Boys Toys

I have not been blogging much as of late. The festive season is approaching, so the roads are getting busy with tourists and holiday makers. As this time of year is synonymous with bad driving, we have decided to stay at home, doing chores around the house etc. We have already planned and booked a great 2 week hike and tour for the new year (I am really looking forward to that).

One of the not so exciting jobs I had lined up was cleaning up of the yard and shed. Whew not a task for the faint of heart. Whilst going through some of the boxes in the shed I came across parts for my bike. Lots of bits and pieces stashed all over the place (I have a very complex hmm storage system).

I think I have a far better idea! Lets re-build the bike. This way I can empty boxes fix stuff and clean up all at the same time. I think it took about 30 seconds for me to convince myself how brilliant of an idea that was. I shock myself at times.

The old girl has been mothballed for a good few years and was definitely starting to show the ravages of time. The tires had gone brittle and had lots of side wall cracks. Pipes were perished, HT leads and wiring were eaten by a local mouse family, the battery was toast and the injectors along with the fuel system were gummed up….. the list goes on and on.

It was clear that I had to strip her down then hang her from the roof beams by her frame. I have no choice anymore but to go through every part.

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She is almost a teenager.  As far as bike years go that is equivalent to being a senior citizen.I am going to try to bring her look a bit more towards modernity.

It has been quite a challenge but a really rewarding experience, as I have very limited tools and a half paved driveway, so nothing fancy can be fabricated, but we will try. Sand and grit will find its way onto any important component if you not vigilant, not to mention any dropped bolt or nut is lost for eternity.

New shoes (tires), a homemade 2 into 1 exhaust system, a modified sub-frame, fuel system overhaul, new battery, wiring repairs and updates etc. Moral of the story.

We have a running machine.

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On my “Test runs” I was  very happy to see that this old girl can still turn heads at the traffic lights.

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Now all that is left is bright work  (Electro plating of the rusty bits etc)

Oh yes… I still need to finish cleaning that shed!!

Thank you for reading

Dan

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A Touch of Vintage…

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I am not sure about you, but I am in love with vintage & antique collectables. I have the ability to browse vintage shops for many hours, submersing myself in the beauty of all the items we seldom see in every day use in current society. I am fascinated with the design and pride people took in looking after their items and am always amazed at how antiques are able to out live their owners and carry such rich history.

I have a ‘bottom drawer’ in which I am slowly putting together items that will one day fill my own home. It is not easy deciding what piece to buy to add to my collection however I try to keep to a theme and resist the urge of buying junk! This is not easy though especially when you are in a buying mood! Every so often I buy a few memorable items when traveling something that will add character and have function when in my own home.

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Today these beautiful cake forks became mine,  adding them to my ‘bottom drawer’. Something different. I often find not many people use cake forks these days & in the future they may become an unusual item to find, at the rate technology is moving and shaping the world and society!

I do look forward to the day I am able to unpack my ‘bottom drawer’ and display all the items I have collected over the years in my home. Each telling a story of their own.

I would love to hear if any of you have a ‘bottom drawer’ or collect antiques.

Fiona

Back Yard Adventures

I am writing this post with two facets.

One:  A story with a short video

Two:  To ask the readers some much needed advice.

Fiona and I really try make a concerted effort to utilise the free time we have available. We try plan an outing whenever time and finances allow. This normally involves a few hours driving to the chosen location. When we can’t get away we try to make the most of our area (Our Backyard). I was looking through a few of our video clips the other night and it really dawned on me how lucky we are that we live in an area with so many interesting possibilities in terms of adventure.

One such occasion was not that long ago when Fiona had been working a particularly tough 24 hour shift. I got a call that evening telling me that the following day was going to be a brilliant weather day and that she had to fill in an overtime shift that evening so could we possible do something during the day to get a change of scenery. As we had only a few hours we had to make the most of it. A few min into the call a rough plan was formulated.

The next morning we met at the start of a trail not far from my house,still in her uniform and sleepy she quickly got changed in the car and we set off on the walk. As Fiona had worked the whole night and was bit grumpy. I decided in the interest of consideration and fairplay that she should carry the backpack . This was in fact very clever on my part as it gave her something to moan about and kept my little sticky fingers away from the “Treats” hidden within. A win-win on all fronts. Well even though the first hour was slow going resembling two 10 year old  kids kicking stones on a dirt road whilst on their way home from school, we however pushed on.

After way to many ” I can see my house from here jokes” as well as the usual lunch time location negotiations (not dissimilar to the UN discussing hostile troop movements) we finally made the summit and had well deserved rest then lunch.

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What started as a very slow gelatinous day turned into more than we could imagine. Wow what a view indeed.

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Swartkop peak looking towards Cape Town

Recharged and bellies full we followed the mountain ridge all the way down to Cape Point. We bush wacked the last bit and met up with the tar road that took us home. We made it home with two hours to spare before Fiona’s next shift. Legendary timing and a wonderful day.

Below is a short video of the walk and the view that will be of interest with regards to the remainder of this blog.

Whilst I was sitting on the summit overlooking the bay I was reminded of a trip that I have been wanting to do for some time. We have been itching to do some more adventurous kayaking. A few people have suggested that I should attempt to cross the bay. This would involve stopping past Seal Island and to be honest I don’t feel like becoming the latest statistic on the next installment of shark week. I have done this voyage a few times on various boats, once even alone on a small inflatable! Not fun at all as it’s just one huge vista of water with nothing much to look at other than the odd seagull and the finishing point far away on a bent horizon.

What I am very excited to do is paddle from Cape Town or at least Hout Bay around Cape Point to Simons Town.

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Cape Town and the Cape Point area are beautiful in their own right but from the water, this area can be something to behold. Every year around 800 people climb mount Everest and 25 000 climb Kilimanjaro but how many people have paddled around The Cape Of Storms. Not a race for time or macho challenge just a two or three day adventure taking in the sights and sounds that this special place has to offer. Paddle for the day then camp on a pre determined beach for the night, eat ,sleep, repeat.

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Thank you “Person in helicopter” and Google

 

I know that some of the readers are experienced avid paddlers so I would like to ask them following:

I know that I can hike around 20km a day and still be fresh enough to take in the view and surrounds, what would you recommend in Miles or Kilometres is a fair distance to paddle without pushing the limits (I would like to plan a few safe stopping points to stretch legs and hide if and when the weather changes).

I intend on using a Mission 440, this will allow me to carry the normal safety equipment, as well as a sleeping bag, tent etc. Is there anything else that you would recommend for a trip like this? ( I have my food already planned)

Has anyone done a trip like this and if so any advice and  or comments would be very appreciated. I hope that you enjoyed the video, with all the options available to us rite on our doorstep and with a bit of luck you will be seeing much more from us in the future.

Dan