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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1480 on: February 16, 2020, 09:47:17 pm »
16 February

Great day in PE.
Apart from someone pinching my plakkies 😒
And now, thunder, lightning and the patter of rain!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1481 on: February 16, 2020, 10:19:25 pm »
@TeeJay my First Officer  ;)

@Kortbroek , wasn’t me!

@Thump, I can never get it to tag you...
Ja, nogals hot today. But wow, two days of no wind!
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1482 on: February 17, 2020, 09:50:33 am »


Quote from: Sardine on Yesterday at 10:19:25 pm

@Thump, I can never get it to tag you...
Ja, nogals hot today. But wow, two days of no wind!



I went to special school so I'm too special to tag
Boys will be Boys.
And girls are darn thankful for that
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1483 on: February 17, 2020, 08:18:56 pm »
17 February

After two days of perfect weather in PE, I woke up to moody skies and choppy seas.
It was still a great walk though!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1484 on: February 17, 2020, 08:20:43 pm »
And I got to fly.

1- Aero Commander reflection
2 - looks worse than it was
3 - Magic Hills runway

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1485 on: February 18, 2020, 08:20:56 am »
Just love your day-at-the-office pics!
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1486 on: February 18, 2020, 09:42:25 pm »
18 February

Cycling postponed due to weather.

So I thought of working on the rough training plan I made to improve my running strength and speed. Today was meant to be intervals.
But, I wasn’t feeling particularly energetic.

With all the rain I figured I should at least do some hill training on the treadmill.
But, that didn’t seem right- I had my raincoat with me, it wasn’t cold outside...

So I walked around the Rhodes Campus. And even found a few hills so I at least got some hill training.

It felt like I had walked further than I did, but even so it was really peaceful in the rain, and I got to watch as students ran between classes.

Then, coffee and admin.

And to round off a relaxing yet productive day, dinner with friends.
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1487 on: February 19, 2020, 08:41:51 am »


Quote from: Sardine on Yesterday at 10:19:25 pm

@Thump, I can never get it to tag you...
Ja, nogals hot today. But wow, two days of no wind!



I went to special school so I'm too special to tag

@>>Thump°C Not impossible, just a bit more tedious :P
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1488 on: February 19, 2020, 07:21:15 pm »
19 February

Bike - Hike - Bike
3.6km (2.2mi) hike

I dreamt that when I woke up, I wasn't in the mood to go to gym and hit snooze. And I was ok with that - I had a morning of cycling planned.
But then, my alarm went off and I really did wake up. And I felt good.
So I went to gym, and then packed the last few things for the cycle.

Today's weather was the complete opposite to yesterday - warm, light breeze, and only a few clouds. Perfect day for adventuring!

We set off to El Shaddai, a first for me. The plan was to do a +-10km cycle.
It's a beautiful piece of land. The cycling was on jeep tracks that were a mix of compact clay-like stuff, little loose rocks, big loose rocks, tricky climbs, easy climbs, and tricky and easy descents.

Some pushing of the bike was required, but for the most part I was able to power up the hills. And I only almost fell off twice (after hitting rocks that sent the front wheel flying). And I felt really good. My legs felt good and the bike felt good. I fitted narrower handlebars a few weeks back, and I think I have finally adjusted to them.
There were some downhills with lots of loose rocks that, a year ago I would have walked. But I just repeated "The bike goes where you look, look where you want to go!" and it worked out great!

We saw zebra, giraffe, impala and some other little critters.
A coffee break was had, complete with a great view and Tim Tams!

About 8km in, we left the bikes and set off into a gorge on foot.
We clambered over rocks and trees in a beautiful forest, and followed the river up to a waterfall where we had lunch. And more coffee. And biscuits.
I wanted to get under the waterfall, but it required scaling rocks and we decided to rather leave it.

Getting out of the gorge required a really fun scramble up rocks, aided by ropes. Again, I was feeling strong. The exercises I have been doing following my knee injury and really working!

We then followed the jeep track back to our bikes. And got an idea of the hills we still had to cycle up.

But, they weren't too bad. And there was a really fun downhill section. The second half of the cycle was about 4.5km.

Thus concluded our day. And what a great day out it was. Despite the amount of climbing over such a short distance (+-12km total cycling), it was a really fun ride. And the hike was great fun too. Such incredible views!

Definitely one of those "visit again" places.

And I am glad I went to gym first thing, because now I am ready for bed!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1489 on: February 19, 2020, 08:38:19 pm »
:)

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1490 on: February 20, 2020, 05:57:40 am »
Nice pics......last pic......err .....jump sugarlump.......or rather not  :imaposer:
Ja/Nee
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1491 on: February 20, 2020, 07:31:43 am »
all I read was:  ....... Tim Tams   .......

