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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Vaalseun on October 16, 2010, 09:15:01 pm

Title: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Vaalseun on October 16, 2010, 09:15:01 pm
I will not bore you all with any of the foreplay, suffice to say that we had a nice breakfast just outside Delmas and some coffee at Dullstroom before we hit the road towards Graskop where we were going to overnight.


Isn't she beautiful. I always admire her standing like that, with the right curves in the right places. Just a pity I did'nt get her front wheel in the picture as well, then you would really have been able to admire her true beauty.
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Going down Long Tom pass.
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The chalets at Panorama just outside Graskop is my favourite overnight spot. It's cheap and basic, but always clean with the most spectacular scenery.
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Next morning we visited the Pinnacle, took some photo's and just enjoyed the beauty. Just an observation ...... nowadays you have to pay R5 to see one of God's finest creations. First we thought the R5 goes towards keeping up the ablutions, but this soon proved not to be the case as there was no toilet paper in the toilets. Then we thought that it was to pay the lady that collected our R5, but some sums quickly revealed that all the money collected in a month would not be enough to even pay her a very basic wage. At last we concluded that it was just done because it was the in-thing to collect money nowadays, so that tourists could be a little more inconvenienced.
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While I was waiting for Mrs. Vaalseun to return from the ablutions-without-toilet-paper, one of the people in the parking area shouted that I must watch out for the snake. As I spun around, I just caught a glimpse of a boomslang cruising over the open ground towards my bike, up the spokes of the back wheel and disappearing somewhere inside the panels. I'm no great snake expert, but I know for sure that this was a boomslang based on the following facts:

1. It fitted the description of a boomslang as explained by oom Schalk Lourens in Herman Charles Bosman's Mafikeng Road

2. There are many trees in the area

3. "Boomslang" just has that sound to it that makes you think, hey this is dangerous

4. He was very quick up the spokes of the back wheel

Anycase, it was a bit of a joke at first, and I thought I'll just take off the seats and casually remove the boomslang. Note the guy with the brown shirt who claimed a prime position in the whole circus, possibly by virtue of the fact that he first spotted it, I mean after all....
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The guy in the brown shirt suggested that I start the bike, hoping that the boomslang would get uncomfortable with the heat from the engine and politely leave the scene. Being his snake, I duly complied although I secretly doubted that it would help the situation at all.
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Boomslang se kind was however not born yesterday, and he just stay put. In the meantime a sizeable crowd started to gather, cameras at the ready
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The guy with the brown shirt realized by now that he may stand accused of raising a false alarm, and he did his best to find the snake before anybody else. While he kept looking, I took out my little tool-bag to start stripping the side-panels. I even had the presence of mind to put my gloves on, while wondering at the same time if it is any use. Anyway, it looked cool and I could see from the looks on the bystander's faces that they thought I was in complete control of the situation.
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In the meantime a couple of snake-charmers had a go, but this was no Indian Cobra, or whatever it is that snake charmers play with. No, this was an african boomslang who decided that he will not be fooled by anybody, no matter what his nationality or whatever colour shirt he wears.

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After having removed some panels on the one side we could see the snake, who at this stage was quite comfortable and had no intention of leaving. The rather large eyes and the bright green colour confirmed my suspicion, which I later also confirmed by reading Mafikeng Road again......that was the part where oom Schalk was lying under the thorn tree with his hat over his eyes halway up Abjaterskop ..... but lets leave that for now.
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Having found the snake, made the situation a little worse as the crowd now expected extreme bravery. In the meantime the guy in the brown shirt retreated to a safe distance and I was more or less on my own. I decided to try and agitate the snake by poking a thin stick into the cavity where he was spotted, hoping that he would depart...which is exactly what he did. He came out at the back over the area where the seat fits, and I managed to get him onto the stick which I then promptly ditched while trying to keep my composure.
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I estimated him to be about three metres long, although some of the less reliable by-standers reckoned he was only about one metre long. I did not argue though, as there was still some nice riding to be done. I thanked the guy in the brown short for his help, put the panels back and off we went.
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Next stop was the Maria Shire falls, which are not signposted with the result that there was no crowd, no african art sellers and no R5-collector. We decided to pull off and spend some time.
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No, this picture was not copied from a BMW Motorrad advert.
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I the true spirit of adventure riding, Mrs. Vaalseun made use of the opportunity to experience nature at it's best.
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The rest of our journey was without incident, and we approached Gauteng as the sun set. We were both tired, but we thoroughly enjoyed our little excursion.
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Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: molomolo on October 16, 2010, 09:33:58 pm
WOW!  Very brave with that snake!  Nice pics too! Looks like the Long Tom pass is in good condition!
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: capeklr on October 16, 2010, 09:34:57 pm
 :o
Imagine you didn't know about that snake, cruising down the highway and he slithers across your leg suddenly. Could have been interesting.
Enjoyed the rest of your RR and the pics.
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Crossed-up on October 16, 2010, 09:57:51 pm
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on October 16, 2010, 11:52:43 pm
Nice ride and thanks for not killing the boomslang...they are mostly very docile.

