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Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« on: August 19, 2018, 06:35:37 pm »
The Thumper Bash is one of the bashes I enjoy the most. It was the first bash I attended after becoming a member of Wild Dog, before I'd even bought my first Suzuki DR650, and it was the first bash I attended after learning to ride, and on my newly fixed up DR650, Purple Hooligan, whose battery then died en route. The kindness of the bikers allowing me to ride with them, and helping to bump start the bike time and again, has stuck with me.

I've made some firm friends at the Thumper Bash - lovely people whose bikes ooze character.

In preparation for this year's Thumper Bash I gave Dux my lengthy To Do-list - one of the Purple Turtles needed to be ready to carry my broken body to Koedoeskloof. I was confident that when the time came, I'd hop on it and crawl off into the freezing sunset.

Alas, it was not to be. My long suffering fibula was healed, but all the foot muscles had become short, fat and lazy from the long rest, and refused to co-operate despite long foot rubs and even dry needling. Apart from that, I'd taken so much leave for my ill-fated Kaokoland trip, I'll probably still owe my company when I eventually retire. Reluctantly I told Dux to relax about the DRs, and filled up my car for the long haul.

Oilspill contacted me during the day to ask whether I'm driving, and then suggested that I catch a lift with his wife, who was also attending the bash in their car and bringing along various home comforts for the long, freezing nights camping. I was a bit hesitant, as I only planned to leave at about 14:00, but Maeve said it wasn't a problem and she'd wait for me. My boss then gave the go ahead for me to sneak off at 12:00, but I only read the message at 13:00, a consequence of only checking my WhatsApps sporadically. I startled the ghost quiet office with my shout of joy and quickly headed out the door.

I parked my car at Oilspill's place and Maeve and I started the long drive. It was the first time I'd ridden in a Mahindra, and it seemed to have more than enough power on hand. After a comfort break at the N1 One Stop on the way to Worcester, Maeve took me up on my offer to help drive, as she had a slight cold and felt a bit drowsy from the medication she was taking. I happily hopped behind the wheel as I love driving, and we headed onwards. The journey was slowish and uneventful, with lots of chatter (me) and long drowsy silences (Maeve). When I'm excited, as I was about the Bash and motorbikes in general, I tend to chew people's ears off.

We arrived at Koedoeskloof in good time and I bounced around carefully on my tender limb, eagerly hugging and greeting everyone I knew. It was very cold, and Towerkop sported a snowy jacket




This time I'd had the good sense to book a room for myself, and I was very grateful about that. I quickly donned extra layers of clothes, jackets and socks in defence against the cold. Many Thumperers and non-Thumperers had arrived already and the atmosphere was lively. For dinner, Debbie served up her fragrant and delicious curry and then the revelry continued around the fire, deep into the night.

After a surprisingly comfortable and warm night, hindered only by my complaining foot, I got ready for the day. I carefully read the notice about the water usage and the size of the bath, and resolved to bath in as little water as possible. This turned out to be no challenge at all, as the bath plug had gone MIA and I was forced to wash, camping style, in the basin. It felt like home. I realise people are serious about saving water, but this seemed a tad extreme :dousing:

Many of the riders were up and ready for the various trips they'd organised for the day. Oilspill and Maeve were also headed out, and he kindly gave me the key to his car and told me I'm free to use it for the day. He even gave me instructions on how to turn on 4x4 high and low range. That is a lot of trust, and I really appreciated it!


Getting ready to head out.




Luigi, not trusting the birds and the dogs at Koedoeskloof, and probably because rain was forecast, had made extra provision for his V-Stron










Regulars Johannes, JimboXT, Andre 660 and Dirk enjoying the morning sun's meagre warmth






Both the XT600 and the Royal Enfield belong to Brian "Brandy", as some people referred to him. He said he remembered me from the last time I attended with my fiancé. I don't know who he was thinking of, but it surely wasn't me. I'm a polygamist, married to my DRs. As the evening's kuier progressed he became more affectionate, hugging me whenever he saw me, a scruffy and exuberant puppy. He and his friends left early the next morning to ride a "Kaapse draai" homewards, with promises of other outings as he also lived near Stellenbosch.




Colourful camping ground




Seasoned gravel warrior



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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2018, 06:56:08 pm »
Now that's what I'm talking about!!!    :happy1:
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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2018, 07:05:20 pm »
Keith (ultraflight) and his crew Dexter, Duncan, Kai and his wife, the very aptly named Joy, attended the Bash for the first time. They had found some lovely accommodation about 1 km from Koedoeskloof and bragged about spaciousness, comfort, the fireplace etc.




Keith won't take a tar road if there is a gravel road anywhere nearby, so days riding with him tend to become very long, but huge fun as the few tar roads are only links from one gravel road to the next. He also has a talent, like Andy660, for finding little-known interesting and challenging gravel roads.

They travelled to Koedoeskloof via Cederberg Oasis (OK not quite, but near enough), and he planned another full day's ride for his group on Saturday. They cheerfully blasted off and we didn't see them again until late afternoon when they pulled in, tired, dusty and smiling, before heading off for a quick nap before the braai.


Boere's other ride, Big Fun




Berty's lovely wife had changed her hair, and it took me a while to figure out she was the vivacious blonde lady who had enlivened last year's WC Bash at Malagas Hotel. Here she keeps Veldtie company.




Alan Edwards




Kai, Joy and Duncan, and in the background Coxwain, Tony the Bony, XTJoe and Luigi




Coxwain apparently doesn't like his photo taken.




Deon, Izak, Oilspill and his lovely wife, Maeve, getting ready to leave as well. Maeve bravely rode pillion with Oilspill, a true hooligan, but said she thoroughly enjoyed herself, and Deon and Izak had looked after them patiently.




Izak also broke his fibula early in the year, and was determined that the plate should come out as soon as possible, as he was involved in rock climbing, mountain rescue and other activities. I am still considering whether I should have the plate on my fibula removed. On the one hand, I don't want another operation; the cut, although healed, gives me lots of grief. I couldn't wear a boot the entire weekend because it chafed over the plate and I'm not in the mood for a repeat at the end of the year. On the other hand, just the mention of possibly bending the plate or the damage the screws do to your bones is enough to give me the creeps. :eek:




Pierre a.k.a. Splinter, Kobus a.k.a. Woody1 and Tony the Bony. Pierre and Kobus only visited for the day, and raced home the moment the temperature dropped by half a degree.




Coxwain with his lovely flying Custard, Mellow Yellow.




Woody, Splinter, Operator (Dewald) JimboXT and Andre 660 trying to warm up




A more comfortable perch amongst the dog hairs




Andre 660 and DRme, Henry, who also arrived that morning, frozen, on his very neat looking grey DR650




Sean (XTJoe) and Dirk




Local fauna and flora




Testing my camera's zoom lense


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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2018, 07:22:45 pm »
 :laughing4:

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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2018, 07:37:51 pm »
Great Report Ri.
 

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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2018, 07:42:05 pm »
Quite a few bikers had decided that the Saturday should be a rest day as they had to head home again on Sunday. Round about lunch time they decided they needed to draw money and fill up, both on fuel and food, and we went Ladismith to a new restaurant, the Post House. The menu is not extensive, but everyone enjoyed their food and the portions were generous. Tony and Luigi bummed a lift with me, not in the mood to saddle up.

We filled the length of the tiny dining area with our long table, and the air with our boisterous conversation. Regular patrons glanced at us carefully as they sidled into the noisy space for a quiet coffee. A spirited debate lead to Woody's son, Pierre, being dubbed "Splinter", as in, a chip off the old block.

The shop also sold all kinds of raw and natural products, such as soaps and shampoos, and lactose and gluten (that is, taste) free products.

We ponied up and headed back to base to continue our lekker visit. More people popped in throughout the afternoon to come say hi to all the Thumperers. Everyone asked
1. What happened to my foot (Inexperience and sand on the road to Van Zyl's Camp)
2. When was I riding again (Planning to ride the Canola Run on 8 September, come what may)

I basked in the concern and patiently told my story time and again, shorter each time. I should have printed cards, hehe.


These two, Kai and Joy, didn't need a nap, just a refreshing bottle of white wine




On the left, Dexter and Duncan




Berty77 and Mrs Berty77




Starting preparations for the evening's braai




Serious debate







Oilspill ruminating




More serious debate







The Mistress of the Roosterkoek, maker of the best roosterkoek this side of the Orange River.




Making coals for the braai later




Pensive people




Veldtie's Rhodesian reclaiming his favourite couch







Gavin (bradleys) and Anton (AntonW) wishing they could have their ears scratched too




Boere joins us after his nap




More pensive people




Our gracious host, Veldbrand with Chris (I think?) and Dewald (Operator)




Some late arrivals




Our commemorative sticker




Now what could be on Operator's mind?




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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2018, 07:42:52 pm »
Dammmmm ...you can always reley on Ri to produce a decent ride report....well done Ri  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: 
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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2018, 08:02:49 pm »
Nice one RI, it was a great bash and good to catch up with peeps. Great riding too. Andy took us on a lekker route there and back, though seeing his face after being caught by  a  kamikaze Royal Enfield is something I will not forget.  How many people do you estimate were there at then end? Must have been 30 or 40.

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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2018, 08:04:11 pm »
Ri wrt the plate on your fibula, I have one similar to yours albeit a tad higher and I also an internal fusion the complete length of my tibia.
They had to open up the patella and drill all the way (through that core which looks like a honeycomb) and inserted a titanium pin (more like a pipe)
The plate will keep on bugging you for years, and if you simply go and remove it you will soon feel like your old self.
It took me years before the tenderness and swelling stopped around that plate. Finding a boot that is comfy around the plate is possible but it takes a while.
I was a fireman and the only boots I could wear was Magnum zip ups. Still riding most of my biking trips with that boots - like the year when I was a motorbike medic.

The idea of getting in an accident again and 'screws and plate' with extensive tissue damage etc is not really valid though. I attended to some cases and it will either break above or below the fixation. Sensitive to pain it may be, but really strong those internal fusions are!
 

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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2018, 08:08:35 pm »
Thanks guys!

Oilspill, I'm not sure how many people attended. A few people came and went, but I recall hearing Veldbrand say about 50.

Thanks for the advice Tom. I'm also leaning towards removal, as I'm also keen on rock climbing again. I'm also worried about the riding boots chafing the plate, and I'll start riding this coming weekend to see what happens. In the meantime I'll have to carry on, as they will only consider removing it in 6 - 9 months.

I'll add more photo's and stuffs tomorrow night :thumleft:
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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2018, 08:32:11 pm »
Oilspill lyk darem baie oud om in ‘88 ‘n ops medic te gewees het.
Geleerdheid in die kop van 'n dwaas is soos 'n lemmetjie in die hand van 'n aap.

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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2018, 08:37:20 pm »
Oilspill lyk darem baie oud om in ‘88 ‘n ops medic te gewees het.
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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2018, 08:39:22 pm »
Geleerdheid in die kop van 'n dwaas is soos 'n lemmetjie in die hand van 'n aap.

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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2018, 08:40:22 pm »
Jesus walked on water, some oke jumped off the Eiffel wearing small home-made wings [and died], but for someone to give Ri the keys to their vehicle is next-level leap of faith. :thumleft: :thumleft:

 

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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2018, 10:05:23 pm »
Jesus walked on water, some oke jumped off the Eiffel wearing small home-made wings [and died], but for someone to give Ri the keys to their vehicle is next-level leap of faith. :thumleft: :thumleft:
Ri loves driving, so why not let her have some fun while she is off the bike and injured, oh you of little faith.

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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2018, 07:41:52 am »
Jesus walked on water, some oke jumped off the Eiffel wearing small home-made wings [and died], but for someone to give Ri the keys to their vehicle is next-level leap of faith. :thumleft: :thumleft:
Ri loves driving, so why not let her have some fun while she is off the bike and injured, oh you of little faith.

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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2018, 01:46:44 pm »
Jesus walked on water, some oke jumped off the Eiffel wearing small home-made wings [and died], but for someone to give Ri the keys to their vehicle is next-level leap of faith. :thumleft: :thumleft:
Ri loves driving, so why not let her have some fun while she is off the bike and injured, oh you of little faith.

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Only joking, and big-hearted of you to give Ri wheels. :thumleft:

Agreed! In my defence though, I've been driving for about 30 years but only riding for just over 2  :lol8:
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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2018, 07:23:57 pm »

Izak also broke his fibula early in the year, and was determined that the plate should come out as soon as possible, as he was involved in rock climbing, mountain rescue and other activities. I am still considering whether I should have the plate on my fibula removed. On the one hand, I don't want another operation; the cut, although healed, gives me lots of grief. I couldn't wear a boot the entire weekend because it chafed over the plate and I'm not in the mood for a repeat at the end of the year. On the other hand, just the mention of possibly bending the plate or the damage the screws do to your bones is enough to give me the creeps. :eek:



Here is a picture of a tibia that got snapped with plate and screws in it at the time of snapping. Not too bad. I’d leave the plate & screws in were I you. Obviously if it causes you bodily discomfort, then take out. Or prevents you from riding, REMOVE ASAP. Also keep in mind that the fibula is very secondary and that you can get fully along without it (except for the bottom and top parts where muscles are afixed to; and at the stage when you are still a small child).
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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2018, 08:00:56 pm »
Nice report Ri. If you come and collect your bike I'll take you for a long chat with Clive about removing his plate and screws. He's got it down to a well honed soliloquy by now. Ian
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Re: Drive Report: Thumper Bash August 2018
« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2018, 03:29:05 pm »
Lekker report Ri, as I've come to expect.  ;)
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