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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #100 on: April 17, 2013, 03:30:35 pm »
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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #101 on: April 17, 2013, 03:34:49 pm »
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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #102 on: April 17, 2013, 03:38:39 pm »
Verborge talente sę ek jou, puik geskryf.   :thumleft:  Ek sal maar my Nam trip opsy skuif om eers die storie klaar te lees.   :lol8:
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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #103 on: April 17, 2013, 03:43:12 pm »
Nee kyk as jy dit doen kom julle nooit weg nie... Lyk my ons gaan nog LAAAAAAANK baie lekker lees.

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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #104 on: April 17, 2013, 03:45:52 pm »
Great story telling skills Jup!  :thumleft
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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #105 on: April 17, 2013, 03:48:54 pm »
My spirits lifted as I knew this was the out. I had my feather feet back and swept with an easy stride into the sharp right-hand turning climb.

During ones life you would hear people relate of life threatening moments when time stands still and its decision time.

As I came around the corner there was a short 30 meters or so stretch of road ahead and then a sharp left turn. (Continuing for a while the path would climb like that) I was in the left hand spoor with rock piles inbetween, and the right hand spoor was against the cliff face. There was no way, with my speed, I could cross over.

On the left, leaving me about a foot to foot and a half of the spoor, was a big gaping sink hole, probably 10m long or so. I doubt I would have survived it, had I hit it.

This was now that moment when I went into a time lapse and had one of the biggest "O FOK'S" of my life ( including one skydiving jump when my main shute would not open)

Since starting DS riding and doing my course, I've been a big advocate of off-road training, to the point where I get angry when people dis it. This moment, and the next few seconds, was the reason that had defined my convictions. There will come a day when your training instincts will save your life, you don't know when, and today was my day.

I was utterly cold calm. I knew what to do. There was enough spoor to get accross, I had the thousand yard stare. Focus on the exit and I smoothly floated accross. Never a moments hesitation... and that is what saved me. The experience was surreal.

I stopped just as I got around the corner and shock settled in. You can't avoid that "WHAT IF", its human. The big scare remember was that I was alone. I believed that that had been a death defying moment. I sat there for a long time reliving it, untill reality set in with the realisation I have to carry on.

This had been the part that had haunted me for years. You can't avoid the flash backs and it still sometimes cause mild anxious anticipation when on rides. But the mind is a wonderful thing. You get over it.

What does not kill you makes you stronger  :biggrin:
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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #106 on: April 17, 2013, 03:59:37 pm »
...just loving this ... :thumleft:
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« Reply #107 on: April 17, 2013, 04:00:15 pm »
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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #108 on: April 17, 2013, 04:02:42 pm »
                                                                        TO BE CONTINUED...  :biggrin:
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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #109 on: April 17, 2013, 04:19:30 pm »
Jupscribed...
 

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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #110 on: April 17, 2013, 04:40:14 pm »
 :thumleft: Jup ..


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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #111 on: April 17, 2013, 04:48:58 pm »
Lekker G-man. Hou so aan. :thumleft:


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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #112 on: April 17, 2013, 05:12:42 pm »
I'm loving your wild, dangerous and risky side Jupiter!!! bring it on, the suspense if thrilling... hope you will compliment this with pics soon so we can gauge the time period.

On my trip with Carrots last year, when we took the GSA up Sani pass, was the last time I intensionally put myself at risk. I miss the rush, but caution comes with age. Enjoy it while you can... and your bones are still young enough to heal  :imaposer:

Like I said, I no longer have the pics of this trip. They were on a PC, before WD and RR days, which got lost in the Blue Nowhere when it was thrown away. I never really thought I would tell about this trip, and therefor did not pay attention to preserving them. Its a great pity, because there were a few awesome pics.
hehe if this story has any more reckless stories bud its mandatory you do the rear entry with us.  :deal: a few calculated risks keeps me young and interesting you see.  :biggrin:
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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #113 on: April 17, 2013, 05:46:07 pm »
The day was by far not done. The worst mental and physical exersion was still to come.

The whole pass is about 50km long and eventually took me over 6 hours to do. This middle stretch, from where I enterd the kloof until I wil exit the mountains later, about 20km and it took me over 4 hours.

I started climbing the mountain ridges again. Short steep twists and turns. The gradient was vicious in places and the spoor cement track, broken in parts. I had to stay on the tracks, because out of it was rough. I could not sit and ride as I could not see over my tinted screen with the aerotrim. I had to stand and pull hard on the handle bars and the blisters that had started to form were ripping.

Now and again there would be a little bit of flat and I would stop and rest. For the most part the track wound around the mountain with a cliff face on the right and steep drop to the left. It was hot and the exersion draining and still I could not see that I was getting out this cursed mountain range.

Eventually I saw the top of a ridge, only to get there and have my mood sink in dispare. In front of me was short valley and accross from it a long road that ran almost straight up the mountain, from my perspective so steep, it looked like it rose like a homesick angel.

I could see from the distance it was also cement spoor, which would help, but if it was anything as steep as some I just did, I'm going to kak off. I was now worried about my hands and having difficulty holding on to the bars on the steep climbs. The surface is ruff and I can't stop to rest for fear I won't get away again. And the momentum needed to keep going on those climbs was way outside my comfort zone on a rocky track.

Anyway, one step at a time and down the hill I go. A few twists and turns and I'm at the bottom of the hill, looking up at the track. Its not as steep as it looked from the other side, but still daunting. That's not my main worry though. The track is mostly broken up as far as I can see it. Rough stone and I would have to ride in the left spoor next to the drop-off.

Go and get momentum, don't look down, forget about my hands that feel like they having the skin ripped off. My speed is good and I'm comfortable bucking it over the stones. I see a seriously rough patch and realise I'm not going to make it, hesitate a fraction and try to get over to the right spoor which looks a bit better. I get stuck and fall over to the right, with the bike on top of me, on my right ankle, and pinning me against the cliff face.

I'm stuck. Not hurt and no pain. I lie there, heart thumping from the effort. I had made about a 100m. The hill is actually rising undulations. I'm on a steep part and as Murphy would have it further, the shit kept on happening on steep parts.

I'm pinned and because of my position can't pick the bike up. No leverage. I rest and have a smoke to ponder the situation. Remember, there is always a way out. The bike is lying at just over 45 degrees, so it is weighted on me. First thing is to get my foot out from under the peg. I can get my left leg, which is still over the seat, into a squat position to push agaist the seat. I move the bike a bit and get my foot out. I'm still pinned against the cliff. OK, push the bike away, try wiggle up, hold it and get up. Does not work. I'm just to cramped up against the cliff.

AG FOK DIT ! I give one mighty push and kick the bike over on its left side. Damage is now the least of my worries. I need to get out of here before I crack up. Its hot and I drink plenty of water. That's one thing I always make sure of, plenty of water so that was at not a worry.

The hill is still a way to go and I'm now getting really tired. I'm not sure how much more of this I can take. At least I was reasonably fit from my mounting biking, but the days I could endure endles effort was long gone.

I take a short walk up to look at the surface. The bike is in the right spoor, but the left still looks better. I find a spot that I can cross over and clean it up a bit.

I've got my composure back, get dressed and mount. Fix the STARE, zone out and go.
...dis nooit te laat om n happy childhood te he nie !

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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #114 on: April 17, 2013, 06:04:25 pm »
This is turning into one heck of a day. Wow awesome man. Glad you here to tell the story.
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« Reply #115 on: April 17, 2013, 06:26:17 pm »
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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #116 on: April 17, 2013, 07:35:20 pm »
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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #117 on: April 17, 2013, 07:36:32 pm »
I'm angry at everything, mostly for putting myself there. But I don't loose it, yet, and ride with controlled agression. My guardian angel has to step up the pace. I hit a nice piece of spoor and gun it. I want to get out of here.

I see the next steep climp approaching, but I'm ready for it. Every bit of up is closer to the summit(which I still can't see). And then I see ahead the spoor break up. Apprehension. The surface looks loose and rocky and when I hit it the bike starts to buck and toss. I see an even rougher patch ahead. Hier kom groot kak. I'm going to get tossed off the side of the road and its a long way down.

You may ask why I'm riding in the left spoor all the time where I risk going off the road. The right hand spoor was to close to the cliff face and with the bucking over the loose surpace I risked tapping a handle bar and getting tossed.

There's only one thing for it. Stop, re-assess and start agian. I pull the clutch and manage to stop wthout falling over. I need both feet on the ground and its so steep the brakes won't hold the bike. I leave it in gear and switch off.

Since I started the climb from the kloof the bikes been cooking and the fan blowing. I smell hot metal and realise my mistake. The enjin needs to run to turn the fan and mix the juices. I clutch back a bit till the bike holds, get in neutral and start it. Eventually it would idle itself cooler. The AT is a tough bike.

Now I look at my situation. There's some spoor on the right and I need to get there. I'll paddle the bike over and get going again. I pull away and the back wheel spins. remember the Sirac. Try again ... spin and the bike is beginning to dig in. I get the moer in. I've had enough and senselessly gun it. Stupid. I'm loosing rational thought. I get calm and get off the bike while holding it. There's nowhere to put the sidetand down. I try push the bike under power. No go, it only digs deeper and I'm just to tired to put in any serious effort.

Eventually I manage to bury the backwheel up to the axle. Moer toe, wat nou. I get off the bike which is now parked on its own, find some shade and commence to gooi some DIK ZEN.

The solution is there, I just need to open my mind and find it. I calm down. I'm still alive and have food and water. It's a minor setback. Its as simple as falling over, but when your tired you don't see it. Tilt the bike over on its side and get the wheel out the hole. Fill it with rocks and pick the bike up again. Easy, NOT.

I work slowly to conserve what energy I have left. Its getting late so there is a bit of urgency, but no panic. I've resigned myself that I will get out of here today and work with calculated determination. Done, but the bike is lying wrong on an incline. I'm not sure I have the strenth to lift it, but I also now when you needed it, its there. I squat, get a good grip on the bars, but manage only about a 500 yard stare. Its has to do and I give an almighty final effort heave and get the bike on its wheels. I'm on the right side of the bike, the side stand on the left... balance and walk around. The bike stands and I go have a rest.

Now, when I did my off-road course I wondered about some of these skills we were being taught. Surely not. Let me tell you, on this day I had to use every skill we were taught and  invented a few variations.

I needed to get the bike to the right spoor. Forward was a no go. I cleaned up at the back and clutched it in first gear with the bike off, slowly reversing untill I had it in position on the right spoor.

I checked the hill. It looked good on the right, but mighty close to the cliff. Right in front of the bike was about a three meter stretch that was partly broken with only a couple of inches of track to ride on. The rest looked good.

I had to pull away, steady the bike in a staight line immediately and GO. If I miss that piece of track I'm gonna get stuck again. Follow the routine... compose, think it through, line up THE STARE, on the pegs, up and go.

The bike coughs, takes a gulp and dies. Ag nee, norrefok, wat nou nog. Off the bike and take a smoke. Start it again and it idles nicely. Can't be broken. Open the throttle and it chokes. Turn the throtlle slowly and the revs pick up and holds.

Later I would learn that its a vapour lock in the fuel filter caused by the heat. I'm set again, do the routine and I'm off, safely negotiating the narrow strip and when I hit the good part I gooi. Don't look at the cliff face. A couple more tight twists and turns. The surface is good and the going positive.

My mood lifts and then I see the top of the mountain and undoubtably I'm getting out of this damn pass.

...dis nooit te laat om n happy childhood te he nie !

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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #118 on: April 17, 2013, 07:56:22 pm »
The road flattens out, I tap off the throttle and coast to the top, and there in front of me, below the hill, lies the most beautiful valley I have ever seen. Well, not really. It was just a dry piece of wide open land, but right then, in my exhausted mental and physical state, I had never seen anything so welcoming.

An overwelming sence of relief comes over me, and I just sit there on my bike and cry in my helmet. It was all behind me, that dark hole and all the sukkel put to the back of my mind for now.

Little did I know it was not over yet. The Fat Lady still had to sing her final song, when a little further, just passed this magnificent vista, I would come accross another, in my mental state, near insurmountable obstacle.
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Re: jupiter's travels - the story of a journey
« Reply #119 on: April 17, 2013, 08:19:17 pm »
More?
Gee you really got it that day. No wonder you didn't speak about it and yet the worst is to come. What you overcome on your own is legend. :thumleft:
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