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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => 'Roll of Honour' - Best Ride Reports => Topic started by: Groenie on March 11, 2008, 01:07:49 pm

Title: Lesotho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Groenie on March 11, 2008, 01:07:49 pm
I have wanted to do Sani Pass ever since I got my KLR, but as my friend used to say: "Life is what happens when you're making other plans".
But just after the Bash, MM got tired of my nagging and said I better do it, and get it over with. So the planning started. I contacted the Lesotho guru, SGB, to hear what he could suggest. Thanx for the info, SGB and to the others that offered advice.

The plan we came up with was to sleep in Himeville on Thursday, do Sani Pass on Friday, Katse Dam on Saturday and the BIG one - Kao mines road on Sunday, and then back home on Monday.

So Thursday morning arrived, and I just finished some mods on Groenie, but I still had to work. I loaded, not packed, LOADED the bike in between finishing the last few pieces of work I had left and ten set off to meet up with D7.

Groenie fresh out the garage at KLR Central

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Our first stop was just past Heidelberg to fuel up. Yes Zonk, we saw some serious snakes.

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We decided to stick to around 5000 RPM for the tar sections to not strain the bikes too much. That gave us a cruising speed of 100-120. Top speed for the whole trip was 121 according to my gps. Going slow meant your ass would get the worst of it, so we stopped regularly.

Leaving GP behind

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And check what awaits us !!!

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Not long after we hit our first storm. This would be the last time I had dry boots. MX boots are great, but not built for touring in the rain.

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This is also where I started playing with the camera and would eventually have to discard plenty of my pics.

My partner in crime

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and our trusty steeds

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Dave's favourite place for a beer and a smoke - Windy Corner in the Van Reenen's pass

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The rest of the trip was WET and dark. As we left quite late and were traveling slow, drinking lots of beers wherever we got, the sun eventualy won the race and we were in the dark when we finaly reached our first section of gravel just outside Nottingham Road.

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This part of the trip was .....erm....interesting. Riding dirt roads at night is difficult at best, in the rain it's more so, but on snot it gets quite scary. One thing a KLR can't brag about, is it's headlight. Now put all that together and you have the makings of an adventure.
During the ride I felt my bike wallowing/wobbling quite a bit and thought I must have a flat. I signalled D7 to stop so I can check it out. First thing he sez as we stop is: I think I have a puncture. But as I get off the bike, my foot just slips away from the bike and it nearly lands on it's side. MUD! All over the bloody raod. Only about 1-2 cm deep, but ALL over the road. If it wasn't for the D606's we have on, we would have been in deep kark. I love those tyres!!!!! More about them later.

Reaching the turn-off to Sani. Tomorrow morning we are going up there. Blurry pic.

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Because of my fiddling with the camera, this happened quite lot.

We only reached Himeville at 22:00, just before they closed the bar. A room was booked and more beers ordered.

Friday's adventure will follow soon........ish.

Continued here (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=15758.msg244669#msg244669)
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: IceCreamMan on March 11, 2008, 01:21:15 pm
hurry up ,we are impatient  ;D
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: blazes on March 11, 2008, 01:44:19 pm
hurry up ,we are impatient  ;D
Yes so am i ;D BUT I see they are now going over to the DARK side ;D this takes time man. Be patient ;D
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: CrazyPorra on March 11, 2008, 01:46:33 pm

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1001.jpg)


Your drive way needs some weed killer.
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Plothond on March 11, 2008, 02:12:14 pm
You back a whole day and this is all you give us  >:D
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: SuperJuice on March 11, 2008, 02:13:31 pm
(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1007.jpg)

Did you find Daggafontein?  ::)
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Stofstreep on March 11, 2008, 02:18:58 pm
Let this be an example for everyone!!!!
Arrived late last night, and already we have report........of sorts. ;D

Nice one Groenie.
Awaiting the rest.
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Captain Zef on March 11, 2008, 02:33:38 pm
Lekker ;D
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Biesie on March 11, 2008, 02:47:20 pm
Groenspan bo !!! 8)
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Groenie on March 11, 2008, 03:08:08 pm

Did you find Daggafontein?  ::)

Not quite. I must admit that pic does look suspicious
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Groenie on March 11, 2008, 03:20:32 pm
Day 2 dawned and D7 was already up and getting impatient I, on the other hand, take quite a bit longer to get going in the mornings.

The mountains we will soon be tackling

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A few pics of the not-so-clean-anymore bikes.

