Canopy Tour 2009 – Memoirs
There is so much to write as so much has happened.
objective was to do the complete Route 62 from
As kodaking while riding is a bit difficult if you don’t have a pillion to contract my memoirs and pics are more about the people and their experiences.
The group Pic 1
- Sue, Abe & Tammlynn
- Frik van Staden
- Johan (me) & Trudie
- Janis Godwin
The Backup Pic 2
This Scenic ‘
We prepared our own dinners where possible with our own cutlery and as Trudie says ‘forks & knives’ that was transported on the backup
Cross the pool
Dinner at Spur
We discussed during that evening and the following and the following that we don’t like the name ‘Roadies” and rather want to be referred to as the S’s; Pic 5
straits & sweeps
- Safe speed
- Sex appeal
- Super bikes
- Serious country explorations
n Spirited riding – A la Jamie!
n Scared of dirt
Ons is vir enige fiets, of jy nou ‘n GS of ‘n scooter het
There was a keen interest in buying real estate on the tour and two properties were well bought
- Janis once when she was too exhausted to remember to put out the side stand and
bought a nice piece of land in Hopetown. Sy het nie
geval nie, sommer net omgeval. But then, she
will not be able to get any title deed for residential rights as it was in the
middle of an intersection! We dressed the wound as best we could…Moenie te veel
praat nie jy
Sue came up
with the idea to visit Sutherland en route from Beaufort West to
An extremely good idea Sue. You deserved a hug for this and got plenty.
Self made breakfast at Laiingsburg before Sutherland. On the trailer Pic 11
or on the pavement. Pic 12
a drink in old style at the Lord Milner where myself, Basie and the concierge
treated the guests with an aria uit Nabucco van Verdi, of so iets en ander liedere. Frik het genoem ek
Nobody ventured for the chimney as you need to crawl through a space of about 350mm. They all blamed the lack of time. Shame! Pic 16
Ronnie’s Sex Shop.
What is it about a sex shop that you always wonder what happens inside and are too skaam to enter?
Well, this time nobody saw us when we turned off and the group photo was done in tense atmosphere. Some didn’t even want to appear on the picture and had to be threatened.
Afterwards, when we left all was lekker opgewek/opgewerk on the stretch of road to Ladismith. The road was open, quiet and tempting…
We all tend to zero our GPS’s before a trip to record the route. Well I also did and arriving in town after a quite spirited ride which did feel a bit fast though, the GPS proof the facts. Pic 18
What a flight, everybody enjoyed. Up to 30m in the air amongst the Treetops when mostly the ground cannot be seen. Wow. Pic 20
The rates were quite steep and duly adjusted
Abe & Elaine did the Bloukrans bunji and Sue & Tammlynn the Zipline from the ravine edge to the middle of the bridge. Crazy!! Pic 26
Some girls need assistance to get rid of their pants. I cannot remember if it was before or after Ronnie’s Sex Shop Pic 29
When you put together
- A total novice with not an hour’s training
- A 650 GS with a screen barely large enough to cover the instrument cluster
- A rear suspension that is adjusted open to completely flat
- A helmet that does not fit comfortable
- Speeds averaging 140km/h
- And a woman
Then you have a recipe for disaster!??
Not likely. Janis kept up and improved her riding on daily basis. She knew there is no turning back. On the last day we realised her bike’s shocks need to be adjusted and afterwards she traversed the sweeps in much more confidence.
Janis, you have arrived!!