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Title: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: Warren Ellwood on April 16, 2019, 07:45:09 am
Saturday at around 11, we were nine bikes heading towards Katbakkies and as we approached Op Die Berg, there was a small group of people that included women, children and a late teens youngster who lobbed a large stone at the last bike in the convoy, literally right outside the town.

It hit Wayne's hand guard then came up and hit his bicep.

I give the heads up more because Wayne is a fairly skilled rider and whipped his Rally around, and chased after the now fleeing group, even when they crossed a ditch and assumed they were safe, he jumped the ditch and went into them with his bike, handing our a good few klappe along the way.

So we either have some people who have learned a lesson, or some people who will now be vengeful.

We had two ladies with us as well, I hate to think what the outcome would have been should the stone have hit one of them.

Anyway, be careful out there, I will now look at groups of people next to the road a little differently. One always assumes the farming folk in these little towns are friendly, but things like the addition of alcohol can cause them to make some stupid decisions.
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: Vintage_Mania on April 16, 2019, 07:54:54 am
Aai, this thing is starting to happen everywhere. I, too, have always thought the rural folk to be more friendly and accommodating, b ut this seems to have been a misconception on my part.

So we either have some people who have learned a lesson, or some people who will now be vengeful.

This ^^^^ is so endemic in SA these days. People creating their own bad luck, then not taking personal responsibility for it.
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: ButtSlider on April 16, 2019, 11:02:37 am
Thanks for the heads-up Warren.  :thumleft:
Had the same thing a few months back coming into Mossel Bay.  >:(   Luckily saw the rock at the last minute and ducked.
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: TheBear on April 16, 2019, 11:14:10 am
Stones being thrown at cyclist / bikers is nothing new from my experience.  Had it happen to me as far back as 2005. 

Then there was me, myself and I with a kettie in the 70's ......   :peepwall:
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: Eisbein on April 16, 2019, 11:15:00 am
On my way a while ago to Jozie I also went through a smallish town where kids in school clothes (this was around 10am) was close to the road.
3 of them on seeing me immediately went to grab some rocks and then while hiding the rocks behind me waved very friendly and then as I approached tried to throw it at me.
Luckily I saw this happening so just as the 1st one's hand starting raising from behind him I swerved towards the bunch so they forgot to aim, but I was gatvol at this even happening and thinking about what could have happened.

It is so sad that the list of things we need to watch out for is just growing bigger and bigger
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: AfricaOffroad on April 16, 2019, 11:55:27 am
This happened on and off. I think itís mostly a badly thought through prank, where they donít realize the consequences. Iíve chased a few throwers down and handed out a clap or two.

That said I remember one event, this lightie reached for a rock. I check him out and grab my brakes only to have my buddy who is not paying attention ram me up the arse. We both went tumbling down the road on our Enduro bikes. By the time the dust cleared the locals were missing in action. They must have had a good laugh at our expense, as did we afterwards
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: Firecoast on April 16, 2019, 12:00:56 pm
Saturday at around 11, we were nine bikes heading towards Katbakkies and as we approached Op Die Berg, there was a small group of people that included women, children and a late teens youngster who lobbed a large stone at the last bike in the convoy, literally right outside the town.

It hit Wayne's hand guard then came up and hit his bicep.

I give the heads up more because Wayne is a fairly skilled rider and whipped his Rally around, and chased after the now fleeing group, even when they crossed a ditch and assumed they were safe, he jumped the ditch and went into them with his bike, handing our a good few klappe along the way.

So we either have some people who have learned a lesson, or some people who will now be vengeful.

We had two ladies with us as well, I hate to think what the outcome would have been should the stone have hit one of them.

Anyway, be careful out there, I will now look at groups of people next to the road a little differently. One always assumes the farming folk in these little towns are friendly, but things like the addition of alcohol can cause them to make some stupid decisions.

And the difference is?
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: VaalBaas on April 16, 2019, 12:05:20 pm
Saturday at around 11, we were nine bikes heading towards Katbakkies and as we approached Op Die Berg, there was a small group of people that included women, children and a late teens youngster who lobbed a large stone at the last bike in the convoy, literally right outside the town.

It hit Wayne's hand guard then came up and hit his bicep.

I give the heads up more because Wayne is a fairly skilled rider and whipped his Rally around, and chased after the now fleeing group, even when they crossed a ditch and assumed they were safe, he jumped the ditch and went into them with his bike, handing our a good few klappe along the way.

So we either have some people who have learned a lesson, or some people who will now be vengeful.

We had two ladies with us as well, I hate to think what the outcome would have been should the stone have hit one of them.

Anyway, be careful out there, I will now look at groups of people next to the road a little differently. One always assumes the farming folk in these little towns are friendly, but things like the addition of alcohol can cause them to make some stupid decisions.

And the difference is?

Tread carefully now Warren..... :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: 0012 on April 16, 2019, 12:40:59 pm
If it were me pillioning, I would be 10x angrier if a thrown rock hit my wife than if it hit me, maybe this is what Warren means   ;D
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: Warren Ellwood on April 16, 2019, 12:55:03 pm
I am referring to my reaction, some fool hurts my wife like that and I am afraid a good few klappe is not going to suffice, I am going to get really nasty.


Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: punisher on April 16, 2019, 01:13:45 pm
SHOOT IN SELF DEFENSE  O0
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: Edgar on April 16, 2019, 02:24:26 pm
This is probably all my fault for klapping a taxi mirror a while ago.

But on a serious note, this is very bad, and I would reslly like to know why they are doing it? Close to elections there are always this type of shit.

Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: TheBear on April 16, 2019, 02:27:07 pm
This is probably all my fault for klapping a taxi mirror a while ago.

But on a serious note, this is very bad, and I would reslly like to know why they are doing it? Close to elections there are always this type of shit.

That, or just a bunch of bloody naughty and rather stupid kids.
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on April 16, 2019, 02:41:26 pm
Saturday at around 11, we were nine bikes heading towards Katbakkies and as we approached Op Die Berg, there was a small group of people that included women, children and a late teens youngster who lobbed a large stone at the last bike in the convoy, literally right outside the town.

It hit Wayne's hand guard then came up and hit his bicep.

I give the heads up more because Wayne is a fairly skilled rider and whipped his Rally around, and chased after the now fleeing group, even when they crossed a ditch and assumed they were safe, he jumped the ditch and went into them with his bike, handing our a good few klappe along the way.

So we either have some people who have learned a lesson, or some people who will now be vengeful.

We had two ladies with us as well, I hate to think what the outcome would have been should the stone have hit one of them.

Anyway, be careful out there, I will now look at groups of people next to the road a little differently. One always assumes the farming folk in these little towns are friendly, but things like the addition of alcohol can cause them to make some stupid decisions.

And the difference is?

 :sip: I think as a generalisation women are more emotional when attacked.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: TheBear on April 16, 2019, 02:55:08 pm
Saturday at around 11, we were nine bikes heading towards Katbakkies and as we approached Op Die Berg, there was a small group of people that included women, children and a late teens youngster who lobbed a large stone at the last bike in the convoy, literally right outside the town.

It hit Wayne's hand guard then came up and hit his bicep.

I give the heads up more because Wayne is a fairly skilled rider and whipped his Rally around, and chased after the now fleeing group, even when they crossed a ditch and assumed they were safe, he jumped the ditch and went into them with his bike, handing our a good few klappe along the way.

So we either have some people who have learned a lesson, or some people who will now be vengeful.

We had two ladies with us as well, I hate to think what the outcome would have been should the stone have hit one of them.

Anyway, be careful out there, I will now look at groups of people next to the road a little differently. One always assumes the farming folk in these little towns are friendly, but things like the addition of alcohol can cause them to make some stupid decisions.

And the difference is?

Hell hath no fury ..........    >:D
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: GRUNT on April 16, 2019, 05:38:33 pm
.....like a woman stoned
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: JacquesM on April 16, 2019, 09:01:33 pm
We see this every now and then while cycling.

