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Old 04-13-2009, 08:26 AM   #136
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Hi Phil, Great trip report !!!!!! It's amazing what a good collage education can do for ones writing /vocabulary abilities.
I must say I thought the weather was great considering we were there for 2 1/2 weeks and only had 2 days of lite rain along with cool temps.
I also thought the roads and scenery were great, Cape town being one of the most beautiful places I've ever been ( a bit windy).But then again I'm happy riding in a parking lot in circles for hours at end if that was all I could get to
I think you will agree it was the great new friends that made this trip the best ever and it will be the trip that all others will be judged by.
This trip started with a couple of questions on the wild dogs site and an invitation from Ian to an American to join them . I wonder if he ever thought it would come to pass? I wasn't even sure for a while.
I THANK YOU for joining me on this trip and I THANK all our SA friends for having us!!! And I hope to see them in the states, so we could return the favor ( again we will set you guys up with bikes and accomodations).
I just hope they know you good enough not to take you sarcasm seriously
Again GREAT REPORT !!!
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:00 PM   #137
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Hi Phil, Great trip report !!!!!! It's amazing what a good collage education can do for ones writing /vocabulary abilities.
I must say I thought the weather was great considering we were there for 2 1/2 weeks and only had 2 days of lite rain along with cool temps.
I also thought the roads and scenery were great, Cape town being one of the most beautiful places I've ever been ( a bit windy).But then again I'm happy riding in a parking lot in circles for hours at end if that was all I could get to
I think you will agree it was the great new friends that made this trip the best ever and it will be the trip that all others will be judged by.
This trip started with a couple of questions on the wild dogs site and an invitation from Ian to an American to join them . I wonder if he ever thought it would come to pass? I wasn't even sure for a while.
I THANK YOU for joining me on this trip and I THANK all our SA friends for having us!!! And I hope to see them in the states, so we could return the favor ( again we will set you guys up with bikes and accomodations).
I just hope they know you good enough not to take you sarcasm seriously
Again GREAT REPORT !!!
Hey Gary,

Thanks for the feedback and for your take on some of the trip's details. You're right of course: it was definitely the group of personalities that made this trip the success that it became. I'm not sure about them accepting my sarcasm though - checking over the previous correspondence, I have not heard a proverbial dickey bird out of any of them for almost a week - and looking back over my writing, in each case there's certainly enough caustically personal vitriol to have completely pissed off any of those guys if taken seriously. Guess I'll cancel my bulk order for all those new Beemer's then. As far as the college education goes: I'm not sure it really helped that much since, as a mechanical engineering student the requirement to write anything even vaguely creative was minimal to say the least; and in addition, throughout my professional life most written efforts have involved nothing more stimulating than the occasional boring lab report. Maybe that's all too evident in my writing style. Actually the writing wasn't that difficult - I just got hold of a Thesaurus and began replacing (some of) the same three adjectives with which I tend to populate all my sentences with some more varied options. In any case, even assuming a college background, how do you feel about spending five weeks of pretty consistent effort writing up a trip that only took just over two? That's what I thought.

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Old 04-14-2009, 12:28 AM   #138
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- I never asked, but: how does one say 'F$%K You Mikie' in Afrikaans?
That would be F%k Jou Mikie.
BUT Mikie, pronounced normally in afrikaans, Maatjie, means friend.

food for thought???
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:29 AM   #139
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Great report!! I am glad you enjoyed your visit, you will have to come back sometime there is still plenty of stuff to see.
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:59 AM   #140
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Douf..... I still cant get used to that name, Fluid Phil!!!!

Thanks for this awesome report and no there is no offencea taken from my side with your sarcasm, I can take it and I am sure the rest are also managing too.

I had many a good laugh thanks again
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:54 AM   #141
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I'm still trying to pick myself up off the floor from laughing....loved every minute of your report

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 )

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 ). We'll defintely do this again sometime, hopefully sooner than later - just need to start sorting out those finances .

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

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Old 04-14-2009, 05:40 AM   #142
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That would be F%k Jou Mikie.
BUT Mikie, pronounced normally in afrikaans, Maatjie, means friend.

food for thought???
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.

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Old 04-14-2009, 05:42 AM   #143
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Great report!! I am glad you enjoyed your visit, you will have to come back sometime there is still plenty of stuff to see.

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

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Old 04-14-2009, 05:42 AM   #144
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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 'Mikie salute'. You're gonna feel like royalty buddy.

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Douf..... I still cant get used to that name, Fluid Phil!!!!

Thanks for this awesome report and no there is no offencea taken from my side with your sarcasm, I can take it and I am sure the rest are also managing too.

I had many a good laugh thanks again
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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Old 04-14-2009, 07:11 AM   #146
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I'm still trying to pick myself up off the floor from laughing....loved every minute of your report

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 )
Hey Paul,

Thanks for the feedback and I’m really glad you got some mileage out of the report. By the way, I think it’s a great idea to put the other parts of the trip in here somewhere; if nothing else it’ll provide a chance - if so desired – 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, ‘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’……..etc, etc.
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’s a great idea, personally speaking if I ever attempted to write a book, I think I’d need to come up with a pen name, something cool, something memorable, something unique. How about………..Liking Biking?
And…….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’d call it……….‘Two meals - true terror’


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Old 04-14-2009, 08:01 AM   #147
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Cool shirt. Google didn't help me find one!
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:15 AM   #148
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Cool shirt. Google didn't help me find one!
Rip-Off Designs --> http://www.ripoff-designs.co.za/stor...iewCat&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.

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Rip-Off Designs --> http://www.ripoff-designs.co.za/store/index.php

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.
Man, you've got T-shirt style, that's for sure! Thanks!
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:26 AM   #150
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btw Phil ... GREAT write-up ...
You have a unique way of capturing moments into words ... fcuking hilarious.

For those of you who are interested ... below is the link to the rest of the ride reports ...
http://www.tbforum.co.za/forum/showthread.php?t=25592
(this thread died after Phil announced his ride report .. with good reason)



This one is done by MikeSA
http://www.tbforum.co.za/forum/showthread.php?t=26482
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