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Eye witness news Report: Jingle bell Rock Ride – Jacques Booysen

Last evening eye witness news reports a rare sighting of Santa Claus
and this reindeer in the Pretoria east region. He was spotted multiple
times between the Irene and Waterkoof areas. It seems like he operates
as soon as the sun sets, to pass though the neighborhood unnoticed. We
failed to get any footage but got the same story from allot of people
that saw him.

Many people saw  Santa Claus (Oupa Gerrit) leading on his sled with
his helper D1 (Dwarf 1) next to him. He is using an improved sled this
year with wheels where the reindeer push the Christmas sled from
behind, with reindeer Steve sweeping all presents that fall off
Santa’s carrier.

Santa caused a traffic jam when making a surprise appearance in Lawley
Street Waterkloof were hundreds of cars came to look at the Christmas
lights.
This year less houses had Christmas lights, but the houses that put up
lights went big, it almost seems like a neighborhood competition with
the one house trying to go bigger and better that it’s neighbor. One
house in Lawley Street went a bit over the top, with a snow and smoke
machine,fake rocking sled and reindeer. When the real Santa showed up
he proved the fake rocking sled to be a hoax.

Santa and his sled disappeared into the dark and was last seen in the
vicinity of the moo mall Irene…

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Posted by on December 29, 2010 in ride report

 

DirtFlirt – 9 Dec – Ride Report – Oupa Gerrit

Late at night on Wednesday, December 8 Hardy sent an email asking for a volunteer to lead the D&D ride on Thursday night as he had to work. By mid-day nobody had responded so I volunteered on condition that Hardy send out his normal enthusiastic invitation without mentioning that he won’t be there himself, but he was probably too busy to respond to that. With the expectation to find one or two other riders braving the rainy night and having to put off the ride, I arrived at the Moo Mall to find five other brave, or deluded, souls; no excuse there.

The ride had not even been named, but according to the normal schedule it would have been the “Dirt Flirt” which basically means that the trailmeister makes it up as he goes along. With the warning that we would probably be scouting somewhat we were off into the gloomy night with my intention to explore some of the old trails we used to ride before the days of the Moo Mall. On the way to Supertube we did two quick loops of the old playground having to get over the rubble dumped at both the entry and the exit. Down Supertube we almost got the old-time feeling until we hit the new highway they are building through our pristine field. At least it is still under construction; no tar yet.

An unexpectedly deep puddle with some rocks had me put out an emergency foot in order not to take a swim and someone muttered something about writing a ride report. It was much later confirmed when a chain-suck going up Big Dipper caused a real wipe-out. At the end of Supertube we went North trying to miss the numerous puddles along the way. I did mention that it was somewhat rainy. None of the others knew or remembered the VO2max wall, so I had to explain it first. In the end it was taken by Santa; he obviously thought that we would be doing the Jingle Rock Light ride.

After some scouting finding the entrance to End of the World, we were once more disappointed by a graded field instead of the gloriously gnarly single-track of old. Even the Gauntlet proved to be more of a district road than the nice trail it used to be. After going underneath the new bridge we encountered some sneaky mud providing a new challenge. The old King of the Hill dice was done with the rain really starting to come down, but after a few minutes at the service station it died down again and we could continue with me giving the obligatory history lesson on the original D&D centre. From there we had a tar ride up to the pedestrian bridge over the N1 and from there back to the service station between the Moo Mall and Rietvlei dam.

The group was given the option to call it a night, but decided that they were enjoying the lightning and threatening rain and after some scouting we discovered a nice single track down to Sesmyl spruit followed by the normal speed zone to the second road on the left, St Georges, Leon’s Landing, Heart-rate Hill, Smuts House downhill, Tour de Tar and up Big Dipper where we once more had to cross the new road under construction.

Brendan, who had been sweeping, lead us down Cruiser singletrack and we were back at the Moo Mall at about 22h00 after doing about 32 kms.

If you detected a note of nostalgia in this report, you are probably right. And then they call it “progress”.

But after all it is still very enjoyable and as Hardy use to say: “It was a privilege riding with yous!”

Oupa Gert

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2010 in ride report

 

02 December INTRO Ride report – Iain Taylor

The promised Ride report:

 

For those who don’t know traditionally the first to fall is the one to write..
well there were 7 of us for the ride yesterday, with me being the only newby..
And what a Buzz riding off road in the dark again something I haven’t done for a very long time. Forgive me but I can’t list those present, although I didn’t fall on my head my memory for names is terrible 😉
The trail was a mixture of single track, jeep tracks and a few dirt and tar roads but never long enough for us to get bored.
The first KM’s were flowing single track until we got to the ‘big dipper’ (I think they called it that) where someone has cut a road through the trail – how inconsiderate..  there were a few technical bits here and I nearly had my first fall, but thanks to years of practice (of falling) managed to get out of the cleats in time.. the steps towards the bottom then the drop off got the adrenaline going a little – but only due to my very weak lighting 😉
One thing I should mention for you guys reading on the web site (I know it says this else where but it is true) its a really pleasant bunch of people, no one gets left behind and (mostly) any hazards are noted before you ride them… So don’t delay in joining in like I did… but have a go…

After a stretch beside the railway lines and passing a herd of Electricity board Backies on some dirt and tar, we were back on single track, this is where I got caught out, and just managed a slow fall sideways because I obviously haven’t yet practised crashing enough! (and there with earned the right to write this report 🙂
Not so much further on one of the guys riding a nice CUBE FS bike managed to hit a rock and be propelled backwards, If he could reproduce that trick……….. Then in a rock garden a short while later he demonstrated the fine art of flying (over the handle bars) and amazingly landing in between the rocks.
After riding under the R21 in a drainage pipe (I felt very disadvantaged here as the only person riding a 29er I had to duck much more..) and some dirt roads along with a bit of tar, the only stretch where we saw more than the odd car.. it was back under the highway and a climb back to Irene…
Unfortunately what with my knee hurting and forgetting to bring any snacks I didn’t enjoy the ride up the hill. It was difficult to get into a rhythm because of the (small) Dongas and rocky terrain… on the jeep track. The Guys were very graceful and didn’t mention how slow I had become but rather encouraged me saying not far to go now…
Thanks all for a great intro to Dark n’ Dirty I will be back…..
Cheers

Iain

P.S. even though it rained during the afternoon it wasn’t that dirty….. 😉
 
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Posted by on December 3, 2010 in ride report