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Title: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 15, 2019, 05:51:06 pm
So New Years 2019 caught me alone at home, moping because my wife was up in Zimbabwe visiting her parents, my 2 boys were away at their respective girlfriends houses, and Highsider and a whole bunch of riding companions were away doing the Ben 10 Challenge in Rhodes and I couldn't go with because I had to stay home and look after the house and pets.

So I figured maybe I could join them for a day or two and take a quick solo ride to Rhodes like I have done in the past, I could manage at least one night away from home. So I spent more than a few hours poring over Google Earth and working out routes etc. While doing this I saw that old time WD member SGB had done the Ben 10 Challenge in a single day. I immediately thought, stuff it, that's what I am going to do. Only problem is that i didn't really want to ride all the way from Hilton to Rhodes on my own, do the challenge and then ride back again straight afterwards. So I had to think of someone I could ask to join me to go to Rhodes and attempt this 7 day challenge in a single day. I couldn't ask my current riding mate Highsider, he'd just got back from completing the challenge and wouldn't want to go do it all again.

Suddenly I had a brainwave, I would ask my old riding buddy Outthere who I hadn't seen for a while and hadn't ridden with for at least the last 2 years because of me being bikeless for a while and Outthere retiring his trusty old battered red GS and getting a shiny new 1200 GS Adv which he didn't want to damage by taking it on the types of riding that I enjoy doing. So out of the blue I called Kevin and told him of my hair-brained scheme to do the Ben 10 Challenge in a single day and asked him if he wanted to join me. Without a moments hesitation he said: "I'm in". I told him that I didn't have a date in mind for this ride, as in my opinion you couldn't just set a date at some time in the future and then just go do the Ben 10, because the weather in the area is so unpredictable and extreme that your chances of completing the challenge will be scuppered by rain making the passes un-rideable.

What we had to do was bide our time and watch the weather forecasts for the area, and when we saw 3 or 4 sunny days in a row we had to go on that 4th day and do it, because then the passes would be nice and dry. I had no idea how long this would take, I'm no Rhodes weather expert and for all I knew it could be weeks or months that we would have to wait. After just 2 days of watching the weather reports I saw some nice dry weather leading up to the weekend of the 12th, so I told Kevin that we had to go this weekend so we better get our ducks in a row. He was as laid back as ever and said that sounds great.

While looking at possible routes I had at first thought that we could start in Rhodes as Rhodes is the closest town to us, but then I realized that his would involve a huge amount of doubling back for both Lundeans Neck and Jouberts Pass and this would involve a lot of extra distance. I saw that starting on Jouberts Pass and finishing at Lundeans Neck made the most sense, so this is what we settled on.

We also decided that riding to Rhodes was not a great idea as we would need to make an early start for the challenge, so we decided to trailer our bikes there.

The other fairly major concern that I had was the range on my KTM520 is not great as I only have an 8.5 litre tank, and some of the distances between fuel stops were just too far. This is where Kevin's GS was a huge comfort with its 33l tank, so I took a piece of hose and a 2l coke bottle in my back pack which I was sure I would need at least twice. As it turned out I didn't need to siphon from Kev's bike once, I filled my pooratech long range coke bottle with petrol every time we stopped for fuel and that got me round the whole route.

The route I plotted on Google Earth:

Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Lem on January 15, 2019, 05:56:01 pm
Subskraaib!


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Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: punisher on January 15, 2019, 05:57:27 pm
 O0

piccies pleeeez
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 15, 2019, 06:15:06 pm
So my wife arrived back from Zim and I told her I'd be leaving on a bike trip to Rhodes in two days time, which she was quite ok with.

We decided to leave Saturday morning, Kevin's wife Sarah would come along for the ride but wouldn't join Kevin on the GS as she usually does as the challenge would be too hectic. This was a good decision.

I booked accommodation for us at Lupela Lodge, just outside of Lady Grey, and that is where we started and finished the ride. Lupela Lodge proved to be an awesome place to stay, very reasonably priced for high quality rooms, I can highly recommend it.

I didn't need to do much prepping to my 2001 KTM 520 EXC, just cleaned the air filter, changed the oil and lubed the chain and it was good to go.

So Sunday morning we were up early and ready to leave on our adventure at 05h30.

First stop Lady Grey to fill up with petrol and check tyre pressures, then up the hill to Jouberts Pass, just outside town for our first compulsory stop.

