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The Monster on the Mountain
« on: August 18, 2007, 10:34:37 pm »
We've done a couple of rides into the Outeniqua Mountains. It's the most amazing and spiritual place and it's a privilege being able to ride there. So far only trail bikes have been up there, but I've had some requests from the big boys. Today it was LGF's turn.  ;D



We picked a beautiful day to ride it too. 



It was to be me, LGF, Clinton and Sir Gravellot on this ride. Sir Gravellot:



We started to ride higher & higher to see the view Eisbein and I bragged about last week.



This was quite a steep incline, but LGF & the KTM handled it beautifully.



This pic is for you Extreme Velcro  ;)



My trusty steed  8)



What a view  :)







That's one happy rider!  ;D You can almost see the grin!



This is the spot where Eisbein and I wondered which way to go. We took the high road. Today we took the other...





Time for some trailriding: Mud, stones, tree trunks etc.  ;D



Being here makes it all worth while  :)









Every so often we'd cross the river. We stopped and had some water to drink here. The water is ice cold and tastes as sweet as wine. This truly is the land of milk and honey.





Next up was a very steep & rocky uphill  :o



No problem!  8)



LGF's KTM handling the situation beautifully ‚?? this man can ride!  8)



We were riding and riding and did not want to turn around, would you?



You know KTM's got the grin factor when even the rider riding behind the KTM can't stop grinning.  ;D



We were running out of daylight. None of us have been on these roads before and we did not know exactly where we were. The road did seem to start heading in the general direction we came from...



At this stage we had to decide ‚?? are we going to backtrack, or follow the road and see where it leads? Decisions decisions.

But not before we admired this waterfall. I wonder how many people have seen this before?



We bravely decided to carry on. And then, about a km down the road we happened upon this little technical piece of rocky road where a "driffie" used to be and I knew exactly where we were! Surprisingly this amazing piece of road turned out to be a circular route!

And what a route it is...



Nothing stops a Wild Dog:  ::)







More trees  ;)



Clinton roosting it  ;D



Light was fading, but we were close to the farm. The road here was graded and in good condition. We were riding along enjoying the scenery, happy about our accomplishments for the day. It's when you relax like this...

I suddenly heard a sickening sound behind me. A quick glance in the mirror confirmed my fear. The KTM went down hard.  :(

Luckily we had a paramedic (Sir Gravellot) and a photographer (Me) close at hand.  ;)



LGF had some sore ribs, but he was well enough to give the camera the bird  ;D



O well, alls well that ends well ‚?? there's another pic for the ‚??I ate dust‚?Ě thread.  ;D



Thanks guys for a remarkable ride!
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2007, 11:02:02 pm »
TR, scenic as always.
LGF sorry about your bike   :'(  hope to see you guys in two weeks
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2007, 11:30:51 pm »
Excellent - thanks for sharing.


One thing tho - LGF - manages all that tech stuff and puts it down on the easy looking bit - purely from a learning point of view - was it just loss of concentration, over stimulation - just plain tired? (would have been hard work with that heavy KTM).

Glad you did not get too hurt there.

So these trails are indeed do-able with a heavier machine. MMmm.......
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2007, 06:26:24 am »

Honda thinks it's a Husky - bike and chainsaw all in one!



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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2007, 07:21:55 am »
Excellent guys, great riding country.

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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2007, 09:00:05 am »
Nice ride, I like the atgatt, Are the gloves then to stop your nipples being torn off in a fall ;D ;D :D
 

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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2007, 09:58:40 am »
Excellent - thanks for sharing.


One thing tho - LGF - manages all that tech stuff and puts it down on the easy looking bit - purely from a learning point of view - was it just loss of concentration, over stimulation - just plain tired? (would have been hard work with that heavy KTM).

Glad you did not get too hurt there.

So these trails are indeed do-able with a heavier machine. MMmm.......

Weird thing that... a split second before the acident happened I KNEW it was going to happen!
I had just come over a small ditch where i gave it a bit of gas to raise the front wheel slightly and it was fine . Then saw the second small ditch- was at a slight angle to it, gave it a bit too much gas, tail kicked out and down I went!  :-[ I was SO pissed off - I was saying to myself "what the hell did you go and do that for?" Anyway, main thing is I'm fine but my ribs are really sore! ;D
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2007, 10:47:56 am »
Excellent - thanks for sharing.


One thing tho - LGF - manages all that tech stuff and puts it down on the easy looking bit - purely from a learning point of view - was it just loss of concentration, over stimulation - just plain tired? (would have been hard work with that heavy KTM).

Glad you did not get too hurt there.

So these trails are indeed do-able with a heavier machine. MMmm.......

Weird thing that... a split second before the acident happened I KNEW it was going to happen!
I had just come over a small ditch where i gave it a bit of gas to raise the front wheel slightly and it was fine . Then saw the second small ditch- was at a slight angle to it, gave it a bit too much gas, tail kicked out and down I went!  :-[ I was SO pissed off - I was saying to myself "what the hell did you go and do that for?" Anyway, main thing is I'm fine but my ribs are really sore! ;D

I like Sharkies term for it an MLT (Momentary Lack/Loss of Talent).

Welsh  8) 8)

 
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2007, 11:28:18 am »
Excellent - thanks for sharing.


One thing tho - LGF - manages all that tech stuff and puts it down on the easy looking bit - purely from a learning point of view - was it just loss of concentration, over stimulation - just plain tired? (would have been hard work with that heavy KTM).

Glad you did not get too hurt there.

So these trails are indeed do-able with a heavier machine. MMmm.......

Weird thing that... a split second before the acident happened I KNEW it was going to happen!
I had just come over a small ditch where i gave it a bit of gas to raise the front wheel slightly and it was fine . Then saw the second small ditch- was at a slight angle to it, gave it a bit too much gas, tail kicked out and down I went!  :-[ I was SO pissed off - I was saying to myself "what the hell did you go and do that for?" Anyway, main thing is I'm fine but my ribs are really sore! ;D

I like Sharkies term for it an MLT (Momentary Lack/Loss of Talent).

Welsh  8) 8)

 
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2007, 05:59:57 pm »
One thing tho - LGF - manages all that tech stuff and puts it down on the easy looking bit - purely from a learning point of view - was it just loss of concentration, over stimulation - just plain tired? (would have been hard work with that heavy KTM).

If I could take a guess I would say that it was a combination of the three. I do think that any of the riders on the day would have gone down in the same situation (well, actually on that big bike us laaities would have gone down way earlier  :-\ ;D ). I also think that knobblies would have helped on the day.

Well done LGF. You are officially the first person to ride that route on a big bike.  ;D
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2007, 06:06:17 pm »
Thanks once again Johan.
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2007, 08:19:16 pm »
Nice " trip"  ;D ;D
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2007, 09:38:50 pm »
Sheez

I am so jealous ...

TR - I know it is a privilege to go ride there, so next time the mountain will let a couple of 'agies' up there, let me know please ?

I would love to take Sauerkraut into them areas...

Awesome ride, awesome photos !

Thanks for posting.


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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2007, 01:50:25 pm »
In al the pic's i'm looking for the monster? Maybe it's orange.
Seems like you guys enjoyed it.
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2007, 07:48:36 am »
Moderators.....I see you ignore my requist to block TR's pics....

So I refused to look at them........ :P



Ok Ok its a lie...... ;)


Nice pics and lekker trip....... ;D
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2007, 11:37:11 am »
TR, ek glo nie wat ek lees nie.................!

Jy is actually a KTM fan!

Miskien is die tyd reg om die Dark Side te probeer!

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Jy glo mos aan klein fietse, miskien moet jy hierdiee een oorweeg.... ;)
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2007, 11:54:09 am »
Uitljie - ek was nog altyd 'n KTM fan...  ;D

PS. daai fietsie is 'n 2-stroke. Wil jy he natuurbewaring moet 'n hart aanval kry?  :o
 

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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2007, 01:26:06 pm »
TR,

Great report, excellent pic's and makes me want to throw in the towel and move to George, so I can ride all those lovely passes which are only hours away. Really jeolous I am.  >:D  >:D
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2007, 02:16:56 pm »
TR,

Great report, excellent pic's and makes me want to throw in the towel and move to George, so I can ride all those lovely passes which are only hours away. Really jeolous I am.  >:D  >:D

40ZA - the thing is that a lot of those awesome passes are merely minutes away...
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Re: The Monster on the Mountain
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2007, 06:50:19 pm »
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