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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2013, 11:11:30 pm »
Looks like an epic ride. Post more pics dammit!
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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2013, 06:41:49 am »
Wow!looks like a proper adventure.looking forward to the rest
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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2013, 06:52:01 pm »
Looks like an epic ride. Post more pics dammit!

My good friend! Nice to hear from you.  :thumleft:

We have two more days to go so I will get right to it. Hopefully Mike Glover will send more videos I can link.
 

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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2013, 10:11:39 pm »
Day 2 came with a bit of anxiety. I didn't sleep well. The evening before I meant well my helping a member in my
group to re-jet his KTM300 (six days), third one for the evening, and stupidly over-tightened the main jet resulting
in a broken off piece stuck in the carb. The blood drained from my body the moment I realized what I've done.

Stupid, stupid, stupid! By the mercy of the Gods I managed to correct my mistake and undo the damage but I still
felt bad and spent the night dreaming about my ordeal. The other little consideration was that today we had to cover
160km over apparently more difficult terrain. Roll on!

Our day started with a rather slippery little river crossing. I was completely soaked by the time I got to the other side.
Not because I fell or swam but because of the roosts from the various bikes battling over slimy boulders to get across.



The rest of the morning went well as we climbed up steep but smooth gravelly slopes until we got to the day's first big one.
Elephant's Trunk!!! This was the show stopper for many a rider.







Apparently we passed through an Yellow Wood Forrest on Elephant's Trunk. I remember riding across thee roots and dodging
tree trunks but never took notice of the species. This section drained my energy like nothing on the day before. Steep as hell
and littered with huge boulders and loose rock.







Earlier on the foothills of this mountain a guy on a 525KTM passed and roosted me with stones and dust. Reffing his bike
and making noise. As I watched him break out in sweat, flip his bike and struggle to free himself after it fell on top of him
I thought, yea, karma is a bitch! Normally rush to help but this time I just watched in satisfaction.

By the time we got to the top of the Elephant we were buggered. RIP Losper  :imaposer:



We camped out and gathered our strengths because two thirds of the day still lay ahead!  :o





Elephant's Trunk ended a whole bunch of rider's day early. Luckily there were marshalls to help the stricken.
« Last Edit: October 11, 2013, 10:29:31 pm by Michiel »
 

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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2013, 10:45:19 pm »
My team mate, Dr. Cobus Fourie, got terrible cramps on day 2 and set about treating it by soaking himself
in water every time the opportunity presented.





The rest of day 2 disappeared in a blur. I remember riding across the most spectacular landscapes. Over Telle-Tubby like
grassy hills and down some downright demonic down-hills. Sometimes so steep I felt like I was on the verge of tipping forward
and smashing my face.



We ended up in a rush to avoid being cut-off at the 3PM point and kept on racing to complete the day before nightfall. There
were more exciting river crossings and heart stopping hill climbs. Along the way we found a team that broke a hole in their bike
sump and helped them with the extra oil I carry. All in all one truly magical day of extreme enduro.

 

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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2013, 08:58:01 am »
Jis Michiel dit lyk regtig awesome my vriend!!! Ek is groen groen groen van jaloesie :drif: Sien uit na dag 3 gooi hom frikkie
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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2013, 11:05:36 am »
 :eek7: Respect!

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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2013, 06:21:02 pm »
Good grief!! Check the oke walking with his bike's silencer in his hand!!!! :eek7:

Ek vat nie n fok my XT soontoe nie.
 

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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2013, 06:45:51 pm »
Looks mooi
 

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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #29 on: October 12, 2013, 07:03:57 pm »
Good grief!! Check the oke walking with his bike's silencer in his hand!!!! :eek7:

Ek vat nie n fok my XT soontoe nie.

Kom nou 2SD, bring jou 2T!  :deal:

Dag 2 het 'n CRF230 se silencer ook af geval... Die roete was rof op man en masjien.
 

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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2013, 07:35:17 pm »
By the end of Day 2 we left the fenceless expanses of the Transkei and entered the commercial farm land of
the Eastern Cape. Our accommodation after day 2 was at the Maclear School. When we arrived most of the participants
were already relaxing by their tents on the school's rugby field. So many riders didn't make the 3pm cut-off and had
to take a short-cut to Maclear.

The school is situated on a steep hill in the picturesque town overlooking a beautiful valley. We had magnificent views
right from our tents on the rugby field. The old two story hostel reminded me of my school days. We used the hostel
facilities and though there wasn't hot water the showers was perfect to freshen up after a sweaty day out in the dust.
The mood was light and everybody had something to tell. Dinner didn't disappoint and after the brief we settled in for the night.

Day 3.

Mike Glover warned that this would be the mother of the event. The distance was just about the same 160km of the previous
day but ahead of us lay some really tricky terrain. I was exited, concerned, worried and slightly panicked at the same time.
We left Maclear in a slight drizzle and quickly climbed up on top of the first mountain. Not long and we were challenged with
our first serious climb for the day. We actually followed an old 4x4 route but it has since been washed away and offered lots
of challenge and fun.

My team, Losper + Dr. Fourie + Michiel, decided our survival strategy for day 3 would be to look after ourselves and not to waste
energy and time by helping everyone around us but this didn't work exactly as planned and before we knew it we were pulling
stricken bikes up impossible ledges. The first quarter of the day played off in a blanket of mist.