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We finished the last few left over beers for breakfast, packed the bikes and settled our account, scooted off to fill the bikes and came back to stock up on some more beer. I should have named this report - Lesotho Shabeen Run.

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Now to get up Sani. The road going there is as beautiful as you can get. And it would only be getting better.

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We also had the opportunity to take a pic of the mud that caused our troubles the previous night.

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See how easy the knobbies go into it? Imagine riding on that at 80k/h at night.......

Almost there, move yer ass!

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D7 enjoying a few water splashes.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/th_1026.jpg) (http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/?action=view&current=1026.flv)

Mountains everywhere you look. We would not see another piece of flat earth until the Freestate on Monday.

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and streams everywhere.

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Everybody that ever went up Sani has taken a pic at this spot, so did we..

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But I love waterfalls, so I took plenty pics of them

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and had a beer at most of them

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even took one of the little fairy spring

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But we still had a long way to go to get there...

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So, saddle up and let's ride.

At some stage, the river decided to take to the road. Here's one for Trailrider - an uphill watercrossing!

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It does get boring, all this beauty......NOT!

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More boring ruggedness...

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and more of the same....

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and up and up you go, untill you get to the fairy spring. What a great spot to have a break!

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Lesotho was still coming and this dude really got me wondering about what lay ahead. He walked up to us and just stood there, staring at us. It was sort of unsettling.

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But we had a mission and nobody was going to stop us from spreading our wings. Here D7 practises his technique before taking the leap.

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We were almost at the top, just one or two more beer breaks to go, so it was time to reflect on where we came from.

Looking down for a change

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And suddenly there was no climbing to do anymore, we had reached Sani Top. By this time we were at our friendliest and the border guards just waved us through with a quick stamp in the passport. It was time for another beer, this time a big one.You can't carry quarts on the bike, only cans. If you look at the Sani border post on Google Earth, you'll see a caravan just outside the perimeter. Just across the road is a hut that sells ice cold beer for R7 a quart. We immediately availed us of their hospitality and started meeting the locals.

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We came across a bunch of Beemers down in Himeville. They pulled out just as we were replenishing our liquid supplies. We told them to wait up top so we can have a beer or two, but they were gatvol of waiting for us and decided to go down before the rain got heavier.

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Now I also have this pic in my collection! Another pic everybody who has ever been up.....blah blah blah......same old boring stuff all over again.

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By this time, I had done more than enough riding for the day and decided to hang around in the bar while D7 went exploring.
Plenty more beers were consumed and my friend Albert and his mate Gert joined us for the night. He had heard about my Lesotho plans and decided to arrange his trip so we could meet at Sani. They had entered Lesotho from the south that morning and did some hard riding to meet us. We arranged a bed at the backpackers, had a great dinner and I was in bed by 9.
Sorry, but all pics taken on that night came out very blurry. Dang camera....

The last 2 pics of day 2.

The Backpackers

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and D7's weapon of choice. Mighty handsome machine.

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So what do I think of Sani?

Glad I did it, will do it again and still need to do it from the top down. Awesome riding through even more awesome terrain. The ride up is a reasonable test of your abilities and can be done by relatively inexperienced riders. Just relax, take it slow and appreciate the scenery.
No, they haven't tarred it yet and won't do for some time to come. Even if they do, there are sections which will prove impossible to tar.

Day 3 -  the start of my love-hate relationship with Lesotho - follows here. (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=15758.msg245427#msg245427)
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Zonkelnut on March 11, 2008, 04:24:42 pm
Those snakes! those nasty snakes. they get you everytime  ;)
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: popipants on March 11, 2008, 04:41:30 pm
Great Stuff!!
Now where is the rest.

Lestho has got plenty of snakes!!
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: blazes on March 11, 2008, 05:38:12 pm

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1001.jpg)


Your drive way needs some weed killer.
Weed Killer or get some WD's to piss on it after a night out. ;D
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Groenie on March 11, 2008, 05:49:16 pm
Jirre julle mense darem. Moan oor my gras op die driveway. Niemand comment eers oor hoe skoon my bike is nie........Ai ai ai
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: H2O on March 11, 2008, 05:57:08 pm
Groenie ek was in Lesotho betrokke by die beginstadium van die Lesotho highlands water project.

Net iets interesant vir die wat belangstel. Die hele drakensberg " maluti " is opgebou uit een lava laag op die ander en is plekke amper 1000 m diep vanaf die hoogste piekke.
Die lava het nie uit vulkane gekom nie maar uit barse " dyke " in die aardkors. As jy kan onthou hoe die watervalle gelyk het sal jy sien dit het uit verskillende lae bestaan.

