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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2015, 10:02:59 pm »
And then it happened - the inevitable - luckily not me.  :thumleft: :thumleft:




The thought of changing a tube on the 950, on a hot day, in the middle of nowhere, on a steep slope fills me with dread. So I have UHD tubes fitted with Tyreshield inside - the best combo I have used so far.

I did manage, however, to square off my front rim with a few big hits on the rocks but I only really feel it on the road when traveling at high speed. So that will stay as is until I need a new front tyre.

Anyways, we carried on on the dirt - left, right, left, right, ad infinitum ................. there are no straights in Lesotho.

20 kms on and we were back on tar - and yet again, no straights. Here the 950 came into it's own. Smooth and easy to ride, it just cruised around these corners, using all of the tyre for a change. But Neil was on my arse all the time, on the KLR - he seemed to be able to flick it let and right a lot more easier than me. Could it be the rider/bike weight ratio or is he just braver than me?

Those new tar roads are amazing, though, a rider's dream. The surface is so smooth and well cambered it puts our SA engineers to shame. No matter who built them, they are way better than our roads. The only drawback, being in Lesotho, is the rocks lying in the road, having fallen off the mountains alongside. So,a few obstacles to avoid, but worth it AND a bigger plus was that we were the only ones on the road.

It was probably the best 100kms to Semonkong I've ever done on tar - you have to do it, before the road deteriorates.

Some views on the way - Near Serofong ...........







We arrived in Semonkong, filled the tanks and stopped for a beer before heading onto Ramabanta. There were some serious clouds in the sky so we waited and had another beer ............................. and another ............................

Had some great fun with a few locals as can be seen.

Note how the 950 got the sexy one - check those eyes - I was in love  :biggrin: :biggrin:







I even took a ride on one of the local KLRs ...............



So now plans changed - time was short, we were slightly pissed, were in need of more sustenance and in the mood for a party. Why not stay in Semonkong and see how things pan out????

Cleverly (surprisingly) we stashed a beer or 2 and headed off to the Maletsunyane waterfall. Famous for something but when you look at it it's hard to see why. Granted, we're in a drought, so the show was piss-poor - better luck next time.

A late lunch at the falls ..................................













Now what? Well, I could see Semonkong Lodge at the end of the rainbow, so that's where we headed.

Booked a couple rooms, headed for the pub, met a busload of tourists from Holland and some other interesting people and started to party ......................  :ricky:


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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2015, 05:47:12 am »
I agree,  your lady is a honey.
 

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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2015, 08:12:27 am »
These pics make me want to go back to Lesotho :drif:
Thanks for sharing  :thumleft:
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« Reply #23 on: December 03, 2015, 01:16:58 pm »
Magic shots and a good RR.

Must agree, your Semonkong Lady is rather lovely.

Those Basotho donkeys are amazing creatures, having lived in Lesotho for a while I saw donkeys hauling all sorts of things from mielie meel to thatching grass and a few post shabeen patrons on their way home.
When I was fencing in some difficult areas, we used donkeys to haul rolls of wire to the tops of mountains, 2.4m roll of diamond mesh on each side or a roll of straining wire on each side and off they went, once they knew the path, they just walked up on their own. I used to feed them a jam tin Epol Rider cubes every evening, fittest, fattest, cheekiest donkeys in the land!

 

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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #24 on: December 03, 2015, 01:32:18 pm »
That KLR is sexy!! :3some: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: Love the red on it!
Nice RR.

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« Reply #25 on: December 03, 2015, 09:55:40 pm »
 :thumleft: more to come ....................
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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #26 on: December 03, 2015, 11:02:00 pm »
Nice Robert  :thumleft:

Glad to see the UBag is being used.

BTW, its meant to be mounted a bit more horizontally, but obviously what ever way suits you is also fine  O0



Looks like a great trip!

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« Reply #27 on: December 04, 2015, 07:49:50 am »
My bag is different to that one - it has the lower steel loops at the 'front' of the leg.

And no, the bag is not just turned around, I mount it with the zip in the same position as in your photo. i'll try turning it around on the next trip but rain and flapping noises might be an issue.