Thanks for sharing.

 8)
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Fudmucker on October 17, 2010, 06:07:01 am
I spotted a Boomslang at Burkes Luck Potholes, but on the basis of where I saw it, it should be renamed a Bossieslang!
Anyway, two Eastern couples that were taking video's of each other near the bossie hadn't seen it.
I called them away before pointing out the Bossieslang,
where after for some reason they found the little thorn bush far more interesting to video from a distance. :mwink:
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: letsgofishing on October 17, 2010, 08:32:19 am
Nice ride!
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: DD650 on October 17, 2010, 09:45:33 am
:o
Imagine you didn't know about that snake, cruising down the highway and he slithers across your leg suddenly. Could have been interesting.


My thoughts exactly!   :D  Nice RR.
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: BadBadger on October 17, 2010, 09:55:41 am
Nice pics and RR.  Lekker story with the snake too!
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Lotta on October 17, 2010, 03:41:12 pm
Ek sou nie baie worry oor die voorwiel wat jy nie op die eerste foto kon inkry nie. Dit wat n ou wel op die foto sien is mooi genoeg.
Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: gser on October 17, 2010, 03:53:18 pm

 Wat het van Eva geword ?
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: krister on October 17, 2010, 04:12:28 pm
Nice pics!  Went there a few weeks ago with the cage.  I also have the same pannier bags  ;)  Looks like you guys had a very good bonding time  ;D
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: J-mo on October 17, 2010, 05:37:08 pm
Like the way you handled the situation. Some guys would have just killed the snake.

Nice Pics, beautiful area.
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Brakenjan on October 17, 2010, 06:07:51 pm
Dankie Vaalseun - jou RR was nou amper net so goed soos 'n Herman Charles Bosman storie!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: DrDirt on October 17, 2010, 07:14:14 pm


 :o

Bmw On Call  :mwink:
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Paulsky on October 17, 2010, 08:04:59 pm
Cool story, where are the real pic's of Mrs Vaalseun swimming
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: The Badger on October 17, 2010, 08:22:54 pm
Good One. Thanks.
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: XXL on October 18, 2010, 07:57:02 am
:o
Imagine you didn't know about that snake, cruising down the highway and he slithers across your leg suddenly. Could have been interesting.


My thoughts exactly!   :D  Nice RR.

Bwahahahahah......
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Ama ride ride on October 18, 2010, 09:37:33 am
Dankie Vaalseun - jou RR was nou amper net so goed soos 'n Herman Charles Bosman storie!  :thumleft:

Stem saam :thumleft:
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: RobC on October 18, 2010, 09:43:51 am
Intresting adventure... Btw a Boomslang's venom teeth do not penetrate as deep as other snakes although it is very toxic, putting on the gloves was a good thought but the snake would have to really chewed you in any case. Just glad that you were safe and that the snake lived to tell the tale. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: JB on October 18, 2010, 04:54:41 pm
:o
Imagine you didn't know about that snake, cruising down the highway and he slithers across your leg suddenly. Could have been interesting.


My thoughts exactly!   :D  Nice RR.

Bwahahahahah......

Nee hel, ek weet Afrika is nie vir sissies nie maar sou ek in daai situasie wees en slang se kind steek sy kop uit terwyl ek ry was ek onmirreforkenlik bo van daai fiets af.....en het ek myself heeltemal in n ander era ingeskrik sou waarskynlik nog voor Alec Patterson en sy kruiwa op Pelgrimsrus aangeland het teen die spoed wat ek sou beweeg.
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Beemer Mike on October 18, 2010, 05:03:00 pm
However looking at the photo of that it snake it looks alot like a harmless Bush snake (greenlike a Boomslang but with black spots on the back of the head and body). Either way well done in getting it out.
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Gat Slag on October 18, 2010, 05:21:35 pm
...ek het al gehoor van 'n ou met 'n broek vol planne...  maar 'n bike vol slange is nuut!!!

