#sanparks#mountains#aardwolf#bushpig#moon#nightdrive Night drives at Mountain Zebra National Park very special. We have done two and seen: aardwolf, bushpig, spotted eagle owl, small spotted genet, porcupines, bat-eared foxes, rhino and a beautiful moon rising over a mountain!
Hunting pushes you beyond your comfort zone at times. Stalking in nothing but your socks, in complete darkness and with zero idea of where you’re stepping, definitely was not the most comforting feeling. It absolutely paid off though, as I’m standing over the second boar of the evening here. You simply cannot compare the quietness of just your socks. Being able to feel what’s under your feet before completely putting your weight down eliminates the possibility of you snapping that branch and scaring off your quarry, resulting in a failed stalk. After this evening I can certainly say that walk and stalk Bushpig hunting in the darkness of the night is one of the most exciting hunts I’ve experienced and I can’t possibly see how someone could ever tire of trying to outsmart these intelligent animals! ➰
Well, it's the gender reveal for my new bike: it's a DR650. This bike is everything I hoped it would be and then some. Coming from a Tiger 800 to this makes it feel like a toy, and it's really fun to ride.
I decided to downsize from an ADV bike. While I never dumped my Tiger, offroad I always felt like I was about to, and I hated that feeling. I also got tired of feeling like I was fighting with it in loose terrain like gravel and sand when you lose momentum. Maybe it was that particular design, but the top-heaviness got old. Plus it was starting to get some kind of electrical problem I couldn't pin down where the gauges would skitz out and the bike would fail to start and then the battery would lose just enough power to not be able to start even once the problem stopped. I had to buy an OBD reader and software, and still couldn't figure it out.
I picked the DR650 because it's a simple bike (carb/air-cooled), it's reliable, it's way lighter, and it's low-maintenance. Plus there's like 3 fuckin wires in the entire bike, and it's not all computer parts and sensors.
Also as part of this change, I have to thank @lyndonposkitt for inspiring me to become my own mechanic. Part of feeling confident on the trail for me is knowing I can work on my bike if a problem comes up, and I didn't feel that way about the Tiger. The DR is very accessible as far as maintenance, and I decided just to rip into it and see what was inside and try installing my tank and aftermarket stuff myself, and I'm happy I did. It was way easier than I thought. Motor and carb stuff doesn't look too hard either after my careful YouTube study of these issues. Lol
Anyway, it's a super fun bike, I feel very confident in all kinds of terrain on it, but I'm not sure if I'm still allowed to ride it to Starbucks; it doesn't have crash bars or metal panniers. ADV people, feel free to respond (only 800 cc and up).
Out looking for Bushpig early this morning, with the hounds. One cannot always be successful, but there is no better place to say some prayers and recharge on soul food. #hunting#bushpig#outdoors#blessed#grateful