Playing catch-up

by Naomi on April 5, 2011

in Daily Life

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OUCH! Eleven days offline following a severe lightning strike – that was frustrating. Our iPhones helped, but let’s face it, they’re not a satisfactory substitute. What a relief to be fully connected again!

In the meantime, the 2011 enduro season is well underway. It kicked off with the Enduro World Cross Country held a few weeks ago at Hartebeespoort Dam near Johannesburg. Regular readers may remember this venue from last year, but the pic above sets the scene, and here’s another to put things in perspective:

Extreme Action from the EWXC Extreme Event - Feb 2011

Fortunately, the rider was fine. Tumbles aside, it’s a great sport – one that draws an awesome crowd together amid some of Southern Africa’s rural splendour. A case in point was the recent Enduro World training tour to Swaziland. We were hosted at the lodge overlooking the magnificent Maguga Dam:

A view from Maguga Lodge - Maguga Dam, Swaziland, Southern Africa

While the guys (and one gorgeous girl – Kirsten Landman, SA’s top lady enduro racer) sweated on their bikes, the rest of us relaxed,

Maguga Lodge deck, overlooking Maguga Dam, Swaziland

enjoyed a sunset cruise,

Sunset over Maguga Dam - Swaziland, Southern Africa

and explored the local arts and crafts centre, including the phenomenal Coral Stephens Handweaving industry:

Arts & Crafts centre - Piggs Peak, Swaziland

Coral Stephens Handweaving shop - Piggs Peak, Swaziland

The recent Lesotho Enduro was the first national race of the season. It took no prisoners; unanimously rated as hard core. Way to go, Dave, finishing 5th in the Masters Class and mere seconds off the podium – despite “youngsters” sneaking in from Seniors, while he’s another year older with nowhere else to go πŸ™‚

In between pit stops, we crew kicked back and took in the scenery:

Mealie fields in the early morning - Lesotho, Southern Africa

Herder with goats and enduro pits in the background - Lesotho

Although there’s always the tension that accompanies extreme sport, enduro is far less demanding on us than the riders. Still, tough as it can be, I reckon this smile tells a story:

Dave Estment - Maguga Dam, Swaziland

It’s the reason we’re preparing for the Enduro World Cross Country this weekend, and the Montagu national the next – another perfect excuse for a few days in Cape Town . . .

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy April 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Jeepers, that’s one dirty Dave!
Welcome back, Naomi, I thought you’d been kidnapped πŸ™‚

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Naomi April 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

LOL! Thanks, Cindy πŸ˜€

Phew, it felt like we were kidnapped, and tossed into the last century!

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nrhatch April 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Hi Naomi!

Love the view from the lodge deck. What a great place to relax and unwind.

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Naomi April 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm

It sure is, Nancy, thank you πŸ™‚

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Amy @ Soul Dipper April 5, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Hi Naoms, 11 days! After being off the computer for a stint, one becomes a highly effective decision maker. What a triumphant grin on that dusty face. Good to have you back and preparing for more fun.

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Naomi April 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Unthinkable, isn’t it, Amy πŸ˜€ Thanks for your lovely message…missed you all lots! xo

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Tokeloshe April 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Welcome back!

It’s great to see your photos.

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Naomi April 6, 2011 at 8:33 am

Thanks Tok, much appreciated!

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Booksphotographsandartwork April 6, 2011 at 5:22 am

Eleven days would be mind numbing! Our power was out from 2 last night until 2 this afternoon and I was so bored and felt so dis-connected. So spoiled I know. I do appreciate being connected.

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Naomi April 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

Too right πŸ™‚ I hope your (and our) power remains in force!

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viewfromtheside April 6, 2011 at 6:57 am

Goodness but the riders do get dirty, and you get to see some interesting and beautiful places.

Welcome back.

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Naomi April 6, 2011 at 8:36 am

Thank you, Sidey πŸ™‚

As you can imagine, one of the side-effects is mountains of washing!

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bandsmoke April 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Great fotos as always and welcome back – your pictorial “art” has been missed.

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Naomi April 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words πŸ™‚

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Chloe April 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Wonderful photos – I especially like the action shot of the guy flying over his handlebars! lol Not just because some poor guy is falling off, you understand, but even the colours in the picture are awesome!

Have a fun weekend my friend πŸ˜€ xx

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Naomi April 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Thanks a ton, Chloe, and a great weekend to you too!

Luckily that was a slow-speed crash and the guy wasn’t hurt at all. In fact , he liked the pic too – enough to make it his profile pic on FB πŸ˜€

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Tammy McLeod April 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Gorgeous photos Naomi although the sport looks too much for me. I’d love to visit and see some of these beautiful lodges and sites that you share.

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Naomi April 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Thanks so much, Tammy πŸ™‚

Riding is too rough for me too – but I’m sure you would enjoy the venues as much as we do, xo

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kateshrewsday April 9, 2011 at 9:15 am

Action packed post, stunning photography as usual, Naomi. You notes are never, ever dull πŸ™‚

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Naomi April 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Ah, THANKS, Kate, you’re a honey πŸ™‚ I hope you had a magic birthday week!

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Heart April 14, 2011 at 7:28 am

Oh, the enduro..! Awesome action thrills, and great pictures as always.. You can’t rely on my judgement Naomi, my son showed up like Dave this afternoon after having some backyard trampoline fun.. πŸ˜‰
And next to 19 year old Ms.Landman, everyone will look “old”.. You can trust me on that one though.. πŸ˜€
Good to have you back!

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Naomi April 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Thanks a ton, Rachana! You’re a tonic – always bringing a great big smile πŸ˜€

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Jamie Dedes April 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Fab photos and all looks fun. The Maguga Dam – Lovely! πŸ™‚

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Naomi April 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Thank you, Jamie, it is really lovely πŸ™‚

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