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Offline Dorje

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« on: October 12, 2006, 04:09:02 pm »
Some pics of a ride i took, 2000km, one flat, a numb bum, and the most awesome 4 days of my life . . .

arty farty send off . . .  :D



coming down into the Groot Marico River valley . . .



heading north to Madikwe, short stop in some shade but the moment i stopped riding i started cooking . . .



blew up my new Quest GPS 2 days before leaving and didnt give the map i had printed a good look . . . no place names . . . so Dwallboom was an appropriate area for me to dwaal . . .



my daughter gave me some pink ribbon to look at if i got lonely, so tied it to my handlebars . . . so hot my energy bar melted and i could drink it out of the packet . . . mmm maybe a whole chicken wrapped in tin foil, place in tank bag, ride 200km or until done . . .  :)



i read this everywhere . . . pack cable ties, i did but couldnt find them . . .



had some lessons on riding thick sand, also read about this . . . sit back, push forward on the bars, . . . kinda worked but then had a few scary moments, forced myself to stop . . . let some air out of the tyres and wallha no more problems  :oops:



Eishhhh . . . petrol, at last . . . 13,3? lt tank and took extra 9lt's in home made harness (my son Nicholas' design !) but not knowing exactly where i was lead to some tense moments . . . coined this phrase to overcome excessive anxiety . . . throw it around in the pub afterwards . .  . "even though i didnt know which road i was on, i was exactly where i wanted to be . . .  :roll: "



i thought the Limpopo was 'our' river, but looks like our neighbours own it here and they have stolen all the water as well . . .



incredible Baobabs . . .


Bluegum Poort just north of Louis Trichardt . . . wwas trying to patch my ego here after having fallen over in front of of security guard at one of the hotels . . . damn short legs and exhausted body  :oops:  . . . anyway didnt like the place anyway . . .


my vitamins didnt handle the vibrations very well . . . one section of road was impossible to ride sitting on my but, so stood hanging over bars for a very very long while . . .



Magoebaskloof . . . unbelievable strectch of road even with knobblies on . . . my camelbak was a bit heavy and every time i braked for a corner on the downhills the weight would push me onto my handlebars and i would fight to keep my nose from being pinched in the front disc . . .



the Oliphants River . . . enjoy this part of the lowveld so much . . .



ahhhh . . . lunch at Jos Macs on the Klasserie river . . . great ribs  :lol:



flat . . . on my last strectch running home . . . such a beginner  :oops: . . . (bought heavy duty 4mm tubes, but they were so big i didnt carry them with me, should have fitted them and carried the lighter tubes for an emergency) . . .  but after removing tube, my new pump had rattled to pieces . . . some pop rivetted piece of . . .  (ran out of time so didint get the quality pump i wanted originally) . . . so put tube back and used my 'pump-n-go' but i pumped and i didnt go . . . it came oozing out . . . (when fixed puncture in Hoedspruit, the manager was concerned they would run out of patches, used 5 to get going again  :oops: )  . . . please dont ask . . .







farm workshop . . .  thanks to my friends Jason and Linda for putting me up for the night . . .



. . . and taking me into their reserve  . . .  awesome  :D



i have logical causes for all my f... ups  :oops:  . . . bike was signing along, nearly home, stretch the last fuel stop, no need to fill extra fuel bottles, take Kendal off ramp to a petrol station i used 10 years ago, next to the hotel where i was unable to leave the parking lot one evening because i was suddenly overcome by such tiredness  :D  . . . but all closed down, next dorp, nothing . . . . nothing nothing . . . . brrrrrr dead . . . no petrol . . . second vehicle to pass becomes my breakdown crew, THANKS GUYS ! gave me a lift to Delmas . . .



and finally home, one day late for work, but a damned site happier than when i left  :D

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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2006, 04:18:32 pm »
:hello1:  :hello1:  :hello1:

Thanks for the great report!!!!
I enjoyed this immensely!

How did the Husky behave itself?
When I'm big, I'm getting myself one of those.....
I do like that bike. :P  :P
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2006, 04:18:55 pm »
Great report Dorje

Some really nice pics, thanks for sharing....
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2006, 04:31:42 pm »
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2006, 04:46:06 pm »
the bike was beautiful  :D  . . . i dont have much experience with other bikes . . . but for me the Husky is so ridable, lots of low down torque, handled like a dream on tar and sand. didnt ride anything too technical . . . handled the twisties near Magoebaskloof and Louis Trichardt so well, but dont have a huge top end . . the only problem was found between the seat and the handlebars  :oops:  and my short legs . . . saw 2 magnificent kudu bulls late in the day, brake, change down, fiddle for camera, u-turn and my front wheel slips away in the loose sand on the shoulder . . .  swear words richochet around my helmet . . . grab handlebars with both hands and lift, the tank bag hits the hooter and i nearly fall down with fright . . . not amusing yet . . . ride back, kudus have long since fled the scene, now i will turn around like it should be done . . . replay, drop the bike again, lift on handlebars, tank bag hits starter button this time and bike runs away from me . . . at last i see the funny side and lay down in the road rolling with laughter . . .

but ja, i really got interested in the TE610 after reading Big Dog's adventures and his ride reports, didnt want something too heavy that i would go dropping in loose sand  :D

also have a set of motard wheels which i use on the road. . .
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2006, 05:32:28 pm »
Awesome report there man!

Love the 610, must have been tiring on the long road.
 

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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2006, 07:02:17 pm »
GREATE report THANKS man


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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2006, 08:24:24 pm »
Yeah Dorje really enjoyed your report  8) Seems we are in the same mindset when it comes to bikes, get a real dirt capable bike and then worry about comfort and doing long distance riding with it  :lol:
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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2006, 08:34:02 pm »
Cool! :thumbup:
 

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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2006, 09:22:16 pm »
I like the story, great experience.  :lol:  Next time, take a few friends along and go show them those wonderful places.  It is wrong to keep it all for yourself!  :)
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2006, 10:17:38 pm »
Great report and pics , thanks :)
 

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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2006, 07:35:25 am »
it's been said before,  but I'll say it again,
Superb report.   Lovely pics.
post another!!!
 

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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2006, 08:07:52 am »
Bliksem,  hoe groen is ek nou!!  :evil:  :evil:
 

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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2006, 09:51:10 am »
i may be over doing it !, but here are a few more pics . . .


Baobabs  . . . so amazing . . .


a group of yellow fever trees on the Zim border . . . i had just riden through a security boom and was listening to a lot of shouting so was a little tense . . . this uniformed guy saw me coming, jumped up and opened the boom, so i shot through . . .


just after Swartwater, from the bad old days, section of road converted into runway . . . wander if it is still in use ?


wonderful horse farm in Limpopo River Valley . . . very lush and green, damp smells mixing in dry air, really invigorating  . . .


there is a name for this type of decor . . .








Jos Macs . . . watering hole for all species . . .



Crokodile River


leguavahn (??) swimming across Crocodile River . . .


Blougat swimming hole . . . best in the Marico


Groot Marico Bosveld Dam


Kuilfontein


low on fuel again . . . and not 100% sure where i am  :oops:
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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2006, 09:53:59 am »
tx! man, this is one of the funniest reports that i've read in a while :D  :D
 

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« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2006, 10:59:49 am »
Quote from: "Dorje"
i may be over doing it !, but here are a few more pics . . .



You can never, ever over do pics :D

This is awesome! 8)
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« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2006, 11:50:40 am »
great report and pics!
most excellent

not quite as green as I expect Narnia to be but almost as magical :wink:
 

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« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2006, 12:38:09 pm »
Hell's bells, I enjoyed that report. Very, very nice indeed.  :thumbright:
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« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2006, 03:50:06 pm »
Great report! Where's the button for the five star rating? :P
 

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« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2006, 03:51:21 pm »
Very lekker report there! Thanks. Thumbs up for you okes doing it solo! 8)
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