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« Reply #180 on: March 27, 2019, 08:59:58 am »
Thanks for sharing Kobus :thumleft:
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« Reply #181 on: March 27, 2019, 06:14:05 pm »
Day 9: Oudtshoorn to Montagu (280km)

We left Oudtshoorn with the bikes all having some fresh oil and new tyres on those that needed them.

Unfortunately Joan Barreda and Ignacio Cornejo would leave the group again due to commitments in another part of the world.

We were still carrying the bike of the fallen journalist on the back of the trailer.  We now needed to add the bikes of the 2 HRC riders plus the main marshall, Erick Courly’s bike.

On the very first day another journalist rode into him and his leg/calve was in bad shape.  He was in no state to ride, even for a tough as nails toppie that he is.

A few calls later and a bike swop or two, we managed to lighten our load by leaving two Honda SA bikes in Oudtshoorn, to be collected by Oom Hans and his friendly staff from Honda Wing George.

And off we went on Route 62.  It was an overcast day with imminent rain.

A quick stop in Barrydale and then the formal stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop.






















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« Reply #182 on: March 27, 2019, 06:41:10 pm »
We then set off for only a couple of kilometers to stop at the Karoo Saloon for lunch.













The guys and girls were treated with a proper SA braai and some good live music.  It was obvious that they were having a great time while the rain started falling outside.

















This day also served as a reminder of the wonderful Wilddog network of ours.  Due to servicing all the bikes the previous day, we had a lot of dirty oil to get rid of.  We had no time to do so and hence had to travel with it the next day.

A quick call to @ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS  and he managed to send me @Bokveld ‘s number.  Having met Oom Kallie only once at the WC Bash, he was more than willing to assist.  A couple of minutes later he phoned back with the contact details of a friend where we could dispose of all the old oil.  Got to love this forum!  (Oom Kallie, ek belowe om volgende keer te kom blad skud as ek weer daar deur kom.  Tyd was maar net nie aan ons kant die keer nie, maar nogmaals baie dankie.)

Only one puncture repair for the day after the lunch stop and everyone got to Avalon Springs on the outskirts of Montagu wet, but unscathed.



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« Last Edit: March 27, 2019, 07:10:37 pm by Kobus Myburgh »
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« Reply #183 on: March 28, 2019, 05:43:21 am »
Day 10: Montagu - Kleinmond (364.7km)



Since arriving in Montagu and right through the night, it was raining heavily intermittently.  We had our concerns with some of the roads planned for the route but the R&D team decided that it’s part of the adventure.

By now @ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS  and @Rossdog was keeping us updated with the weather in both the Malgas area and Agulhas.

We left Montagu on the R62, through the old fort and turned left on the R60 towards Swellendam.

I was quite relieved that we didn’t travel through Ashton.  Many moons ago my younger sister lived there and it was not a bad little town.  Nowadays it’s a bit of a shit hole with a disgraceful display of construction works throughout the town, especially the (in my opinion unnecessary) monstrosity of a bridge that never gets finished.

From Swellendam it was a short stint on the N2 and we turned right at Buffeljags towards Malgas.  4Km later the gravel started as we turned left.

We were quite surprised with the road condition given the amount of rain that fell.  We reached the ferry (and coffee stop) without incident.









It was great to see Chris and Amanda there supporting the event on behalf of Enduristan. Enduristan was one of the sponsors and the Dustriders team were there with banners and a warm welcome.  One of the marshalls from Ride & Drive, Alessio Rimoldi, is also a distributor of Enduristan in Italy.





Slowly everyone started making their way across the ferry.  The rain was still staying away and everyone was excited to add a ferry crossing to their adventure.


















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« Reply #184 on: March 28, 2019, 06:20:24 am »
Roughly a 100km later everyone reached Agulhas without incident.  After refueling in Struisbaai, this was where everyone had lunch.  After a circle route around the lighthouse, ship wreck and of course the most southern tip of Africa.







On our arrival at the lunch stop, we had to first do some repairs to the rear luggage rack of one of the bikes.  It was dropped and somehow broke the whole rack in half.  Probably caused by the panniers.  Anyway, after a bit of stripping, pulling and a couple of cable ties, it was ready again.



We had time for a very quick lunch and then waited close to the lighthouse for some of the guys that decided on a last visit to the famous place where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet.

