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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: lonerider on November 19, 2007, 04:49:08 pm

Title: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: lonerider on November 19, 2007, 04:49:08 pm
Rather late than never. Here's the Ride Report from my "delivery trip" a few weeks ago. Not much to it, but managed the highlight of the trip.

(BTW, my first report using links to Photobucket, so please be patient if things don't work quite as they should.)

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I collected the bike in Johannesburg, leaving me a 1500km journey to get it back to my abode in Stellenbosch - joy! I didn't get to do it all in a oner though - did a first stretch of about 400km to my parents where I spent a few days before loading up and heading south.

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Here we are, loaded and ready for the 1100km to Stellenbosch.

Although I have previously done the 1100km from Christiana to Stellenbosch in one day, I had the luxury of some spare time so split the journey in two, overnighting in Prince Albert.
 
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Wide open road, beckoning horizon - that's why I ride the bike! :)

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Gravel roads, remote areas - who wouldn't want to go...?

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Prince Albert in the distance.

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The Views B&B in Prince Albert  - perfect setting for sundowners, lazy evenings, and admiring beautiful things.

After a good night's rest in Prince Albert, I woke early the next day and was on the road again by 0700. Still a bit chilly for some reason, so switched on the heated handgrips to enjoy of the little luxuries my steed has to offer. Strange how warm hands can make one think the body is as warm.

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Yep, we're going through there!

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Magnificent folded mountains.

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The road coming up from the bottom...

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...with me parked to enjoy the view for a while..

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...surrounded by magnificence.

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A little further up, looking back long the switchbacks.

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The road leading to the top of the Pass (just off the left edge of the picture).

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The Top, looking back along the way I came.

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Looking down the other side of the Swartberg Pass, toward De Rust.

Winded my merry way down toward Oudtshoorn, looking forward to some gravel roads through the farming community, when I came across the following.

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Road closed...

Despite large signs at each end of the road leading to the actual Pass prohibiting the entry of heavy duty vehicles and vehicles over 6m long, this driver for some reason decided he wanted to over the Swartberg Pass. Of course he then ran into a slight spot of bother around one of the fairly sharp corners. As you can see, the truck's rear wheels are off the road, and off to the right, so are the trailer's wheels. The trailer and truck chassis were resting on the ground,
 
So I turned around, back from whence I came. All this made for an extra three hours of riding for the day, eventually got to Stellenbosch around 1600, tired, but content. As a result of the unintended delay I didn't make many more stops, so no more photos.
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: Trailrider on November 19, 2007, 04:52:31 pm
Great pics. That pass is a great ride.
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: tok-tokkie on November 19, 2007, 06:09:26 pm
Yea.  Lucky you didn't have to get to the other side.  Lovely road.  Nice bike.  Keep on enjoying it.
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: the_wes on November 19, 2007, 06:23:59 pm
nice jacket bro, and here i thought i was the only one in the western cape with one  ;D
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: lonerider on November 19, 2007, 10:29:34 pm
nice jacket bro, and here i thought i was the only one in the western cape with one  ;D

|heh-heh| :) Walked in HG in Aberdeen at the end of a rota, and behold, they had a sale on. Picked up jacket and trousers - broke the bank a bit, but was needing new kit and the value for money ratio was good enough.

(Now, how closely did you examine the one picture that has the jacket in to spot it?  ??? These WDs have sharp eyes...  ;D)
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: the_wes on November 20, 2007, 09:09:20 am
well i just got mine the other day, so i sort of spotted the nubuck section on the arm and the toureg almost instantly  ;D ;D

great jacket hey?  ;)
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: sillystunt on November 20, 2007, 04:31:35 pm

great pix,looks ;like a great trip and what a bike!
keep well,spot you on the road sometime
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: lonerider on November 20, 2007, 05:44:41 pm

great pix,looks ;like a great trip and what a bike!
keep well,spot you on the road sometime

Thanks sillystunt! It took care of me well - probably courtesy of the expert raining from the previous owner... ;) :) Lovin'every minute I'm in the saddle...

Yep, hope to meet up along the way - good to see you're back on. :)
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: Groenie on November 23, 2007, 03:43:24 pm
Looks like a jack under the front bumper of the truck might just have done the trick to clear the road again. How high was the drop behind his rear tyres?
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: lonerider on November 25, 2007, 07:56:56 pm
Looks like a jack under the front bumper of the truck might just have done the trick to clear the road again. How high was the drop behind his rear tyres?

He was properly stuck. Couldn't see the ground either side of the road bescause of the vegetation, but would guess minimum 3m down... Three of the four sets of the horse's rear wheels were off the road, and although I didn't clamber over the load to check the far side, I would gues that of the six rear wheel sets (triple axle trailer) the near-side three and one or two of the far side were off the road. Load was heavy-duty drill pipe and -bits.

Well stuck.

(I'm actually intrigued to know how they cleared it... Anybody in Oudtshoorn...?)
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: husky on November 26, 2007, 07:31:59 am
As Howie of Bark SA says, "Groot kak.  The baas is going to shout me loud".
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: GO GIRL on November 26, 2007, 09:58:50 pm
Nice pics ....that Swartberg pass always remains breathtaking...!!!
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: lonerider on November 26, 2007, 10:40:31 pm
Nice pics ....that Swartberg pass always remains breathtaking...!!!

Thanks! :)

Yep, the Pass still hasn't lost it's charm, even though I try to ride it at least once a year. Just one of my favourite places...
Title: Re: Swartberg Pass blits
Post by: oo7 on November 27, 2007, 08:27:23 am
Nice pics ....that Swartberg pass always remains breathtaking...!!!

+1 bar

I couldn't agree more with you - it is definately one of the many 'most' beautiful spots in our country! Here are some pics of the pass (on the De Rust side) taken after the snowfall in July this year: