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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #160 on: September 14, 2019, 06:33:45 am »
Does it not come with a crate? Can't we get a photo of the crate?
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« Last Edit: September 14, 2019, 06:35:51 am by Kobus Myburgh »
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #161 on: September 14, 2019, 07:14:30 am »
That crate is a thing of beauty.
 

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #162 on: September 14, 2019, 07:16:50 am »
Looks like a small crate... Probably only the screen and the lights fit in there. Is there more to this bike than the angry looking headlights?

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #163 on: September 14, 2019, 08:52:37 am »
During the time at Sesriem I found myself getting very irritated quicker than I normally would.
The French team had made use of the good hearted nature of the South Africans in more ways than acceptable to me.
They would ask for smaller lunchpacks only to change it to bigger lunchpacks the next day. They would borrow equipment, never to return it, which left us without the gear that we needed to do our jobs.
Guys like Kobus and Hennie and probably Gary too, would go out of their way to accommodate the Frogs, and it started to get under my skin.
I was feeling sorry for the girls, as they maxed 4 hours sleep everyday, and these guys just kept asking more of them.
I suspect Kobus picked up on my mood, and it became apparent that he managed it by opting for the work that required our team to be in close proximity from the Frenchies.

I actually enjoyed being seperated from them to get my act together, and decided to make the best of the situation.
The road to Helmeringhausen (no matter from which side) is one of undescribable beauty and I would go as far as to say that it must be one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen.
I would stay there in a heartbeat, and actually consider farming again, if I ever get the opportunity.
They vast open grassplains and the backdrop of the dramaticaly colored mountains will stay with me forever.
The Unimog and the Iveco loved these sandy roads. We found two tourist rentals that got stuck, and with time on our hands, we pulled them out.
The American in the Renault Duster forgot to say thank you. I guess he was in a hurry  :imaposer:

We arrived at the farm, and made our way through the gate, onto the 35 km farm road that leads to the farmhouse. Yes, 35km. The farm was 65000 hectares.
The lady of the farm was an attractive german born, south namibian bred vixen who took no prisoners when it came to business. She told us that she had beers available at 50 bucks a pop, and that her ice was sold seperately. She was going on and on about the favor she was doing us, to have beers there, so far from town.
I told her that I would take one case if she promised to stop talking. She did.  :thumleft:
The campsite was beautiful and nestled at the foot of the mountains. Rocky outcrops, and silky white grassplains with a few Acasia trees added to the beauty of what was going to be our digs for the evening.
Later that afternoon, the rest of the crew, and the film team arrived..
More about this later
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #164 on: September 14, 2019, 09:34:37 am »
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #165 on: September 14, 2019, 11:26:15 am »
I follow with great interest.     :sip:

Hats off to all involved, in circumstances like this you need a good and able team to keep everything together.    Respect to all.   :thumleft:


Ek sien Kobus en Hardy het lief geraak vir die suide van Nam.   :biggrin:  Nam is voorwaardelik 'n juweel op sy eie.  Die noorde, suide, weste en ooste verskil van mekaar, maar elkeen het sy unieke mooi.   Ek en vroulief sal nooit moeg raak vir Nam nie.    :deal:  Ek is bly julle het dit ook mooi gevind.   :thumleft:   
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #166 on: September 14, 2019, 03:04:08 pm »
I follow with great interest.     :sip:

Hats off to all involved, in circumstances like this you need a good and able team to keep everything together.    Respect to all.   :thumleft:


Ek sien Kobus en Hardy het lief geraak vir die suide van Nam.   :biggrin:  Nam is voorwaardelik 'n juweel op sy eie.  Die noorde, suide, weste en ooste verskil van mekaar, maar elkeen het sy unieke mooi.   Ek en vroulief sal nooit moeg raak vir Nam nie.    :deal:  Ek is bly julle het dit ook mooi gevind.   :thumleft:

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Die suide het 'n asemrowende prag. Ek weet Kobus wil graag die plek vir sy gesin gaan wys.
 

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #167 on: September 14, 2019, 04:02:44 pm »
There is one pet hate that I have (apart from ariving at camp in the dark), and it is having to pack stuff, that I know we will not use on a trip. It takes up space, that I could have used and it is always in the way.
When we host trips, we unfortunately have to offer tents, as most people that does a Kaokoland trip opt for the relative "safety" of a tent prior to us departing.
Funny thing is, the tents always only get used on the first night. After the first night, the adventure bug nestles and everyone sleeps under the stars.
It was the same with the Frogs.

Setting up camp usually entails the following:

Erecting and packing the stretchers
Camp chairs in boma formation
Sleeping bags & pillows
Camp fire and spare wood, for the guests that will linger around the fire till late.
Supper preparations for the group
Breakfast preparations for the group
Checking toilets and bathrooms to make sure there won't be mishaps.
Picking up thorns and or anything else that poses any discomfort or danger.

Now on this specific evening I told the staff only to erect 6 tents, as the guests so far, have only used 4 tents.
As I said earlier, the crew and the guests started to arrive back from what could be described as a challenging day.
I asked where Gary and Hennie was, only to find out that no one really knew. Kobus told me that he suspected that they were concerned with the deep sand on the road, and that they might have pressed on towards Aus.
I did not like this one bit, because we now had no way of confirming that they were safe, fed or that they had a place to sleep.

a Little bit later, the french project manager and his posse arrived too. He immediately walked over to me and asked me where the rest of the tents were, and instructed me to erect it immediately. He was rude, and did not wait for my explanation, and demanded that we have all the tents erected from now on.
I asked him if he was going to sleep in a tent, and he answered NO.
It was at this point that I got to learn a little bit about myself. I know exactly how I would have reacted under normal circumstances, and that would have meant the end of either him or me, but somehow, I held it together, turned around and walked away.
The crew picked up on what happened and everyone joined in to erect the tents.
Twenty minutes later there was a legion of tents standing, and I had enough time to calm down.

Everything was going well with the kitchen staff, and I decided to take a walk. When I came back, Loic (French project manager) sent one of his staff, to ask me if he could come over and talk to me. I guess it was the safe way of doing it.
I agreed to it, and about two minutes later Loic arrived.
"Hey Hardy, you feel better?" he asked. I told him that all was good and that I just needed some sleep.
"We had a horrible day, everything went wrong, and I took it out on you. I am really sorry, and I ask for your forgiveness".
I remember thinking to myself that what I do at this point would have a massive impact on future work from Honda, and I heard myself saying "All good Loic".
The frenchman will never realise how close he came to a PK that autumn evening in the south of Namibia, but I am glad that he didn't.
That evening I slept like a rock and really rested well.
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #168 on: September 14, 2019, 04:15:33 pm »
The frenchman will never realise how close he came to a PK that autumn evening in the south of Namibia, but I am glad that he didn't.

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #169 on: September 14, 2019, 04:39:30 pm »
9 pages of you oakes taking pics of lorries where the hell is the bikes.
 

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #170 on: September 14, 2019, 04:45:54 pm »
a Little bit later, the french project manager and his posse arrived too. He immediately walked over to me and asked me where the rest of the tents were, and instructed me to erect it immediately. He was rude, and did not wait for my explanation, and demanded that we have all the tents erected from now on.
I asked him if he was going to sleep in a tent, and he answered NO.
It was at this point that I got to learn a little bit about myself. I know exactly how I would have reacted under normal circumstances, and that would have meant the end of either him or me, but somehow, I held it together, turned around and walked away.

Daasynou!! Welkom in my wreld.... well done Hardy. Ek dink nie mense weet hoe ongelooflik konflikryk so 'n produksieomgewing is nie. As ouens rang trek, en dit nogal meeste van die tyd, doen met onmenslikke arrogansie en disrespek...sonder dat hy weet wat jy al vir hom en die produksie gedoen het...  Dit gebeur vyftig keer elke dag in die Entertainment en Film wreld. Klomp egotistiese diktators, meeste van die tyd. Maar dis maar hoe dit werk. Daars net een ou wat die kreatiewe visie het, en as almal nie dit ondersteun nie, of dit op 'n werksdag nie heeltemal gebeur soos hy dit wil h nie, is hy erger as 'n menstrueerende beer met dorings in al 4 voete. Dan raak hulle maar effens emosioneel. Hulle voel meestal later sleg daaroor en kom vra omverskoning.

Goed ge-handle. Dit gaan oor outliving the competition, nie kopstamp tot altwee in 'n koma is nie. Jy het dit op die heel beste maniere hanteer.

....nog steeds moer funny om te lees....
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #171 on: September 14, 2019, 06:56:43 pm »
9 pages of you oakes taking pics of lorries where the hell is the bikes.

Byt vas Captain Zef.  Were here for a long time, not a good time.  :lol8:
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #172 on: September 14, 2019, 07:11:17 pm »
I knew it, that tiny box has the new XL 185S hidden away in it!
1978. It's 6am, mid winter...two up on a XL 185S ... off to my first casino ever with all of R40 and we've got a full tank of fuel, so enough to get there we reckon.... that's determination...

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #173 on: September 14, 2019, 08:19:38 pm »
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Jy is reg Louis.

Die suide het 'n asemrowende prag. Ek weet Kobus wil graag die plek vir sy gesin gaan wys.

Kan ek saamkom....................... :patch:  :patch:  :patch: :biggrin:


There is one pet hate that I have (apart from ariving at camp in the dark),  PK that autumn evening in the south of Namibia, but I am glad that he didn't.


Haat dit ook soos pes om donker by my kamp te kom, dan is my moer klaar gekoer.   :dousing: :dousing:

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #174 on: September 16, 2019, 09:02:12 am »
Sounds to me like "Loic" is the French four letter word for "P**s"  :peepwall:
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #175 on: September 16, 2019, 09:36:56 am »
Sounds to me like "Loic" is the French four letter word for "P**s"  :peepwall:

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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #176 on: September 16, 2019, 09:41:29 am »
Sounds to me like "Loic" is the French four letter word for "P**s"  :peepwall:

No, not really. In all fairness I have to admit that he was under a lot of pressure, and things got a lot better after that incident. He does a great job too, as I am sure the videos and pics later in this thread will prove.
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #177 on: September 16, 2019, 10:01:56 am »
Sounds to me like "Loic" is the French four letter word for "P**s"  :peepwall:

No, not really. In all fairness I have to admit that he was under a lot of pressure, and things got a lot better after that incident. He does a great job too, as I am sure the videos and pics later in this thread will prove.
Sithe - One of the people I worked with, and really liked resigned to start his own business just prior to this job. I realised only afterwards how much that influenced me.
Thanks for clarifying. It's far too easy to judge a person on the internet these days. :thumleft:
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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #178 on: September 23, 2019, 11:55:05 am »
Kobus will hopefully forgive me for this.


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Re: Chasing the light
« Reply #179 on: September 23, 2019, 12:10:43 pm »
What a beauty  :drif:
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