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Title: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: Stevie on May 14, 2012, 01:15:01 pm
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Jim's Preamble:  
I had ridden the Kruger Park fence 3 times in the past, but not the whole length of the fence in one session.  First time was solo on a railway structures inspection for SAR from Kaapmuiden to Phalaborwa, including the Olifants river bridge and the bit through the park it’s self.  
The second time with Pillionpup (Henrietta) as far as Hoedspruit.  
Third time with Dassie from Hazyview to Punda Maria, again crossing the Olifants River by means of the rail bridge and the bit through the park.  
This time I decided to avoid the section through the park and the rail bridge (Too much trouble with the animals, the bridge, trains and general security in that section.  

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Day 0ne.  
Jim: Sean, Mike and I left Fourways around 08h00 (15 minutes behind schedule) due to meet Dassie at Belfast Wimpy.  

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First lowlight; Sean gets rear tube tear near Middleburg.

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Sean: After our morning departure through traffic we took the scenic route running parallel to the N4 towards Witbank. The clean crisp air and knowing that we were avoiding toll fees kept us happy chappies. A pit stop to re-adjust stuff and onward.
Around Middelburg area the coal dust from the trucks was nasty. As I was following  Jim’s lead into the onramp to the N4, my scoots normally well behaved  rear end started getting very lively, trying overtake the front. I managed to get things under control and pull off onto the grassy area. The tube had a long split and was totally useless. Put the spare in and we were off again – lost about an hour.

JIMBO PLEASED THAT HE DIDN'T HAVE TO CHANGE A TYRE
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GOOD SAMARITAN MARTIN ON HIS VERY JWOOSH BMW -wasn't about to get his hands dirty though - phones roadside assistance if he needs...
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Jim: I phoned Dassie to explain the delay, and find he has put on a near new second hand rear D606 which had an existing tear, and he was forced to heavily sleeve it at Lydenburg.  Dassie would be delayed even longer.  
At Belfast I instructed Dassie to rather meet us at Barberton.  At Belfast it was nice to be greeted by WHEELMAN who was on his way to catch some trout.  How was the catch Wheelman??

Sean: Wheelman was pretty green when he saw us, and I knew that if one of us had offered to swop with him he would have jumped at the chance.   ;D
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: africanSky on May 14, 2012, 01:52:24 pm
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Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: CHorse on May 14, 2012, 02:01:41 pm
Also following this with interest....wish I could have taken the time off  :thumleft:
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 14, 2012, 02:33:23 pm
Also following this with interest....wish I could have taken the time off  :thumleft:

Having not ridden the Kruger area before I had pictured / imagined a certain type of ride ....... and WOW was I wrong (PLESANTLY SO)!  Absolutely thrilling mix of riding, scenery, good company and some adventure thrown in.

And as I have come to learn, a ride with Jimbo and friends is gonna be a good ride!

Stevie, Jimbo, Dassie - TX it was a cool cool ride!!!

TM.... :thumleft:
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 14, 2012, 02:44:18 pm
Not to worry - this tar stuff on day one isn't going to last long. Jimbo throws is a lekker little numb-bum breaker to get us started. I am sure Stevie will get on to that soon.

Stevie smiling now  - could have been a bugga - one of those perfectly timed instant flats on the corner - he did great to keep it from drifting wide into those poles in the background!
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: dassie on May 14, 2012, 03:13:30 pm
Was a lekker ride indeed, thanks to all who made it happen and participated.

From my side it was also a problematic start. Got away late to rendevouz with Jimbo, Mike and Stevie in Belfast. Got a punchure in Lydenburg on the back tyre.

Turns out the D606 knobly on the back had a long tear inside, and it stuffed up the tube. the high speeds on the tar (I was late man, what can i say  :imaposer:) didnt help much.
In Lydenburg there seems to be a Suzuki dealer and a Honda dealer. None of them could help me with a new back tyre, so what to do?  :eek7:

Ok so ''n boer maak n plan'', off we trap to the local coop, buy the longest gaiter they have, and put it all together.

So it was about a two hour delay for me, and we decided via telephone coms that i was going to rendevouz at our first overnight stop in Barberton. Took a very quiet, slow drive through Longtompass towards Barberton.
Got there earlyish and relaxed and waited for the other hooligans.
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: DJ on May 14, 2012, 03:33:56 pm
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Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 15, 2012, 04:02:28 pm
Hey Stevie, you had another puncture on the way to your PC, or is work interfering with the RR?

Come now... priorities!!! :deal:
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Post by: Brandt on May 15, 2012, 04:02:59 pm
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Post by: Briggsy on May 15, 2012, 04:04:33 pm
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Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: HB 9 on May 15, 2012, 04:29:11 pm
You have my attention!  :thumleft:
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Post by: chopperpilot on May 15, 2012, 04:49:36 pm
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Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: Stevie on May 15, 2012, 11:28:12 pm
Apologies lads, been flattened by a bout of "some-sort-of-gytis" - will submit next instalment tomorrow... 
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: dassie on May 16, 2012, 09:51:13 am
 hope you get well soon Stevie. Maybe its all the dust we ate from riding behind Jimbo that caused it  :imaposer:

Well here is something that will warm the appetite.... For those who don't understand......Just ask Thinkmike  :mwink:



Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: letsgofishing on May 16, 2012, 09:53:46 am
Looking forward to this...... :thumleft:
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: Stevie on May 16, 2012, 10:04:15 am
So after a good lunch at Belfast Wimpy...

Jim: First highlight; was a beautiful steep pass between Belfast and Badplaas – old tar, but well and truly grown over.

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Sean: This pass was brilliant, rocky and very gnarly at the beginning and then transforming to old tar with grass growing out of all the cracks. Nice slow descent, I left the bike in 3rd and allowed the motor to do most of the braking. The views were fantastic – no picture can do justice.
About 2/3 of the way down we were met by an obstinately locked gate that could not be circumvented.