The rules of the Ben 10 Eco Challenge are that you need to take a picture of yourselves at a sign marking each of the passes. Some of the signs are easy to find, others not so much.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 15, 2019, 06:37:25 pm
Unfortunately with a trip of this nature time is not on your side and neither of us really knew what to expect from the ride as we hadn't done most of the passes for a good few years, so we couldn't stand around admiring the views or taking pictures of the scenery, it was pretty much find the sign, get off the bike, get your helmet and gloves off, snap a couple of pics of us and the sign, helmet back on and off you go.

Jouberts Pass was the only pass except for Ben Mcdhui that I had never done before, so it was a really enjoyable ride up and down. We left the top of Jouberts at 06h20 and headed southwards in the direction of Barkley East, Otto Du Plessis Pass being the next on our list.

Something i must add which was great fun on the ride is a Whattsapp group that I am a member of, some of who had recently done the Ben 10 with Highsider were in touch with me the whole day. Quite a few members said beforehand that there is no way I will make it, and i better take a tent etc, although I also got amazing support from them. So it was really cool Whatsapping them a pic from each pass as I took the pic so they could see our progress and send comments.

the ride to Otto Du Plessis was quite long and boring, but we made good progress and the pass itself was great.

I used my 2l reserve fuel at the Otto du Plessis stop and then my bike made it all the way to Elliot for the next petrol stop, which I wasn't expecting it to. We left Elliot just after 09h00, a bit behind my thumbsuck schedule.

After Elliot was the very spectacular Barkley Pass, the only tar pass of the challenge.

Still looking nice and fresh at Barkley Pass.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: eberhard on January 15, 2019, 06:51:35 pm
Keep it coming :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Karel84 on January 15, 2019, 06:52:35 pm
Awesome stuff! Sub!!!

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Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 15, 2019, 07:03:15 pm
After Barkley Pass we left the tar and headed towards Baster VoetslaanPad which I thought might take us a while, so I budgeted 3 hours to get from Elliot to Maclear.

The ride up to the top of Baster was a bit rocky and probably more challenging than going down the pass itself, but neither Kevin on the big GS or I had any problems.

Baster doesn't have any sign announcing that you are there, just a stone plaque thing telling you that this is the Lapa Munnik Pass, aka the Baster Voetslaan Pad as it is more commonly known.

Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 15, 2019, 07:49:27 pm
After the compulsory pics we were back on the bikes and heading down the pass.

It was in conditions like this that my 520 came into its own compared to the heavy GS. Sure I paid a price in terms of uncomfortable seat and no wind protection, but the light KTM was an absolute pleasure to ride, its engine purring like a pussy cat and not using a drop of oil.

Coming down Basters was as spectacular as I remembered it from 10 odd years ago when I was last here, the scenery is breathtaking. .
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Highsider on January 15, 2019, 07:52:31 pm
Getting the updates from Jon during his Ben10-in-1 was like waiting for the next Dakar highlights on DSTV...  lots of speculation and opinion during our braai that day.
Quite a feat.


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Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 15, 2019, 07:54:00 pm
In the dry it was actually quite an easy ride. Completely different story in the wet I am sure.

Basters was so pretty that I felt I had to stop a couple of times and take a few pics.

Besides, at this stage we were still on schedule and things were going according to plan.

Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Outthere on January 16, 2019, 12:01:02 am
Thanks Jon for a great weekend away it was interesting to say the least
Not a cloud in the sky.
Not another viechle.
Just miles and miles of fun on bikes.

Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: OomD on January 16, 2019, 05:59:41 am
Awesome ride, it seems! Waiting for more...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Vis Arend on January 16, 2019, 06:07:10 am
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 16, 2019, 07:54:43 am
Thanks Jon for a great weekend away it was interesting to say the least
Not a cloud in the sky.
Not another viechle.
Just miles and miles of fun on bikes.

Thanks for joining me Kevin, as William Gillitt told me the day before the trip, I couldn't ask for a better riding partner than you  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: frankmac on January 16, 2019, 08:17:35 am
Stunning scenery, Jon. Must have been a blast.

Judging by your grubby face, you were rearguard in the dusty sections  :biggrin:
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 16, 2019, 08:30:09 am
So we both got up and down baster without incident, big smiles on our faces, everything was going to plan and the riding was amazing.

After leaving the plantations at the bottom of Baster we turned onto the tar and headed towards Ugie. In Ugie we found a shady spot next to the road where we had our first and come to think of it, only, break for something to eat. Sarah had done a great job of packing energy bars, dates and nuts for us to have along the way. strangely enough I was never particularly hungry on the ride, but the little bit of food I did eat went down well. Must have been the great braai the previous evening at Lupela Lodge.

We didn't need to fill up in Ugie, it had only been 70 odd kilometers since Elliot and Maclear was just 20 kilometers away.

So after a quick stop for fuel in Maclear we left the town and turned onto gravel towards NaudesNek. The time was 11h40, so we were 20 minutes ahead of schedule and things were looking up for completing the challenge.

Unfortunately shortly after leaving Maclear I noticed that my chain slider was hanging off the side of my swing arm, flapping around by my boot.

I stopped and found that the screw and washer were missing and the hole in the swingarm where the bolt goes into was stripped, obviously from the chain catching on the to of the bolt as it was working loose. Now this may seem like a very small insignificant or easy to fix issue, but the problem is that firstly you need a recessed or "bucket" washer so that the bolt head does not protrude above the level of the chain slider, otherwise the chain will just rip the bolt out within a few kilometers. There is also no ways you can ride a bike like this without a chain slider, within 50 km your swingarm will be destroyed by the chain, and we still had a long way to go.

Anyway I won't bore you with the details, but we tried everything we had on us, from cable ties to plastic inserts and oversize bolts to Pratley Steel but had to stop at least 4 or 5 times to replace what we had done because nothing would work. At this stage I might not have shown it to Kevin, but I was starting to panic as time was slipping by and we were on a tight schedule.

Didn't take many pics along this section as my mind was on other things. It was around here that I told Kevin that if I have to stop because of my bike's problems, he must carry on and finish the challenge on his own, he has come too far not to.

After a few stops on this section we made it up to the top of NaudesNek for the compulsory photo. The pass condition was pretty good.


Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 16, 2019, 08:49:58 am
We left NaudesNek at 14h55 and turned onto the Tenahead road to tackle the Tenahead Tiffendell Traverse.

We were now seriously behind schedule, I had budgeted that we would leave Rhodes at 14h00 and we had a long way to go before we even got to Rhodes.

Stopped for the obligatory pic at the TTT sign, then past Tenahead Hotel and onto the Traverse.

The plan was to stop at Tenahead and say hi to Ashley, who used to work for Kevin, but no time for that now. The Traverse was rockier and longer than I remembered it to be, and we were pushing the pace. Kevin did exceptionally well on the big heavy GS, it must have been physically taxing riding the GS over what is essentially enduro bike terrain.

After what seemed like an age we finally got to the Carlislehoekspruit Pass and headed down it towards Rhodes, as I had used my 2l coke bottle reserve and was nearly out, and this was the last place to get fuel before the end of the ride at Lady Gray. It was a nice quick ride down the exceptionally beautiful pass and despite the time pressure had to stop and take at least one pic on the way down.

In Rhodes it seemed to take forever to get fuel from the private seller who operates from home, but I fueled up and we headed back up the pass to Tiffendell and the imposing Ben Mcdhui, stopping on the way for a pic at the Carlislehoekspruit pass.



Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: wilfwalk on January 16, 2019, 09:19:03 am
Excellent stuff, and quite dramatic with your time pressure ! Well done guys.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 16, 2019, 09:20:36 am
We pulled into Tiffendell and headed for approximately where I knew the office was, as the Ben 10 rules state that you have to sign an indemnity before you tackle Ben Mcdhui Pass, which lies on the hill above Tiffendell. As we approached a chap came out the building to greet us, I don't think they see too many people this time of year. I asked him if we could sign the indemnity and he said sure, he just needs to find the bar lady who has the indemnities and he doesn't know where she is at the moment. Sensing a crucial time delay I asked him if we could sign the indemnity on our way down after we had done the pass and he kindly agreed  :biggrin:.

So back on the bikes and we sett off past the ski slope and up the pass.

Ben McDhui consists of about 6 hairpin bends, then a rocky section next to what I presume is the Lesotho border fence, followed by about 3 very daunting climbs up very high rockpiles. Before I left on the trip, Highsider had warned me about these rocks. He said they were quite high and challenging, but I shouldn't battle as long as I Pinned my bike and kept momentum up and didn't hesitate. Thank goodness he had given me this advice.

The initial hairpins were quite steep and sandy, with lots of loose stones. My 520 cruised up, but when I got past the hairpins I saw Kevin stuck on the heavy GS halfway up. I decided I was going to get to the top seeing as I was nearly there already, take my compulsory pic, then come back and assist kevin. So I carried on and got to the rocks and saw it was exactly as Highsider had described it. There was no time to get off and look for a line up the rocks, or look what it was like up top, I put my bike in1st and pinned the throttle and my bike shot up the rocks like a rat out of an aquaduct.

It was awesome.

But I was worried about Kevin taking his nice shiny 1200 up here.

Same with the next 2 rock sections and in about 2 minutes I was at the sign at the top, I jumped off my bike took the pic, back on the bike and down the hill to help Kevin. As I got down the hill there was no sign of Kevin, he had turned around and headed back down to Tiffendell. I arrived to find Kevin looking a bit dejected, he said he wasn't going to be able to get his bike up there, it would take too long and it would get damaged. I didn't disagree. I told him to get on my bike, get his ass up the pass and take the required pic because we are going to finish this thing.His first lame response was "What if I crash your bike"  :lamer: I told him I didn't care if he crashed my bike just go now, we don't have time to argue. Kevin's face literally lit up in front of me as he helmeted up and jumped on my bike. Just before he gunned it up the hill I gave him the same advice that Highsider had given me that served me so well, and he was gone.

I had time for a coke in the bar while I waited for Kevin, but it wasn't long before a beaming Kevin arrived back, telling me that my bike was amazing.

We were now seriously late, the sun was almost setting and we still had 2 passes to do, Volunteershoek Pass and Lundeans Nek, but we both secretly now knew that nothing was going to stop us from making it.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 16, 2019, 09:45:33 am
We pulled out of Tiffendell after having signed the indemnities at about 18h40 and headed towards Volunteershoek Pass which would take us down to WarTrail. Unfortunately we were riding directly into the setting sun and I could see just about nothing with the glare. Once the sun had gone down it was actually a huge relief, at least you could see where you were going.

Volunteershoek Pass was no problem, just a quick stop to take the pic and before long we were at the bottom and heading towards Lundeans Nek.

Lundeans Nek was a mess. Sure it was getting dark so we couldn't see that well, but it was in a terrible state, far worse than when I last rode it 5 odd years ago.

Eventually we got to the Lundeans Nek sign at the top of the pass and we could pose for the last of the pictures.

I have to admit that this felt as good as finishing Comrades Marathon.

The sun was long gone, but there was just enough light for the final pic, it was now 19h30, we had taken 2 full hours ;longer than I had planned, but that was fine.

After a bit of admin, like replacing the batteries in my GPS, pouring the 2l reserve fuel into my tank and phoning Sarah to tell her we were running late but ok, we headed down the pass in the pitch dark.

Now don't get me wrong, my KTM is an awesome bike, the engine really is bullet-proof, but that headlight sucks even more than my old XR's used to. This was the first time I had ever ridden it after dark and I could see absolutely nothing with it, and we still had to get down Lundeans and then another odd 100km back to Lupela Lodge along some not great dirt roads. For me this was the most difficult part of the trip. I rode on the extreme right hand side of the road, Kevin just behind me on the left so I could see from his light. It seemed to take forever to get back, but eventually we rolled into Lupela Lodge at 22h00.

Sixteen and a half hours is along time to spend on a bike, but it was worth it.

Challenge completed.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: wilfwalk on January 16, 2019, 10:17:32 am
The photos of you guys at the respective boards are very amusing to see how your faces changed during the course of the day ! Very well done, I'm sure not many will tackle the whole Challenge in one day, so you've turned into a real Challenge. Great stuff.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: >Herman< on January 16, 2019, 10:47:24 am
Nice riding John & Outthere.

Between your report and SGB's FB report you lot convinced me that this is a MUST DO ride.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Dwerg on January 16, 2019, 10:55:01 am
Well done I was hoping someone would do it in a day  :thumleft:

Where can I find SGB's FB report?
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: BikerJan on January 16, 2019, 10:58:24 am
Very nice riding report.

I will also have to give this a go, with the exception of the one pass maybe?
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: >Herman< on January 16, 2019, 11:02:25 am
Where can I find SGB's FB report?

He posted on Facebook.


Here is a video - https://www.facebook.com/InSearchOfStories/videos/308961913084730/
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Dwerg on January 16, 2019, 11:06:19 am
Where can I find SGB's FB report?

He posted on Facebook.


