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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Wayne Duck on May 22, 2013, 08:26:14 pm

Title: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 22, 2013, 08:26:14 pm
When we think about doing a bike trip I'm sure that most of us think spectacular scenery, lots of dirt tracks, splashing through river beds, negotiating steep mountain passes...and all the while enjoying perfect sunny weather, not too hot, not to cold and definitely not (too) wet. Well this trip was all of the above  :biggrin:

The last two years during the month of May we (my fiance Ronelle and I) took three weeks leave and explored Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe on my bike. During the rest of the year we cover SA, Lesotho and Swaziland on shorter one week trips (see links to these RR's below in my signature). This May we decided to base ourselves in Underberg for three weeks doing a few day rides and one longer, multi-day trip.
So, without any further boring background as to how we found ourselves in Underberg enjoying the "champagne weather", let's hit the road on our five day, 21 passes trip through the Eastern Cape and Lesotho.

My brother Nolan and his wife Jill from Amanzimtoti joined us on their GS650 Dakar.
I will attach our route / tracks file at the end.

Day One - Underberg to Rhodes (292km)

With a very chilly start, around 4 degrees C before the wind chill factor, we left Underberg down the R617, over Kingscote Cutting (pass 1 of 21) and turned left onto the D609 heading for Matatiele. After breakfast and a refuel in Matat we were off to Mt Fletcher and onto the Elandshoogte road (DR08018) which takes you up and over Naude's Nek (pass 2 of 21).

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This lead us into Rhodes where we checked into the Rhodes Hotel for a the night. After a few drinks in their bar, a tasty three course meal and a bottle of red, we turned on the electric blankets and slid into our beds.

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Day two to follow...
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 22, 2013, 09:26:25 pm
Day two - Rhodes to Lady Grey (166km)

The morning dawned extremely cold...

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...but after a good breakfast the sun was warming the earth and the sky was a brilliant blue...riding weather!

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Unfortunately there was no petrol in Rhodes, and my scooter was in need of some to reach the next refuel  :( Note for future rides this way: fill up at Mt Fletcher. I decided to chance it and stick to my planned route...I could always siphon some from my brother's Dakar if needed.

We turned onto the DR03230 just outside Rhodes and over the Carlisle's Hoek Pass (pass 3 of 21) towards Tiffendell Ski Resort.

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At the resort the new management were working hard to get it ready to welcome guests for the new ski season. I managed to buy 5 liters of petrol and we continued on over Volunteershoek Pass (pass 4 of 21) to Wartrail.

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From Wartrail it's up and over Lundean's Nek (pass 5 of 21) and along next to the Telle river, being the border with Lesotho.

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From this road we turned onto the DR08606 which takes you to Sterkspruit. This gravel road carries a lot of traffic and the badly maintained surface made it hard to get into any sort of rhythm. Sterkspruit is a mess, so we refuel quickly and head out towards Lady Grey. Due to a fairly late start leaving Rhodes (looking for fuel and I think we were scared of the cold!) and the time taken to get fuel at Tiffendell, it was late in the afternoon when we reached Lady Grey, so we decided to look around this little town and stay over for the night.

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Day three to follow...
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Would I? on May 22, 2013, 09:37:53 pm
This looks interesting!! keep it coming. :thumleft:
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 22, 2013, 10:33:42 pm
Day Three - Lady Grey to Maclear (269km)

It was up early for breakfast and then onto Joubert's Pass (pass 6 of 21).

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We joined the R58 and headed east over Grondnek Pass (pass 7 of 21) and the Kraairivier Pass (8 of 21). Soon after this we turn onto the R396 and then onto the DR02898.

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These roads and tracks get you to the Otto Du Plessis Pass (9 of 21)...and what a magnificent pass, the riding and the views are out of this world!

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After this bit of paradise it was into Elliot for a refuel and snack then up the Barkly Pass (pass 10 of 21) to the turn off onto the R393 signposted as Rhodes. This takes you over the Fetcani Pass (pass 11 of 21) to the turn off to Bastervoet Pass (pass 12 of 21) on the DR02884.

I have some bad memories of this pass  :o A few years back on one of our solo trips Ronelle and I nonchalantly rode up into the cloud covering the mountain top not expecting much as far as passes go. May I add that I was not feeling well that day (and the next few days) due to me having a bugger of a fever. Well, it was raining in this cloud and we could not see but a few meters ahead of us. Long story short, it took us about three (okay maybe four!) hours to get over and down into Ugie. I dropped the bike twice and Ronelle ended up walking / running about 20km of the pass due to the fact that I was just too weak to control the bike with her on pillion!

This day however we had magnificent sunny weather, the pass was dry and the visibility was forever...and Ronelle never had to get off and walk anywhere  :ricky:

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Above: My boet simulating a base jump...or Superboet  ;)

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...Bastervoet conquered, this time like a walk in the park!

We pushed on to Maclear to overnight at Bob's Place just outside of town. We had all had a really great day  :)

Day 4 to follow...
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Cheetah on May 22, 2013, 10:47:29 pm
 :sip:
WOW !!! Awesome scenery.
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: spoedvark on May 22, 2013, 11:00:24 pm
Subscribed!

Bastervoet still on my bucket list!
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: mischiefjay on May 22, 2013, 11:02:37 pm
Nice trip so far.
Thanks for sharing.
:thumleft:
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: JACOVV on May 23, 2013, 05:35:44 am
Very nice - keep it coming.  :thumleft:

What a privilege doing it with your boet!!

I did a few of those passes, but the rest is on my bucket list.  Just have to find the bucket - read time  :deal:
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on May 23, 2013, 08:17:19 am
Stunning ride so far - way up on my bucket list to do these passes!
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: mtbbiker on May 23, 2013, 08:57:38 am
Thanks for sharing your trip,  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Can I please ask if you have track files (GPS) that you share them ?
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Gerrard on May 23, 2013, 09:16:42 am
Nice trip. 22 passes  :deal: From Matatiel Mt Fletcher to Elandshoogte, on you way to Rhodes, you would have climbed Pitseng pass (thus # 2)  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: DRAZIL on May 23, 2013, 09:24:50 am
awesome photos and a great trip you all had. :thumleft: :thumleft:
Roll on some more :thumleft:
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Aicorner on May 23, 2013, 09:27:15 am
Kingscote Cutting is hardly a pass - 21 :deal:

Sub'd
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: lj111 on May 23, 2013, 05:19:59 pm
Sub :sip:
Thanks
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 23, 2013, 05:39:17 pm
Nice trip. 22 passes  :deal: From Matatiel Mt Fletcher to Elandshoogte, on you way to Rhodes, you would have climbed Pitseng pass (thus # 2)  :thumleft:

Thanks - tried to get them all but missed that one!
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 23, 2013, 05:47:02 pm
Kingscote Cutting is hardly a pass - 21 :deal:

Sub'd

Ha ha, you are 100% correct  ;) I was going to add before the end of my report that some of these "passes" are a non-event...why they have been given names I don't know! But then, for some people Sani Pass is a big thing and for others it's just another gravel road. For those of us with mostly Natal WFO enduro racing experience anything from forest track to graded gravel is a road, but some people call anything not tarred "off-road"  ;)
Just depends on ones point of reference  :thumleft:

Glad you're enjoying the RR
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 23, 2013, 05:49:03 pm
Thanks for sharing your trip,  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Can I please ask if you have track files (GPS) that you share them ?

Thanks. I will be posting the track file at the end. Enjoy

Wayne
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: T Rex on May 23, 2013, 06:04:10 pm
Thank you...... Awesome Trip!!
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 23, 2013, 07:13:50 pm
Day Four - Maclear to Sehlabathebe National Park in Lesotho (273km)

Today we had to get up and get going early...it was going to be a long day of riding and we wanted to get to the lodge in Sehlabathebe before too late in the afternoon to be able to enjoy a bit of a walk and watch the sunset. From Maclear we got onto the R396 to Potrivier Pass (pass 13 of 21) and over Elandshooghte again to Mt Fletcher. It was along this stretch of narrow twisty gravel road that we had a very close call  :o

Coming around one of the many blind corners a bakkie and myself narrowly missed having a head on collision. I swerved to my left and luckily so did the bakkie driver (swerve to his left). My front started to slide so I released the brake and squeezed it again but it once more started to slide. So squeeze, release, squeeze, release we zigzagged across the road but thankfully the bike stopped before going down the embankment. I glanced back at the driver, gave a thumbs up and we continued on our way. Obviously all this happens in a second so one just relies on subconscious decisions and actions from muscle memory / experience. Only after, during the next few kilometers, did I replay the incident over in my mind and had a bit of a cold sweat! Hats off to my fiance pillion, she has mastered the art of sitting very still and / or mimicking my movements when we hit any rough patches!  :ricky:

From Mt Fletcher it was back up to Matatiele where we stopped to refuel, buy lunch and some provisions for dinner at Sehlabathebe Lodge (it's self catering). That town was hectically busy and, after another close call with a Fortuner turning in front of me at an intersection, we exited town in the direction of Ramatsiliso's Gate.

This route goes through some busy settlements but eventually starts to climb up the mountains into Lesotho. The last few hundred meters to the border gate are steep and rocky...sorry no pictures from the ladies, so although this might not have an official "pass" name I call it Ramatsiliso's Pass (pass 14 of 21)

The border formalities are almost nonexistent at this very small, very quiet gate...on the Lesotho side they do not even charge the usual toll / road fee that they do at other entry points to Lesotho, too remote to merit coming to audit and collect the cash!

Once in Lesotho it's off along the A4.

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At the above abandoned fuel station we turn off the A4 towards Sehlabathebe National Park. After a short trip over some very smart new gravel roads (Chinese are very busy in Lesotho!) we reach the gate of the park...!

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Okay, the state of the signage at this gate is an indication of the "road" into the park and to the lodge! Wonderfully unkempt, just what we DS bikers yearn for ;)

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After a short, steep up hill we reach a check point where we complete the entry book. There is a raised wooden walkway to these rock formations close by.

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Shortly after leaving the check point we get confused with which track to take to the lodge, so my brother goes back to ask the guard...who willingly hops onto the bike to come show us   :biggrin:

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After being shown the correct track we head for the lodge. Again, this track to the lodge in my opinion deserves a "pass" name, so I'm calling it Sehlabathebe Pass (pass 15 of 21).

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We park the bikes and off load then go for a walk into this truly remote and magnificent piece of paradise, with the shadows lengthening by the minute.

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We did not have the lodge to ourselves, there was another two couples there, but it is a big old place with many rooms and bathrooms, no electricity just gas, a nice warm fire in the Jetmaster and lovely comfortable beds with lots of warm blankets and duvets...what more could you ask for at R150 per person per night?  :thumleft:

After cooking up our simple dinner of boerie rolls my brother and his wife braved the cold to lie outside under a pile of blankets to look at the stars...not for us, Ronelle and I had a nice hot bath and slipped into bed!

Day five to follow...
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Geotraveller on May 23, 2013, 08:10:03 pm
Fan-blimmin-tastic. Keep it coming!
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: IanTheTooth on May 23, 2013, 09:17:51 pm
Haven't seen you and Nolan since our WFO days. Greg English keeps me posted about the doings of Nolan and I've been on quite a bit of this route with Greg.  Strangely enough I was riding in Sehlabathebe National park this weekend.  Don't forget to post your tracks, there's a lot of stuff in your trip I would like to use. Ian Hogg
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 23, 2013, 09:35:38 pm
Day five - Sehlabathebe to Underberg (242km)

As with the day before, we had to get up and on the road as early as possible to make it through the Sani top border control before they closed. As it turned out, we made it "easily" (it was still a heck of a long day!) as I had it in my head that it closed at 4pm. When we got there at about 3.30pm we were informed that it only closes at 6pm!

Anyway, back to Sehlabathebe. The dawn was spectacular

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So after a quick breakfast of Oatsoeasy and tea, we were ready to ride!

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Back at the abandoned fuel station...

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...we turned onto the A4 and headed towards the mighty Matabeng Pass (pass 16 of 21).

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After climbing up to the settlement of Sehonghong (I call it the Sehonghong Pass, pass 17 of 21) it was off across the seemingly unending folds of mountain ranges, all passes in their own right, but no names! We crossed another named pass, the Menoaneng Pass (pass 18 of 21) before joining the A1 at Taung. We turn right onto the A1 towards Mokhotlong.

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And, at one of the many picturesque river crossings we enjoy a break for lunch - last nights left over meat on rolls.

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Near Mokhotlong we take a right onto the A14, otherwise known as the Sani Top road. Now I've done this road countless times since 1991 (I also lived in Lesotho for 5 years from '91 to '96) and have always enjoyed the narrow, twisty track that makes it's way to Sani top. Well this is no more  :( The Chinese have attacked it with massive earth moving equipment and, for a very long way, it is already been transformed into a four lane wide dirt highway!

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If it involves fixing up my rugged dirt routes, I hate progress! It will not be long and they will reach Sani top...and a second team (not Chinese at this stage) have already started blasting and grading the switchbacks on Sani. Next to come is the tarmac surface, and then the place will be overrun with our counterparts on their crotch rockets  :o
Ah well, many of the passes covered in this RR are better and more challenging than Sani so we can still go do them.

As we came over Kotisephola (Black Mountains) Pass (pass 19 of 21) the sun was shielded by ominous looking dark rain clouds. We continued over this, the highest point of our journey at 3247 meters above sea level (measured on my GPS), and just as we were coming off of Phatlapoho Pass (pass 20 of 21) onto the flat plateau above Sani we noticed tiny snow flakes falling and sticking to our visors  ;D

We had had four and a half days of glorious winter sunshine but now our lucky weather window was closing. No problem, we were close to home.

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Eastern%20Cape%20Passes%20May%202013/IMG-20130509-00241_zpsae5c4f7b.jpg) (http://s1240.photobucket.com/user/wduck7/media/Eastern%20Cape%20Passes%20May%202013/IMG-20130509-00241_zpsae5c4f7b.jpg.html)

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Eastern%20Cape%20Passes%20May%202013/DSC09453_zpse7745f57.jpg) (http://s1240.photobucket.com/user/wduck7/media/Eastern%20Cape%20Passes%20May%202013/DSC09453_zpse7745f57.jpg.html)

At the top of Sani we could see the thick bank of cloud would mean that visibility over and down the pass would be zero so, after finding out that the border control only closed at 6pm, we treated ourselves to a drink at the pub. The ladies had wine and the guys a mug of hot chocolate...we still had to get down the pass to Underberg!

After this last pit stop we disappeared in to the thick cloud and dropped off the plateau down into Natal, over the pass called Sani Pass...pass 21 of 21  ;D

We were in Underberg almost before the ink had dried on our passport stamps and enjoyed dinner and a bottle of red wine at The Grind...it just happened to be half price night at this pizza / pasta restaurant.
There is something extremely satisfying about coming to the end of a ride - no serious incidents, no punctures, overdoses of spectacular scenery, good company, comfortable, warm accommodation and, of course, being able to ride a bike everyday through all of this!

One last pic of my GPS at the end of the ride...

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Eastern%20Cape%20Passes%20May%202013/IMGP4998_zpsdf6946c4.jpg) (http://s1240.photobucket.com/user/wduck7/media/Eastern%20Cape%20Passes%20May%202013/IMGP4998_zpsdf6946c4.jpg.html)

As can be seen:
Total distance: 1276.8km
Moving average speed: 47.5km/h (testament to the rugged roads!)
Maximum speed: ah ummm, yes! Must have been down Sani...it's so smooth now!
Moving time (time in the saddle): 26 hrs 52 minutes

(the other totals and averages are not relevent due to me switching off the GPS when we stop)

I have attached my actual tracks to this post, see below. Looking at the profile of each day one can see why I called this RR "...and then we got high". We climbed to over 2000 meters a total of 17 times and to over 3000 meters twice. Very high for Southern Africa!

Please feel free to ask / pm me should you like to know any other detail.

Now to plan my next ride... :ricky:

Here are links to my other ride reports:

Off to Mpumalanga and a bit of Swaziland
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=120446.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=120446.0)

Zimbabwe May 2012
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=102344.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=102344.0)

Rides with my son / daughter – A short collection
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=104992.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=104992.0)

Lesotho/Eastern cape – My son’s first long ride
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=107046.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=107046.0)

A bit of Free State and Eastern Cape
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=117650.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=117650.0)

21 days through BotsNamZamZim two up May 2011
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=106761.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=106761.0)

Fetching the Sunday paper...the long way 'round.
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=121459.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=121459.0)
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 23, 2013, 09:43:57 pm
Very nice - keep it coming.  :thumleft:

What a privilege doing it with your boet!!

I did a few of those passes, but the rest is on my bucket list.  Just have to find the bucket - read time  :deal:

Thanks...we've been riding together for many many years...since about 1979 in the sugar cane and hills between the coast (Amanzimtoti) and Umbumbulu, and then racing WFO enduro, Zululand Champs, etc. for many years. Now adventure touring whenever we can get the chance. This was taken on our Zimbabwe trip in May 2012  ;D

(http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg489/wduck7/Zimbabwe%202012/32e7e7bf.jpg) (http://s1240.photobucket.com/user/wduck7/media/Zimbabwe%202012/32e7e7bf.jpg.html)
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: stan1975 on May 23, 2013, 09:47:02 pm
Awesome RR!
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: BigRED on May 23, 2013, 09:48:23 pm
Awesome, thanks for sharing  :ricky:
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: JACOVV on May 23, 2013, 09:53:43 pm
Wonderful - thanks for sharing.   :thumleft:

Pitty we didn't sleep at Sehlabathebe as what the plan was when we went to Lesotho last year.

But I'll go again as I read an article about it in the "Weg" that was wrote by Jacko, and since I read the article, I want to go.

Maybe December - who knows  :deal:
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 23, 2013, 09:56:09 pm
Haven't seen you and Nolan since our WFO days. Greg English keeps me posted about the doings of Nolan and I've been on quite a bit of this route with Greg.  Strangely enough I was riding in Sehlabathebe National park this weekend.  Don't forget to post your tracks, there's a lot of stuff in your trip I would like to use. Ian Hogg

Wow, a blast from the past! Thanks for posting! I have not seen Greg for many a years. I'll tell Nolan you're on here, he still stays in 'Toti, just sold his business and retired...more time to ride  :biggrin:
Take care Ian

Wayne.
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Sidpitt on May 23, 2013, 09:57:42 pm
Fantastic RR.
before the end of the year I MUST do this trip!
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 23, 2013, 09:59:07 pm
Wonderful - thanks for sharing.   :thumleft:

Pitty we didn't sleep at Sehlabathebe as what the plan was when we went to Lesotho last year.

But I'll go again as I read an article about it in the "Weg" that was wrote by Jacko, and since I read the article, I want to go.

Maybe December - who knows  :deal:

You must...just be careful of December though, starting of the rainy season!
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: GG on May 24, 2013, 08:08:36 am
Very lekker, and great pics,tks
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: capeklr on May 24, 2013, 02:50:36 pm
My bucket list just got longer. Thanks. :thumleft:
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: cloudgazer on May 24, 2013, 03:22:03 pm
wow, some of those view are just spectacular.

gonna have to get back to that part of the country sometime soon.
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: BatmanGS on May 25, 2013, 03:52:07 am
Hi Wayne

Thanks for sharing this wonderful ride with us, just a another little bit of heaven in Africa.

Thanks Gavan
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: SGB on May 25, 2013, 08:45:09 pm
Lekker Wayne, nice pictures.  Regards to Nolan!
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Topie on May 25, 2013, 09:41:56 pm
Nice..dit lyk na n awesome ride.
Sal graag Sani weer wil doen voor daar niks oor is van die ou pas nie
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: spoedvark on May 25, 2013, 09:58:12 pm
Wonderful - thanks for sharing.   :thumleft:

Pitty we didn't sleep at Sehlabathebe as what the plan was when we went to Lesotho last year.

But I'll go again as I read an article about it in the "Weg" that was wrote by Jacko, and since I read the article, I want to go.

Maybe December - who knows  :deal:

My fiets was noggie daarie!!! Kan ek ook weer saam??

Thanks for sharing the 21 passes with us. Enjoyed it from start to finish.
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 25, 2013, 10:13:30 pm
Thanks for all the positive comments guys   :thumleft:

SGB...thanks and will do so.
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: XTRICK on May 25, 2013, 11:15:38 pm
Awesome ride Wayne. Was just wondering if you think it is doable in reverse order? Thanks mate.
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Wayne Duck on May 25, 2013, 11:52:32 pm
Awesome ride Wayne. Was just wondering if you think it is doable in reverse order? Thanks mate.

Absolutely! Nothing too difficult on this ride. The only pass that you need to watch out for I'd say is Bastervoet. If dry and sunny no problem in either direction.
If wet , well that's another story...difficult but ok from west to east (mostly down hill) but, in my opinion, east to west (on a big bike) one could battle for traction in places, and you'd need this to maintain essential momentum.

Wayne

Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: XTRICK on May 25, 2013, 11:58:04 pm
Thanks Wayne. Had our trip derailed by the snow a short while back and could only go up and down Sani. This looks like a splendid comeback route. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: BJJ on May 26, 2013, 07:26:53 pm
Jo dit is pragtige fotos
Mooi werk Manne en Dames
Het gedeeltes van julle trip laas naweek gedoen dit is Woes mooi.
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Bring It On on August 08, 2013, 11:32:13 pm
Thanks a lot Wayne for yet another really Super RR :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Thanks a lot for sharing this experience with us.
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: gecco 162 on August 09, 2013, 10:28:03 am
REVS and I did a ride up to Elliot, Rhodes about 6 years ago, we vowed to return but some how have not. Seeing your pics and reading your RR has stirred this all up again!

Fantastic RR and pics!!!!!!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: Shangali on August 09, 2013, 10:53:17 am

 Fantastic Ride, stunning Eye-Candy along the way. Good for the Mind  :thumleft: :thumleft:

 Did lots of it with a good "gang" from the Club .... under some dust I remember goooood things ...

 Times like these are to view in life ...

 THANKS

  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
 
Title: Re: ...and then we got high! (21 passes in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho)
Post by: RobC on August 09, 2013, 11:18:39 am
 :drif: Awesome.