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Ok, I realised by checking other ride reports for inspiration, that I'm not the only one who goes on a tour then struggles to muster the energy to put up the RR.

Well, it's about time, I've really been working through my pics and decided to let them do most of the talking and I'm gonna try a different angle with the report...

this was the info on my facebook group before we left to explain it...

the Mission:

the 2010 FIFA World Cup - 3 weeks, nearly 8 000km... follow us as we embark on the epic adventure

the Concept:

1 bike...
BMW F650 GS (single)

2 people...
Francis and Marta Gersbach

3 weeks...
20 days

4 stadiums...
Soccer City (JHB); Moses Mabhida (DBN); Nelson Mandela Bay (PE); Green Point (CPT)

5 forms of luggage...
1 Top Box; 2 Panniers; 1 Backpack; 1 Tank Bag

6 months...
of planning

7 matches...
as many games as the eventual world cup finalists will play:
3 Group Matches; 1 Round of 16; 1 Quarter Final; 1 Semi Final; Final

8 provinces...
Gauteng; Free State; Mpumalanga; Eastern Cape; Western Cape; Northern Cape; North West; KZN

9 months...
Owning a Bike

10 / 10 experience

Well, that was the teaser, we didn't really know what we'd let ourselves in for... our biggest ride together was 300km, I'd taken a ride to Greytown for the Mighty Men's conference earlier in the year and took the "long way" back, so I thought we were prepared...

Here's how it came about:

I'm a soccer freak, since the first WC i can remember in 1986, I said "one day I'll go to a World Cup final" and 6 years ago we got the nod to host the first African FIFA World Cup... with that I realised that my dream was coming true...

When I finally heard that tickets were going on sale, I applied in the first round... there was a lot of theory to the way that I did it... I'm Portuguese, so I was gonna buy a team specific ticket for them... well, when it came to the crunch, they weren't looking too hot and I couldn't take the chance of missing out on tickets when everyone was sure of which teams were qualifying. So I chose the Dutch (my best friend is a dutchman) - they were the only team besides Bafana Bafana sure to be here and I couldn't chose them because the chance of me getting approved for all 7 tickets would be slim.

You could believe that I was like Paul the Octopus with my choice of team, but no matter what, because I got the Dutch specific 7 match ticket, I was guaranteed to go all the way.

Anyway, that's the picture. I said I was gonna let the photo's doing the talking, so I'll shut up now... but before I start I just want you to know how blessed we were... 

there was a cold front that passed before we left, there was one that happened after we got home, and the only problem we had with the bike was the morning we probably left the park light on for 2 days and couldn't start the bike...

now to the part most guys (like myself) skip the text to...

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very kewl stuff, looking forward to readin this :)
So much of win it hurts! ^.^


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I also have to tell you our route... I realised that it's not here:

Joburg to Durbs (via Clarens)
Durbs to CPT (via N2 - EC; Garden Route; Cape Aghulas)
CPT to Durbs (via Route 62; Karoo; Aberdeen; Fouriesburg)
Durbs to PE (via Kokstad; Port Alfred)
PE to CPT (via Cape ST. Francis; Outeniqua pass; Robertson)
CPT to HOME (via 3 Sisters; Bloem)

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I also had to add that the service pic before... If you wanna know who serviced my hassle free bike, just pm me, he's the best oke to go to...

these are a couple of pics along the wild coast... I've labelled the pics with a caption, please reply to the pics you don't get and I'll explain... I'm new at this, so I'm easily confused...

more pictures...

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some more EC pics and our awesome place we stayed at in Port Alfred... it beat the backpackers hands down...

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Heading out of the EC to Storms River and then to the southernmost point of Africa...

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on our way to game 3... the Cape is beautiful

(oops I see I posted a pic twice, please excuse that)

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the long trip to which led us to along Route 62 and to the karoo... hey, that rhymed...

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Well, this was the point on the trip when the camera got heavy, clicks got fewer, and the karoo happened... but now we heading back to Durbs, but not before the coldest, most beautiful day of our tour...

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Re: 2010 World Cup Bike Tour - my wife and I - 3weeks, 7games & 8000-odd k's
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2010, 12:20:24 am »
Back to Durbs for the beginning of the knock out stage... because Holland finished first we had our route finalised and we could pick up our tickets for THE FINAL!!!

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Re: 2010 World Cup Bike Tour - my wife and I - 3weeks, 7games & 8000-odd k's
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2010, 12:27:37 am »
Heading to PE for the Quarter final... remember my Dutch friend? well he was coming down for the game with his (wait for it) Brazilian wife... couldn't have been a bigger recipe for a dog box day...

but first, Port Alfred again and our only mishap... the flat battery, notice I'm in gear with no flat helmet hair, that's the clue...

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Re: 2010 World Cup Bike Tour - my wife and I - 3weeks, 7games & 8000-odd k's
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2010, 12:31:25 am »
ok, the PE game.... my wife's favourite stadium and Hollands biggest victory...
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Re: 2010 World Cup Bike Tour - my wife and I - 3weeks, 7games & 8000-odd k's
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2010, 12:35:50 am »
our big break, a full weekend at the place of my namesake... Cape St. Francis...

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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2010, 12:40:16 am »
looks like the last one's didn't load... I'll erase this if they come up
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Re: 2010 World Cup Bike Tour - my wife and I - 3weeks, 7games & 8000-odd k's
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2010, 12:43:23 am »
back to Cape Town for our second last game... *sniff* it's almost over...

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Re: 2010 World Cup Bike Tour - my wife and I - 3weeks, 7games & 8000-odd k's
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2010, 12:48:01 am »
the ride home... as direct as possible, gotta get back in time for the final!
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Re: 2010 World Cup Bike Tour - my wife and I - 3weeks, 7games & 8000-odd k's
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2010, 12:53:03 am »
...and finally, I thought I'd add some pics from the final, just to end it off properly... It was the World Cup BTW...

Thanks for taking the time to check out my Ride Report... maybe we'll do the same in Brazil 4 years from now.

Well done Spain... and well done to our little 650GS, it did us so proud and really proved it's awesomeness
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Re: 2010 World Cup Bike Tour - my wife and I - 3weeks, 7games & 8000-odd k's
« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2010, 08:22:54 am »
very nice report, thanks for sharing  :thumleft:

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Re: 2010 World Cup Bike Tour - my wife and I - 3weeks, 7games & 8000-odd k's
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2010, 10:19:57 am »
This is a cool ride report, a trip you will never forget :thumleft: