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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 03, 2012, 12:12:22 pm

Title: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 03, 2012, 12:12:22 pm
I have albums full of pics of trips and I thought to share them with you in 2012.
Most of them I have to scan and it will take time. Please be patient.

Every year we closed our diamonddiving operation for Easter and in 1999 I begged a few days
exstra from the boss. "ja gaan val jou gat af in Suid Wes" was his aswer!!! Roll on Desert Run 1999!!!
Weapon of choice was my then Honda XL600R.
First day was from my house 30km from Lutzville to Upington and as with every trip that started there by
bike the easter wind was howling the whole way. :biggrin:

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My route was Koekenaap, Nuwerus,Bitterfontein,Kliprand,Pofadder,Kakemas and then Upington.
The wind was hitting me headon on the plains of the Boesmanland.

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The 133kms from Pofadder to Kakamas on a thumper is and will always be boring!! :biggrin:

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I stayed over at the Eiland in Upington and met Bradleys and his gang there from Cape Town for the first time.
The next day was long stretches of tar all the way to Kuruman.
Can hardly see the bike infront of this giant!!!

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At Kuruman the were a lot of people (450+) and the next day everyone just wanted to ride.
The Desert Run is about finding the correct partner to ride with. My first day a joined Kelly Farrell from
Klerksdorp. We are still friends. We wanted no dust and a quite road so we did not take the Hotazel to
Van Zyl'srus road but the next one the Severnroad to Van Zyl's. No bikes and only a donkeycart or two.

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Van Zyl's was one big dustbowl when we got there and we pushed on to Ashkam for fuel.
We stayed over at a lodge close to Ashkam. Slept on the lawn between the chalets. When we woke up
the next morning we found easter eggs in our boots,pants,jackets,helmets,cloves and anywhere they
could find to hide them. It was  special. Note the then brandnew Funduro!! This was also the morning
the "desertcruiser" as it was named later in the trip by my friends started with his troubles. Nasty
sounds every morning on startup. It was the outomatic timingchaintentioner not being happy. Everyone
said "ride it its' a Honda it will get you home"!!!! :deal:

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The Desert Run is also about making friends. This is Kobus Harmse and we still keep in touch.
Also in the pic the three bikes I drooled over for the rest of the trip.
Two Teneres and a R80 GS.

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Kelly and I did not ride together again as his speeds were higher than mine and he leaves when
the first mossie poeps!! We were a small gang that formed and rode together for the whole day.
Hakskeenpan that we rode over to Rietfontein at the border with Namibia.

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We rode through Aroab and passed this saltpan just before KoŽs our overnight stop.

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I think there were 12 of us that rode all the way with our bikes that year. The rest all Stoetied as they
bring the family along. Us 12 camped behind the hotel for the night. It must have been very dry and dusty
for some people on the road as they drank a lot that night and it was not water!!!!! :mwink:
Andy's 640 getting a lot of attention. Wonder what he is rideing today?

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This was the group that formed the next day and stayed like that for the rest of the trip. Our speeds were
they same as also the rideingstyle.

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The next day kicking up dust along the Aroadriver between Gochas and Stampriet.

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Climbing out of the riverbed.

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We pick up tar at Stampriet.

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It was a looooong hual on tar to Windhoek as our tar speeds were the same as on dirt 110km/h.
Barry's gs sprung a leak on the leftcarb. No worries he has spare pipe. The fix was quick and easy.

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My arse was beginning to take strain on the supersoft Honda seat. NOOOOOOOT!! :biggrin: We stopped often
and we of course talked bikes. The Tenere and GS were growing on me!! :mwink:
The hills just before Windhoek.

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The all the way group did not all ride together because speeds were different but we kept camping
together. As the weather was so good most never pitched tents and we would lie and talk late at night.
This is at the Arrebusch Lodge. This is THE place to camp when in Windhoek.

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Today was the route through the Khomas Hochland. I have done a small section of this by truck a few times
but was really looking forward to do the whole way to Swakopmund.
Note that Barry rode the whole trip with that backpack on his back!!!!!!

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The ghosthouse 40kms out of Windhoek.

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The views from these hills are really beautiful. It was starting to get hot. Very hot!!

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The view from the top of Boshua pass.

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Then we hit the flat plains on the way to Swakop and the heat goes up to 47 degrees.
I poddle along at a 100km/h. I stop to have a drag on my pipe and friend Kobus stops next
to me with his blue Tenere. "I hear a soft knock in my engine says he". I ask how fast were you
rideing? 120 to 130 says he. I say I think he should slow down a bit in this heat.
Turns out he heatseized the motor and got a lift for the bike and himself back to Sasolburg from
Swakopmund. :biggrin:

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The whole campsite in Swakop was booked just for us and everyone just wanted to go and
play on dune 7. Not me cause I have to get back home with my bike in one piece!!

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Bakkies, bikes and quads everywhere and everyone is going flatout. Falls aplenty.

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We ride out to Hentiesbay a place I have not seen. Have something to eat and just relax.

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The "desertcruiser" made it all the way to Swakop but I'm holding thumbs for the way home.
Note the forwardpegs for the loooong days in the saddle!!! :imaposer: :mwink:

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The last morning and we were saying our goodbeye's and there were already talk of "see you next year"!!
Most of the people were going home via Windhoek and Botswana.

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Just before the Kuiseb Canyon on the way south. Note the ATTGATT. Windbreaker yes of course and
then jeans with boots sold at the local kooperasie. I believe some Yamahariders in Stellenbosch
still favours and promote this ATTGATT!!! :mwink:

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Bridge over the Kuisebriver.

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Dennis comeing up the hill after rideing over the bridge. I was eyeing the XT more an more. :mwink:

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The area close to Solitaire. Not much rain fell here in that year.

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Barry in full flight on the R80.

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I love the mountains in this area.

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Late afternoon before Maltahohe. We camp on a farm three kms out of town but ride into town
to have something to eat at the hotel. Plans of getting into bed early were wrecked by three stunning German woman. :mwink:
We got back to our campsite at three in the morning!! :biggrin:
Sorry sadly no pics of said woman.!!! :biggrin: :biggrin:

We were up early and headed on south to Helmeringhuizen.
Snake for breakfast anyone? :mwink:

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In Helmeringhuizen we meet someone I know from Lutzville. Johan Nel.
Also a German guy on a bicycle. He mentioned how may flats he had had due to thorns because
he had to ride on the side of the road. I gave him a bottle of that green snot  that I learnt on
this trip is useless in motorcycletubes but I know it works for thorns on bicycletubes.
Next stop Betanien or so some people thought.

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So Dennis and I pulled a bit away from Barry and we were already sitting in the pub in Betanien when
a tourist walked in and said we should go and pick our friend up that fell some distance out of town!!!!!!!! :biggrin: ???
The hotelowner reaches down under the counter and takes out his bakkiekeys and hands them over, "go
and fetch your friend" He knows us from nowhere but helps gladly. That's why I love Namibians.
So Barry had a fronttyre blowout and had a hard fall. If his Kilimandjaro backpack helped with the fall
I do not know but he was OK!!!
He nearly went off on the leftside and brought it back only to fall here. The back of the bike was bent and the dash
in pieces.

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This is Natasha en Boeta infront of the Betanien hotel. We fixed the flat on the R80 connected some
wires on the dash and she was idleing after the first swing of the starter but was not charging.
Our plans to ride together to Hobas at the Fishriver was cancelled. They would go to Keetmanshoop and
I left before them for Hobas.

This pic was between Seeheim and Hobas. It was getting late.

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I made it just before sunset. My first time at the Fishriver Canyon.

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I rode most of the 75km from Hobas to Ais-Ais with my "eenkerslig headlight" in the dark. :biggrin:
Stopped at the gate and was told we are close. I said but I want to camp!! OK was the aswer come back tomorrow!!!!
So I turned around and rode back 50 meters to this tree and camped for FREE!!!!

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Early morning Ais-Ais campsite. It even had more grass back then!!
I filled up used their toilet and bought nothing exept fuel!!! It was still a long way home.

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Climbing out of the valley from the Fishriver.

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At last the Orangeriver again.

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Springbok was my next stop and as always had someting to eat at oom Jopie Kotse's place the
Springbok Lodge. And when you eat there it normally is too much and you have to pay taxes soon
after as happened here!!! :biggrin: :imaposer:

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I stayed on the N7 all the way to Nuwerus and turned on the dirt for the last 60km home. I skipped my house
and rode the 1 kilo over the hill to have a look at the ocean from the viewpoint we all used to see if the sea
is diveable (i just made up that word!!) or not.
Jip should have guessed it. Flat as a table!!! I already missed a day!!!!! :biggrin:

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My gat was lam, but the next morning at 5 I was up and rideing towards our divespot.

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The "Desertcruiser" was for sale and an XT was calling me!!!! :mwink:

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This trip made me hungry for more.... :thumleft:
Thanks for reading this old stuff. Will scan and post some more.

Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on January 03, 2012, 12:29:20 pm
The unwritten ride reports are coming ............................  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Riebeeker on January 03, 2012, 12:47:12 pm
As Chris al sy ride reports hier gaan neerpen gaan dit 'n intersante boek wees om te lees  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Brandt on January 03, 2012, 01:12:12 pm
 :drif:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: JMOL on January 03, 2012, 03:03:23 pm
As Chris al sy ride reports hier gaan neerpen gaan dit 'n intersante boek wees om te lees  :thumleft:

stem 100% saam.  kan nie wag vd res nie.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Heimer on January 03, 2012, 03:04:45 pm
 :coffee2:

Ek hoop jou scanner het 'n tweede rat. Laai hom sing  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: jossvw on January 03, 2012, 03:20:54 pm
Great  Thanks , looking forward to the rest  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: HB 9 on January 03, 2012, 03:50:07 pm
Thank you, now I can see the stories Skjerta is telling me about the desert runs - awesome!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Pietcoke on January 03, 2012, 03:55:36 pm
Lekker lees RR........... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Pieter Willering on January 03, 2012, 04:16:36 pm
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Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Flatout on January 03, 2012, 04:21:02 pm
Lekker Chris, jy vul my skoon met heimwee. In ons jong dae het ons met baie minder dinge so sorgeloos en sonder kommer die lewe geniet.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Malibu on January 03, 2012, 04:27:00 pm
Ooooooooh!  ;D
Waiting for the rest....
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: V-Strom on January 03, 2012, 04:38:08 pm
Sub  :happy1:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: 2StrokeDan on January 03, 2012, 06:51:30 pm
Baie mooi, Chris, en dankie vir deel met ons. Ek en n buddy het dieselfde Desert run trip oor paasnaweek 2001 gedoen. Lekker verby, trip en die mense.
P.S. Ek dink jy was n bietjie "overdressed" maar toe maar. :peepwall:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Oshkosh on January 03, 2012, 07:49:30 pm
Nice one CL Sub :happy1:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: spoedvark on January 03, 2012, 08:16:43 pm
A RR with no BMW 1200  GS's in the pics??? Very strange!!! Thansk for sharing Chris!   :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: madmike999 on January 03, 2012, 08:31:28 pm
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Post by: BMWPE on January 03, 2012, 08:44:53 pm
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Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: fat b on January 04, 2012, 09:46:22 am
Nice one Chris ! Mooi wereld daai  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Dwerg on January 04, 2012, 10:09:33 am
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Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 04, 2012, 10:37:34 am
A month after the above trip I bought a 1983 XT 600 Tenere.
21 000kms on the clock for R12 500 and of course two weeks later I had to test it and
what better road than to Gamkaskloof "the Hell"
It was end of May 1999 and freezing cold past Calvinia and Sutherland.

I heard these guys did something wrong and this is their punishment!!!! :mwink:

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The first dat I rode from Lutzville to just below Komsbergpas south of Sutherland and stayed with
friends. The XT was a much better bike for long distances than the XL. Big tank and the seat was much better.
Meet Dirk van Zyl and family. He and his twin brother was responsible for takeing the first car into the Hell.
They took it in from the northern side along the river. In those days the Gamkapoortdam have not been built
and the only thing there was a little shop owned by a old Jewish gentleman. The people from the Hell
traded their goods with him. Distance is 17 miles. It took quite a few guys from the Hell and some donkeys to get
the car there. I had an interesting night talking to him infront of the Aga stove. His son Erasmus was also
the first person to drive into Gamkaskloof with a bakkie and caravan. Then Piet Joubert brought in some more
for his campsite.

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Of course I had to take a pic of the church in Merweville after going down Rammelkoppas.
Every time I see this church I ask myself how can it be that such a little town can have
such a stunning church.

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I filled up in Prins Albert and made my way to Gamkaskloof. I suppose if one lived in the Hell
this road can become tiresome but to us that does not come here too often it is a gem. :thumleft:

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The old car that the van Zyl brothers brought in. Problem with the car in the kloof was that
they had to walk 19 miles to Calitzdorp to get fuel!!!! So after it broke the first time the backaxle
was taken out and used for making a donkeycart.

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I meet Annatjie, Piet and oom Bennie Joubert. Tannie Annatjie is a Mostert and she grew up here in the Kloof.
She owns the farm and had moved here on the 12 of January of 1999 after oom Bennie retired.
They were restoreing all the old houses and buildings on the farm. I asked oom Bennie how many times
they have driven the road since they moved here. Ninetysix (96)times was his aswer from 12 Jan to end of May
to fetch building materials, food and labourers!!!!!!!!!!!! The time they take to drive it is shocking too. They fly
through there. :deal:

In 1999 these were newly restored.

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So where do I camp I ask tannie Annatjie. Nee Boeriekind jy slaap by ons in die huis. :deal:
From that visit she calls me Boeriekind because of some show on TV that was about Namaqaland.
Piet then 17 and I shared a room and I got to hear all about the kloof past and present. I could have stayed
a week. They would have liked an exstra helping hand. The next morning I was told everything was for free
just because I know Dirk van Zyl!!! He is our friend then you are our friend. :deal:

The family Joubert infront of oupa Piet se huis.

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Many a pic have been taken about this few. Note how dry it was even for end of May.
I followed the mountain to Calitzdorp over Rooiberg to Van Wyksdorp and Garciapass to Riversdale and
then Stillbay.

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Took my mom for a spin to the farm.

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Stayed a day and then rode home in one go. In the pass just before Ceres.

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This was a great trip to get to gel with the Tenere.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: fat b on January 04, 2012, 11:00:15 am
Nice  :thumleft: Jou gat is al seker soos skuurpapier na al die kilometers innie saal ?
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: roxenz on January 04, 2012, 11:17:38 am
Aai Chris, dis lekker om die ouer fotos te kyk en jou stories te lees! Gooi maar as jy tyd het!

Is nou 'n valie geword al, maar het grootgeword daar waar die Breerivier en die Witte mekaar ontmoet. Stilbaai was altyd ons vakansieplek (nog in die dae voor water en elektrisiteit). My ma se ma se familie was almal van daai deel van die wereld. My groot-tante het die "Son en See" losieshuis op Stilbaai gehad: ons het as kinners altyd as kelners gewerk (my tante het ons nie betaal nie, sy was bietjie stief, maar die "tips" was goed: ek het een jaar 'n "honeymoon" paartjie bedien, hulle het veral goed ge-tip!  :biggrin: )
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: DJ on January 04, 2012, 12:31:52 pm
Great RR's Chris, thanks for sharing and keep them coming... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: HB 9 on January 05, 2012, 07:43:38 am
Great to read and to look at your trips of the past  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Frannarossi on January 05, 2012, 03:22:38 pm
Ja nee,die ou stories lees vir een of ander rede lekkerder as die nuwes.Gooi maar die res :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Carrol on January 05, 2012, 07:02:53 pm
Dit is wonderlik om alles te lees. Dis interessant om te sien watse klere mense in 1999 gedra het vir motorfietsry en dis net 'n paar jaar terug. Regtig baie interessant. ;D
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Leo on January 05, 2012, 07:56:10 pm
Nice Chris

The Tenere was also my first "real" touring bike. Brings back fond memories.

Thanks for sharing!  :3some:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: nemodakar on January 05, 2012, 09:43:00 pm
Lekker Chris, moenie te vroeg gaan slaap nie, scan nog n paar fotos.

Ons wag.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: oo7 on January 05, 2012, 09:56:27 pm
Thanks Chris - awesome ride reports.  En jy het rerig mooi fotos geneem!

Alles op "regte egte" bikes ook nog!

Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on January 06, 2012, 03:16:48 am
It's great to see the old photo's ... these were real spontaneous adventures .. one just took off in a direction and hoped all would be good. Today we have 40kg of crap we really could do without. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Leo on January 07, 2012, 11:03:59 am
Hi Chris

Jammer vir die hijack, maar jou foto's van die DR met die Tenere het so baie "memories" teruggebring. Ek het bietjie gaan grawe in die garage - ek het jare terug die voorblad van die barksa gehaal met my Tenere - ons was 'n groep van 5 ouens wat almal op Tenere's die trip gedoen het.

Die DR was een van my gunsteling trips tot so 2004 toe dit te groot begin raak het.

Elk geval, hier is ons lot oppie voorblad van die barksa  :ricky:

vlnr: Geoff Oesche, Leo, Steve Luker, Johan (Rustenburg) en Andre (Ek Dink)
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 07, 2012, 05:43:28 pm
Leo ek sal daai BikeSA in n glaskas sit as ek jy is.
Jy het natuurlik nou jou mond verby gepraat. Ons soek n RR van daai Desert Run!! :mwink: :deal:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Vis Arend on January 07, 2012, 07:37:19 pm
Hier moet ek kyk.

Bitter mooi sover Chris.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 07, 2012, 11:05:09 pm
I can remember 1999 was tough year for diamonddiving. The whole consession we worked on
was sanded up and we could not pump through it as it was too thick. We found this spot and it carried well.
Problem was it was a tideal spot. In summer we had to be at the spot at 4.30 am when it is lowtide to bring everything
down to the beach and then pump until the hightide chases us away. Then every pipe and piece of equipment has
to be taken  up on the hill away from the waves.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-1.jpg)

It took a while to get those four sets of pipes in every day.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-2.jpg)

And very tireing staying underwater in the surf carrying rocks and loosening them with a "koevoet"
for 4 to 6 hours a day. We had a good year and had taken out just over a 1000 carats and the boss said
"off you go and have a good holiday" which was more than a week earlier than other years.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-3.jpg)

Overnight I decided I'm going to Namibia on the bike and spent the next day changeing oil and packing.
I was really looking forward to a long haul by myself. Physically it was a hard year on my body and I just
wanted to ride and think about nothing.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-4.jpg)

The first day was just from my house near Koekenaap passed Nuwerus and along the N7 to Bushwhacked
downriver from Vioolsdrift where last years National Bash was held. Adam and Maudie had opened
that year and the place was then called Fiddlerscreek. Got there early afternoon and spent the rest
of the day with Mafusa the staffie they had then. The new one shared my tent at the bash!!!!! :biggrin:
Of course Mafusa liked me!! I had biltong!! :deal:


(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-5.jpg)

The next day I rode one of my favourites roads. Noordoewer to Rosh Pinah along the Orange river.
This is where the Fish river runs into the Orange.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-6.jpg)

I've done this road a few times and it never bores me.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-7.jpg)

The road from Rosh Pinah to Aus was still dirt. Between Aus and Luderitz the nothingness is endless.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-8.jpg)

I camped at Shark Island and I was lucky there was no wind blowing which is rare for Luderitz.
I rode and walked around town the next morning and meet one diamonddiver that I knew. We have
a drink and I ride out to Kolmanskoppe. No one to be seen. A driver of a passing car tells me I should
have booked one of the tours in the morning. O well next time then. I leave Kolmanskoppe at 1.30pm
towards Aus and fill up and ride back to the main road. I go strait across and the road is fine but it
becomes a tweespoor sandtrack after ten kilos. I battle on thinking all the time but this cannot be
the road to Helmeringhuizen?!! ??? After 20+kilos I reach a farm and the farmlaborer tells me I should turn around!!!!!
I nearly fell a couple of times in the sand. Reached the mainroad again turn left and 200meters later this big highway
turns left to Helmeringhuizen!!!! Ook ma lekker dof!!!!! :biggrin:

Close to Kolmanskoppe.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-9.jpg)

I told this lot I will see them at a restuarant close to me again. :mwink:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-10.jpg)

Before Helmeringhuizen I turned off left on the D707. What a stunning road. The shadouws were getting longer.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-11.jpg)

I see a sign on the right saying farm 12 kilos. I took this road and reach a valley with steep red cliffs in
the background. All the buildings were painted Terracotta red. Farmhouse and some chalets. I could see
my wallet was too thin for this place. :biggrin: No he does not do camping says the farmer. Only 4x4s.
We talk some farming and about the lack of rain and I turn around. When I reach the D707 I decide
I might as well camp there. It will be dark soon too. I have camped at a few places in the bush in my time,
but this night is the one that I will always remember. Not one car passed at all. Just me and my thoughts
and the millions of stars above me. I was happy. :thumleft:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-12.jpg)

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-13.jpg)

I rolled my bivvie out infront of my tent as a groundsheet and after eating laid down on my back and watched
the stars until I went to bed at ten.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-14.jpg)
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: alwyn_gs on January 07, 2012, 11:25:27 pm
AWESOME CHRIS!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: fat b on January 09, 2012, 08:40:57 am
Mooi mooi mooi ! :drif:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Frannarossi on January 09, 2012, 08:51:42 am
Nice man :thumleft: .Is dit daai selfde tent wat jy nou nog het,of is dit net 'n nuwer weergawe wat dieselfde lyk?
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 09, 2012, 09:02:01 am
Nice man :thumleft: .Is dit daai selfde tent wat jy nou nog het,of is dit net 'n nuwer weergawe wat dieselfde lyk?
Moet ek skaam wees as ek erken dis nog dieselfde een?!! :peepwall:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Kerritz on January 09, 2012, 11:12:39 am
RESPECT!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: jimjim on January 10, 2012, 08:38:46 pm
Brilliant! As per usual ChrisL style. Wil baie graag 'n e-book hiervan kry wanneer dit klaar is.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: spoedvark on January 10, 2012, 10:08:10 pm
Subscribed!!!! :thumleft: :thumleft:

Excellent RR's! Keep them coming. Making very interesting reading. Wonder what the big tank Tenere was sold for?????????????

I'm guessing a BMW 1100 GS???? i wonder???
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 10, 2012, 10:43:44 pm
The next morning was one of those days that you just want to ride and keep on rideing.
Everything just felt right.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-15.jpg)

I went passed Betta to the Duwisib Castle. The first time I went passed here was in 1986 driveing
a cattletruck. Since then I heard/read the history behind the castle but wanted too see it up close.

Duwisib Castle build by Baron Herman von Wolff and his rich American wife. Everything was brought here
by oxwagen from Luderitz. They farmed here with sheep, cattle and horses.
He was deported later back to Germany and fought in the first world war and died doing it.
She went back to America.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-16.jpg)

In the courtyard.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-17.jpg)

Most of the furniture is still here and some in the museum in Windhoek.
They aim to bring everything back one day.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-18.jpg)

I go back the 19 kilos to Betta and turn right there. Direction Sesriem 138 km further.
It seems some rain fell here. It was getting hot. The hottest day of the trip so far.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-19.jpg)

And as luck would have it I would have a flat on the hottest day of the trip!!!!!!!! :biggrin:
It was so hot that I had to hide my tyrelevers under my groundsheet everytime I was finished
or else they would burn my hands. I learned a very big lesson on that day in the heat.
When you buy a new bike do not just dump all your spares and tubes on the new one and off you
go, because a Yamaha has an 18" backwheel and a previously owned Honda has a 17" and on a
stinking hot day on the edge of the oldest desert in the world it takes some battling to stretch
that 17" tube over that 18" rim!!!! :biggrin:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-20.jpg)

I ride passed this Gemsbok, made a U turn take the picture and only when I switched the bike off
to take my pipe out for a smoke it ran away.
Maybe he did not like smoking!! :deal: :mwink:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-21.jpg)

Dune 45 on the way to Sossusvlei.
I wonder who was the guy that gave them numbers and where did he start?

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-22.jpg)

The sandtrack that you could ride in to Sossusvlei. Not allowed anymore thanks to
fellow bikers I hear. :biggrin:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-23.jpg)

It is amazing to think that in a good rainyear in Namibia a river flows right up to here.
Did so last year and in 2000 I saw Sossusvlei full of water.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-24.jpg)

I must be honest the thought crossed my mind to pitch my tent right there under the tree!! :mwink:
I have had this pic as a screensaver now for months and I do not seem to get tired of it. :thumleft:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-25.jpg)

Look at that nice afternoon shade for a tent and a tired traveler!! :mwink:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-26.jpg)

So I got to Solitaire late afternoon. Fill up and bought some drinks and food. So how much is camping
I ask Moose? R40 for you and R25 for the bike. Now call me hardheaded or difficult but I hate it when they do that!!
So you washing the bike for the R25 I ask Moose? No he says but you use my road!!!! Well is it freshly scraped
then I ask? No he says!! Thank you but no thank you I said I will make another plan.

So I rode out of Solitaire and turned  direction Wasvisbay. About a kilo out of Solitiare there is some trees on
the ridehandside of the road. They are still there. I pitch my tent and start dinner before dark. Another night
without a shower would not bother me. Ive been in the army I'm not afraid of zonkienuts!!!!! :imaposer:

It was a beautiful night and at about 8 I hear an old Landrover approacheing and he honks as he passes.
I was sitting outside my tent and could see the two narrow headlights coming towards me. Went to bed at
ten and woke up at three again. I hear the Landrover again. He is coming towards my tent and then slows
down a bit. The next moment a volly of five shots is fired rapped fire over my tent!!!! I was not a happy
camper!!! :biggrin: I new Moose was behind this. :deal: Sleep was out of the question and at four I made
coffee and sat outside to wait for the sun. Needless to say it was my scariest moment in my tent!! :deal: :biggrin:

At seven I rode back to Solitaire and filled up my waterbottle and walked up to Moose. So what is the name of
your friend that was shooting over my tent last night I ask? Van Der Westhuizen he says and starts laughing
his ass off. I camped at Moose's place again in 2003 but I told him we are NOT paying for the bikes!!!!!!!! :deal:

I rode back as I came and took the turnoff for Spreedtshoogte. This is the last pic I took.
If there is one regret I have of my earlier trips is that I did not have a digital camera.
For me buying films and having them developed was expensive. That's why I did not take many pics :biggrin:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Nam-27.jpg)

I rode to Windhoek and stayed with friends. Spent two days there. On the third day I left at 6 and at
6.15 the heavens opened just outside town in the hills. The thunderstorm stayed with me all the
way to Rehoboth. Ten kilos outside Rehoboth at 110km/h my backtube said I'm gatvol of being
overstreched!!!!! Learned another lesson very fast. Kings tyres are NOT designed to stay on the bead
for long once the tube burstes!! I ended upright in the veld with a few marks on my rim and luckily no
brakemarks in my underpants!! :imaposer: :biggrin:

Changed tubes and put the 18" that I have fixed in Windhoek back in. I ride another 20kilos before it
goes flat again!!! :biggrin: Here I learn another lesson. DO NOT PUT GREEN SLIME IN YOUR TUBES!!!! :deal:
Patches will not stick where it has leaked out. No use to try and patch the tube again and so I fitted
my fronttube. Worked fine as long as you do not pinch it when fitting . I slept at Fiddlerscreek again
that night and the 800+kilos from Windhoek on tar was loooooong. The next day was a short ride home.

The Tenere ran with no problems the whole trip but it was useing more oil than I liked for it's 38 000kilo
age.

Did I mention that I loved this bike?!!!!!!! :deal: :thumleft:

Will add some more when I have time.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 10, 2012, 10:46:00 pm
Subscribed!!!! :thumleft: :thumleft:

Excellent RR's! Keep them coming. Making very interesting reading. Wonder what the big tank Tenere was sold for?????????????

I'm guessing a BMW 1100 GS???? i wonder???
After the Tenere I had an 2002 Dakar.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: fat b on January 11, 2012, 06:35:09 am
Jou stories is befok Chris  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Frannarossi on January 11, 2012, 08:07:47 am
Jou stories is befok Chris  :thumleft:

+1 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on January 11, 2012, 08:13:47 am
Lekker stories Chris ......................  :thumleft:

Ek het in 2003 n potjie met Moose geloop oor sy bleddie onbeskofde houding en woorde wat hy teenoor die vroumense in ons groep gehad het .................. Sy appeltert smaak in elk geval nie so lekker soos Cafe Anton in Swakop sin nie  ;)
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 11, 2012, 08:26:32 am
Ja ou Moose is nie die vriendelikste skepsel op die rand van die woestyn nie maar hy weet jy moet daar stop :deal:
Het al n lang gesprek of twee met hom gehad alleen en hy kan jou n hele paar interessante goed vertel.
Wat my verstom is die groot groepe Duitse toeriste wat daar aankom en dan bestorm hulle die appeltert
soos iemand wat uit die woestyn strompel wat sonder water was. Jy kan sien hulle het al in Duitsland
gelees die appeltert is een van Namibia se toeriste atraksies. My opinie is daar is ander gebak in sy winkel
wat baie lekkerder is. :deal: :drif:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ROOI on January 11, 2012, 09:42:14 am
Sub  :happy1:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: UncleAl on January 11, 2012, 08:37:09 pm
Dankie Chris.  Ek lees lekker, bring sommer sweeeeeeet memories terug van die jongdae.

Hou so vol ! ! ! !   




  Ons wag.      :drif:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Stofdonkie on January 16, 2012, 10:05:43 am
Dis fynbrag hierdie ...  :biggrin:

Maar dis hoogtyd. Nog 'n paar asb.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on January 16, 2012, 02:11:41 pm
Chris, hierdie is jou beste ride report ooit!!

jy moet n boek puliseer!!

hierdie ou stories is legendary. die dae van grondpad ry met windbreakers, thumpers, jeans en backpacks. 17 duim tubes in 18 duim rims......

camelman snorre!!

dis awesome!!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 16, 2012, 09:20:07 pm
Just before I bought the Tenere I met this man. Meet Michael champion WD roofleser!! :deal:Maak n plan Michael!!
So when I got back from Namibia Des 1999 and I complianed about how much oil the
Tenere is useing Michael said " ma kom ons maak hom oop" So we did the rings and piston
and had it rebored one size bigger. Many trips over weekends followed. Michael would fix anything that breaks
along the road aslong as I made tea. And lots of it. :deal:

Taken on a daytrip.

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Takeing some tweespoor roads through the farms to get to the first house I lived in when I moved
to the Westcoast. No bathroom, no elektricity and a moerse deep longdrop!!! :imaposer:
I had very little money but those were good days. I stayed here for six months. Crayfish was part
of my main diet!!! The only wheels I had was a diesel Landrover that I pushed more than I drove!!! :biggrin:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Oldie-2.jpg)

I hated this Landrover!!! :biggrin:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/2000-47.jpg)

Michael had bought this 1986 KLR just after I bought the Tenere. R13 000 with 13 000 kilos on the clock.
Was rather grand for it's time as it had a happy button and kickstart.
We did this trip one weekend up to Fiddlerscreek. Dirt all the way to Springbok right of the N7 and then
dirt all the way back home from Springbok on the left.

