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« on: December 18, 2006, 02:41:07 pm »
The day has arrived. I decided that my 8 year old son Andre is finally ready for his first bike trip. He?s been riding a PW50 for 2 years and I bought him a new CRF70 two months ago. He?s adapted well to the bigger faster bike and I felt the wheels are big enough to handle reasonable off road conditions.

He was very excited (as we all were before our 1st trip) and we did all the shopping and planning together. Eventually everything was ready and the day arrived.

We left from my dad?s farm because from there we?d be on gravel roads for almost the whole trip. The farm is in Geelhoutboom up against the mountain on the Western side of George.



We decided to visit Bonniedale Adventure Farm in the Attakwas kloof. It?s only a 75km trip there, but we started early as I did not know how fast we?d be traveling. It?s a good thing to, because at first the going rate seemed to be 40km/h with lots of photo stops.



We passed by the Botlierskop Game reserve.





By this time he got more comfortable with the roads and the traveling speeds got up to 60km/h. That?s when he hit a big hole and the bike got into a serious speed wobble. It was a VERY close call, but he recovered and kept the bike upright. OK. You can?t buy experience and at least he handled it well (he would not be so lucky later on).



After 52km we stopped at Diesel & Dust on the Robertson Pass for petrol. The little CRF only has a 5,5 liter tank and I had no idea what kind of consumption to work on. Better to be safe than sorry? After 52km the bike took 0,91 liters. That?s approx. 60km/l !!!  



From there it?s the Haelkraal road to Bonniedale Farm.



A stretch into the mountains we rode on a newly scraped road. Around a corner Andre hit a biggish stone which threw him offline and he went over the sand ?walletjie? and onto the rough hard ditches and rocks on the side of the road. He kept it together for a couple of meters before he came down hard. I had the fright of my life. After a quick assessment we decided that this too was a Kodak moment. The little Honda and rider were virtually unscathed. Phew!!!



The chest protector & knee pads were a good investment after all. Unfortunately (and unbeknownst to him) the Fox gloves etc. is still under the tree.



We arrived at Bonniedale to the usual warm welcome and set up camp next to the river for some good quality Father & Son time.



The next morning we explored the routes and Andre did his first water crossing.



We weren?t the only ones on bikes exploring the well kept secret of Attakwas Kloof.



GS, GS, GS. Where are the KLR?s and Africa Twins?



Time to hit the road back.





And back on the farm in time for the Sunday braai.



Total km?s traveled: 172
Total cost (including camping, petrol, food, drinks, snacks, everything!) <R250
Experience: Priceless!
 

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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2006, 02:50:43 pm »
Totally awesome! Gives me hoennervleis!

Ai. Would love to do this one day.

Well done to you and especially young Andre! 8)

I doubt you are going to have a restfull weekend for a very long period. Sure the gogga has bitten deep now and Andre will bug you at every  chance to do it again.


PS: Maybe some riding boots for the little guy?
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2006, 02:55:44 pm »
Boet

if I only had a dad like you.

Congrads to andre and dad for looking after him
am a biker , what is your excuse ???

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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2006, 03:07:18 pm »
That is absolutely awsome. Reminds me of the days that I used to ride along with my Dad when I was Andre's age. I had an XR 75 when I was 7 and that bike was amazing.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2006, 03:07:48 pm »
Simply awesome.... Congrats with your son, you must be a very proud Dad.

And your son is lucky to have a pappa like you too.

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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2006, 03:08:34 pm »
Fantastic! :thumbright: :thumbright: :thumbright:
 

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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2006, 03:12:22 pm »
:thumbright:  :thumbright:  :thumbright:  :thumbright:

You are one awsome dad and he is one very lucky kid.  Well done.
 

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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2006, 03:23:36 pm »
Fantastic!

I got a lump in my throat ? Your son will remember this forever. Good job!
 

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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2006, 03:28:40 pm »
Quote from: "Red"
:thumbright:  :thumbright:  :thumbright:  :thumbright:

You are one awsome dad and he is one very lucky kid.  Well done.


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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2006, 04:05:30 pm »
Great stuff!

My chickie is turning 3 soon and already has a QR50. The twins are only 8 months but they'll be getting bikes for their 2nd birthday as well. An now Ma wants a bike too, so one day the whole family will be doing the same. Looking forward to it.
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2006, 04:56:55 pm »
so very special what you and your riding buddy did together...
keep it up, and keep us all posted  :thumbright:
 

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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2006, 04:57:39 pm »
Awesome dude.   :hello1:  :hello1:  :wav:
 

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« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2006, 05:21:58 pm »
I know us dads must let our sons play, but I'm so bloody afraid they'll get seriously hurt I don't want to introduce mine to  bikes.  I know the chances I took when I was young ...  I guess I'm over protective  and need to work on it.

It does seem awesome to do such a trip - I just don't have the stomach yet.  Mine eldest is also 8 and youngest 6.

Great - wish I was you...

Hein

Ps. Tell us more about the Attakwas plse - where is it exactly/what type of accommodation is available etc etc

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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2006, 05:25:28 pm »
oooo ek envy jou
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Gee jou seun n mooi so druk van my HELL as ek maar so iets kon doen


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« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2006, 07:28:03 pm »
Awesome scenery ! I rode alot of those roads near George with my 250's, really magical. When I ever get my XT dome I think my dad and I should do a trip down there, we are only a little bit older  :D
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« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2006, 07:31:36 pm »
Awesome scenery ! I rode alot of those roads near George with my 250's, really magical. When I ever get my XT dome I think my dad and I should do a trip down there, we are only a little bit older  :D
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« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2006, 07:50:03 pm »
Bravo !
 

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« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2006, 08:14:58 pm »
Brilliant stuff  :hello1:

Must have been a great experience for both of you.

That water crossing would've made me bloody nervous  :lol:
I don't like loose pebbles  :roll:

Thanks very much for sharing
 

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« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2006, 08:19:59 pm »
Quote from: "KiLeRSA"

It does seem awesome to do such a trip - I just don't have the stomach yet.  Mine eldest is also 8 and youngest 6.


Hein, don't feel bad....it's easier to do it if you only have to keep an eye
on one child, but having two sons ages 6 and 8 would take an enormous
amount of patience and strain.
 

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« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2006, 10:31:36 pm »
Thanks guys for the replies. My first topic ? I hope it went down well.

Journeyman ? Boots is next on the list. Expensive hobby this. Bike plus gear plus protectors plus pads plus plus plus. And that?s for a family of four!!!

KiLRSA ? Mine is also 8 & 6. Of course the 6 year old is too young. Don?t worry, I was nervous too. Not only could something happen to him, but I could fall also. We had all the important numbers on speed dial on my cell and he knew how to use it. I?ll post a full topic on the Atakwas Kloof soon.

digitaldan ? The Southern Cape has amazing routes. The thing is they?re not that well known and therefore they remain special. Funny how most DS riders only go for the Klein Karoo. The SC has a LOT more to offer than the Montagu Pass, one only has to know where to look?

Mango ? please bring your KLR and do the route. It seems that the only bikes above 250cc willing to try are the GS guys. They fall over most of the time. Heavy 1200 bikes aren?t really for the trails, but a KLR should do it easy??

Oppad, how about doing a Attakwas Kloof story?