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Title: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on October 18, 2018, 04:06:19 pm
Day 1:

And so it begins! Well it began for us 13 days ago anyway. Getting our lives in order, all the work done, packing, check lists, rehydrate. It's been one helluva time trying to get prepped. But we're here.

Currently we're being shuttled from Kaleo Guest Farm in Ceres all the way up to Springbok where the bikes and organizers are waiting patiently for our arrival. At least we think they are...

Anticipation and excitement is at an all time high. We are really keen to get there, to get acquainted with our magnificent machines and start an epic 2500km journey through Northern and Western Cape.

Bring on the adventure!

To all contestants, please feel free to add your posts and pics! Let's start the thread (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181018/1226ad75837f00ec695654e2bc8e3457.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181018/6e69a6f9600e078084fbd58b729bb7c9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181018/e4c8a2c96e349ea0495665de972ab215.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181018/15a62c97a6e43cc4b5dfd450d2d8bc9c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181018/d3fe3d1322dd070e5f789a55225969af.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181018/9e40926fd90a057e970657f1cccdbfea.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181018/29423fd3d52a0a9ee1000dd295d10511.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181018/0d61069d4ebb2dc441f91ee1faa882c9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181018/f6ed9883d27e8ab02cad742dfdee7410.jpg)

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on October 18, 2018, 04:07:21 pm
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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: BikerJan on October 18, 2018, 04:09:25 pm
All of the best with this epic adventure!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Pilchie on October 18, 2018, 04:26:44 pm
  :sip:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Bring It On on October 18, 2018, 06:22:55 pm
Keen to follow this epic journey.

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hondsekierie on October 18, 2018, 06:25:46 pm
All of the best to the  contestants.  Exciting times ahead!!

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Oubones on October 18, 2018, 06:26:12 pm
 :drif: :sip:
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Post by: J-dog on October 18, 2018, 06:40:37 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Brink on October 18, 2018, 07:46:24 pm
 :sip: :drif: :ricky:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Noneking on October 18, 2018, 08:03:14 pm
Lekker Jesse!
Make us proud!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Twister on October 18, 2018, 08:14:59 pm
Good luck everyone.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: P.K. on October 18, 2018, 09:05:57 pm
I see you are paired with Hannes.....lucky draw boet. Top guy, good rider and the kind of guy who you can depend on.
Good luck and enjoy...!!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Jaakmh on October 18, 2018, 09:31:22 pm
Moenie skaam wees met die fotos nie!!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: BiG DoM on October 18, 2018, 09:36:45 pm
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on October 18, 2018, 09:42:16 pm
Treat those Suzuki's nicely please...
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: dieseldawie on October 19, 2018, 07:52:55 am
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Ventana on October 19, 2018, 08:17:18 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Firecoast on October 19, 2018, 08:32:28 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Dwerg on October 19, 2018, 08:40:10 am
I see you are paired with Hannes.....lucky draw boet. Top guy, good rider and the kind of guy who you can depend on.
Good luck and enjoy...!!

Much like people would describe Jesse. Tough team to beat I recon  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: WNaude on October 19, 2018, 09:20:32 am
Yes another Quest 2018 fred, I like.

Gooi die foto's

Good luck manne.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on October 19, 2018, 10:39:39 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Edgar on October 19, 2018, 11:10:12 am
I can't wait for more! Good luck to all the contestants  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on October 19, 2018, 11:42:00 am
 :sip: Enjoy Guys and Girl ................. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kortbroek on October 19, 2018, 11:50:46 am
Sub
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: McSack on October 19, 2018, 12:07:06 pm
Looking forward to all the  pics and comments on the experience

(also admit I am super jealous)
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Steekvlieg on October 19, 2018, 01:12:04 pm
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Minxy on October 19, 2018, 01:32:44 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: 171steve on October 19, 2018, 01:54:53 pm
Geniet hom manne
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Casting from Turd on October 19, 2018, 02:45:49 pm
Bring die Koffie  :sip:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Oshkosh on October 20, 2018, 11:23:33 am
Bring die Koffie  :sip:

Just for You Boet!!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Oshkosh on October 20, 2018, 11:25:34 am
Good luck to all!!  :thumleft:
Hope you all have a Blast!!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Casting from Turd on October 20, 2018, 05:43:50 pm
Bring die Koffie  :sip:

Just for You Boet!!  :biggrin:
:spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Heimer on October 21, 2018, 02:17:21 pm
Ons het ʼn thread sonder foto's

 :P
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Edgar on October 23, 2018, 08:52:08 am
Ons het ʼn thread sonder foto's

 :P

Ek het ook gewonder daaroor........kom manne, gooi foto's
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: charliepappa on October 23, 2018, 09:08:08 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: woody1 on October 23, 2018, 09:10:36 am
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: BiG DoM on October 23, 2018, 12:35:34 pm
Ignore Topic button.  :3some:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: dieseldawie on October 23, 2018, 01:15:25 pm
Ignore Topic button.  :3some:

yes nothing here. Maybe all under radio silence? :peepwall:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on October 23, 2018, 01:24:34 pm
They are on day 4 now.. I'm not sure where Andrew is, he was supposed to be the media guy updating everyone.

I am trying to see if there will be a spectator point / meet up place where we can see the contestants shoot past.. probably Tankwa or Cederberg but so far pretty much radio silence., still waiting to hear

there have been updates / videos on Honda Adventure motorcycles FB page
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: 0012 on October 23, 2018, 02:47:24 pm
sub-sticles
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on October 29, 2018, 10:13:47 am
Here's a fat penguin to break the ice...

We are back. Jinne what an experience. I thought it would be a bit easier to update as we went along but we had very little access to signal. We were in SUPER remote areas.

As soon as we can I'm sure each of us will add to the tales. Just need to catch up on office stuff. Will post soon :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Black_Hawk on October 29, 2018, 10:36:40 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on October 29, 2018, 12:04:22 pm
It was EPIC - True Adventure
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: windswept on October 29, 2018, 04:21:19 pm
teebag, were you there?
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 29, 2018, 05:56:30 pm
teebag, were you there?

He certainly was.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: windswept on October 29, 2018, 08:10:15 pm
teebag, were you there?

He certainly was.  :thumleft:

Well then, teebag, lets get that RR going.  :sip: :clock: :happy1:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on October 30, 2018, 11:31:03 am
The Quest True Adventure is much much bigger than just riding bikes.
A lot of emphasize was put on the following:
Performance in a team.
Positive spirit
Problem solving in difficult situations.
Discovering your deeper inner self.
Learning from others and sharing your knowledge with others.
Etc, etc.
There are a lot of video's and photos that we will post but this specific video sums the whole experience beautifully up, turn op the sound and listen carefully to the spoken words.

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Dux on October 30, 2018, 12:02:48 pm
Awesome  :thumleft:

Hardy was telling me that Mojaki had never ridden offroad before the bootcamp , so that makes his achievement even more impressive , by all accounts he was tenacious and persevered , the right stuff  :thumleft: :thumleft:

But a big congratulations to all the entrants , they are all winners  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Fransw on October 30, 2018, 12:55:22 pm
Wow! Fantastic! Well done to the winning team!

Hardy, well done to you, you made it all happen again! What is your secret if I may ask?
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 30, 2018, 02:41:17 pm
Awesome  :thumleft:

Hardy was telling me that Mojaki had never ridden offroad before the bootcamp , so that makes his achievement even more impressive , by all accounts he was tenacious and persevered , the right stuff  :thumleft: :thumleft:

But a big congratulations to all the entrants , they are all winners  :thumleft:

This man (Dux) rode all the way from CT to Touwsrivier to meet us on our way to the next camp. It took him 30 seconds to decide that he was going to drop everything that he was busy with to assist us in gettiing brake pads for the Iveco, and ride all the way in the middle of the recent heat wave to help us out.
Dux - The Quest group is forever grateful for your kind act.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 30, 2018, 02:43:43 pm
Wow! Fantastic! Well done to the winning team!

Hardy, well done to you, you made it all happen again! What is your secret if I may ask?

Luckiest guy ever. Great crew, great contestants, great instructors and a fantastic brand that recognizes this.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on October 30, 2018, 02:50:20 pm
teebag, were you there?

#6, front row, 2nd from the left...  I must have a face for radio, the 2nd commentary in the video above are my thoughts on the final morning of this epic adventure, respect to all the participants as well as all who made it possible but most of all to Hardy for believing in us and helping us find the true meaning of "Quest".



I remember seeing something on tv about Quest 2018, and thought I would have another go and entered despite being sceptical of my chances and thought nothing more of it. Sometime in early September it came up in conversation and I remember thinking that the deafening silence must be an indication that I had not been selected for the initial round.  Things were busy at work as we were closing the office at the end of the month and there was a lot that needed to be taken care of.

I remember receiving a message from a friend I seldom ride with but often send pictures too titled "wish you were here", it said simply "Hey riding buddy", I was busy and thought he was pissing about, so didn't respond.  I little later that day I received a message from @Noneking on instagram "Congrats on the Honda Quest nod!" - wait, what!  :eek:  Quickly I check my emails and there it is the confirmation from Specalised Adventures informing me I had until 17:00 to confirm my participation or my spot would go to someone else.  I came so close to being out right there...

I had already booked some time off for my upcoming 50th, and had to go ask the boss for a few extra days at the worse possible time - he jokingly said "NO" because, he said, if I made it through I would be back asking for more.

And so I turned 50, with friends and family on the West Coast came home and packed immediately for bootcamp.  Monday morning I leave early for Kaleo.  To say I was ill prepared was an understatement, I had no real idea of what to expect, and I had not read the reports or watched the videos from Quest 2017.

I don't think I was the only one, sitting in the hall after the formalities and introductions were done I think most were asking the same question - "when are we going to ride bikes?" the answer would be tomorrow, and then only for about 45min in total - 45min in 3 days - the rest, well the rest was a Bootcamp.  Eerily reminiscent of my army days, you are not a name you are a number, surprise wake up call, pre dawn hike, kitchen duties, tests, camp setup and break down, and lessons on various topics from bike maintenance to trauma procedures - all the time being watched and measured by Hardy and the crew.  It was funny to see how various things rattled different people, I think the biggest being the tests, it's quite something to see riding gods humbled by a simple puzzle.

When I think back now, I know for sure I did not have more than a few polite words at bootcamp with some of the people there including some that made it through to the final, my eventual teammate being one of them, it was that busy.

My riding performance was average and I admitted as much in my exit interview, I think I had the honour of being the 1st to drop the bike on the morning "intro to the bike" ride, I shot up and over an embankment, gave it a little to many beans because I was unsure of how to do this DCT thing and then realised the exit was far steeper that the entrance, panicked, pulled the front-brake just a little and dismounted front and right before the bike had even hit the ground. I was pretty certain that was my Quest campaign over right there.  Hearing some of the other contestants talk was also intimidating, racing, extreme enduro, Amageza's and a smattering of Roof's - what was I thinking?

Anyway it was a fun 3 days, and I got to try out the CRF1000L DCT on tracks meant for mountain bikes - this bike shouldn't be here, but it was. In closing we were told Hardy would contact each of us by the weekend to advise us if we had made it to the final 14 or not.

The phone rang "JT, Hardy, you're in, we'll send you and email with the details later"   
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Dux on October 30, 2018, 02:59:54 pm
Awesome  :thumleft:

Hardy was telling me that Mojaki had never ridden offroad before the bootcamp , so that makes his achievement even more impressive , by all accounts he was tenacious and persevered , the right stuff  :thumleft: :thumleft:

But a big congratulations to all the entrants , they are all winners  :thumleft:

This man (Dux) rode all the way from CT to Touwsrivier to meet us on our way to the next camp. It took him 30 seconds to decide that he was going to drop everything that he was busy with to assist us in gettiing brake pads for the Iveco, and ride all the way in the middle of the recent heat wave to help us out.
Dux - The Quest group is forever grateful for your kind act.

My pleasure , was a lekker ride  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on October 30, 2018, 03:36:10 pm
Well done @Dux  :salut:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on October 30, 2018, 06:37:04 pm
“Jodan, tel jou fokken kop op. Vat paar slukke water en kry jou kop reg. Ons moet nou fokken sterk wees, want as hulle daai man se bike gaan oplaai gaan mense begin crack.”

Ek het meer met myself gepraat as met my spanmaat, maar ek het besef hier is groot kak as die instrukteurs besluit om JT se Quest kort te knip en toe Jodan op sy arms gaan lê op sy handle bars toe sien ek hoer kom moeilikheid.

Dit was die tweede laaste dag, 49 grade en ons was so entjie in op die posroete. Dit was taai. Baie. Vor my was dit die dag waar ek die diepste moes delf, vir n klomp redes wat ek later sal deel...
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Dux on October 30, 2018, 06:40:11 pm
Well done @Dux  :salut:

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 30, 2018, 08:39:04 pm
Enough with the intro I guess, let's start the journey.
The drive from Kaleo to Springbok was long and felt like forever, luckily we had some guys to entertain us but they also got tired after lunch and caught some much needed sleep after our previous night or shall I say morning dinner as we were caught in a road closure after there was an accident 50km before Ceres where we all overnight before the Quest start. We already as a team had to test our navigational skills and negotiated with our taxi driver to rather take a gravel road around the accident as we were not going to sit there all night. Our driver Johnny agreed and we experienced our first piece of dirt for the trip.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 30, 2018, 08:49:33 pm
Arriving very late in Springbok our instruction was clear, report in on the two-way radio we received earlier as soon as you are 5km before Springbok, we followed this instruction but first made a toilet stop as we did not know what was going to happen next and did not want to be caught unprepared.
We received our next location and was greeted with this beautiful sight and the instructors….  and of course the Iveco had to be packed with our stuff from the bus…

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Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 30, 2018, 08:54:55 pm
Everyone was very happy when we were told kit up we need to ride the bikes to the campsite,
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Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 30, 2018, 09:08:02 pm
Arriving at camp 7 kilometres later we met the rest of the support team and the guys from Honda who would join us for the first couple of days before returning to work. Instructions was clear unpack the Iveco, set up camp and prepare your bikes for the next couple of days, that meant working till dark as we arrived a bit late and had to fit 12v sockets wider foot pecks and secure our bags with all the tools and spare tubes you might need going forward. A big thank you to Nomad Bike Bags who had a lekker surprise for us when we arrived. Each of us were given a toolbag, towrope, bike bag and mat to fix punctures on. Our instructors were green with envy as they did not receive any….
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Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 30, 2018, 09:10:41 pm
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Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 30, 2018, 09:31:45 pm
O, and I forgot to mention, why we arrived so late was because our shuttle driver was the most law-abiding citizen I have ever came across, he never ever went over the speed limit and on the open roads never over 100 km/h not even when overtaking. As we all knew we were running a bit late we asked him to drive a bit faster but even then, he still did not go over 100 km/h. We respected him for that and left him to do his job.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 30, 2018, 09:43:31 pm
But we were not alone in this camp, it was like we intruded the scorpion kings home base, I have never seen a scorpion in nature and only at zoo’s or in books. But here they were crawling all over the place and you had to be careful not to step on one, from small to big they were all there. But fortunately, we were prepared by Ockie at Bootcamp who advised us to get a scorpion flash light…. I was sceptical and have seen it on television before, but they really glow in the dark just like fireflies, wonder if you can use them for fishing indicators then you do not need to buy them all the time, the tail would curl nicely around a fishing line.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 30, 2018, 09:56:03 pm
As if scorpions was not enough, during dinner some unwanted guests were spotted and we had to patrol the campsite during the night, that meant as there was only 7 hours left and we are 7 teams each team was going to stand guard for a hour, myself and @JesseH lucky draw was 02:00am to 03:00am, just what we needed before a full day of hard riding and heat to combat the next day..... and of course, 5 hours sleep the previous day. We fell asleep immediately but were supper confused when we got woken up by Stephan who was doing the 01:00am to 02:00am patrol. It took some time to wake up and @JesseH even asked Stephan what he was doing outside as it was our turn not recognising that he was before us doing patrol. Well what do you do for a hour in the middle of the night? Well let’s make a coffee and go scorpion hunting again….. 
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Post by: woody1 on October 31, 2018, 08:18:12 am
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Casting from Turd on October 31, 2018, 02:53:07 pm
As if scorpions was not enough, during dinner some unwanted guests were spotted and we had to patrol the campsite during the night, that meant as there was only 7 hours left and we are 7 teams each team was going to stand guard for a hour, myself and @JesseH lucky draw was 02:00am to 03:00am, just what we needed before a full day of hard riding and heat to combat the next day..... and of course, 5 hours sleep the previous day. We fell asleep immediately but were supper confused when we got woken up by Stephan who was doing the 01:00am to 02:00am patrol. It took some time to wake up and @JesseH even asked Stephan what he was doing outside as it was our turn not recognising that he was before us doing patrol. Well what do you do for a hour in the middle of the night? Well let’s make a coffee and go scorpion hunting again…..

2,4,or8 legged unwanted
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 07:16:36 pm
The two-legged ones unfortunately
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Casting from Turd on October 31, 2018, 07:29:09 pm
The two-legged ones unfortunately

Shit boet. That far out in the middle of nowhere,
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 07:34:01 pm
After getting some more sleep after our patrol it was an early wake up. Pack up camp, breakfast, pack the Iveco and line the bikes up for inspection.

http://www.youtube.com/v/0mgNDz6erpQ
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 07:51:04 pm
Received our briefing for the next couple of kilometres…. Finally done with all the formalities, time to ride!!! Video footage courtesy from @PhantomCupcake

http://www.youtube.com/v/ULCGS_yzfns
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 08:03:56 pm
After some gravel highways and some nice desert scenery with some soft sandy patches to get used to our new bikes we arrived at the turnoff where the roads turn in to twee spoor, the terrain we have been waiting to ride!!! 
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 08:10:16 pm
After some gravel highways and some nice desert scenery with some soft sandy patches to get used to our new bikes we arrived at the turnoff where the roads turn in to twee spoor, the terrain we have been waiting to ride!!! 
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: PhantomCupcake on October 31, 2018, 08:13:47 pm
Hi guys,

I see the report is already well on its way. That first day of riding was a great introduction to the bikes for most of us. Mostly gravel highway for the day, with patches of sand, which allowed us all to find the settings we like and fiddle with our suspension where needed.

I think most of us found that the suspension is quite good off the bat, but benefited from a couple of turns down.

The DCT was another thing to get used to, but it didn't take long for us to start finding our preferences (Traction off, Gravel mode, S2 for me personally). The gearbox really is quite smart and I quickly found myself worrying less and less about the gears. Personally, I had never been offroad with such a big bike, so, I started off riding in the normal Drive setting to make the throttle seem a bit less responsive. I have to say, that didn't prevent me from spinning the bike out from under me and being the first person to put it down for the trip. Good thing I was near the back so most people didn't see.  :biggrin:

And to top the day off we were introduced to some sand. Nothing too daunting compared to day 2, but we didn't know that yet. You'll have to wait a little to hear all about that.  ;)
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 08:19:07 pm
We had a quick rest and continued down the twee spoor... with a fall or two... temperatures were already in the high 35’s…. the green in the background is the mighty Oranje river.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 08:20:39 pm
http://www.youtube.com/v/lWQqlzBzTvA
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 08:37:59 pm
After a while of riding we found the only tree for kilometres, at a distance was a group of donkeys slowly coming closer now and again but keeping their distance. I guess it was their tree that we took over. It was also the ideal spot for the backup vehicle to catch up and refill our bladders with some cold water. The shade also allowed for a good spot to lay down for a bit.
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Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 08:38:36 pm
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Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 08:44:54 pm
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Post by: BLK on October 31, 2018, 08:55:23 pm
Great pics and video coverage,thks.

Us desktop warriors really enjoy it,thks.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 09:06:19 pm
But one cannot lay under a tree the whole day there was still some trail left to Groot Melkboom. We got up and started to make our way over there. After combating some thorn threes that usually only grow where the thick sand and the best line through the corners are we met up with the rest of the crew in the support vehicles.

http://www.youtube.com/v/6ntFx_olnaE
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 09:09:33 pm
They already had a swim and we did not waste any time to get into the river as well, ice cold water in 40 degrees heat was the best thing you could ask for and of course an ice cold beer would have been the cherry on top but there was none to find….

http://www.youtube.com/v/8rjIFq4TBkk
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 09:11:09 pm
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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on October 31, 2018, 09:17:59 pm
http://www.youtube.com/v/EFBzCsz-Low
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: KarooKid on November 01, 2018, 06:46:47 am
I was fortunate enough to be part of the Honda Quest 2017 as well as 2018.

For some reasons I still do not know I left Quest 2017 a little unfulfilled. I did not quite find the life changing experience I was hoping for despite riding some of the best terrain and the most beautiful parts of the continent I have ever been to.

The hard work started for Quest 2018 with some Recce's, a Bootcamp and then the actual event. Whatever Quest 2017 was not on a personal level, Quest 2018 was and even more.

I can only describe it as one of the few events that's had the biggest impact on my life. I guess it is no secret that I shed some tears on the final day and that I am still a little emotional about the whole experience.

I got to see 14 strangers become friends and hardship forming a special bond between them. I saw their passion for riding bikes, for each other and I saw their giving nature. The true spirit of Quest.

Hardy and his Specialised Adventures team in conjunction with Honda SA made magic happen. Magic so eloquently captured by Kalon Films and Will Venter.

It was an absolute privilege and honor to be part of Quest 2018 and I will be forever greatful to the crew and 14 very special people who changed my life.

I cannot wait to relive it through their eyes and words.

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Dux on November 01, 2018, 08:05:50 am
I was fortunate enough to be part of the Honda Quest 2017 as well as 2018.

For some reasons I still do not know I left Quest 2017 a little unfulfilled. I did not quite find the life changing experience I was hoping for despite riding some of the best terrain and the most beautiful parts of the continent I have ever been to.

The hard work started for Quest 2018 with some Recce's, a Bootcamp and then the actual event. Whatever Quest 2017 was not on a personal level, Quest 2018 was and even more.

I can only describe it as one of the few events that's had the biggest impact on my life. I guess it is no secret that I shed some tears on the final day and that I am still a little emotional about the whole experience.

I got to see 14 strangers become friends and hardship forming a special bond between them. I saw their passion for riding bikes, for each other and I saw their giving nature. The true spirit of Quest.

Hardy and his Specialised Adventures team in conjunction with Honda SA made magic happen. Magic so eloquently captured by Kalon Films and Will Venter.

It was an absolute privilege and honor to be part of Quest 2018 and I will be forever greatful to the crew and 14 very special people who changed my life.

I cannot wait to relive it through their eyes and words.


I haven't been involved at all apart from being on the outside looking in , the thing that struck me is the camaraderie ,  enthusiasm and humility of everyone involved , and that is from the participants to all involved in the background .
If it has done anything for me , and that is looking in from the outside , is that I am looking at things differently , trying to be more patient with people , trying to help out more where I can and being a lot less impulsive , so if that is the effect I have had just from looking then I can only imagine that being directly involved can only be described as earth moving .


Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: KarooKid on November 01, 2018, 08:08:25 am
I was fortunate enough to be part of the Honda Quest 2017 as well as 2018.

For some reasons I still do not know I left Quest 2017 a little unfulfilled. I did not quite find the life changing experience I was hoping for despite riding some of the best terrain and the most beautiful parts of the continent I have ever been to.

The hard work started for Quest 2018 with some Recce's, a Bootcamp and then the actual event. Whatever Quest 2017 was not on a personal level, Quest 2018 was and even more.

I can only describe it as one of the few events that's had the biggest impact on my life. I guess it is no secret that I shed some tears on the final day and that I am still a little emotional about the whole experience.

I got to see 14 strangers become friends and hardship forming a special bond between them. I saw their passion for riding bikes, for each other and I saw their giving nature. The true spirit of Quest.

Hardy and his Specialised Adventures team in conjunction with Honda SA made magic happen. Magic so eloquently captured by Kalon Films and Will Venter.

It was an absolute privilege and honor to be part of Quest 2018 and I will be forever greatful to the crew and 14 very special people who changed my life.

I cannot wait to relive it through their eyes and words.


I haven't been involved at all apart from being on the outside looking in , the thing that struck me is the camaraderie ,  enthusiasm and humility of everyone involved , and that is from the participants to all involved in the background .
If it has done anything for me , and that is looking in from the outside , is that I am looking at things differently , trying to be more patient with people , trying to help out more where I can and being a lot less impulsive , so if that is the effect I have had just from looking then I can only imagine that being directly involved can only be described as earth moving .

Earth moving and more!!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Dux on November 01, 2018, 08:12:43 am
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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: KarooKid on November 01, 2018, 08:23:06 am
I had very little opportunity to take pictures but would love to share what I have.

The first night always starts off with plenty of tents which seems to disappear and make way for stretchers only as the days pass.

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on November 01, 2018, 08:48:12 am
 :campsite: Tent, whats that?
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on November 01, 2018, 04:06:26 pm
It looks like I have some catching up to do, the thread is already on Quest and I have just left Bootcamp.

The 2 weeks between the phone call and Leaving for Quest were busy as anything, work was crazy with broken processes from the office move and new systems to learn, and try to balance that with Quest preparation, making lists and shopping for items required, I think I visited Dischem more times in those 2 weeks than I have in my life. On top of that Andrew sent a message asking us to complete 2 online questionnaires, at a time when we were relaxed, not tired and were able to focus on our answers, about 45min each - hmm. As the time got closer the lists seemed to get longer, and before I knew it, it was the day before Quest.

I woke that morning and said goodbye to the family as they each left the house to start their day, I was due to leave for Ceres later that afternoon to meet the rest of the contestants at a B&B, so we could travel to Kaleo together the next day and arrive on time for our 8:30 start. 

My partner, Judy reminded me I had offered to drop her car in for a service just down the road, apparently we had spoken about it and I had agreed.

I left early and decided to walk back via the green belt rather than wait for the shuttle, besides some headspace the fresh air would be welcome. I remember passing people out walking their dogs, jogging or just going for a morning stroll, I overheard a couple in conversation as I passed them, I left the path to allow them to pass, as I returned I was aware of 2 guys standing just off to one side, they took a step towards me, and in one motion, one of them pulled and cocked a firearm which he pointed at my chest - the other stepped to my side. "Give me your phone" the one with the gun said, I stared at it trying to work out if it was loaded and for a split second I thought about calling his bluff - a voice inside convinced me it was not worth taking a chance at point blank range, so I handed it over, they turned and ran.

Phuck!

In that moment you feel helpless, you start playing through all the things you could have done, you realise how messed up things are and how dependant we are on those silly devices, my whole life just ran away, messages, plans, lists, access to bank accounts.  It took me all of 10min to walk the rest of the way home - only to realise I had no way to contact or tell anyone what had just happened.

My list of stuff to deal with just got a whole lot longer, report to the police, buy a new sim card and block phone, find and charge old phone, cancel meetings, call Judy and let her know, download and configure apps I might need in the coming week.

Judy got out of meetings and Uber'ed home, she was worried, she told me she was sure everyone would understand if I dropped out of Quest, I hadn't even thought about that, but when she said it, I started to feel concerned over the wellbeing of the family as it had happened so close to home, I was worried they would feel unsafe with me away, but at the same time I felt an obligation to see it through and not drop Hardy and my teammates with less than 24hrs to go.  We discussed it and I assured her I would be ok, if they felt ok with me going.  I called Hardy and told him what had happened and sent Hannes a message to let him know I would no longer be joining them that night.

5am the next morning I set off with all my gear strapped to the back of the little 250 Rally, distracted by recent events, all the way to Kaleo.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Dux on November 01, 2018, 05:55:13 pm
That is pretty scary , glad you are ok , it could so easily have gone pear shaped
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Oubones on November 01, 2018, 06:56:45 pm
You did the right thing, when I was in an armed robbery end of last year I calmed the lady and gave co-operation even when I wanted to stuff his gun up his backside only to later find out that the same guys had beaten their previous victims very badly for not giving co-operation!
Got a bad scare on monday as my phone was stolen in Port Shepstone taxi rank and in Margate taxi rank, I had to push past the victim of a apparent robbery where he was lying stabbed full of holes. Could have been me!
Sorry for the hijack.
You did the right thing to go on Quest. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hardy de Kock on November 02, 2018, 04:43:41 am
Character - "the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual."

I was really looking forward to this year's Quest, as the group was loaded with diverse personalities and character. From the outset at boot camp we decided to choose characters in order to make Quest 2018 even more interesting and eventful.
 
Boot camp was difficult - It shoots you in the foot when you choose 30 good semi finalists, as you, at some point, have to whittle them down to 14.
We debated and argued for hours after the semi-finalists left, and eventually decided on the final 14 just before 17h00 on the Friday afternoon .
Thank you to everyone that attended - you were all fantastic.

