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AMAGESA 2012 The Ride Up and more
« on: April 30, 2012, 05:42:19 pm »
Many Thanks to Alex , WayneH and Leftless for inviting us ( Andy660 , Crossed-up and Buzzlightyear) as Marshall's to the Amagesa.
All our Expenses , Food , Accommodation and Fuel were  paid for.
And we had the privilege of riding on some of the most awesome private farm roads you can imagine.

Thanks very much guys  !

Ride Up :
Crossed-up and I left on Thursday morning with the plan of spending the night in the Tankwa then riding up Ganaga pass to Sutherland.

BUT FORGETTING about ALL the Bunny Huggers that were making their Yearly Trek to Stonehenge .

And it was raining on the R355 , most of the way.So  you can imagine how crap and muddy half of the road was , with a long que of cars , and 4x4 towing every trailer they could get their hands on.

We stopped for a cold one at the Tankwa store on the R355 then hit the road again,But Crossed-up took the Hitting the road literally , and had a tankslap at 90km/Hr and hit the deck, braking his fairing and twisting the rear subframe of his bike.
Luckily , he limped away withe a bruised knee.



We turned off on to the Tankwa road  and headed to our accommodation for the night.
Getting to our turn off wasnt too bad , but the road to our house was interesting with plenty of water on the road and lots of mud.







After getting to our destination , I collected some firewood to braai our meat , but the heavans opened up and put an end to the braai !And the Desert turned into a lake.





We managed to do our meat in a pan and after a couple of beers got some sleep.
In the morning we packed up and started back down the 5km road , which had turned ito a 5 km river.

After going through 2 small rivers over the road , we got to the Tankwa river , which is normally dry a a sandy crossing.But now looked like this :



I walked in about 20M and was already up to my knees , so we decided to rather go back down the Very Busy R355 , Take the Touwesriver turn off and hit the tar to Sutherland.
We got there at about 13h00 and after off loading our bikes , jumped straight into assisting Camelman and Wayneh with the scrutirneering.





Daryl Curtis`s Bike



After Scrutineering we were asked to head down to the Main Road in Sutherland where the SAP had blocked the road and the Gyro coperts had positioned them selves under the Monster Energy Banner for a photo shoot.



After the photo shoot , The Marshalls escourted the Gyrocopters down the road to the Petrol station to refuel for the next days riding as support.

Bikes and Gyrocopters refueling at the Sutherland Petrol Station.
Not something you see everyday !





Incedently , the Pilots of the GyroCopters flew them all the way down from Pretoria just for the Amagesa








« Last Edit: May 02, 2012, 07:22:57 am by Andy660 »
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Re: To the AMAGESA and more
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2012, 05:47:50 pm »
+1000 :thumleft:

I had lots of fun, and now have a reason to do a tail tidy as well  ;D

BTW did you also almost get blown off the bike at Worcester today? The stretch from Touwsrivier to Du Toitskloof was not fun, must have been the strongest wind I have ever ridden in. I got home just before the rain started.
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Re: To the AMAGESA and more
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2012, 06:00:11 pm »
mods, please merge all the Amageza freds and RR's  ???
 

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Re: To the AMAGESA and more
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2012, 06:06:35 pm »
mods, please merge all the Amageza freds and RR's  ???

This is a ride report !
« Last Edit: April 30, 2012, 07:31:20 pm by Andy660 »
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Re: To the AMAGESA and more
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2012, 06:28:44 pm »







WOW !! Just look at that weather  :o That's one of the nicest pics I have ever seen  :thumleft:
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Re: To the AMAGESA and more
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2012, 06:40:32 pm »
Dit lyk asof hier een awesome report kom!

Dis die eerste keer dat ek sien hoe nat die Karoo kan word.

Gooi Andy, Gooi!

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Re: AMAGESA The Ride to and more
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2012, 07:30:23 pm »
Ai ai ai Andy

I'm lekker jealous, although it looks like harsh conditions that is what it is all about, I can't believe the rain did that to the river.. hectic

Sorry to hear about John but glad he is ok. Glad everyone is back in one piece.

Well done to you, Crossed - up , Buzzlightyear, Firecoast and all the okes behind the scenes who made things happen.. well done.

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Re: AMAGESA The Ride to and more
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2012, 07:41:45 pm »
We got up at 04h00 in the morning , breakfast was from 04h30 and by 05h30, were on the road ,Trailing the Ambulance , Press crew and the Charlie and Delta control teams to be positioned at our stations for the Main event.
Riding in the dark down a dirt road isnt much fun  generally , and worse when you dont even know where you are going !







Bikes lining up for the first stage





What an awesome sunrise on the second day.




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Re: AMAGESA The Ride to and more
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2012, 09:22:28 pm »
While waiting the the slower riders , I was walking around in the veld and found thie small baboon skull.





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Re: AMAGESA The Ride to and more
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2012, 09:26:45 pm »
Wow I wud so loved to have done that ride up with u n crossed up ....hows all that water on the roads.... :o

with the heavens opening up....must have definitely put a different edge on the Amageza... :)

 

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Re: AMAGESA The Ride to and more
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2012, 09:33:11 pm »
Great pics of a great ride, Andy.  I'll add some more tomorrow, hopefully.

Thanks for an eventful and exciting trip.  I hope to restore my XT's good looks as soon as I can.
 

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Re: AMAGESA The Ride to and more
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2012, 09:46:55 pm »
On returning home , we took the Onder karoo pad , thinking it might be a short cut to Ceres.
Well it did go to Ceres , eventually , not before it came to the crossing " left to Tankwa and straight to Oubergpas.

We took the Tankwa turn naturally.
And came to the opposite side of the river we were unable to cross on Friday morning.

Pic of the Tankwa River on Friday morning



Pic from the same position Today



And from the opposite side



There was a 1 metre wide "sllot" in the middle of the wash away , which must have been about 1 1/2 m deep on Friday.

Good thing we didnt cross it on Friday morning
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Re: AMAGESA The Ride to and more
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2012, 10:29:04 pm »
What a really nice RR. Gr8 photos too Andy :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: AMAGESA The Ride to and more
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2012, 10:42:56 pm »
short video clip of Weskus on his KTM going up that washed out gully with ease

http://youtu.be/SGUFEsFRtWU
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Re: AMAGESA The Ride to and more
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2012, 10:58:06 pm »
short video clip of Weskus on his KTM going up that washed out gully with ease

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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2012, 11:00:24 pm »
short video clip of Weskus on his KTM going up that washed out gully with ease

http://youtu.be/SGUFEsFRtWU
Oops , have another look ?

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Re: AMAGESA The Ride to and more
« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2012, 09:19:54 am »
Nice one Andy :thumleft: