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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Gérrard on January 14, 2012, 09:28:38 pm

Title: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: Gérrard on January 14, 2012, 09:28:38 pm
Sometimes a ride happens on the spur of the moment, which usually turns out a good one, not spoiled by too much planning. At other times the idea grows over time and the ride developes itself. That's how this one came about.

This was not your usual ride and I'm not sure if any other Dogs had done something like it. Ping a couple of dogs and tell them you're riding their way and want to visit ? Expect them to also get a couple of Dogs together along the way so you can meet them ! Who the fuck cares ? But we're Wilddogs, a strange kind of family, we do care, and if only one responded, it would make it worthwhile.

The response was overwhelming and from my perspective the trip was a huge success. To every Dog along the way that helped to make it so, I say thanks. Of all the Dogs that responded to my 'Plan a Ride' I only missed out on one I really looked forward to meeting and that was Dual. This was only due to a miss communication, but we'll sort it next time. As it turned out the trip was a busy and tiring one. There were many more Dogs I would liked to have seen, but in the end I could only get around to those who responded to the call. See you next time, because this was a trip worth doing again.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 14, 2012, 10:13:46 pm
Bear with me while I do the intro. This trip and report is as much about being a Wilddog as anything else. Expect a bit of sentimental drivel, but its all part of the story. I know we love pictures and they will come.

OK, so how then did this rather unusual ride come along ? Every story starts at its beginning and I had to ponder a while to figure it out.

I've been a Dog for just on two years now. As a Puppy I was cheeky one day and the big Dogs gave me a hiding. I kept my nose out of it for a while and one day, on some thread I can't remember, posted something about my Airheads. I was told firmly, though friendly, that if I want to talk about my bikes, I must show them. In March last year I had my accident and while sitting on my arse with my leg in the air, I started my Airhead thread, which turned out a most enjoyable one.

While still on recovery from my accident I learned that 2SD would be visiting in PE and asked him to come and say hello. He agreed and we had a good visit... en fok, daai man het nie brieke nie, maar ons het omtrent lekker gesels.  :ricky: You also have to bear in mind that, although I'm not a brand junky, I do primarily own and ride BMW's.  >:D

Now Dan has been around a while and I supposed that quite a few of the Dogs knew him, that he could ride a bike and owns some, probably Yamaha's. But how many of you have actually seen a fotie of his bikes ? I haven't, and I'm fairly busy on the Forum. So one day during the second half of last year he spoke about his XT500. I was by now a bit more vocal and  told him to put up a fotie and not just to talk about it. KaPow ! came the snotklap : "As jy my bikes wil sien, ry en kom kyk".

That was where the idea started, but of course, as you know , it turned into more than that over time.

Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 14, 2012, 10:52:52 pm
As is the custom in my profession, I unemploy myself over the year end period, which is when Lyn and I do our long trips. This last Xmast/new year I took a month off, as we had planned a three week trip through and around the country. Life, and my eldest, Kirsty unexpectedly getting a teaching post in George, intervened and our trip was cut to 8 days. That trip is now done and dusted with the RR here http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=87930.0

The change in plans left me with a week spare before I had to get employed again and I decided to go see Dan's bikes. Nothing is ever that easy and I thought it a waste of space to just ride there and back. And so the trip started growing on itself, and while on another trip over the weekend 16 Dec, the idea for the Social Tour came to me. But of course, it was not a 'light bulb' thing... most events have a cause and effect.

Hope you're not too bored yet. Its hard work typing this stuff and I'll get going with the real story shortly, but first, to get it right, I have to get this out the way.

This whole event is many faceted and next I'll tell you why I actually decided to ride around and say 'Hi' to the Dogs.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: laurika on January 14, 2012, 11:07:56 pm
Great intro......now we wait for the rest!
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 14, 2012, 11:17:44 pm
Great intro......now we wait for the rest!

It comes, but can't be rushed. This is also the story of a 38 year old Airhead, that patiently passed through its years, and all its previous owners, to get to do this trip with me.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 14, 2012, 11:41:24 pm
I've never been a loner, but before my accident I toured solo and Lyn and I rode alone. I'm not a good socialiser, but like to be around people, so at the end of a day's ride I would seek company. At times though I could and liked to just be on my own. Do the ZEN thing and just ponder without interruption.

I never made much effort to meet other Dogs and would maybe go to drinks once in four months or so. For some reason after the accident that changed. The accident messed a bit with my head and 2011 turned out a rather shitty year. Also i was now loath to ride alone and sought out small groups for rides. I enjoyed it. During my recovery at home I spent a lot of time on the Forum and chatted to many Dogs. The thought occurred that it would be nice to meet some of them. Along came the National Bash and a great oppurtunity to meet many of the Dogs I had been talking too and so I did. From that event came the ride Carrots, Lyn and I just did.

This then was the background that turned the trip into what it was. I like to meet other Dogs  :3some: and the plan was made. I was somewhat apprehensive as to the response I would get, but I need not have feared. I knew some of the dogs I would visit and the rest was just as eager as me to see how this thing would go. I think for all, it went surprisingly well. But of course, I should have known, Its how the Dogs roll.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 14, 2012, 11:57:40 pm
This would also be a solo trip, done on tar with a road bike, my first in 21 years. Last year I did all my trips in company and by the time I got going I would have done 13 days of touring around year end in groups. I planned it and needed to ride on my own.

I had also recently got my old R90 back, after having had some work done to it, and itched to take it on a long ride. I love this bike and can't get enough of riding it. This then would turn out a very looong ride, but I enjoyed every momenty on the Old Lady. She never missed a beat.

And so we at last get to the day I'm ready to leave  :ricky:

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Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: madmike999 on January 15, 2012, 06:28:12 am
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Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: nemodakar on January 15, 2012, 06:41:02 am
So, when will you be back to do the rest of the RR? :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: DirtRebell on January 15, 2012, 07:31:51 am
Nice one Jup - subscribed for the rest! :thumleft:

(I wonder if we can expect a phodie of Dan on a Bee-em in this >:D )

Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 07:50:57 am
So, when will you be back to do the rest of the RR? :ricky:

I'm here, but working on two RR's at the same time. Dis donners harde werk, veral die een in Ingels, vir party van die ouens se onthalwe by wie ek gekuier het.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 07:53:03 am
Nice one Jup - subscribed for the rest! :thumleft:

(I wonder if we can expect a phodie of Dan on a Bee-em in this >:D )



Hou vas... daar kom nog 'n interessante onthulling of twee.  :peepwall: >:D
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 09:44:55 am
                                                          Day 1 - Sunday - 8 Jan 2012

I had initially planned to leave on Saturday the 7th, meander West as far as I could get, and make for Stellenbosch the next day to visit with Dan. Stoetie had already invited me to stay with them on the Monday.

Our Lesotho trip ran an extra day and I will now only be able to leave on the Sunday. I knew I would only get away late in the morning, so where to ? Ladysmith/Barrydale ? Ping Veldbrand !, he's somewhere aroud there and it would be nice to visit with him. unfortunately he was out of town so I missed out.

I got away at about 1130. Can I make Worcester ? Piet Coke and a couple of Dogs live there and I had chatted to him a few times about his buying an Africa Twin. He knew I was on my way and insisted that I visit. Its a long way on a slow ride, but we'll see how it goes.

Its a hellish hot day and I was going to suffer in the heat. I'm not sure which way to ride, along the coast on the N2 and then cut through the mountains somewhere to the Karoo, or take the R62 all the way. I cruise at 100km/h and after being pushed aside a few times on the N2 as I head out, I decide R62 it will be and take the turn-off after Humansdorp.

I know I'm riding a solid, reliable bike, but it is old and the first time I take it on a trip with long constant running. At first I concentrate on listening to the enjin noise. That's not a problem, they are noisy, but you must get to know it, so when the noise changes you know to worry. The bike runs sweetly and would do so for the rest of the trip. All i have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

In stiffling heat I arrive in Kareedow. I was getting sleepy on the bike and am hungry. I pull in at Norma Jeans for a Hammy and a cold one. Lovely place and the beer is cold  :biggrin:

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Inside it is beautifully decorated in the periode theme

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There's this poster entitled "The Ten Indian Commandments" Read it... makes a lot of sence.

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I sit outside hoping to catch some sort of breeze. Nada. Instead I sit looking at my bike and sip on my beer. I like sipping beer and looking at my bike  :ricky:

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When you're alone on a trip like this there's plenty of time to ponder should you have the urge to find meaning in it all. So I ponder...

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And all I can think is... my fuck its hot !
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 10:55:24 am
I wet a hand towel, roll it around my neck and get going again. Short while I get drowsy, pull off between Kareedow and Joubertina under a tree, with a bit of grass, and have a snooze.

On the road again. I've travelled this road many times and never tire of it. The heat makes me a little gatvol so I'm not too inclined to stop for piccies. At Harold I pass a couple of guys on DS bikes coming off the Perdepoort road. They were gearing up to leave. I wave and carry on. Should have stopped for a chat. Later in the week I would meet DirtCopper and learn that he was one of them, knew of my trip and recognized me on the bike. Pity, one should never miss the chance to interrupt your journey.  :(

I spent my two years military service in Oudtshoorn and love the place. Always wanted to go and live there and had the chance in my younger days, but SWAMBO would have nothing of it.

The CP Nel meuseum. Beautiful building

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Coffee stop at The Dorpshuis in Calitzdorp. Beautiful church of which I have unfond memories from a trip Lyn and I did through there a few years ago. Bloody clock in the tower chimes every 15 min and kept us awake all night.

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By now I begin to realise I'm not going to make Worcester unless I push it, but what's the point. This trip is as much about the ride as visiting the Dogs. I'll just see where I end up for the day. I sit a while and chat to the lady who owns the Dorps Huis. She tragicly lost her husband last year and i remember the incident from my trip to yhe CABC. Its pleasant in the shade with cool mist spraying over me.

But I must get going and do so. Lekker twisties through Huisrivierpas

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Despite the old suspension, at the right speed the bike handles well and I enjoy the the curves, with a satisfying scrape hear and there.

Ladysmith. This should have been a pretty town in its awesome mountain setting, but is unfortunately unkept.

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I don't waste time, fill up with petrol and head for Ronnies Sex Shop. I've had a few stop and goes there in the past, but this time its on my list for a kuier.

Always remember... 'The Interruptions make the Journey'



Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Veldbrand on January 15, 2012, 11:34:29 am
Very sorry I missed you but soon we'll be living there and hopefully see you then.
Great RR Jupiter, keep it coming.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 11:48:19 am
I arrive...

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... meet and chat with some of the locals over a cold one.

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They of course want to know about my ride and we talk about my bike... and I just love talking about my bike. This would happen often on the trip and then there's usually the wish... Geese I would like to something like this. JUST DO IT !

I get to have a nice gay fotie with the man himself

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Some interesting goodies in the collection

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And I get invited to hang one of my favourite touring caps to pick up again next time around

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We have a discussion about me making it to Worcester before dark. Some reckon I can make it, some I won't. Ronnie suggests I camp outside and kuier. Tempting, but would have been a mistake. I'm not in a hurry, but do have a loose schedule to keep to. Thanks. Another time for sure.

Off I go. I can see I might make Montaque by dark and that's where I now head. I'm very tired and need to get off the road. My body is sore from the way way the bike sits and rides. No fairing, with that furnace blast in my face the whole day.

About 10km from Montaque you pass this little willow grove on the left of the road down an embankment. Its a rest stop and I've been there before. Had it in mind for a good spot to stealth camp, but don't have enough water on me. Another worthwile interruption missed.

At the caravan park in town next to the river, I book in and pitch camp in the dark

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Drop Piet Coke a line... see you for breakfast tomorrow.

Put the Old Lady to bed after giving her a good look see. We did well today Old Girl  :biggrin:

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And have a light snack of one of my favourites

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Bevan is the camper next to me and comes over for a chat. Very pleasant and of course he gets that longing look... got to do this one day ! We say our goodnights as I'm totally clapped out. Not long after I crash... Ribbiz stretcher and self inflating mattress. I sleep like a baby after a very rewarding day on the road.

I love this thing we do  :ricky:



Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 11:51:29 am
Very sorry I missed you but soon we'll be living there and hopefully see you then.
Great RR Jupiter, keep it coming.

Yep ! jou stop was nou rerig een van die kuiertjies waarna ek uitgesien. Maar jy sal net om die draai wees en ek het nie 'n verskoning nodig om in die Karoo te gaan ry nie.

Sien jou een van die dae  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Bie on January 15, 2012, 12:15:26 pm
Lekkert ene Jub. Bly jy en die ou lady is veilg terug.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on January 15, 2012, 12:31:03 pm
Jupiter. I love your report style. Looking forward to the rest of this RR.

Was nice to see you.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on January 15, 2012, 12:31:37 pm
Hier kom n lekkerlees storie ..................................... :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 12:35:01 pm
Thanks julle. Gaan nou nie op elke reply antwoord nie, want dan kom ek nie by die skrywery uit nie.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: V-Strom on January 15, 2012, 12:43:56 pm
 Lekker lees Ride Report.
Bring it on Jup.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: madmax on January 15, 2012, 12:46:18 pm
keep going ..your engels can like to be verie goed .... much fond memories of riding through and stoppinh in kareedouw, joubertina (for some reason very special to me and high on my list of retirement spots...dunno why, oudtshoorn museum is awesome), ronnies i have camped at and partied hard at
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 12:50:34 pm
ZEN... The title of the RR was carefully choosen. In his book "ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE" and the follow-up,  "LILA", Robert Persig seeks and tries to define the meaning of quality. Its difficult reading and I've struggled through both books a couple of times, but in the end(I understand) he concludes that you can't define quality... Its just there and you'll recognise it when you see it.

The central theme of ZEN was a trip he did on a CB77 Super Hawk with his son in 1968, together with a friend who rode a 1962 R60/2. While on this trip he ponders these questions that have haunted him for years, and landed him in a mental institution. That ride was at the back of my mind on this trip.

I'm not a Buddist, but I like the way they think. You won't find ZEN on the mountain... you must take it to the mountain, where you will find peace of mind.

I had ZEN on this trip and the trip had QUALITY.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: madmax on January 15, 2012, 01:09:27 pm
ZEN... The title of the RR was carefully choosen. In his book "ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE" and the follow-up,  "LILA", Robert Persig seeks and tries to define the meaning of quality. Its difficult reading and I've struggled through both books a couple of times, but in the end(I understand) he concludes that you can't define quality... Its just there and you'll recognise it when you see it.

The central theme of ZEN was a trip he did on a CB77 Super Hawk with his son in 1968, together with a friend who rode a 1962 R60/2. While on this trip he ponders these questions that have haunted him for years, and landed him in a mental institution. That ride was at the back of my mind on this trip.

I'm not a Buddist, but I like the way they think. You won't find ZEN on the mountain... you must take it to the mountain, where you will find peace of mind.

I had ZEN on this trip and the trip had QUALITY.

 :thumleft: 
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 02:13:27 pm
                                                           Day 2 - Monday - 9 Jan 2012

Lyn and I got back from our Lesotho trip with Carrots late last Friday afternoon. Saturday I unpacked, clean up and switched to my solo riding gear. Also had to figure the packing on the R90 and see to some chores on Sunday morning. It was a bit of a rush to get away and I had a slight anxiety in me on yesterday's ride. I was riding to get somewhere and that is wrong... the journey must be the destination.

Each ride has its own dynamic... you gotta find its groove. Switching from one type to another totally different ride is not easy.

I had a good nights rest and woke up with peace of mind. Today the trip starts. I have nothing else to do but ride, enjoy and meet the Dogs. I'm up at first light and do my usual skrop around breaking kamp. This is the way it goes. On a trip I use all the daylight. I take my time packing, ride without rushing, stop often to enjoy what's around me and find a spot for the night with just enough light left to pitch camp. Often I pitch in the dark. Carrots can tell you more about that.   :eek7:

Another pic of the camp site. Very nice place

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I SMS Piet that I should get to Worcester around 0930, greet bevan and his family and get on the road. There's this thing on a trip I call the magic moment... that first press of the starter button in the morning, the enjin kicks over, fires and settles to a gentle purr. On an old Airhead Boxer, with the choke on, its a special sound.

As you leave town and swing through the poort towards Ashton you go through this hole in the mountain. Somehow it always facinates me

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We Dogs are facinated by different things on our trips which will feature prominently in our RR's... trains, stations, ruins, bridges, etc. For me its churches, but when I passed through Ashton(?) I thought this a pretty picture

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Coffee stop in Robertson and confirm meeting Piet for breakfast. He has lined up some other Dogs as well.

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While having coffee I also phone my eldest, Kirsty, who starts her new life as a teacher at York in George today. Many would consider having wealth as a measure of success. I have figured it differently. The measure of a man's success is the wellbeing of his family, and if Kirsty was my only yardstick, I've done OK.  :biggrin:

I would learn later that Horsepower has his business close to my coffee spot. Pity I missed him.

And so its off for my first Wilddog meet of the trip.



Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 02:45:47 pm
Piet(Piet Coke) had been looking to buy an Africa Twin and I had offerred to have a look over at one in PE he was interested in. That's how we got acqainted and he insisted I swing by when he heard of the trip.

We met up and he took me to park the bike at V-Stroms place from where we went for a brekkie at De Kelder, Andries(V-Strom) Zettie(Hottie), me and Piet.

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On this and every other occasion acqaintance was easy and conversation pleasant. We mostly spoke about things Dogs do, riding and bikes  :ricky: I listened to them taliking about their rides and trips and got the impression that if you should join them, don't forget to pack a spare liver in you topbox. Naughty okes these.  >:D

We retired to the stoep afterwards for coffee and a siggie and continued the relaxed conversation.

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All too soon its time to get going. With all the Dogs I met I could have spent the whole day visiting. We say our goodbye's and I'm on my way with a promise of an EC visit and ride.

Later on the trip piet phone me all excited about an AT he had found which sounded good. Still waiting to hear if he got it.

My route to Stellenbosch is over Franshoek pass. First though, Villiersdorp

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The church  :biggrin: I mos like churches

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Approaching the pass

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Its a nice smooth ride. I'm getting used to the way the bike rides and how far it can be pushed. With its sporty riding position it likes the twisties. Pushes nice and firmly into the corners and sits up as you come out and open the throttle.

Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Tiger8 on January 15, 2012, 03:00:41 pm
Nice one G  :thumleft: Des and I did a similar route 2 years ago, this is our favourite ride, will do it again. Thanks for sharing, chat soon.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 03:56:41 pm
All too soon I'm at the top. Magnificent mountains

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And over on the other side to this breath taking view I remember from 18 years ago

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Here I met a young Australian couple, seemingly on honeymoon, :biggrin: touring the country. They were completely gagga about the scenery and views. Their enthusiasm for seeing all the sights was refreshing. We sometimes forget what an incredibly beautiful country we live in.

Down to Franchhoek where I stop at a roadside cafe for a coke. typical street scene.

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I enjoy sitting and watching people. Interesting. I may be wrong, but first impressions count. It was all very pretty and plastic, totally geared for tourists. I gathered that the couple sitting next to me were also travelling and tried striking a coversation. No interest. A curt reply and they absorb themselves in themselves again. Pity, we could learn so much from and about each other if we just communicate. Now I must say this was the only place I had this experience. I said I liked talikng to people when I stop and everywhere else I was received with enthusiasm.

Off to Stellenbosch and my long anticipated kuier with Dan, but first swing by my old koshuis

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What fond memories. I was a student here 34 years ago. Bliksem, but it sounds a long time if you say it load. I lose myself around town a bit while I go on a nostalgia trip. I would rather not recount some of the memories as I passed by some of my old favourite spots.

Some random foties of the square, where I also bought myself a truly South African cap to replace the one I left at Ronnies. Lekker tappit, but I am severely patriotic about our flag  :o

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I find Stoetie at his wokplace and with the expected, enthusiastic greeting get offered a cup of coffee. I was going to drink coffee on this trip until I pissed pure caffiene. I catch up on the Forum with my Plan a Ride and at last hear from Wes. Stoetie and I sort out about meeting later to get to his place and he then directs me to find Dan who lives just up the road.

Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Vis Arend on January 15, 2012, 04:20:48 pm
Dis nou 'n gawe RR.   :thumleft:

Gooi nog.....
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 04:48:12 pm
I got to Dan's place, shook hands, plucked out the camera and snapped a quick one of his his bike  :eek7:

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Just kidding of course  :imaposer: That belongs to a student. The real stuff comes later.

When Dan visited me last year we immediately struck up an easy conversation. Unlike me that lets it hang out, he has a quiet, soft spoken enthusiasm for life and with me feeling very sorry for myself, it was like a tonic having him around that afternoon. Time passed too soon, with a promise to meet again.

I arrived at Dan's house and received the expected warm greeting. After meeting his charming wife, Sarah, and armed with another cup of coffee, we sat in the shade and continued where we left off last year as if it was yesterday. Those who have done National Service will know the feeling when you meet an old army buddy after many years.

The obligatory fotie and then at last I get to see the bikes. 800km's, he could have mailed them to me  >:D Nah ! We would not have had the trip. Regretably I somehow missed getting Sarah in a piccie  :(

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Sarah dishes up a fritter thingy to fill a little hole in my stomach and time comes to say our goodbye's, but not before I get a shocker.

As I'm gearing up Dan disappears into the house and comes back with a model of a R90 like mine, but the blue one in its original livery. "Bought myself 4 of these models some time ago "  Its very pretty and would look neat in my workshop where I keep nice little things, but I don't have the heart to ask him to give it to me as a memento of the trip. Just could not see the man separated from his cherished BM.  >:D  :imaposer: Ja-nee so kom 'n man se skandes uit.  :3some:

Its time to leave and with a promise of a trip together one day, I'm off to find Stoetie in Paarl.


Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: JMOL on January 15, 2012, 05:17:16 pm
Subscribed  :thumleft:

Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 05:26:50 pm
I meet Stoetie and another Dog, Poker Face, at one of Riaana's La Romantica restaurants for a quick beer and chat. Andre(Stoetie), Frihan(Poker Face) and me

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Off to the house, unpack, shower, get a beer and admire the late afternoon view from the front stoep

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We braai and I drink enough beer. I'm tired and today was another hot one. I would have dropped early on but supper was only served at twelve o'clock... at night. I was warned about that, but it gave us time to enjoy a most pleasureable evening together, with Riaana the gracious hostess and Stoetie... well he is Stoetie. One can't help but enjoy his over the top company.

The fotie, me again, Andre and Ruantjie  :3some:

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And the rest of the family

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And earlier I tried cathing the full moon rising

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Heimer was meant to join us for the braai but could not make it due to being on some detox program  :imaposer: In the meantime Snafu had made contact and we'll meet for breakfast tomorrow, whereafter we'll pop around to Heimer.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 07:18:10 pm
                                                                          Day 3 - Tuesday - 10 Jan 2012

I'm a PE boytjie born and bred and could never live in a big city, but Cape Town is a great place to visit. On the roads I travelled I was amazed at the courtecy the cage drivers showed bikers. You don't get that in PE.

This evening I'll be heading for Dirty Harry in Bloubergstrand for a braai and sleepover, but first there's a few dogs to visit and one of my favourite drives... around the peninsula.

Like with so many other Dogs I met Snafu at the National Bash where we briefly talked Africa Twin. I'm a breakfast eating specialist and Wimpy is my first choice. We met at the Engen on the N1 where I had my usual Hash Brown Splash Down. The brekkie and the company went down well.

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Heimer, still on detox, did not want to be tempted by breakfast, but suggested we come around for coffee, so off we went to his possie.

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It was nice and cool in the shade and I was quite content to sit and listen to the drone of his and Ossie's conversation. In between we discussed the logistics of having skaapkop at the WC Bash. The solusion seems that we get some kind Dog(s) to get two or three Webers there for us and each bring his own Kop. We'll see.

Its time to leave and Snafu leads me out to the N1. Next stop was Crossed-up in Rosebank.

We became acqainted when Michnus ran his ATG bag compitition and then met at the N/Bash. We were'nt sure if he would be at home when I came around, but fortunately for me his holiday plans were delayed and we could meet. I was given sort of an idea where Rosebank was and decided to loose myself getting around there.

Getting lost has never bothered me and I often do. There's always a road going somewhere. As one of the Dog's signature says, " its just another way of having an adventure "

I dawdled around for a while and found my way to the Mowbray Library, phoned John, who fetched me, and off we went to his house where, you may have guessed, we had coffee and a comfortable half hour or so of one another's company.

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This was the thing of my trip. No visit was rushed, but I always had another to get to. I could easily have spent half a day or more with any of my hosts.

John got me back on the M3 as I headed towards Ou Kaapse Weg. Great view from the top

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Now off to Simonstown for fish and chips, and then one of the most anticipated visits and highlights of my trip...The Toy Museum  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Laban on January 15, 2012, 08:03:45 pm


Netjies, baie netjies!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: BMWPE on January 15, 2012, 08:20:41 pm
awesome report  :thumleft:
Thanks for posting
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 08:27:55 pm
There's a little plaza above the harbour that I find a very pleasant place to be... or as I would more aptly call it, a SERENITY spot.

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The food is good...

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... and the view spectacular

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I'm content to just sit in the shade, watch the people go by unhurriedly and reflect on the trip so far. Its been good. All and more I could have expected it to be. I was amazed by the response I've had so far. Some were a bit flabberghasted by the idea of the trip and what a good one it was, which made my reception all the warmer.This would definately be something to do again, but on an extended and slightly bigger scale, without sacrificing the close companionship of individual visits.

I love collections and especially toys. I don't have a single one left from my childhood, which I find to be a great pity. I took lots of foties for my friend Innis, but here are a few.

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Some of these are seriously old

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The owner of the shop was in attendance and I tried to get a bit of a story from him to add to the pics, but he was not very accommodating. Pity.

I moved on and headed over the mountain to Kommetjie.

Superfoxi is one of my longest Forum acqaintences due to me having owned an Africa Twin. He would have been one of my hosts for an evening but unfortunately picked up some bug on a trip and not feeling very sociable. I was however determined to at say hello and headed over to his place. He was out so I found some shade and waited. I had all afternoon. After a while he turned up, having paid a visit to the docter, and the man did not look good. We chatted for a short while and I left him that he could get in bed where he belonged. Hope you're better now Mike.

I'm sure I took a fotie, but don't know what happened to it.

I headed up Chappies. Another lekker windy-windy and a rewarding fotie

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I called Firecoast to see if we could meet for coffee, but she was at this stage a bit out of my way. Anycase, I'll see her tonight at Harry's place and so I slowly started making my way in that direction.















Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 15, 2012, 09:33:25 pm
Harry and I got acquainted when he did the RR on his solo Namib trip and shared some pleasant Forum chat thereafter. He had recently become an Airhead again and invited me for a braai and sleepover. We needed to talk dirt bike build. I've wanted to meet him and had no doubt I would accept the invitation, but first there was some logistics to sort.

Lorenzo(Chairman Meow), the ever enthusiastic organiser, was talking of getting a couple of Airheads together when I'm around. To economise on what was fast becoming a busy itinary, it would be a grand idea to combine the braai at Harry's place with the get together, but could I impose on my host like that? I phoned him from Hanover and tentatively broached the subject. No problem, of course. From here CM took over. You got to love being a Wilddog.

I got my directions to Harry's house and found my way there, to be received with a big grin. I was introduced to his lovely wife, Claudia, and Thomas, a fellow Dog(Rommel).

With little applomb the kuier got under way, when shortly CM and a couple more Airheads turned up. FC had phoned earlier to say she would be a bit delayed and will see us later.

Late afternoon view to the West from the braai patio

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The Dogs, from the back ltr Louis(LouisST), Harry, Thomas, me, Lorenzo and in the front, Francois(French the Stench)

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The kuier

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FC turned up earlier than expected and left quite a bit later than intended. She would not allow a piccie. Something about having been to yoga and not looking girly enough etc, etc, Complete nonsence of course  :eek7: You can't hide that electric smile under a bucket, but I left her alone. As before, it was pleasant spending some time in her company again and i was glad she could make it.

Claudia laid out a spread to make you kick any diet and with the braai it went down well.

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She just kept adding more and more, with a potato salad like I've not had before.  :drif:

We had a good time and much biking was spoken. When it was polite to do so, some of the guests left, leaving Harry, myself and Lorenzo to carry on chatting. I was a bit tired and started tipping over, which brought an end to the proceedings. We said our goodnights and I crashed.

Next morning, bright and breezy, a fotie with my hosts

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I would now be leaving the Fair Cape and slowly start working my way home.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Pietcoke on January 15, 2012, 11:00:00 pm
Jup dis 'n baie lekker lees RR die van jou. Ek sou so graag meer tyd saam met jou wou spandeer het. Bly jy is veilig terug by die huis. Hopenlik ontmoed ons sommer gou weer iewers op die pad.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Crossed-up on January 16, 2012, 07:20:46 am
Great report Jupiter.  I am so glad we could connect.  This was an awesome idea for a trip, and I hope your body has recovered from the caffeine overdose!
All the best!
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: DirtyHarry on January 16, 2012, 07:32:03 am
Nice report and well documented. I can feel the ZEN  :mwink:
It was very nice meeting you and the other dogs.
I can't believe how many people you met in these few days, well done.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 08:38:27 am
                                                        Day 4 - Wednesday - 11 Jan 2012

Yesterday evening I phoned Wes and we arranged to meet for breakfast this morning at Willowbridge shopping centre. Lorenzo and Marissa then proceeded to explain how to get there from Harry's place. All I could gather was that it was nowhere near the Great Pyramid of Giza  :imaposer:

I have a lazy rise, coffee and a goodbye chat with Harry and Claudia. Harry pulls out a map book of the WC and explains :" We are  here, this is the R27, there's the N7 and the N1. Get on the N1 and take the Old Oak turn-off to Durbanville. Willowbridge is at the bottom of the hill "

That was all I needed to know. I ride straight there.

But first The Mountain

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As I pull in at the Willowbridge centre, Wes also arrives. Our connection is firstly his RBR Blog and then of course his enthusiasm for his W650. And Airheads.

The only way to describe it, is that he arrives with a flash, Steve Mcqueen ISDT jacket and all. We meet and greet, light bike talk, and make our way to Pulp for the brekkie, where he is clearly a regular. As is by now with every one I met up with, we spend a comfortable hour or so getting to know each other. He suggests I come around to his house as he wants to show me his Old Man's RT. He has ideas of chopping it, but his Dad won't let him touch it.

There's a Harley shop in the Centre and I take a pic to remind me that I still want one of those one day

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We are ready to leave and I wish I had a video camera to show you Wes on his bike. Describing how he rides it won't do justice, but I'll try.

Its all one smooth movement, flowing like syrup. Ignition on, mount it like a horse from the left footpeg, sit down as he kicks the starter and pull away. Well, roar away, pop it over a bump and then swinging through the traffic. Cornering is stylishly done, dirt track style, dropping it hard, foot skidding out. Poetry in motion. There's nothing windgat about it. Its plain that he just enjoys the bike for what it is. I love watching someone with passion.

At home we take some foties. He wants to show his dad my R90's naked look, and maybe convince him to mod the RT like that.

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How cool can you be, and that Brackenfell Soutie is as cool as it comes  :biggrin:

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Another, most enjoyable, kuier comes to an end and I'm off to WOA in Somerset West to meet the gang and see what the shop has on offer.



Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Dwerg on January 16, 2012, 08:39:42 am
Lekker report Jupiter! Het Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance so 4 keer al gelees en sukkel nogsteeds om dele van dit te verstaan. Ok nie veel beter gegaan met Lila nie   :)
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 09:04:45 am
Lekker report Jupiter! Het Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance so 4 keer al gelees en sukkel nogsteeds om dele van dit te verstaan. Ok nie veel beter gegaan met Lila nie   :)

Ek ken die gevoel. En die boeke bly jou terugtrek om weer te lees. Het ZEN saam my op die trip gehad en so snippets gelees. Mors ook net meer met 'n ou se kop as wat dit help.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: the_wes on January 16, 2012, 09:08:05 am
Hey Gerard - thanks for the kind words, it was a pleasure meeting you and hanging out, still bummed that my day was too busy to "escort" you to Hermanus, maybe next time  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Heimer on January 16, 2012, 09:43:20 am
Lekker report Jupiter! Het Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance so 4 keer al gelees en sukkel nogsteeds om dele van dit te verstaan. Ok nie veel beter gegaan met Lila nie   :)

Ek ken die gevoel. En die boeke bly jou terugtrek om weer te lees. Het ZEN saam my op die trip gehad en so snippets gelees. Mors ook net meer met 'n ou se kop as wat dit help.

Daai boek is deel van mens se opvoeding en moet in jou twintigerjare gelees word.  :pot:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 09:44:31 am
I met Hando while he was an East Caper and did his first out ride after getting his F650. That was also the trip I met my dik ry-gabba, Bie, and you'll remember the sosatie braai in the middel of the road  :ricky: I got acquainted with Hentie when, for some or other reason I will never be able to explain, I decided to sell my AT and get a GSA and he gave some guidance. It was right up there on my list to go and say hello to them.

I got lost 'in my moer in'. Three explanations later, Hando had to come and fetch me to take me to the shop, and I have an almost photographic memory for taking directions and finding my way. They really need to put some boards up.  :eek7:

It was a busy working day and not much time for chatter. This was unfortunately my only rushed visit and I remembered afterward a couple of things I still wanted to chat about. (I did have COFFEE). One of the reasons for Hando's move to the WC was to get closer to his son and I felt quite guilty for not asking how things are going. He deserves good things to happen to him and I trust all is well.

The Fotie. My camera was playing tricks again and would not work on the timer, so Hentie's wife had to do the snap.

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I leave them to get on with the business and head for Hermanus to find R-O-V Rat.

The rush around in the heat to find WOA had put me on edge, but I would soon smooth it out. Years ago I used to skin-dive around False bay (fok, daar's groot en baie haaie  :eek7:) and we often drove that twisty road, Gordons Bay around in the direction of Hermanus. Two years ago Lyn and I toured the Overberg and were meant to ride it, but time ran out on that day. I was looking forward to it to day.

It was all I remembered... a smooth, easy bob and weave through the twisties, with magnificent scenery. The bike just purred happily along. Zen, Serenity, gooi tyres, mielies and what ever else makes you understand it. I had my groove back, peace in my mind and having fun, so much I forgot to stop and take foties. I'll go back again for sure.


Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 09:55:56 am
Lekker report Jupiter! Het Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance so 4 keer al gelees en sukkel nogsteeds om dele van dit te verstaan. Ok nie veel beter gegaan met Lila nie   :)

Ek ken die gevoel. En die boeke bly jou terugtrek om weer te lees. Het ZEN saam my op die trip gehad en so snippets gelees. Mors ook net meer met 'n ou se kop as wat dit help.

Daai boek is deel van mens se opvoeding en moet in jou twintigerjare gelees word.  :pot:

Wens ek het, maar dink ek sou nog minder begryp het. My seun het probeer en moed opgegee. Dink 'n ou het so bietjie savvy nodig voor jy hom pak.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Kerritz on January 16, 2012, 10:43:58 am
Behalwe vir Hentie se lelike gevreet.......is dit 'n moerse nice RR Jup!! Het niks minders verwag nie.  :thumleft:

En ja........tent oplsaan innie donker!!  :mwink:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 10:53:48 am
We chat on the Forum, read one anothers posts and Dogs talk about Dogs. Over time you make a point of some Dogs you would like to meet. So it was with Riaan and I met him at last years CABC. It was a busy weekend and not much time for chat. When he pinged me to pop around I gladly accepted and what a rewarding decision that was.

I'm a family man and we've always had a busy, noisy house(now that my big baby has left it is suddenly quiet  :() Only three kids, but our house was the gathering place and often full with friends and cousins. We enjoyed it.

You may by now have gathered that each of my visits had a prelude and each was special. It would be unfair to single out any one, but this one was going to be real special.

Riaan met me outside with one of his sons, we greeted and re-introduced and the boy just started talking to me spontaniously: " Does this bike jump?" "No, its a road bike" "o" and I can see on his face... its obviosly not a real bike then  ;D. We move inside and there's more kids. I meet Shirley, his wife, with the little 14 month old on the hip. His grand daughter is also there. I'm asked if I would like to drink something. Uuuum ? I think I'll have a cup of coffee thanks. No shit ! I CAN drink the stuff.

We move outside to the patio and talk about ourselves and our families, Riaan in this quiet, un-urgent manner. The kids buzz all around us. This is a beautiful family. The children play around and they're up and down, all around us looking out for each other. Every now and again one pops up to asked Riaan something or talk to me. Thery're all totally spontanious. But here's the thing, they're never in your face. Just pleasantly present. I could have sat there all day... this was SERENITY.

I'm due in Stilbaai this evening, and its a long way to go. An unexpected engagement pops up for Riaan, which cues me to take my leave. Just as well, otherwise I would not have got away.

I want a fotie of the whole family. Now in my house it would have been chaos to do that. The kids are all over the place and someone says, " Come we going to take a photo, and there they are. I just love it. Harmony.

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I leave with a good feeling and head for Stilbaai, not exactly sure along which route yet. As I go through Hermanus I realise again, with regret, that I had not heard from Dual, unaware that he had PM-ed me on my Plan a Ride. Next time  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 11:07:26 am
Behalwe vir Hentie se lelike gevreet.......is dit 'n moerse nice RR Jup!! Het niks minders verwag nie.  :thumleft:

En ja........tent oplsaan innie donker!!  :mwink:

Waar's ons RR Jongman. Jy moet gaan skryf  :patch:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on January 16, 2012, 11:14:18 am
Jupiter.

Still enjoying this RR.

Pity we did not have a lot of time to chat.

I am doing ok and it is good to be closer to my son. I get to see him much more often now.

Now just to find a bit of female companionship and all will be great.   ;)

Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Dwerg on January 16, 2012, 11:16:41 am
Lekker report Jupiter! Het Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance so 4 keer al gelees en sukkel nogsteeds om dele van dit te verstaan. Ok nie veel beter gegaan met Lila nie   :)

Ek ken die gevoel. En die boeke bly jou terugtrek om weer te lees. Het ZEN saam my op die trip gehad en so snippets gelees. Mors ook net meer met 'n ou se kop as wat dit help.

Daai boek is deel van mens se opvoeding en moet in jou twintigerjare gelees word.  :pot:

Ek was so 24-25 toe ek hom die eerste keer gelees het. Het nooit voor dit gelees nie en kon na die boek nie ophou nie so het verseker 'n baie sterk indruk op my lewe gemaak  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Kerritz on January 16, 2012, 11:18:53 am
Behalwe vir Hentie se lelike gevreet.......is dit 'n moerse nice RR Jup!! Het niks minders verwag nie.  :thumleft:

En ja........tent oplsaan innie donker!!  :mwink:

Waar's ons RR Jongman. Jy moet gaan skryf  :patch:

Ek is besig met dit Oubaas!!  :mwink:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 11:28:35 am
Lekker report Jupiter! Het Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance so 4 keer al gelees en sukkel nogsteeds om dele van dit te verstaan. Ok nie veel beter gegaan met Lila nie   :)

Ek ken die gevoel. En die boeke bly jou terugtrek om weer te lees. Het ZEN saam my op die trip gehad en so snippets gelees. Mors ook net meer met 'n ou se kop as wat dit help.

Daai boek is deel van mens se opvoeding en moet in jou twintigerjare gelees word.  :pot:

Ek was so 24-25 toe ek hom die eerste keer gelees het. Het nooit voor dit gelees nie en kon na die boek nie ophou nie so het verseker 'n baie sterk indruk op my lewe gemaak  :thumleft:

So is dit met my ook die geval. In my en Carrots se RR  http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=87930.0 sal jy o.a. lees om nie te sweet as jy iets doen nie. Dit kom uit ZEN uit. Die ander groot invloed op my rylewe is Ted Simon. Ons kom aanstons daarby uit.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: DRAZIL on January 16, 2012, 11:56:46 am
Enjoyed this and that XT500 of 2SDs brings back great memorys and takes a bit of mystique away from 2SD :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 01:10:56 pm
I'm looking forward to seeing ChrisL again and it is still a long way to go. I take a direct route over Stanford to the N1 from where I will hoink it. There's an edgy feeling in me and its spoiling my ride. I'm cruising through the beautiful Overberg countryside, which I had looked forward to, and not allowing myself to enjoy it. Don't sweat... sit back and let it figure itself out !

As I approach Napier I realise what it is. I've done a lot of visiting over the past couple of days and socialising is not something that comes naturally to me. I'm getting closterphobic and need time by myself. I'm in a quandry though. I'm looking forward to seeing Chris and meet Amanda and will be staying over tonight. It would be unkind to cancell. On the other hand, I push it there, I'm not good company and it spoils the visit. That won't do either. Maybe if I just carry on riding the feeling will go away.

Always time though for my favourite pics. Napier.

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L'agulhas. It would be nice to camp on my own, stoksielalleen at that spot by the see. Subconscioiusly I turn towards Bredasdorp instead of direct to the N1. Give me more time to sort it.

'jupiter'... my forum name was choosen for a reason. I'm facinated by and an ardent Ted Simon follower. He had much to do with shaping my adventure riding life.

I was a Roadie for many years until my self-enforced sleeper period to raise our family. In that time I cut biking totally out my life. It just hurt too much to talk about it, or even look at a magazine. Five years ago we got back into it with the AT. I started reading adventure travel books and the first one was 'Dreaming of Jupiter' , then followed 'Jupiter's Travels' I was hooked and totally facinated by this man who, at the age of 42, just upped, got on a bike and rode around the world. I needed to know why ? I started reading everything I could find about TS and finally got the answers in 'The Gypsy in Me"

The part that really stuck in my head was where he talks about solo riding(not being a loner though) and I quote from the book :

"Solitary travel has a peculiar power for those of us who are suited to it. Along with the discovery of one's own true nature and the opportunities to express it comes a corresponding freedom to think thoughts that may be considered odd, threatening, even reprehensible and lunatic, by ones familiar acqaintances. It is perfectly natural that prophets should come out the wildernis bearing revelations, but all prophets are not created equal. Some are giants, some are mediocre, some are of piddling stature, and some are nuts. The difficulty is that neither they nor those that receive there proclamations can really tell untill much later.

Mine is not pure asceticism of a single-handed yachtsman or a Saint-Exupery.There is no lack of people in my journeys, and they are my principal interest. Nor am I a dispassionate voyeur peering into other peoples lives. Strong connections are formed rapidly, and they nourish me. What distinguishes them from my relationships with friends and family at home is the absence of those expectations which I find burdensome and restrctive, demanding that I behave in certain predictable ways. These emotionable transactions trade too heavily on guilt and obligation for my taste. When I travel alone, I experience a sence of freedom that occasionally comes close to ecstacy.

The physical freedom is an important element - the abilty to stay or go as one pleases, to follow whatever the inner voice suggests, is a rare luxury in most lives, and there must be many who have never allowed themselves to experience that inner-directedness -- the compass in the heart. More valuable to me even than that is the freedom to be whoever and whatever you feel youself to be rather than having to conform to the patterns that others are accustomed to expect. "


Its good to be around people when you've had a long day on your own, but sometimes its nice to be alone.

In Bredasdorp I had a cup of coffee, made up my mind and phoned Chris. It was still 250km to go, I was tired and won't make it before dark without putting myself at risk. I told him how I felt and that I needed to be on my own a bit. He's a gentleman and an experienced biker. He understands : " Take a bit of time out and go and enjoy it by the see. We talk tomorrow. " Thanks Chris.  :thumleft:

On our Overberg trip two years ago Lyn and I camped by that spot by the see and I wanted to go there again. Serenity.

I have to tell the story first though. We arrive late, the wind is howling and pull into the campsite. A well-to-do Coloured gentle man approaches and I ask him if this is the only camping spot and how it works.

"Meneer moet daar by die kantoor in die dorp gaan boek. Daar's ook 'n plek om te kamp."

He gives us a long look, not with disdain, but calculating interest.

"Meneer gaan dit nie daar laaik nie"

Off we go. While I'm talking to the tannie Lyn goes and has a look at the site, which is now in town. There's one little dingy spot and the place is packed wall to wall with caravans. She comes back and does not have to say a word... her face says it all - no chance are we camping among all these Dutchmen. We pay and head back to the other spot. That gentleman is waiting for us:

"Ek het meneer mos gese ! Slaan sommer die tentjie hier agter my karavaan op dan is dit darem bietjie beskerm teen die wind."

We had a great evening in their company.

I get to Agulhas and that spot is closed off with a chain and lock. Agge-nee ! I go to the office and phone. I beg, promice and plead. I don't need anything, just unlock the chain for me. No, the place is closed, season over, you have to camp here in town. Severe and utter disappointment. It would really have rounded off a good day. Its late, I don't have too many choices and pull into the campsite.

What a shitty, impersonal place

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But, I'm here and I'll make the best of it. There's one other family still camping and I go to introduce myself. The Tannie immediatly concerns herself over me and wants to know if I have everything I need.

"Nee wat Tannie, moenie worry nie, ek is OK"

They nevertheless  bring me their braai, a chair, plate and some utensils. Do I need anything alse ? Nee wat. The tannie won't believe I can have it all packed on the bike, until I start unpacking and her eyes just get bigger and bigger.

"Jitte Boetie, maar jy's omtrent ge-organise ne" Ja-nee.

I pitch, make the fire, get another cold one, sit down and reflect. Its not so bad and good to be on my own.

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The braai goes down well, my inner piece returns and I sleep like a baby.

Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Kerritz on January 16, 2012, 01:27:12 pm
Jy lyk nogal asof jy in honnestront getrap het of iets op daai laaste fotie!  :pot:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 01:32:24 pm
Jy lyk nogal asof jy in honnestront getrap het of iets op daai laaste fotie!  :pot:

Jou P. Boedie  :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: V-Strom on January 16, 2012, 01:38:00 pm
Nee Nee Speel nou mooi seuns.  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: DirtyHarry on January 16, 2012, 02:19:07 pm
Jupiter you got me worried for a brief moment when I did read your edgy feeling on the way to Agulhas.
I think you have packed too much into the days of yours during your trip. You were on a mission  :mwink:
I hope the ZEN was not all lost in the end.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Firecoast on January 16, 2012, 02:25:45 pm
Nice om jou weer te sien Juppie!

Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 02:59:27 pm
                                                                Day 5 - Thursday - 12 Jan 2012

You may wonder that I've said nothing about my family back home. They're OK. Lyn understands I have to do these trips. As I go along I SMS her during the day and we speak a bit in the evenings. She interferes very little. She has asked when I'll be home though. The way I worked it out it looks like I'll get home Saturday morning, but we'll see.

I pack, have a cup of coffee with the Krauses and Vermeulen and set off.

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For some reason I get a real Zing out of this...

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...and this

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This is the last day of my visits, final destination the George Dogs. Have not heard much from them, except Trail Rider early on in te planning and Jakkals while on the ride. Also stil need a place to sleep.

I stop for breakfast in Swellendam and when I want to leave, press the button and... no magic moment. Flatspot on the starter motor ? I don't ZEN though and push start the bike. Easy ! Not very bright  ??? It has a kickstart  :imaposer: but it does not trouble me again.

I take the turn-off to Stilbaai en pull over just past the 20km to go board to get directions from Chris. Now we all know the man is a walking roadmap that puts a GPS to shame.

"You drive 2km and you'll go up a hill with a slight downhill. 5.4 km later you go up another hill and on the down side to the left there are two shops. After 600m you climb a hill that swings left which then goes steep down hill. There's a board to warn you etc... when you get to the board that says 'x' after a further 2.3km you turn right on the gravel road. My gate is 3km down that road. Where you are now you are 21.95km from my gate "

I implicitly trust his directions and set my tripmeter.(after all, coming from the National Bash he gave me directions to exactly where I would drop my bike in a snotterige driffie past Middelpos  :imaposer:)

I arrive as expected smack in front of the gate. Greetings are exchanged, I get my cup of coffee and we move to the back stoep. Amanda is in town and we'll see her later.

Chris is a good conversationist(lag julle nou. Hy praat 'n donkie se agterbeen af  :eek7:, maar dis lekker gesels) and talk flows from one topic to the other. When you've been around like him there's a lot to tell. Time flies and I'm enjoying myself in this peaceful surroundings. Amanda arrives and introductions are made. Now I get a proper cup of coffee and she puts up a light lunch, which was much needed.

I first met Chris at the CABC last year, where we camped next to each other, and again at the Bash. We discussed a ride together. He wants to do the Kouga Loop near Joubertina.(I'm going to have a busy year) All too soon again I have to get going, but not before we capture the memory.

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The George Dogs await. I've seen those okes kuier and I'm a bit apprehensive.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 03:10:33 pm
Jupiter you got me worried for a brief moment when I did read your edgy feeling on the way to Agulhas.
I think you have packed too much into the days of yours during your trip. You were on a mission  :mwink:
I hope the ZEN was not all lost in the end.

In the end it all fell nicely in place. Getting edgy was just a personal thing which got sorted once I had chilled at Agulhas. One has to learn to deal with such things as well. Good experience, and the ZEN worked.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: roxenz on January 16, 2012, 03:12:03 pm
I've really enjoyed reading this RR so far, Jupiter! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I've got Ted Simon's books as well, and although I feel him to be quite a different person to myself, the books are great to read. He has a sort of detached involvement which is quite zen...  Z & the Art of MC Maintenance I'm reading for the 3rd time, and have the same reaction as on the previous occasions: it seems as if I haven't read it at all yet! A bit of a chameleon book.

Then: I see Stoetie's papegaai must take after him, but his wife has managed to chain the papegaai at least!   :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 03:18:49 pm
I've really enjoyed reading this RR so far, Jupiter! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I've got Ted Simon's books as well, and although I feel him to be quite a different person to myself, the books are great to read. He has a sort of detached involvement which is quite zen...  Z & the Art of MC Maintenance I'm reading for the 3rd time, and have the same reaction as on the previous occasions: it seems as if I haven't read it at all yet! A bit of a chameleon book.

Then: I see Stoetie's papegaai must take after him, but his wife has managed to chain the papegaai at least!   :biggrin:


 :thumleft: When I read "LILA" I got a better understanding of ZEN, but its still deep shit and I did not make a lot of LILA. Time to read it again.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Veldbrand on January 16, 2012, 03:25:34 pm
I've really enjoyed reading this RR so far, Jupiter! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I've got Ted Simon's books as well, and although I feel him to be quite a different person to myself, the books are great to read. He has a sort of detached involvement which is quite zen...  Z & the Art of MC Maintenance I'm reading for the 3rd time, and have the same reaction as on the previous occasions: it seems as if I haven't read it at all yet! A bit of a chameleon book.

Then: I see Stoetie's papegaai must take after him, but his wife has managed to chain the papegaai at least!   :biggrin:

What you don't see outside/below the photo is that the chain is attached to a.......you guessed it, a toy trailer!
Can you imagine how much k@k that Grey has learnt to talk with a dad like that.
Jupe, did the Grey's T-shirt say: “I are Stoeties voël”
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Tiger8 on January 16, 2012, 03:48:12 pm

Can you imagine how much k@k that Grey has learnt to talk with a dad like that.
Jupe, did the Grey's T-shirt say: “I are Stoeties voël”

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 :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 03:48:34 pm
I had earlier arranged with TR that we would meet at McNasty's in grootbrak. When I get to the N2 I give him a call and we reckon I'll make it by1630. He's lined up a few more Dogs and I give Jakkals a call. Fat-b, to whom I owe the pleasure of owning and riding my R90, can unfortunately not make it.

When I arrive TR and Dirtcopper are there and Jakkals turns up shorly thereafter

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Pad and Dusty arrives

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A couple of cold ones go down with some light bike banter. I'm content to just sit and listen to their conversations. At a stage I drift away to figure what I'll do tonight. I still want to go see Kirsty and must find a place to sleep. This last pleasant get togther would be a good way to end the week. I'll make it to my cousin at Hooggekraal near Sedgefield and head slowly home tomorrow. TR mentions LetsGoFishing who lives there and I get his number. Here we go some more  :biggrin:

I stretch the timing to the limit, they see me off and I go to find Kirsty. I satisfy myself that she's got a nice little flat in the town centre and will be OK. Starting school was a bit hectic, but she's finding her way. I can't stay too long, its getting dark.

I arrive at Hooggekraal in the dark, after a rather hectic bit of riding on the old gravel pass. After greeting I get myself a cup of coffee and go sit on the stoep, staring into nowhere, reflecting on the past five days that have been.

Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 03:54:49 pm
I've really enjoyed reading this RR so far, Jupiter! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I've got Ted Simon's books as well, and although I feel him to be quite a different person to myself, the books are great to read. He has a sort of detached involvement which is quite zen...  Z & the Art of MC Maintenance I'm reading for the 3rd time, and have the same reaction as on the previous occasions: it seems as if I haven't read it at all yet! A bit of a chameleon book.

Then: I see Stoetie's papegaai must take after him, but his wife has managed to chain the papegaai at least!   :biggrin:

What you don't see outside/below the photo is that the chain is attached to a.......you guessed it, a toy trailer!
Can you imagine how much k@k that Grey has learnt to talk with a dad like that.
Jupe, did the Grey's T-shirt say: “I are Stoeties voël”


Gelukkig het hy my net sy voel gewys en nie weer daai aaklige vlermuis nie  :o  :eek7:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on January 16, 2012, 04:35:34 pm
I've really enjoyed reading this RR so far, Jupiter! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I've got Ted Simon's books as well, and although I feel him to be quite a different person to myself, the books are great to read. He has a sort of detached involvement which is quite zen...  Z & the Art of MC Maintenance I'm reading for the 3rd time, and have the same reaction as on the previous occasions: it seems as if I haven't read it at all yet! A bit of a chameleon book.

Then: I see Stoetie's papegaai must take after him, but his wife has managed to chain the papegaai at least!   :biggrin:

What you don't see outside/below the photo is that the chain is attached to a.......you guessed it, a toy trailer!
Can you imagine how much k@k that Grey has learnt to talk with a dad like that.
Jupe, did the Grey's T-shirt say: “I are Stoeties voël”



I got that photo !!!!!

here you go
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Veldbrand on January 16, 2012, 04:46:37 pm
Oi, sorrie Jupiter.
Ons doner nou jou great RR heelemal op met Tales of Trailer Trash and their T-shirted Tchickens.
Sallie weerie.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 04:53:17 pm
Oi, sorrie Jupiter.
Ons doner nou jou great RR heelemal op met Tales of Trailer Trash and their T-shirted Tchickens.
Sallie weerie.

Nee man ! Ek het by Stoetie gekuier en dit raak als deel van die storie  :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Kerritz on January 16, 2012, 04:54:58 pm
Soos daar gese is......gelukkig het hy nie weer vir jou die "vlermuis" gewys nie.......Ruankie sal hom opfok!!  :o
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 16, 2012, 05:39:37 pm
Jupiter ek dink jy het meer koffie gedrink as wat jou bike petrol gebruik het op die trip.
Jy het 4 koppies alleen by my gedrink!! :deal:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on January 16, 2012, 05:40:31 pm
Nice one jupiter ... :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 05:46:44 pm
Jupiter ek dink jy het meer koffie gedrink as wat jou bike petrol gebruik het op die trip.
Jy het 4 koppies alleen by my gedrink!! :deal:

En daai was nou omtrent lekker koffie. sal weer al die pad soontoe ry vir nog 'n koppie.  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: JMOL on January 16, 2012, 07:14:54 pm
Hoe lus vir 'n solo trippie raak ek nou  :thumleft:

lekker sover
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Chairman Meow on January 16, 2012, 07:21:06 pm
Baie Lekker RR , Jupiter, great om jou weer te sien :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 07:32:14 pm
As I sit here on the stoep there is a contentment in me. Once over, I would have done just over 2000km on the road. Not all that much, but it was an emotionally long ride, brought about by meeting and engaging with so many people over such a short time. Was I on a mission that took the ZEN out of the trip ? I don’t think so. I had a goal. To ride my old bike, see pretty places, visit and meet some Dogs. Some visits I picked, and others choose me. Some of the Dogs I saw I knew and behind each was a reason for the call. I realised early on that, in the available time, I could not make all the calls I wanted to, and then focussed on those that contacted me.

Riding the old bike you can’t be in a hurry. I often needed a rest stop and usually picked a scenic spot. Unfortunately I’m not that focussed yet on taking photies, but it will come. Only now, for the first time in my life, do I have a camera.

I did not rush my visits. Each was unique and ran on its own time ( I waited every time at least until my 4th coffee’s cup had cooled down )

When I had a problem I allowed it to be resolved, choosing to take a bit of time out and be on my own, not risking to spoil the rest of the visits. What’s important is that you see the problem , not sweat, and recognize the solution. It  usually fixes itself . You just need peace of mind to get there. ZEN kept the trip on the rails.

There’s something about riding an old Airhead Boxer that is special. The first time I rode one some 23 years ago I was hooked. That smooth drone at cruising speed,  with the re-assuring tappet noise, moves the soul. In contrast, on our recent tour, Lyn commented how quiet the GSA is at cruising. To me its just a machine that gets you comfortably around. Not so the old bike. You have to ‘ride’ it.

To me the trip was a success and all I thought it might be. It had this whole vibe that just hung together.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 08:27:14 pm
                                                                Day 6 – Friday – 13 Jan 2012

I’m not superstitious and today would be as good as the others. I’ve got all day to get home and will take my time. I could not get hold of LGF last night and now send him an SMS to join me for a brekkie. He can’t make it and says I must come around for a cup of coffee. But of course.(After this trip I’ll have enough lead in my pencil that I’ll never need Viagra)

It was too  dark last night to take piccies, but here’s the views you live in at Hooggekraal, my first choise serenity spot.

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I arrive at Mike’s (LetsGoFishing) place and we realise we know each other. May 2010, when I rode J-dog’s XL500R from cape Town,  we met at Angie’s  G-Spot. We get our coffee and move to the back stoep. It’s a rustige place. He lives on the river with a beautiful view. We have a very relaxed kuier. Unfortunately Mike has urgent work to get out so I can’t dawdle and when my (only) cup is cold I take my leave. I’ll see him again as I often come here.

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I head out and pull in at Storms. No LRP. Its going to be a close call to make it to Humansdorp. I take the R102 and stop at Oude Bosch for my last cup of coffee. I linger. This is it… once I leave here the trip is over. Its home and reality. I miss my family and have hardly seen my youngest daughter, Kayla , the whole holidays. But I want to ride. I still have a day spare. Lyn does not know I’m on my way. Enoughs enough. Don’t spoil it.

I get home and the dogs give me a perfunctory glance. My family is glad to see me. I walk over to say hello to my parents. “Het jy nou genoeg gat geskuur ?” my father wants to know.

Nooit !

Its good to be home. Now I can plan the next trip without interruption.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: DirtRebell on January 16, 2012, 08:42:47 pm
Dit was werklik 'n genot om hierdie report te lees Jupiter.

Daar is maar net iets anders in om 'n trip alleen aan te pak.


En jy het lyk my 'n vrou wat dit verstaan.

Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 16, 2012, 08:47:24 pm
And finally I get around to the most important part :

Piet Coke; V-Strom; Hottie; 2Strokedan & Sarah; Stoetie & Riaana; Poker Face; Snafu; Heimer; Crossed-up; Superfoxi; DirtyHarry & Claudia; Chairman Meow; Firecoast; French the Stench; LouisST; Rommel; The_Wes; Hando; Hentie WOA; R-O-V Rat, Shirley & the Kids; ChrisL & Amanda; Trailrider; Jakkals; DirtCopper; Dusty; Oom Pad and LetsGoFishing.

                                                                                    THANKS !
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: DirtyHarry on January 16, 2012, 09:27:12 pm
We thank you Jupiter, to go the extra mile to see so many dogs along your way.
Quite inspiring  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: JMOL on January 16, 2012, 09:31:35 pm
 :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2:

And thanks to you for a nice RR. 

As jy die kant toe kom - ek het koffie en 4 bekers  :mwink:   :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: fat b on January 16, 2012, 09:57:29 pm
Nice one boet , I'm glad the old girl is treating you well . Sorry I missed you the other day  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: 2StrokeDan on January 16, 2012, 10:32:22 pm
Jupiter, it's been some time since I read anything more enjoyable, and especially since it was written with honesty, by a real rider with passion. And also maybe because the solo trip touches something in quite a few of us. Thank you for your time and company and kind words.
You are the type of BMW rider and human being that makes it very difficult for me to tune the BMW okes kak. Maybe they're not ALL bad? :pot: :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: DirtCopper on January 16, 2012, 10:36:13 pm
Dankie vir n moerse nice RR Jupiter :thumleft: :thumleft:en dit was lekker om jou te ontmoet ;)
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Whale Kisser on January 16, 2012, 11:37:16 pm
Jup,
That was a good read and an even better ride, two things,when you get tired of your day job you can become a "roving bike journo" because people will pay to read stuff like this :)and now I need to get into putting my RR into action it is already too long since we got back
Enjoy planning your next trip and I ordered my cooler bags today  :D

Cheers Whale Kisser
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Ouman on January 17, 2012, 08:37:50 am
Great RR Jupiter! I'm so sorry that I missed out on the breakfast in Worcester, but I just could not get away from the office!

I'm driving to PE today - in a cage - unfortunately!

Hope to meet soon and thanks again mate!

Ouman(Japie Kuhn)
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Sir Rat on January 17, 2012, 02:43:37 pm
Thanks for a very enjoyable Ride Report. You inspire us to want to go do long rides.  :ricky:

You are always welcome at my place and the coffee will be flowing freely. 

Greetings from the R-O-V-Rat family.  :) :) :)
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 17, 2012, 02:56:27 pm
Thanks for a very enjoyable Ride Report. You inspire us to want to go do long rides.  :ricky:

You are always welcome at my place and the coffee will be flowing freely.  Greetings from the R-O-V-Rat family.  :) :) :)

Ek het myself nou vir 'n paar dae op detox moes sit  :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Pietcoke on January 17, 2012, 03:23:15 pm
And finally I get around to the most important part :

Piet Coke; V-Strom; Hottie; 2Strokedan & Sarah; Stoetie & Riaana; Poker Face; Snafu; Heimer; Crossed-up; Superfoxi; DirtyHarry & Claudia; Chairman Meow; Firecoast; French the Stench; LouisST; Rommel; The_Wes; Hando; Hentie WOA; R-O-V Rat, Shirley & the Kids; ChrisL & Amanda; Trailrider; Jakkals; DirtCopper; Dusty; Oom Pad and LetsGoFishing.

                                                                                    THANKS !
Ou maat ek weet jy wou BOND met jou AIRHEAD en ek weet jy wou SERENITY gaan soek het. Ek weet ook jy het nodig gehad om jou ZEN te kry. Ek glo en vertrou jy het als gevind en is weer salig in jouself. Maar EK wil JOU bedank wat groot moeite wat jy gedoen het om my te kom ontmoed. Dankie vir dit. Soos vroeër genoem. Ek sou net bitter graag baie meer tyd in jou geselskap wou spandeer. Tot 'n volgende geleentheid. :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Biesie on January 17, 2012, 09:07:32 pm
Nou wil ek ook ry !!

Great RR uncle  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 18, 2012, 09:42:54 am
As much as I enjoyed the ride, I enjoyed doing this RR reliving it.

Thanks to you all for reading and enjoying it with me. I would have liked to respond to each reply individually, but its hard work and have not yet sorted the multiple quote thing.

See you around an my next Social Tour... Kwa Zulu Natal and South Coast I think. Have to go see if my old RS is being treated well.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Stoetbul on January 18, 2012, 10:41:12 am
I've really enjoyed reading this RR so far, Jupiter! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I've got Ted Simon's books as well, and although I feel him to be quite a different person to myself, the books are great to read. He has a sort of detached involvement which is quite zen...  Z & the Art of MC Maintenance I'm reading for the 3rd time, and have the same reaction as on the previous occasions: it seems as if I haven't read it at all yet! A bit of a chameleon book.

Then: I see Stoetie's papegaai must take after him, but his wife has managed to chain the papegaai at least!   :biggrin:

What you don't see outside/below the photo is that the chain is attached to a.......you guessed it, a toy trailer!
Can you imagine how much k@k that Grey has learnt to talk with a dad like that.
Jupe, did the Grey's T-shirt say: “I are Stoeties voël”



I got that photo !!!!!

here you go
1st Of: Jup, what does this mean:"Stoetie......Well he is Stoetie."  :peepwall: :peepwall:
2DE: Julle almal se MOERE behalwe Jup! :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 18, 2012, 11:57:14 am
I've really enjoyed reading this RR so far, Jupiter! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I've got Ted Simon's books as well, and although I feel him to be quite a different person to myself, the books are great to read. He has a sort of detached involvement which is quite zen...  Z & the Art of MC Maintenance I'm reading for the 3rd time, and have the same reaction as on the previous occasions: it seems as if I haven't read it at all yet! A bit of a chameleon book.

Then: I see Stoetie's papegaai must take after him, but his wife has managed to chain the papegaai at least!   :biggrin:

What you don't see outside/below the photo is that the chain is attached to a.......you guessed it, a toy trailer!
Can you imagine how much k@k that Grey has learnt to talk with a dad like that.
Jupe, did the Grey's T-shirt say: “I are Stoeties voël”



I got that photo !!!!!

here you go
1st Of: Jup, what does this mean:"Stoetie......Well he is Stoetie."  :peepwall: :peepwall:
2DE: Julle almal se MOERE behalwe Jup! :biggrin:

"...and Stoetie... well he is Stoetie. One can't help but enjoy his (enthusiastic) over the top company."  EDIT

Jy moes alles lees wat geskryf is. Ek wou nie te veel  meer se oor jou innemende, aangename, groothartige, sprankelende, sorgsame ens, persoonlikheid  nie, want dan het jou tjomme jou dalk eers gebyt  >:D  :3some:, maar nou moet jy vir jou kry.  :imaposer:

 
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Dirty Boy on January 18, 2012, 01:13:27 pm

See you around an my next Social Tour... Kwa Zulu Natal and South Coast I think. Have to go see if my old RS is being treated well.  :biggrin:

Thanks for the warning, I'll make sure is bling just before you get here. And you know you have a place to stay (and drink coffee) when you get here.

Great reading, thanks. Like I said in my email, I NEED to do the solo ride too, dont know why but I know I have to do it.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 18, 2012, 01:30:25 pm

See you around an my next Social Tour... Kwa Zulu Natal and South Coast I think. Have to go see if my old RS is being treated well.  :biggrin:

Thanks for the warning, I'll make sure is bling just before you get here. And you know you have a place to stay (and drink coffee) when you get here.

Great reading, thanks. Like I said in my email, I NEED to do the solo ride too, dont know why but I know I have to do it.

Me have a plan.  :deal: We ride solo together... I ride ,you ride... I see you later in the day.  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Stoetbul on January 18, 2012, 02:24:25 pm
I've really enjoyed reading this RR so far, Jupiter! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I've got Ted Simon's books as well, and although I feel him to be quite a different person to myself, the books are great to read. He has a sort of detached involvement which is quite zen...  Z & the Art of MC Maintenance I'm reading for the 3rd time, and have the same reaction as on the previous occasions: it seems as if I haven't read it at all yet! A bit of a chameleon book.

Then: I see Stoetie's papegaai must take after him, but his wife has managed to chain the papegaai at least!   :biggrin:

What you don't see outside/below the photo is that the chain is attached to a.......you guessed it, a toy trailer!
Can you imagine how much k@k that Grey has learnt to talk with a dad like that.
Jupe, did the Grey's T-shirt say: “I are Stoeties voël”



I got that photo !!!!!

here you go
1st Of: Jup, what does this mean:"Stoetie......Well he is Stoetie."  :peepwall: :peepwall:
2DE: Julle almal se MOERE behalwe Jup! :biggrin:

"...and Stoetie... well he is Stoetie. One can't help but enjoy his (enthusiastic) over the top company."  EDIT

Jy moes alles lees wat geskryf is. Ek wou nie te veel  meer se oor jou innemende, aangename, groothartige, sprankelende, sorgsame ens, persoonlikheid  nie, want dan het jou tjomme jou dalk eers gebyt  >:D  :3some:, maar nou moet jy vir jou kry.  :imaposer:

 

Ag dankie ou partner!!!!!! Voel ek nou sommer heel goed hier in die bloedige Bolandse hitte. :biggrin: :biggrin: ;)
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: terminator1 on January 18, 2012, 02:58:06 pm
Fantastic RR Jupes. Love your style.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 18, 2012, 03:02:52 pm
I've really enjoyed reading this RR so far, Jupiter! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I've got Ted Simon's books as well, and although I feel him to be quite a different person to myself, the books are great to read. He has a sort of detached involvement which is quite zen...  Z & the Art of MC Maintenance I'm reading for the 3rd time, and have the same reaction as on the previous occasions: it seems as if I haven't read it at all yet! A bit of a chameleon book.

Then: I see Stoetie's papegaai must take after him, but his wife has managed to chain the papegaai at least!   :biggrin:

What you don't see outside/below the photo is that the chain is attached to a.......you guessed it, a toy trailer!
Can you imagine how much k@k that Grey has learnt to talk with a dad like that.
Jupe, did the Grey's T-shirt say: “I are Stoeties voël”



I got that photo !!!!!

here you go
1st Of: Jup, what does this mean:"Stoetie......Well he is Stoetie."  :peepwall: :peepwall:
2DE: Julle almal se MOERE behalwe Jup! :biggrin:

"...and Stoetie... well he is Stoetie. One can't help but enjoy his (enthusiastic) over the top company."  EDIT

Jy moes alles lees wat geskryf is. Ek wou nie te veel  meer se oor jou innemende, aangename, groothartige, sprankelende, sorgsame ens, persoonlikheid  nie, want dan het jou tjomme jou dalk eers gebyt  >:D  :3some:, maar nou moet jy vir jou kry.  :imaposer:

 

Ag dankie ou partner!!!!!! Voel ek nou sommer heel goed hier in die bloedige Bolandse hitte. :biggrin: :biggrin: ;)

Moet ook so bietjie gatkruip, want jy moet mos vir ons 'n paar Webers opsleep WC Bash toe vir die Koppies se gaarmaak.  :patch:  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Stofdonkie on January 18, 2012, 03:03:22 pm
Nice one Jupiter.

Beautiful bike!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 18, 2012, 03:06:56 pm
Fantastic RR Jupes. Love your style.

Thanks Boet.

Nice one Jupiter.

Beautiful bike!  :thumleft:

 :thumleft: En hoe lyk dit... sien ons jou by die gathering.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: krister on January 18, 2012, 03:34:36 pm
Baie lekker gelees, Jupiter!

Mooi fiets, mooi foto's en mooi storie!  Dankie!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Oom Pad on January 19, 2012, 06:09:30 am
Baie lekker RR Jupiter. Jammer jy het so min tyd gehad hier by ons. Lekker om te ontmoet en laat weet as jy vir die onderwyseres kom kuier dan sal ons n braaitjie reel.  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: White Rhino on January 19, 2012, 06:45:24 am
Love a man who can wax lyrically in English and Afrikaans - a very rare talent. A great RR. :thumleft:

The Zen in the art of motorcycling messed with my head for a while (in a good way).  :biggrin:

I think that exposing 2SD's evil past shows that a man can make 4 mistakes and have it haunt him for life  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Dusty on January 19, 2012, 07:20:20 am
Enjoyed your RR  :thumleft:   I could do with a bit of Zen and your ride is inspirational, it was great meeting you and hope to see you again when you are in the area  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 19, 2012, 09:12:03 am
Baie lekker RR Jupiter. Jammer jy het so min tyd gehad hier by ons. Lekker om te ontmoet en laat weet as jy vir die onderwyseres kom kuier dan sal ons n braaitjie reel.  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Ek het so hard geskimp vir slaapplek ek het skaam geraak vir myself, want dan kon ons mos nou lekker aankuier.  >:D

Love a man who can wax lyrically in English and Afrikaans - a very rare talent. A great RR. :thumleft:

The Zen in the art of motorcycling messed with my head for a while (in a good way).  :biggrin:

I think that exposing 2SD's evil past shows that a man can make 4 mistakes and have it haunt him for life  :ricky:

Now that's poetic. Might plagarise it as a title for a next RR  :thumleft: And the English ? ... luckily you get it from behind a keyboard. You don't wanna hear this Despatch boytjie speak it.You''ll cringe  :imaposer:


Enjoyed your RR  :thumleft:   I could do with a bit of Zen and your ride is inspirational, it was great meeting you and hope to see you again when you are in the area  :ricky:

You guys have a promice to keep... to come visit and I take you on "The Poor man's game Drive'  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: michnus on January 20, 2012, 08:47:30 pm
fokkit Jupiter hiersie is een kick ass report ek dink ook dis die eerste report van sy soort op die forum.  :thumleft: 

btw, en mense noem Dan Oom Dan?  :eek7:  :)
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 20, 2012, 09:16:54 pm
fokkit Jupiter hiersie is een kick ass report ek dink ook dis die eerste report van sy soort op die forum.  :thumleft: 

btw, en mense noem Dan Oom Dan?  :eek7:  :)

 :thumleft: Hy't so 'n vaderlikheid waarmee hy hom oor ander ontferm en leiding gee  :3some: Bv dat jy nie deur popilariteit van so sekere brand mislei sal word en perongeluk twak koop nie  >:D
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: krister on January 23, 2012, 12:31:50 am
fokkit Jupiter hiersie is een kick ass report ek dink ook dis die eerste report van sy soort op die forum.  :thumleft: 

btw, en mense noem Dan Oom Dan?  :eek7:  :)