 :drif:    :drif:    :drif:

lekker man lekker!!!
->    TransAlp 650 - sold
:(    Yamaha XT1200Z - written off - R.I.P.
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1492 on: February 20, 2020, 09:25:41 pm »
20 February

Another beautiful day, and despite being tired yesterday, I woke up feeling refreshed and motivated. I had got through most of my to do list before 07:30. Good thing too, because my day got busy after that.

I helped out at a school (reading and writing with kids), went for a walk, had time to read a chapter of my book, and got to play in the dirt and mud on motorbikes.

A very productive day! 🙂
And to think, I almost hit “snooze” on my alarm!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1493 on: February 20, 2020, 09:29:30 pm »
all I read was:  ....... Tim Tams   .......

 :drif:    :drif:    :drif:

lekker man lekker!!!

So, I can’t remember if I had had Tim Tams before, but if I did, I ate them wrong. Then, in 2017 or 2018, my ex explained the correct way to eat them... nibble off a bit and each end. Insert into hot coffee or hot chocolate, and suck the scalding liquid up. The Tim Tam melts from the inside, and you get coffee/chocolate deliciousness.

Well, the other night I had dinner at friends, and I wanted to show them my awesome Tim Tam trick. Only, I forgot how quickly the entire Tim Tam gets reduced to melted mush, and... proceeded to loose the thing in my cup of coffee. It still tasted good though.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1494 on: February 20, 2020, 09:42:38 pm »
Red Stable

Today I traded in pedal power for horse power.
After my productive morning, I headed out of town for a bit of helmet time. The stable was full, with a CRF230, CRF250, CRF450 and XR650. Ooooooo  :3some:

First things first, I donned the sweat suit (ATGATT), and took the 450 for a quick blast. Not before asking “Will it kill me?”
To which I was assured “No, as long as you don’t wind the throttle.” Right.
Well, I am still here! Though I must admit that I only went up tp 3rd on my “blast”... but what fun!

Beast parked, I hopped on the 250, and with A on the XR, we set off for Alicedale, then went over the mountain to Riebeek East, into the little valley thing, through some mud, back to Alicedale, and back to the farm.

It was pretty much the loop I cycled last year, and found myself thinking “Wow, I would love to do this on a motorbike!”
Well, that’s checked off now  :ricky:

The road going to Riebeek East is badly eroded from the rain, and would have been very tough on a bicycle (worse than El Shaddai yesterday, I reckon). But the back handled it well, and I felt quite comfortable and relaxed. Now this was a proper blast.

On the gravel highway sections (i.e. pretty much the entire 100km trip), I found myself thinking about what a friend of a friend said about headspace... “Don’t hijack my headspace”... don’t talk to me. And it got me thinking about all of my little adventures, and how we all have different ways of having “me time”.

I love being outdoors. Obviously. I do a lot of thinking, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes optimistic, sometimes dark, sometimes I have grand realizations. It is often nice to just go out by oneself. But, it’s also nice to have company. Though in group settings, talk often turns to politics and I tend to zone out then. Hullo, I am trying to escape here! Cycling provides a little more headspace time. And then I thought about the ride I was on.

And I realized that motorbikes could be the perfect balance... you can be alone with your thoughts in your helmet, but have the comfort of knowing there is another human nearby. Win-win.

Anyway, even if my headspace does get hijacked, I consider myself very fortunate to be able to go exploring the way I do!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1495 on: February 20, 2020, 09:45:53 pm »
1 -  work didn’t get the memo about hijacking my headspace... on a mountain and they are still phoning me!  :deal:
2 - last time I was here was in my car, and the water was a little deeper. I opted to turn around then...
3 - but today we had a break...
4 - and carried on!

Another terrible day!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1496 on: February 21, 2020, 01:52:48 am »
You are certainly having a good month H  :thumleft:

I am very jealous  :peepwall:
Young enough to know I can, old enough to know I shouldn't, stupid enough to do it anyway.
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1497 on: February 21, 2020, 05:35:38 am »
Nice - what a blast  :thumleft:
Ja/Nee
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1498 on: February 21, 2020, 06:07:57 am »
Heather you have a good life, and you just make it happen!! Well done and keep going!!  :thumleft:
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1499 on: February 21, 2020, 09:11:50 pm »
Aircraft picture to keep @ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS happy  :lol8:

Beautiful conditions today. There was fog in the morning but it burnt off quickly.
About 2.5hrs after we landed in Kwandwe the most spectacular storm hit  O0
 
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