THE TALE OF THE LONE BIKER AND MITCHELL'S PASS, HOGSBACK, E CAPE

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The tale of the lone biker and Mitchell's pass above Hogsback.....
Through the whisps of mist our searching eyes separated one building from those clustered by the roadside in Hogsback.
Just gone 10H30 and we are hunters -- hunting for hot food, and warm beverage....
Two cold motorcyclists emerging from our lodgings.
The welcome spirals of smoke rising from the Chimbly of The Lighthouse grabbed our attention.
Well met by James and Kobus we came in for brunch and to sit around the fire.
Kobus, after hearing I wanted to ride Mitchell's pass tells us the tale of the lone BMW biker who did the pass recently.
Riding alone the wash aways and run-offs had roughened the already twisty road.
He had a side stand incident. And fell over.
His tappet cover took a knock from a rock and split a slight seam.
He was in trouble because he was not clued up for self-rescue and needed to be helped.
A trailer was sent up from town and brought him and bike to Hogsback.
BMW On Call sent a trailer up from East London and he and bike were recovered to EL.
I just shake my head at the comedy of flaws that should never have happened. 
I can just imagine how long it all took to play out.....
So how should the story had been written????
It should have been so much quicker, less costly and easier had he followed two basic rules of outback riding.
And this is why plastic adventurers should rather stay home and watch it on satellite TV.
So...
He rode alone was his first cardinal sin
He was not geared for self rescue was his second cardinal sin.
Never ride the cuds alone,!!
That is firmly entrenched in walkabout 101.
The way it should have gone....
He fell, a rock chipped and cracked his tappet cover.
He immediately lifted his bike, with the help of his fellow rider/s, to avoid losing too much oil from the engine and polluting the environment.
Then they sat for a while, took stock, considered their alternatives, pooled their resources, mulled over their options and had a good pull on the water bottles.
The group decision was self rescue.
This far out it would be many many hours before help arrived, even after the many hours it takes to get BMW On Call to the point between dialing their number for the first of many times, getting through to them to decide on an action, and then to initiate a response from the nominated service agent......
They took out the small wire brush from their puncture kit (normally used to roughen the inside of the tyre in prep of inserting a 'mushroom' into a puncture from the inside).
They roughed the tappet cover around the leak after wiping all oil away.
Then they mixed Pratley Steel or Pratley putty and squeased it into the cracked tappet cover leak and smoothed it down neatly.
While waiting for it to dry, they topped up the oil.
After about ten minutes, they started the motor and watched for oil seepage.
If there was some, they shut down, and made another attempt.
Once satisfied, they cleaned up around the site and continued on their journey, feeling like a million bucks after their adventure and successful self-rescue.
A story to tell around many campfires and bar tables to come.
Sadly it is a tale of ignominy and incompetence and affront to us real adventurers.
NEVER RIDE THE OUTBACKS ALONE.  ALWAYS TAKE THE BASICS FOR SELF-RESCUE.

The tale of the lone biker and Mitchell's pass above Hogsback.....
Through the whisps of mist our searching eyes separated one building from those clustered by the roadside in Hogsback.  Smoke rising from the stack spoke of warm hospitality..........

Just gone 10H30 and we are hunters -- hunting for hot food, and warm beverage....Two cold motorcyclists emerging from our lodgings. The welcome spirals of smoke rising from the Chimbly of The Lighthouse grabbed our attention. Well met by James and Kobus we came in for brunch and to sit around the fire.
Kobus, after hearing I wanted to ride Mitchell's pass tells us the tale of the lone BMW biker who did the pass recently. Riding alone..... the wash aways and run-offs had roughened the already twisty road. He had a side stand incident. And fell over.

His tappet cover took a knock from a rock and split a slight seam.
He was in trouble because he was not clued up for self-rescue and needed to be helped. A trailer was sent up from town and brought him and bike to Hogsback. BMW On Call sent a trailer up from East London and he and bike were recovered to EL.
I just shake my head at the comedy of flaws that should never have happened. I can just imagine how long it all took to play out.....

So how should the story had been written????

It should have been so much quicker, less costly and easier had he followed two basic rules of outback riding.

And this is why plastic adventurers should rather stay home and watch it on satellite TV, if they cannot ride with a mentor to show them the ropes of common sense.


So...He rode alone was his first cardinal sin.

He was not geared for self rescue was his second cardinal sin.


Never ride the cuds alone,!! That is firmly entrenched in 'Walkabout 101'.

The way it should have gone....
He fell, a rock chipped and cracked his tappet cover. He immediately lifted his bike, with the help of his fellow rider/s, to avoid losing too much oil from the engine and polluting the environment.
Then they sat for a while, took stock, considered their alternatives, pooled their resources, mulled over their options and had a good pull on the water bottles.
The group decision was self rescue. This far out it would be many many hours before help arrived, even after the many hours it takes to get BMW On Call to the point between dialing their number for the first of many times, getting through to them to decide on an action, and then to initiate a response from the nominated service agent......


They took out the small wire brush from their puncture kit (normally used to roughen the inside of the tyre in prep of inserting a 'mushroom' into a puncture from the inside).

They roughed the tappet cover around the leak after wiping all oil away. Then they mixed Pratley Steel or Pratley putty and squeased it into the cracked tappet cover leak and smoothed it down neatly.
While waiting for it to dry, they topped up the oil. After about ten minutes, they started the motor and watched for oil seepage.

If there was some, they shut down, and made another attempt. Once satisfied, they cleaned up around the site and continued on their journey, feeling like a million bucks after their adventure and successful self-rescue.


A story to tell around many campfires and bar tables to come.
Sadly it is a tale of ignominy and incompetence and affront to us real adventurers.

NEVER RIDE THE OUTBACKS ALONE.  

ALWAYS TAKE THE BASICS FOR SELF-RESCUE.

 

Andyman
Anyone can ride a bike fast....   But can you ride your bike real slow???

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Het julle toe deur Mitchelspas gery?

En die Rietfontein detour?

Mooi ry verder, geniet dit!

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Luister Danie, ons het eers kwart voor sewe in pik donker, aanhoudende reen, dik mis hier in Hogsback aangekom ry oppie skoeters.

Moenie nou my goeie storie nou kom opmors om my te laat erken ons vir goue reel nommer 3 lekkerlik opgeskeer om innie donker innie oosKaap te ry.

En dit Alice deur ook!!!

 

Die bakkie sonder ligte was.... glo dit of nie...die polisie wa.

Nee, vrou lief het vir my met allerande goed gedreig as ek haar oor die grondpad Mitchell's pas lei innie dik mis, reên en pik swart maanlose donker van die nag.

Selfs die ysbeere het al gaan loop inkruip.

Ons is swaar gelaai in volle veg orde, so om so 'n grond pad pas aan te dirf in donker mis en reên......nee o maat, nie ekke nie.

 

Gister 700 kilos gery vanaf Ladismith innie reên heelpad nat.

Ons het keer op keer groepies motorfitse verby gery. een was in Wollowmor- die Karoo Biking huur fiets toer.

enkele groepies soos ons.

Lyk my ons Suid Afrikaners is oor die algemeen nogals tawwe lywe en 'n dag van reên skrik ons nie innie huis in weg nie.

Was nogals beindruk met die klomp groepies.

 

More sowat 580 in die rigting Underberg deur Elliot en Maclear.

yr.no sê die reên is vanaand klaar........

Dalk kom ek en jy saam vir 'n paar dae om hierdie wêreld te verken oppie skoeters en jy kan vir my allie gate kom wys

 

 

 

Andyman
Anyone can ride a bike fast....   But can you ride your bike real slow???

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Jip, Mitchelspas is nie vir koud en moeg ryers nie en beslis nie om in die donker te ry nie. En daardie paaie word nogal glad as dit reen.

Geniet julle trip verder! Ek wil beslis nog daardie roetes na Elliot se kant toe gaan ry!

Veilig ry!

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Ride safe, look after Annie and do keep us posted.

Think before you ink.

Trust is the most valuable asset.

I have the rest of my life to get old.

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