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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 14, 2014, 07:37:06 pm

Title: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 14, 2014, 07:37:06 pm
The internet has recently celebrated its 24 year of existence. With the coming of the internet has come a lot of evils , but also a lot of good. Amongst other things the internet has made the world a lot smaller.  So it is that through the internet I have come to meet some wonderful people. And the internet has shown me places such as the Hell and Baviaanskloof. But seeing it on a PC screen is not same as being there yourself and experiencing a place on your own. And so with my annual leave due I started to make plans to go and see some of those places for myself.

DAY 1

I start my day by packing Jemima and making sure that everying is tied down nicely and ready for the trip. Actually, I did the packing the previous night and all I need do is strap everything down and get into my bike gear.

My first stop is at the fuel station where I spend a few minutes checking and adjusting my tire pressures.

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Because I ride the area around Cape Town a lot I do not stop for pics but I do decide to stop for a pic when I cross the Berg river near Francshoek.

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A quick stop at the top of the pass to look at the scenery

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And I am off again.

I make a point of relaxing and taking it easy. And I force myself to get into the holiday mode by stopping a lot to take pictures.

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I go through Villiersdorp and just after the pass I turn right onto a gravel road that points in the general direction I want to go.

Now if you are on a Dualsport bike , then signs like this are what you want to see :

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And roads like these are what we ride for :

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I pass the Breede bash site and cross the river just after the site. The next road to the right takes me along the river valley and towards Robertson.

You have to wonder what frightens someone to run out of his shoes like this :

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The road follows the river for a distance.

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I go through Robertson and Ashton.

In Ashton I stop at the train for a pic and grab something to eat.

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The idea was to go through Montagu and then follow a dirt road past Rietkraal se rivier towards Koedoeskloof , but talking to the local at the restaurant he tells me that the road is closed because it goes through a nature reserve. Not having been that way before I have to believe him and so I stay on the tar road hoping to turn left onto the dirt at a later stage.

Close to the Op de Tradouw pass I turn left onto a dirt road that looks promising. But about 7kms down the road I am met by a gate proclaiming that in front of me lies Sanbona Nature reserve.

The toothless security guard at the gate was very unhelpful and just flatly denied me thoroughfare. I suspect that my spinning rear wheel roosting him and his office might have given him an indication of what I felt like when I had to turn around.

I stopped down the Sanbona road to grab a pic of two of the locals.

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Back onto the R62 I continued towards Barrydale stopping for some pics along the way.

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I have done the Tradouw pass in a car before but never on a bike and so I decided to go down and back up the pass.

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I turned around

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and stopped to just soak in the view and the sounds.

I was amazed at how much of the Fynbos I could smell. What really tickled me though was that I could really smell the fynbos every time after I put helmet on. It was somewhere on day two that I realized the I was not smelling the fynbos , but that my helmet inners needed a serious meeting with some soap and water.

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Then it was past Barrydale and on towards Ladismith and Koedoeskloof.

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I went past a VW Jetta lying on the embankment and looking a bit battered so I turned around to investigate how and why someone would park their vehicle like that.

The evidence was fairly straight forward.

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and the damage quite spectacular.

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I do suspect that some locals came and helped themselves to some of spares available while the car was lying there.

I turned left past Buffelsdrift,  dealt with a local traffic jam

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admired the view

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and stopped at Velbrandt and Debi at Koedoeskloof where I pitched my tent and chilled.

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A warm shower and an awesome Koedoe burger later and I was sleeping like a baby.





 




Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Lem on March 14, 2014, 08:23:49 pm
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Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: gwild on March 14, 2014, 08:24:34 pm
 :peepwall: keep it coming  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Matewis on March 14, 2014, 10:23:07 pm
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Post by: whitedelight on March 14, 2014, 10:59:55 pm
Nice Hanno,you are seriously gifted when it comes to taking nice photos.. :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: trevorwb on March 15, 2014, 03:10:39 am
Fantastic photos.More pls
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Post by: DCR on March 15, 2014, 06:38:15 am
Nice! One of these days I'll be doing the same.
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Post by: J-dog on March 15, 2014, 08:07:38 am
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Post by: >>ThumpįC on March 15, 2014, 08:37:52 am
Nice
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Operator on March 15, 2014, 08:41:16 am
Nice RR


Het geweet Carrots het gese dat hy familie in die Kaap het, maar ek het nie geweet hulle woon tussen Franschoek en Villiersdorp
nie.  :peepwall:


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Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: 4 Kays on March 15, 2014, 09:04:06 am
Great photography  :thumleft: Waiting for the rest  :sip:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 15, 2014, 09:20:50 am
DAY 2

I awoke to a glorious sunrise and spent some time walking around and taking some pics in the 'golden hour'.

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I packed my goodies and said my goodbyes to Debi and Eugene and took the road towards Ladismith and Calitzdorp.

Just after turning onto the tar road I spotted this kitten sitting on a car port. At first I rode past ,  but forcing myself into holiday mode I turned around and went to grab a pic of this okie. He was very intrigued with the swaying leaces above him and I suspect that at some point he would have made an attempt to catch them if he could.

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I stopped at the spar in Ladismith and bought some goodies to munch .

I stopped in Huisrivier pass and had a breakfast of sorts.

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Into Calitzdorp and left towards the town dam.

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I have done this road once before with Tweets when we were at the Springbok Rally about two years back and I took a nice photo then. So when I passed the spot where I took the pic I stopped and took one for comparison.

THEN :

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and NOW

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The road runs parallel with the Swartberg mountains

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Until it meats up with the Swartberg pass.

I turned left towards the Swartberg pass and met two other Adventure Riders one on an 800GS and one on a 1200GS.
During our quick chat they indicated that they were also planning to go into Die Hell and back out before going further towards Loxton I think. My plans were to go in and out and then head towards George for the night.

We said our goodbyes and I made my way up the pass.

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The view back down the pass:

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And the view down the mountain. The road that I came up with is just visible.

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The view further up the pass

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I turned left at the entrance to Die Hell. And for the next 11kms I wished that I had a bike with better suspension. The road conditions were really crappy and I could hardly maintain 40km/h with lots of braking for dips , ruts and holes. Eventually though the conditions improved and my average speed started to look better.

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Every now and then I would come across a little Steenbokkie pair. They were so relaxed that I would ride right past them , stop and take a pic and continue off without them moving.

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A Nice piece of road

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and another Steenbokkie.

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I also saw some Grey Ribbok , but they did not care for me taking photos of them.

I had to stop to take a photo of the (in)famous pass down to the Hell.

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And having negotiated the tight turns and steep downhills I stopped at Ouma Sannie se Winkel for some refreshments.

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I rode down the valley towards the information centre and stopped at the crossing of the Gamka River for this pic.

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On our trip to Springbok Rally we went down Bosluiskloof pass towards the Gamkapoort Dam. This is then the other side of that poort .

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Then it was time to make my way back up the pass and towards George for the night.

As I turned around I met the Gent on the 800GS coming from ahead and we had a quick chat where he informed me that his friend on the 1200 turned around in that first 11 kms and was waiting for him in Prince Albert.

I stopped at the campsite at the entrance to Die Hell and soaked my T-shirt and buff under a tap before putting on my jacket again.

Just a few hundred meters up the pass I got stuck behind a 4x4 making it's way up , but the driver was very friendly and moved over as soon as was possible for me to pass. With my hands full on the loose surface and steep incline I did not dare wave but managed to hoot my thanks.

A while later I got stuck behind an oomie in a blue Isuzu who did not understand that my average speed over the terrain was a lot faster than his. I had to sit behind him slipping the clutch every now and then until eventually he gave me a spot to pass.

I took some pics of the rock formations and the road ahead

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and the watercrossing on the way out

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before being shaken to my core again on the last 11kms back to the Swartberg pass.

From there I pointed my bike towards Gorge and did not really stop again for a photo except for the pic at the view point on Outeniqua pass. It was here at the viewpoint that I first smelled what smelled like radiator coolant burning. I replaced the waterpump a few thousand kilometers back and my first thought was that the seals had gone again but a check on the weephole showed that all was dry.

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I placed the worry on the back burner for my mind to chew on and made my way into George where I would spend a delightful evening having a braai and a lekker chat with Sonja and her daughter whom I met on an Afrikaans blog site a year or so back. Once again the internet has allowed me to meet new people and have a lekker kuier.












Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Bring It On on March 15, 2014, 09:43:49 am
Thank Hanno for sharing your trip so far :thumleft: :thumleft: Looking forward to the rest. ;)
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Goose on March 15, 2014, 09:59:17 am
Ai, ai maar jy skryf lekker Hanno en jou pics is meestervol.....  Thanks for writing and sharing boet .... makes one lus for the road.

So who's "Wesley" ...........?  I see you shared a coke with him in die Hel... :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 15, 2014, 10:17:44 am
Haha Goose.

I saw that as well and just knew someone will chirp about it.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: DikZol on March 15, 2014, 10:24:31 am
Was waiting for this one. Gooi!!!!!
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 15, 2014, 11:19:23 am
DAY 3

Day 3 would be rated as the best day of my trip. It would see me do some roads that I have done before and also some new ones that was still a mystery to me. On the menu for the day was Seven passes , Kom se pad, Prins Alfred Pass and a piece of Baviaanskloof.

I left George towards Saasveld and stopped in front of Saasveld college to lube my chain that was now heated up.

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Because I had done this road the year before I did not stop for too many pics on this section. At some point I wanted to turn around for a photo and very nearly dropped my bike when the front wheel lost grip on the loose sand next to the road. Some serious groin tearing effort managed to keep her upright.

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I crossed a lot of bridges and stopped for one of them.

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With all of the lekker kuier with Sonja I had completely forgotten to recharge my coms unit and it was now making noises about having a low battery. My stomach was also making some noises of it's own and so I figured that a stop at a coffee shop in Knysna will solve both problems.

I gave the waitress my coms unit to charge while I had an overpriced breakfast.

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It was in this time that Hentie phoned me to say that a business decision had been made and that we would be moving the Tygervalley shop back to Somerset West and that I would need to relocate back to Somerset. This after I had completed my move into my new dwelling place 4 days prior.

I decided to not let any of that spoil my fun and just placed it out of my mind for the time being. At about the same time the power went out in Knysna which meant that I could also no longer charge my coms unit. There was nothing for it but to get back on the bike and head out onto Kom se pad.

Sitting behind a bakkie on the way out of town I realized that I could not see my headlight's reflection in his canopy window. A quick stand on the pegs with a look over the screen confirmed that my high beam has blown , but that dims were still working.

Kom se pad is a treat as always and I expected to see one of the elusive Knysna Elephants around every turn. This was sadly not to be.

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I made my way out of Kom se pad and turned left towards Uniondale.
The first part of the road was full of potholes and big lumber trucks throwing up huge clouds of dust but once past Rabbers eiland this was no problem any more.

Jemima however developed a new habbit of attacking me with left hand mirror every time I crossed a bump.

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At least the scenery made up for that small irritation. Eventually I removed the mirror and strapped it to my luggage.

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The heat was starting to get to me and so when I passed a water stream I made a stop and went to soak my shirt in the river .

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I also took this not so good looking selfie

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I was really in a much better mood than this photo suggested. In fact , for the next few kilometers I had an absolute ball in the pass towards de Vlugt. The road was good , the corners nicely cambered and I had Jemima running hard between 3500 and 5500 RPM in 3rd and 4th gear with some hard braking and a blip down to 3rd gear before every corner. So spirited was my riding and braking that Jemima's rear brake started to fail in the last few corners before de Vlugt. I have heard of other people boiling the GS and Dakar rear brakes , but this was the first time it happened to me. I did enjoy that piece of road thoroughly .

Now it was time to go up Prince Alfred pass and I slowed way down and made sure that I stuck close to the left hand side of the turns as the pass was narrow and I was in no mood to meet a racing 4x4 coming the other way. As it turned out I only had to deal with some 4x4's at the top of the pass as I neared Avontuur.

Looking back

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and some more pics

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And looking back again from the top of the pass

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I stopped in Uniondale for a Pink Sterri Stumpie and a tin of Viennas just for in case. I fueled up at the Shell and begged a new headlight globe of the local motor mechanic.

And then it was on to new uncharted roads.

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Slowly the landscape was changing. A sign told me that I was 50kms from the Baviaanskloof police station.

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And then a little ridge and a corner and Baviaanskloof opens before you.

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I stopped at Uitspan and had a glorious Coke with Ice whilst talking to Nico the owner.

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With the coke done justice I got back on the road towards Doornkloof where I would over night. I once again dealt with some local traffic

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and enjoyed the rock formations and scenery.

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Towards the east it looked like a small thunderstorm brewing.

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With some more scenery and water crossings I made it to Doornkloof.

Jemima was startng to worry me a little. Every time I stopped I still smelled the coolant but the weephole remained dry. I could also not see any obvious leaks. This left one possibility. A leak in the radiator. High mileage F650's are know to have the fan shroud eat into the radiator over long periods of time. With Jemima on 116000km I guess that it was about due for me.  She had also developed another nasty little habbit. The Neutral light would stay on when I put her in gear and would then flicker out over time. This became more and more pronounced after every water crossing. I put this down to a chaffed wire and made a not to sort out on one of me rest days.

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I picked a lekker spot and made my camp.

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I was the only soul there except for a very inquisitive Coot whom I called Koot.

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Koot would walk right up to me and then start ripping at the grass like he is eating it. Trying his best to convince me that he was a hungry and deserving local who would gladly take any food off my hands that I may not have need for.

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I got hold of Barend who sold me a braai pack and some wood and with my tent pitched and the fire lit it was time to chill.

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I did have one small little problem in that the loo's did not have toilet paper and that was the one thing I did not pack. That problem was solved by raiding the little cottages next to the dam. Sorry Barend.

With the meat on the coals I started unpacking my cutlery only to discover that my unbreakable plastic plate had become holy.

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Ahh well - not a problem . We will just cover the hole.

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I ate like a king and had a view like none other.

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That night I lay in front of my tent looking at the stars for nearly three hours.

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Eventually I went to bed happy and content.  To quote another wilddog :"Another tough day in Africa".




Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Casting from Turd on March 15, 2014, 11:41:18 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on March 15, 2014, 11:57:04 am
Jis, Hando, jy neem darem mooi fotos.   :thumleft:

Dankie vir die deel.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 15, 2014, 12:10:18 pm
Dankie Mevrou Vis Arend. Komende van jou is dit n groot kompliment.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: ALLEN I on March 15, 2014, 12:22:11 pm
Thanks for sharing the RR, great pics and a nice ride.  :ricky:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Operator on March 15, 2014, 12:55:57 pm
Kom se Pad bly maar altyd spesiaal  :thumleft:

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Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 15, 2014, 01:07:21 pm
DAY 4

Day 4 saw me up bright and early. I made a (semi)lekker cup of coffee, had a shower and proceeded to pack up all my goodies.

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In the past I used to take along my little coffee filter and some filter coffee , but for this trip I reverted to Nescafe Cappuccino in sachets. I have to be honest - I think next time I will go back to proper filter coffee. Whilst the sachets are an easy all in one solution it just does not do the trick for that proper early morning coffee.

 I had to wait for the sun to dry my tent before I could pack it away. In the mean time I had to keep my eyes on a little monkey who was intent on raiding whatever he could find.

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I plugged my battery charger into a power outlet to make sure that I had sufficient battery power to keep my camera going.

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With everything packed and sorted I made my way back to the road.

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At first I stopped and photographed every single water crossing I came to , but somewhere along the road I gave up as there were just too many.

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Jemima was still acting up with her Neutral light flashing and flickering after every water crossing.

I saw some Kudu

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And more water crossings

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This was adventure bike heaven. The road surface was a bit loose but nothing that me and Jemima could not handle.

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At some point we crossed some loose river rocks but even this was not too bad.

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And another long water crossing.

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and another

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Slowly we started to climb out of the valley and I started to wonder where the (in)famous Smitskraal water crossing was. For a moment I considered that it was the dry rocky section I crossed earlier.

The views were spectacular

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I met my first fellow 4x4 traveler for the morning. He was also going nowhere slowly.

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And then I happened onto Smitskraal. For all of the trip I knew that if I was going to drop Jemima then this would be the place. I also knew that dropping her in the water would be a bad plan that could result in some tedious spanner swinging to get her going again.

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Ahh well. This was it. As the English say , in for a penny , in for a pound.

"This is it Bossie."



"This is it Savage."

On the pegs and off I went. In the next few meters I learnt a few things. Chief of these was that loose river rocks covered in a thick layer of frog snot did not create a good road surface. I had thought that sand and mud was bad , but this was in a whole new league ! As one of the loose rocks changed my direction for me and knocked me off line I managed to come to a stop with Jemima still in an upright position. Whilst this was no mean feat , the thought was overshadowed by a new fact. My feet were reporting in no uncertain terms that my boots , whilst being very supportive and comfortable , were not at all waterproof. This report was rated and considered irrelevant at the time as I had more pressing matters to attend to. Like getting Jemima going forwards again. With boots and wheels slipping on above mentioned frog snot I had a real fight on my hands to get Jemima out of hole that her back wheel had dug for itself and to keep her upright at the same time. Eventually I got her back on line and before I knew it I was out and across. I can only imagine what Smitskraal must be like when the water level is high. I am hoping that then at least there would be less frog snot.

Anyway - I was across and although a little out of breath and sweaty with feet sloshing in my boots I had made it.

And I was hungry.

Ahh well - Breakfast it would be then. And so I ate what was probably the most expensive tin of Viennas I have ever bought.

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I even had some pudding.

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Feeling less hungry and quite happy with life I set of down what for me would be the prettiest part of Baviaans.

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The rock formations and valleys are just spectacular.

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This was breathtaking. A thought that did cross my mind was that should one find yourself on this road with a riding partner that is scared of heights and not 100% confident in his or her riding abilities , one might be in for a tough time getting that person through the mountainous section of Baviaans.

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I stopped for a few more pics and every time I stopped I could smell coolant. This was slowly getting on my nerves as I would not want to overheat the bike's motor.

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I came out of the Baviaans Conservancy and took one or two more pics on the road to Patensie.

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At 10:45 I stopped where the gravel turns to tar and phoned my friend Neville who lives and works in Uitenhage to find out when he had lunch. Lunch was at twelve. This left me with just more than an hour to refuel in Patensie and make my way to Uitenhage. I fueled in Patensie and then did some low flying (for a loaded 650) and stopped in Uitenhage at 11:55.

Neville and I had a quick kuier in his lunch time before I set off towards Alexandria where my brother lived. I stopped in Alex around 15:30 and the kuier began in earnest.

Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: mtr89 on March 15, 2014, 01:51:06 pm
Great ride report :thumleft:viennas and mints  for breakfast :o?.that's a new combo :biggrin:.hope there is more to come?
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 15, 2014, 02:57:08 pm
Day 5and 6

My brother, Jaco, Works as a professional hunter. He was asked by one of the lodge owners to shoot some animals for meat for the lodge. So on Saturday morning we set of to shoot a Blue Wildebeast Bull, an Impala ewe and a Blesbok ewe for the lodge.
Because this was a hunting farm we knew that the animals would be skittish and that walk and stalk would be the order of the day.

We spotted a few Wilde beast who saw us and started running away , but one lone bull did not follow the others and presented Jaco with a shot.  Because we were shooting for the pot only head or upper neck shots would do. Jaco shot the Wildebeast between the eyes at about 250m and the bull dropped in its tracks. Jaco gutted the bull but when the time came to load the bull onto the bakkie we realized that the winch had gotten damaged in one of his last trips. This meant that between the two of us we needed to load about 240kg of dead animal onto the back of 4x4. What a mission !

With the Wildebeast loaded eventually it was time to look for the other two animals we needed. With the wind , and some luck, on our side we managed to locate a few Impala ewes. Now I had never shot a buck before and Jaco gave me the .300 Winmag and pointed out the ewe he wanted. I was presented with a nice clean shot from about 120m and I shot the Impala between the eyes. A good quick and clean kill.

We managed to locate and shoot a Blesbuck ewe as well and with all three animals slaughtered and dropped in the cold room we headed for home. The rest of Saturday and Sunday was spent relaxing and chatting about life and telling jokes and stories.

The plan was for me to leave around midday on Monday and make my way back to Neville and Sandy where I would sleep over on Monday night.

So with a little time on my hands on Monday morning I decided to check Jemima's water level see if I can sort out the neutral light issue. With the side panels off I added some water to the radiator and overflow bottle that was both a little low.

With that done I turned my attention to the neutral switch. I turned on the ignition to see what the little light was doing and all that happened was that the dash clock died. The battery was dead. Not flat or low on charge. DEAD.

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We took the battery out and took it to the local bike guru , Sergio, whom I hoped but doubted would have another battery for me. My luck was out and Sergio had nothing to help me with so we asked him if he could just place the old battery on charge for a while. He did, but the charger did not even show any charge current. That battery was beyond salvation.

I put the battery back and buttoned Jemima up in the hopes that I would be able to jump start her from Jaco's bakkie and then ride her to PE where I knew that Jughead was keeping a new battery for me.

Jemima flatly refused to start. She would crank and cough , but no joy. Those in the know , knows that once an F650's battery goes the little bike will not run. Period.

Eventually there was nothing for it but to load Jemima on the back of Jaco's bakkie and drive her through to PE in order to fit a new battery.

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At Jughead's he replaced the battery and also showed me where the wire harness has chaffed through causing the neutral light issue and some other little gremlins I experienced.

With Jemima up and running again I made quick time to Uitenhage where Sandy gave us a lovely supper.

I was feeling very down and depressed with my bike not being in tip top shape and to add to my troubles the weather service was promising rain for the next couple of days.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: BLK on March 15, 2014, 03:28:27 pm
Great RR,awesome pics

thks
 :)
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 15, 2014, 03:29:24 pm
Day 7

With rain predicted I was not in the mood to set up tent and strike a wet tent in the morning and so I contacted Veldbrand who confirmed that he did have a room for me at Koedoeskloof.

And so feeling quite depressed about riding in the rain and having a sick bike I hit the road towards Ladismith.

I decided to make the most of it and instead of sitting on the N2 I chose the Van Stadens pass.

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I had not yet put on my rain gear and I was hoping that I would be lucky enough not to get rained on , but alas that was not to be.
Eventually, with rain clouds looming on the horizon,  just before the Humansdorp turnoff I pulled off the road and got into my rain suit.

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I went past a heck of a lot of fans and suddenly understood where all of PE's wind was coming from. I am sure with all of those fans running they can create quite a serious amount of wind. ;)

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The road towards Kareedouw lay to my right

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And I was happy to get of the busy N2 and point Jemima up the R62

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I did not stop for many photos and made good time towards the N9 sticking to around 100 to 110 km/h.

Shortly after turning left onto the N9 from the R62 I saw a road sign to the right pointing towards Kykoe. I figured it was going in the right direction and I was not in the mood to sit on the tar roads all day and so right I went.

A little way up the road I was starting to feel the heat and so stopped in a shady spot to get out of the rain suit.

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Back onto the N9 I decided that was not going to sit on the tar all the time and started looking for a dirt road to the right that would take me to Oudtshoorn.

At about this time Jemima's fuel light came on a quick bit of mental calculations said that I would make it to Oudtshoorn for fuel. Just.

The road to Daskop appeared on my right and figured it was as good a road as any.

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A friendly sign asking not to scare the daylights out of the local Ostriches.

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I took that and my glowing fuel light to heart and chilled keeping my speed around 70km/h

What followed was quite a pleasant piece of road

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I made it to Oudtshoorn and stopped at the fuel station to fill up my 17liter tank. I filled it with 16.15 liters. This means that at best I had another 18 or 20 kms to go before I would have had to test the walking ability of my Gearne Boots.

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I was getting hungry and knew exactly where I wanted to go to solve that problem.

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R60 provided me with all you see in the photo.

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My tipe of place.

From Smitswinkel I went through Calitzdorp and on through the  Huis Rivier pass again.

I turned off the main road and followed the scenic road past South African Author CJ Langenhoven's birthplace.

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I stopped at Koedoeskloof where I was confronted with another one of Jemima's little niggles.

I stripped Jemima's side panel down and refilled the radiator and overflow bottle. With all the little niggles starting to work on my nerves I decided to cut my trip short and head home the next day.

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The cloud was building up and I was very glad for the room with hot shower that Debi showed me to. I can not recommend Koedoeskloof enough. If you have not been there yet - get on your bike and go.

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If you need anymore convincing then maybe the photo of their famous Koedoe burger will clinch the deal.

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Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Goose on March 15, 2014, 03:48:36 pm
hey man - your story-writing and picture taking abilities are amazing........  thoroughly enjoyable!

.... some seriaas memories for me with that pic you have of the "Oudtshoorn via Langkloof"  board! During the early 80's I slept in that ditch next to the board in my Browns while hiking from PE to Cape Town ..... (based at EP Cmd)  ........ sherbet - long time ago!
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 15, 2014, 04:22:32 pm
Day 8

I awoke around 5o clock to the sound of rain falling on the roof. I lay under my warm and cosy duvet listening to the owl hooting on the roof , happy in the knowledge that I was not outside in a wet tent that needed to be packed away later.

I slumbered in again and awoke a bit later feeling happy and refreshed. If I have not done so before then I can seriously recommend Koedoeskloof. Thank you Debi and (Eugene) Veldbrand for your hospitality and friendliness and kind service. May Koedoeskloof go from Strength to strength.

I had a leisurely hot shower and packed my goodies onto Jemima. I decided to leave the rain kit as it looked as if I might be lucky and not get rained on again. Sadly that was not to be. But I am getting ahead of myself.

I sat outside where I left my boots for the night and put on my right boot.  As I put on my left boot it croaked and I tried to figure out why I had left my socks bundled inside the boot. Then it dawned on me that dirty socks , even if you hard worn them for a week would not evolve into a croaking life form so quickly. And as it was I put on new socks every day , so it had absolutely no reason to croak .  Closer investigation revealed not one , but two bullfrogs inside my boot.

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With the frog relocated , my bill paid and everyone greeted I set off down the road. At the Tjunction where the dirt road meets the tar I had my first close call for the day. With the tar being shiny and wet from the rain I ended up in a serious rear wheel slide as I made the turn onto the tar. By a lot more luck than skill I managed to change the slide into a slightly more controlled power slide and kept Jemima rubber side down. I did make a mental note to inspect my underpants for some skidmarks as well.

I turned left to go past Bufflesdrift on a dirt road that I knew would spit me out on the R62 again.

The early morning light made for some nice photos.

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Doing between 60 and 80km/h I made my way down the dirt road , taking it easy on the muddy sections. I came around a bend and promptly ran into my second very close call for the day. As I crossed a long low water cement bridge I noticed to farm workers setting up new fence wire along the bridge. What I did not see was the piece of old discarded wire lying on the road way.  And so at about 80km/h I hit the wire lying across the road. As soon as I heard the wire twanging on the road and hitting against my bike I realized that I was in for a rough ride. A piece of the wire caught around my Front wheel shaft while the rest got rolled up around the rear wheel. This yanked me off line and caused the rear wheel to lock up for about 4 meters or so before the wire broke. How managed to keep Jemima upright trough all of this I still do not know but once again with more luck than skill I managed to stop on the left side of the bridge.

I turned Jemima off and taking off my hydrapack and jacket I assessed the situation. The farm worker came running towards me with big eyes apologizing profusely and claiming ignorance at the same time. Strangely I was very calm and just told him that I was ok.

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While he went back to fetch a pair of pliers I took out my Gerber multi tool and by the time he got back to me I had the remove the wire from around Jemima's Sprocket carrier.

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Looking back where I came from I could see a 4m skid mark. The camera does not show it too clearly.

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The view back from the skid mark to where I stopped Jemima. I also made a mental note to discard the underpants I was wearing , because now I was sure that it would contain some adrenalin skidmarks.

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With all wire removed and my blood presure and adrenalin levels back to normal I resumed my journey turning onto the R62 towards Barrydale.

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I was still hoping against hope that I would not need my rain kit.

But the further along I went the less likely it seemed.

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Eventually I had no choice but to pull off and don my rain gear.

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I stopped at the Country Pumpkin in Barrydale for my favorite meal of the day.

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Do not be deceived into believing that I only eat bacon and eggs at breakfast time. I would happily eat bacon and eggs any time of the day night.

By the way all you see in that photo cost a total of R59. The waitress also brought me small complimentary tumbler of port as I stopped , but not being one for alcohol on the bike I sent it back.

I had decided that in order to minimize vibration and so try to limit the damage being caused to Jemima's Radiator that I would stick to tar roads for the last day of my journey.

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After Montagu I stopped at the old English fort for a pic.

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I stand amazed at the way the old folk could stack rocks so neatly and precisely.

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Outside Villiersdorp I stopped to take of my rain jacket. And I grabbed these photos.

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And I stopped in Franshoek pass for this one.

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And so I arrived home on Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday saw me stripping Jemima's radiator out and locating the little leak caused by the fan shroud rubbing against the radiator core. I trust that I have fixed it.

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whilst she was unbuttoned she also had a good bath.

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The fork seal seems to have been a little piece of dirt lodged inside the seal cause after the bath I have no found any new evidence of a fork seal leak.

And so , 8 days later I found myself back home. Happy with another lovely trip , even if it was not all plain sailing.

24 years after some bright spark thought of having something called the internet I can now use it to share my experiences and adventures with lots of other people. Many of whom I will never meet. But also some whom I have had the honor to meet and share some of these experiences with.  Thank you to one and all who played a part in this little adventure. Even just for you reading this here. By reading and sharing this report you make the effort of typing it up worth while.

God bless.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 15, 2014, 04:37:44 pm
Some stats for you.

Kilos done 2186
Fuel used 101 Liter
That gives 21.6 km/l

My budget was R400 a day for fuel , food and camping. Some days I went a little over and some days I went under. The days I stayed with my boet was very low on my budget as his maths and mine never correlated when it came to who pays how much for the food we ate.

I had to buy a new battery and mirror lug (R780) from Jughead , that was not included in the original budget. But total cost for the trip was about R3800 over the nine days. My sincerest thanks to Sonja, Jaco and Neville and Sandy who fed me and put me up for the night taking some strain of my budget. Also for Koedoeskloof for your fair pricing on rooms that I am sure are worth a lot more.

If you have read this report front to back you would have now viewed 194 photographs  of the 300 plus that I took on this trip.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: arno on March 15, 2014, 04:54:40 pm
Soos altyd Hando wel gedaan !
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on March 15, 2014, 05:01:48 pm
Wow, lekker ride!

I will now re-read it all as I think I missed something somewhere.

 8)
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Lem on March 15, 2014, 05:14:32 pm
great ride report met 'n legend bike, Hanno

bly jys veilig na al die noue ontkomings  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: trevorwb on March 15, 2014, 05:17:34 pm
Thanks for a great read.I really need to get down to the eastern & western Cape.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Man from Nam on March 15, 2014, 05:35:50 pm
Lekka RR Hando :thumleft:
Your photos are fantastic
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hentie @ Riders on March 15, 2014, 05:36:05 pm
Nice en bly jy het lekker trip gehad en nou le daar vir ons baie werk voor en nuwe ventures  ;)  :deal:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on March 15, 2014, 05:37:03 pm
Fantasties, Hando.  

Ek dood natuurlik 10 dode as ek 'n padda in my skoen kry.   :o :o :o  Het jy gesien hoe kyk daai een vir jou?   :o :o :o

Ek het die anderdag op die forum gelees van iemand wat saans ou sykous oor hulle boots trek.  Ek sal dit beslis van nouaf doen.  
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: TechnomadicJim on March 15, 2014, 06:10:02 pm
Nice One!
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 15, 2014, 06:19:44 pm
Fantasties, Hando. 

Ek dood natuurlik 10 dode as ek 'n padda in my skoen kry.   :o :o :o  Het jy gesien hoe kyk daai een vir jou?   :o :o :o

Ek het die anderdag op die forum gelees van iemand wat saans ou sykous oor hulle boots trek.  Ek sal dit beslis van nouaf doen. 

Haha mevrou Vis. Eintlik is dit net makliker om elke oggend jou boots uit te skud voor jy hulle aantrek. Ek doen dit ook gewoonlik maar het nie daaraan gedink nie omdat hulle op die stoep gestaan het. Ek kon baie bly wees dat daar nie n slang agter die paddas in die boot in was nie.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: subie on March 15, 2014, 06:36:20 pm
Wow Hando. Jy skryf en pos n fantastiese RR  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 15, 2014, 07:08:04 pm
Thanks subie.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 15, 2014, 07:09:44 pm
Ek het nou lekker saamgery dankie :thumleft:
Kry vir jou fiets forkboots. Jy sal nie weer lekkende forkseŽls hÍ nie.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Sharingroads on March 15, 2014, 07:39:21 pm
Lekker Hanno. Binnekort ry ek ook daar.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: gecco 162 on March 15, 2014, 07:46:14 pm
Awesome RR, Pics and detail, feels like I was with you. Ride On Brother!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Bring It On on March 15, 2014, 08:02:41 pm
That truly was an AWESOME RR ;) :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Thanks Hanno for taking the time to share it all with us.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: skydiver on March 15, 2014, 09:25:41 pm
Ek het lekker saamgery Hando.
Dankie.  :thumleft:
Jy het 'n oog vir mooi fotos neem.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: briv on March 16, 2014, 10:32:44 am
Lekker saam getoer ou maat :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 16, 2014, 10:47:25 am
Dankie briv
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hennie1 on March 16, 2014, 11:16:44 am
Baie mooi fotos en ritverslag . Baie mooi area gemaak vir ry .
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: DikZol on March 16, 2014, 12:07:34 pm
Ek het heerlik gelees dankie!  Ek wens ek het die confidence en competency gehad om meganiese probleme te kan uitsorteer op die pad.  Dis my grootste worry op trips, veral as ek alleen ry.

Ek dink dis tyd dat ek my vrou die Baviaans gaan wys!
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: buzzlightyear on March 16, 2014, 12:18:08 pm
Thanks Hanno, ek het lekker saamgetoer. Die Baviaans deel het my lekker laat terugdink aan my en rooipoot se trip deur Baviaans net meer as 4 jaar terug.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Jondu on March 16, 2014, 12:24:24 pm
Sub
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: arno on March 16, 2014, 12:28:51 pm
Ek het heerlik gelees dankie!  Ek wens ek het die confidence en competency gehad om meganiese probleme te kan uitsorteer op die pad.  Dis my grootste worry op trips, veral as ek alleen ry.

Ek dink dis tyd dat ek my vrou die Baviaans gaan wys!
Jy het niks om oor te bekommer jy het die regte fiets .
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Badger on March 16, 2014, 04:47:03 pm
Absoluut n great RR. En puik fotos
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: wannago on March 16, 2014, 06:03:45 pm
Very lekker read, thank you. Wish I had the guts to tackle a trip like that on my own. Prefer the safety of an extra person
But I reckon a solo trip like that is awesome. Fantastic pics!
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: subie on March 16, 2014, 06:42:53 pm
Ek het heerlik gelees dankie!  Ek wens ek het die confidence en competency gehad om meganiese probleme te kan uitsorteer op die pad.  Dis my grootste worry op trips, veral as ek alleen ry.

Ek dink dis tyd dat ek my vrou die Baviaans gaan wys!

1150 GS .... Gee die goed dan meganiese probleme ? Het nog nie opgelet dat daar so n thread was oor 1150GS wat gaan staan het erens nie. Seker daar moet seker erens so iets wees. Gaan ry eers  adventure trips bietjie solo en kry confidence in jou bike .

 :ricky:

Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Bacchus2 on March 16, 2014, 06:58:33 pm
Lekker gelees en fotos gekyk.....goeie fotos  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Vaalseun on March 16, 2014, 07:16:10 pm
Lekker trip Hando en puik fotos. Dankie dat jy met ons gedeel het.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Sidpitt on March 16, 2014, 07:20:38 pm
Great RR Hando, Thanks man!
Have made some notes about your trip that I'd like to se / do on mine.
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Dorsland on March 16, 2014, 07:44:17 pm
Lekker Hando,  jy het waaragtig 'n paar bitter mooi plekke gery jong.  Jy ry ook lekker rustig en geniet die wÍreld, dis ook lekker.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: frans1 on March 16, 2014, 08:56:39 pm
Lekker man. Dit is wat ek nou noem lekker rustig toer.

Thanks dat jy met ons jou lekker RR en photos gedeel het.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: DikZol on March 16, 2014, 09:44:05 pm
Ek het heerlik gelees dankie!  Ek wens ek het die confidence en competency gehad om meganiese probleme te kan uitsorteer op die pad.  Dis my grootste worry op trips, veral as ek alleen ry.

Ek dink dis tyd dat ek my vrou die Baviaans gaan wys!

1150 GS .... Gee die goed dan meganiese probleme ? Het nog nie opgelet dat daar so n thread was oor 1150GS wat gaan staan het erens nie. Seker daar moet seker erens so iets wees. Gaan ry eers  adventure trips bietjie solo en kry confidence in jou bike .

 :ricky:


Confidence is good, overconfidence is dangerous...
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: 4 Kays on March 16, 2014, 09:51:59 pm
So enjoyed your RR Hando, lekker skryf styl en foto's pragtig.  :thumleft:

That's the way to do it, no rush and enjoy the ride.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Rotax650 on March 17, 2014, 06:43:32 am
Dankie vir goeie verslag, en foto's van jou trip. Volpunte :thumleft
Waar het die N draad geskaaf? Kan ons soortgelyke pyne spaar.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Casino on March 17, 2014, 06:57:05 am
The internet has recently celebrated its 24 year of existence. With the coming of the internet has come a lot of evils , but also a lot of good. Amongst other things the internet has made the world a lot smaller.  So it is that through the internet I have come to meet some wonderful people. And the internet has shown me places such as the Hell and Baviaanskloof. But seeing it on a PC screen is not same as being there yourself and experiencing a place on your own. And so with my annual leave due I started to make plans to go and see some of those places for myself.

DAY 1

I start my day by packing Jemima and making sure that everying is tied down nicely and ready for the trip. Actually, I did the packing the previous night and all I need do is strap everything down and get into my bike gear.

My first stop is at the fuel station where I spend a few minutes checking and adjusting my tire pressures.

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Because I ride the area around Cape Town a lot I do not stop for pics but I do decide to stop for a pic when I cross the Berg river near Francshoek.

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A quick stop at the top of the pass to look at the scenery

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And I am off again.

I make a point of relaxing and taking it easy. And I force myself to get into the holiday mode by stopping a lot to take pictures.

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I go through Villiersdorp and just after the pass I turn right onto a gravel road that points in the general direction I want to go.

Now if you are on a Dualsport bike , then signs like this are what you want to see :

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And roads like these are what we ride for :

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I pass the Breede bash site and cross the river just after the site. The next road to the right takes me along the river valley and towards Robertson.

You have to wonder what frightens someone to run out of his shoes like this :

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The road follows the river for a distance.

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I go through Robertson and Ashton.

In Ashton I stop at the train for a pic and grab something to eat.

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The idea was to go through Montagu and then follow a dirt road past Rietkraal se rivier towards Koedoeskloof , but talking to the local at the restaurant he tells me that the road is closed because it goes through a nature reserve. Not having been that way before I have to believe him and so I stay on the tar road hoping to turn left onto the dirt at a later stage.

Close to the Op de Tradouw pass I turn left onto a dirt road that looks promising. But about 7kms down the road I am met by a gate proclaiming that in front of me lies Sanbona Nature reserve.

The toothless security guard at the gate was very unhelpful and just flatly denied me thoroughfare. I suspect that my spinning rear wheel roosting him and his office might have given him an indication of what I felt like when I had to turn around.

I stopped down the Sanbona road to grab a pic of two of the locals.

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Back onto the R62 I continued towards Barrydale stopping for some pics along the way.

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I have done the Tradouw pass in a car before but never on a bike and so I decided to go down and back up the pass.

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I turned around

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and stopped to just soak in the view and the sounds.

I was amazed at how much of the Fynbos I could smell. What really tickled me though was that I could really smell the fynbos every time after I put helmet on. It was somewhere on day two that I realized the I was not smelling the fynbos , but that my helmet inners needed a serious meeting with some soap and water.

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Then it was past Barrydale and on towards Ladismith and Koedoeskloof.

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I went past a VW Jetta lying on the embankment and looking a bit battered so I turned around to investigate how and why someone would park their vehicle like that.

The evidence was fairly straight forward.

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and the damage quite spectacular.

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I do suspect that some locals came and helped themselves to some of spares available while the car was lying there.

I turned left past Buffelsdrift,  dealt with a local traffic jam

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admired the view

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and stopped at Velbrandt and Debi at Koedoeskloof where I pitched my tent and chilled.

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A warm shower and an awesome Koedoe burger later and I was sleeping like a baby.





 






Hando baie lekker gelees en pics gekyk! baie goeie RR en lyk baie lekker ! :ricky: welgedaan
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: OomD on March 17, 2014, 07:47:35 am
Wow, een van die lekkerste RR's wat ek nog gelees het. So rustig, geen gejaag om iewers te kom nie, alles op sy tyd. Ry en geniet. Wel, jy't gery en ek het geniet ;)

Wel gedaan, awesome RR.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Sardine on March 17, 2014, 09:56:34 am
I'm feeling inspired!  :ricky:

Great RR!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: TVB on March 17, 2014, 11:09:12 am
Lekker Hando! Sal jy asb vir my prober verduidelik waar kry mens 'kom se pad'? Ek het laaskeer van George af uitgery direk op die Montague pas (wat na reg van die hoofpad uitdraai as jy nou sou uitgaan na Uniondale rigting) Ek wou vir Trailrider opspoor laaskeer maar hy was uit na Mosselbaai en ek moes toe maar self 'pad soek'. Wil graag die 'kom se pad' ry
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 17, 2014, 02:13:43 pm
Kom se pad loop uit Knysna uit.

As jy wes ry uit Knysna uit met die meer aan jou linkerkant dan kry jy op n stadium n Robot waar jy kan regs draai na so n fancy golf estate toe. Volg daai pad tot verby die golf estate waar hy grondpad word. Draai daar links. Die Bordjie wys - Gouna.

Daai pad is Kom se pad en vat jou op die ou end na De Vlugt toe.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: heti on March 17, 2014, 03:01:11 pm
Lekker!!!!  Nice kiekies en report!!!  :drif: :thumleft:

Net een ding:  Daai bokkie is 'n Klipspringer, nie 'n Steenbokkie nie.  ;)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a264/125th-at-f8/leave%202014/IMG_0733.jpg)
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: TVB on March 17, 2014, 03:11:12 pm
Kom se pad loop uit Knysna uit.

As jy wes ry uit Knysna uit met die meer aan jou linkerkant dan kry jy op n stadium n Robot waar jy kan regs draai na so n fancy golf estate toe. Volg daai pad tot verby die golf estate waar hy grondpad word. Draai daar links. Die Bordjie wys - Gouna.

Daai pad is Kom se pad en vat jou op die ou end na De Vlugt toe.

Baie dankie, ek het hom nou!
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: WP on March 17, 2014, 04:14:34 pm
Baie nice RR Hanno. En ek stem saam jou met die bacon en eiers... ;D
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Lem on March 17, 2014, 04:22:40 pm
Kom se pad loop uit Knysna uit.

As jy wes ry uit Knysna uit met die meer aan jou linkerkant dan kry jy op n stadium n Robot waar jy kan regs draai na so n fancy golf estate toe. Volg daai pad tot verby die golf estate waar hy grondpad word. Draai daar links. Die Bordjie wys - Gouna.

Daai pad is Kom se pad en vat jou op die ou end na De Vlugt toe.

Baie dankie, ek het hom nou!

Klink soos daar langs Simola verby, ek moet dit gaan uitcheck  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 17, 2014, 04:27:25 pm
Jy is doodreg - Dit is langs Simola verby. Kon nie nie die bleddie naam onthou nie.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Kameel on March 17, 2014, 09:52:19 pm
 :sip: ek parkeer hom om later te lees...
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: COLES on March 21, 2014, 11:29:23 am

this one of the best RR i have seen the photo,s speak volumes very well done
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 21, 2014, 11:48:31 am

this one of the best RR i have seen the photo,s speak volumes very well done

Thank you kind sir.
Very big compliment.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on March 23, 2014, 08:01:21 am
Brilliant rider report, Hanno, nice to recognize many of the roads/views I've experienced in that area, and have made a mental note on a good few I would still like to explore!

And I laughed out aloud at this comment:

"Do not be deceived into believing that I only eat bacon and eggs at breakfast time. I would happily eat bacon and eggs any time of the day and night."!

I'm now getting itchy feet for a trip, maybe solo, lekker report, food for the soul!
Cheers
Chris
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Post by: ruger1 on March 23, 2014, 04:38:14 pm
thanks for the great ride report, been reading it for most of today in between a birthday party and braai!!

Excellent pics and report ;D
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Jondu on March 23, 2014, 05:18:51 pm
 Soos jou voriig RR is hierdie ook n puik verslag. Goed geskryf . Ek het net een probleem. Wie gaan my nou met raad en daad bystaan in Durbanville. Dit is die slegste stukkie nuus van die RR.
Groete
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 23, 2014, 05:57:14 pm
Ja , sorry Jondu. Ek ia baie jammer oor ek n klomp goeie kliente en vriende in Tygervalley moet agter los.

Ek hoop maar julle sal darem so nou en dan by my kom inloer in Somerset Wes. En ek is altyd net n foon oproep ver.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Rynet on March 23, 2014, 06:57:21 pm
Very enjoyable read Hanno, takes a person with you on the ride , when you look at those photos.  :ricky:

Love that wall hanging at Koedoeskloof, some stunning pics taken there ,particularly these two,  sjoe.

Going to put some up in the Beautiful Photos thread . just cant decide which ones as they are all so pretty.  :biggrin:
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Post by: Kuifie on March 23, 2014, 08:19:01 pm
 :thumleft: nice Hando. Mal oor jou fotos
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: DirtRebell on March 23, 2014, 08:52:05 pm
Lekker gelees Hanno.  :thumleft:
Jou fotos top-notch soos gewoonlik. Ek hou van jou naby skote op ou Koot.

Die gebruiklike glasie port by die pampoenrestourant kan nogal wondere verrig op 'n koue oggend.  :biggrin:
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Post by: Craigor on March 25, 2014, 01:26:05 pm
Lekker report, enjoyed the photos keep it coming.

Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Dwerg on March 25, 2014, 02:43:56 pm
Baie nice ride report en die feit dat jy so goed foto's neem maak dit net soveel beter  :thumleft:

Een ding wat ek op gemerk het, ons het mos in desember 'n deel van jou roete anders om gedoen. Dis interesant om te sien wat een mens mis en wat die ander persoon gesien het oor hy weer in die ander rigting ry. Lyk my mens moet maar 'n roete alby kante toe ry om als in te kry  ;D
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: DirtyHarry on March 26, 2014, 07:53:19 pm
Thanks for taking us along Hando. That was a lovely ride.
If that was your annual leave we have to wait 12 month for the next ride report?

By the way, how long is the Tygervalley shop still open?
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on March 28, 2014, 05:11:06 pm
@Dwerg - I have to agree. One has to do the same road in both directions as you see very different things going both ways.

@Dirty Harry . Next RR may not be for a while do to budget restraints.  ;(
Sadly the Tygervalley shop is already closed. You will have to come and visit me here in Somerset West.
Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: Kerritz on April 01, 2014, 03:45:44 pm
Lekker gesit en lees nou.

Eeeish die Kaap is darem maar mooi en jy het omtret meeste van my gunsteling paaie gery. Dankie vir die deel en goeie werk met die storie en peekchas.

 :thumleft:

Title: Re: My annual leave. The hell , Baviaans and some more.
Post by: TornadoF5 on April 05, 2014, 05:38:28 am
This is what it is all about Hando!
Beautiful pics and great helmet time  :thumleft: