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Taking laaites camping...
« on: August 23, 2008, 06:45:02 pm »
A while ago Lootch was working on his Africa Twin in my shed and the topic came up about spending more time with your kids or trying too. As I don't have kids...yet  :biggrin: .........said let's get all our friends with boys and organise a night out camping. The boys are only between 3 and 5 years old so should be great for them even if we drive around the block a couple of times and then camp in a park  ;)

Christo did some legwork in the week and found a lekker camping place about 35 miles away where you can even make a bonfire. Now you would think nothing off it but these english okes are kak bang when it comes to fire, something about London or something burning down a few centuries ago not sure but anyhow this is where we want to be  :thumleft:

As Mrs Maverick is working tomorrow and Monday no chance of me getting the car...damn....or maybe hot damn  :patch: So grabbed the camera, GPS and beer (it is for medicenal purposes  :deal: )



I push the hack out of the shed and tighten the rear wheel nut as there has been play now since I last replaced the wheel bearings. Just never get around actually doing anything to it or on it.



Now for those wondering WTF is a hack....



I get all the camping stuff out I normally take plus some additional stuff for breakfeast etc...

Skottlebraai - Check
Tent - Check
Camping Chair - Check
Gas Bottle - Check
Self Inflating Matresses - Check
MSR Stove for coffee - Check
Sleeping Bag - Check
Water Can - Check
Dog - Check  :biggrin:

Bella is slightly bemused with all the stuff going on and wonder what am I up to now as normally when the hack is started up she is going somewhere to play

Are we nearly there yet



I fit my GPS V on the outfit as my speedometer records the mileage but the calender does not go over 20 mph  ::) At least now I will be able to fly like the wind and see how fast it is  :ricky:



The trunk get's packed with wood...lots of it, doubt they will be happy if we start pulling a tree stump towards out fire pit



Amazingly with this it takes me the best of 5 minutes to pack, maybe this is the way forward adventure riding  :eek7:



If anybody wants to know why I dislike Vespa's severly observe closely the silver mark on my tank, a Vespa was on the bike ramped and launched itself off onto the sidecar. Needless to say I was not fecking impressed  :dousing:



Right finished my beer, bike packed and ready to roll tomorrow. More pics to follow hopefully of what happens on the mud island on a long weekend in August  :lamer:

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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2008, 07:58:22 pm »
Nice report this is the spirt of biking just envious of all the packing space but taking your own wood with makes me happy we still in Africa. Hope the boys enjoyed it :)
 

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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2008, 08:15:03 pm »
Nice one Maverick I dig the Bike, love the colours to with all the stickers Heehee!!

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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2008, 04:03:16 pm »
Sunday morning started off wet and wondering how much Bella is going to enjoy riding in the rain, luckilly by 12:00 it clears and I have packed everything including the braai grid now.



Have no idea how big this "fire pits" are so rather prepared than unprepared is my motto, Bella is still deciding whether she is going to stand/sit or lie down. I stuck all the soft stuff under her so she is comfortable and able to move around on her harnass



Wooooooooohooooooooooo we are on our way



I never knew how fast the sidecar could go and getting anything from 82km/h to 69km/h depending on the wind and hills. It ain't fast and it ain't pretty but it is going forward

I get to the camp site around 14:00 and Lootch is already there having put up camp and I am treated with a cold beer the moment we stop. Bella is immediately off the bike and ready to play with the boys. At least now my arm can get some rest throwing a ball around the whole day.

We take a walk in the forrest with the lads and they climb and jump on everything like boys should. Also collecting some wood for the fire as we reckon you can never have enough wood.

We get back to camp, crack open another beer and get the fire going

Lootch Jnr waving at me from across the fire



The sidecar attracted a fair amount of attention and every now and again someone would stop at our camp and ask questions and have a chit chat, now how can I use this as a babe magnet  :biggrin:



As the sun goes down we enjoy being able to sit outside with a nice big fire and share stories of great holidays back in Africa.



Christo opens a pack of marshmellows for the boys and we all have one...or two  :thumleft:



I am surprised the boys is still up and going as normally by now they would be pretty tired after a full day of excitement. Bella being a springer just kept on going...and on ....and on and on and on



This is how you know you are in England, open curtains/tent/eyes and watch the grey skies  ::)



We prepare a lekker brekkie on the skottel and watch the dark clouds push over. Finish breakfeast and pack up camp. Even though this was only one night out think it is a start for the little ones. They enjoyed every moment of it and looking forward to the next outing. This means the men can get out more  :biggrin:

On the road again and ready to roll



I get alot of waves and looks heading back home on part of the M11 motorway. Bella must be tired as she crept under the sail of the sidecar and slept most of the way home



Gooi mielies pel, full throttle flying down the highway at breakneck speeds of 75 km/h  :o  ;D



If you have not taken your kids out camping this year, make a plan boet  8)  :ricky:
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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2008, 04:17:21 pm »
hehe! ;D
Nice one!


I wonder how your HP2 will look with that sidecar stapped to it.... :imaposer:

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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2008, 04:22:43 pm »
Awesome Maverick, like the dog in the sidecar :)
You planning to replace him with dawife? :) :)

Took my son on a ride about 2 weeks ago, he loved it, even asked me on Sunday, while it was damn cold and wet, if we can go for another. Guess i have a small/expensive problem coming up :)

Nice report as usual
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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2008, 04:28:07 pm »
Hey lekker...one can still live lekker there..cool stuff

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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2008, 05:27:53 pm »
Awesome bike and dog! And camping with the laaitjies!
 

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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2008, 10:44:48 am »

Nice one Mav & Lootch!!  :thumleft:    Hope to see some PW50's going along on your next trip...  ;)
 

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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2008, 10:54:08 am »
wow,,,what a great thread,,,,so lekker,,,,,,,thanx for sharing,,,nice bike,,,nice dogs,,,kids are lucky
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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2008, 01:30:12 pm »
Nice one Maverick


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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2008, 01:44:58 pm »
Thanks for the nice words guys, always nice to just get out there a bit even if it is short and sweet  8) Any day's camping beats a day at work  :thumleft:
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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2008, 02:47:06 pm »
Bloody nice RR there Maverick.
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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2008, 02:52:21 pm »
Nice report - great stuff!
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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2008, 02:55:12 pm »
Maverick you should get some goggles for Bella to keep the bugs out of her face!! :ricky: :ricky:
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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2008, 02:56:07 pm »
Love the story.

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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2008, 03:14:09 pm »
Maverick you should get some goggles for Bella to keep the bugs out of her face!! :ricky: :ricky:

I need to order some Doggles



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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2008, 11:15:43 pm »
That is excellent.

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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2008, 11:51:19 pm »
Jip, for me it was probably the best weekend I could have which did not involve me on a bike. Just a couple of my pics..




His first camping trip! Off course he can't wait for the next one. Fortunately that's will hopefully be sooner than he expects.


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A rare break for Bella. I thought the four adults and two kids throwing one ball after the other might tire her but alas that proved to be impossible.


What did that £$%& dog do with the ball??


Breakfast! Flippin heck we did not have a shortage of food! Probably because we had the kids with us so the mommies decided to pack enough food to ensure their "babies" don't go hungry. Obviously they had to pack enough for their husbands otherwise we'd probably eat the kids' food. Not complaining though..


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Re: Taking laaites camping...
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2008, 09:38:41 am »
That breakfast looks good mate I'm getting hungry just looking at it!!!  ;)
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