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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Alpine Al on July 20, 2014, 08:36:49 pm

Title: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: Alpine Al on July 20, 2014, 08:36:49 pm
The day dawned with frost on the ground but the clear sky carying the promise of a sunny, warm winters ride. Some of our club members didnt do this ride as they are convinced I'm colour blind. (Last year my orange route was aparently black)!
This year we only had one guy wanting to do the orange so thirteen bikes left for Zingela ranch and the "Zingela Highway". Known wild dogs were Rhino 2 (who pillioned one of his sons on his Triumph, accompanied by his other son on a 650 Dakar), Anything V on his Suzuki V Strom and guys who are also club members: Gyro Ratfink (Anton), K9 (Kean) and my neighbour Andy XR.

We took backroads and tarr to Colenso then wound our way through one of those dry thornveld roads that seem to go nowhere and you may see one motor vehicle from beginning to end. As always happens you end up with some guys much slower than others so we had to stop on occasion. I decided it would be a good idea to let someone else lead so I could go up ahead to take pics of them coming through, then shoot ahead of them again to take more pics. This, of course allowed me to ride at my preferred pace, which is a tad quicker than most. The first off was when Otto came around one of those steep, loose decents with a sweeping bend to the right and a bit of rough "no man's land" on the inside. He took the "shortcut" and ended up in the rough without actualy dropping the bike. His eyes were big and he rode slowly for a while so we supposed he'd crapped himself. He later confirmed it was only skid marks and threatened to sue me for "false advertiseng the route as "green". (a joke of course).
The second off I know of was when there was too much of a gap between the group while I was taking photos. I went back to find a rather shaken Johan (Rhino 2) and his sons. Johan had taken a low speed tumble and wasnt looking happy so I offered to pillion his son for the rest of the journey. It is, of course difficult to know people's skills levels unless youv'e ridden with them and I'll admit that the route is not green so I do apologise guys. We saw Deon ( Anything V ) praying next to his bike a few times, we were facing east but it was not quite midday yet. We later found out that he was checking his bashplate (see pic). Andy and his wife Sarah also had a slow speed off on the red sandy "holes" shortly after one of these pics of them were taken, then they later tumbled when their momentum was lost (caused by our club Chairman deciding to take a shortcut up a rocky ascent, ditching his bike and creating a bottleneck).

Once everyone had got to Zingela they realised why we go there. It's a special place, a camp frequented and patronised by hunters and those wishing to get away from city life. . . FAR AWAY! In fact it's not far but it feels like it because most city dwellers shit themselves when they first experience the "Highway", even if they're not the driver. If you take your kids there they have to spend time with you because theres no cell signal, no tv ( with exception to major sport ) and no shopping mall! Your host at Zingela, Mark Calverly, looks like Kingsley Holgate but doesnt like leaving his piece of paradise where the happenings in the rest of the world seem not to bother them.

We had one of Linda Calverly's fantastic lunches, a few of our favourite thirst quenchers and sat in the bohma area overlooking the Thukela River, chatting about all sorts of things, not excluding the ride so far. We had nearly every pillion wanting to squeeze themselves into the Jeep which was already full of the "non pillioning" wives and a daughter.
I think everyone did a bit better on the way back as they knew what they were in for and knew there was no other option. There were, of course, amoungst us who love this kind of riding.
We went down the infamous "little sani" with no problems as Mark must have repaired it and thrown all the loose rock over the edge recently.
When we got to the Weenen tarr road Deon had headed home and Johan and his boys left to overnight with family near Mooi River. The rest of us rode back to Blue Haze through the Weenen game reserve and then Estcourt.

Although some participants were a bit bummed with me and the condition of the road, they were all later thanking me and saying it was a great day. Nobody was hurt and the worst was a few bike scratches.
Johan you did well, your sons and you should consider it a privelege to be able to do these things together, before they move away and do their own thing.

Once again I do apologise about the route grading but who am I to argue with the likes of Alfie, Jon W, Outhere and the boys when they call it a green route? !!
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: Fearless on July 20, 2014, 08:54:49 pm
Sorry we missed this. Me and Crazy Biker Chick were just leaving Estcourt as you guys were entering.
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: Alpine Al on July 20, 2014, 09:06:39 pm
Above pics of  Rhino 2 and his sons, Andy and Sarah on the lava orange GS 800 and K9 and Rosa on the  GS 1200 LC. The following of the yellow Suzuki ( Anything V ), Gyro Ratfink and Gabby on the black GSA and a few others.
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: Alpine Al on July 20, 2014, 09:15:31 pm
Twins at the camp and a recent pic of Linda and Mark with Felix, their little Meerkat who, after 8 years of being the boss of Zingela, "A week ago, like a good little bushman, took his last walkabout and didn't return." (Mark's words).
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: Alpine Al on July 20, 2014, 09:20:13 pm
More of the same and one of some of the girls in the Jeep.
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: Alpine Al on July 20, 2014, 09:27:37 pm
A nice one of my young neighbours.
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: Alpine Al on July 20, 2014, 09:35:51 pm
Sorry we missed this. Me and Crazy Biker Chick were just leaving Estcourt as you guys were entering.

Yes, a pitty, you would have enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: BIGMAC on July 21, 2014, 07:53:02 am
Well done to all, its always an adventure riding to Zinglea, the route has something for every one.
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: JonW on July 21, 2014, 08:14:16 am
Nice one Al, Zingela is a special place  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: ktmmer on July 21, 2014, 08:45:06 am
Thank you  for the invite Al , brilliant ride with brilliant people.

After a few minutes it felt like, I have known them for years.



I was praying for more ground clearance.

I tried, facing east, then west , then south and finally north .

I am sad to say after lunch I had even less ground clearance.

Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: COLES on July 21, 2014, 08:51:19 am

Hey China

Great report nice pic,s thank u for sharing
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: ALLEN I on July 21, 2014, 03:28:14 pm
Nice little RR thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: Dustman on July 21, 2014, 04:26:01 pm
Thank you Allan for the invite and company on the ride. Thanks for taking care of my boy through the worst part of the ride.
He says "Jis pa, daai oom weet hoe om te ry"

Yes, the Tiger is more capable than I am and saved my bum quite a few times and allthough I took quite a nasty tumble on some rocks, the only damage is a broken rear view mirror. I suppose the rest of the bike did not have any damage as it landed quite softly .......... on top of me.

The BMW'ers are definitely a great group of people. Whenever somone went down, there was a helping hand within seconds to help him up and on his way.


Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: Alpine Al on July 21, 2014, 08:29:34 pm
  :thumleft: Glad you guys enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: AndyXR on July 21, 2014, 08:33:30 pm
Thanks to everyone involved,great ride  :ricky: and great company. Always good to meet new faces. Zingela is an awesome spot,well done to everybody for tackling the "Z3" (aka the zingela highway).
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: GYRO RATFINK on July 22, 2014, 08:24:23 am
Great RR and pics Al...I see some potential talent here. Gabs and I really enjoyed your ride and superb hospitality. We now really are looking forward to next years Blue Haze weekend and will definitely be taking the "RED" route because the chances are pretty good it will be "GREEN"....LOL. :-)
Thanks again mate..Ant & Gabs
Title: Re: Saturday Zingela ride from Blue Haze
Post by: K-9 on July 22, 2014, 03:32:06 pm
Fantastic day, really great ride, good company. GREAT spot.   

Rosa and i had great fun. 

The GSA1200 LC performed fantastically well and gave us a smooth ride down to the river and back, without any problems.  not once did we have a wobble, what a bike??  bike perfect for those conditions, great power and grunt when required, perfect "roll on" power.

and hats off to Rosa for trusting me and not even thinking about bailing and taking the 4x4 route out.  the 4x4 must of been very uncomfortable on that road.