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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #100 on: February 12, 2021, 12:03:59 pm »
I soon reach the turn off to Dorsland's farm, and in my mind compare it to the previous time I stopped here for tea, about 2 years ago.


Sien nou eers jou fred raak.

Dankie dat jy kom kuier het.  Ek moet verskoning vra dat ek nie 100% aandag aan aalmal gegee het, meer as 2 mense hier op die plaas dan voel dit soos Durban strand Desembermaand en ek raak benoud en gespanne.  :lol8:

Dis was lekker om julle weer te sien. Ek het darem nie gebrekkig gevoel aan aandag nie - ek meen, daar's 'n rede hoekom sommige mense alleen ry :imaposer:

Maar as jy so effe oorweldig gevoel het, waardeer ek nog meer dat jy my steeds oorgenooi het.


Ons was nogal bekommerd toe jy die Pretoriuskloofpad aanpak toe dit al so laat was.  Hy is in 'n nog slegter toestand nou.

Haha ek het gedink ek het nog genoeg tyd, ek het gehoor dis nie 'n moeilike pad nie. Gelukkig het ek die slegte dele geslaan voor donker, hoewel daar steeds 'n hele paar "O toffie" oomblikke was.
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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #101 on: February 12, 2021, 12:38:07 pm »
Puik RR, dankie! :thumleft:
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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #102 on: February 12, 2021, 12:48:39 pm »
"A man I don't know from a bar of soap, vouching for a man who doesn't know a bar of soap."

Bwahahaha! Hell's teeth! you have a way with words Ri


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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #103 on: February 12, 2021, 11:12:18 pm »
"A man I don't know from a bar of soap, vouching for a man who doesn't know a bar of soap."

Bwahahaha! Hell's teeth! you have a way with words Ri


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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #104 on: February 17, 2021, 09:55:20 pm »
About a block and a half further, I find my destination for the night: the Merino Junction Hotel. The manager is very welcoming, and directs me to park my bike in the enclosed parking at the back. I'm booked in by friendly staff who take me to a huge room with space for a family of four.  I take a shower, put on civvies and head downstairs for a drink at the bar, but the air is so thick with noise and cigarette smoke, I take my drink and find a quieter place to sit.




Foreign people taking photo's (or shooting a movie) down the road. They also stay at the Merino Junction.




View from my hotel room




You could probably fit 3 - 4 people on the double bed alone!








I head off to bed early. The heat really saps my energy, and I sleep with the aircon on, something I seldom do. Next morning I'm up bright and early, determined to be gone before it heats up too much. It's a short day today, from Victoria West to Loxton for breakfast, and from there back to Fraserburg, the last leg of my journey.

It seems there's been some rain recently, everything is covered by a green fuzz, but the water has seeped away or evaporated and the dam is empty.








Just out of town is the funner road to Loxton, and I turn of onto it.








I can't recall ever seeing blue cranes in the Karoo, but apparently they are often seen around here. I doubt you'll see them in the photo, though.





















Passing through a pretty little kloof










Far off, sheep is being herded by two men on horses, one at the back, on at the front. When the herdsman at the back hears the motorbike, he pushes the sheep against the wire on the right, and guides his horse into the veld on the left, where he stands watching the sheep while I carefully pass between them. I lift my hand and shout a thank you, and he nods in acknowledgement.

This is a moment I would have loved to capture on an action camera, to show the mastery of the herdsman over both the animal he is riding, and the animals he is herding.








 

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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #105 on: February 17, 2021, 09:57:49 pm »
I reach Loxton at about 09:00 and head over to Specialised Adventures to say hi to Hardy & Co, but the place is locked up. I decide to stop at the Rooi Granaat, but when I circle the Loxton church, I see another restaurant and decide to stop there. I WhatsApp Hardy that I stopped by, and he tells me they're on their way to Honda Quest. No, I'm not jealous, this green is my natural complexion.




Hooligan peeking out




... and indeed, it is




I sit down outside and a few people who visit the restaurant, stop for a friendly chat. "Are you a biker chick?" A scruffy-looking man asks me.
"Well, I ride a bike, and I'm a chick, so you could say so". "Oh, you ride your own bike? Where's your bike?"

The man is very inquisitive and stands there chatting while I wait for my order. Eventually I ask him to join me, and he hesitates for half a second. He is an interesting man, from Britain originally I think, ending up here after traveling all over, and now has a few rental properties in Loxton. He is also involved in genetic research, and doesn't have much of a filter. He asks me about personal life, my bike, my touring, my job, etc. When he hears I live in Somerset West, his face lights up. "Oh you MUST meet my best friend! He lives in Somerset West, and he's a winemaker."

He goes on about his friend at length, apparently a fit and active man who loves to cook, for whom I'd be perfect. After breakfast, he insists that I walk with him to his house so he can phone his friend and set up a meeting. I'm highly amused at being pimped out set up for a blind date with a man who lives about 5 blocks from my house by the sound of it, from Loxton, by a stranger. But I've decided to be more open to the opportunity of meeting people, and I go along with it.




The man phones his friend and tells him about me briefly before handing over the phone. The voice sounds nice - I'm a sucker for a nice voice - and says the right things; we chat a bit and agree to meet for lunch on Sunday. I greet my new pimp friend and kit up for the last stretch home.

Leaving Loxton










Turn-off to Fraserburg










Place of the windmills














Last gate




 

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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #106 on: February 18, 2021, 05:55:55 am »
As fine as this RR is, I can't wait to hear about your "date".  :lol8:
 

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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #107 on: February 18, 2021, 09:11:45 am »
As fine as this RR is, I can't wait to hear about your "date".  :lol8:

You and the rest of the forum  :biggrin:
 

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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #108 on: February 18, 2021, 09:15:18 am »
As fine as this RR is, I can't wait to hear about your "date".  :lol8:

Yeah, I am also very inquisitive of how veritable the Winemaker was?  :ricky: :sip:
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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #109 on: February 18, 2021, 11:30:00 am »
As fine as this RR is, I can't wait to hear about your "date".  :lol8:

Yeah, I am also very inquisitive of how veritable the Winemaker was?  :ricky: :sip:
He may even be prepared to buy Ri that little Honda CRF300
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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #110 on: February 18, 2021, 08:48:24 pm »
Ahhhh the date. Stuff of legend.

From my Facebook page:
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On the last day of my holiday ride, I stop at Loxton Lekker for breakfast omelet and coffee. A chatty local remarks on my gear and we start talking.

After interrogating my marital status and domicilius citandii, he insists that I meet up with his good friend, a winemaker who lives near me. He promptly phones his friend and sets up a lunch date.

I'm amused and intrigued with the remote matchmaking attempt, but the friend's eagerness to meet unnerves me a bit.  He doesn't seem to be my type, but I'm trying to be more open and less prejudiced about these things.
I contact a good winemaker friend to find out whether she knows anything about him.

Turns out he is her ex :peepwall:

Now I want to meet him even less, but I already agreed to lunch. I don't like going back on my word. My friend assures me he is very interesting, there is no antagonism, and they still kuier oor en weer from time to time. She left him because he drank too much. She even offers to join us to break the ice, but he would have none of it. Of course he wouldn't.

Sunday rolls around. My family will arrive later in the afternoon, so I have an escape built in. I look at my meagre wardrobe. Like many women I'm sure, I have lots of clothes I still plan to shrink back into, and I therefore refuse to spend money on more clothes. All that shrinks is, of course, my wardrobe - thanks, COVID - but I manage to scrape together a presentable outfit. I apply a fine mist of Eau de Whatever-Is-In-My-Cupboard, a bit of eyeliner and lipgloss, and a resolute face. I don't generally selfie, but here's a rare one.

Minutes before 12:00 I get in the car and drive to the address given. He meets me at the gate and leads me inside, telling me about all the meat cooking as we speak (roast pig, etc). My only interest in the kitchen is watching others cook, so my ears perk up when I hear that a man loves to cook. We take our seats at the kitchen counter, he puts out some small snacks - biscuits? something I don't eat - and opens a lovely Viognier; he corrects my schoolgirl-French pronunciation. He shows a picture of his villa in France somewhere and tells me of his sporting prowess. Apparently he's a runner and cyclist, who's done the Argus and Comrades many times. He recently walked one of a new batch of SA Camino's through Gouda to spend time with a dear friend. According to his Loxton pal, he was chasing tail.

After the white wine, he opens a dry red blend, which is really excellent. He brags about not drinking water, ever. He drinks wine, and when he runs or cycles, he drinks beer for hydration as it is full of electrolytes. I wonder whether all those electrolytes counter the dehydrating effect of all the alcohol he is consuming. He claims he is as healthy as a horse. According to his Loxton friend, there was a kidney or heart scare.

The wine flows, but the conversation stutters. I break the flow of his monologue, asking pesky questions and sharing pesky anecdotes. The two bottles of wine are impacting. I need to line my stomach with food, and am forced to peck at the biscuits. My gluten-hating gut growls mutiny. Then he hands over a small plate of pork, a taster. It is tasty but a bit dry and I (wo)manfully chew it down. A third bottle of the excellent red wine is uncorked and my liver whines. I ask for more pork, en he doles out chunks of crackling. It is tough and sticks to my teeth, but I masticate through it and ask for more to soak up the wine. I ask for tap water and gulp it down to appease my liver.

I don't find out what other meats he cooked because lunch doesn't materialise. Maybe he decided he's not wasting a meal on me, or maybe I was mistaken and it's a liquid lunch. Late in the afternoon, my sister phones to say they arrived, but not to worry, she has keys and they are relaxing inside. I grab the opportunity to tell him I need to leave, now, my family is stuck outside my gate. He warbles like a fast forwarding tape for a moment, skipping over subjects, and lands on "Sex". He quickly tries to broach a subject that needs a longer run up, or more wine, or at the very least another interested party. I tell him I need to leave now. At the gate and I give him a quick, sidelong hug, get in my car and with a quick wave, drive away.

He was never seen or heard from again.
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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #111 on: February 19, 2021, 07:21:20 am »

He warbles like a fast forwarding tape for a moment, skipping over subjects, and lands on "Sex"


Ah, the 'brace yourself, Sheila" variety.  :biggrin:

And he had the temerity to not even mention a motorbike.

Very amusing and love your descriptive writing.
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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #112 on: February 19, 2021, 07:52:19 am »
Ahhhhh
Bit of an anti-climax Ri
Was hoping for some action there
Well written never the less 🤣🤣🤣
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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #113 on: February 19, 2021, 08:36:25 am »
Daars min mense wie se lang verslae ek elke woord lees. Lekker gelag vir die bar of soap  :imaposer:

Die beste deel van solo ry is mense vind jou baie meer approachable. Mens ontmoet nie op die selfde manier vreemde mense as jy in groepe ry nie.
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« Reply #114 on: February 19, 2021, 09:45:31 am »
Ahhhhh
Bit of an anti-climax Ri
Was hoping for some action there
Well written never the less 🤣🤣🤣

That is an over-statement, I did not read anything about a climax.  :peepwall: :pot:
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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #115 on: February 19, 2021, 11:02:36 am »
Ah, the 'brace yourself, Sheila" variety.  :biggrin:

And he had the temerity to not even mention a motorbike.

Very amusing and love your descriptive writing.

Thank you  :imaposer:

I wonder afterwards whether he decided not feed to me, when he realised he only had limited time to attempt a move. My first instinct about him was right. Need to find a balance between trusting my gut and still being approachable ::)


Ahhhhh
Bit of an anti-climax Ri
Was hoping for some action there
Well written never the less 🤣🤣🤣

That is an over-statement, I did not read anything about a climax.  :peepwall: :pot:

Maybe if the wine had been better...


Daars min mense wie se lang verslae ek elke woord lees. Lekker gelag vir die bar of soap  :imaposer:

Die beste deel van solo ry is mense vind jou baie meer approachable. Mens ontmoet nie op die selfde manier vreemde mense as jy in groepe ry nie.

Klem op "lang" :biggrin:  Dankie Jaco

Dis waar van die solo, maar as vrou alleen is ek nie altyd approachable nie -  ek kan dik bed˘nnerd lyk as ek wil, ek het 'n "resting bitch face". Maar buiten dat ek my voorgeneem het om approachable te wees, het ek ook uit my pad gegaan om in plaas van te Google, sommer vir mense op straat te vra oor slaapplek of paaie. Dis anders op die platteland as in die stad, mense ken mekaar.
 

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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #116 on: February 19, 2021, 12:13:16 pm »
 Fascinating ride report.......takes a lot of effort to write and post this up.......thanks for sharing 
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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #117 on: February 19, 2021, 08:47:28 pm »
Not much of a date now, was it?  :laughing4: Move along, move along.

I'll stick to your excellent RR, thank you.
 

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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #118 on: February 19, 2021, 09:29:25 pm »
Not much of a date now, was it?  :laughing4: Move along, move along.

I'll stick to your excellent RR, thank you.

I think I ride better than I date :peepwall: