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Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« on: January 05, 2009, 09:32:25 pm »
An idea is born

After a crazy mid-week day I invited a few guys (Thump, Crab, Gromit) for a drink at Johnny Rockets. Immediately it all went wrong‚?¶..

I arrived without ATGATT
Thump arrived wearing his X-Mas present before X-Mas
Crab arrived in a Cage (See http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=15115.1900)
And Gromit arrived without drinking ANYTHING

While talking K@K I unconsciously mentioned that I want to do a trip, not just a trip a sleep over trip‚?¶.. so I convinced Thump (his shoulder was sore from a massive fall the weekend so it wasn‚??t too difficult to twist his arm) to join me. Anyway to make a long story short (too late) my mom phoned Thump's mom and asked if he can come and sleep at my house!!!! (PUI sorry)

After a few emails, 7 games of pool and 5 dart games (I got white washed or what ever you call it) we decided on the following route!



Day 1

I got a phone call at 04h45 checking if I was awake‚?¶ by that time I already changed a nappy and made wild‚?¶ I mean kissed my wife good bye. I was On the bike and at Engen Linton Grange at 05h20‚?¶.. I got a Red Bull and some Jelly Babies for Breakfast while waiting for Thump. Thump arrived at 05h29.5 



Check What Thump can do at 05h30 in the morning‚?¶IMPRESSIVE LEG OVER




Originally we decided to take the Elandsriver Rd but took the N2 instead to spend more time in the Baviaans.

I pushed  the go button on the GPS and it told us that we will be home 04h10 the next morning



Our 1st stop after Thump lost 2L of Pepsi was ontop of the first pass so that he could put a back pad ‚??thingy heat pad‚?Ě on his back. (I knew lifting his leg so high early would cost him dearly)


Then we carried on and the next stop was at the cable car. Thump took a walk and had a look while I watched the bikes and wrote my name in the sand‚?¶. Hehehehe



Then we made it down the first real pass and Thump tried his hand at some creative photography



We heard some noise and a guy on a KTM 950 and someone on a Honda 650 pulled-up bitching about the tough terrain‚?¶.. we entertained them and left. Just after Rooihoek we got to the notorious water crossing at Smits Kraal. I walked through to check the line‚?¶ thanks to a previous thread advising us to stay right we made it through with no hassle.

Thump crossing


Bakkie crossing (fast)


The KTM and Honda Gautengers (shame) caught up to us and I (with some hesitation) showed them the right line.. hehehe

Soon after Smitskraal we stopped just before Doring Kraal for a lekker swim!!!

Thump


Bakkie


Vaalies

(Notice the bull fighter while his buddie's taking a piss)


Just after our goof two guys, also Gautengers on 1200GSA‚??s showed up from Willomore side. (nice friendly guys considering they ride BMW‚??s)


We then headed towards the Baviaans exit and stopped at the Baviaans Curios Shop aka Anna‚??s Sexy Shop. We had a freshly braaied rooster koek and coeldrink‚?¶. During this time the Gautengers on KTM and Honda caught us again.



Thump was finding the BAviaans very boring‚?¶ or maybe it was the previous late night of pool and darts



We then put foot and headed toward De Rust for a lekker midday breakfast



From De Rust we went through the Poort and made a Bee Line for Price Albert. After scanning the GPS and following Wolweseuns recommendations we got a chalet at Olienhof. (S33 13.134 E22 02.078)

It cost us R120 per person and R1 for a piece of wood‚?¶. We took ten for the braai! We then made it to town and bought  beers (not enough), 2 x chops, wors, 4 x sweet potatoes‚?¶. Thump also bought milk for coffee which we discovered in the morning was AMAZI‚?¶. Sheez you guys see what I had to put up with.





Getting back to accommodation I made a fire while Thump fixed his puncture which I found‚?¶. Hehehe



I continued braaing and gave him 1 beer as motivation



In the mean time I had a 5 min power nap and went for a shower.
When I got outside there was tent on the stoep‚?¶.. FOR ME!!!????!!!??? WTF
Ok so I snore a little



I wasn‚??t worried about sleeping on the stoep cos my old man gave me a awesome blow-up mattress‚?¶
It was moertoe‚?¶ everything was vrot‚?¶ when I opened it the valves fell-out.



Anyway I slept nice‚?¶‚?¶‚?¶

END OF DAY ONE‚?¶. Thump your turn and be gentle‚?¶‚?¶ please.





« Last Edit: January 05, 2009, 09:45:04 pm by Bakkie »
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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2009, 09:44:29 pm »
Cool report so far! Sorry I missed you guys in the end.

We saw this bike yesterday:



Very cool! I would love to own one of those.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2009, 09:45:02 pm by Trailrider »
 

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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2009, 09:50:11 pm »
Nice one chaps!

So where did the fancy three wheeler come from, Germany???   :imaposer:
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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009, 09:53:02 pm »
Ok this should be a gooood RR.

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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2009, 10:52:04 pm »
Day 2

An idea is continued.

Despite popular opinion, Bakkie does occasionally have a good idea. (He may need help carrying it out.)

After a night of listening to Bakkie snore I got up at 5h30

Bakkie discovered where beer tops go to rest


After breakfast of chocolate Pronutro (mixed with coffee) we left at ¬Ī07h00.


Bakkie setting up camera and praying for a good shot (In case you wonder why his photos look up)


As we turned off to the Swartberg Pass we saw this sign.
It took ¬Ī30min of counselling to convince Bakkie the sign was referring to large trucks, not him


We rode along to the ‚??Die Hel‚?Ě turn off. But first‚?¶.

(Don‚??t forget to Vote) (For ME not Edgy)





Riding down ‚??Die Hel‚?Ě gave some awesome views.








I don‚??t know why Bakkie says it‚??s such a difficult ride, this photo is of a gentleman who turns 80 in April 2009 on a 125 Kawasaki road bike going down ‚??Die Hel‚?Ě.
He also made it out before us.



We stopped for lunch at the ‚??Die Hel‚?Ě curio shop where Bakkie met the lady of his life. (She didn‚??t say NO)


Our R50.00 Breakfast for lunch.


Then we rode to ‚??Die Top‚?Ě where Bakkie had to practice a bit of Patience (he hasn‚??t got any, that‚??s why he didn‚??t become a nurse. (He didn‚??t become a doctor cause he‚??s not clevuh)) While I climbed to the top of ‚??die Top‚?Ě for photos and videos.
Bakkie stayed and perved at the Tourists getting out of their cars in the cold, ‚??pointing‚?Ě at the view.



We then raced on via a bit of tar and dirt highway, passed the Raubenheimer dam (Oude Muragie Rd)




Via Dysselsdorp

Bakkie needed refreshments, smokes & Super glue for his Shades. (He was staring too hard at the pointing)


‚?¶to Montegue pass.



Then a beautiful ride down Montigue pass. Stopped at Amandas Grave. (Who‚??s Amanda?)


Rode passed the choo choo with Tourists waving.(I had to explain to Bakkie they wave to everybody before he would ride on)

Filled up in George and then raced through the seven passes to Knysna.
Pics below while riding behind Bakkie on the tar around the bends. (Bakkie wanted chicken strips)
(See http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=26152.0;topicseen)
I rode behind with one hand taking photos.



We hit Knysna to find all accommodation either booked or %$#Bakkie$% expensive.
Decided to stop for a quick meal (took 2 hrs) and head out.

Looking on GPS for accommodation



After Bakkies GPS attempted to take through Simola golf estate (security gaurd convinced us Urruwize) we rode through the Township to ‚??Kom se pad‚?Ě in the dark. (Awsome, always wanted to do a night ride)


But then at 22h00 BBB (Big Bad Bakkie) got tired and we had to stop for the night.
(I really need to find younger guys to ride with.)

Camped in a secret place.
Awsome view


Blowing up the mattress, after ¬Ī30min discovered it has a hole.

Had to make another plan with grass.


Bakkie had no problem; he comes complete with padding



The view in the morning
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Bakkie‚?¶. Note: I left out most the chirps I thought of.
Now do day 3

« Last Edit: January 06, 2009, 06:11:40 pm by Thump »
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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2009, 11:07:11 pm »
Cool report! We have a lot of similar pics ;D





That Kawa is an AR? Haven't seen one of those in a while. How was sleeping in the forest? See any fireflies?
 

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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2009, 11:12:29 pm »
Thats not a KLR ......   Look again
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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2009, 11:14:24 pm »
You wish!
 

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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2009, 11:15:21 pm »
That Kawa is an AR? Haven't seen one of those in a while. How was sleeping in the forest? See any fireflies?
It's a KLR, thats all I know.
Bakkie's snoring chased away all animals & insects.
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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2009, 11:19:49 pm »
Oh, I thought you were referring to the pics ;D

That Kawa is an AR? Haven't seen one of those in a while. How was sleeping in the forest? See any fireflies?
It's a KLR, thats all I know.
Bakkie's snoring chased away all animals & insects.



That's a Kawasaki AR125. I'm (almost) sure of it.
 

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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2009, 11:49:43 pm »
Day 3

Thump woke me up at 04h27 with a cell phone recording of my snoring‚?¶. Bitch!

It was unbelievable to see the view and where we slept‚?¶


The spot where we slept


And then sunrise


We left our B&B and headed for Price Alfred Pass. At the bottom we saw Gerhard (well I met him but didn‚??t click, Thump told me afterwards who it was.) I was in the zone and hit the pass with great momentum!

I waited for Thump (as usual) with the camera ready. I heard a bike got the camera out and fired‚?¶ it was EtienneNXR and he didn‚??t even stop (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=26217.0)



We went through Avontuur and on the way to Uniondale Thump took a right‚?¶. It was an awesome loop that took us back to Route 62!


We had some Breakfast (Note this was the 1st Breakfast we had for breakfast during the whole trip‚?¶ if you know what I mean)



After brekkies we went to Joubertina. Thump‚??s KLR took 1 full Liter of Petrol more than my Orange monster‚?¶ hehehe Yeah Baby Yeah.

Thump then took us on one of the most awesome roads of the trip‚?¶ it was about a 80km loop back to Route 62 and it was amazing‚?¶ truly amazing! The views and the road variety was incredible. We crossed the river a few times and crossed more than 12 cattle grids. I jump about 7 of them without trying.


Thump had a few close calls in some of the sandy parts (it‚??s all in his head‚?¶. hehehe)

At one of the stops it even felt like I was on the WD Bash


I was going so fast in some of the sections Thump was convinced that the Stig was watching over me


After an awesome ride we got to a river crossing that Thump went across in a cage 3 year ago. We took a sandy jeep track and had an awesome swim at the weir‚?¶. where thump did some washing.... thx hunny1


It was sandy very very sandy‚?¶ like the kind of sand you get in the Dakar‚?¶..


I parked my bike where I stopped but Thump had to pull his bike as close to the water as possible‚?¶. This was going to be a problem‚?¶.



Thump then attempted to swim upstream to find a better view!!!!


After our swim it was time to get out of the sand!!! Thumps KLR didn‚??t feel like moving and dug a hole so big it would embarrass Kimberly‚??s (The town) groot gat!!!


Being the loyal riding partner I am I carried rocks to save the day and to get going


The KTM had no problem setting an example


And Thump followed‚?¶ after a few try‚??s!!!!!!!


As we got out of the sandy jeep track a girl waved us down... her name was Carol and she was from Baviaans nature conservation... we entered a NO GO AREA.

I apologised and we started talking. Carol and her helpers were busy clearing alien trees that kill the vegetation on the Kouga river banks. After we discussed a possible humane solution to the problem Thump eventually showed up and raced to the low water bridge and raced straight pass us to drink all of PE‚??s water supply. Carol waved us goodbye and even blew me a kiss (NOT)

It was a gr8 trip made up of the right ingredients:

Great route
Great Bikes
Great partners
Great country

Thanks Thump‚?¶. Now do the closing and be gentle(er)!!!


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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2009, 12:00:42 am »
Oh, I thought you were referring to the pics ;D

That Kawa is an AR? Haven't seen one of those in a while. How was sleeping in the forest? See any fireflies?
It's a KLR, thats all I know.
Bakkie's snoring chased away all animals & insects.



That's a Kawasaki AR125. I'm (almost) sure of it.
U AR Correct
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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2009, 12:23:32 am »
If you okes think Bakkie spoke K@K in the report you should hear him after 6 castle Lights with bells when he's loosing at pool or darts. :pot:
(He'd had four while writing the above. :dousing: so you can imagine!!) :imaposer: :imaposer:
All in all a great ride in a great area. It just makes you want to ride summore. :ricky: :ricky:

I hope you noticed the KTM riders playground?


And if you ever meet him, manage to catch your breath from larfing at him, then ask him about the photos he withheld from the report.

Please note: no animals (apart from a snake in "Die Hel") were injured in the making of this RR.

Bakkie got pissed off riding at the back and didn't understand when I said it's better than being Pissed on untill he got the beetle juice. http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=26235.msg468569#msg468569

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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2009, 05:34:33 am »
Day 2

Then a beautiful ride down Montigue pass. Stopped at Annas Grave. (Who‚??s Anna?)


Good ride guy‚??s! But I still think Thump is dyslexic, it‚??s Amanda‚??s Grave!
Or is that just from the lack of sleep because of the roaring Bakkie?  :imaposer:
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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2009, 07:37:31 am »
Did you say Kom-se-Pad is closed on the Simola side?
 

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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2009, 07:46:24 am »
Cool ride okes, awesome!
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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2009, 08:31:36 am »
Cool report Thanks guys :thumleft:

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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2009, 08:32:53 am »
Did you say Kom-se-Pad is closed on the Simola side?

mmmm.... is this a trick question?  :patch:

It's 10km from Simola  :-\
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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2009, 08:38:58 am »
Day 2

Then a beautiful ride down Montigue pass. Stopped at Annas Grave. (Who‚??s Anna?)

Good ride guy‚??s! But I still think Thump is dyslexic, it‚??s Amanda‚??s Grave!
Or is that just from the lack of sleep because of the roaring Bakkie?  :imaposer:
Well spotted Gufly. :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Bakkie & Thump's end of year ride
« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2009, 08:48:44 am »
 :imaposer: Anna  :imaposer: brilliant  ;D

Hey Thump I think there is something at your house that I'm allergic to.... I had a moer of a kop seer this morning  :-[
There are no short cuts to anywhere worth going!
Performance is paramount, niceties only exist if it doesn't affect performance.

Don't rush it, it's helmet time you need, not a destination. Take it easy.