Here is a video - https://www.facebook.com/InSearchOfStories/videos/308961913084730/

Cool thanks. Haven't seen that page before  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: >Herman< on January 16, 2019, 11:08:01 am
I will also have to give this a go, with the exception of the one pass maybe?

Jan, kom ons doen al 10. Maar vat tyd en doen dit in 2-3 dae.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: >Herman< on January 16, 2019, 11:09:16 am
Cool thanks. Haven't seen that page before  :thumleft:


Some VERY cool videos and pictures on there. It's SGB's son that make them. Very entertaining, and it makes one want to go ride and ride and explore!
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Kortbroek on January 16, 2019, 11:19:50 am
Well done.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Dwerg on January 16, 2019, 11:21:04 am
Cool thanks. Haven't seen that page before  :thumleft:


Some VERY cool videos and pictures on there. It's SGB's son that make them. Very entertaining, and it makes one want to go ride and ride and explore!

Wow that really is a top quality video
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: YoungGSer on January 16, 2019, 11:26:31 am
This is going high up on my list of rides to do...


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Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Kortbroek on January 16, 2019, 11:49:07 am
Slight comment, not trying to belittle what was a big day out.

I don't know whether the Ben10 "rules" say this or not, but according to me you can only claim a pass if you do the whole thing so on Naude's Nek that means you have to not turn off to Tenahead immediately but first have to ride down the other side of the pass until you get to the Naude monument. Only then have you actually done the whole pass.

Edit: had a look at the website now and it says only to the signs. So open to interpretation I guess.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: ianb on January 16, 2019, 11:55:03 am
Brilliant ,Well done to John and Kevin.Nice RR.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Sheepman on January 16, 2019, 12:13:58 pm
Well played and thanks for the RR John  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: ABruigom on January 16, 2019, 03:15:37 pm
Awesome RR John. Next time you pass Tenahead, refreshments on me.

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Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 16, 2019, 03:38:04 pm
Awesome RR John. Next time you pass Tenahead, refreshments on me.

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That's a deal Ashley, Kevin was bummed that we didn't have time to stop and say howzit !!
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: SGB on January 16, 2019, 07:45:32 pm
Where can I find SGB's FB report?

He posted on Facebook.


Here is a video - https://www.facebook.com/InSearchOfStories/videos/308961913084730/

Firstly, well done to Jon and Kevin for completing this little ride, I have known them both for many years and they are always a pleasure to be with and to ride with.

My son has a FB page and Youtube Channel called "In Search of Stories" ( Link to Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd7RwkghCWy_jmCO5_IxZAg/videos ) and he occasionally posts a video of our rides there.  He has one GoPro camera and a pocket camera for pictures, and we do not do "Take 2" or stopping for camera setup and stuff.  Footage gathered as it unfolds and he has one chance. I think he is doing a good enough job.... 
I really enjoy taking him along on the rides, I am really a lucky dad - imagine if he was into soccer or something stupid.....

Nice seeing you guys again.....  Maybe I should visit here a little more.  Are you still fighting about tyres, religion and KTM/BMW?   :laughing4:
Ride On!

Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: >Herman< on January 17, 2019, 11:09:10 am
Are you still fighting about tyres, religion and KTM/BMW?   :laughing4:
  :lol8:
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: goonrider on January 17, 2019, 08:59:06 pm
Awesome RR JohnW,

Managed to run into Highsider on their trip and he mentioned you trip. Very well described and hats off, quite an accomplishment!!
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 17, 2019, 09:06:51 pm
Awesome RR JohnW,

Managed to run into Highsider on their trip and he mentioned you trip. Very well described and hats off, quite an accomplishment!!

Thanks man  :thumleft:

Was a heck of a lot of fun
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: arno on January 19, 2019, 07:16:07 am
Great trip and photos but doing the Ben 10 in one day is strongly discouraged by the founder of the challenge . Not that anyone will listen . Next will be who can do it the fastest ?
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 19, 2019, 09:32:39 am
Great trip and photos but doing the Ben 10 in one day is strongly discouraged by the founder of the challenge . Not that anyone will listen . Next will be who can do it the fastest ?

Really?

That must be why he has Stefan's video up on his Ben 10 Homepage.   :lamer:
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: wilfwalk on January 19, 2019, 10:31:30 am
The way I've understood the recommendation / suggestion of Trygve Roberts (having read his website yesterday) is to encourage participants to spend more time in the area to support the local economy. I didn't see it in any other light, though I do tend to agree that one should make a mini holiday of the whole experience, but that's the way I'd like to do it. It sure is a challenge to do it all in day, at least you might spend 2 nights in the area. So a mini boost for the locals.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Highsider on January 19, 2019, 12:18:00 pm
I wonder who could do it the fastest?...