Note the exstra fuel containers that was tested for the first time that weekend. Sadly the one bracket only lasted to
Springbok. :biggrin:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/MC-1.jpg)

Friddlers Creek was quite full of overland trucks and we could only get a spot below the bar.
Note my left index finger. A rock fell on it underwater while diving. The first doctor did not do much to
it and two weeks later I had gangreen in it. The second doctor had to cut a piece off, remoove some bone and my finger is
about a half a centimeter shorter. That meant that I did not ride for six weeks :biggrin: and this was the first trip.
I took a aluminuim strip and bent it lenghtwise around the finger and taped it up. It was good the whole way
except when it was bouncing on the clutchlever on corrigation!!!! :biggrin:

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Da finger after two weeks. Yes I know it's a bad pic!! You get the idea, it's a rotten finger. :biggrin:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/MC-5.jpg)

The Orange river at Fiddlerscreek. I keep going back and still enjoy it. Namibia on the other side.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/MC-4.jpg)

Early morning.

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Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Louwtjie on January 16, 2012, 09:55:05 pm
Baie nice en interresant - maar lekker as 'n mens die go in het en besluit nou vat ek die pad! kyk net die lekker memories wat 'n mens later het! Dankie vir die deel van jou adventures!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Gťrrard on January 16, 2012, 10:13:11 pm
Volgende keer kom bly ek 'n naweek by jou en ek wil al daai albums sien  :ricky:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: oo7 on January 16, 2012, 10:42:07 pm
Jislaaik Chris dis impressive - net jammer daai wegle snor het gesneuwel . . .
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 17, 2012, 10:16:13 am
Jislaaik Chris dis impressive - net jammer daai wegle snor het gesneuwel . . .
Die vinger het gemaak dat ek hom afkou van pyn!! :biggrin:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Soundboi on January 17, 2012, 12:33:00 pm
Bliksim! Dankie vir die deel dis moeeeeeeer cool.  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: IRISH on January 17, 2012, 02:53:59 pm
Chris this has made for some very interesting reading this afternoon. Thank you! Hard-core biking the way it should be.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Dirty Boy on January 17, 2012, 03:06:04 pm
Chris, Ive really enjoyed reading this thread, there is something about old photos like this that stir the soul. Please continue.

Your friend Michael looks like a moerse Grensvegter with his SADF Bosbaaitje and that very patriotic painted helmet, love it.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 17, 2012, 07:48:37 pm
Easter 2000 is getting closer and I ask my boss again for a few days exstra leave after Easter.
I wanted to do the Desert Run again.
"Ja gaan tog maar..........bloei jou aambeie nog nie van al die ryery!!!?"
I get a call from Blain Carstens from Bloubergstrand. He wants to ride up with me to Kuruman.
What you ride I ask? BMW 1100 GS. I only ride 110km/h you will get bored. No he rides no
more than that on dirt says he. We will meet in Bitterfontein and ride through the Boesmanland.

Just outside Kliprand. Blain Carstens.

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In Pofadder I told Blain he must go. He will go crazy doing my speed. He leaves me and rides to Upington
had a steak in the Spur and were in Kuruman before the sun was down that evening!!!! I later heard from
a friend that he is a bit of a nutter on two wheels on tar. I slept in Upington with friends.

Arriveing at Red Sands lodge outside Kuruman.

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This was the start just outside Hotazel on the way to Van Zylsrus.

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I was very lucky on this trip. I met my rideingbuddy on the very first day. Louis from Kathu.
Salt of the earth and very good company. He was on a Honda XL 500 R.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/2000-3.jpg)

We did something wrong the previous year at the lodge closeby so we had to sleep in the veld. :mwink:
Toilets and showers were quickly build just for the Desert Run. Note the Isuzu bakkie and the red and white
Super Tenere 750. The Sundayevening before the Desert Run Hannes the owner of both phones me from
Stellenbosch wanting to know if I know of someone who will drive the bakkie up and bring it back as he will
be staying with his parents for a week after the Run. He will pay all the fuel. I say I know just the man. My
friend Gert that was diveing with me who looks over the door on pic. He ended up doing another two
Desert Runs with Hannes as backup driver!!!

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Hakskeenpan.

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Close to Rietfontein. The big guy on the right in pic was on a brandnew Varadero.
Fell later on the C28 to Swakop in a washaway and broke his shoulder. :biggrin:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/2000-7.jpg)

The birdnests are massive in Namibia.

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It was only our second day together but it felt as if Louis and I have known each other for years.
I was haveing a great time. :thumleft:
Namibia had good rains and it was green everywhere.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/2000-9.jpg)

As the year before all the riders that were rideing all the way camped behind the hotel in KoŽs.
And yes Kobus Harmse is here again with his blue Tenere fixed. There were 4 engineers in the group.
We could build roads, design bridges and make fuel with their job descriptions. :deal:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/2000-10.jpg)

From KoŽs we kept on dirt passed Stampriet all the way to Rehoboth. Between the two is Ullenhurst. A farm
with a shop and fuel. The dogs loved the attention.

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When we pulled away Matt said we should not wait for him. He will catch up as he needs to go to the toilet(veldtie)
So we ride on and about 60 kilos further Louis and I stop for a smoke. No Matt which is weird cause he rides
his XR 600 hard and fast. We wait 15 min and I turn my bike around. We see some dust in the distance.
Finally he arrives. Everything is scew on the bike. Frontcaliper off and tied up with wire. He is blood all over.
After haveing his veldtie he zipped off the sleaves of his jacket as it was hot. At  140km/h a Springbokram ran
out of the bushes and took his frontwheel out. Matt went down hard. Very hard. Nothing broken but two very
deep cuts in his forearm. He rode to Rehoboth with us where the medics looked at him and we loaded his bike on a trailer
where it stayed for the trip. He had to have in and outside stiches in a Windhoek hospital.
He joined Gert in the bakkie for the rest of the trip. :biggrin:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/2000-12.jpg)

In Windhoek both Louis and I saw our sprockets and chains will not last the trip. The only bikeshop I new
then were BMW. We stop and Dieter said no problem I will order from Honda and Yamaha and they will
bring it here. Same price. He gave us all the tools we needed and half an hour later we had our parts. Dieter just watched
us while we changed everything and gave advice where needed. Clever man Dieter. :deal: :thumleft:
We had the Khomas Hochland road to ourselves as everyone(750 of them!!!!) were infront of us.

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The Spookhuis 40km from Windhoek.

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As Namibia had good rains there were lots of washaways. On the flat sections towards Swakop they
claimed two broken shoulders and a dead Varadero and 1100 GS.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/2000-15.jpg)

The granite hills close to the C32 turnoff.

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We had out first flat of the trip. Easy job when you have lots of time, four hands and two mouths to talk nonsense
while doing it!! :thumleft:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/2000-17.jpg)

I will scan some more.

Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: oo7 on January 17, 2012, 07:52:04 pm
Thanks Chris - ek hoop daar is nog baie foudies en stories waar hierdie vandaan kom. Kan die publiek op hakskeenpan ry?
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 17, 2012, 08:49:28 pm
Thanks Chris - ek hoop daar is nog baie foudies en stories waar hierdie vandaan kom. Kan die publiek op hakskeenpan ry?

Hulle kan seker. Was nie toegespan toe ek laas daar was.
Rickus is jou man om te vra. :deal:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on January 17, 2012, 10:29:59 pm
sjoe Chris, lyk my jy en daai XT Tenere het mekaar goed verstaan, jy kan hulle seker aanbeveel vir mense

hoe het jy toe die transition gemaak na n Dakar en toe die 1150 GSA?
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Frannarossi on January 17, 2012, 10:34:11 pm
Lekker man!Ek like die ou fotos en stories kwaai.Nou gaan ek lekker slaap en van bike trips droom :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 17, 2012, 10:42:24 pm
sjoe Chris, lyk my jy en daai XT Tenere het mekaar goed verstaan, jy kan hulle seker aanbeveel vir mense

hoe het jy toe die transition gemaak na n Dakar en toe die 1150 GSA?
Ek moes iets kry met n happy button Lem.
Die geskopery met die linkerbeen het my begin vang. Amanda het n XT600E gehad op daai stadium
en dit was n oorweging maar ek wou vinniger ry oor lang afstande as 110km/h en dis wat
die Dakar met gemak gedoen het. MAW ek wou waterverkoel enkelsilinder gaan nie weer lugverkoel.
Vandat ek die eerste 1150 GSA gesien het wou ek een hÍ. Mis myne nog steeds! :biggrin:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: wimpie on January 18, 2012, 07:56:34 am
Nice report Chris, I like the old photos.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on January 18, 2012, 07:59:11 am
O jy het daai tyd al geskop met die linkerbeen? ek was net confused met die foto waar jy sit en rook in die spookhuis, kan jy vandag nog so sit?

het jy nog XT trips? of het die Dakar hierna gevolg?
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 18, 2012, 08:09:07 am
O jy het daai tyd al geskop met die linkerbeen? ek was net confused met die foto waar jy sit en rook in die spookhuis, kan jy vandag nog so sit?

het jy nog XT trips? of het die Dakar hierna gevolg?
Nee die linkerbeen skopery het eers later begin. Ek het die Tenere gery tot in 2004 toe ek die Dakar gekoop het.
Natuurlik kan ek nog so sit (hoe dink jy vang ek n veldtie)? :mwink: maar ek kan nie opstaan uit daai posisie.
Ek soek altyd n lekker stewige bos of paal of draad en dan trek ek my op, of so n lang vrou wat altyd sÍ "jy moet met jou kierie
loop dan sal jy minder val" :deal:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Kenisis on January 18, 2012, 08:15:08 am
Nice Thread Boet!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on January 18, 2012, 08:54:24 am
O jy het daai tyd al geskop met die linkerbeen? ek was net confused met die foto waar jy sit en rook in die spookhuis, kan jy vandag nog so sit?

het jy nog XT trips? of het die Dakar hierna gevolg?
Nee die linkerbeen skopery het eers later begin. Ek het die Tenere gery tot in 2004 toe ek die Dakar gekoop het.
Natuurlik kan ek nog so sit (hoe dink jy vang ek n veldtie)? :mwink: maar ek kan nie opstaan uit daai posisie.
Ek soek altyd n lekker stewige bos of paal of draad en dan trek ek my op, of so n lang vrou wat altyd sÍ "jy moet met jou kierie
loop dan sal jy minder val" :deal:



so daar op die plaas gaan sit jy nog afentoe so, en as jy daai stuk pampoenland so eye level vang, dan weet hys reg vir pluk!!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: fat b on January 18, 2012, 09:10:28 am
Chris , hierdie RR is een van die beste op WD , daar is iets baie spesiaals omtrend daai verblykte fotos wat extra ''atmosfeer'' aan jou verhaal gee ! Ek hoop daar is nog veel om te kom !
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Jakkals on January 18, 2012, 01:51:01 pm
Baie nice Chris, soos daar voorheen genoem is hoop ek ook dat daar nog baie foto's is wat moet kom.

Mens kan darem sien jy het jou geniet en het al baie myle en ondervinding agter die blad.  :thumleft:

Dankie dat jy dit met ons deel.

O'ja amper vergeet ek, jy lyk darem parmantig met daai pyp in die bek. :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Kerritz on January 18, 2012, 02:02:38 pm
Gooi nog......kan nie help om op te merk oor hoe ons aangaan vandag oor verskillende bikes en tegnologie...en hoe julle met daai bikes van julle so lekker en so ver gery het nie. Ek se dit weer....RESPECT!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Jakkals on January 18, 2012, 02:22:30 pm
Gooi nog......kan nie help om op te merk oor hoe ons aangaan vandag oor verskillende bikes en tegnologie...en hoe julle met daai bikes van julle so lekker en so ver gery het nie. Ek se dit weer....RESPECT!  :thumleft:
+ 100
En daai tyd was roadside asistance nog net 'n Road House,,,,,,,,,

Gooi nog Chris.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: JMOL on January 18, 2012, 09:24:10 pm
Dit raak net beter en beter.  Kan nie wag vd res nie.

Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Beserker on January 19, 2012, 07:48:39 am
Gooie een Chris..hou van die "old school" fotos.

Gelukkig is ek geduldig, sal maar wag vir die res.

Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 19, 2012, 10:35:12 pm
They've come from far and wide with any kind of tyre you can think of. There were sand scoop,knobblies,
slicks and enduro and all with one purpose........to try and level Dune 7!!!!! :deal:

Ready steady go!!! You can imagine how it sounds when they all first gear up on the runup to the
dune and then they all start gearing down once they start climbing. MAGIC!!! :thumleft:

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And then they start climbing. I have no idea how high Dune 7 is but walking it up strait up
is near impossible. We all walked from the side. Longer route but not as steep.  Ive heard from guys
doing army there that running up and down Dune 7 was part of their "opvok" when they did something wrong!! :biggrin:

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Nearly at the top for those who do make it. Anything less than a 125 two stroke battles to get up.

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And you watch these riders all day long and you realise you do not know how to ride a bike at all!!! :biggrin:
Yes you pop a wheely nearly at the top cause you can!!!

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And you put it down just before you run over the "mikendruk" cameraman!! :imaposer:

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There sure is a hell of a lot of sand here.

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Yes it's not easy picking any bike up on that incline. :biggrin:

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You get the idea!!!!?

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The star of the day was this man. Gary Peterson brother of Dave.
It was sickening to watch him!! :biggrin: :deal:
This pic was taken after he ramped off the top of the dune down. He rode that WR all day long
without ever putting a foot wrong.

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Yes of course those are al dinky toys!!!!!!!! NOT!!

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Ma he roosted me now I can't see a damn thing!!! :imaposer:


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At the top and then they get stuck!!

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They tried their best but after two days of this Dune 7 still looked the same.
As tall as ever. We walked strait down and it was the weirdest feeling walking nearly three
meter steps at a time!!!!

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Gerhard's KLE had a slipping clutch before Windhoek. No problem said Kawasaki in Windhoek.
Pay for them and we will order from SA and deliver them in Swakop. And I had the pleasure of fitting
them while scab picking Matt was the technical advisor. :imaposer: He worked himself through varcity  by fixing bikes.

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It was our last day in Swakop before we turn for home. Louis doing same maintenace. Note the guy on
the right. Nic from Welkom. Has polio in his leftleg (note builtup boot) He rode his Honda Gold Wing
GL 1500 to Kuruman. Then tar via Upington to Ashkam and dirt all the way to Stampriet in Namibia.
From there to Swakop and back home also on  tar.  Respect Nic!!! :deal: :thumleft:

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The last night Louis was up to his "sprankelende self" :imaposer: We had a big braai and the leftovers were
kept for the following day. Padkos!! :drif:

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Saying goodbeye is never nice. Hannes,Kameel and Nic turns around here. We go south.

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Gert and I have spend many hours underwater diveing for diamonds. We will be friends for live. :deal: :thumleft:

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Louis and I doing the "idonotknowwhatsalute" on the way to Solitaire. :imaposer:

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The Kuiseb Canyon was high in flood this year. This is of course where Gert did NOT collect our firewood I asked for!! :biggrin:

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ATGATT? ??? Yes yes we all wore jeans!!! Problem?? :mwink: No Levi's though. Only for Harley riders I hear!! :mwink:

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The guy on the left is Andreas but he later became known as "Andraai-as" as we always waited for him!! :biggrin:
Shortly after this stop he thought is wise to pull in at a lodge and have a beer. He told nobody and we waited
an hour and a half for him at Solitaire!!!!! Yes every trip has an Andraai-as :deal: :biggrin:

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We wanted to spend as much time as possible at Sossosvlei. Yes it was the good old days when you could
ride all the way in!! :thumleft:

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And if I make the stoep of the Oldagehome one day I can tell everyone I saw water in Sossosvlei
once in my life!! :thumleft:
Apparently it is 96 kilos as the crow flies to the ocean strait west.

