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Online petri oosthuizen

Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 27/10/2020)
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2021, 07:43:26 pm »
Uneasy, I go into my tent to inspect and find a nightmare realised: the light sun dress is as substantial as a honeymoon negligeť.

 ;D ;D ;)

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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2021, 07:53:50 pm »
Thursday 15/10/2020

My plan today is to clamber around Truitjieskraal. I've wanted to do it since Gerrit first drew me a map of how to reach all the interesting features. Only problem is, I don't want to gear up and ride there, clamber around, and then ride back on the motorbike again. It is too hot. I need a lift.

I hang around at the restaurant waiting for the architect to show up for breakfast, but he decided to skip and finish packing. Eventually I beard the lion in his den, and ask him whether he doesn't want to come along and explore Truitjieskraal, figuring it would appeal to his interests. His time is limited, but he is very keen, and after assurances from Gerrit that an hour and a half is enough time, we set off in airconditioned 4x4 comfort, map and instructions in hand. Looking at the condition of the Truitjieskraal road, I'm very grateful I decided not to tackle it on my motorbike in this heat.

When we reach Truitjieskraal, we meet a German tourist who hiked from Kromrivier that morning along with her guide to come see it. I take off my hat to this elderly and slightly overweight lady for doing the trek in the sweltering heat, and hoped she'd be OK to get home again.

Truitjieskraal is magic, and following Gerrit's instructions, we hike, climb and crawl all over the rock formations to get the best experience.

My companion for the clamber




Rock that looks like an elephant's forehead


































The play of colours on the rocks is mesmerising.

















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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2021, 07:55:39 pm »


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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2021, 08:01:52 pm »





















Climb up here, says Gerrit's instructions. Um.... OK?....








.... and suddenly you're 10 storeys high in the air... !!!

















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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2021, 08:29:55 pm »
Gerrit's estimate is spot on, and by 12:00 we're back at Oasis and the architect can continue on his journey. I'm content: I finally experienced Truitjieskraal, and have firm plans to go back and explore more thoroughly.

I douse my aching foot and warm body in the pool, then grab a bowl and start picking mulberries again, careful not to pluck at the unripe ones, and rather to let them drop into my hand - as opposed to on the ground. Suddenly a voice from the outside eating area pipes up: "I can see you!" and I snigger in amusement. I wasn't hiding, but I wonder whether they'd seen me peck up dropped mulberries from the ground.

I round the wall, mulberries in hand, and meet a husband and wife who had camped at Oasis for their anniversary and to wait for their son, who had ridden his mountain bike from Op-die-Berg to Oasis that morning. The son had planned to ride his mountain bike back to Op-die-Berg but is clearly knackered, and they decide to stay at Oasis another night and take the son and his mountain bike home. I'm embraced and drawn into in the family banter, and later invited to join them for dinner.

I find an ice bucket in the bar and put the mulberries on ice, as Jacques is convinced that hot mulberries cause runny tummies. They make a tasty addition to my G&Ts, and everyone who passes gladly help themselves to a handful.




Another bunch of mountain bikers arrive. The 5 friends had entered for a 5-day mountain bike race event which had been cancelled, and decided to organise their own 5-day tour, with wife and kids as backup. They were super fit, averaging between 80 - 120 km of riding per day without stopping. They'd left from Ceres that morning, and planned to carry on the next day over Wupperthal and Old Postal, sleeping at Tankwa Tented Camp, then riding up Ouberg Pass and further. Their route was about 610 km in all, to be completed over 5 days. My mouth hung open.

There is lots of friendly banter for the couple's youngster to join the hardebaarde, but although he looks a little envious, he isn't biting. The 56-odd km to Oasis had cured his appetite for self torture for a while.
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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2021, 08:31:44 pm »
Uneasy, I go into my tent to inspect and find a nightmare realised: the light sun dress is as substantial as a honeymoon negligeť.

 ;D ;D ;)

Like jou Pics en RR.....weereens!! Thanks!!

Ek sien jy kyk nie net prentjies nie :imaposer:

Baie dankie  :biggrin:
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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2021, 09:30:34 pm »
Friday 16/10/2020

Friday morning I pack my bags, don my kit, pay my bills and head for the hill in the direction of Op-die-Berg. The plan is to visit Kareedouw Conservancy and ride around the farm a bit. They've had some rains and the dams are full, and I'm very keen to see more of this place I've only passed through three times before. The property has self-catering renovated cottages of various sizes all over, and I was especially keen to see the top most one near the waterfall.






After two days of standing still, I expect Blue to be eager to go, but he stutters, swallows and jerks like a donkey unused to the harness. I reach the top of the hill where I stop to take photo's, and Blue gives up the ghost and refuses to start again. I try with choke open and choke closed, with petcock set to fuel or to reserve, wringing the throttle fully, but no joy. Blue is so halstarrig soos 'n steeks donkie.






I'm starting to really panic as there is no cell phone signal, when my friends from the previous night stop and try to lend a hand. We poke around and guess at this or that, but Blue is dead as a doornail.






Eventually I get Blue started again and, revving like a maniac, manage to ride him down to Mount Cedar where he finally dies on the low water bridge. My friendly entourage help to push us into the shade of Mount Cedar's parking, and I send them on their way with a fond farewell. I can't expect them to crawl behind me at 10kph while I try to coax Blue along; they need to get home too.

I know Mount Cedar has Wifi signal, I can contact people from there, and I hope that if push comes to shove, they can help with accommodation. I settle in and start calling around, loathe to bother my loved ones to come fetch me, but realising this is the only way. Then I luck out: Karel, then manager at Kareekloof Conservancy (he has since moved on), offers to come fetch me and Blue from Mount Ceder; he'll be there in about an hour. I go limp with relief, and order some refreshments while I wait.

I'm quietly gutted and really upset. I have the most trustworthy of trustworthy bikes, and it failed on me. It can't be much that went wrong as these bikes are so basic, but it completely floored me as it isn't something I can fix. And this after the bike has just very recently been serviced. I try not to let depression get the better of me as I wait for Karel.

This sums up my sentiments towards my erstwhile and never again bike mechanic workshop:




Something that continues to lift my spirits and the corners of my mouth, though, is the reaction to my elbow. Since the haematoma was iced away, it's given me no hassles whatsoever, but it put forth a show of colours to rival a peacock's tail. Everywhere I go, people carefully say, "if you don't mind my asking, what happened to your elbow?" I feel such a fraud explaining to them that no, it really isn't painful at all, as terrible as it looks. It turns out to be a great ice breaker and conversation starter.




Stunning smoked chicken salad at Mount Cedar






Karel arrives and we have a cup of coffee before attempting to load Blue onto the back of his bakkie. As we consider how to lift the bike, a spry 70+ year old lady strides towards us, full of vigour, and asks whether we need a hand. "I'm very strong, you know". Her husband wordlessly carries on walking towards their car while she attaches to the side of my bike. We lift the front, then I get on the bakkie to hold the front wheel steady while Karel gets a better grip on the back of the bike to lift the rest.

"I've got a good grip!" assures the lively old lady, heaving as Karel grabs the swing arm and hoists Blue onto the bakkie. I thank her profusely as her husband stops beside her to pick her up, and wave an enthusiastic bye, dead certain and awed that somehow Karel had managed to lift my 160-odd kg bike by himself. Blue leans on the bakkie leaking fuel - probably from the airbox - showing the carburettor is probably blocked up.






We head towards Katbakkies Pass, which I've never ridden in a cage before.






Blue tethered makes me sad.




Lovely rains had filled up the dams, and it was wonderful to see









 

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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2021, 09:43:20 pm »
At Kareekloof Conservancy I'm shown to my huge living quarters, and the friendly Pussy de Maison gives me a very warm welcome to her domain, soothing my troubled mind with her wild purring. There are 3 boxer dogs here, 3 peacocks and about 4 kitties, and this one is best mates with one of the peacocks.










She makes sure that everything is up to scratch and that I'm happy with my accommodation

















Later on Karel invites me along to inspect a gas problem at one of the other guesthouses, and to my eternal delight, we pass this beautiful puffie sunning next to the road.






It's the golden hour, and Karel takes me for a spin through the veld to admire the new arrivals - a small family of zebra. When it gets darker, we see a night jar in the road as well, flying to catch the moths drawn by the bakkie's lights.








Another guest cottage








Warm and welcoming and pet friendly






Having a night cap on the patio




Boxers are king in this set up



 

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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #28 on: January 30, 2021, 10:54:03 pm »
Rockformations is amazing  :bueller:
 

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« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2021, 05:27:25 am »
Your RRís are so ... real, - always a pleasure to enjoy the ride along with them.Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2021, 06:44:19 am »
Very nice RR  :thumleft:
Something does not look right on your chain linkages. Maybe just the pic
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« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2021, 06:53:14 am »
Lovely pics Ri!

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« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2021, 06:53:24 am »
Nice photographic tour of Truijies for those who will never get there  :thumleft:
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« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2021, 06:54:20 am »
Very nice RR  :thumleft:
Something does not look right on your chain linkages. Maybe just the pic
Bottom chain guide is busted.

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« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2021, 07:02:44 am »
Ri se RR is wat my bekend gestel het aan WD. Altyd lekker om te volg.


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« Reply #35 on: January 31, 2021, 07:05:45 am »
Very nice RR  :thumleft:
Something does not look right on your chain linkages. Maybe just the pic
Bottom chain guide is busted.

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« Reply #36 on: January 31, 2021, 08:09:23 am »
Very nice RR  :thumleft:
Something does not look right on your chain linkages. Maybe just the pic

Chain linkages got a lot of love and attention recently thanks to an idle appie at @Dux 's workshop :thumleft:


Bottom chain guide is busted.

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« Reply #37 on: January 31, 2021, 09:25:05 am »
Saturday 17/10/2020

Saturday dawns bright, clear and hot. With both Blue and my foot out of commission, I  can't move around much, but it is peaceful on the patio, the coffee is unlimited, and the animal antics are amusing.

The cats and the peacocks are buddies, but the Boxers, especially the latest addition to the household, is a bit frisky and keeps chasing both the cats and the peacocks.

Moments before I took this photo, the peacock was lounging on the picnic table alongside the cat.




Inspection parade. Foul play suspected ...






And where there's love to be had, there will always be a pussy








Later on, I'm taken on a tour of DroŽlandskloof and Kareekloof Conservancy. It is a magnificent farm that was just recently sold, and is now no longer accessible. It feels like I've started a trend... first Old Postal, now DroŽlandskloof, gets closed up after I visited them.






DroŽlandskloof is not as dry as the name suggests









...but the poplars have taken over a bit, and will need to be taken in hand and eradicated soon.












 

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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #38 on: January 31, 2021, 09:40:15 am »
Then we head up Kareekloof






Can't help but think how much more fun this would've been on the motorbike. Ah well.










This is the top most cottage nearest the waterfall, and the dodgy stumps across the river to reach them.






So lovely to see water everywhere, as they had also suffered drought for the past 5 or so years




Sutherlandia, for all your kankerbossie needs






Still heading onwards towards the waterfall. This is near the top border of the farm as well.




A trickle still flows down the waterfall, and there is another waterfall higher up but it is sweltering and my foot says no, so I don't get to see that.










Heading back.


















It is amazing and humbling to see life sprouting from seemingly nowhere








Baboons devour the fragile little tortoises






The government built two damns in the kloof. This is the older dam, situated higher up the kloof.








Amazing folds in the rocks suggest a natural cathedral






This is the second, newer, lower down dam










Karel had built a braai boma here, a perfect place to view the splendour of the dam while visiting with friends and family.












Not on my bike, but happy nonetheless.




Nature dancing to Heaven's symphony










One of the owners of the Conservancy renovated this old farmhouse in spectacular style.








Technicolour Life and death








And then the day is done, and I fall asleep to the rustling of moths' wings and the quiet chirp of nesting birds.

 

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Re: Licenced to Ride: Singles Tour (13 - 28/10/2020)
« Reply #39 on: January 31, 2021, 10:05:31 am »
Sunday 18/10/2020

This morning Karel takes me to see Khoisan art in another small kloof. It will take some clambering, but I'm nothing if not foolhardy.




In a clearing stands a Boxer....






Dassie (rock hyrax) piss streaks down the rocks, destroying any art in its path.




The art doesn't look very arty, more like an apprentice artist starting to dabble. This rock art is unique in that it faces not in a northerly direction, but is painted on a south-facing rock wall. Or vice versa.








Apparently the "bricks" are Eland, with their heads and legs drawn in lighter yellow paint that washes away quicker than the red ochre.




This looks like the Khoisan version of our crťche, where we were told we had to make some art before we were allowed to play.




















Makro photograpy attempt... not the phone camera's forte.




















Leopard rock... because nature can mos laaik to be fashionable too.














On our way back we spot a springbuck lazing at the far edge of the dam








Back at Head Quarters






The peacock and the cat having a moment, before the jealous boxer barks interference and abuse




Walking jewels