3 Generation Run – Day Two to Port Elizabeth (27/11/2007)

Posted: December 2, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

Ficksburg

An early night was had by all and so and early morning ensued.

We were up and about by 05:30, what were we thinking, this sounded like a great idea at the time.

We snuck out of the "backwater" bright and early hoping that Murphy had slept after tiring himself out with the previous day’s mischief. Next stop, Ladybrand, for a warm breakfast, civilisation and working petrol pumps.

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Ladybrand

After shooting past the turn-off, in our haste to escape Murphy’s radar, we doubled back and filled up both the bikes and our stomach with a well earned breakfast. At this stage we were already 100 kms ahead of Murphy who was obviously still sleeping. Wimpy was selected as our breakfast spot and it was great and it hit the spot. Soon after breakfast we were on our way.

 

Wepener

By this time Murphy had woken up and caught up with us. Whilst "cruising" along at speeds I would rather not mention, my uncle pulls up alongside me and frantically signals for me to pull over. While slowing down to saner speeds I hear a rather alarming noise and quickly discover the reason for the frantic signaling. Our first "fatality" (bye-bye numberplate) and first casualty (the hugger had been folded over onto itself by the now "dearly departed" numberplate). Murphy was alive and well and up to his usual shenanigans. So we carried onto the next town at a slightly more rapid pace or at least I did. 🙂

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Aliwal North

Yes, we also had a tortoise on the trip. On the way to Aliwal North we found ours, making its way across the road and generally causing havoc on he road as the road was relatively busy.

This was the next port of call and Murphy’s next sabotage spot. Pulling into Aliwal North and crossing over the "brown" Orange River was the easy part, so we thought once again we had lost Murphy. We were soon to discover how WRONG we were. Pulling out of Aliwal North, speeding up to leave the town, as you do. Suddenly hello SPEED BUMP OF NOTE and nearly bye-bye PILLION. My mom was airborne for a short while and VERY grateful for sissy-bars. The remaining two bikes battled to travel in a straight line for the next for minutes. HYSTERICAL laughter and CIVILISED straight line riding do NOT MIX WELL. Thanks Murphy, that was appreciated.

 

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Note the "fatality"

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Hofmeyer

Now desperate to make good time, we were impressed to discover that even the GRANNY could manage well into 170km/h+ range. Oh, the joys of Fuel Injection, my bike was the only bike not on RESERVE but was really close. Let me tell you, "cruising" at this speed is NOT ECONOMICAL. I was really beginning to wonder if we would ever see civilisation again, see pictures below.

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Cookhouse

Again a decision was made to lower the "cruising" speed. Distance is better than time. This was one of the few problem free stretches. No real issues and nothing to report. Sometimes NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS. The real nuisance now was MOTHER NATURE and her "cleansing routine". Having learnt something from the previous day, RAIN ATTIRE was donned by all and it turned out we would be really grateful for this. This was the next meal of the day and pies were chosen to be our sustenance, and did this go down well. 160 KMS remaining and counting.

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Port Elizabeth

The end was in sight. This stretch had the lowest average speed for a number of reasons.

1. RAIN

2. Slow moving trucks

3. Slower moving trucks

4. Twisties for the other, I was in my element.

Friendly this city may be but only if you are NOT on a bike. This town is unconscious when it comes to bikers. I think secret meetings are held here to discuss the best methods for wiping out bikers with MAXIMUM IMPACT and MINIMAL EFFORT. Having experienced PE for 2 seconds on a bike and almost being wiped out several times. A thought entered our minds, "What the hell are we doing here? Come back JHB, all is forgiven." We had a new perspective of the relative awareness of JHB drivers which we had previously thought left much to be desired.

WELL DONE JHB ROAD USERS.

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