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Where do you start with a RR that involves foreigners, the South African bucket list, 12 days and 50 odd passes and breaking down preconceived perceptions?  Probably best to start at the beginning.  :pot:

Index:

Day 1 – Losing Karl Heinz

Day 2 – Reunited with Karl Heinz

Day 3 – Losing Richard

Day 4 – Reunited for a short time 

Day 5 – Both Len and Andreas have their lucky days

Day 6 – Andreas takes a dive and Alfie loses us

Day 7 – Angie’s is still there to Len’s relief and I curse Doc Kriek

Day 8 – Finding Nimmo’s swamp   

Day 9 - Len just can’t stop 

Day 10 – The Germans meet a castrated dog

  Day 11 - What an amazing country we live in 

Day 12 - Auf Wiedersehen




Somewhere mid last year a local farmer (who knew I biked) phoned me and asked if I would be interested in taking a German friend of his around the country. 
At first I thought it was one of those conversations that would lead to nothing.  I was wrong.  :deal:
I sent the farmer a link to all my RR’s and asked him to forward it to his friend; I can’t recall how we started communicating, whether it was by mail or Whattsapp.  None the less I was introduced to Richard.

They were a couple of friends and acquaintances that wanted to tour South Africa and his criteria were short but precise.  “Remember it is our holiday, we want to travel on gravel and see the sites.  Not too far everyday to make time to really see the sites and take plenty of photos”  :deal:

I let my thoughts go and started to think off all the places I have been and where we could go and how the logistics would work.  I soon came to the conclusion that if I were to do this I would need a partner to help along the way and also someone that was able help me fix things, if need be.  Long and short of the story is Briv and I got to talking and started exchanging ideas. 
At one stage Richard informed me they would now be one less person and I started making plans for the four of us.  It was evident that camping would be out of the question as they were bringing their own gear and we could not provide everything, also in the event of rain etc it would make start-up times later everyday etc.    Hence we decided on accommodation establishments and varying it from night to night to give our guests a taste of South Africa.

The plans changed a number of times and Richard and I kept in touch over the months.  It was evident they REALLY looked forward to touring our country.  In the end we decided on the last two weeks in March and they started making arrangements to get their bikes hired and I started confirming accommodations and Len and I exchanged some routes and alternatives should thing go south here and there.

Not too long before the trip would start the son in law of the local farmer who put me in touch with Richard (Read Righardt), phoned me and asked if he could come with on his 690.  He made his own arrangements to stay at the same places and we would now be 5.  :ricky:

It would be a looooong wait.  After what seemed like an eternity the 19th of March arrived.  :ricky: :ricky:
The bike was Stoetied 800km to Len in Cape Town  :peepwall:  and we would meet Richard and friend at Winelands Engen the next day.  Driving down I passed the road to Merweville and noticed how close it was to Prins Albertweg.  I made CT without issues offloaded the bike and spent a lovely night with the Briv’s.  Living in the middle of nowhere I asked Briv to buy me some crash bar bags to help with storage space – there is a story to this.

Day 1 – Losing Karl Heinz

On Monday we loaded the bikes checked if we had everything and waited to hear from Richard as to when they left Moto Berlin (V&A area) then we would meet them at Winelands. The call came and with it the first issue, they forgot a camera and needed to fetch it in Stellenbosch before we could set out.  Len took me site seeing in Belville to go say goodbye to his daughter at some hockey field – I HATE your traffic.  :P   After that we set off to Winelands Engen.

Len and I waited for the two bikers to pitch at Winelands.  Soon enough 3 other bikers (3 * F700GS’s with tubeless tyres and EO7’s on) rode up and I recognized Richard.  :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:
 
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It seems somewhere I missed one, for the life of me I could not think how but it could not help to ponder this we would sort it out as we went along.  We met a friend of theirs at a place in SB to get the camera and off we went.  The local farmer’s SIL was Alfie he too had issues and would meet us at the foot of Bainskloof.  There we would stop and meet and have a talk. :bueller:

Riding through Wellington a car pulled out of a parking bay and rode up next to me and all I could see was a finger pointing me to pull over.  I stopped and the whole train in tow.  As the driver got out I realized it was my old sottebaas from school, he recognized the number plate and we had a quick chat. 
At Bainskloof we met up with Alfie and we all introduced ourselves.

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Richardt (62) the one whom I knew by now, his childhood friend Andreas(60) & Karl- Heinz (68 former German gymnast).  I had some points I wanted to discuss before hand and mentioned those to all of them - one of them being that you are responsible for the man (read light) behind you etc.  In Bainskloof it became apparent they knew how to ride despite just earlier mentioning they were not used to gravel. 

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We stopped in Ceres to fill up.

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Len left the garage first to get some refreshments they could enjoy along the way. 
We would meet him at the Sutherland turnoff.   As we started up KH left the service station first and stayed in front, we planned on stopping at Tankwa Padstal so when we got to the Sutherland split I told KH he could go ahead.  :patch:

Len and I had a word and we started on our long awaited tour.  Len and I would take turns sweeping etc.  When I stopped at the Padstal everyone was there except KH.  He was in front and despite Alfie trying to catch him he went past.  Well he would soon see no light was behind him and turn around. :sip:
 
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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2017, 06:21:55 pm »
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Check me out doing the math where KH must be by now  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

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We relaxed and started to get to know each other.  I could only laugh at Richard’s remark that the bar lady is literally never quiet.  :pot: :pot:

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As Afrikaburn is upon us it made for some very interesting people stopping at the padstal,  :deal: :peepwall:  none of them KH – he was gone.

Sometime later a cruiser rode in and we asked if he saw a biker – “Yes he was about 80km away”.   :eek7: :eek7:  I asked Richard to send him a Wapp (which he would need Wifi for to read, German phone) and tell him to make his way to either Calvinia and stay the night or if time permitted to meet us at Oasis, depending on when he got the Wapp.
3 Hours into the 12 day trip and we had already lost our first German – it was as Len said: “Who’s to blame, us or throttle fixation”....  :spitcoffee:

We headed to Oasis via Katbakkies. 

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The Western Cape is in dire need of rain; none the less is remains a beautiful part of the country.
Cederberge was as usual an awesome ride

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We made Oasis just as the sun was setting.

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 After losing KH, Len and I had no need to bunk together.  So in a way things worked out for the night.  :pot: :pot:
 Later we received a Wapp from KH he made it to Calvinia, crossing a flash flood area and was sorted for the night.  We made arrangements to meet him in Nieuwoudville the next day. 

Lesson 1 – keep your mate in your rear mirror.

At Oasis we ran into some other WD’s Nismark and Dusty who were to get married there the next day – small world.

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We had an excellent meal and spent the rest of the night getting to know each other some more.  Len and I made a bet as to how long Alfie’s top box would last the trip. :deal: :lamer: 
If you overlook the part where we lost 33% of our foreign contingent on day one; it actually went fairly well.   :pot: :pot: :biggrin:

 



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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2017, 07:11:19 pm »
Day one's route
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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2017, 07:36:06 pm »
 :sip:
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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2017, 07:57:45 pm »
Looks great!!  :thumleft:
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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2017, 07:58:57 pm »
Cannot wait to read how many more customers you are going to loose on this trip  :pot:
 

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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2017, 08:29:22 pm »
Yoh just enough to get us excited for the next installment!
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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2017, 09:00:21 pm »
 :sip:
 

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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2017, 03:55:13 pm »
Daar start hy nou... :ricky:.. Sit tight and hold on to the keyboard, it's about to become interesting  8) oh...  and JC sorry old chap....  >:D
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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2017, 04:47:52 pm »
Day 2 – Reunited with Karl Heinz

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After having a good night’s rest and a proper breakfast we set off for Wuppertal via Eselbank.


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Oasis compulsory pictures were taken  :biggrin:


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It was bound to be a scorcher later in the day. Depending on how we managed our time we were looking forward to a swim at the Eselbank waterfall. :thumleft:

 
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It must have been a terrible fire that went through these parts; numerous houses were destroyed in the process.  Whether it was  natural or manmade I don’t think people realize the damage done to property and people’s souls.  :'( :'(
 
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The sandy sections leading up to Eselbank made for some very, very interesting tracks to see riding as sweeper.  :pot: :pot:
 
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As we entered Eselbank some herders were taking their goats grazing, the most cleverrererest  one of all came to give his opinions on life as he swayed to make up for the world not standing still.  I often think the BEST place to advertise would be on either Coke or alcohols – they are simply everywhere; even when you battle to get to some places you find it there.  :lamer: :patch:


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By now the day was heating up and we looked forward to a nice swim at the waterfall.
 
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Here we found Kobus Landsberg and his family spending some time there before returning to Oasis for the wedding later that afternoon.  He was still recovering from his injury he sustained in Seweweeks after hitting a vehicle.
 
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What bliss to cool down in that COLD water on a warm day, I could not but help wonder why on earth people would sit a house in Eselbank on a day like today with the waterfall so close by. 

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By the time we were ready to leave our friend the herder arrived again and promptly introduced himself again to these new visitors to his town. :pot: :imaposer:

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On the plato section the sand became an issue but we got everyone through it unscathed.   :bueller:

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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2017, 04:52:20 pm »
Eselbankpass itself before Wuppertal taught me something about the 990 I did not know.  When the brake fluid boils you lose brakes.  ::)

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We all made it to Wuppertal and found a nice place to have a toasted sandwitch.  I can’t recall the amount but it was at least half the price of one in the Wimpy and was delicious. :ricky:

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Did most of us not start here - piece of cardboard attached to the fork for the sound of an engine

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Richardt wanted to buy some veldskoene (I myself did not know Wuppertal was known for this) here.  It was remarkable what he and the others knew about South Africa.  :thumleft:

 
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We left Wuppertal and headed for Nieuwoudville via Botterkloof, by now it was 40degrees +.  Shade along the way was welcome relief.  :thumleft:
 
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Just after the split to NWV on the R364 we rode into a 5km thunderstorm, it made at least a 10/15 degree difference and we all welcomed it.   

Stopping at the filing station in Nieuwoudville I noticed KH, it must have been a looooong wait for him.  The 3 Germans were reunited and we filled up.  There are only two pumps but when you use the one the other has no pressure – such things amaze me because a year from now I can pass there again and it will still be the same.  :peepwall: :patch:
None the less we had fuel and were all together again. 
The door to the “museum” from the driveway was standing open so I asked the lady there if we could look inside at the bikes atc.  NOOOO it was a public holiday, :imaposer: :imaposer: the owner pitched and after paying our entrance fee we could have a look around.  I would love to use my OCD to get all those bikes out into a proper shed where you could actually SEE the damn things.

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We left for Loeries and stopped short of it to wait for the 690.  As good as people say theses bikes are etc, etc, etc.  I still don’t think they are long distance touring bikes (shoot me now).  Despite holding its own during the entire trip. :lamer: :lamer: :lamer:
 
South African’s don’t sit and wait on their bikes they look for shade faking interest in a silver pipe running for several km’s.  Later we learnt it was their only water source now. :peepwall:

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We all rode into Loeriesfontein together and found our accommodations at Hinksding’s Rock Ridge Manor.  Clean, spacious and at a fair price.   :thumleft:


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Ahead of time I made arrangements for a proper boere meal and Elzaan did not disappoint, we ate like kings and the frikkadelle were a huge success.  Even after Afie explained to them you take raw mince and roll them in your armpit, that’s why every frikkadel tastes different. :imaposer: :imaposer:

From left to right Alfie - Karl Heinz - Andreas - Richard - Len - And myself
(Note - even here we boxed KH in as not to lose him again)

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After some nightcaps we hit the sack.  This would be the first night Len and I bunk up and already I was the one sleeping on the ground. 

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Day two was a gooood day  :thumleft:


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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2017, 04:54:27 pm »
Day two's route
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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2017, 07:41:59 pm »
Daar start hy nou... :ricky:.. Sit tight and hold on to the keyboard, it's about to become interesting  8) oh...  and JC sorry old chap....  >:D
ja &!@^%**&@#   :biggrin:

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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list Days 1+2
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2017, 08:06:32 pm »
Great  RR  :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2017, 09:28:13 pm »

By the time we were ready to leave our friend the herder arrived again and promptly introduced himself again to these new visitors to his town. :pot: :imaposer:


Your variety of pics make the RR just that more special.

Lovely Anatolian sheep dog with the herder  :thumleft:
 

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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list Days 1+2
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2017, 08:13:34 am »
Lekker ek ry saam  :ricky:

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« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2017, 11:05:50 am »
Day 3 – Losing Richard

After a great nights rest we stated packing the bikes.  It was then that we noticed Alfie’s carrier had cracks and we suggested the top box stays behind in Loeries.  We gave him a small roll bag and the rest of his stuff was divided between Len and me.  Neither Len or myself won the bet about Alfie’s top box.  :imaposer:  I still believe that soft luggage is the way to go on a trip like this.  :thumleft:

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Christoffel suggested a place for breakfast and we went there. 

