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    I’m guilty of not really posting on social media, but I have had this experience which I cannot get out of my system. Maybe writing about it will help……
    Last Sunday me and my wife decided to drive through the Anysberg reserve near Touws Rivier. From the one gate to the other is a 50km twee-spoor track of about 10-20km/h avg speed.
    I pointed out to my wife that there is no sign (tracks) of any cars having traveled this road for some time and the arid-nes of the surroundings. Just powder dust and no shade……
    As we past the office buildings after about 25 km from the entrance gate, I noticed that there were no staff around and continued my slow journey, taking it easy in the comfort of the Prado.
    After about 12-13 km I decided to stop for a leg stretcher in one of the dry river beds.
    When I wanted to start the car again – battery dead! Out of the blue, no warning.
    Checked connections and searched for any obvious faults, no luck.
    What now……?
    - 11:30 on the clock
    - No cell phone signal
    - 35 degrees outside
    - No shade
    - 500mm of water
    Checked my maps - No sign of living in about 50km radius.
    Next car will probably be Monday morning when staff comes back to the office…..
    I need to do something……..
    I’m 64 years of age, but should be able to walk the 12km back to the offices.
    - Maybe there is will be phone reception…?
    - Maybe there is indeed someone…..?
    The rule says: Don’t leave your vehicle when stranded, but off I went, leaving my car and wife in the river bed.
    After about an hour walk in 35 degrees the signs of dehydration and heatstroke starts to show, so I start adjusting my pace, realizing that if things go wrong now, then ………
    After about 9km walking I saw this newish Cruiser 200VX reg number CEA 1****** coming towards me. Wow! My guardian angel is still with me!
    I stop the guy and explain my situation.
    Me: Please sir, can you help me to jump start my car, my battery is shot?
    Him: “Sorry I do not have jumpers”
    Me: “No Problem, I do have jumpers”
    Him: “I think you must rather report it at the office”
    Me: “But you won’t be able to get past my car, It is blocking the road in the river bed”
    Him: “I think you must rather report it at the office”
    Me: “But there are no people at the office…”
    Him: “I think you must rather report it at the office”
    He then drove off…….!
    He just left a very tired 64 year old toppie in 35 degrees in the middle of nowhere.
    I had all this water in my eyes – some of it was sweat………
    I’ll remember his face forever…….
    I was prepared to stand on his tow bar if he was afraid of picking up strangers!
    After another hour in the sun…….. There was no-one in the office – no cell phone reception, but lots of delicious cold water.

    I always assumed that a fellow biker or a fellow 4x4-er will always help one when stranded.
    Apparently not………….
    What will you do?

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    Default Re: Would you help someone in distress? My story….

    My conscience would not let me leave you stranded. If I was suspicious, I would at least have asked you to sit under a tree while I checked out your story and gone to check on your wife.

    Heat stroke is very real and dangerous.
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    Please PM me this mofo's registration number. OF COURSE ONE SHOULD HELP, this was almost a case of life and death!!
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    What would I do, I will help you for sure!

    I hope I never land up in your type of situation, sad what this world is coming to.

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    This is atrocious behaviour....this guy is an absolute disgrace and should be ashamed of himself....
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    Land Cruiser drivers

    But seriously, that is a shocking story.
    And what did he do when he got to your wife? Just drive past without even a wave probably?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chum View Post
    I’m guilty of not really posting on social media, but I have had this experience which I cannot get out of my system. Maybe writing about it will help……
    Last Sunday me and my wife decided to drive through the Anysberg reserve near Touws Rivier. From the one gate to the other is a 50km twee-spoor track of about 10-20km/h avg speed.
    I pointed out to my wife that there is no sign (tracks) of any cars having traveled this road for some time and the arid-nes of the surroundings. Just powder dust and no shade……
    As we past the office buildings after about 25 km from the entrance gate, I noticed that there were no staff around and continued my slow journey, taking it easy in the comfort of the Prado.
    After about 12-13 km I decided to stop for a leg stretcher in one of the dry river beds.
    When I wanted to start the car again – battery dead! Out of the blue, no warning.
    Checked connections and searched for any obvious faults, no luck.
    What now……?
    - 11:30 on the clock
    - No cell phone signal
    - 35 degrees outside
    - No shade
    - 500mm of water
    Checked my maps - No sign of living in about 50km radius.
    Next car will probably be Monday morning when staff comes back to the office…..
    I need to do something……..
    I’m 64 years of age, but should be able to walk the 12km back to the offices.
    - Maybe there is will be phone reception…?
    - Maybe there is indeed someone…..?
    The rule says: Don’t leave your vehicle when stranded, but off I went, leaving my car and wife in the river bed.
    After about an hour walk in 35 degrees the signs of dehydration and heatstroke starts to show, so I start adjusting my pace, realizing that if things go wrong now, then ………
    After about 9km walking I saw this newish Cruiser 200VX reg number CEA 1****** coming towards me. Wow! My guardian angel is still with me!
    I stop the guy and explain my situation.
    Me: Please sir, can you help me to jump start my car, my battery is shot?
    Him: “Sorry I do not have jumpers”
    Me: “No Problem, I do have jumpers”
    Him: “I think you must rather report it at the office”
    Me: “But you won’t be able to get past my car, It is blocking the road in the river bed”
    Him: “I think you must rather report it at the office”
    Me: “But there are no people at the office…”
    Him: “I think you must rather report it at the office”
    He then drove off…….!
    He just left a very tired 64 year old toppie in 35 degrees in the middle of nowhere.
    I had all this water in my eyes – some of it was sweat………
    I’ll remember his face forever…….
    I was prepared to stand on his tow bar if he was afraid of picking up strangers!
    After another hour in the sun…….. There was no-one in the office – no cell phone reception, but lots of delicious cold water.

    I always assumed that a fellow biker or a fellow 4x4-er will always help one when stranded.
    Apparently not………….
    What will you do?
    what a absolute poephol. Karma will sort him right out I hope. when out in the sticks, you help whenever and wherever you can. Never know when it could be your turn.

    The mind boggles.

    On a different note, and maybe a a rule for future reference. I was taught from a very young age, that if your out in the bundu alone, and you stop for a pee/smoke break whatever, you always leave the car running, especially to avoid this type of thing.

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    Default Re: Would you help someone in distress? My story….

    Always help where and when you can, one day you might need somebody to help you, that is how the world works (or is supposed to work).

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    That's why we drive Landies, we are used to helping one another on the side of the road.

    What happened further on? How did you and your wife get sorted?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RPiet View Post
    what a absolute poephol. Karma will sort him right out I hope. when out in the sticks, you help whenever and wherever you can. Never know when it could be your turn.

    The mind boggles.

    On a different note, and maybe a a rule for future reference. I was taught from a very young age, that if your out in the bundu alone, and you stop for a pee/smoke break whatever, you always leave the car running, especially to avoid this type of thing.

    Yip - leaving people in the lurch in the middle of nowhere is a pretty poor showing.
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    I would have given you my battery if needed. KARMA
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    Not cool.

    How did the story end? You are obviously back to tell the tale.
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    Default Re: Would you help someone in distress? My story….

    Sorry to hear man. Some people are just a class poephols.

    I mean, if I were in your situation, I would be worried sick about my wife alone in the car as well.

    If I drove past you, I would have helped. If I was scared that a 64 year old toppie is going to cause me harm, I would politely ask you if I may frisk you down for weapons, if you carried, I would put it in the boot, out of reach.

    Also, if neither of us had jumpers, I would have given you guys a lift to the closest town or whatever.

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    I sincerely hope that he was not a member of this forum.
    If indeed, he was, then should immediately become and ex-member.
    Just my opinion.
    I have been helped by others and I have helped others on a few very different occasions and conditions.
    This is disgusting to say the least.
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    Hmmmm

    Not a very nice reaction from a Moorreesburg resident. Hope the Karma wheel smacks him hard.
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    Absolutely shocking!!!!

    I don't know how to respond to this. Just glad you are here to relay the story!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chum View Post
    I’m guilty of not really posting on social media, but I have had this experience which I cannot get out of my system. Maybe writing about it will help……
    Last Sunday me and my wife decided to drive through the Anysberg reserve near Touws Rivier. From the one gate to the other is a 50km twee-spoor track of about 10-20km/h avg speed.
    I pointed out to my wife that there is no sign (tracks) of any cars having traveled this road for some time and the arid-nes of the surroundings. Just powder dust and no shade……
    As we past the office buildings after about 25 km from the entrance gate, I noticed that there were no staff around and continued my slow journey, taking it easy in the comfort of the Prado.
    After about 12-13 km I decided to stop for
    a leg stretcher in one of the dry river beds.
    When I wanted to start the car again – battery dead! Out of the blue, no warning.
    Checked connections and searched for any obvious faults, no luck.
    What now……?
    - 11:30 on the clock
    - No cell phone signal
    - 35 degrees outside
    - No shade
    - 500mm of water
    Checked my maps - No sign of living in about 50km radius.
    Next car will probably be Monday morning when staff comes back to the office…..
    I need to do something……..
    I’m 64 years of age, but should be able to walk the 12km back to the offices.
    - Maybe there is will be phone reception…?
    - Maybe there is indeed someone…..?
    The rule says: Don’t leave your vehicle when stranded, but off I went, leaving my car and wife in the river bed.
    After about an hour walk in 35 degrees the signs of dehydration and heatstroke starts to show, so I start adjusting my pace, realizing that if things go wrong now, then ………
    After about 9km walking I saw this newish Cruiser 200VX reg number CEA 1****** coming towards me. Wow! My guardian angel is still with me!
    I stop the guy and explain my situation.
    Me: Please sir, can you help me to jump start my car, my battery is shot?
    Him: “Sorry I do not have jumpers”
    Me: “No Problem, I do have jumpers”
    Him: “I think you must rather report it at the office”
    Me: “But you won’t be able to get past my car, It is blocking the road in the river bed”
    Him: “I think you must rather report it at the office”
    Me: “But there are no people at the office…”
    Him: “I think you must rather report it at the office”
    He then drove off…….!
    He just left a very tired 64 year old toppie in 35 degrees in the middle of nowhere.
    I had all this water in my eyes – some of it was sweat………
    I’ll remember his face forever…….
    I was prepared to stand on his tow bar if he was afraid of picking up strangers!
    After another hour in the sun…….. There was no-one in the office – no cell phone reception, but lots of delicious cold water.

    I always assumed that a fellow biker or a fellow 4x4-er will always help one when stranded.
    Apparently not………….
    What will you do?
    I'm sorry that you had to go through that.
    I got severe heat stroke in the middle of a climb whilst out MTB'ing last year and thankfully had someone to assist.

    I'd definitely have tried to assist. Anyone who does not want to, simply for being a lazy twit... it is not cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
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    Please elaborate. Would you have posted the same it the vehicle was a Patrol. Not appreciated, an a..hole will remain one, no matter what he/she drives

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastiaan View Post
    Please elaborate. Would you have posted the same it the vehicle was a Patrol. Not appreciated, an a..hole will remain one, no matter what he/she drives
    It was TIC, please let's not derail this serious thread.
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    Default Re: Would you help someone in distress? My story….

    On the other hand, guys, we never know what the guy has gone through. Perhaps he was hijacked by a "fake victim" not too long ago? Has a wife and kids at home he's had to think of in such a situation before. Maybe it's selfish, but careful throwing those stones.

    I would not have just left the gent in the sun though. I would have at the very least driven him back to his wife, given him plenty to drink and checked to see if I could call for help.

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