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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 3, here we go...)
« Reply #100 on: July 01, 2019, 08:49:52 am »
Day 2 and 3 were mostly without hiccups and we were kinda getting into a nice groove. While braaing at Pella, the conversation turned to me getting left in the dark, but luckily it didn't require medical attention, which led to discussion of what to do when something does go horribly wrong. How many people stay at the crash site, who goes to look for signal, what medical equipment we're carrying and what first responder actions should be taken.

It was generally agreed that one of the things leading to accidents are a few days riding without troubles, leading to confidence, combined with fatigue and some complacency.

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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 3, here we go...)
« Reply #101 on: July 01, 2019, 08:55:41 am »
Apart from my suspect stomach,  day 3 was pretty un-eventful .....

As Arch said, I hurried from Pofadder to the Klein Pella guest house to visit the facilities ......  :imaposer:  made it just in time :P

The hostess really treated us like kings. Some guys even ventured for a dip in the (very cold) pool.

We had a great braai and nice warm soft beds to recover from the previous cold night on Verneukpan.

Again no punctures on this day  :laughing4:
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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 in progress)
« Reply #102 on: July 01, 2019, 09:07:13 am »
Day 4, 18 June. Also the day we celebrate Brent's birthday (which meant that he had to wear the birthday suit...  ::) ), but nobody really knows when he arrived here from Krypton.







Happy birthday, bud!
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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 in progress)
« Reply #103 on: July 01, 2019, 09:14:20 am »
The plan for day 4 was Klein Pella, Aggeneys, Gamoep, Kammieskroon, Hondeklipbaai.



After the great breakfast, we packed and were ready to go for a day at the beach!

But first, we had to check out the River Camp on the orange river with Namibia on the other side of the bank.



And the "date" plantation.  (Cue jokes about Brent being single...  :imaposer: )





Random Info: Klein Pella export around 95% of their dates to the Middle East and North Africa, with the remaining 5% going to Woolworths (yes, Woolworth get second dibs). The demand is way too big and they simply can't keep up with production. Trees take about 5 years before they start bearing fruit and fully grown, they carry around 120kg of dates per tree per season.
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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 in progress)
« Reply #104 on: July 01, 2019, 09:55:07 am »
The day's riding was started off great with the little stretch south, back to the tar road and then a short stretch of tar to Aggeneys where we stopped to refuel, as Jo (in his haste of the previous day) didn't fill up in Pofadder. But fuel was always good, as we didn't know if and where we'd get fuel again.

Some areas had these "forests" of trees.  :ricky:



From Aggeneys we hit the gravel again in a South Easterly direction before turning West again towards the coast.

The going was so good...



Spiekman was riding infront and was looking for a place to stop. The general agreement was roughly every 100km or every hour. This day had no wind, so dust was a bitch and we kept a big bigger gaps between the bikes. You could sorta see the orange light in the distance, but it often dissappeared behind the rises for a few minutes.



Charles and I stopped at a T-junction and waited for the rest of the crew to rock up, which they didn't... Mmm, after about 5 minutes we turned back and rode about 8km before finding Brent lying on the ground with Sid and Jo crouched over them. Just when we stopped, Brent jumped up with a "Gotcha!"  :dousing:



Charles wasn't impressed by the joke, but apparently we were a bit too flexible and 108km was beyond the agreed range and we were too far ahead of the crew...  :bueller:

So out comes the droewors and cokes for a quick pitstop.
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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 in progress)
« Reply #105 on: July 01, 2019, 10:03:18 am »
From there we pressed on to Gamoep



PS. We should've listened to that road sign.

And then to Kammieskroon.



This little twisty track was perhaps one of the highlights as far as roads go on this trip.





In Kammieskroon, we fueled up again and grabbed a bite.



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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 in progress)
« Reply #106 on: July 01, 2019, 11:22:55 am »
The 80km from Kamieskroon was supposed to be a formality and we could almost smell the salt in the air.



We stopped at this little intersection and Sid said "Give me a moment to ride ahead, I want to take some pics"



Spiekman, Jo, myself and Brent followed in that order. Sid stopped just on the other side of a cattle grid to try and warn us about this dangerous little rise on a bend.









Sid, Spiekman and Brent were connected through their SENNA S20 headsets. Jo and I had a more old school approach of "wave like a mad man" to show the following rider to watch out for the hazard. Spiekman, Jo and I went through the gate without issues and Spiekman stopped just around the next corner, as he was going out of comms range with his Dad and Bro. Jo and I came past and he gave us the thumbs up, and a nod to go ahead, which we did. I stopped about 1km further at a place where I could grab a nice video of them coming round a corner, into a dip and out the other side and then waited...

Jo came meandering back at snails pace about 5 min later and the two of us started to make our way back, expecting the lot to have the droewors ready when we get there. The picture looked almost exactly the same as the previous time I came up them, Brent on his back with Charles and Sid bent over him. Except this time he didn't jump up...  :patch:


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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 in progress)
« Reply #107 on: July 01, 2019, 12:16:55 pm »
30°18'47"S 17°36'45"E

Brent came round the left corner a bit fast (from the top right in the pic) and you can't see the cattle grid and right turn till you're very close.

From there onward, cattle grids were referred to as Brent Gates.  ::)



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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 in progress)
« Reply #108 on: July 01, 2019, 12:24:19 pm »
I hope that Brent was OK after he ran out of talent and head his little "oopsie".

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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 in progress)
« Reply #109 on: July 01, 2019, 12:38:13 pm »
After some initial assessment, Brent hadn't broken anything obvious, but he was a in a terrible pain. He tried to get up and then fainted into Spiekman's arms and was out for about 30 seconds. Charles and Sid put him back down and just tried to make him as comfortable as possible while Jo and I looked at the condition of the bike.

As Brent was coming up to the "Brent Gate", he couldn't make the right turn in time and hit the concrete slab on the left with his crashbar, exhaust header and pod, spinning the tail anticlockwise before high-siding Brent, who landed on his back and rolled about 4 or 5 times before coming to a stop against the fence about 15m further. The bike flipped over in the process, banging the right side of the dash and handlebars. The frame for the dash and screen was so bent that the bars couldn't turn, but apart from that, the bike actually wasn't too badly damaged.

After about 30min while we were trying to figure out what to do, a bakkie approached and the driver confirmed that he was going to Hondeklipbaai, so we coerced him into taking Brent to the guest house where we could regroup and better evaluate the situation. Spiekman followed the bakkie with Brent in to the guesthouse.

We also used tools form the bakkie to bend Bren't bike into such a state that it could be ridden, checked that the lights were working and hid it behind some trees and damn, from where it could be recovered when we get a chance. From there Sid, Jo and I made good ground and arrived safely in Hondeklipbaai with some 30 min before sunset.

Getting the busted bike back to where we were would open our options for the next day, so after quickly unpacking, I hopped on the back of Jo's bike and we made our way back to crash site, collected Brent's bike and rode into the same sunset for a 2nd time in one day. Only this time, it was dark pretty much just after picking up the damaged 1200, so we took it slow but made it safely back to base in the pitch dark, greeted by cold beers and fresh Fish & Chips.

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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 in progress)
« Reply #110 on: July 01, 2019, 12:42:28 pm »
Later that night, Spiekman and I were going through the phone and GoPro pics of the day when we saw this...



Note Sid's skidmark in the bottom of the pic where he also almost overshot the corner.

For those who have GoPro's, you'll know that there's a slight delay in when you press the button and when the actually pic is taken. Sid had no idea that he would capture this. Just a pity that it wasn't a video!
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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 in progress)
« Reply #111 on: July 01, 2019, 01:00:30 pm »
That's gonna leave a mark. The bike will buff out, though. :biggrin:
 

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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 in progress)
« Reply #112 on: July 01, 2019, 01:03:25 pm »
That's gonna leave a mark. The bike will buff out, though. :biggrin:

And that, ladies & gentleman, is how you paint your ass blue.  :thumleft:  Btw, did we say "Happy Birthday", Brent?

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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 in progress)
« Reply #113 on: July 01, 2019, 01:06:11 pm »
Damage to the bike  :-\












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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 crash pics added)
« Reply #114 on: July 01, 2019, 01:16:54 pm »
When we just got to Hondeklipbaai, we pooled our meds and phoned a doctor friend to find out how we should go about this. Taking their advice, Sid went to the closest "pharmacy".  :lol8:



When we finally got all the steeds in the camp for the night.



After the meals and discussing the day's events, we settled into bed without a proper plan, as tomorrow was our scheduled rest day and we had the entire day to figure out what to do.
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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 4 done, crash pics added)
« Reply #115 on: July 01, 2019, 03:03:01 pm »
19 June, Day 5

I awoke pretty early, quite a bit before sunrise, as I heard some chatter in the kitchen. Fried apparently woke up with the idea of riding his bike back to Cape Town to go and fetch Jo's Tuareg and a trailer for Brent's bike. The plan went through several revisions while I was lying in bed, but the obvious solution to me would be that somebody would ride Brent's bike down to Cape Town along with Fried and then the two could drive back, swapping drivers when needed and without pulling a trailer (leave Fried and Brent's bikes at Jo's place).

Knowing that I would inevitable by the one going with Fried, I was hesitant to pitch what would become the final version of the plan, but in light of logic and efficiency, I took one for the team. Fried was already almost geared up and would leave with 1st light. I had a quick coffee, geared up and followed not long after.

Theme song for the say... "Sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset"

Riding while the sun was rising over these pristine gravel roads is really something I can recommend. We never left before sunrise, but it's something I'll consider doing on future trips.

I caught up with Fried while still on the gravel and we cruised together into the sunrise. The last 20km towards Garies is tar, but still very pretty.



The dash on the bike was busted, but the speedo and rev counter worked, but I had no idea how much fuel I had in or what the warning lights meant, so I filled up in Garies, just to be sure that the bike was full. Fried still had enough fuel and his bike/riding style was a bit slower, so we agreed to move on our own pace and we'd meet up in Melkbos. There's cell reception all along the N7, so we could communicate if the plan needed to change for any reason.

Aware of the long road ahead and eager not to waste any time, we didn't stop for many photos. The fuel light came on just before Clanwilliam, so I filled up there again before gunning it home. The fuel light just blinked as I turned into Jo's place. My 2 stop strategy worked perfectly.  :biggrin:

I let the group know that I was in Melkbos (around 12h) and at exactly the same moment, Fried messaged that he was in Piketberg. This meant that I had about an hour to get everything ready for our return mission, which included fueling up, grabbing some supplies, getting subscription meds for Brent, packing the car and making a coffee for the way back.

As Fried rolled in, I handed him a travel mug and he literally just climbed over into the Tuareg and we were on our way back by 13h30 ish. A quick driver change at Clanwilliam (for no other reason than boredom) and a last change back after turning off at Garies, with the sun setting quickly on the horizon...



Looking back towards Garies.



We arrived with last light for the 2nd day in a row, just in time to watch the Proteas lose against the Black Caps. Luckily the crew had made some proper West Coast dinner plans to brighten our day. I'll let Jo tell us what they got up to...

PS. At least we had no punctures on days 4 or 5 either.   :ricky:
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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 5 in progress)
« Reply #116 on: July 01, 2019, 08:10:11 pm »
Thank you for RR, Arch.
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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 5 in progress)
« Reply #117 on: July 01, 2019, 08:11:25 pm »
Wow! Was 'n uiters betekenisvolle en gebeurtenisvolle tog. Ek sal so iets altyd onthou. Goeie foto's. Baie mooi landskap en tonele wat julle kon beskou.  :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 5 in progress)
« Reply #118 on: July 01, 2019, 10:02:39 pm »
Wow, what a ride this is ... excellent read, thanks!

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Re: Dads & Lads: Namaqualand & Karoo 2019 (Day 5 in progress)
« Reply #119 on: July 02, 2019, 12:35:39 pm »

OK, so with the rescue team on their way to ditch the broken bike in Melkbos and to fetch the car to transport the patient to Cape Town ......

...... we checked the condition of the patient .......   :thumleft:

and then went to look at the sights of the metropolis of Hondeklipbaai .....

"A big gneiss rock resembling a dog inspired Capt Thomas Grace, a ship’s captain who discovered the small natural harbour in 1846, to name the place “Hondeklip Bay”. Some more history at http://www.hondeklip.co.za/index.php/history-of-hondeklipbaai
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