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We considered twisting the locks off and wiring the gate shut. We also tried to remove the bolt from the gate’s bottom hinge but not having a 19 spanner also scuppered this plan.
Before leaving home and packing my tools it was a toss-up between packing water-pump pliers and fencing pliers. As Jim, Chris and I had been repelled by a similarly obstinate gate on the volcano run the fencing pliers went into the toolbox – scwheet.
We proceeded to undo the short fence sections on the left of the gate, which despite the steep incline was an easy route around the obstinate locked gate.

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ALL THROUGH
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...AND NOW TO REPAIR WHAT WAS UNDONE

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AND WHILE I SLAVED IN THE SUN... MY COMPANIONS HIDE IN THE SHADE...

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 The section after the gate was heavily overgrown and most of the previous road surface had been lost to erosion. Due to the height of the grass all of the riding had to be done standing up with the ground surface totally invisible. About 2 km’s of this and we came to a nice dirt road and before long tar as well.

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AND THE NICE DIRT ROAD TO BADPLAAS

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Jim: Second highlight was the beautiful newish tarred road from Bulembi border post to Barberton – nice chance to scrape toes and wear out our side knobs.  At Barberton (sunset), as per arrangement, Dassie was there, and braai stuff and beer waiting in the fridge.


Sean: What Jim neglects to mention is the very tricky, loose rock, hairpin bend cattle strewn goat track to get to the tar section.
Allow me to mention and categorically take back everything that I have had to say about big bikes not being able to keep up with the smaller bikes in offroad terrain.
Mike is a monster on his 1200GS.
On those twisty dusty turns he was having a jol hanging onto Jim’s rear tyre. My sense of self preservation and keeping a sensible dust gap saw the two bullets having to wait for me at all of the junctions. At the start of the tar section I raced off after Jim through the twisty’s. Before long the GS’s twin headlights were in my mirrors and I had to wave Mike through. To add to my new found respect for this very good rider was the fact that he was riding the pass one-handed while taking pics and videos of Jim and I hanging on to all the corners. Added to this he went through all the gears on his backwheel!!!
I also got quite a start while daydreaming along a tar section and he came past with that LHS exhaust growling like a temperamental boerboel – unruly, rude bloody GS riders.

Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: Wheelman on May 16, 2012, 10:18:17 am
"At Belfast it was nice to be greeted by WHEELMAN who was on his way to catch some trout.  How was the catch Wheelman??

Sean: Wheelman was pretty green when he saw us, and I knew that if one of us had offered to swop with him he would have jumped at the chance.   Grin...

Glad to have met you guys :thumleft: yup the fish were good and the wine excellent.... :biggrin: but a poor substitute for a real adventure ride.... Thanks for the RR. Catch up some time in the future :thumleft:
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: APO on May 16, 2012, 11:02:41 am
Nice guys, looks like a great trip. Looks like Jimbo was expecting another tough trip - whats this I spy?
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 16, 2012, 11:03:54 am
Stevie, good to hear U are up and about again!

This old pass was really cool. Would love to know the history, obviously hasn’t been used for 10’s of years.  After the gate section we were riding blind in places where the track just vanished into veld grass.

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Jim took us on a route that followed the Swaziland border for a bit. Here we stopped at a river and he pointed out the amazing vast area of Bike riding land to the East of us.

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Jimbo and Stevie having fun around the twisties on the pass down to Barbeton. Sorry Kak quality but you'll get the idea.


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Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 16, 2012, 11:06:40 am
Nice guys, looks like a great trip. Looks like Jimbo was expecting another tough trip - whats this I spy?

I beleive that's his version of Fencing Pliers!! Also I learnt quickly that the Kruger fence ride doesnt always mean that the animals are on the otherside of the fence.

Turns out, I was the only one not packing!!! WTF - what were we in for???
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Post by: ROOI on May 16, 2012, 02:39:16 pm
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Post by: ClemS on May 16, 2012, 02:55:55 pm
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Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: Stevie on May 16, 2012, 10:03:00 pm
As we decended the last turn into Barberton, I locked up my rear wheel on the hockey-stick left hander. There were some fresh skid marks of a bike that had gone straight on the same turn.
The funny things that go through your mind when you don’t have all the control and a vehicle may be coming from the other side …… nasty.
Jim admitted later that evening to also hearing his wheel lock up, but “only momentarily” - talent and experience, what can one say.

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We met Dassie at the Barberton caravan park where he introduced us to about 80 000 billion ants in and around our chalet. Uncharacteristic of Jim’s rides we were able to have a shower and use a proper toilet – nice.

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At bedtime I opted for one of the top bunks in the chalet as Jim had commandeered the double bed. Dassie and Mike choosing the two bottom bunks.
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Dassie was having a tough time sleeping and was very relieved when Mike jumped up complaining of creepy crawlies in his bed at 04h40. The ants found Mikes Dawn body lotion a little too tempting and were trying to make his closer acquaintance. 

Sean: the early morning start ascending the pass was great, I definitely preferred going up than coming down.

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JIMBO SHOWING US HOW TO DO IT ON THE WAY UP

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STUNNING MORNING VIEW

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Day Two: 
Jim: A lively start, as we had missed the Shyalongubu / Louw’s Creek forest loop the day before.  We soon did the loop and were at Kaapmuiden, and after a shaky start in Matsulu were on the fence line proper. 


Sean: As we entered the forest road I let the big guys go ahead and dawdled along at the back – keeping the safe dust gap. Those forest roads were a treat with all sorts coming at you on every corner, stones, rocks, dust, mud, roots – lekker.
Jim enforced a 20 minute stop to allow one of the forestry trucks to get ahead – just not safe for all to pass. We absorbed the solitude of the forest sounds while we waited.

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There was a beautiful tranquil dam that we raced past and at one of the junctions here in the middle of nowhere 2 bakkies had had an accidental meeting – never can be too careful. Jim warned that the descent would be tricky and no heroics were required. The road varied from great to crap in a matter of 100m, marble sized stones, big rocks, dust pockets and even mud from the water bowser trying to keep the dust to a minimum. The ride down was good, but even a small mistake here was going to see plenty of airtime if any of us overshot one of the tricky corners.
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Jim: We were relieved to find the slippery crossings almost dry, but trod carefully any way.  We had the opportunity to try every conceivable way of riding over the hundreds of road drainage whoops.

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Sean: We struggled to get onto the route, but after a few u-turns we were well on our way. Drainage whoops = thousands. The boys had a jol here as we went over the whoops in all sorts of fashion. I started ramping all of them, both wheels off the ground, then powering over the uphill ones keeping the front wheel up and roosting the back wheel, eventually trying to keep them as smooth as possible by keeping both wheels down. More than a few snuck up when concentration levels waned and necessitated an ungainly front wheel landing. This was great fun but I also had to eventually say – enough already.

A LONE BUFFALO BULL ENJOYING A MORNING SNACK...

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One or two deeper water crossings saw Mike out with his video but fortunately no names were thrown away.

Jim: We raced the last 10 / 15km into Hoedspruit, and when Dassie passed me I could see his sleeved rear tire would pop soon at that pace.  I signaled him to slow down, and we got to Hoedspruit OK, but soon after the tire blew out giving Dassie his first experience of a medium speed rear blow out.  Help was called and arrived within the hour.  The farm pool, and a magnificent meal put together by Dassie and Pillionbok completed the day.

Sean: After help arrived Jim opted to travel back with the bakkie forcing Dassie to ride the 40+ km on Jim’s bike. Dassie does have a new found respect for us DR riders seat tolerance.

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DASSIE'S ATTEMPT TO CONFIRM THE PROBLEM GAVE MIKE AND I PLENTY TO CHUCKLE ABOUT AS DASSIE DISCOVERED THE INTERNAL TEMPERATURE OF A RECENTLY BLOWN OUT TYRE... ONLY ONCE HIS FINGER WAS FIRMLY STUCK INSIDE @#%&&*@@  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

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After a brisk swim in the 19 ̊ C pool a great evening was had around the campfire.
This was a sad time for me as work commitments were forcing me back to Gauteng in the morning and I would have to leave the pack just as the real trip was starting.

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MORNING FIRE AS WE WAITED FOR JIMBO TO WAKE UP

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Day Three:  A lazy start while Pillionbok fed breakfast to the troops. Unfortunately Sean had to leave us here. Good fast gravel roads to Gravelotte where we fueled up, then more good fast gravel road to the Letaba River. 

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WHILE WE ENJOYED BREAKFAST, JIMBO KITTED UP ON THE SLY JUST SO THAT HE COULD TAP HIS FOOT WHILE HE HAD TO WAIT FOR US - MUST HAVE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH OUR COMMENTS RE HIS MORNING TARDINESS!!!

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MIKES NEW-LOOK GS,

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Parting ways

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Sean: after splitting at the entrance gate I took a leisurely ride onto the tar road keeping speed around 95km/h. I stopped often took a few pics and routed home via Ohrigstad, Lydenburg, Dullstroom, Belfast and Middelburg. After Belfast I spent about 20km on the N4 but was totally bored with all the crazy traffic and sitting behind a Greyhound bus. I turned off the N4 along the Arnot road towards Middelburg and had the road all to myself. There were some huge potholes and some bad pockmarked sections of road, but nothing the little Suzuki dual-sporter couldn’t handle. I may have seen 6 cars on that section – schweet.
The remainder of the trip was incident free apart from seeing a fellow lady biker that had just been involved in an intersection misunderstanding – she was already strapped in the stretcher and thankfully help was already at hand – sobering.   
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AND THAT CONCLUDES STEVIE'S CONTRIBUTION, I NOW HAND YOU OVER TO MIKE AND JIM FOR THE REALLY COOL SECTION
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Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 17, 2012, 09:38:44 am
Back to Day Two

Barbeton accommodation municipal chalets, if you are passing through is a good option.  Sleeps 6.

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Stevie and Dassie water crossing.

When we stopped before the crossing, Jim said to me “what do you think?” So my Reply was looks fine - go for it, I’ll be right behind you.  We choose the right hand track and well ….. and then Stevie and Dassie showed us the line we should have taken, and made it look so easy!!

http://www.youtube.com/v/iK7XXVSc7kM?fs=1&amp   


Dassi, we need your recount of the blow-out. I looked in my mirrors, he was there, I looked again and he was on the opposite side of the road on the grass.

At the end of an absolutely lekker day’s riding, we were spoiled by our hosts Dassie and Pillionbok as we watched the rise of the full moon. Thank you!!!

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It’s a Farm Dog’s life!!
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As I came to learn, Jim is not one for luxuries on a hard-core ride, such as tents, fire, coffee, food etc. (Basically fuel and water and a mat to sleep on). So far we had chalets night 1 and Dassies farm night 2.

So the plan was to braai enough meat to last us 2 nights 3 days in the bush. We did 3 of these braai grids full of meat. No we never went hungry!!

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Jim was talking about sleeping outside under the stars this night. Stevie and I said not a fork we gonna make the most of a soft bed thanks you.  Here is my campsite for the night.

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Dassie’s farm is a big 5 farm. There is an electric perimeter fence around the dwelling area to keep the big boys out.  There is one particular Male elephant (forget his name) who used to take pleasure in pushing the gate down and bringing the herd in in for the Vegie garden, Marulas, avocados etc. So Dassie electrified the gate with strands from bottom to top.

This boy was too clever for that, as Dassie watched, he folder his trunk flat against his forehead and pushed his tusks under the bottom, lifted the gate out of the rails and let it plop over.

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Those orange wires around the trees above are his latest attempt to keep them at bay. Good luck with that Dassie.

I nearly wet myself when Pillionbok told us the story of when one night the lions were getting a bit close to the farm house and the Gate was open. She kept telling Dassie to go close the gate. But Dasie has been a game ranger and farm manager for 15 years and chuckled to himself as a lion 8 kms away can sound like a KM away.

