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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Bernoulli on October 17, 2013, 11:36:21 am

Title: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 17, 2013, 11:36:21 am
I am sitting behind my desk busily typing away at my terribly corporate and urban existence when he suddenly appeared in the doorway: Have you been to Verneukpan?

Huh? What happened to Hi/Hallo/How are you? But these are only my thoughts, and very private thoughts they are. Because, standing in the doorway is he of many trips. Lesotho. Angola. Europe. He is the leader. I do not expect niceties. He does not have to say hallo. All he must do is decide to take me on a trip. And I think he has just done that!

(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/P9230731.jpg)

And no, that is not my office but it is me performing some ancient ritual befitting mere mortals in the presence of sandriding gods like the leader. But more about that later.

There was going to be four of us. And we planned a 3 day trip to Verneukpan and back. None of us had been there. And it was going to be in August. I could hardly contain my excitement. Not only was it going to be my first multi-day trip, it was also going to be the opportunity to do sections of a trip I planned for myself in February and had to cancel when Margaret developed an inexplicable habit to cut out whenever she felt like it. I only got as far as Oppiberg before the reality of taking on the Tankwa karoo, solo, in February, with unreliable wheels dawned on me and I meekly turned around and went home and cut the lawn.

But back to Verneukpan. Planning was done, leave arranged, accommodation sorted (we wanted to travel lightly and sleep comfortably) and then the heavens opened. And it rained. And rained. And then it rained some more. So the Thursday before our planned departure on Friday we called Johan at the Gannaga Lodge.

You may be able to reach me but from here to Middelpos you will duckwalk through mud for 28 km’s. Saw 4 vehicles on the side of the road yesterday when I returned from Sutherland

We agreed to postpone, cancellation was not an option.

When the calendar presented the opportunity to arrange a 4-day week-end in September, we planned some more. The 3-day trip became 4 days, but then the 4 riders became 3. Let me not confuse you, here they are:

The leader, he of many trips, on a 1200GSA (Chum on WD)

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The photographer, always smiling, on a 1200GS (Wboutdoors on WD)

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And the writer, on Margaret (she is my Iron Lady)

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Let the games begin!
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Mikie on October 17, 2013, 11:39:14 am
No Peekchaas
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 17, 2013, 11:40:25 am
Struggling with it :xxbah:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 17, 2013, 12:16:32 pm
Now working, thanks Eisbein!
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Eisbein on October 17, 2013, 12:18:16 pm
Now working, thanks Eisbein!

 :thumleft:


Looks like an awesome trip !

Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Malibu on October 17, 2013, 12:39:31 pm
*sub* :thumleft:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Eisbein on October 17, 2013, 12:53:02 pm
Dang - I still miss mine...

:(


(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/P9210374.jpg)

Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: troos on October 17, 2013, 12:55:59 pm
 :drif:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: woody1 on October 17, 2013, 12:56:12 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Frannarossi on October 17, 2013, 02:55:50 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: subie on October 17, 2013, 03:16:21 pm
Kom nou,waar is die res   :ricky:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: 0012 on October 17, 2013, 04:02:17 pm
Love the writing style.

Now let's get this show on the road!!!!!!!!

 :ricky:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 17, 2013, 04:17:48 pm
Dang - I still miss mine...

:(



Yes, Eisbein - these piggies do tend to "grow" on you! :snorting:

Margaret is near to 150 000km, but the intention is that it too, will pass...  :lol8:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 17, 2013, 04:19:38 pm
Love the writing style.

Now let's get this show on the road!!!!!!!!

 :ricky:

Patience is a virtue ;)
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 17, 2013, 05:27:07 pm
Dang - I still miss mine...

:(


(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/P9210374.jpg)


A client of mine has just traded one in on a 1200 RT...................................it had only
11 000 kms on the clock!!!!! :eek7:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: punisher on October 17, 2013, 06:57:20 pm
more more more
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Hinksding on October 17, 2013, 10:28:54 pm
gooi gooi gooi!
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 17, 2013, 10:34:06 pm
Day 1: Cape Town to Middelpos via Ceres and the Tankwa Karoo
336 km, the first 130 km tar, thereafter gravel.
 
When I arrive at the Winelands N1 it is cold and rainy, and the photographer is on all fours! (Is he performing some ancient rainrelated ritual?)

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Turns out the stepped through his rainsuit instead of into it! But ductape is a wonderful thing. And of course this time nothing was going to stop us.
 
Middelpos here we come!

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We departed and followed our leader through Nuwekloof to Ceres, in cold, drizzling weather. We decided that Bainskloof in mist on a wet road was not an option. If it was gravel, it could have been a different story…

I was wrapped in 6 layers of clothing and was snugly and smugly sneering at the weather, when, all of a sudden, Margaret flashed her big yellow sign at me signalling that she may soon want to stop for refreshments! Oh no, did I miscalculate? I knew we were going to fill up in Ceres and was convinced that I had enough left to reach it. So why the yellow light? And then it dawned on me: My commute is urban only, no highways, so lots of stop/start. And in winter I mostly start Margaret with the choke first thing in the morning. So consumption is high, hence the reduced range as now indicated by a brightly lit yellow light. OK, light explained. That still does not say whether I will make Ceres. I do mental arithmetic. Will I/won’t I? When I see the turnoff to Gouda approaching I consider it to stop but do some more virtual maths and decide to chance it. I decide that if I make it to the Wolseley turnoff, I will be fine. Should I run out of juice after that, I will do the lie-the-bike-on-the-side-and-force-the-reserve-to-the-pump-trick.

Which was not necessary, I made it!

And on the way there was good scenery.

(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/P1030931.jpg)

We refuel in Ceres

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and head for the Wimpy for a cup of coffee to thaw with.

Soon we are on our merry way again

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but not even 10 km out of Ceres last night’s fresh snow brings us to a halt

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The photographer is extremely proud of this photo he took. It not only captures the wonderful spring weather we experience, but was taken on the move and captures all 3 of us simultaneously.

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Don’t be finicky – look again, this time more carefully and you will see two bikes in front of him!

Once over Theronsberg Pass, the transition to clear skies and dry roads is dramatic. We stop at the start of the gravel to deflate tyres.
 
(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/P9210300.jpg)

In an almost uncanny way it illustrates a joke a local told us at the Wimpy: Rain in the Western Cape stops at the railway line you cross when you leave town. Farmers to the north of the line have often considered moving it so they too can benefit from the rain in the Western Cape! Except, of course, that we had just crossed a mountain, so the transition we are witnessing is real!

And so is the shock when the leader discovers that he left his neckbrace in the Wimpy. We consider the alternatives and before long, he disappears in a meaningful cloud of dust to go fetch it. Myself and the photographer will slowly make our way to the Padstal where we will wait for him.

Or so we thought.

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We amble north and then I notice a short tweespoor to what seems like a parking lot at the foot of a hill. Well, we have time, so why not explore!

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Amazing view of a wonderfully and almost unnaturally green karoo.

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We walked a short distance higher up than the parking lot, and found some interesting plants.

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(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/P9210322.jpg)

If you can take a photograph of me,

(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/P9210314.jpg)

I can take one of you!

(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/P1030935.jpg)

We are still messing around when the photographer says That’s him, there goes our leader!
 
Now allow me to explain: Heimer organised a kop-eet at the Padstal for that day, so there was a constant movement of bikes heading north in the distance. Whilst it is possible to (sometimes) recognise bike types from our lofty vantage point, I thought it was a long shot to say that you recognised an individual. But we leave for the Padstal anyway.

Arriving at the Padstal, we are greeted by this

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Recognise that Adv on the left? Yep, that’s him!
Photographer 1, Bernoulli 0 (and the leader 100!)

The Padstal has been documented well on this site, so let me not bore you with that. There were, however, some exceptional vehicles on site:

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Each in its own unique way very well equipped for it's intended purpose.

We have a quick bite to eat, before we set of into the vastness that is that wonderful Tankwa Karoo.

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(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/P9210348.jpg)

(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/P9210361.jpg)

We ride to the normal rules: You ride at your own pace and you are responsible for the rider behind you, i.e. you wait for him at every turn-off. In our case, however, another variation soon becomes evident. The leader can and does travel a lot faster than the rest of us, and when we continually stop to take photos, we sometimes lose sight of him completely. Then we tend to find him like this

(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/P9210379.jpg)

Somewhere during the week-end we discussed it, and all agreed that it was working for all of us. Nobody was under pressure not to keep anyone waiting, neither did we have to test any boundaries unnecessarily. It really was a relaxing ride.

That had its moments…

Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Jondu on October 17, 2013, 10:37:40 pm
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on October 17, 2013, 11:24:03 pm
That's me in 10 days time ... Lovely!

Cool photos... great report.

 8)
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: katana on October 18, 2013, 06:54:56 am
Nice  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Wild Woody on October 18, 2013, 07:13:40 am
Awesome RR sub :sip:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 18, 2013, 07:47:19 am
Lekker!

I need to pop into that area soon!
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 18, 2013, 01:41:26 pm
Now we are in the Tankwa Karoo National Park proper. In the distance you can see the mountains forming the edge of the plateau. We are heading for the Gannaga Pass.

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Notice the condition of the road

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Nothing serious you would say. And you are right. But we are still quite a distance from the foot of the pass, and as we get closer, it gets wetter. Just before you commence the actual climb, there is a flat section where you cross a small stream a few times. Here the road gets quite muddy, with deep tracks left by heavier vehicles. Afterwards the photographer said they were deep enough for his GS’s pods to scrape :eek7: Margaret and I were dancing all over the show, hanging onto each other like nervous newlyweds opening the dance floor at their wedding reception. Just hang on, this too will pass!

No photo’s, I am afraid. Once technology advances sufficiently however, you will be able to download them from my memory – they have been imprinted there permanently. I know, I still sometimes see them!

What was wonderful, however, were the discussions that followed such experiences. I learnt a lot! From this specific incident, the mantra became: When in a difficult spot, look at the exit point. In a way, it was just a different way of saying Stand up, Look up and Open up!  But like a good pastor, the leader brought the old news in a fresh way.

Gannaga Pass!

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At the top, with a couple on a KLR that we met there. They were on their way to Augrabies and was also heading for Middelpos that evening.

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Once on the escarpment, conditions were clearly going to be different!

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At the top left of the photograph, is the Gannaga Lodge, and we decided to stop for a site inspection. All this riding is hard work and we needed (as Pooh-Bear would say) a little sumthin

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Johan provided sumthin,

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and he said the first 8 km from him towards Middelpos was going to be challenging, thereafter we will be fine.


He did not lie!

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The leader explained it like this: We can duckwalk this, or we can ride it. In the latter case we will fall (Hoe vertaal ‘n mens In die tweede geval moer ons neer?) So we walked it, and all came away remarkably unscathed, but hero’s nonetheless.

Suddenly the mud was gone and the road dry. We were gliding gracefully towards our destination for the night, and the karoo was playing along providing scene upon scene. Remarkable how being in the picture, part of the environment, makes the senses come alive. The late afternoon weariness allowed us just enough grace to enjoy the last few kilometres to the full. The photographer was leading, myself following and the leader at the back. As I came around the corner at this junction, the photographer stopped, put his foot out, and promptly dropped his bike :imaposer:

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He was, however, too quick for me to immortalise the event. Damn!

And tomorrow you will see why.

Middelpos, where we slept in the hotel.

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Is it a town, or is it a farm?

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Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Barbelas on October 18, 2013, 03:53:07 pm
Very nice ,more please
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: jimjim on October 18, 2013, 04:00:41 pm
Lekker  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: subie on October 18, 2013, 05:12:59 pm
Het al 2 keer daai stuk pad deur Middelpos oor Gannaga pas gery. Terwyl die pad droog was en kon sommer sien as hy nat is moet ek wegbly van hom. Nie vir my nie.
Respek vir julle wat daar deur is  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 18, 2013, 11:48:49 pm
Het al 2 keer daai stuk pad deur Middelpos oor Gannaga pas gery. Terwyl die pad droog was en kon sommer sien as hy nat is moet ek wegbly van hom. Nie vir my nie.
Respek vir julle wat daar deur is  :thumleft:
Ja Subie, bietjie van daardie water wat daar in die pad le is my sweet! :imaposer:

Very nice ,more please
Be nice, Barbelas - all this re-thinking and writing is hard work! ;)
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 19, 2013, 12:29:07 am
Day 2: Middelpos to Verneukpan via Williston

342km, no more than 20 km tar

We had a good night’s rest and woke to a chilly and beautifully clear Karoo morning, looking forward to a hearty breakfast. Little did we know that Middelpos arranged a dazzling cabaret to accompany breakfast!

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But then he buggered off, and so did we.

Saying good-bye to our friends from Gannaga/Middelpos when they set off for Calvinia and we swung towards Williston.

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A crisp, clear day containing an unknown treasure of delightful roads and devastating countryside was beckoning.

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We took the Stofkraal road. According to the leader’s GPS, it had a number of gates. The barman from last night (head waiter this morning) thought differently.
 
He was wrong.
 
(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/P9220479.jpg)

It was a most enjoyable road nevertheless. Although a public road (at least according to the GPS) some sections of it reduced to 2-spoor: undulating and full of its own surprises. We leap-frogged the gates, so that was not an issue. In fact, more of the roads we traversed over the week-end had gates, and I soon resolved that closing and opening gates, arduous as it may be on a bike, is part of the fun!

Along this road we happened upon these old ruins. To the left were the remains of the kraals, and to the right 3 buildings and what looked like a dam. I am going to post a number of pictures, so you can savour the exquisite stonework. Years later and it still oozes with pride from the artisans (no – artists) that put it together.

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Did I say something about the road being full of its own surprises? Another one was about to unfold. There I was, blissfully meandering my way through the Karoo, ensconed in my own thoughts, when suddenly, out of nowhere and without warning the sandmonster gripped the front wheel! And my reaction was 100% wrong. I sat down (or remained seated – can’t remember which) and started fighting it. In the heat of the moment things like stand up, look up and open up and look at the exit point became distant theory. (That needed to be practised, and clearly had not!) But the Wilddogs came to the rescue. I remembered reading somewhere that I should not limit myself to the road. In fact, whether it was me or Margaret that remembered it, I am not sure, but we left the road, made a graceful swooping turn through the surrounding bossies, and returned to the road to stop and assess the evidence.

And it turned out to be a teeny-weeny baby little sandmonster! I am really and truly embarrassed to post this picture, but facts are facts!

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However, I was not the only one to suffer embarrassment. At one of the gates the leader opened, he dropped his wallet, so when he discovered it several gates later, he had to return to fetch it. (Do you also notice the pattern emerging?)

We did not mind waiting. If you have to wait, the Karoo is an excellent place to do it in.

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The photographer used the time and opportunity to work his magic. In fact, why don’t we have poll: Which of the two is the better prop?
 :pot:
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The leader returns to extract us from our artistic cocoon, and stops in a way befitting his prowess.

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We re-group and depart.

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Some more stonework en route

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I cannot work out what those pillars were for. A fence, maybe?

Soon, too soon I am enjoying this road so much, Williston starts appearing on the horizon,

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(http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/Bernoullidog/Verneukpan%202013/050.jpg)

and we stop at a roadside restcamp.

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I grew up here, and this used to be the caravan camp before the road was rebuilt in this new position after the Sakriver in flood destroyed the old bridge across it. I always enjoy returning, so, after we refuelled, I took my fellow travellers on a quick guided tour of the town. I promised to show them (and now you, dear reader) something they have never seen before.

It was not the church (although it is beautiful and very well maintained) that is turning 100 years old this year,

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but this:

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A putting green made from sand and oil. Ever heard the saying ‘n Boer maak ‘n plan?

There was, however, a small, unknown obstacle to overcome on the way to the golf course. Puttering along at nothing more than second gear can easily handle (remember I am busy with a guided tour of the town) the only vehicle we passed on the tour came around a corner and distracted me sufficiently to not notice a nasty little embankment directly in my line of travel. When the back wheel slid off, I went down in an instant and opened the throttle, causing a spectacular cloud of dust that any self-respecting Dakar photographer would have loved :imaposer:

Off course the photographer did not miss the opportunity :lol8:

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What he did miss though, was the eagerness with which the 3 of us lifted the bike. We in fact dropped it onto the other side! Margaret, being the graceful lady she is, did not complain. I am sure it has happened before in her life, and there are no guarantees that it will not happen again. She certainly is a Goeie Siel (Good Soul)

Time to head on. When we had the opportunity to add another day to the 3 we planned initially, we decided to include the detour required to pass the site of the radio telescope being constructed between Williston and Carnarvon. So we left town on the Carnarvon road, and 10km later turned onto the road to Vanwyksvlei.

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Any idea why the locals call these Tweeling ( Twins?)

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In all my memory of this road, and it goes back to the 60’s, this spot had never been dry even though that memory spans a few significant droughts. It is due to a natural well that just keeps flowing. In the days when travelling to town was by horse-and-cart, it became a rest point for weary travellers and their equally exhausted horses. The 80km from the farm to town was an arduous day-long affair.

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One of the spin-offs of the telescope being built, is that the roads have been upgraded.

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But before we get to the telescope, we are surprised by this beautiful quiver tree forest right next to the road.

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Then we reach the site

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The normal road has been beautifully built up and a security boom installed. We sign in, and set off, not knowing what to expect. Except, of course, some dishes staring at the sky.

All we find is this

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We continue, hopeful to still “see something” when we reach the exit boom.

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I ask the guard where the dishes are, and he says Look over your left shoulder

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We wait a few seconds, and they find us!

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We take a left onto the Carnarvon/Brandvlei road and ride on what was certainly the straightest gravel we have done thus far.
But beautiful as ever. I am a bit like a stuck record on the beauty of the Karoo, but by biking through this world, and the unique engagement it brings with the environment, I realise how little I noticed it when I travelled here regularly. I am so happy and thankful for the privilege to experience it this way, and in this condition.
 
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There was one more turn off where we stopped, one significantly sandy section we traversed successfully (pffft! I can handle it! :ricky:) and suddenly we were on Oom Giel’s farm.

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Allow me an explanatory interjection.

When we planned the trip, Oom Giel suggested we stay on the farm with them. This suited us perfectly (remember the note about travelling lightly and sleeping comfortably?) Little did we know that this was a new idea of his, and that we were the first to take him up on the offer.

We landed in the lap of luxury!

The photographer’s room,

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the leader’s

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and mine.

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And were treated like kings

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The end of another preposterously perfect day in Africa

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Tomorrow we hit the pan!
Title: Re:
Post by: Heimer on October 19, 2013, 07:04:51 am
Great ride report. Everything to do with VerneukPan fascinates me

The Stofkraal road is lovely. I rode it in 2009 and I remember that farm with the stone constructions

The one which you call a dam,  is a skaapkraal - these were allways built on a slight slope to help with cleaning sheep droppings out

The 'fence ' is exactly that. Built in the days before the government gave the farmers cheaply priced wooden droppers and wire to fence their farms.
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: da PEEG on October 19, 2013, 09:26:13 am
Brings back memories of sitting in Oom Giel's kitchen with a damaged shoulder after my 'off' there in April...
...looking forward to the rest of the RR  :thumleft:
Title: Re:
Post by: Fenderbender on October 19, 2013, 10:39:01 am
Great ride report. Everything to do with VerneukPan fascinates me



 :thumleft:  Ek verlang sommer pan toe .
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: stan1975 on October 19, 2013, 11:25:27 am
Two  :thumleft: :thumleft: up. Great RR so far. Looking forward to the "pan"

 :ricky:  :happy1:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: ALLEN I on October 20, 2013, 11:55:46 am
That's me in 10 days time ... Lovely!

Cool photos... great report.

 8)
yea yea get the message you will most probably be waiting for me again
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: ALLEN I on October 20, 2013, 12:11:42 pm
cool well done guys a good RR. me and old Ian in great brake river will be cruising a section that you you done. looking forward to it. hope the weathers on our side, if not we gonna get wet, but that's all in the fun. 
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 21, 2013, 11:10:36 am
Day 3: Verneukpan, Brandvlei, Loeriesfonten and Nieuwoudtville

340 km of which the last 65 was on tar, or sort-of.

I wake up with the rather strange thought of Oh, no! Another day on the bike. Wish I did not have to do this. Do you also sometimes get it, or am I the only sufferer? I feel almost guilty. Here I am, doing what so many others can only dream of, and yet I am wishing it to be different. I do not want to be on the bike today. Obviously, I do not have a choice, and my experience is that as soon as I get going, the sheer brilliance of the experience overtakes my inertia, and I forget all about my apprehension.

So we have breakfast, and hit the road.

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But not before Oom Giel gave us several briefings on our options:
•   There is the direct (shorter) route, but it has a fairly sandy section.
•   There is the slightly longer route that contains the washout where Bring-it-on got rid of his bike.
•   And anyway, whichever one we choose, he is going with!

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Some of the folk at home has clearly seen it all before and do not share our enthusiasm

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The road to the pan

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Another stop to explain our options.

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We decide to take the more direct, more sandy route. After all, we came through a fairly sandy section yesterday and all passed with flying colours.

The leader takes off, and, as expected, disappears into the horizon as if gliding down a newly-resurfaced tar highway.

I take a deep breath and set off, and all seems well. Then there is a fairly sharp turn through a broken wall made to divert the rainwater from the road, and as I go through it, the middelmannetjie (island between the spoors) becomes an intimidating, neverending heap of sand. Which, in my case becomes the complete focus of my entire mental capacity – target fixation like no handbook can ever describe it!

I go down like a ton of bricks.

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Fortunately, help is at hand so we lift Margaret, do a cursory inspection and find no loose limbs or bikeparts lying around and set off again. Except, now Oom Giel no longer allows us the luxury of deciding on a route. We will take the one without the sand. He leads.

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We stop so he can show us where he started ploughing the spirals to recover the pan. This was done about a year ago.

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The idea came to him when he noticed that, where there has been vehicular activity on the pan that broke the surface, some growth started. Since about 40% of his farm is taken up by the pan, he decided to try it, and it seems to be working. Here is another picture of a more recent ploughing action.

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The unintended consequence of this ploughing action was, that it looked rather unusual from the air. And all of a sudden, on a quiet morning in the Karoo a while back, all hell broke loose. They were inundated with calls, e-mails and fly-overs. The story? The lost city was discovered. It made headline news.
  
The more they explained that it was a farmer doing what farmers does best (farming) the more the media ignored them. Giel’s wife said that they almost got the idea the media was saying to them to not spoil a good story with facts!

And then we were there.

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It is a surreal experience. I am not even going to try and put words to it.

Let the pictures explain:

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When the wind came up, it suddenly became a very inhospitable space, and we left.

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Towards Brandvlei

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We had to do about 60km of the tar between Kenhardt and Brandvlei. Sitting on that straight road, boringly droning towards your destination, getting numb in your backside, I realised why it is so much better to travel gravel: You have to engage with the road. There is no predictability. At any time conditions can change significantly, and it makes for an exhilirating experience.

This morning’s thoughts are a distant memory.

In Brandvlei we refuelled bikes

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and bodies

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and set off for Loeriesfontein.

Earlier that morning when Oom Giel learnt we were going on this road, he was immediately concerned because he thinks that is the road used by the salt lorries and then it is in a terrible state. So he phoned a friend who knew the area better and came back from the phone with a stern warning that we need to be careful. My mind started playing tricks. I vaguely remembered someone writing about a road used by trucks where they create these potholes which then get filled up and disguised (because it is gravel) by fine sand. In my mind this became that road.

Having already embraced mother earth rather warmly earlier in the day, I did not look forward to it. Whilst gearing up in Brandvlei, we spoke to a shopowner who, when I gave him the above “facts,” confirmed that about 30 km out of town it gets so bad that you actually have to drive in the veld to get around the holes!

The leader’s view of all these opinions was that bikes, and especially DP bikes, seldom get good advise from cagers – they simply cannot appreciate what our machines are capable of. So with some trepidation, I set off.

To be surprised by this

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and this

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and this

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and this.

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Glorious gravel highways all the way to Loeriesfontein! In fact, the tarred road from Loeries to Nieuwoudtville is more damaged and full of potholes than the gravel we had just done.

Around Loeries we started seeing flowers again.
 
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Then it was a quick dash and we were at the waterfall near Nieuwoudtville.

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In Niewoudtville you refuel at Protea Motors, well known for its extensive collection of mostly old bikes, with some cars thrown in for good measure.

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We spent another comfortable night here

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in a house that dates from the Anglo Boer War. The holes in the wall on the photo below, were apparently crenels. (One visible above the armchair.)

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Let us raise our glasses to another perfect day!

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Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Frannarossi on October 21, 2013, 03:43:00 pm
Baie nice :thumleft:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: da PEEG on October 21, 2013, 03:52:59 pm
The stuff you came down on, looks VERY similar to the spot that I had my "off" in June. It's like brown gravel(gruis). I hit a "wall" of the stuff and came off in a gravel pit of note...

Would still  like to return and continue my trip sometime...
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 21, 2013, 04:20:14 pm
The stuff you came down on, looks VERY similar to the spot that I had my "off" in June. It's like brown gravel(gruis). I hit a "wall" of the stuff and came off in a gravel pit of note...

Would still  like to return and continue my trip sometime...

I remember yours and I think it is the same spot :lol8:
Maybe we should develop a secret handshake :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: katana on October 21, 2013, 06:30:50 pm
My spot is more to the left.  The bike rode half way up the bank.  I held it, but had to wait for Dik Cobra to come help me get my footing again to maneuver off the bank.  It was a close one.  That spot is scary.
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Kerritz on October 21, 2013, 06:57:54 pm
Awesome.....goeie RR en pics. Dankie vir die deel.

Btw.....daai 2 werfetters wat saam met jou gery het werk saam met my....Willa smile nou nog so lekker was die trip. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 23, 2013, 10:23:20 pm
Day 4 : The last day via Moedverloor, Clanwilliam and Piketberg home

400km, approximately 50% gravel.

We woke up to a misty morning, so had a leisurely start.
 
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Our hostess kept on saying we should wait for the mist to clear before we leave, or we may miss some of the flowers. None of us said it (we are not rude) but the flowers is a bonus – we came for the ride!

So ride we will. We head out of Nieuwoudtville direction Papkuilsfontein to get onto the Moedverloor road.
 
Soon we are there

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and encounter another first for this trip: Dried out mudspoors.

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As is customary by now, the leader has stopped and we discuss our approach. As is also customary by now, it does not contain many words, but the essentials are there:
•   When in a difficult situation, look at the exit
•   Do not change track once you entered a spoor

This time it works, and we ride off into an amazing part of the countryside.

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Nieuwoudtville is a biodiversity hotspot straddling both the northernmost extent of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the Succulent Karoo biomes. It has one of the highest concentrations of bulbs and cormous plants (geophytes) in the world – of the 1 350 flower species on the Bokkeveld Plateau, more than 300 are geophytes found in the vicinity of Nieuwoudtville. (see getaway.co.za)

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In the foreground here you can see restios, one of the plants in the Cape Floral Kingdom. Incredible when you remember that we are still on the plateau!

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This (I think) is part of the protea family, another from the Cape Floral Kingdom.

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The road has its share of gates, this one with a rather special (and very new – the wrapping has not been removed) sign on it.

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We descend into a valley

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and the road winds its way along rugged mountainside.

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Suddenly we reach the end, where it joins with the road coming down the Botterkloof pass.

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We take a break

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before we set off to cross a very full Doringrivier.

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Hard to imagine that in a month or two’s time, this will have reduced to small stream, maybe even dry up completely!

Next is a quick stop at the “Englishman’s grave” (The grave of a British soldier that died here during the Anglo Boer War.)

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Then we cross the tarred Pakhuispas and refuel in Clanwilliam, before we take a last stretch of gravel – the paleisheuwel road running alongside and to the west of the N7. No photos here, and I do not know why, because it is unique in its own way. It starts off with some deep ravines and then opens up to reveal farms – with fields of proteas in full bloom.

We were heading for Kardoesie, but missed the turn-off and then decided to go to the Eendekuil Hotel. We pulled into the parking lot only to be told that it is now a rehabilitation facility and no, they will not be serving us anything!

So off to Piketberg, where the Spur provides lunch before we head home.

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In conclusion, a truly memorable experience. Verneukpan may be off the bucket list, but, living in a country that provides the range of options ours do, it does not leave me with any shortage of destinations.