 :thumleft: Hy't so 'n vaderlikheid waarmee hy hom oor ander ontferm en leiding gee  :3some: Bv dat jy nie deur popilariteit van so sekere brand mislei sal word en perongeluk twak koop nie  >:D

Ek dink dit was ek wat begin het met die "Oom Danie"-ding, maar nou sien ek hy is nog 'n snuiter?  ;)
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: 2StrokeDan on January 23, 2012, 05:58:15 am
 :xxbah: :xxbah: :xxbah: .......................... :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Swart Baard on January 23, 2012, 03:54:56 pm
Nee kyk...dis min laat ons sulke Ride Reports lees waar mens nie net foto's loer en lag vir grap gat comments nie. Die was so glimpse op die mechanics in jou kop en die passie in die hart  :thumleft:

GENUINE nice geskrywe, veral vir n' Afrikaanse kerel :mwink:

Ek het nog nooit solo trip gedoen nie, maar die het my kop aan die dink oor n' solo trippie  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Dirty Boy on January 23, 2012, 04:06:19 pm

Ek het nog nooit solo trip gedoen nie, maar die het my kop aan die dink oor n' solo trippie  :ricky:

Gerard, Look what you have started now ! Soon there will be a load of WD riding around by themselves but meeting other WD, riding around by themselves, getting together for a ride around together and then coming home and trying to out do you by waxing lyrical about how they did a solo ride with a whole load of other solo riders    :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR
Post by: Gérrard on January 24, 2012, 10:56:20 am
You okes are too kind  :3some: But nice of you to say so  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Gérrard on March 04, 2012, 05:30:15 pm
Once the dust had settled on the ride and as reality returned into my life I kept getting the feeling that this ride was not complete yet.
What was missing was my sleepover at Chris's that got interrupted. This weekend I got to fix that  :biggrin:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Gérrard on March 04, 2012, 06:43:53 pm
Over the past month or so BigAl and I had put together this crazy deal to swap bikes... my GSA for his XT660Z Tenere. You can look here to get more of an idee http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=92789.0

The time finally came to change bikes and I had an idea. Al lives in Cape Town and I live in PE. Stilbaai is in between. ChrisL lives in Stilbaai and I needed to finish my visit with him. I had also in the meantime been shat on by a few other Overberg Dogs and here was another chance to see some of them. So the swap would happen in Riversdal and I put the word out  http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=92683.0

This all happened yesterday by which time I had already duly invited myself to sleepover at Chris and Amanda last night. Chris would meet me in Riversdal and we would get some dirt on the XT. Footpeg se Pa let know he'd see me there.

We're finally there.Warrefok am I doing ?

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Done. I am now the owner of a Black 660 Tenere.

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ChrisL and Gert(Footpeg se Pa ) had in the mean time arrived and we kuier a bit.

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Then its time to say cheers and get the XT onto dirt and thereafter of course, the groot gesels.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Gérrard on March 04, 2012, 07:10:26 pm
We coolect our new bikes and set off our separate ways

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I had asked Chris beforehand that we take the scenic route home and he expressed his concern that the XT would get dirty. The sooner the better. It had a slick front tyre and I was slightly nervous, missing the first sharp coner at a little driffie and ending up in the bushes. Me and the driffies... Ai !  :imaposer:

Ever the courteous host, Chris insisted I take regular smoke breaks, lest I getwithdrawal symptoms.

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We take a nice twisty scenic route along the river towards Stilbaai

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A view accross the valley with Chris's house on the left. Idyllic.

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Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Pietcoke on March 04, 2012, 10:14:43 pm
Mooi Jup.........nou kan ek verseker sê baie geluk. :thumleft:

Hoop jy het baie gelukkige kilo's op die Yami. :mwink:


Chris jy is seker al moeg vir Wimpy kos. :peepwall:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Harry the Buffalo on March 04, 2012, 10:55:45 pm
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Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: DirtyHarry on March 05, 2012, 07:49:34 am
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Jupiter, I am afraid I lost count how many different bikes you are riding to keep the ZEN up.
Time for you to get your G/S on steroids soon. You know your final destination  >:D
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Gérrard on March 05, 2012, 07:53:49 am
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Jupiter, I am afraid I lost count how many different bikes you are riding to keep the ZEN up.
Time for you to get your G/S on steroids soon. You know your final destination  >:D

My bikes is what makes me be alive. This rest is just passing time until I can get on a bike again  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Jacko on March 05, 2012, 07:59:27 am
I felt slighted that I wasn't aware of your visit, seeing that Dirty Harry almost lives up the road from me... but then I realised I wasn't even in the country when you were in CT.  :biggrin:

Great RR. I always enjoy your accounts of striving for Zen and your descriptions of the inner workings of the psyche on a trip.

Respect...

 :headbang:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Gérrard on March 05, 2012, 08:11:11 am
I felt slighted that I wasn't aware of your visit, seeing that Dirty Harry almost lives up the road from me... but then I realised I wasn't even in the country when you were in CT.  :biggrin:

Great RR. I always enjoy your accounts of striving for Zen and your descriptions of the inner workings of the psyche on a trip.

Respect...

 :headbang:

Thanks. A week or so after I finished the trip I saw you lived close by and did think of giving you a uitkak for not pinging me, as it would have been nice to get together again, but then I thought you must have had something important to do.  >:D Next time.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Kerritz on March 05, 2012, 08:12:53 am
Lekker Jup!!!

Baie geluk met die nuwe scooter....mag jy en die Baas baie gelukkige myle geniet.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Gérrard on March 05, 2012, 11:58:00 am
We get to stilbaai and Chris says we must get cooldrinks, he feels like going to sit by the see. We do that.

First he checks if Liefie is stil OK

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Sometimes I comes here to sits and thinks... sometimes I just sits.

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The view accross the bay is beautifull. This is a good serenity spot and we jus sit and enjoy it. (Dis nou die stilte voor die storm  :imaposer:)

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But I can't sit still for too long just now. I want to gatskuur on the XT. We cruise around a bit more and then make our way home. Its now a good hour or more since I've had coffee.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Kerritz on March 05, 2012, 12:05:07 pm
Wil iemand nie asb tog net vir Jup 'n nuwe pet skenk nie!!!  :peepwall: :pot:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Gérrard on March 05, 2012, 12:34:53 pm
We get home and tinker a bit on the XT to make a few adjustments. Once settled, and after a hint or two, I get my coffee and we move to the front stoep.

Now don’t get this wrong. It’s not as if we have not been conversing all the time, but now the serious talk, which was previously interrupted and for which this visit was planned, starts.

Since Chris started his Oldies thread I’ve wanted to see his albums, but I’ll wait and we’ll savour it for later. It’s about four in the afternoon and we talk.  It starts to get dark. I get some more coffee and beer and we talk. Later we move through the dining room to eat and we talk. After pudding its out onto the backstoep, coffee, and we talk.

Those who have met Chris, and shared his experiences,  will understand this part. The man has stories and will never bore you. Those who have read the Oldies thread may get the idea. http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=87250.0  He needs to write a book.

About a week or so ago we also discovered that when Chris was a Troep in E-Comp in 1984 at Infanterie School, I was there as well as a one pip Loot. We could not remember each other, but now had a lot of common interests to share.

The evening wears on and eventually Amanda came to check on us at about half past eleven. Almost eight hours strait kuier. I did not even get to the albums. Good excuse to invite myself again. Amanda also makes good coffee.

Next morning is up early. I’m not sure which way I’m riding home, but I want to ride. Looks like its gonna be a wet one and it was.

We say our goodbyes and I’m off for a brekkie with Berm_Rooster in Mossel Bay.

Thanks you two for a most pleasant visit. Now at last I can have the feeling that the ZEN Tour is complete.

Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Vis Arend on March 05, 2012, 12:54:14 pm
Velly, velly nice.   :biggrin:

Geluk met die nuwe wiele en baie gelukkige kilo's word jou toegewens.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Gérrard on March 05, 2012, 01:17:13 pm
Now I get to open the XT up a bit on the N2 to Mosselbay. When I got the 600 last year I fell in love with that thumping feeling. When I had decided to get rid of the GSA, the 660 was going to be the bike, no question.

The XT effortlessly sits at 130km/h. Its comfortable and I enjoy the feeling. Its not the ZEN bike, but rather gives me a lekker ZING to ride it. Lots of people have commented about thumpers and open road touring. I eventually got home after three in the afternoon. I can sit on this bike all day. We'll have to wait and see how it tours two-up.

I meet Berm and we sit for a lekker brekkie. He's been quiet lately and we have a lot to catch up on. He did his first enduro ride a week or so ago and is as excited as a kid about it. Lots of other stuff happening too, which I'm not aloud to talk about  >:D

Its off to George to say hello to Kirsty and then meander home. Its pissing with rain and I shoot over the mountain to go the R62 and Langkloof home. I still get wet, but in the euphoria of riding the XT, I don't really care.

When I get home I'm pleasantly tired and satisfied that it was a good trip.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - CONTINUED !
Post by: Gérrard on March 05, 2012, 01:26:56 pm
The RR got a bit confuddled with me finishing off where the visit to Chris got previously interrupted and the conclusion being mixed with getting my new bike. Twee vlieë met een klap.

This ZEN tour is now done. It was a great experience and writng it let me relive it. Others will follow. Thanks to those who made the effort to come and say hello this time around and nice meeting new Dogs, Gert, Big AL and  Max.

Thanks also to those for the well wishes on the new bike. I have a good feeling about it and only time can tell if it was a good choice.

See you next time.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - THE END !
Post by: Kerritz on March 05, 2012, 01:32:46 pm
Mooi so!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - THE END !
Post by: Veldbrand on March 05, 2012, 02:22:30 pm
Und Zen unfortunately it vaas finish ja.
Good one Jupiter, you're a "star"......
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - THE END !
Post by: Gérrard on March 05, 2012, 02:53:24 pm
Und Zen unfortunately it vaas finish ja.
Good one Jupiter, you're a "star"......

Jy moet nou gat roer en jou plek klaarmaak in Ladysmith dat ons 'n monster dak natmaak kan gooi.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - THE END !
Post by: Gérrard on March 31, 2012, 09:00:49 pm
The Social Tour has brought about quite a turn around in my Wilddog social life. I now have a lot of contact with Dogs and when they're around I get a Ping and we get together, whether its for a kuier or a ride. Some are short and some are longer. I can't do a separate RR for each kuier so I thought it would be fitting just to continue the Social Ride. Most will not be on the ZEN bike, but what the heck... its about the ride and the kuier, not so ?

Some time ago I assisted Goose with the XT550 he bought here in PE. Shortly after that, and a few weeks ago, him and Jenni went on a ride around and ended up at my place for a kuier and sleep over. After a very pleasant evening, with supper at a place along the beach, we got home and kuiered a bit.

Jenni and Peter. I wanted to say what a lovely, charming lady Jenni is, but I'll rather not, lest Goose takes offence at me being so forward.  :ricky:

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And this is how Wilddogs kuier. We are not well.  :imaposer:

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Thanks you two for a great evening.


XT JOE and I started chatting over our love for our old XT's. He's on a trip for the next week or so and in Biaviaans from tonight. Tomorrow I ride out to meet him for a bit of a ride around  :ricky: Watch here for the RR.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: eikeboom on April 01, 2012, 08:09:47 pm
Looking forward to your trip with XT Joe
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: Gérrard on April 01, 2012, 08:16:18 pm
Looking forward to your trip with XT Joe

You must have heard the ringing in your ears when we skindered about you.  :biggrin: Just got home a while back... had a great ride on a perfect day. Still editing picks and will start posting just now.

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Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: Gérrard on April 01, 2012, 09:38:14 pm
XT JOE and I became acquainted over the Forum last year through our 600 Tenere’s. Unfortunately, as with a few others, I missed him on the Tour. We spoke often of getting together for a ride on the XT’s  and earlier in the year he let me know that he is planning a holiday trip past my valley with his family.

As his plans became finalised he would be in Baviaans end of March, staying a few days at Bruintjieskraal. It all came together nicely and I rode out this morning to meet up with them. Tripping with them was his friend Brian and his family.

The weather had been a bit shitty the past few days, but I rose to a perfect day for riding. I set out early to take a slow cruise and have a brekkie first.

At the turn-off to the Gamtoos Valley. You can see the Hanekam in the distance. It was, and would stay, a beautiful crisp day.

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As I ride up the valley the views are stunning. Towards Jeffreys Bay.

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And this nice padstal behind me

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I get to Padlangs and its closed, but I do get a nice pic of this old truck

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Hoink back to Patensie for breakfast at Tolbos. I meet another couple on a tour and on their way to Baviaans. We spend a pleasant hour together.

Its time to ride and before long I hit the gravel. As soon as you enter Baviaans the mountains envelope you.

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I may be on a different bike, but the trip has ZEN quality. Remember, you won’t find Zen on the mountain… you have to take it to the mountain.

A quick stop at the Grootrivier bridge just to take in the quiet. In early February when I did the EC Bash recce the water was a foot deep over this bridge.

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They’re staying at one of the chalets, I arrive, park and the old girls get acquainted. Ai'nt that just pretty. You better like it, 'cause you gonna se a lot of it for the rest of the day. The day belonged to the bikes  :ricky:

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Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 01, 2012, 10:36:48 pm
The girls look stunning. :drif:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2012, 08:27:06 am
Introductions are made with that easy Wilddog rapport. We park on the stoep where you sit in this view and I have the compulsory cup of coffee. Stunning place.

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Its time to saddle up

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Joe is fascinated by the wildlife , but battles to get this tortoise to pose. Wonder what he would have done had he seen a real mountain tortoise ?

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Some way up Combrinks Pass we pose a bit

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The Xt’s make it a breeze cruising up the pass. At the top of the pass we do so again. Joe and Brian's XT's have serious attitude when parked

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Myself,  XT JOE and Brian

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Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2012, 08:59:51 am
Cruising along Bergplaas. It’s a stunning piece of road and you just want to wind it, but you have to watch it for the buck.

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Down Holgat I let go a bit. What a rush ! At the bottom we get our first water crossing.  :imaposer: There is very little water in the Kloof.

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The upper reaches of the Kouga dam

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Smits kraal. XT JOE …

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… and Brian

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Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: Kerritz on April 02, 2012, 09:02:34 am
Lyk lekker Jup!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2012, 10:03:46 am
Soos die dag aangaan het my oog bietjie beter geraak vir die kiekies. Ek gooi meer later, gaan net eers bietjie werk.  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2012, 11:52:53 am
We decide to turn around at Smitskraal and when we arrive we find some Park Rangers in attendance. We learn they are moving some buffalo which are beginning to crowd the Kloof.

They dart them, move them by chopper and load them in container trucks. We were unfortunately not allowed to go to the clearing to watch the operation.

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The ten they took out today will be auctioned for between R 500k and  R1m each


The Old girls take a rest…

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…and we do what one does on a social tour… we socialise a bit

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It’s time to get back and when we leave I get to throw a pose

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XT JOE at the back of the Kouga dam again. When the dam is seriously full that plain is flooded.

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Brian

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Going down Rooikrans

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And up the otherside at Doodsklip, XT JOE can’t resist a pose when he sees the camera

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I’ve been Through Baviaans about six times the past few months, but always going somewhere when  it was overcast and rainy. Today is stunning and you get a sensory overload with the views.  We’re going nowhere slowly and I have time to appreciate it.

Some pics going up Holgat.

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And a wider angle

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normal

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And wide angle again

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Across Bergplaas and to my favourite picture spot at the top of Combrink again. Sorry, I just can’t resist.

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Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: Kerritz on April 02, 2012, 12:36:25 pm
Great pics Jup!!

Ek wonder wat so dag se operasie moet kos om daai buffels te relocate?
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: Heimer on April 02, 2012, 12:39:28 pm
Sien jy werk nie eers 2 ure nie, dan sit jy alweer op die forum.  O0

Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2012, 12:46:30 pm
Sien jy werk nie eers 2 ure nie, dan sit jy alweer op die forum.  O0



Werk slim... nie hard nie  :ricky:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2012, 01:39:31 pm
Going down Combrink’s I  meet up with Brian

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Having stopped I REALLY notice this ravine for the first time, because when you ride you mos not look at it. Jeepers ! You miss these turns you’ll never be seen again.

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A little further on is another spot with a view

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Cruising through Poortjies.

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We get back to the chalet and I still have an hour or so before having to head back home. The ladies make us some ring-sting sarmies which get washed down with a couple of cold Black Labels. It’s pleasant sitting there in the mountains spending time with new friends. As usual I stretch it to the limit but I have to go. It’s sad to let these visits come to an end.

The group Photy. XT JOE(Sean), Brian and their Families. Thanks guys for a great pleasant day.

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The kids want to go to the river and I join the party a little longer. I’m just going to have to hoink it, as much as the old XT can hoink to make it home before dark. That’s the rule.

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As always when I’m cruising these parts, the fotie to end the day… and I do manage to get home after dark

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And just for fun I play around a bit.

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Another successful day being a Wilddog comes to an end.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS ! !
Post by: Veldbrand on April 02, 2012, 02:00:27 pm
Jy inspireer mens Jupe.
Mooi foudies. Thanks.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: Kerritz on April 02, 2012, 02:05:21 pm
Watse kamera gebruik jy asb Jup?
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2012, 02:10:52 pm
Watse kamera gebruik jy asb Jup?

Nog steeds daai mik-en-druk Soni Easy Share waarmee ons ge-crash het. Die ding se breins is steeds heel deurmekaar nou kan ek nie altyd die foties neem wat ek wil nie, bv zoom ens.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: Kerritz on April 02, 2012, 02:15:55 pm
Watse kamera gebruik jy asb Jup?

Nog steeds daai mik-en-druk Soni Easy Share waarmee ons ge-crash het. Die ding se breins is steeds heel deurmekaar nou kan ek nie altyd die foties neem wat ek wil nie, bv zoom ens.  :imaposer:

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Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2012, 02:30:18 pm
Watse kamera gebruik jy asb Jup?

Nog steeds daai mik-en-druk KODAK Easy Share waarmee ons ge-crash het. Die ding se breins is steeds heel deurmekaar nou kan ek nie altyd die foties neem wat ek wil nie, bv zoom ens.  :imaposer:

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Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: Kerritz on April 02, 2012, 02:32:24 pm
Ek wou se....het dit gaan google nou.....kry net Kodak's.....he he!!
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2012, 02:35:10 pm
Ek wou se....het dit gaan google nou.....kry net Kodak's.....he he!!

Lyk ek is net so deurmekaar soos die kamera  :imaposer:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: Dirty Boy on April 02, 2012, 02:55:16 pm
Nice pics and story Jup.

Um , the family photo, let me get this right, its your camera, you set it up and yet you are the only one not looking at it  :imaposer:

Nice to see that despite the new bike, you still get to blow the cobwebs off the old one.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2012, 06:34:18 pm
Nice pics and story Jup.

Um , the family photo, let me get this right, its your camera, you set it up and yet you are the only one not looking at it  :imaposer:

Nice to see that despite the new bike, you still get to blow the cobwebs off the old one.

Thanks. The old XT is for play and then this ride was meant for it with XT JOE and Brian. So each bike gets a turn  :biggrin:
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Post by: Tweets on April 02, 2012, 06:44:50 pm
Mooi Jupiter!  Allways a joy doing the Baviaans. Regards :thumleft:
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: madmax on April 02, 2012, 07:00:23 pm
you are very lucky to have bavejaans on your doorstep .... i have only made it once  and once half in for a party and home next day but dream about that place ..
have yu ever stayed in the cave ( i think magdas se gat) near the trading store on willowmore side...
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Post by: Gérrard on April 02, 2012, 07:40:33 pm
you are very lucky to have bavejaans on your doorstep .... i have only made it once  and once half in for a party and home next day but dream about that place ..
have yu ever stayed in the cave ( i think magdas se gat) near the trading store on willowmore side...

You probably talking about Makadaat Caves. I've not slept over in the formal cave accommodation. When we sleep over in Baviaans its at Rietrivier, opposite Makadaat. There are some nice caves too, but we still have to fix it up.

You can get the links to my RR's here where I talk about it. http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=90841.0 ( No's 2, 5 and 11)
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR - Continued Again ! !
Post by: eikeboom on April 02, 2012, 09:04:10 pm
Soos die dag aangaan het my oog bietjie beter geraak vir die kiekies. Ek gooi meer later, gaan net eers bietjie werk.  :ricky:

Nee maar hierdie was nou goeie werk
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: Harry the Buffalo on April 09, 2012, 08:11:46 pm
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Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: Gérrard on October 14, 2018, 01:20:45 pm
Sometimes a ride happens on the spur of the moment, which usually turns out a good one, not spoiled by too much planning. At other times the idea grows over time and the ride developes itself. That's how this one came about.

This was not your usual ride and I'm not sure if any other Dogs had done something like it. Ping a couple of dogs and tell them you're riding their way and want to visit ? Expect them to also get a couple of Dogs together along the way so you can meet them ! Who the fuck cares ? But we're Wilddogs, a strange kind of family, we do care, and if only one responded, it would make it worthwhile.

The response was overwhelming and from my perspective the trip was a huge success. To every Dog along the way that helped to make it so, I say thanks. Of all the Dogs that responded to my 'Plan a Ride' I only missed out on one I really looked forward to meeting and that was Dual. This was only due to a miss communication, but we'll sort it next time. As it turned out the trip was a busy and tiring one. There were many more Dogs I would liked to have seen, but in the end I could only get around to those who responded to the call. See you next time, because this was a trip worth doing again.

Out of the blue Fudge reminds me of this trip,... and how time has flown. So many bikes later and I can't count the friends I've made here since then.

Me thinks its time for another tour, and the time on the 400 twin.
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Post by: Dirty Boy on October 14, 2018, 06:54:03 pm
Ja Gerrard, time flies.
The post before yours was from HarryThe Buffalo, who lost his son too early. Dave, thinking of you buddy even if you dont post on here much anymore.
Title: Re: ZEN and the WILDDOG SOCIAL TOUR -With XT JOE in BAVIAANS (page 7)
Post by: roxenz on October 23, 2018, 10:54:46 am
Gerrard, cannot believe this fred is 6 years old! It has sat in the back of my mind all this time, and earlier this year inspired the planning of a road trip for April next year. In spite of going "places", my wife & I listed all the friends in the Cape we haven't seen in yonks, and are in advanced stages of planning a 2-week round trip (West Coast - Boland - Klein Karoo - Eastern Cape and back via Malutis) during which we want to meet up with friends again. Even if just a cup of coffee. Some WDs on the "hit list" too.  :biggrin:  I know it will be a memorable trip! So thanks for the idea of people rather than places...
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Post by: Gérrard on October 23, 2018, 12:01:35 pm
Gerrard, cannot believe this fred is 6 years old! It has sat in the back of my mind all this time, and earlier this year inspired the planning of a road trip for April next year. In spite of going "places", my wife & I listed all the friends in the Cape we haven't seen in yonks, and are in advanced stages of planning a 2-week round trip (West Coast - Boland - Klein Karoo - Eastern Cape and back via Malutis) during which we want to meet up with friends again. Even if just a cup of coffee. Some WDs on the "hit list" too.  :biggrin:  I know it will be a memorable trip! So thanks for the idea of people rather than places...


Laat weet as jy hier naby my verby kom.
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Post by: woody1 on October 23, 2018, 12:05:23 pm
Hy kom eers hier kuier  :ricky: :ricky: Ry nou mos ook 'n GOEIE Bike  :laughing4:
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Post by: roxenz on October 23, 2018, 04:20:34 pm
Hy kom eers hier kuier  :ricky: :ricky: Ry nou mos ook 'n GOEIE Bike  :laughing4:
Riversdal is oppi lys.  :thumleft:
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Post by: Rotten on October 26, 2018, 03:53:01 pm
Fantastic idea and trip Gerard. Is there a way to see the photos ? Miskien is ek net dom.
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Post by: XT JOE on November 08, 2018, 04:47:47 pm
Yeah what happened to those pics
Hi Gerhard- what a bootjie- will allways appreciate your effort  travelling out from PE just to show and share  all ifs and buts about baviaanskloof -sort of marketing manager for EC and surrounding areas back roads. Sjoe 2012 feels like the other day-best ride ive had in my life.
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Post by: Gérrard on November 09, 2018, 12:39:17 pm
Fantastic idea and trip Gerard. Is there a way to see the photos ? Miskien is ek net dom.

Unfortunately not. I had them loaded with photo bucket, which crashed, and the pics were stored on my laptop that was stolen. Did not back up.