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Offline slashback

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Fire-Buckets adventures.
« on: December 02, 2007, 05:22:49 pm »
This is my first attempt at a ride report...hopefully it works...
Well, here it is...hopefully. I'm still trying to figure the whole photo-bucket thing out!
For those of you who haven't been following the whole Fire-Bucket thing, I have "donated" an old pewter mug to the forum, with the idea that we try and get it as far and wide as possible. It will hopefully be passed on from Wild Dog to Wild Dog as they do trips around the country, and even abroad. This hand over will hopefully be done "bike to bike" with an official photo and maybe a small doppie from said Fire-Bucket. The "transporter" will then do his trip and take relevant photo's, obviously including someone enjoying a beverage out of Fire-Bucket, and then pass it on to the next Dog!

JonW and I kicked it off yesterday with a trip up Sani Pass. After a whole week of watching the terrible weather, Saturday dawned bright and sunny, and we met up in Hilton at 6-00am, and headed off towards the berg. Just past Midmar dam, we took to the dirt on the Petrus Stroom road and headed towards Dargle, where we stopped for the first ‚??official‚?Ě Fire-Bucket photo!



From there, it was out on the Dargle/Impendle road on the way to Himeville. It was here that we took the scenic rout (Ok, wrong turning) and found a ‚??new‚?Ě dirt route to Himeville‚?¶looking back, I think it was the better route, the scenery was brilliant!

Rainbow lakes



We found a low level bridge over the Umkomaas river, just outside Himeville, which was just begging for a few photo‚??s





And from there it was into Himeville, and then a quick double back to Underberg, to see a friend whom I hadn‚??t seen for around 12 years. Fire-Bucket was ‚??Christened‚?Ě here, with it‚??s first Hansa!
Imagine waking up to this view in the morning (excluding WD‚??s)
 


We then pushed on back to Himeville and through to Sani border control (You do need passports!) The road to the border post is under construction, with lots of graders and dump trucks etc. Not to mention idiot cage drivers! The closer you get to the border post, the worse the road becomes, but nothing that a WD can‚??t handle!
The border control was quiet, and after a quick sip of juice from Fire-Bucket (It was juice!) we had or passports stamped and we were ‚??Up, up and away!‚?Ě
The pass itself is not too bad, there is the occasional rocky section and a few splashes here and there, but all in all, a nice, not too technical ride. There was a Mountain Bike  race on though, so there was quite a bit of ‚??traffic‚?Ě in the form of  (silly) cyclist‚??s and their seconds, but they were a chatty bunch and I really take my hat off to them for just attempting Sani on a MTB! Well done guys and gals!

Border Post

Silly Cyclists

Halfway up


Twisty bits


Made It!! Sani chalets/ pub, is the highest pub in Africa, and I think this was the main aim of our trip, to get Fire-Bucket baptized in true WD style.



Good stuff, this Maluti Lager!

Cheers Fire-bucket!


There are some stunning views from up there on the sun deck

From there, we took a quick jaunt into Lesotho, and then it was back down again! Again, nothing too difficult, just keep your wits about you and watch the front brake! (And silly Cyclists!)

We even found a novel way of cooling the brakes down!!

Maybe I should change my name to Splashback?

From here it was a fairly straight forward ride back to Himeville for lunch and a Golden Throat Charmer!! As we pulled up outside the pub we saw a Dakar and two other KLR‚??s parked outside, so we went in and introduced ourselves, and were soon shooting the breeze with three potentially new WD‚??s! Nice meeting you guys! Fire-Bucket even got in on the action!


Lunch was excellent, and the Golden Throat Charmers worked wonders too! This is one pub that is very consistent as far as food quality and friendliness goes! As Arnie said
‚?? I‚??ll be back‚?Ě
 
We hit the road at back to Maritzburra via Loteni/Kamberg/Nottingham road and down the old road through Balgowan and then into Hilton where JonW branched off, and I carried on into PmBurg.
As we hit the Cedara flats, just outside Howick, my bike went onto reserve. I looked at my trip meter‚?¶.400 k‚??s on the button! Not too bad on one tank, considering the way we‚??d been riding.
My thanks to JonW for the company and helping get Fire-Bucket there and back in one piece! Cheers Bud!
Hopefully, this is the first of many Fire-Bucket adventures, and I think we could have fun with this!
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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2007, 05:48:38 pm »
:thumleft: Nice! Who gets Fire-Bucket next?
 

