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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Douf, Mar 24, 2009.
save the masses from the 2 ocean beached whale ..
Thank you for the interesting report. I was born in South Africa and lived there for 22 happy years of my life ......... and I just saw more of South Africa through your report than I did in 22 years.
I'd hate to think
but the name is apparently a Khoisan (Bushman) word meaning "couchgrass"...maybe translated in American to couch-potato ??
Wow! That single comment just made this whole effort worthwhile. Thanks
Couch-potato? Garies? A more inappropriate euphemism for our mileage motivated friend, I could not think of.
While we're on the subject of my esteemed riding companion: given the (extremely remote) possibility that there's one of you out there who's been utterly fascinated by this whole turgid episode and can just not face another day of life without a regular fix of my thrillingly gripping prose, I've started a retrospective piece on an Alaskan Ironbutt adventure that Gary, his brother Joe and I did a couple of years ago. It's at
and so far, there's already been some argument between Gary and I about just how far we traveled. So - dear readers - rest assured that in dealing with the events pertaining to this epic tale of human endurance and sensitized sphincters, your familiarity with my usually reliable sense of factual accuracy will once again prevail.
Wow, what a fantastic report.
There is defnately an added bonus to a personalised ride report, makes it vastly more interesting & enjoyable. From me there's almost a "voyeur like" enjoyment, seeing all the fun my friends had with you & Gary, and you cerainly proved adept at summing everyone's personalities up. :eek1
Although Cindy & Paul kept us updated via text messages on a daily basis as to the groups progress & let us sleep well each night knowing you were all safe the MMS pictures they sent of the completion of each corner could never really capture the true spirit of the trip, which your report does, damn well if I may add.
I'm pleased you & Gary enjoyed yourselves in our wonderful country, & I believe Soto summed it up in his post - the two of you probably saw more of SA than most locals ever do.
Glad you enjoyed the report - although I'm sure it must have been somewhat bittersweet seeing all the fun that your friends were having.
As far as the 'staying safe' comment in your note's concerned: I must admit that at the end of each day of riding along at 'Splatesque' velocities, I was lying in bed at night thinking more along the lines that I'd managed to (barely) dodge another bullet - and wondering how many more were left in the chamber :eek1 (and seeing the way our 'escorts' blasted through the streets of Jo'burg, maybe I'm glad you guys stayed at home )
Anyway if you ever get the urge to turn TrumpetSA into TrumpetUSA, I can undoubtedly hook you up with some suitable machinery.
You'll have to bring your own Fluid Film though.
It was a pleasure meeting you.............
.............and thanks again for that memorable departure escort.
May 4th: At The Dentist
I can't remember whether of not I mentioned this at the time, but during the trip, I broke a pretty good chunk off one of my teeth (no prizes at this stage for guessing where I did it either ). Anyway a subsequent visit to my friendly neighborhood dentist revealed that unfortunately a crown would indeed be needed, for which the prep work was done earlier this afternoon. Anyway, after taking my position in the seat of torture, inevitably feeling an extreme amount of apprehension (as most of us normally do I would imagine) rather than going straight for the javelin - sorry, I mean syringe - the good Dr. Carpenter - who also happens to be a motorcyclist and, (judging by the amount of revolutionary new dental gizmos he manages to cram into my mouth on each successive visit) is also quite the gearhead too - announced that he had a new (just introduced) alternative for relieving the pain, which he assured me was quite effective. And indeed it was: one brief squirt and I didn't feel a thing during the entire procedure...........
'This stuff rocks!'
FLU-ID FILM, FLU-ID FILM
I just can't wait to go to the proctologist next week
Phil you kill me dude.
But his assistant is quite a hottie
+1 on the hot assistant, no wonder he can afford bikes and gizmo's I bet guys are lined up outside his door :eek1 !!!
Hmmmm..........come to think of it, whenever I'm in there he is always perpetually dashing from one surgery to another with all the urgency of an Olympic sprinter. In my pathetic middle aged naivete though , I just assumed he was so busy because he's a good dentist; but then I'm the kind of guy who always wants the half undressed bike show models to get off the hardware so I can get a better look at the mechanical details.
Next time you go there, get more photos of her
Having been to Cape Town a couple times now, I can saw that it is quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever been. The shots you showed, Table Mtn, The Pass, The Beach down off R27 it looked like, just gorgeous!
Next time, I am renting a bike like I wanted the last two times!!!
With reference to post #78 - Elephant Trivia - I would like to add:
Self Conscious: Apparently not
Who, is yo daddy?
FWIW I did a little research on this photo and apparently the Elephant at the rear is known as Barrack, while the one at the front goes by General Motors.
Great trip, great report!
I thought that, after your comments about our national delicacy, biltong, you would enjoy seeing evidence that cannibalism has not yet died in the Limpopo province...:huh
Gulp :eek1 Is there story behind that?
Not the meat source of the biltong, but the owner of the kiosk...
...a certain Mr. Human* !
*pronounced 'Who-mun' not 'hew-man'
:dg Well, I'm glad to hear the real explanation. However, our native touring companions had advised the foreigners in the group that (when traveling through some of the more rural areas in the coutry), given the unenviable choice of running down a cow or a human, the consequenses would be significantly less if the two legged option was taken. So I wouldn't have been totally shocked to hear that the more sinister explanation was valid.
Thank you for the pictures, I've been in SA in '07 with my bike that I shipped from Italy and had a 1 month trip in SA, Botswana and Namibia... I always dream of returning back to your amazing land ...
Cattle are costly - and you can pay 10 or more cows in lebola for a wife.
('lebola' = traditional bride-price)
Running down the wife will cost you the price of 10 cows (for another wife) ...and extra for the funeral.
Traditional African funerals demand that the grieving party must feed all mourners who arrive - that could be 200 or 300 people...even the whole village / town...say another 10 cows?
I think your adviser was a little out...