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Woody Cape, Sibuyo Game Reserve and Plenty of Beer Stops :-)
« on: August 02, 2010, 08:03:19 am »
Terror SA, Wabbit, GreenMambaBirthdate (his forum name has changed to what?) and me did a little trip through the Eastern Cape on the Port Alfred side of PE. I could only ride for the day, but the other's stayed over at Wabbit's farm on sat night. They'll update with their own stories and pics :-)

We all me at the service station in Alex. First time I'd met Wabbit (left) and GMDB. Really nice chaps  :thumleft: :



We were soon on the back roads, between Alex and the sea, heading towards P/Alfred. I was surprised at how lush the area is. I think that's GMBD on his brand new tenere. Nice bike:



This is TerrorSA taking a pee break just before the boom letting us into some farmland roads:



Very peaceful back roads – nothing dramatic ride-wise, but tranquil, no traffic and beautiful views over the veld to the dunes and then the sea. That’s Wabbit on his oldish KLR, with an awesome pipe – sounds like a 690!


More farmlands with the sea behind. Green is apparently the most soothing colour for humans.



Next it was my turn for a pee stop. Took a pic of my beautiful orange KTM whilst releasing the liquid. Archangel calls his bike Michaela in a slightly eccentric manner, so I’m going to call mine Poppie in future, to remind me of my lost love. (more on that later)



Before long we got to Bushman’s river mouth, where Wabbit decided to “photo claim” Poppie. We’d been on the road for about an hour or so, and it was time for a beer or two.





It actually was very warm, with berg wind type conditions, and I expected that one beer wouldn’t help much. We went to the floating restaurant:


Despite the large deck, it moved pitched around in the river a fair deal, and sometimes the stomach lurched for a second.  Here’s Terror and Wabbit getting ready for a cold one:



The ships helm is (quite rightly so) the bar counter:



GMBD sneaking in a smoke (skelm?)



And then onwards into Sibuya reserve. Although we ride through a concession road, we are in amongst the game:



Entering through the game reserve gate. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect road-wise and game-wise:



Here we get ready to cross into the last frontier:



I took a few pics whilst riding – not as easy as one might think. Hold camera in clutch hand, keep throttle open, make sure camera strap is on wrist, ready to shoot, release clutch hand from the grip, swing camera into palm using the wrist strap, pull the strap to a particular position by flexing the palm (to avoid the strap obstructing the lens) point camera, stop any shaking for a second and shoot. Reverse the procedure to return to the handle bars:












We aren’t seeing any  game. I think Poppies twin Bosuns might have something to do with that, but I can’t keep her too quite. Here is GMBD looking happy on the new bike. Notice his massive soft pack on the back. A lot to carry for one night over in a house. I think he got problems, which can be fixed with some counselling.



Some pics of the Kariega river below us – stunning:



The plants in the foreground are called Euphorbia and have been around since pre-history. They are unique to this area and are highly toxic. Don’t eat them. EVER.



But you can eat these prickly pears:



Crossing a river in Sibuya. The sign says “dangerous animals, stay in vehicle” or something



Coming up out of the reserve – beautiful bush which makes me want to kill something and eat it under the stars that night.







We stopped in Bathhurst for more beer, but I didn’t get any pics. Too thirsty. I reckon the others will add some pics. All too soon, I had to leave Terror, GMBD and Wabbit and travel back to PE, whilst they made their way to Wabbit’s farm.  I stopped at Nanaga for biltong:







I never take any luggage apart from my tank bag. The biltong is too long to fit inside, so it pokes out. Two problems – the hot wind dried it out a bit, and the sticking out bits were perfectly aligned with my throttle had – making turning the bars tricky.



These chicks had stopped at Nanaga for some (more?) food. I chatted to them in a French accent and told them I was going to a gay bikers rally in CT.



The Coega power windmill in the sunset. Poor pic, sorry, but that thing is freaking massive. 100 meters tall? More?  Someone will know. Blades look 30 mters long each.



Quick smoke break and to adjust the biltong:



I think we did about 500k’s and I was sad to see about one third of my brand new Scorpion missing




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Re: Woody Cape, Sibuyo Game Reserve and Plenty of Beer Stops :-)
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2010, 08:27:33 am »
Where is the rest :pot:
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Re: Woody Cape, Sibuyo Game Reserve and Plenty of Beer Stops :-)
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2010, 08:42:52 am »
thanks Jdog!  was good to meet you.   :thumleft:  had a lekker braai at wabbits farm, met his parents who are fantastic hosts, really spoilt us proper.  mid-winter, braaing outside on a farm, wearing a thin jersey at best, life is good in africa.  :)

the conditions the next day were also perfect.  went through the belmont valley and a couple of other places.  terror then headed home from ght on tar.  wabbit and i took the southwells road from ght to port alfred and put on a bit of speed, the xt floats along beautifully, and soaks up the corrugations very well.  next long weekend, weather pending sounds like an opportune time to spend a night over in the baviaans!  who's in?

unfortunately it wasn't a good weekend personally on the smoking front  :biggrin:
 

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Re: Woody Cape, Sibuyo Game Reserve and Plenty of Beer Stops :-)
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2010, 08:48:48 am »
Dead sexy! :3some:



Nice RR J-dog, was cool meeting you and Terror! :thumleft:
 

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Re: Woody Cape, Sibuyo Game Reserve and Plenty of Beer Stops :-)
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2010, 10:05:41 am »
yep it's big and heavy, but it's convenient  :biggrin:   the two bottom parts on either side have things like chain wax, tyre levers, first aid kit, duct tape, cable ties.  if you ride with me and you need something, i'll likely have it.  i think it's a good habit to keep these things on you. 

what do you do if you have almost nothing with you and you need first aid badly and you're on your own?  i'd rather be slower and heavier and have my bases covered.  besides that bag also acts like a chair, i can lean back on it and cruise.  ;D
 

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Re: Woody Cape, Sibuyo Game Reserve and Plenty of Beer Stops :-)
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2010, 07:40:16 am »
Snakey, where's your peechas?
 

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Re: Woody Cape, Sibuyo Game Reserve and Plenty of Beer Stops :-)
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2010, 07:55:12 am »
Nice. Mmmmm Biltong...  :thumleft:
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Re: Woody Cape, Sibuyo Game Reserve and Plenty of Beer Stops :-)
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2010, 08:52:46 am »
Awesome!!

That turbine IS huge!  And it makes an awesome photo against the sunset.
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2010, 02:53:40 pm »
Awesome.
 

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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2010, 02:58:20 pm »
Snakey, where's your peechas?

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Re: Woody Cape, Sibuyo Game Reserve and Plenty of Beer Stops :-)
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2010, 10:14:15 pm »
ok, some of my peechas.

a few of wabbit on his pink/red beast.  he ride's it well considering the rear shock is stuffed!







terrorsa and his steed, a very sweet sounding xt with those pipes



j-dog busy with the camera on this orange mean machine.  forgot to ask for a spin j-dog, still haven't had a chance to sample the legendary ktm suspension on gravel



isn't this why we ride?  to see these kinds of views and forget all the shit at work etc...  ...  :)



another reason to ride ... ...



is to meet new people, get another perspective on things, share a drink and talk crap  ;D

a couple of pics of my new ten





 

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Re: Woody Cape, Sibuyo Game Reserve and Plenty of Beer Stops :-)
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2010, 07:30:32 am »
Nice pics Snakey! We forgot to mention those suspicious looking ladies in the Sibuya Game Reserve ::)

 

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Re: Woody Cape, Sibuyo Game Reserve and Plenty of Beer Stops :-)
« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2010, 10:24:47 am »
J-Dog nice ride bud but about that gay Frenchman thing..... not so far pegged.......  :mwink:

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