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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 3 added)
« Reply #60 on: December 06, 2011, 03:27:12 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

How do you figure that?
I think we worked well as a team.
We faced each issue as it happened and made a plan to get through it.
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #61 on: December 06, 2011, 03:28:01 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....

same mates, Pete, same mates.
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #62 on: December 06, 2011, 03:29:59 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....

same mates, Pete, same mates.
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #63 on: December 06, 2011, 03:58:24 pm »
I'm sorry you had to suffer just to entertain us.
But for that I thank you regardless  :thumleft:
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (part 4 added)
« Reply #64 on: December 06, 2011, 04:04:45 pm »
PART 5

It was a frantic couple of hours. The doctor and nurses bound Ross up nicely until he could be x-rayed back in Cape Town. They put him on a drip and gave him some pain killers.
It was quite frightening to watch as he almost went into shock at one point. Numerous calls were made to the medical aid and mates back in CT.
His girlfriend agreed to come fetch him and drive him back to CT – it would be far quicker than waiting for an ambulance.

Still, it meant she would on arrive in Clanwilliam at about 11pm – and that they’d only get back to CT at about 2am.
I managed to organize a tow truck to fetch his bike that was still on the side of  the road.
I did numerous trips with my flat tyre between the hospital at one end of town and the garage at the other.

A young chap called Clinton was super friendly. He called around for me, first approaching his boss about using his bakkie, and then getting hold of the towing service. He didn’t like the price they guy wanted to charge us (R1900), and continued to try find an alternative.
In the end we went with the towing service since insurance would pay for it.
Clinton even offered us a shower and a bed for the night.

There was no way in hell we were gonna ride the last 50kms back to the Cederberg campsite in the dark, especially since we’d have to negotiate the Uitkyk Pass. I’ve learnt my lesson about riding at night thank you very much.
So Greg and I left Ross to get some sleep while we waited for his girlfriend to arrive. We went for a well deserved pizza and some beers, and then went back to the hospital to transfer him from the bed to the car.
It was almost midnight by the time we checked into the B&B. I was sore and stiff and felt like I’d been hit by a bus.
I had a quick shower and was asleep practically the moment my head hit the pillow.

When we woke the next morning it was already cooking. The temp today would reach high 30s. This wasn’t going to be pleasant.
We had a quick breakfast, and had to decide what to do about my puncture.
We didn’t have the tools to remove the wheel, and we weren’t too keen on patching the tube, so we tried the last of the Tyre Weld.
It didn’t last long.
We got maybe 5kms out of town before my tyre was flat again.

Now we had no choice but to repair the tube, we got the tube out using only 2 small tyre levers – and that was when we discovered my tyre repair glue had burst inside the repair kit.
So Greg left me on the side of the N7 and went back into town to try find tools to remove my wheel.
It was about 09h30 and already scorching – I was thankful for the little bit of shade I had.
Greg returned without the tools, but with 3 repair kits he picked up at the Spar.
Since we had no more Co2 bombs we had to pump the tyre using a small foot pump.
So far so good, it looked like the patch had worked. It was only about 15kms to the Algeria turn-off – and as we got there my tyre deflated again.
Arghhhhhh!

The problem was not really the tube, but the little band of rubber, that protects it from the inside of the spokes, had disintegrated.
No amount of patching was going to save my tube. I didn’t have the skill to ride 30kms of dirt with a flat front  - it would have taken us the entire day. Already most of the morning was wasted.
So Greg offered to ride my bike while I followed on the 1200. Man, that bike is comfortable. What an awesome seat!

It took us about an hour to get back to Sanddrif traveling at 20km/h
Once there, we had to pack up our gear, as well as Ross’ stuff. With the right tools and an extra tyre lever Greg made short work of removed the wheel, repairing the rubber band as best as possible and fitting a new tube.
We were practically done with the whole exercise when he pinched the tube.
And so had to start all over again to repair it.
We finally rolled out of Sanddrif after midday.


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I was pretty concerned about my tyre, having very little faith in the patch, but we got out of the Cederberg and onto the tar with no worries. By the time we reached Op-die-Berg I was getting more and more confident that it would hold.
Unfortunately, the hole in the GS’s rear tyre was proving to be problematic.
We put some more plugs in – and once again had to inflate the tyre using a tiny little foot pump.
I’m definitely fucking buying a compressor before my next trip.

We didn’t even get 500 meters before the plugs blew out again.
This time we inserted 2 at once – and this seemed to work – for a few kilometers at least. Then they too blew out.
We were down to our last 2 plugs, if we couldn’t make it work now we were screwed.
I would be happy to make it as far as Ceres, about 30kms away… Greg had his sights set on Paarl.
We rode for a few kilometers more when Greg pulled over again. For a second my heart sank, but then I noticed his tyre was still inflated.
He wasn’t willing to take a risk with the plugs coming out, so we carefully wrapped duct tape around his tyre between the knobblies.
I didn’t think it would work – but it was still there when we got to Ceres. I tried to convince Greg to call his mates, leave his bike there, and make a plan to collect it later.
If the duct tape and plugs didn’t hold we would be screwed especially if it happened while in Bains Kloof where there was no cell signal.
Greg was determined to push on – so we did  - at 60kms an hour.

Amazingly we made it through Mitchell’s Pass and Bain’s Kloof all the way to Wellington where we parted company.
Greg headed for Paarl, and I for CT. We both made it home safely. I rolled into my garage just after 8pm.

Ross went in for surgery on Sunday afternoon for his broken wrist. His ankle was fractured, and the swelling on his knee was not serious. Amazingly he didn’t have a single roastie.

All I know is I’m getting myself a mini compressor, and will insist everybody I ride with has at least 4 bombs and tyre glue that is not out-of-date. A proper tool kit (that’s not left at camp) is also essential

As buggered and tired as I was when I got home, I didn’t regret a single second of the trip. Sure I wish it hadn’t gone as pear shaped as it did… but hey, that’s what adventure is all about… what do you do when faced with challenges? Do you face em and make a plan or do you curl up in the fetal position and cry for mommy?

I look forward to riding that route again one day.

PS/ Sorry about the lack of pics. Many of them are on Greg’s camera, and he hasn’t sent them to me yet.
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #65 on: December 06, 2011, 04:14:19 pm »
This story just confirm for me my "motto". Plastics you can go and do scuba and mountaineering with if you so desire.
Proper adventure biking,no scuba or mountaineering :imaposer:
When you are in the bundu look after your bike,it has to get you back to civilisation again.
The punchline for me was how you walked through the river and it was only "waist" deep. Anything close to my knees and I turn around especially as I do my adventure riding mostly alone.

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #66 on: December 06, 2011, 04:27:24 pm »
This thread gives new meaning to the old saying :   Shit happens !!!   ;D ;D ;D ;D
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #67 on: December 06, 2011, 04:36:03 pm »
This story just confirm for me my "motto". Plastics you can go and do scuba and mountaineering with if you so desire.
Proper adventure biking,no scuba or mountaineering :imaposer:
When you are in the bundu look after your bike,it has to get you back to civilisation again.
The punchline for me was how you walked through the river and it was only "waist" deep. Anything close to my knees and I turn around especially as I do my adventure riding mostly alone.

 :ricky:

It didn't actually reach my waist... and it was rideable... two bikes made it through.
Agree that it would be supremely foolish to attempt it alone.
it was also possibly stupid to ride it without having guys standing/walking as close to the bike as possible.
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #68 on: December 06, 2011, 04:50:15 pm »
This story just confirm for me my "motto". Plastics you can go and do scuba and mountaineering with if you so desire.
Proper adventure biking,no scuba or mountaineering :imaposer:
When you are in the bundu look after your bike,it has to get you back to civilisation again.
The punchline for me was how you walked through the river and it was only "waist" deep. Anything close to my knees and I turn around especially as I do my adventure riding mostly alone.

 :ricky:

It didn't actually reach my waist... and it was rideable... two bikes made it through.
Agree that it would be supremely foolish to attempt it alone.
it was also possibly stupid to ride it without having guys standing/walking as close to the bike as possible.
Cloud how tall or you..........or rather how short? :imaposer:
Anything close to the knee me no go!!!! :deal: :biggrin:
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #69 on: December 06, 2011, 04:52:19 pm »
Great report Cloudgazer, pitty about all the mishaps, but it definitely contribute to the adventure!
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #70 on: December 06, 2011, 04:54:17 pm »
Great RR and strongs for Ross :thumleft:
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #71 on: December 06, 2011, 05:14:03 pm »
klink of julle genoeg opwinding vir eers gehad het, jammer om te hoor van die besoekie aan die hospitaal daai klub lyk my het nogals baie aan gegroei die jaar, laat weet indien 'n bike dalk eendag weer moet agter bly in Clanwilliam ek kan dit veilig stoor op die plaas Radyn of Welverdiend of as julle recovery hulp benodig.
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #72 on: December 06, 2011, 05:16:36 pm »
Great report and a good one for admitting all your wrong decisions so riders with less experience can learn by it. Sure there are a couple of things you could have done differently , but how goes the saying about hindsight is 20-20 ?
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #73 on: December 06, 2011, 05:31:04 pm »
Great report and a good one for admitting all your wrong decisions so riders with less experience can learn by it. Sure there are a couple of things you could have done differently , but how goes the saying about hindsight is 20-20 ?

Oh yeah, we made a number of mistakes - no denying that.
We should have checked our tools and kit more thoroughly before departing.

I think a bit of food or sustenance would have gone a long way to help improve our moods and strength.

Maybe we shouldn't have attempted to cross the river.
Maybe we should have stopped the ride when i realized I didn't have my alan and torx keys. Who knows?
Maybe we should have turned back the way we came.
but at the time that didn't seem very adventurous.

Its a pity my mate got hurt, but other than that we faced obstacles and overcame them all. i think that is the real spirit of adventure. How do you cope when things go pear shaped?
 

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« Reply #74 on: December 06, 2011, 05:40:18 pm »
Thank you for the report, made for great reading. :thumleft:
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #75 on: December 06, 2011, 06:17:36 pm »
Awesome report. Hope the injured parties heal quickly.  :thumleft:
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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #76 on: December 06, 2011, 07:40:20 pm »
Its a pity my mate got hurt, but other than that we faced obstacles and overcame them all. i think that is the real spirit of adventure. How do you cope when things go pear shaped?

For me that is the most positive thing to come out of you ride.

We can't expect every ride to be wonderfull and to go smoothly, sometimes the shit hits the fan, it is how we deal with it that either makes or breaks the ride/trip.

Yes you guys made some silly mistakes but hell you had an adventure, just a pity that your friend got hurt so close to Clanwilliam.

We learn from our mistakes and that of others. I hope your adventure can teach us all that shit happens, it's how you deal with it that determines who we are as people.
 

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« Reply #77 on: December 06, 2011, 07:41:34 pm »
oh and BTW...awesome RR
 

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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #78 on: December 06, 2011, 08:23:23 pm »


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Re: Drowning GS's in the Doring River (the complete saga)
« Reply #79 on: December 06, 2011, 08:32:55 pm »
AI crossed the doring earlier this year when it was dry and that wasnt very easy then.It deafiately wont see me when it has water in it though.
Good on you all for trying though.
Sorry for your friend that got hurt towing.

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