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AfricaWim 02-10-2013 12:10 PM

So much dirt, so little time!!

I don't know who came up with that, but I do know that it sounds really I know it could not'ave been me!

Now ... I wish I could have lived my life by those words, but as with most of us, life has a way of getting in between us, and the fun we are supposed to be having.:dunno

So mostly I've been growing old the last few years. Sad hey!!:cry

Anyhowz....before this starts to sound like a Dear Abby.... some background ....

This is us: Snr and Jnr.

We are called that because we have the same name. I'm called Snr because I'm older. I don't like that much, but my wife says that is how it works, and I should just "suck it up". :bluduh

A while ago we sold our dirt bikes, and in this last week we replaced them with street legal alternatives :clap ........ figuring that now we could start exploring the backroads on weekends, without having to trailer bikes all over.

Yamaha TTR250 for Jnr, because he is light, and the 650X for me, because I'm not.


And so begins a new adventure. Hope to inject some play back into life & at the same time show you some of the nice places around our valley.

I'm Snr :gerg, he is Jnr :rayof, and this is Jackass ....

AfricaWim 02-10-2013 01:32 PM

OK, so early this morning we set off on our first road/dirt ride together.
How much more fun it is to just get on your bike and drive to the gas station. I could even nod at the cop without looking for the best get away route at the same time!! I can like this...:thumb

The plan was to go on a short ride so Jnr could familiarize himself with the TTR. We headed to the train tracks and used the service road to wind through the local farms. The route would take us to Swinburne from where we would head north easterly to circle town. Around 80km and a 2 hour ride.

Riding along the tracks.

Even though we started the ride with sunshine, the clouds quickly started to roll in. It was clear that if we should do the full loop that we might end riding in the rain. Not a problem for me, as I actually love wet dirt, but I was not that sure Jnr would find it as much fun.

It was easy going. The service roads are all used by locals so were in reasonable condition. That was until we got to this bridge. Nothing much, but for the fact that the gate to route you around it was locked. Again not a problem, we'll just ride over the bridge....

But this is where the day went kinda pear shaped. The steel floor was rusted out, and as I was riding over the sleepers, I found that the space between them was exactly the size of the an X Challenge's rear wheel. It was also at this time that I found that the X Challenge is not exactly in the same weight division as our old motocrossers!! This thing is a PIG if you are tired, thirsty, and have to manhandle it over a flowing river with just rusted steel between you and the water.

Yes, my name is Snr :gerg, and I am Jackass...

Much blood and sweat later we were on the other side!!:clap

Not sure why this stupid bridge looks so small in the pictures. Dragging that stupid X over it it felt like it was miles long!!

From here on it was smooth sailing again...some places had standing water from the recent rain...

....but we could just cruise along enjoying the scenery...

How is that for taking you back to the past, 1990 to be precise. AXO jersey in dayglo green. I had the matching Dayglo pink/green/yella Alpinestars boots and way funky pants too...but thankfully they did not survive.

We got to the turn off and Jnr said he had no desire to gamble riding in the rain, so we slabbed it back home....did I mention how much fun it is to have a road legal scoot...:thumb

Not many pictures, and not that big a ride, but an important one, as today another adventure rider was born!!

Till next time.

I'm Snr :gerg, he is Jnr :rayof, and this is Jackass ....

Fireman1000 02-10-2013 02:01 PM

Very cool.

AfricaWim 02-11-2013 09:20 AM


Originally Posted by Fireman1000 (Post 20694388)
Very cool.


AfricaWim 02-11-2013 09:22 AM

One from the Gopro

AfricaWim 04-16-2013 08:38 AM

Some pics from a quick trip we made yesterday into Lesotho. It was probably the last road trip for now as the weatherman predicts wet and cold weather from the end of the week to lead us into winter....:cry

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