Anyway he could hear they were getting  closer so got up and went outside, walked down to the gate, closed it and came back and got into bed. A minute or 2 later there were some roars, at which point Dassie thought mmm ja must be close for the windows to rattle. Pushed back the curtain to see the pride that he had just walked past in the dark and now Locked in by closing the gate!!!!

THE GATE IS NOW REMOTE CONTROLLED!!!



It’s a farm dog’s life – this one just  couldn’t get close enough to the coals.

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Tx Pillionbok

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Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 17, 2012, 11:49:53 am
Just before we get onto day 3, here is the overall route we did


Day 1 – 479 Km    Yellow
Day 2 – 312 Km    Green
Day 3 – 218 Km    Dark Blue
Day 4 – 190 Km   Red (its Red for a reason – hardest day)
Day 5 – 242 Km   Light Blue
Day 6 – 442 Km   Magenta

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I will post the GPS Track later.


As a matter of interest Fuel Consumption on the 1200 GS was very similar to the 350’s and 650.

Best    23.8 KM / L  (4.2 L / 100 km)
Worst    19.23 KM / L (5.2 L / 100 km)
Average was around 20.8 KM/l

Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: dassie on May 17, 2012, 11:54:56 am
Back to day 1 at Barberton

When Mike woke up at 4 o clock in the morning, i was relieved to have conversation, as i lied awake most of the night. When i told Mike my ordeal, he repolied......Kaaaaaark and burst out laughing. Aparently he was still chatting to me the night before when the snoring started  :imaposer: Sorry Mike and Stevie.
I nearly burst out laughing when i saw mike with his headlamp, hunting down all the ants in his bed  :mwink:
After a few attempts he decided to give up, and moved to the upper deck next to stevie. Stevie and i was wondering about that as the scratcing continued for quite a while after he moved  :imaposer:
Mike was still trying to get rid of the ant feeling for more than an hour.
After a while we all decided  get up and start packing up.

Riding the second day was a great experience. I however caried some of our little six legged friends with me that day. They were walking around in my helmet and pants. At some stages one was walking around in my ear  :eek7:
Any way, the ride was awsome. Stevie and Mike comented at one stage about my exhaust disturbing their tranquility  :laughing4:
All in good spirit though, we had a bunch of fun.

Just before Hoespruit, we did a drag race (with DS bikes and knobly tyres  :imaposer:) and Jim signalled me to slow down as my back tyre was busy disintegrating. Oh man, that tyre gave me hassles since the beginning...

Going the last 70 Km, we decided to nurse the bikes (especially mine with the tyre  :dousing:) . We averaged 90 Km/h. About 30 Km out of Hoedspruit my back tyre had a blowout  :eek7:
Faaaaark was that scary........
My pony started behaving very very odd.....I was steering as straight as i could and my back was at a very impossible angle...nearly nearly saw my behind  :patch:
Then suddenly she did the same, but on the oposite angle WTF. then i started bleeding off the speed and was able to get the two wheels to stop on the oposite side of the road. Oh my word. that was freaky freaky shite  :o

By the time i got my nerves to stop jumping and jiving, the other guys were back. What was their first question....What on earth are you doing this side of the road  ::)
Thank goodness i got pillionbok to take my bike back on a bakkie, and i drove Jimbo's bike to our next stop (which is my home), as Jim decided he was going to enjoy the comfy bakkie seat the last leg.
By the time we arrived, i realized why Jimbo took the comfy seat. Those DR riders are much tuffer than us KLR riders my word. Its like sitting on a flippen fence pole riding one of those  :laughing4:

That night, i replaced my back tyre with a kenda dual purpose tyre, the one i normally use on my bike. It felt so good putting that wheel back on my bike, i knew then everything was going to be fine.

We enjoyd a nice visit around the fire that night, and Pillionbok treated us to all her specialities around the kitchen table that night and the following morning.

The next day we flaged our farwells to Stevie as he abandoned us  :pot:
Just joking stevie  :laughing4:
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: dassie on May 17, 2012, 11:59:18 am
Just before we get onto day 3, here is the overall route we did


Day 1 – 479 Km    Yellow
Day 2 – 312 Km    Green
Day 3 – 218 Km    Dark Blue
Day 4 – 190 Km   Red (its Red for a reason – hardest day)
Day 5 – 242 Km   Light Blue
Day 6 – 442 Km   Magenta

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I will post the GPS Track later.


As a matter of interest Fuel Consumption on the 1200 GS was very similar to the 350’s and 650.

Best    23.8 KM / L  (4.2 L / 100 km)
Worst    19.23 KM / L (5.2 L / 100 km)
Average was around 20.8 KM/l



One thing i forgot to mention......

Mike with his 1200 GS is a monster. Man he handles that babe like a MX rider. Good on you mike, after i saw you ride that GS, i will gladly buy meself one someday, as i know now the endless possiblities.
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 17, 2012, 02:04:00 pm
Day Three: 

Jimbo “A lazy start while Pillionbok fed breakfast to the troops. Unfortunately Sean had to leave us here. Good fast gravel roads to Gravelotte where we fuelled up, then more good fast gravel road to the Letaba River. “

Mike  - At Gravelotte we were to meet up with one of the fellow dogs. Unfortunately tragedy struck with one of his inner circle the day before.

Jim drawing the route for us in the sand.

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Looks like this section will be no go soon – as we turned off the main dirt road towards Letaba, we spotted the fence poles dotted along the main dirt road.

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Jimbo  “Crossed the Letaba and traveled downstream a bit until we hit the fence proper, and then full speed to the north.  At the Klein Letaba River Mike wanted to play in the sandy river bed with his 1200 BMW.  It was very soft, eh Mike? and hard to get up speed.  Elephant spoor and steaming dung on our side of the fence – yeh plenty.  Always ready for an Elephant Turn. “

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Jim’s bed mat had fallen off during the Klein Letaba crossing (Klein? WTF).  Dassie retrieved it and then offered to go in search of his missing octopus strap on foot (thought it would be easier than going back on the bike – the sand was a real bitch for some reason – he had helped me get unstuck twice)

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Returning empty Handed

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From here on we had some undulating twisty jeep track, ranging from hard pack to stony to thick sand. I came into an s-bend in thick sand and got outa shape, caught, it, lost it, caught it lost it…. the front wheel digging in and me running off into the bush. When Dassie appeared, he saw me running back to my bike to hit the kill switch.

He stopped to ask if all was good and I just waved him on to Jim, who another 30 meters further was also lying under his bike.

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This was as good a time as any to re-fuel. And note  Jimbo’s reliance on technology – that’s his GPS between his tank and seat!!

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Jimbo “ My Suzuki decided the middle of the Shingwedzi river bed would be a good place for the battery to pack-up. “

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Jimbo  “We decided on this diagnosis after checking every terminal, solenoid, switch, connection and fuse. “

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We were stuck in the riverbed in the hot sun for around 1.5 hours. As Murphy states, a battery will not pack up on the top of a hill to make life easy.


Dassie couldn’t get out fast enough.  He just loves that KLR with his aftermarket front and rear suspension. I recon the KLR is such a capable all-rounder (also just love that thumper sound with a pipe).   


http://www.youtube.com/v/WEJeeZ1J408?fs=1&amp   


Jimbo “ The DR will push start and run without a battery, but to push it first required that it was dragged backwards up the river bank, and then pushed down to start - OK.  After that Mike’s 1200 was used as a tow motor.  I guess the BMW guys will love this.” 

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Well if it was the BM’s battery that went we would have been stuffed – no way you gonna push / pull start it on dirt.




With all the heat, hard work and lots of sweating, Dassie has run out of water, so we head into a village to find water. We find a shop, he tops up and we buy a 2L coke which we flatten and head out.

My side stand kill switch had taken a rock at some point and was playing up after the Letaba sand. Leaving the village I collected the remains of a bundle of barbed wire fence and all went dead.  20 minutes later Dassie had patched the switch casing together and cable tied it up out the way on the frame – No more problems:

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Jim Thinking “These bloody BMW’s with their fancy electronic crap, only good for a tow start”

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Jimbo “The rest of the day was good riding, with plenty of challenges.  We camped in the bush about 25km south of Punda Maria.  Full moon.  Very pleasant. “

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I had seen this barb earlier in the day, but it was going to stay right where it was – not leaking and it was its own plug

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Awesome moon rise
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We may have mentioned it earlier, but the Fence is down in so many places, with the big game on our side as well as in.

Just as we are settling in on our mats, we hear some hyenas close by.  So as a mostly city boy, I think just as well we have the bush king, Dassie with us cause he knows what’s what in the bush and I have nothing to worry about.

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Just then he says  “ Fuck I hate hyenas and they scare the shit outta me when you are in the bush like this “. WTF…… and then he goes on to tell us absolute horror stories.

Ja now I must go to sleep with images of hyenas dragging me into the bush by my face…..

Last I remember was the fading drone of Jim and Dassie’s voices – and then next thing, I woke up still alive and it was morning!


Ugly Buggas

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Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: africanSky on May 17, 2012, 04:56:19 pm
Great report! keep it coming.
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 17, 2012, 05:08:22 pm
Nice guys, looks like a great trip. Looks like Jimbo was expecting another tough trip - whats this I spy?

After this night, I started getting an idea as to why Jim, Dassie and Stevie were carrying!!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 17, 2012, 07:51:40 pm
:hello2: :hello2: Epic stuff!

I don't know how you fell asleep with those bloody things nearby.

What an adventure! please keep it coming  :thumleft:
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: Would I? on May 17, 2012, 09:26:46 pm
Great RR. Keep it comming.
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: dassie on May 18, 2012, 12:21:40 pm
Mikes version of the trip is spot on. I just have one thing to say.....I wish i could capture the images on some of our falls and twisties. No words can describe the fun we had.
Mike, great pics man. At least someone had a camera  :biggrin:
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: XXL on May 18, 2012, 01:17:01 pm
Great ride report...this is genuine adventure :thumleft: Sleeping with hyeanas....no thanks ::)
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: sidetrack on May 18, 2012, 02:05:53 pm
Gr8 report !
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: Bashplate on May 18, 2012, 02:42:19 pm
Awesome!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: EATMYKTM. on May 18, 2012, 02:44:45 pm
Please Sirs, may I come with next time? :ricky:
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 18, 2012, 04:23:01 pm
Day Four

Jimbo “ Another lively start. “   (he is referring to the ride once we were awake, not these lazy ass pics of a lekker lie-in)


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2 Hour Rule

Jim has a great rule (well not a rule, more a guide), the ride generally starts 2 hours after sunrise. Must admit I didn’t quite understand it at first, but remember this has come from Jim’s years and years of experience on trips like these.

It removes any tendency to rush or overlook things and provides the opportunity for individuals to FIX whats broke without that worry about holding up the group. 


Firing up the Suz routine.

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Poaching

Just near this spot where Jim took a rest, we saw a skinny dog on the inside of the fence. Dassie explained that these are commonly used by poachers.  When I think poaching, I think of the Rhino debacle, but as Dassie explained, there are huge numbers of subsistence poachers who are out there day and night trapping / snaring smaller game for food.

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These guys in turn become the eyes and ears for the Rhino type poachers passing on info about location and movement of rhino. So they know exactly where the rhino are all the time as well as the rangers etc. – very sad.

On Dassies farm he has deployed extremely pro-active poacher combatting activities which start with the elimination (almost) of the subsistence poachers. Anyway we hold thumbs that he can keep his record of not a single rhino loss. Good stuff boet!


Jimbo  “Decided to go west to the Thohoyandou / Punda Maria road to re-fuel, and then back to the fence and on to Punda Maria.  Unfortunately Dassie had to leave us at this point. “

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We were sorry to see him go but there was an issue on the Farm that had to be taken care of. Dassie is not only a nice guy with a pretty face, but quietly instils an air of confidence in the group with that  “BOER MAAK N PLAN” ability.

And he is a strong little bugger – we certainly could have used him later today as we would discover!!!  But not to worry, he and Pillionbok would join us on Tuesday night at our last night on another friend of Jim’s Farm (Gees  he has lots of friends despite himself).
 
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Jimbo “ To get around the mountains to the north of Punda Maria required us to do a loop to the west, and then north again on homeland roads to meet up with the fence again.  When approaching the fence the road became very sandy and winding, with no chance of getting up to proper sand speed.  There were a few tumbles, but no real crashes or injuries. “

The good thing about being the one taking pics, is that there are no pics of you under your bike.  I did first check if he was OK.  A tougher bugger you won’t easily find.

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Getting the Suzuki started in thick sand sometimes meant low speed padling for us both till firm ground was available.

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Jimbo “On arrival at the fence we were confronted with loose boulders in very loose sand.  The fence line was now quite steep.  A few hundred meters of this proved very exhausting.  I stalled once on down hill, and managed to get going again, but when I stalled again I had to call to Mike for assistance. “

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The track was getting worse and worse, I hit a series of boulders that threw me off line and I fell against the fence. Picked up the now very heavy beast and left it and went to assist Jim.

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Jimbo “ After three push-start attempts with beer crate  size rocks to contend with I was fired up again, but further down the hill in hostile territory and nearing exhaustion.  As luck would have it we found a game track going off on a contour which looked more promising than the way we had come.  It was hot, and water was getting low.  We decided to abandon this section or face complete exhaustion. “

No Pics for a while I am afraid – we were just too exhausted to even bother. It took us 2 hours to get out because it was such a bugger to start the flat battery bitch and we were going further into the valley with each attempt.

We had one or 2 spills on the way out back to the sand road, adding to the exhaustion when having to pick up bikes in the soft sand and heat, and then get the bitch started again.

The instant we reached the sand road, we parked under a shay tree, gulped down water and scoffed some of our huge reserves of the best tasting steak and chops.

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Jimbo “ We were still determined to get to the Limpopo River one way or another.  We headed to Masisi (Which is definitely the place to be seen), and then to the Northern Frontier (good gravel and sand roads).  “

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Jimbo “At the border fence we turned west (which is actually a military operational area) until we reached a point where we could get through the fence and ride down to the Limpopo River bed, a distance of about 2 km. “

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Traveling West on the Northern frontier road, we reach a locked gate ahead of us. To our left, just off the road, we spotted a military base camp obscured by the bush. A few military men quickly came out on hearing the bikes, to see what was happening. We answered a couple of questions and told them about our quest to reach the Limpopo and then asked if they would let us through the gate.

No not an option but then they pointed to a foot path and said we could go down there, which they said leads to the river about 2 Kms away.  So we said that cool but we wanna take the bikes.  OK they said, we just had to make a plan getting them through the fence.

We asked if we could Camp there – We got these looks of astonishment - NO absolutely not 3 main reasons.

1.   Can’t have us caught in potential cross fire - This is an active operational area with frequent engagement with poachers and illegal border crossing attempts from Zim.
2.   Direct threat from poachers / illegals stumbling across us at night.
3.   But more important – they reckon that the buffalo and elephant in this No-man land area are extremely aggressive with humans, from the relentless contact with poachers, shooting, snaring etc.

So we agree that we will be an hour and we will be back.


Jimbo ” The elephant were in plain sight, but a bit away.  This turned out to be a slight mistake, as on two occasions I was stalled in sand, and Mike was bogged down 50 meters away.  However with some lifting, rock and stick carrying and pushing we were both fired up again and riding out of the river bed, whew!!  Slept very tired in the bush near Masisi.  “


Don’t you just love this view of an Ele?  (Moving away from you that is)

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We’ve made it, the foot path took us right to the banks of the Limpopo. Here the foot paths were those created by elephants and other animals.  We were hoping that big herd we saw was not heading to the water. Everywhere you look their dung is scattered.

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The SANDF guys told us whatever we do, don’t go across the river to ZIM (I am guessing they meant Swim – they do and will just shoot!! These guys appeared running down the far embankment from out of no-where the instant we stopped the bikes.

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Happy to have spent some time at the river taking in the wonderful views we decide its time to fire up the Suzuki and head back. And that’s when we run into some sand issues after only a few hundred meters, starting with the Suzuki stalling and me bogging trying to tow start.  This was easily sorted, just turned the bikes around and 15 meters back we were on hard ground.

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While Jim was bogged I continue over a very sandy hillock which I made, but it took some riding effort .

So when I returned to Jim, I decided to do a little recce and try find us another way out and half way up a 15ft embankment I feel the bike sinking in. Throttle wide open I make it to the top but most of my momentum has left me and surprise surprise I make it another 10 meters on flat top before it’s on the bash plate. 

Sorry – no pics for the next hour (funny how the last thing on your mind is taking pics, when your sense of humour fucked off into the distance to watch you kak-off,  from atop a hard surface embankment!!!!!).

Then it was push her over, fill the hole, find sticks, rocks, pack, lift her up, get a meter and repeat.  1200 GS (Yes it does stand for Geen Sand) is just so freekin heavy, even when you’re not exhausted. 

However the positive is I developed a very useful technique for us small guys with these huge bikes, when your ‘e on your own, stuck in proper sand.  To give you an idea, I couldn’t even drag the back around once I had pushed her over to clear the hole from the back wheel.

If you are big and strong no need to read this – just use the sand recovery training they teach for normal people.. haha

1.   As soon as she starts bogging proper close the fucking throttle!  (promise no magic traction comes along from nowhere)
2.   Go find smallish flat rocks – even if you gotta walk far
3.   Dump the rocks on the left side of the bike
a.   Position a rock for the side stand for when you lift her.
b.   Position another on the right side at the back wheel
4.   Unpack bags (don’t have to tell U this,  do I – well fuck face here tried twice before taking the weight off)
5.   Push the bike over onto the right side.
6.   Fill the hole
7.   Lift the bitch up (I can only use the “back to bike” method – cause I AM SO FUCKING SHORT)
8.   Still on the right side, push the bike onto the side stand so it lifts the back wheel enough to slide the (well position) rock with your foot under the wheel.
9.   Now pack rocks between from and back wheel, and one or 2 in front of the front wheel.
a.   This will give you a runway to build momentum
10.   I run the bike out until on firmer ground, then jump on and do the weight back, standing, open up blah blah blah (and no I don’t look up – TOO FUCKING Tired by now)

Last little stick in the sand , used the above method and out in a flash. The whole time I had the elephants in the back of my mind and with around an hour of light left, it probably incentivised us to get out.

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Any way Jim and I were um.. really FUCKED by the time we got out onto firm track and we had used almost all our water for today and tomorrow.

So we followed the single track back out to the road and got through the fence and reported back to the SANDF guys. Sorry the 1 hour turned into around 3.

I ask the chap if they have water for us. We follow him to a water bladder strapped to a tree and I fill 2 x 2L coke bottles – I notice the brownie, greenie coloured water together with insects etc. –look at Jim glug down some pass it over and he glugs some. No position to be picky.


Snuck a quick pic of the base with Jim marching out…
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Back to our bikes. You can see the fence we had to negotiate our bikes through in and out – SOOOO Worth it.

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They wanted to know where we were sleeping so we said Masisi. Yeah Sure… we were gonna camp in the bush but couldn’t tell them that – they made it very clear this was an operational area. By now we were running outa light quick, so off we went. Stopping for a quick sunset pic on the Northern frontier road.

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Man they were serious about the operational area – on hearing the bikes, we had a guy run out of the bush fully loaded with R1 (I guess) ready for action (or a lift haha). We just kep riding and the look of bewilderment of his face was quite amusing. (no shots fired)

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Just after this pic, we met an army truck coming the other way  - it was the big makulu baas we had originally spoken to about going down the track to the river. Eish it was a Cab filled with smiles – they seemed very happy to see us (surprised to see us make it out maybe haha). Had a quick chat, thanked them again and waved good bye – (lekker Guys).



Traveling south away from the border line we pulled into the bush about 10 Kms before Masisi to set up camp. Light was almost gone. Had enough time to pull the boots off, set out the mats and then take this pic.

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Jim and I didn’t talk much for the first 30 minutes – just lay there staring at the stars and taking in one hellava days riding, while feeling the exhaustion easing off quietly into the dark as the weary muscles came back to life.

A bit later, I remember we ate some meat and chatted a bit (don’t recall about what) and next moment I think I hear rustling, walking other side Jim who is 8 meters from me. It stops, I sit up and ask Jim did you hear that?  No nothing. There it is again crisp and clear – There Jim, hear? Nothing – WTF are U deaf it is so clear? but still he hears nothing. Its probably the bloody Hyena coming for my steak (or me – Jim is too old and tough for them), or maybe it’s a poacher wanting my horn?!

The moon has not yet risen so it is very dark and I had lost my head lamp 2 nights before at Dassie’s place. Jim is too tired to worry about noises I can hear and he can’t, so I’m on my own.  I am peering into the dark past Jim, when I pick up summing black and small in my peripheral vision right in front of me on my ground sheet. I can see it cruising past me but cant see what it is.

So I grab the camera point and shoot, check the LCD – nothing. Third time lucky it was this little bugger – I was so relieved I wanted to kiss him and asked if he would like to share my sleeping bag for the night – no he just kept going.

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Whoosh - Morning arrived so fast!
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 18, 2012, 04:26:47 pm
Please Sirs, may I come with next time? :ricky:

Yes - but Why didnt you come this time??? IT WAS FRIKKEN AWSOME
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: africanSky on May 18, 2012, 04:55:41 pm
Very cool ride!
Out of interest what was everyone (except Mike) packing - Jimbo seems to have some form of portable field gun?
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 18, 2012, 05:59:23 pm
Absolutely EPIC!! You guys are brilliant!
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: Spore on May 18, 2012, 07:33:18 pm
Salute to all!! An epic ride in true big five teritory! :thumleft:
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 19, 2012, 04:20:10 pm

Day Five; 

The “Ease” back into civilization.

Jimbo “A very slow start.  Went into Masisi (to be seen buying water and petrol), and then headed to Tzaneen via Giyani.  I had intended to include a bit of the Kruger Park Fence again in our route back to Tzaneen, but we were almost “Walking Wounded”, actually limping wounded, and opted for the risk free route.  At Tzaneen, we were to stay with my friends Tony and Rose Long, and Dassie and Pillionbok were to join us again there and sleep over.  For a change, it all went according to plan.” 

The main goal of reaching the Limpopo from the Crocodile along the fence had been achieved and the real riding was over, but we still had some kuiering to do.

Last night we lay shirtless in the warmth under the stars until around 9pm before climbing into our sleeping bags, so it was a surprise to wake up to an ominous dark sky, feeling like rain any second.

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But that didn’t last long at all and within 20 minutes blue sky was prominent.

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Before we headed out, I took some pics of the GPS Stats for record.

Top left is where reached the river yesterday, and bottom right is where we camped.

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Took us 1,200 kms to reach this point

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As I said to Jim – 21 hours total Riding and 7 hours digging and recovery (probably not far off haha)

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Moving Average 57 km/h. This confirms a trip with Jim is a “RIDE” not a tour.

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The barbed plug still in place after around 400 ks and pressure good every morning. I will sort this out once at the farm later.

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And Off we go (did I mention I was getting sick of this dead battery bitch). The dead battery in these conditions contributed hugely to our fatigue over the last 2 days.
JIM HAVE U BOUGHT A NEW ONE YET?

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As Jim said no dirt, sand, rocks, elephants, hyenas or bugs for us today – just TAR TAR beautiful TAR – friggen Boring!!!!! But straight to a wimpy a few hundred ks away.

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Then more tar, and some more tar and some more tar. I was missing my screen BIG time now. I had taken it off at Dassie’s Farm to get some air at the low speeds and to be able to see (just collects dust till U can nutting). Dassie was going to bring it to the farm for me tonight.

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We arrived at our last night’s camp site on Tony and Rose’s Farm outside Tzaneen.  Absolute luxury after the past few nights.

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After a refreshing swim, we settled down on the stoep and enjoyed a few ice cold beers while  chatting the afternoon away with Rose and Tony our hosts.

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Dassie and Pillionbok arrived on the KLR early evening so it was a few more beers and then Rose treated us to the Best Oxtail to round off the evening.

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Day Six: 

Jimbo “Dassie and Pillionbok left for Hoedspruit, and Mike and I left for Johannesburg via the toll free R101 through Pretoria.  Thank you Sean, Dassie and Mike for your good company, support and assistance.”


Thanks Jimbo, Stevie and Dassie for a really memorable trip. -  Excellent

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Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: Panjo on May 20, 2012, 09:56:38 am
Great RR. Thank you for sharing. Did you share those GPS tracks?
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: ThinkMike on May 20, 2012, 01:10:28 pm
Great RR. Thank you for sharing. Did you share those GPS tracks?

Tx for reminding me. See attach
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: Stevie on May 20, 2012, 07:51:11 pm
Very cool ride!
Out of interest what was everyone (except Mike) packing - Jimbo seems to have some form of portable field gun?

.357- nuff said
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: dassie on May 21, 2012, 08:11:44 am
Thank you Jimbo. Mike and Stevie
It was a great ride and adventure.
Bravo Mike and Stevie for a great RR.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: JIMBO'S FULL MOON KRUGER PARK FENCE RIDE
Post by: JIMBO on May 21, 2012, 10:51:38 am
Thank you Mike Dassie and Sean for faithfully recording our little ride.  A few embarrassing shots there you could have left out, but that is OK I cant help it. 

Mike, you will be pleased to hear the "Dead Battery Bitch Suzuki" has had a new battery installed.  She will not be needing your 80 horse power starter motor in the immediate future.  I have got to admit this problem did hamper us to some extent.   On batteries;  I have changed quite a few motorcycle batteries recently.  They seem to last from 2 to 4 years, according to the dates scratched on them.  If you are planning a trip similar to this and your battery is more than 2 years old, I would suggest changing it irrespective.  I have found a failing battery usually gives about 10 starts notice.  This one was only 2 years old, and gave no notice. 

Tick bite;  I was bitten by a fever tick in right groin.  The typical red sore with the black spot in the middle presented its self.  I thought "oh no, here comes head ache and fever".  Anyway the the sore subsided and there was no head ache or fever - lucky me.  I have had it 2 or 3 times in the past.  Point is; we should carry some kind of tick repellent on low veld trips.  Any suggestions?? 

Sadder news;  You guys met my god daughter Joanne and her boy friend Rob Wooldridge at Barberton on day one of this ride.  Rob was killed last Friday night / Sat morning in Nelspruit while riding his motorcycle.  I am sad about this because Rob seemed to be into bikes and bow hunting, and I was hoping to get to know him a bit better.  I have spoken to Joanne in the mean time.
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Post by: ThinkMike on May 21, 2012, 11:11:36 am
SHOCK!!! Jim very very sad news!!!  My condolences to the family.

I just had a phone call from a mate who mentioned bow hunting and motorbikes this past weekend and I was thinking about the chat with Rob about how he got into the whole bow business and then motorcycle business!

Rob told us a few stories about how he was dealing with Bad behaving elephants when there was no way out .... bang hard a few times on the car door!!!!!


I had 2 of those bites on my right thigh - starting to come right now. On the ride, I think Stevie also found a tick on him (or was that you?).

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Post by: APO on May 21, 2012, 04:08:42 pm
I have a 9mm - can I come with next time?  ;)
Despite the troubles you guys went thru, looks like it was good fun - sorry it ended with the loss of a loved one, Jimbo.
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Post by: laurika on May 21, 2012, 05:17:04 pm
what fun you guys had!! the tick muti i always use it called "Bushman" its for ticks, fleas, mozzies etc....really potent stuff....
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Post by: dassie on May 21, 2012, 09:40:16 pm
Very sad news Jimbo!!!!! really sad to hear about the loss. It just shows you how short and precious life is when you chat to someone and the next time you hear he is no more with us. Condolences from our side.

Regarding the tick  :mwink: You can be glad she didnt decide to go a little higher  :pot: oh and yes it's a she  :laughing4: The females suck on to you and siphon the blood out of you to lay their eggs  :ricky:

Any way, thats fairly standard when you sleep in the bush....comon Jim, you are a hardcore hunter/biker/adventurer  :peepwall:

 :imaposer: Just pulling your leg, glad you are ok. :thumleft:
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Post by: Frog on May 24, 2012, 01:23:17 pm
Awesome ride and report :thumleft:
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Post by: GO GIRL on May 24, 2012, 02:04:32 pm
What a cool ride ....on your doorstep... :thumleft:

Hows the tyre/puncture episodes...that barbed wire not to mention that blow out... :o

Great RR Guys.... :biggrin:
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Post by: onderbroek on January 27, 2013, 07:36:54 am
awesome trip!
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Post by: Tiger8 on January 27, 2013, 11:41:26 pm
What an epic trip, thanks for sharing guy's :thumleft:   Respect for riding that 1200 the way you do, not many have the confidence to ride them to their potential, you sir are definitely no poser  :thumleft:

Jimbo, condolensces on your loss, very sad.
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Post by: J-dog on January 28, 2013, 06:23:08 am
epic. thanks for telling your story.
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Post by: Bashplate on April 15, 2013, 04:00:11 pm
Awesome!  :thumleft: :thumleft: