The simple principle is:
"UNLESS YOU ARE THE LAST PERSON IN THE CONVOY, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS KEEP THE RIDER BEHIND YOU IN SIGHT VIA YOUR REAR VIEW MIRRORS."
Don't assume that everyone knows
the exact route the convoy is taking!!
There are 8 bikes out on the road.
- The leader, rider 1, gets to a fork in the road or a point where the chosen route requires a turn off, seen that there is a turn and then rider 2 can carry on.
- Rider 1 waits until he/she is satisfied that the rider 2 has seen that he/she is turning left or right and rider 1 then carries on.
- Rider 2 then ensures that rider 3 has
- Rider 3 checks that rider 4 has seen and so it goes until rider 8 turns, following rider 7.
When there is just long continuous riding, say across the Karoo, if each rider just keeps the person behind them in sight, (slow down if need be) then no one can get lost. It is just not possible!!
- Rider 7 has a puncture.
- Rider 8 will, hopefully, catch up and stop to assist, also hopefully.
- Rider 6 ought to notice that rider 7 is no longer in sight and, after waiting a bit, will turn around to find out what's up – hopefully.
- Rider 5 should notice that rider 6 is nowhere in sight and ought to also wait a bit and then turn around to investigate.
- This should happen all the way up the chain to the leading bike, rider 1, who will also wait when rider 2 is no longer in sight, turn around and ride back to the "broken" bike. Soon everyone should be back at the "victim" – the real point of riding together!!