First of all, I must admit that this trip exceeded any expectations I had. To be honest, I was not sure what I was hoping for other than seeing part of my country I have not seen, having a good time on my bike and maybe meeting a few more friends at the Wild Dog Bash.
I was severely impressed with my tires, not planning to, but getting all my money’s worth – VAT included – out of them! Having a friend turn out to be a stunning riding companion and helping make the trip unforgettable – thanks Abie, you were awesome and I always felt safe with you! In the end, the riding was superb, the scenes breathtaking and the experience something never be forgotten!
|A dream come true! Standing in Lundeans Nek Pass!|
Things I have learnt (and NOT learnt) during my trip:
- Riding a heavily loaded bike on gravel is easier than when it is has no load.
- I enjoyed doing the solo thing, having my own time and schedule.
- A “she-wee” is an irreplaceable must for any woman in riding gear.
- Once you understand the thing, a GPS can be the best traveling accessory.
- Panty liners can be a substitute for underwear!
- The beauty of a country lies not only in its scenery, but also in its people (and goats and cattle!)
- Knobbly tires CAN do 20 000kms!
- Having a friend as a good traveling companion is a HUGE bonus and can make all the difference.
- 5 Imodium’s are NOT a solution for a tummy bug!!
- A long hard day has nothing to do with the distance you travel.
- BMW surely must be the best, no nonsense bike out there when it comes to comfortable, but rough riding!
- Springtime is a wonderful time to see parts of this country.
What I did not learn:
- Why someone would still try and hitch hike while a bike, loaded to the hilt, passes?
- Why a GPS insists on taking the best route, in spite of the suggested route being ignored for 60km and then still rather taking you back 3 times further?
- Why someone who has slept enough, feels to wake every single other soul by revving his bike and shouting at 6 in the morning?
What I will do differently on the next trip:
- (Try) to get away earlier in the mornings, for any eventuality.
- Have anti-acids CLOSE by and handy!
- Find a less time-consuming way for taking pics.
- Try and travel without needing the extra luggage of tent, mattress and sleeping bag.
My wish list: (so if you have any of this 2nd hand to sell at a good price, please let me know!)
- A good (blue tooth?) GPS.
- Legs a few inches longer (or a bike a few inches lower – hint hint Geoff and Nolene!)
- The Drift HD 1080 – a super snazzy new device for taking pics and videos
- Soft pannier luggage – shortening the time spent tying and unfastening luggage every day.
Experiencing the beauty of my country from my motorbike has been one of my most rewarding experiences yet! I want to thank my husband and folks for being there for me and letting me go, in spite of being so worried about my safety. I cannot wait to take on the next adventure!