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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Uncle Bob on August 08, 2006, 01:24:59 pm

Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: Uncle Bob on August 08, 2006, 01:24:59 pm
So for anybody who didn?t read, I must be frekkin insane, here?s the breakdown. I had a last minute inspiration to ride down to Clarens in the foothills of the Drakensberg this past weekend to go looking for some snow :scratch: .

Weather forecast Sat. min -10 :shock:  max 12. Sun min -5 max 12. so I was in for a pretty cold weekend.

Left Friday afternoon at 13:00 after stopping quickly to buy one of those buff thermal neckwarmer things( worth every cent ).

N1 south, turned off just after the one stop to Heilbron. Dirt from there.
These clouds looked very ominous
(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/bobsyeruncle_2006/Frigid%20digits/PICT0499.jpg)

Hit a hail storm just outside Petrus Steyn then cleared, then rain, then hail again!

It started getting extremely cold outside Bethlehem and dark, it was getting very difficult to distinguish between rain patches and ice on the road.

First sight of snow covered mountains

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/bobsyeruncle_2006/Frigid%20digits/Snowymountain.jpg)

Not sure if it?s ice or rain.
(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/bobsyeruncle_2006/Frigid%20digits/Graphic1.jpg)

Eventually found my hotel checked in and went to town for pub dinner. While inside it started raining hard and the road had formed big patches of ice, I had to idle back in 2nd gear to the hotel with the big girl sliding in any which direction.

Saturday.

The sight outside my hotel room.
(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/bobsyeruncle_2006/Frigid%20digits/Hoteveiw.jpg)

Time to play !
Rode into the Golden gate National park. Met a guy there who came up to me and asked me if I was riding outside of Bethlehem last night following a BMW 3 series. Yeah it was me, so the dude tunes he?s very glad to see I?m still alive, says he was doing 140 in the rain with the car showing ice warning and -3 on the temp gauge, and I was sitting right behind him. So I tell him it?s because I wanted to make use of his light, he says it?s a good idea cause ? did you see all the deer next to the road ? ? I think I left a skiddie just then.

Snow

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/bobsyeruncle_2006/Frigid%20digits/Nicebackground.jpg)

Very Slippery to ride
(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/bobsyeruncle_2006/Frigid%20digits/iceriding.jpg)

This guy got stuck so i coudn't ride up this hill.
(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/bobsyeruncle_2006/Frigid%20digits/Stucklandy.jpg)

Just had to - Here's Bob's yer icycle

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/bobsyeruncle_2006/Frigid%20digits/bobsyericicle.jpg)

Snow was pretty deep.

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/bobsyeruncle_2006/Frigid%20digits/PICT0537.jpg)

Sunday : Rode back, pretty uneventful except for hitting a pothole wrong on the gravel and got tank slap at about 90kph ? standing up!! Luckily(amazingly/surprisingly)  didn?t fall!

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/bobsyeruncle_2006/Frigid%20digits/garvesign.jpg)

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/bobsyeruncle_2006/Frigid%20digits/comingback.jpg)

Finally home and the Big Girl getting a well deserved shower.

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m171/bobsyeruncle_2006/Frigid%20digits/wash.jpg)

Total trip was about 800km, best consumption was 4,7L / 100 km (very relaxed, ice snow etc.) worst consumption, well I still need to fill up again but was doing about 180 for the last 100km on highway so?

Sorry about the big pics, will learn how to make 'em even smaller.
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: Grondpad on August 08, 2006, 01:59:52 pm
:notworthy:  :notworthy: :notworthy:

RESPECT!!!
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: bud500 on August 08, 2006, 02:04:51 pm
Brave stuff! Nice little trip.
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: LuckyStriker on August 08, 2006, 02:08:15 pm
great trip!

my dangly bits retracted after just looking at your pics :P
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: JourneyMan on August 08, 2006, 02:08:55 pm
Crazy moegoe! :lol:  :wink:

Lekker pics there. Bike with mountain a must for the competition.

Must have been cold on the bike.

What happened that resulted in the tank slapper?




PS: Download Irfanview for picture editing. Free. Do the Google thing.
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: Grootseun on August 08, 2006, 02:09:35 pm
Well done BYU...now i also saw the snow... :D
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: BlouVark on August 08, 2006, 02:23:21 pm
My finger tips went dead riding from Pretoria to meet the guys at Pinehaven Sunday morning with heated grips. :shock:  :shock:

You sir, are totally freaking nuts. Respect.
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: GSpot on August 08, 2006, 02:26:29 pm
Sorry for the Hi-jack
That Buff is it the plain one or the one with the polar piece at the bottom, I want to buy one but dunno which one
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: Uncle Bob on August 08, 2006, 02:27:58 pm
Quote from: "JourneyMan"
Crazy moegoe! :lol:  :wink:

Lekker pics there. Bike with mountain a must for the competition.

Must have been cold on the bike.

What happened that resulted in the tank slapper?




PS: Download Irfanview for picture editing. Free. Do the Google thing.


Thanks JM, downloaded it, just a question, what is the best size to resize to for the forum?

Tank slapper, i dunno, must've hit a pothole then some loose sand on the hardpack, just remember looking down at my hands thinking " hey that's not normal! "

Fanks hey.
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: JourneyMan on August 08, 2006, 02:34:35 pm
640 x 480 I think.
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: wino on August 08, 2006, 02:35:33 pm
and now for the intended pun: cool ride!! :lol:
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: Uncle Bob on August 08, 2006, 02:36:59 pm
Quote from: "GSpot"
Sorry for the Hi-jack
That Buff is it the plain one or the one with the polar piece at the bottom, I want to buy one but dunno which one


I got the one with the fleece at the bottom, nice to keep your neck warm, and you can pull the cloth piece over your mouth and nose, they show you all weird ways to wear it on the box, but i threw it away.
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: GSpot on August 08, 2006, 02:41:01 pm
Where and how much ???

Hi-jack off
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: X Banana Boy on August 08, 2006, 02:55:36 pm
Great trip.  liked very cool. (pun intended  :D )  fun to see Sipho cleaning.  That doesn't happen State side.
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: greenmamba on August 08, 2006, 03:11:32 pm
GSpot - Most Cape Union Maarts will have them, start from around R150 for the plain buff uptill around R230. I have had the ordinary one for about three years and it is more than adequate.
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: Rebel on August 08, 2006, 03:34:55 pm
bliksem....nou kry ek sommer koud !

i thinks thats brave.

stopopid would be if you camped next to the river !!!!

ask Blouvark....hell tell you all about it.


lekker report
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: BlouVark on August 08, 2006, 03:46:10 pm
Quote from: "Rebel"
bliksem....nou kry ek sommer koud !

i thinks thats brave.

stopopid would be if you camped next to the river !!!!

ask Blouvark....hell tell you all about it.


lekker report


Do right & no one takes notice, do wrong & no one forgets :roll: :oops:
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: Gnomad on August 08, 2006, 05:56:30 pm
I convey upon you the Gnomad seal of approval!!!

The dork who got his Disco stuck in that snowbank deserves a kick in the slats-they're good for a lot deeper than that, keep your speed up and they'll thrash through just shy of a meter deep.

As for the cold WX gear, if you can find some turtlefur, it's the shizz. I wear a turtlefur balaclava under my helmet in the temp ranges you were experiencing and it's pretty much perfect for that.

Nicely done.  8)
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: Ned_da_biker on August 08, 2006, 07:00:05 pm
Man that looks like Fun!
I like Bob's ya icycle :D
Glad to see ya still alive!  :P and it seems you still have all da digits?!
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: funacide on August 08, 2006, 07:26:20 pm
Awesome report and pics, thanks for sharing.
Title: Frigid Digits 4-6 Aug 2006
Post by: GIDEON on August 08, 2006, 09:06:36 pm
GREATE GREATE so jaloers ek skuit sommer myself