It was interesting to see how Karoo Kid, Scrat, Kobus Myburgh, and Kamanya who formed part of the crew, approached the choosing of the finalists, since they went through boot camp as semi finalists, in 2017.
The decision to include these four ex-Quest contestants, proved to be the best decision I have made regarding Quest 2018.

Andrew (Kamanya) was going to be the media liaison officer on Quest - He quickly showed that he was never only going to be just that.
Scrat (Gerrit du Toit) - Instructor
Kobus Myburgh (aka KTM Kobus) - Instructor
Karoo Kid (Charl du Plessis) - Instructor

More about my adventure with these four men later....



Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Oubones on November 02, 2018, 05:05:42 am
 :drif: :sip:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: XRRX on November 02, 2018, 06:44:36 am
It looks like I have some catching up to do, the thread is already on Quest and I have just left Bootcamp.

The 2 weeks between the phone call and Leaving for Quest were busy as anything, work was crazy with broken processes from the office move and new systems to learn, and try to balance that with Quest preparation, making lists and shopping for items required, I think I visited Dischem more times in those 2 weeks than I have in my life. On top of that Andrew sent a message asking us to complete 2 online questionnaires, at a time when we were relaxed, not tired and were able to focus on our answers, about 45min each - hmm. As the time got closer the lists seemed to get longer, and before I knew it, it was the day before Quest.

I woke that morning and said goodbye to the family as they each left the house to start their day, I was due to leave for Ceres later that afternoon to meet the rest of the contestants at a B&B, so we could travel to Kaleo together the next day and arrive on time for our 8:30 start. 

My partner, Judy reminded me I had offered to drop her car in for a service just down the road, apparently we had spoken about it and I had agreed.

I left early and decided to walk back via the green belt rather than wait for the shuttle, besides some headspace the fresh air would be welcome. I remember passing people out walking their dogs, jogging or just going for a morning stroll, I overheard a couple in conversation as I passed them, I left the path to allow them to pass, as I returned I was aware of 2 guys standing just off to one side, they took a step towards me, and in one motion, one of them pulled and cocked a firearm which he pointed at my chest - the other stepped to my side. "Give me your phone" the one with the gun said, I stared at it trying to work out if it was loaded and for a split second I thought about calling his bluff - a voice inside convinced me it was not worth taking a chance at point blank range, so I handed it over, they turned and ran.

Phuck!

In that moment you feel helpless, you start playing through all the things you could have done, you realise how messed up things are and how dependant we are on those silly devices, my whole life just ran away, messages, plans, lists, access to bank accounts.  It took me all of 10min to walk the rest of the way home - only to realise I had no way to contact or tell anyone what had just happened.

My list of stuff to deal with just got a whole lot longer, report to the police, buy a new sim card and block phone, find and charge old phone, cancel meetings, call Judy and let her know, download and configure apps I might need in the coming week.

Judy got out of meetings and Uber'ed home, she was worried, she told me she was sure everyone would understand if I dropped out of Quest, I hadn't even thought about that, but when she said it, I started to feel concerned over the wellbeing of the family as it had happened so close to home, I was worried they would feel unsafe with me away, but at the same time I felt an obligation to see it through and not drop Hardy and my teammates with less than 24hrs to go.  We discussed it and I assured her I would be ok, if they felt ok with me going.  I called Hardy and told him what had happened and sent Hannes a message to let him know I would no longer be joining them that night.

5am the next morning I set off with all my gear strapped to the back of the little 250 Rally, distracted by recent events, all the way to Kaleo.

Respect!!!  :salut:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: KarooKid on November 02, 2018, 06:46:57 am
I promised myself that I will not Hijack this thread, but Hardy sparked something in me with his comment.

As part of our job we had to recce the route which gave me time to get to know the crew better.

Scrat and Kobus was team number 10 on Quest 2017 and understood each other as a team.

Since Quest 2017 Scrat became a very good friend of mine and we rode together quite a bit.

Even the recce for me was something very special. We got to bond as a team and as instructors. We had some amazing days in the saddle and experienced true adventure like I haven’t in many years.

To make a long story short - I would go to war with these guys. The camaraderie, laughs, tough times and good times were all special.

The scene was set for Quest 2018

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on November 02, 2018, 10:51:31 am
Story and video from Kalon Films:

Day 1

Day one was planned to be an easy entry into the joys of Richtersveld desert riding; Easy gravel to for the first half to find their feet so to speak, then a reasonably short section of the fabled Namakwa Eco trail to make friends with the sandy remote jeep trails next to the Orange River.

The challenging trail is a mix of rocky tracks and sandy river beds witnessed by the massive desert mountains that flank the River as it winds its way towards the ocean along the border of South Africa and Namibia.

For many this is a first for many things; deserts, sand, over 40 degree heat and powerful big adventure bikes.

Some found the introduction a steep learning curve.

Being a desert there is little respite from the sun, so the day was cooled by a dip in the cool waters of the Orange river.

For those that found the sand hard going an impromptu coaching session was held on a plateau overlooking the river.

Tomorrow is the heart of the trail with many long sandy sections, steep rocky climbs and iconic panoramic views.

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: GS Jane on November 02, 2018, 01:22:26 pm
What a journey this was! I'll add my contribution later, time allowing. I'm missing Bike no 8.

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Dux on November 02, 2018, 01:34:13 pm
Mmmm  meisie , ek sien n' GS binnekort op die mark  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: GS Jane on November 02, 2018, 01:35:33 pm
Mmmm  meisie , ek sien n' GS binnekort op die mark 
Lol, daar's plek langs die GS vir 'n AT...

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Dux on November 02, 2018, 01:46:29 pm
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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on November 02, 2018, 01:51:27 pm
Getting the call from Hardy was seriously unexpected.  I had no hope of getting to the final 14.

However, that phone call changed my life – but some “life-things” had to happen.  In a short period of time!!

My wife was happy for me, but not so happy to be left alone with our 2 terrorists for 2 weeks.  At work we were two weeks away from planting season, so it really was a tough task to make sure I am at Kaleo on time.

I had a meeting in Cape Town scheduled for the 29th of October so had to just change my flight tickets.  It turned out to be not so easy as when I tried to change my flights, it changed the flights for our MD and vice-chairman of directors also.  So I had to go to our closest SAA office which is in Bloem. I could then also visit Dischem amongst other places to stock up on what would be needed to survive an epic trip of this proportions!

I needed some helmet time and some time to sort out few things happening in my life, so it was never a competition for me.  Stuff at home and at work was not what I wanted or needed it to be and I knew something had to change.  Little did I realise...

I was without a bike for about 3 years, and had one again for 8 months and did a full 2000km on it, so I was by no means comfortable on a bike, but got a slight bit back from muscle memory.  There was just a little time in order to go for a small preparation time, but on that day we got some rain.  Being in the farming sector, you never say no to rain and I thought I will get enough time to be comfortable on the bike at Quest.

Most of us met up the day before at Cape town Airport and took a shuttle to Jannievandievaaldams uncles farm in Ceres for the first evening.  I still think that was a great idea, but also made me realise that sleep will be a luxury.  Luckily I don’t need too much sleep, so I knew I’ll be okay on that!

I was excited, nervous and scared all at once, but I had huge expectations of the Quest and the team under oom Hardy ;). All the competitors were very nice and competent people and I was looking forward to spend time with people that you want to be like – the saying goes “meng jou met die semels, dan vreet die varke jou op”.  I believe that works the other way round too.

Roll on Quest...
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 03, 2018, 10:51:03 am
I had the immeasurable privilege of joining the Honda Quest 2018. Here’s my ten cents worth.

The call

When Hardy gave me the call, the one to confirm that I’ll be a part of Quest2018, things happened very quickly. Some quicker than others…
Booking flights, easy.
Prepping and buying all that I would need during the trip – relatively easy.
Begging my boss for unpaid leave – near on impossible, but we managed to strike a deal of sorts.

All was arranged, and my family was very exited about my upcoming adventure. I was giddy with anticipation. You know how it goes… those last few days before you leave on a big trip… you start dreaming about it, during-wake time you are basically useless because your thoughts are already on the ride. Counting down the hours. And then, the evening before I set off… mamma drives the kids-mobile straight into the back of a substantial SUV. At speed.  “Hoe de donder!?” I asked. “ Ek weet nie...” she replied with tears in her eyes. Ag well… aardse goed… the panel beaters will have to wait till after Quest.

The build-up

On the way to the official launch, I mentioned to the rest of my fellow travellers that I would like to ride bike #14. I fitted the Rumbux crash bar and bash plate on that bike during Boot Camp, and most importantly, it was also involved in an incident at Boot Camp when a fellow contestant rode it into some rocks, leaving a sizeable dent in the petrol tank. All of this made #14 so much more appealing to me. A bike with personality. You know… that sexy lady with the scar… gggrrr… hoendervleis… Ag, if only #14 could be mine for the Quest!

The whole event kicked off at Kaleo Guest farm in the Kouebokkeveld. On arrival, it was rather impressive to see how much value Honda SA and Specialised Adventures attached to the event. The big boss of HondaSA himself, Konaka-san was there to address the participants. Riding in on an Africa Twin, wearing ATGAT and hugely exited. The “Main-Konyn” of Honda Motorcycles SA, Barend Fouchè, and the other Honda staff was also in attendance, and would follow us in the logistics convoy on this rough and tumble trip. Not just a gang of desk jockeys, but truly exited about adventure.

The first item on the programme was to pair the 14 contestants into 7 teams. Specialised adventures had us all complete psychometric test beforehand. Using these results, and some clever thinking, they paired us into the teams. Low and behold! I was paired with the perfect team mate. One that I’ve mentioned as an ideal option during the Boot Camp! Rickus Vermeulen from Koës in Namibia. Ja, that Rickus. The one from the Koës Rally. Little did I know how perfect this partnership would be, and how much we would learn from each other. Looking back, now, at the end of the Quest… Rickus is probably one of the most honourable, solid people I have met in a very, very long time. As I confided in him at the end of the trip, I’ve found a brother. What a man. Maar, nou ja! Enough off the emotional stuff! Back to the trip!

We had a long transit ahead of us too Springbok, where the bikes were awaiting our arrival. So, off into a buss we went.
En-route we were held up at roadworks just before the N7. A hawker passed, selling wooden spoons. I bought a big one, with the plan of handing it over as a daily floating trophy for the biggest daily stirrer. This would eventually become a much more positive element to the whole trip. “JesseH” re-named it to the THOMAS BAINE LEGENDS AWARD, and the contestants handed it over at the end of each day to the person who did something legendary. It became quite special. Causing many a late-night teary-eyed acceptance speech. Because there was one thing that this Quest would not be short off, Legendary persistence, camaraderie, team-work and guts.

On arrival in Springbok the most beautiful sight awaited us. A row of shiny, (for the time being) brand new Africa Twin DCT’s… 18 in total… 14 for the contestants, and another 4 for the Instructors who would be riding with us and monitoring us during the entire adventure.

Now, remember #14? That lady with character? Guess what?! She was assigned to me. Yes. How’s that for fate?!?! I was in my element when we arrived at our first campsite that glorious late afternoon. Before dinner, we were given some time to prep our steeds and make the necessary riding and suspension adjustments. I have a black manual Africa Twin at home, called Fezile. Fezile gladly donated some of his organs to be temporarily transplanted onto #14. Bar raisers, wider foot pegs, a small fuel cap mounted tank bag, and a 12-volt cigarette lighter harness (Courtesy of Conrad @ Offroad Cycles) for charging the GoPro and phone and running the pump when we have that inevitable flat.

After dinner it was already close to midnight, and we hit the sack. I’m proud to say that Rickus and I never slept under a roof of any kind during the entire adventure (maybe because we weren’t quite sure if we’ll both fit into that tiny little tent) We opted to rather pitch our stretchers in the open under the stars. Every night. One of the best decisions of the trip. It had its repercussions, though. Sure, keeping the scorpions, snakes and haarskeerders out of your kit and bag took some getting use too. But the biggest issue is that I’ll never be able to go on another bike trip with a tent, or without a stretcher!

Day 1 - the first day of propper riding

We headed north-east from Springbok, mainly riding dirt highway with some substantial patches of sand. This was deliberately planned, to give us some time to get use to the riding settings of the Africa Twin DCT, and to tweak the suspension a little more. We eventually reached a little place called Witbank. No, not the stinky one. This Witbank was on the banks off the Orange river. After “Losper” assisted in fixing the first of many punctures to the 4 Instructors bikes…many more than the 14 contestants, we headed west along the banks of the Orange river on a rather gnarly rock strewn, deep sandy 2spoor with some patches of Fesh-Fesh thrown in, just for fun. It caught out a couple of the contestants, not realising that there are always deep ruts and rocky lurkers at the bottom of such a powdery quagmire. Propper PLOFSTOF. 

Along the way we managed to find a solitary tree for some shade against the searing mid-day heat. It eventually degenerated into a lot of lying around and chatting. Lazy bunch of adventure bikers…wink.

We met the logistics convoy at Die Groot Melkboom. Sadly, the old tree burnt down a couple of years back. Probably due to a lightning strike. You can still find the marked spot on Basecamp and even Google maps.

It didn’t take long for me to remove my helmet and boots, and plunge into the river with the rest of my kit. Its surprising how buoyant that ballistic is, drifting down the Orange! Before long, everyone was in the water, scaring the local fish population into the reeds.
While some of the teams were called out to an impromptu sand riding-class, I used #14 as the Multi-tool that it was designed for. This time, as a drying rack for my kit. 

That night we made camp on a sand dune plateau just above Die Groot Melkboom. What a view over the Orange valley! It was an absolute gift experiencing the sunset from my stretcher, tightly pitched against #14… until the wind decided to shift all that dune into my sleeping bag, mouth, dinner, crack, kit, and everything else. A hell off a wind. The entire night. Sleeping in constant pelting sand, with sand inside your sleeping bag, with your buff up around your face. Hell. Again, for the third night in a row, I had almost no sleep.

But this was nothing compared to the sandy tracks we would experience on the following day. Maybe it was mother nature’s way of preparing us. Sand was lying in wait for us. Soft, swallowing sand with lurkers everywhere. Lots and lots of it.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 03, 2018, 11:02:00 am
My team mate Rikus Vermeulen. Rather fittingly, in front of the Cop-Shop in Springbok.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 03, 2018, 11:03:21 am
Our brand new steeds! Waiting for us to take them into the great beyond.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 03, 2018, 11:08:47 am
The start of that interesting 2spoor along the Orange River bank at Witbank
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 03, 2018, 11:17:06 am
The tree. That tree. The one with all the luigatte. Then again, it was 38 degrees celcius
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 03, 2018, 11:18:06 am
Orange river drifting... with ATGAT... almost
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 03, 2018, 11:20:04 am
The brand new Africa Twin Drying Rack. Now available at your nearest dealer. Who said Honda cant do commercial Lifestyle products, like BMW?
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 03, 2018, 11:21:41 am
All astern, on top of the dune plateau after a lovely days riding. 
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 03, 2018, 11:24:08 am
The best spot to spend the night, in the world. Well, at least until the sandstorm from Hell rocks up.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 03, 2018, 11:51:15 am
Team 7 - riders #13 and #14.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Rickus on November 03, 2018, 01:05:03 pm
Team 7 - riders #13 and #14.

Bliksem ou Pierre....as dit Africas next Top Model kompetisie was, het ons hom waaragtig gewen....al moet ek dit nou self
uiter.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 03, 2018, 08:39:10 pm
Team 7 - riders #13 and #14.

Bliksem ou Pierre....as dit Africas next Top Model kompetisie was, het ons hom waaragtig gewen....al moet ek dit nou self
uiter.

Absoluut pêl! Span Grysbaard was nogal sag op die oog. Maar watter modelle sal ons wees...een rolmodel, en een sportsmodel?
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: LanC on November 03, 2018, 10:04:08 pm
Keep it coming  :sip:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 03, 2018, 11:39:36 pm
Team 7 - riders #13 and #14.

Bliksem ou Pierre....as dit Africas next Top Model kompetisie was, het ons hom waaragtig gewen....al moet ek dit nou self
uiter.

Absoluut pêl! Span Grysbaard was nogal sag op die oog. Maar watter modelle sal ons wees...een rolmodel, en een sportsmodel?
Dink Rickus moet die rolmodel wees, hy is gebou daarvoor!! :deal: :lol8:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: ockiemedic on November 04, 2018, 06:08:50 pm
2018 Honda Quest through a medic’s eyes

I was once again given the honour to be part of the Honda Quest crew. My task was to look after the physical and emotional well-being of contestants and crew, by monitoring each person daily to ensure that we were sending the 14 contestants and 4 instructor’s safely out on each day’s adventure.

Both Quest adventures had their unique challenges. Every day had it's own obstacles to overcome which left the contestants constantly wondering what Hardy had in store for them for the next day. Both areas had their own unique Wild African experience and the thought of being in the middle of nowhere with no signal is always in the back of your mind.

The boot camp medical and environmental emergency awareness training is one of the most important aspects in preparation for the Honda Quest Adventure, highlighting the fact that we would be in the middle of nowhere and it may take hours or even days to get to a proper medical facility. This haunting thought also assisted the contestants in keeping the wheels safely on the ground in most cases.

As with every Quest, it also has it's challenging medical moments where the well-being of the contestant needs to be weighed up against the competition factor. I would say that is every medic’s worst nightmare, to try and convince a contestant not to get back on the bike due to his/her injuries, but as per the typical South African/Namibian hard hardheadedness, never give up attitude and a bit of stubbornness, there was no talk of anyone getting off the bike during the Quest. The contestants were tried and tested in some of the harshest environments and conditions that adventure biking could offer, with temperatures in the high 40’s on some days, severe wind conditions on others and nail biting cold in the northern part of South Africa. The contestants could not have asked for a wider variety of climate conditions as what they experienced on the 10 days of Quest. The responsibility of me and my co-driver, Mark McIntyre, was to follow the contestants in one of the back-up vehicles to cover where needed as the sweep, mechanical back-up, medical support and to carry the extra water. We traversed the same rough routes as the contestants and instructors but at a slower pace than the bikes. I forgot to mention that the gravel roads we drove were chosen specifically for their rough terrain, so you could just imagine the speeds we were traveling, but due to good route planning by Specialised Adventures we were never too far behind the bikes. With each major obstacle for the bikes to cross, we were always there to assess and help.

The Quest has taught me so many life and people skills through observing, interacting and being involved in the daily evaluation of each contestant. The Specialised Adventures crew have a very unique skill in observing, evaluating and assessing people skills, reactions and body language. They make the daunting task of assessing the communication and messaging of contestants look like an easy daily routine. I have the world of respect for this life skill.

Honda and Specialised Adventures stay true to the fact that this event is no race, but as the slogan states, a true adventure in all its meaning.  I’ve seen and experienced how the Quest has changed people's lives for the better, not only on the bike but as a father/mother/friend/brother/sister/team mate. Quest tested you on every level of passion, patience, team work, communication, endurance and ability.

I’m proud to have been part of the Honda and Specialised Adventures team on Quest for the past 2 years. Thank you to each contestant, instructor and crew member for making it a joyful and memorable experience.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hardy de Kock on November 04, 2018, 06:42:35 pm
Baie cool post Ockie
Dankie vir jou harde werk ook - soos altyd.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on November 04, 2018, 07:29:59 pm
To have the opportunity to partake in the Honda Quest - True Adventure is a privilege bestowed upon a few lucky ones ..........

To be part of the second one, not as participant, but as instructor, was something even more surreal .....

It has been exactly a week since this years event came to an end, yet it is only the beginning for many who shared the hardship, the jubilation and the tears.

Martin Luther King, Jr, said the following:  “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

For 13 men and one lady, from all walks of life, this would be the ultimate challenge.  Never did it cross my mind that this would also apply to the instructors ........

I shall add my 2c as the adventure unfolds, but for now it’s a story to be told by 14 very special people ......

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 04, 2018, 09:40:05 pm
After we played around, adjusted our suspensions, received some advice and got acquainted with the bikes on the plateau overlooking the Oranje river we lined up the bikes and set up camp.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 04, 2018, 09:43:33 pm
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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 04, 2018, 09:48:43 pm
Time to start the fire and get dinner done …. easier said than done. Team 5 and 6 were assigned braai duties for the evening….
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 04, 2018, 09:59:36 pm
To quote @Hollywood, as soon as the sun set that evening the wind started to shift the dune we just made camp on. As we were trying to get dinner done every now and again all would get sprinkled with some sand seasoning.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on November 05, 2018, 08:52:31 am
Where was I, ah yes Kaleo, morning day 1.

After the welcoming speeches and formalities out the way (great representation by the Honda Motorcycles management team Toshiaki Konaka, Barend Fouché' and Cassels Madingwane as well as local DP Johann Botha of Tygerberg Honda - respect) Hardy announced the teams, and that was it, we finally knew the pairings for the duration of Quest, 

Team 1 Pieter and Andre
Team 2 Claude and Mojaki
Team 3 Denzil and Myself
Team 4 Stephan and Jana
Team 5 Jessie and Hannes
Team 6 JoDan and Andre
Hardy gave a a chuckle as he announced the final team, Team 7 Rickus and Pierre #goteamgreybeard 

We collected our kit, personalised riding shirts, t-shirts, jackets, caps and buff - not forgetting our beloved numbered bibs (amazing thermal properties and the ability to stop a south-easter) there were also superb duffle bags to house our kit for the duration of Quest, courtesy of Peter at Nomad Bags - winning already.

The Specalised Adventures crew set off in the LandCruisers and left us with the shuttle to take the long way round join the N7 all they way to Springbok.

Although the going was slow it gave the teammates time to get to know each other, to speculate why partners had been paired and discuss approaches for the days ahead.  As we chatted we realised that our pairing would probably challenge us each in different ways, Denzil was open and told me straight, he was competitive and was here to win (no pressure then), as I learnt more about my partner, I felt the pressure mounting, our riding experience was polar opposites, Denzil rides competitively, extreme enduro's, has won the Pongola 500 and has a roof of 2 under his belt, me I started riding 10 years ago at the age of 40 and my current ADV bike is a 250 Rally because I ride mainly to get out in the countryside and enjoy timeout with a few good friends.  I was honest with Denzil and committed to him to give everything in every challenge, but pointed out that I am certain at times he might become frustrated, we discussed this and agreed to keep the communication open and honest, to ensure we each knew what the other was feeling in any given situation.

After a brief lunch stop in Klawer we continued on to Springbok, the bus a little quieter now, but more banter between all the contestants, we all really just wanted to get on with it and be aquatinted with our steeds.  Eventually we arrived in Springbok and there lined up in a yard were the 18 bikes from bootcamp - finally.

Wait a bit - before we ride, we needed to move all the bags from the shuttle into the Iveco, this time we had it easy, as the rest of the equipment was already stowed securely, so we only had to pack the bags and the few excess items before kitting up and heading to Modderfontein 10km out of town.  For the 1st time we setup camp, and are given a little time to prep the bikes for the next days riding, pegs, tools, adjustments etc.   The sun set and we ate dinner in the Lapa with the crew after which they take turns to share with us their expectations of us for the coming days.  We get to bed late and have to set a roster for night  watch as it is not only the scorpions that are keeping us on the lookout. I think Denzil and I had the 12:00 - 01:00 shift, and we decided not to sleep beforehand, and chatted as the rest of camp fell into a symphony of snoring from all quarters. Walking around the camp that night, the conversation moved from the practical to the personal, and by the time 01:00 came and we were due to hand over, it was clear that we were both had personal and family issues to carry with us on our Quest.  I settled into a restless sleep beneath the vastness of the African skies, and woke a few hours later, freezing, the wind had shifted and bought with it colder temperatures, I pulled my beanie tighter over my head in denial sleep was over.



Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 06, 2018, 08:57:31 pm
All further activities for the night was cancelled, after we completed kitchen duty and washed dishes with some water from the Oranje river, everyone found a spot for the night, me and @JesseH tent had a sand dune inside it as we only pitched the net to protect us from mosquitos as there was no wind when that decision was made. The Honda crew packed up their tent and decided the Honda CRV will make a much better bed for the night.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 06, 2018, 09:05:50 pm
That morning we found tents a bid skew, some Land Cruisers and crew disappeared during the night and Stephan borrowing the table for some protection…. Luckily our bikes were still there and did not also blow away, little did we know that the worst was still on its way in a couple of days….
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 06, 2018, 09:12:23 pm
Can every sunrise not look like this?
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 06, 2018, 09:26:22 pm
After breakfast, some mieliepap from the back of the Iveco, the only place where the gas stove was not affected by the wind, we packed up and started to make our way to our next destination for the day. Pack a “kort broek and plakkies” into your backpack for the day we have a surprise for you guys on the way we were told…..   

http://www.youtube.com/v/QQX_OyaCIeE
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 06, 2018, 09:45:04 pm
But first we had some sand to deal with on the way.... and what better workout than sand just out of the driveway after breakfast.

http://www.youtube.com/v/9Bo9lzcF5no
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 06, 2018, 10:05:32 pm
Ok so we stopped in the thick of it, now to get going again is going to be a bit of a workout… but once you get going that Honda begs you to open the throttle….

http://www.youtube.com/v/Pfex-8nle3k
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 06, 2018, 10:18:17 pm
Taking some photos while we wait for a puncture to be repaired and getting a lesson about the specific place where there was once a multi million rand farm but only ruins now. On the other side of the river you can see what this side could have been....
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 07, 2018, 10:38:12 pm
The next section took us alongside the orange rivers banks…

http://www.youtube.com/v/CMexEjsAzTk
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on November 07, 2018, 11:22:31 pm
So to add my bit to the story up to this point:

This is my summary of the first couple of days -
As was said before, nights one and 2 of the Quest were rather trying for us all. From night watch, cold weather and scorpions to wind and sand klapping us hard through the entire night. It was tough! We hadn't slept well the night before the journey to Cape Town. Denzil and I travelled all day (from Nelspruit) to get to Ceres on Wednesday night. Late night and early wake up to get to Kaleo on the Thursday. Travelled all day to get to Springbok. Froze in the tent. Night watch. Sleep again. Early up to kit up and pack up camp.

Day 1 of riding was fairly easy and slow going to get used to convoy dynamics, the bikes, team mates and the heat etc. but it was a full day the saddle and in hot gear. It was on this first day that we realised how much fluid we'd  be drinking. Each of us had 2 bladders of around 5-6L in total. I consumed between 6-7L of water per day - just while riding and not including at camp (mornings and evenings).

Day 2 hits and so does the thick sand and more heat. We packed up camp and left the banks of the Orange and went straight into the first section of THICK sand! Proper 2 spoor thick, 4WD low range type sand for a few kay's. All this after not much sleep in the last 72 hours! It was a rude awakening and as I said, it was tough!

Old Melkbosboom to Goodhouse in a big southerly loop to avoid a section of sand that Hardy said would swallow his Land Cruiser. Sounds like a wise choice to avoid it to me! Especially if you're near the back of an 18 bike convoy, each one churning up the tracks even more.

We were taken through a sandy riverbed section as well and briefed just before we were allowed to go through the ravine one by one.
"This next section is heavy thick sand. You are being scored on your sand riding skills. You are supposed to stay within the two spoor tracks because leaving the tracks is easier and that's not the point. We want to see how good you guys are so stay in the tracks as much as possible." Thanks @Kamanya  :o

Uhhh... Ok! This is scary... The added pressure on us was visible on our faces. Well except for Denzil The-Pro-Elite-Superman-Bike-Rider-Roof-Of-Africa-man who nailed the section without even breaking a sweat and wanted to turn around and come back again.
For me this was big pressure. We need to perform but we also need to look after these bikes. Of course we don't want to break the bikes and especially break ourselves on Day 2! I was very cautious. I also wasn't quite comfortable with the DCT box just yet. It's a mind thing though, I needed to get it in my mind that the bike "knows" what to do. I just need to pilot it and it'll sort me out.

Eventually my turn came, I was about the 10th bike through and the track was really churned up by now. I went through the motions: Ingnition on. Gravel mode. TC off. Abs off. Select Drive. Hit it!
I am a fairly competent rider and told myself "just relax, keep loose, keep calm. Stand up, look up, open up". Off I went and set off well. Going around the bend and beyond where we weren't able to see at the start. I think that's what made it harder. We had no idea what was coming up ahead as the riverbed meandered through the ravine in a multiple "S" fasion and when we started off we could only see about 100m ahead and then the first 45 degree right hander came up and one by one the riders disappeared around the corner only to hear the growl of the parallel twin motors growing more and more feint as we went further in.

So there I was doing my best to perform well, to stay in the tracks and keep my momentum going. Every hundred or so metres there was an instructor or a Specialised Adventures crewman watching us. I got closer and closer to the end and could eventually see the rest of the riders all stopped up ahead about 500m off. Then... I fell on my pip... right in front of Charl :peepwall: and got my left leg trapped under the bike and couldn't get up. DANG IT! I was doing so well... He helped me up, pointed and laughed at me and said "there's the finish, get going because there's another rider coming". I was unhurt and quickly fired the beast up and made my way up the last 100m or so of the track.

Once that was over I spoke to few of the guys and Rickus mentioned he was using Sport II setting on the DCT gear box in the sand as it held the gears longer and would stay in 2nd gear. I liked the sound of that and before we set off again I made sure to ride with it like that. OH! MY! WORD! Sport II was a revelation for me! There was quite a bit of sandy stuff up ahead and @JannievandieVaaldam and I started STYLING! This bike came alive and was so much more ride-able for us both. We klapped the next sections dakar-style and were really starting to enjoy the bike in the sand. As heavy as it is and as much of a handful a big dual purpose machine is in sand, this was like a new bike. We found our mojo! The Sport II setting really made the rest of the sand and rocky incline sections (which you will hear about later) that much more easy and enjoyable. My only regret was not finding this setting before the test section in the riverbed.

We stayed at Oewerbos Camp on the banks of the Orange again near Vioolsdrif that night. It was a welcome sight! Green grass, lovely green trees to break the potential of any wind. It was so welcome because we knew that we weren't going to be chowing sand for dinner like we did the night before.

We were offered a lekker little 5km (not-so) easy paddle down the Orange River. That was an opportunity no one wanted to miss. I think we all wanted to take this trip in in its fullest but perhaps had a different idea in our heads about paddling down the river. We all skeemed "Yeeeha, riding a few raging rapids sounds like a nice end to an Adrenalin filled day! Hells Yeah! HIT IT". But it turned out to be the most sedate canoe ride ever. We wanted speed and danger ek se. We were praying that it would quickly rain in Lesotho somewhere so that the water would maybe rise a bit and push us a little faster. Hey, we were tired, Okay!? And 5km takes long in a deflated rubberducky dinghy boat thingy and the soft flow of the river. We did have little races and much banter and fun. It was totally worth it! We eventually got back to Oewerbos soon after dark and were greeted with ice cold beverages to keep dehydration at bay :thumleft:

We were all still on a high, all in good spirits and keen to get food in our bellies, listen to a couple of enjoyable presentations and get some sleeeeeep!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on November 07, 2018, 11:38:36 pm
Some pics I took of the first 2 days(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/80f7cb58e9edb02a87e2ccf6cf9c7cca.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/05dcc4c70924e0428b1fc44baf35b77e.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/0b05e7d5be63dc40381f192e67f7f41d.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/09643a79bc4c4e98faacb405636d1817.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/c85dfbc42a0de8eccaaa8b1c68bfa106.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/d5222d055e559812feace9e86c6d41e2.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/b5759af67e206a9f4045967e76e17ed9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/19285ec0eecbef6ba7ced52bf3a5504c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/23dc6ea96d43eb78f780c52d919a94c5.jpg)

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on November 07, 2018, 11:43:01 pm
And more(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/d9212db6b69c21b7e2caaad5ee610da2.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/18ccc18171d7702875fdeb94843ad47d.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/ad3b86d99fbb6100f262c8f84916b4d6.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/f91cd1be1ff19119f3549282af179b31.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/de81a2f3cd680ce7b461d81776abb6f5.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/396738585f91c3b68779aa29843862f2.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/8d27dae46b3271cfacc320127ba3fdc4.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181107/e4dfcf84973f8ff08979fae94db749c0.jpg)

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: weskus on November 08, 2018, 07:40:24 am
Nice one..
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on November 08, 2018, 08:20:20 am
Day 2
Video and story by: https://www.kalonfilms.com/

The evening had been a thorough adventure of another sort as a massive wind had torn through the camp just as supper was being made and continued right through the night; Nature, not content to offer up the wonderful treasures of the desert sand trails, saw fit to liberally sprinkle more sand on all of us through the night (and supper)
The Namaqua Eco Trail often features in the top 3 Desert Adventures for both 4x4s and Dual Sport bikes in South Africa. Far less bikes take on the challenge simply because deep sand is not so easy and fewer still would even consider it on a big Litre Class Adventure machine like the Honda Africa Twin.

But, as Honda Quest is all about finding the ultimate Adventurer, sand skills are a must and where better to test them?
In the early morning the teams were riding well with the sand monster claiming only the odd tip over from time to time. (Sand Monster = a term many used to personify the fears many have with sand riding)
It was just before midday that the first major test appeared; Several kilometers of dry riverbed that snaked its way up a canyon section. The starkly beautiful walls trapped and reflected the heat of the midday sun making it a doubly formidable challenge. Any mistakes being punished by the heat and the watchful eyes of the instructors. An added degree of difficulty was that for it to be considered a clean run, the contestants had to stay in the much more difficult 4x4 track, rather than the easier method of riding on virgin sand.

What followed was 60km of rocky climbs and sandy riverbeds all presented in the iconic vistas of the Orange River and Richtersveld Mountains.

A few found their limits, yet soldiered on, not willing to throw in the towel and jump into the Cruiser, effectively ending their and their partners Honda Quest. Notably, quite a few had very little sand experience and with the odd helping hand as well as some judicious advice can now call themselves veterans of the Namakwa Eco Trail
Once into the camp on the banks of the Orange River at Oewerbos, they still weren't finished for the day. The next challenge was a 7km paddle. Whilst refreshing after the heat, as if they had not already done enough, their arms were given another workout.
All competitors were, prior to arriving on Quest, were given unique and diverse topics of interest yet all relevant to the sections of the routes we would be travelling. Every evening one or two of them would be required to present a 10 minute talk on their topic, even after such a tough day.
Sleep came easy after that!!!!
Tomorrow they will be riding the Western side of the Richtersveld, a far more rockier prospect!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on November 08, 2018, 11:53:48 am
As was to become the routine for the next 9 days, the camp roused with murmurs, mutters, hoes and poep as the sky lightened and people began their morning rituals, sorting and packing of gear and bikes.  Some had a routine while others seemed more haphazard, but in the end all had to arrive at the same point before being ready to ride for the day. So the 1st few hours of every morning would consist of ablutions, pills and potions (this was a morning and nighttime ritual) sorting and packing ones personal bags, kitting up - stage1, filling hydration packs, packing stretchers and chairs (fewer bothered with tents each night), packing the Iveco, coffee, breakfast and kitchen duties (yay the pap pot), Bike prep, chain clean and lube, bike PRI (instructor supervised), camp, ride and overall hi-level route briefing, kitting up stage2, final ablutions, convoy order - and go!

We left camp and headed back through town to cross the N7 eastwards before leaving the tar to cut a diagonal route towards the river in the north. It was good to be back in this part of the world and the vistas and scenery shout Adventure, vast rugged landscapes and roads that disappear into the distance - better yet, not another vehicle in sight.

The 1st few km of gravel highway were un-nerving for me, so many little things that were not familiar to me, riding in such a large group, on such a large bike, not being able to just stop and adjust or take in the scenery, but the most unnerving thing was the way the bike was behaving, it seemed to want to throw me off at every opportunity.  Now I have owned and ridden larger bikes before, but I have settled on smaller and lighter as my personal preference, but this thing would shake its rear at the sight of any loose surface, and it was a case of hang on and ride it out - I started watching others in the group to see if they were experiencing the same, but everyone else seemed to be chilling and enjoying themselves. Eventually we stopped for a break and Denzil came over to me and asked if I was ok, because my bike was looking a little un-settled, we discussed with Andrew and agreed we should check tyre pressures and maybe tweak the suspension settings a little - turns out my pressures were close to 3 bar (so much for PRI ;) ) and the the front fork settings were very different on each side from the factory - so we lowered the pressures and set the adjustment to somewhere in the middle of the range, equal on both sides.

Drink, rehydrate, snack, pee - ride.

Miles better, the ass waggle was gone, and so we settled down into the rhythm of the landscape.

As the day progressed and we moved closer to the river, the tracks became more and more track like, not realising how loose things were getting I nearly threw the bike down in a left hand bend, but somehow managed to hold on, we stopped for a break but with no shade to be had we moved on quickly and started the decent to the river.  A twisty sand section nearly had me on the ground again, but I managed to paddle my way through final stretch.  A little further and there was another run of thickish sand, at the end of which one of the Landcruisers was parked, directly above and in the centre of the run was the drone (now I am no genius, but that must indicate a good photo opportunity, otherwise why would the cameraman go to all the trouble?). Sure enough like a moth to the flame I ran out of talent, right where I was supposed to.

I hit the ground running and quickly had the bike back up and started, in my haste I forgot to disengage traction control completely and promptly dug a nice big hole with a size 18 Metzeler Karoo 3 :(  Denzil and Stephan helped me get going again and the convoy stopped under the only "tree" in the area to rest and rehydrate.

Several of the party seemed about to take a nap as the radio crackled and Hardy called us down to the river,  we set off again through a mix of sandy and rocky terrain toward the waiting vehicle at the edge of the river.  Eventually we all parked up and did not need a 2nd invitation to cool off in the waters of the Gariep (Orange) - it was heaven, the only thing missing was an ice cold beer and according to Jessie a pizza.

Hardy called a few of us over and told us to kit up and meet the crew on the small plateau away from the river.  In turn we were each spoken with and given pointers by the instructors as to what we needed to work on when facing the "sand monster", before being set free to go and apply our new found knowledge. Andrew had some good advice for me about being more relaxed and loose on the bike, to shift my weight back a little more and to keep my head up.  All of which had me feeling way more confident, and before long I actually started to enjoy myself.  I hindsight I should have found some really thick sand to play in (but more on that in tomorrows report)  For now, everyone seemed pleased with my progress.

The rest of the camp eventually moved up to the plateau and we set up camp for the night. As the sun set we were marvelled by the colours reflected by the surrounding landscape and we all knew the adventure had well and truly begun.

Then the wind began to blow...

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kamanya on November 08, 2018, 03:19:48 pm
“Would you like to write for us? Come to Bootcamp, we’ll see how it goes, then, if it works out and you’ve got the time you can join our team for Quest 2018.”

Hmmm, I’d love to, I’ve got a ton of work to shift and do I get to ride?

“Maybe”

And so started my Honda Quest for the second time.

Apart from the media liaison thing, my role was also to include what I do professionally – observing dynamics, coaching and psychometrics.

I was generously supported by one of the psychometric companies that I use; Luminalearning.com They agreed to sponsor a full suite of tests for both the Finalists and the Staff. The purpose was to aid the finalists in connecting with their team mates and overcoming hot spots that their personalities may create whilst on Quest. The purpose in getting the staff to do it too was there is just as much opportunity for learning for us as the finalists.

Each person was given their results before they embarked on Quest and told to upload a free app called Lumina Splash. (go check it out yourself - https://splash.luminalearning.com/)  Once they then knew who their team mate was, it was possible to scan in their partners profile and compare and contrast their traits. Apart from the tips they got, it also made for a good few laughs.

On the first day at Springbok, I invited all to do a few things;

First was that one of their tasks, not only as competitors but brand ambassadors too, was to upload during the event at least two 20-40 second videos as a team of their experiences to their and the Honda Adventure Facebook pages. One had to at least be in before the rest day. This was quite a challenge as signal was rare in the places we travelled. Also, time to do so was in short supply. Even though we had 10 days, there weren’t many moments where, if they were not being kept busy, they were catching up on much needed rest.

Also, as much as Honda Quest was going to be an amazing journey of a lifetime into places many seldom go, I also asked everyone to consider that this journey was also an opportunity to explore their inner selves too. It was a rare moment to unplug from their normal worlds and take time to learn somethings new to them about themselves and others. How were they to be different once they got to the end? What would they be able to take away with them from Honda Quest that was more than just great memories and photo’s (and hopefully a bike!). It was not just an invitation, it was going to be a requirement of the competition too.

All of us do adventure riding not just because of the riding, but because of what it does to us.

I had a personal goal that I was going to work towards too; Coming late into the well-oiled Specialised team, I wanted to be a good team player whilst adding to the product. It might seem a modest goal, but though I work with associates on projects and get to co-facilitate from time to time, I am essentially a one man band. Here, being in a very pressurised highly competent team I was keen to add to the mix and not upset it. I am generously blessed with high ego strengths that whilst they’re useful for many things, they aren’t always appreciated and can overwhelm or irritate.

So, day 1 proper I was in the cruiser with Hardy. Air-conditioning on a dual sport adventure has its place, especially here!

At one of the stops, I checked with all the teams, only one had fiddled with their suspension settings and tire pressures. I got the impression that many just ride and seldom fiddle. Suspension is for most a dark art and not many know what to do with the clickers and settings. Everyone was riding on waay too hard tire pressures for the conditions. I suggested some changes for the suspension to all and to make an effort at fiddling to see what worked best for them.

We left the convoy not long after that and took a shortcut to where we’d camp. We made a serious error. We arrived too early. The temperature was in the 40’s, no wind and worse, no shelter. It was brutal. I managed to do a bit of work, but was soon forced into the river or under the vehicles.

Later, the group arrived hot and sweaty and didn’t waste any time getting out of their gear and into the river, some opting for a gear and all swim. Once cooled off, for some who’d struggled with the first bit of sand, there was a sand after class. It was great to see those who in just 30 minutes made huge progress getting a big bike to behave more or less in deep sand. Knowing what was ahead, it was going to be needed.

Much later and in a howling sandy gale and head torches, we had our first scoring session. The whole team were each responsible for an aspect of the competition. Last year, we had much debate over what actually went on when we saw them huddled over their papers. Well, all I can give away is that each score was thorough, deeply debated and democratic. Riding skills was only one of several aspects of each contestant and team. Contestants were judged on not just their own but their teams and in the greater team too. We spent many many hours over the days going through the process.

Supper was a new experience, nothing dished up, because of the wind, didn’t have sand in it.

Top tip if you sleep outdoors out of a tent – sleep feet towards the wind. You’ll have a much better evening for it.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 08, 2018, 03:23:32 pm
@Hollywood’s Quest 2018…

Day 2

It was an early morning on that bloody windy, yet breathtakingly beautiful sandy monster of a dune. You couldn’t lie inn, there was just too much sand in the sleeping bag.

Team 1 & 7 had kitchen duty that morning, so we quickly prepped all the riding gear that we could and made our way to the Kitchen-Cruiser, snuggled up against the side of the big Iveco Logistics Truck. The wind had subsided a little from the previous night’s howling pelter to a gentle push. Just enough to kill the flame of the gas cooker on which the Specialised Adventure team prepared our “slap-pap” for the morning… So, into the back of the Iveco I went, to stir the pot and eventually dish up for the hungry mass of adventure maniacs. As the Afrikaans saying goes: “die pap was dik aangemaak”. Like semi-dried tile glue, actually. Ag well.

It filled the gut really well, and we appreciated all the trouble the Specialised Adventure staff went through to help make this an unforgettable experience. As I told my teammate earlier that morning when we (rather grudgingly) rouse from our cocooned sandy sleeping bag tombs…

“Hey, just look around at all these vehicles and people! All of them are going through trials and hardship, just so 14 of us can go on a moerse nice bike trip!! How lucky are we…?!”
“Ja, wragtag” Rickus replied in a heartfelt positive tone. A tone that would later be slightly subdued to a diplomatic grunt, after he spent an hour scrubbing the burnt pap pot.

Chores done, Pre-Ride Inspection ticked off, and the last of the mornings fresh water rationed between all the contestant’s hydration packs, we set off into the hills. It took us all of 2 kilometres to realise that today was going to be a sandy day. No problem. It was better than another sandy night. We couldn’t wash up that morning so, a heavy fall in the sand would be like last night’s nap in the Nubian desert.

On que, guys started dropping in the deep sandy spoor. This was the trend that the rest of the day would follow. Especially during the mid-day Sand Test. Eish. It caught me out, badly.

The DCT has a setting that changes the gearchange ratio of the Africa Twin. There’s the normal DRIVE, and then there are 3 different levels of SPORT. Poepol, chose the normal smooth DRIVE option when I headed into the testy riverbed winding through the canyon! Too smooth!!! Thus, 2nd gear (the ideal gear for this spell of sand riding) took ages to kick in, and when it did, it almost immediately handed the work over to 3rd gear, causing a low revving constant acceleration. Now, many of you would say… what’s the problem with accelerating? Well… nothing if there weren’t any rhythm-breaking 60degree turns in the 2-spoor riverbed with a hell of a lot of diagonal razor sharp lurkers and variety of huge boulders spread around for fun!! Hanging in 1st gear kept my front wheel digging inn, and 3rd gear was way to fast, forcing me to brake or gear down manually in the tight turns, and dig the front inn, again. It wasn’t pretty. Rather disappointing.

Later, during the day I found that SPORT2 was a great setting for sand, as it quickly shifted to 2nd gear, and held it there at revs. Making it easier to manage that shovel of a front wheel. Too late. The sand test was done.

Life-lesson for the day… In life, you can’t always choose how and where you get into trouble, but you can choose how you get out of it.

The rest of the day was picture perfect. Beautiful Richtersveld vistas. Climbing hills with challenging rocky single-track. The only Halfmensboom/Elephants Trunk tree that I spotted throughout the trip, and some thick sand at the end of the day, giving me the opportunity to prove to myself that I wasn’t a total sand-poepol after all. Even, if it was just for my own benefit.

We arrived at our overnight spot. Oewerbos, near Vioolsdrift, on the banks off the Orange river. Rickus told us that they make great Pizzas there. This caused @JesseH to drool, intensely. A drool that he had for the rest off the trip, as we all felt dipping into the delicacies at the restaurant would be disrespectful towards the wonderful Specialised Adventure staff, going out of their way to cook our lovely meals every day.
Case in Point: they served tasty jaffles on our arrival at Oewerbos. It went down swimmingly with an ice-cold cooldrink.

Speaking of swimmingly…
On arrival, Hardy announced that he had planned a special canoe ride for us all, but decided to cancel it, due to the strenuous day we had in the oven-like Richtersveld canyons.

WHAT!?!?! A canoe trip?!? Off course we all want to go!!

And so, the Quest2018 masochist’s river paddle event started. We were all in high spirits and insisted that everyone go for a paddle. Off we went on the back of the Cruisers, 7 km’s up-stream. We had a quick health and safety briefing, and as The Boss put it so eloquently in his 1980 album: “…and into the river we’d dive….”
Team 7 was first to push their way onto the water, off course. Bullies.

During the last couple of days we heard the following statement over, and over again… “Remember, Quest is NOT a race!” So, the paddling quickly turned into a series of sporadic dices between teams. Some had a little less weight to float than others, which I believe, was hugely unfair, but nonetheless, all raced to their hearts content. Some cramped up. Some dried up. Some gave up. But all made it back home to Oewerbos in the dark off night, to a welcome cold beverage!

…team 7 finished in an admirable 3rd position…

3 Mentionable events happened later that night, just before we all started our nightly symphony of snoring.

1.   3 Participants regaled us with lovely presentations about Namaqualand, the Quiver Tree, and The Orange River. Our lives were all a little richer for it.
2.   I accidentally spilled my late evening bederfie-koffie at the foot of my stretcher (picture attached) …Bliksem…
3.   I realised that I neglected to assign the wooden spoon to a worthy contestant the previous evening! Before we fell asleep, we needed to remedy this grave oversight as soon as humanly possible…or at least, right after the teams finished up with kitchen duty.

While waiting, my team mate perused his Facebook page using his Namibian SIM card and reported that we had a Birthday boy in our midst! The perfect candidate as first recipient. So, it came that Stephan van der Merwe (very Afrikaans name for a very English gentleman) became the inaugural holder of THE SPOON. A trophy too which he would add much more meaning and value over the following 24 hours. More than I could ever have hoped for.

Speaking of hours… by this time it was close to midnight, and we all turned in for the night. Being up since 5am was taking its toll. The Quest organiser’s route would surely be a little easier on our tired bones tomorrow. Surely?
 
…wishfull thinking…
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 08, 2018, 03:28:53 pm
Can you believe it?! Not even 1km into the morning, and this is what you get. This, and much, much worse...
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 08, 2018, 03:30:31 pm
Our oasis at OEWERBOS next to the Orange River
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 08, 2018, 03:32:39 pm
What a disaster!! Coffee everywhere!! Loshande, the most dramatic spill of the entire trip!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: P.K. on November 08, 2018, 03:51:00 pm
Awesome input from everyone...great reading.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 08, 2018, 10:02:37 pm
Front row seat to that sand section everyone have been talking about.....

http://www.youtube.com/v/Eb_berkMIcM
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 08, 2018, 10:09:31 pm
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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JannievandieVaaldam on November 08, 2018, 10:10:21 pm
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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: White Rhino on November 09, 2018, 12:02:44 am
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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on November 09, 2018, 10:27:04 am
Dag 1 se ryery was relatief rustig - ons het weggetrek met mooi grondpaaie met so sandkol hier en daar.

My forum naam is nie Sandban(g)k as gevolg van my vermoë om skape te tel nie.  Ook nie koffie maak of 'n bemestingsprogram vir aartappels te skryf nie.

Nee, dis polities van aard.  Ek was al besig met "land expropriation without compensation" vandat ek my eerste skoeter gekoop het so 8 of 9 jaar terug.  Ek kan seker nie sê ek is daaraan gewoond nie, want as ek sand sien gebeur die volgende, outomaties:  knyp die holspier, proe so bietjie Voltaren in die mond, sê hardop " o fok", en hoop vir die beste.

So teen die tyd wat ons by die tweespoor met ordentlike sand kon uitkom, was ek al hees, my holspier in n spasma, Voltaren het al soos Rehidrat begin smaak en ek het al klompie beloftes gemaak om n beter mens te word as ek dit net sou oorleef  :biggrin:

Dit het darem nie te vrot gegaan nie - gewone omvalle is nie meer regtig vir my n event nie, so ek weet nie hoeveel keer ek geval het nie, maar ek het wel n moerse klomp goeie "saves" gehad.  Ek was letterlik so senuweeagtig soos n Dopper by n danskompetisie.  En ek sou die kompetisie kon wen - vra maar die manne soos @Rickus en @Hollywood wat agter my gery het  :laughing4:

Die rivier was hemels - dit was n lekker swem na n warm dag.  Ek is een van die gelukkiges wat geroep is om te gaan vir die sandry ekstra klasse.  Ek weet nie of die instrukteurs my hoor bid, sien sluk aan die Voltarensmaak of wat nie, maar eks dankbaar hulle het gesien ek worstel.  Ek was onder hande geneem deur Janco - een van die ongelooflike manne van die Specialised Adventures span.  Ek het vinnig selfvertroue gekry en die DCT se ratkas met die sand begin vertrou.  As sandry mens nie so op moeg gemaak het nie, so ek nogsteeds daar wou speel en leer - dit was bitter lekker!

Die aand van die sandstorm was ek in die kosspan - dankie tog @JannievandieVaaldam was ook in my kosbeurt daai aand aangesien hy nie net kan braai nie, maar ook in sand kan braai!

Die aand se slaap was min maar dit was in - ek ken van stofstorms en Augustus winde in die Wes-Vrystaat, maar daai was spesiaal  :patch:

Dag 2 het so begin - na 3km was daar voor ons al 4 fietse wat moes rus.  En dis toe ek besef - vandag gaan iemand skyt.  En daai iemand behoort ek te wees  :biggrin:  Gelukkig het Janco se hulp van die vorige middag my bitter baie gehelp en ek het die sand begin geniet en hier en daar weer met wafferse danspassies my fiets reggop gehou. 

Die rivierloop waar die "sandtoets" gehou is was intimiderend. Onheilspellend.  Eks nie n rocket scientist nie, maar het besef dat as ons heeldag in diep sand gespook het, en hulle stop daar met kameras, drones en noem dat hier n sandtoets gaan wees, dan moet dit n spesiale soort sand wees...  Ek was reg.  Nou vir iemand wat nie te gemaklik is met sand nie, en nie baie van toetse hou nie was daar net een manier - storm voort en hoop vir die beste...

Ek het die Africa Twin in Sport 2 gedruk, paar gebedjies opgesê, seker gemaak die TC en ABS is af en met al my moed weggespring.  Voor die eerste draai was ek al op goeie spoed en toe ek die draai vat, al die klippe mis en windgat raak to ekom ek tot die gevolgtrekking:  almal val in sand teen n sekere frekwensie - Rikus en Andrew se frekwensie is dalk 1 val per 36 uur.  Myne is rondom 1 val per 36 minute.  Toe besef ek my tyd om deur die toets te kom raak min - ek sal moet stoot om voor my volgende val deur die rivier te wees... 

Ek het dit met 2 minute gemis.  Ja, ek moer toe neer op die laaste draai.  Maar dit was vir my een van die hoogtepunte van die trip (wat die ryery betref).  Ek het volgens almal te vinnig gery, maar dit het gevoel of die gewigverplasing, opkyk, klippe mis en genot net vansself kom - niks se gedink oor waar moet jy staan/hang/kyk of watookal nie.  Ek het begin dink ek hou van sand.  En van die Honda.  Ek dink dis waar ek en bike nr 12 ons eerste "oomblik" gehad het.

Die aankoms by Oewerbos was spesiaal - dit was vir my persoonlik n dag van oorwinnings.  Ek was op n high, behalwe vir my interne vogstatus.  Ek ken van aartappels wat verlep, en nou kon ek vir die eerste keer weet hoe hulle moes voel  :biggrin:  Ek het vir die dag op die fiets 6L water gedrink.  Ek weeg n volle 65kg, so ek het 10% van my liggaamsmassa in vog opgeneem en kon voel hoe gedehidreerd ek was.  Op die kanoe trip op die Oranje het ek amper n pak ys opgevreet.  Die bootry was fisies uitputtend, veral as jy so hard soos ek teen die sand probeer baklei het om met daai lam arms nog te roei, maar dit was vir my siel goed - die rivier, die uitsig, sonsak en die kameraderie was presies wat ek nodig gehad het om so dag af te sluit.

André: 1          Quest: 0
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on November 09, 2018, 10:51:41 am
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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Plaasseun on November 09, 2018, 11:01:20 am
Dankie Sandban(g)k, het jou skrywe nou baie geniet :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Oubones on November 09, 2018, 11:22:05 am
Dankie Sandban(g)k, het jou skrywe nou baie geniet :thumleft:
Dit was nou goeie opskryf!
Ek het ook nou meer hoop vir myself en die sandmonster wat ek nog moet gaan makmaak daar in Nam. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on November 09, 2018, 12:26:30 pm
Nog so paar fotos van dag 1 en 2. Behalwe dat ek spook met Tapatalk het ek ook nie te veel fotos geneem nie.

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on November 09, 2018, 09:12:54 pm
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Then the wind began to blow...

And blow it did, right through the night, the few in tents probably had it worse due to the incessant flapping and noise, I think I just pulled my beanie down and my buff up and buried my head under the cowl of my sleeping bag, until the stars faded from the sky and I needed to pee, I walked some way from the sleeping camp and sat down on the ground to watch the light creeping across the landscape.  At some point I made a video diary  - but watching it back later, realised you cannot hear a thing over the sound of the wind.

The 1st half of day 2 was tough, tougher than I expected, I started well enough and with confidence but it was not long before the bike was having a rest in the sand and I was performing one of my now legendary dismounts, I got going again, but was so focused on looking up, I took off down a side track with Andrew in hot pursuit, realising my error I was buggered if I was going to turn around so cut diagonally back to the correct track and promptly dropped the bike again.

At this point I should apologise to each contestant behind me in the convoy that day (except those who found the going too easy and probably enjoyed the extra challenge), I am sure I contributed to making the path a little less smooth for you all in several spots.

I should also thank both Denzil and Stephan who were there at every opportunity to help me back in the saddle and point me in the right direction - every time, and there were a few.

By the time we got to the sand challenge my confidence was a little rattled to say the least, and I was no longer having fun, something Andrew assured me was important. So I did my best at the time but try as I might I could not get the bike to "float", it rather being more inclined to "submarine" at every available opportunity.  In hindsight I wish I had known of the magic of S2, it may have just been enough to get me through.  The instructors could see I was falling with less style and panache and decided to get me to rest in what little shade there was on the side of the canyon,

From my viewpoint I got to watch several contestants ride the route, some made it look like a non event, some came through with drama and style, and others seemed to be having similar problems to me with either speed or lack thereof, direction or lack thereof or both of these combined. Several fell, including an instructor (so they are just mortals after all) but in the end everyone was through. The river bed was a mess now and in the interests of time, Kobus rode my bike to the end of the track, not what I wanted, but had he not, I might still be there today.

