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Offline The Badger

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We met at Ryder Motorrad in Hillcrest at 7 to depart at 7h30.

 I have no idea of how many bikes will pitch for the ride so I arrived first and then the bikes started arriving…………. Eventually there was 19 bikes and I was starting to get nervous.

Mike our workshop manager opened the shop so that we can grab a coffee  while he was checking the bikes and topping up oil and lubing chains………Thanks Mike, awesome service and at 7 on a Sunday morning.  :thumleft: :thumleft:

We slabbed it up to the Ashburton turnoff where we met another 4 bikes that came from Pmb. We all deflated our tyres and hit the dirt.
We skirted Pmb via table mountain and rode next to the Duzi river to Albert falls Dam.
We stopped in at the AMBLE INN PUB and GRILL  just below Albert Falls Dam for a great breakfast to get some energy for the ride to come. A big up to  Mrs Spooner for arranging the food at such short notice. Good food and good people, cheers guys we will be back. Their no’s are: Des 072 620 2807 / Lyn 083 721 8774 and they have a few chalets if you need to sleepover.  :thumleft: :thumleft:

We then headed up towards the Karkloof past York. This section of gravel road is a nice fast section for 25 km’s so I let the racers go ahead and have fun and Fran and I came along at a slightly slower pace.
We then crossed the Howick Karkloof tar road and headed up into the Karkloof reserve for real. This is where the riding  started to get really enjoyable. The tracks are endless up there and we just scratched the surface. I saw Impala and Nyala up there during the ride. We then did a northerly loop and came out at New Hanover for cokes and fuel. From there we headed to Wartburg and then through the valley of a thousand hills and finished back in Hillcrest.
Everyone was bushed but happy and in one piece.

 A good ride all in all, Thanks everyone. A big up to Dorothy on her XCountry for handling the ride with ease. It was good to have another Bikesquad member, Mike, along for the ride too.

Thanks for checking out my RR, Cheers.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2011, 12:59:46 pm by The Badger »
Good friends and fresh mud......

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Re: 300km's and 23 bikes - Spectacular KZN Riding and views.
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2011, 10:53:03 am »
More pics....... The Karkloof area is a world heritage sight and the streams have otters in them. Stunning.
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2011, 11:01:32 am »
A big thanks to JonW, Outhere and Gunda Gunda for the help with the route planning and converting google earth routes to mapsource. :thumleft: :thumleft:

Cheers guys. :ricky:

Another BIG thank you to my partner/ legend Fran for the stunning pics as usual. :thumleft: :thumleft:
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2011, 11:07:06 am »
Last ones..............

The last two pics playing around............ :mwink: :mwink:
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Re: 300km's and 23 bikes - Spectacular KZN Riding and views.
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011, 11:21:11 am »
   Welldone     keep it up   300km  with time for lunch good going.

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Re: 300km's and 23 bikes - Spectacular KZN Riding and views.
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2011, 11:27:47 am »
Man, that looks like a nice ride!  :thumleft:
There is nothing you can do about the past and you can't predict the future...all you have is the now...live it to the fullest.

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Re: 300km's and 23 bikes - Spectacular KZN Riding and views.
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2011, 11:55:39 am »
Hey Jeff

Looks like you had a good ride, great turnout from the KZN dudes, your rides are obviously becoming legendary.

Well done to Fran for the cool pics  :thumleft:
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2011, 12:58:19 pm »
Thanks everyone. :thumleft:

Jon , I had a little help from my fiends ....I mean friends. You , Keven and Peter.  :ricky: :3some: :ricky:
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Awesome fun!   :thumleft:
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cheers Lynn. :thumleft:
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Nice one J.

Hope the little GPS in your pocket was tracking away - I'd love to see where you went.

And I am relieved that nobody came short on "Gunda's Descent" !!

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Thanks Peter. I will pop down and drop the GPS off during the week otherwise on your GPS tech day on Saturday.

Are we going to check out that spot next weekend? :mwink:
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How often are you doing these rides ... is last Sunday .. first Sunday ?

I want to plan my next visit to DBN when you have your next one
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How often are you doing these rides ... is last Sunday .. first Sunday ?

I want to plan my next visit to DBN when you have your next one

Howzit shesha, long time no see. The rides are every alternate Sunday so yesterday we rode then the next one in two weeks etc. It would be verry lekker to see you down here.

Nice RR  :thumleft:

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Thanks Peter. I will pop down and drop the GPS off during the week otherwise on your GPS tech day on Saturday.
Are we going to check out that spot next weekend? :mwink:

I don't need the GPS til Sat - It's my "loaner" and training aid  ;D

I'm keen to go and see the gorge at Eagle'e view on Sun. I never got up yesterday as my landlady was on teenage daughter fetch and carry duty, and I was not keen to go up alone.

I was scheming a trip up along the Mhloti river. 
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Oi, you guys have got such lekker lush countryside to ride in.
Looks like an awsome ride.


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Thanks Peter. I will pop down and drop the GPS off during the week otherwise on your GPS tech day on Saturday.
Are we going to check out that spot next weekend? :mwink:

I don't need the GPS til Sat - It's my "loaner" and training aid  ;D

I'm keen to go and see the gorge at Eagle'e view on Sun. I never got up yesterday as my landlady was on teenage daughter fetch and carry duty, and I was not keen to go up alone.

I was scheming a trip up along the Mhloti river. 

Lekker Gunda................see you Saturday. :thumleft:

Oi, you guys have got such lekker lush countryside to ride in.
Looks like an awsome ride.

Too true......we are very lucky.Thanks for checking my RR :thumleft:
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