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Offline Noneking

Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #220 on: May 16, 2019, 12:51:36 pm »
It was carnage on the way up. James and Karen, riding pillion came down on the switchbacks and Karen, we later learned, fractured a bone in her wrist and tore ligaments as well. Shirley was down again and being assisted by Boris and Pikkie went down a as well.

We had been waiting for a while and it took the rest some time to join us at the top.




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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #221 on: May 16, 2019, 12:52:04 pm »
Mis ek iets? Het julle Carlisles weer op gery of is julle met Volunteers op?

Moes Carlisle af en weer op ry ja
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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #222 on: May 16, 2019, 12:54:41 pm »
Boris and Shirley joining the group








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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #223 on: May 16, 2019, 12:55:44 pm »
Below, the guys were still struggling to get going


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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #224 on: May 16, 2019, 12:57:13 pm »
Pikkie toppled over at the last switchback



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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #225 on: May 16, 2019, 12:57:55 pm »
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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #226 on: May 16, 2019, 12:58:58 pm »
James and Karen arrived with Karen in a lot of discomfort :-\



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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #227 on: May 16, 2019, 12:59:28 pm »
Thanks for this report Noneking, a group of us have also just returned from that area. Ben Mac was the toughest pass for me, followed by parts of the TTT. Unfortunately we couldn't do Bastervoet as the weather was kak and we were under a bit of time pressure.

We didn't have the snow to contend with, but it was muddy, loose and rocky - quite a challenge on a big bike. The whole way up I was dreaming of a 701 / PR7.
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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #228 on: May 16, 2019, 12:59:47 pm »
Righard also arriving



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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #229 on: May 16, 2019, 01:20:01 pm »
Nice report and pictures.....mm miss those Ralley Raid Adventure days around that area..... :drif: :thumleft:
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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #230 on: May 16, 2019, 02:38:34 pm »
We started up towards the final climb to the summit. It was extremely muddy and slippery and at the first climb Mike spun out his rear and blocked the trail which left with no space. She toppled over and fell head first down the drop-off to the right. Boris and I assisted her and she got going again.



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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #231 on: May 16, 2019, 02:39:58 pm »
The rest of the guys waited patiently while we cleared the bikes


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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #232 on: May 16, 2019, 02:41:13 pm »
Mike got going towards the next obstacle. This time Shirley gave him some space. :3some:


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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #233 on: May 16, 2019, 02:46:11 pm »
The penultimate climb was intimidating as hell.........  >:D Blue sky and massive drop to your right and rock face to your left. The track goes around a rocky outcrop and you can only see the start of the climb. Coming around the bend, the climb gets steeper and ideal line is far out towards the right. My severe fear of heights had me hugging the left and ended with me running out of momentum and putting the bike down just before the end of the climb.  >:(

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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #234 on: May 16, 2019, 02:54:02 pm »
Shirley went up the left side embankment after losing control of the 790



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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #235 on: May 16, 2019, 02:54:56 pm »
Boris making it look easy on the 790R







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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #236 on: May 16, 2019, 02:59:50 pm »
Righard came up the climb like a pro.......then lost it halfway up and looked like he was going to end up down the mountain somewhere. I for one stopped taking photos and uttered a few choice swearwords. Righard said that everything suddenly went blue as it looked like he was going over the edge. Then, out of the blue (excuse the pun) , he corrected it and came to a stop at the end of the climb


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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #237 on: May 16, 2019, 03:00:43 pm »
Another BMW putting me to shame......



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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #238 on: May 16, 2019, 03:26:39 pm »
How did the 790 carbon bras hold up? Did they protect the hangtiete tanks?  >:D
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Re: Getting high and saying goodbye in the Eastern Cape
« Reply #239 on: May 16, 2019, 03:37:00 pm »
Great pics and story line,thks.