Lekker trip en kiekies...   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Dusty Rusty on October 26, 2010, 02:24:13 pm
Wat as daai slag geboorte gegee het aan haar kroos in jou bike?   ;)
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Vaalseun on October 26, 2010, 03:33:28 pm
Wat as daai slag geboorte gegee het aan haar kroos in jou bike?   ;)

Nice red 1200 GSA for sale, price highly negotiable......VOETSTOOTS! New owner to collect.....NO DELIVERY!!!
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Wil on October 26, 2010, 04:36:37 pm
Baie lekker RR en mooi fotos!  :thumleft: ek wonder of ek nie tog van nou af net so vinnige scan gaan doen voor ek weer op die bike klim na hy so rukkie in die bos gepark was nie. Grootste phobia wat skielik verskyn van onder terwyl jy bike ry  :o ek abandon ship on the spot! Iemand anders wat ek ken het selfde tipe probleem in Cederberg gehad - pofadder in voorwiel se speke - en daai goed is LUI! baie goeie negotiation skill gevat om hom uit te kry.
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: DirtRebell on October 26, 2010, 04:52:51 pm
Eish - that snakey could get one stuck for hours.

Nice RR :thumleft:
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: LouisL on February 25, 2013, 08:30:50 pm
demmit- hy was definitief meer as 3 meter lank en daai oog lyk omtrent so groot soos 'n langspeelplaat!
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Cheetah on February 25, 2013, 08:45:35 pm
Baie nice RR  :thumleft:
Liewe ouers ek haat slange  :o
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: jimjim on February 25, 2013, 10:53:08 pm
Lekker RR - met (amper) 'n ekstra byt.
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: HB 9 on February 26, 2013, 09:11:02 am
Wat as daai slag geboorte gegee het aan haar kroos in jou bike?   ;)

Nice red 1200 GSA for sale, price highly negotiable......VOETSTOOTS! New owner to collect.....NO DELIVERY!!!

 :laughing4:  :laughing4:

Lekker gelees en goed gedoen met die slang! Gelukkig het dinge verloop soos dit het... kon katastrofiese gevolge gehad het...
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Herminator on February 26, 2013, 09:35:55 am
Baie Lekker Report, nou lekker gelag
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Karel Kat on February 26, 2013, 09:40:41 am
Cool story this, enjoyed it very much. Thanks!
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: DRAZIL on February 26, 2013, 10:14:57 am
slippery characters you hang out with :biggrin:
Enjoyed this report. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: DirtyHarry on February 26, 2013, 10:21:58 am
Every ride can turn into an adventure. Nice one V  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Chrissie B on February 26, 2013, 10:28:54 am

Had a good giggle.  And does look like a grass snake, I'm glad you didn't kill it.  I caught a Poffadder by mistake once... needless to say I threw it very far away very quickly!

Just goes to show, we still live in Africa!
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Soundboi on February 26, 2013, 11:37:02 am
O my sack! nee kyk ek is nie baie bang vir goed in die natuur nie, maar vir slang se kind is ek ett bang.
Ek sou die bleddie bike net daar los en die versekering bel en s die ding is gesteel of iets. Norradoner!!! Meer man as ek hoor!!!!  :o
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Cave Girl on February 26, 2013, 12:02:17 pm
Cool report! glad all ended well.
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Vaalseun on February 26, 2013, 04:02:29 pm
demmit- hy was definitief meer as 3 meter lank en daai oog lyk omtrent so groot soos 'n langspeelplaat!

Louis, ek kan sien jy ken slange en soos ek, is jy nie iemand wat maklik oordryf nie. Nou moet ons nog net vir Chrissie oortuig dit was nie 'n onskuldige gras-slangetjie nie.
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: whitefish on February 28, 2013, 12:39:41 pm
Nee jy het ballas my maat!! Ek sal nie daar krap as ek jy was nie, ek sou seker die tenk 4ked geskiet het en dan sou die bike ieg ontplof het en daar sou n laaang bruin streep op die gras gele het. Nice RR by the way :thumleft:
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: spoedvark on March 01, 2013, 09:48:54 pm
Blerrie cheeky passenger!!!1

Trying to sponge  a free lift with todays petrol prices?????

Lift you feet and walk Slangetjie!!
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: tgg on March 02, 2013, 03:10:30 pm
nice rr, luckily you are not insecure and trigger happy
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Ka Toem on March 10, 2013, 03:16:40 pm
Het by ander "dog" gehoor van die storie. Goed gedoen en mooi foto's.
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: COLES on July 06, 2013, 05:04:15 pm

EVERY YEAR WE RALLY(CARS) IN THE AREA HOW BEAUTIFUL

DONT THINK TO MUCH ABOUT THE GREEN SNAKE
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: Orangeswifty on July 08, 2013, 08:11:28 am
 :lol8: :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
Very entertaining!
 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Boomslang in my bike
Post by: laurika on July 08, 2013, 08:58:01 am
Wow! In mozambique one of the 1200 riders with us also had a boomslang under his seat after riding over it...it took about half our to get it out of there....a farmworker at the stables where we sTopped then killed it, as there were horses about....lovely report!