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Shadouws were getting longer and we still had 60 kilos back to Sesriem. Yes we did the last 20 in the dark.
Sesriem was full and too expencieve anyway. We camped infront of the main gate. We just warmed up
the leftovers of the previous night. It was a good long day. :thumleft:

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A few more left.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on January 20, 2012, 08:03:33 am
"Ive heard from guys doing army there that running up and down Dune 7 was part of their "opvok" when they did something wrong!! "

Ja Chris ................ that was not fun doing it with half webbing and boots and that because of someone who's dog shit the night before in front of the OC's office door ..................  :eek7: Rooikop nearby dune 7 was my home for 12 months ...................  ;)
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Dirty Boy on January 20, 2012, 09:46:58 am
ChrisL, as I have said before, really enjoying this thread, the old scanned photos help with the mistique.

I have some photos from Dune 7 from back in '84 when I was in the army. There was a MX meeting with a track dug out in the sand and not much else. They were also riding Trikes in those days as Quads wernt really around then.

I would like to share those pics too but want to check if your ok with adding them to your thread, or would you rather I start a new one ?

Keep them coming, I dont have nearly as many as you.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 20, 2012, 07:48:22 pm
The next morning Andraai-as had this idea he first wants to drain his oil and replace with fresh
oil!!!! He was quickly told by all it is a stupid idea! :deal:
The Sasolburg group would split from us today from the start as we are going to Duwisib Castle and
they want to get to Upington with the shortest route.
Gert wanted to see the castle and the furniture as he restores antique furniture.

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The first tar we saw was at Betanien and turned off it at Seeheim again. The Lowen river just below
Seeheim that flows into the Fish river.

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One could see the river have been in flood.

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And in a cloud of dust they rode off into the blue yonder!!! :imaposer:

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Last photo before dark.

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The last 20 kilos before Grunau was done in the dark. Louis still had to go to Karasburg where he
plans to sleep with people he knew. Because of the wicked power output of the Izusu 2.2 diesel 4x4 1986
model I rode all the way to Fiddlerscreek without seeing Gert!! :imaposer:
He got there half an hour after me. We had something to eat and hit the sack. It was a long day.

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Early the next morning I packed all my stuff that was on the bakkie as Gert is going to visit family on the way
home at Bowesdorp. He only got home two days later. I had to get home as this was waiting for me.

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Sorry about the flash on the pic but it was taken at our  mine office. It is a poster one of the divers made
and hung up there.

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And as luck would have it I got a flat 80 kilos from home on  tar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :biggrin:

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Some trips one has fonder memories than others and this one is one of them. It must the people
that was on the trip that made it great. :deal: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 27, 2012, 11:24:34 am
Begin November 2000 vra ek vir Michael of hy lus het om in Desember op vakansie te gaan op ons bikes.
Vakansie!!? hoe werk dit was sy antwoord?
Man dis soos pas in die army, al verskil is jou pa laat jou nie werk op die plaas soos tydens pas nie.
Hoe lank vra hy?
So n week sal doen sÍ ek. In sy gewone droŽ humor antwoord hy dat hy nie weet hoe sy sisteem n
week sonder werk sal hanteer!! :imaposer:
Dis nou die man wat gesÍ het "nee dankie" vir biltong wat ek uit NamibiŽ saamgebring het op n latere trip
omdat hy so lanklaas biltong geeet het sy maag het nie meer die ensieme om dit te verwerk nie!!! :imaposer:

Sy laaste leibeurt eindig 1 uur op n Dinsdagmiddag as ek reg onthou. Twee uur sou ons wegtrek. :deal:

Gepak voor my huis. Check my mooi blommetjies. Ongelukkig was daar nie genoeg water vir die gras ook nie. :biggrin:
Baviaans ons is oppad.

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Michael se pa se laaste woorde met die wegtrek was "moenie hom na baie mense vat nie, hy is dit nie gewoond nie"!! :imaposer:
Ons het teer gegooi tot in Calvinia. Daarvandaan grond tot by vriend Piet se plaas 32km vanaf Calvinia in
Middelpos se rigting.
Vetterige Dorpervleis op die kole was op die spyskaart :drif: Lekker gekuier.

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Die volgende dag was Middelpos, Sutherland,Rammelkoppas,Merwevile,Prins Albert en die slaapplek
Die Hel op die roete. Almal plekke wat Michael vir die eerste keer sien. Ek kon sien hoe hy met elke
stopslag en teemaak langs die pad begin vergeet van die plaas. Hy het selfs "confess" "mens kan
gewoond raak aan die vakansie besigheid maar hy  vermoed daar kan n fout kom met geld in die lange duur"!!! :biggrin:

Dit bly n mooi en spesiale plek om te sien al was jy al hoeveel keer daar.
Gamkaskloof.

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Kyk hoe gestress is daai gesig. Die rede...........my kos was oppad!!!!!!!!! :imaposer:
As ek reg onthou was dit kerriemaalvleis met botterbone. Perskestukke met vla vir poeding. Hy het
dit oorleef!!!!! Tafel en stoele het sommer daar rondgestaan in Tannie Annatjie se kampterrein.

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Die volgende dag was een van daai dae wat mens moes op n bike wees.

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Die pad uit.

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Verseker was die pad baie stiller as deesdae in Desember.  :deal:

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Ons ry die dag uit Gamkaskloof, Oudtshoorn, De Rust en slaap in Baviaans. Elke stop was n
vraag en antwoord en bespreking. "het jy dit gesien"? "ja" en dan die bespreking. Boerdery en trekkers was die
gewildste onderwerp.

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Ons het dadelik albei van Baviaans gehou. Mooi plase, natuurskoon en n stil pad.

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En elke keer as ek wil pyp opsteek wil die man tee hÍ!!!!! Ou skillie vertrou nie die Weskus manne nie.

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Dit was n droŽ jaar in Baviaans hoor ons by die mense. Ons slaap by n oom op sy plasie wat n kamperreintjie
het. Plasie is so 36 morg groot. Net voor jy ingaan by Natuurbewaring se kampterrein op die linkerkant. Ek dink
die oom het seker al verkoop teen die tyd aan Natuurbewaring. Lekker plek met donkie vir warm water wat kokend is.
Net ons twee in die hele plek. Weereens moet Michael se maag my kos trotseer. :mwink: Dalk begin sy ensieme nou die
skok gewoond raak. Ek weet solank hy genoeg tee inkry sal hy dit oorleef!! :deal: :imaposer:

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Die volgende dag is ons half traag om aan die gang te kom. Maak tee en koffie(ek hou van hoŽ oktaan in die oggend) :mwink:
Die oom kom gesels met ons terwyl ons eet en pak. Ons vra als uit van Baviaans wat ons kan. Ek kan onthou die
oom het sy lewe lank vir Nestle in PE gewerk voor hy afgetree het op die plasie.

Ons kronkel deur die berge tot in Patensie. Ry n slegte skurwe grondpad vanaf Patensie na Humansdorp.
Die teerpad is besig en ek het geen idee waar ons die aand slaap. Ons maak maar n plan as dit donker is.

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Ons hou maar op die rand van die pad om die besete vakansie verkeer hul gang te laat gaan. Hoe durf ons hulle
ophou!! :biggrin: My fiets ontwikkel n vibrasie wat net gevoel kan word op teerpad. Elke keer as ons stop kou ons
daaroor. Fiets het nou 58 000 op en die boonste gedeelte is nuut gedoen begin van 2000 op 38 000 kilos.
Ons kyk sprockets,ketting and bearings maar kry niks.
Draai af vir Bloukranspas. Ek kon sien in my spieeltjie Michael het teelus. :mwink: n Gawe plek om bietjie te rus.

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Dit raak laat en ons begin rondom Knysna kampplek soek. Of hulle is vol of hulle is so duur dat ek my versoek herhaal,
sarkasties natuurlik " ons soek kampplek ons wil nie die plek koop nie"!! :biggrin:
Kry toe n plekkie in Sedgefield se kampplek saam met n 100 miljoen muskiette!! :biggrin: Dit was so erg dat ek moes kosmaak
in my tent!! Michael het sy tyd omgekry deur muskiette te slaan en my fiets bekyk wat nog steeds die ritteltits het.
Die volgende dag was n kort trippe teer en grond na my ma se huis op Stilbaai.

n Duidelike bewys dat nie een van ons twee eintlik aan die voorkant van n kamera moet verskyn nie!!! :imaposer:
Chech ons "poorateck" screens wat ons gemaak het in Michael se ma se oond!!! :thumleft:

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Michael wou graag oor die pond ry by Malgas en dit was in elk geval op ons pad Kaap toe. Stink warm dag in die
Suid Kaap en Overberg. Ek dink Michael se maag het van my ma se kos gehou!! :thumleft:
Check ek het amper 100% ATGATT aan. Bargain in die CAPE ADS gekoop. BlÍrrie ding was baie warmer as my "windbreaker" :biggrin:
Michael dra nog met trots weermagkit nl n paar paradeboots :mwink:


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Daar is n paar ou mense wat ek sou graag wil ontmoet net om al hul stories te hoor en al my vrae te vra. Een van
hulle is oom Moksie Dunn wat vir baie jare die pont by Malgas getrek het manalleen.

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Dit bly nog n mooi fiets na al die jare. As Honda die XR650L kan terugbring kan Yamaha maar die outjie ook
maar laat herlewe. Met n happybutton natuurlik. Die mense sal hom koop glo my!! :deal:

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Ons ry Bredasdorp,Struisbaai en Agulhas toe. n Liederlike wind waai. Ons ry terug en vat die pad De Damme toe.
Die wind is so erg hy waai jou voorwiel dat hy skuif op die grondpad!! :biggrin: By De Damme gekom word ons
deur n blÍrie nors en ombeskofte beampte vertel geen bikes word toegelaat. Ek was gatvol vir die wind en wou net
gou by n kampplek uitkom. Pringlebaai dieselfde storie. "Julle kan maar kom kamp maar julle fietse bly by die hek!!!"
Ons druk toe deur Hermanus toe en gaan kamp in n vriendin se agterplaas.

Die voorlaaste dag van die trip was prentjie mooi. So windstil dat jy met n kers buite kon rondloop!! :thumleft:
Net voor Gordonsbaai vra ek Michael wat hy in die Kaap wil sien. Kaappunt was ek nog nie by sÍ hy.
Ons ry deur Muisenberg en Simonsstad tot by Kaappunt.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Bav-20.jpg)

Vir n mooier dag kon ons nie vra om Kaappunt om te ry.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Bav-21.jpg)

Oppad terug moet ons ompaaie ry om in Houtbaai te kom want Chapman's Peak is toe. En soos luck dit moet
hÍ slaan ons half vyf die N1 om in Kuilsrivier te kom by Michael se tannie waar ons gaan slaap. Hy vat voor en laat waai!!
Ek sulkkel om by te hou!! Die Tenere is nie n match vir die KLR op topspoed. Lyk of Michael kwaad is vir al die karre.
Sy pa het hoeka gesÍ ek moet hom nie na baie mense toe vat nie!!! :deal:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Bav-22.jpg)

Die laaste dag breek aan en ons vat die pad kuslangs huistoe. Langebaan,Velddrif,Dwarskarsbos,Elandsbaai,Lambertsbaai
Doringbaai en Strandfontein ry ons verby.Een uur die middag stop ons by Michael se huis en sit en drink tee onder die koeltebome
en gesels oor die trip wat was. Sy pa oom Fanie kom van die landerye af en bekyk ons so bietjie en sÍ in sy rustige manier
"lyk my julle mannetjies is ledig?! ek het hier twee grawe om mee te gaan boontjie skoffel"!!! :biggrin: Graafwerk was sy raad vir
enigiets van ledigheid tot siekte!!!!! :deal: Dierbare man wat ongelukkig nie meer met ons is. :( As ek al sy stories in n boek kon kry
sou dit goed verkoop. :deal:Dieselfde middag lei Michael alweer water en ek gaan pak om op vakansie te gaan.

Die Tenere bly by hom sodat hy kan begin oopmaak om die vibrasie te kry.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on January 27, 2012, 11:30:08 am
dis nou n great trip, gooi nog!!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Gťrrard on January 27, 2012, 11:37:39 am
Hai-bo ! Ek begin net lekker lees toe stop dit. Jy moenie so bietjies-bietjies met ons mors nie man  :deal: En skryf meer ! Ons weet jy kan lekker gesels.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Dirty Boy on January 27, 2012, 11:42:26 am
Jupiter, between you and Chris and your great RR and stories, I'll be speaking Afrikaans like a genuine Vaalie soon. It takes me longer to read the Afrikaans ones but well worth it.

Keep them coming Chris
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 27, 2012, 11:44:35 am
Hai-bo ! Ek begin net lekker lees toe stop dit. Jy moenie so bietjies-bietjies met ons mors nie man  :deal: En skryf meer ! Ons weet jy kan lekker gesels.
Jup as ek so vinnig kan tik soos ek praat sal ek baie happy wees.  :deal:
Ek kap hom nog met een vinger..................OK op n goeie dag met twee! :deal: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 27, 2012, 11:46:13 am
Jupiter, between you and Chris and your great RR and stories, I'll be speaking Afrikaans like a genuine Vaalie soon. It takes me longer to read the Afrikaans ones but well worth it.

Keep them coming Chris
Sorry Vuil Seun but this piece I felt like doing in Afrikaans. :deal: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Dirty Boy on January 27, 2012, 11:52:36 am
Jupiter, between you and Chris and your great RR and stories, I'll be speaking Afrikaans like a genuine Vaalie soon. It takes me longer to read the Afrikaans ones but well worth it.

Keep them coming Chris
Sorry Vuil Seun but this piece I felt like doing in Afrikaans. :deal: :thumleft:


Hey Chris, dont appologise. A lot of expressions are just better in Afrikaans anyway.
I remember in the Army when they tried to Drill us in English. It was so bad even us souties asked them to revert back to Afr.
I also dont believe you can kak on someone as graphically in English as you can in Afrikaans
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Beserker on January 27, 2012, 11:53:37 am
It takes me longer to read the Afrikaans ones ...

That is why the Vaalies are complaining about the drips and drabs coming down the wire...it is over to soon.

Neem notisie Chris...ek begin so die stof reuk van die langpad kry in my neus, dan hou jy op.

Dankie vir die moeite.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on January 27, 2012, 12:34:29 pm
Chris se gister op n ander thread dat hy 50% engels is, maar ek dink hyt daai 50% afgeskud toe hy van sy laaste Landrover ontslae geraak het.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: DirtHound on January 27, 2012, 12:55:49 pm
Loving this golden oldie!!

You've owned some real classics, eh? :thumleft: (And I'm not talking about that terrible green thing with 4 wheels on page 3)  ;D

Thanks for sharing this, Chris!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 27, 2012, 01:40:26 pm
Jupiter, between you and Chris and your great RR and stories, I'll be speaking Afrikaans like a genuine Vaalie soon. It takes me longer to read the Afrikaans ones but well worth it.

Keep them coming Chris
Sorry Vuil Seun but this piece I felt like doing in Afrikaans. :deal: :thumleft:


Hey Chris, dont appologise. A lot of expressions are just better in Afrikaans anyway.
I remember in the Army when they tried to Drill us in English. It was so bad even us souties asked them to revert back to Afr.
I also dont believe you can kak on someone as graphically in English as you can in Afrikaans
Must admit I could NEVER drill in English. Somehow I could not get the same performance out of the troops and
i did a few competitions with my platoon.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Dirty Boy on January 27, 2012, 01:43:22 pm
Jupiter, between you and Chris and your great RR and stories, I'll be speaking Afrikaans like a genuine Vaalie soon. It takes me longer to read the Afrikaans ones but well worth it.

Keep them coming Chris
Sorry Vuil Seun but this piece I felt like doing in Afrikaans. :deal: :thumleft:


Hey Chris, dont appologise. A lot of expressions are just better in Afrikaans anyway.
I remember in the Army when they tried to Drill us in English. It was so bad even us souties asked them to revert back to Afr.
I also dont believe you can kak on someone as graphically in English as you can in Afrikaans
Must admit I could NEVER drill in English. Somehow I could not get the same performance out of the troops and
i did a few competitions with my platoon.
Sad, you should never admit to this. There might be a troop from days gone by thats still wanting revenge
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 27, 2012, 01:52:30 pm
Jupiter, between you and Chris and your great RR and stories, I'll be speaking Afrikaans like a genuine Vaalie soon. It takes me longer to read the Afrikaans ones but well worth it.

Keep them coming Chris
Sorry Vuil Seun but this piece I felt like doing in Afrikaans. :deal: :thumleft:


Hey Chris, dont appologise. A lot of expressions are just better in Afrikaans anyway.
I remember in the Army when they tried to Drill us in English. It was so bad even us souties asked them to revert back to Afr.
I also dont believe you can kak on someone as graphically in English as you can in Afrikaans
Must admit I could NEVER drill in English. Somehow I could not get the same performance out of the troops and
i did a few competitions with my platoon.
Sad, you should never admit to this. There might be a troop from days gone by thats still wanting revenge
Weird as it may seem I have only met one of my old troops afterwards and I left army middel of 86. Some of them might
dislike me as I was the one that did all the "strafdrill" in our company. All the "rooistaaldak" guys. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: JMOL on January 28, 2012, 10:16:38 am
Dis nou pure leesgenot  :thumleft:

dankie
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Frannarossi on January 28, 2012, 07:35:18 pm
Lekker man :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: oo7 on January 29, 2012, 07:28:11 am
Nice Chris!

Jy het seker darem net grappies gemaak toe jy genoem het dat die Tenere nie `n match vir die KLR se topspoed was nie?
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 29, 2012, 01:53:02 pm
Nice Chris!

Jy het seker darem net grappies gemaak toe jy genoem het dat die Tenere nie `n match vir die KLR se topspoed was nie?
Geen grappies.
Daai 1986 KLR 600 is witwarm. Geen manier hoe die Tenere het of sou byhou.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: 2StrokeDan on January 29, 2012, 04:35:32 pm
Ja Chris, ek kan nie meer saamstem met jou oor die terugbring van die oorspronklike Tenere nie, Yamaha kan sommer die XT6ooE enjin net so insit. Nie vreeslik sterk met krag nie, maar lig. nDie fiets sal goed verkoop.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 29, 2012, 04:48:34 pm
Ja Chris, ek kan nie meer saamstem met jou oor die terugbring van die oorspronklike Tenere nie, Yamaha kan sommer die XT6ooE enjin net so insit. Nie vreeslik sterk met krag nie, maar lig. nDie fiets sal goed verkoop.
Verseker sal hy verkoop. Net n bietjie grooter oilcooler op die regte posisie opsit en die 600E miskien in n
650 groote en hulle verkoop soos soetkoek.
Dis ongelooflik hoeveel manne wat ek ontmoet het een gehad of het iemand geken wat een gehad het
en sal weer een wil hÍ.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: nemodakar on January 29, 2012, 06:12:33 pm
Mooi Chris, gooi nog man.

My pa het altyd gese ek sal nog eendag sorry wees weens die feit dat ek te suinig was om n kamera te koop, en nou is ek. SORRY.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 29, 2012, 06:18:33 pm
Mooi Chris, gooi nog man.

My pa het altyd gese ek sal nog eendag sorry wees weens die feit dat ek te suinig was om n kamera te koop, en nou is ek. SORRY.
Ek is spyt ek het nie n digitale kamera gehad of meer geld gehad om foto's te laat ontwikkel en films te koop. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: nemodakar on January 29, 2012, 06:28:07 pm
Gaan julle afkom na die EC Bash?

Sal daarvan hou om jou en Amanda weer te siene te kry en dan sommer n draai te ry. Op pad huis toe kom slaap julle sommer by ons, op daai manier retrace julle sommer die trippie via Humansdorp.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Baches on February 01, 2012, 10:58:45 am
Jis Chris dis nou nice om sulke ou foto's van trips te kon kyk. Dankie vir al die moeite. Ek en Judge was die eerste keer af Gamkaskloof toe na hy van die hel in 'n boek gelees het. Dit was ook hier iewers in 1998/1999 gewees. Hy het omtrent vir my gepes om saam te gaan. Het daai tyd met 'n DR 600 en hy met sy XL500R Honda gery. Tannie Annetjie het toe ook net begin om haar plek reg te kry. Moes omtrent dieselle tyd as jou trip gewees het. Ons het gekamp by natuurbewaring se kampplek soos jy die kloof ingekom het. Die miere het ons omtrent opgeeet. Ons het natuurlik soos gewoonlik ons rooster vergeet en toe maar die klippe op die kole gegooi en daarop gebraai. Daai tyd was die kloof nog wild. Gooi mielies met nog trippies man !!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 01, 2012, 11:13:32 am
Gee kansie die volgende ryery was in n rolstoel!! :biggrin:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Biesie on February 01, 2012, 11:36:02 am
Baie baie lekker oom Chris!!

Hel man nou wil ek net padvat.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: alwyn_gs on February 01, 2012, 12:46:01 pm
Jis harde baard oom Chris. . . .!!!! AWESOME!!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Red Adventure on February 02, 2012, 02:17:40 pm
Wow, Chris this just reminds me how simple travelling on a bike used to be.

I remember the first time I rode off-road to Sutherland via Ouberg, my friend on a DR600 and me on a DR650RS
We didn't even have a pump nor a puncture kit just a can of oil for the 600 as it had a bad leak and then a Addis 10L petrol can that we through into the bikes on the top of Ouberg.

We never met the owners of the guest house we stayed in as the key was left under the mat at the door and we left the money in the visitors book on the kitchen table ;D (don't think they operate like that anymore) :3some:

Next morning it was back to Durbanville again.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 18, 2012, 04:56:26 pm
So at 59 000kms friend Michael stripped the XT's motor. Jip bigend bearings and 2nd and 3rd gears a bit worn.
I told him to do the lot. Sadly I have no pics of this. A month later the Tenere was running smooth. A great job
done by Michael. I ran it in carefully.


                                                          27/3/2001
                                                      THE BIG BANG.
I rode into town from where I live on the farm and passing infront of the school in Lutzville I got hit
by a blind woman. She must have been blind not seeing me.  :biggrin:I was doing about 50km/h.
I came to in the middle of the road and one of the first things I heard was this female voice saying
"but I did not see him"!!! (see was driveing strait at me)!!!!!!
I realized i was paralized from my nipples down. I have NO words to describe what went through my mind at that stage. :eek7:
That's all I'm saying about that is what Forrest Gump would have said. :deal:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/BB-1.jpg)


Michael was called to pick up the Tenere. Doctor came and gave me some injections and the ambulance arrived.
When I saw Michael i told him our rideing is done. :'( He looked me in the eye and said " ons sal sien " The ambulance
took me to Vredendal hospital and the ride there was no joy with a broken rib in my right lung!!! :biggrin: As luck
would have it all choppers and planes were busy elsewhere in the WC. I just laid there and waited and the pain
got worse BUT the feeling slowly got back in my legs and torso. My rightleg remained paralized. At 11.30pm that
night i clock in at N1 hospital in CT after an 30 min flight. The accident was at 13.45pm. Yes luck have gone awol
on that day for me!!!

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/BB-2.jpg)

After three MRI scans over the next week i was told i had broken all ribs on the right on the spine and one
got broken in the middel and went into my right lung. I crunched vertebrae T 6-8 and this nicked the spinalcord.
This caused the rightleg to be paralized. A 4 and a half hour opp was done to put in a fusion where the vertebrae were.
After the opp i was kept under for a week. Not nice wakeing up and you have missed a week!!!!!! Three weeks
after the opp i got a nice prezzie!!!! Bloodclot in my leftlung!! MRI again and back into ICU!! Nice!!!! :biggrin:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/BB-3.jpg)

One of the hardest things I've done in my life was phoneing my boss of nearly ten years and telling him he
should look for a replacement diver. We were in tears on both sides of the phone. :'( I liked my job. :deal: I lost
17 kgs in the first month in hospital off a 80 kg frame and then was moved to a rehab hospital in Wynberg
for another 6 weeks. There were 26 patients and I was the only one that would ever walk (well sort of)
I litterally started crawling first before i could walk again with cruches. On good days i would wheel myself
out onto the pavement with the wheelchair to watch people and feel the wind and sun on my skin. The worst
was the pain. My body did not like the fusion and rebeled against in and still do today. To cope with pain i learned
very early on to take my mind elsewhere, thus i became the worlds best daydreamer. :deal:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/BB-4.jpg)

I left that hospital after 2 and a half months on two crutches. I was told that what mobility i gain in two years in
my right leg is what i will have for the rest of my life. I forced my bigtoe to move one Sundayafternoon by stareing at
it and willing it to move by my brain. Big deal you might think but that was the start of what i have today. I moved in with my
Mom and went to gim every day. Could not drive and hated being dependant on other people. Frustrating to say the
least!! :biggrin: At about August of that year i started driveing my old bakkie(did not want to smash the new one)!!! with one
foot. It was a manual but i coped. Now i could get somewhere. :thumleft:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/BB-5.jpg)

Michael fixed the Tenere by sending the forks to CT to have them straitend and all of the minor other stuff.December of that year
he brought the bike all the way to Stillbay!! :thumleft: I walked around it and said "start hom" and he did and
he helped my leg over and i rode down the farmroad for about a kilo. I was still wearing a brace but it was VERY clear
my back wanted nothing of this bikerideing!!! :biggrin:

I parked the bike in the garage and Michael and I walked back into my house. As we walked into my liveingroom
my elderly mother looked up at Michael (not me) and asked/said  " hy gaan weer ry ne ?" :'(


To be continued.....
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Vis Arend on February 18, 2012, 06:53:46 pm
Fok Chris, jy kan mos nou nie sulke hartseer goed op 'n Satergaand kom post nie, jy sal my na die drank laat gryp. 

Ek sal die res van die storie maar op 'n anner dag moet lees.   :biggrin:

Wys jou net wat een onverskillige persoon kan veroorsaak.   ???  Ek moet se, jy lyk lekker bedonnerd daar in die hospitaalbed.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Gťrrard on February 18, 2012, 06:55:31 pm
Ek lees, en ek lees weer, en ek dink vir somige van ons wat jou ken, is dit moeilik om iets te post.  :(  Wag om die res te lees.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Tweets on February 18, 2012, 08:03:15 pm
EK ook. Kom Chris :mwink:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Heimer on February 18, 2012, 09:54:19 pm
 Chris, jy skryf hier oor iets waaroor ek nog nooit juis wou uitvra nie.

Die storie van jou ongeluk met foto's van die fiets wat so staan en wag daartussen.

Spesiaal. Uit die hart uit.

 :thumleft:



Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on February 19, 2012, 03:04:48 am
Bliksem !! I'm speechless ... that is quite a story indeed. I will always regret not doing Namibia in the earlier days when it was SWA and REAL adventure riding ... XT's rulled the roost and life was far more simple ... road maps dictated the route and jeans were ATGATT.

Thanks for the time this has taken and the excellent photo's of yesteryear.

 8)
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: JMOL on February 19, 2012, 06:57:10 am
Respek - dis al wat ek kan se . . . .
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on February 19, 2012, 08:51:24 am
sjoe, wat n storie!!

motorfietsry is in mens se bloed, niemand kan dit uit jou uit moer of beveel nie.

op jou vorige trips het jy pyp gerook, is die ongeluk so half waar jy opgehou rook het?

Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: J-mo on February 19, 2012, 09:20:14 am
Hierdie is boek materiaal Chris.

Dis vrek lekker om van al jou wedervaringe te lees, en dan die moerse anti-klimaks van jou ongeluk. :o

Nie te min ek is aan die brand om die res te lees. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Dik Geluk on February 19, 2012, 10:21:25 am
Dankie Chris, ek geniet jou stories baie. Dit maak my ook net spyt dat ek nie meer gereeld 'n kamera op trips saamneem nie
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 19, 2012, 10:38:12 am
sjoe, wat n storie!!

motorfietsry is in mens se bloed, niemand kan dit uit jou uit moer of beveel nie.

op jou vorige trips het jy pyp gerook, is die ongeluk so half waar jy opgehou rook het?


Nogal nie. Het weer begin rook en toe WEER opgehou en kan onthou op Amanda se eerste trip NamibiŽ toe
langs n hardekool vuur staan ek op en sÍ vir haar" verskoon my maar ek gaan gou eers n rookding soek!!! :biggrin:Toe weer begin!!!
Toe ek veertig word dog ek nou moet ek ophou want ek werk nie meer hard fisies en hardloop nie meer en ek kon
hoor my longe het nie goed geklink. Ek dink nie daar was al iemand wat makliker opgehou as ek daai slag.
My kop was natuurlik reg. :deal:
Moet egter bieg. Ek raak nooit lus vir rook MAAR as ek in NamibiŽ is langs n vuur voel ek lus om n pyp
te trek en hom in die holte van my hand te voel.
Net n pyproker sal weet waarvan ek praat. :deal:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: fat b on February 19, 2012, 10:43:47 am
Fokkit Chris ek weet ek klink nou soos 'n moffie maar ek is nie skaam om te se ek het trane in my oe nie ! :'(
Om deur al daai kak te gaan , en dan nog met al die pyn elke dag saam te lewe , en dan nog nie bang te wees om 'n bike te ry nie se net een ding , fok yster , jy't ballas van titanium !
'n mens ontmoet baie macho manne in jou lewe , maar rerig min regte dapper mense , en jy my vriend is een van daai kosbare min regte Dapper Manne ! Hou so aan  :thumleft:
Ek is trots om jou my vriend te noem !

Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on February 19, 2012, 12:26:02 pm
lyk my op die fotos van daai XT600 hierbo het daai plaasgebuigde waterpyp crashbars ook hul werk goed gedoen

Touratech
SW Motech
Krauser

put that in your pipe and smoke it! :deal:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 19, 2012, 12:41:04 pm
lyk my op die fotos van daai XT600 hierbo het daai plaasgebuigde waterpyp crashbars ook hul werk goed gedoen

Touratech
SW Motech
Krauser

put that in your pipe and smoke it! :deal:
Nie een van die bogenoemde. Daai crashbars kom van n Suzuki GS850 of 1000.
Ons het dit gemaak pas daar. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Samou on February 19, 2012, 01:57:11 pm
Hi Chris - Ek geniet die ou foto's sommer baie en toe gooi jy daai curve ball.  Haal my hoed af vir jou terugveg hoor.  Stem ook heeltemal saam met die stelling dat net 'n pyproker sal weet hoe jou hand die pyp mis :'(. Daai crashbars lyk nogals baie na die hospitaalbed se reŽlings jong ??? weet nie so mooi van die Suzuki stories nie  :confused:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Carrol on February 19, 2012, 02:02:18 pm
Ek sÍ altyd vir mense jy kry twee tipes wat met jou vriende maak, die wat van yster is en net hul roes op jou probeer afgooi en die wat suiwer goud is, jy word verblind deur hul mooiheid. Jy is so goue mense Chris. Bly om te sien die ongeluk kon nie jou goud beskadig nie. :)
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: wolfman on February 19, 2012, 06:01:24 pm
Uitstekend! Kan nie wag vir vir nog. Moet bieg, ek't ook 'n ou traantjie moes wegpink toe jy so met jou groottoon praat en hom  aan die beweeg kry. Wel gedaan! Ek hou ook van die ou foto's wat saam met die stories loop - gee die ding 'n lekker outentieke gevoel. Kan amper daai pyp rook ryk.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on February 19, 2012, 08:21:56 pm
lyk my op die fotos van daai XT600 hierbo het daai plaasgebuigde waterpyp crashbars ook hul werk goed gedoen

Touratech
SW Motech
Krauser

put that in your pipe and smoke it! :deal:
Nie een van die bogenoemde. Daai crashbars kom van n Suzuki GS850 of 1000.
Ons het dit gemaak pas daar. :thumleft:


wel, they dont make em like they used to, hey.  :deal:

as vandag se bikes daai bars ophet sal hulle nie accident repairs he nie, en BMW sal n knock vat
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Bie on February 19, 2012, 08:31:13 pm
Nou net eers die stukkie oor die ongeluk gesien. Respek vir daai deursettingsvermoŽ Chris. Baie sou gaan lÍ het, net om nooit weer op te staan nie. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: DirtRebell on February 19, 2012, 10:10:03 pm
Wat 'n lekker stuk leesgenot.

Ons pen-pushers kan maar net droom...
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: arno on February 20, 2012, 07:20:02 am
Chris dankie vir die vertel. Nou weet hoe/wat gebeur her jy het net in jou mail geseld van jou ongeluk. Dis hartseer maar baie ander was nie so " gelukkig " soos jy nie.
Nou wil ek die res van die " outobiografie " lees.
Hoe  vandaar na vandag ?
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Vin on February 20, 2012, 09:35:35 am
What a heart felt story.I broke my leg 3 months ago and feel your pain,but you had it much worse.
No everyone understands when you say that you want to ride again.Its a testing time in your life.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: sidetrack on February 20, 2012, 03:31:43 pm
Spectacular scenery  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 28, 2012, 09:03:32 pm
Haveing shared a room with two paraplegics and one quadriplegic for six weeks taught me
two things.
I am one very lucky dog for not being in a wheelchair permanently.
No matter how difficult do not give up. Do it over and over until you get it right.
I would watch these guys getting dressed and feeding themselves and it was a battle but
they kept at it because they did not want to be dependant on other people or less. A year later the
quadriplegic died at age 56. :(

With this in mind I went and started the Tenere every day kicking it with the leftleg. Took a while
to get the hang of it and it got better. Started takeing short trips. Not far because my back would not let me.
The starting procedure would be. Stand on rightside of bike with right hand on throttle and left gripping the
carrier. Lock rightknee as the ligaments do not work well and still does not. Then kick with left leg. Walk around
to the left lift right leg and throw it over the saddle. The bad part is if you stall the bike. Then I had to get off and
do the whole thing over!!!! :biggrin:
Selling the bike for one with a happy botton was no option at that stage because I had no money and centiment. :deal

My girlfriend (then)bought herself a Christmas present that year in the form of a royal blue Yamaha XT600E. I
knew nothing of it but she had phoned friend Michael to find out if it was a good bike and buy. She had never ridden
a bike before and the learning started  that holiday of  December 2001.

Yes I was drooling a bit :drif:

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Over the next couple of months every weekend when Amanda visited the farm we would at least ride one
day of the weekend.
The store in Vermaaklikheid.

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Amanda's first watercrossing and I had to go and show her that it would be OK.

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In Tradouwspass. If only I could leave this darn back at home when I get on the bike :biggrin:

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The trips started getting further and further away from home. At the bridge over the Gouritsriver on the
way to Herbertsdale.

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Picnic at the Malgas pontoon.

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And we had to turn around as it was pulled out for repears.

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Those days I was like a hostelkid. I only lived for weekends when Amanda would be on the farm. My
elderly mother was liveing with me and as I was getting better my mom was not and me driveing down
to CT over weekends was getting difficult.
Easter weekend of 2002 I decided we are going away for the weekend on the bikes. Gamkaskloof it
would be. We rode over Rooibergpass to Calitzdorp and then Groenfontein to Cango Bergoord to camp.
The place was full of people that attended the KKNK.
Yes I was not awake when this was taken :biggrin: :imaposer:

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Breakfast at Wilgewandel and then she wanted to ride the camel's. :thumleft:

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Methinks she is more at ease on the bike :mwink:

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And then into the Swartbergmountains.

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The road in was busy. A lot of cars. This was the farm of the van der Westhuizen's. They were the
last people to leave the kloof as farmer's. 1982 I think just after the Laingsburg flood.

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We camped in Tannie Annatjie's campsite. Have not seen her in a while and they have done a lot
to the place since the last time I was there. We had a good braai and slept like logs.

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The next day we were up and on the road early before the whole  KKNK lot comes down the kloof in their 4x4's :biggrin:

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First time that Amanda have been here and she enjoyed it. Yes and the ATTGATT included jeans!! :thumleft:

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At the turnoff to Gamkaskloof.

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We both enjoyed this weekend away on the bikes and it showed me I can stil do the distance and the
camping. Yes I chewed about a mm of my teeth but that was normal by now for me. :biggrin:

Will continue.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Heimer on February 28, 2012, 09:12:43 pm
En Amanda lyk nog nie 'n dag ouer as toe nie.  :)

Dis asof ons jou nou sien gesond word...
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on February 28, 2012, 09:19:25 pm
Baie goed Chris ................. en jy het n steunpilaar gehad (jy het haar nog steeds  ;)) wie jou gehelp het om gesond te word deur te doen waarvoor jy lief was en nog steeds is ................................. om plekke op jou fiets te verken  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Biesie on February 28, 2012, 09:22:37 pm
Oom Chris, jy's 'n yster  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on February 28, 2012, 09:23:47 pm
great stuff, Chris

kannie wag vir die res nie
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: eikeboom on February 28, 2012, 10:31:51 pm
Maggies julle het al baie saam opgevreet
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Harry the Buffalo on February 28, 2012, 10:59:43 pm
Baie goed geskryf met styl......diepte en verstaan van wat belangrik is Mater. Was baie lekker om te lees en jy kan eendag op daai stoep sit en tevrede wees met :thumleft: "I've don it I've got the T-Shirt" I'll ride with you any day any time......................sal miskien my gat sien maar dan leer ek tenminste :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: zetman on February 29, 2012, 04:10:07 am
Aai oom wat n wonderlike lewensverhaal jy mag maar n storie mooi vertel sien uit na die res
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Beserker on February 29, 2012, 07:36:26 am
....then I had to get off and do the whole thing over!!!!

WIL RY!!!   :thumleft:

Ek dink dat bike travel so goeie motifeering kan wees om jou deur daardie eerste moeilike begin stappe te kon kry..    :deal:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: fat b on February 29, 2012, 08:43:58 am
Mooi so Chris , en as ek mag se jou vrou is tydloos !
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: KAAS on February 29, 2012, 01:05:41 pm
WOW Chris ongelooflike verhaal van jou lewe. Dit voel soos n dokumenter uit n legende se lewe. Ek het baie respek vir jou dat jy deur alles gekom het. GREAT RR van jou lewe.  ;)
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Red Adventure on February 29, 2012, 02:37:13 pm
Makes one realise that whatever you're going through, someone else had to dig deeper...
Respect man :3some:
Oh and I was talking about Amanda  :mwink: ;D
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Frannarossi on February 29, 2012, 04:32:04 pm
Ja nee gooi nog van die ou stories man :thumleft: .Ek onthou daai blou Yamaha nog soos gister en hoe jy my eendag by Jacksons gevra het toe ek met daai 125 Honda'tjie daar aankom of ek nie 'n groter bike soek nie!Dit voel soos 20 jaar terug!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Gťrrard on February 29, 2012, 10:19:01 pm
Hoop nie daai albums is te ver weggepak nie  :ricky:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 06, 2012, 09:44:50 pm
Iewers in die verloop van 2000 sÍ ek vir vrind Michael hy moet vir hom n paspoort kry. Ons moet NamibiŽ
toe. Toe sy pa klein was was sy oupa n trekboer. Hulle het die hele Boesmanland en ook op n staduim
in Betanien in NamibiŽ gaan wei met hul vee toe dit goed daar gereen het. Daar was min drade en die wÍreld
was eil bewoon. Ek wou daai area vir hom gaan wys.

In Julie 2002 kry ons eers kans vir die trip met my gehospitaal lÍery en kruklopery!! :biggrin: Ek ry op n Vrydagoggend
af Kaap toe na Amanda vir die naweek. Toe ek glo by die hek uitry gaan my ma op haar seer knieŽ en het glo daar
gebly vir die lengte van die trip!! :( Reen sopnat  tot in die Kaap en kuier lekker die naweek. Maandagoggend
vat ek die pad Lutzville toe. Michael wag en ons sal Dinsdagoggend wegtrek. Toe ek by die Clanwilliamdam
verbygaan voel ek iets is nie lekker aan die ou donkie. Wil nie lekker loop onder n 100km/h. Raak toe al erger en
toe ek by Klawer indraai vrek hy en vir dood kry ek hom nie weer aan die hang. My linkerbeen is later lam geskop!!
Lui vir Michael en sÍ "kom haal ou maat hy is so vrek soos n lap"!!!! :biggrin:

Op Michael se plaas gekom word die carb uitgehaal. Mooi man first stage needle breek toe mooitjies af. :biggrin:
Lui vir Fuzzy by Linex in die Kaap. Nee Chris sÍ hy ons verkoop nie die needles apart MAAR ek kan n nuwe carb aan
jou verkoop, daar lÍ een in Durban!!! Die prys het duidelik nie my sak gepas. :biggrin: Bel vir Craigs op soek na n tweedehandse
XT of TT carb. Sorry niemand het. :biggrin: Daai aand lÍ ons tot laat en planne maak. Ek het die gewoonte om op die vloer
in Michael se kamer op n matras te slaap. Doen dit nounog. Dan kan ons tot laatnag gesels!!!
Net voor ek aan die slaap raak sÍ ek vir hom ek dink die trip is af. Hy mompel deur sy baard iets van sy planne is nognie
op!!!

Ek lÍ bietjie laat en toe ek in die waenhuis kom het hy een van sy Ma se hekelpenne beet. Hy het die hakkie onder met die grinder afgesny en is toe besig om drie kepe vir die circlip te maak met n fyn ystersaag. Die needle en die hekelpen was dieselfde
dikte. Hy saag dit toe die korrekte lengte af en ons sit in. Na n gesukkel start die donkie en loop heel mooi maar met
die gestart moet mens die idleknop heel indraai voor hy start. Michael vat hom vir n run en hy kom terug en sÍ hy kan
so loop maar die startery gaan my laat sukkel oor die afstand. Ons haal die gewese hekelpen uit en Michael begin
in sy ou houtkaste grawe. Hy gooi mos juis niks weg. Na n helse gesoek kom hy met n 19voetsÍk Lambretta scooter
se carb tevoorskyn.

Die naald is diesefde lengte en die drie gleuwe vir die circlip is spoton MAAR hy is dikker as die XT needle. Geen probleem
sÍ Michael. Hy sit hom in n boor se bek en vat fyn skuurpapier en n vernier en twee ure later is hy reg. Ons sit hom in die
Tenere en hy start eerste skopslag en idle pragtag!!!!!!!! Die trip is weer aan. :thumleft: Die gesegde boer maak n plan is
weereens aan my bewys. Die Tenere het die hele trip mooi grys gebrand en ek het later n veel nuwer TT carb ingesit
en toe ek hom die dag verkoop het ek die Lambretta needle aan die nuwe eienaar gegee en gesÍ hier is jou spare!!!! :deal:

Woensdagoggend trek ons weg en klim op die N7 by Nuwerus en soos oudergewoonte kou die oostewind ons van
die regterkant al die pad tot in Springbok en dis koud. Dit was koud die hele trip. Laat middag ry ons oor die grens en
hou aan tot n entjie anderkant Aussenkehr en slaan kamp op in die Oranje se loop.

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Soos oudergewoonte is ek die kok en teemaker en  Michael se maag moet die konkoksies trotseer!! :imaposer:
Dis n doodstil aand teen die rivier en ons gesels ons geselse wat opgehoop het met tyd omdat ons mekaar min sien.
Die volgende dag was een vir ry. Pragtig. :thumleft:

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Ons kronkel teen die rivier af oppad Rosh Pinah toe. Maak vol en koop n paar goedjies vir die aand se ete wat voorlÍ.
Ons ry 40 km in Aus se rigting en draai dan regs af op die Witputspad.
Tee sÍ die man of ek ry nie verder nie!!!!!!! :imaposer:

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Die vorige aand was een van die onderwerpe oor hoe goed hul name kry. Op hierdie stuk pad naby n verlate
plaaswerf is daar n tweespoor sanddriffie en terwyl k deur die driffie ry bestorm n moerse swart hond my van regs
uit die bloute en ek stoei met die sand en die hond soek my vleis en na ek deur is hÍnner hy vir Michael. Gelukkig
maak ons dit altwee sonder om te val en n entjie verder nadat die hond hom nou goed moeg agterna gehol het stop
ek vir n ruskans. Ewe rustig sÍ Michael " ek neem aan na dese is dit seker nou Swarthondsedrif"?!!!!! :imaposer: :deal:

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n Entjie verder in n lang linksdraai kom n jong perdjie uit die veld uit en hol tussen ons in dat ons moes uitswaai
en hardloop saam met ons vir n kilo of twee. Nodeloos om te sÍ toe ons weer stop moes ek hoor dat as ons ooit
weer hier verbykom sal dit natuurlik heet Perdsedraai!!! :imaposer: :deal:
Ons slaan kamp op 10 kilo's voor Goageb langs die pad in die veld. Verseker die koudste wat ek nog ooit in my
lewe in n tent geslaap nee liewer wakker gelÍ het. :deal: :biggrin: Drie uur die oggend hoor ek n helse geraas in Michael se tent.
Ek vra "wat maak jy nou"? Hy antwoord " ek het nounet AL my klere in my koffer aangetrek voor ek dood"!!!! :imaposer:
Michael kan  nie koue verduur wat eintlik n goeie ding is want hy woon en werk op die rand van die hel en kry
nie so gou warm soos ander mense. Feit.
Die volgende oggend was ons op en aan die gang voor die son op is.

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Michael maak vuur asof sy lewe daarvan afhang!! :mwink:

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Natuurlik moes dit Tietkop heet!!! :deal: :imaposer:

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Tee moes ons kry by die Seeheim Hotel. Smaak glo beter as myne!! :mwink:

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Rustig ry ons die laaste stuk tot by Hobas die uitkykpunt by die Visrivier. Michael se eerste keer hier.

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En sy bloed is groen KLR groen!! :thumleft:

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Ek het my rug lekker styf vasgestrap vir die trip. Het in n mate gehelp.

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En dit maak nie saak hoeveel keer jy hiernatoe kom dit bly spesiaal. Dat wind,water en tyd dit kon doen.

