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You are truly making this house your home, and it’s really great to read about your endeavors, the wins and even the setbacks-that, as they say, is life!! We hold thumbs for you this side of the water!!

Thanks Robbie! Encouragement is really appreciated.

You know, I was sitting outside earlier just chilling and watching the sunset. I got to thinking. I realized that one of the things I moss most about moving to the US is just being able to pick up the phone and call a friend. Or just get in my car (or on my bike) and go visit a dear friend.

Those "ad-hoc" braais, the beers while watching a game, sharing stories and just talking kak….   

I realized that life on a different continent can be quite lonely.  :-\
Ride Reports / Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Last post by Minxy on Yesterday at 10:53:24 pm »
Wednesday the 17th of September 2019 (continued)

“This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one…” - Paulo Coelho

There is something about seeing some green in the ever changing landscape that immediately ups our spirits and draws us closer. In the distance we catch glimpses of the mighty Hoarusib riverbed.

I stop frequently today to take photos. It almost feels like nobody will ever believe what we have experienced and seen here today. This place is for lack of a better word, just magical.

There are a few hills which offer amazing views over the vast riverbed. Even amidst the terrible drought there is so much beautiful lush greenery here.

I look out over the riverbed in complete amazement. This must be how the explorers of old felt like, not knowing what wonders they would come across on their travels.

And far in the distance, a Himba woman walks through the desert carrying water.

It is hard to believe that people can survive in an environment like this, and that so little has changed over the years. It's almost as if time stands still here.
General Bike Related Banter / Re: Old bikes - do you keep them registered?
« Last post by manxkipper on Yesterday at 10:04:06 pm »
Licence fees are less than 200zar per year. No point in trying to save that amount in my opinion. All my classics are licenced and comprehensively insured.
Ride Reports / Re: Tankwa Trek (16 - 30 Sept 2019): Oh I don't know where I'm going
« Last post by Ri on Yesterday at 10:03:31 pm »
Day 13 (cont'd)

Some curving stone wall kraals built against the rock.

Seems like this area saw a bit of rain

This isn't even the pleatau ridge; that is further to the left.

Still, it feels like one is looking out onto forever. It is surprisingly green here, considering the drought over the Northern Cape.

Time for another comfort break, due to my diligent intake of fluids. Throne with a view.

After a detour of an additional 20km, I join the R356 again and turn towards Sutherland.

Ride Reports / Re: Tankwa Trek (16 - 30 Sept 2019): Oh I don't know where I'm going
« Last post by Ri on Yesterday at 09:57:14 pm »
Day 13

Today is a day of indulgence, albeit butt-numbing, knee chewing indulgence. Long ago, before I learnt to pick up a motorbike, a friend pillioned me to  Fraserburg, On the way back we rode the Rante road which follows the plateau ridge to Sutherland. Since then I've been very keen to ride that road again. Today is the day.

I also plan to ride Ouberg Pass, a pass I first rode in March 2 years ago and have longed to attempt again. The destination for today is Cederberg Oasis, meaning another looooooong day in the saddle.

I'm awake and packed up fairly early, eager to get going. I say fond farewells to my loved ones. My planning shows that I'll cover about 387km today - not much less than the 405km of yesterday.

Leaving the farm, it's hard to imagine that it's barely 20km outside Fraserburg, it looks and feels so remote.

Jet trails

The trails used to cross right over the farm from south to north, but with the new SKA, the planes are rerouted around it to not interfere with the signals.

I head into town to say good bye to my mom, then turn towards Sutherland. Just beyond the edge of town I take a left onto the Rante Road. Today is a warm day, and it's good to be on the move.

A farmbike greets me along the way

The plateau drops away a bit and more vistas open up

I'm so busy looking around I almost overcook another corner, but by grace manage to save it. Lovely ruins await, and I decide it's time for a comfort and photo break.

Dry riverbed to one side

Fallen down korbeel. Beautiful stonework still visible.


Some pussy for those of us with feline fetishes :P

KITTIES!!! :love10:

Well, if you want to do more technical rides, then smaller bike is in order.............. :biggrin:

Minxy invited me to sit on her 500 and it is surprisingly saggy, bit like the DR650, I managed to touch terra firma on tippy toe :biggrin:  Might not need a big shock adjustment. I've also seen some lovely specimens for sale.

But for now the DR650 will have to do. It is surprisingly capable, and even though a little heavy for Kaokoland (for my size and capabilities) I reckon I'll be able to tackle most other places. Dwerg said my DR650 rode best in the sand in Marienfluss - he doubted anyone could have caught him that day. Yes he rides much better than I do, but knowing the bike is capable gives me confidence.

Like I said before, I think you'll enjoy the 500 big time for more technical riding, but the DR 650 is a great bike, good all rounder. It looks like you are really enjoying your bike and riding some lekker roads on this trip :)

And as for the puncture business, I agree with Xpat, being able to fix things like a puncture does give you peace of mind. We learned how to do it with some ladies training a few years ago. I literally never had to fix my own puncture before though, as I never ride solo, but it's good to know how to do it, even if you can just give somebody a hand when they help you :) And it really isn't difficult, I'll show you when you get a chance to visit us again :D
Sidecars / Re: My Sidecar Project
« Last post by roxenz on Yesterday at 09:15:12 pm »
Ek hou ook dop hier. Dis interessant om te sien van al die los goed wat gemaak moet word dan hoe dit begin vorm aanneem. Amper soos "in die begin was die garage woes en leeg" en nou is ons al so te sê by die sewende dag (maand)...
General Bike Related Banter / Re: Franschoek Dogs.
« Last post by 2StrokeDan on Yesterday at 09:07:03 pm »
Smaak my ek moet die Bergpassie n go gaan gee  :laughing4:

Se maar hello vir al die ouens wat onder in die rivier rondle. :ricky:
Sidecars / Re: My Sidecar Project
« Last post by Vis Arend on Yesterday at 09:04:39 pm »
Geez, it is the 1st time I see your bike so clean.   :lol8:

Hou so aan, die projek raak nou interesant.   :thumleft:
The Comedy Club / Re: Funny quotes, memes and laughable matters
« Last post by windswept on Yesterday at 09:04:03 pm »
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