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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Wooly Bugger on May 22, 2013, 12:18:37 pm

Title: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: Wooly Bugger on May 22, 2013, 12:18:37 pm
how about the RR, JonW?
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Post by: wilddoc on May 22, 2013, 12:21:57 pm
What were you up to?
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Post by: Wooly Bugger on May 22, 2013, 12:37:45 pm
mad things!
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Post by: Wooly Bugger on May 22, 2013, 01:45:30 pm
but brave things that I wouldn't even dream of............... :deal:
Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: JonW on May 22, 2013, 02:12:36 pm
Wooly, when you do a ride and you get lost by taking the wrong path, then you don't complete the intended route and you fall off your bike as many times as I did, the thought of doing the ride report is not an appealing one.

I will put something together, but not many pics were taken by me as I was too exhausted from picking my XR up on the side of the mountain and trying to kick it to life again.
Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: Wooly Bugger on May 22, 2013, 02:13:33 pm
old age has never been a valid excuse........ :deal:
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Post by: wilddoc on May 22, 2013, 02:48:39 pm
Jon I think I remember a ride where that happened before.
I think it is time for a Happy button.
Cant wait
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Post by: Wooly Bugger on May 22, 2013, 02:59:40 pm
 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Post by: dirtyXT on May 22, 2013, 03:10:07 pm
 :drif: i hope there are pics and accurate graphs coming. this sounds like a good one. JonW has the right idea when it comes to riding. :thumleft:
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Post by: Wooly Bugger on May 22, 2013, 03:18:22 pm
:drif: i hope there are pics and accurate graphs coming. this sounds like a good one. JonW has the right idea when it comes to riding. :thumleft:

indeed, indeed........the man is awesome!
i have just googled "fearless"...........click on "images".....
the defense rests.
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Post by: dirtyXT on May 22, 2013, 08:01:56 pm
I did so. only got results about jonw and something about rear entry and the heros that did it. ;D
Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: Wooly Bugger on May 24, 2013, 08:48:11 am
still no RR?  :xxbah:

 :peepwall:
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Post by: stan1975 on May 26, 2013, 08:19:57 pm
Perhaps the subject should be amended to end in "any given Sunday"

RR should be forthcoming by now....
Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: IanTheTooth on May 26, 2013, 08:30:11 pm
(Wooly Bugger) [removed by request, but it was a good story, wasn't it Jon?] What we really needed to do to finish this ride as planned was to get to the gate in the fence (see attached picture of same gate) to get down the pass but the body of the kirk wasn't willing.  Ian (the one with the electric start and little enzy wenzy motor)
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Post by: IanTheTooth on May 27, 2013, 08:51:12 pm
It wasn't just the kick start, here's the profile of the ridge to the gate. You can see I crabbed a bit on the way up but on my return I came straight down. I thought they were leaving me behind at that stage! Ian
Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: IanTheTooth on May 28, 2013, 08:36:35 pm
Jon & Trevor seem to have got writers block. Here's a couple of pictures to help them get the literary juices flowing.
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Post by: edgy on May 28, 2013, 08:48:37 pm
Looks awesome :thumleft:
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Post by: JonW on May 28, 2013, 09:13:32 pm
Ok I guess I better post the few pics that I took and fill in some of the story.

I did a ride up to the top of the berg a few months ago, reported here:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=120530.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=120530.0)

where we went up and then back down the same route.

Since then I have been a bit obsessed with finding another different route down from Lesotho into SA, not using any of the recognised passes.

So after hours and hours of examining Google Earth I came up with what looked like a feasible route:

 
Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: JonW on May 28, 2013, 09:20:50 pm
I asked Trevorwb and Ian the Tooth if they were keen to join me, both were, so we planned the trip for the weekend of Sunday 19 May.

We trailered the bikes to just outside Swartberg, Ian on his WR250, Trevor on his 950SE and me on my XR.

The weather was perfect and we made good time getting up the pass to the Lesotho border.

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Post by: JonW on May 28, 2013, 09:26:16 pm
Up the pass
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Post by: JonW on May 28, 2013, 09:31:44 pm
We then set off going northwards, in the direction of Bushman's Neck, but for me this is where the trip went wrong.

On the pic below the blue line is the route that i drew on Google Earth that we should have followed, as you can see it goes inside the red line, which is the border fence. The pink line is our actual track, taken off Ian's GPS, and the yellow line is the Lesotho border according to Google Earth.

Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: dirtyXT on May 28, 2013, 09:34:39 pm
 :drif: next time in heading to Lesotho this the route!!!  :thumleft: well done fellas. those pictures actually capture some of the incline. not 61 degrees mind you. but fantastic!  :deal:

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: JonW on May 28, 2013, 09:43:30 pm
Anyway, from there on the riding for me became a fair bit more difficult. We were following off camber contour paths which I never cope well with. We were riding on very thin single track, with a steep slope rising to the left and massive drop off to the right, so you knew, (well I did, Ian and Trevor coped fine), that if you went wrong, you and your bike were going to roll a long way down the mountain. I took a few tumbles and the effort of picking my bike up on the side ot the steep slope plus battling to kick start it again started taking its toll on my energy levels.

Unfortunately from here on I didn't take many pictures, I think I had by this stage gone into survival mode  :biggrin:
Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: JonW on May 28, 2013, 09:57:24 pm
After riding just on the South African side of the fence for quite a way, we came to the base of a pretty steep rutted climb. By this stage Trevor was battling with the altitude on his SE, it was misfiring quite badly and stalled a couple of times. Ian went off up the hill on his WR and made it without too much fuss. Trevor then said his SE will not make it up the slope with the way it was running, so I took the easy way out and said there's no point in me following Ian up the mountain if we going to have to come back for Trevor anyway.

Whether I would have made the climb or not is another matter alltogether, but at that stage I was pretty knackered anyway, so I was fairly relieved not to have to do it.

Ian then came back down and joined Trevor and me, and we had a fairly uneventful ride back down the way we had come, except of course I took another fall  :(

So although it was actually a great ride and should have been really enjoyable, I came away with a sense of failure that we hadn't completed the ride and come down the pass that I had found.

Oh well, I guess that is not all bad, as it means I gotta get back there and finish the ride.
Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: trevorwb on May 28, 2013, 10:48:42 pm
The jetting on my SE was way out and it was coughing and spluttering on one lung along the top.I actually attempted the last hurdle but the bike just ran out of steam a third of the way up.The scenery along the top was breathtaking.The last hill that Ian went up was more than just a hill.I am sure we will try it again
Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: trevorwb on May 29, 2013, 03:30:33 am
A few more
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Post by: KTM11 on May 29, 2013, 07:51:46 am
Looks like an awesome route.......

BUT a dual sport ride on a WR250, that's just cheating  :pot:
Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: JonW on May 29, 2013, 09:37:15 am
Looks like an awesome route.......

BUT a dual sport ride on a WR250, that's just cheating  :pot:

Ja I guess it could be seen as cheating, but if he can look himself in the mirror afterwards then I guess it's all good  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Post by: DRAZIL on May 29, 2013, 09:44:17 am
beaut views and discovering new ground  +1000 :thumleft:
thanks
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Post by: IanTheTooth on May 29, 2013, 10:10:45 am
QUOTE: Ja I guess it could be seen as cheating, but if he can look himself in the mirror afterwards then I guess it's all good  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

I've looked at the mirror, mirror on the wall and it tells me that I'm the fair.......what a handsome man I am BUT especially how clever I am to bring the right bike to the right place! It did have number plates, lights & a licence. What are you whinging about? Ian
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Post by: EssBee on May 29, 2013, 12:30:56 pm
Shoo....nice RR guyz...thanks for sharing!
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Post by: wilddoc on May 29, 2013, 02:03:20 pm
True Jonw trip.
Looks like I will have to get myself another bike to join you chaps
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Post by: IanTheTooth on May 29, 2013, 02:21:35 pm
Wildoc. Another Bike? remember n+1 and s-1. Might be closer than you think! Your wife is quite a sweet old thing.

 I went to the KTM dealership in Gateway today to see if there would be a more powerful KTM than the 1000 odd cc of Trevor's SE that would be able to crest our hill. The salesman told me that the 1190cc model would be much, much, much more powerful with much, much better bits than the rubbish, older models and that he could do a really good deal for me with the bank. He tried to show me how you would dial in the electronic suspension for a climb of 2,400m to 2,500m at a gradient of 1:1 strewn with rocks of between 100mm and 200mm but the menu choices were very confusing and I really needed a pair of loupes to read the tiny little screen anyway. I asked him if you could have a suspension that just worked anyway but he told me that was not what dual sport/adventure riding was all about. Stupid me. Whatever was I thinking!

My friend Clive suggested that perhaps a turbocharged 1190cc might be able to do the trick!
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Post by: Wooly Bugger on May 30, 2013, 11:37:02 am
well done!
respect.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: 3 crazy guys in KZN/Lesotho last Sunday.......
Post by: andrew5336 on February 11, 2015, 03:33:09 pm
This is an awesome part of KZN / Lesotho - we do a trail run often here.

There's a place called Jonathan's lodge near the top of Bushman's Nek Pass - it's incredible. Right in the mountains.

Anyone keen to make a weekend of it using existing roads / tracks sometime in March?

Either up Sani and across or up a pass near Swartberg that a friend has mentioned before - he goes in a Hilux so it can't be horrendous.
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Post by: Brucekzn on February 11, 2015, 04:22:58 pm
Andrew, I'm definitely in!
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Post by: trevorwb on February 11, 2015, 09:00:21 pm
Andrew pls keep me posted
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Post by: IanTheTooth on February 11, 2015, 09:13:34 pm
Vernon Perry is doing a trip through Lesotho staying at the lodge on the 21st March. The advert should be in the papers this weekend. Ian
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Post by: andrew5336 on February 12, 2015, 10:08:57 am
Awesome, I'll look into that as an option!