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Before we left Loeries we went and had a look at the local museum / windpomp museum.  Alfie looked like he found heaven, farmers eish.  :biggrin:

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This tannie was in her 90’s and came to collect water for the “old” people in the old age home  :eek7:

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We headed for Calvinia

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After filling up in Calvinia we took the Middelpos road but at the first junction I stopped Len and suggested (on the spur of the moment)  we take the Rooiwal road instead as I have already travelled the main road.  Soon after we turned off onto the Leliekranspas (Thx ChrisL)

This was a gem

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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list Days 1+2
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2017, 11:08:58 am »
Up until: :patch: :patch: :patch:

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Richards’s front tyre flicked a flat rock onto its longest side and it hit the Rumbux, bronckoed the bike like a stallion and tore right trough the sump plate hitting a hole in the sump.  Richard managed to stay upright and stopped the bike and got it turned off before the oil was out. Game over.  :bueller:

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I was riding sweeper at the time and would rather not share my exact thoughts when I saw the oil underneath the bike.  :pot: :pot: :pot:

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We could not stand around waiting for help to arrive so Len and the rest drove to Middelpos and from what I understand disturbed Koos’s middagslapie.  He said he would come and collect the bike.  :3some:

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Len gave me a call and the call was made they would go on to Tented camp via Gannaga and I would get Richard and bike sorted and if time allowed meet up with them in the Tankwa. 

It was a scorcher (mental note get yourself a Kamanya or Len special – not a golf cap), no it was @#%%$$ hot to say the least.  :peepwall: :peepwall: :peepwall: We had signal and Richard started phoning Moto Berlin to arrange for recovery and a new bike. 

Some local inhabitant of the same bush we used for shade. 

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We were far from dying and I had my bike but it came to mind how quickly one could get yourself into serious trouble if you had no water etc. :patch:

After almost depleting all our water I gave Koos a call again and he was sooooo surprised to hear of our situation. :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:  Somehow (and I still believe he was still asleep when Len spoke to him) he did not know of us.  Shortly after he pitched and Richard’s bike was loaded and we got to Middelpos.

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Thank you Koos  :thumleft:

By now it was late in the day, Richard was sorted with a place to stay and Moto Berlin would sort something out as to a replacement bike etc.  If it was a issue I would ride back from Tented the following morning and we could Pratley steel the sump and knock the sump plate back into position, then at least we could carry on.

I left Middelpos very late and made myself a deal, push to Gannaga and then take it slow going down and from there it would be open and I could go a bit faster.
 
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I popped in at Operator’s friend at the Gannaga lodge just to say hello.
 
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From there I went via Oudebaaskraaldam to Tented. 

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I have been there 4 times and every time I have missed the sunset drive - this time was no different.  I made it just as the sun set and the rest were gone already. :xxbah:

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I was so warm I literally took of my helmet & boots and got into the shower as is.   :dousing: :dousing: :dousing:

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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list Days 1+2
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2017, 11:11:03 am »
I was bushed and properly dehydrated after the day; I consumed enough coke to last the whole trip that night.  We had a pleasant meal and as Alfie later said they took more than their fair share of refreshments as well as we sat in the “lounge” contemplating life and other important stuff.

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From what I heard that night Len an Alfie also had some fun with Andreas and Karl Heinz in the sandy sections on the top road leading to Tented.  Len can elaborate on this and why he constantly had a tampon up his nose. Some of their photos:

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DSC_0164 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr

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Richard at Middelpos’s photos:

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I have asked Andreas and Richard to write their own “RR’s” and also post it here.  (Heimer will talk to you about it :deal:) – I would love to get their views on the places we visited. 
Late that night I got a message from Richard, he received his replacement bike and would meet us in Sutherland the next day. :thumleft:

Day three ended well but I was beginning to think we would only have the Germans all under one roof every second night, at least Len and I had separate accommodations  again – this and the sleep I got would later prove invaluable to what was to come. O0 :deal:

Lesson 2:  Having a partner on a trip is worth his weight in gold.



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Re: The Germans and the South African bucket list Days 1 - 3
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2017, 11:36:12 am »
 :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: lekker RR Gooi nog  :3some: :spitcoffee:
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