Looking at options.

Currently there are 2 trips in the plan, October 2020 down to Gariep, then Jan 2021 to Marion Island. We have paid for both trips and hopefully the travel ban will be lifted by then.

Training day

25/07/2020 7AM at 1 degree Celsius we set off from Centurion to Tierpoort Adventure farm for the beginners off-road course presented by Thomas from the Sabie Valley Rider Academy.

Bike setup before training

First Thomas goes over the bike setup with you ensuring tyre pressure is ok and handle bars are adjusted for off-road and brakes are not out of reach or pinching your fingers when fully pulled.

Waiting for last 2 people to arrive

Thomas then started the course by getting everyone introduced and going over what the course was about. One of the risks that was pointed out was “target fixation” which much later in the day would become a reality for me. But more about that later. We left the briefing area, assembled on the training ground. Me being different from the rest of the group having a pillion with me and on top of that also driving an automatic with no clutch meant I had to solely rely on the back brake for throttle control and not being used to stand on the bike I had quite difficulty keeping it at a steady pace while performing the maneuvers.

Anita and me
Water break

The mornings training went well and when we went back for lunch I had a lapse in concentration and dropped the three of us as I attempted to park….

After a great lunch the group was taken to go do u-turns in the gravel road and on the first attempt I hesitated and missed the turning point. Made a 3 point turn and rejoined the group. After the second attempt where the road was a bit wider I managed the turn and then went for the narrower point and made it easily.

Final training was the emergency stop. Did a few attempts on my own, then with Anita. I had a hard time to keep the bike steady but still enjoyed the experience.

Approaching emergency stop

The event was ended with a drive through the valley and there was where I approached a tree and the target fixation become a reality for me… 😬

Watch to end…