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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #100 on: July 13, 2021, 10:18:27 am »
It was soon going to be dark and we were far away from our lodging. What followed must count among the worst 90 minutes spent on a bike.......going through shithole towns like Tugela Ferry and riding at high speed after dark with a smoked visor....... I was glad to arrive at Battlefields lodge in one piece. :eek7: :eek7:

Rode through Tugela Ferry on two occasions. It's to date the only town in my travels where I've felt unwelcome. A real shithole

My first proper ride in Rural KZN and I must say I've never felt so unwelcome in general. Everywhere we went people refused to greet us and kids threw stones at us. I was hit with a rock on the side of my helmet and it left me slightly dazed and confused for a couple of minutes. I'm so used to people being friendly where ever we ride in the Lowveld and Swaziland that this experience came as a bit of a surprise. In the deep rural areas it was a bit better though....
Maybe it had something to do with the general mood in the country at present......

Thanks vir die nice RR ek het dit baie geniet en die video is ook great :thumleft:

Ek moet saam stem, ek ry gereeld in die Laeveld as ook Swaziland rond en die mense daar is oor die algemeen baie vriendelik, die wereld waar julle nou gery het is vir my vreemd maar ek het al voorheen gehoor dat dit nie juis 'n vriendelike omgewing is nie.


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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #101 on: July 13, 2021, 10:24:54 am »
It was soon going to be dark and we were far away from our lodging. What followed must count among the worst 90 minutes spent on a bike.......going through shithole towns like Tugela Ferry and riding at high speed after dark with a smoked visor....... I was glad to arrive at Battlefields lodge in one piece. :eek7: :eek7:

Rode through Tugela Ferry on two occasions. It's to date the only town in my travels where I've felt unwelcome. A real shithole

My first proper ride in Rural KZN and I must say I've never felt so unwelcome in general. Everywhere we went people refused to greet us and kids threw stones at us. I was hit with a rock on the side of my helmet and it left me slightly dazed and confused for a couple of minutes. I'm so used to people being friendly where ever we ride in the Lowveld and Swaziland that this experience came as a bit of a surprise. In the deep rural areas it was a bit better though....
Maybe it had something to do with the general mood in the country at present......

Thanks vir die nice RR ek het dit baie geniet en die video is ook great :thumleft:

Ek moet saam stem, ek ry gereeld in die Laeveld as ook Swaziland rond en die mense daar is oor die algemeen baie vriendelik, die wereld waar julle nou gery het is vir my vreemd maar ek het al voorheen gehoor dat dit nie juis 'n vriendelike omgewing is nie.

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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #102 on: July 13, 2021, 10:46:13 am »
Great report and some rough terrain NK  :thumleft: Definitely not going to be a walk ( ride  ;D ) in the park for the 950/990 guys attending next year's gathering  :o
 

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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #103 on: July 13, 2021, 10:48:16 am »
Great report and some rough terrain NK  :thumleft: Definitely not going to be a walk ( ride  ;D ) in the park for the 950/990 guys attending next year's gathering  :o

Thanks Sheepman!

This was the Red/Black route. There will be less demanding routes for those who aren't into this type of riding
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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #104 on: July 13, 2021, 10:50:10 am »
Great report and some rough terrain NK  :thumleft: Definitely not going to be a walk ( ride  ;D ) in the park for the 950/990 guys attending next year's gathering  :o

Thanks Sheepman!

This was the Red/Black route. There will be less demanding routes for those who aren't into this type of riding

Great, thanks  :thumleft: How did the old girl go ?
 

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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #105 on: July 13, 2021, 10:56:45 am »
see Mark goes by the theory "sit if you can , stand if you must"  :ricky:
 

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« Reply #106 on: July 13, 2021, 12:23:37 pm »
see Mark goes by the theory "sit if you can , stand if you must"  :ricky:

Jip, like most old folks do...... :peepwall: :pot:
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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #107 on: July 13, 2021, 12:24:58 pm »
Great report and some rough terrain NK  :thumleft: Definitely not going to be a walk ( ride  ;D ) in the park for the 950/990 guys attending next year's gathering  :o

Thanks Sheepman!

This was the Red/Black route. There will be less demanding routes for those who aren't into this type of riding

Great, thanks  :thumleft: How did the old girl go ?