I trust you have enjoyed the journey with us – until we ride again!
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Heimer on October 23, 2013, 10:26:46 pm
Mooi Bernoulli. Baie geniet  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Frannarossi on October 24, 2013, 07:19:42 am
Baie nice report gewees dankie man :thumleft:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Minora on October 24, 2013, 09:19:22 am
Ai maak dit maak mens groen van jalosie!!!  :thumleft:

Kan jy dalk die Gps roete attach?
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on October 24, 2013, 02:05:36 pm
Ai maak dit maak mens groen van jalosie!!!  :thumleft:

Kan jy dalk die Gps roete attach?

Hi Minora
It is on the leader's GPS (he was the only one that had a GPS) and he is away for R&R after we exhausted him on this trip :imaposer:

Will post when he gets back (in about 2 weeks)
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Stofdonkie on October 25, 2013, 07:39:55 am
Great read. Thanks for posting.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Minora on October 25, 2013, 07:40:28 am
Ai maak dit maak mens groen van jalosie!!!  :thumleft:

Kan jy dalk die Gps roete attach?

Hi Minora
It is on the leader's GPS (he was the only one that had a GPS) and he is away for R&R after we exhausted him on this trip :imaposer:

Will post when he gets back (in about 2 weeks)



 :imaposer:

Alway nice when ou can go on R&R after a bike trip

Thanks, will be appreciated  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Chum on November 05, 2013, 10:14:56 pm
Thanks Bernoulli for an excellent report!
I had been sitting quietly in my corner watching your masterpiece unfolding and did not want to comment, because you were nicely on the role....
I'll try to attach the T4A maps. Please noted that this map contains also alternative routes and escapes routes, so you'll have to figure out which routes we actually followed. Should not be difficult if you've read the report.
Feel free to contact me for more exact info if needed.
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Chum on November 06, 2013, 09:50:12 am
Decided to remove all the escape routes from the T4A file and show only the actual roads travelled.
See attachment below.
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Minora on November 07, 2013, 12:27:05 pm
Decided to remove all the escape routes from the T4A file and show only the actual roads travelled.
See attachment below.

Thanks so much  ;D

Downloaded  :ricky:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Chum on November 07, 2013, 12:57:38 pm
Plesier. Now "just do it!"
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Mayhem on November 08, 2013, 01:46:04 am
A mate and I will be leaving On Wednesday 13th Nov. for a 5 day trip to Verneukpan to look for rock art. This has been a great read :thumleft:
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Bernoulli on November 08, 2013, 08:21:27 am
A mate and I will be leaving On Wednesday 13th Nov. for a 5 day trip to Verneukpan to look for rock art. This has been a great read :thumleft:

Enjoy - it is a weirdly wonderful part of our country.
And remember to tell us all about it!
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Kamanya on November 08, 2013, 09:59:33 am
Lovely places and time!

I must go back.
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Skim on April 07, 2015, 09:31:45 pm
This is great - Still on the list - hopefully for Aug this year!!!  YEAH!!

Thanks for sharing and keeping the dream alive!
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: VaalBaas on April 08, 2015, 08:05:05 am
Het nou lekker weer my en Karookid se trip verlede jaar soontoe herleef met die RR

Dankie Skim vir die opgrawe van die ou RR
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Skim on April 08, 2015, 09:30:06 am
 ;D  ;D

Groot plessier - soos ek se maak dit mens jaloers - - -maar hopelik sal ek die een nog hierdie jaar kan doen!
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: Crab on April 08, 2015, 08:13:20 pm
Thanks for a lekker ride report.
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: KarooKid on April 09, 2015, 09:59:01 pm
Het nou lekker weer my en Karookid se trip verlede jaar soontoe herleef met die RR

Dankie Skim vir die opgrawe van die ou RR

Ek verlang ook sommer van voor af.

Biltong 8 uur op n Maandagoggend op Verneukpan
Title: Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
Post by: weskusklong on April 17, 2015, 07:44:18 pm
Ek het nou lanklaas so lekker gelees en gekyk.
Die Karoo is darem maar enig in sy soort, het gehou van daai stelling "as jy moet vir iets moet wag, die Karoo die regte plek is om dit te doen"
Die lekker van in die winter ry, is die helder blou lug, geen hittegolwe op die horison wat jou neem van fotos opfoeter nie.