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Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« on: June 30, 2008, 11:01:04 pm »
Nothing spectacular to report, but just some picshas...  :mwink:

After not having done a ride for three hundred years, this weekend was earmarked for one thing alone -  :ricky:


Saturday 930 saw a nice bunch of us meeting at the Engen off Plattekloof road. Surprisingly, most of the crew were confused about this, but finally made it.


Interesting group - and mix of bikes - 1200 and 650 GS's, and 950 KTM's.   We went off to Winelands, where we met Booswig on his KLR, and off we went to the mountain..


It was Audreys first proper ride as a pillion, so I wanted to be nice and gentle with her.  :mwink:


We stopped off to admire the view - photos courtesy of everyone





These guys were territorial and there were two big troups of these buggers - much noise was made, and much movement was seen. Of course, they had to steal Booswigs Cappucino Muffin!  :deal: - which didnt go down well ... :dousing:



Spot the bobbe jans



Audrey was bundled in my gear, which made her look like Michelin Woman - what a view!





Spot the bobbejaan!




We proceeded to the emergency tunnel, which gave us pause from the light rain and cold






We headed back but just had to stop and check out the inner main tunnel




Of course, unknown to us, we set all the freken alarms... :deal: - we checked out the cars, laughed, and felt like naughty schoolchildren. After playing "ride the footpath", I came back to find Sack thoroughly being kakked out by the Authorities....

Oops - my bad. We hadnt locked the doors closed and the alarms had gone off in the control room without ceasing... to say we wasnt da popular people, was an understatement. Marius, the complainant, was ok though - and made sense by asking that we come ask permission next time. Sir - yes sir!



We left, and it was a fairly tricky exit - and we had Wes and Booswig get stuck  - ably pushed out by Mrs Tuareg!   After that, Tuareg made a small error and went down.




Second time, he got it perfect, and we set off for the Paarl Pine Forests. Some nice roads,  and slipper pine needles later, we met up with two VERY wide eyed Honda CRF riders, but none was so wide eyed as the TW200 pilot who locked up and couldnt believe what he saw as we went around the corner  - what a sight  :imaposer:

Anyhow - we regrouped to BS a bit, eat something - and smell the beautiful pine needle scent..




We rode off to the Paarl Mountain reservoir, where Wes and Sack ducked to go home to comittments. Thanks Sack for riding sweep!!!!!


We headed off to the Dros, where I found out what an amazing bunch of people we had there that day - picture this:

2 x Electrical Engineers (and Booswig gave horns to a stupid BMW vehicle owner rightfully so)
1 x Neurosurgeon
1 x Nurse
1 x Commercial Graphic Artist
1 x Moegoe





We said cheers, and went our seperate ways, and after refuelling (that damn SE is not known for frugality of fuel useage), I found Jamber on the highway trying to find his bar ends...




After making sure he was ok - it was time to go home.




NEXT DAY


At 8am, I met Crazy Horse and WayneH at West Coast Village, to go for a recce ride into the Grabouw mountains.

We met up with the Motley Crew at Shell, Sir Lowrys, and carried onto to find our secret entry point  :deal:



After some riding, and NOT much picture taking, Giraffe decided to make an announcement: "We are going to have to talk to the farmer soon..."

"Huh?" (we were riding on farmers land quite a bit)

"Well - you Lito are buying farms wherever you go..... "


 ::) ::)

Lets say that clay is NOT conducive to grip with slick tyres - particularly around corners...  ::)

It was enough for me to shear off my bolt that safeguards my rear brake in the frame....  :xxbah: :eek7:

Ah well. Thats what maintenance is for.


Heres some pics

On top of the freken world! (Lots of air was had by this time)   :ricky:





So damn pretty!!!!!!!!!!






As I led (I had no idea of where I was going - just a general sense of where we were), I found this cool downhill - and we all made it down just fine



Crazy Horse - good skills there brother!





BIG SMILES




Then of course, it was time to go up!!! It was pretty steep, but the loose rocks are what it made pretty difficult. Add a fallen tree right in the middle, and you have good sports...



Go Bigger - cool style -







and of course, what goes up must come down!!!





wheres the rodeo?







and when making it perfectly to the bottom, get overbalanced on an inclined road, and make sure you fall over... ::)





We rode some more, some more, and then some more. Bigger and WayneH had to go home to committments, and CH, Giraffe and myself continued to explore.

What a gas! I snared my right boot on some wire, which managed to rip my leg hard off to the right. For a split second I thought I had ripped my knee badly, and it clean took my breath away. After catching my wind, I was ok to ride again  :ricky:  The force was strong enough to rip off my steel caps from my Gaerne boots...  :o


We were running semi low on fuel, but were also tired.






We said goodbye to Giraffe at the road, and Crazy Horse and I went to explore Grabouw a bit (in the back roads, where I am suggesting a weekend away for families and riding on the edge of the lake - AWESOME BEAUTIFUL...



