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260Km trip to the local Spar - via Mtunzini.
« on: July 17, 2011, 04:28:21 pm »
It seems to me my good friend C. (777) knows me a little better than I know myself.

Today's plan was to ride 1.2 Km round trip to the local Spar to see if I could remember how to ride a bike, and to see if I could pull the clutch and push the indicators.

I ended up going a little further than I planned, exactly as Mr. 777 predicted.

I started out trying to find a garage that had unleaded, and after four failures I found one in Umhlanga, and I thought that since I made it there, why don't I head off to Balito to a pottery studio that serves good tea and sticky-buns on Sundays. Once there I heard the open road calling and thought, what the hell, let's do a bit of the N2 and give the bike a good workout.

On the way I met this poor guy on a no-name Chinese 250 who had run out of petrol. A local guy in a bakkie had offered to get him petrol, for which he paid R50.

I waited with him and took a short walk to admire the view from the top of the cutting.



You guessed it. After waiting for 40 or so minutes there was no sign of either the bakkie or his R50.

I had a thief-pipe in the top-box, so I gulped down an Energade and we put in enough petrol to get him to Salt Rock where the local garage had petrol so he could fill the tank and get going.

Now I was on a roll, a just kept the front wheel facing North and before long I was closer to Umtunzini than I was from Durban, so I just kept riding. The temptation to ride the "Chicco road" along the railway line service road through the Sappi plantations and some indigenous forest to Umtinzini was just too strong so I took the turn-off. The road was good. There must have been a cloudburst during the night as the road had many puddles, but not enough rain to wake the Mudmonster, and my E07s never twitched once.

The saligna plantations



Indigenous forest.







I love these raffia palms. They are not indigenous to the area as the seeds were brought from the Kosi Bay area and planted in about 1900, but they have provided food for the rare and unusual Palm Nut Vultures that live in the area.

For the botanists among you, these palms have the largest leaves of any plant currently alive.

see - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm-nut_Vulture





I then  paid a  R10 entry fee and took a ride down to the very pretty lagoon in the Umlalazi Nature Reserve.
This warning sign was totally ignored by the two fishermen you can see in the gap between the signs.  



I found a young boy staring at this print Ė We decided it was a vervet monkey, but I am not totally sure. Any ideas?



I stopped to look at a bit of estuarine mangrove full of crawling bug-eyed fish and tiny crabs.



I then headed for brunch at the Fat Cat in ĎZini and then slabbed it back home riding through a few light showers into the teeth of a fresh South Wester. Irritating? Nope. I have not felt so alive for a few months.

And the hand? A bit sore at the moment, but I am sure itís just the pressure of the glove rather than the stress of riding. Itís still a bit sore pulling the clutch, but Iíll rest it through the week and I am sure it will be okay for a gentle ride by next weekend.  

Oh, and I forgot to go to the Spar  ::)
« Last Edit: July 18, 2011, 06:08:42 am by GundaGunda »
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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2011, 04:32:07 pm »
Well done chap....seems the wrist repair has been a success.

After reading your RR, I dare nor post what I did...on a Sym... :biggrin:
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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2011, 04:35:51 pm »
Nice ride to get back into riding  :thumleft:
 

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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2011, 05:40:36 pm »
And I thought we stayed in a beautiful part of the country!
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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2011, 06:08:46 pm »
Thumb(s) up GG
 

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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2011, 06:15:08 pm »
Well done Peter Nice to see the progress
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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2011, 06:49:45 pm »
Very good RR :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Perhap we should all try that from time to time. ;D Thanks for sharing.
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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2011, 07:54:14 pm »
Nice Peter....you must show me that road sometime!!!
 

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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2011, 06:08:05 am »
there are also KZN Wildlife chalets down at the lagoon and I'm scheming there is enough exploring to do up there to plan an overnighter.  
It's one of the nicest places to stay, at night the Bush Babies usually visit as well... sounds like babies wailing... very disconcerting if you have never heard one before. :thumleft:
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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar - via Mtunzini.
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2011, 06:39:34 am »
The forest track, and the track to the lagoon attached.
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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar - via Mtunzini.
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2011, 06:41:29 am »
Hey Peter,

I was jusrt also about to say that you must pm me if you need a partner in crime, it is sometimes good to hav some backup.

In terms of fuel, I have not had issues at all. I fill up at the BP in Pinetown, or the Engine garage in Underwood rd.

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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar - via Mtunzini.
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2011, 06:53:21 am »
Hey Peter,

I was jusrt also about to say that you must pm me if you need a partner in crime, it is sometimes good to hav some backup.

In terms of fuel, I have not had issues at all. I fill up at the BP in Pinetown, or the Engine garage in Underwood rd.

Cheers
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Thanks Tinus. I saw on the news that there have been petrol deliveries with police escort - there was fuel on the N2 and the filling station in 'Zini was doing a brisk trade.

I think it is just the garages in this area, where the folk have these huge 4x4's with 2000L tanks, that they ride to La Lucia Mall and Gateway in, that have run dry.

But I needed to ride solo yesterday. First few Km on the dirt I took really slowly, but as I started to feel more confident I cranked it open until I was flying along at at least 40KpH.  :D 
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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2011, 06:56:50 am »
Well done chap....seems the wrist repair has been a success.

After reading your RR, I dare nor post what I did...on a Sym... :biggrin:

Hey - that Sym 300i seems like a nice scoot - a few years ago I had a Kymco 250. I was a fool and should never have sold it, cos you cant beat a scoot for scooting about the 'burbs.

I see that bike is an injected 265cc scooter with 16in wheels - looks nice.
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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar - via Mtunzini.
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2011, 08:18:41 am »
Well done Peter.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Thanks for the SMS.
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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar - via Mtunzini.
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2011, 10:46:04 am »
Nice one GG, good to see you back in the saddle again
 

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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar - via Mtunzini.
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2011, 11:06:37 am »
Lekker man! Zini used to be our June/July hangout...  :thumleft:
The print could be a monkey or maybe a young croc. :o
I know there are a few "plathonne" in that river.
 

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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar - via Mtunzini.
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2011, 11:21:56 am »
Lekker man! Zini used to be our June/July hangout...  :thumleft:
The print could be a monkey or maybe a young croc. :o
I know there are a few "plathonne" in that river.

My Zulu work-mate tells me that a Vervet Monkey has no claws, and that print has.

I still think it's a monkey's back foot, but I know that crocs have claws and a sort of a toe that sticks out.

Maybe a Leguaan?
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« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2011, 11:47:34 am »
Nice one GG, good to see you back in the saddle again

It was really nice to be out there again. Not sure I'm ready for any tricky stuff yet though - both from a body and mind point of view.

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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar - via Mtunzini.
« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2011, 11:49:50 am »
Lekker man! Zini used to be our June/July hangout...  :thumleft:
The print could be a monkey or maybe a young croc. :o
I know there are a few "plathonne" in that river.

My Zulu work-mate tells me that a Vervet Monkey has no claws, and that print has.

I still think it's a monkey's back foot, but I know that crocs have claws and a sort of a toe that sticks out.

Maybe a Leguaan?
That too, the claws make me tend to go for a reptile rather than a monkey. :thumleft:
 

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Re: 260Km trip to the local Spar - via Mtunzini.
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2011, 12:11:50 pm »
Happy that you are up and trucking again.  lovely pics.. Enjoy the next ride.....
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