2011 October -- Our Great African Eastern Cape Adventure in the Drakensberg Mountains..
2011 October -- Our Great African Eastern Cape Adventure in the Drakensberg Mountains.
What makes a "good" dual sport adventure "GREAT"?
And why is it always about the group of people with their individual characters and group dynamics that always seem to make these rides so.........."lakka"?
Besides great people, what else sets these good rides apart from the others.
We should also have good weather? Yes!!!!! When the weather is moderate and kind as it was then this too plays its part. Most of the time the clouds seemed ever present, however it did not rain "much" on us. This kept things nice and cool most of the time.
If we have good company, great weather, good safe sound leadership what else do we need? You guessed it!!!!!!!!!!!!
An area less traveled with lots of dirt roads or twee spoor tracks, massive passes with breath taking views and vistas with a touch of extreme technical bits.
Ja, I think that just about does it.
This is obviously besides a warm bed, hot food, hot shower and cold beer.............this trip I'm describing is just about perfect...............and................at a price I could afford.
This sounds like a winner to me? I'm reminded by reality.......shucks I was enjoying that escape for a while....oh well its off to work I must go.
When wanting to share this experience with loved ones and friends one is always confused by the choice of media at ones disposal. Do I use a still camera? Do I use a video camera? Or do I capture the image directly onto my cell phone, that way I can up load immediately to Facebook or to You Tube or even better directly onto our Club web site?
The more I use and think about these options the more attractive my cell camera option looks. Perhaps Charles could perhaps offer some help here?
Well hopefully our friend Brent who is in the multi media industry will soon have a fantastic dvd movie for us to watch.
Then once he has done that I would like to offer him one of my multi media conference venues to old and new prospective Eastern Cape Trippers to view the trip?
We were very fortunate to have Wayne Fritz from Atlantic Motorrad on the Tour with us and he kept both mine and Andy's hands clean by attending to all the puncture and other minor running repairs needed on the Tour. I doubt he has worked this hard in these conditions for years.
I remind Wayne that Rome was not built in a day and that he has to do many more rides with us so we can be absolutely certain he is as good as Geoff says he is........ No pressure bud...........but sure was great riding with you and being exposed to your level of skill........... however we must just make certain we keep you away from the terrible four musketeers. Hennie, Gunther, Phillip and John boy!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait for you to join Geoff on his famous West Coast trip to Jurg se Kaya.
Then my carefully orchestrated arrest in Rhodes when a police van comprising 7 officers entered the premises and arrested me as the group leader for various transgressions of the Rhodes Conservancy act. This included frightening sheep, cattle and locals, noisy exhausts and various other trumped up charges.
I wish you could see me now. I'm laughing behind my desk knowing that no one dared to take pictures as we were all too scared cowering behind our dinner tables, not wanting the blame but also wanting the blame to build the name "LEGEND" .
Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!!!! Just ganna have to try and paint this picture in words.........all of us innocent okes and okies sitting down for dinner at 7pm.
Cops arrive (seven of them) and beckon Geoff out of the dining room to confront him outside the Walkabout Hotel. ..............with allegations of him being the responsible person and leader of our group who have miss been accused of misbehaving as they grieved the local population in the town or village of Rhodes who have now layed criminal charges.
Geoff too knew the first course of the evenings at the hotel was pea soup however the cops told him he would be having "pee soup" in jail that night and the night there after as the magistrate of that district only visited every other day. Shucks ...........the boys had Geoff sown up good and proper. This was not the first time Geoff was fielding one for the team or should I say taking one for the team................so obviously he was taking the complaint seriously.................I can only imagine what was going on in his helmetless head..............FAWK...........no I won't venture there............but I'm laughing.
The seven serious, ranked black cops, some with attitude were all dressed in their smart full blue SAP uniform. They were brilliant and did a stunning job of setting Geoff to task..........the informed, back in the lounge we were giggling nervously, wondering when and if this "joke" would back fire and us only to be sent home packing.......the not informed wanted to know what was cutting.....I held them back as best as I could. This all lasted 15 to 20 minutes.....................eventually the quite dining room exploded no blasted into roaring laughter after the cops could not hold a straight face any longer. Geoff coming out of it smelling like roses and YES he can take a good joke........I look forward to the next quality joke.........do it soon......... I know he can take it........and no, he is not the chairman and "shouldn't ask you to leave the club"!!!!!!!........ however he does know the Boss man Warren????????????? Common..........takema chance!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks to Russell Rathbone who was saying "Grace" at the time of my "arrest" and who asked our Good Lord to look after me in the Police cells.
Now here is the kicker......how do I say grace with an untruth on my tongue knowing that I too wanted to burst into laughter..........Sorry Lord!!!!!
Devils Bellows (Devil's Bellows Pass, or just Devil's Bellows, is situated in the Eastern Cape, province of South Africa, on the regional road R351, between Fort Beaufort and Sada, Eastern Cape.) was closed due to strong winds in the area blowing numerous trees over and onto the Pass. We had good fun finding an alternate route to get not only all the bikes down but also the fully loaded back up vehicle and trailer.
But don't let me steel the thunder of whoever is going to write the report. Watch out for the next couple of Tours planned for next year (road and off road)..............book early to avoid disappointment.
Oh and by the by..........my wife informed me last night that this year alone I have spent 36 days away on Long Club Tours. This excludes weekend and day rides she sarcastically reminded me.
"Ek dink dit is tyd dat jy ophou" I was told..................!
Now about those 3 new Tours I am working on??????????????
The Roadies Tour, a "laid" back Eastern Cape Drakensberg Tour so the wives and less experienced riders can join us. Then this flippen place called Le.............Les...............Up there in the mountains by that silly Pass called.........S...........Sani or something like that.
Anybody know a good lawyer.
Ha Ha Ha Geoff......we love and appreciate you.........especially Hennie and I with our small harts..........Ha Ha .....just another tease....
Anybody know a good lawyer.
This post is RIM............research in motion........in constitute.........progressing..................we have a problem.......time........and will be with you shortly...........
This is work in progress and I just can't seem to get to it. But thanks for your encouragement.
Russ were you alone on this trip ?
Where is everyone ? Why the SILENCE ?
What really happenned that nobody wants to talk ?
What happened is we had a superb time. The trouble is we are now all so busy catching up with work and household chores that we just have not had a chance to write it all up.
Thanks for the UPDATE Russel
Thanks Russ for all the hard work.
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