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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2019, 12:26:08 pm »
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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2019, 12:47:45 pm »
only some of the pics...
 

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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2019, 12:49:44 pm »
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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2019, 12:57:59 pm »
sal maar later check of die prentjies wil wys…  seker dit gaan 'n goeie ene wees!
 

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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #24 on: November 19, 2019, 04:10:24 pm »


Yo MD, dis dog can't see all da pics eitha.

Still sub'd, eyes been waiting for dis one cuz.
I’m da Yooper, eh and I like to party...
 

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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #25 on: November 19, 2019, 04:31:39 pm »
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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #26 on: November 19, 2019, 06:59:38 pm »
Hey Chris, you've got to go into your Google account and make the images public!!  Don't you know that? :peepwall: :pot: :pot:

The picture of Dries and me at home, the guy in the sidecar, etc not showing.

Please check agains Chris.

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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #27 on: November 19, 2019, 08:51:58 pm »
 :sip:  Hoping you do get the pictures right.  :lamer:
 

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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #28 on: November 20, 2019, 08:46:43 am »
Morning guys,

I have dropped the google photos option and opted for old @ClimbingTurtle 's option of Postimage. Please check if you can see all the pictures, so I can continue.

Cheers.

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Yo MD, dis dog can't see all da pics eitha.

Still sub'd, eyes been waiting for dis one cuz.


And you old man Oil...
 
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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #29 on: November 20, 2019, 08:55:34 am »
Morning guys,

I have dropped the google photos option and opted for old @ClimbingTurtle 's option of Postimage. Please check if you can see all the pictures, so I can continue.

Cheers.

@Clockwork Orange
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Yo MD, dis dog can't see all da pics eitha.

Still sub'd, eyes been waiting for dis one cuz.


And you old man Oil...

Sorted!  :thumleft:
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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #30 on: November 20, 2019, 08:58:15 am »
Nou ry ons saam met foties.. Dis hel om blind te ry... :ricky: :ricky:

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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #31 on: November 20, 2019, 08:59:10 am »
thanks minidan.
am looking forward to what i expect to be an epic RR.
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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #32 on: November 20, 2019, 09:41:42 am »
Thanks, seeing all the pics now.
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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #33 on: November 20, 2019, 09:54:59 am »
Day 4 – Sani Resort to Semonkong

We had an early start on day 4 although we had to sort out a couple of things for our return which took a bit longer than expected. We started up Sani and it was a glorious, easy-going ride and soon we were at the top. We went through border control which was the easiest border crossing I have ever done. A trip up Sani is not complete without a visit to the highest pub in Africa which also gave Dries the chance to get his decaf fix.




The old man and I not having a drink in the highest pub in Africa... :o


Dries and his decaf.


Sani Pass from the top.

After fuelling our stomachs, we hit the A1 – a wonderful tar road high up in the mountains with scenic passes and twistees for days. It was rather cold, but at that stage, nothing could dampen our spirits.


The A1 with the other two leaving me behind.

This was the first time ever 2StrokeDan and I were using GPS’s. We headed down that tar road following the GPS up to the point where we were supposed to turn left to Thaba-Tseka. I also want to mention that for most of the trip it was 2StrokeDan followed by Dries, and myself at the rear. This was mainly due to the fact that I was the one taking the footage. So at the Thaba-Tseka turnoff, 2StrokeDan shot right past, followed by old Dries. At this point, I just coolly stopped and within a few seconds, I saw them turning and coming back. We really had a nice group dynamic and were never too far from each other. Lesotho does make this a little bit easier, as the constant turns and bends always give you the opportunity to look back.





Without them having to stop, I indicated the correct road and we were off again; this time on our first gravel road in Lesotho. The kilometres flew by and before we knew it, we were in Thaba-Tseka. It took us a while to find the “garage” as it was basically two pumps next to a little building a few meters off the main road. Difficult to spot, we rode past it, and at the end of the town, I turned around, signalling 2StrokeDan and Dries to follow. We eventually did find it and were able to refuel.

Spirits were high, but we knew we had to keep moving, as time was not waiting on us. Shortly after leaving, 2StrokeDan realised he had a slow front puncture. We stopped and had a look if we could find the hole, but couldn’t. Using the hand pump we could get the tyre to a good pressure and 2StrokeDan said he’d keep going. For the next couple of kilometres we were so focussed on pushing as we were behind schedule that we again missed the turnoff. And this time it was with a good ten to fifteen kilos. We stopped to pump the tyre again and this was when I realised that our resolution on the GPS’s was way out. We were riding at a 1:8km ratio and changed it to 1:500 meters. This changed everything, and would cancel out any further missed turnoffs for the rest of the trip. Unfortunately, we were now way off schedule.

After turning back and finding the right road, we started to realise what Lesotho is all about. When truly riding Lesotho, time flies and the kilos stand still. This last section to Semonkong was, for a lack of better words, fan-fucking-tastic. Rocky with eroded single tracks, it had everything and we were loving it. Late afternoon, the wind came up and the sun was directly in our eyes. At one stage, we were heading up this really steep, rocky climb and you could see absolutely nothing. 2StrokeDan and Dries headed to the left and I had this sinking feeling that the road was actually going to the right. I was right, and soon the two of them also realised it and left the field and turn back to the so-called “road”.

We arrived in Semonkong just before dark and I remember getting onto the tar road and not having a clue which way to go. We took a chance and headed in a direction, and 800m down the road we luckily saw the road sign for Semonkong Lodge. The lodge is rather hidden and you need to go through the town and down into the valley, where you cross a river to get there. I was so relieved when we stopped at the lodge and only then realised how tired and sore I was. We checked in and were shown to our room which was located up in the valley. We rode the bikes up, unpacked, and headed to the restaurant for dinner.

That night we received word that Semonkong had run out of petrol. This really was bad news as we all needed to fill up. One of the staff members said that the owner had some contacts, but he would only be in the next day at nine. This was not going to work for us, as we had to leave very early. We decided that we wouldn’t let this dampen our spirits and that we would have a lekker night’s sleep, enjoy a good breakie and then make the best of it.

 

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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #34 on: November 20, 2019, 10:13:47 am »
 :ricky: nou kyk ek ook saam  :thumleft:
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« Reply #35 on: November 20, 2019, 11:37:35 am »
I follow your trip......with pics now, thanks 👍
 
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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #36 on: November 20, 2019, 11:48:01 am »
Awesome, thanks man! Pics look nice!  :thumleft:
 
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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #37 on: November 20, 2019, 12:02:45 pm »
Al die fotos wys dankie. Vat tog net vir Dan bietjie Sandy Bay toe. Hy kort n bietjie sonskyn  :sip: :lol8:
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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #38 on: November 20, 2019, 12:15:14 pm »
Al die fotos wys dankie. Vat tog net vir Dan bietjie Sandy Bay toe. Hy kort n bietjie sonskyn  :sip: :lol8:

Kyk hoe lyk my kop al klaar gebleik. :eek7:
 

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Re: Who would like to join the Dan's on a 10 day trip? – THE RIDE REPORT
« Reply #39 on: November 20, 2019, 12:15:20 pm »
Al die fotos wys dankie. Vat tog net vir Dan bietjie Sandy Bay toe. Hy kort n bietjie sonskyn  :sip: :lol8:

Nee wat, ons twee het net twee kleure...Wit en rooi.