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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Eisbein on September 02, 2009, 10:06:36 am

Title: 7 Days up the Westcoast and to Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed: Completed!
Post by: Eisbein on September 02, 2009, 10:06:36 am
Finally it was that time of the year again.

A couple of guys that started off as forum acquaintances gradually and effortlessly changed into regular riding buddies and eventually into very close friends.
Last year was the 1st time we did ‘n big ride (more than a one-nighter) together.

Our resident map and back road encyclopaedia and all-round-nice guy (more on that later), Ektoknbike plotted a route for us and again (like last year’s Karoo trip) upon looking at the screen shots from his Mapsource we instantly knew that this was going to be a ride that would not only stretch some of our capabilities a little (albeit in a safe manner), but would plainly just be a ride where every kilometre and new piece of scenery would be taken in, savoured, thoroughly enjoyed and above all remembered for years to come.

The plan was:
Leave at Topbox’s shop the 22nd, ride up to camp next to the sea somewhere on the other side of Lambertsbay, go to Port Noloth, then across at Sendelingsdrift, get supplies at Rosh Pina, camp on the bank of the Orange River, head back into South Africa at Vioolsdrift, sleep over at Klein Pella then head to Verneukpan and then home.
Our plans did change a bit (as they always do), so we ended up leaving verneukpan until a later time and going from Brandvlei to Calvinia and from there via Wuppertal and Eselbank to Cederberg Oasis and back home.

Enter the myriad of merry motorcycling men (*groan*):

Ektoknbike and Piksteel on big KTMs, Topbox on his XR, Biesie on his 660 Tenere, CJ on his Africa Twin, Operator on a Djebel XC, ‘Klaing’ on a V-strom and finally me and Surf on the two big GS’ bringing up the rear.
Joining us for the 2 days was Highlander on his 1200GSA – Having just arrived back back from his Trans Siberian Express holiday sadly he had just enough ‘needed to be caught up on’ backlog at his office to keep him from joining in on the whole trip.

This was an interesting selection of bikes for a trip like this, but we were ready.
Ektoknbike did an amazing job of plotting the routes, planning the distances and finding the spots where we would stay over – taking into consideration the different types of bikes as well as the different levels of experience/skill of all our city boys.

This was going to be 6 days away from home – unsupported with camping as the main focus, so I needed to think about what I was going to need, what I wanted to take with and what there was space for.

I packed the bike the evening before we left and then took it to a little sandy spot close to my home where I wanted to get a feel for the bike and the weight distribution before I went on the trip. It was a good thing I did as I found out that the tankbag was too big (ok maybe that’s mah belly) for me to be able to stand ‘neutrally weighted’ on the pegs.

So I went back and then removed all but the tools from the tankbag (and let it collapse) and put some of the stuff in the back. I was actually very chuffed by how easily I got everything packed with relatively little space needed. I had the sleeping stuff (blow-up mattress and duvet) in the topbox, tools in the tankbag and the clothes and the rest in a bag on the pillion seat with the tent on top of it.

The next morning we arrived at Topbox’s place and the needle was deep in the red  on the ‘excitometer’.


Even one of his ‘posties’ was ready ;D


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/Dag1/DSCF5058.jpg)
Ready, steady …

We decided to go and have a look at the track day before we left.
Thought it would be cool to arrive with our fully loaded bikes and then leave on our trip, but when we arrived at Killarney there was no-one to be seen, so we left again, as breakfast was waiting at the Wimpy in langebaan ;D

Some of the worst chips I had in ages, but the company was excellent and the trip was ahead of us.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/Dag1/DSCF5064.jpg)

We went onto some very cool back roads on the other side of Dwarskersbos.
This was on one of those ‘loops’ on the way to Elandsbaai.

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Enjoying the sea view

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Surf being ‘chill’

Me enjoying the ride:
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Somewhere on these roads I found out the hard way that you shouldn’t really pack your tireweld in the same bag as your clothes.
Somewhere where I got off the bike for a photo I saw this dripping at the back of the bike and on closer inspection I saw the foam coming through the side of my bag.
::)
I decided that for my well-being (and to not hold up the group) I would rather not open the bag and deal with it when we stopped again.

As it turns out the can ruptured on the outside (lucky the can was in the corner of my bag) with almost no gunk on anything important in the bag. *phew*

Ektoknbike’s bike started to backfire, so having just replaced the battery the day before he suspected the terminals.
This was him fixing the terminals while showing the paparazzi what he thinks of their photodocumenting efforts... ;D :D ;D

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/Dag1/DSCF0006.jpg)
Ektoknbike being good with his hands

So on we went.
This was taken at Doringbaai. There’s a maze of little roads between the tar road and the sea – this area will see me again.

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Doringbaai


By the nature of how we travelled and where we were planning on sleeping we had to get all of our supplies in Lambertsbay. So we had extra water, drinks, meat and a bag of wood each now also strapped to the bikes. (The wood we got at Lutzville while filling up)

Down at the bottom of this hill was the right turn that put us onto the road that leads to ‘Gert du Toit se baai’, where we would spend the night.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/Dag1/DSCF5085.jpg)


I was pleasantly surprised by how it looked on this bit of coastline.
I wasn’t expecting cliffs and a lot of ‘ups and downs’ like we were greeted with.
To be honest, for someone who’s never been higher up the west coast than Strandfontein I didn’t know what to expect ;D

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/Dag1/DSCF5090.jpg)
Very cool roads

Somewhere on this road we also met a fellow Wilddog (Motto – didn’t know he was a wilddog at the time)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/Dag1/DSCF5093.jpg)
Enjoying the scenery again



We knew we were going to shift some boundaries on this trip, but some of it came a little earlier than expected. I was never totally comfortable with sandy strips and ruts in it.
Somehow the mental barrier was always nagging in the back of my mind of the ‘big’ bike, its heavy weight and the 19” front wheel. We did go play a little in the sand about 2 weeks before the trip, but that was almost dune-like sand and the bike wasn’t loaded with extra braai wood on the topbox…

On this road we encountered a couple of sandy spots. Nothing serious, but with a couple of bikes having gone through it there were definite ruts snaking across it.
In a previous life that would have been enough to let me tap off the gas and get the duck feet out, but this time I decided that if everyone said the same thing, the theory might hold some truth…
So I got up, looked ahead, opened my legs slightly and gently accelerated.
It was the weirdest thing and a huge personal victory for me. After this my riding style changed. ;D
The bike snaked and twitched a little (waaay less than I expected), but I could feel it sniff the old ‘tracks’ and then (just as it felt like it was going to wash out sideways) I could feel that reassuring feedback from the bars that it was now busy carving out its own path through it.
Before I knew it I was through it and still upright.
I spoke to Surf and he felt the same thing.

Granted – this wasn’t ‘sand riding guru’ type of stuff, but for me it changed my mind about riding rutted sand and I know for a fact that there was one or two instances where I either would have paddled the bike, or where I would have risked a topple over. And this time I was gunning it through finding out that in riding sand speed really is your friend.
There was (this day and the next few) a couple of times where we arrived at a spot that was carved up by 8 bikes ahead of us leaving us with a couple of deep waving ruts and all we did was to look up, get up, open up and let the bike find its own way through it.
Even though it was still scary (to me anyway) it was also very liberating to know that putting the theory into practice had the results I was looking for: Get it over with quickly, efficiently and above all safely.

There was one bad spot where one of the guys in front toppled over and then panelbeated the spot quite badly, with another guy toppling over and doing the same.
By the time Surf and I arrived all guns blazing (around a corner nogals) we were greeted with a sight of bikes in front of us, so we had to slow down and pull away while still being in the sand. I almost toppled over where on pull away  my front wheel took a rut and I could just put my foot down in time, parking the bike in the side of the road ;D
Surf followed the same rut (that I now also carved even deeper) and ended up where he couldn't touch Terra Firma when his GSA started to lean over.


This was the result:
You can also see the tell-tale sign (in front of his bike) of my quick ‘jump to the left’ and straight to the side.
;D

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/Dag1/DSCF0019.jpg)
On doing the sand thing a while ago, CJ commented (while Surf was in the distance) that ‘two lights next to each other was good – two lights on top of each other was bad’
Clearly these two lights were on top of each other…



Quickly he was upright and on the go again.

He was just out when we realized the bag of wood was missing, so we found it where he had his ‘lean over’.

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Operator and Surf proving that we leave nothing behind.
Ok – maybe we just wanted to have enough wood for the night…


This was the entrance to ‘Gert du Toit se baai’
What a magic spot:
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Couple of random shots:

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Having a drink and a chat after a very cool 1st day

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Surf’s bike showing proof that the ‘A’ in ‘GSA’ isn’t just for show.

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Yes I admit it. I am still in love with the 1150GSA ;D ;D ;D

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Ektoknbike and Piksteel’s answer to the dew that we knew were coming. Their tent is in the middle of all of that.

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This is how I like to camp – our bikes right next to the tents and the sea right behind.

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The_CJ , the_riekielouw and the_sunset


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Smiles all around – I like being on the road with these guys

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Biesie and the sunset

I love silhouettes. And 1150 GSA’s make for good ones:
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Check the moon :)

Don’t ask, don’t tell:
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Don’t ask don’t tell v 2 ::)
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/Dag1/DSCF5139.jpg)



And so the sun set on a magnificent 1st day.
It was lots of laughter and long stories ‘till deep into the night.
All in all we were just so happy to be here – doing the stuff that we have read about in ride reports for too long…

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/Dag1/DSCF5149.jpg)
And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking

Somehow at this moment the rat race that Pink Floyd spoke about wasn’t that important at all.

All of a sudden we had enough time.
The bikes, the sunset, the sea and good friends.
Right here and right now it all just made sense.
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Scrat on September 02, 2009, 10:12:15 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft:

Nice one - now the rest!!!
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Eisbein on September 02, 2009, 10:15:05 am
Thanks!



I'm working on it.

;D ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: cloudgazer on September 02, 2009, 10:15:34 am


Don’t ask, don’t tell:
(http://www.oumeulteater.co.za/pics/weskus/Dag1/DSCF5131.jpg)

Don’t ask don’t tell v 2 ::)
(http://www.oumeulteater.co.za/pics/weskus/Dag1/DSCF5139.jpg)



I HAVE to ask.

what's with the man love?
 :mwink:

Awesome report btw.
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Eisbein on September 02, 2009, 10:17:33 am
We are all very comfortable with our sexuality
::)

Maybe 'brokeback Weskus?'
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


'What happened on 'Die Weskus' stays on 'Die Weskus'

;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Pistonpete on September 02, 2009, 10:27:13 am
awesome guys ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: White Stripes on September 02, 2009, 11:03:28 am
How dare you pass Langebaan and not say hi?

I'm watching you.

And waiting. :drif:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Sir Rat on September 02, 2009, 11:06:11 am
Jurre boys julle laaik mekaar he?  :3some:

Bring on the rest Eisbein!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: madmike999 on September 02, 2009, 11:10:35 am
nice trip is there more? yes no?
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Eisbein on September 02, 2009, 11:11:54 am
nice trip is there more? yes no?

This be day 1 of 6.

The rest is being worked on.

;D



How dare you pass Langebaan and not say hi?

I'm watching you.

And waiting. :drif:
We did think about you - sieriehaas.

;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Trailrider on September 02, 2009, 11:14:09 am
 :headbang:

 :happy1:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: buzzlightyear on September 02, 2009, 11:15:52 am
 :3some:
 :happy1:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: GSJeri on September 02, 2009, 11:18:58 am
Awsome guys  :drif:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on September 02, 2009, 12:00:22 pm
 :thumleft: :happy1:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: allan.cawood on September 02, 2009, 12:40:40 pm
:happy1:

Awesome read ... *waiting for the rest of it*
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: fat b on September 02, 2009, 01:02:33 pm
Nice one , keep it coming ! :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: rubiblue on September 02, 2009, 01:21:12 pm
cool!
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: MrBig on September 02, 2009, 04:10:03 pm
 :drif:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: mountainboy on September 02, 2009, 04:39:15 pm
ag oom, nog asseblief  :biggrin:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Eisbein on September 02, 2009, 04:42:55 pm
Vanaand, boeta.

;D ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: mountainboy on September 02, 2009, 04:52:43 pm
Vanaand, boeta.

;D ;D

cool

when I boeka (thats means when I eat after fasting today  - lesson for the day  :mwink:)
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Poffmuis on September 02, 2009, 05:13:54 pm
when I boeka (thats means when I eat after fasting today  - lesson for the day  :mwink:)

I understand they are preparing your meal??

(http://www.karnmeats.com/images/worlds-biggest-hamburger-3.jpg)
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Watermat on September 02, 2009, 05:20:42 pm
Befonk!!

Keep it coming  ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: durtseeker on September 02, 2009, 05:23:01 pm
How long did it take you to get to Gert du Toit se baai?
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Eisbein on September 02, 2009, 10:05:25 pm
Day 2 - Gert du Toit se Baai to Port Nolloth


After a good night's rest (I always sleep better with the sound of waves and the shore close by) we woke to another perfect day for riding.
As luck would have it we all had our bikes and had time off, so we could Carpe the living daylights out of this Diem ;D

CJ was up, ready and packed before the rest, so he took this photo.
That is his Africa Twin standing ready to roll.


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What an awesome spot to have spent the night. All of us felt we could stay another day or two here



The road was more of the same type of surface as the previous day and more stunning scenery awaited us.
I absolutely love that the road twists closer and further to/from the sea.

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The types of road and scenery we were treated to


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Biesie taking some of it in


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Klaing arriving at one of the gates


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CJ leaving the same gate


Our 1st stop and regroup at 'brand se baai'

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Every single one of these little bays and places is a place that is in itself worthy of staying over at and exploring/experiencing a little more


A couple of shots taken on the way to Garies (were we filled up, had lunch and sadly had to say our goodbye's to Highlander, who was gunning it via the N7 home.)

From there it wasn't far 'till we got on more scenic gravel roads again on our way to Hondeklipbaai, through the Kleinsee diamond mining area and on towards Port Nolloth.


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Biesie in the distance


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Here and there it was a little rutted with the occasional loose surface, but nothing that was close to being an issue.
There was once where we came 'round a fast sweeping corner with a very loose, very deep (and by the time we arrived very rutted) sandy surface, but it was more of the same - get up and gas it and before you know it you are on the other side.


The types of roads I love so much - twists, rises and falls as it ribbons into the distance
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And more of those


One of the reasons I like sweeping - seeing your riding buddies stretched out on a road like this ahead of you.

Magic

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag2/DSCF5180.jpg)



Surf coming over a little hill with a little different perspective
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag2/DSCF5182.jpg)


At hondklipbaai we saw this - I thought it looked like a Westcoast version of Alcatraz ;D ;D
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag2/DSCF5188.jpg)


After a quick regroup (and Ektoknbike checking his battery terminals again) we were off through the Kleinsee diamond mine area.
What a boring piece of road.
It just goes on and on.
At least we got to see a herd or two of gemsbok and springbok.

There was also one chop in his Toyota bakkie coming from the front that probably thought it funny to swerve right into our lane about 50 meters from Topbox. Apart from a 'groot skrik' nothing happened, but still. It wasn't funny from our perspective >:(

This is the road through there:
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Boooooooring


We arrived at Port Nolloth and with the wind going like it was and the sun dangerously low we enquired about getting chalets instead of camping.
Turns out it was R15 per person more expensive for that, so the decision didn't take long.

We went to 'Vespetti' for a pizza and something to quench the collective thirst.
Man - what an interesting fellow Chris (the owner) is.

He and a friend did a 'round South Africa trip a couple of years ago on their P150X's. The real Vespa's. I'm not talking about the 4 stroke metro sexual kind. I'm talking about the real deal - the 2 stroke, limited, cable operated via twist grip manual gears, mix your own 2-stroke with the supplied little cup, lawnmower sounding, carry an extra sparkplug, fix it with bloudraad original legend Vespa.
8000km over three months.

He fell in love with Port Nolloth and decided to come and open a Restaurant here.

The stories he had to tell. We could spend hours and days here just talking and listening to him.
They are planning to do Durban to Dublin in 2013 - also on their Vespas.
This guy is living proof that true adventure spirit is definitely not in the size/brand of the bike you ride, but in the heart of the person riding it.


All our bikes standing outside Vespetti's.
There was this 'tannie' that was totally fascinated by Piksteel's 990. She saw it the 1st time and then she went to fetch her husband.
Lots of pointing and gesturing and animated talking.
Then as some of their friends arrived the same animated discussion, pointing and gesturing happened again.

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A couple of parked heavily loaded and dirty bikes with out-of-town registration numbers sure is a hellova conversation starter and ice breaker


The 'gang' in high spirits and having a jol:
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Again there was lots of laughter and discussions ranging from the downright ridiculous and delightfully silly to deep and meaningful and trying to get answers to 'life, the universe and everything', but mostly it was just a lighthearted evening with us just having a hellova lekker time.


There was jokes and silliness (documented with photos as well) but I'll leave those to the other guys to post.


And so the sun set on day two of our trip.

Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Eisbein on September 02, 2009, 10:07:19 pm
How long did it take you to get to Gert du Toit se baai?

Difficult to say.

We were very rustig and with all the detours and tops we were there at about 16:30 (left Killarney about 8:30 ?)

Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Eisbein on September 02, 2009, 10:10:20 pm
Day 3 - Macdougal's bay to Rosh Pina and somewhere on the northern bank of the Orange River.



Refreshed and very much in the mood for a border crossing we were ready to roll somewhere between 8 and 9.

A couple of last minute chain tension/lube and luggage strap checks and we were on our way from MacDougal's bay towards Sendelingsdrift.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5205.jpg)


A bit of boring stretch of road was ahead of us, made slightly more annoying by a sideways headwind.

Operator has a Djebel 250 and although his bike easily traveled at highway speeds it did struggle a little against the wind.

His bike is the perfect fit for 97% of his biking and adventure riding requirements and besides: Of the plus/minus 2500km we did over the 6 days about 400km was boring straightish tar road.
So we knew from the beginning that a head wind on one of these roads might be an issue, but we were not going to let a little thing like this stand in Operator's way of enjoying the trip with us. So we did the natural thing.
The big GS's make for a nice slipstream. ;D

Me and Surf took turns in about 40km stretches at a time to have Operator's Djebel hook onto our rear wheels.
Doing that we sometimes got speeds of up to 130km/h. Concentrating on that also gave us something to do and within no time we had these long and boring stretches behind us.

Sure his bike was slower in the windy tar sections.

But he was probably laughing in his helmet again when the gravel and rougher bits arrived. ;D ;D ;D


This was just after Alexander bay.
The scenery was already rapidly changing and you could see/feel the desert climate coming on.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5217.jpg)
Starting to look like a moon landscape...

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5218.jpg)
Weird to think that on the other side of that river is Namibia...


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5220.jpg)
The BMW R1150 GSLunarLander ;D ;D


Those who know me knows that I prefer green hills and softer vegitation, but I must confess that there is a beauty in this harsh, rugged landscape that is hard to beat.

This place somehow talks to your soul.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5225.jpg)


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5226.jpg)
It is also easy to see where you are getting closer to the river again

This was just before the access control point on the way to Sendelingsdrift
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5232.jpg)


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5244.jpg)
Having signed in we were on our way again


It was a rather rowdy and loud troupe that waltzed into the border post at Sendelingsdrift.
Jokes and banter was the order of the day. Especially when the customs official came out with his white latex gloves to sniff through our luggage.
You can imagine the type of jokes that were made.
;D ;D ;D

Eventually we were all through and we were heading for the pontoon
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5256.jpg)


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5258.jpg)
Pooratech Leat Brace ;D ;D
Look at the description: Vir meer as 32kg. I think I qualify. ::)



Good-bye South Africa!
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5261.jpg)


This was at the border control post on the Namibia side.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF0131.jpg)


In the jokes and talk on the other side Topbox didn't realize that there were two offices where you were supposed to enter and that the 2nd one stamps your passport.
So he had to go back to get it stamped and we were very happy to not have to put our riding gear on in the blazing sun.
I am sure that Namibia is closer to the sun than what we are...
;D

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag2/DSCF0130.jpg)



I stopped for a while to just listen to the stillness.
For about 5 kilometers I was riding alone before I caught up with the guys ahead.
I tell you in that area with that scenery and landscapes you can feel alone quite quickly.
But there is also something in you that feels more alive than when the city's got its polluted little fingers around your heart.

At some point in my life I need to go through Namibia on a solo ride. This place speaks to the place deep in you where a Disprin dissolves...
But for now I was happy to see the dust tails ahead of me again.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5277.jpg)


In Rosh Pina we got fuel and we stopped at this place for lunch.
Friendly people and good food. That seems to be the norm around these parts.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag2/DSCF0139.jpg)


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF0134.jpg)


We headed to the Spar where we got our supplies again and then we headed back towards the road that would eventually take us to Noordoewer and Vioolsdrif


I know I say it a lot, but you must understand that you are dealing with a complete Namibia newbie.
This scene stirred something in me.
Almost surreal. A little out of this world.

But oh so beautiful.


If we had the time I would have switched off the bike and just sat there for an hour or two just trying to take all of this in.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5279.jpg)


About 30km in total from Rosh Pina we turned off from the road and headed straight for the river.
This meant about 200-300 meters of river bed.

Fun ;D ;D

With my new found sand confidence I attacked this riverbed with full force (it is not so deep to start off with, then it gets a little harder where you can see the rocks and then it gets really soft after that for the last bit)

There was just one issue. Surf did the same just ahead of me and then hit a rock a little too hard. In trying to avoid a 2nd one he had to ease off the throttle and sunk into a rut just ahead of a little ledge/ridge, on top of which he ran out of steam and promptly toppled over. ;D
The gap that I was aiming for was now all of a sudden GSA and Surf filled, so I tapped of a little as well and felt my bike sink into the sand.
Try as I may I went under that 'critical speed' of where you can still make it float and it sank like a ton of bricks.
;D

It was so dug in that the wheels almost didn't kick anything up anymore.
;D

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5283.jpg)
I just got off - didn't have to use the stand and with flat-footing the sand I had my backside about a feet out of the seat.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5285.jpg)
DigDug


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5289.jpg)
Btw - here you can see the camping spot - nice eh ? ;D


For a giggle we decided to take a photo of the massive 250 coming to the rescue.
;D ;D

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5294.jpg)
The rope was tied to the forks and Operator (just to see what would happen) opened the taps. I couldn't even feel the forks move.
A heavily loaded GS that has sunk to it's belly plate doesn't let it be moved by just anything... ;D


So this was how we dealt with it - take the wood off, kick it over, fill the gap with sand, get it upright and try again.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5296.jpg)

On digging out Operator took this photo.
I think it looks very cool.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5301.jpg)

CJ have a couple of cool photos of various guys crossing the riverbed in style.
I'll let him post those later.

This is some random photos after we set up camp.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5311.jpg)
Different angle on Topbox's XR.


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5314.jpg)
CJ chilling

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5315.jpg)
Klaing chilling


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5321.jpg)
Camping on the bank of the Orange river


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5330.jpg)


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5331.jpg)


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5351.jpg)
Topbox on 'his' island ;D


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5366.jpg)
Sunset over the orange river with Biesie's Tenere looking on


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5369.jpg)
Last light


Of all the sleeping arrangements and places we camped this was probably the best one for me.
I could have easily stayed another day or three right here with day out rides.

What you need to understand to try and 'get' a little bit of how I experienced this you must realize that when I joined Wilddogs about 2 1/2 years ago, this was the type of photos that I would look at and think 'This is the type of thing one can only dream of'.

To me getting to a spot like this with your bike and everything you need on it, camping just 'somewhere' was the very thing that I considered true 'adventure riding'. Granted, this isn't as huge as an unsupported Angola trip or so remote and out of the way, but still - this was just regular old computer-nerd-run-of-the-mill-overweight me. Doing the things that 3 years ago I didn't think was possible.

Some might scoff at this and think that it isn't worth writing a song about, but to me, right here, this was biking heaven.


Most of the guys had a couple of rough and late nights, so it wasn't that late before it was only me, Operator and Topbox left next to the fire.
Just talking about all sorts of things watching 1st the moon and later the Southern Cross disappear behind the dark outline of the mountain, etched in the sea of stars.

I turned in a little later. Very tired but thoroughly satisfied.
And still having the time of my life.

To be honest - the only thing that would have made this better was to be able to share it with my wife.

This area sparked a stillness and a quiet peace in my soul that I just have to share with her.


And I will.



What a blessing this day turned out to be.


Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: madmike999 on September 02, 2009, 10:22:46 pm
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Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Trailrider on September 02, 2009, 10:33:49 pm
(http://www.oumeulteater.co.za/pics/weskus/dag2/DSCF5154.jpg)

Very nice bike Biesie!

(http://www.oumeulteater.co.za/pics/weskus/dag2/DSCF5188.jpg)

Hallo Phumba?

Quote

At some point in my life I need to go through Namibia on a solo ride. This place speaks to the place deep in you where a Disprin dissolves...

I know I say it a lot, but you must understand that you are dealing with a complete Namibia newbie.
This scene stirred something in me.
Almost surreal. A little out of this world.

But oh so beautiful.


If we had the time I would have switched off the bike and just sat there for an hour or two just trying to take all of this in.


(http://www.oumeulteater.co.za/pics/weskus/dag3/DSCF5279.jpg)

Namibia sort of takes a hold in your soul. Once you've been there you will always want to go back. Again and again. Forever. Every year you don't creates a hole in your soul and that hole gets bigger and bigger forcing you to fill it again. Before it consumes you...

How truly fortunate you are to have been there.
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day3
Post by: Joyride on September 02, 2009, 10:37:26 pm
Nice RR Eisbein. I like the way you describe the experience, also in the words you're using. Very nice route.

Please skip tea time and lunch t'morrow and do the rest of the report instead :biggrin:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: buzzlightyear on September 03, 2009, 05:19:29 am
Nice!  :thumleft:

Whotsup with the beesting?
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day3
Post by: wacko on September 03, 2009, 08:04:42 am
Lekker Eisbein :thumleft:
keep it coming

Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed
Post by: Briekmerk on September 03, 2009, 08:37:44 am
How long did it take you to get to Gert du Toit se baai?

I just checked the time of pics taken. We arrived at Langebaan about 09h00 /09h15 and had some breakfast. At Elandsbay we probably spent 45min, at Lambertsbay 30min, and at Lutzville 30min. We arrived at Gert d Toit's bay at about 16h30, after spending quite a bit of time on the sand patches ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day3
Post by: Oppad on September 03, 2009, 08:49:39 am
Lekker, still waiting in anticipation for how you got waterscootered or did I miss it?
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day3
Post by: topbox on September 03, 2009, 09:07:33 am
Day 1

just to add a bit as its mostly covered

we met , all ready to go
(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF5062x.jpg)

and had a bit of sports
(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF5056x.jpg)

we intended popping in at the motard track day but used the wrong gate
and so instead hit the road north

and for me this is when the trip really started, the beginning of the end of the tar
(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9087.jpg)

as you can see this is brandy country

(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9091x.jpg)



While Ektoknbike sorted his battery we all had 2 quick "steering dampers". His bike has a fancy Scott's damper and didnt need further assistance. We opted for the Black label type.  ;)
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day3
Post by: Eisbein on September 03, 2009, 09:16:30 am
Lekker, still waiting in anticipation for how you got waterscootered or did I miss it?

It is kind of an inside joke.
I wasn't going to comment on it 'till someone asked. ;D

I HATE that stupid song by Nic Stevens (hopefully you don't have the displeasure of knowing it), so naturally (and this started before the time) everytime someone saw me (and just for 'sommer net' early in the mornings) I was greeted (grated?) with 'Ek het 'n toeter. 'n Toeter op my waterskoeter!'.
>:(

Without fail.

Topbox actually had a silly little dance on it as well that almost made it worth while to have that stupid song stuck in your head again.
If you look at the photo of Topbox on 'his' island you'll also see that some clown (who shall remain unnamed for now until he can enter the witness protection program) even wrote 'waterskoeter' in the sand...

::)


Nice!  :thumleft:

Whotsup with the beesting?

That is for the same reason as the Harley Davidson skull key holder I have for the bike.
For the sole purpose of reminding people (and especially the oh-so-serious BMW tjekboekryer club) that one should never take one's bike too serious...


And besides - I are from Kraaifontein.

;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: Trailrider on September 03, 2009, 09:32:01 am
 :thumleft: ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day3
Post by: Bus on September 03, 2009, 09:35:18 am
one should never take one's bike too serious...

Ed Zachary!!!  :biggrin:

Great adv, ouens...

Bring on the dodgy pics...
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: buzzlightyear on September 03, 2009, 09:57:11 am
Nice!  :thumleft:

Whotsup with the beesting?

That is for the same reason as the Harley Davidson skull key holder I have for the bike.
For the sole purpose of reminding people (and especially the oh-so-serious BMW tjekboekryer club) that one should never take one's bike too serious...


And besides - I are from Kraaifontein.

;D ;D ;D ;D

As hulle jou vra, se dis die nuwe Zumo antennas  :imaposer:

Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day3
Post by: Eisbein on September 03, 2009, 09:59:45 am

As hulle jou vra, se dis die nuwe Zumo antennas  :imaposer:



Available from your local Midas for R25!

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day3
Post by: Eisbein on September 03, 2009, 10:05:58 am
Day 4 - the day things got 'interesting'


On any trip there is a day when the routine and 'rhythm' seems to come together.
For me this was the day.

We were in high spirits and so ready for today's stretch.

Coffee and jokes early morning and we were ready to roll.


The issue with getting out of this spot was that we needed to try and build up speed before we hit the soft riverbed sand.
Not easy with a heavy bike.
Granted - some of the guys made it look easy!


Topbox was out of there like a bat out of hell on his XR, but then gunned it so much that he missed the exit spot, so he made a huge circle across the river bed and went for the exit.
Pity I didn't know he was going to do that as I didn't have my camera ready.

It did look cool though
;D

I managed to get the speed up (eventually) and was gunning it for the exit point at about 60 when I realised (as I tried to apply the brakes) that I didn't switch the ABS off.
So I parked it IN a sand speed bump ;D

Wasn't too difficult to get it out though.

Surf got dug in in almost the same spot I was stuck the previous night, but in no time he was out and going as well.

It looks hellova cool to see that GSA gliding over the sand.


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF5375.jpg)
Operator and CJ lending a helping hand


This was the 1st regroup of the morning.

It might be old and outdated with a less than favorable power to weight ratio (at least on paper), but damn - there are not many bike shapes and images that says 'Adventure touring' quite as well as an Africa Twin.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF5380.jpg)
AT in its element


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF5383.jpg)
And on the other end of the scale of 'Old and outdated'. KTM knew what they were doing when they designed this


Piksteel coming past.
Again - there's that moon landscape scenery that I (against my 'normal' taste) enjoyed so much.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF5387.jpg)


This country must be a geologist's geomorphology dream...
;D ;D

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF5392.jpg)
Take a look at the rock formations and layers


This was close to the Ai-Ais turn off.
The 1200 didn't look too out of place either.
;D ;D


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF5393.jpg)


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF5395.jpg)
This is the type of environment where you need to trust your bike...


We had lunch and filled up at Noordoewer.
Awesome place (makes good milkshakes as well ;D ).


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF0208.jpg)


My camera acted up a little, so I couldn't take photos everywhere I wanted (that is why you'll see 'photo by CJ' every now and then - CJ let me use his photos to fill in the blanks in the story)

We did a little bit of Eco trail (was very cool and interesting) - Klaing took a video of one of the sandy spots and there's a very cool clip of Surf gliding his GSA over it - will see if I can get it up on Youtube.

We also did a lot of k's on corrugated sand covered roads. It caused the bike to be a handful if you were trying to ride it under 50km/h, but as soon as you went over 60 the bike got surefooted and although still twitchy, it made for a very enjoyable ride.

I was enjoying all of this (with the Orange river and its green effect weaving in and out of sight) when we came to a halt due to a perished front tube on Piksteel's bike.

Ektoknbike got it sorted and all of us went down to the river do wet our t-shirts and cool down a little before moving on.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF0212.jpg)
Putting the wheel back


Unfortunately this put a little bit of time constraint on our day and we had to cut out a part of the eco trail that we were planning on doing.

That was a disappointment, but there are things that you would want to do and then there is that nagging thing called common sense.

We went past the turn-off for the eco trail at about 16:30. My GPS said that sunset was at 18:15.

The part of the eco trail we were planning on doing was also about 70km long.
From what we heard it wasn't going to be undo-able, but also not a walk in the park. And even if we attempted it I am pretty sure that we wouldn't have been able to do it within the amount of light the sun was still planning on giving us for that day.

So we went on towards Klein Pella.

Not much further this was what greeted us - turns out Ektoknbike got a flat on his front as well.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF5403.jpg)

It wasn't long before Ektoknbike started reaching for the spanners to put the front wheel back.

We were 30km from the camp site and it was getting late, so we decided that CJ, Klaing, Topbox and Operator would go ahead so long and sort out the camping arrangements.

Ektoknbike, Piksteel, Biesie, me and Surf would bring up the rear.

I was in the groove that day so they said that I should go ahead as well.
As much as I love sweeping - it is always cool at least once in a trip to not have to sit in other people's dust and stretch the legs at your own pace.

So I was off.

I passed Operator and Topbox shortly and cought up with Klaing and CJ at the t-junction that turned off to Klein Pella.

What a ride.
;D

I told them that they could go ahead as I would stay at the t-junction to wait for the others.

This was while I was sitting there.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF5407.jpg)
Peace and quiet



While sitting there I was making some calculations and realized that the guys should have been coming over that hill any minute if all went well.

I was growing slightly uneasy, but still in high spirits.

10 minutes later I figured that something wasn't right and started to head back the way I came.

2 km's later I see Topbox coming from the front. He looked a little shaken.
Suddenly that icy hand gripped my spine as I got closer and saw his expression.
And the dreaded words that I so didn't want to hear on this trip:
'Biesie had a bad fall'

It is weird what goes through your head when you hear something like that.
Suffice to say that amongst all the useless things that went through mine the one thing that I kept coming back to (maybe in trying to sooth myself) was that if Topbox was ahead of the others that it couldn't have been that bad.

That thought eased my mind.

But not by much.


I told him where to go to to get to the camp (2 kilometers to the turn-off and then 8 km down to Klein Pella).

Even though there was nothing I could have done, I wanted to go back and greet the guys making their way slowly towards the camp site.

Just for a quick 'thumbsup' or moral support that Biesie would need.
Or that was what I was telling myself.
I now know that I just wanted to see for myself that Biesie was O.K.

2 k's later I met Operator coming from the front.
He reassured me that Biesie was OK and that they were coming.


Even so it was with great relief that I saw the Tenere with Biesie on it leading the two KTM's and the GSA.

I could breathe normally again, turned around and joined the precession.


Topbox have more info (1st on the scene) and him and the other guys can obviously fill in the details (if they think it necessary) as I wasn't there at all.

Just this one photo that Topbox took the next day of how the proud Tenere now looked.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF9169.jpg)
Respect for this bike. All the electrics still worked. Biesie for some reason thought it a good idea to bring a spare key with. Good thing as the key that was in the ignition was broken beyond use. :eek:



We arrived at the camp site (homing in on the beacon of Operator's bike's HUGE orange headlight ;D )

Just busy unpacking and chatting to Biesie when someone asks another uncomfortable question:
'Where's TopBox ?'

'What ?!?!'

'Bliksem!!'

He wasn't in our immediate vicinity.
A quick scout around confirmed what we reluctantly had to acknowledge - Topbox wasn't at the camp site.
:(


You remembered in episode one that I was going to come back to Ektoknbike and having him on the trip ?
Today was the day that he showed what type of steel them 'boere' from the Robertson district is made of.
Today he already fixed two tires and then arrived at Biesie's scene.

The guys that were there said that he basicly jerked the Tenere out of the fence where it was on his own.
Got bits and bobs either removed, bent to where they should be or cable-tied, sorted it and got the bike started.

And then after all of this - without a moment's hesitation he offloaded his bike and rode into the night to go and look for Topbox.

I offered some company, but he politely declined. In retrospect I know I would have been a liability - far more than what I would have been able to contribute anything. He knows the areas there (I don't) and he is one of the best riders that I know of.
If I ended up going with he would have been slowed down by me.

An hour later we were very pleased to hear the KTM's sweet sound with the distinctive thumper purring in close pursuit.
What a relief. After this day it was close on a miracle that all of us were there at the same place.

Relatively OK, a little worse for wear, but safe.


Afterwards Ektoknbike said that some of these roads were of the worst that he's ridden.
He needed to keep the speed up on tweespoor sand to still have control, while trying to follow the XR's trail and keep track of where he himself was going.
All of this in pitch dark.

Later that evening he also said that you can't get more lost than what Topbox was. ;D

'Respect'.

's all I'm sayin'

Somehow in Topbox's state of mind after the off and me leaving to meet up with the others he must have misheard my directions.
He was also thinking that he was on his way to 'Pella' and not 'Klein Pella'.

In retrospect we could have made sure that he knew the right name of the place, or I should have gone with him, but then all the other stuff could have been avoided as well.

But hindsight is a bitch.

It can make you stay up at night with the "what if's" and "I should have's", but in the end this is how it happened and this is how the day played out and nothing can be done about it. What's done is done.


We decided to camp right next to the tennis court, which gave us the fringe benefit of having a flood light to be able to pitch our tents.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF5417.jpg)


That night, although Biesie had an unfortunate fall and he was out for the remainder of the trip I was still high on life.
Even maybe more so than if nothing would have happened that day.

Sounds weird, but then again- things could have been far worse for us.

It is amazing how something as unfortunate as this comes and reminds us again of how lucky we actually are.
:)


That night there was a couple of well deserved drinks and although the mood was (for a little while at least) a little more serious, we were still a couple of good friends together and we were still looking up at the clean Northern Cape skies instead of past a lampost and over the roofs of the houses in the suburb.


As I got ready to go to sleep that night I couldn't help but think about Biesie's fall again and how quickly things can go wrong.
Doesn't matter how careful you plan or how good of a rider you are.

It could have been anyone of us overcooking that corner.

Hell - we all had some of those 'O sh....' moments where you look at the mirror for a fraction too long searching for the lights of the bike behind you, or you spend a moment too long looking at the scenery, or you go into a corner that you think might have been gentle and then it tightens on you.

A moment where it feels like a roll of the dice was in your favour and just luck and grace caused you to not go down.

I had one of those moments just earlier that day.
Just my luck that the dice rolled in my favor. Biesie's bad luck that it didn't for him.


And in the blink of an eye all can change.


At the risk of sounding too philosophical - I guess in the end it comes down to this simple thing: Life is too short not to live and appreciate it to the max.
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: buzzlightyear on September 03, 2009, 10:21:32 am
 8)

Keep it coming!

Sorry about Biesie's off, but that can happen. At least ektoknbike kept his bike out the field this time, or did he?
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Eisbein on September 03, 2009, 10:24:26 am
:D

I am steaming ahead here, but it would be cool to get comments/photos from the others that was on the ride as well.
;D ;D


Kom ouens - hoekom so stil ?

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: MrBig on September 03, 2009, 10:25:01 am
(http://www.oumeulteater.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF9169.jpg)



NOOOOOOO!!!
 :'( :'(




Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Eisbein on September 03, 2009, 10:25:37 am

NOOOOOOO!!!
 :'( :'(


That's what we thought as well


:( :( :(
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Briekmerk on September 03, 2009, 10:30:24 am
:D

I am steaming ahead here, but it would be cool to get comments/photos from the others that was on the ride as well.
;D ;D


Kom ouens - hoekom so stil ?

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Eisie, jou standsaard is so hoog ons sal weer lyk soos "profesional amateurs" as ons moet help "reports" doen. ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Eisbein on September 03, 2009, 10:30:49 am
::)


;D ;D

Nee wat - dit is maar net hoe ek die dinge gesien en ervaar het - julle het mos elkeen jou eie stories en fotos ook ?

Jy't 'n paar lekker fotos van die sports ook as ek dit nie mis het nie...

;D ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Trailrider on September 03, 2009, 10:36:16 am
Come on CJ, dont hold out on us!
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Biesie on September 03, 2009, 10:37:25 am


NOOOOOOO!!!
 :'( :'(



Bike is vanoggend na Linex. Dink nie ek gaan haar weer sien nie  :'( :'(. Meeste van die skade is kosmeties, maar jy self weet wat daai fairings en 'n nuwe tenk gaan kos. Al die plastics moet vervang word + nog 'n klomp ander kleiner goed.

Ek raak sommer aan die huil.
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Eisbein on September 03, 2009, 10:39:30 am


NOOOOOOO!!!
 :'( :'(



Bike is vanoggend na Linex. Dink nie ek gaan haar weer sien nie  :'( :'(. Meeste van die skade is kosmeties, maar jy self weet wat daai fairings en 'n nuwe tenk gaan kos. Al die plastics moet vervang word + nog 'n klomp ander kleiner goed.

Ek raak sommer aan die huil.

Jy en ons Biesman.

Jy en ons...


:( :(
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: MrBig on September 03, 2009, 10:40:44 am


NOOOOOOO!!!
 :'( :'(



Bike is vanoggend na Linex. Dink nie ek gaan haar weer sien nie  :'( :'(. Meeste van die skade is kosmeties, maar jy self weet wat daai fairings en 'n nuwe tenk gaan kos. Al die plastics moet vervang word + nog 'n klomp ander kleiner goed.

Ek raak sommer aan die huil.

ek huil saam met jou for sure ..  :'( shit ek's jammer man
daai 660's is baie skaars - ek het n heavy soft spot vir hulle..

fokfokfok is die enigste woorde wat by my opkom
 :'(
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: topbox on September 03, 2009, 10:43:15 am
We finished day 1 riding with 2 other dogs, one a old XT500 with a thread bare front tire
awesome riding, for me that bike is still the king of dakar

Some of Day 2's pics
team work, open the gate and fall to the back, so we will all some some pics like this

scenery to really clear your head, close enough to mates, but alot of it is solo

(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9111.jpg)

(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9105.jpg)

(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9106.jpg)

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Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: Trailrider on September 03, 2009, 10:48:38 am
(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9115.jpg)

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: topbox on September 03, 2009, 10:51:30 am
This is the song Eisbein really hates

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we were really immature about it and sang it the whole time, or gave a toet toet when passing Eisbein  :eek7:
The one night in Brandvlei bar we really wound it up and played this a few times

i supposed you had to be there
ps: it goes really well with the funky chicken dance      :xxbah:


  :imaposer: :imaposer:

Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Briekmerk on September 03, 2009, 11:10:42 am
paar pics
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Briekmerk on September 03, 2009, 11:12:59 am
nog paar

Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Briekmerk on September 03, 2009, 11:14:23 am
en nog
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Briekmerk on September 03, 2009, 11:27:51 am
nog

Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: LuckyStriker on September 03, 2009, 11:42:19 am
This is the song Eisbein really hates

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my sympathies Eisbein. I flippin hate that song with a passion
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Eisbein on September 03, 2009, 11:59:44 am
This is the song Eisbein really hates

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my sympathies Eisbein. I flippin hate that song with a passion

Dankie.

Jy's defnitief nie al een nie...


Thanks for the pics, CJ and Topbox!


Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day4
Post by: Eisbein on September 03, 2009, 02:53:18 pm
Day 5 - And then we were 7


After a good night's rest we all gathered 'round the coffee kettle to discuss what this day was going to hold for us.

By the way - this is what our camping spot looked like in daytime.
I cannot recommend this place highly enough.
It is very well maintained, very clean and very reasonable.

We all had more than enough to eat and drink, as well as chips, cool drink and bread and the bill for 9 of us was R930.
That included the camping fee.
They've got these 'braaipacks' - 2 nice Chops and two pieces of boerewors for R20.
Bargain.

I took two (http://www.route42.co.za/forum/Smileys/default/ino.gif)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag5/DSCF5424.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag5/DSCF5425.jpg)



After Biesie's shoulder started feeling a little more sore during the night and considering the state of his bike he decided that it would be best if he could get back home and to a doctor as soon as possible.

That was the sensible thing to do, but we also knew that it wasn't going to be good style to let him ride the 700 odd km home alone.
There was a couple of offers of guys who really wouldn't mind to accompany him home, but in the end Klaing was the one who chose to be his wingman.

The previous day there was about 120 km (if not more) of rough corrugated roads and his long legs (causing him to not be able to stand that easily on the bike) as well as the V-Strom 650's stiffer front suspension made him weary of the possibility of maybe damaging his bike.

Just as a matter of interest - I (and sometimes some of the others) was always going on about this sand and that and this obstacle and that - continuously having loud animated discussions about 'have you seen this' and 'did you feel that'.

All the while Klaing was doing the same with his more road biased tires, low bash plate and stiffer suspension.
To him this was the most natural thing to be able to ride all of it, but just without the 'hoo ha' that the rest of us sometimes had.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag5/DSCF5422.jpg)

That is a packet cigarettes - just to show how low the bash plate really is. Look at the tires as well
If he wanted to he could blame his tools, but instead he didn't only went with everywhere, but he probably did better than most.
To be honest - it would be interesting to see what Klaing will be able to do with a KTM 950/990.



So Biesie and Klaing left together for the long stretch home.
It was really sad to see them go, as they have been not only very cool riding buddies, but also very pleasant company.

By the way - Biesie let us know the next day (after being at the doctor) that he had a broken collarbone.
Lucky it was the clutch hand's side, but still - 720km on the N7 into a headwind with a bike with half its fairing and a broken collarbone could not have been fun.
We were very pleased and relieved to get the SMS late afternoon that both Klaing and Biesie made it home safely.


So we were ready and packed when Operator's bike didn't want to start.

We are still not totally sure what caused it, but after about an hour of jumper leads, getting help from the neighbours and trying to run start Ektoknbike got onto it. Gave it a solid kick on the kickstarter and it stood there purring.
;D

We all joked afterwards and said that it was his Sidi's that the bike was afraid of.
It didn't once struggle to start again after that.
;D

So we were on our way.

We (again) found that Topbox wasn't with us and (again) he was on his way to Pella (better roads this time).

This caused us to continuously joke for the remainder of the trip about his compulsion to go to Pella.
Stupid jokes like 'Hey Trev - where are you going?' being answered by someone else with 'To look for his Pella'. Or his roots.
Or his real father.

We were also joking about Ektoknbike being like our dad - 'Hoe ver nog?' 'Hoeveel sand nog ?' 'Wanneer gaan ons eet?' 'Waar's Topbox?' ;D

Seeing that he was the only non afrikaans guy we were joking that he was Ektoknbike's 'aanneemkind' (foster child)

You get the idea ;D ;D


The real reason was way more bland.
In doing an unscheduled exploration of the local sand roads between Klein Pella and Pella the previous night, both his XR and Ektoknbike's KTM was running lower on fuel than what was comfortable (the XR a little more so).

So Topbox decided to go to Pella, where there is a petrol pump, but in the meantime Ektoknbike spoke to the powers that be and found out that Pella didn't have petrol, so there he went after Topbox (again), who was gunning it for Pella (again)

;D ;D

While waiting there at the intersection we had time, so I asked the guys to take an in ride photo of me.
This was the result:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag5/DSCF5427.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag5/DSCF5436.jpg)
No officer - that's not me in da piektjur


Not long after that Maverick and Goose arrived on their 950 and XR, so we were heading for Pofadder.

Topbox's bike indeed ran out of petrol and this time it was Operator and the Djebel that came to the rescue.

His bike is very frugal with regards to fuel consumption - that as well as a big tank and normal gravity feed carb makes it easy to a) disconnect the fuel line and b) actually have some spare fuel to take out.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag5/DSCF0225.jpg)

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We arrived at Pofadder shortly after that and for the 1st time in three days had proper signal to phone the loved ones at home, so we did that, filled up and then had a quick breakfast/brunch at the coffee shop at the garage.

She also told us that we basically cleaned her out on her weekly stock of chocolate Steri Stumpies.
Bunch of hardcore bikers we are ::)


I think it was partially from just having been together for a couple of days but probably mostly because of the seriousness of the day prior, but we were laughing and making jokes the whole time. It was good to relax again and let some of that intense emotions out in this way.


It wasn't long before CJ found a old 'voortrekker kappie' on the oxwagon inside the shop. I then got hold of a lekker old hat and we decided we need a picture. On all the old photos of 4 generations ago that I've ever seen the people in the photo was always looking very glum or angry.
So we decided we didn't want to break a tradition.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag5/DSCF5437.jpg)

;D ;D ;D



We were still deciding what was going to happen, but the clouds looked like rain. That (as well as the weather forcasts) made us decide to err on the side of caution and not take the road to verneukpan as apparently it could be quite a mission getting in and out when the road is wet.
Again that niggly thing called common sense. :)
We took a combination of a couple of back roads and tar here and there and eventually arrived at Brandvlei via Kenhardt and Kakemas, where we decided to stay the night in the hotel. Sadly I realized afterwards that no one has got any photos of that road between Kenhardt and Kakemas. :(

On the tar stretches it was easier to temporarily let go of sweeper duties and go ahead to stop off for a photo again, so this is random shots on the road.


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Ektoknbike and Topbox



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Surf and Operator - again there was a sideways headwind, so Operator tucked in behind Surf


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CJ


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Inride photo. Check the smile. We were all still enjoying this


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At one of the stops Surf saw this bunch of flowers and couldn't resist. Blommekind
Methinks he's been gone from home a little too long... ;D ;D ;D




We had supper here and ended up spending the best part of the night at this spot.
The (in)famous Windpomp Restaurant/Bar


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag5/DSCF5446.jpg)
Piksteel


The guy who looked after us at the bar's mother owned the Hotel, so he negotiated a good price for us there.
The hotel was about a kilometer from the bar and we didn't want to risk drinking and riding, so while we were making plans to get the bikes safely to the hotel before the drinking started Juandre (the guy working at the bar) offered us his bakkie to cart the merrymakers to the hotel and back.

You don't get that anywhere anymore.

What a nice guy. We had a good time and it was lots of laughter and maybe even more drinks 'till late that night.

The hotel was obviously old, but it was in an excellent condition and very well maintained.
For what we paid and what we got I think it was a bargain.


This was how they stored the bikes - on the stoep locked behind bars.
I would say without a doubt - this hotel is bike friendly ;D
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag5/DSCF0253.jpg)




A couple of shots of the evening - not much happened today in terms of adventure riding, but we saw some dirt roads, some cool places, met some very cool people and in general just had a blast.

And sometimes that is all you need from a day. ;D

Besides - the next day we ended up shifting our boundaries again, but let me not get ahead of myself.
;D ;D


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;D ;D


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag5/DSCF5451.jpg)
This is Jeandre - the guy who lent us his bakkie


And this was us being silly with the bakkie:

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Ready ?

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Gooooooooooooooooooo!!!!


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Excuse me sir but you was going to fast. What ? Kom hier jou bliksem!


;D ;D ;D


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag5/DSCF0247.jpg)
You could see it was going to get late here.
But to be honest, after the day before and all that happened - this was a good day.
Just unwinding and enjoying a no strings attached night with friends (old and newly made)


All things considered this was a good night and it was still an excellent trip.
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Misty on September 03, 2009, 03:04:01 pm
Great RR, pics, scenery, camaraderie, wheelies, flowers and all (just not the off, sorry about that!) – West Coast is calling for December :)
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: growweblaar on September 03, 2009, 03:25:38 pm
Awesome, guys. These are the best of times :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Eisbein on September 03, 2009, 03:27:44 pm
...These are the best of times :thumleft:

Yes it is :)

Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: edgy on September 03, 2009, 03:42:33 pm
Very nice! :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: LeonDude on September 03, 2009, 04:11:40 pm
Thanks guys, I'm really enjoying the read and the photies, it's great stuff.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: topbox on September 03, 2009, 04:15:48 pm

in between trying to organise the gloves for my mates

" do'nt worry about looking in the bags , the diamonds are in his bum "

i missed one of the steps at customs, so i raced back for the stamp
one personal escort across the Orange in an alu boat with a 40  :o

its amazing what this boat can do, an adrenalin rush of note

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Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Eisbein on September 03, 2009, 04:17:12 pm

" do'nt worry about looking in the bags , the diamonds are in his bum "



Forgot about that.

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

With friends like these...


Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: buzzlightyear on September 03, 2009, 04:26:04 pm
Still  8)
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Diesel & Dust on September 03, 2009, 04:53:42 pm
 :thumleft: Cool report
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Ronin on September 03, 2009, 05:13:23 pm
jis dit lyk lekker  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: Poffmuis on September 03, 2009, 06:33:22 pm
 :thumleft:

Jammer oor daai Tenere, ouch
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: Trailrider on September 03, 2009, 07:33:42 pm
Quote
'Hoe ver nog?' 'Hoeveel sand nog ?' 'Wanneer gaan ons eet?' 'Waar's Topbox?' ;D

Bwaaaaaahahahahaha!

 :imaposer:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: oo7 on September 03, 2009, 08:07:34 pm
Awesome report dudes!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: Jammer oor die yammie  :'(

Ek lek my lippe af vir al daai plekke  :drif:


Eisbein sorry - maar ek like die waterskooter song   :biggrin:
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Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: eikeboom on September 03, 2009, 08:14:20 pm
I have no words guys. Thanks  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: Thundermerwe on September 03, 2009, 08:49:03 pm
Good friends, good terrain, good memories.  This is the way to roll.
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: White Stripes on September 03, 2009, 09:46:44 pm
Life is unfair. :xxbah:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Martin-DR650 on September 03, 2009, 09:46:59 pm
Looks like a nice trip you guys did!!!!!
Thanx for the report and pics :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: topbox on September 03, 2009, 10:31:38 pm
In Namibia we switched to the Tafel steering damper  :ricky:

(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9134.jpg)

while others continued to crook with the Scotts   :patch:

(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9142.jpg)

(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9140.jpg)

(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9138.jpg)

and the riding was still awesome

(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9132.jpg)

Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: topbox on September 03, 2009, 10:48:47 pm
But wait theres more

after getting shaken up by the accident, i decided to go ahead to let the others know what happened and beat the fading light.

everybody spoke of Pelle, meaning Klein Pelle.
off i headed to Pelle, the fading light was soon gone and i was alone

without a whole i nearly died story, lets just say it got interesting
a night sand ride with the XR's candle strength headlight

This is the road i was on, and actually the better part of it

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and this is how dark it was

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My one fall of the trip and nobody saw it, FFS if i have to take my own pics then so be it  ::)

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(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9165.jpg)

to count as a fall there needs to be separation
i know there was separation 'cos when that bike hit the ground i was already running  :xxbah:

nevertherless i got to Pelle without further incident, a 30km trip, 22km's on that sand road

not long Ektoknbike arrived looking for me.  :3some:
and so back to Klein Pelle, a detour in all of 80kms, this caused further fuel problems the next day
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: Trailrider on September 03, 2009, 10:55:48 pm

My one fall of the trip and nobody saw it, FFS if i have to take my own pics then so be it  ::)
 

Well done! :thumleft: :biggrin:



to count as a fall there needs to be separation
i know there was separation 'cos when that bike hit the ground i was already running  :xxbah:


Bwaaaaahahahahaha! :imaposer:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Kamanya on September 03, 2009, 11:04:55 pm
Really... this is my kind of trip.

Bravo!

Template stuff!
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Joyride on September 03, 2009, 11:57:30 pm
The road from Onseepkans to Pofadder is one of the k#kkest main roads I've ever rode, especially after Nam's good dirt.

The one to Klein Pella was'nt much better and then there was the last part to the Farm, after the turnoff...like a riverbed. Nice to know exactly what you guys encountered there!!

This report makes me want to ride to that area soon again.
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Kykdaar on September 04, 2009, 08:17:35 am
Fantastic report  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: I&horse on September 04, 2009, 09:02:29 am
Must come back to this one
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Eisbein on September 04, 2009, 09:05:28 am
Thanks all!


Must come back to this one

Got a little busy - I will add the last episode this weekend.

Lets just say for now that it involves a 4x4 route and a tow rope...


;D ;D
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: I&horse on September 04, 2009, 09:09:01 am
Gotta work now :P
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: allover on September 04, 2009, 09:17:59 am
Veeeery nice trip. I like kwaai :drif:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Ama ride ride on September 04, 2009, 09:25:46 am
Baie lekker.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: badballie on September 04, 2009, 09:28:42 am
Excellent report guys and great trip !!!
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: growweblaar on September 04, 2009, 09:33:25 am
(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9167.jpg)

 :laughing4: :laughing4:

How so much can be conveyed with so little information!
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Operator on September 04, 2009, 09:55:03 am

How so much can be conveyed with so little information!

A picture is worth a 1000 words  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: DikZol on September 04, 2009, 10:40:35 am
Amazing stuff Eisbein & co.

Ek kom kuier in SA in Des.  Die Adventure staan en ref seker al.

Smaak my ek sal maar 'n slag die Weskus weer moet doen.

Dankie vir jou inspirasie!!!
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: MildDog on September 04, 2009, 10:46:39 am
AWESOME Report :) really gets me excited to get out there and ride some more  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 04, 2009, 11:14:53 am
Dankie Eisbein en Kie. Lekkerlees RR.
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Fotograffer on September 04, 2009, 02:12:49 pm
All I can say  - Awesome RR - I needed that after a loooooooooong farking week
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: ROOI on September 04, 2009, 02:22:26 pm
Excellent report  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: GO GIRL on September 04, 2009, 08:31:15 pm
What a stunning RR.... :thumleft: :thumleft:

You guys certainly have had a whole whack of fun with no chase and need to get to the next point....

what a chill way to spend time with buddies....

And yep Eisbein that special feeling one has of a special picture  of Last Light that expresses so much for one at the given time always remains etched in ones memory...forever..... :mwink: :mwink:



Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Etienne2T on September 04, 2009, 09:15:41 pm
Jislaaik, lekker lees en lag ek nou!
Operator style nogsteeds met sy wit sonbril en purple rims 8)
Topbox... ;D :D funny man!

Eisbein!jou hooligan! ;D Ek sien jy like die cream soda :D

Nee wat,  ons kan maar net droom van so lekker ry
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Eisbein on September 05, 2009, 12:26:19 am
This is the promised video - Klaing had a little self contained flash video camera connected to his Strom's crashbar.

This is a little bit of footage of a riverbed crossing in the eco 4x4 trail.


Please bear in mind that this is a guy that 2 weeks before the trip was not comfortable with riding sand.

This was also deeply rutted and very soft...





Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Briekmerk on September 05, 2009, 05:15:12 am
This is the promised video - Klaing had a little self contained flash video camera connected to his Strom's crashbar.

This is a little bit of footage of a riverbed crossing in the eco 4x4 trail.


Please bear in mind that this is a guy that 2 weeks before the trip was not comfortable with riding sand.

This was also deeply rutted and very soft...







Surf, not many guys can handle a mothership the way you do. Respect!
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: surf on September 05, 2009, 09:36:02 am
This is the promised video - Klaing had a little self contained flash video camera connected to his Strom's crashbar.

This is a little bit of footage of a riverbed crossing in the eco 4x4 trail.


Please bear in mind that this is a guy that 2 weeks before the trip was not comfortable with riding sand.

This was also deeply rutted and very soft...







Surf, not many guys can handle a mothership the way you do. Respect!

Nee wat bra, dis nie ek wat die bike handle nie, hy handle vir my :mwink:

Maar ons praat maar nie oor die 2 keer wat ek moes afstof nie :ricky:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: BoJangels on September 05, 2009, 09:37:14 am
fantastic RR and great photies...Eisbein & Co, thanks for sharing.....
will do that oneday  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Baches on September 05, 2009, 03:44:11 pm
Wat 'n nice RR Eisbein. Ons het laas jaar 'n groot gedeelte van die selle trip gery as julle. Definitief van die beste ry areas in Suid-Afrika.
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day
Post by: Cane Rat on September 05, 2009, 07:00:58 pm
AWESOME!!! Dis al wat ek kan se.
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Tweets on September 05, 2009, 07:49:35 pm
Lekker, :thumleft: Lekkerder,  :thumleft:lekkerste. :thumleft: Dis wat so tripie is. Great report guys. Obviously you're planning the next one already. All I can say is I envy you guys. Some day I'll do that part of the world too.
Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Eisbein on September 06, 2009, 10:27:26 pm
day 6 - And then there were 5 :(


After everyone got sorted and into bed we had a very good (and comfortable) night's rest.

The sleeping arrangements were two rooms of 3 each and then 1 one sleeper.

Topbox opted for the 1 sleeper as he snored the least (although the jury is still out on that - we might need Biesie to clear that one for us...)  :P
Ok, ok - I need to somehow get him back for even doing a little dance on 'Waterskoeter' ;D ;D


Sounds lekker 'till you realize that the only room with a shower was his.

So he was woken (and disturbed) from early onwards by groggy looking guys with towels.

Could not have been too much fun ;D ;D ;D ;D


After all took care of their sanitary and 'ablusionary' needs we booked out and were off for a last time to 'Die Windpomp' for a breakfast of champions. :)

Somewhere during the week Ektoknbike started mentioning a bit of an ear ache, which have now developed into a proper middle ear infection.
He decided to gun it over some Karoo gravel highways for his farm with Piksteel in hot pursuit.

Us five (Operator, Topbox, Surf, CJ and me) was still weighing up going at it for another day or going home to the loved ones.

Operator and Topbox are self employed, while CJ, Surf and me all work for places where you have to fill in a form and hope you have enough 'credit' to be able to get some time off.

In both instances it isn't that easy to just take a day or three off at the drop of a hat, so we argued that a) we were packed and ready and b) all of us had anyway organized another day off from our respective grindstones and it would be rather difficult to be able to organize another couple of (synchronized) off days any time soon.

So we decided to proceed with the original schedule , continue riding as we had all already booked the time off - Calvinia, Botterkloofpass, the Biedouw valley, Wuppertal and across Eselbank to Cedarberg Oasis where we would spend the night and then leave the next morning early for home.

It was sad to see Ektoknbike and Piksteel go, but (again) sense prevailed and it was probably the best for Ektoknbike that they were on their way home.

Besides - farms also have this nasty habit of not taking care of themselves and I can imagine that a true farmer never really switches off from worrying about the duties on the farm, the workers and the running of everything. ;D

So we said our goodbye's to the two of them and watched (for the last time on this trip) as the two big KTM's pulled out of the filling station and pointed their front fenders towards the horizon.

Due to the time having moved on a little we figured we would not do the gravel roads from Brandvlei to Calvinia, as the coming satisfaction we knew we would get from the gravel roads over Botterkloof pass through Wuppertal and over Eselbank would more than make up for the boring 150km to Calvinia.

And so then we too were on our way.

On the tar it was business as usual (another headwind) with Operator hooking onto either my or Surf's rear wheel and (again) it wasn't that long before we saw 1st the church tower and then the rest of Calvinia appear before us.

At Calvinia we refueled and got some snacks for the road and then 30km out the other side we finally turned off onto the amazing gravel road towards Botterkloof pass.

And what a cool road this was.

My camera was still acting up, so I am really sad that I have minimal photos for this day, but lucky this is close enough to home to come back and do it again in a weekend.

I want to show these parts to my wife soon.

We were treated to very good condition (and for the 1st time on the trip no sandy/loose surface) gravel highways..

We also saw a lot of flowers.

Apart from only being 5 now and not having our other friends with, this day was the perfect riding day.

Man, machine, road, weather and scenery just came together in one amazing experience.

It was not too hot or too cold.
The wind was a little from the side - just enough to clear the dust of the bike ahead, but not enough to annoy you.

We were in every moment.

Taking in every single one and trying to make as much of it as we possibly could.


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag6/DSCF5454.jpg)
This was effortless riding. As fast or slow as you want to. I was alternating between riding with one hand on the throttle looking around at 50km/h and then speeding up again to not fall too far behind. Watch, spin, repeat... ;D )


As majestic and amazing (and soul touching) as Namibia and the Northern Cape was I must confess that it was also amazing to start seeing more familiar surroundings and softer vegetation.

And as much as I love these parts regardless of the season, I must say my favourite time is like it was when we passed through - green everywhere.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag6/DSCF5455.jpg)


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag6/DSCF5457.jpg)
Looking down into the Biedouw valley. I love this piece of land. When the time comes to cash in my chips and hang my helmet on that Big Helmet Stand in the sky I wouldn't mind if my ashes can be scattered in this valley


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag6/DSCF5458.jpg)
The road down to Wuppertal and the start of Eselbank climbing out the other side.


I have been wanting to do Eselbank for a while now and finally - there it  was waiting for me.

What was cool about the week was that we had about every type of normal and technical riding (and surface) that you could think of.

I remember as I was doing the bit on Botterkloof pass I was thinking to myself - the only thing we haven't done yet was a little bit of steep inclines, tight(ish) turns and some slow technical riding. If we could get a water crossing or two thrown in to boot we would have had every single type of adventure riding that you could think of.

Except mud.

But I didn't mind. I had my fair share of fighting the big pig with pillion and luggage on Southern Cape and Boland snot thank you very much. ;D ;D


The rise up Eselbank was to me very relaxing and really much fun. Every now and then a loose rock or three or a rut would make you get up out of the seat, but all in all I was enjoying myself of a nice technical but relaxing ride.


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag6/DSCF5460.jpg)
Even CJ (self proclaimed duck walker) was in the groove. He was letting the rear step out on purpose every now and then and as you can see from this photo, there are no evenly spaced footsteps next to the groove his tires made in this patch ;D ;D ;D


Sadly this was the last photo that my memory card let me take. :(

Not far from where the last photo was taken we went through a couple of houses and then after that (about 30km from Oasis) there was a little water crossing where Surf (leading us for today) pulled over for a quick (!) break.

I passed CJ just before the crossing and then parked.
As I got off the bike I saw him coasting in to a halt behind us.
We were joking about him switching off the engine before he stopped, when he told us the engine just sputtered and died as soon as he crossed the little stream.

That didn't sound good...

He tried to start the AT, but you could hear that it wasn't interested.

We did suspect the fuel pump, but also due to the bike doing it just after a water crossing that was what we looked for 1st.

Figure out how to get to the fuses to see if they are all fine: Check
Take the tank off - make sure there's spark: Check
As a precaution we (again) got fuel out of one of the other bikes (about a liter).


At that time I put my ear against the pump (that was drained when we took the tank off) and couldn't hear it ticking.

Bingo.

But by this time it was too late - we still had 25km+ of Eselbank to do and the sun wasn't doing us any favours.
We reluctantly decided to tow the AT as far as our nerves would allow. :)


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag6/P8270022.jpg)
A worried looking CJ. Still can't figure out what was a bigger contributing factor for that look - the AT being 'sick' or the prospect of being towed further... ;D )
This photo and the following of the towing by Operator


Operator got a length of proper mountain climbing rope before the trip for just in case.
We had mixed emotions about that - glad that we had a rope that helped our situation, but also apprehensive about the fact that we now had an option and would probably need to take it ;D ;D ;D

Due to bike issues in past lives I've had the most exposure to bike towing so I volunteered to be the 'sleeper' for our slightly less than enthusiastic 'sleepee' ;D


Allow me to go on a tangent quickly with regards to equipment.
The fact that it was mountain climbing rope in my opinion made all of it so much easier.
There were times when I would climb over an obstacle with a little ditch on the other side - as I go over it I slow down a little, creating slack.
Then as CJ hits the same obstacle the slack gets taken up abruptly as he slows down as well. The 'give' that these ropes have built into them made that far less traumatic than what it could have been.

Thanks Operator for not only remembering to take a tow rope with, but also to not skimp on it and buy any old R19.99 nylon washing line, but getting a proper one. This to me from now on on an unsupported trip like this would be as non negotiable as taking a camelbak with water.


Hooking up:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag6/P8270025.jpg)


I know it is best practice under normal circumstances to have the rope from 'right front to left back', but this wasn't normal circumstances, so we hooked up right foot peg to right foot peg.

I needed to not only tag him along, but sometimes I needed to make a quick decision with regards to a line that we should take.
Sometimes it was also a very quick decision to cross the 'middelmannetjie' and go into the other side of the tweespoor.
By having linked same side pegs I was sure that he would be able to follow in exactly my tracks.
I think the issue for him was also that he couldn't see past my bike, so he only saw road 'features' as it emerged from under my rear wheel.

The lack of 'anticipation ability' must have been scary for him. Having been on both ends of a towing exercise I can honestly say that being on the back bike is more scary. Cudo's to CJ.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag6/P8270027.jpg)
Taking up the slack and getting it going

We decided that Topbox and Operator would go ahead and organise the sleeping arrangements. We also agreed that if they haven't heard or seen us in about an hour and a half that they would try and organise a bakkie or some other form of recovery(Or at least bring us food for the night ;D ;D )

We had about 30km left to the Oasis and most of that (about 25) was still rather rough.
It wasn't long after that that I got my wish of earlier granted...
CJ joked afterward and said that the longest and deepest water crossing he's ever done was the one that I towed him through that day.
;D

We had a proper hand signal language for when I wanted him to brake (not break ;D ) us and when we needed to quickly change lanes in the tweespoor. The 1st bit was a bit jerky and unsure, but we settled into a (albeit little uneasy) rhythm and before be knew it we were operating as a team.

We got stuck in a water crossing once. It had three 'pools' and very very soft sand. As my bike dived down more than expected in the 1st one I could feel that it was about to bog down. We made that one, but as CJ's bike hit the 1st 'pool' I hit the second and there we were.

I didn't want to risk my clutch, so we got off and me, CJ and Surf fought that AT out from where it wasn't willing to let go.
All three of us knee deep in the water.

There were once or twice where the rope slipped (once we were on an incline where we would go back to flat and then start again and once we were close to the top of another so we just pushed it to the top)

And then the sun sunk behind the mountains.

It was fun to not be able to see what was on its way to me, so I asked Surf to go ahead and ride on the edge of where my light reached.

Up to now he was riding beside me using the GSA's lights to brighten up my day ;D

Him riding ahead helped a hellova lot as I could now see what his bike did about 7 meters ahead of mine and it was then easier to anticipate what was coming.

It wasn't a moment too soon that we disconnected the AT for the last time (about 2 km from Oasis) on a lekker downhill.

We coasted into Cederberg Oasis tired, but very satisfied. We got everyone and the bikes to where we were supposed to be that day.

I must also say that you need to have your head on right for what happened that day.
We had absolutely no doubt that if given a choice CJ would not have wanted to be towed for 25km on a 4x4 route (I was feeling the same - didn't really felt that comfortable with having the responsibility of having him and his bike in my throttle hand if I didn't have to)

But even with him feeling uncomfortable and us getting very tired, we were joking and laughing all the way and never once did any of us get negative or gatvol.

To me that is the most important skill to have in a situation where the going gets a little tough.
Everyone can be friendly and chirpy when all goes well.
But it is when we are all tired and the proverbial tropical fruit hits the rapidly rotating cooling device with daylight running out when someone's true character shows.

And I can honestly say (not only for the 3 of us there, but also for Operator, Topbox and the other four that was at home already) that in a tight spot I would happily face whatever happens with you guys there.


We had some of the best steak I had in a long time there.
There was lots and lots of mulling over the trip (and not just the day, but the whole week filled so full of amazing things that weirdly all of a sudden felt so long ago...)
Laughter and pleasant company again 'till late.

We were making this evening last.


Somewhere during the evening we made plans for the next day.

The owner of Cederberg Oasis lent us a multimeter so we could try and establish if it was the pump or the current going to it that was shot.

If it was the pump one of us would go to Midas in Ceres to get a Facet pump, bring it back and replace it before riding off.

The next morning I opened the pump itself and scraped the contact points for the regulator mechanism clean, squirted some Q20 into it and heard it clicking when CJ turned the key.

I can tell you - the only sound sweeter than that little pump going 'tick tick tick' that morning was when the Africa Twin roared into life (with the help of jumper leads of a friendly chap that was there for the weekend).

Not long after that we were off home.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/weskus/dag6/DSCF0256.jpg)
Ready to roll for the last time
Photo by CJ

Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: Eisbein on September 06, 2009, 10:28:16 pm
Day 7 and wrap up.

Unfortunately I have no photos of the road from Cederberg Oasis home, but the road is easy enough to get to for a weekend, so I will fix that soon.

;D ;D

It was an uneventful ride, but awesome scenery and still the best biking company.
The day was (again) perfect riding weather and the AT was again purring like clockwork.

Although the trip was almost over we still had a little bit to go and we were still a couple of good friends doing what we enjoyed - getting onto the road less traveled.

Just before the gravel turned into tar we saw a couple of bikes come from the front - amongst others a DR650, a CTX and what I thought to be Generaal's Varadero sweeping.

Everyone eagerly returned the waves we gave them, but we had too short notice of them coming to stop and have a chat.
I spoke to Generaal afterward and he said that it was indeed his Vara, but his dad taking it to the Calvinia Vleis Fees.
;D ;D

At 'Op-die-berg' we said our goodbye's and we were off.

Operator and Topbox formed the 'thumper splinter group' and left together, Surf did the low flying bit as he somehow smelt home and a switched flipped on that GSA of his.
I think it was marked 'super pursuit mode' ... ;D ;D

I went with CJ - partly because I wanted to make sure his AT's heart kept on ticking, but primarily because both of us were in the mood for a leisurely ride through Slanghoek and then over Du Toit's kloof. We also wanted to quickly check up on Biesie in Paarl before heading home.

Surf told us afterwards that just after Mitchell's pass all of a sudden he found himself in a group of about 50 superbikes.

I can just imagine what that looked like - one dirty rider on one heavily loaded and even more dirty 1150GSA amongst a couple of very sleek very clean superbikes. ;D ;D

Not long after that he worked his way through them and could leave this minor obstacle behind...
;D ;D ;D


CJ and me stopped on top of Du Toit's at that lookout point to phone Biesie to hear if he had some colddrinks for two dirty bikers ;D

Upon seeing the Boland both of us had the same thought: As much as it is amazing to broaden your horizons and experience what we have done, it is always good to come back home to the familiar site that was below us - Paarl Rock and Paardeberg ahead of us, Wellington and Hawekwa off to the right.
Simonsberg on the other side and then far behind the one and only Table Mountain.

This was our valley.

Our home.

And we were proud to see it.

We popped in at Biesie's house to find him in high spirits and wanting to know all about the rest of our trip.

Not long after that my bike and the Africa Twin turned onto the same stretch of road for the last time on this trip.

Waved our goodbye's at my turnoff and 3 minutes later pulled into my driveway.

Very very satisfied, but sad that it was officially now over.

If you take the time off and go through the effort and expense of doing something like this and you come back feeling that every sent and leave day was thoroughly well spent and oh so worth it, then the memories of it all is just so much sweeter.


In wrapping this up I cannot help but to think back about a thought that repeatedly jumped into my helmet during the duration:

In thinking about doing a trip like this you can think of many many reasons not to do it and why it might be a bad idea.
Legitimate ones.

You could argue that I'm not fit enough.
Or that the thumpers were not made for covering long distances.
Or that the GS's are too heavy.
Or that not all of us had the experience we needed for some of the sandy bits.

But then again, with proper planning (with regards to the bikes, the situations, daily distances and strengths and weaknesses of our own abilities etc) I can think of a couple of reasons why we should have done this. ;D

Granted - much all of the success of this trip was due to Ektoknbike's meticulous planning, taking into consideration all of the above factors.
He literally spent hours and hours in front of mapsource and his map books making this work for all of us.
Planning something that we were at the same time comfortable with, but that would also stretch our abilities and broaden our horizons.
Enabling us all come back with stories of a little bit of struggle, but also with a strong sense of personal victory and accomplishment.

You could of course only ask the ones that would have answered the 'why you shouldn't do something like this' questions.

But in the end the really important ones would be the answers to the questions as to why you should do something like this.
Remembering why you got your bike.
What you love doing.
What you would rather be doing.

And those questions are the really important ones.


I close off with a little recipe that I discovered somewhere in our journey:

Take 10 good friends.
Add 10 bikes that they know well.
Add a little bit of west coast sand.
Add a couple of liters of high octane and bit of oil to taste.
Cook it for seven days in perfect weather, stirring in good scenery while every now and then letting it just simmer over evening campfires and other times bringing it to a rapid boil under the West Coast sun.

Add jokes and good times to taste.

I can guarantee that you will end up with some West Coast, Namibian and Northern Cape biking cuisine that you will not only enjoy to the max, but that will make you come back with an empty plate, asking that famous question that Charles Dickens wrote so many years ago:

"Please sir - can I have some more?"




Thanks to Ektoknbike, Piksteel, Operator, Surf, CJ, Biesie, Topbox, Highlander and Klaing for making this an unforgettable week.
One that I will fondly think and talk about for years to come.


Forra you - I'll killa de bull!


;D ;D ;D


Varkkneukel over and out.

Title: Re: 6 Days up the Westcoast and into Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed - day5
Post by: topbox on September 06, 2009, 10:30:23 pm
Thanks for posting the report for all of us

RIDE SAFE

T
Title: Re: 7 Days up the Westcoast and to Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed: Completed!
Post by: Eisbein on September 06, 2009, 10:43:19 pm
Thanks for posting the report for all of us

RIDE SAFE

T

Thanks, man!

Don't stop posting your own stories though!


;D
Title: Re: 7 Days up the Westcoast and to Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed: Completed!
Post by: MrBig on September 06, 2009, 11:09:14 pm
awesome! thanks for a great report Eisbein!  :thumleft:  :thumleft:
that line was from Oliver Twist written by Charles Dickens..
Title: Re: 7 Days up the Westcoast and to Namibia, or how I got waterskoeter'ed: Completed!
Post by: Eisbein on September 06, 2009, 11:28:28 pm
awesome! thanks for a great report Eisbein!  :thumleft:  :thumleft:
that line was from Oliver Twist written by Charles Dickens..

Oops!

Brain fart...


Fixed.

Thanks!

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Post by: BoJangels on September 07, 2009, 08:00:42 am
 :thumleft: stunning stuff Eisbein....thanks
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Post by: Briekmerk on September 07, 2009, 08:33:53 am

Thanks Eisie for report, great stuff!!
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Post by: bradleys on September 07, 2009, 09:02:09 am
That was a nice report and pics thanks for sharing :thumleft:
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Post by: Sir Rat on September 07, 2009, 09:14:16 am
Thanks Eisbein. What a great read.  Next time I go on a ride want you there to do the RR for one.  :thumleft: Towing. :pot:
Cheers

Riaan
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Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on September 07, 2009, 09:24:36 am
Thanks Eisbein for a moerse report  :thumleft: Well done to all you guys  :thumleft:
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Post by: topbox on September 07, 2009, 09:32:39 am
Random pics

(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9176.jpg)

(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9187.jpg)

THe guys arriving after the towing session, towed at night over a 4x4 route   :o :o
(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9189.jpg)

 
after being knee deep in water, you have wet boots the next day  :imaposer:

the solution !

(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/trips/west%20coast/DSCF9191.jpg)
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Post by: Eisbein on September 07, 2009, 11:10:45 am
Nice pics!

;D
 Does no one have pics of the guy who supposedly passed out at the Windpomp ?
::)

 :peepwall:


Thanks all.

Rovrat - I still need to go on a ride with you - not because of the ride report, but because of the photo's I've seen of where you've taken your bike and I want to take mine there as well!

;D ;D
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Post by: Eisbein on September 07, 2009, 11:13:39 am
This is the promised video - Klaing had a little self contained flash video camera connected to his Strom's crashbar.

This is a little bit of footage of a riverbed crossing in the eco 4x4 trail.


Please bear in mind that this is a guy that 2 weeks before the trip was not comfortable with riding sand.

This was also deeply rutted and very soft...







Surf, not many guys can handle a mothership the way you do. Respect!

Nee wat bra, dis nie ek wat die bike handle nie, hy handle vir my :mwink:

Maar ons praat maar nie oor die 2 keer wat ek moes afstof nie :ricky:

Just to put it into a little perspective - here is a video of Klaing crossing that same patch with his Veestrom.

Bearing in mind that he had to slow down and start again, but this will give you an idea of the surface that Surf crossed so smoothly with his GSA.

Also - the camera is attached to Klaing's bike's crashbar, not the handlebars. So when the image swerves left and right, that's not the bars going, but actually the bike snaking like that... :eek:



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Post by: Pistonpete on September 07, 2009, 11:42:36 am
Nice ride & report guys :thumleft: :)
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Post by: LuckyStriker on September 07, 2009, 11:59:33 am
Nice report Eisbein. thanks very much for posting it

looks like you guys really enjoyed it.
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Post by: Eisbein on September 07, 2009, 12:06:51 pm
Nice report Eisbein. thanks very much for posting it

looks like you guys really enjoyed it.

Only a pleasure.


I like doing ride reports as it takes me back to the days as I'm typing about it.
I'm not the 'diary' type, but at the risk of sounding like some sort of emotional voyeur, documenting a trip like this to me is as much about the physical riding and experiences as what it is about my emotional experience of it.
;D



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Post by: fat b on September 07, 2009, 01:29:12 pm
This is with out a doubt one of the best RR's I have ever had the pleasure to read ! mThanx 4 sharing ! :thumleft:
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Post by: letsgofishing on September 07, 2009, 02:48:48 pm
Eisbein my friend - this is one of  the most well-written and enjoyable ride reports I have had the pleasure to read!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
You really captured the range of emotions that you all experienced and the great pics are the cream on top.

"We were in every moment."

Aahh... a man who's learnt the secret of life!
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Post by: Ektoknbike on September 07, 2009, 05:13:28 pm


;D
 Does no one have pics of the guy who supposedly passed out at the Windpomp ?
::)

 

;D ;D
[/quote]


Ek het so een of twee :thumleft:

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Post by: Eisbein on September 07, 2009, 05:15:23 pm
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: MrBig on September 07, 2009, 05:22:43 pm
(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=37259.0;attach=64165;image)


lyk of jy uit die kinderbybel ontsnap het..
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Post by: Eisbein on September 07, 2009, 05:40:39 pm
Hahahahahahahahaha!

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Post by: Trailrider on September 07, 2009, 05:41:45 pm
The bearded Maria? ;D
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Post by: tok-tokkie on September 07, 2009, 08:42:58 pm
The bearded Maria? ;D
Oh that is quotable.  Something to replace calling him the tooter op n waterskooter.
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Post by: JC on September 07, 2009, 08:49:00 pm
Awesome report. Voel of mens daar saam met julle is.

Dit lyk of julle die regte mix mense saam was.
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Post by: Operator on September 07, 2009, 08:51:02 pm
The bearded Maria? ;D
Oh that is quotable.  Something to replace calling him the tooter op n waterskooter.

Toktokkie that pic was taken in Die Windpomp.................die beste pomp in die dorp...............and of course you have the T-shirt :thumleft:
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Post by: SandtWiel on September 07, 2009, 09:23:27 pm
CJ...jou daar by TracMac die dag voor die tyd ontmoet toe jy die nuwe helmet koop.

Nie besef dis so moerse lekker trip waarop julle op pad was nie !!!

Awesome RR  :thumleft:
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Post by: Briekmerk on September 08, 2009, 08:17:30 am
CJ...jou daar by TracMac die dag voor die tyd ontmoet toe jy die nuwe helmet koop.

Nie besef dis so moerse lekker trip waarop julle op pad was nie !!!

Awesome RR  :thumleft:

Jip, ek onthou. En ja, dit was "trip of note!"
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Post by: surf on September 08, 2009, 08:22:19 am
CJ...jou daar by TracMac die dag voor die tyd ontmoet toe jy die nuwe helmet koop.

Nie besef dis so moerse lekker trip waarop julle op pad was nie !!!

Awesome RR  :thumleft:

Jip, ek onthou. En ja, dit was "trip of note!"

Hey CJ, ek het jou ook daai dag daar ontmoet :P
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Post by: Ama ride ride on September 08, 2009, 08:28:52 am
Lekker trip, pics and report. :thumleft:

More memories
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Post by: Briekmerk on September 08, 2009, 08:29:42 am
CJ...jou daar by TracMac die dag voor die tyd ontmoet toe jy die nuwe helmet koop.

Nie besef dis so moerse lekker trip waarop julle op pad was nie !!!

Awesome RR  :thumleft:

Jip, ek onthou. En ja, dit was "trip of note!"

Hey CJ, ek het jou ook daai dag daar ontmoet :P

Bwhahhaaahaa, ja jou grapkas!
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Post by: NISMARK on September 08, 2009, 08:33:19 am
Nice trip, nou is ek ook some lus en wat die Vara en f@k@ff!  :mwink:

Nice RR Varkneukel  :thumleft:
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Post by: topbox on September 08, 2009, 08:41:45 am
sums it up nicely


(http://www.oumeulteater.co.za/pics/weskus/dag4/DSCF0208.jpg)


toet toet  :ricky:
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Post by: Eisbein on September 08, 2009, 09:59:49 am
:thumleft:
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Post by: surf on September 08, 2009, 11:01:59 am
:thumleft:

Imagine, lekeer weer, lekker koue bier, lekker geselskap, lekker paaie... :ricky:


...en waar sit ons :xxbah:
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Post by: Eisbein on September 08, 2009, 11:03:38 am
:thumleft:

Imagine, lekeer weer, lekker koue bier, lekker geselskap, lekker paaie... :ricky:


...en waar sit ons :xxbah:

Dude - sien jy die weer buite ?

Daardie taaier merke op die droë klei op van daardie paaie het gewys ek wil nie regtig daar wees as dit nat is nie...

;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Trailrider on September 08, 2009, 11:05:05 am
:thumleft:

Imagine, lekeer weer, lekker koue bier, lekker geselskap, lekker paaie... :ricky:


...en waar sit ons :xxbah:

Dude - sien jy die weer buite ?

Daardie taaier merke op die droë klei op van daardie paaie het gewys ek wil nie regtig daar wees as dit nat is nie...

;D ;D ;D ;D

Dis die ding van bike ry - selfs al is dit kak is dit lekker. ;D

Ek sit eerder op die bike (in enige omstandighede) as in die kantoor.
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Post by: Eisbein on September 08, 2009, 11:05:29 am
Maar having said that sal ek eerder daar wees met julle as om ou Domain Controllers van die Distribution Centres te probeer resuscitate...

:ricky:

 
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Post by: yaartbrak on September 08, 2009, 01:41:37 pm
briljant!!!!!  :thumleft: ek het die RR darem baie geniet.

Eendag is eendag dan  :ricky: ek die roete, my "collar" wil so graag Namibia toe gaan, maar dit sal maar moet wag tot volgende jaar, want ons het nie genoeg gehad van die winter nie, dit was nie koud genoeg nie, so ons gaan kyk hoe koud ons kan kry in Europa oor Desember.  ;)
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Post by: buzzlightyear on September 08, 2009, 01:51:26 pm
Maar having said that sal ek eerder daar wees met julle as om ou Domain Controllers van die Distribution Centres te probeer resuscitate...

:ricky:

 

 :patch:

Klink soos retail, ruik soos retail, is seker retail  :D
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Post by: Eisbein on September 08, 2009, 02:09:41 pm
Maar having said that sal ek eerder daar wees met julle as om ou Domain Controllers van die Distribution Centres te probeer resuscitate...

:ricky:

 

 :patch:

Klink soos retail, ruik soos retail, is seker retail  :D

Kan nie anders nie ;D ;D ;D


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Post by: Gee S on September 08, 2009, 03:29:08 pm
Hierdie was nou werklik waar n BAIE goeie en lekker verslag. Ek hoop om eendag as ek groot is ook op so n lekker trip te gaan.
So terloops, ek hou nogal van die Water Scooter song. Ha ha ha!!!
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Post by: JackShit on September 09, 2009, 01:46:11 pm
Kwaai meraai....dankie ouens!!
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Post by: wino on September 09, 2009, 03:30:37 pm
trials and tribulations! nice one guys!  :thumleft:
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Post by: X Banana Boy on September 09, 2009, 07:42:01 pm
awesome guys.  thanks
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Post by: Fenderbender on September 12, 2009, 04:40:37 pm
Gret RR en trip manne , eks skoon jaloers. :thumleft:
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Post by: keithk on September 13, 2009, 07:32:43 am
Awesome report Eisbein ! and an exciting adventure  Thank you for sharing.  :thumleft:
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Post by: michnus on September 13, 2009, 08:38:38 am
Nee wat jy's die nuwe fairy  :mwink: :biggrin:

Thanks this was a great read,, not many reports like this any more.  :thumleft:

If someone took the route on GPS please post it.

(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=37259.0;attach=64165;image)


lyk of jy uit die kinderbybel ontsnap het..
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Post by: Rooisand on September 13, 2009, 09:51:48 am
Great trip ouens!!! Biesie ek hoop jy is sommer gou weer beter, jammer oor die fiets. O0
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Post by: Biesie on September 13, 2009, 10:29:29 am
Great trip ouens!!! Biesie ek hoop jy is sommer gou weer beter, jammer oor die fiets. O0
Thanks Rooies. Fiets is afgeskryf. Wat is dit met ons en ons XT's?
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Post by: Karl on September 13, 2009, 11:14:41 am
Awesome  :thumleft:
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Post by: Rooisand on September 13, 2009, 03:40:20 pm
Great trip ouens!!! Biesie ek hoop jy is sommer gou weer beter, jammer oor die fiets. O0
Thanks Rooies. Fiets is afgeskryf. Wat is dit met ons en ons XT's?

Ai nee man, myne is ook afgeskryf  :-[ Hell en hulle is juis sulke "skaars fietse" gaan jy iets nuuts kry?
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Post by: BigEd on September 13, 2009, 08:48:58 pm
Manne, julle weet mos - ek was in "spirit" saam julle terwyl ek die vars baba se vuil doeke afgehaal en vir die worshond gevoer het. :patch:

Great guys on a great trip. :thumleft: Mooi manne. Fanks Eisie vir die RR - dit voel asof ek saam was.
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Post by: gwaai on September 21, 2009, 03:58:54 pm
Awesome report and trip looked like pure 100% JOL