While this was going on Will and Mark(or maybe it was Janco) came back down the river bed and stopped not far from where I was resting, I could tell from the animated conversation and glances up the side of the canyon that something was amiss. Turns out the drone had gone missing, I asked if I could help look for it, I may as well do something while I waited.  I actually had very little expectation of finding it, but after scrambling about on the rocks for some time I could hear a faint buzzing sound that wasn't an insect, eventually I found it looking a little worse for wear, but luckily not too bad. Will was ecstatic as can be understood, it would have been a disaster to lose it on only the morning of day 2.

The rest of the morning involved a little more sand, and a few more offs,  Andrew kept reassuring me it would end just around the corner, and in one of the sections even make a keepsake video for me.



The afternoons riding was more my thing and was relatively chilled with a short technical rocky climb somewhere in the middle of it. We eventually found our way back to the N7 north of Steinkopf, headed towards Vioolsdrift where we turned west along the river to the campsite at Oewerbos.  The surroundings were lush and green compared to the terrain we had been traveling through earlier in the day.

No rest for us, upon arrival we were greeted with cold drinks and snacks, and given the option of a quick canoe trip before sunset - that sounded like heaven, a nice relaxed float down the river with the occasional dip to soothe the tired and sweaty bodies. I think Pierre said it "there is no racing on Quest, but this is not Quest", at one stage Denzil and I made a break and pulled a lead of about 500m, only for Denzil to convince me it was a good idea to turn and row back upstream to meet the others.  Eventually with the light fading fast we made another break and this time kept going until we found the campsite and the whole crew waiting to great us. I was finished, I had spent all my energy that day, there was nothing left - being rewarded with a cold beer, was incredible but it hardly touched sides and went straight to my head. I don't remember much else that night but I am sure I slept well - even the mosquitoes couldn't wake me.     

 
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hardy de Kock on November 10, 2018, 04:30:12 am
Endurance - "the ability to endure an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way."

I must admit that for the first time ever, I felt sorry for the contestants. Mother Nature was having her way with them, and some of them really had to dig deep over the first couple of days.
Teebag was taking knocks and shots from everywhere, as all eyes were fixated on his endeavors in the sand. During the first two days, I thought that we might see our first withdrawal from Quest, but he had other plans.

Teebag reminded me of Grant Pentalow - You will know him as McSack on the forum. Both these guys will tell you that they have not been blessed with the semi-crazy appetite for sand, but they were both born with a never say die desire to complete what they started, and that is far more important.

I have cringed so many times on the first two days,witnessing some of his more spectacular falls, and have walked over to Ockie (The medic, and the final decision maker as far as forced withdrawals goes) to discuss Teebag's antics, only to hear Ockie say - "This guy is a fucking animal"
Much respect Jonathan - you are a warrior.
Now Teebag was teamed up with Denzil Lawrie. A youngster from Mpumalanga to whom riding comes natural.
Poetry in motion probably best describes Denzil on a bike. He really made mincemeat of any and every obstacle we put in his way.
Teebag and Denzil were impressive as a team, as it showcased the true spirit of what can happen if you have two riders looking out for each other.
It was beautiful to watch.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on November 10, 2018, 05:18:45 am
The decision to pull someone off his bike at any given stage certainly proved to be a tough one.  Although the disappointment was tangible, Teebag’s tenacity and admirable attitude made it bearable.  It was only a couple hundred meters of really challenging terrain before he mounted his steed again and got going to complete the day in true adventure fashion. 

This specific stretch of sand really caught some of the best riders off guard and as you heard, even one of us instructors unceremoniously took a little nap.  We’ll let you ponder and hedge your bets a little to speculate who that was.  :biggrin:

We were waiting on the banks of the Orange river at Oewerbos to welcome the contestants back from their paddling trip when Teebag and Denzil came racing in to take first honors.  On a tough day, in blistering heat and only when I saw Teebag’s (known to all as JT by now) blistered hands later that evening, you realize just how tough and committed this gentleman and the team was.

And this was only day 2 ........
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on November 12, 2018, 11:05:49 pm
So.. We wake up on Day 3 on the banks of The Orange and get going. By now we are getting into our routines. Stand up. Pack bags. Fold up the stretchers. Prep our hydration bags. Gear up. Etc.

We had a delicious brekkie made by the 2 heroins of the trip, Gene and Chantal, and I mean heroins! These girls kept us alive! We were always fed well, no one ever went to bed or left for the day hungry. The kitchen Cruiser was always expertly packed. I honestly don't know how they fed 25 or more mouths 2-3 times a day, every day for 10 days! I was ever grateful for their hard work.

We left Oewerbos in a westerly directly for a few kays and then turned off towards the stone piles. The road there started to become more and more technical the deeper we went in. It was at first a dirt road that started narrowing and then became a 2 spoor and began to meander through the valley more and more, it was extremely desolate. Only the hardiest of plant life can survive in this arid wilderness. I had never seen or heard of this joint before. At first when we got there I thought "What the... This is weird". It is has a real eeriness about it. Quite a spiritual place. You just have to go see it. It should be a bucket list spot, especially if you consider yourself an adventurer and if you ever find yourself in the Richtersveld/Namaqualand area. Definitely worth a stop. Pics below :deal:

From here we headed deeper into the unknown. Desolate. Rugged. Tough. Grim. Beautiful! We were surrounded by rocky terrain, short riverbed sandy sections and mountains on either side. We were headed along one of the Amageza Rallye routes. It was very focused riding. The rocks were sharp and loose. The sand was thick, luckily today there wasn't a test section though! After about an hour, Gerrit who was leading the convoy stopped us all to wait for our first puncture. It had been 2 and a half days and not one until now. It was inevitable. Who got the puncture? Charl @KarooKid Du Plessis, the furry-faced instructor :pot: A front pinch. WHAT? Instructors get the 1st pap wiel? And he was riding sweep? What you doing back there bru?  :laughing4:
We promptly took the opportunity to rest under the shade of a little tree and tuck into our snack packs and have a drink. A few minutes later we were off and heading towards the end of the valley where Kobus said he has a proposal for us, we will stop at the bottom of the pass and discuss it there.

When we eventually got to the foot of a technical climb, Kobus put it to us that instead of going up this off-camber, steep rocky climb out of the valley in team order (by now team 3 was in front followed by 4, 5 O0, 6, 7, 1, 2), we had the liberty to send those ahead who wanted to go first to help the guys that weren't confident in the aforementioned conditions of the pass but on a fresh track. So we arranged ourselves, sent  Denzil (the beast) up and a couple others.

Before we started, Kobus said to us: "This is where you will really see the amazing ability of the DCT. Keep your momentum. Stay on the bloedkant (low side) of the off camber 2 spoor and ENJOY it! It is easy. There is one section in the middle that is very rocky but it is not like the rocks you experienced yesterday. Just trust the bike, keep your momentum up and you'll see exactly how capable this bike is."

Hardy also briefed us in saying that he doesn't know what is happening with us, it looks like we are riding too carefully and he's not sure why. It looks boring, he said. I thought well of course its boring, You're in a cage :lol8: He said here is a section where we must ride the way we want to ride and don't worry too much about the bikes, they can handle it.

Ok cool, confidence inspiring, some fire under our butts. We can see up the mountain and check more or less what is coming. This will be a breeze... Yeah right...

The first few chaps start heading up one by one and the rest of us at the bottom watch their lines, analyse as best we can from a few hundred metres off where the tricky sections might be and how to approach them.

My turn comes right after my Team mate, Hannes. The first few hundred metres were relatively easy. A few loose rocks and slightly off camber but I'm going well. I was focusing so hard on not falling down to the right side - where there were great big bike breaking boulders and a steep incline that I didn't wanna involuntarily ride down - that my arms and body was so tense that arm pump and fatigue was setting in fast. I got to the tricky rocky bit about half way up where Gerrit was waiting to point and laugh at us if we fell down the mountain (just kidding). I was pumped FULL of adrenalin and I was struggling to hold on to the bars. I stopped next to Gerrit to regain my breath and take a quick break, brought myself towards myself and then got going again. "Keep loose bru, breathe easy, loosen your grip", I told myself.

The next section was the hardest part. It plateaued briefly before heading up to the steepest part of the pass coupled with loose rocks sized from between coffee mugs and cake tins littered the pathway and it was a fairly gentle left hander with a wwwoes off camber. By the time I got there, there must have been 6 or 8 bikes through already, each one loosening the surface even more. It was very slippery and very exciting. I got to the steep off camber left hander and kept my momentum going. Rear wheel slipping and sliding underneath me, front wheel dodging the big rocks and being pushed this way and that from hitting the smaller rocks, power sliding up for a few metres to make sure I didn't stop mid-way up. Eventually I crested the hill, even more full of adrenalin than before and feeling very manly after many close calls and a couple of saves, making it to the top without chucking my scooter down into the abyss below. THAT was exciting!  :ricky:

We spent the next hour or so getting the rest of the dudes and dudette to the top, refilling bladders, telling stories of our epic summit and regrouping. One of us wasn't so lucky, although he didn't hurt himself, much. Perhaps he can recall his epic ordeal. Come in @PhantomCupcake AKA JoDan.

There was a bit more rocky inclines, open sandy tracks and breathtaking scenery that waited for us before we hit a short bit of tar :bueller: back to our first night's camp at Modderfontein just outside Springbok. This would be the last real technical route... for the next while...

I also had my presentation to do this evening, which I thoroughly enjoyed preparing for. My topic was The Legacy of Thomas Bain. I had the privilege of introducing everyone to this South African legend.
Google is your friend, and so is @Trygve Roberts' website www.mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Charles_John_Bain

He is well worth a read and even a little case study of your own, even for yours truly, who is not an academic ou at all. I really enjoyed learning about this True Adventurer! :thumleft:




Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on November 12, 2018, 11:15:33 pm
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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on November 12, 2018, 11:22:04 pm
Anyone got pics from that rocky climb we did?
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on November 13, 2018, 04:41:37 am
Anyone got pics from that rocky climb we did?

No, but I do have a picture of your Rocky Ribs Pizza just before the climb...

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hardy de Kock on November 13, 2018, 05:04:05 am
We left Oewerbos that morning, knowing that the contestants had an energy tapping previous day. Crossing the Namaqua eco trail on these big bikes, only to find yourself being dumped into a canoe, where you and your teammate have to row for seven kilometers was no joke.
I was worried about JT and Losper. JT had a few proper falls the previous day, and Losper had a stomach bug problem, which was tiring him out quickly. Knowing Losper's appetite for adventure and endurance riding, I knew that he was never going to come to us if the problem became bigger, which meant that we were monitoring him constantly.
Jana took a few falls and I could see from a distance that self doubt was making its way into her mind. Kobus called me over the radio about halfway into the trail and asked me to have a word with her.
I had a chat with her and her teammate Stephan (a saint, a gentleman and a seriously good rider) and realised that the route, together with the blazing sun was going to take its toll that day. Jana and Stephan rode like champions after our chat.
The sun was hitting hard from all directions and it was obvious that the energy levels started to drop fast. I had a quick word with the group just before they started the climb at the off camber koppie Jesse mentioned earlier. It seemed to have worked as the moral suddenly skyrocketed and the smiles returned.
Seeing the riders assisting one another up that climb is a sight to behold, and definitely made my day.
a Special mention goes out to the instructors. These guys were rock solid in their patience, fairness and their demeanor. Great job.
 
Jesse and Hannes was the team that impressed the instructors that day.



Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on November 13, 2018, 05:39:27 am
Anyone got pics from that rocky climb we did?

No, but I do have a picture of your Rocky Ribs Pizza just before the climb...

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hardy de Kock on November 13, 2018, 06:23:31 am
I just realized that we forgot to mention something that is truly worth mentioning.

In a small little village called Gouda, just over an hour's drive out of Cape Town, you will find a butchery/deli called Gouda Slagtery
Now this business is owned and managed by a very special person, and someone that truly shows pride in his trade.
Vaalbaas - I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your very special service to Quest.

Your sosaties, steak, t-bone, burger patties, chops, mince, bacon and boerewors was the best we have ever had.
Your patience when we changed orders late, and the way in which you packaged, and presented your products made us look forward to every evening around the camp fire. I suspect the Quest contestants and crew will never ever forget those sosaties.

Hats off Ludolph - you are a master.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on November 13, 2018, 06:28:05 am
Agreed Hardy. The meat was real good. We were very spoilt with the food we ate. Those sosaties were like a party in my mouth!

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on November 13, 2018, 07:47:14 am
I just realized that we forgot to mention something that is truly worth mentioning.

In a small little village called Gouda, just over an hour's drive out of Cape Town, you will find a butchery/deli called Gouda Slagtery
Now this business is owned and managed by a very special person, and someone that truly shows pride in his trade.
Vaalbaas - I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your very special service to Quest.

Your sosaties, steak, t-bone, burger patties, chops, mince, bacon and boerewors was the best we have ever had.
Your patience when we changed orders late, and the way in which you packaged, and presented your products made us look forward to every evening around the camp fire. I suspect the Quest contestants and crew will never ever forget those sosaties.

Hats off Ludolph - you are a master.

Dr. Peter J D’Amo says the following about O blood groups:

“Because type O is the oldest blood type, D'Adamo claims you thrive best on a hunter-gatherer diet which is high in protein and low in carbohydrat.”

“As someone with type O blood, you're an inherent meat eater .....”

Being O negative, thriving on meat therefore comes naturally.   ;)

My late stepdad, who loved his meat as well, taught me early in life that:  “Jy kan nie slegte vleis lekker braai nie, maar jy kan goeie vleis opf@$”.

This meat fell in the latter category, but I have my doubts that you can manage to stuff it up.  Thanks to Gary and Mark for their superior braaiing skills, this was however never tested. 

We had the privilege to also enjoy Gouda Slagtery meat during our recce of the route and it never disappointed!  It is evident from the packaging that it is delivered by someone who takes extreme pride in his work.

@VaalBaas , jy is ‘n man so na my ..... bloed groep. I am looking for reasons to visit Gouda before the December holidays.  :biggrin:

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on November 13, 2018, 09:23:03 am
Day 3 was by no account an easy one.  :3some:

During the recce, this was the one day that I was really concerned about. 

The combination of sand, rock and twisties was no easy feat for the big adventure bikes.  Despite a number of offs, everyone managed it better than expected, I was suitably impressed.  :thumleft:

By the time we got to the big climb, I had very little concern that the group will manage this without too much hassle.  When we did this on the recce, all 5 bikes got out with relative ease.  The one thing you can not predict though, is the effect of 18 bikes, on effectively a single track, due to the suggestion to start and follow through on the 'bloed kant'.  By the time half of the group went through, the track was certainly different to what it started out to be.

Eventually when me and Charl brought up the rear, we couldn't believe it was the same track we did on the recce.  This made the achievement of the group so much more special and we could understand the high fives and good moral at the top.  Either that, or the fact that myself and Charl couldn't make it to the top due to excessive wheel spin on the last little steep climb.  :lol8:  I certainly was very happy to be on a DCT that day, it made things a lot easier.

It was also one of the most difficult days for me on a personal level and the rest of the afternoon was a bit of a blur with my mind not always there:

Dit is Sondag, 21 Oktober 2018.  Ons ry vanaf Oewerbos buite Vioolsdrift na Modderfontein buite Springbok, dag 3 van die jaar se Honda Quest.

Ons eerste stop vir die dag is by die bekende Stone piles, ook bekend as die balancing stones in die Richtersveld.  Ons gesels oor die betekenis van die plek met ‘n emosionele groep deelnemers voor ons.  Ek probeer hard om die knop in my keel gesluk te kry en om my stem te beheer. 

In die paar minute wat volg voor ons weer weg trek, skraap ek moed bymekaar om my geliewe Oom At te begrawe, ten spyte van die feit dat hy nog lewe.  Hy het die wêreld goed geken.  Hy het groot geword en geboer vir baie jare in die Kalahari buite Noenieput.  Ek pak my klip stapeltjie en belowe dat ek eendag vir my 2 seuns dit sal kom wys.  Ek is bly om ‘n helmet op te sit sodat die trane nie wys nie.

‘n Paar uur later roep Hardy oor die radio en vra vir Gerrit om die konvooi te stop en dat ek, wat in die middel ry, gou om draai en by hom kom draai maak. 

Ek kan nie Hardy se presiese woorde onthou nie en ook nie my reaksie nie, maar om 13h01 op diè Sondag, het die Here ons Oom At uit sy swaar kry kom verlos.

Rus in vrede my Pa, jy sal vir altyd in ons harte en gedagtes voortleef.

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That morning, at the stone piles, there were a number of contestants that also left something behind.  It was a rewarding experience shared with a great bunch of people.  I was privileged to be with good friends both on and off the bike that day.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on November 13, 2018, 09:34:49 am
Day 3, video  by: https://www.kalonfilms.com/ and story by Kamanya:
 
Here are some insights and highlights of Day 3 on the Honda Quest 2018.

It isn’t getting any easier. Barend Fouche, Head of Motorcycle Division, Southern Africa announced that in his opinion, this year’s Honda Quest was a lot more intense and challenging than 2017’s. He should know, he’s been in the vehicles following all the action on both.

The route today would be one used for the Amageza Rally, a Dakar type motorcycle event.

It runs through little used sections of the Western side of the Richtersveld and is arguably even more remote than the previous day.

Before the route proper, there was the opportunity to reflect on things and have a quiet moment in a balancing stone garden. A local take on the old tradition of cairn building where the contestants were invited to leave a rock in memory of something that needed to be left there.

Reflections over, the serious business of navigating the technical sandy riverbeds, long rocky tracks and steep off camber rutted climbs was the order of the day.

There many opportunities to test the sturdy Rumbux bashplates and engine guards. Many contestants, now over the adrenaline fueled beginnings of the contest, were drawing on deep reserves for both them and their partners.

Although technically all the teams are in competition against each other, there is a very firm greater team spirit building. Helping all to get through was the priority.

The last 80km was fast flowing jeep track, a welcome respite from the pace of the previous two days where the average overall speed was just over 20kph.

Honda Quest is now 3 days in with 7 to go. The strain is showing, there were some tired bodies that fell instantly asleep once they’d finished the day.

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on November 13, 2018, 11:00:32 am
I was worried about JT and Losper. JT had a few proper falls the previous day, and Losper had a stomach bug problem, which was tiring him out quickly. Knowing Losper's appetite for adventure and endurance riding, I knew that he was never going to come to us if the problem became bigger, which meant that we were monitoring him constantly.

Five days before the start of Quest I developed a serious stomach bug, I lost 3 kg that day and ended up in Hospital. By the time Quest started I was almost back to normal but still not 100% healthy. By then I thought that the bug was something of the past but low and behold by the end of day 1 it was back again in full force. I was really sick but by day 3 it was over and I was myself again. Big thanks to @ockiemedic for sorting me out.
 
Day 3 was the most "enjoyable" day for me, it had a number of rocky climbs and 2 spoor sand paths. This was my kind of riding and I had a good time.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on November 13, 2018, 03:56:33 pm
Dag 3:

Ek het wakker geword net soos ek gaan slaap het die vorige aand: moeg, seer, tevrede en of ek enigiets kan regkry.  Ek was opgewonde om nog n harde dag deur te gaan, te leer, die natuur te geniet en te kon motorfiets ry.

Die eerste deel langs die Oranjerivier was bitter mooi – die dor wêreld het ‘n mooi aan hom wat mens nie kan beskryf of afneem nie – jy kan dit net waardeer.  Ek het lekker gery – ek en bike 12 het “gejel”.  Die ry het vansself gekom – iets wat later in die dag baie werd geword het.

Ek is heel moontlik een van die ouens wat as ek nou op skool moes wees, bietjie Ritalin sou moes gebruik.  Ek is effens besig, en dan glo ek ook nog vas dat mens baie meer kan doen/regkry as wat jy besef.  Ek glo dit nie net nie, ek probeer my bes om dit te bewys ook.

Ek en iemand het eendag diep gesels oor wat belangrik is in die lewe. Hy het dit so aan my verduidelik:  jou lewe is soos om n klomp balle te “juggle”.  Van die balle is glasballe en jy kan dit nie laat val nie. Dis balle soos jou familie, gesondheid, geloof en so aan.  Die ander balle, soos jou werk, stokperdjies, mooi huise, karre, motorfietse en so aan is rubber balle. Dis okay om hulle nou en dan te laat val.

Ek het ‘n redelike vermoë om te kan “juggle”.  Hoe beter ek word, hoe meer balle vat ek in.  En ek het nog nooit n bal laat val nie.  En ek het ‘n moerse klomp balle in die lug.

By Stone Piles gekom kon mens aanvoel hierdie plek het ‘n vreemde gevoel.  ‘n Atmosfeer wat jy kan voel.  Weird.  Soos ’n begrafplaas, net nog ‘n groter “presence” wat respek inboesem.  Heilige grond, ongeag jou geloof.  ‘n Respek vir almal wat voor jou daar was, en almal wat na jou daar gaan kom. 

Ons het bietjie rondgeloop, gesels oor wat ons van die plek dink en so paar klippe te pak.  Toe kry ons so 5 minute om te doen wat ons wil.  Fok.

A lot happened in this 5 minutes.  I’m still not sure exactly what.  I cried for the first time in years.  Nie net tranerige ogies nie – n snot en trane snik huil.  In this 5 minutes I realised what a twatwaffle I am.  I was not good at juggling balls, I just kept the glass ones in my pocket, juggled the rubber ones and whenever one of the glass balls asked me to be juggled, I “gooi-ed” them up in the air, caught them again and put them safely back in my pocket not to let it fall.

Die res van die dag was baie dinge.  Die ry was tegnies en moeilik, en behalwe vir n ligte omval hier en daar het dit sonder probleme geloop.  Ek was op auto-pilot.  Ek was op die bike, maar het hom nie gery nie.  By die "off-camber klip klim" deel moes ek my eendjies in ‘n ry kry en heelwat konsentreer om lewendig bo te kom en vir eers die klipstapels in my gedagtes neersit.  Ek het in een stuk bo uitgekom. Moertoe.  Die Quest het ontaard in ‘n fisiese en emosionele roller coaster ride vir my.  Dit was taai – veral vir iemand wat nog altyd my emosies goed kon onderdruk.

Bo gekom was dit high fives en paar groot slukke water.  Ek het afgestap tot waar Hardy hulle gestaan het om die laaste deel van die klim te kan sien as die ander ouens opkom.  Daar gekom was daar ‘n roep oor die tweerigting radio, my spanmaat, Jodan, is by die berg af.

Ek was voorheen op ‘n trip af Hel toe en ‘n vrou is by een van die afgronde af.  Die helikopter het haar gaan uithaal.  Dit was een van daai events wat vassteek en waaraan mens elke keer dink as iemand praat oor hoe gevaarlik dit is om bike te ry.  Een van daai waar jy jouself afvra of is dit die moeite werd om bike te ry.

Ek het my koud geskrik.  Ons is gesê om af te stap om te gaan help, en toe ek om die draai kom en ek sien waar lê Jodan en die bike tussen moerse groot klippe het ek geweet:  vandag gaan Ockie moet uithaal en wys – hier is nou regte moeilikheid.  Daar gekom was die man in pyn, maar hy het nie genoeg seergekry om minder hardegat te wees nie  :biggrin: . Hy was okay!!!  Ek was verlig, baie.  Maar ek dink nie mens is veronderstel om soveel emosies in een dag te beleef nie!

Ons het die bike opgetel en Superman (of Spiderman vanweë sy lang bene) Denzil het die fiets uitgery.  Die fiets het net paar krappe gehad.  Ek glo die klippe is moer bang vir die Rumbux.  Ons het onsself Team Rumbux gedoop – ons het die Rumbux in vele gevalle tot die uiterste beproef – en ek moet bieg – ons kon hulle nie gebreek kry nie!

Ek was terug in my oorlog.  In my helmet was allerhande veldslae aan die gang. 
Dat ek my gesin nie tot hul reg laat kom nie
nie genoeg tyd spandeer nie,
is Jodan nog okay?
te veel werk,
ander issues by die werk wat my gesin kos,
is Jodan nog okay?
gebruik ek my tyd en talente reg,
wat moet verander, hoe moet dit verander,
as jy die sandmonster in die bek kan skop, hoekom nie ander probleme of uitdagings ook so uitsort nie?

Hier en daar kon ek die mooi van die roete waardeer, nou en dan die bike geniet en ook voel hoe warm dit is – plekke meer as 36 grade.

Die aand was my beurt vir my presentation – met al die gespook in my kop het ek paar dinge vergeet, maar die belangrikste dinge en dele darem onthou.  Jodan was flou – verstaanbaar na sy rowwe dag en die feit dat hy meer slaap gewoond is as wat sover op die trip die geval was.  Ons kon eerste patrollie loop sodat hy genoeg rus kan kry die aand.  @Losper  het vir hom ‘n slaappil gegee en ek en @Hollywood  het sommer twee patrollies diens gedoen en kon bietjie dieper dinge gesels.  Ons het by die grootpad gaan sein soek – en op n vreeslike gesig afgekom.... @Kamanya  was besig om te werk.  Gewoonlik doen mense wat daai tyd van die nag naby ‘n grootpad sit met min klere aan ander tipe werk as op n laptop...

Ek is later tent toe (ons het besluit op die tent sodat Jodan goed kan slaap en nie oor die skerpioene te worry nie), maar het geweet die slaap gaan min wees.  Die oorlog het aangegaan.  En hys vandag nogsteeds nie verby nie, maar daar was al paar oorwinnings.

Ek het seker 2 ure geslaap daai aand, maar het heelwat dinge vir myself uitgesort – ek het geweet wat moes gebeur.  Dit kan tog nie moeiliker of meer intimiderend wees as die sandmonster nie, en ek kon hom op sy moer gee ;)

Die dag was taai.  Dit het gevoel of ek my tweede Comrades gehol het.  In twee dae.  Maar ek het baie meer bereik as ooit vantevore.  Ek was moeg, maar dit was ‘n tevrede moeg.  Die engelse praat van ‘n sense of accomplishment.  It all made sense ;)
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: GRyPH on November 13, 2018, 08:27:42 pm
I just realized that we forgot to mention something that is truly worth mentioning.

In a small little village called Gouda, just over an hour's drive out of Cape Town, you will find a butchery/deli called Gouda Slagtery
Now this business is owned and managed by a very special person, and someone that truly shows pride in his trade.
Vaalbaas - I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your very special service to Quest.

Your sosaties, steak, t-bone, burger patties, chops, mince, bacon and boerewors was the best we have ever had.
Your patience when we changed orders late, and the way in which you packaged, and presented your products made us look forward to every evening around the camp fire. I suspect the Quest contestants and crew will never ever forget those sosaties.

Hats off Ludolph - you are a master.

Dr. Peter J D’Amo says the following about O blood groups:

“Because type O is the oldest blood type, D'Adamo claims you thrive best on a hunter-gatherer diet which is high in protein and low in carbohydrat.”

“As someone with type O blood, you're an inherent meat eater .....”

Being O negative, thriving on meat therefore comes naturally.   ;)

My late stepdad, who loved his meat as well, taught me early in life that:  “Jy kan nie slegte vleis lekker braai nie, maar jy kan goeie vleis opf@$”.

This meat fell in the latter category, but I have my doubts that you can manage to stuff it up.  Thanks to Gary and Mark for their superior braaiing skills, this was however never tested. 

We had the privilege to also enjoy Gouda Slagtery meat during our recce of the route and it never disappointed!  It is evident from the packaging that it is delivered by someone who takes extreme pride in his work.

@VaalBaas , jy is ‘n man so na my ..... bloed groep. I am looking for reasons to visit Gouda before the December holidays.  :biggrin:


Aha!    dit verduidelik baie    :imaposer:       nou kan ek ook se vleis-eet is in my bloed





Lekker report sover  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:       ek kyk uit vir nog met afwagting.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 14, 2018, 06:01:07 am
@Sandban(g)k. Bliksem, my maat. Jy moet stadig. Jy weet mos ek huil maklik 😉
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on November 14, 2018, 11:07:33 am
Looking back (and reading above) you realise you never really know what others are dealing with, if i have one regret from Quest it is not making the time to spend more one on one time with all the other contestants, I mean we all spent time together in various combinations and we all had passing words in the few minutes grabbed between Quest tasks, but one feels it was maybe a missed opportunity to build even stronger bonds. Of course for each of us there is one contestant with whom we did have this opportunity and in my case I was Denzil "Hit It!" Lawrie - @Dipstick, self confessed adrenaline junkie, competition focused and driven individual, from Sabie - the opposite end of the country and motivational spectrum to me and my home town on the southern tip.

I am not sure there is an aspect of Denzil's life that is not lived at 110%, for one of his days job he cuts trees - big ones -  ones you have to cut in sections, which seems to entail climbing the tree you are felling, with ropes, harness, and a fairly large chainsaw to chop away at parts of the tree you happen to be tied to. For fun, fishing from a sea kayak in the shark infested waters of the east coast, extreme enduro, motorcycles, motorcycles, motorcycles, active member of the local security network, catches and relocates all things that slither from places were other people would rather not have things that slither - oh and he's father to a 4 year old son Dylan, who I am sure will give him a few grey hairs in the future.

As a teammate I know I had the best, no disrespect to any other competitors (and I am sure many of you would say the same of yours),  but Denzil you rocked, always there, always encouraging, always pushing ;)  Love you bud.

Day 3... After the beer and regular handful of pills and potions, I fell asleep the previous night not sure if I would have the energy to see the day through, but I woke up feeling stronger than expected, a cup of coffee, a bowl of pap, a few more pills and I was ready to go.

As the route meandered along between the river and the mountains the road became more of a 2 spoor track as it moved southwest away from the river. We came to a place I had passed through before, many moons ago, with other friends. The Stone Piles, only now there were more of them, everywhere, I remember thinking that 1st time, I wonder who 1st decided to stop here an build a pile of stones, a pile large enough to inspire others to stop and do the same as they pass by - now I wonder if they ever came back and see what they started.

We were given some time to stop and look around, encouraged to place a stone, to leave something, or remember something. Contestants wandered off in different directions to partake and contemplate the meaning of all this, rocks were placed and selfies were taken, but gradually I could see it was affecting some more than others, for me more specifically Denzil.  I knew from our talks he was carrying a very personal, recent and raw family issue and we discussed it briefly, but I could see the emotions building up inside him, and decided is was best to give him some space, to process.  I wandered off took a few arty pics and pics of some of the other contestants.

After a bit we were called over and a discussion ensued about the meaning of this place and the piles, it was clear that these random piles of rocks held deeper meaning for most.  We were then given a further few minutes and for me that is when the floodgates opened, it started innocently enough by placing a rock for my family, and then I started to really think about them and what each was doing in life, more specifically my children, and their futures here given my experience the day before Quest - here we are in this amazing place, travelling through our beautiful country, privileged to be on this journey, but the underlaying mood of the country is of fear and hate, greed and corruption - what does that offer the future generations?  I have 3 children, 1 my eldest daughter lives in South Korea (and has stated she will never come back), My son is emigrating to NZ this week (I spent this past weekend riding with him, out in nature, just doing what we love - together), and the youngest, well she has to stay with us for a few more years yet.  I placed a 3 rocks, one for each of them - It was heavy.

As @Sandban(g)k said I think we were all a little distracted inside the helmet for a while after that.  I practiced my dismounts a few more times, but overall I think I handled the sand sections a little better than the previous day, the rest was fun and technical, especially the challenge for the day the rocky climb, which I was happy with my performance on on the lower sections only to stuff it all up on the final section as I passed Hardy and co - I ran out of traction and forward momentum but eventually made it to the top.  It was an eventful climb for some more than others and running down to help recover Jodan's bike I fully expected to find both it and him broken and bent, but with help both made it to the top and managed to ride for the rest of the day #GoTeamRumbux.

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 14, 2018, 11:33:36 am
The mo(u)rning of day 3

You know that feeling… as jy wakker word met stywe spiere, and you know, its only going to get worse over the next couple of days. My hands were so stiff that I struggled to touch my pinky too my thumb. En DȎNNERS seer. But why? My hands are callused and riding fit… Aaah… now I remember… Windgat aspiring Duzi paddler yesterday late afternoon. It’s a totally different physiological action too hanging onto the bars of a bike. Nou, ja toe. Lesson learned.

I would ride with those acing hands for at least another 4 days. Struggling to hold onto the bars with even the lightest of grips. It turned out to be an opportunity to meet yet another new close friend… Mybulen… 2 tablets twice daily.  Don’t tell @ockiemedic . He still has no idea…. Shhhht…

But I guess it’s better than blisters! @teebag  and @Rikus  had their hands full, literally. Some other guys as well. Eina.

We attacked the now well-oiled morning rituals at speed. Sorting out riding kit. Packing up bedding, stretcher, chair and duffle bag. Grabbing a lekker brekkie. Taking the daily supplements of VitB, Cramp Blockers, hand full of minerals and other Vit’s. Shooting a satchel of Rehidrat powder. Filling concoctions into our Hydration bladders, then emptying our own. Packing the Iveco. Riders briefing. Systematically going through the Pre-Ride Inspection. And then… we hit the road.

The morning heat caught up with us, rather quickly.

The first part of the route was a picturesque winding riverside ride. I took the missus and kids on much the same ride 3 months back when we rode along the Orange on the C13 between Sendelingsdrift and Aussenkehr on the Namibia side.

Really pretty part of the world.

Soon we found our way into the rocky hills of the Richtersveld. The convoy came to a halt at the Rock Piles / Klipstapels. I’ve never been here. First time. I didn’t experience the sense of contentment or magic that some of my fellow-participant felt. Not at first.

At first I thought …”bliksemse Europese toeriste, stacking rocks on top of each other!” In my minds eye I could see a tour operators Quantum screeching to a halt, a herd of tourists pouring out, snapping away, stacking at their hearts content, leaving their stain on this pristine part of the Richtersveld, before getting back into the Quantum and racing away over the horizon to assault their next landscape/local. Etters.

But, as I stood amongst the piles for a while, I realised that I might have judged a little too quickly. This flat space of earth in between the hills was a water runoff area, and therefore mostly sandy. Its actually not a big deal. Exposing more earth wouldn’t do any cataclysmic-size erosion damage, The almost non-existent flora, or the fauna that roams the entire valley would'nt be entirely dissplaced. The Impact is very localised, and… there’s a bloody hard compacted gravel road running straight through it anyway! So. Live and let live… or let stack… or …whatever suits your fancy… or not.

Life lesson number 2 for the Quest… like a mother sometimes endure hardship for her children’s sake… mother earth endures the brunt of our existence, for our sake…and that has a hell of a lot of profound implications!

It’s up to us to realise this, accept her gifts and sacrifices with gratitude, accept all her children (European tourists included), to cherish her, commune with her, and let go of stubborn self-righteousness. Were all part of the same circle.So many other thoughts and practical implications, I can go on for another 2000 words, but...I wont.

On top of all this, @Rickus told us the story of the tannie he knew who had cancer, stacking one white rock on top of another every day. Day by day. As long as she could.

-deep breath-.

The group had a quick discussion about the different opinions people have regarding the site. I kept quiet. Later I walked some way off and stacked my own 5 rocks. It took me a while to clean my face afterwards. Sunglasses helped hide my red eyes.

The rest of the days ride was one of silence and introspection. As @Sandban(g)k wrote… we all had our own battles to fight inside our helmets. 

3 Mentionable experiences during that day’s sun scorched ride:

1.   -moertoe-

My aching hands were merely resting on the handle bars. Not really gripping. Good, right. Sure, until you hit a riverbed filled with sand, a 90 degree left turn, then packed loosely with moving cake tin size rocks, followed by another immediate 90 degree right turn and a steep rocky climb of about 2 vertical meters.

The sand needed speed, the turn needed brake, the rocks needed grip…

It bounced me off to the side of the track into the direct path of a square boulder, protruding about half a meter above the rocky bed. Time for a quick decision – gas it and jump the bastard (as per usual), or slam on brakes and stop, just to be carefull.…BRAKE! Bad decision. At a standstill, I put my right foot out. Only thing I stepped on was air. Daar moer ek die bike om binne in die klippe! Everything on the righthand side broke or bent. Brake pedal. Brake leaver, hand guard, mirror… While playing it safe!!! Standing Still!!!

Quick field repair skills came into its own. Cable ties, tape, tool, and brute force. The bike was ride-able again in no time, although I had to make constant tweaks to the repairs throughout the day. Finished the Quest with that bent lever and pedal, broken hand guard. Something else too, something BIG, but that would happen a couple days down the line…

2.   -“ry hom!”-

At some point @Hardy de Kock halted the convoy and told us that he noticed a change in our collective level of riding.

Jong, ja, for various obvious reasons. Almost everyone was adapting and changing their natural riding style and rhythm. It was boiling hot, no shade anywhere, we were physically exerting ourselves, mentally worried about damaging the bikes, and spiritually floating above the rocky Richterveld plains… 

Falls, drops, hesitation, slow approach, low morale. It all showed and disrupted the flow.

@Hardy de Kock said, “Ry die ding!” Like your bike at home. Ride with your own style. The Africa Twin can take it!
... Bliksem. Who would have thought? The Main Konyn Expedition Pappie telling us all to give it horns? With a brand new 240kg bike? On an Amageza route!? Well… OK…

Immediately, the pace picked up. The convoy rhythm was back! The riders had smiles again. The boulder strewn sandy crossings became little more than speed bumps. Everyone went through the rest of the day a little easier, and all the crashes disappeared. Well, almost all….

3.   -bloedkant-

At some point we had to ascend from the valley we spent most of the day in, onto a rocky plateau. The instructors stopped the convoy short of the little pass, and in their quietly exited way, briefed us on the loose rocks and off camber jeep track ahead. “No problem,” @Kobus Myburgh  said. Keep momentum and favour the ledge side of the track - the aptly named “bloedkant”. And so, we did. Riding up one at a time. I was standing at the ready, my turn, about to head up, when I per chance looked down at my bikes display to check the bike settings again. When I looked up again, Jodan / @PhantomCupcake disappeared off the track above us, into the ravine.

“Pierre, heres a radio, take it up to them!” @Kobus Myburgh  said, clipping a handheld onto the strap of my Hydration pack. I set off up the ridge. When I came to a stop at Jodan’s drop-spot it was a huge relief to see him standing upright in the rockfield. The bike was flipped on the rocks, pointing down the valley. “Nee man”, @KarooKid told me “take the radio up there”, as he pointed to the top of the climb. Oh. OK. Sorry. Off I went, glad to have stopped and seen Jodan walking about.

@Dipstick  would eventually (with some assistance) walk/ride that bike out of the valley back onto the track. That oke has long leavers!
By the time all 18 bikes (including Jodan) were safe and sound at the top of the hill, that innocent little Jekyll&Hyde track was a howling monster. Sense of achievement, tick.


Back at camp

That night we had a couple of lovely presentations to listen to at the camp fire. The Northern Cape Province by @Sandban(g)k , Namma Tradition by Jana, and we shared @JesseH  ‘s excitement at rediscovering the legend that was Thomas Bain.

Team 6 and 7 had to do the washing up duties that night. Right from the start @Sandban(g)k and I realized that both our team-mates were seriously exhausted. @PhantomCupcake from his eventfull day, and @Rickus from doing an infinite amount of elephant-turns, tracking back to help me pick up my bike. He’s a big, silent, strong, moerse good rider. I’m the small, noisy, average rider that keeps on plugging, frustratingly so. Much like an Indian Myna. Thus, the big diesel machine in team 7, and the flamboyant one in team number 6, were down and out.

@Sandban(g)k and I, asked them if they would rather like to turn inn for an early evening. It was already after 11pm, after all. The 2 of us finished up the chores and did the first sessions of security patrol for the evening. It gave them a chance to recharge. We knew that they would be carrying us again in the next couple of days when it would be our turn to take punches. That’s how Quest works. Even in inter-team dynamics, it’s about camaraderie, trust and self-sacrifice. It gave us an opportunity to walk and talk under the star-filled sky. It became a time for some deep reflection. Not only about the day we had, but also about the lives we lead, the people we love, the path we choose. We woke the next patrol team just after 1am.

I had a quick 4 hours to rest, before getting back up and doing it all over again. @Sandban(g)k apparently, had even less…
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 14, 2018, 12:21:52 pm
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 14, 2018, 12:22:34 pm
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: PhantomCupcake on November 14, 2018, 02:12:33 pm
“After 3 or 4 days, my body will adjust and getting up, packing up and saddling up will stop being a chore. Kyk noord, en...jy weet…”
I kept muttering to myself when the helmet came on. I’d never done a trip like this before - my usual trips last a weekend and they don’t end with, “Lekker slaap, manne. Julle gaan dit nodig he vir more as julle dink vandag was moeilik.”
Especially not when the previous day was a constant stream of soft sand and some loose rocks.

Before Quest I thought my strong area was sand. Most of my - limited - off-road experience came from riding sandy single tracks North of Pretoria, and at first I wasn’t worried about hitting the sand on Quest. But that changed rather quickly when I realised I wasn’t on the 153kg enduro bike (my G650 XChallenge) that I’m used to.
Day 2 was a proper “vuurdoop” for me and the big adventure bike. A baptism I might not have survived without the coaching I received from Andrew and @Hardy de Kock  the previous day. Not to mention the constant support of my teammate @Sandban(g)k .
Despite the help from teammates and instructors, I think we were all a bit knackered after day 2’s riding and the, beautiful, rowing that followed.

Day 3 started like most days before and after it: wake-up (at least enough to pack), pack up the stretcher, put on riding gear, have breakfast (including Rehidrate and magnesium supplements), pack up the rest of camp, check in with the teammate (although it was more the other way around), and finally put the helmet on to start the pep talking. The first couple of kilometers are always a bit challenging for me, but after that I usually relax and reality sets in. In this case, reality was that we were riding some of the most beautiful routes in the world, on a bike that I have been dreaming of riding since it was first announced - reality was incredible.

We rode next to the Orange River for a bit and then headed inland to Stone Piles. I had seen piles like these before on hikes, but never this many and such a large area. After riding past them and circling back to stop, Andre and I picked up some rocks to add to the pile. In fact, we started our own pile. I put down a rock to represent my fears and my worries that have been keeping me from just enjoying the trip thus far. I put down a rock for my family. It’s not easy to explain the feeling, but I can tell you that tears filled my eyes, and a sense of relief came over me. I knew that Andre had been wrestling with some thoughts and emotions - leaving his wife and children wasn’t easy, and to make things worse, they weren’t feeling well. I wasn’t sure how to help, but I hoped that the piles would give him some of the sense that I experienced.
We made a video to post on Facebook, but I’m sure the only thing anybody heard on that was the wind. It’s strange, looking back, I don’t think I understood the significance that stop held for each one of us, and I know it was completely lost in the video, but even if we’d tried, we could never have communicated the feeling.

Before we left Stone Piles, the instructors asked us what our feelings were around the landmark, whether we condone the moving of the rocks to build these piles. After each of our experiences there, I’m sure we would all agree that the reward was much greater than the cost.

The rest of the day’s riding was superb (maybe more so in retrospect). It wasn’t easy, but that wasn’t what we came for. Long sections of loose rocks were broken up with patches of sand and sharp turns around brush and trees. Slowly but surely I was regaining some confidence, and all at once it returned after Hardy told me to ride the bike like I would my own bike on the roads I’m used to. @Hollywood  did express some concern with my putting my leg out around corners like I was riding an MX bike, and I would tone that down, as we went, in favour of standing, but for a while I felt at home on the big AT. That was, when I wasn’t forgetting the parking break on through sandy patches. Jammer, Honda.  :angel5:

About halfway through the day we stopped at the foot of the dreaded off-camber hill-climb. Hardy called us together and asked what was going on, why we were riding so reserved, and why we just didn’t seem to be enjoying it. We were advised to “give it gas” so to speak and just let the bikes do the work that he knew they were capable of. This definitely lifted some spirits and we were ready for the next challenge. More of a challenge for some than other, as you’ll soon find out.

Andre and I were riding somewhere in the middle of the pack that day, and I would later wonder what conspiracy it was that placed us so perfectly towards the rear in the challenging bits. ;) Behind us was Rickus and Pierre - always willing to help calm my nerves by explaining to me that it really wasn’t as difficult as they were making it sound. Cool, sounds like I’ll be fine. “Just remember to look up, and keep a nice constant throttle.” I set off with all my traction control settings and everything the way I had liked throughout the day and everything seemed to be going fine - riding on the “bloedkant” as Kobus told us, and looking up. Just before reaching the final - loose rocks, off-camber, deadly - climb, I had crossed over to the other side of the road, but I quickly corrected the mistake and got my stance back. What happened next is a bit of a blur unfortunately. I began moving my gaze up to the crest of the climb, and eased into the throttle, but the next thing I knew, my front wheel wasn’t on the road anymore and my worst fear had just become a reality - I was shooting down the side of a mountain. And this wasn’t one of those hills you see in the green laning videos from Scotland or England - no soft landings here. I had a moment to collect my thought and decide what to do next before the bike would hit a wall of solid rock and I would likely break many, many, bones. And so, for the first time in the couple of years I’ve been riding, I jumped off of my bike. I don’t mean those dance moves we all have indulged in on occasion where we end with a beautiful landing and laugh it off. I mean I jumped backwards, away from the bike, knowing full well my landing would be anything but graceful or funny. At the time, I didn’t realise this, but right after I bailed, the bike hit a rock and flipped right over me. I was hurt, and I was pretty sure the bike was broken (thus ending my Quest), but by some miracle I hadn’t broken anything.

All the guys who had gone before me came streaming down the mountain to help, Willie the brilliant camera man, in front. I didn’t hear it during the crash, but he was apparently shouting for me to stop when I went over the side - I shouldv'e listened. Denzil “How does he do it?” Lawrie rode the bike out of those gigantic rocks and up to the top. I don’t remember if I thanked everyone properly for getting the bike to the top, but thank you. If it wasn’t for you guys, that bike might have ended up on the back of a Cruiser and me in front.

Our faithful guardian angel, Ockie, checked me out, gave me the thumbs up, and I was back on the bike. I was shaken pretty bad, and disappointed in myself that I couldn’t share the sense of accomplishment that the others had. I felt that Hardy and the team must see that they had made a mistake to choose me - my poor teammate didn’t deserve this. Negativity abounded, but I knew that the only way forward was to get back on that bike, and ride it until I could think of nothing else but the next turn, or my next line. Andre was incredible, and he just kept checking to see if I was okay to ride. I was okay to ride, but there wasn’t a quiet moment between myself and I in that helmet for a couple of days.

The rest of the ride was a bit painful for me as I had bruised a good portion of my left side (and my ego), but nothing I couldn’t ride through. Besides, the scenery soon became some of the most beautiful I had ever seen - in real life or on pictures. I did have to tell myself to not look down every now and then - there was more than enough “bloedkant” to keep me on my toes.

When we reached camp, Hardy called Andre and me closer and told me I looked tired and it’s getting me in trouble. I would have argued, but I was too tired. ;)
Pierre and Andre let me and Rickus take the first shift of the nightwatch to let us get to bed earlier. Ek is opreg baie dankbaar gewees om sulke manne om my te he. Dankie, julle.
After making sure there was wood in the “donkie” and fetching a sleeping pill from @Losper , I bedded down. The sleeping pill helped - the tent-breaking wind did not.

All in all, it was a challenging day to say the least. I still don’t know exactly why I went over the side of that mountain, and you can bet I’ll be back there to conquer it one day. But, as Hardy reminded me, it was a day I would remember for the rest of my life, and I spent it with incredible people.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: PhantomCupcake on November 14, 2018, 02:40:35 pm




Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hardy de Kock on November 14, 2018, 02:40:57 pm
Jodan

Not for one second did I think we chose the wrong contestant. - Not once

I guarantee you that most riding gods would have given up after the fall you had. You went down that cliff a boy, and came back a man.
Your perseverance, guts, and your strong head made me more proud than anything I have ever experienced on Quest.
I thank you for being part of Quest, and I promise that I will never forget you. 

Hardy
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 14, 2018, 02:44:26 pm
Jodan

Not for one second did I think we chose the wrong contestant. - Not once

I guarantee you that most riding gods would have given up after the fall you had. You went down that cliff a boy, and came back a man.
Your perseverance, guts, and your strong head made me more proud than anything I have ever experienced on Quest.
I thank you for being part of Quest, and I promise that I will never forget you. 

Hardy

HOOR,HOOR!!!!!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: PhantomCupcake on November 14, 2018, 02:49:51 pm
Jodan

Not for one second did I think we chose the wrong contestant. - Not once

I guarantee you that most riding gods would have given up after the fall you had. You went down that cliff a boy, and came back a man.
Your perseverance, guts, and your strong head made me more proud than anything I have ever experienced on Quest.
I thank you for being part of Quest, and I promise that I will never forget you. 

Hardy
Thank you, Hardy. That really means an immense amount to me.

Sent from my XT1635-02 using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Dux on November 14, 2018, 08:13:16 pm
I heard of this incident , and from the description it was a hard fall , and yes as Hardy stated , anyone that comes back after a hard fall is a hero , just as everyone that does things over and above the norm is also a hero .
It reminds me of a friend who was doing circuit racing a few years ago ,she came to me after the one race complaining that she was always finishing near the back and felt unworthy , I had to remind her that she was still faster than any spectator at the side of the track . A few weeks later we had a track day , one of the entrants was on a ZX7R , not a slow bike by any means and a new release at that time , he had asked me why the people bringing up the rear of the race even bothered racing because they were so slow . Out on the track , even with his fancy bike he couldn't keep up with my friend who was on a 15 year old standard Moto Guzzi 850 , he had the guts/decency to apologise to her , and for him it was certainly an eye opener .
I suspect it is just so with the Quest , sitting on the sidelines it so often looks so much easier than it does when you are actually out there doing the actual riding .
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Oubones on November 14, 2018, 10:14:50 pm
Jodan

Not for one second did I think we chose the wrong contestant. - Not once

I guarantee you that most riding gods would have given up after the fall you had. You went down that cliff a boy, and came back a man.
Your perseverance, guts, and your strong head made me more proud than anything I have ever experienced on Quest.
I thank you for being part of Quest, and I promise that I will never forget you. 

Hardy
Thank you, Hardy. That really means an immense amount to me.

Sent from my XT1635-02 using Tapatalk
I will comment in Afrikaans as I do not have the right words in English.
Ek is 'n kneukel loper, some off the guys might know what that means.
I would be proud to to ride with you as it is not the fall that determines a mans quality, but his getting up and carrying on.
You did well! :thumleft: Respect. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on November 17, 2018, 11:30:12 am
Day 4  Springbok to Garies   221km

Video by https://www.kalonfilms.com/
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kamanya on November 17, 2018, 03:01:05 pm
Day 4

The routine is becoming the norm; many are from city backgrounds where the challenge of Quest has taken some getting used to. Added to this, the last 3 days have left more of a mark on some than others. Very few, if any, can still claim a clean score sheet regarding trips to Mother Earth. Fortunately, the Africa Twin is made of sterner stuff as only two hand guards are a little worse for wear.

Another terrific unseasonal storm blew into the overnight camp, just outside Springbok, leaving many with precious little sleep. This was a worry for Hardy and his team as safety is a primary concern.

The route started east down Spektakel Pass whilst thunder clouds and lightning threatened. Hardy from Specialised Adventures had threaded together a tricky but scenic route through many private properties that the local farmers had graciously opened their gates for. Fortunately, the stormy cloudy weather was a blessing as just the week before, the recce team had experienced 45 degrees in the same stretch.

It was apparent that the contestants were well and truly bonded with their steeds as there was little trouble now to be had from tricky off camber rock climbs or deep sand tracks.

Just past Tweerivier the group entered the little known Kheis trail; a stunning path that winds its way through the mountains between Kamieskroon and Garies. The whole route prompted one very experienced Adventure Riding contestant to quip once into the camp, “That’s the best day of Adventure Riding I have ever done!”

With another long satisfying day in the saddle and two evenings of sleep deprivation from stormy weather, the teams were given the night off from the planned presentations and tests.

Tomorrow marks only the midway point of the contest. There’s still a long way to go and much to see!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 19, 2018, 07:24:37 pm
Day 4… more or less

Thank goodness it was day 4! I have a bit of a bygeloof… day 3 is bad news. Almost all of my trips have some kind of hair-raising event on day 3. Someone makes a prang, some KTM starts leaking oil (mostly through the air filter) or a couple of the okes start with skouerstampery. Just measuring each other. Checking who is going to moer who, first. There’s always something eventful on day 3, and in this year’s Quest we had at least one of the above mentioned on day 3… that I know of… Don’t know why, but that’s how I remember it.

So, day 4 starts with a couple km’s of tar down Spektakel pass on our way to Buffelsrivier. We get off the tar and head through the settlement to the hills in the distance. When we arrived there, there’s a nice little climb to get on top of the mountain and a lovely view of a Namakwaland thunderstorm in the distance. We stop to meet the farmer who graciously allowed us passage over his property. All of us get off our bikes and walk over to go and shake his hand. This was yet another great example of best practice when it comes to adventure riding in open terrain.

The playgrounds we use to serve our addiction for adventure are always inhabited by locals. Yes, some areas may be very sparsely populated, but all of them belong to someone. Its special to someone, and carries great value.

We’re all familiar with the old bikers saying:” It’s easier to apologise than to ask for permission.” Well, I don’t subscribe to this opinion. It usually leads to riders being chased off property or being shot at. In the short term, only harmful to those trespassing riders, but in the long term, bad news to us all. In my riding experience, I’ve come across some very angry people. They go totally berserk when they see bikers approaching. You’ve also met them, I’m sure. That guy in the oncoming Hilux, aiming directly at you around a gravel turn. Trying to clip you with his mirror. The old madala waving his knobkierie at you when you pass his hut, and off course the youngsters picking up stones when they see you approaching.

I also get mad as hell when I see this, but…
Its not something that just happens by chance. It’s because of bikers trespassing on property, damaging fences and gates, absent-mindedly roosting or dusting old people walking on the side of the road, chasing cattle down the road for long distances, racing past homes,huts or rondawels at speed, only a few meters from homes where toddlers play freely in the open.

Then, I can almost understand why that bliksem picks up a rock and mock-stones my passing bike. Almost.
 
It was a great little track through the farm, out the other side, and on to the picturesque Messelklippas and Wildeperdhoekpas. A quick midday stop and refuel in Kammieskroon. Then we took a little loop through the Keis trail. Some sand (I took another dive, as per usual, right at the start where everyone sees me) Then a little dry river crossing with steep rocky banks, where we all helped each other in, and out. Quest teamwork at work for Willie’s camera …wink… All of this interspersed with some lovely 2 spoor and close side-by-side riding. The kind of riding that keeps your helmet filled with a smile.

Arriving in Gharies that afternoon via a lekker dusty loop, I bought my first can of Monster energy drink… interesting … I’m not use to that concoction of unhealthy caffeine and devils root, but found it to be the perfect soother for my weary bones. Sugary satan's piss. A new addiction is born.

When we set off on the gravel highway out of Garies to our nearby overnight spot, I read a hand-made sign next to the side of the road. In Afrikaans it referred to the proud residence of Garies as “Gariesiete” … nê?!

Reminds me of that dirty primary school rhyme: …
”en Moses sê vir die Israeliete,
val plat tussen die riete
en bedek julle tiete,
want hier kom moerse muskiete.” …of Gariesiete…

Our overnight spot was indeed something special. We were treated to a spectacular sunset, to delicious food prepped by the two wizards of the KitchenCruizer, and then @Hardy de Kock  allowed us to rest the rest of the evening. It was great.

@JesseH  renamed our wooden spoon to THE THOMAS BAIN LEGENDS AWARD that evening, If I’m not mistaken. ( @JesseH  , you’ll correct me if I’m wrong) Awarded to a new worthy owner every night. For the life of me, I can’t remember who it was handed to that night. There are already a couple of pics on the page where you can spot the spoon cable-tied to the bike of the lucky holder for the day. Stephan van der Merwe and @JesseH  turned it into something very special. Like only the two of them could. True Adventure Gentlemen.

@Rickus  and I slept as far away from the rest as we possible. We had some friendly complaints regarding our snoring.
“I’m not snoring”, my team mate replied, “I’m dreaming I’m riding my bike. ”

We did dream of riding that night, but It wasn't as good as the real riding we had for the day. Not by a long shot.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 19, 2018, 07:28:55 pm
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 19, 2018, 07:31:31 pm
On top of the hill, getting of the bikes to thank the farmer. How lovely is that Namakwaland thunderstorm on the other side of Buffelsrivier?!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 19, 2018, 07:32:53 pm
The best sunset view from any stretcher, anywhere, ever!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on November 20, 2018, 05:46:17 pm
Day 4:

A stunning days riding with one or two short technical sections to keep us on our toes.  This is more like the style of adventure riding I enjoy.  It's a real privilege to be allowed to cross private land and be shown new and unknown parts of the country - if I was in awe of the landscapes, I can't imagine what the guys from upcountry thought. 

There was a section after lunch where we were told we could just ride, no scoring, no teams, just enjoy the motorcycle - the track was perfect, a fast winding ribbon of dirt meandering across the landscape - it was perfect!

