Report: Rock&Roll ride 2010-10-21
I was not commissioned to write this report, but as the week wore on and no report emerged, my conscience got the better of me. I was after all the first to fall, but Qt, D1 and Stealth who witnessed it was sworn to silence.
It happened on the first rocky part of Vetseun se Rol and only left a scratch and a small bloody patch. But it was not to be the last fall of the night. The next one happened shortly afterwards and, incredibly, to the great trailmeister: none other than the one and only Hardy!
As he took the sharp turn from Vetseun se Rol onto Big Dipper he lost it and took the tumble in full view of the 12 or so amazed onlookers. Well, that makes me feel much better – if it can happen to him, who am I to feel bad about my frequent mishaps?
It was a beautiful night with a moon promising some good ghost riding later on and everything went just fine up Big Dipper, down Mieliemuur, the two speed zones up the hill, the interminable slog to the Light beyond the Tunnel, Mineshaft, Blairwitch Forest and most of Roetters Route.
The first ominous sign of what was soon to come, was the newly erected fence cutting off our exit from Roetters Route. Fortunately we could lift the bikes over and crawl under the fence and continue to the tar road and down the rutted path and then it happened:
Leon landed in a rut, but his downfall was a big rock in the rut which caused an endo and a massive Outdoor Freefall. Fortunately, under the circumstances, he landed on his back and not his nose like some other people we know about. But he was on his back for quite some time and when he got up, he could only manage a painful stumble to get back to the tar road.
QT and D1 undertook to go and get the bakkie to transport him back. A number of guys volunteered to escort them – we did not see them again that night. With Leon and his bike with a seriously pringled front weel safely transported back, the now much smaller group continued with a lot more caution down the rutted road, up Heartbreak Hill, the top of Quad Buster and down Look Ma No Brakes.
Python, as anticipated, was done as a ghost ride followed by the Tour de Tar. Hardy must have felt the urge to compensate for his fall from grace earlier the evening and announced that we would do Vetseun se Rol going UP and that it would be a GHOST RIDE!!
Miraculously nobody took a tumble, although I made a few unplanned detours through the veld which was no less rocky than the path. Getting near the top where the real rocky part is, my energy was drained and I started walking and very soon everyone followed suit. Going down Cruiser, Hardy let some of the other guys take the lead and we got a little bit lost, but soon found the right Cruiser again and finished having done about 30 kms.
Certainly, a night to remember.
PS: Leon is doing fine, but has a painfully torn hamstring going to require at least two weeks of rest. Get well Leon!