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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1000 on: January 10, 2019, 02:24:23 pm »
Thanks for the reply.  I suppose that is how it is.  :thumleft:

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1001 on: January 17, 2019, 12:31:41 pm »
This time last year, I was sitting in New Zealand and reflecting on my time in Botswana. What a trip.
Now I'm sitting in Green Point, still reflecting on my time in Botswana  :laughing4:

Towards the end of last year my boyfriend said "Why don't we do a bike trip around the coast?"
Hmmm, now there's an idea. So I set about renting a bike and realised that it just wasn't financially viable. Then some fantastic WD's came to the rescue.  :3some:

So on Tuesday we collected a good old Suzuki DR650.
I was a little nervous - I hadn't ridden a bike in a long time, and we'd have 30km to commute on the highway, and this was my second time riding with a pillion.
But once on the bike, with the single cylinder purring away (yes, this DR purrs. It ran far smoother than the one I used to own), I started to relax. The first few stops and traffic lights were a little wobbly, but soon it felt as if I hadn't had a 2 year gap in my bike riding.

Even on the highway, I was overjoyed. It felt so good to feel the wind in my face.

We took the N1 to Cape Town from Brackenfell, then jumped on to the M2, N2, and M3.
Not in a rush, we cruised at 80-100km/h, taking plenty of time to just enjoy the view and the road.
I toyed with the idea of going over Ou Kaapse Weg, but chose to take Boyes Drive instead. We were awarded with fantastic views of a wonderfully calm blue sea. Bliss.

We popped in to the harbour at Kalk Bay, and spied the seals, one of which was out the water and catching a nap on the pier.

The riding had worked up an appetite - I had forgotten how much hard work it is, so we popped over to Kalk Bay Expresso for pancakes and coffee. Mmmm! Consistently good food and coffee!

Adequately fueled, we mandered through Fish Hoek, and then did a short section of Ou Kaapse Weg before turning to Noordhoek and on to Chapman's Peak Drive.
Now, I don't think I've ever ridden Chapman's Peak Drive. I've cycled it, and driven it, but never been on a motorbike. I know, right.
I took it super easy and enjoyed the view.

Then we pulled in to Hout Bay and commenced the search for lunch. I was after some lekker fish and chips, and it took a bit of back and forth to eventually decide on a place - my boyfriend doesn't eat fish. We wound up at Muriel's, which wasn't too bad. But the shop at Mariner's Wharf smelt amazing and I'm going to go there next time!

The sun was out, there was a light breeze, and we were exploring by motorbike. What more does a gal need  :ricky:

Then work phoned... I was on night shift and they had a flight to PE. Woooohoooo! At least, almost a year at AMS and I finally get a PE flight!  :biggrin:
I checked the weather and NOTAMS (notice to airmen), then told work we could take off at 19:30.

Yay!
We rode along the coast to Green Point where I dropped my boyfriend at home. It was 3pm and traffic was already starting. I'd drop the bike back in Brackenfell and then head straight to the airport with my car.

I enjoyed the trip back to Brackenfell, and took great satisfaction in zipping past all the people in their cages. But sjoe, some okes lanesplit and ridiculous speeds!

I filled up the bike so it would be ready for its next adventure. It cost a whopping R95. I can't remember the last time I paid less than R600 to fill a petrol tank, so that was really cool!

And then it was off to work.
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1002 on: January 17, 2019, 12:39:59 pm »
Nice man  :thumleft:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1003 on: January 17, 2019, 12:46:36 pm »
1.) Kalk Bay Harbour
2.) Lazy seal
3.) Calm sea
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1004 on: January 17, 2019, 12:53:21 pm »
1.) The Beastie
2.) Mmmm, pancakes!
3.) Noordhoek

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1005 on: January 17, 2019, 12:54:58 pm »
1.) Noordhoek Beach
2.) Concentration...
3.) Chapman's Peak Drive

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1006 on: January 17, 2019, 12:55:54 pm »
1.) Hout Bay
2.) Biker shot
3.) Photos with bikes are just perfect

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1007 on: January 17, 2019, 01:01:10 pm »
1.) Hout Bay Harbour
2+3.) We went in search of a coffee shop, but could only find a few ship propellers lying around... turns out the coffee shop was closed for renovations

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1008 on: January 17, 2019, 01:01:41 pm »
1.) Fish and chips, lekker!
2.) Last one of the bike before blasting off home

I didn't realise how much I missed being on a bike.
My legs are still sore and my shoulders stiff, but man it was just so good. :patch:

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1009 on: January 17, 2019, 01:10:17 pm »
The drive to work was against traffic, fortunately, and I arrived with heaps of time to spare.
So I made sure the aircraft was ready, and did all the paperwork for the flight, taking care to familiarise myself with procedures specific to Port Elizabeth, and the airport layout as well as terrain near the airport.

We got going right on time and it was a chilled flight of around 1.5hrs, sitting at FL250.

We wanted to go into town to wait, but there wasn't room in the ambulance. So we went to the Engen across from the aiport and had some lekker strong coffee.
I had planned to be on the ground for 2.5 hours. It came and went. I got munchies and had a rather disappointing pie. After having a pie from Peregrine Farmstall all other pies have been ruined.
While we waited we did online quizzes on the PC-12 and learnt a few things. And waited. And waited. And finally got word the crew was on their way back. Sans patient.
I don't want to post details as I don't know all of them and you never know who reads this stuff.

So we packed up and walked back to the airport. And security refused to let us through to the apron.
We had gone through the arrivals hall.
"You must go through departures."
"It is closed."
"Huh?"
"The departures doors are padlocked closed. Please can we go through here?"
"No."
"So how do we get to the plane?"
"Plane?"
"Yes, the aeroplane, we are the pilots. We must fly our medical crew to Cape Town."
"Oh... you must go through the main entrance outside where the cars go through."
"It's raining. And we aren't in a car."
"You must go."

Now this is really not the conversation you want at midnight.

We eventually got to the plane (after phoning the ambo and asking them to pick us up and drive us through).
Then we spent 30 minutes trying to pay landing and parking fees.

Long story short, we landed at about 03:30. The headwind was strong and it took us about 2 hours to get back.
The flight back was smooth, and absolutely pitch black. So we turned the cockpit lights right down and kept ourselves awake by marveling at the wonder that is the Milky Way. It never gets old!

Photo: stages of sunset at 25 000ft
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1010 on: January 17, 2019, 04:52:34 pm »
The drive to work was against traffic, fortunately, and I arrived with heaps of time to spare.
So I made sure the aircraft was ready, and did all the paperwork for the flight, taking care to familiarise myself with procedures specific to Port Elizabeth, and the airport layout as well as terrain near the airport.

We got going right on time and it was a chilled flight of around 1.5hrs, sitting at FL250.

We wanted to go into town to wait, but there wasn't room in the ambulance. So we went to the Engen across from the aiport and had some lekker strong coffee.
I had planned to be on the ground for 2.5 hours. It came and went. I got munchies and had a rather disappointing pie. After having a pie from Peregrine Farmstall all other pies have been ruined.
While we waited we did online quizzes on the PC-12 and learnt a few things. And waited. And waited. And finally got word the crew was on their way back. Sans patient.
I don't want to post details as I don't know all of them and you never know who reads this stuff.

So we packed up and walked back to the airport. And security refused to let us through to the apron.
We had gone through the arrivals hall.
"You must go through departures."
"It is closed."
"Huh?"
"The departures doors are padlocked closed. Please can we go through here?"
"No."
"So how do we get to the plane?"
"Plane?"
"Yes, the aeroplane, we are the pilots. We must fly our medical crew to Cape Town."
"Oh... you must go through the main entrance outside where the cars go through."
"It's raining. And we aren't in a car."
"You must go."

Now this is really not the conversation you want at midnight.

We eventually got to the plane (after phoning the ambo and asking them to pick us up and drive us through).
Then we spent 30 minutes trying to pay landing and parking fees.

Long story short, we landed at about 03:30. The headwind was strong and it took us about 2 hours to get back.
The flight back was smooth, and absolutely pitch black. So we turned the cockpit lights right down and kept ourselves awake by marveling at the wonder that is the Milky Way. It never gets old!

Photo: stages of sunset at 25 000ft
Stunning
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1011 on: January 17, 2019, 05:16:56 pm »
Sorry for the hijack

On Tuesday I got the opportunity to fly in this beauty from Stellenbosch to Cape Town International. It belongs to a client of mine, and he had to take it to Robin Coss to upgrade the nav system.

We flew out over Fisantekraal, then Melkbos and over Robben Island, before going in to land at Cape Town.

On approach we were asked to fly a tighter pattern because there was a Qatar Airways A350 waiting to take off.

What a great experience, I am just used to flying in airliners as a passenger









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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1012 on: January 21, 2019, 06:49:13 pm »
Yesterday was my first trail run event. I convinced my friend to enter the Dirtopia Ride and Run mountain bike and trail run event at Delvera outside of Stellenbosch.
We entered as a team - she would cycle 10km and I would run 7.5km.

Other options were a 20km cycle and 7.5km run, or just a 10km run.

Registration was from 06:30, and we got there around then thinking it would be chaos. It wasn't. I was so scared of over sleeping I woke up every hour until, at 04:30, I got up and got ready.

Upon arrival we collected our bag with the timing bands and our race number, and then moved from sunny patch to sunny patch so I could stay warm.

At 08:00 the 20km cycle group set off, and we waited until 08:30 for the 10km group to start.
After about 25minutes a guy from the first group finished. 10km of mountain biking in 25 minutes  :eek7:

At 08:30 the group was off and I waited.
Two other friends who had joined the 10km run arrived and we chatted. The team event was a relay, but I wasn't too keen to wait 45-60 minutes, so I started my run at 09:00 with the 10km group.

The aim of the event was to have fun, not to make a serious competition. We set off at an easy pace, and encountered the first climb after a kilometer or two. I have been running every second day, and did two 10km road runs prior to this, so I was feeling amped. My friends chose to walk and I jogged ahead.
There was no shade, and no breeze, so I made sure to take it slow, drink often, and walk if I felt I needed to - no point in pushing too hard and hurting myself.

The route took us amongst the vineyards, and then we started to zig-zag our way up part of Klapmuts Koppie. On the flat sections I took it easy; I didn't know the route but I did know there was a sneaky climb at the end and I wanted to conserve my energy. I managed to pass a few people, then we played leap frog, until eventually I was behind a lady and keeping up.

There was a water point about half way, but I had my Camelbak so I carried on. Then we entered this awesome single track section through a forest. The temperature cooled right down and the route was flowing. I really enjoyed it. After that it was back into the sun and the point where you turned right to finish the 7.5km, or left to finish the 10km. The marshal said "You go right here" and jogging on the spot I said "Can't I do the 10k?"
"What?"
"Please can I do the 10km route?"
He shrugged, "Sure."

And off I went. I didn't have to, but I was feeling good. I wasn't as tense as I normally am when I run, and I think after waiting so long to start I was just eager to get going.

We had a few more climbs and then single track down through another forest. I had gained on the lady ahead and found my opportunity to pass as she walked up a hill. "Passing right!", I jogged past her, breathing deep, my legs burning from the climb. The end was near. "Slowly!" I told myself "There's the sneaky climb at the end!"
I flashed a 'hang-ten' at a photographer and carried on, 1.5km to go. I could see the climb, and the start point. And it didn't seem far. I can do this.
I kept an easier pace, breathing deep.
I started the last climb, made it a few meters, and slowed to a walk. It turned sharp right and continued, though not as steep. "C'mon, push!"
I picked up to a jog, followed the hairpin left, up some more, another hairpin right, and I was on the home straight.

My friend who had cycled cheered me on, along with other friends who had arrived. One more hill. And I was across the finish!
Breathing deep, sweaty, but not as tired as I thought I would be.

I handed in my race number and timing tag, and walked in circles, I had felt worse.
My watch said it was about 9.3km. That made me feel a little deflated. The course wasn't a full 10km. But hey, what an awesome morning! And it wasn't even 11am - it felt like 2pm!

Big ups to Dirtopia for a really well organised event. Things ran smoothly and on time. The course was a good mix of climbs and descents, and the single track amazing.
I'm looking forward to another one!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1013 on: January 21, 2019, 08:17:41 pm »
Well done
next time take some pics  ;)
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1014 on: January 21, 2019, 09:16:52 pm »
1.) On the road just after 05:30. Awesome sunrise
2.) Blue skies, it's going to be a hot day!
3.) Klapmuts Koppie from Dirtopia
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« Reply #1015 on: January 21, 2019, 09:21:28 pm »
1.) Organised set up
2.) Pretty flowers
3.) A medal! And some porcupine quills I found in one of the single track sections
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1016 on: January 21, 2019, 09:44:37 pm »
You are living life Sardine  :thumleft:
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1017 on: January 22, 2019, 03:14:24 am »
I just love your pictures. Confession: I "steal" some of them and use them as a background on my work laptop!   ;D
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1018 on: January 22, 2019, 07:12:11 am »
WELL DONE  :thumleft:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1019 on: January 22, 2019, 09:08:24 am »
Excellent en well done!  :deal:
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