4 Corners of South Africa - via the internet.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Douf, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. Splat_SA

    Splat_SA n00b

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    I'm still trying to pick myself up off the floor from laughing....loved every minute of your report :rofl

    Your efforts have saved us a load of time in compiling our own - guess we'll just have to write up our account of the time we were apart and insert it somewhere appropriate (that last picture of Mikie comes to mind for some reason :eek1 )

    The entire experience was amazing from start to finish and it would've been great to finish it off with you and Gary in JHB, but we just couldn't resist the temptation to end with some lovely twisties instead (as opposed to the twisties in your head :evil ). We'll defintely do this again sometime, hopefully sooner than later - just need to start sorting out those finances :deal .

    And with apologies to Mikie - the correct translation for 'F$%K You Mikie' in Afrikaans is 'F$%K You Mikie'. It's universally understood!!!
  2. Douf

    Douf Limey Bitch

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    Hey Mikie,

    Thanks for clearing that up. I have all my riding buddies (both of them actually) practicising the pronunciation as we speak. They'll be ready for ya when you're finally Stateside. I also have the aforementioned unimpressive circle of friends working on the two thumbs aloft 'Mikie salute'. You're gonna feel like royalty buddy. :lol3

    Douf
  3. Douf

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    Sounds like a great idea. So........when's your next trip :evil

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  4. MikieSA

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    I feel honoured :wings
  5. Douf

    Douf Limey Bitch

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    Thanks for the generous feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Of course I'm sure you recognize your own excellent memoire as being the template for this one - I just threw my own twisted brand of verbal diarrhea around the pictures we took.
    And as for Douf: In by now familiar fashion - apart from the other sub-meanings (that I explained previously) it's also English for (Afrikaans) 'Fluid Phil-m'.


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  6. Douf

    Douf Limey Bitch

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    Thanks for the feedback and I&#8217;m really glad you got some mileage out of the report. By the way, I think it&#8217;s a great idea to put the other parts of the trip in here somewhere; if nothing else it&#8217;ll provide a chance - if so desired &#8211; for you guys to level the piss-taking playing field somewhat. I can just picture it now: cut to an image of wild partying going on in Jozini, &#8216;Thank God we finally got rid of those two losers for a while; and why the hell do they always insist on getting a room together? Always wondered about those textile riding suits&#8217;&#8230;&#8230;..etc, etc.<o:p></o:p>
    FWIW Gary made the excellent suggestion of doing some kind of monster trip and then writing a book on our travelling experiences. Although I think that&#8217;s a great idea, personally speaking if I ever attempted to write a book, I think I&#8217;d need to come up with a pen name, something cool, something memorable, something unique. How about&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;..Liking Biking?
    And&#8230;&#8230;.alluding to the experiences of numerous adventurers, I could base the entire subplot on the kind of dangerous intestinal ambush awaiting many a well prepared, yet hungry traveler. I&#8217;d call it&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;.&#8216;Two meals - true terror&#8217; :lol3

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  7. edeslaur

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    Cool shirt. Google didn't help me find one!
  8. Koshik

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    Rip-Off Designs --> http://www.ripoff-designs.co.za/store/index.php?act=viewCat&catId=2

    From the SA side .. this 4-corners trip was actually a memorial run for a good friend, Bucaneer, who started Rip-Off Designs.

    There are some other cool t-shirts there... some are South African in context.
  9. edeslaur

    edeslaur San Diegan

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    Man, you've got T-shirt style, that's for sure! Thanks!:D
  10. Koshik

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  11. biker chick

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    GREAT REPORT Douf!! And we don't mind the rippoffs .......we cerainly do it ALL the time with our BEST friends...and that is what you guys are after this trip!
    The reason we've been a bit quiet is the rush to get back to work, catch up on "home" stuff and holidays...having just had a spate of public holidays and more on the horizon we are all trying to get some riding in...but not doing too brilliantly actually... Splat has done an ET trip with the Buell riders group(HATED him for that!) and a track day (EVEN more envy!!!) but I have been kinda stuffed by bike problems---and yes the Beemer did give problems after the trip but the foremost reason I bought BMW payed off with BMW-on-call and excellent warrantys fixing it all :clap :clap
    First longish breakfast run this weekend and your explaining of the reason why we ride was brought back again- actually realised that riding is the ONLY thing that keeps those "voices" in my head quiet ...... and that is definately needed at least twice a week to keep me sane after commuting everyday!!

    We are planning to do a trip to you guys - finances and job prospects permitting ----trips like this are the only reason to be working afterall :rofl

    It was a fate inspired chance posting that got all of us together and we will all be remembereing this when the doldrums of life set in! Thanks for the great companionship, the laughs, the things you taught us, the fun, the help and the graciousness that got you through our shared exeriences.........Until next time!!
  12. Douf

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    Only $20 each - two for $30 :lol3

    Seriously - I think something semi-official is in order for the U.S. leg. I'm picturing Wimpy/Fluid Film logos on the front with an appropriate legend of some kind. Then, since you guys apparently enjoy wearing something a little offensive, how about the legendary shot of Mikie and his amazing barking bullet hole screened onto the back? :evil

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  13. Douf

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    Hey Koshik,

    Glad you liked the report - although in retrospect I think you were probably the most likely to enjoy it, since on the whole you got out of it with a little less crap than the rest of the crew :deal.
    I'm not sure if I added that much to the other reports in terms of basic content though - in fact if one's intent was to just glean as much information about the trip as possible, then those are probably a better bet. In reality, all I did was: steal most of the basic info from the other reports, then attempt to use fifteen words wherever one would normally do :evil - I also had a propensity to that in my youth apparently, which Gary reminded of when making the college education jibe. Receiving a graded lab paper back from a college professor (which I had expended a good deal of effort on I might add), flipping through the pages I noticed one entire sheet of my supposedly factual prose had a bracket drawn around it with the attached legend 'THIS IS ALL WAFFLE (=bullshit)'. I just knew if I kept that skill in my back pocket, it would eventually come in handy somewhere.:lol3

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  14. Douf

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    Excellent post: thanks Cindy :thumb

    Spat, eh: at least the other riders can't have been complaining too much about his riding habits :pyndat the track day :lol3

    I didn't know if my 'why I ride' experiences were particularly common, or it was just me; so thanks for the feedback. That part was one of the rare occasions when the report wasn't tongue in cheek. :evil

    I hear what you're saying about BMW on call: that's definitely got me thinking. There's a report on this site somewhere concerning a couple starting a trip out of Atlanta. About 5-600 miles out of town, one of the big GS's they were riding had the infamous transmission issues. However, although it was a holiday weekend, BMW on call contacts got a new transmission sourced and a mechanic located to work on the bike (on a Sunday too), and they were back on the road within two days. You can't put a price on that. :clap

    Looking forward to seeing you guys over here soon. :thumb

    Douf
  15. Douf

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    Ah yes Paul: remind me once again, what does 'Garies' mean in Afrikaans? :lol3

    Douf
  16. metaljockey

    metaljockey Dodgy SOB

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    I've been following this thread for some time now (no pun intended, I also battle to write in a shorter time than the trip).

    I much enjoyed it, one tends to forget that even an on-road trip can be a rich experience. And fun to see it through foreign eyes too.

    I'm glad you had a good time over here.
  17. Douf

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    I appreciate you taking the time to read my report - getting a little positive feedback certainly makes the whole endeavor feel more worthwhile. :thumb

    As far as the road riding is concerned: personally if I'm visiting a different country - let alone another continent - for the first time, my primary motivation is to see as much of the place as possible; so given the typical time constraints that most of us unfortunate working stiffs are planning around, I feel a mainly road based trip is usually the best way to accomplish this.

    The day after we battled through the sand to Lamberts Bay, I remember Gary mentioning that he wasn't even bothered about doing any more off roading unless there was actually something worth seeing at the end of it, which certainly struck a chord in my mind. There's plenty of difficult terrain to ride in the U.S.: so for me, spending time doing that in another country, when I could be soaking in so much more of the environment on a bigger mileage day is just not worth it. Of course all of this is moot given a larger time window to work with.

    Assuming all the parameters of my particular circumstances, I felt like it was the perfect solution for a first time visit, and furthermore, even though I wasn't initially too happy about the prospect of travelling with such a big group, I'm totally sold on the idea after the overwhelmingly positive experience we had with the SA crowd. :clap

    Riding through the sparsely populated northern section of the country, one observation I did make - which may or may not be correct - was that there weren't that many off road options anyway. I'd assumed there'd be little dirt roads running off in all directions, but the alternatives looked pretty limited to be honest. I don't really remember noticing if other areas of the country were any different.

    Douf
  18. Koshik

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    REALLY !!!! :wink:

    With regards to content.. you did add to it.
    Our lives would be so different without a picture of Mickie's bullet hole:puke1


  19. MikieSA

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    The 8th wonder of the world :evil
  20. Douf

    Douf Limey Bitch

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    Yes REALLY!!!! Consider that at least you haven't suffered the ignominy of haven't your largely unclothed oceanside rear end plastered all over these pages even though - if you look back through the picture archive - there may be one or two of those shots available. I'm all heart. :lol3

    Douf