Interesting enough, by the time we dropped down the Northern side of the mountains the skies cleared and the sun was baking again.
More amazing landscapes followed as we neared the Rhodes area. Here the farms are like something out of a fairy tale. Rivers snaking
round lush green fields with beautiful sandstone farm buildings and sheep grazing peacefully. Now we made a steep ascent to the top
of the mountains. The track was easy yet fine loose black soil kept the fun factor high. The climb was relentless. I steamed up in second
gear yet still boiled the KDX before I reached the top.

The top.



What goes up must come down. Easy does it.




« Last Edit: October 12, 2013, 07:39:44 pm by Michiel »
 

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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #31 on: October 12, 2013, 07:49:45 pm »
We made the 13H30 cut-off with time to spare but Losper was in pain from a troubling back and decided that he wasn't
going to risk the last quarter of the day. From here it was going to be just the Doctor and myself. What lay ahead of us
was something we feared since we heard about it. The dreaded Dargle!

The farmers has fenced off a servitude track up the mountain leading more or less from the Rhodes town road to Tiffindell
Ski Resort. This 20m wide fenced track is used to heard cattle to the summer pastures and over the years it has eroded to
leave literally just the bedrock of the mountain. It was so funny. To the left and right of the fence there was perfect grassy
slopes but where we had to ride it looked like a riverbed.



Right from the offset Dargle lived up to its reputation. Dr. Fourie went ahead and between us rode another guy we were going
to help since his partner couldn't carry on. As Dr. Fourie negotiated the section as seen in the picture above he loosened a rugby
sized rock which came hurtling towards us down below. Don't be fooled, this is a fokken steep little track. We ducked and dived
but the rock was on a course of its own and struck the oke's bike right on the rear sprocket bending it such that the chain would
de-rail the moment he started riding again. I spent the next 10minutes hammering away with a long spanner and rock to try
to straighten the sprocket. Though my effort was a success the guy decided he was better off turning around.

A little higher up we came across three teams bundled together. One guy helped another and got his finger cut straight off by the
rotating chain and sprocket. I looked from a distance and saw him holding his hand in pain and shaking from shock. We decided to
push on. Now we really had to look after ourselves. The Doctor and I took turns in helping each other to drag our bikes where we
couldn't ride them and inched our way up Dargle.



The team ahead of us. This time I didn't just watch on because I felt like carma had to run its course, I was just too bloody
exhausted to leave my bike and scramble up-hill to help.

« Last Edit: October 12, 2013, 08:11:07 pm by Michiel »
 

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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #32 on: October 12, 2013, 08:17:02 pm »
Yes, Dargle was a kitty of another kind. Though it felt like torture I enjoyed every blood sweating second
of it. One of the teams behind us overheard me thanking the Doctor for agreeing to carry on and attempt
Dargle. I said that I was so thankfull he was willing to carry on since I didn't want the weekend to end.

They wanted to know what was wrong with me? ... I just laughed since I couldn't come up with an answer.





 

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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #33 on: October 12, 2013, 08:28:19 pm »
Ek ry lekker saam, thanks Michiel. Well done again, that route looks insanely difficult... but perfect Roof training :thumleft:
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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #34 on: October 12, 2013, 08:40:36 pm »
Excellent RR, Lyk Hectic
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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #35 on: October 13, 2013, 09:06:18 am »
Awesome Awesome Awesome Befokke bedonnerd Awesome!!!!! Gooi daai RR's :deal: ons wil alles hoor

 :imaposer: :imaposer: I guess that sums it up perfectly.  :imaposer: :imaposer:

Jeepers that took guts . Respect to you Michiel, Edgy and the others . :notworthy: :notworthy:

Lekker RR Michiel  ,you describe it so well , and the photos are great considering it was from a phone. That video the organisers made is awesome. Wow is all I can say! What an epic race.  I still watch your hair raising Lesotho videos, which made me fall in love with the KLR , but this is something else. Well done guys. Not something the rest of us will ever do, but great to check the footage and read the RR .  Thanks for sharing .  :drif:
 

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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #36 on: October 13, 2013, 03:25:09 pm »
Well done and thanks for the great RR, make me exhausted just reading it.
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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #37 on: October 13, 2013, 03:40:34 pm »
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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #38 on: October 13, 2013, 05:43:43 pm »
We didn't exactly know what to expect. I understood that it was supposed to be an "extreme" enduro event,
but reason dictated it couldn't be because it was also open to anyone and surely the organizers wouldn't risk
sending mere mortals on an hazardous course. How does one measure a non-competitive and open "extreme enduro" anyway?

Well, well, well. Sea to Ski has just set the standard!!!

My tired brain and battered body will tonight fail to come up with appropriate words to describe the last three
days so I will draw upon some of the thoughts that crossed my mind as we rode.

EPIC ADVENTURE - BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES - MIND BLOWING ROUTES - AWESOME FUN - TREACHEROUS TRACKS
OVER AND ABOVE EXPECTATION! - FLIPPIN HARD - BEWILDERING MOUNTAINS - NOT FUNNY ANYMORE - ARE YOU KIDDING?!!!

Pictures won't do justice to what we saw out there so I didn't really bother. Got a couple of shots with my phone
for what it was worth. Will post a little rr tomorrow but here is one to start with.

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Re: Sea to Ski 2013
« Reply #39 on: October 13, 2013, 09:12:57 pm »
Saloot, :thumleft: daai is hectic! Wel gedaan en dankie vir die pics  ;D