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Offline krazy-eyes

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« on: May 21, 2006, 12:09:30 pm »
Friday night at 8, my friend mike and I decided to go see if we could find snow in the northern Drakensberg. We packed all the hiking gear and by 9 o clock we were gone. We arrived (by car) at 12 and set out from the sentinel parkinglot. Despite the weather forecast predicting the worst in terms of wind and snow, it was cold but not freezing, about 3 degrees. We had driven through rain on the way there, but now the skies were clear and we could see snow on the peaks across the valley!
We walked a couple of hundred metres and set up camp on a level spot. Well? it seemed level until we got into the tent. There was a micro mountain range of pebbles, stones, grassy mounds and rocks under the floor of the tent and we laughed uncontrollably when I finally said: ?its gonna be a loooong nite!?  The stars were twinkling in the icy night sky against a backdrop of silhouetted mountains.
We went to bed at 3, after finishing off a bottle of Cactus Jack.
It never did get cold that night despite being very windy at times, and the warm sun woke me at 9. I got out the tent expecting to step into knee-deep snow (as per weather forecast), but there was none. Ok, to be fair there was snow?..faaar into Lesotho, but that didn?t help us did it?
After unanimously deciding that hiking around the area sounded like way too much exercise, we packed our stuff and started the long 300m down hill slog back to the car  :lol: .
It did start snowing in the distance so we decided to drive in that general direction. We drove back via golden gate national park, clarens, and Bethlehem. All we saw was intermittent rain over the 450km, ranging from light drizzle to cloud break, but no snow.
Just on the other side of clarens we caught up to some people on Harley?s, it was pouring down. Just as I passed the back rider, there suddenly was mud on the road. I un-intentionally sprayed him ?six ways from Sunday?, he looked like he had just done the roof of Africa - in the rain! Poor sucker!
All the way from Bethlehem we encountered bike riders heading back, caught in the rain, I pitied them and turned up the heater and wipers some more.

packing


starry night


the next morning


snowing in the distance


blue sky


straight from katse. the lesotho highlands water outlet. note the diameter of the section of tunnel.


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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2006, 12:26:25 pm »
Nice!
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2006, 02:58:53 pm »
Very Nice!
 

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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2006, 03:27:30 pm »
Nice but I think this only qualifies as a "drive report"  :D
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2006, 03:40:55 pm »
the lesotho highlands water outlet. note the diameter of the section of tunnel.

If you like the ducts, come see our workshop, we made the 30mm thick steel liners that the ducting is strengthened with, we could do a visit one weekend during a ride?

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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2006, 03:52:02 pm »
That would mean riding past Brakpan, not everyone has thier passports yet.
 

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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2006, 04:30:29 pm »
Quote from: "shark_za"
That would mean riding past Brakpan, not everyone has thier passports yet.


This is the other cuntry, past springs even!

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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2006, 04:51:52 pm »
Seriously cool, KE  :thumbright:

BTW, is that a WRX Sub? Despite popular belief (among DS'ers), there are nice cages out there.
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2006, 04:59:04 pm »
Quote from: "Welshman"
Quote from: "shark_za"
That would mean riding past Brakpan, not everyone has thier passports yet.


This is the other cuntry, past springs even!

Welsh

 
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2006, 06:28:42 pm »
Quote from: "Butch"
BTW, is that a WRX Sub? Despite popular belief (among DS'ers), there are nice cages out there.


nope, its a subaru forester XT (2.5 turbo) - fast as hell though!
0 - 100 in 6.3s
160kw
310nm
we got to harismith in 1 hour 45  :shock:

the nice thing is, it still has good ground clearance (210mm), so it can go up moutains etc. also, i like station wagons, they give me lots of space for my paraglider and camping gear.

DD. i did report on the respective rides of the muddy harley and the drenched superbikes didnt i?

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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2006, 07:32:03 pm »
Some awesome pics there Krazy... pitty no bike pics though, cages just don't do it for me.... WAY TOOO  MUCH STEEL!!!!

Fast for a cage is slow for a bike, even the GS 0-100km in 3.4 sec's

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« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2006, 12:09:50 pm »
Quote from: "funacide"
Fast for a cage is slow for a bike, even the GS 0-100km in 3.4 sec's

 :lol:  :lol:  :lol:


Hey mate, thats really fast. Have you done it before?

0-100 is a test of skill and nerves on a bike.

Anyhow. Nice drive report KE. Skeered of the cold on the bike? Hows this for a recent bike trip down here in the Cape. Hope you dont mind a friendly similar pic semijack.

From the recent geelbek challenge

Note snow in wayyy background of pic



At De Doorns.

My finger tips nearly fell off from the cold.

very minute is a chance to turn it all around - Vanilla Sky



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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2006, 12:13:18 pm »
Nice wagon dude.
Similar function to mine, just mine is much slower, same torque though.
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