Adventure- WPC

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My idea of Adventure involves getting on a motorbike, and going more than 1000 km from home…

This was taken on one of the passes near Swellendam, Cape Province, South Africa…  quite a few years ago.

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On the same journey- maybe you will recognize this background…

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Man, I miss the Aprilia Pegaso! What a trusty bike she was…

I also had some adventure about an hour ago. came off my GS on a sandy road… bike fine, my ego gone…

Fray (II) Weekly Photo Challenge

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One of the famous landmarks on our favorite Route 62 in South Africa, known by all bikers, is Ronnies Sex Shop….  Between Ladismith and Barrydale.

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It is actually a Pub, on a very hot stretch of Karoo desert road. A cold one here really helps a lot to enjoy the route even more. But what does that have to do with “Fray”? Well, inside it is customary to leave some underwear there, especially if you are passing it on your honeymoon. But some of the underwear does show signs of extended use- i.e. being frayed…

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To confess: these three photos each comes from different visits to Ronnies, I stop there a lot on my way to Cape Town… Desert road… beer… you know…

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Containers- Weekly Photo Challenge

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I know, I know- I am stretching this theme A LOT! But here is my entry: an aerial container full of Russians!

At our town’s Fly Inn over the weekend, the star attraction was the visit from this old biplane- an Antonov 2. Some say ( In a Jeremy Clarkson voice) that this might be the biggest single engine aircraft in the world…

It looks extremely heavy, but I saw with my own little eyes it takes off, fully loaded in under 100 meters!

So ladies and gentlemen, for your entertainment: my container full of Russians, the Antonov 2:

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For more interesting reading on the history of the Antonov AN 2- read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-2

Just an update for my regular readers- the Apple Juice did not work. I had the mother of all gall stone attacks at my mother in law’s place, and no, it was not her poisoning me. I have a lovely mother in law! Really like her. So… tomorrow my wife is taking me to the big bad city, and on Wednesday I am having surgery taking out my gallbladder. I thought I would be hopping, skipping and jumping out of there, but my GP told me just now to be prepared for 2-3 days in hospital and 2 weeks sick leave afterwards.  So… the Rider might be the Shadow for the next two weeks. This is my first operation ever, really scared- you know the saying: “Any surgery on ME IS major surgery…”  So- it might be a while before I ride again!

Sorry Seegogga, ek het regtig my bes probeer met die appelsappies…

Relics- Weekly Photo Challenge (II)

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How many memories has this old ’48 Chevrolet Fleetline brought? How many miles did it travel to loved ones? How many broken hearts did it transport?

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_MG_0605 _MG_0616This old Chevy’s heart is broken, rusting in peace… May be one day someone will find it and rescue it,  like it’s brother in Knysna…

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In celebration of the Wheel- Relics from the past- WPC

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In our country’s history the ox wagon played a huge part. Today a lot of old wagon wheels can still be found, mostly as garden decorations.


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But then, being somewhat of a petrolhead myself, I could not resist sneaking in some other old wheels as well- usually relics  from our farming heritage…

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Yes, wheels brought mobility and progress, not always a good thing, me thinks…

 

The end of the line… (WPC III)

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago there lived a happy ship. Happy in the sense that it never sunk. Or never strayed unto the rocks…  It had such a lovely life, playing in the waves, cruising happy miles, ruining some unlucky fish’ lives…

But the ways of the world just slowly crept up and bit it in the… portholes.

And so it reached the end of the line. Where we saw it a long, long time ago, slowly rusting in peace…

In a Split Second I grabbed my camera and took these pictures, before the ship sails on into obscurity…

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Long time ago= last Saturday in Hout Bay Harbor…