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Die twee donkies het hul heelpad mooi gedrag. Nie eens n papwiel nie. Die Tenere het net so n effe twoskroke
poepie gehad as ek bultaf toemaak!!!!!! :imaposer: :imaposer:

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Ons slaap oor in Ais-Ais. Die plek is gepak en 4x4's net waar jy kyk. Michael maak die opmerking dat as hy al
die rygoed se waarde in kontant gehad het sou dit n ander betekenis gegee het om sy rente te probeer uitboer!!! :mwink:
Die volgende dag was n lang trek terug Lutzville toe.
Ek weet wat dink hy nou "dankie tog my trekkers se seats is nie so hard"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :imaposer:
Michael het 5 trekkers en hy is die enigste drywer. Hy werk sy gat af. :deal:

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Dit was n lekker kort trippie met baie lag en lekker gesels soos net ons twee kan doen. Dis hartseer dat ons dit
tot op hede nie weer kon doen. Michael se plaas hou hom net te vas. :(

Ek is nou gatvol van foto's scan......................sal vervolg.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Harry the Buffalo on March 06, 2012, 10:02:27 pm
Nogga "Classic" Thanks ChrisL :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on March 06, 2012, 10:49:28 pm
daai stukkie suide is ook een van my favourite kampareas.

nou moet ek net weer teruggaan, volgende keer met n bike.

dankie hiervoor, ons sien uit na nog n "installment"
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Vis Arend on March 07, 2012, 05:26:32 am
Nog 'n meesterstuk.  Dankie vir die saamry.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on March 07, 2012, 08:36:59 am
Baie dankie Chris ................ nou is my oggend weer gemaak  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: arno on March 07, 2012, 10:11:34 am
Dankie Chris ek het lekker saam getoer !
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Frannarossi on March 09, 2012, 10:36:16 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Samou on March 09, 2012, 11:09:36 pm
 :thumright:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: wolfman on March 11, 2012, 06:48:52 pm
Baie inspireerend!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Pietcoke on March 11, 2012, 11:06:24 pm
Thanx Chris........baie lekker.

Ek wil net graag weet hoe jy al die detail van die trips onthou oor so baie jare.

Groot respek vir jou.........ou grote :mwink: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Diesel & Dust on March 12, 2012, 07:59:07 am
Ai Chris, jy mag maar :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Dirty Boy on March 13, 2012, 09:45:32 am
Thanks Chris

Great photos and your writeup is helping with my Afrikaans.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Smidty on March 13, 2012, 07:09:19 pm
Chris, nou net die hele ding ge lees  :thumleft:  bedonnerd!  Baie dankie en gooi nog  :ricky:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 16, 2012, 04:24:48 pm
In 2003 I asked Amanda if she wanted to see Namibia(which she has never done)
This was the trip:
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=35189.0

Like all of us in Jan of 2004 I cut the ambilical cord and bought a 2002 Dakar. I just got tired of kicking
with my left leg. Wanted a happy button. The Dakar had only done 560 kilos.
Oom Daan would say this is where things went wrong for me!!! :deal: :imaposer:


Build some racks for the panniers and we tested them on a trip down to Cape Agulhas. A place Amanda have not seen.

Waiting at the pont at Malgas.

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Took the road passed Ouplaas and De Hoop. Bredasdorp and stopped in Arniston.

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Man moet rook ook so af en toe!! :mwink:

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From the top of the lighthouse in Agulhas.

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Beautiful place if the wind does not blow.

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The campsite in Struisbaai into which I had to talk ourselves into. We had to ride in first gear to our
campsite and out again whilst the caretaker walked with us. :biggrin:
The other option was parking them at the gate and carrying all our stuff in!!

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Will continue.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on March 16, 2012, 04:47:30 pm
Net toe ek nou dink dat jy my laaste rukkie by die werk vinnig wil laat verby gaan, kom jy met " will continue" ..................... :o :ricky:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: subie on March 16, 2012, 04:47:59 pm
Diep thread Chris. Dankie dat jy dit hier kom pos het vir ons. :thumleft:

 :ricky:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: DirtyHarry on March 16, 2012, 04:58:30 pm
Well done Chris to get back on your bike to do what you like best   :ricky:
How can you remember the things like it was yesterday?
I can't remember in detail what I have done 20 or 30 years ago.
It wasn't biking anyway  :mwink:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 16, 2012, 05:05:08 pm
Well done Chris to get back on your bike to do what you like best   :ricky:
How can you remember the things like it was yesterday?
I can't remember in detail what I have done 20 or 30 years ago.
It wasn't biking anyway  :mwink:
Hahahaha!!
If you ask my wife she will answer that I suffer heavily from Altzhiemers supposedly because I never listen!!!! :biggrin: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: nemodakar on March 16, 2012, 05:57:51 pm
Kom, kom Chris, jy't seker al klaar die volk betaal. Klim op daai PC en scan gou n paar foto's man, ons wag. :pot:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 16, 2012, 06:07:56 pm
Kom, kom Chris, jy't seker al klaar die volk betaal. Klim op daai PC en scan gou n paar foto's man, ons wag. :pot:
Hier is net een en haar naam is Amanda en kry nie pay en die beste perk sy slaap saam met die baas!!! :imaposer:
Ons klein plasie kan nie die plaaslike rate van R120 per dag bekostig nie. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: nemodakar on March 16, 2012, 06:34:13 pm
So, pay in kind and get scanning. :3some:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: LMG on March 16, 2012, 08:44:37 pm
You remind me of an old army buddy from 61, Hasie Strydom.  Wonder where he finds himself these days.  They are not building them like that anymore - and I'm not talking about the bikes!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Pietcoke on March 16, 2012, 09:01:08 pm
 :happy1: :happy10: :happy1: :happy1: :happy1: :happy1: :happy1: :happy1: :happy1:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 16, 2012, 10:21:22 pm
May of 2004 I ask Amanda if she have seen Augrabies waterfalls and if not we could go and maybe see
Luderitz aswell!! :mwink:
I wanted to take the Dakar on a longish trip. Amanda had a few days off in June and I took her bike
through to CT the week before. Nearly fell off the trailer on the way there!!! :eek7:

We pulled away on a Saturdaymorning and at Piekenierskloof she complaned about how cold it was.
She added some more clothing and it got better. We turned off the N7 at Clanwilliam and rode over
Botterkloofpass to Calvinia and then 32kilos direction Middelpos to my friend Piet. Had a great day on his
farm.

Amanda on a horse for the first time.

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I did lots of horserideing when I was younger but it was quickly clear my back wanted nothing of it. :biggrin:

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Friend Piet on the other hand does longdistance rideing for a sport. A pratice run for him and the horse after
work on the farm in the evinings is a mere 30 kilos!!!! I would be dead!!

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I really like these "koppies" in the area around Piet's farm. I would like to go and camp on one of them
one day.

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We pulled away on a very cold Mondaymorning to Augrabies. Amanda was really battleing with frozen hands.
We kept on tar to Kenhardt and turned on dirt to Kakamas. Late afternoon we got to Augrabies.
Very nice and big campsite.

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We had enough time to walk to the falls. Water was low as it was winter.

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And the Dassies did what they do best..................soaking up the sun.

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I had to be a gentleman to lift this treestump to let the lady through!! :mwink:

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It was cold when we left Augrabies the next day again and we crossed into Namibia early at Onseepkans.
On the Namibian side they do not ask for a roadtax payment.
Odd I thought and I ask why do we not pay?
No says the customs guy they have no roadtax papers and everyone knows this and if we get stopped
we should just show them our passports that we crossed at Onseepkans!!!
Karasburg was our next stop and then Ais-Ais.

Some of the guests at Ais-Ais :mwink:

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The next day I woke up with a back that was killing me. We decided to stay for the day and see what happend with it.
If it is the same the following day we turn for home and if better we keep on.

We nearly had the place to ourselves. :thumleft:

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She's feeding the birds again!!!!

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For a big part of that day I stayed in the hot water in the indoor pool. It did me very good. :deal:

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Whoever decided to build Ais-Ais was a smart man. Just too bad the management does not look after the place as they should.

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The restday was good and I was looking forward to get to Luderitz.
I have taken a few pics in the same spot and will again. Just love this view and road to Hobas.

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At the Fishriverbridge near Seeheim............................................toe het ek nognie n pens gehad nie!! :biggrin:

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The last bit into Luderitz the wind was blowing as usual. :biggrin:

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Nothing as far as the eye can see...............................................stunning!! :thumleft:

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Will continue...
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on March 16, 2012, 11:32:17 pm
Kom, kom Chris, jy't seker al klaar die volk betaal. Klim op daai PC en scan gou n paar foto's man, ons wag. :pot:
Hier is net een en haar naam is Amanda en kry nie pay en die beste perk sy slaap saam met die baas!!! :imaposer:
Ons klein plasie kan nie die plaaslike rate van R120 per dag bekostig nie. :biggrin:

ek wil graag aansluit by Chris dat dit nie stop by die R 120 nie, jy ry R 100 se diesel uit om te soek vir iemand, dan gaan haal jy en jy neem terug. Jy voorsien ook drie teetye, en middagete, en stuur nog n mandjie kos saam huistoe ook, oppad huistoe vra hulle vir jou om met hulle by die winkel te stop....en so kan ek aangaan. Dus minstens R250 per persoon per dag. Is ek reg, Chris?
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 17, 2012, 08:57:41 am
Kom, kom Chris, jy't seker al klaar die volk betaal. Klim op daai PC en scan gou n paar foto's man, ons wag. :pot:
Hier is net een en haar naam is Amanda en kry nie pay en die beste perk sy slaap saam met die baas!!! :imaposer:
Ons klein plasie kan nie die plaaslike rate van R120 per dag bekostig nie. :biggrin:

ek wil graag aansluit by Chris dat dit nie stop by die R 120 nie, jy ry R 100 se diesel uit om te soek vir iemand, dan gaan haal jy en jy neem terug. Jy voorsien ook drie teetye, en middagete, en stuur nog n mandjie kos saam huistoe ook, oppad huistoe vra hulle vir jou om met hulle by die winkel te stop....en so kan ek aangaan. Dus minstens R250 per persoon per dag. Is ek reg, Chris?
Gelukkig ken ek die woordjie "NEE"!!! :deal:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: subie on March 17, 2012, 10:31:53 am
Jou lewensmaat is pragtig. Sy lyk n regte "toughie" om al die goed saam met jou te doen.  :thumleft:
Julle diamant duikers het ook n erg "reputasie gehad" nog altyd :mwink:
Regtig jammer een onbesonne mens jou rug so opgeneuk het.

 :ricky:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: nemodakar on March 17, 2012, 12:04:25 pm
Kom, kom Chris, jy't seker al klaar die volk betaal. Klim op daai PC en scan gou n paar foto's man, ons wag. :pot:
Hier is net een en haar naam is Amanda en kry nie pay en die beste perk sy slaap saam met die baas!!! :imaposer:
Ons klein plasie kan nie die plaaslike rate van R120 per dag bekostig nie. :biggrin:

ek wil graag aansluit by Chris dat dit nie stop by die R 120 nie, jy ry R 100 se diesel uit om te soek vir iemand, dan gaan haal jy en jy neem terug. Jy voorsien ook drie teetye, en middagete, en stuur nog n mandjie kos saam huistoe ook, oppad huistoe vra hulle vir jou om met hulle by die winkel te stop....en so kan ek aangaan. Dus minstens R250 per persoon per dag. Is ek reg, Chris?

Ek sal tog dit ervaar met 150 mense daagliks. Dan word ek ook maar , self sustainable.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Bie on March 17, 2012, 02:10:51 pm

At the Fishriverbridge near Seeheim............................................toe het ek nognie n pens gehad nie!! :biggrin:

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Dalk moet jy net weer die kindeybelt aansit en lekker styf trek.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Harry the Buffalo on March 17, 2012, 08:42:02 pm
Lekker oues hirrie :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 18, 2012, 02:39:46 pm
The following morning we slept late, had breakfast and headed out to Kolmanskuppe. An interesting tour it was.

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Game anyone?!! :mwink:

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The water and dry ice train that delivered once a week at each household.

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All this tourist walking makes me tired. :biggrin:

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These houses must have been very smart when they were new. Diamondmoney!!

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To build something like this today would cost a pretty penny!! :deal:

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We were blessed with the most beautiful weather in Luderitz and camping on Shark Island was great
except we could  not go out at night though. The night before some guys from the Freestate went
to the restuarant with one 4x4 and left the other there locked with all their belongings. When they came
back at 1 am everything was stolen from the car (passports and celphones and camera's) and their
tents were emptied. No matrasses or sleepingbags. The guard just shrugged his shoulders and said
he cannot cover the whole campsite at once!!!!
The thieves row over the bay from the other side. We ordered our food from a restuarant and
ate at our tent!! :thumleft:

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This is what Namibia is famous for!! :thumleft:

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The town accross the bay.

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They are resting a bit. :thumleft:

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We left Luderitz early as the plan was to ride to Vioolsdrift. It was a Saturday. Aus and then Rosh Pinah.
Then along the Orange river.
As can be seen by the bodylanguage of some people I was in trouble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :biggrin:
My mistake? I did not stop at the very FIRST place that had a toilet in Rosh Pinah.................but at the second!!!! :eek7:
Luckily I was forgiven before nightfall :thumleft:

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For those that have not done this road. Put it on your list. :deal:

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The big grape farms at Aussenkehr. Amazing what they have built here out of nothing. They have the two main
ingredients here though. Lots of sun and water. :thumleft:

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Late afternoon we stopped at Fiddlers Creek. Sunday we just relaxed and did the washing (ok Amanda did)!! :mwink:
Went rowing on the river and we soon found out Amanda will not be in the SA Olympic rowing team very soon!!!!!! :imaposer:
Sunday evening at 11 we were lying in the tent waiting to fall asleep and we heard rain!!! Cannot be I said, it
never rains in Vioolsdrift!!! :deal:

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It rained the whole night and we only left at 11 the next morning(in the rain) and it was a muddy snotty 12 kms back to the
tarroad.
We kept on the N7 to Lutzville and stayed the last night with friend Michael.
This is a gemsquash (skorsie) that grew a bit to good in his field!!!!!!

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The last day was a slow ride from one coffeeshop to the next back to CT.


Will continue..............................................................die einde is in sig!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Leo on March 18, 2012, 03:27:49 pm
Hi Chris

Awesome verhaal.   :3some:

Hopelik gaan jy eendag 'n boek die lig laat sien.  :thumleft:

RESPECT  ;)
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Vis Arend on March 18, 2012, 04:33:16 pm
Weereens uitstekend, Chris.

As ek reg kan onthou, daai toergids by Kolmanskuppe is 'n duitser by die naam van Ziggie Mans.

Daai seilbootjie het aan 'n paartjie behoort wat van Duitsland afgekom het.  Hulle het, wanneer die geleentheid hom voordoen, toeriste op 'n trippie gevat oor die lagoon en terug met so ietsie te ete en drinke.  Dit was al inkomste vir hulle gewees.  Hulle het in 'n klein buitekamer op die dorp gebly.  Dis ook al wanneer jy hulle gesien het is as hulle iemand uitgevat het.

Lieflike plek daai Luderitz, ons het net so bietjie oor 'n jaar daar gebly.  Die beste jaar in my lewe.   :biggrin:

Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ButchH on March 18, 2012, 08:47:50 pm
Very nice Chris but have mercy some of us have to go to work tomorrow   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Pietcoke on March 21, 2012, 08:15:08 pm
Baie lekker Chris............sooooo bly jy haal bietjie die ou fodies uit............dis pragtig man.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: XT JOE on March 21, 2012, 09:16:47 pm
Beste lees vir die jaar Chris, ek glo baie siele hier droom om dit alles kon doen, dankie ek myself kon maar net van die meeste droom en nou op n jonge 46 bietjie probeer opmaak vir alles wat ons wou doen. Ek was ook by desert run 2000, Isuzu 280 met plastic yamaha agter op. Toe ek so staan en kyk na jou xt se nommerplaat onthou  myne het n CFP of was CV op gehad toe ek hom so 3 jaar terug gekoop het, ek weet die ding le hier erens, sal foto oplaai.  Dit is toe so bietjie verskillend maar verbeel jou as dit moes wees. Ek het die TEN gekoop by n ou op Veldrift en alhoewel ons met tye wil opgradeer na knoppie start en so bietjie meer spoed hoop ek om vas te byt en die XT te hou. Hoop om jou n bier te koop en na van die stories te luister eendag.!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: XT JOE on March 22, 2012, 10:09:34 am
Ek was daar se foto, daai plastic SFW krat was agter op my XT vas met nommer plaat vas gerivet met n homemade bracket van "25mm angle iron" wat daar links bo in foto teen muur hang. Ek sal n boot kon sleep met hom as die clutch die punch kon vat. Dit lyk mos na iets wat julle taai ouens van namakwa land sou doen :imaposer:. Dankie weer eens vir al die fotos en "trip down memory lane"
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: V-Strom on March 22, 2012, 06:42:52 pm
Nice ou Chris
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 24, 2012, 01:04:27 pm
October of 2004 I showed Baviaans to Amanda. Pulled away on a overcast Friday morning.

Dirt for the first time at George. Montague pass.

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On the road from Uniondale. Think we stopped for a big tortoise.

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A very special place.

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The little shop where Amanda bought some cooldrinks off the shelf. They had nothing cold!!

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Our little house for the evening.

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Our view from the stoep :thumleft:

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This is the valley between the mountains.

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The next day the twisties started. The road was busy as it was a long weekend.

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One of the many streams one have to cross doing Baviaans.

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Our lunch stop.

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We camped in Jeffriesbay and home was via Humansdorp, Bloukranspass and Knysna.
Got rained on for most of the Jeffries to Knysna bit!!
Thinking back know it's a pitty I did not take more pictures on this trip.

Will continue......



Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: nemodakar on March 24, 2012, 01:52:23 pm
Mooi Chris.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 24, 2012, 02:39:30 pm
In May 2005 the Dakar was nearing it's 20 000 kms service and I worked it out if I go
visit friend Michael and go for the service in CT it will be very near 20 000 when I get to CT.
Rode to Michael on a Friday and drank too much tea and talked a lot on the Saturday.Sunday morning we
took the shortest route to Whuppertal. It was chilly and wet.

Close to Whuppertal.

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A beautiful little town between the mountains.

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We made some tea and had a bite to eat.

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Even a speck of snow on the mountains.

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We said our goodbey's at the bridge over the Olifantsriver between Clanwilliam and Citrusdal.
He went home to Lutzville and I to CT.

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Sadly this is the last trip Michael and I have ridden together and he now only uses his bike on the farm. :(
Yes he turned it into a farmimplement. Note the ATGATT boots!! :mwink:

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Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 24, 2012, 03:47:01 pm
July 2005 I felt like a longish trip. Namibia again but north. I have not been to Ondangwa and Oshikati since 1989
and also Kaokoland or the area.
It was just a long haul for three days on tar up to Ghaub Lodge were a friend was the chef and manager. Between
Otavi and Tsumeb one turns off right on a dirtroad.

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Here is the history behind Ghaub.

http://www.ghaub.com/Historic.html

and nearby is these caves which I did not get to see.

http://www.namibian.org/travel/natural/ghaub-caves.html

Beautiful place in a stunning setting.

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Late afternoon the Kudu come and drink from the swimmingpool!!!

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Interesting fact is that the lodge then belonged to the same company that owns Windhoek beer.
My friend Alida and her dog (looks like a monkey though)
Next stop would be Oshikati.

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Some Kudu in a farmyard next to lake Otjikoto.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otjikoto_Lake

I did not go in as they wanted me to buy the lake the ticket was that expencive. :biggrin:

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A centrepivot being fed from Lake Otjikoto.

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At Oshivelo gate I get stopped like in the army days but it is a dirty and unorganized affair.
I stop for something to close to the turnoff to Omathea/61 Meg. I was there twice in the army.
Thought to turn in bu decided against. I knew there would be nothing. The road was full of taxi's, cars
donkeys,cattle and people crossing. Just as it was in 89. Makes the going slow.

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Late afternoon I stop at Hond's place.(a wilddog) He is putting up a hidrolic shop in Oshikati. There is none. This is how it
normally works when someone blows a hidrolic pipe. They put someone on a taxi for Windhoek (750kms) he
stays over while they fix the pipe. Next on the taxi back again. Three days. The guy funding the shop is a Ovambo
from Oshikati with three hidrolic waterdrills that does all the drilling in Ovamboland and those drills have lots
of hidrolic pipes. Hond does the work and he put the shop with all the tools and split 50/50. A winwin I thought.

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I have to tell you how Hond (this is before me or him was WD's) met. Early 2005 he wrote a letter to BikeSA
about a trip he and his wife rode just after he bought her a BMW650GS. He had a African Twin. I had the idea
of buying a GS for Amanda too and wanted to hear how his wife liked the bike.

Now this is how small Windhoek is. I phone BMW in Klein-Windhoek. Do you know so-and-so I ask?
No they say but if he rides a ATwin try Honda here is their number. I phone and I get his phonenumber and address!!!! :thumleft:
Small place indeed!!! :deal:
We stayed in contact and when he heard of my plans to come north he invited me to stay over in Oshikati.
He, his boss and I had a big braai and we only went to bed at 2 the next morning!!!!!! :eek7: Lots of talking.
His real name is Kobus Maritz. Salt of the earth. :thumleft:

Oshikati surprized me as it had grown much bigger than Ondangwa that was always the bigger one. Two lanes in
and out and robots with a Engen garage with a Wimpy. Spar and some other nice shops!!!!!!
My bek het oopgehang!! :deal:

The next morning I was a bit sleepy on the road.

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As they had lots of rain and late rain some of  the shonas still had water in.

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This is the canal that brings all the water from Ruacana to a central pumpingstation. Then a pipeline takes it
all the way to Oshivelo gate and every kilo or so is a tap.

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Ruacana dam.

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The dry falls.

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A tiny pipeline :mwink:

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I fill up at Ruacana and buy some food and take the road downriver. I had no idea where I will be sleeping
but it did not bother me at all. I was haveing a great ride. :thumleft:

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Somewhere I tip over in a piece of sand tweespoor. As I got up a 4x4 full of German tourists stop behind me.
"can we help you"? Yes please!!!!!! I could not pick up the Dakar by myself and this was great help.
I rode out of the sand and they got back into the 4x4 and it would not start!!! "can I help you I yelled back"?!!
Turns out they have been haveing problems with the starter for a while and I show them where to short it out with
a scewdriver that it starts everytime. They have had push it before.

I was quite suprized with this part of Namibia I have not seen. So many mountains and valleys.

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Late afternoon I turn into the Kunene river lodge. What a nice place!! :thumleft:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-21.jpg)

Lekke place to pitch my tent and park.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-22.jpg)

There were just two people in the whole campsite. Myself and a guy from Utrecht in the KZN. I walked over
and we got talking. He mines some semi precious stones in the area. He comes up every two months and
stays for a month. We clicked so well I only got back at my tent after one!!!!!!!

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-23.jpg)

If I had a small boat I'd stay a week here.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-24.jpg)

Look at that river!!! :thumleft: Pity it is full of crocs :biggrin:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-25.jpg)

I slept like a log and was up early the next morning. Made coffee and started packing slowly.
A kilo or two further after Kunene river lodge I turned left. I knew the road along the river is difficult and
did not try that by myself.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-26.jpg)

I liked this area more and more. There was not one other vehicle on the road. Lots of little
dry sandy rivers I had to cross.
I made all of them without a mishap. :thumleft:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-27.jpg)

I felt totally alone on earth. Luckily later on I started seeing cattle and herdsmen.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-28.jpg)

I get to a T junction. Left Opuwa and right Epupa falls. Five minutes after I stopped a old gentleman stopped
with his Landrower. "Are you thinking of going to Epupa he asks"?  Well I've come this far I might as well I told him.
He told me all the rivers were badly washed away very wide and all had deep sand in. :biggrin:
After he left I sat there for an hour smokeing my pipe makeing up my mind. I think I must come again was the final desition.

So I did a year or two later.


I turn left for Opuwa. I stop for a smoke and before I have lit my pipe these two appear out of the bushes.
Tobacco for their "oupa" please!!!!!

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-29.jpg)

On the road to Opuwa the dwellings got more and so did the cattle and people.
I stayed at the Frenchman's campsite in Opuwa town.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-30.jpg)

I had a lazy ride the next day to Outjo. Pick up tar at Kamanjab.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-31.jpg)

The next morning I take this shortcut just outside Outjo that takes me in the direction of Omaruru.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-32.jpg)

If you come to Namibia do not think it will be all flat!! :mwink:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-33.jpg)

I stop to talk to these guys to hear what they are doing. They work for a contractor that bales all the
grass next to the road and then sells it to horsefarmers and gamefarms.
I made the mistake to lite my pipe. I nearly got highjacket for tobacco!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Turns out they have been out off tobocco for two days :biggrin: :deal:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-34.jpg)

The last pic I took just before tar.

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/RU-35.jpg)

From there it was just another long tar haul back home.

That's all folks like they say in the movies!!!!!!!


I would like the following guys to please dust off your scanners and lets see your oldies. :deal:

Stofdonkie.
Leo.
Mother.
Adelbert.Champeon


Thanks for reading this. :thumleft:







Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Lem on March 25, 2012, 11:10:19 pm
HALL OF FAME!!

HALL OF FAME !!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Heimer on March 25, 2012, 11:23:27 pm
Agge nee, jy's seker nie nou klaar nie  :-\
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Rooikat on March 26, 2012, 08:55:46 am
Great post, Chris! I must get my arse in gear and post some of mine from WAAAY back.

Sensible tyres on your last post. Knobblies are the pits on ANY terrain.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Gťrrard on March 26, 2012, 08:18:58 pm
Thanks Chris. Dit was spesiaal.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Pietcoke on March 26, 2012, 09:36:23 pm
Soos gewoonlik uit die boonste gestoeltes Chris :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ButchH on March 27, 2012, 09:06:12 pm
Please Sir may we have some more   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Tweets on April 07, 2012, 04:28:30 pm
Mooi so Chris. You basically rode, exactly where I was as a troopie in 79 to 81. I would like to go up there and go look see. 
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Harry the Buffalo on April 08, 2012, 09:52:25 pm
Chris

Jou stories vannaand maak n groot verlange in my wakker van ....................stiltes..........alleen wees en my kop weer bymekaar kry!  Ek moet RY net RY en kan dink! Dankie vir dit ou Maat.....Omaruru (So staan dit op my ID) is waar ekke die eerste lig aanskou het baie jare gelede! Jy sallie glo wat hierie OLDIES vannaand vir my beteken nie!

Groete

Dave
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 10, 2012, 09:39:36 am
Hi Chris

It was just a long haul for three days on tar up to Ghaub Lodge were a friend was the chef and manager. Between
Otavi and Tsumeb one turns off right on a dirtroad.


Was your friend there in the late '70's, early '80's ? This area, Otavi, Tsumeb, Grootfontein Triangle also known as the Triangle of Death or something like that saw, some horrible violence in those days. Many farms were attacked.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 10, 2012, 10:39:15 am
Hi Chris

It was just a long haul for three days on tar up to Ghaub Lodge were a friend was the chef and manager. Between
Otavi and Tsumeb one turns off right on a dirtroad.


Was your friend there in the late '70's, early '80's ? This area, Otavi, Tsumeb, Grootfontein Triangle also known as the Triangle of Death or something like that saw, some horrible violence in those days. Many farms were attacked.
No she was not DB.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: HANS BOORMAN on April 10, 2012, 09:48:56 pm
Hallo Chris

Jy maak n man net lus om jou bike te vat en ver ver weg te ry na niks en nerens om fotos te neem en stories bymekaar te maak!!!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on April 11, 2012, 01:29:58 am
Excellent! ... thanks for the lekker saamry.

 8)
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on April 11, 2012, 01:37:53 am
Can't wait for the next report.

 8)
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: TWE-TWE on May 14, 2015, 07:25:23 pm

  hi Chris...dis n ongelooflike RR -thread...!!! :ricky: :thumleft:




jy is n YSTER !!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: MooseRider on May 14, 2015, 10:25:07 pm
Vir die hoeveelste maal die thread gelees. Jy maak my sommer verlang na my pyp. Ja-nee, dit is soos jy sÍ: as jy eers eenmaal NamibiŽ getoer het sal jy dit weer en weer doen. Ek was bevoorreg om in 1982 saam met my ouers deur Suidwes te toer vir vyf weke. As jy my ma ken sal jy verstaan dat ons op elke moontlike plek was waar my pa se ou Super 7 Peugeot kon ry. En kon sy vir jou fotos neem. 1983 was dit Hentiesbaai en baie visvang. Weermag was ek 11 maande op die grens (wil graag die plakke gaan besoek waar ek was). Het ook al die Visrivier canyon gestap.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Noneking on May 15, 2015, 08:45:33 pm
Jinne ek het die nou geniet Chris!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: shanti on May 16, 2015, 05:20:57 pm
great ride reports - loved seeing the tenere , always was a dream bike for me
Title: Re:
Post by: frans1 on May 16, 2015, 10:23:39 pm
Ai dit was nou lekker lees!  Toe ek begin moes ek dit klaar lees. Okt ry ek daar na jou geweste toe om die laaste ligtorings trippie te doen.  Dan kan ek dit ook van die bucket lys tick.  Sal jou graag wil ontmoet vir 'n tee.  Groetnis. Wag nog vir die res wat gaan kom.
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Skim on May 17, 2015, 09:37:07 am
Chris baie mooi dankie vir die deel met ons!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: woody1 on October 23, 2018, 12:14:12 pm
Nou eers hierdie een gekry na Jup se ZEN trip... kan nie prentjies sien by werk se rekenaar nie, dus is hy nou gemerk dat ek hom vanaand kan gaan lees.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: katana on October 23, 2018, 03:06:15 pm
Die reports mag maar weer opkom.  Dankie Chris!
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Clockwork Orange on October 24, 2018, 11:54:52 am
Bliksem, I cant believe I have not seen this before. That was a fantastic read. Thanks Chris
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: Rotten on November 01, 2018, 02:15:30 pm
What luck that this RR resurfaced, so well told that you feel all the emotions of the recovery from the accident and the joy of the subsequent journeys. many thanks Very special to have Amanda with you on so many rides. What a job it must have been to scan all those photos ! I wish that my memory was half as good as yours.
Many thanks Chris
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: sidetrack on November 01, 2018, 02:36:43 pm
Lekker gelees nou, die Tenere sal seker altyd vir jou spesiaal bly  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 02, 2018, 10:23:01 pm
Lekker gelees nou, die Tenere sal seker altyd vir jou spesiaal bly  :thumleft:
Jip sal altyd n soft spot hÍ vir n rooi en wit Tenere. :thumleft: :drif:
Title: Re: Some oldies.
Post by: wilfwalk on November 04, 2018, 06:07:24 pm
Hi Chris, very happy to have found this thread. Its been an amazing read and story of your life riding bikes. Hats off to you for your vasbyt getting through those dark days after your accident. Congrats also to Amanda and Michael for being part of your life and no doubt encouraging you. I read Joey Evan's book just after Christmas last year and early this year, and it again amazed me how some people react to a serious challenge in their lives. Well done fellow.