Southern Africa: Bike power to horse power
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04-20-2009, 11:38 AM
Joined: Mar 2003
Location: Ocean Dweller
Then off to Oribi Gorge
Checking in at the hotel, a fantastic place to stay at the top of the gorge complete with a giant swing into the gorge.
Then more dirt for the day. One of the wonderful things about ZA is you can almost always find dirt roads to take you near to where you want to go.
ZA is full of Jacaranda Trees that are in full bloom during Spring and Summer. I was surprised to learn that they were not indigenous to ZA but brought into ZA from Brazil.
Shortly after entering the Transkei, we saw diligent ZA residents lining up to register for the upcoming elections.
We were blasting along through a fabulous mountain pass on route to Coffee Bay when the transmission shit the bed 20 kms outside of Port St. John!
I knew I was ok because I had a stash of biltong in my tank bag. Sitting beside the road on a busted BMW, eating Biltong contemplating life.
No worries, I have done many of these tours where I have rented bikes and I always make sure the renter provides backup support for broken bikes. Luckily we had cell and were able to contact Daryl. Within half an hour a bakkie (pickup) was there to pick us up.
These two guys were "salt of the earth," a real treat, funny as hell and entertaining. They "tuned" us that we would be staying at one of the nicest resorts along the Wild Coast. We all piled into the bakkie and headed to Umgazi River Bungalows.
The beach with the resort in the background.
They don't call this the Wild Coast for nothing!
Daryl from Sama Tours picked up the tab at the resort and was there early the next morning after driving all night from Pretoria with a new GS1200 gassed and ready to go.
I will definitely use him again as his service is first class!
more on the way.
“Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary… that’s what gets you.”
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