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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #40 on: May 08, 2008, 04:53:05 pm »
Okay thanks MJ, no worries

LS let me now if you going to order a child harnas.I am also in the market of getting one.
Will you know if and when :)
 

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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #41 on: May 08, 2008, 05:06:00 pm »
Awesome

years ago when my eldest was a lightie i "fashioned" a harness out of belts an stuff for a trip i did in Zimbabwe.... nothing close to the professionalism of this harness, just the answer that is.

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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #42 on: May 08, 2008, 07:29:59 pm »
You East London ouks/gang really do the most wonderful trips. Enjoyed it very much. Thanks
 

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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #43 on: May 08, 2008, 10:01:43 pm »
Great stuff, love the landscape pics with the bikes, what camera do you carry?
 

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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #44 on: May 11, 2008, 07:09:25 pm »
Come now Michnus, gives us the next section already... You sleeping there in EL??  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #45 on: May 11, 2008, 11:16:19 pm »
The next 50km section was going to be riverbeds with serious sand and some rocky spoor to make things more interesting.  The girls did not expect any of this, for myself, I thought just another lekker day sand riding.  Metaljockey had "selective memory" he did not recall the difficulty of the sand since their visited to the area was by car.  ;)

We stopped for a quick break at some dams but we were out of luck for a swim and some water. The dams were build right in the middle of the riverbed.



We were still in high spirit, it was hot, but the scenery was awesome and the riding as good as it gets, BUT it was't long and I started picking up bikes.  MJ was having a great time out front, but still had to work his ass off not dropping his bike with little missy.

For me picking up a bike is somewhat along these lines. First pick up used 20% of my reserves, the second time 30% of my reserves were gone and by the third time the remainder was moer toe!

I can't remember the amount of times I had to help pick up the bikes, 12 or more times that day.  Every time it got more and more difficult.

The biggest lesson learned, even if you CAN ride a bike, if you can't pick up your own bike or keep it up right, rather make use of a smaller bike for D/S riding.

Somewhere-Els did extremely well in riding the bike, the biggest draw back came when she stopped or when it moved over the balance point, she was just not able to pull it up and keep it there.  So more than often she just dropped it and could not pick it up by herself.  MrsMJ did well, she only dropped her bike once or twice that day, and it helped with conserving her energy.  Somewhere-Els and myself was seriously fast running out of water and energy.



The sand tracks got worse and worse as we kept to the riverbeds.  Lots of bushes in the tracks and with sharp bends around rocks.  The cars that passed before us had the most impact on the rideablity of the track.



I am the boss of this farm. 8) ;D



All of us had cameras, but concentration on riding took priority over picture taking.

The area had an above average rainfall and some of the riverbeds were still wet.  This seriously heightened the difficulty rating.  It made it very difficult to gauge the direction and route you needed to take.  The sand was so soft, it was like riding into a milk tart!



Sweets was all she wanted.



It wasn't long and the Dakar got buried to the belly pan in the sand.  Somewhere-Els followed MrsMJ's tracks, the DRZ floated, the Dakar not!  With Cracklin's Dakar being repaired a while ago for a gearbox that broke in a riverbed, still stuck in my mind, I feared the worst because there were no movement in the drive train.  Luckily when MJ kicked the bike in neutral, we started it and all seemed well.  Man, you just don't kill a Dakar.  ;)
Luckily Somewhere-Els didn't moered me too hard, because I raised my voice a bit at that stage.  >:D ;D



On her way, riding like the devil is on her tail.



We had to rest, it was after midday and in between the hills, it was nose-bleeding hot.

The second most important thing to remember on a trip  WATER!!!!!!!!! And enough thereof.  We were working so hard, we drank a lot and were seriously low on water.  That morning we thought it was only going to be a short ride for the day and we would be fine with the water we had.  HUGE mistake!! Your water intake quadruples, and a 50km stretch took us the better part of the day. Never under estimate the terrain.