Like a beast!! Such capable machines! :3some:
Look, it's a heavy old bike, but I really enjoyed the ride!
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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #108 on: July 13, 2021, 02:03:16 pm »
Dit lyk great moet sÍ, maar is daar n rede dat hierdie event nie eerder in die Larveld gehou word.....? Seker oor meer sentrale ligging...?

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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #109 on: July 13, 2021, 02:40:38 pm »
Dit lyk great moet sÍ, maar is daar n rede dat hierdie event nie eerder in die Larveld gehou word.....? Seker oor meer sentrale ligging...?
En die Laeveld is al plat gery met LDBA events
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« Reply #110 on: July 13, 2021, 02:47:13 pm »
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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #111 on: July 13, 2021, 02:52:46 pm »
It was soon going to be dark and we were far away from our lodging. What followed must count among the worst 90 minutes spent on a bike.......going through shithole towns like Tugela Ferry and riding at high speed after dark with a smoked visor....... I was glad to arrive at Battlefields lodge in one piece. :eek7: :eek7:

Rode through Tugela Ferry on two occasions. It's to date the only town in my travels where I've felt unwelcome. A real shithole

My first proper ride in Rural KZN and I must say I've never felt so unwelcome in general. Everywhere we went people refused to greet us and kids threw stones at us. I was hit with a rock on the side of my helmet and it left me slightly dazed and confused for a couple of minutes. I'm so used to people being friendly where ever we ride in the Lowveld and Swaziland that this experience came as a bit of a surprise. In the deep rural areas it was a bit better though....
Maybe it had something to do with the general mood in the country at present......
You guys thunder through rural KZN, now we have riots all over the place.....................hmmmmmmmm

Lyk of julle darem fun ook gehad het Canz. Kan nie wag vir volgende jaar nie.
 

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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #112 on: July 13, 2021, 03:00:48 pm »
It was soon going to be dark and we were far away from our lodging. What followed must count among the worst 90 minutes spent on a bike.......going through shithole towns like Tugela Ferry and riding at high speed after dark with a smoked visor....... I was glad to arrive at Battlefields lodge in one piece. :eek7: :eek7:

Rode through Tugela Ferry on two occasions. It's to date the only town in my travels where I've felt unwelcome. A real shithole

My first proper ride in Rural KZN and I must say I've never felt so unwelcome in general. Everywhere we went people refused to greet us and kids threw stones at us. I was hit with a rock on the side of my helmet and it left me slightly dazed and confused for a couple of minutes. I'm so used to people being friendly where ever we ride in the Lowveld and Swaziland that this experience came as a bit of a surprise. In the deep rural areas it was a bit better though....
Maybe it had something to do with the general mood in the country at present......
You guys thunder through rural KZN, now we have riots all over the place.....................hmmmmmmmm

Lyk of julle darem fun ook gehad het Canz. Kan nie wag vir volgende jaar nie.

Was baie lekker! My maag is nou nog seer van al die lag..... :3some:
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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #113 on: July 13, 2021, 04:06:46 pm »
Maybe it had something to do with the general mood in the country at present......

Sorry, no.
The area you were in was unwelcome more than 20 years ago already, and your experiences confirm nothing's changed.
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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #114 on: July 13, 2021, 08:18:25 pm »
Maybe it had something to do with the general mood in the country at present......

Sorry, no.
The area you were in was unwelcome more than 20 years ago already, and your experiences confirm nothing's changed.
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« Reply #115 on: July 15, 2021, 03:52:13 pm »
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« Reply #116 on: July 15, 2021, 03:53:15 pm »
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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #117 on: July 15, 2021, 04:40:24 pm »
I also took a few pictures

From the Bloemfontein side we rode through Golden Gate which was completely burnt.

The tar road is definitely not boring
 

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« Reply #118 on: July 15, 2021, 04:53:24 pm »
We crossed Colinís pass. The pass has some serious erosion problems

Further on as we crossed the border into Natal the roads are beautifully maintained and a joy to ride with very nice views.
 

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Re: Taming the Beast in KZN
« Reply #119 on: July 15, 2021, 04:58:03 pm »
Riding some of the Saturday routes