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July starts the heat, especially in the south. So who wants to ride and share your miles with others? It's simple, Post a picture of your odometer at the beginning of the month and one at the end. Ending mileage will be due no later than midnight of the last day on month. If you own more than one bike then total miles on all count (only your miles count, not other rider miles), just have to submit beginning and ending readings for all bikes. We will do this every month so riders with limited riding weather during winter will have a chance during the summer. If you participatd in the previous months challenge your ending reading in that one will your beginning reading for this month.

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Update from Durban, South Africa. Today marks the end (I hope) of 5 days of total chaos, rampant looting and destruction of critical infrastructure in and around the city I was once proud to say I lived in. For the last five days my wife and I have not been outside the house, instead we have watched this destruction live on TV. It started with the burning of of road freight trucks on the main highway into Durban. The unrest spread to the shopping malls spread around the city. 80% of the malls were looted clean. Anything that could be taken was taken. Bottle stores suffered first, then grocery stores and clothing and pharmacy (drugstores) outlets were not spared from looting. The tragedy then moved to the outlying distribution centres which were cleared out over two days. Many of the shops, stores have also been set alight. We watched a few days of sunsets darkened by the smoke from burning buildings around the city.

Why was this not stopped on day one? Too many areas attacked on day one left the local police force too thin on the ground. The Army (National Guard) was called in with an initial deployment of 1,500 troops. This proved too little to stop the looting. Today the Army has deployed 25,000 troops.

This morning we wake up to calm in the midst of total destruction of the food chain infrastructure for the citizen's of the city. Fuel has run dry in most of the fuel stations. long queues have formed at the remaining shops where groceries are available, by people rationed to one item of each article. There is no bread and milk as there have been no deliveries due to the unrest.

I have a brother in CA and a sister in FL and they said not much on the news over there, so I thought I would give you a picture just in case you think that despite reasonable weather, my Street has not put on any mileage this month.
 

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Thanks for the update. I've followed it pretty closely. Glad you are safe and hopefully that continues. We have had soooooo much rain this month, I've only got 79 miles in so far this month.
 

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Yes Les we are safe. The area we live in is the only one on the southern side of the city that has two intact shopping malls and two other shops, but by today all the shelves were empty when my wife stopped in at one. Resupply has to be a logistical nightmare. There is also a strong resentment to people from other devastated areas trying to get into our area. There are basically only 3 access roads and all are manned by locals with anything from a baseball bat to some serious firepower. Internally today I had to travel about with a proof of address, should I have hit any roadblocks, fortunately it was all okay. Just read on a local feed that one person was in a queue to get essentials for 7 hours - quite scary. I would give a lot for some rain over here. The cold front hit Cape Town 3 days ago and deposited snow on all the Cape mountains and the southern Drakensberg around Lesotho. A little chilly at the moment.
 

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@Propnut, have things settled down. Hopefully all is well with you and family.
 

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Morning @Lesblank things, crowd wise, have settled down. Now starts the big clean-up. Obviously food shortages have raised their ugly head, but what do you expect if you loot and destroy the shopping malls and then go on to take out the economic distribution warehouses while setting alight any freight truck you can see in and around the depots. It took a week for the police and army to secure the N3 (like an interstate) between Durban and Johannesburg which is around 375 miles. This critical artery carries about 80% if all goods between the port city of Durban and the industrial heart of South Africa. At one stage they did announce that there were 3,000 truckers stuck on the Johannesburg side waiting to bring cargo down to Durban. Not even truck stops were safe as wherever they could, cabs were petrol-bombed.

In one way I live in an area that has only three maim access routes onto an area of about 32,000 houses. We have three large shopping malls. Our "boys" got together and barricaded the three access roads for just over a week 24 hours a day, and fought off any unwanted guests. This was our saving grace as our stores are intact. In other areas just over 200 stores were looted and destroyed. Worse still they destroyed 97 drugstores and looted all medicines and equipment. This has posed a HUGE problem for people that now need chronic medication.

Just to finish off, you guys have a heat wave and a few fires. Since last Wednesday we have had a push of Antarctic weather that had dropped temperatures to an uncommon -16C in some parts. In Durban at 0530 on Saturday morning it was 2C and we are supposed to be a tropical climate like Miami. The whole southern section of South Africa is covered in snow.

Sometimes you just got to love Africa.
 

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Glad you and your family is safe. Times are definitely tough. Your shortage of critical supplies is similar to when a major hurricane blows over here in Houston. The flooding destroys everything and puts a huge stain on the area. We are over due for a main store and we are not not looking forward to this year's hurricane season.
 

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Folks, have another son coming in town this weekend to get stuff from me down sizing getting ready to retirement. I will probably not get to updating the spreadsheet until Sunday or Monday night, sorry. Here's my mileage, worst in two years when I was having surgery and couldn't ride.

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Another friend soon to join the ranks of the retired, welcome LB. I was able to put in a few miles this month as we had the pleasure of escorting a school headmaster off the school property on Friday Propnut July.jpg , his last working day before his retirement. It was a huge surprise as the pupils and the headmaster had no idea of what to expect.
 

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Taking a short break loading my son's trailer and updated spreadsheet. For those still riding, be safe.
 

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I'm reporting a great big goose egg. I haven't ridden since I dumped the Sportster on June 6. That's a whole thread on its own.
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Updated spreadsheet, did I miss anyone? I'll get with the trophy guy this evening. :ROFLMAO:
 

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Hopefully next month will see more miles.

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