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Offline durbandave

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The Road Less Travelled
« on: June 20, 2007, 08:04:16 pm »
So I am totally new at this whole adventure riding thing and dont even know yet what all the terms and abbreviations that get used here on this forum mean, but after one little trip the other day, I am hooked.

I had to go from Pinetown to Wartburg for work and I told the GPS to give me the absolute shortest route and I just followed the GPS.

It took me through the valley of thousand hills. Generally on dirt roads with a patch of tar here and there. Some of the dirt roads were nothing more than foot-paths.

I got stuck in two places. The first I got my back wheel stuck in a rut in the centre of the road. I managed to lever it out of the rut using desperation force and the centre stand. The second place was soft sand like beach sand. Here I just let most of the air out of the tyres and pumped them again when I got to Wartburg.

I would imagine that they teach you how to get out of these stuck positions at these off-road courses (like the BMW Off-Road Academy here in KZN)?

One thing I did note is that the local populace were very friendly in the rural areas and I did not feel threatend in any way. Perhaps it is also because it was at 9am on a Friday morning and the hooligans were sleeping it off at that time of the day?

Every trip I make each day now I try to find a new route to go there. The road less travelled is so much better than the normal N3 or N2 routes. I should have bought a GS years ago instead of wasting my time on road bikes..............................
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Re: The Road Less Travelled
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2007, 08:39:33 pm »
Booger,

Sounds great I am jealous, just do it the experince will arrive, only one tip, look up, you proably got target fixation when you got stuck.

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Offline Stephan

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Re: The Road Less Travelled
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2007, 08:41:10 pm »
That's the way to go! You're hooked on the dirt side!  >:D >:D
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Re: The Road Less Travelled
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2007, 08:46:54 pm »
As Welsh said. Target fixation. One of the most important lessons/skills I have learned over time. And I still succumb to it now and then.  Where you look, is where the bike will go most of the times.


You have just taken a major step in DS riding.  :cool: It took me more than a year to go solo for the first time. Given I did not have GPS or mapping software.

The fact that you encountered certain obstacles and overcome them, will do you a lot of good ito of confidence.



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Re: The Road Less Travelled
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2007, 08:48:36 pm »
Welcome to a whole new way of life - enjoy the ride - you did well on your first trip - keep it up :hal:
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Offline Ratel

Re: The Road Less Travelled
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2007, 09:11:24 pm »
That's the nice thing about  a GPS - Shortest route Yieehaaaaaaa!!!!!! ;D
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