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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #40 on: November 06, 2021, 11:43:53 am »
Sitting here now. Tough tough hill!!!!

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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #41 on: November 06, 2021, 11:47:12 am »
Honda Quest Day 4

Honda Quests first casualty, Team #1’s Murray Campbell had injured his ankle. He and Andrew de Bruin have been offered the choice of either;
-For him to ride in a vehicle for one day’s grace, join for the rest and accept whatever points Andrew earns for the team for the day as their average.
-Or, try ride the day and risk, in his weakened state, taking them both out of the competition – if Murray goes out, Andrew has to join him.
They chose to rest Murray.

Soon after setting off from Oewerbos heading South through the Richtersveld mountains, in a beautiful spot, there is an unusual place the rough gravel road passes, called Stone Piles. Over the years, many thousands of piles of balancing stones have been raised by travellers who had memories to honour or troubles to shed. The group were asked to think about this ritual and in a collective fashion build their own. Not so unexpectedly, it was deeply moving.  Tom Stewart when asked summed it up best, “I am not an emotional person, but I really felt it there. For the next 2 hours of riding, It was good to have my head in a helmet to process that experience.”

Just 30km later, through sandy and stony jeep tracks amongst a pallet of colourful desert shades, lies the Red Staircase. The CRF1100L Africa Twin is deceptively capable, however there is no getting away from the fact that it is a big bike and in steep climbs where the going is loose, it takes some skill and commitment to clear. In previous Quests, this climb has proven to be something of test for the riders. This year, despite 3 tumbles and some near misses, the teams all made it up within the time limits. They were not only doing great as teams but the group in general were drawing closer.

The spirit of the true adventurer was emerging.

The last few days has been reasonably technical, coming down off the Richtersveld into the Concordia Conservancy, the back roads to Springbok, were an opportunity to open up a little. The flowing tracks have a mix of hardpack that suddenly switches to deep 2 track sand to catch the unwary.  A great opportunity to stop and swap tales, was that we’ve been plagued by numerous punctures. The Africa Twin encourages spirited riding and on Honda Quest is riding where few will ever venture and as such, they are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. It’s part of the adventure and mostly 15 minutes is all that’s needed before we’re off again.
The evenings camp is in Modderfontein and it was very crisp considering we’re supposed to be in summer.

Jaco Swiegelaar’s presentation was on the land we were traveling through – Namakwaland.

Elio Striglia had Thomas Bain, the unbelievably productive roads and passes engineer who’s efforts litter our more iconic spaces.

Today was an emotional day. Tomorrow, the toughest climb of them all. Honda Quest is working its magic.
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #42 on: November 06, 2021, 11:48:18 am »
Sitting here now. Tough tough hill!!!!

https://bluelane.io/G0Jj2y

https://youtu.be/9djiYEDcEL4

Thanks for the inside track Kamanya!  Loving it!!!!!!! :thumleft: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #43 on: November 06, 2021, 11:49:39 am »
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #44 on: November 06, 2021, 11:51:41 am »
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #45 on: November 06, 2021, 11:52:27 am »
The guy on the right looks familiar........
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #46 on: November 06, 2021, 11:54:15 am »
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #47 on: November 06, 2021, 12:31:21 pm »
Staan op die fiets en ry die fnokken ding ........ waar grawe julle hierdie ryers uit ???
 

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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #48 on: November 06, 2021, 12:45:39 pm »
Giving credit to Kamanya for all the effort of bringing the Quest updates to us......s'pose there are worse places to set up office  :)

Thanks Andrew!  :thumleft:



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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #49 on: November 06, 2021, 01:38:13 pm »
Ek hoop julle het BAIE van die lekkerste pizzas by Oewerbos gekry. :thumleft:

I WOULD RATHER BE AN HONEST ASSHOLE .... THAN A FLIPPEN LIAR !   


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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #50 on: November 06, 2021, 01:40:09 pm »
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #51 on: November 06, 2021, 05:49:21 pm »
Let the pictures talk........some more random pic's from day 2

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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #52 on: November 06, 2021, 05:50:28 pm »
more from Day 2....
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #53 on: November 07, 2021, 10:00:40 am »
Honda Quest Day 5

Those following Murray will be pleased to know he joined his partner this morning. He’s a little worse for wear, but isn’t worried.

The Richtersveld with all its delights have bid us Adieu. As with most visits to these places, we’ve heard many making plans to return with families and friends.  Ahead are the evocative sounding Bushmanland, Tankwa Karoo and Cedarberg.

Not much had been made of the harder parts of Quest other than to say the Day 5 climb is a monster. More suited to an enduro bike, few would consider this on an adventure bike. Today, it’s literally the first thing on the menu – not 20km from the chilly evenings camp. It’s a long, very steep, rutted, slippery test of ones courage and skill.

Hardy de Kock, Owner of Specialised Adventures who are hosting this event, raised his concerns about Devils Run. The recent rains had cut deep into the trail making it even more threatening than ever. His 3 instructors though, have final say on riding decisions and leaving this up to them, Jaco du Plessis the lead instructor who is a man of few words said, “Yes, there is much to lose here, but “Dream no small dreams, for they stir not the hearts of men””. It just so happens to be a favourite quote of Hardy’s 😉

Hardy was left to work on his stress levels whilst the teams got on with it.
2 riders had a clean run. The others had varying degrees of success. This hill counts! Despite the many falls, the rugged design of the bikes showed no sign of the ordeal. Everyone was praising the DCT for being able to accomplish the task; Less controls to operate, constant torque and never in the wrong gear.

The Northern Cape, if you are willing to go in search of them is laced with wonderful riding. As if to reward the sweating and swearing, the rest of the day was the very best type of adventure riding; weaving ones way through small trails that meander South.

Unfortunately, in an open, easy, though dusty riverbed, Hein Kumm Team #3 a gentle giant of a man and one of the only 2 to ace Devils Run, smashed a hidden boulder with his foot. He made it through to camp in Kamieskroon in good spirits, but, he shall have to wait for the morning to assess his condition that may affect him and his teams fate.

Camp has an icy wind this evening. Summer seems to be eluding us so far!? 
After presentations by;
Tom Steward – a fascinating discussion on the Quiver Tree
Pieter Siegling – spoke on the Cedarberg, complete with a piping hot cup of Rooibos Tea.

A long tough day of 191km’s wasn’t finished yet. The group departed on a 60km night ride. Many have never done any off-road riding at night. It should be some very tired riders who make it to bed this evening. They have yet to return as of the writing of this at 9:30pm.....

What has day 6 in store?
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #54 on: November 07, 2021, 10:02:36 am »
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #55 on: November 07, 2021, 11:17:26 am »
2 riders had a clean run.

Ooooh come on now, don't keep me in suspenders, I look utterly ridiculous in them!
Plus, my reputation's oot the window now with this confession, hell, can't face my friends anymore........ tell us who these 2 are please?
Hardly a state secret Mike so out with it, come on, I can't be the only one wearing said suspenders...  :P
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #56 on: November 07, 2021, 11:23:30 am »
2 riders had a clean run.

Ooooh come on now, don't keep me in suspenders, I look utterly ridiculous in them!
Plus, my reputation's oot the window now with this confession, hell, can't face my friends anymore........ tell us who these 2 are please?
Hardly a state secret Mike so out with it, come on, I can't be the only one wearing said suspenders...  :P

Hey BuRP.....I'll have to leave that one to be answered by Kamanya..... :sip: :ricky:
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #57 on: November 07, 2021, 11:24:47 am »
And now for something completely different, I see Hardy's wearing his boots!
Do they fit again Meneer, or are all your straps on 'super-loose'?
Hope not, and enjoy the riding you do  :thumleft:
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #58 on: November 07, 2021, 11:34:02 am »
Hey BuRP.....I'll have to leave that one to be answered by Kamanya.....

Ah, I get your point there mate, so now I'll still buy you a beer when we meet  :thumleft:
Thanks for your reporting here btw, it keeps me a little involved so to speak!


Andrew, I hope that if anything you remember about me is the fact that I would look utterly ridiculous in suspenders!
Highly uncomfortable too, and let's not even touch on things like embarrassment and me blushing .... and yes, I can do the latter!  :P
Tits oot fer ze lads mate, or fans rather: please tell us who the 2 are?

Sure, yes, my fave's are listed above somewhere... and that certain 'underdog' may just surprise even more!  ;)
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Re: Honda Quest 2021
« Reply #59 on: November 07, 2021, 11:42:10 am »
Staan op die fiets en ry die fnokken ding ........ waar grawe julle hierdie ryers uit ???


Vir daai klim, sit jy. Hoe anders gaan jy gewig vorentoe en agtertoe skuif?

Wat soort ryer is jy? :pot: :pot: