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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 3 added)
« Reply #40 on: December 06, 2011, 12:44:02 pm »
When exactly did you do this trip ?

I am planning to go there this weekend and want to know if there will still be water in the Doring river
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 3 added)
« Reply #41 on: December 06, 2011, 12:56:16 pm »
Klink na 1 moerse ondervinding vir my.
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 3 added)
« Reply #42 on: December 06, 2011, 12:56:58 pm »
I did it this weekend.
So the river as you see it was on Saturday.
Its definitely crossable.

You just need to be careful, or push your bike or use the pontoon.
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 3 added)
« Reply #43 on: December 06, 2011, 12:59:01 pm »
thanks Steve - looks great

Very entertaining RR so far - well done keep it coming
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 3 added)
« Reply #44 on: December 06, 2011, 01:00:00 pm »
RR's name should have been "Sense and sensibility, or the lack thereoff"
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 3 added)
« Reply #45 on: December 06, 2011, 01:04:02 pm »
Just show how easy a ride can go south if you do not have all the correct tools and emergency kit.
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 3 added)
« Reply #46 on: December 06, 2011, 01:05:26 pm »
:happy1:
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 3 added)
« Reply #47 on: December 06, 2011, 01:27:49 pm »
PART 4:

Reaching the R364 seemed like a significant achievement, but the day was waning. The sun was low in the sky, and if we were lucky we’d reach Clanwilliam at about sunset. Even though it was only 90kms away, it was going to be slow going. It wasn’t worth the risk exceeding 70km/h when towing a bike.

Most people who ride with me, know I like to ride at the back. I hate having the pressure of people behind me. I always worry I’m holding them up.
However today I had to take the lead to make sure the numerous gates we crossed were open for the others.

My fuel reserve light came on just as we reached the Pakhuis Pass, about 27kms outside of Clanwilliam. I couldn’t believe it. I would do 370kms on a single tank with a few kms to spare.
I regularly stopped to make sure the guys were behind me. However once we started down the pass I went on ahead.

I was so thankful to finally pull into Clanwilliam. I stopped at the petrol station to fill up and quench my thirst and call my wife. I told her about our harrowing day, and that it was all okay, and I would call her again just now.
By this time I expect the others to be rolling into town. But there was no sign of them. So I decided to head back towards pakhuis to see where they were.
However, when I got back onto my bike I noticed my front tyre was flat.
Arghhhh. Noooooooooo!

This was my first puncture ever. Dammit. Now was not the time. Where were my friends?

I filled the tyre at the station, and as I was pulling out I saw Greg on his GS. He beckoned me to follow him. There was no sign of Ross.
Had I missed their arrival in town?
I followed Greg, thinking he was leading me to the restaurant… but instead he continued straight through town and pulled into the provincial hospital. What the Hell?
Just then I saw Ross hobble out of a bakkie and into the hospital.
A mere 7 or 8 kms out of town, Ross had ridden over the tow cable, and as he touched his brakes the rope went taut flipping his bike sideways.
Un-fucking-believable.

We were so close to having made it back in one piece, but alas…
The next couple of hours were a bit of a blur. It was pretty obvious he had broken his wrist, possibly his ankle as well. His knee was swollen to the size of a grapefruit.



To be continued…
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #48 on: December 06, 2011, 01:31:41 pm »
Ag nee f*k, wat nog... :peepwall:
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #49 on: December 06, 2011, 01:40:43 pm »
bliksem, wat kan nog fout gaan?


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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #50 on: December 06, 2011, 01:50:45 pm »
There is more...?!  :o

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #51 on: December 06, 2011, 01:56:27 pm »
There is more...?!  :o

yup  :)
it aint over yet.
admittedly no one else gets damaged in any way.
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #52 on: December 06, 2011, 02:25:44 pm »
man this is adventure with a capital a ..maybe not riding but the stuff cowboy stories and adventure riders are made off..i reckon hats off to you guys..me at farm i woulda left bikes and sent 1 ou to town for a taxi and towtruck
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #53 on: December 06, 2011, 02:27:01 pm »
Damn, now THATS alot of unplanned excretement in one day...
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 3 added)
« Reply #54 on: December 06, 2011, 02:35:06 pm »
Just show how easy a ride can go south if you do not have all the correct tools and emergency kit.

These guys lack teamwork .... that's all
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #55 on: December 06, 2011, 02:41:25 pm »
bl!ksem.

waiting for more.
 

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« Reply #56 on: December 06, 2011, 03:00:21 pm »
When it goes pair shaped, it goes pair shaped in a big way  :D Epic story  ;)  :thumleft:
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #57 on: December 06, 2011, 03:10:03 pm »
Yirrrr this is hektik man!

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #58 on: December 06, 2011, 03:13:53 pm »
Talk about The long way Drown, I mean down. I never did have much faith in those bombs. Lots of good lessons learned in this report :deal: BTW, great report, thanks for posting.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2011, 03:15:04 pm by ChinaPete »
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #59 on: December 06, 2011, 03:26:57 pm »
I'm sure it was your report Cloudy about going to Baviaans with some mates & ended up eating your way through rather than riding...? ;D
Now you drinking your way through....
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