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TOPIC: Ride Report - Dirt ride to Cullinan - Oct 2018

Ride Report - Dirt ride to Cullinan - Oct 2018 10 Oct 2018 14:50 #44693

  • Marnus
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We arrived to a beautiful morning at the BP Centurion usual-departure-point and after a nice cup of coffee and the pre-ride briefing the 21 bikes, with Jessica as the sole pillion with Andries were ready to go. It was great to see her sporting a new pair of riding boots, especially after her previous ant hill incident :ohmy: But those boots were not going to look that new for very long, because this time of year the roads are still quite dusty in anticipation of the summer rains.

So with everyone lined up and ready, I realised that I had the completely wrong routes loaded on my GPS :blush: I recently got another identical unit and somehow I managed to not have the Cullinan Dirt ride routes on my GPS. What a disaster... But I know the first part of the route pretty well, so we set of with most of the group none the wiser of my predicament. Even though I did the recce before the ride, it was two weeks before and the latter part of the ride was a bit fuzzy - especially with a number of turns to negotiate.

But a boer maak 'n plan, and that was what I was doing on the way to the first gravel bit where we stopped. While everyone were deflating tyres and switching off their ABS and traction control, I was stealing waypoints from Gustav, who fortunately had the route loaded on his GPS. Ok, crisis averted - we have a plan ;)

We made our way through the small holdings east of Pretoria alternating between dirt and tar and eventually pushed through Mamelodi after the group voted unanimously for the alternative start route. It was a bit chaotic negotiating the 4-way stops through the town but soon enough we were out in the open.

We were treated with the most beautiful dirt roads and making good progress. The Twee Spruite Route was spectacular as always and you had to keep concentrating in order not to miss sharp turns after blind rises. Dust was plenty, but we regrouped often to prevent the group from not stretching out too far.

After the scenic route we were treated with a rather nasty corrugated and sandy road. We had one incident where a rider suffered from talent failure and took a bit of a rest. A couple of other riders also reported close calls with big eyes, but there was a sense of accomplishment making it through that section, albeit a bit tired at this stage.

Little did they know that we had a sandy 2-spoor section ahead, and after a breather we set off to conquer our next challenge. There were some more riders taking a rest at this section, but eventually we managed to cross the dry river bed and took another well-deserved breather.

The ride was starting to take its toll on the energy levels and we knew that some food and refreshments were waiting for us. So we opted to cut out the remaining dirt road section and take the fastest route through Refilwe to Cullinan.

We were lucky to meet up with some of the Tar group that were finishing up their visit to the Cullinan Premier Hotel and we promptly ordered our own replenishment and sharing our stories over a couple of cold ones.

I thoroughly enjoyed this ride with a bunch of lovely people. It was great to see a couple of new faces and I hope they will be joining us on future rides. And my hat off to especially the ladies that rode like champs and for everyone that pushed through the tough bits! It was awesome! :+
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