Annual Roadies tour to Eastern Transvaal

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What do you get when you combine 23 people, 16 bikes, 14 days and 5500km on a trip through our beautiful country?

The dream team

Meet the team:

Geoff Russell (R1200GSA LC)

Francois & Eileen vd Westhuizen (R1200RT)

John & Des Gillespie (R1200RT)

Sarel & Theresa van Aardt (R1200RT)

Henri & Louise Basson (K1300GT)

Aubrey & Sorita Bothma (R1200GS LC)

Hennie & Mieki Botha (R1200GSA)

Kobus & Martha vd Westhuizen (R1200GS)

Garth Hewitt (R1200GS)

Yolandi Hewitt (R1200GS)

Tiaan Greyling (R1200GSA)

Nic Prinsloo (R1200GS LC)

Johannes Horn (F800GS)

Lyn Nicol (R1200RT)

Gerhardus Keuler (K1200RS)

Rick de Araujo (R1200GSA)

 

Day 1   

720km to Camdeboo Cottages, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape

Route: Engen Winelands 1Stop, Worcester, Robertson, Montagu, Barrydale, Ladismith, Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn, De Rust, Willowmore, Aberdeen, Graaff-Reinet

Our trip started at 6:00 on a cold and wet Saturday morning at the Engen Winelands One Stop. The group enjoyed a nice Wimpy breakfast to brace ourselves for the cold.

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We left after a briefing by our ride captain, Geoff Russell at approx 7:15.

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Our group was joined at Worcester (where the rain luckily stopped Laughing)by Kobus & Martha vd Westhuizen from Tulbach. Later on Aubrey & Sorita Bothma joined us at Oudsthoorn where we enjoyed lunch at the local Spur.

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We all arrived in good spirit at Cambedoo Cottages in Graaff-Reinet after 720km in the saddle...anxious to meet Withond...

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We were all quite tired after a long day's ride and looking forward to our dinner & drinks. We were treated to a local culinary feast prepared by the owners.

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Geoff used the opportunity to hand us our tour t-shirts.

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And finally...after dinner, we met Withond! Chantal entertained us with a bit of history about Graaff-Reinet and the story of Withond.

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And all the tour members had to taste some of the Withond Witblits!

Dit het geloop soos stroop en die manne wou DORP toe!Surprised

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Day 2   

685km to Protea Hotel,  Clarens, Free State

Route: Graaff-Reinet, Middelburg, Steynsburg, Burrgersdorp, Aliwal-North, Rouxville, Zastron, Hobhouse, Clocolan, Ficksburg, Fouriesburg, Clarens

We booked into the Protea Hotel Clarens on the Sunday afternoon and wanted to explore the Town only to find all the shops closed except for the China Store next to the Hotel.

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 We decided to settle in the bar at the hotel where the group got to know each other.

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Thereafter we enjoyed a nice buffet dinner...but some of the men decided that it was way to early to depart to bed. They found the only open bar in town and had to go and explore...or as whe referred to it on tour: ONS GAAN DORP TOE!!!! Geoff, Hennie, Sarel, Gerhardus en Tiaan getting to know each other...Ironically the sign in front of the bar reads: 'Die warmste plek in Clarens'

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Day 3   

480km to Dullstroom Inn, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga

Route: Clarens, Bethlehem, Warden, Vrede, Standerton, Bethal, Hendrina, Carolina, Belfast, Dullstroom

The day started with a hearty continental breakfast and the plan was to leave early for Dullstroom. After the briefing by Geoff, Kobus realised that his GS wouldn't start...luckily one of the locals helped us and we departed half an hour later.

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The late start made some of the riders so nervous that the group left Francois & Hennie behind just before Vrede. They later rejoined us at Standerton. The group purchased all the stock of buffs at the local coffee shop in Vrede seeing as it only cost a mere R20 each! What a bargain!

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Thank the Lord that we stay in DA country! The roads and the potholes were some of the worst we have ever experienced...(and apparently, according to Geoff and Hennie it was worse the previous years). Belfast looked worst than our local squatter camps.

We arrived at the Dullstroom Inn. I think Noah was born here as the Hotel was built in 1912? I'm convinced the wallpaper in the rooms are still the original. 

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Luckily the food and drinks made up for this...The service was superb and the fireplace created the perfect atmosphere.

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 That was until the barman told Tiaan & Garth in his broken Afrikaans: "Môre is nog 'n dag!". It must have been the Long Island Ice Teas that Johannes bought the team...

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Day 4  

Rest day in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga

The Town was disrupted as the local municipality was striking...

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Geoff, Henri and Gerhardus took an outride on their own, Hennie & Kobus went to Nelspruit to purchase a new battery and visit friends, but most of us took a well deserved rest day and explored the town.

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The evening was enjoyed around the fireplace with a couple of drinks and a good laugh!

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Day 5  

300km to The Woodsman, Sabie, Mpumalanga

Route: Dullstroom, Steenkampspas, Lydenburg, Sabie, Hazyview, Graskop, Sabie

We rode Steenkamps Pass which is the highest road in the old Transvaal province.

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Francois & Eileen (Mnr Hoofseun)

Francois & Eileen (Mnr Hoofseun)

The highlight of today was the Long Tom Pass! 56km of long sweeps and sharp twisties. Thereafter we stopped for lunch at Topolino's in Hazyview.

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We checked into the Woodsman in Sabie later that day.

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 We enjoyed a couple of drinks before we were treated to a nice buffet dinner...the pork was even served by Elvis!

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Des enjoying her dinner!

Des enjoying her dinner!

Geoff & Sarel planning their route for the following day

Geoff & Sarel planning their

route for the following day


Nice memorabilia at the Woodsman Restaurant

Nice memorabilia at the Woodsman Restaurant

Day 6  

Rest day in Sabie, Mpumalanga

Most of the group used the rest day to explore the scenic routes in and around Graskop, Blyde River, Pilgrims Rest and Sabie. We rode the panoramic route and visited God's Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Mac-Mac Falls and the historic town of Pilgrims Rest where we enjoyed lunch at the famous Royal Hotel.

Garth at God's Window

Garth at God's Window

God's Window

God's Window

Bourkes Luck Potholes

Bourkes Luck Potholes

Royal Hotel

Royal Hotel

Day 7  

380km to Mbabane Mountain Inn, Swaziland

Route: Sabie, Nelspruit, Kaapsehoop, Barberton, Kaapmuiden,

Malelane, Jeppe’s Reef, Matsamo, Piggs Peak, Mbabane

Hennie Botha led the group into Swaziland on day 7. Geoff was without a passport on this trip due to the arrangements of the BMW Euro trip that takes place later this year. We enjoyed some nice pancakes at Kaapsehoop.

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Just before Nelspruit Nic Prinsloo almost put his bike down after hitting a pothole! Surprised Note to Nic: Try and use the steering for its intended purpose..hehehe

The group refilled at Malelane and waited for him and

Tiaan to go and check out his front rim at BMW in Nelspruit. Just before Malelane Lyn lost her licence and her credit card...for the remainder of the trip she used Sorita's licence! Sealed

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We finally got to the border at Jeppe's Reef late afternoon.

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We entered Swaziland at Matsamo.

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We finally arrived at Mbabane Mountain Inn after sunset. Here we were joined by Rick who worked in Maputo

and was on his way back home to Cape Town.

We even had to ride a detour on gravel for approx 10km's!

It was all worth it!

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Day 8  

380km to Inkungu Lodge, Drakensberg

Route: Mbabane, Mahamba, Piet Retief, Paulpietersburg, Dundee, Winterton

After a nice buffet breakfast we left Swaziland via Mahamba where we were joined by Geoff again.

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In his absence the ride was led by Hennie Botha.

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Enroute we encountered a road block...luckily for Lyn she could make use of Sorita's licence...Tongue out

We arrived later afternoon at the majestic Inkungu Lodge in the Winterton area of the Drakensberg. This is a stone's throw from the place where the Drakensberg Boys Choir is based.

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After freshening up we all joined in the lounge for a couple of drinks.

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We had the whole lodge to ourselves! The boys gathered around the TV to watch the Stormers trash the Froce.

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We were treated to a nice set menu for dinner and we all went to bed quite early after a long day's riding excited to explore the area on our rest day tomorrow.

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Day 9  

Rest day at Inkungu Lodge, Drakensberg

We had the day to explore the Drakensberg area. Some of us visited Falcon's Crest and Champagne Castle and enjoyed lunch at Scrumpy Jacks. Sarel and Theresa had an outride on Geoff's liquid cooled Adventure.

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Annual Roadies tour to Eastern Transvaal

Rick & Tiaan

Rick & Tiaan at Scrumpy Jacks

Garth gedra hom varkerig

Garth gedra hom varkerigTongue out

Posing for Nic's photoshoot for the video

Posing for Nic's photoshoot for the video

Gerhardus had an unfortunate incident when he dropped his K1200RS on the loose pebbles at the entrance to Inkungu Lodge. The men assessed the damage...luckily only cosmetic.

K1200RS

Annual Roadies tour to Eastern Transvaal

The evening Geoff decided to 'straf' some of the people with the official drink of the tour: 'Jagermeister!'.

Even Martha had to drink! And poor old Tiaan!

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Day 10  

415km to Resthaven, Matatiele, Eastern Cape

Route: Winterton, Loskop, Fort Nottingham, Underberg, Cedarville, Matatiele

We had a late start after John's RT wouldn't start. It was later established that he had a faulty fuel pump sensor. They took the part off Hennie's bike to test on John's bike and voila! It worked! Captain, toerleier and klaskaptein Geofff came to the rescue after he discovered a wire in his pocket to bypass this problem...apparently he carried this in his pocket the past 9 years without knowing what to do with it.Cool

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We arrived later that day at the cosy Resthaven Guest House in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape. 

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That evening Nic Prinsloo, Chairman of the Hout Bay Motorcycle Club and a hairdresser by trade decided that my hair needed a trim. There and then he tried to transform me into Jennifer Arniston...

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That evening we had to supply our own booze as

Resthaven had no liquor licence. Between Pick 'n Pay and Tops

we managed to find a nice quota of strafdoppe in the form of Jagermeister, Old Brown and Bells Whiskey...

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Dinner (regte Boerekos!) was enjoyed and after dinner some of the tour members decided to go for an ice-cream at the local KFC...the funniest of it all was that Matatiele had 2 KFC's! 

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Day 11 

445km to Crawfords Beach Lodge, Cintsa, Eastern Cape

Route:  Matatiele, Mount Flechter, Maclear, Ugie, Sibuyele, Kei Bridge, Cintsa

We rode the most expensive road in SA today.

Apparently everything had to be flown in by helicopter after the local bunny huggers complained...

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We arrived at the stunning small holiday town of Cintsa as we stayed at Crawfords Beach Lodge. This place truly is the Mauritius of South Africa!

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Later that evening Henri Basson decided to treat the team to Pongracz to celebrate his 65th b-day the following day.

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Tonight we had to say goodbye to Tiaan and Nic as Tiaan had to catch an

earlier flight to Windhoek to be in time for his mother's 70th birthday.

Geoff had a surprize up his sleeve and we all gathered upstairs in the lounge 

area...en hier het die pret begin! Tradisie op die toer is dat die toerleier 

pryse mag uitdeel aan sekere lede wat hulself...uhm...SKULDIG maak

aan wangedrag.Laughing

Die volgende mense was hard gestraf met Jagermeister (only to name a few):

Hennie Botha-loudest member on tour

Nic Prinsloo-worst rider on tour and biggest drama queen

Gerhardus Keuler-unluckiest rider on tour

Garth Hewitt-best and fastest one-liners on tour

Des Gillespie- person who looked the best

after the tour leader

Sorita Bothma- best dressed lady on tour

Francois & Henri-biggest stirrers and klikbekke on tour

Sarel van Aardt- most laid back member on tour

Louise Basson- most prim and proper lady on tour

Day 12  

Rest day at Crawfords Beach Lodge, Cintsa, Eastern Cape

Some of us took outrides to Kei Mouth and Morgans Bay whilst some of the members enjoyed the spa

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The evening at dinner Mieki Botha handed over a gift to Geoff to thank him for his guidance on the tour!

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Fun was had by all at the buffet dinner...

Aubrey & Sorita

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Day 13 

510km to Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Stormsrivier, Eastern Cape

Route: Cintsa, East London, Port Alfred, Colchester,

Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, Kareedouw, Stormsrivier

We were heading home now...

We stopped in Port Alfred for the world famous Beaver Pies!

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We stopped close to the spectacular Van Stadens Bridge.

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We arrived late afternoon at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn.

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Hier hardloop die kat die show!

Gerhardus was punished with 5 Jagermeisters for revving his bike in Humansdorp...Sealed

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We had a lazy time next to the cosy fireplace in the bar and no one looked forward to going back home tomorrow...Cry

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Sarel & Theresa Sarel &Theresa

Hennie & Mieki Hennie & Mieki

Francois & Eileen (Mnr Hoofseun) Francois & Eileen

Johannes Horn

Lynn & Gerhardus

bbbbbbb Henri & Louise

Garth & Yolandi Garth & Yolandi

Day 14 

600km to the Western Cape! HOME!

Route: Stormsrivier, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay, Albertinia, Buffeljagsrivier, Swellendam, Ashton, Worcester

Today we departed home via the N2 after our last briefing.

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With hearts filled with thankfulness for being able to ride and enjoy this trip and our beautiful country and for making new friends we said our final goodbye at Buffeljagsrivier.

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Thanks for all the arrangements and your guidance Geoff!






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Thanks Yolandi 

Great RR , looks like you guys had a good time with stunning roads , great food and lots of booze

Hope Garth gets his bike fixed without any hassels

Wayne 

Ride Like the Wind

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Lekker RR Yolandi!Laughing

Die trip was awesome! Thanks Geoff!

Volgende jaar die tyd sit ons met 'n 6 maande oue baba, maar Yolandi is meer as capable om alleen na die kind te kyk terwyl ek die roadies join...Surprisedhehehe

Garth Hewitt

2010 R1200GSA

 

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Haha!! Die saak is reg. 

My 1ste en laaste RR, what a mission!! Yell

Dankie Geoff, it was indeed flippen AWESOME!!

 

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Dankie Yolandi vir al die moeite ivm RR. Waardeer dit.

Geniet jou swangerskap!!!

 

Francois en Eileen.

Francois van der Westhuizen

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What a thorough trip report ! Not sure why I got "drama queen" award, but I intend suing ! 

Here is the video : http://youtu.be/b_UNXu58vps

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Thanks vir die video Nic! Dis super cooool! Ek like ook die laaste stuk...hehehe Laughing

 

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Thanks Yolandi, a great report indeed.

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If anyone wants to save the video on disc, download the following program on your computer (its small and free) and then simply copy the kink into the DOWNLOAD VIDEO bar- it will save to your files and you can burn a cd from there. 

http://www.atube.me/video/

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Just had another good look at your ABSOLUTELY FLAWLESS (except for Lyn's spelling :-) report, and I reckon we should join forces next time ! Garth can raise the toffiekop ...
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Thanks for sharing and great report,, really enjoyed it :-)

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Dankie vir verslag Yolandi!

Johannes Horn

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Yolandi

Dit was 'n "great" verslag. Jy kan maar daarvan vergeet om te dink dis die "eerste en laaste". Om te begin, verwag ons 'n volledige verslag van al die vinnige en wilde draaie wat die kleintjie jou gaan laat doen - hy/sy was immers deel van die toer. As jy dink dis uitdagend om by G by te hou, is jy in vir 'n verassing met Biker Baby Laughing.

Oh, reason not the need, just ride! (Apologies to Shakespeare)

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Volgende jaar die tyd sit ons met 'n 6 maande oue baba, maar Yolandi is meer as capable om alleen na die kind te kyk terwyl ek die roadies join...hehehe

Garth, kry vir haar 'n syspan (sidecar) by Rigged 4 Life, dan kan die hele gesin saamry. Anders kry jy dalk 'n beurt om te 'baby sit' terwyl sy saam toerUndecided

 

Work hard; play hard; never play when you work!

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Watch it Nic!Laughing

Garth Hewitt

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Another trophy winner. Well done.

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Wanneer gaan ons DORP toe?

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Ok, I suspect I need to do some clarification.  If you upvote your comment, it does not count towards the votes of the trip report.  You need to click the vote at the top of the trip report itself.

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Hi Charles

I understand that, no probs. Just a question...This new voting system only kicked in a few days after most people viewed my report, and after I sent it to all the members of the group to read, so they did not have the opportunity to vote for my report. Will it start counting already for this month or only start from next month? And will the votes determine if I would stand a chance to win the trophy or the amount of views?

 

Biker Chick

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Hi Yolandi

During this transition period I will make some adjustments to the scoring.  Or you can visit Cecil and make sure he does not make it to the next meeting Wink.

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Well, if I knew this, I would have waited with my trip report...Frown I can guarantee you all 23 people on our trip would have voted for the report!

 

Biker Chick

R1200GS

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Believe me, I only knew about this a week and a day after the club meeting.  You can always pop your trip members an email and invite them to upvote your report.

(Congrats by the way - may you and Garth be blessed with a bundle of joy)

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Charles, waar is my 2 votes?

Ek sien nie my votes by "Voting Detail"

Komaan vriend!!!!

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Nou dat jy dit noem Spider, Geoff Russel het ook vir my gesê hy het vir my report gevote, maar sy vote wys ook nie?...

 

Biker Chick

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I don't know what happened.  Just vote again if you must.  Sometimes while the system is processing your vote, you might move off the page or do something to interrupt the process.  This is the internet.

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Kan nie glo 'n maand is al verby vandat ons terug is nie! Ek wens ek kon die tyd terug draai en dit weer doen!

 

Biker Chick

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Hi Yolandi

Hoop als gaan goed met die swangerskap! Ek moet erken dat ek Nic se kommentaar op sy video dat "Y does not hang at this speed" baie geniet het. Werklik goeie memories. Hoop om jou en Garth sommer gou weer te sien. Groete Henri en Louise

 

Oh, reason not the need, just ride! (Apologies to Shakespeare)

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Hi Oom Henri

Als gaan baie goed dankie, dis 'n seuntjie!! Ons is baie opgewonde!

Groete by die huis!

 

Biker Chick

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