol, but I am certain he enjoyed drinking it.

There was also this wacky sign on the glass door of the shop which says that if the mother of the child that insists on sucking the glass does not clean the mess there would be trouble.

From there things somehow became a race, with the KTM‚??s and pseudo KTM running in front and the rest of us huffing to keep up. I shall have to return to Middlepos again so that I can absorb that road. I just remember, as we left the town there was some sort of sand patch where I almost lost it, but I think the knobbly front tyre saved my bacon.

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At the Gannaga pass I made a point of turning back for photos. Not everyday I get to see such sights. The road down was badly washed away and eroded and I was not taking any chances so I proceeded with caution and still found the time to look around at the sights. There were numerous drifts where the rain from the previous night, which did not fall on us, had washed furrows in the road. It is one thing negotiating a ditch across the road but entirely another when you must negotiate sticky mud as well.

Tok Tokkie took a tumble and at one point I almost lost it as well. The back wheel was going in the wrong direction and I would have done a sideways ride if I had applied more throttle. Fortunately common sense prevailed and I applied slightly less throttle and came out of the mud unscathed. I had learned my lesson well in the navy ‚?? use your own gut feel regardless of what others tell you.

S I cleared the mud Growweblaar followed me and down he went from the mud.  We will let him tell his side of the story.

He picked himself up having only hurt his foot a bit.

Later we arrived at the Tanqua Karoo visitors centre in the middle of nowhere. They had cold water and taps where we cooled down. Growweblaar‚??s foot beginning to swell a bit.

From there we made a mad dash. I only vaguely remember reaching the R355 and then going at 110km/h to to turnoff for the Katbakkies pass. I vaguely remember the Skittery road which seemed rather nice and I promised myself that I would do this part again in my usual way. The Katbakkies pass was just a vague memory of piles of rocks and a ruin of a house alongside the road. Next thing I remember was going down the Gydo pass and stopping at the petrol station in Prince Alfred Hamlet to see KiethK go past. My fuel gauge was very low as his must have been but he had stated that he wanted to see how far he could go, and I had the red petrol can strapped to the back for emergency.

At the fuel station in Ceres I saw the racers again for the first time. There we disbanded as I wanted to re-hydrate and take it easy on the way home ‚?? I had raced enough. I took the Bainskloof pass to Wellington and did some more gravel in the STRONG SouthEaster arriving home just after 19:00, unpacked the bike and just parked it in the garage. I drank about a liter of cold water and sat down to post some quick pics of the ride.
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Camelman on January 28, 2008, 08:59:41 pm
Jo, Droffarc! You're a master story-teller bru!

Forgetting the fact that I just finished washing 10kg of mud and dirt off my bike, and still tired and wanting to sleep, I would go his weekend again with all you guys. It was great.

XT660R let me ride behind Bradleys, and I could pick up some tips on power-broadsliding around corners, which caused me to fall back on every twisty road, just so I could catch up again. Man was that fun!

It was a pleasure riding with you all!  ;D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: growweblaar on January 28, 2008, 11:11:10 pm
Awesome, awesome trip! My first overnighter on a bike, and it was grrrrreat O0

Depart from Betty's Bay:

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Toktokkie arriving at Richwood Total for the start of the trip:

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And the same man's puncture, not too long afterwards (fortunately, he rides what is now known as The Official Support Vehicle, or Mobile Workshop, so fixing it was no sweat - well, there was some sweat):

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(Note to self: always ensure the Pit Crew - Mr Bradley and Camelman - are with you on a ride...)


Leaders of the pack - droffarc, Bradley, XT660R and Camelman:

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After a relentless 120km/h slog across the gravel plains, we arrive at the turnoff to our spot:

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The SPOT - ever wondered where the middle of nowhere is? Fantastic!

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Lots of stories and laughs around the fire - just the way you want it:

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Camelman supplied the toilet facilities (although even a front-end loader would have struggled to go deeper than 2cm in that ground!):

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Sunrise over the camp (ever notice how any biker's pic always has his own bike in the foreground?):

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Sunrise over the Karoo - beautiful, isn't it?
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That "dip" (looked and felt more like a tectonic plate shift to me) ended up claiming Go Girl's rim and tube. Out comes the TyreWeld:

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See, even Honda riders stand (keithk):
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Go Girl!

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TyreWeld didn't last - out comes the Pit Crew, while the rest of us hide in the meagrest of shade:

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This dog lost its teeth:

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Fantabulous cool water near Sutherland (Go Girl, Bradley, Camelman):

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2042/2226906626_6396587ef7_o.jpg)


Re-fueling in Sutherland (the kind Oom was on his way to church when he saw us and opened the pumps early on a Sunday):

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2045/2226115989_3297bff827_o.jpg)


Brekkie in Sutherland hotel
(clockwise from top right: XT660R, Gavin (Bradley), Camelman, keithk, Go Girl, Toktokkie, droffarc):

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2120/2226906938_99aef8628a_o.jpg)


Middelpos - thirsty dogs in need of beer:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2164/2226907118_dbf5553fc8_o.jpg)


The dash home begins. Front runners Mr Gavin Bradley and Mr Camelman coming through:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2239/2226907250_248ef2e931_o.jpg)


And then came one of the most awe-inspiring moments of the trip - Ganags(?) Pass. I never knew anything like this existed so close to home. I can't decide which was better : the view, or the ride down:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2309/2226116685_824c08a07a_o.jpg)


The long road leading up to Tankwa National Park had every driffie filled with fresh mud, and a bit of a drop-off on either side. I had only once before rode mud - and I fell then ;D, so I was surprised to find that I was actually handling it well. In fact I even started to enjoy it - the fishtailing, the throttle play, etc. Toktokkie went down on a drif, but I still felt confident. But I was scratching the Mud Monster's balls with a very small little stick. And he bit back :P. (Un)fortunately no pics, only this one:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2359/2226116867_f3f9083bf2_o.jpg)


There are a few other bumps and bruises, but otherwise I'm fine :). Thanks to droffarc for organizing and to all the rest for a brilliant time!

Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Camelman on January 29, 2008, 06:21:13 am
Dude Growweblaar!

Glad you made it home okay.

I spared a thought for you when Bradleys, XT660R and I were fighting the 60km/h wind back home. Must have been hectic over Grabouw with that wind.

Looks like you foot is only a bit 'shaken, not stirred'  ;D

Was lekker riding with you bro!
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: keithk on January 29, 2008, 06:29:50 am
See, even Honda riders stand (keithk):

I think I know now why the others stand so much, I definitely needed a little pressure release on the you know what ?  ;D ;D

I spared a thought for you when Bradleys, XT660R and I were fighting the 60km/h wind back home. Must have been hectic over Grabouw with that wind.

"That was no ordinary blow job" that wind was a minimum of + 40 knots which is approximately 75-80 k's/h it gave us all a buffeting trying to reach home and for some "The Blue Peter" !
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Andy660 on January 29, 2008, 07:09:00 am
Proberby needed a cold drink after that zoll in the karoo!
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: GO GIRL on January 29, 2008, 09:57:40 am
Hi guys when I saw this weekend I thought there's no way this WD wantyed to interfere with a BOYS weekend... ???us gals dont bel.ong there.. ::) ::) my rubber arm was twisted and you asll have the rest some of the pit crew on my front teeth ;D ;D

Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: GO GIRL on January 29, 2008, 10:01:10 am
Here are more photos just to say that this is A BOYS weekend which this WD enjoyed... ;D ;D

These notices confirm that this is  BOYS only weekend   >:D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: GO GIRL on January 29, 2008, 10:03:43 am
some really weary and hot WDs.... ;D at the Middelpos Hotel  ;D

and did someone mention really cold beers I tell you these WDs were up in a JIFF :D :D

Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: GO GIRL on January 29, 2008, 10:05:05 am
...and where do I find azll the WDs in true tradition in a MENS only bar...considering that all the signage in  dicated MEN only... ;D ;D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: GO GIRL on January 29, 2008, 10:06:52 am
some more pics of DroffaRC and Keithk discussing prospects....???? :D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: GO GIRL on January 29, 2008, 10:09:35 am
I have yet to see how these WDs perch themselves a new way of dooing things KeithK ;D ;D

Keithk and BradleyS ....Ja Bru... thats the terminology over the weekend....a satisfied Ja Bru at a guess... ;D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: GO GIRL on January 29, 2008, 10:23:18 am
....AAAAnd considering this was a BOYS weekend would I do a BOYS weekend again, YOU BET!!!>:D >:D >:D...

Guys all I can say it was AWSUM,AWSUM, Thrilling.... I had a GRT time,  I enjoyed every bit of the trip, thank you all for being my personal Pit crew, KeithK for looking after me, riding back with me after missing that gap in Ceres, for Camelman telling me to be more aggro... ;D ;D BradleyS for your Grt support and being pit crew again second time around..and of course for XT catchin me with a joint yea rite ... ??? ???

Droffarc for arranging the trip and meeting Tok Tokkie and Growweblaar.....

From the time we left to the sleep under the stars till the time we got back I laughed myself silly ;D ;D ;D this WD gal had many an occasion to feel like jelly I can assure you all...WAS I KNACKERED ON SUNDAY....!!! :D :D

Hey this WD GAL  in for a BOYS weekend anyday...THANK YOU ALL FRO A GRT TIME and that I can learn so much from all of you....... :D :D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: growweblaar on January 29, 2008, 10:51:35 am
Dude Growweblaar!
Glad you made it home okay.

I spared a thought for you when Bradleys, XT660R and I were fighting the 60km/h wind back home. Must have been hectic over Grabouw with that wind.

Yo! The ride home wasn't that bad - I was just FRIIIGGIN tired :P.
One good thing about living in Bettys Bay (and frequently doing the Rooi Els coastal road) is that you learn to ride WIND ;D


I think I know now why the others stand so much, I definitely needed a little pressure release on the you know what ?  ;D ;D

Too true. Actually, most of the times that I stood up was to get a bit of wind and COOL DOWN :D
And since BradleyS has shown me how to corner on dirt while sitting down, I think my standing days are almost over - hehehe! Oh, hang on, I ride a BMW...


PS droffarc, going up Skittery Pass was my own piece of riding heaven - must do it again  8)
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: bradleys on January 29, 2008, 01:43:34 pm
Yeeeeeaaaaa,twas a goodie,great pack of dogs to ride with.Droff,you beauty great ride,well org,look forward to next trip.How come,Go girl did not share her weed  ::) with us?growweblaar,practise makes perfect,you did great.Kieth you blady perv >:D Next time we must search certain dogs for weapons,XT66O :P
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: bradleys on January 29, 2008, 01:51:20 pm
HEY,camelman,it really got tight in some of those bends what a rush,only prob its expensive,TIRE WEAR ???You must see whats left of my tires. :-[
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: keithk on January 29, 2008, 04:14:47 pm


From the time we left to the sleep under the stars till the time we got back I laughed myself silly ;D ;D ;D this WD gal had many an occasion to feel like jelly I can assure you all...WAS I KNACKERED ON SUNDAY....!!! :D :D

?? I assume it was from all the riding and nothing to do with anything else was it ? >:D >:D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: keithk on January 29, 2008, 04:22:49 pm
Yeeeeeaaaaa,twas a goodie,great pack of dogs to ride with.Droff,you beauty great ride,well org,look forward to next trip.How come,Go girl did not share her weed  ::) with us?growweblaar,practise makes perfect,you did great.Kieth you blady perv >:D Next time we must search certain dogs for weapons,XT66O :P

Hey hey is this the pot calling the kettle black or what ?? soon to change your forum name do we have to remind you what it was decided it should be ? >:D >:D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Andy660 on January 29, 2008, 04:27:12 pm
More pics
At the water hole.

Growweblare and Camelman cooling off.

(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p131/hunday/andypics2008161.jpg)

Gavin contiplating wether or not to jump in

(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p131/hunday/andypics2008162.jpg)

Growweblare looking for his pants

(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p131/hunday/andypics2008164.jpg)

Crying cause he cant find them

(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p131/hunday/andypics2008163.jpg)

It a KTM thang to be a Poser !(Gavin)

(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p131/hunday/andypics2008157.jpg)

Ganagga Pass

(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p131/hunday/page1-1019-full.jpg)

Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: droffarc on January 29, 2008, 05:04:28 pm
...soon to change your forum name do we have to remind you what it was decided it should be ? >:D >:D

I really think the name should be Speed*****, dont you?

Thanks to all who rode with - glad you enjoyed it.

As for Skittery - what time, Growweblaar? BTW Glad you foot not too bloo.


As for the BOYS Weekend - nah I wanna go on a GIRLS weekend to that spot - awsum!

So  look out for it under Planning a RIDE >:D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: GO GIRL on January 29, 2008, 06:21:09 pm
Hey there you Karoo WDs do we venture out on Bradleys new alias >:D >:D nah ...we will keep it in the Karoo pack... ::)

A terrific ride glad to see that Growweblaar's foot not too bad.....and yep that wind arriving back at Blu Peter...that was hectic...

A SUPA weekend had by all 8) 8)


Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Eisbein on January 30, 2008, 02:10:22 am
Better late than never I suppose...

I tell you - I was so sad I wasn't going with. Seeing all the friendly faces and the banter that started already even before the ride...
Man it was hard to see you guys off knowing I'm missing out not only on a lekker ride but also lekker company...


Anyway - here's just a couple of pics.

I wanted to make a little more effort with the 2nd ones, but the issue was that I thought I was going to get a better view higher up on Adderley and then I realized after going 3/4 up that you can't see Tafelberg from that high. So I turned around just in time to see the lights coming...


Turning into Contermanskloof road:

Please correct me if I'm out with the names. I'm bad with names...

Droff leading the pack:
(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t97/wihans/sutherland_1.jpg)

XT660R, Tok-Tokkie, Camelman, BradleyS (?) and GoGirl.
(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t97/wihans/sutherland_2.jpg)

Growweblaar and Keith:
(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t97/wihans/sutherland_3.jpg)

Dogs coming up Adderley:
(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t97/wihans/sutherland_4.jpg)

(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t97/wihans/sutherland_5.jpg)

Peace to you too Growwes...
(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t97/wihans/sutherland_6.jpg)


Man at this point I was glad that I wasn't going to feel the brunt of the heat - it was HOT.

I wasn't glad enough about that to not be upset with not going with though.
Next time !

:thumbsup:

Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: keithk on January 30, 2008, 07:07:19 am
Eisbein thanks for coming to see us off , it was a great pity that you could not join us as well , yip we did over heat slightly and in spite of that we had a great time. Thanks for the pics they are great with the mountain in the background  ;)
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Kykdaar on January 30, 2008, 07:48:15 am
Excellent trips guys and gal. I like that "spot in the middle of nowhere" idea. Hard to find in this overpopulated Gauteng.

Seems like an eventful, fun-filled trip was had by all.

Great report and pics and thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Trailrider on January 30, 2008, 07:59:08 am
Nice ride guys! Seems like it was an awesome trip ;D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Camelman on January 30, 2008, 10:13:01 am
HEY,camelman,it really got tight in some of those bends what a rush,only prob its expensive,TIRE WEAR ???You must see whats left of my tires. :-[

My tires looks like they've been through a grinder. Eish. But was worth every cent!  ;D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: droffarc on February 03, 2008, 05:43:10 pm
Forgot to post this one taken with my cell at the turnoff from R355 onto Katbakkies Ceres road.

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x243/droffarc/2008jan-0002.jpg)

Using SOME imagination, what can you see in the clouds?
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: keithk on February 03, 2008, 08:37:01 pm
Hey Drof I think you should what you can see or you will really start something here I mean I can see things that other people cant see  >:D >:D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: GO GIRL on February 03, 2008, 08:53:33 pm
KeithK after your behaviour  at the Karoo sleepover. :D :D...I can just think what your imagination is doing.... ;D ;D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: droffarc on February 03, 2008, 08:56:08 pm
Hey Drof I think you should what you can see or you will really start something here I mean I can see things that other people cant see  >:D >:D

Now what you been smokin there mon? S evil stuff dat! O0


Ok so I can see Yoda and a Jedi knight with a horse face waving at one of the riders.
Also I see one of those teddy bear chappies from Endor, what we they called?

There is also a snail with it's eyes extended upwards

And Alf or a dog swimming

Also a maiden on her back, head thrown back in extacy


Gee I hope old Siggy Freud is not a member of this forum.... ;D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: Mark Hardy on February 04, 2008, 09:22:12 am
I see the fresh air of the Karoo stimulates the brain and ways that mushrooms can only gream about......so whens the next sleep over, because I'm in for some mind alterating substancese  ;) ;) ;D
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: growweblaar on February 04, 2008, 10:28:04 am
Also I see one of those teddy bear chappies from Endor, what we they called?

An Ewok?
Title: Re: Karoo Sleepover
Post by: keithk on February 04, 2008, 09:04:14 pm
Hey Drof me thinks you must have gone a wondering where GG was a smokin and found some of dat stuff man ? I only saw the horse but wow I like your thinking  ;D ;D