The scenery was beyond belief.  If you really want to appreciate this kind of beauty you have to visit this place and see it for yourself.






Things never seemed the way they looked, you would storm up a hill and halfway there a tarred road? becomes an enduro type rock filled crater!!  The incline was nothing special, but the loose fist-size rocks, strewed across a hard pack rock surface, turned it into a little bastard hill.

MrsMj, nailed it and got a good way up the hill! :o




MJ who got out quick with the help of the WP (thanks to KTM), ran down to ride MrsMj's bike up as we could not afford any breaking bones!




By now I was really, really, fucking tired, a Dakar is one heavy bike, ask me I know.  8)  My mouth was like a piece of bark, my tongue stuck to the back of my teeth!!

This was to be the first time on the trip I dropped my bike.  I knew what was happening, but there's nothing I could do about it.  The more tired you get, the more you loose concentration, the more difficult it becomes to ride the bike. Still Somewhere-Els and MrsMJ, surprised us, they rode like Dakar competitors, I could not believe they were doing this well under these circumstances.

1200's don't break easy, they sometimes get narcolepsy.  :D






MJ helped to ride my bike up the rest of the way while I went down to get the Dakar up the hill.

Good god woman!!  She actually made it up halfway.  :headbang: :o A bit more practice and these two girls will keep up with us!



The scenery from the top was just spectacular.  This is life, taste it, smell it, it's great, absolute joy and happiness.  LIFE IS JUST F-ING GREAT!  Tiredness and thirst got replaced by adrenalin and extreme pleasure.




Where we came from:




It did not go better onwards ? it got worse, and we still had many miles of sand to cover for the day.  At least we had some good patches to pick up speed in between.





We saw some real "half men's trees"




This fucking sand just did not stop!  Every time you get out of one riverbed and there is one more.  Eventually we ended up at this water hole, but seeing that we are so close, according to the GPS, we decided not to take a break or a chance on the water.




And then more sand ..  Maybe it was because I was so dead bloody tired, but it felt as if it went on forever.  And I was still picking up Somewhere-Els bike every now and then.  It was getting harder for her to keep the bike up right when it got off balance, when she got going again she nailed it just fine just don't stop Honey, don't stop!!! :D

MrsMJ by now was floating the DRZ like a pro enduro racer.  She really was in tune with the bike! :headbang:




How de hell all of us, except MJ, passed this moerse big Gnaap nobody knows, what a beautiful plant.




This girl is always as happy as a kid can be ? :)




Much later that day we booked in at Vioolsdrift Bushwhacked (Bozbafok) back-packers/camping site.  All of the hard work and pain and all we can show is this foto  the best effort of the barman, one lousy shitty out of focus picture, die twatwaffle!  ;D

But it does not matter, when we look at this picture we will forever remember the good times, hard work, sweat and joy of the girls first proper off road trip. It's just great having them share our biking passion with us. You girls rock ! :occasion14: :headbang:




My first beer gave me brain freeze and throat lock, but man, it was great to feel Carling run down my throat.

We had plans to carry on through the Richterveld, but Vioolsdrift did not have any petrol, so our trip had to abruptly take a new direction.  MJ had their passports there and was able to source petrol from the Namibian side of the border.

As for Somewhere-Els and myself we had to ride for SteinKopf.  30km before Steinkopf the Dakar ran out of petrol and Mrs had to take the 1200 to get petrol.  She made it to Steinkopf with 9km left on the 1200 computer!!

The most important thing on any trip, PETROL!! make sure you always have enough.



Best of all, planning for the next trip. ;)


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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #46 on: May 11, 2008, 11:26:24 pm »
Lekker stuff Michnus... Some awesome riding there and hats off to the ladies for doing this  8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #47 on: May 12, 2008, 06:47:13 am »
WOW :hello2: :hello2:
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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #48 on: May 12, 2008, 07:42:37 am »
 :headbang: :hello2: :hello2:

To the 3 ladies.... :notworthy: :notworthy:
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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #49 on: May 12, 2008, 07:57:56 am »
Awesome guys, very nice.

Respect to the ladies for riding there. :o

Me, LS, and Butch did the same route, but in the other direction a year ago.
Its very tough going.

Bushwacked campsite is the best place ever! That bar - oh the memories!

Post the rest, come along now... ;D
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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #50 on: May 12, 2008, 08:27:11 am »
Excellent!!

that little hill with the loose rocks is a real bitch with these heavy bikes hey ;D particularly on a hot day

thanks for an awesome report and some really cool pics
 

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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #51 on: May 12, 2008, 08:37:34 am »
The people told us they had 145mm of rain the weeks prior, the most they had in years. It just made the ride more interesting.
 
Actually doing the Richtersveld is next, that's why we did the trip in the first place.  ;)

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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #52 on: May 12, 2008, 08:43:30 am »
Now thats living!

Do they breed the girls all as tuff in East London? Very impressive.

Was your route basically the Namaqua eco trail as marked on T4A?

Thanks for posting Mich, great report.
 

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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #53 on: May 12, 2008, 08:48:09 am »
Yip, it was the same one as on the T4A route. We kept on the off road sections.

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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #54 on: May 12, 2008, 09:08:54 am »
We also ran out out of time to do this sec. When was this and when are you going to the Richtersveld?
 

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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #55 on: May 12, 2008, 09:19:11 am »
Die report is befawk!!!

Well done Michnus/MJ - its stuff memories are made of, I can just imagine what it must've been like for the klein pikkewyntjie - she will remember that trip for the rest of her life.

PS: Riding with my daugters - my biggest fear is falling, even at low speed I've seen dire consequences - my poppies usually looks like padded balls when riding with me.  

Seeing your beautiful little MssMJ only wearing a cheap bicycle hemet and pink Wellingtons really made my palms sweaty - in fear of sounding like an uncalled for preacher boy, MJ please dress your little girl in proper ATGATT when riding, the harness will not save her beautifull little face in a spill.  I know this an uncalled for remark - so I do appologise if it offends you.
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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #56 on: May 12, 2008, 11:19:53 am »
You guys have done some stuff that really scares me.  This one takes the cake.  Wives & child through THERE!  Bliksem.
 

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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #57 on: May 12, 2008, 01:40:43 pm »
:o :o :o
Wow! Respect!

BTW Michnus, your Camera skills is def. not lacking!! Great shots there.
This is one route I dearly want to do.
Thanks
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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #58 on: May 12, 2008, 03:41:34 pm »
:o :o :o
Wow! Respect!

BTW Michnus, your Camera skills is def. not lacking!! Great shots there.
This is one route I dearly want to do.
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Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
« Reply #59 on: May 12, 2008, 04:44:38 pm »
Die report is befawk!!!

Well done Michnus/MJ - its stuff memories are made of, I can just imagine what it must've been like for the klein pikkewyntjie - she will remember that trip for the rest of her life.

PS: Riding with my daugters - my biggest fear is falling, even at low speed I've seen dire consequences - my poppies usually looks like padded balls when riding with me. 

Seeing your beautiful little MssMJ only wearing a cheap bicycle hemet and pink Wellingtons really made my palms sweaty - in fear of sounding like an uncalled for preacher boy, MJ please dress your little girl in proper ARGATT when riding, the harness will not save her beautifull little face in a spill.  I know this an uncalled for remark - so I do appologise if it offends you.

No worries, I don't offend easily.

She has a full face helmet that she uses around town. I decided to go with the bicycle helmet rather due to concerns about her neck and the weight of a motorcycle helmet. She is only 4 and still a bit of a jellyneck. Even the lightest motorcycle helmet weighs over a kilogram.

Falling is something I still have a lot of control over, but the bobbing, bouncing and weaving over terrain like that was a given.

I'll let her have bike boots once she starts using her feet to keep the bike up.