My perception is that it is mostly related to fetal alcohol syndrome, which means that they are not accountable.

We are now very aware of the possibility of having something thrown at us when passing a group of people, especially if there are youngsters present.
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 16, 2019, 09:16:33 pm
 related to fetal alcohol syndrome, which means that they are not accountable.

Jacques hulle weet presies wat hulle doen is verkeerd, want hoekom hardloop hulle weg as mens stop?
Hulle kyk maar net of mens dalk gaan val, want hulle weet die kans op bicycle en bike is baie groter en verder weet hulle ook die ruiter kan nie n skietding uitpluk terwyl hy altwee hande nodig het om te ry. Verder is hulle ook gewoonlik heel skerp om net die heel laaste persoon te gooi sodat die hele groep dit nie sien en almal hulle agterna sit.

In my hele lewe het ek nog net een persoon teŽgekom wat sigbare tekens van alkohol sindroom gehad het (die krom voor arms) 9 jaar saam met hom gewerk en nooit probleme gegee en was n baie betroubare en gewillige werker.

Die meeste wat ek al na gegooi is was op die pad tussen Opuvo en Epupa Falls. Kom alkohol sindroom daar voor? Nee glad nie dis mos glo net n wes kaap ding.
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: Africanus on April 17, 2019, 06:10:38 am
A few weeks ago bumped into a German tourist in a Discovery at the copshop in Somerset West.

He was travelling with family between Stellies and Somerset West when he got pelted with rocks by kids.

He had two in the car WITH their mother.

Chased them down, rounded them up and took them to the charge office.

A boy and a girl of about 8 or 9.

Mammie staan rond met 'n bek sonne tanne.


I did not hang around to see what transpired.


 
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: Eisbein on April 17, 2019, 10:49:02 am
Mammie staan rond met 'n bek sonne tanne.

Was this literally or a figure of speech ?

 :peepwall: :peepwall: :peepwall: :peepwall:


 :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: TheBear on April 17, 2019, 10:53:53 am
A few weeks ago bumped into a German tourist in a Discovery at the copshop in Somerset West.

He was travelling with family between Stellies and Somerset West when he got pelted with rocks by kids.

He had two in the car WITH their mother.

Chased them down, rounded them up and took them to the charge office.

A boy and a girl of about 8 or 9.

Mammie staan rond met 'n bek sonne tanne.


I did not hang around to see what transpired.

Kids must have crapped themselves!

In 2009 we did Quads for Quads.  In KZN, near Weenen some kids pelted us with rocks.  The organiser went and spoke to the local chief who had previously given permission (money and stuff must have changed hands) for the quads to cross his land.  Man alive!  He had those kids rounded up and in 2009 in KZN in a Chieftain, the "no corporal punishment" law had not yet arrived!  He and two elders tanned some serious hide that day.   :lol8:
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: Jacobsroodt on April 17, 2019, 11:10:47 am
It is not a strange occurrence.  I tried to hit cars from the bus stop when I was small once, and my 6 year old managed to hit a bakkie with his kettie in Ais Ais once :eek7:. And you are talking about educated people! So less educated people might just do it more freely.
An interesting Australian study on why cyclists get hit by cars found that car drivers don't regard cyclists as people. Car drivers see cyclists as insects, and cyclists are more likely to get hit. So bikes are buzzing beetles, if I can use the same analogy:

Motorists who try to run cyclists off the road may be acting badly because they don't think the riders are completely human. ... The researchers chose the insect-to-human scale, they said, because of the number of popular slurs against cyclists that relate to insects.Mar 29, 2019
Why do drivers endanger cyclists? Because they see them as insects
https://www.timeslive.co.za/.../2019-03-29-why-do-drivers-endanger-cyclists-because-th...
Title: Re: Op Die Berg - Rock thrown
Post by: TheBear on April 17, 2019, 11:33:34 am
It is not a strange occurrence.  I tried to hit cars from the bus stop when I was small once, and my 6 year old managed to hit a bakkie with his kettie in Ais Ais once :eek7:. And you are talking about educated people!

I plead guilty myself.   :-[