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Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 19, 2019, 04:43:53 pm
I wonder who could do it the fastest?...


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I reckon you should set up a base time that others can try and aim for  :ricky:

Just do it
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JMOL on January 21, 2019, 01:26:17 pm
Thanks for the RR JonW.

Hats off to all who is doing it in 1 day - Respect!!

Lupela is a cool place.

Think I must do the challenge - as you said - Just Do It.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 24, 2019, 10:10:37 am
Thanks for the RR JonW.

Hats off to all who is doing it in 1 day - Respect!!

Lupela is a cool place.

Think I must do the challenge - as you said - Just Do It.

Thanks JMOL

In all honesty, as long as you are a fairly capable rider, have good weather and a reliable bike, doing this ride in one day is not that difficult.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JMOL on January 24, 2019, 01:35:21 pm
To be honest - I am looking at it, but I will take 4 days to do it as I want to take a lot of photos.  Just have to get the right friends to do it with.

My biggest worries are those switchbacks and the sand above Tiffendale and the steep downhills...........  Although it is paved, a downhill gives me the shakes  :lol8:

Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: XT JOE on January 28, 2019, 09:29:36 pm
Super ride thanks for a great r&r --one for the  bucket
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: roxenz on January 29, 2019, 10:17:29 am
Well done Jon and Kevin! And thanks for the write-up and photies. Sixteen plus hours! Hectic! One you guys will always remember though.

PS, Was nice to see Kevin's face - it's been yonks since the last time I was privileged to eat Kevin and Sarah's dust (seem to recall a red GS then). They are the pin-up couple for pillioning on dirt...

Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Wooly Bugger on January 31, 2019, 12:26:21 pm
Looks like a great trip!
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on January 31, 2019, 02:22:18 pm
Looks like a great trip!

Thank you  :thumleft:

It was nice to ride with Kevin again.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Wooly Bugger on January 31, 2019, 02:29:22 pm
Looks like a great trip!

Thank you  :thumleft:

It was nice to ride with Kevin again.

Please send him and Sarah my regards?
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Noneking on April 12, 2019, 12:08:48 pm
Lekker RR
Thanks for posting!
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: alwyn_gs on April 23, 2019, 02:54:09 pm
Saw this only now... congrats on the Ben10!
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on April 23, 2019, 08:10:15 pm
Saw this only now... congrats on the Ben10!

thank you  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Skeltonsc on June 19, 2019, 06:15:17 pm
@JonW  thanx this is the ride report that got me started with my own Ben10 trip.

Are these roads ride able in Jan Feb?

I'm not useless on dirt but dont want to go break a leg in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception as my trip will be a Solo one :ricky:

I did Sani in 2012 on my KLR and thought its a walk in the park >:D and I enjoyed @Cracker black route through Lesotho with no falls
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: JonW on June 20, 2019, 11:19:08 am
@JonW  thanx this is the ride report that got me started with my own Ben10 trip.

Are these roads ride able in Jan Feb?

I'm not useless on dirt but dont want to go break a leg in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception as my trip will be a Solo one :ricky:

I did Sani in 2012 on my KLR and thought its a walk in the park >:D and I enjoyed @Cracker black route through Lesotho with no falls

@Skeltonsc

January and February are a great time for this area, but it is the rainy season so you have to be careful, as rain will turn a normally easy dirt track into an impossibly slippery quagmire.

My advice is not to decide on the exact date that you want to do the ride. Rather identify a couple of weeks that are available to you and then close to the time watch the long term weather reports, and when you see 4 or 5 sunny days in a row then go for it.
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Grunder on June 24, 2019, 02:02:38 pm
Saw this only now... congrats on the Ben10!

thank you  :thumleft:

All I can say is wow  :thumleft:

Respect!!
Title: Re: My Ben 10 Challenge
Post by: Minxy on June 26, 2019, 08:53:30 am
Awesome! Thanks for the ride report. We really want to go do this sometime. We've ridden a number of those passes before, but never all 10 at once to qualify. We kinda set out to do this once, but ended up getting distracted and going into Lesotho to do Ongeluksnek and a couple of others instead :imaposer: It looks like your route worked out perfect, I will blatantly copy it for our own trip later this year  :ricky: