Wild Dog Adventure Riding

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Title: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 03:43:12 pm
Monday 16 Dec 2013

I was planning on doing a trip to Botswana for the December holidays, but I was warned of the unbearable heat, combined with sand, not a good idea. But (just a poor excuse for justifying a long trip), I need to start practicing riding, with all I will possibly need, to prepare for my trip to Tanzania in June 2014.

I now have no idea where I am heading, so the decision is to just get away from the rain. It is raining in all directions, along the Garden Route, towards East London and the first section towards the north. My best chance of getting out of the rain is to head towards the Karoo, or one of them at least.

ABSA first so that I can fund my "Going somewhere relatively slowly" excursion in search of the sun.

On the national road, I decide to head towards Uitenhage and then take the Cockscomb gravel to Steytlerville. Once there I can decide where to next.

The clouds look menacing, but it seems to be clearing towards the north west. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. But it does not look good to the north as I head out of Uitenhage. I stop at the start of the gravel road just to finally consider my options.

As I ride down the gravel road, I can see the sheets of rain ahead and to the left of me. This does not look promising.





Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: westfrogger on January 18, 2014, 04:03:40 pm
 :coffee:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 04:06:30 pm
I am enjoying the opportunity to do some gravel and for a moment the threatening rain is forgotten and I am starting to get lost in my surroundings.

But the threat of rain remains obvious ahead of me. Maybe, just maybe, it will pass to the left of me.

About 2 km down the gravel road, there are some scattered rain drops and I stop to waterproof myself and my tankbag, which contains all the technical damageable stuff. Just in time, as shortly after that the rain catches me. The road turns into absolute snot. I can feel the bike starting to lose traction and I am struggling to just keep the bike upright.

It is too early into the trip to take any chances, so I slowly, gingerly and with great care and difficulty, first get the bike to a standstill and then turn around doing a 42 point turn. I manage to get ahead of the rain and then hammer it back to the tar.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 04:10:26 pm

Then it is onto the tar towards Kirkwood.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 04:21:36 pm

It is wet in Kirkwood as well, so after unsuccessfully trying to find a replacement memory card for my new camera (the manageress at the Kirkwood Spar is very helpful, she phoned around to try and help me), I decided to head for Graaff-Reinet.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 04:24:18 pm

Seems like someone in a cage had a fight with the tree. The tree definitely won.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 04:39:54 pm

Eventually........................the skies were clearing and glorious sunshine was flooding the country side.

What a beautiful country we are privileged to live in. How much better to do it on a DS bike.         :ricky:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: COLES on January 18, 2014, 06:48:08 pm
very good pic,s great writing
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 07:20:18 pm
By the time I get to Graaff-Reinet, the morning showers are a distant memory and the heat of this Kamdeboo town rises quickly to the point where I am experiencing severe loss of body fluid and the riding jacket is discarded for body armour and light weight top. It is summer in the Karoo.

I found a memory card for my camera at one of these Asian shops, not realising that it was going to prove a costly mistake.

I head out of town on the R53 past the dam, over the Oudeberg Pass and turn off onto the gravel road that leads to Nieu-Bethesda. Never been on this road before, so I am excited to discover some new gems of the roads less traveled.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Knucklhead on January 18, 2014, 07:23:27 pm
Mooi
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 07:25:41 pm
From tar to gravel.................the adventure biker's transition to bliss.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: spoedvark on January 18, 2014, 07:28:30 pm
Lots of water in the Graaffies dam!

Keep it coming!
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 07:30:07 pm
Eastern Cape beauty.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 07:31:50 pm
Lots of water in the Graaffies dam!

Keep it coming!


There was evidence of lots of water passing at some stage everywhere, as you can see in the picture where the road was washed away. Made for some interesting riding.  ;D
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 07:49:54 pm

The road to Nieu-Bethesda ticked all the adventure biking boxes.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: The Badger on January 18, 2014, 07:55:45 pm
Lekker pics and rr...... thanks.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 08:07:51 pm

And it was hot.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 08:14:52 pm

Amazing gravel traveling. There was even a sign board welcoming me.             

Wamkelekile.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 10:23:58 pm

I considered driving to Nieu-Bethesda, but it was still relatively early, so Richmond became my next destination. That meant turning onto the Groenvlei road.

It proved to be an interesting road with mud holes, thinly disguised mud films, washed out ruts, narrow dried out wheel tracks...............it was fun.

(I think another dog posted a RR about this road, also done recently)
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 18, 2014, 10:26:21 pm

On to Groenvlei.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: subie on January 19, 2014, 06:58:23 am
Mooi fotos,bike en area  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 19, 2014, 07:00:49 am
Watching this thread with huge interest
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 08:02:39 am

From Groenvlei, it was tar into and through Richmond and then back onto the gravel through Brakpoort to Victoria West, where I started looking for accommodation. Everything was full. One of the kind ladies of one of the establishments phoned around without any success. She suggested that I try a place on the outskirts of the town called Last Resort..............which I suppose it was. Then I saw the sign (very old faded sign advertising Melton Wold Guest Farm), so after conferring with one of the locals and establishing that it was only 40 km away, I decided to rather take my chances there and I hit the road.

Melton Wold is a game and working farm. The old manor house provides accommodation, where I got a room for the night, and there is a camping area. Very friendly and helpful people in very neat and tidy surroundings.

Unfortunately, there are no photos of this section. The memory card purchased in Graaff-Reinet was not communicating properly with my new camera. I had spoken to the supplier of the camera and it was initially thought that it was just setting problem and that the photos could be retrieved upon my return to PE. We are still trying...................

It is a pity, I will just have to go back at some stage and take some more photos.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 08:10:54 am
17 Dec 2013

After breakfast, it is bike packing time and having determined from the owners that there is a gravel back road out of the farm to Loxton, I am on my way. As I am leaving the manor area, I notice a road indicating the game drive and I decide to do a quick detour. Challenging little twee spoor, but very worth it. Sorry, no photos of that.

I ride along the game fence, see some big Eland, and then turn onto the pan of which I saw a beautiful picture hanging in the manor house. The trail disappears, but I continue and take the photos below. So glad that these were not also lost.

The manor house, camping area and facilities are between the trees that can be seen in the distance.

What an absolutely beautiful area. The recent rains had contributed to wonderful additional enhancing hues of colour.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: oldmannorman on January 19, 2014, 09:02:58 am
 :sip: Nice RR. Keep it coming.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 10:59:04 am
Then it is along the game fence to the gate and I head towards Loxton. Nice gravel road with some muddy patches, but lekker riding.

Some interesting views along the way.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 11:09:36 am
Soon, I am at the Loxton / Melton Wold intersection, take a few photos and head off. The first section of the gravel road is terrific. What a way to start the day's riding.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 11:14:22 am
This is the first time that I have seen potholes referred to as "PLOFGATE". There were quite a few as well and also areas rutted by flash flood water rushing over the roads.

HOPE THIS IS NOT AN INDICATION OF WHAT IS TO COME WITH THE FRACKING.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: 4 Kays on January 19, 2014, 11:23:51 am
Mooi Daskop, geniet jou rr, mooi fotos :sip:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 11:39:31 am


Some more photos on the road to Loxton. There is a lot of road repairs being done and there is evidence of flood damage everywhere.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 01:22:13 pm

The areas where the aggregate has been leveled, but not compacted as yet, is seriously treacherous. You cannot believe the havoc it wreaks on your front tyre and the multi-directional results of that.

But then it is followed once again by gravel highway.

In Loxton, I stop to take some photos of the church and some weird sculpture, but these won't open. At the shop I gulp down 2 colddrinks. It is very hot. (I SHOULD HAVE PUT SOME LIQUID IN MY BIKE'S TANK AS WELL)

I head out of town and take the gravel turn-off to Merweville.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: BLK on January 19, 2014, 01:41:55 pm
Nice RR,thks
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 04:12:45 pm
The recent rains had filled many of the "driffies" as was the case at The "Old Blockhouse". I walked the first section to check the grade of slipperiness, then decided to just go for it. It fortunately went off without a hitch.

About 20km from Merweville, I noticed the warning triangle come on and saw that the fuel warning was flashing. The range indicated a distance of 49 km. How accurate was this gadget? I had never taken my fuel level down this low. How could I make such a rookie mistake?

I considered stopping at a farm house and asking for some petrol, but the last one I saw was about 20 km back. Now there is nothing else but to push on and hope for the best.

I made it to Merweville, found the 2 pumps like an oasis in the desert and I could breathe normally again. Then it was on to Prins Albert Road. This road is under construction and will soon be all tar.

Unfortunately most of these photos are lost at this stage.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Pepe on January 19, 2014, 06:46:28 pm
Pragtige wereld waardeur jy gery het, dit bring goeie herinneringe terug.
Ek geniet die trip, wag vir die res.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: JMOL on January 19, 2014, 07:18:03 pm
Ek ry saam - gooi  :biggrin:   :sip:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: frans1 on January 19, 2014, 09:01:09 pm
Hi lekker RR.

Some very interesting roads.

Gooi can't waite for the rest to come
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: CrazyHorse on January 19, 2014, 09:14:09 pm
Nice RR
The photo of your bikenext to the old oxwagon is a true classic!!
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 19, 2014, 09:32:52 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys. It was an absolutely amazing ride. I am just very disappointed that I lost so many photos. Will just have to do it again some time to take some new photos.  :ricky:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Man from Nam on January 19, 2014, 09:45:47 pm
Very nice RR and photies
I enjoyed it :sip: Thanks for sharing
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Man from Nam on January 19, 2014, 10:01:16 pm
Very nice RR and photies
I enjoyed it :sip: Thanks for sharing
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Draad on January 20, 2014, 04:48:59 am
Nice RR
The photo of your bikenext to the old oxwagon is a true classic!!


+1000  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on January 20, 2014, 07:31:28 am
Baie mooi prentjies en rr.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Tiger8 on January 20, 2014, 08:10:24 am
Nice RR and pics, as usual :thumleft:

Riding solo is a great feeling even more so in tne Karoo, thanks for sharing M.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 20, 2014, 10:46:07 am

I head through to Prins Albert and look for accommodation. The B&B's are not my style. I want to be away from it all, so I take a drive through town and see a board for the Olienhof camping grouds. It is along the back roads of Prins Albert between the smallholdings.

I get a small cottage with open plan kitchen, dining area, big sleeping area and bathroom, fully kitted for R170,00 for the night. Great value.

I met an Englishman, Steve Nesbit, who is an avid world traveling biker and author, stuck there with a non-compliant GS1150. Fuel supply problems. He had arranged with BMW George to collect the bike, but they could only attend to it after the 27th and he was going to be there for about 2 weeks.

Again, these photos are in limbo somewhere, hopefully to be retrieved by some IT guru.

18 Dec:

After filling up the bike, I drive along the main street and notice a KTM parked at the kerb. I stop, but the rider is nowhere in site so I get going to the Swartberg Pass.

Final destination for the day..................Die Hel, Gamkaskloof.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: ButtSlider on January 20, 2014, 11:31:35 am
 :happy1:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 20, 2014, 01:26:45 pm

At the bend in the pass where nearly everyone stops to take photos, as I did, I meet the 4x4 enthusiasts that I had met earlier at the filling station and we have a bit of a chat. They are also going down to Gamkaskloof.

Then I can hear a KTM coming up the pass and soon the bike I had seen earlier in Prins Albert comes into sight. The rider does a in the ride sidemount dismount that initially baffles me until I see him next to the bike and realise that there is a size implication that results in the fact that his feet cannot reach the ground once the bike stops.

And this is how I came to meet advwannabe. I had actually read his initial thread when he was planning his ride and got info from Jupiter. We do the introductory stuff, decide to do the ride together down to Die Hel, whereafter he wants to come straight back out to get to Koedoeskloof.

So off we go. I have for many years wanted to do the ride down to Gamkaskloof and it is about to happen............I am ecstatic and now I have a Wilddog riding buddy to share this amazing experience with.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 20, 2014, 01:45:56 pm

"advwannabe" took some nice photos which I hope he will post to give a more picturesque idea of this part of the trip.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 20, 2014, 02:56:41 pm

Can't you just see that road in the distance beckoning you to venture forth?
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Dutchman81 on January 20, 2014, 03:13:34 pm
 :sip: Nice RR , really enjoying the story and photos so far especially the part from Graaf Reinett , Loxton , Prins Albert as myself and Difflock are planning to ride that area later this year , well done :thumleft:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 20, 2014, 03:22:08 pm


For me, this road cannot be long enough....................................and we are not even at the best part yet.
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Post by: Rooies on January 20, 2014, 03:36:53 pm
Very nice report, thanks :thumleft:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 20, 2014, 04:02:36 pm

How enticing can a road be?
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 20, 2014, 04:08:21 pm

Heading for the top.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 20, 2014, 04:16:41 pm

Last stop before heading down into Gamkaskloof. It is a rush.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 20, 2014, 06:09:43 pm
Very nice report, thanks :thumleft:
:sip: Nice RR , really enjoying the story and photos so far especially the part from Graaf Reinett , Loxton , Prins Albert as myself and Difflock are planning to ride that area later this year , well done :thumleft:
:happy1:
Nice RR and pics, as usual :thumleft:

Riding solo is a great feeling even more so in tne Karoo, thanks for sharing M.
Baie mooi prentjies en rr.   :thumleft:
Nice RR
The photo of your bikenext to the old oxwagon is a true classic!!


+1000  :thumleft:
Very nice RR and photies
I enjoyed it :sip: Thanks for sharing

Thank you for the posts.

Dankie Mev V A.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: BMWPE on January 20, 2014, 06:26:55 pm
Do you normally ride with no gloves ?
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Klein Torkar on January 20, 2014, 08:40:24 pm
dankie vir die deel. Een van my moet doen trips
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 20, 2014, 09:20:48 pm

Now it is time to go down to Gamkaskloof.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 20, 2014, 09:25:10 pm
Do you normally ride with no gloves ?


No, only when I want to.

Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: 4 Kays on January 20, 2014, 10:10:09 pm
Daskop, geniet jou rr soos altyd :thumleft:

As jy jou volgende trip wil geniet nooi gerus vir Skaapkop om saam te ry :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: heti on January 21, 2014, 08:18:21 am
Lekker man!  Lekker!!  :laughing4:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 09:02:05 am
Daskop, geniet jou rr soos altyd :thumleft:

As jy jou volgende trip wil geniet nooi gerus vir Skaapkop om saam te ry :imaposer: :imaposer:


Die oomblik wat hy "laryngitis" ontwikkel is hy en ek op die pad.        :lol8:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Manic on January 21, 2014, 10:28:05 am
Dit was nou freakin nice man!! Dankie.

Wat was jou km op die round trip en hoeveel dae het jy gevat? Skuus as ek dit gemis het iewers.

Awesome fotos man AWESOME  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Gérrard on January 21, 2014, 10:31:21 am
Dit was nou freakin nice man!! Dankie.

Wat was jou km op die round trip en hoeveel dae het jy gevat? Skuus as ek dit gemis het iewers.

Awesome fotos man AWESOME  :thumleft:

Jy't dit nie gemis nie, want hy's nog nie eers halfpad met die RR nie  :imaposer:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DikZol on January 21, 2014, 11:09:45 am
Lekker read en nice pics.  Ek verlang sommer om weer daar te gaan ry
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 11:14:34 am
Dit was nou freakin nice man!! Dankie.

Wat was jou km op die round trip en hoeveel dae het jy gevat? Skuus as ek dit gemis het iewers.

Awesome fotos man AWESOME  :thumleft:

Jy't dit nie gemis nie, want hy's nog nie eers halfpad met die RR nie  :imaposer:


Yup, ek is nou eers op dag 3. Daar is nog 11 dae om te kom.            :ricky:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 11:17:56 am

Now there are going to be a few posts with a bombardment of photos.

It does not really do the ride justice, but it brings back great memories.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 11:21:28 am


Oh what absolute fun.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 11:26:30 am

You will notice that these chevrons are on extended poles. That is for when you get airborne over the ramp right there.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 12:39:03 pm

 :ricky:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Wild Woody on January 21, 2014, 12:44:44 pm

You will notice that these chevrons are on extended poles. That is for when you get airborne over the ramp right there.

Eish went there twice in December and did not notice the chevrons !!!!! I was enjoying the ride to much :ricky: and chasing Marc Coma and his water Carrier (Scooterbike)
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Swart Baard on January 21, 2014, 12:49:03 pm
Sjoe my mens...ek geniet die RR bitterlik baie  :ricky:

DASKOP, mooi foto's en lekker skryf  :sip:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 01:00:43 pm
Traffic jam in Gamkaskloof.

The reverse lights come on, but fortunately, they spot me and stop. I see the arm pointing to the left, so I think that is where they expect me to pass. As I get next to the vehicle, the passenger points down and says something that sounds like snake to me. Not the best place, on the edge of a cliff, on a bike, with very little space, to hear those words. You can imagine my initial reaction.

Thank goodness, that is not what she said. She mentioned to the driver that there was little space or something like that.

We had met the occupants earlier and had a chat with them. My fellow Wilddog had in the interim decided to stay over in Die Hel and when we met these new friends at the bottom of the pass, they were going straight out again, so they agreed to phone "advwannabe's" wife, once they were out of Gamkaskloof, to let her know where he is and that he will phone once we are in a cell phone reception area again.

Met nice people all over. Just amazing how much more and easier people in general find it to approach and talk to dusty adventure bike riders. I experience that all over the place.



Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 01:45:14 pm


I did not want this ride to end. This is my happy place.          :biggrin:
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Post by: BikeAlanPE on January 21, 2014, 04:02:42 pm
Well done!
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Post by: gee on January 21, 2014, 04:34:30 pm
Great Trip
 just a quick one how did you mount your gopro control on the handlebars cant make it out
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 05:10:07 pm
Great Trip
 just a quick one how did you mount your gopro control on the handlebars cant make it out

Hi Gee.

Thanks. It was a great trip.

Very simple at present, until I have the time to make it tidier, just a key or whistle strap with the coupling attached so that it does not fall off and then Velcro around the handle bar.

Hope the photos help.

Cheers.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: 4 Kays on January 21, 2014, 05:19:10 pm
Daskop, geniet jou rr soos altyd :thumleft:

As jy jou volgende trip wil geniet nooi gerus vir Skaapkop om saam te ry :imaposer: :imaposer:


Die oomblik wat hy "laryngitis" ontwikkel is hy en ek op die pad.        :lol8:

Mooi Marius mooi :snorting: :imaposer:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: oldmannorman on January 21, 2014, 06:34:51 pm
 :sip:  Thanks. Keep it coming.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on January 21, 2014, 07:43:19 pm
Just what I needed ... some new roads to be done asap.

Thanks for sharing.

 8)
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: SteveD on January 21, 2014, 08:32:08 pm
Lekker man.
Were all of the photos taken with the GoPro? They are surprisingly good.
How did you mount the GoPro?
I was considering getting a still camera rather than a video camera, but of the Gopro can deliver this kind of quality them maybe I should reconsider....
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 08:39:17 pm
Just what I needed ... some new roads to be done asap.

Thanks for sharing.

 8)

You will see that at the end of my trip I did some back road riding in your neck of the woods. Places that I never considered before, but WOW did they surprise me.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 08:51:49 pm
Lekker man.
Were all of the photos taken with the GoPro? They are surprisingly good.
How did you mount the GoPro?
I was considering getting a still camera rather than a video camera, but of the Gopro can deliver this kind of quality them maybe I should reconsider....

Most of the photos were taken with the Gopro which is mounted on the side of my helmet. See photo 1 below.

Where you see a small bit of my helmet in the left hand top corner, those are stills taken from a Gopro video. See photo 2.

The other where you see more of the helmet was when the Gopro was set to stills. Photo 3.

The others were taken with a Sony DSC - RX100 or my S4. It would be ideal if you can have a small DSC in conjunction with the Gopro.

The addition of the remote made the Gopro so much more useful. It is a great tool for what we do.

Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Difflock on January 21, 2014, 09:12:19 pm
So ver baie netjies Boet, jy hou van alleen ry ne.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 09:22:31 pm

Once in The Hell, the consideration is very strong to go back and do the ride again. But it is late in the day and we still have to arrange accommodation and chow.

And, maybe, ride to the end of the Kloof.

Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: JMOL on January 21, 2014, 09:26:36 pm
Maar ek ry nogsteeds lekker saam  :biggrin:

Daardie verduideliking vd GoPro laat my nou 2x dink  :)
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 09:27:25 pm
So ver baie netjies Boet, jy hou van alleen ry ne.  :thumleft:

Ja Diffie. Dit is moeilik om te verduidelik.

Terapie, swaer, terapie. Dis maar 'n ding wat jy op jou eie moet doen. Die afgelee paaie het my nou al so vasgevang dat dit amper 'n obsessie raak.

Ek kan die ding elke dag vir die res van my lewe doen, moet nou nog net die pond daarvoor vind.

Groete daar vir almal.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 09:30:16 pm
Maar ek ry nogsteeds lekker saam  :biggrin:

Daardie verduideliking vd GoPro laat my nou 2x dink  :)

Hoe gaan dit daar J? Voorspoed vir die jaar. Baie veilige myle vir jou.

Wat het jy tot nou toe oorweeg aangaande die situasie?
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: JMOL on January 21, 2014, 09:36:51 pm
Hoe gaan dit daar J? Voorspoed vir die jaar. Baie veilige myle vir jou.
Wat het jy tot nou toe oorweeg aangaande die situasie?

Gaan goed dankie - veilige kilo's vir jou ook.

Het nogal gedink aan GoPro, veral as Ou Bees kiekies neem van die kant ens, dan sal ek die voorgrond dek  ;D
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 21, 2014, 10:11:24 pm

After saying goodbye to our new friends who would contact Marc's wife we head to the shop / restaurant which is owned by the last remaining descendant of the original families that lived in Gamkaskloof.

We book a camp site, order some meat for our braai and set up camp a short distance down the road.

Back to the restaurant for some refreshments and once again we meet some more very friendly people. They are staying at the end of the kloof and invite us to take a ride down there.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: BikeAlanPE on January 21, 2014, 10:39:33 pm
Seeing those photos going down to "Die Hel" brought back memories when we did the trip! Needless to say I either looked at the cliff face or the back of "A's" helmet because I am petrified of heights! L
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 22, 2014, 10:33:26 am

Time for a ride down to the end of the Kloof.

Marc just missed this snake by centimeters.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: BikeAlanPE on January 22, 2014, 10:54:46 am
That makes it even scarier to go down there! :eek7:L
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Machete on January 22, 2014, 11:35:55 am
Blarry flippen lekker trip!!!
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 22, 2014, 03:41:58 pm

The scenery up the kloof is amazing.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 23, 2014, 02:52:43 pm

The solitude of Gamkaskloof.................................. Leave only your footprints.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 23, 2014, 02:59:38 pm

The solitude of Gamkaskloof.................................. Leave only your footprints.


Bliksem boet. but you are anchored to mother earth with those feet!! Size 14?  :peepwall:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 23, 2014, 03:19:43 pm

The solitude of Gamkaskloof.................................. Leave only your footprints.


Bliksem boet. but you are anchored to mother earth with those feet!! Size 14?  :peepwall:

No man, it is a close up.................................... :laughing4:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: BikeAlanPE on January 23, 2014, 04:08:12 pm
You know what they say about the size of your feet  ;D L
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 23, 2014, 04:51:09 pm
You know what they say about the size of your feet  ;D L


Yup, you need big shoes............ :sip:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 23, 2014, 04:57:40 pm
When we get to the bridge, the water is flowing strong. That is not so much the problem. The surface of the bridge is slippery as hell.

So when our friends in the 4x4 arrive, we decline the invitation to cross over. This decision is confirmed as the right one when a cyclist walks across, carrying his bike and nearly puts it down with the slipping and sliding. And then there was that step down when the water came up to his knees.

So we head back to the restaurant to collect our meat.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 23, 2014, 05:12:24 pm
Where did you pack the mountain biker in your panniers. Wonderful idea to take one with so that they can walk through the causeways
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 23, 2014, 05:23:51 pm
Where did you pack the mountain biker in your panniers. Wonderful idea to take one with so that they can walk through the causeways

He is actually a blow up doll. Trail tester version..............with remote control.


 :lol8:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 23, 2014, 08:30:04 pm
Where did you pack the mountain biker in your panniers. Wonderful idea to take one with so that they can walk through the causeways

He is actually a blow up doll. Trail tester version..............with remote control.


 :lol8:


 :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee: Must get one of those for Manic! 
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 23, 2014, 08:32:59 pm
The drive back to the camp.............we made a turn at some of the original houses that have been renovated and are now available as accommodation.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 23, 2014, 08:38:30 pm
Where did you pack the mountain biker in your panniers. Wonderful idea to take one with so that they can walk through the causeways

He is actually a blow up doll. Trail tester version..............with remote control.


 :lol8:


 :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee: Must get one of those for Manic!  


And also for Murphy, you know, will need it for venturing into the unknown, giving up the comfort of the Mother Ship and the nimbleness of the 650 for.................... ???

If the man questions his own sanity in this decision making process..... what must we think?????


Shame  :3some:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 23, 2014, 08:42:46 pm
Talking about the Kan't like To Mention.................

Kudos to this man for manhandling the Beast despite his vertical dispensation challenges.. :lol8:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Swart Baard on January 24, 2014, 08:45:19 am
Lekker lees/ry ek saam  :ricky:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 24, 2014, 09:04:47 am


The in motion, side mount, leg over, bike mounting procedure. From preparation stage to successful completion.     :thumleft:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 24, 2014, 09:12:39 am
Lekker lees/ry ek saam  :ricky:


Ja boet. Ons moet jou weer van die boek tot op die bike kry. Commuting tel nie. Dis die lang pad wat tel.     :deal:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 24, 2014, 10:14:08 am
Bliksem Daskop, I laughed and laughed at Advwannabe when he got on his scooter here!!


Kak funny.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Dwerg on January 24, 2014, 10:25:30 am
Less lekker  :thumleft:

Hoe kort is wannabe?? Ek moes op plekke so op my 640 ook klim  :lol8:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 24, 2014, 10:26:59 am
Less lekker  :thumleft:

Hoe kort is wannabe?? Ek moes op plekke so op my 640 ook klim  :lol8:

Fokken kort. So 1 cm langer as jy is!! O0 :peepwall:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 24, 2014, 10:41:49 am
Bliksem Daskop, I laughed and laughed at Advwannabe when he got on his scooter here!!


Kak funny.


The first time I met him in Swartberg Pass and he executed this maneuver in reverse to dismount, I thought he was going to donner off the cliff. It is very unnerving the first time that you see it, especially with the bike loaded like a trade camel.

Hernia stories my boet.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 24, 2014, 10:45:36 am
Bliksem Daskop, I laughed and laughed at Advwannabe when he got on his scooter here!!


Kak funny.


The first time I met him in Swartberg Pass and he executed this maneuver in reverse to dismount, I thought he was going to donner off the cliff. It is very unnerving the first time that you see it, especially with the bike loaded like a trade camel.

Hernia stories my boet.

3 hops and a skip and he is off!!!!
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 24, 2014, 11:12:38 am

I am trying to remember what they charged us for our braai packs (it was very little) but we got a BAK full of meat. It was ridiculous.......what a bargain. And lekker meat.

I'm hoping that advwannabe has photos of this heap of meat, if we can stir him from his slumber.

We were invited by the other 4x4 enthusiasts to join them for a braai. A great time was had by all. We had made some amazing new friends.

What an amazing starry sky in Gamkaskloof.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 24, 2014, 11:38:14 am
Less lekker  :thumleft:

Hoe kort is wannabe?? Ek moes op plekke so op my 640 ook klim  :lol8:

Fokken kort. So 1 cm langer as jy is!! O0 :peepwall:

So kort.           :laughing4:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Dwerg on January 24, 2014, 12:24:01 pm
Less lekker  :thumleft:

Hoe kort is wannabe?? Ek moes op plekke so op my 640 ook klim  :lol8:

Fokken kort. So 1 cm langer as jy is!! O0 :peepwall:

So kort.           :laughing4:

 :imaposer:

Ek moet dalk my forum naam aan hom skenk  :pot:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 24, 2014, 03:53:59 pm
Less lekker  :thumleft:

Hoe kort is wannabe?? Ek moes op plekke so op my 640 ook klim  :lol8:

Fokken kort. So 1 cm langer as jy is!! O0 :peepwall:

So kort.           :laughing4:

 :imaposer:

Ek moet dalk my forum naam aan hom skenk  :pot:


Nee wat ou Dwerg, jou naam is veilig, hou dit maar. Die man het heeltemal verdwyn. Ek wonder of die "Beast" hom nie per ongeluk ingesluk het nie, siende dat die man skaars groter is as 'n appetiser.

Kry ook geen reaksie op sy RR wat hy begin het nie:                        :xxbah:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=140765.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=140765.0)


Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 24, 2014, 04:00:36 pm

Is this thing on?........................the manual says......................
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 24, 2014, 04:06:08 pm


No, seriously, is it on?................This will drive me to drink., is this the spiked one?

Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 24, 2014, 04:12:48 pm

I am still not sure.......................is it on?
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 24, 2014, 04:23:40 pm
19 Dec 2013 06h20

Coffee time. Early morning preparations in the camp for our ride out of Gamkaskloof.



The man gets ready to mount The Beast.

Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Swart Baard on January 24, 2014, 04:42:31 pm
Née kyk....advwannabe mag maar   :deal:

Engine man wat so swaar katoem in die loop mount.... Respect  :dousing:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Swart Baard on January 24, 2014, 04:48:36 pm
Lekker lees/ry ek saam  :ricky:


Ja boet. Ons moet jou weer van die boek tot op die bike kry. Commuting tel nie. Dis die lang pad wat tel.     :deal:

Ja swaar...times are taff hey! Ek pluk sommer my se jy weet wat en fork Afrika in....glo my...eks op vir die rat race.

Maar ek like jou RR's hoor  :sip:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 26, 2014, 01:24:48 pm

I head through to Prins Albert and look for accommodation. The B&B's are not my style. I want to be away from it all, so I take a drive through town and see a board for the Olienhof camping grouds. It is along the back roads of Prins Albert between the smallholdings.

I get a small cottage with open plan kitchen, dining area, big sleeping area and bathroom, fully kitted for R170,00 for the night. Great value.

I met an Englishman, Steve Nesbit, who is an avid world traveling biker and author, stuck there with a non-compliant GS1150. Fuel supply problems. He had arranged with BMW George to collect the bike, but they could only attend to it after the 27th and he was going to be there for about 2 weeks.

Again, these photos are in limbo somewhere, hopefully to be retrieved by some IT guru.

18 Dec:

After filling up the bike, I drive along the main street and notice a KTM parked at the kerb. I stop, but the rider is nowhere in site so I get going to the Swartberg Pass.

Final destination for the day..................Die Hel, Gamkaskloof.


Just as a matter of interest, Stephen has traveled South Africa hiding gold bullion, coins, etc and recording the GPS locations which will be given to his descendants to find, as an inheritance. Quite a novel idea, I thought. According to him, if the first in line do not want to do it, then it passes onto the next, etc., etc.....................

Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 26, 2014, 05:26:10 pm

At the restaurant, we check out the amenities, bid a fond farewell to our new friends and head out.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 26, 2014, 06:15:31 pm


The ride out of The Hell.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 26, 2014, 06:20:34 pm
No matter how many photos you take of this ride, it cannot even nearly describe the experience. It is an amazing ride.  :ricky: :ricky:

As you occasionally glance back and down, you really get a reminder of the climb, and as you look ahead, you get a glimpse of the joy and pleasure that is still coming.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 26, 2014, 06:26:59 pm
Here are those raised chevrons and the ramp in reverse.

Then is more climbing as the road continues to snake up the mountains.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: spoedvark on January 26, 2014, 10:49:17 pm
Last read on pg 1. Just caught up! Lekker man! Lekker!
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 08:25:46 am
This photo shows a partial view down to the road below and just gives an inkling of the climb out of The Hell. It is something that I need to do again, maybe this early autumn when the temperatures are a little more temperate.

If you have not doen it yet...............maak 'n plan!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 08:34:47 am

And it climbs some more, then flattens out and produces a very happy adventure biker on the other side. What more can you ask for?????????

Let me tell you, that helmet, and mine, was full of smile.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 08:50:27 am
There is a river crossing coming up and it is a photo opportunity, so after a short pow-wow about how we are going to do it, I am on my way. On the other side, I get off and take some pics. Mine are lost, unfortunately, but lets hope advwannabe will be updating his RR soon and they will be there.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 12:51:03 pm

Swartberg Pass as from advwannabe's Gopro.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 01:27:59 pm
We had to take it very easy around the corners. There was a lot of traffic.

I was a little off line coming around a corner and there was a white GP Toyota Fortuner coming down at one heck of a lick filling the road from side to side. We were heading straight at each other. There was no way of changing my line, so I grabbed a handful of brakes and hung on. He must have pushed his foot through the floor boards. We came to a stop a mere 2 inches apart.

From there on, I hugged the left of the road even more than before.

Then it flattened out and opened up and we could enjoy some speedy gravel travel on our way to Prins Albert.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 02:32:04 pm

In to Prins Albert and we go to Mix for some refreshments and chow.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Vygiewiele2 on January 27, 2014, 06:13:54 pm
You can also glue a small piece of Velcro to the tank and remote and secure with a thin piece of rope to the handle bar. I find that you can work the GoPro remote easier.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 06:28:45 pm

I see that this photo of the standard dismounting procedure was on the footage, so I can only surmise that it is being studied by the photographer considering his unusual sequence utilised for the same end result.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 06:36:00 pm

I am still not sure.......................is it on?

Remember this, with the attached photo earlier on?

Well there is a reason why I mentioned this as you can see with the photos below. Advwannabe, like me and many others as well, at times, well him more than usual, as I can recollect, had left his Gopro on and it was filming for a loooooong time whilst we were dining at Mix.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Kerritz on January 27, 2014, 07:17:58 pm
Lekker...sien uit na die res.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 27, 2014, 07:18:36 pm
So where has Marc gone to???
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 08:32:53 pm
So where has Marc gone to???

Your guess is as good as mine. I sent him a PM, but no response.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 08:45:24 pm

Mix is an eclectic mix of eatery, art gallery and preserved goods seller. Our hostess is quirky Nicola, see the photos below, and she calls herself the Reluctant Retailer, as she does not like parting with what she has in the place.

She make the most amazing, refreshing lime cordial drinks. We were given the choice of the menu, as long as we ordered the quiche, which we ended up having. WOW. It is absolutely worth it. If you are ever there, do yourself a favour and do the quiche thing. Brilliant.

The banter also enhances the experience.

Then i bought a bottle of the marmalade. Tried it when I got to my brother's place in CPT and promptly hid it so that I did not have to share. Also a must when you get there.

(Did a father and son trip in the bakkie, 2nd week of Jan, and went back to Mix, just to buy some more marmalade, it's that good.)
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 27, 2014, 08:56:33 pm

Still oblivious that the camera is rolling, we mount up, ride out and do the ATM thing.

I don't think the oke with the walking stick looks like he is trusting this situation much.

Money in hand, it is time to get out of here and find some gravel.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Nicobie on January 28, 2014, 11:20:25 pm
This photo shows a partial view down to the road below and just gives an inkling of the climb out of The Hell. It is something that I need to do again, maybe this early autumn when the temperatures are a little more temperate.

If you have not doen it yet...............maak 'n plan!!!!!!!!!!!
This is presies wat I will do.
Your rr came just in time to get me even more exited for my planned trip to die hell in May.
Although you make it sound easy to ride I am still respectfull of that piece of road, but your foties are just inviting me deeper into the unknown.
I plan to ride from Prince Albert to seweweekspoort via Magriet Prinsloo pad then to die hell and back to PA

Thanx for sharing your trip.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: subie on January 29, 2014, 06:13:57 am
This photo shows a partial view down to the road below and just gives an inkling of the climb out of The Hell. It is something that I need to do again, maybe this early autumn when the temperatures are a little more temperate.

If you have not doen it yet...............maak 'n plan!!!!!!!!!!!
This is presies wat I will do.
Your rr came just in time to get me even more exited for my planned trip to die hell in May.
Although you make it sound easy to ride I am still respectfull of that piece of road, but your foties are just inviting me deeper into the unknown.
I plan to ride from Prince Albert to seweweekspoort via Magriet Prinsloo pad then to die hell and back to PA

Thanx for sharing your trip.

For you the road into the hell and out will be a non event. Very nice scenery those roads you plan to travel though. Years ago I rode into the hell with my Mazda 323. Few years ago ( I think 3 ) I talked to a woman manning  the entrance/office and she rides in and out with her bombed out old Audi everyday.  Very nice trip  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Rynet on January 29, 2014, 07:07:26 am


I did not want this ride to end. This is my happy place.          :biggrin:

Awesome Daskop .  :thumleft: :thumleft: Really enjoyed riding this route with you and your imaginary friend .  :biggrin:

I have ridden the Hell a few times, and can never tire of it . It was great to read your RR and share your excitement and happiness. :ricky:

Ps the first time I went to the Hell was in a hired Uno , that was fun barrelling across a rocky river ( which we had tested before) to the shock of the 4x4's who had stopped.   :imaposer:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: subie on January 29, 2014, 08:03:39 am


I did not want this ride to end. This is my happy place.          :biggrin:

Awesome Daskop .  :thumleft: :thumleft: Really enjoyed riding this route with you and your imaginary friend .  :biggrin:

I have ridden the Hell a few times, and can never tire of it . It was great to read your RR and share your excitement and happiness. :ricky:

Ps the first time I went to the Hell was in a hired Uno , that was fun barrelling across a rocky river ( which we had tested before) to the shock of the 4x4's who had stopped.   :imaposer:


A hired Uno  :lol8:
Yes rented cars and bikes can do so much "more"........  :ricky:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 29, 2014, 08:42:41 am
This photo shows a partial view down to the road below and just gives an inkling of the climb out of The Hell. It is something that I need to do again, maybe this early autumn when the temperatures are a little more temperate.

If you have not doen it yet...............maak 'n plan!!!!!!!!!!!
This is presies wat I will do.
Your rr came just in time to get me even more exited for my planned trip to die hell in May.
Although you make it sound easy to ride I am still respectfull of that piece of road, but your foties are just inviting me deeper into the unknown.
I plan to ride from Prince Albert to seweweekspoort via Magriet Prinsloo pad then to die hell and back to PA

Thanx for sharing your trip.

It is a pleasure.............great feeling to have inspired a fellow dog to set course. You will not be sorry.

Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 29, 2014, 08:54:01 am


I did not want this ride to end. This is my happy place.          :biggrin:

Awesome Daskop .  :thumleft: :thumleft: Really enjoyed riding this route with you and your imaginary friend .  :biggrin:

I have ridden the Hell a few times, and can never tire of it . It was great to read your RR and share your excitement and happiness. :ricky:

Ps the first time I went to the Hell was in a hired Uno , that was fun barrelling across a rocky river ( which we had tested before) to the shock of the 4x4's who had stopped.   :imaposer:


Ja, my imaginary friend.     :imaposer:

My therapist warned me about this............................... you know, spending all this time riding on my own over long distances for many days, even weeks.

:lol8:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: n0b0dy on January 29, 2014, 09:51:47 am
flip ek dog eks kort.. respect !!!!!
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Casting from Turd on January 29, 2014, 09:55:56 am
Just spoke to Advwannbe.

All good and still kicking hard. Busy at work and home!!


Recons he will try and finish this week with the ride report
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 29, 2014, 10:58:01 am
flip ek dog eks kort.. respect !!!!!

Jy sien nou, ek het jou gese hy herinner my aan jou....................YOUR BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER.       :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Husky Boy on January 29, 2014, 11:09:34 am
Awesome trip man!
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 29, 2014, 12:54:51 pm

We head out and have some lekker twisty tar sections. Just before Prins Albert Road we turn off onto a gravel road that the GPS says will bring us out on the national road.

Lekker road, get up some nice speed. Bike is just soaking it up. But it is HOT. 38 +                    :eek7:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 29, 2014, 01:01:53 pm

Then my imaginary friend nearly takes out a real bush.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 29, 2014, 04:26:46 pm
Just spoke to Advwannbe.

All good and still kicking hard. Busy at work and home!!


Recons he will try and finish this week with the ride report

That will be great. This part of my RR is where we had the toughest time and where the corrupted photos that I lost are sorely missed. He took photos here as well and it would have been nice if our reports were running concurrently.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: arno on January 31, 2014, 07:34:57 am
This photo shows a partial view down to the road below and just gives an inkling of the climb out of The Hell. It is something that I need to do again, maybe this early autumn when the temperatures are a little more temperate.

If you have not doen it yet...............maak 'n plan!!!!!!!!!!!
This is presies wat I will do.
Your rr came just in time to get me even more exited for my planned trip to die hell in May.
Although you make it sound easy to ride I am still respectfull of that piece of road, but your foties are just inviting me deeper into the unknown.
I plan to ride from Prince Albert to seweweekspoort via Magriet Prinsloo pad then to die hell and back to PA

Thanx for sharing your trip.
Jy kan nie met Magrieta Prinsloopad by Seweweekspoort pad uitkom nie. Magrieta Prinsloopad loop dood teen die Gamkapoort dam.
Jy kan wel links afdraai uit die Prince Albert teerpad rigting N1 na 21 km en dan met n lekker grondpad ry wat jou in die Laingsburg / Seweweekspoort pad uitbring . Maar daai stuk pad , seker 80 km het seker 10 of meer hekke. Dit loop net onderkant die Floriskraal damwal verby.
Watter naweek is julle nou weer daar vir jou vrou se kursus ?
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 01, 2014, 02:20:58 am
This is a really great read. Well done to the both of you!

Respect taking that overgrown KTM with you ;D They are not that big over this side of the sea :imaposer:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 01, 2014, 06:40:42 am

Our destination today is Koedoeskloof, Ladismith.

The maps show a gravel road connecting the R407 to the R323 and this is what we were initially aiming for. Methinks we did something wrong and are on the wrong road, buy, HEY it is gravel and heading in the general right direction. Must be the sweat, caused by the intense heat surrounding us, running into our eyes that resulted in misinterpretation of the never wrong Mrs Garmin.

The gravel road gets us to the national road and we both agree that this was not enough. We promptly turn around and head back to a twee spoor turn off that we encountered just after the last gate. The GPS indicates that it will also take us back to the national road further down. The ride is initially no problem. It is very obvious that this road is not frequently used.

Did I say this before? IT IS HOT, CLOSING IN ON 40 DEGREES.

We get a to a windpomp next to a dam and pour some of the cold refreshing water over ourselves and our kit in order to cool down some, but it is a very temporary relief. After a bit of a rest, we head off again, drive through some farmers werf, and shortly after that the road changed.

The vague indications of a previously used traveling surface are there, periodically interspersed with deep washed out dry river beds, deep sandy sections that suck in your bike's rubber, rocky steps, loose shaley areas and sometimes just sudden holes. Intense riding.

AND IT IS HOT. MOER..............IT IS HOT.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: ALLEN I on February 01, 2014, 08:55:42 am
Awesome RR keep it up
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: jeff on February 02, 2014, 04:55:55 am
Wow , nice pics and great read . thanks for sharing . Just want to know, what does advwannabe do when he has to stop at a robot ? is iy a dismount every time?
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 02, 2014, 05:41:32 pm
Wow , nice pics and great read . thanks for sharing . Just want to know, what does advwannabe do when he has to stop at a robot ? is iy a dismount every time?

According to him, he has to plan in advance when approaching a robot and tries to get to the raised kerb to use that as a support. If that is not possible, then it has to be dismount, which I can only imagine, must be a bitch in heavy traffic.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 02, 2014, 06:33:52 pm

As I said, it was very hot.

On one specific multi-rutted deep sand dry bed, my bike decided to lay down for a well deserved rest, despite my loud and very verbal protestations and I had to manhandle her back up. Then I hit another rut and landed halfway up an embankment which was not my intended direction.

But, we slogged on, because Mrs Garmin indicated that the national road was a mere 3 kilometers away.

DONNER ................... IT IS HOT.

Then, shortly after crossing another one of those multi-rutted deep sand dry river beds that grabbed you and shook you all at once, just like a bulldog does with a ball (it would have been funny, something to laugh at, watching my and advwannabe's exploits crossing, or rather fighting our way across these sections, but we were very hot an physically challenged - bikers do not get tired), we encountered a fence with a gate.

The gate was not locked. It was bopa'd with wire in such a way that whoever did it was challenging anyone to DARE take off the wires and open the gate.

Wat nou????????????????


 ???


Sorry, I gotta go.

 
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Swart Baard on February 03, 2014, 09:01:35 am
Aah nee aah Daskop man....jy maakie nou mooi om so innie middel van n' exciting storie op te hou nie  :bueller:

Ek vra ook nou: "Nou wat nou?"  :dontknow:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 03, 2014, 09:38:24 am
OK, so now, between great gasps of breathe to try and restore the oxygen deprivation that resulted from this strenuous challenge that we had just encountered, we were contemplating our next move. Mrs Garmin says that this road leads to the main road, which is a mere 2km away, but clearly, Mrs Garmin and the owner of the property have not been in contact for a while.

Who was the moer-in with who, to cause such serious wire restraints on the gate to restrict thoroughfare? I do not think that the adventurous off-road bikers were considered in this situation.

The gate and it's wire entanglement is then closely inspected for flaws that would result in an easy method of opening and closing without any evidence of our doing so, never thought, at that stage, that our tyre tracks would tell the whole story. But, to no avail, this gate is seriously tied in a whole lot of places. It was just like an extension of the fence, as if there was no gate. (I am missing my photos)

I proudly announced to my riding buddy that I had a wire cutter at the bottom of my pannier. Then we discussed the possibility of getting shot at. And then, the possible consequences of being prosecuted for trespassing or whether the farmer, if we were to be caught, would have pity on us, considering our current circumstances. We do not really want to go back the way we came.

YO, YO, YO........................IT IS HOT. 42 DEGREES WHERE WE ARE STANDING.

After a few more minutes of serious contemplation, we decide to back track. We will maar have to take the pain.

I decide to find an alternative way across the first (previously last) dry bed crossing and get across quite easily further downstream. My mate decides to follow the track that we came in on and proceeds to get stuck. I park my bike and really consider walking to him to assist, but he fortunately roars the Beast out of there.

At the next challenging crossing, I stop and watch my mate bounce his way through there, trying to keep the Katoem from venturing into the veld on an unintended route.

BLIKSEM, BUT IT IS HOT.





Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 03, 2014, 09:47:26 am
So, once advwannabe (he really has to change his forum name), had conquered the great divide, it was my turn. This is where my steed had previously decided to take a nap.

Check how the screen goes down and then all the way up through one of the ruts. Imagine that in rapid succession and on a regular basis.

Oh, what fun we were having.

Did I tell you that it was very hot?
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 03, 2014, 09:57:20 am

Did you enjoy that?
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Gérrard on February 03, 2014, 10:38:50 am
I think we need a special section for DASKOP's RR's, which alerts you once a month to come back and read more  :imaposer:

But great read (when there's something to read  >:D )
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 03, 2014, 03:47:30 pm
I think we need a special section for DASKOP's RR's, which alerts you once a month to come back and read more  :imaposer:

But great read (when there's something to read  >:D )

Nou sien jy mos, all is falling into place.     :thumleft:

First I get my own section, then the whole of Wilddogs, then ................conquer the world.         HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

 :laughing4:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 03, 2014, 04:26:35 pm

Despite the heat, it was still a lekker ride.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 03, 2014, 04:31:39 pm

Deur die plaaswerf.................
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 03, 2014, 04:40:50 pm
The only thing that is on my mind at this stage is.............How far to the dam?

The gates did not help, even more so if you consider my riding companion's mount and dismount procedure. Lotta respect!!!

The dam is in sight. Trust me, it was in sight................it was eagle-eyed. Hope it was not a mirage.

A sight for sore eyes and a great impending relief for a very hot everything. Can't wait to get some water over me.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Casting from Turd on February 03, 2014, 06:16:37 pm
And.....and ........and......


Did the dam have water in?

Shit man this ride report is like watching a good TV show. Blerry ad breaks just at the best part
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 03, 2014, 07:27:35 pm
And.....and ........and......


Did the dam have water in?

Shit man this ride report is like watching a good TV show. Blerry ad breaks just at the best part


 :pot:

It is time for another episode of..........."The Hot and the Bothered".             :xxbah:

A tale of two adventurers pitting themselves against the might of the heat shimmering waterless wastelands, relaying their (well, one of them at least) daunting experiences in an endless succession of Ride Reports that arouse mixed feelings amongst those, daring enough to share their exploits.

Will they find water in the dam or will it be as empty as a politicians promises?
 ???
Will these intrepid adventurers be able bring soothing relief to their tormented bodies?
 :dousing:
Or will they have to relentlessly forge forward without sparing a thought for their own comfort?
 :ricky:


We will be right back after a message from our sponsors.               :bueller:



 :spitcoffee:

Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 03, 2014, 09:02:49 pm

Welcome back to the next instalment.

The dam had water in.

The kit came off, got dumped in the water and we poured water over ourselves. We took some photos there. Interesting, like the sheep skeleton and dried out carcass......like a visual contradiction of an abundance of water and death by thirst.

I really hope that advwannabe posts the photos he took there in lieu of mine that were corrupted.

With our body temp down again and with a last dousing of water over ourselves we are on our way again. Time to get off the dirt onto the tar if we are going to make it to Koedoeskloof today.

Side Mount Sid does his thing.

There are some great twisties along the way.       :ricky:

And some corrugations to shake everything back into place.


Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 03, 2014, 09:07:30 pm


And some gates, and some serious "voet in die hoek" sections.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 03, 2014, 09:38:49 pm

It is the last section of gravel and then onto the tar heading for Laingsburg. On the way we hit some heavy traffic, dice with a Nissan GT-R (the sound coming from those pipes at speed is like music to the ears), somehow beat the average speed camera set-up and ....... well what else do you say about tar?

Refreshments at Laingsburg and tackle the tar to Koedoeskloof.
Title: Re: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Casting from Turd on February 03, 2014, 10:36:02 pm
Boutnblerry time man. Us mere mortals have to wait and wait.>:(;D

From the Drol's phone
Title: Re: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 04, 2014, 06:50:21 am
Boutnblerry time man. Us mere mortals have to wait and wait.>:(;D

From the Drol's phone

I wonder how long a RR can be from home to an Orange Elephant and back?                  :ricky: ???
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Casting from Turd on February 04, 2014, 08:45:32 am
Well lets see!

Where you coming from?  :imaposer:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 04, 2014, 09:24:55 am
Well lets see!

Where you coming from?  :imaposer:



The quaint seaside village of Port Elizabeth which is apparently just down the road from you.      :biggrin:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on February 04, 2014, 09:27:49 am
Lekker man  ........... lekker ............ :thumleft: :thumleft:
Lekker skryf styl ........... dis soos n storie...... :thumleft:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 04, 2014, 04:46:40 pm
Lekker man  ........... lekker ............ :thumleft: :thumleft:
Lekker skryf styl ........... dis soos n storie...... :thumleft:


Dankie, 'n lekker ry maak 'n lekker storie.               :ricky:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on February 04, 2014, 04:59:47 pm
Ek het nou al geleer.

Ek ignore die thread vir so 2 weke op n slag , dan kom en lees ek tot op datum. Dand ignore ek maar weer.

Want anders sal ek mal word.

Maar Daskop - ek ry lekker saam. Gooi nog. (dalk bietjie vinniger ???).

Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 06, 2014, 07:53:24 pm


Karoo Trip 19 Dec 2013
We arrive at Koedoeskloof and meet Veldbrand and Veldblom. Quick discussion and we decide to share a room and not do the camping thing. Can you blame us after the day’s riding that we had done?

We get some cold refreshments and I check my voicemails. I have spent a lot of my trip in areas where there has been no reception.

Then I get the news, my son has been in a car accident. This is now a week after he had a slip and slide in the rain, at night, went over a traffic circle and hit a kerb. Broken rear axle and the car is immobile. This time he is in his brother’s car, stops at a flashing red robot, then pulls off, just to be hit full on, on the driver’s door by some guy that never bothered to stop at the robot. Fortunately my boy is OK with just a few scratches although the car is written off.

Back to the RR.

We meet some very nice people and spent a long time talking to our hosts until it was late and time for bed.

After we had a deserving shower,(separately…we have not been on the road that long) my riding buddy, who falls asleep before his head is even on the pillow, starts sawing down a whole forest. Retribution for all the times I did the same to other unfortunate fellow travelers (ask Murphy about Spreetshoogte Pass in Namibia). There is no way that I can fall asleep, so I take the mattress off the couch, my sleeping bag and pillow and make a bed between the tables and chairs on the verandah in front of the pub.

The next morning I awake to a glorious sunrise.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 06, 2014, 08:00:12 pm


Breakfast, a quick explore, some photos, pack, pose with our hosts and we hit the road. Destination.....................Sutherland.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 07, 2014, 09:27:31 am

20 Dec 2013

Beautiful area around Koedoeskloof. After the long tar stretch yesterday afternoon, it is time for some gravel again.

 :ricky:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 06:08:23 am

Ladismith to fill up and get some provisions. The first section of our trip will take us on tar to Amelienstein.

Thereafter it is gravel through Seweweekspoort Pass, turning right at the T-junction to go through the Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve over the Bosluiskloof Pass to the Gamkapoort Dam.

Another hot day in the Karoo.
 
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 06:12:38 am

Mirro, mirror on the bike, who is the ...............................................?
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 09:21:10 am

Seweweeks................lovely riding.        :ricky:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 09:25:12 am


The trucks and bakkies come through at high speed, so it is wise to take it easy and expect one of those around every corner.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 09:48:27 am

It is onto the Bosluiskloof road that leads to Gamkapoort dam. The first section is speedway, then it is the pass.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 09:55:25 am

Bosluiskloof Pass..................... ; :biggrin:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 10:00:36 am
More of the pass.

Interesting tree root system on the side of the rock.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 10:05:47 am

Last section, then Bosch Luys Kloof Nature Reserve.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 10:19:27 am

Interesting trail indicator.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 10:13:01 pm

Bosch Luys Kloof Nature Reserve to the dam. There were some interesting sandy and rocky spots.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 10:17:36 pm

Did not expect to see an Audi that must have done these bad sections as there is no other road in.

The last section to the water's edge was very rocky and it did not help when I took the wrong leg of the split and landed up in a dead end with little room to turn with many rocks underfoot.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 10:23:01 pm

Got onto the right path down to the water and with directions from ADVWANNABE, I got to the water's edge, obviously to his delight.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 10:30:46 pm

A happy riding buddy..................... :lol8:.......................but after some cooling down rituals, it is back on the road again.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 08, 2014, 11:12:57 pm

THE SECOND SECTION OF THE RIDE WILL TAKE US BACK THE WAY WE CAME THEN PAST THE SEWEWEEKS TURN OFF STRAIGHT TO KOUEVELD PASS AND THEN TO LAINGSBURG.

It is gravel in good condition and the ears could be turned. Exhilarating to now and then, when you have unobstructed view and a well maintained gravel road, crank and drive at speeds well over the normal average. A different dimension of riding.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 09, 2014, 07:04:10 pm


Gravel to Laingsburg.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 09, 2014, 07:08:39 pm

To Laingsburg
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 09, 2014, 07:12:30 pm

The last section is a good tar road with some nice twisties and hanging the bike is the thing to do.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 09, 2014, 07:53:32 pm

It is a quick stop and shop in Laingsburg and we get back on the gravel to Moordenaars Kaoo, just as you leave the town towards Cape Town. There is a lot of evidence of the rain that has been falling all over.

We definitely need advwannabe to post some photos of this section.

I was quite a long way ahead of him, when I came over the rise and the road was full of water. My photo would have shown a LOOOOOONG skid mark as I made the brakes work overtime. Did not hear the KTM behind me, so I walked the crossing to check the water level and any possible ruts. A farmer came from the other side in his bakkie and said that there were a few more. I asked him to warn Marc if he saw him along the road, which he did not do, except wave at Marc.

I, in the meantime packed a pile of rocks in the middle of the road to warn Marc. When he arrived, the rocks had worked in warning him, we decided to make a bit of a river crossing photo shoot of it.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 09, 2014, 07:58:46 pm

Then it is Marc's turn.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 11, 2014, 09:19:28 am

There were a few more water crossings, nothing serious, except for some tail wags through the muddy areas.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 11, 2014, 09:41:11 am
We came upon the start of the stream of water which was to come as a result of the rain we saw in the distance. All this, I would presume, contributed to the flood torrent that Laingsburg subsequently experienced.

There was a lot of evidence of the amount of rain that must have fallen.

At Sutherland we find The Jupiter, home of Wilddog Hooglander (apparently his forum name was supposed to be the same as that of his establishment, but someone had inconsiderately taken it......... shame  :3some:   :pot:   :imaposer:), where we will sleep over. We can camp if we want to, but ablutions will be a problem. There is a double room available, but after my experience with a certain snoring buddy at Koedoeskloof, sharing the room is now a contentious subject. So, we decide that I will this time sleep inside and Marc will pitch his tent under the afdak, which is also the danskraal, I think.

All sorted.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 11, 2014, 10:27:22 am
21 Dec 2013

We leave The Jupiter and stop at the filling station. Some bikers arrive and after some trip conversation, warn us about Ouberg Pass, our intended route out, as they apparently had a hard time getting up it, with quite a few spills.

Then we head to Sutherland's Groot Verkyker. We have the daylight tour and then it is to Ouberg Pass.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 11, 2014, 02:19:00 pm
Ouberg Pass..............................at last. I have been looking forward to this since having been warned about it earlier on.    :ricky:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 11, 2014, 02:24:01 pm

The first switch back and there I was taking photos with my brand new very expensive camera that would never see the light of day.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 11, 2014, 02:32:47 pm
Right here, I can be heard saying "SHOOT (or something bodily functional similar) look at that view". It was spectacular, to say the least.

 :eek7:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 11, 2014, 08:04:18 pm

Here follows a boring bunch of photos that are more for my pleasure than for anything else.......................
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 11, 2014, 08:06:15 pm

And more....................................
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 11, 2014, 08:11:18 pm

Marc took plenty photos as well and I really hope he is going to either post them whilst continuing with his very neglected RR or send them to me so that I can post them.......................... :pot:


I took plenty, but the memory card caused them to be corrupted, ............ well, that is what the experts say.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 11, 2014, 09:42:26 pm
At this stage, Marc and I are having a conversation on the helmet comms. We expected the ride to be a lot more challenging, based on the chat we had with the other bikers earlier in the day. Cannot understand the spills, without being condescending, it is an exceptionally enjoyable ride and the views are spectacular. Maybe just some inexperience. There are some rough repaired areas, but nothing seriously challenging.

According to advwannabe, he could have done it side saddle, roaring up on the back wheel.....................The beast slayer.             :lol8:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 11, 2014, 09:59:35 pm

Marc took plenty photos as well and I really hope he is going to either post them whilst continuing with his very neglected RR or send them to me so that I can post them.......................... :pot:


I took plenty, but the memory card caused them to be corrupted, ............ well, that is what the experts say.

Any comments here in this regard from any concerned fellow dogs, that may spur the man on to sharing his trip with us, will be greatly appreciated. The more controversial the better, asking nicely has fallen on deaf ears.

:protest: :protest: :protest:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 11, 2014, 10:04:00 pm

Marc took plenty photos as well and I really hope he is going to either post them whilst continuing with his very neglected RR or send them to me so that I can post them.......................... :pot:


I took plenty, but the memory card caused them to be corrupted, ............ well, that is what the experts say.

Any comments here in this regard from any concerned fellow dogs, that may spur the man on to sharing his trip with us, will be greatly appreciated. The more controversial the better, asking nicely has fallen on deaf ears.

:protest: :protest: :protest:


Ve haf vays to get vhat ve vant ..............capish                :glasses7: :glasses7: :glasses7:
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on February 12, 2014, 03:27:48 pm

Still going down the pass. Marc even locks up in the corner. Bietjie haastig.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 12, 2014, 03:49:53 pm
While we were at The Jupiter, we met a young farmer, who's father owns the land adjacent to Ouberg Pass. He told us about the extent of the flood damage that was caused to the road. All the repairs that we encountered was done by his father out of his own pocket because if he did not do it, the road would have been impassible by now.

They were thinking of putting a donation bucket at the start of the pass so that people, who use the pass, could contribute to paying the cost of the repairs.

There were some berms across the road that resulted in airborne bikes. The uncompacted areas resulted in some interesting riding.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 12, 2014, 10:14:55 pm


Time to get out of the Ouberg Pass and into the Tankwa. The roads are as if they were made just for us. You can see for miles, the roadside is clear, gravel highway that entices you along and before you know it,....................you are seriously cruising. Whoopee stuff!!!!

Blaas daai pype skoon.                       :ricky:
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Post by: DASKOP on February 12, 2014, 10:44:30 pm
When we stop, it is like an animated discussion between two kids who discovered a new play park ride. But, seriously, it is an amazing ride with subtle changes in the scenery happening all the time.

Really beautiful country.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 12, 2014, 10:58:52 pm

The vegetation changes again and we cross some dry river beds.
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Post by: jeff on February 13, 2014, 06:41:35 am
 ;D :thumleft:
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Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2014, 12:35:43 pm
Then there were some not so dry crossings. And another vegetation change.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2014, 12:48:28 pm
Our stop at this Tankwa intersection is once again an opportunity for us to marvel at the absolute excellence of this ride. It is truly a beautiful and diverse country that we live in.

Note the BMW wannabe KTM sticker. Shame................ :3some:



Just kidding, don't want to start a brand controversy here.  :thumleft:    It could be the best of both worlds.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2014, 12:54:32 pm


Looking for Wilddog stickers. :paw:
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Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2014, 01:08:03 pm

CAN'T YOU FEEL THIS ROAD ENTICING YOU FURTHER INTO THE TANKWA?
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Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2014, 01:11:39 pm

An Oasis in the wilderness.
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Post by: Ernst Jr on February 13, 2014, 01:32:30 pm
Lekker man Lekker  :thumleft: :ricky: :ricky:
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Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2014, 01:46:57 pm

Tankwa.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2014, 02:00:38 pm


Traveling the fence

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Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2014, 02:09:02 pm


Spot the birds.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2014, 02:36:14 pm


Back on the road to Tankwa Padstal.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2014, 03:38:35 pm

It really looks like a set from some American redneck prairie movie. You can just about hear the creaking sign as it sways in the breeze as the tumbleweeds roll past.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2014, 04:03:35 pm

Back to the dam for a bit...............found some more photos.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 13, 2014, 07:17:56 pm

More of that beauty..............
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Post by: DASKOP on February 14, 2014, 04:52:54 pm

Tankwa Padstal is an interesting place with an interesting mix of people and unusual objects. It is obviously an adventure biker's must-stop-at-place.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 14, 2014, 05:13:28 pm

And then there was Raoul de Villiers, a maths teacher from the WC who also has a passion for adventure biking. But, according to RdV, he cannot, at the moment, afford the type of bikes normally ridden with all the necessary kit and gear. That, however, is not going to stop him from doing what we do.

He has his tent and all the other necessary kit strapped on his Gomoto and he is going camping in the Tankwa for a few days with the blessing of his wife and kids. His gloves are handmade leather and look like oven gloves and the rest, well, the pictures speak for themselves. But, what a guy.

Maybe he is what we need to see from time to time, when we forget how privileged and blessed we are to do what we do and then tend to take for granted what we have.

Raoul, I am proud to have met you. Happy trails, mate.


Only at Tankwa Padstal........................



 :ricky:
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Post by: DASKOP on February 14, 2014, 06:56:17 pm
The problem with the Tankwa Padstal is that you can get stuck there. And there is a huge open veld at the back to quickly put up a tent and remain stuck.

But it is time for us to move on. Oasis is still a while away. The vegetation changes again as we start climbing and the road is good with a lot of lekker draaie.

I stop to take a photo and I am immediately attacked by a fly on steroids and decide to find another place for a photo.


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Post by: DASKOP on February 14, 2014, 08:43:44 pm
A jump followed by a rut and then a loose rocky area brought some caution back into the ride for me.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 14, 2014, 08:45:34 pm

Then it is onto tar and into the Peerboomskloof Pass with some spectacular views.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 14, 2014, 08:57:37 pm
These were taken somewhere between Tankwa Padstal and Oasis.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 14, 2014, 09:03:16 pm


And these..............................
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Post by: DASKOP on February 14, 2014, 09:05:36 pm

Even this cannot do justice to the beauty of the place..................
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Post by: DASKOP on February 14, 2014, 09:07:57 pm


Or this.................
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Post by: DASKOP on February 14, 2014, 09:14:01 pm


Peerboomskloof Pass.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 14, 2014, 09:16:03 pm


Fancy footwork in Peerboomskloof Pass.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 15, 2014, 06:21:12 am

Down Peerboomskloof Pass.
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Post by: XRBradman on February 15, 2014, 06:34:52 am
Great pics. Any contact details for Raoul. I've got some starter gear he can have
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Post by: DASKOP on February 15, 2014, 06:40:51 am
Despite the obvious indications that it has rained in the area previously, the predominant feeling is still that it is an arid dusty part of our country and the heat contributes to this sense of moisture deprivation. Water therefore, when encountered in large volume in this area, seems to draw you it and it has a nearly comforting effect. Hence these photos.



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Post by: DASKOP on February 15, 2014, 06:51:11 am
Great pics. Any contact details for Raoul. I've got some starter gear he can have

I do have these details somewhere.

Your offer is, in my mind, what I would perceive as the Wilddog spirit. Great stuff. Can you let me know what you have? I will also go through my kit and add onto your list.

Anyone else that is willing to donate?

Jup, how about we invite him to our EC Bash?

That was not his first trip when we met him. If he has been traveling in this manner for a while, he must have some stories to tell.

 :ricky:
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Post by: XRBradman on February 15, 2014, 07:02:12 am
I've got a jacket at least. Will look around. All used I'm going back to plastics.
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Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on February 15, 2014, 08:33:41 am
DASKOP

Are you sure about the name of that tar pass ??

I could have sworn it was called Katbakkies pass.

The other one when you come up from Tankwa Padstal is called Peerboomskloof (Skittery kloof) pass.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 15, 2014, 09:28:10 am
DASKOP

Are you sure about the name of that tar pass ??

I could have sworn it was called Katbakkies pass.

The other one when you come up from Tankwa Padstal is called Peerboomskloof (Skittery kloof) pass.

You could be right. I lost some direction with the photos of mine that were corrupted as they showed the timeline better. It is the tar section that may have confused me, because according to Mapsource, the only tar section is in Peerboomskloof Pass. I can't seem to locate Katbakkies on Mapsource. Also, the guys we spoke to at Tankwa Padstal said that Katbakkies was not on our intended route, but that we should do it at some time. I am open to any input as it would also sort my confusion.

Thanks Hando.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 15, 2014, 09:43:48 am

On the way to Oasis.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 15, 2014, 07:15:21 pm

We do the last section to Oasis and set up camp once there. It is still early, around 5, lots of sunlight left in the day, so we decide to do some exploring. There was an interesting road leading off the road we came in on and we head up there.

Ever the adventurous spirits.                 :ricky:
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Post by: DASKOP on February 15, 2014, 07:40:15 pm

Just beyond the gate, there was literally a trail leading off to the left. "Should we try that?"

Why not?

The first section was OK, then it was like a mountain bike trail, but there was no turning back and, at that stage no way of turning on my Gopro. It was grab a handfull, stand and go, no hesitation, no looking down. Just go, and I did.

To be honest, I think both of us were very surprised that I got that GSA up over those steps and into the clear without going down. But, it was still early in our off the beaten track little jaunt as was to be proven a short distance when my bike decided to take a nap on a very awkward place covered with loose rock. Dead quiet.

"Are you OK? OK? OK?"

Marc had to park his bike (a huge endeavour at the best of times) and walk down to help me get the bike upright.

Unfortunately, once again, the visual proof is corrupted (I hope Marc has some of that specific fall) and I only have a picture of him walking back up to his bike after assisting me to get going.

This was the best of the trail we were embarking on. The objective...............to reach the top of the hill where the mast is. That is mos enough reason to take on anything. (How I miss my IT465)

FOCUS BOET, FOCUS.

 :eek:



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Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on February 16, 2014, 12:47:41 pm
Daskop .......... the tar section of the pass as Hando also mentioned, is Katbakkies pass. On the road you took from Tankwa padstal to Oasis you first go up Peerboomskloof (Skittery Kloof), then on the plato and then you descent down Katbakkies  before you turn right at the Op die Berg/Oasis T-junction  :thumleft:
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Post by: DASKOP on February 16, 2014, 01:44:20 pm

Baie dankie vir die inligting, maar julle het seker opgelet dat die bliksems die sign verwyder het net om my te confuse. So wat moes op daardie sign gestaan het?

Waarvoor die naam Skittery Kloof?
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Post by: DASKOP on February 17, 2014, 09:24:47 am

Time to continue our quest for the mast.

These photos do not really give an idea of those loose stones in the ruts. Once you have your line just keep going and try to ignore the Proteas that are trying to pull you off your bike. (Seems they are naar after being shown up by the Aussies).   

:lol8:
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Post by: DASKOP on February 17, 2014, 09:37:04 am


Then you get to a tricky little corner, slow down to negotiate it very gingerly and you concentrate like crazy, just to get one heck of a skrik as the mirror swings around unexpectedly. The result of my last fall.

So it is a rather quick stop, a testing exercise on a roadbed consisting predominantly of loose stone, tighten said mirror before once again setting off very carefully into the blinding sun which is limiting your ability to prepare yourself for the trail ahead as you cannot see it.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 17, 2014, 01:43:51 pm

On to the mast............................
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Post by: DASKOP on February 17, 2014, 02:54:27 pm
Then suddenly I lose traction as the bike spins on the loose stones and as the bike gets going again, the front wheel hits a big step and down I go. Quite gently, but still down. Nobody said that it was going to be easy and on a GSA........? It beats boring though.

One squashed crash bar bag.

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Post by: Gérrard on February 17, 2014, 06:45:42 pm
Great pics. Any contact details for Raoul. I've got some starter gear he can have

I do have these details somewhere.

Your offer is, in my mind, what I would perceive as the Wilddog spirit. Great stuff. Can you let me know what you have? I will also go through my kit and add onto your list.

Anyone else that is willing to donate?

Jup, how about we invite him to our EC Bash?

That was not his first trip when we met him. If he has been traveling in this manner for a while, he must have some stories to tell.

 :ricky:

Let him know. Will be nice to hear about his adventures.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 07:15:10 am
Great pics. Any contact details for Raoul. I've got some starter gear he can have

I do have these details somewhere.

Your offer is, in my mind, what I would perceive as the Wilddog spirit. Great stuff. Can you let me know what you have? I will also go through my kit and add onto your list.

Anyone else that is willing to donate?

Jup, how about we invite him to our EC Bash?

That was not his first trip when we met him. If he has been traveling in this manner for a while, he must have some stories to tell.

 :ricky:

Let him know. Will be nice to hear about his adventures.

I have had an offer from one of the forum members (who wishes to remain anonymous), and who indicated his respect for people currently in the teaching profession, to pay for Raoul's Bash fee plus R300 towards his petrol.

I have tried to phone him, but only the unavailability message comes on. There has also been no response to my sms. I will try again and let you know if I am successful.


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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 07:30:35 am

Marc had stopped, come back to assist me in getting the bike upright and, as I had decided that I will no longer continue on this vengeful path, we eventually get the bike turned around and pointed in the direction that we came from. I sit down in the bush with my back up against one of these rocks, building up, hopefully, a little energy.

It is amazing how the bike just gets heavier and heavier as your level of fatigue increases.

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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 03:44:21 pm

Marc gave up his quest for the mast on the hill a short distance away. Time to head back to Oasis.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 03:47:15 pm

Then it was gravel highway again.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 03:49:15 pm


Then there was a sandy section followed by more gravel highway.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 03:50:26 pm


Waiting for the sunset moment......................
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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 03:52:27 pm

Down to the main road and on to Oasis.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 22, 2014, 04:32:22 pm

Getting close to the end of an interesting and eventful day.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 23, 2014, 05:13:13 am

Heading back to Oasis.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 23, 2014, 05:42:22 am
Our camping spot for the night.

We set up camp, have a chow in the restaurant and experience Oasis's honesty system. Have what you want from the menu, help yourself to the fridge, put the details in the file with your name on it and pay before you leave. Quite unique and interesting.

Some chats, Marc got some info for his trip back and it is bed time as he wants to get on the road home early.

The dark photo is of Marc snoring. He was adamant, after my experience with it at Koedoeskloof and sleeping on the stoep, that he does not snore. So I videod it as proof. The photo serves as a reminder (if he still reads anything on this forum) that the video is going to surface somewhere, sometime, somehow.

22 Dec 2013

Marc is up very early and leaves at around 05h45. Sid Side Mount does his thing.

I decide to get packed as well, have some coffee, do some quick laundry which, in this heat, will be dry very soon. That was to be the problem. As the sun cleared the mountains, the heat became unbearable. I eventually ventured under the tent roof into the pool, the water of which, was refreshingly cold. That sealed it for me and I decided to rather spend the day at Oasis than ride on through the valley in this heat.

So I set up camp again, only this time I put up the tent in the shade.

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Post by: DASKOP on February 23, 2014, 06:31:43 am
23 Dec 2013

I had a discussion the previous night with some KTM riders who advised me against taking the road to Wupperthal on my own, especially on a loaded GSA. This is after someone else, a local farmer, also on a KTM, told me it is fine and that I must visit the waterfall at Eselbank. Whose advise do I follow? Maybe I should play it safe.

So it is with this in mind that I set off on the sissie road out of the Cederberg. Some sections are even concreted. Beautiful country side, a must to do.

My destination for the day is Piketberg. Going to visit Jannie, a farmer I met in Ai-Ais during my trip into Africa.


(Added some Oasis photos I found after posting)
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Post by: DASKOP on February 24, 2014, 11:34:52 am

I got to the split in the road and decided to tackle the Wupperthal road, despite the recommendations not to. Hope this does not backfire on me.

 :patch:
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Post by: DASKOP on February 24, 2014, 07:41:59 pm
Oasis to Wupperthal.

I stopped at this river crossing and put my helmet on the mirror, not realising that I had left the Gopro on, so I have a lot of minutes of the same. At least the bird flew past to break the monotony.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 24, 2014, 07:47:54 pm

The village of Eselbank.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 24, 2014, 07:50:58 pm

Eselbank, Cederberg.
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Post by: pietas on February 24, 2014, 08:36:39 pm
You are truely blessed at sharing your travels. Thank you. Really enjoying
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Post by: DASKOP on February 25, 2014, 08:33:55 am
You are truely blessed at sharing your travels. Thank you. Really enjoying

Thank you. Hope you enjoy the rest too.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 25, 2014, 09:01:00 am

I visited the waterfall, as suggested at Oasis, took some amazing photos, all of which were corrupted, and had a chat with the cage occupants.

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Post by: DASKOP on February 25, 2014, 09:12:37 am

I got to the split in the road and decided to tackle the Wupperthal road, despite the recommendations not to. Hope this does not backfire on me.

 :patch:

Found some more photos between the corrupted ones.
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Post by: Rodlau on February 25, 2014, 04:51:56 pm
Enjoying this RR.  How does a photo become corrupted?  Faulty SD card, Not formatted correctly SD card?  I must admit I have never had this problem, but and terrified there may be a first time.  What is the method to cure this corruption?
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Post by: DASKOP on February 25, 2014, 05:48:52 pm
Enjoying this RR.  How does a photo become corrupted?  Faulty SD card, Not formatted correctly SD card?  I must admit I have never had this problem, but and terrified there may be a first time.  What is the method to cure this corruption?

The SD card was apparently not up to speed to keep up with the camera. My previous camera was a R600 mik en druk, and there never was a compatibility issue with the SD cards. My new mik en druk (DSC) is, according to the camera experts, the Rolls Royce, and the SD cards should have been upgraded to match. I used as before and therein lies the problem.

I have changed the SD card and the problem seems to be resolved.

Good to hear that the RR is enjoyed.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 28, 2014, 01:54:49 pm

Eselbank to Wupperthal. Gravel, sand, stony, all catered for in different levels from easy to little tricky. It was the right decision to take this route, well, so far.
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Post by: DASKOP on February 28, 2014, 10:39:09 pm

More photos along the way, Very interesting and diverse vegetation to be seen. Slowing down increases the level of appreciation.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 01, 2014, 08:05:13 am

I stopped to take some amazing photos, not really knowing at that stage that they would never see the light of day. At least I forgot the Gopro on.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 01, 2014, 08:08:21 am

Still on...................................
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Post by: DASKOP on March 02, 2014, 11:50:42 am

Soon thereafter the road started dropping. I was close to Wupperthal. There are some concreted sections, but with the loose stones on them, they could potentially be more dangerous than the gravel.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 02, 2014, 11:54:23 am

It is quite a drop over a relatively short distance down to the valley floor.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 02, 2014, 03:06:15 pm

Still a long way down, but it is a great ride. It was the right decision to take this route via Wupperthal.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 02, 2014, 06:37:52 pm

It is extremely hot as I drive into Wupperthal. I get a cold drink from the little shop and sit on a chair in the shade of the old tree and chill a bit.

The ride out of Wupperthal is on a nice stretch of gravel, but it seems quite dreary. So it is better to make up some time while there is not much too see.

I check if there are any messages on my cell. Reception during most of the ride in this area is non-existent. You can see on the face of my phone that my dearest son got hold of it and due to his wonderful sense of humour, I am known not by my name, but as Brandon's Father.
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Post by: Ernst Jr on March 03, 2014, 07:37:17 am
Ons het die Wuperthal- Eselbank roete Augustus gery tydens die Blommetyd. Was awesome. Met my vrou as pillion OP na Eselbank was dit nogal 'n ervaring.  :thumleft: Geniet jou RR.
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Post by: DASKOP on March 03, 2014, 11:38:00 am
Ons het die Wuperthal- Eselbank roete Augustus gery tydens die Blommetyd. Was awesome. Met my vrou as pillion OP na Eselbank was dit nogal 'n ervaring.  :thumleft: Geniet jou RR.

Dit moet 'n belewenis wees as dit blomme tyd is. Waar is die fotos? Jy kan maar hier ook pos as jy het.
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Post by: DASKOP on October 13, 2014, 05:26:35 pm
Right so now "advwannabe" has started posting again, I hope that his photos will add to this RR as well.
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Post by: DASKOP on October 24, 2014, 05:14:09 pm
Right so now "advwannabe" has started posting again, I hope that his photos will add to this RR as well.

Seems like I spoke too soon.
Title: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
Post by: DASKOP on January 08, 2015, 06:08:29 pm
Right so now "advwannabe" has started posting again, I hope that his photos will add to this RR as well.

Seems like I spoke too soon.

I really spoke too soon.