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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2007, 06:24:15 pm »
Pictures are excellent your Photobucket skills are great... now just make the pics 800 x 600 and you are perfect ;D

Very nice ride...

Slashback i'll send you image resizer tomorrow a handy little tool. 
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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2007, 06:27:11 pm »
R500 for the first oke to drink a full fire bucket of tequila  ;D
 

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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2007, 07:17:04 pm »
Great stuff. Excellent first ride report.  :thumleft:

I'll be having one tonight on Fire Bucket and his future travels ;D
 

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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2007, 07:23:05 pm »
1st ride report .............Great report !! :thumright:

1st ride report with firebucket.......priceless !!   ;)
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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2007, 07:35:32 pm »
Great stuff. Excellent first ride report.  :thumleft:

I'll be having one tonight on Fire Bucket and his future travels ;D

Cheers Trailrider! I'm doing that right now!
How we gonna get him/her down to you guys....?
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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2007, 07:57:31 pm »
Hey Slashback

Thanks for the trip, what a lekker way to spend a Saturday.
How can I be lost if I've got nowhere to go?
 

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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2007, 08:11:40 pm »
Hey Slashback

Thanks for the trip, what a lekker way to spend a Saturday.

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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2007, 08:18:34 pm »
Very nice report
Keep it up
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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2007, 08:25:07 pm »
Lekker report and pictures

So, whereto now for the FB ???
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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2007, 08:37:05 pm »
This is going to become a "problem" , in a nice way!! Is anyone coming through KZN/PmBurg at some stage? I would like to try keep the "handover" from bike to bike.
It looks like Trailrider, Detourer and Captain have sort of booked it from about the 15th Dec, and someone mentioned that Slainche is going down that way soon?
Hmmm..logistics!!! Any ideas ..anyone?
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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2007, 09:34:23 pm »
gentlemen, i do believe we are witnessing the start of a legend,epic ride report. that mug is gonna be seriously famous but also inspirational! can wait to hold that smug mug!
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2007, 09:35:12 pm »
gentlemen, i do believe we are witnessing the start of a legend,epic ride report. that mug is gonna be seriously famous but also inspirational! can wait to hold that smug mug!
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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2007, 09:35:43 pm »
Pictures are excellent your Photobucket skills are great... now just make the pics 800 x 600 and you are perfect ;D

Very nice ride...

Slashback i'll send you image resizer tomorrow a handy little tool. 

Nah... I like the BEEEG pics. Upgrade your monitor, or change the resolution!  >:D BEEEGER is MORE BETTAH!  8)
 

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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2007, 06:33:09 am »
Reminder.

Knysna > Baviaans > Bo-Karoo & Sutherland > Kalahari > Namibia... & back... 5-12 or 13 Jan 2008. Have made space already.

Agree with slashback that it should be handed bike-to-bike. Remember to get some nice "handover" pics!!!!

Also, VERY VERY NB... maybe some sort of logbook, or engraving even - to keep track of how many km the FB has done? That would be lekker.

PS: What's the penalty for breaking it (or God forbid, losing it)..?
I've rukked it, I've plukked it, I've even dropped it... and the KLR is still in one piece...
 

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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2007, 06:39:44 am »
Kewl Idea Detourer, re the log book, could we not just include it in the ride report?
So far Fire-bucket has done 413 km's

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« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2007, 07:19:42 am »
Looks awesome guys. Hope to be able to carry "The Firebucket" on a trip some day! ;D
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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2007, 07:25:28 am »
what a nice trip, hope there's many more for the fire-bucket

my vote for this fire-bucket trip picture:


Cheers Fire-bucket!




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Good first ride report....... ;)

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Re: Fire-Buckets adventures.
« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2007, 04:06:42 pm »
Excellent pics ;D

Great report
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