I think this was the night we had lamb for dinner, wow - I even made a point to thank Gary for braaing it to perfection - my only regret is there was not more ;)

 
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on November 20, 2018, 09:44:53 pm
Check this video of Stephan and Denzil having fun:

https://www.facebook.com/stephan.vandermerwe.50/videos/10156368204266998/?t=5
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on November 21, 2018, 05:17:59 am
Dag 4

Soos genoem was dag 3 een van die rofste dae van my en ook seker my spanmaat se lewens.  Die slaap was ook min as gevolg hiervan en ek was baie dankbaar vir die slaappil wat my spanmaat by @Losper  kon kry.  Die nag se wind was weer genadeloos en Team Rumbux het op ‘n tent besluit...  Elke nou en dan met ‘n rukwind het dit gevoel of iemand ‘n emmer sand bo by die tent ingooi – gelukkig weet @PhantomCupcake  nie veel hiervan nie ;)

@Rickus  het ook kraakvars gelyk, en @Hollywood  het dubbel seker gemaak sy maat oorleef en het hom ‘n inspuiting gegee.  Of dit Terramycin of Vit. B was is ek nie seker nie, maar dit was Hollywood se eerste ervaring aan die beter kant van ‘n spuitnaald...ek sal die video probeer laai...

Dag 4 was sekerlik een van die mooiste dae wat ry aanbetref – met mooi bedoel ek die roete was ongelooflik, met net genoeg moeilike stukkies tussen in om my wakker te hou, maar die omgewing was asemrowend – die enigste bult in Bultfontein is waar die Welkom pad bo-oor die Wesselsbron pad loop met ‘n brug.  Hierdie wêreld het ek nog nooit gesien nie en dis verseker ‘n plek wat ek nog vir die huismense wil gaan wys.

Ons het weggetrek met ‘n stukkie teerpad met ‘n donderbui in die agtergrond.  In die pas (Spektakelpas) het ek besef gister se dinge sit nog in Team Rumbux se tande vas.  Of is dit in ons speke?  Ek en Jodan was beide oorversigtig en skrikkerig en het die ritme van die konvooi (wat nou geloop het soos ‘n muis met slippers) bietjie deurmekaargekrap – ek omdat ek moeg was en nie ‘n glips wou hê nie, en hy omdat hy, soos ek, aan vertraagde reaksies ly en deur die nag iewers eers besef het hoe lelik sy abseil storie kon uitdraai. 

Nou altwee van ons is ROOI.  Dit beteken kortliks ons is nie noodwendig van die lekkerste mense nie, en dit het ons huwelik bietjie getoets.  Ek noem dit huwelik, want die dag se gesprekke het omtrent so iets geloop:

Ek:  “Tjomma, is jy okay?”
Jodan:  “Ja”
Ek (in my kop):  “Kak man, as jy okay is, is my naam Chuck Norris” en dan hardop: “great! Hoe voel jou been?”
Jodan: “Hy is seer maar eks reg”
Ek: “Hoe is die ryery?”
Jodan: “Dit gaan oraait”
Ek: (weer in my kop): “jy is nie by die huis nie, ontspan, gee die ou sy ruimte” en dan weer hardop:  “nou kap hom flou maat, lekker ry!”

Nou op die Quest is almal onder druk – dalk meer druk as wat baie mense kan hanteer, maar die verskil is hier is nie ‘n keuse nie – almal is saam hier in en almal moet saam hier uit.  En tyd in die helmet is baie waardevol – jy het genoeg tyd om te kan introspeksie doen en agter te kom dat almal nie soos jy is nie, en ook genoeg tyd om te besef watter seëning dit vir die wêreld is  :biggrin:. Ons het ook tyd gemaak om krapperighede uit te gesels, soms met die hulp van die amptelike Quest huweliksberader, @Kamanya .  Sy Lumina profiele het vir my baie beteken – ek kon in die tyd van min slaap bietjie loer na my en my spanmaat se verskille en bietjie mooi nadink hoe ek hom kan help eerder as frustreer as ek dink hy trek swaar.  En vice versa.

Die roete het min tegniese dele gehad en Team Rumbux het, ahoewel nie op ons snykant nie, ‘n redelike goeie dag gehad en nie te veel crashbar toetse gedoen nie.  Die eerste deel deur die privaat grond was van die mooiste en lekkerste ry wat ek nog gedoen het.  Eintlik die heel dag – ek wonder gewoonlik of die mense wat daar bly dit ook nog so kan waardeer?

Vandag was my rusdag – ek was moeg en sou verseker foute gemaak het op tegniese terrein – ek was selfs dankbaar toe ons mekaar moes deur die rivierloop help – ‘n stukkie wat op enige ander dag nie noodwendig eers ‘n fotograaf sou gehad het nie  :peepwall:

Vandag was ‘n goeie dag – die wêreld was beeldskoon, my kop was amper skoon en ek het van iewers af die wysheid gekry dat dit okay is as iemand sy dinge op sy eie manier uitwerk.  En hy het – ek het aan die einde van dag 4 gesien dat hierdie jong spanmaat van my ‘n baie groter yster is as meeste ouens van dubbel sy ouderdom.  Die man se kop was sterk.  Baie sterk. (En redelik gepak met inligting soos Encyclopedia Brittanica – hy sal nie weet wat dit is nie, so in sy taal: Wikipedia).  En hy kon daai Africa Twin ry.  Bike 11 het sy naam op gehad... 
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: PhantomCupcake on November 21, 2018, 06:41:05 am


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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kamanya on November 21, 2018, 07:57:49 am


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That is kak funny!

I also got one from Okkie that day, for some reason, it also hurt like hell! I don't think I squealed that bad though.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 21, 2018, 09:39:51 am


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🤣 Ek het hom vóór die tyd gewaarsku: ek steek 'n naald soos 'n dronk veearts! Sonder gevoel of 'n gewete!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: weskus on November 21, 2018, 11:35:31 am
 :laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on November 22, 2018, 12:05:57 pm
Check this video of Stephan and Denzil having fun:

https://www.facebook.com/stephan.vandermerwe.50/videos/10156368204266998/?t=5

LEKKER!!!!!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Casting from Turd on November 22, 2018, 12:33:00 pm


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Did you hit him in the ball or the bum.
I cant imagine a squeaky voice coming out of a human that size  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on November 26, 2018, 11:27:27 pm
Quest Day 5:

By now we were really settled and in a groovy little groove with our spanmaats, camp, cleaning and eating routines, lack of sleep, stretcher beds under the Million-Star hotels and the camaraderie and commonality between us (the love of adventure and the love of bikes). The only thing we needed to get done was riding properly in a convoy safely.

The DCT had become an extended part of our bodies. All the bonding that we could have wanted and needed with the bikes had been done and my #10 bike was the best of them all! It was red - just like the others. It had the same blue and white sticker kit - just like the others. The same Rumbux crash bars. The same red and black saddle. Black rims. Metzeler Karoo 3 tyres. Even the number plates were all very similar - HP 19 ## GP. But mine had the only number 10 on the front. And it was mine! And because it was mine, mine is better than yours! 8)

At least it felt like MY bike. It took me until Day 5 to stop feeling for the gear lever under my left foot. Not that I was constantly missing it or that it affected my riding. It was just the habit of positioning your foot in the right spot while standing and then moving it again when you sit down so you know exactly where it is for when the time comes to click up or down through the gearbox. My #10 felt like home. It went so well! I knew how it would react in certain situations or terrain. I was used to the suspension settings that I had fiddled with on the evening of day 1. I knew that I was running 2.0 Bar on the rear and 2.2 up front. I like not tugging on Murphy's beard with snake-bite punctures. This bike was such a joy to ride! So smooth and so well designed. I noticed every little sound and feeling I got from it through the varying terrains and surfaces we rode. I was enjoying the machine as much as I was enjoying the adventure!

Isn't that what it's about though? This is why we ride our bikes. Whether you smaak riding your DRZ400 on a single track on a farm somewhere or whether you have a 1200GSA and like to spank it from Joburg to Cape Town using as much or as little tar as your heart wants. It's about the adventure and it's about the bike!
Being on a trip like this, every single place we went to was a new one for me (I had never had the opportunity to travel the NC before) and I was soaking up every aspect of it and relishing it for as long as possible! The bike, the buddies, the food and the scenery. This was what was most important to me from day 0.

Day 5 was the longest day on Quest in terms of the mileage we needed to do. A little over 400km of mostly open gravel roads and with the windy conditions prevailing it made for some interesting riding. The dust was quite bad, or so we were told. Hannes and I were in front today! :ricky: Lekker day to be up front too! The wind helped a lot though, especially when it was perpendicular to the direction of the road and the first 130km were tough for me. I was fighting fatigue from 4 days in the saddle and not enough shut-eye each night to keep this young gun strong. The long straights seemed to be never ending and each time you crested a small hill you could see the road carrying on to the next horizon, in the same direction. It was a stark contrast to the riding that we had done the previous 4 days. I often had to open my visor, stand up and focus to keep my weary eyes open.

We were headed for the Tankwa Karoo. We headed down the Gannaga Pass into the Tankwa. And WOW! What spectacular vistas and landscape. Because of my recent Thomas Bain study for my presentation a couple nights previously, I looked in awe of the pass, wondered how the pass builders had gotten this one right and thought how amazing the history of such a place is. Absolutely astonishing! Imagine building a road without a single machine... Horses and oxen. Hand tools and convict labour. It is a foreign concept for me to try fathom what those okes went through to build roads more than 100 years ago.
More on the pass if you're unfamiliar - It is a must-do!
http://www.samountainpasses.co.za/Home/WesternCape/Passes/KAROO/GannagaPass/tabid/548/Default.aspx

I was still craving a pizza!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on November 27, 2018, 12:41:09 pm
Day 5 video by https://www.kalonfilms.com



Garies to Tankwa Karoo 400km
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on November 28, 2018, 01:32:40 pm
Day 5:

There was a section after lunch where we were told we could just ride, no scoring, no teams, just enjoy the motorcycle - the track was perfect, a fast winding ribbon of dirt meandering across the landscape - it was perfect!

My mistake this was actually on day 5 after lunch, and as @JesseH said after the mornings straight and windy roads it was perfect. The highlight for most was coming to the edge of the plateau and overlooking the Tankwa from the viewpoint on Gannaga Pass.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kamanya on November 28, 2018, 05:23:28 pm
Day 5

Liaisons, are a necessary part of Adventuring; In the Northern and Western Cape, we are blessed with many truly wondrous places to see, however, it does take some large distances on occasion to join them together.

Today would be the longest single stretch for Honda Quest 2018 at just over 400 kilometers of gravel. Not very technical or difficult, but nothing to sneeze at and challenging nonetheless.

The competitors are scored on a wide variety of aspects on Honda Quest, one of which is the ability to ride safely and efficiently in a large group on gravel. To move 14 competitors, 4 instructors (themselves all contestants from the previous year) - all on Africa Twins – over 400km takes a large amount of concentration, co-ordination and trust to get right. Following in their dust were another 5 support vehicles.

We left Uitspan, a rustic farm camp towards Loeriesfontein in the Great Karoo via the great gravel roads that criss-cross that large expanse of the Great Karoo. Then onto Calvina for a quick snack and a call home to tell loved ones that all’s well. Lastly it was the iconic Gannaga Pass, as the sun was sinking to drink in the great expanse of the Tankwa Karoo that spreads out before it. To make home in Perdekloof in the Tankwa Karoo National Park.

All the competitors were encouraged to make a short video of their journey so far on Honda Quest 2018 and then to post it onto this page -  https://www.facebook.com/HondaAdventureMotorcycles/?_rdc=1&_rdr

The idea was to bring a more personal side to this great adventure. As we traveled, we had limited access to the internet, so for some it was tough to find bandwidth.

I and Willie - he of the maker of the video's fame - were trying to upload the previous days posts so had to hang back in a the small dorpie of Calvina with two support vehicles. Then once loaded we headed off to catch the group at Gannaga Pass.

Once we got going again, it was a bit surreal after traveling for so long in such a disciplined fashion to be on my own just in front of the vehicles. What was even more fun was that as I had a radio on me, I could call out to the two vehicles just what lay ahead so they were both safer and faster,

It would go...

"Dip is smooth"
"roger"

"next dip, stay left, pot hole right"
"roger"

"SHIT! Snake!"
"What?"
"nevermind"

It was a fun ride.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on November 30, 2018, 10:41:21 am
Dag 5:

Dit was die eerste keer op die trip wat ek later as 04h30 wakker was - ek het eers 6h wakker geskrik.  Deur die nag het die wind sy kant gebring.  Ek het soos @Kamanya uitgevind het, my voete in die wind in gedraai op die stretcher en redelik okay geslaap.  Iewers tussen 02h00 en 03h00 het ek wakker geword en gesien hoe @JesseH sy stretcher agter die badkamer inskuif.  Lekker deur die weer geslaap (letterlik en figuurlik) het ek my voete van die stretcher afgegooi, my plakkies aangetrek (ek het vir n oomblik gewonder oor waarom hulle langs my bed is en nie in my diep lekker Quest sak nie) en agter Jesse aangeskuif uit die wind uit.  Dit was eersteklas.  Soos wanneer jy moeg is en in jou eie bed kan lê.  My lyf was die stretcher gewoond en my kop het aanvaar ek het paar dinge wat moet gebeur, verander en ook ophou gebeur.

So toe ek 06h00 wakker word, was ek uitgerus en lus vir die res van die Quest - ek meen wat kan erger wees as die eerste paar dae?

Meeste manne was al besig om op te pak en hulle daaglikse roetine te volg en ek het rustig opgestaan en my goed ook begin regkry - stretcher, riding kit, hydration, pille, Rehidrate, Rehidrate en so aan.  Ek was heel onskuldig besig om my sak te pak toe @teebag my van diefstal beskuldig...

Die plakkies langs my bed, was toe eintlik syne, langs sy bed (ons het langs mekaar geslaap).  Syne was swart en myne grys, en in die nag en my toestand het ek dit nie agtergekom nie.  Ons (eintlik my "rooi persona") het toe ooreengekom dat niks meer net sy goed is nie:  my goed was my goed, en JT se goed was ons goed...  :biggrin:

Die ryery was maklik - ek en @PhantomCupcake het die konvooi ryery begin verstaan en het mekaar, ons fietse en ons vrese uitgesort.  Ons was ook tweede van voor en die stof was die minste nog.  Dit was lekker om agter @JesseH en @JannievandieVaaldam te ry.  Die twee manne verstaan van skoeter ry en dis altyd lekker om hierdie fliek te kyk.  Ons het gedog die instrukteurs is gewone mense met normale sig.  Blykbaar kan @Kobus Myburgh redelik goed sien - veral as mens bietjie te vinnig oor hobbels gaan vir airtime...  :pot:   Ek dink dit was vir team Rumbux n goeie dag oor die algemeen  O0.

Ek was nog nooit voorheen in die Tankwa nie, so die aankoms en ry van die Gannaga pas was vir my ongelooflik.  Ek kan nie ons mensdom altyd lekker verstaan nie. Almal gaan mal oor hierdie plek en daai pas, maar dit voel vir my of die wat werklik die moeite werd is om te ry redelik "swak bemark" is.  Seker maar soos baie ander goed in die lewe - die goed wat die beste bemark word is nie noodwendig die beste produkte/dienste nie  :deal:

Nietemin - die Tankwa was vir my mooi.  Baie mooi.  En vir die eerste keer het ek werklik gewens ek kan al hierdie met my vrou deel.  Ek het haar gemis.  Kwaai.  Maar ek sal haar ewig dankbaar wees dat sy my toegelaat het om te kom.  Ek kan nie wag om haar al die lekker plekke te gaan wys nie...
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on December 01, 2018, 07:46:27 pm
Many people has asked me to explain the Honda Quest experience to them.
It is much bigger than what we think and although it is impossible to sum it up in one paragraph this explanation nails it pretty accurately.
Well said @Sandban(g)k

https://www.facebook.com/HondaAdventureMotorcycles/
https://www.facebook.com/SpecialisedAdventures/
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on December 02, 2018, 03:02:54 pm
Staying in the Tankwa for one night felt like a sin. We got in just before dark. Set up camp. Chowed food. Slept. Woke up. Chowed food. And hit the road.

I felt like we needed to stick around and get something more from the places we found ourselves each minute of the day. But in hindsight, I see it as if it was just a chance to wet one's appetite for another few adventures and I, for one, will surely go back before my runway runs out.

We slept under the stars again, each night the camp got less and less spread out. The peeps were all becoming a closely-knit family. The ou's who smaaked dreaming that they were diesel locomotives graciously grouped together over on one side of the camps whilst the quiet sleepers got together in tight formation on the other. It was quite an amazing dynamic, I must just say. Even thinking about it now. We were all in a competition, trying to beat the other contestants, yet we were putting each other above ourselves even to the point where we made sure that we all had the best chance to have a good night's sleep so that we could all get to the end safely together. And after a day like Day 5, with those LONG liaisons, I needed to fight to keep myself awake on the bike so sleep was greatly appreciated at night.

Day 6:

We were headed for a farm (to the best of my knowledge) about 60km west of Beaufort West called Bo Plaas. Mostly it was open gravel riding. And then the last 20-30km was getting on the farm with a very technical twee spoor road getting in to the rest camp. We crossed a lot of private farm land that @Hardy de Kock and the Specialised Adventures team had organised permission for. We went on a track that was called Good Luck. @KarooKid who was leading the convoy that day chooned "Good luck" just before we started on that section. We all chuckled and knew that we had to have our wits about us.
And we did! Sneaky sandy monsters lurking in unexpected places caught a few of us out, lurking rocks and some rather large "speed bump" type yumps that if you hit at speed would most certainly send you and a 250kg bike airborne and make you wish that were rather at home with your mommy. No really, they'd do some serious damage. It reminded me of that old saying that all fly-boys know well (not that I can pilot anything with wings besides for my 6ft stunt kite :peepwall:): "It is better to be on the ground and wishing that you were in the air than to be in the air and wishing that you were on the ground".

Getting in to the farm that evening was relieving in some ways, but also, as every day came to a close, we knew that another 10% of the riding (and time together) was gone. I cherished every moment I had and tried at every moment to take it all in. To enjoy the process and the places. To enjoy the food and the friends. To enjoy my rehydrate and routine. To chat to every person that I could and hear from those that had traveled in the area before. And not for one minute did I wish any time away but rather had hoped that the time would go by slowly. But that didn't happen at all, as you'd well know.
It was relieving to be on Boplaas because this was the rest camp. We were to spend 2 nights here. We had a very lekker braai that night and a lot of chatting and banter was had until late that evening. In the same breath though, it was also discomforting because the routine would now be broken, what Day 7 would hold (besides for an oil service on the bikes) was unknown, and we were gonna lose a day of riding!

Sleep was real good that night. Just enough wind to keep the mozzies mostly at bay and not too much that we were trying to sleep through a dust storm as on night 2. I didn't want tp have problems falling asleep or waking up in the middle of the night so I popped a muscle relaxant for my aching body, chucked my earplugs in and slept like Andre Le Roes - who is one of those chaps that has an off switch in his ear. As soon as it touches his pillow in a horizontal position he's out like a light! I swear that he has a tilt sensor like an Africa Twin! Lucky bugger ;D



Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on December 03, 2018, 09:53:38 am
Jesse, you forgot to mention that Andre le Roes snores like 10x locomotives in stereo :biggrin:

Day 6's video by:  https://www.kalonfilms.com
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kamanya on December 03, 2018, 01:02:18 pm
Day 6

If one thing has been a constant it’s the wind. Although not nearly as ferocious as in previous night’s, we were grateful to be protected somewhat by the camp in the valley called Perdekloof in the Tankwa Karoo National Park.

Setting off, the first climb for the day was Ouberg Pass offering a view far across the Tankwa Karoo. It was an opportunity for reflection and appreciation for some of the spaces we are privileged to in South Africa.

A quick stop in Sutherland for fuel and again to connect with loved ones and maybe to reassure the work colleagues that they haven’t been captured by Adventure forever and will be coming back!

Then, with lunch near Karelskraal Pass a spanner was tossed into the mix; each of the contestants were temporarily re-assigned a new team mate to ride with for the rest of the day. The tricky part was this new partnership was going to have to be forged whilst navigating tight off-the-beaten paths and back roads. It takes quite a bit of trust to ride on ones shoulder at the best of times, even more on tricky routes.

The rest of the route through Goodluck then towards the Karoo proper via Ouberg Pass, led to a world that has a unique energy and in the late afternoon sun felt ancient and powerful.

We would be staying at Boplaas Guest Farm for two nights. Tomorrow would be a rest day, for both competitors and support team. Honda Quest was taking a well-earned breather - time to service bikes, wash the travel out of ourselves and clothes and to reflect and recharge for the final push.

The teams have made use of the trip so far to make short videos of their experiences. There will be more to come, but for now;

Team 1

Pieter Laubsher
André le Roes

https://www.facebook.com/1057947312/posts/10214601673049691/

https://www.facebook.com/pieter.laubscher/videos/10214596179672360/

Team 2

Claude Deyzel
Mojaki Rammoneng

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1915098422120254&id=1628600317436734

Team 3

Denzil Lawrie
Jonathan Tee

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1915104258786337&id=1628600317436734

Team 4

Stephan van der Merwe
Jana Botha

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10214891225849149&id=1082502268

One of the vids from team 4

Team 5

Hannes Dippenaar
Jesse Hardy

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1916523281977768&id=1628600317436734

Team 6

JoDan Alberts
André Labuschagne

https://www.facebook.com/1628600317436734/posts/1916400131990083/

Team 7

Rickus Vermeulen
Pierre Breytenbach

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1915061528790610&id=1628600317436734

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157006919746019&id=690651018
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on December 03, 2018, 05:31:06 pm
Sorry for this late entry. Buried under the work this week. So, here’s my experience of the route from Gharries to Tankwa, and onward too our rest-day stop near Beaufort West.


Day 5
The red haze decends


A long one. Liaisons aren’t always nice but, at least it gives you a chance to stretch the AT’s legs.
 
Before we mounted our steeds, someone handed me and @Rickus some nail polish. Red. Hoer rooi. Was it @teebag ? Can’t quite remember, but I think it was him... Kaapse heiden… I think it was used by Claude and Mojaki to mark the bolts on their bikes, making it easier in the mornings to spot any possible loose nut or bolts during the Pre-Ride Inspection. Without really thinking, I painted my ring finger nail. I think Jonathan told me I had to. Must be the reason. Poor @Rickus , being a propper team mate, followed suit. And there it was! We were marked on our ring fingers, to ride our bikes, side by side, from here on, through sickness and dehidration, for richer, but mostly poorer, for as long as we both shall live….but, honestly… regardless of the nail polish, I think we’re probably riding buddies for life.
 
The first part of the days ride was quite lovely. Winding through some farms on our way to the public dirt road near Soutriver. Those hills en-route had the some of the most majestic, and biggest Quiver Tree forests that you’ll see almost anywhere. Truly special, and for a tree lover like me, even more so.

Ja. I admitted to it. I’m a tree lover. Believe me, once you take some effort to learn about trees in a specific area or biome, it becomes very rewarding. To the extent that I sometimes find myself looking at trees, more than animals, when we’re on family visits to the Kruger Park. I know it sounds weird to most, but just try it. We have a habit in our family… on holidays I choose a tree that is regularly spotted in the area we travel in, and then I teach my kids how to identify it and name it (Normal old name, and the Botanical name) One tree each holiday. The kids already have quite an extensive knowledge of trees now, and a great appreciation for the place and purpose that these life-giving giants fill on our interconnected planet.


Back to the Quest….

We all now these long unending gravel highway riding days. It’s how a huge amount of us escape from the city. Most all trips begin and end with these monotonous long stretches. In this case I almost fell asleep on my bike. Luckily there were some fuel stops, snack breaks, and a couple of sightseeing spots along the way, breaking the mesmerizing hum of 18 AT’s. One of these was our late afternoon ride on Ganagga pass, dropping into the Tankwa Karoo. At the viewpoint we stopped for a pic, and a chat.  As luck would have it, the wind blew a bike off its side stand, toppling over the bikes parked next to it. Like dominoes, and poor number 14 was again, unceremoniously bashed to the ground due to no fault of its own. Arme skoeter.


Japanese Build Quality

The fact that these machines took all the bashing that we put it through, and made it all the way to the end, really speaks to the quality of the build work. Not one mechanical issue. With all the heat, hard riding, not much mechanical sympathy, lots of crashing, and stupid stuff like the domino effect, its truly amazing how trustworthy these bikes are. Not a single oil issue, bearing problem, failing radiator hose, blocked fuel line, popped fork seal, trip-computer glitch or globe that blew on a headlight or an indicator that stopped working.
Nothing. Not even one of the 18 bikes that finished the Quest 2018. Impressive.
In more than 2000kms of very hard riding. The type of riding that only a few adventure bike owners will ever do. The only mechanical breakages we had were due to crashes. No build issues. And all these brand-new bikes came directly off Honda South Africa floor. It’s the exact same bike you buy from the dealer. The only add-on accessories were the Karoo3 Tyres, Rumbux bash plate and front fender protection, and some radiator grill protectors.


Sleeping in the Tankwa

We came into our lovely campsite at sunset. @Hardy de Kock visited our spot, and considerate gentleman that he is, showed us a video that he took 2 minutes back, and 15 meters from our stretchers. A Black Spitter. Yes, it’s a snake. Quite rare and indigenous to the Tankwa. It’s like a Mozambican spitting cobra, but only pitch black, and as deadly. Ag, lekker… Fokkit...

The rest of the night went off as usual. Some nice food and presentations at the camp fire, then we hit the sack.

Thankfully, team 7’s snoring kept the snakes away. No... really, don’t mention it guys, it’s a pleasure.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on December 03, 2018, 05:33:17 pm
The view from the top of Ganagga. Oom Garry's Iveco in the foreground. This is where the domino effect happened.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on December 03, 2018, 05:34:53 pm
Look mom! No hands, on top off the world!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on December 03, 2018, 05:41:58 pm
Day 6.
Rise and shine


The usual ritual from 5am onwards. It’s something we now do with our eyes closed. Amazing how a long-term trip gets its own rhythm and unique character and pace. We were adapting quite nicely by day 6, but you could see it everyone’s eyes…. We were all exhausted.

The mornings riding was lovely, winding our way through the Tankwa, onwards towards Ouberg pass. I’ve driven the pass a couple of times before.


My reference

Last time, I pushed one of my children out of the car at the top of the pass. I gave her a camera through the car window, told her, to take some pictures, that we’ll be coming back for her, and set off down the pass leaving her at the first viewpoint. At the bottom of the pass I pushed the other one out of the car. Gave her a camera. “Go, explore. We’ll be coming back for you.” I made a U-turn, and my wife and I (with the pensioen vreter in the back seat) went back up the pass. Picked up the first lost soul at the top, u-turn again, down the pass again to pick up the other langhaar-mak-huisdier at the bottom. Later that holiday, they referred to that exercise as their favourite moment of the trip. Mine too. I got to drive Oubergpas 3 times in 1 go!

Really freaked out an old couple in a Landy, though. They came across the first teenage girl alone at the top of the pass. She eventually convinced them that she’s fine, and they don’t have to save her. As they drove down the pass, they unknowingly passed our car on our way up, and again, came across another solitary blonde teenage girl at the bottom. Foeitog, the old people couldn’t figure it out.


Payback is a bitch, called @Hardy de Kock

Now... I think that The Universe, The Groot oom in the sky, Fate, whatever you want to call it…. has a hell of a sense of humour.

As illustrasion:
At the very same viewpoint at the top of Ouberg pass, Hardy informed me that I must give my presentation that night at the campfire. Bliksem.
The rest of the day became very confusing.

I knew that there is no way at all that I’ll finish my pre-planned speech on The Life of David Livingstone within the allotted 10 minutes. No way. I gave my wife the edited and abbreviated version of the big speech the day before I left home… the short version …it was half an hour. I had no idea how to shorten it without leaving out big meaningful parts of his story. Some heart-warming, and others rather monster like, depending of course how you personally feel about it.

So, I spent a lot of time running through it all in my helmet. To the extent that @Rickus noted my newly acquired random riding style at the fuel stop in Sutherland. My head wasn’t on the road at all.

A couple of kilos out of town, pass the Observatory, we stopped on a low bridge. It was our lunch stop. A very nice spot. We were treated to delicious warm jaffles from the fire and cold drinks. I took a stroll up the gravel road away from the group to collect my thoughts. Not only about the speach, but to have some quiet time. Introspection and quiet has always been my refuge when things get to hectic. Stilte tyd.


Divorce!!

I was called back to the group for an announcement. We were to change team mates for the rest of the day. Aggenee, dit ook nog! I just married @Rickus yesterday!
He was paired with Mojaki, and I was paired with @Losper .Two of the above mentioned four guys had a great deal in this new arrangement.

I was the first one. Having an old experienced hand like @Losper next to me on the tight technical 2 spoor through Goodluck, at speed, was a blessing. On more than one occasion he had to apply evasive manoeuvres as I bounced off loose rocks into his lane. Dankie @Losper . Yster. 
The other lucky guy was Mojaki. He and Rickus came around a turn at speed, and Mojaki’s front washed out on the course gravel. He was on the inside of the turn. The bike slid across Rickus’s lane, followed by Mojaki coming to a stop right in front of him. Luckily for Mojaki, Rickus knows how to do a proper emergency stop on gravel …at an angle. Later Mojaki told us he could feel the front wheel of Rickus’s bike coming to a stop against his back. Close.


Showdown

That night I tried to do justice to the speech, with little success. 10 minutes in, I was stopped, with not even a third of what I wanted to say. When everyone else had their turn at their presentations someone asked if I would like to finish the rest of mine, unofficially off course. So, I did, and another 40 minutes later I was finished, and everyone had a nice chat/debate regarding the legacy that Livingstone had left behind. Good, or bad. At least it was off my chest. Although I was very disappointed that I couldn’t finish it in the allotted 10 minutes. I scored myself a 4 out of 10.
 
The whole group had a relaxed, calm evening, maybe because we knew that tomorrow would be a rest day.

Sleeping next to our bikes, under starry skies, I finally had my quiet time, took stock, and made peace with the day that passed me by. Another life lesson learned.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on December 03, 2018, 05:44:24 pm
The lunch stop just after Sutherland. Jaffles in the riverbed... sounds like a new Bradd Pitt movie.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on December 03, 2018, 05:46:59 pm
The spot where I would eventually find some peace... on my stretcher, in the quiet, late that night.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: JesseH on December 03, 2018, 11:06:59 pm
Jesse, you forgot to mention that Andre le Roes snores like 10x locomotives in stereo :biggrin:

 :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on December 04, 2018, 12:39:58 pm
Dag 6:

Die vorige aand se slaap was aangenaam, ten spyte van die idee dat dit tussen paar slange kan wees.  Ek is bang vir slange.  Bang is dalk ‘n understatement.  Ek is daai ou wat, as iemand ‘n slang vashou, sterk oorweeg om beide die ou en die slang te help.  Met ‘n Glock.  Of n haelgeweer.

Laat my dink aan goeie raad wat ek eendag gekry het:  As jy op ‘n eiland gestrand is saam met ‘n swart mamba, ‘n leeu en ‘n prokureur en jy het net 2 patrone.  Dan skiet jy die prokureur twee keer. 

Ek het altyd daaroor gewonder, aangesien ek die slang eerder sou skiet.  Op Quest het ek wel gesien prokureurs kan ook goeie ouens wees.  Nice.  Eerlik.  (Hulle sal seker enigiets doen om ‘n saak te wen, selfs die waarheid praat...)

Die Tankwa Karoo het my hart gesteel.  Ek deel @Hollywood  of @JesseH  se sentiment dat mens gerus meer tyd daar sou kon spandeer, mar ons het dinge gehad om te doen en ons uurglas was besig om aan die leegraak te word.  Ons is deur die Tankwa op die mooiste paadjies – ek sal vir dae aaneen hier kan ry.  En vandag was my en @Phantom se beurt om voor te ry. Whoohoo!!  Lekker minimum stof, maar ek sou eerder op een van die sanderige dae nader aan voor wou wees  :peepwall:. Nietemin, dit was lekker, en die pas aan die voorkant van die konvooi was effens vinniger en meer konstant.  Ouberg pas het my genooi om weer te gaan kuier.  ‘n Nuwe wêreld het vir my oopgegaan in die Karoo – ek kon nie glo ek het al hier en daar stukke van die buiteland gesien, maar nog nooit ons eie mooi dele kom kyk nie.

Team Rumbux se luck het uitgehardloop rondom middagete.  Ons is deur ‘n egskeiding en moes saam met ons nuwe spanmaats weer in ‘n nuwe volgorde inval.  Ek was saam met André le Roes.  Die ou is solid.  Die personifikasie van ‘n Land Cruiser.  Hard.  Taai.  En vinnig. (Ek neem aan hy is ‘n petrol Cruiser – maar ek het hom nog nie sien drink nie, so kan nie bevestig nie).  Waar ek en @PhantomCupcake  meer konserwatief gery het vir oorlewing (vir obvious redes) was bike nr 2 aggressief.  Aanvallend.  Ons het mekaar vinnig uitgesort gekry en het van daar af lekker gery – vir die eerste keer op die trip het ek deurentyd hard gerem en hard versnel.  Dis een ding van die Honda – hys ‘n allrounder.  Ek het ‘n 990 gery vir ‘n rukkie – en dis ‘n fiets wat mens nie kan rustig ry nie.  Alles in hom tart mens uit om ‘n vark te wees.  Soos tequila. 

Die Honda aan die anderkant kon hom gedra soos ‘n goed verouderde brandewyn.  Jy kan hom op klippe drink.  Sip-sip.  En dis aangenaam.  Jy kan ook Coke bygooi, groot slukke vat en na Snotkop luister in jou Cortina, en die Honda is ewe tuis.  Bliksem, ek reken hy sal hom goed kan gedra selfs as jy dit in ‘n papsak gooi.  Die Honda is ‘n exciting fiets as jy hom kwaad maak.  ‘n Ware dual sport.  Natuurlik te swaar vir sekeres.  Te min krag vir ander.  Maar verseker goed genoeg vir enigiets wat jy na sy kant toe gooi.  En beter in meeste as die res.

Die Good Luck pad was een van die lekkerste roetes op die trip.  Ek het so paar keer my luck gepush, maar dit was alles Good Luck.  Die res van die pad na Boplaas was baie mooi – die Karoo het darem maar net daai iets.  Die moeilikste deel van die Karoo is om weer op die pad te kom as jy afdwaal van al die rondkyk.

Die kampplek was uitstekend op Boplaas, en na ‘n nogmaalse hemelse ete uit die Specialised Adventures kombuis en paar insiggewende presentations kon ons uitsien na ‘n rusdag.  Uitsien is dalk nie die regte woord nie – ‘n onsekere opwinding is dalk meer gepas aangesien niemand van ons geweet het wat die volgende dag gaan gebeur nie, behalwe om die fietse gediens te kry.

Een ding was seker – die Quest was besig om vir my iets spesiaal te word.  @Hollywood  se presentation oor Livingstone het, gegewe die rotse wat ek by Stonepiles gelos het, soos die engelse sė: it hit home.  Die ou het ten spyte van sy merkwaardige werk in Afrika, niks van sy familie gehad nie.  Ten spyte van sy aanhang regoor die kontinent en elders, wou sy eie kind nie sy van hê nie.  Elkeen het seker maar die dinge wat vir hom belangrik is, maar ek twyfel of ek eendag aan die einde van my toutjie sal wil onthou word vir my werk eerder as die verskil wat ek in my eie huis kon maak. 

Ek het daai aand goed geslaap.  Ek was ‘n gelukkige man.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on December 04, 2018, 12:45:49 pm
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@teebag had some tears in his eyes. Or our eyes? Luckily @Denzil was there to give him a hug...

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on December 04, 2018, 12:51:39 pm
It was also Genés birthday. The godmother.

Moederhên. Yster of note. As competent with a spanner as with a cookbook. Wait, I don’t the she needs a cookbook.

But she is caring, an extremely hard worker, topnotch chef and I assume the Special part of Specialised Adventures.

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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on December 06, 2018, 02:29:49 pm
Day 6: A liaison day from the Tankwa over the Ouberg Pass via Sutherland to Boplaas guest farm about 70km west of Beaufort West.

The "surprise" for the day came at the lunch stop when we all got jaffels, an ice cold drink and new riding partners for the afternoon - very "Survivoresque", my new teammate was Jana and Denzil's was Claude. Actually surprising how different it felt to be riding with another partner, it almost felt like betrayal riding with someone else.

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on December 09, 2018, 11:23:24 am
Day 7 video and photos by: https://www.kalonfilms.com



Day 7 was our rest day and we used the time to service the bikes. We stayed at Bo plaas (about 50km west of Beaufort West)
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on December 09, 2018, 11:31:13 am
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Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kamanya on December 12, 2018, 09:05:48 am
Day 7 (Rest Day) & Day 8

The pace and intensity of Quest takes its toll on both Competitors and Support Crew. The Rest Day is both a tradition and a very much needed break in the relentless pace of the competition.

“Rest Day” is a little misleading as there are still chores to be done; most importantly, as all the bikes were brand new at the start, the critical 1000km service has to be performed. All the contestants, whilst on Bootcamp, were given training by a Honda master mechanic to complete the task.

Besides the servicing and washing, an afternoon ride was planned for a very technical climb to the top of a local lookout point was abandoned due to the extreme heat – in the high 40’s! Even catching a late afternoon snooze instead was a tough ask – there wasn’t much escaping the oppressive heat.

Later, the contestants were asked to present their nominations for a worthy Humanitarian Project. The money they pledged was matched tenfold by Hardy de Kock from Specialised Adventures.

Mojaki Rammoneng from Team 2 was the deserved winner for a worthy project that provides Sanitary Pads for school girls who don’t have access to them. The problem forces many girls to miss school over an embarrassment.

Day 8

Essentially, the day was sold as a quick paced liaison to the Cederberg via the Tankwa. The reality was far more fun and spectacular. From the guest farm, a quick technical trail saw some having to pick their bikes up from a quick tumble.

From there, the back roads to Merweville and onto Rammelkop pass to Sutherland kept us busy.

We had been experiencing quite a few punctures through no fault of our own – the tubes clearly had a small defect. The net result was a competition between the instructors and competitors where whomever had the most punctures by the end of the trip would be buying the beer. It wasn’t looking good for the instructors; 5 of the first 6 belonged to them.

Once off the mountains behind Sutherland and onto the Tankwa Karoo proper, it was a quick enjoyable ride to the Tankwa Patstal, an Iconic little stop with a great history that is very welcoming of Adventure Riders. (Their ginger beer is highly recommended!)

Riding into the setting sun, we at last entered the Oasis called Die Mond. A quiet, picturesque small spring fed lake that our tired and dirty bodies were immediately dumped into. It was a proper Quest day that delivered far more than expected.

It was mostly an early evening for all as the next day was to be the sting in the tail!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on December 13, 2018, 08:14:07 pm
Dag 7 – die rusdag...

Die een ding van die Quest wat my gewoonlik sou frustreer was die feit dat ons nie vir enige oomblik geweet het wat die volgende stap, bestemming of verrassing sou wees nie.  Tydens die Quest was dit vir my deurentyd lekker om nie te weet nie.  Al wat ek geweet het was dat ek omring was met van die beste mense wat ek nog ontmoet het, so watookal op ons pad sou kom, sou ons kon hanteer.

Ek is een van die ouens wat glo almal het verskillende talente.  Myne is verseker nie om met my hande te werk nie, en buitendien is ek heeltemal te ongeduldig om te moet sukkel.  Die eerste keer wat ek ‘n spanner moet gaan soek, of ‘n part kort, of ek sukkel, bel ek ‘n loodgieter, elektrisiën, mechanic of wie ookal meer gepas is vir die betrokke taak as ek.  Ek betaal hulle – dis inelkgeval goedkoper om van die begin af iemand te kry om dit te doen as wat ek dit eers opneuk en dan inelkgeval nog iemand moet kry om dit oor te doen.  En nog te moet skaamkry oor my mislukte poging...

So ek het in my lewe nog nooit self ‘n voertuig gediens of reggemaak nie.  Op die Bootcamp was die opsit van die Rumbux op die fietse vir my ‘n eerste en verbasend het ek dit geniet.  Op die rusdag moes ons die bikes diens – die 1000km inloop diens.  Ek was verbaas met hoe eenvoudig dit was, maar meer nog met hoe baie ek dit geniet het.  Selfs om die sumpplug te soek net om hom heelwat later in die emmer te kry waarin ons die olie getap het.  Gelukkig was my spanmaat meer ervare hiermee as ek en boonop nog geduldig ook!  Dankie @PhantomCupcake

Ons het die hele middag in die hitte rondgewag vir die instrukteurs om ons te kom roep vir een of ander bykans onmoontlike taak of kort tegniese roete waaroor bespiegel is.  Van die ouens het die kans gewaag om vir ‘n rukkie te gaan lê en ek het self vir so 30 minute ‘n boom gaan soek.  Wel, die rusdag was toe nou wrintiewaar ‘n rusdag.  Ons wag nogsteeds vir die instrukteurs ;). Ons is wel op ‘n stadium kom sê dat ons welkom is om in die swembadjie af te koel!!

Die middag laat het ons wel ‘n opdrag gekry – ons moes ‘n liefdadigheidsorganisasie van ons keuse binne 2 minute aanbied, en die persoon wie se aanbieding wen sou die geld vir sy organisasie kon skenk.  Elke deelnemer moes R 100 ingooi, en Specialised Adventures sou die bedrag vertiendubbeld.  Dit sou dis minstens R 15 400 wees!  Wat ‘n gebaar!

Daar was organisasies vir renosters, honde en katte, die NSRI, KANSA, armes en vele meer.  Dit was duidelik dat hierdie klomp vuilgat-bikers se harte almal so sag was soos ‘n DCT se clutchlever. Mojaki se opsie het sin gemaak – dit sou met die R 15 000 ‘n redelike groot verskil in ‘n klompie mense se lewens maak – en die verskil sou langtermyn gevolge gehad het.  Ek meen, hoeveel kos kan jy vir armes koop vir R 15 000?  Hoe lank hou dit, en wat daarna?

Op die ou end is meer as R 18 000 oorbetaal aan Pamper a Soul oorbetaal wat vir jong meisies sanitêre doekies koop sodat hulle nie hoef skool te mis nie.

Die gees tussen almal was ongelooflik, maar hier en daar kon mens begin agterkom die einde is nie ver nie, en niemand wou hê dit moet eindig nie...
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: teebag on December 18, 2018, 09:26:58 am
Day 7: Rest day - I've seen worse workshops

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Losper on December 18, 2018, 12:01:53 pm
We have learned a valuable lesson here:
Make sure your bike is parked perfectly horizontal otherwise your oil level reading will not be accurate.

It was Teebag's responsibility to check the oil levels of all the bikes (after we serviced them) and he made sure that everybody parked their bike on the "stoep" in front of the kitchen to make sure it was perfectly horizontal.
 
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on December 18, 2018, 06:56:49 pm
Day 8

Chomping at the bit.



The riding pack was eager to set off after the rest and service day. Everyone was clearly well-rested and worrying that the adventure would end all too soon.
 
@Rickus  and I, followed Gerrit and @Kamanya  at the front off the convoy. Needless to say, the four of us set off with some vigour down the tweespoor farm track. Through the roost and dust that @Kamanya   was kicking up less than 10m ahead of me, I saw a rather sizeable flat rock spin into the spoor. I thought nothing of it…. till I rode over it. The front wheel passed over the rock and kicked the one end up, into the bottom of the Rumbux bash plate. The other end wedged itself into the rocky Karoo landscape. For a fraction of a second that piece of ysterklip, the length of two loaves of bread, and about as wide as the bash plate, turned itself into a Catapult, sending me and my stead into the air. Both wheels off the ground. I stuck the landing like an East German Gymnast, and just kept the throttle pinned till we stopped at the farm gate, some 5 minutes later. No oil light. At a quick glance, no oil in the Pan of the bash plate either….hey, hey… Party on!

I checked my warning lights again… just in case… no problem. Then I noticed the ambient air temperature indicator… It was turning out to be another balmy day… in  the high 30’s before 10am…

Our first fuel stop was in Merweville. What a quaint little town! Team 7 took an Ice cream and chocolate break on the stoep of the winkel. Amazing how those cheap orange or granadilla flavoured stokkiesroomyse just brightens up your day. Probably all the chemicals that they use to make the stuff... Drugs! ...or due to some fond childhood memory, whatever it is, it works a charm, every time. Especially in the intense heat.


Barbarians rise, and fall


After passing by Merweville’s lovely church building to appreciate the arcitecture, we hit the road to Rammelkop pass. If you like winding your way up a narrowish partly gravel, partly tarred pass…. then this is really worth it. Don’t miss this pass if you’re in the area.

The convoy came to a stop, almost at the top. There we stood around, enjoyed the view, and chatted.

In the distance I could hear the unmistakable engine sound off a GS1200 and a KTM990 approaching. Nice. I looked forward to seeing bikers from the “real world” for a change… Half a minute later the GS made the turn behind us and came racing through the stationary convoy with no regard for the roost he’s causing, or the safety of anyone stumbling across the road. To make sure that we all were taking notice of his immense riding prowess, he deliberately power whipped his bike from side to side pelting all of us with stones as he passed. I waved, as a decent rider would do, but to no avail. This guy was clearly more interested in displaying his manly riding skills, than greeting fellow travellers. Hot on his heals the 990 cut through our roadside recreation at much the same speed and tune. Only… this guy rode with a t-shirt, no jacket or ballistic. Judging by his sun burnt arms, it wasn’t the first day he rode in this fashion. Some other riders from the same group straddling lighter bikes, followed but all left me standing with a wimpish waving hand in the air, they were paying no attention. Wow. Poepolle.

A short while later the convoy was on the road again. At the top of Rammelkop pass, there was a sharp left-hand turn on loose gravel, immediately followed by a drainage hump diagonally across the road. As we cruised over it, my teammate and I immediately noticed the story that was written in the gravel beneath us. We read it like a Boesman reads the Kalahari sand. It looked like the marks one would find in the dust of a Bullring after a fight, but it was in fact, telling a very different story: that of the spoor of an overpowered adventure bike power-slide, snaking, and then sticking its backheels into the ground. Flipping. Pegs, tearing gashes in the gravel. A rider coming down to earth, some meters ahead. Rapid scurrying about and then, spinning off again. It read like a tragic-comedy. I could actually hear @Rikus  lauging in his helmet.

This was undoubtably, the poepolle. Looks like the GS or the 990. Big heavy bike.
I know how the rider must have felt. During a trip in the Baviaans, I also passed a 4x4 like a windgat poepol, met mother earth 1 minute later, jumped up and raced ahead because I knew that the 4x4 is on its way and would crack up laughing if he saw me.

Maar nou ja, …justice.


Into the Tankwa


We had another fuel stop in Sutherland, facilitating my appointment with another can of Satan’s Piss aka Monster energy drink. The addiction was well and truly taking hold.

Then a long stretch through the Tankwa all the way too Tankwa Padstall. It was my first visit. Lovely ginger beer. Nice little pool. Horrible merry go round in the kids play area! 5 of us got on, @Dipstick met #sybliksemselangbene spun us round, and 2 of us eventually got off feeling like returning our previously enjoyed ginger beer back to the Tankwa turf.

As the sun charged towards the horizon, we turned our bikes north for the short dash to our overnight stop at Die Mond. When we dismounted, I noticed that my bash plate was wet… on the top… between the plate and the engine… hmmmm… probably that mud I rode through at the gate… although… that mud was lighter in colour… ag… you're imagining things… relax… For some reason, I blocked it out of my mind, and immediately turned my attention to the beautiful place I found myself in. What a surprise! A cool green oasis. I couldn’t believe that there was this much water in the Tankwa, let alone a lekker big dam! Such a body of water is a blessing when its 40 degrees Celsius at 7 in the afternoon.

Everyone had a lovely evening, swimming, braaiing and relaxing. Tomorrow is going to be a big one. One of the biggest of the trip.

That night I thought about the hell we went through on day 2 and 3. I was very disappointed with my riding during those 2 days. Can’t wait for tomorrow. I fell asleep with a huge smile.

Little did I know what panic would befall me tomorrow when we do the Pre-ride inspection.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on December 18, 2018, 06:58:22 pm
High 30's before 10am. its going to be verry nice day....
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Post by: Hollywood on December 18, 2018, 06:59:25 pm
Fueled up in Merweville
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Post by: Hollywood on December 18, 2018, 07:00:35 pm
Team 7, aka team Greybeard, doing some refueling of their own on the winkelstoep...
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Post by: Hollywood on December 18, 2018, 07:02:36 pm
Lovely viewpoint over the Tankwa. Amandelnek, I think....?
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Post by: Hollywood on December 18, 2018, 07:05:15 pm
Santa, telling @Sandban(g)k that he didn't qualify for a pressy this year. Santa saw you drifting your AT
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Post by: Hollywood on December 18, 2018, 07:07:24 pm
How does that song go....? "staring at the setting sun..." or something like that...?
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Post by: Hollywood on December 18, 2018, 07:09:02 pm
The temperature on our arrival at Die Mond later that afternoon.
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Post by: Losper on December 19, 2018, 11:01:34 am
Day 8 Video and photo's  by  https://www.kalonfilms.com

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Post by: ClemS on December 19, 2018, 02:33:10 pm
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Post by: Sandban(g)k on December 20, 2018, 12:02:32 pm
Die oggend van dag 8 was almal in ‘n goeie gees.  Ons het lekker gerus, ‘n goeie daad gedoen (met die fondsinsamelings), die fietse was redelik skoon, ons klere was skoon en belangrikste, die groep het agv die hitte en druk gevorm tot iets besonders.  Familie.  Skoon familie, nie skoonfamilie nie.  Ons was skoon  :deal: Al die persoonlikhede het hul plekke in die legkaart gekry – niemand het meer nodig gehad om enigiets te bewys nie – daar was ‘n gevoel van wedersydse respek en ‘n hoë agting vir elkeen.  Selfs waar daar aan die begin ‘n bietjie geskaaf is tussen persoonlikhede.  Ek meen, net om te kon oorleef wat ons moes deurmaak kan seker kwalifiseer as superhero status  :biggrin:

Ek en @PhantomCupcake  moes weer agter in die ry val, maar nie voor ons die pappot moes skoonkry nie...

Ons het sommer op Boplaas ‘n stewige tegniese stukkie gekry om mee te begin.  Aangenaam – teen die tyd van die trip kon niks ons meer bang of bewerig kry nie.  Dit was wel moeilik om so vroeg in die dag die heupe los genoeg te kry en ek is n slag of wat (waarvan ek kan onthou) met ‘n ompad deur die veld terug na die paadjie.  Die kort paadjie het alles gehad, klippe, sand en son.  Van hier af is ons rustig Merweville toe – maar nie voor ons ‘n les gekry het in padetiek by @Kobus Myburgh  as dit by konstruksie kom nie – ek het nie geweet vragmotors het voorrang nie – ek sal nie weer my moer strip as ‘n trok op my afjaag nie  :patch:.

Merweville het paar lekker goed:  ‘n vreeslike mooi kerk, lekker roomys en daar is ‘n lekker tannie... As @Kamanya  nie so doelgerig was nie kon hy ‘n gelukkie tref in die Karoo – maar hy het werk gehad om te doen.  Stoute tannie blykbaar – in haar eie woorde...

Ek het nou maar net eenmaal ‘n liefde vir niks.  Richtersveld. Namibië.  Karoo.  Kalahari. Weskus.  Die Karoo het my weereens verlief laat raak – die uitsigte en wêreld om Rammelkop pas is besonders.  Bo-op die pas het ons ‘n rukkie gestop om van ons snacks te verorber en ek en @PhantomCupcake  het weer ‘n video teen die wind probeer maak.  Paar manne is by ons verby – ek is nie seker of hulle ons nie gesien het nie en of hulle die anti-Honda afdeling van 2-Stroke Dan is nie, maar hulle kon nie eers waai nie.  Wag, hulle sal ook nie met oom Danie regkom nie, een van hulle ry ‘n GSA.  Ek moet bysê, as ek op ‘n GSA moet sit wat so oor die pad hol sal ek self te bang wees ommy hand van die handle af te haal...  :pot:

Op Sutherland het ons weer petrol gegooi en ‘n koeldrank gedrink, net om voor ons moes ry te sien die instrukteurs het weereens ‘n pap wiel.  Ek het nog nooit ‘n pap wiel langs die pad gekry nie, en het toe maar gekyk of ek vir Denzil kan help spanners aangee terwyl hy die instrukteur se wiel omruil in ruil vir paar punte.  Ek het dit nie op daai stadium geweet nie, maar ek sou later bly wees ek het mooi gekyk en gehelp waar ek kon.   Oppad Tankwa toe het ek paar keer na my dash gekyk – die laaste keer voor my papwiel was dit 42 grade. En toe kry ek daai gevoel – die een wat jy kry as jy dink jy het ‘n pap wiel, maar in die hoop dat dit los grond is bietjie aanry.  Wel, die wiel het nie weer homself opgeblaas nie, en ek moes stop.

Dit was vuurwarm en met my geen/min ervaring van wiele ruil het ek gesien hoe brand ons nog dood.  Ek dink dit het ons nie 20 minute gevat nie toe is ons weer in die pad – diep trots op my vermoë om band te ruil...  Ek het wel onlangs weer al my selfvertroue verloor toe dit my 2 ure in my eie garage vat om my fiets se wiel om te ruil – dammit!!

Tankwa Padstal was ‘n belewenis – ek het al baie daarvan gehoor en gelees op ride reports, maar dis wraggies ‘n oulike plek.  Die gemmerbier is diep lekker – moet hom net nie skud nie en ook nie na gebruik die merry-go-round ry nie.  Bliksem ek het gedog ek gaan dood, en later gewonder hoekom ek nie maar doodgaan nie... 

Ek is ook gedoop deur @Rickus  en Denzil in die dammetjie.  Die laaste stukkie Die Mond toe was baie mooi – in die sonsak in oor golwende grondpaaie wat lyk of dit verewig aanhou.  Die dam by die Mond was hemels.

Dag 8 was soos al die ander, ‘n goeie dag.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on December 21, 2018, 11:50:09 am
...I just realised that this lovely little pool was a light blue colour before we arrived and jumped in with all our dusty kit... sorry
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Post by: m0lt3n on December 27, 2018, 03:24:56 pm
En uiteindelik is ek op datum met jul storie!!
Gooi hom, lekker om te lees en great area om in te ry!
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Post by: Sandban(g)k on January 02, 2019, 03:21:40 pm
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Post by: Sandban(g)k on January 02, 2019, 04:50:54 pm
“Jodan, tel jou fokken kop op. Vat paar slukke water en kry jou kop reg. Ons moet nou fokken sterk wees, want as hulle daai man se bike gaan oplaai gaan mense begin crack.”

Ek het meer met myself gepraat as met my spanmaat, maar ek het besef hier is groot kak as die instrukteurs besluit om JT se Quest kort te knip en toe Jodan op sy arms gaan lê op sy handle bars toe sien ek hoer kom moeilikheid.

Dit was die tweede laaste dag, 49 grade en ons was so entjie in op die posroete. Dit was taai. Baie. Vor my was dit die dag waar ek die diepste moes delf, vir n klomp redes wat ek later sal deel...

Dag 9
Die oggend was spesiaal met die son wat mooi oor die dam opgekom het.  Die trip het einde se kant toe gestaan en dit het gevoel of mens nou eers werklik in die ding kom.  Die bike ry het vansself gekom en mens het ewe veel uitgesien na die bike ry as na die saamwees in die aande. 

Dit was sommer vroeg warm en nog voor ons by die groot grondpad kon kom het ons weer ‘n pap wiel gehad.  Ons het die koelte van ‘n sementdam opgesoek terwyl ons geag het vir die manne met die pap wiel en toe al besef dat dit ‘n rowwe dag gaan wees – wat die hitte aanbetref.  Min geweet van die roete...

Ek het die vorige middag met die inry slag my tyre lever verloor en oppad in het die backup voertuig al gekyk of hy hom sien.  Ek het die hele stukkie pad meer gekyk vir ‘n blink tyre lever in die dor veld as in die pad, maar sonder sukses. Daar was dus ‘n hele klomp voertuie en fietse deur sonder om hom te sien en ek het nou maar aanvaar dat as ek pap wiel moet kry moet dit naby iemand met levers wees!

Ons is posroete toe – ek het nog net hiervan gehoor en so keer of wat op die forum ‘n report hieroor gelees.  Dis iets wat ek nog altyd wou doen en het uitgesien daarna.  Dit was vrek warm en ek het so paar keer gewonder of dit ‘n goeie besluit is om so baie ouens in hierdie hitte te laat fietsry.  Maar die vorige paar dae was niks in vergelyking met die eerste 3 dae nie, so ek glo hulle wou ons net weer ietsie gee om die trip te onthou...

By die ingang van die roete was daar al ‘n insident of twee by die rivierkruising.  En die instrukteurs het seker gemaak almal se bootse is goed vol water...

Die kwik het op 49 grade gedraai en was vir baie kort tye onder 45.  Die roete was uitdagend, maar vreeslik mooi.  Sand en klip was ons al gewoond en het dit selfs geniet.  Ek was, behalwe vir die vrees om te dehidreer, op ‘n goeie plek.  Ek was ‘n ryk man en meer as gemaklik met die fietsry –die gesprekke in my helmet was oor hoe mens dinge kan oorkom wat eens vir jou onmoontlik gelyk het tot op so ‘n punt dat mens dit kan geniet?  So die ouens wat altyd sê hulle geniet dit om sand te ry het nooit gelieg nie!!

En toe raak die hitte ‘n probleem. Ek het op ‘n stadium gedink ek gaan dit nie maak nie.  Ek kon voel my lyf kook oor en met die gereelde stoppery kon mens nie afkoel nie.  Wat my opgeval het is dat die Africa Twin se fan nooit vreeslik gewerk het nie – selfs die heat gauge het nie regtig geklim nie.  Ek weet nie veel van engines af nie, maar ek reken iets met die een se verkoelingsisteem is reg!

Ek het my verkyk aan die area – die Kapenaars is werklik geseën met die mooiste ryplekke. 

So halfpad deur die roete is ons verby die plaasopstal – ek het nogal gewonder wat mens moet doen om daar te kan aftree eendag. 

In die sandkolle langs die Rooibos lande het ek lekker vir myself gelag.  Elke keer wat die fiets sy eie kop wil volg het ek gelag en gedink aan hoe ver ek gekom het in hierdie paar dae.  Ek weet ek het nog op ‘n stadium vir myself gesê:  “Self, jy gaan een of ander tyd uit talent hardloop”, maar elke keer het ek opgekyk, gesmile en die oor bietjie meer oop getrek.

En toe gebeur dit:  (die volgende paragraaf, alhoewel dit lank mag klink, was seker oor en verby in 10 sekondes maksimum – so lees dit maar stadig):

Die fiets wou die middelmannetjie uitklim, ek wou keer.  Toe wil hy anderant uit die spoor klim.  Ek wou weer keer, maar toe vang my oog ‘n lekker graspol wat sag lyk.  Ek het bly kyk en hom toe getref.  Kop eerste.  En van daai duike wat jy proe.  Ek het net seker gemaak of ek nog my tone kan voel en my naam onthou en toe begin ek vir myself lag – dit was een van die valle wat jou eerder selfvertroue gee as wegvat.  Een van daai wat jy verdien en oor lag – soos daai pak slae op skool wat jy steeds onthou – die moeite werd! ‘n Lekker val, as daar so iets is.

Die volgende oomblik toe hoor ek ‘n slag.  Ook een van daai geluide wat jy nog nie gehoor het nie, maar weet jy is nie veronderstel om te hoor nie.  En ek sien @PhantomCupcake  vlieg. Nie hoog nie maar met ‘n plat trajek.  Hy het ver getrek.  Soos ‘n Frans Steyn skop.  En toe hy val toe lê hy stil.  En ons altwee se fietse lê in mekaar geryg en idle soos iets uit ‘n ouderdomsbeperking fliek. 

Fok.  En toe stop die res van die mense.  @Hollywood  en @Rickus  eerste – ek dink nie mens wil iemand anders eerste by jou hê as daar moeilikheid is nie.  Ek het nog so bietjie seer gehad, maar Jodan het harder as ek geval.  Gelukkig niks ernstig nie.

En toe sien ek bike 12.  Moertoe my kroon.  Skewe gat soos ‘n gekweste jakkals.  Exhaust onder die sitplek.  Footpeg agtertoe.  Seat sit skeef.  Was dit hoe dit moet eindig?  ‘n Eenvoudige val voor jou spanmaat.  Daar was net een opsie.  Ry hom.

Ek het opgeklim, de moer in vir myself. Teleurgesteld.  Gatvol.  Waar sit die “edit, undo” knoppie?  Ek het maar min van die volgende paar kilos ingeneem.  Ek het letterlik op die kantlyn gesit  :biggrin:. Met die skewe fiets moes ek maar sidesaddle ry!

Op Wuppertal gekom (net na 17h00) moes ek nog strond met die werk uitsort.  Die feit dat die sein bitter swak was en dat dit saterdagmiddag laat was het nie veel gehelp nie.  Die kere wat ek sein het het die mense nie geantwoord nie, en wanneer hulle terugbel het ek nie sein gehad nie.

Maar ek het, in my gemoedsbekakking, myself belowe om weer te gaan kyk hoe lyk die dorpie eendag.  Die plek het my fassineer.  Ek weet wraggies nie hoe mens kies waar om eendag af te tree nie.  Dalk is n Unimog met plek vir ‘n motorfiets die beste aftreehuisie?

Hier het paar manne my moed ingepraat, ons Camelbacks is volgemaak en ons kon ‘n swietie inkry.  Ons het met die mooiste paadjie vorentoe gebeur en het die aand teen skemer by Kromrivier kampterrein aangekom.  Dis ‘n aardige gevoel om daar in te ry met ‘n gebreekte fiets en die baas van Honda het ook besluit om ons te kom verras.  Dammit.  Hoekom het die lewe nie daai blerrie “Control en Z” knoppies nie?

Dit was ons laaste aand.  Ek was nie die enigste een wat hartseer was nie.  Dit sou ons laaste aand saam wees.  ‘n Klompie manne en dames wat so groot deel van jou lewe geword het in paar dae dat jy nie kon dink hoe dit gaan wees sonder hulle nie.  Die stof in my hart was poeier getrap van al die spore wat die mense gelos het.  Great mense.  More was die laaste stukkie tot by die prysuitdeling.  Die prysuitdeling was eintlik reeds gedoen – almal het gewen.
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Post by: Sandban(g)k on January 02, 2019, 04:54:28 pm
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Sonsopkoms by De Mond

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Team Rumbux soek koelte

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So moet dit nie lyk nie

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Post by: Losper on January 04, 2019, 10:46:01 pm
Day 9
Video by:  https://www.kalonfilms.com       
 
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Post by: Losper on January 04, 2019, 10:47:02 pm
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Post by: Losper on January 04, 2019, 10:48:13 pm
Look at the temperature: 49degrees
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Post by: Kamanya on January 05, 2019, 01:34:01 am
Day 9
Sting in the tail!

Today was the Postal Route from the Tankwa side. A challenging route especially for big bikes.
Honda Quests final full day was to be worthy of being called a Quest day. At just over 130km, one of the shorter days but it had everything on offer – thick sand, steep rocky climbs, river crossings, magnificent vistas and drama.

Setting off after a last swim from Die Mond, we made our way north to cross the upper Doring river. A few took an early bath crossing the slippery rocks.
Temperatures already high were still climbing as we made our way through the tough sandy stretches and up Karretjies Pass. One bike going up is not much of an issue, but the track was quite tough once the first 5 or so bikes were through. Once all were through safely, temperatures of 48 degrees were seen.

With this level of heat and exertion, actively managing dehydration and heat stress is critical. On the whole trip with the high temperatures, the contestants were drinking on average at least 6 liters a day, often more.

There were two biggish falls and many punctures (again, a defective tube issue and not the riders fault) but nothing the teams couldn’t shake off or deal with.
Just before Eselbank a refreshing dip into the waterfall of a tributary to the Keurbosfontein River was welcomed and needed.

With less than 15k's to go, I got my second puncture.

With the setting sun, we rode into Kromrivier campsite to be welcomed by Barend Fouche’ and Cassels Madingwane of Honda SA and the Specialised Team.


Tomorrow, the final day of Honda Quest 2018
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Post by: Hollywood on January 05, 2019, 06:24:57 pm
Is this it?


After so many days spent in the arid parts of the Western and Northern Cape, there was no better place to wake up in than next to the river at Die Mond. The air was cool off the water. The shade was plentiful, and the lawn was a lush green. After we had breakfast and finished our morning chores, it was time to pack it all up, and do it all over again. Everyone was simultaneously excited, and melancholy. It was to be the second too last day of the Quest, and we were expecting a tough one, but it was also seen as the last day filled with real riding challenges, as we all basically expected the last scheduled days ride into the official price giving to be a mere cruise.

Even though @Rickus and I helped pack everyone’s luggage into the Iveco on different occasions, we never had the opportunity to do it together as a team, so, we asked if we could do it that morning… yes … THAT morning, when the temperature reached 28 degrees Celsius at 8am… and with the Iveco parked in the sun…. and for good measure, we were already wearing our riding kit.


A spot of bother….


With the sweat still running freely down our faces we headed to our bikes to prep them for the daily mandatory Pre-Ride Inspection. I just started fiddling with my tank bag and adjusted the Rock Straps on my toolkit, when @Rickus raised that familiar eyebrow of his, the one that looks like a racing mopani worm arching his back to take a veldtie. He looked me in the eye, and enquired with as much diplomatic panic as he could muster throughout the entire Quest… “Het jy daai kolletjie onder jou skoeter gesien…?”

Kolletjie…?!?!  Waste kolletjie…??
…etter…

For the first time that morning, I remembered noticing the wet bash plate the previous night. That rock, at the beginning of the previous day. Bliksem. When I looked down, there was a small dark oily spot in the sand beneath my trusted #14.

My insides turned, at least 3 times. My exterior was calm and collected. My ancestors also turned… in their graves… as far back as 7 generations. “Gmpf…” I calmly chortled, while almost chortsing in my riding pants.

We were already in line for the PRI’s. There would be several serious repercussions if I couldn’t Macgyver this apocalyptic event moerse quickly.
1.   If you can’t finish Quest with your original bike, you can’t finish Quest.
2.   If I can’t finish Quest, my team can’t finish Quest
3.   That means that @Rickus can’t finish Quest!!

I cannot allow that to happen to my teammate. Fokkit. If I get side-lined, so be it, but I can’t do it to @Rickus . My mind was racing. Figuring out the approach, solution, and practical implications all at once.

The edited family-friendly version of my internal dialogue sounded a little like this … “Right… Don’t show Rickus that you are seriously worried. Don’t make a meal of it. Don’t even talk about it. Just make a plan! NOW! Before the instructors make a big thing about this. Take control. Appear chilled. Fix what you can, and DON’T SHOW RICKUS THAT YOU ARE SERIOUSLY WORRIED.”

I quickly removed the bash plate. It was oily as hell. The Rock punched deep into the Rumbux bash plate. So deep that there was a huge indentation all the way up against the bottom of the AT’s aluminium engine casing! Like a finger sticking into a balloon! How is that possible?!?! that Rumbux plate can stop a charging oil tanker! I’ve never seen anything like it before! Then again, I’ve never seen another bike and rider been catapulted by a rock like I was the day before, either… I wiped the casing and saw my problem… 2 hairline cracks at the bottom of the engine casing, each about an inch-and-a-half long.

Someone mentioned that oom Gary is coming to inspect the damage. @JesseH  went off to get his Pratley Steel. I cleaned the cracks, grabbed the bashplate and found a stump and a big rock. After a couple of almighty blows, the bashplate was almost straight again. I turned around to see Gerrit with wide eyes. “Bliksem”, he said. Looking at my adrenaline fuelled handywork. Oom Gary arrived, some others as well.

And Rickus… my teammate Rickus… was on the ground right next to me, under my bike, in the dust.

We Mcgyver’ed that engine casing right there with Jesseh’s Pratley Steel, put the bash plate back, and went through the Pre-Ride Inspection. @Hardy de Kock  showed concern about the situation. So much so that there was a quick CODESA between a couple of us just before we set off. Plan B and C was set, just in case the fix didn’t hold.

We haven’t even set of yet, and I was emotionally drained!
Then, we hit the heat, the rocks, and the punctures.


Welcome to Mars


We had a couple of punctures before we even advanced 30km’s. This was mainly due to the heat, causing a split on our front extra heavy-duty tubes. All at the same place. There was clearly a factory error in the batch that we used. Hellish heat, and no shade what so ever. Each time the convoy stopped for yet another puncture, we only had the shade that our bikes provided.

My oil sweating engine casing was constantly on my mind, so I checked the oil level every now and then.

The crossing over the Doring river was a welcome dip for all of us, even though it filled our boots with water – an error that I’d regret later. @Kamanya  held an impromptu field-repair skills training session when he (surely deliberately) managed to drown the so called “undrown able” DCT.

A quick tip: if you “plan” on drowning the AfricaTwin. Drown it on the left side, where the spark plug is easily accessible. If you drown it on the right cylinder, you’ll have to remove the entire fuel tank to get to that spark plug. @Dipstick  and some other contestants quickly helped, and we were off again.

I checked the oil level again.

Next up was the Tra-Tra river crossing. Not as deep, but with much more sandy banks than the Doring rivier.

I’ve never previously heard a lot about the Old Postal Route, that we were riding, but wow, it turned out to be a great challenge! The fact that we took almost 20 huge heavy bikes along this desolate and rocky trail, is rather amazing. The effect that these heavy bikes had on the brittle tracks, following in each other’s ever deepening ruts, was rather challenging for us riding at the back.

At the start of the Karretjies pass I could feel my feet boiling. The water in my black boots, the scorching sun, and the radiated heat off the engine managed to turn my riding boot into a kettle. I had to remove it a couple of times just to cool it off. (a week or so after the Quest, the skin peeled off my feet)


A couple of incidents.


After Karretjies pass the heat just got worse, and the churned up rocky track with irregular sandy patches became very difficult to ride. The convoy had some more punctures, and then a couple of falls. Not big ones, but just enough to put doubt in the mind. Is this the right line? Am I going too fast / too slow? Is this getting worse, or are we getting tired?

I checked my oil level, just in case.

Eventually JT had an off that brought the convoy to a halt. Not a big fall, but just enough to hurt his leg. I overheard Ockie the Medic telling the Instructors that it might be a cracked leg and although it’s still JT’s choice, he would rather put JT in the Cruiser, just as a precaution. I knew that there was no way @teebag  would bail out, and I was right. After a quick chat with his teammate, he got back on his bike and completed not only that day’s stage. But the entire Quest. Yster. Respect, @teebag . Respect.
 
The other big incident involved @Sandban(g)k  and @PhantomCupcake . Andre already wrote about his experience, so I’m not going to bore you with a long-winded second-hand version.

Suffice to say: when I came upon the entangled bikes in the dust and saw JoDan still rolling off into the distance, I jumped off my bike, just dropped it there in the sandy spoor and ran to help. Rickus must have been close behind me, because we crouched over them at the same time. It’s a miracle that they were not seriously injured. A hell of a prang!

(little did we know then, that this incident with Andre's skoeter and my cracked engine, lead to them being the only 2 bikes classified with serious damage after the Quest was finished)

 
And then it happened!


As we were heading out of the Old Postal Route, down the pass to the main gravel road, my teammate had a puncture. Ja, waaragtag. It happened. We thought we were immune.

At least now, we had the opportunity to dazzle a couple of instructors with our jaw dropping tyre changing skills. The convoy was sent ahead to Wuppertal and @Kamanya  stayed behind to guide us back to the pack after we swaai’d some spanners. I packed out my dark magic array of skelm tools - able to brake the tyres bead chop-chop, with all my stashed soapy lubricants and chrome vanadium gripped goodies. It almost started looking like an S&M stall at the Sexpo. Very impressive. 

But then…. Rickus very politely said, “staan bietjie terug…” and with almighty force, he broke the bead with his bare hands. Ja. Just with his hands. He then pulled the tyre clear off the rim. Out of respect, I gave another step back. Okkie the Medic gave me a look with pieringoë. @Kamanya had a smile dancing in the corners of his mouth. At least my tyre leavers were used to put the tyre back on. Those leavers now have a sacred space in my tool case.

After I checked my oil, we got going again. It was just me, Rickus and @Kamanya  riding together. Ag, Ok, I’ll admit it... This stretch of riding gave me the biggest smile of the entire trip. No convoy etiquette. Just pinning it, fast catch-up riding with 2 guys that know how to do it on these big bikes. Wow, what a blast!

As we crested the top of Kouberg pass, @Kamanya  screeched to a halt, and switched off his AT. Rikus and I stopped either side of him and followed suit. “Silent Race to Wuppertal’s cafe!” he yelled and started to push his bike down the pass. Game on! This was my first “silent race”, and I was loving it, hurling myself and my switched off bike down Kouberg pass. OK. The fact that the brakes don’t work that well when the bike is switched off, makes this a definite no-no. in fact, don’t do this, ever. It is reckless and irresponsible. Especially with the rondloper donkies on the road. Rickus deliberately passed one so close that he had fleas in his helmet when we stopped in a dust cloud in front of the Wuppetal kaffee.

What a lovely town. It was Sunday, so the shoe shop was closed. I planned to buy a pair of vellies there. Pitty that I couldn’t. Now that it burnt down, who knows if any of us will have the opportunity again. Very sad.

After copious amounts of water and sugary fizzy drinks, I checked my oil level, and we headed for a swim at the waterfall. With the exhilarating ride to Wuppertal still fresh in our minds, team 7 did Eselsbank pass at speed. After a quick dip in the cool river water the convoy took a more sedate ride through the picturesque Cederberge ending at our camping spot at Kromrivier.

There we were welcomed by Barend and Cassel, the big okes from HondaSA, coming to share in the last day of our adventure.

We had some informative presentations that evening, and a couple of lovely meaningful conversations with our fellow contestants and instructors. All and all one of the best riding days of my life.

The sweating oil leak on #14 never turned out to be an issue.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Dux on January 05, 2019, 06:44:21 pm
Lekker riding terrain you guys had , awesome  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on January 05, 2019, 06:53:31 pm
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on January 05, 2019, 06:55:49 pm
Lekker riding terrain you guys had , awesome  :thumleft:

Absolutely! It was breathtaking!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on January 05, 2019, 06:56:44 pm
Good Morning Sunshine!!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on January 05, 2019, 07:01:03 pm
Rikus broke the one shoulder strap of his hydration pack on day 3, helping me pick up my bike from a fall that bent everything on the right hand side. Since that day he had to stop and kneel next to his bike for some water... I still feel like a poepol about it. Here he's trying to get a drink and some relief from the seering morning heat.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on January 05, 2019, 07:02:57 pm
Sliding and jumping up Karretjiespas
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on January 05, 2019, 07:04:19 pm
49degrees celsius, and still steaming along
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on January 05, 2019, 07:05:29 pm
Pitching our stretchers at our overnight spot @ Kromrivier.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 05, 2019, 10:52:04 pm
But then…. Rickus very politely said, “staan bietjie terug…” and with almighty force, he broke the bead with his bear hands.

We know Rickus have hands like a bear, but if he was not wearing gloves he was doing it with bare hands!! ;) :lol8:

Ek like jou skrywe Hollywood. :thumleft:

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Rickus on January 07, 2019, 08:33:54 am
But then…. Rickus very politely said, “staan bietjie terug…” and with almighty force, he broke the bead with his bear hands.

We know Rickus have hands like a bear, but if he was not wearing gloves he was doing it with bare hands!! ;) :lol8:

Ek like jou skrywe Hollywood. :thumleft:

Shjoe....Onthou @ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS hierdie maat van my @Hollywood like daarvan om n ding so bietjie te dramatiseer...(mens sal sweer hy is n akteur).....Het jy genoem wie het die slow-race los hande gewen @Hollywood ?

Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Kamanya on January 23, 2019, 09:26:56 am
Day 10

Being a competition, Mojaki and Claude were deserved winners. However, every other team in their own way contributed to the collective success of getting through the 10 days safely and with a great sense of accomplishment.

(https://scontent.fcpt1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/44898888_1917789401851156_6572044035899260928_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ht=scontent.fcpt1-1.fna&oh=ba673ff62b75a92864076d076cc50675&oe=5CC9A5F6)



One team in particular were deemed to be the recipients of the Team Spirit award. Team 7: Rickus Vermeulen & Pierre Breytenbach.

(https://scontent.fcpt1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/45023183_1918554001774696_1098986808542232576_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ht=scontent.fcpt1-1.fna&oh=60e39524b07546ccca3f1c80d4a9de58&oe=5CC47604)

From the start not only were they great competitors, but blessed with an endless supply of anecdotes and amusing observations, they filled the role of cheerleaders and were often at the centre of things with a good word of support for all.

They showed the way in overcoming adversity with self-deprecating humour and raised the collective group moral when times were particularly tough.

An unlikely couple at first; an Actor from the big city of Pretoria and a Farmer from the south of Namibia, they ended the competition clearly loved by all and with a deep sense of camaraderie between them.
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Rickus on January 23, 2019, 09:46:51 am
 :3some: Ja ek mis al die outjies en vroutjies wat saam op die "trip of a lifetime" was.....gelukkig sien van ons darem weer mekaar binnekort op @SpecializedAdventures se Kaokoveld trip in Mei 2019..... Dit gaan verseker n ongelooflikke BIKERY en K@kpraat belewenis wees.....ek gaan inelkgeval vir my n paar "partytricks" inpak om my ou maatjie @Hollywood op sy tone te hou   :pot: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on January 23, 2019, 01:39:49 pm
Early morning penny-drop


On the last morning of Quest2018 the group sat down and had a quick chat about our experience of this once in a lifetime adventure. We all had learned various truths about ourselves, our fellow contestants and the world around us, and surely affirmed or disproved our life perceptions in one way or another.

@Hardy de Kock was also standing in the circle and made a remark that hit home hard…for me at least. “That bike is just a bike. It’s the adventure rider that makes the difference.” I came to yet another profound realization after hearing this. Yes, you might think that it goes without saying, but re-affirming it, re-applying that mindset, and re-living the implications of such an insight, just moved me a little deeper than one would expect on the surface.

No matter what your bike looks like, can do, or how old it is… you’re still the driving force. You are still the initial energy and mentality that determines your fate. It’s a decision you must take, every day, to be in control of your journey and destination. It runs deeper than you think. Decide to be optimistic, to not have a victim-mentality, to realize that all property is not the ends, but the means to be used as part of all the other tools in your “life toolbox”. Its about living, not seeming to be alive. Honesty. Character. Humanity.


To the finish line!


The last few hours of riding toward the finish at Kaleo Guest Farm were done in rather sedate, introspective fashion. Each one of us was using the helmet-time to reflect and ponder the future. We were not the same people going back home. We changed. For the better, I hoped. Would we see each other again after this Quest?
 
The biggest question that all of us started this journey with, was now the least important. Will I win the bike? Honestly, after the first day of Quest, when @Rickus and I decided that we ARE going to win, we didn’t speak about it again. It was just an unspoken certainty that we had... until we sat down for the media presentation and announcement. I turned to @Rickus , and for the second time during Quest2018 we spoke about winning... or not winning.

In a short hushed private moment, sitting among our fellow competitors, we both realized that it’s not what our Quest is all about. There and then, in that smaal moment, we made peace with the decision that HondaSA and the expedition team would make, whatever it may be. Our Quest turned out to be about more than a bike. We already have bikes. Quest rekindled and affirmed other things. Friendship, self fullfilment, our basic values.


And the winning team is……


@Rickus  and I quickly scanned the room. According to us, 3 teams were in the running, and we were spot-on in our assessment of the winners.

Tenacity, Humanity and an unrelenting sense of adventure sums up the winning team in the best way possible. Claude and Mojaki are deserved winners and a wonderfull addition to HondaSA’s family! Well done gentlemen…  brothers.


Back to reality


Leaving the pomp and ceremony, and already missing my teammate, I fell into a deep sleep in the taxi en-route to Cape Town International. I'm not sure if it was the emotional and physical exhaustion, or just the release of all that energy and anticipation throughout the day. In a way, it served as and end, a full stop, to our live changing adventure. From here on in, it would be back to reality.

It wasn’t easy. Post Quest Blues hit frequently, and without mercy.

My wife dropped a comment the other day. She said that she could see a change in me after the Quest and a couple of close friends also said they think I’m a little less hardegat. Who knows…

All I know is that I experienced a True Adventure, with true friends. Some of us have seen each other since, and that bond is still strong and clear. We will ride together in the future. No doubt about it.

I’m looking forward to enjoying the wonderful prize that team 7 won as the Spirit of the Quest award. In May 2019, @Rickus  and I are going to partake in another bucket-list adventure with Hardy and the Specialised Adventures team. We're heading to Damaraland and Kaokoland! Magic! Come and join us!

Thanx to Honda SA, Specialised Adventures and all the Quest 2018 particapants. You gave me the opportunity to grow, discover, share and live adventure. No words will ever be enough.

... for team Greybeard .... @Hollywood  ... over and out.

(@Rickus sien jou oor 'n paar maande in Koakoland !!!)
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Hollywood on January 23, 2019, 01:40:56 pm
:3some: Ja ek mis al die outjies en vroutjies wat saam op die "trip of a lifetime" was.....gelukkig sien van ons darem weer mekaar binnekort op @SpecializedAdventures se Kaokoveld trip in Mei 2019..... Dit gaan verseker n ongelooflikke BIKERY en K@kpraat belewenis wees.....ek gaan inelkgeval vir my n paar "partytricks" inpak om my ou maatjie @Hollywood op sy tone te hou   :pot: :imaposer:

Kan nie wag nie!!!!
Title: Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
Post by: Sandban(g)k on January 24, 2019, 07:57:50 am
En toe is dit so – lekker is net ‘n vinger lank.  Hierdie lekker was darem 10 vingers lank, maar ons was by die laaste vinger.  Die pinkie.

Die oggend was almal in goeie gees, maar ek dink dit was net om die laaste stukkie van hierdie belewenis in te neem voor ons moes terugkeer na die realiteit:  min tyd vir bike ry, debietorders, werk, politiek, misdaad en al die geraas wat ons ore elke dag doof maak vir die song van die voëls.

@Kobus Myburgh  het vir ons sy Quest verhaal van die vorige jaar kom vertel.  Ek is seker meeste van julle ken dit, so al wat ek gaan sê is dat hierdie ou een van my hero’s is.

Ons het ook besef dat die hele wêreld nou al dekades wonder of mens 14 persone in ‘n tweeman tent kan kry en dit ons plig geag om te antwoord op die roepstemme.

Dit is met trots en ‘n traan in my oog dat ek kan getuig dat ‘n tweemantent die volgende kan inkry en toegezip wees:

12 mans
1 dame
2 stretchers

EN  vir @Rickus  !  (Hy tel vir 2 mense)

Ek en André le Roes het gevoel dat ons nie ander kon as vir Mojaki te bekroon met springbokkleure om ‘n lekker mens te wees nie.  Ons het die springbokhorings wat André vir sy lesing oor die spirngbok gebruik het gevat en op Mojaki se motorfiets vasgemaak – wat later vir bietjie sports onder die mense by Honda gelei het as gevolg van die reuk daarvan... Maar Mojaki was trots om ‘n springbok te wees en het geweier dat hulle dit afhaal voor die amptelike oorhandiging!

Die trippie terug Kaleo toe was vinniger verby as wat enigiemand voor gehoop het.  Ons het wel halfpad gestop om ‘n video te maak om dankie te sê vir die vriende van Stephan vd Merwe wat ‘n klompie geld geborg het vir benodigdhede soos Rehidrat, Crampblock en Vit B 12 pille – weereens dankie aan julle!

Ek glo nogsteeds die mense in Kaapstad bly baie naby aan die hemel – die paaie en natuur was ongelooflik.  Ek sal moet terugkeer.

Die inry by Kaleo was ‘n ervaring en ‘n half.  Met die inryslag kon ek nie anders as om dele van die laaste maand se “fliek” weer in my geestesoog te sien nie.  Die opofferings wat gemaak is om op so kort kennins by bootcamp te kom.  Die gerypte tente.  Die staproete in ons boots.  Al die onderhoude en verassings tydens bootcamp.  Die oproep van Hardy om te sê ek gaan saam.  Die voorbereiding vir die Quest.  Die ondersteuning van familie om dit moontlik te maak.  Die vrese, opwinding van dit alles.  En die wete dat dit die einde is.  Of was dit?

Ek kon nie anders as om ‘n traan te pik met die afklimslag nie.  Soveel dinge het gebeur in 10 dae.  Soveel dinge kon gebeur, maar het met genade nie.  Almal was veilig.  Almal was gelukkig.  Almal was wenners.  10 dae terug was almal in kompetisie. Nou was almal ‘n span. 

Die prysuitdeling en formaliteite het almal laat voel of ons celebrities is.  Honda en Specialised Adventures verstaan nogal van ‘n ding organiseer.

Dankie klink soos ‘n cliche, maar dit sal nie genoeg verduidelik vir wat dit vr my beteken het nie.  Aan almal wat betrokke was – DANKIE!