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Re: I have a dream ..............
« Reply #180 on: March 22, 2017, 06:32:04 pm »
Day 2 - 19 March

Again I lie awake long before my alarm goes off.  This time I'm more excited than nervous.  Just over 400km of unknown terrain lay ahead, exactly what we've been practicing for.

We had a strategy discussion the night before and decided we will ride as a group.  Since I was first off the starting line, I would pull off the track and wait for my team mates.

After a great breakfast and our great ladies sorting out our fluids and everything else for the backpacks, we head off for the school.







Today was going to be a long day in the saddle.


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« Reply #181 on: March 22, 2017, 06:50:29 pm »
3 .... 2 .... 1 - Go!  I let the clutch out so fast I'm all over the show in the track. 

Jou dom amateur is al wat ek vir myself sÍ daai tyd.

Op kilometer 25 sien ek 'n geleŽ plek om af te trek en te wag.  Ek besef meteens hoe mooi dit rondom my is en haal my foon uit om 'n paar fotos te neem.





Ek maak ook sommer my eie dokumentÍr.

Waarskuwing:  as jy nie hou van stront praat nie, moet nie dit wat volg oopmaak nie.



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« Reply #182 on: March 22, 2017, 07:13:02 pm »


Ek sal post soos ek hulle oplaai.
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« Reply #183 on: March 22, 2017, 07:26:47 pm »




"If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them.  I want men who will come if there is no road at all."

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« Reply #184 on: March 22, 2017, 07:28:57 pm »
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« Reply #185 on: March 22, 2017, 07:48:02 pm »
"If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them.  I want men who will come if there is no road at all."

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« Reply #186 on: March 22, 2017, 08:41:07 pm »
Mooi Kobus
Like jou pics en storie. Hoop om jou weer daar te sien. Ek was op die klein xr tjie.
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« Reply #187 on: March 22, 2017, 08:51:26 pm »
Mooi Kobus
Like jou pics en storie. Hoop om jou weer daar te sien. Ek was op die klein xr tjie.
cheers Rudi

Jis Rudi,

Ek het bitter baie respek vir jou op daai xr'tjie!   :thumleft:
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« Reply #188 on: March 23, 2017, 09:12:25 am »
Ha ha ha. Dammit geniet hierdie nou baie Kobus

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« Reply #189 on: March 23, 2017, 11:12:19 pm »
Ha ha ha. Dammit geniet hierdie nou baie Kobus

Lekker man!!!

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At this stage all I have is some time to kill.  A man can only sit still for so long, so herewith some more absolutely useless information share.







And then the boys arrive, led by Jason.  I let them all pass and slot in at the rear.  Our team is back in full force!

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« Reply #190 on: March 23, 2017, 11:31:37 pm »
Mooi Kobus
Like jou pics en storie. Hoop om jou weer daar te sien. Ek was op die klein xr tjie.
cheers Rudi
Jis Rudi,
Ek het bitter baie respek vir jou op daai xr'tjie!   :thumleft:

Check hoe jhaag daai xrtjie

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« Reply #191 on: March 24, 2017, 01:45:10 pm »
The first couple of kilometers is relatively easy and we all ride a steady pace.

At one stage I pass Arrie and is now riding between him and Ian.  I don't pay much attention to navigation and when I finally actually do, I realize that we actually just overshot a left turn.

Before I make the correction I scroll ahead and see that there is two obvious tulips that should indicate to Ian that he's on the wrong track, since he was by now out of site.

I make the u-turn and see Arrie coming from the front.  I signal that he should turn around and all I got back would be best described as some royal wave.

As ek reg onthou was dit tulip 20 waar ons die draai gemis het.  Nie so maklik om in stof op sand te ry en te navigeer nie.



Nou was ek agter Jan, met Jason wat nog die voortou neem.  Van waar ek agter Jan ry kan ek sien hy is nie so gemaklik soos ek hom ken nie.  Dis dan ook nie lank nie voor hy die bike in die sand neersit om 'n draai. 

Een van die redes hoekom ons besluit het om saam te ry was juis vir so geval waar Jan hulp nodig het om die bike op te tel om sy skouer te spaar.

Ek tel die bike op en sien Jan hou sy skouer vas........en dan ry ons weer.

Na nog 'n paar kilometer sien ons Jason wat staan en wag.  Ons stop by hom en ek verduidelik dat ons 'n rukkie vir die ander manne gaan wag aangesien hulle die verkeerde afdraai geneem het.

Ons wag nie te lank nie voor eers Ian en toe Arrie opdaag.  Teen die tyd het die laaste ryers reeds verby ons gekom.

Almal weer bymekaar en daar gaan ons.

Daar is 'n paar stoppe tussen in wat ons vir mekaar wag om weet as 'n groep te ry. 

By tulip 87 verloor ons baie tyd aangesien die roadbook nie vir ons sin maak nie.   Na 'n draai of 3 slaan ons die regte rigting in.  Die manne is moeg, dis warm en almal sien uit na die DSP wat op die stadium volgens ons maar 3 km verder is.



By km 100,30, tulip 90, vind ons egter geen service point nie.  Ek onthou van gister aand se sms en besef die service point het geskuif. 

"WCB All: Refuel-1@ S29 09.066' E17 07.934'. Refuel-2@ S28 53.423' E17 00.906'. Rally: Fix Rb Refuel above at Tulip 065 & 114."

Ons moet aanstoot tot op tulip 114 - km 187.71!

I can see Jan's shoulder is no fun anymore.  We regroup and off we go for the next 87km.

At km 108,78 we hit the mountain.  All of a sudden the sand turns to rock with some challenging hill climbs and descents.

Myself and Jason take the lead and wait for the guys on top of the first mountain.  Since we don't see anything coming, I take off my helmet and don't even hear a bike.  I'm concerned, and, to be honest, a little bit frustrated.  The heat is unbearable and the stop/start is taking its toll.

Jason turns around and start descending the very same hill he just came up.  After about a minute I do the same, and before I can start the descent, I see Jan coming up the mountain and stop dead in my tracks.

Moments later Jason leads Ian up the mountain.  When he stops it's evident that the ascend didn't go as planned.  He managed to pop a spectacular wheelie (unplanned), but in the process flipped the bike.  His beautiful Husky now had a broken tail piece but fortunately nothing serious to man or machine.

You could see the strain on his face as he had to manhandle the bike up the pass.  Shortly Arrie followed and after giving him a quick breather we set off again.

This was followed by about 14km of 100km/h speed controlled gravel road that gave everyone a bit of breathing time!

This to me was the photo of the race, can not remember where it was taken, but definitely somewhere in the route up to now.

From left: Jason, Ian, Jan and Arrie


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« Reply #192 on: March 24, 2017, 06:11:48 pm »
Straight after the gravel section and we hit the next mountain.

Die keer volg ons die verkeerde roete en moet letterlik berg af donner waar daar nie pad is nie.  Ons is ook nie die eerstes wat dit doen nie aangesien daar redelik spore lÍ.

Onder gekom probeer ons ons bearing kry en sien waar die regte pad loop. 

Ons is uit en 30km verder klim ons weer op 'n speed controlled gravel pad.  Intussen wag ons kort kort vir die manne wat die agterhoede dek.

By km161,28, tulip 107, sien ons 'n bike staan ....................




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« Reply #193 on: March 25, 2017, 07:20:59 am »
This is very good & entertaining writing Kobus. :thumleft: Am loving the Afrikaans and Engels saam. And your video blog is awesome. "Ek het nog nie gehuil soos Lyndon Poskitt nie" :imaposer:

Massive respect for you to stop and wait for your team mates all day in the sun.

Please keep it coming. :deal:
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« Reply #194 on: March 25, 2017, 05:06:05 pm »
Dit is Alex wat daar staan!  Sommer van die begin af weet ek ons het moeilikheid.  My hart sak in my skoene, is dit die einde van ons race?

Hy maak dit duidelik dat ons te stadig is en ons nie die stage sal klaar maak nie.  Hy stel voor ons ry die laaste kilometers tot by die service point en retire.  Ek voel hoe word die lewe uit my gesuig en teug aan my camelback - tevergeefs, nie 'n druppel water oor nie!

Jason has a chat to Alex and somehow seems to convince him to let the two of us go.  Alex asks me how I'm feeling and all I can get out is "So sterk soos 'n bees!".  FFS, couldn't I think of something better to say??  :eek7:  Ian, Jan & Arrie are requested to take the 'shortcut' to the DSP while Jason and I waste no time to get over the mountain and down to the DSP.

Now the pace has picked up to a race, although cautious to not make a mistake so close to the service point.  I wish I had water, it's HOT!!  The time goes by quickly and before we know it we stop at the service point.  Ready to refuel and I get told that I have to do the refuelling myself.  A full jerry can has never been so heavy before.  I spill petrol all over the place on the first attempt and then readjust my grip to get my tank full.  I can now feel how tired I am.

Our magic crew makes sure we get something to eat, plenty to drink, goggles cleaned, soak us in water and check out the bike for any obvious damage.  Bladders full, power & cramp tablets down the throat and as we get ready to take off, we hear the other guys approaching.  We start getting a serious move on to avoid another negotiation session with Alex.

First in is Ian.  When he takes off his helmet we see he's in bad shape.  The medic is immediately called for a check up.  His findings are that Ian is dehydrated and it's race over.  Next in is Jan, and his shoulder has gotten the best of him - race over.   Arrie follows with Alex on his tail - his pace will not allow him to finish the stage and Alex recommends he rides his bike on the gravel road back.  That way he will allow him to start day 3.

And then there was two ...................
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« Reply #195 on: March 25, 2017, 05:24:09 pm »
Refueling for the stretch to Alexander Bay.



The crew sorting us out.





Ian arriving.





Jan arriving, followed by Arrie and the man himself.







It's been a long day up to now.




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« Reply #196 on: March 25, 2017, 05:42:27 pm »
Jason takes off and as his dust settles I follow.  Immediately the pace is hectic, for me at least.  It's now about 15h15 and we just left the first fuel stop!!  We knew we had to get a move on and also knew that if Alex catches us, the race will be over.

I have to dig deep to keep up with Jason.  The heat is incredible and I can feel the energy continuously draining from my body.  I have nothing else to think of but to concentrate on keeping up with the man possessed in front of me.

Die kilometers gaan vinnig en ek geniet dit.  Ek ry reg op my limit.  Op 'n stadium val Jason voor my in die sand en ek val omtrent reg langs hom.  Hy vra onmiddelik of dit sy skuld is dat ek ook geval het en ek erken vol vertroue Nee!  Ons lag lekker, tel die bikes op en laat waai. 

Op 'n stadium neem ek die voortou en navigate.  Nie lank nie of ek sien nie meer vir Jason agter my nie.  Op daai oomblik dink jy altyd die ergste!  Ek stop en wag, en hoor of sien nie 'n bike aankom nie.  Ek besluit om te backtrack en kry hom op een van die draaie.  Hy verduidelik dat ons hier moet afdraai, en ek verduidelik op my beurt dat dit presies die rigting is waarvan ek vandaan kom.  Dit is obvious ons het iemand ingehaal en Jason het die ryer gesien reguit aanry en gedink dit is ek. 

Ons mors nie tyd nie en slaan weer die regte rigting in.  Na nie baie kilometers vra ek vir Jason om voor te ry.  Ek het reeds op daai stadium my spieŽl verloor en vind dit moeilik om in die sand te ry, te navigate en dan elke nou en dan om te kyk om te sien waar hy is.  Soos met alles, het hy nie 'n probleem nie en vat weer die voortou. 

En toe kom tulip141 - km 227.96
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« Reply #197 on: March 25, 2017, 06:07:19 pm »
Jason is leading once again and by now I'm fairly used to riding in the dust.  This fesh fesh stuff appears every now and then and then it's just a dust explosion.  With the lack of wind the dust takes forever to settle or move out the way so by now I just throttle through it and hope for the best.

This time I was however not so lucky!  Nothing on the roadbook lets me believe there is reason for caution.  I see the  diagonal ruts indicated and then also see the dust explosion.  I am following very close behind Jason and decide to once again just push through, leaning back like I did previously. 

The next moment I feel the front wheel stop dead.  I feel my helmet hitting the ground first, my neck rolling until the helmet meets the neckbrace, and then the lights go out ..................

Seconds later I'm aware that I never felt my body hit the ground. Jason already picked up my bike and is standing next to me asking if I'm OK.  "I think so" and he asks me to move everything.  I can move everything and I don't have pain anywhere.  As I get up I'm a bit dizzy and drink something.  No time to waste and we're off again.  A mere 40m and I bliksem down again.  I sit for a couple of seconds to pull myself towards myself, and Jason instructs me to ride in front.

Off we go again.  Not long and I don't see Jason behind me.  I turn around and find Jason picking up tools behind me.  My little toolbox on the rear fender was torn and I was dropping all my tools as I ride.  We stuff the tools in the backpack and try and save the rest by wrapping duct tape around it.  As we finish off, we hear a bike!

It's Alex, and for the second time my heart is racing!  Race over?  He stops momentarily, asks if we're ok and sets off.  We follow right behind him, scared to lose him and the inevitable instruction to stop. 

We are now riding even faster than before to keep up with Alex.  It was not too many kilometers when we saw something up ahead, slowed down and stopped.  There was someone lying on the ground with two riders around him ....................
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« Reply #198 on: March 25, 2017, 06:13:13 pm »
Die plek waar ek my gat los geval het.



En Jason, die awesome ou soos hy is, het nog tyd om 'n foto ook te neem. Hy reken ons het op daai stadium omtrent 100km/h gedoen.  :eek7:




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« Reply #199 on: March 25, 2017, 06:53:20 pm »
Alex, Jason en ek stop omtrent gelyk.  Ek sien 'n man onder 'n space blanket lÍ, ek sien 'n vrou wegstap en ek sien 'n ryer sit langs die man op die grond. 

Ek hoor die man praat:  "Jammer Alex, ek het alles probeer, ek kon niks meer doen nie."  Ek sien die berou, die hartseer, die onsekerheid, elke liewe emosie denkbaar in sy gesig.  Meteens besef ek dat ons mede biker op die grond oorlede is.  Die emosies wat daai tyd deur jou gedagtes gaan kan en gaan ek nie hier probeer beskryf nie.  Ek voel hoe my gesig warm raak, my oŽ begin traan en dan hoe dit stil raak rondom my, nie 'n geluid nie, ek hoor nie 'n woord nie, ek weet nie wat om te doen of te sÍ nie ....................

Ek hoor eers weer toe Jason met my praat en sÍ dat ons moet aanry, dat daar niks is wat ons kan doen nie.  Dit is so unreal!  Ek vra vir Alex of ons kan help met iets en hy sÍ dat ons moet ry.  Ek trek stadig weg, ek weet nie wat om te dink nie.  Ek weet nie wat gebeur het nie.  Al wat ek weet is dat een van ons manne oorlede is.

Ons ry aan en my gedagtes wandel.  Gelukkig is dit nie 'n moeilike roete om te volg nie.  Ons kom by die afdraai na Alexanderbaai waar ons weer moet brandstof gooi en sien die medics daar staan.  Hulle is reeds verwittig van die insident maar is onseker hoe om daar uit te kom.  Ons probeer vir hulle verduidelik, maar daar is eenvouding so baie paadjies in die area dat mens baie maklik die verkeerde roete kan volg. 

Ek besluit om my gps af te haal en verduidelik vir Colette en haar kollega hoe om te backtrack.  Volg net die blou roete soos ons gekom het.  Jason waarsku my dat sonder my gps het hulle geen manier om my stage te log nie.  Ek gee nie 'n moer om nie en verduidelik dat ons maar kan ry.
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