This is also where I had the privilege of meeting Rossdog for the first time.  We’ve spoken so many times over the phone and it was great to finally put a name to the face.  Our conversation was long from finished when we were interrupted with a message of a flat wheel.  Next time Ross.

We raced to where assistance was needed to only find that the wrong information was given.  We were notified that the rider is just as you enter the next gravel road, but in reality, it was only the second section of gravel road.  We had about 55km to cover before we would reach him.

So off we went, now on properly wet and slippery gravel roads, through the little town of Elim.  We finally got to him and was elated to see that it was one of the very few bikes with a center stand.  This made the puncture repair, caused by a nail, a quick and easy task.







The rest of the day went incident free and we reached Arabella as the sun was breaking through the clouds.











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« Reply #185 on: March 28, 2019, 07:16:11 am »
Day 11:  Kleinmond to Cape Town (340km)



Arabella is certainly a stunning place and before we left, I had a chance to take a couple of pictures.

Incidentally, the golf course was designed by  the well known Peter Matkovich.  Matkovitch & Hayes was a specialist golf course design and construction company, bought out by WBHO circa 2005, when golf courses and associated estates were booming.  (The Hayes part of the company was of course the well known commentator, presenter and professional golfer Dale Hayes). I did a lot of work with them at the time.











We set off hugging the coastline past Betty’s Bay, Rooi Els and made a couple of stops above Kogelbaai etc.  It was sad to see the devastation still obvious from the recent fires in Betty’s Bay.  The area however brought back some fond memories of a time we used to travel this piece of coast up and down for the best wave to surf.  Depending on the wind and swell direction, there was always a spot to find a good wave.







From Gordon’s Bay we headed towards Firlands and onto the N2 over Sir Lowry’s Pass.  At Botrivier we got onto the gravel road and headed towards Villiersdorp.  Mid way on the gravel road was a quick coffee stop.

It was here that Hardy decided to have some fun on the back of Janco’s bus.



Janco returned the favor by writing ‘Gay love’ on the back of Hardy’s VX.  What he didn’t realize is that Hardy added Janco’s cellphone number to the bottom of this writing again. . I got way with nothing, but not for long .......

With the front runners that already left, we had a chance to have a chat with Jean-Michel.  With us sweeping the whole time, our interaction time was limited to the few stops and maybe at night.  We also didn’t see much of the riding going on.  I took the opportunity and asked him if he would entertain us with a quick wheelie, to which he responded ‘Anytime’.

Poetry in motion .....




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« Reply #186 on: March 28, 2019, 07:46:08 am »
The guys were having a blast on what would be the last stretch of gravel for the trip.













Due to the level of the Theewaterskloof dam still very low, there was ample sand for some of the guys brave enough to go for a quick play.







Next stop, the beautiful town of Franschhoek, where a pizza lunch was served.



Alessio, Eric and Leon.



Antoine



The only lady rider of the group, and a very competent one I must add.  The other lady was riding pillion.



Gianclaudio after a rock hit him.



The beautiful church in Franschhoek.





The rest of the day, towards Paarl on the R45 and back on the N1 until finally arriving at the Sun Square hotel in Cape Town, all went according to plan.

Along the way we also had a chance to get a pic of the total compliment of backup vehicles.






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« Reply #187 on: March 28, 2019, 08:25:54 am »
Day 12: Cape Town - The last day (150km)



The morning started with a little bit of chaos.  Whilst I truly enjoy the Tripy II navigation system, it provides you with one screen at a time.  Once you’ve adhered to the specific instructions on the screen and, for instance made the turn, it moves on to the next screen or tulip.  It works very well when you have a bit of distance to cover between instructions, but when you have turns in short succession and lane selection becomes important, like in Cape Town city centre, it is easy to miss a turn.

Having grown up and studied in Cape Town and surrounds made it easy for me, but being a foreigner with the Tripy being the only guide, made for a couple of guys veering off in different directions.  It was however short lived and everyone was quickly back on track.

It was one of those days where everything worked in our favor.  No incidents to attend to and the weather was perfect, creating a magnificent display of one of the most beautiful parts SA had on offer.  You could see that our foreign visitors were truly in awe of the South African beauty.













And of course I had to get a pic of the Cruiser, which I was very fond of by now.



Lunch was at the Black Marlin and the baboons were playing havoc, nonchalantly stealing food left, right and center.  Despite this, the guys were all in good spirit.





We set off past the beautiful towns of Kommetjie and Hout Bay.







Yet another great day at the office!!


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« Reply #188 on: March 28, 2019, 08:53:18 am »
It’s all over - Packing up.

After a great closing dinner at a place called Africa Café, we retired to bed, leaving the guests to feast on some traditional African hospitality.



The next morning we started transporting bikes to the Bidvest SACD where the disassembling would start.  It was again screens, mirrors and panniers off, batteries disconnected and making sure all bikes were properly crated, ready for shipment back to Europe.







We also had to drain each bike of the remaining fuel, for both safety reasons and weight saving.



Three days were set aside to prepare everything for shipment.  We were working vigorously, with everyone assigned a specific task.  This meant that after day 1, we were well ahead of schedule.

The next morning we finished the last of the bikes and by 11h00 we were on the road, heading back to Loxton.







Eric and his team finished the last of the equipment packing.  Between him and Phillipe, an astronomical amount of work was done in terms of logistics, setting up the coffee stations, banners, gazebos etc. during the trip.  Sterling guys that you definitely want on your side with such a trip!







As we drove home, the Karoo delivered a very suiting display of beauty to end a great trip.







And so another adventure comes to an end.  It was truly a privilege to be part of this amazing experience.

Until the next one.


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« Reply #189 on: March 28, 2019, 09:12:58 am »
Great RR Kobus, was baie lekker om hier te volg.

Lyk my Hardy en sy span (jy inkluis) is absoluut eersteklas  :thumleft:
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« Reply #190 on: March 28, 2019, 09:16:27 am »
Great thanks for sharing, what was the feedback from the overseas visitors ? Certainly seems they had a very good time !
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« Reply #191 on: March 28, 2019, 09:21:22 am »
Wel gedaan aan almal wat dit so 'n groot sukses gemaak het.
As julle 'n koffiemaker nodig het vir die volgende trip skree maar.  :laughing4:

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« Reply #192 on: March 28, 2019, 09:23:17 am »
Great RR Kobus, was baie lekker om hier te volg.

Lyk my Hardy en sy span (jy inkluis) is absoluut eersteklas  :thumleft:

Dankie Kortbroek.  Specialised Adventures is verseker ‘n professionele maatskappy.  Ek het baie by Hardy en Janco geleer en dit was ‘n plesier om saam met hulle te werk.  ‘n Man kan maar gerus op een van hulle toere gaan, ‘n onvergeetlike avontuur gewaarborg.  :deal:
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« Reply #193 on: March 28, 2019, 09:28:36 am »
Great thanks for sharing, what was the feedback from the overseas visitors ? Certainly seems they had a very good time !

Jacques, without exception, everyone had a truly great time.  (OK, maybe not the journalist who fell himself into hospital the first day  :eek7:). A lot of them undertook to come back at some stage.

It also served as valuable reminder to me how amazing our country is, indirectly seeing it through the eyes of a tourist.  What also struck me was the fact that an adventure can certainly be had on the roads frequently traveled as well. 
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« Reply #194 on: March 28, 2019, 09:29:28 am »
Ek het lanklaas so n groep opgewonde, entoesiastiese groep bikers oor die pond sien gaan. :thumleft:
Almal was vol smiles, verseker gaan n klomp van hulle weer Suid Afrika toe kom. :thumleft:

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« Reply #195 on: March 28, 2019, 09:30:49 am »
Wel gedaan aan almal wat dit so 'n groot sukses gemaak het.
As julle 'n koffiemaker nodig het vir die volgende trip skree maar.  :laughing4:

Dankie Kobus, ek sal dit aan Hardy noem, maar dit mag beteken dat ek dan ‘obsolete’ word.  :imaposer:
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« Reply #196 on: March 28, 2019, 09:32:58 am »
Jy kan nie ALTYD al die lekker kry nie... Hierdie Kobus wil ook van die lekker kry... :laughing4:

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« Reply #197 on: March 28, 2019, 10:09:01 am »
Welgedaan, lekker trip met pragtige fotos!!
 

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« Reply #198 on: March 28, 2019, 04:03:52 pm »
Hierdie RR was nou pure plesier!!! Knapgedaan aan die hele span en Baie Dankie!
 

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« Reply #199 on: March 28, 2019, 04:23:43 pm »
Wow!! ... the organization and effort into this looks enormous. Well done! - you are a great ambassador for SA Off Roading.

Thanks for keeping us posted too.

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