At 330pm, we said goodbye to each other




And then it was without doubt the best ride ever back to CTown - sitting at an almost constant 185, with the wind at my back. What a beautiful beautiful feeling - no strain or sweat at all - only thing that kept me from opening more post 200, was my smmoooovvveee TKC's which isnt good to keep at higher speeds like this for 30mins at a time. What an awesome ride home (for a change!)


Thanks guys and gals for a great weekends worth of ridng, and glad that no one got hurt, and had a good time to boot.



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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2008, 01:56:40 am »
I'm filled with envy. Thanks for the stunning pics, but that just makes it worse. For me the weekend was a right-off because apart from working nightshift the bike is in pieces. Wait till that 640 is on the road again.......!

You nearly had me fooled with the first pics next to the trees, looks just like the part below Bothmaskop (above Helshoogte pass). Till I saw the dam in the background.

Anyway, I had the audacity to rework some of the pics:
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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2008, 06:23:50 am »
Lekker riding.  :cool:
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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2008, 07:03:45 am »
Thanks for the invite Lito , sorry I couldnt make it.Looks like I missed some great riding.And another steep hill I hear !
Next time !
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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2008, 08:29:20 am »
Thanks guys. Sprocketbek - please - dont apologise for fixing pics - I have zero clue how to do that, and I really could learn a thing or twelve about photography. I'll be open ears when I meet you - thank you! Come along for da riding...  8)
 

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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2008, 08:57:23 am »
Thanks for the ride it was great.

I wonder who made it up the hill first time????

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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2008, 09:10:46 am »
 :bueller:

Well, at 60kgs lighter, and fresh aggressive knobs on your rear wheel, what do you expect?

I am just dissapointed you didnt do it on your rear wheel only! (the bike is capable of it!............ :deal:)




Thanks Paullie for coming, it was cool of you to join (for a change), even though it was your anniversary




 

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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2008, 09:50:40 am »
Looks like great fun Guys. I hate this frikken site.....other okes always seem to have the most fun. ;D

Lekka to explore new turf. Lito, sorry mate, next time for sure.



We where off to overnighter some 300km away, in Anysberg, will post soon.

You naughty bastids, giving the security a hard time!


Lito, did you speak to any of those farmers on Sunday Dude? we need to create a list of contacts. ;)
 

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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2008, 09:57:59 am »
Yeah, that would be nice  - didnt speak to any farmers, they were all out having bacon and eggs at the country club me thinks so early on a Sunday morning :)


I have a cool contact though for Grabouw mountains, and the possibilities are almost endless.... will share in the near future  :deal:
 

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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2008, 10:19:13 am »
Cool pics and report ,sorry i missed it :'(
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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2008, 10:27:56 am »
Lito, what a smooth talker!





I think you even got him to agree to let us come back as long as we get permission next time!

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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2008, 10:41:21 am »
Nice riding guys! :biggrin:
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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2008, 10:49:27 am »
Please when are you going back out that way, I would Love to ride those areas again, I have also seen a promising 4x4 track in the area that has caught my imagination.

It's been awhile since I did some technical riding and the bike is calling for it.
 

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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2008, 11:03:44 am »
No lekker manne, what I suggest is this:

Check out my planning a trap thread, to go to Grabouw mountains - bring the fandamily with, its AWESOME.


Possibly the prettiest place in the immediate Western Cape, AND - theres Grade 1 -> Grade (10!!!!) rides available - ALL scenic.


Plus.... its less than 45minutes out of Cape Town. What hell more could you ask for?


Chalets, lakes, riding, stunning beauty, and wind blowing through the pine trees..... with enough fire wood to power Koeberg.


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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2008, 11:04:29 am »
Please when are you going back out that way, I would Love to ride those areas again, I have also seen a promising 4x4 track in the area that has caught my imagination.

It's been awhile since I did some technical riding and the bike is calling for it.

Mark, didnt you do some technical riding down Bainskloof the other day? :)

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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2008, 02:00:18 pm »
I was so well behaved on Bain's Kloof my shadow beat me up and down..... :D
 

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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2008, 08:24:17 pm »

Cool rides, invite us along next time.....  :thumleft:
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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2008, 01:24:03 pm »
Beautifull pics Lito.
 

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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2008, 05:09:38 pm »
Thanks guys for the cool ride. ;D I had new rubber fitted to the rear yesterday, so now I am ready for that slippery stuff. Long last ridden in shite that slippery.  >:D
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Re: Weekends Riding: 28/29 June
« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2008, 10:10:25 pm »
Hi Guys... Tx for the lekker ride on Sunday. Those forrest have some of the best trails in the Cape. Was fun doing some bundu-bashing through the one forrest (where the trail disappeared on us), and that hill climb (I should admit) almost 'bit back' - I only just managed to stop da-scoot from flipping.  >:D

Giraffe, am sad to hear you've put new shoes on ya gal... Was very entertaining watching you & Lito slip around on slicks.  :imaposer:

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