That was one of the reasons I bought the black carbon-fibre side panels from Kamanya - to take any abuse from soft luggage. My original side panels would have been badly scuffed by now.

that bag is big, BTW, we were away for a week and there was plenty space for more stuff if needed. It carried everything, including a 2-litre bottle of petrol. the small black bag on the back of my bike is my puncture stuff. A little water did get in when riding in the rain (proper rain) but I had a hiking dry-bag for the essentials anyway.

But still, compared to the other options out there, this is definitely on of the best investments I have made.  :thumleft:
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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #28 on: December 04, 2015, 08:00:39 am »
Ja the picture is of the prototype, which we refined slightly after testing, but its still meant to sit in the same position.

Glad to hear that it worked for you.

BTW in if it sat more horizontally, the flap over the zip would have worked a bit better in the rain?

Still looked like you had a great trip?
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« Reply #29 on: December 04, 2015, 08:12:32 am »
Unrefine it - then it'll sit horizontal  :thumleft:
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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #30 on: December 04, 2015, 09:04:56 am »
Unrefine it - then it'll sit horizontal  :thumleft:

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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #31 on: December 04, 2015, 09:10:06 am »
great RR - beautiful place

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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #32 on: December 04, 2015, 08:50:13 pm »
Day 5

Check the photo - I was so glad it wasn't me  :thumleft:



After a good night's jol with lights out at 10 - literally!! - I woke up feeling surprisingly fresh and had yet another hearty breakfast. Neil wasn't feeling nor looking good. He'd been on Black Label all night, I'd been on the rum, so maybe that was it.

Anyways, we set off, doing the usual twisties on tar for a while, past Ramabanta and then turned off onto the dirt again. Destination Oxbow Lodge.

Neil was struggling, I was waiting for him more and more and he was stopping to vomit a lot. Never ever drink Zamamlek!!!

I'd found a short cut from Ramabanta to Thaba-Tseka. It was short as in distance, maybe, but it was hard work on the bod. Past many small villages, a couple river crossings - we were getting deeper into the wilderness.

I didn't take many pics but here's a couple while waiting for Neil - he took none.







The poor boy was feeling bad and started getting worse, nearly riding off the mountains a couple of times. It was starting to get serious, this wasn't a hangover, he was poisoned, spurting out both ends.



Hard riding, vomit, the shits, dehydrated, delirious and still a long way to go - this was getting serious, quickly. The time for laughing was over.

So we stopped for a long while, I pumped him full of pills, vitamins, rehydrate and water and waited. He seemed to keep it in so we set off again. Thankfully, it worked slowly and he started getting better - I new because he was on my arse again, hooting to pass  :biggrin: :biggrin:

I've always carried medication for this type of thing, it's happened to me before. It can be life-threatening in a foreign country.

Katse Dam - not looking healthy either!!!





Time for dinner - back soon

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« Reply #33 on: December 05, 2015, 08:29:39 pm »
Long dinner.... hope you didn't get the shits as well 😈😈

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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #34 on: December 09, 2015, 11:11:17 pm »
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« Reply #35 on: December 10, 2015, 07:14:45 am »
It's coming, it's coming!!

I'm suffering from post-ride depression - should wear off soon  :peepwall:
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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #36 on: December 15, 2015, 09:55:49 am »
lekker, Thanks.
I've ridden in Lesotho on a KLR and again on a KTM950.
KTM was definitely tops, but both rides were awesome
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« Reply #37 on: December 17, 2015, 04:35:58 pm »
Turns out my post-ride depression is not that but some bastard virus that won't let go. I've been ill for the last couple of weeks, so ain't in a space to write any positive stuff, about anything.

Here's hoping I can revisit this RR soon, with some enthusiasm.

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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #38 on: December 18, 2015, 04:18:16 am »
Turns out my post-ride depression is not that but some bastard virus that won't let go. I've been ill for the last couple of weeks, so ain't in a space to write any positive stuff, about anything.

Here's hoping I can revisit this RR soon, with some enthusiasm.

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Re: HA LESOTHO
« Reply #39 on: December 18, 2015, 11:51:45 am »
Get better quickly Crackers - this is my fav RR of the year...