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Offline JesseH

Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #40 on: October 29, 2018, 10:13:47 am »
Here's a fat penguin to break the ice...

We are back. Jinne what an experience. I thought it would be a bit easier to update as we went along but we had very little access to signal. We were in SUPER remote areas.

As soon as we can I'm sure each of us will add to the tales. Just need to catch up on office stuff. Will post soon :thumleft:
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« Reply #41 on: October 29, 2018, 10:36:40 am »
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« Reply #42 on: October 29, 2018, 12:04:22 pm »
It was EPIC - True Adventure
 

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« Reply #43 on: October 29, 2018, 04:21:19 pm »
teebag, were you there?
 

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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #44 on: October 29, 2018, 05:56:30 pm »
teebag, were you there?

He certainly was.  :thumleft:
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« Reply #45 on: October 29, 2018, 08:10:15 pm »
teebag, were you there?

He certainly was.  :thumleft:

Well then, teebag, lets get that RR going.  :sip: :clock: :happy1:
 

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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #46 on: October 30, 2018, 11:31:03 am »
The Quest True Adventure is much much bigger than just riding bikes.
A lot of emphasize was put on the following:
Performance in a team.
Positive spirit
Problem solving in difficult situations.
Discovering your deeper inner self.
Learning from others and sharing your knowledge with others.
Etc, etc.
There are a lot of video's and photos that we will post but this specific video sums the whole experience beautifully up, turn op the sound and listen carefully to the spoken words.

« Last Edit: October 30, 2018, 11:31:38 am by Losper »
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« Reply #47 on: October 30, 2018, 12:02:48 pm »
Awesome  :thumleft:

Hardy was telling me that Mojaki had never ridden offroad before the bootcamp , so that makes his achievement even more impressive , by all accounts he was tenacious and persevered , the right stuff  :thumleft: :thumleft:

But a big congratulations to all the entrants , they are all winners  :thumleft:
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« Reply #48 on: October 30, 2018, 12:55:22 pm »
Wow! Fantastic! Well done to the winning team!

Hardy, well done to you, you made it all happen again! What is your secret if I may ask?
 

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« Reply #49 on: October 30, 2018, 02:41:17 pm »
Awesome  :thumleft:

Hardy was telling me that Mojaki had never ridden offroad before the bootcamp , so that makes his achievement even more impressive , by all accounts he was tenacious and persevered , the right stuff  :thumleft: :thumleft:

But a big congratulations to all the entrants , they are all winners  :thumleft:

This man (Dux) rode all the way from CT to Touwsrivier to meet us on our way to the next camp. It took him 30 seconds to decide that he was going to drop everything that he was busy with to assist us in gettiing brake pads for the Iveco, and ride all the way in the middle of the recent heat wave to help us out.
Dux - The Quest group is forever grateful for your kind act.
 

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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #50 on: October 30, 2018, 02:43:43 pm »
Wow! Fantastic! Well done to the winning team!

Hardy, well done to you, you made it all happen again! What is your secret if I may ask?

Luckiest guy ever. Great crew, great contestants, great instructors and a fantastic brand that recognizes this.
 

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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #51 on: October 30, 2018, 02:50:20 pm »
teebag, were you there?

#6, front row, 2nd from the left...  I must have a face for radio, the 2nd commentary in the video above are my thoughts on the final morning of this epic adventure, respect to all the participants as well as all who made it possible but most of all to Hardy for believing in us and helping us find the true meaning of "Quest".



I remember seeing something on tv about Quest 2018, and thought I would have another go and entered despite being sceptical of my chances and thought nothing more of it. Sometime in early September it came up in conversation and I remember thinking that the deafening silence must be an indication that I had not been selected for the initial round.  Things were busy at work as we were closing the office at the end of the month and there was a lot that needed to be taken care of.

I remember receiving a message from a friend I seldom ride with but often send pictures too titled "wish you were here", it said simply "Hey riding buddy", I was busy and thought he was pissing about, so didn't respond.  I little later that day I received a message from @Noneking on instagram "Congrats on the Honda Quest nod!" - wait, what!  :eek:  Quickly I check my emails and there it is the confirmation from Specalised Adventures informing me I had until 17:00 to confirm my participation or my spot would go to someone else.  I came so close to being out right there...

I had already booked some time off for my upcoming 50th, and had to go ask the boss for a few extra days at the worse possible time - he jokingly said "NO" because, he said, if I made it through I would be back asking for more.

And so I turned 50, with friends and family on the West Coast came home and packed immediately for bootcamp.  Monday morning I leave early for Kaleo.  To say I was ill prepared was an understatement, I had no real idea of what to expect, and I had not read the reports or watched the videos from Quest 2017.

I don't think I was the only one, sitting in the hall after the formalities and introductions were done I think most were asking the same question - "when are we going to ride bikes?" the answer would be tomorrow, and then only for about 45min in total - 45min in 3 days - the rest, well the rest was a Bootcamp.  Eerily reminiscent of my army days, you are not a name you are a number, surprise wake up call, pre dawn hike, kitchen duties, tests, camp setup and break down, and lessons on various topics from bike maintenance to trauma procedures - all the time being watched and measured by Hardy and the crew.  It was funny to see how various things rattled different people, I think the biggest being the tests, it's quite something to see riding gods humbled by a simple puzzle.

When I think back now, I know for sure I did not have more than a few polite words at bootcamp with some of the people there including some that made it through to the final, my eventual teammate being one of them, it was that busy.

My riding performance was average and I admitted as much in my exit interview, I think I had the honour of being the 1st to drop the bike on the morning "intro to the bike" ride, I shot up and over an embankment, gave it a little to many beans because I was unsure of how to do this DCT thing and then realised the exit was far steeper that the entrance, panicked, pulled the front-brake just a little and dismounted front and right before the bike had even hit the ground. I was pretty certain that was my Quest campaign over right there.  Hearing some of the other contestants talk was also intimidating, racing, extreme enduro, Amageza's and a smattering of Roof's - what was I thinking?

Anyway it was a fun 3 days, and I got to try out the CRF1000L DCT on tracks meant for mountain bikes - this bike shouldn't be here, but it was. In closing we were told Hardy would contact each of us by the weekend to advise us if we had made it to the final 14 or not.

The phone rang "JT, Hardy, you're in, we'll send you and email with the details later"   
 
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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #52 on: October 30, 2018, 02:59:54 pm »
Awesome  :thumleft:

Hardy was telling me that Mojaki had never ridden offroad before the bootcamp , so that makes his achievement even more impressive , by all accounts he was tenacious and persevered , the right stuff  :thumleft: :thumleft:

But a big congratulations to all the entrants , they are all winners  :thumleft:

This man (Dux) rode all the way from CT to Touwsrivier to meet us on our way to the next camp. It took him 30 seconds to decide that he was going to drop everything that he was busy with to assist us in gettiing brake pads for the Iveco, and ride all the way in the middle of the recent heat wave to help us out.
Dux - The Quest group is forever grateful for your kind act.

My pleasure , was a lekker ride  :thumleft:
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« Reply #53 on: October 30, 2018, 03:36:10 pm »
Well done @Dux  :salut:
 

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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #54 on: October 30, 2018, 06:37:04 pm »
“Jodan, tel jou fokken kop op. Vat paar slukke water en kry jou kop reg. Ons moet nou fokken sterk wees, want as hulle daai man se bike gaan oplaai gaan mense begin crack.”

Ek het meer met myself gepraat as met my spanmaat, maar ek het besef hier is groot kak as die instrukteurs besluit om JT se Quest kort te knip en toe Jodan op sy arms gaan lę op sy handle bars toe sien ek hoer kom moeilikheid.

Dit was die tweede laaste dag, 49 grade en ons was so entjie in op die posroete. Dit was taai. Baie. Vor my was dit die dag waar ek die diepste moes delf, vir n klomp redes wat ek later sal deel...
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« Reply #56 on: October 30, 2018, 08:39:04 pm »
Enough with the intro I guess, let's start the journey.
The drive from Kaleo to Springbok was long and felt like forever, luckily we had some guys to entertain us but they also got tired after lunch and caught some much needed sleep after our previous night or shall I say morning dinner as we were caught in a road closure after there was an accident 50km before Ceres where we all overnight before the Quest start. We already as a team had to test our navigational skills and negotiated with our taxi driver to rather take a gravel road around the accident as we were not going to sit there all night. Our driver Johnny agreed and we experienced our first piece of dirt for the trip.
 

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« Reply #57 on: October 30, 2018, 08:49:33 pm »
Arriving very late in Springbok our instruction was clear, report in on the two-way radio we received earlier as soon as you are 5km before Springbok, we followed this instruction but first made a toilet stop as we did not know what was going to happen next and did not want to be caught unprepared.
We received our next location and was greeted with this beautiful sight and the instructors….  and of course the Iveco had to be packed with our stuff from the bus…

 

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« Reply #58 on: October 30, 2018, 08:54:55 pm »
Everyone was very happy when we were told kit up we need to ride the bikes to the campsite,
 

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« Reply #59 on: October 30, 2018, 09:08:02 pm »
Arriving at camp 7 kilometres later we met the rest of the support team and the guys from Honda who would join us for the first couple of days before returning to work. Instructions was clear unpack the Iveco, set up camp and prepare your bikes for the next couple of days, that meant working till dark as we arrived a bit late and had to fit 12v sockets wider foot pecks and secure our bags with all the tools and spare tubes you might need going forward. A big thank you to Nomad Bike Bags who had a lekker surprise for us when we arrived. Each of us were given a toolbag, towrope, bike bag and mat to fix punctures on. Our instructors were green with envy as they did not receive any….