Van die Dyke is vandag nog sigbaar as reguit mure wat bo die oppervlak uitstaan.

Het julle ook gesien hoe baie dagga tussen die rye mielies geplant word.
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: briv on March 11, 2008, 06:20:05 pm
Lekker Groenes en D7, oo ! dis hoekom almal soontoe gaan vir die mielies  ;D
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Carnivore on March 11, 2008, 07:03:40 pm
I sense a story building... welcome back...!
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Groenie on March 11, 2008, 08:16:11 pm
As jy kan onthou hoe die watervalle gelyk het sal jy sien dit het uit verskillende lae bestaan.

Ja, ek het dit gesien. My broer was 'n geoloog of so iets. Hy het my jare terug vertel en gewys waarna om te kyk as jy wil weet hoe die rotse gevorm het. Ek het gedink dis vulkanies, juis oor die lae. Wat ook baie interessant was, is die klein wit klippies wat oral in rotse gesien kan word en ook oral op die draaie die wereld bietjie glad maak. Het 'n paar keer amper my gat gesien.

Ek het 'n stuk groen klip saam gebring wat ek naby Kaste opgetel het, juis sodat iemand my kan vertel wat dit is. iskien weet jy? Sal 'n foto neem gou.

Het julle ook gesien hoe baie dagga tussen die rye mielies geplant word.

Nee! Ek het nie in die mielies gaan speel nie.
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Stofstreep on March 11, 2008, 08:25:35 pm
Die wit klippies is "amekdadels", wat eintlik gas blasies is wat vol water en mierale geword het en toe versteen het.
NĂȘ H2O?

Ps: gee nuwe betekenis aan: Lestho ROCKS ;D
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Groenie on March 11, 2008, 08:32:41 pm
Ons kom by die ROCKS....hou vas
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: JourneyMan on March 11, 2008, 08:34:58 pm

Het julle ook gesien hoe baie dagga tussen die rye mielies geplant word.

En daar begin die sequel se beplanning sommer vanaand nog.  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: GIDEON on March 11, 2008, 08:37:49 pm
Lyk blerrie lekker
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: LeonDude on March 11, 2008, 08:38:22 pm
Lekker een Groenie.
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Pepe on March 11, 2008, 08:39:13 pm
Kan nie verstaan hoekom die foto's geblur is nie, na al daai nat verversings moes jule baie steady gewees het.
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Watty on March 12, 2008, 08:38:26 am
(http://www.freesmileys.org/custom/image/grey%5E_%5Earial%5E_%5E0%5E_%5E0%5E_%5ELekker een Groenie !%5E_%5E.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/custom)
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Smithey on March 12, 2008, 09:44:10 am
Eeeish i get so jealous sometimes. Lekker report so far.
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Naartjie on March 12, 2008, 09:50:32 am
Ons kom by die ROCKS....hou vas

Groenstes, you work in automation!!!!! You don't HAVE work to do!!!!!!

Get on with that report now!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: H2O on March 12, 2008, 09:54:29 am
[ Wat ook baie interessant was, is die klein wit klippies wat oral in rotse gesien kan word.

Nadat een lava laag hard geword het en daar het reen geval en dalk poele water gestaan , (Kon dalk maande of jare tussen lava vloeie gewees het) het n volgende laag lava daaroor gevloei. Water is dan onder die lava vasgekeer , dit het stoom veroorsaak en die lugborrels het dan in die vloeibare lava op beweeg maar in die proses het dit n tonnel agter die lugborrel gelaat.
Die tonnels het so gebly en deur die jare het minerale en soute daarin versamel en versteen. Van daar die wit stukkies.

As jy die rots vertikaal oopkap al langs so n wit tonnel af sal jy sien dit is nie reguit nie maar het n kurwe. die rigting waarheen die kurwe buig soos dit opgaan wys dan in watter rigting het daardie lava laag gevloei.

Waar die Katse dam vandag staan het ons proef gate geboor om te sien of die ondergrond die dam sal kan hanteer.
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Groenie on March 12, 2008, 11:04:41 am
Het Katse ook aardbewings veroorsaak toe hy volgeloop het? Het op Discovery of een van daai gesien dit het gebeur by die Hoover dam.
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Biesie on March 12, 2008, 11:13:51 am
Het Katse ook aardbewings veroorsaak toe hy volgeloop het? Het op Discovery of een van daai gesien dit het gebeur by die Hoover dam.

Hey !! Hou op om die onderwerp te verander ...we are waiting  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: SuperJuice on March 12, 2008, 11:53:10 am
Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Groenie's playing with his ....!
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Naartjie on March 12, 2008, 12:28:42 pm
Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Groenie's playing with his ....!

Just MAYBE it is a tad difficult to type a report on a laptop that has no keys in the keyboard!!!!!! >:D >:D
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Groenie on March 12, 2008, 02:09:25 pm
I had day 3 finished last night, but when I saved it, it just went missing. So I had to rewrite the whole thing. Almost done.....
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Ama ride ride on March 12, 2008, 02:12:42 pm
Befokte trip so ver Groen man....

Did you know Gert had an accident last night?
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Groenie on March 12, 2008, 02:16:27 pm
Day 3 and D7 was up quite early. It was COLD, very COLD.

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When I eventually dragged myself out out bed, Albert and Gert were already packing. The coffee pot was whipped out and a cup of the best was brewed. I hadn't seen Albert in a while and it good to sit on the stoep, waiting for the sun to warm us up a bit and catch up on the news.

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D7 wanted to show me the "Saddle", so we decided not join A&G for brekkie. 30 mins of quite technical ride lay ahead of us. You go onto something that may once have been a 2 track spoor leading away from the Lodge. It's ROCKS and mud. I was glad to have left everything at the room. The track was really quite difficult, but it was a much needed confidence booster for what lay ahead. After a lot of mud and rocks we arrived at this spot

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Spot the KLR rider

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We returned to the Lodge after a while and spotted the fairy circles. Apparently those pools are quite deep

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We had a beer for brekkie ...

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... and saw Albert off down Sani. They are on an epic journey. Off to Swaziland now, but  will see them soon, as they intend passing through Pta on their way south again.

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Katse dam was the target and we had differing reports of the road conditions, ranging from: Aag it's a dirt highway, to: Too difficult, had to turn back. So we did the usual pay the bill, load the bikes and hit the road. I felt good this morning and took the lead. D7 normally likes riding in front in the mornings and we swap over later in the day, but the quick ride was just what I needed.

As we were nearing the Black mountain, I saw a track leading off to the right and decided to wait for D's input. He just raced up the mountain ...

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... and turned onto the track. If you can call this a track

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And that is the easy part.I didn't feel like walking down all the way. The ride up the rocks was difficult, 30cm step-ups in coconut sized rocks. Some more confidence building happening here. It was all worth it in the end. Beautiful scenery awaited us. This also where I learnt something about the herders. They are everywhere and as soon as you stop, out comes 5-10 of them and you are greeted by the Lesotho salute - outstretched hand, palm turned up and the words "Gimme money/sweets/etc"being mumbled. If you don't comply you get rocks thrown at you around the next bend. They are everywhere and a bloody menace.

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A bit further on, I found these ruins and tried out my arty farty photography again

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This is what it looks like in full technicolor

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The road going to Mokhotlong is quite good and the scenery just stunning. This one of my favourite shots of the whole trip.

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It was still a long way to go to get to Mokhotlong for juice and already past 11. But we were on a booze-cruize and got very thirsty from all the riding around the mountains. So we stop at the next shebeen for a cold one. They don't like you leaving with their bottles, so if there's no cans available, you have sit and finish your beer before moving on.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1084.jpg)

Gulp down a beer and head out again, no time to waste.....yeah right. An hour later we do the same.

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We get petrol and beer in Mokhotlong. I didn't bring a coolerbag for nothing! When you get to these shebeens, all thoughts of hostility towards the population disappear as you greeted warmly and feel at home among the people. But the rocks are never far from your thoughts. At the next beer stop we meet a young herder, about 10 years old, that speaks quite good English. What does the future hold for him? A bright young laaitie, that will most probably never see much schooling after std5. On the other hand, he may just be happy to herd sheep for the rest of his life. Wouldn't you like to live here?

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1091.jpg)

Like everything in Lesotho - contrasts. Beauty and harshness.

Suddenly we meet up with the Senqu river again.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1093.jpg)

The next stop is near Taung at a T-junction. They have a bar and off course we have another cold one.

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When we leave, there's a commotion at what seems to be the bus stop. A real live snake! The only one we ever saw over the weekend, but it's tiny and rolled up, the size of my thumb. I should have placed a lighter next to him for scale.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1095.jpg)

By now it's almost 4 and we still have a moerse long way to go to get to Katse. We reach the crossing over the Senqu 10 minutes later.

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(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1097.jpg)

Just after 5, we stop outside Thaba Tseka for another cold one. I should have called this report - Shebeen run through Lesotho. :)

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And D7 promptly shows me the international biker salute.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1101.jpg)

I had found my groove during the day and was seeing speeds of over 100km/h on some of the straights. The road has been stunning all day long. Smooth, enough bends and switchbacks to keep you on your toes. I was loving it, sliding into corners and powersliding out of them, until D7 said he was not comfortable at that speeds and worried about pushing it to far, just to keep up. Ahh, the voice of reason....but I'm enjoying myself! Off curse he was right, you DON'T want to have an accident on these remote roads. So I settled down to an easier pace, but by now I was one with the bike. Even with the excessive weight and the tankbag making it difficult to stand up. Yes, us KLR dudes do stand.

The sun was winning the race and was about to set when we stopped for our last daylight beer break

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1104.jpg)

That was the last pic of the day. We had been riding since early this morning and was still a long way from Katse. Anther lesson here: Don't try and more than 200 km in a day in Lesotho. Unless you want fly through the country and miss the beauty of it, take your time, stop wherever you can, talk to the people, drink beer with them. Lesotho has to be savoured slowly as it does sometimes have harsh, unfriendly side as well.

We only got to Katse just before 8 that night. I didn't like the place at all. Maybe because of the stone throwing and tiredness. We did meet the odd friendly person, but commercial interests reigned supreme and the Lodge was a rip-off. We found, with the help of Clementine at the lodge's reception, a very cheap place to crash, some tourist info centre. They allow you to pitch a tent in their grounds for R20 per tent. The guard agreed to let us sleep inside on the floor for R30 each. We were very tired after a long, hard day's riding and we had been rained every day of our trip. My boots weren't taking it too well. Maybe that's why we slept so well that night.

So, what do I think of Lesotho so far?

Up to now, the roads have been remarkably easy, except for this morning's ride to the Saddle and back. I may even bring my wife with one day soon. It will be difficult for her, but not impossible.
The people piss you off and then just around the next bend you find them warm and friendly. Contrasts and rugged beauty. I love/hate Lesotho and tomorrow will be the big one we came to conquer.......

To be continued....  here  (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=15758.msg245745#msg245745)
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: logie on March 12, 2008, 02:39:38 pm
This pic looks familiar.... 2 KLRs at the backpackers in Himeville...!

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1019.jpg)

(http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/7637/resizedlesothoontheblacht3.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

Awesome trip Groenie, well done. Spoonless and I took the same road to Katse in December.
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Post by: Groenie on March 12, 2008, 10:01:53 pm
Day 4 - the BIG day.

I have been having nightmares about what lay ahead for today. There's very few pics of the Kao mines road on the forum and Google Earth makes it look difficult to say the least. So far I only toppled over once and that was at the SA border post in the parking lot. Seker maar bietjie moeg gewees na die klim ;)
The previous day's good riding upped my confidence levels quite a bit and I was ready for today. Or so I thought....

We were up early and had the coffee pot brewing quickly. We waited around for the sun to warm up a bit and checked out our surroundings.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1105.jpg)

Arriving so late the previous night, we never even saw the dam. Quite impressive and it will get more so during the day's ride around the dam.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1107.jpg)

I'll leave the facts about the dam out of my story, as facts only confuse matters. Suffice it to say it's F-ING BIG, no, HUGE, no, GI-f-ing-GANTIC. It really is a moerse groot dam. Geddit? (yes, it's the biggest dam I've ever seen)

So we ride around trying to find petrol, which there's none of around here and almost gladly leave the place. It really doesn't stick in my mind as place to visit again. Sure, if you haven't seen it, go check it out, but don't bother too much about the parts around the dam wall. It's the rest of it that makes it impressive.
You take a round-about way to get to the road on the other side and it leads you across the outflowing river below the dam wall. Now there's a place to camp.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1108.jpg)

Further up the road, as you climb higher, you get to a nice view point. A few quick piccies and we set off to find our usual breakfast.

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In Ha Ntsooa we stop and I love Lesotho again. It's like day and night.The people here are the best.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1111.jpg)

Check the beer delivery trucks in this area

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1112.jpg)

They don't have it easy and get treated quite harshly, but that's the way of life here, I suppose. D7 finds a mechanic to check his bike over quickly.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1174.jpg)

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1177.jpg)

He's about as old as the twins and for the first time this trip, I really miss my family. But he's got his family around and Mom wants to try D7's bike out for size.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1113.jpg)

Brekkie done and we move off. Higher up in the mountains you get to see the sheer scale of this dam. I won't say it again, but it's ginormous.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1114.jpg)

We don't stop as often as the previous days and when we do, it's just a quick smoke and we're off again. As we come over the mountain, the bridge near the intake tower comes into view.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1116.jpg)

We stop here and have a Brandy & Coke. Dutch courage is called for today. The usaul bunch of youngsters come rushing over and there's about 15 of them, all giving us the Lesotho salute. But my mood is up and they don't distract from the scenery or bother us too much.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1119.jpg)

The water flowing into this tower eventually ends up in the Vaal dam.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1120.jpg)

A few k's further on, I find my holiday island. I wanna buy this piece of land and start a resort.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1123.jpg)

It's remarkable that nobody has started a holiday resort at the dam YET. There must be huge fish in there. You can see the turmoil they cause on the surface from miles away. There's also no boats on the water. At east we didn't see any.
We head up further down the dam and sheer size of it boggles the mind. There must be a few brazillion cubic meters of water in there. And the scenery just is stunning. Another bridge over the dam.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1125.jpg)

We reach Ha Lejone at 10:30 and buy juice from the local store. Lesotho style filling station and it it costs over R9 a liter.

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They decant it from a larger container into a 5 liter one and fill you up from that.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1126.jpg)

As you leave Ha Lejone, you go down a steep, rocky descent and then up and down a few more. I was thinking that if this is what the start looks like, I don't even want to imagine the rest. Then you come to this bridge and the road levels out a bit and the climbs and descents are not as steep.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1129.jpg)

Just before 12 we reach Kao mine and the worries about the bad trails ahead are almost forgotten. Yes, it's rough, rocky and muddy, but nothing a KLR can't handle. And then you get to this!

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1135.jpg)

Quite few times so far, I have wanted to say to D7 that we are biting off more than we can chew and was thinking of ways to try and get out of doing this particular piece of road, but here I stood in front of it and there was no going back. I was shit scared and had to force myself into taking this next step. With my confidence at the lowest level ever, I pulled off and promptly moered down in the mud and rocks 20 meters further. D7 was gracious enough not to take a pic before he came to help. We got the HEAVY bike upright again and I started up the rocks again. Only to moer down again 10 meters on. This time it was worse. I was lying head downhill and the bike had my leg pinned under the tank. Petrol was flowing out the fuel cap and D7 was all the way down the hill again. The first 10 km took us 50 minutes to complete. We were in KAK!

This is what the trail looks like just past my second farm (Courtesy D7) See the ROCKS? Well, there's actually thick mud hidden in there as well.

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ROCKS? What rocks? The whole Lesotho is one huge pile of rocks with lots of mud patches scattered in between. 20 minutes later and 1.5 km further I almost moered down again. This becoming a bad habit. I actually just got stuck in the mud coming up the hill. (again, thanx D7 for the pic)

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Our first stop for sake of stopping was only about 10 km from my first fall. It took us 50 minutes to get there. But what a ride! After the second fall, I decided to just twist that ear, even if I only seem to be getting stuck. The torque and the D606's came into their own on this section. I don't think we would have been able to do it without knobbies or on any bike bigger than a KLR. This was by far the worst section of the whole trip. The ciggie was one of the best as well.

Looking back at the way we just came.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1136.jpg)

From here the going was difficult, but manageable and little did we know, the worst was behind us. It's very difficult to get your speed up high enough to hook 2nd gear, but 1st is just to slooowwwww. Most of the riding up to the first 10 km was done in 1st, but whenever I got the chance I would hook 2nd and if at all possible, 3rd. The higher speed made the going a lot easier. You just flow over the obstacles and the bike isn't affected by them as much. My confidence was returning.

Today was a "dry" day, not many beers to be enjoyed, so we stuck to the smoke-break thing. The next stop was a longish one to rest a bit and recover. The clouds were rolling in again and I thought we were in for it A-f-en-GAIN...

(D7's pic)
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There was a line of these piles of rocks and we went up to stack one on top for good luck. I think they mark the provincial boundary

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1137.jpg)

We came from over there ....

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1138.jpg)

... and were going that way. Although it's difficult terrain, we had our KLR's and nothing was going to stop us now. Except, but just maybe, the threatening rain.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1139.jpg)

Our water (yes, no beer on this section) was running low and we stopped at the river you can see in the previous pic, to refill. This is where D7 eventually dropped his scoot. Hehehe. Now don't feel so bad with my 2 and a half for the day.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1194.jpg)

See the rocks in the bottom of the pic? Why do you think I called the report Lesotho ROCKS? Here's 2 pics showing the typical road/track/trail surface were encountered.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1141.jpg)

This is downhill from the same spot.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1142.jpg)

We were really getting the hang of this enduro-style riding. Try to keep it in 3rd, drop to 2nd/1st as you encounter large obstacles and use the torque and grip to power over them and up through the gears. It was becoming more of a jol than an adventure. And then, all of a sudden, it was over....

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1143.jpg)

We reached the tar in 2.5 hours. 60km of the worst and best trail I have ever ridden was behind me and I felt on top of the world. Well, I actually was and was going to the real "Highest Pub in Africa" for a cold one, NOW! We set off to the AfriSki lodge and ordered them to open their bar immediately. They complied and we spent a while there recovering our energy. Here's proof of my statement. Sani is only 2880m according to my GPS.


(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1196.jpg)

So, I'll be the first to post a pic of me and D7 having a dop at the REAL Highest Pub in Africa.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1145.jpg)

For now, this is enough. the rest is here (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=15758.msg246360#msg246360).
 
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: GIDEON on March 12, 2008, 10:06:17 pm
bevange pictures
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Stofstreep on March 12, 2008, 10:26:38 pm
Wow Baie nice groenie
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Post by: zetman on March 12, 2008, 11:05:42 pm
lekr manne  ;D

oefen julle solank vir die roof volgne jaar >:D
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: JourneyMan on March 13, 2008, 05:47:42 am
Allamintig Groenie! Great report so far! :cool:
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: shark_za on March 13, 2008, 07:03:45 am
Thanks for taking the time to take pictures like this.
Really lekka to see and read.
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: bmad on March 13, 2008, 07:08:39 am
Awesome Groenie and D7 :thumleft:

Now this is the way to do a trip!

Well done, i have really enjoyed reading this, thanks  ;D
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Naartjie on March 13, 2008, 07:20:04 am
Nice one, Groenstes en D7!!!!!!!!  ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: bushclown on March 13, 2008, 07:22:53 am

That a sweet route you all took
                 :thumright:
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: SGB on March 13, 2008, 07:42:00 am
Excellent story Groenie, glad you enjoyed the trip!  Thanks for all the pictures.  ;D
Title: Re: Lestho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Beltzer on March 13, 2008, 07:48:06 am
Respect! \/
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Post by: Boeloe on March 13, 2008, 08:15:20 am
100 bedonnerd! Nice report
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Post by: Pistol on March 13, 2008, 09:16:40 am
Great report Groenie, well done to you and Dave
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Post by: Biesie on March 13, 2008, 09:17:38 am
F@kkit dis lekker !!!
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Post by: letsgofishing on March 13, 2008, 09:24:42 am
Great report and pics there Groenie - looks like an awesome trip!
Well done!
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Post by: KiLRoy on March 13, 2008, 11:32:02 am
Nice one Gigs and Dave - leeeekkkkaaaaa

H
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Post by: africanSky on March 13, 2008, 11:49:11 am
Awesome ride and report! Well done guys , now off to rehab!
Title: Re: Lesotho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Plothond on March 13, 2008, 01:11:42 pm
Well done Groenie
Great story, nice pics and even better ride

No matter how you k@rk off on the trip - when it's over you wonder what all the fuss was about
Title: Re: Lesotho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: slashback on March 13, 2008, 02:21:21 pm
Well done Groenie
Great story, nice pics and even better ride

No matter how you k@rk off on the trip - when it's over you wonder what all the fuss was about
Amen to that Plotty! And when you get that feeling, you know you've had a good ride!

Awesome Groenie and D7! Thats an epic!! You've managed to bring your whole ride back to us!!
Well done!
Title: Re: Lesotho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: ROOI on March 13, 2008, 03:17:02 pm
befok groenie en d7 fark nous ek lus vir 'n koue een  ;D
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Post by: OX on March 13, 2008, 03:25:53 pm
awesome !!!!! I might head there over the easter weekend. Glad the 606s are working , I swear by them !!!
Title: Re: Lesotho ROCKS !!!!!!!!
Post by: Groenie on March 13, 2008, 05:15:36 pm
End of Day 4 and Day 5 - Afkoel na die hectic ride.

I finished the last part without my usual end-of-the-day thoughts, but they will come as I finish each day properly.

Another thing I neglected to mention in the previous installment was the almost-killing of a sheep by a KLR. We were crossing a bridge, doing about 80-90km/h when I saw three sheep in the road scattering as D7 approached. There were one on this side of the bridge and 2 more on the far side. The one closest to us, sped off to the right and I was watching what the other 2 would do. They sped off to the left and suddenly I just felt a moerse thump...the stupid ball of wool had decided to cross the road again and ran straight into my front wheel! Luckily, he hit me on the front fork and the highway pegs/bashplate finished him off. If it ran in front of the bike, I would have seen my gat. I looked back and saw him lying in the road, with his head up, looking around quite dazed. There was no way I was stopping. I had enough rocks thrown at me for a while and it wasn't a good day for a proper stoning. Only damage to my bike was some hard earned mud wiped of my fork, the cover of my tooltube moved slightly back, the bashplate also seemed to have slided back and some wool stuck on the bike. The sheep....I don't think he's around anymore, although he was still alive when I last looked. At least someone had a nice dinner that night. Here's a pic of the "damage".

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1015.jpg)

We were sitting in the "new" Highest Pub in Africa and having a beer or two while the sun was quickly setting again. Never mind the sun, the clouds and thunder were also rolling in. They offered us a place to sleep, but since Lesotho has very limited credit card facilities, we couldn't afford their offer. But, one of the dudes working in the bar, had a brother that runs the Mamoseka B&B. Sounds like a nice idea, except he charges R200 pp for diner,bed&breakfast and we had a total of about R300 between us.That doesn't leave much drinking money, does it? And what about petrol? So we got him to negotiate on our behalf and we got the price down to R100 pp! Now I really like Lesotho.

We said our good bye's and headed out in the cold wind. Barely 2 km away we HAD to stop to do something about the cold. Rainsuits work very well at keeping the wind out and the heat in. Who needs thermals if you own a cheapie Army Surplus stores rainsuit?

Our next stop was the Oxbow Lodge. The sun was still out and rain seemed to be blowing past us, so we stopped for beer, off course. We met an engineer from one of the mines, who was taking a break from the isolation up in the mountains. A Zimbo, who has finished commissioning a new plant at the mine and was off to another contract in the next few days. Not long after, one of his colleagues joined in. By now we were having a real good time and didn't even notice the sun had gone down already. The engineers decided they had to leave and paid our account (without even asking us) and insisted we have another one for the road, on them as well! Mind you, the second dude was from cape Town. Friendly buggers. We still had the tiny problem of what now? The B&B doesn't sell any liquor, we only have R100 spare and the lodge doesn't do credit card transactions less than R200. Easy, whip out the card, buy 12 beers and a bottle of whiskey for R204. That left us with R100 for emergencies and enough to pay for the B&B.

We set off in the dark with sort-of an idea where to go. The road would have been fantastic to ride in the day as it dropped downhill through endless switchbacks and left-right corners. I showed D7 a GPS trick earlier, zoom in to 200 or 300 meters and then you can see what the corner looks like before you get to it. It works great! It was quite some distance to go and we only reached our destination at 8, again. We seemed to be unable to complete our day's riding before the sun set. Ah well, that is life, I suppose. It's not possible to start earlier, stop less, ride faster or take shortcuts. Remember what I said about 200km max per day?

Anyway, we arrived at Mamoseka and was warmly greeted by Bolai, a youngish and friendly dude. He showed us the rondawel we would stay in. Basic, round hut with 2 double beds, a table, few chairs and a bookshelf with touristy magazines.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_1146.jpg)

(D7's pic)
(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_10032008319.jpg)

Bolai and his mom prepared dinner for us while we had a cold one and scouted the area a bit. We were called to dinner inside the house and sat down to Pap 'n Chicken with Marogo and pumpkin. Real local food and actually quite nice. After dinner we retired to our bungalow, but were so psyched up by the day's riding, that we chatted till late. One of the things we discussed was this concept of a "local" style B&B. D7 has been on about it the whole trip and now we get the chance to try it out. The facilities at Mamoseka is very basic, exactly like you'll find in any of the milions of houses in Lesotho. They bring you a big skottel and 2 buckets of water, one hot and one cold, to wash in. Toilet is an outhouse with a long-drop. Tourists want to experience the local culture these days and that's exactly what they'll get here. No frills, no fuss, just good, friendly service in a real rural setting. I would go back to Mamoseka.

And so day 4 eventually comes to an end.

So, what do I think of Lesotho now?

Befok!!! I have forgotten/forgiven the stone throwers. Maybe it's guilt over the sheep, which is probably one of the main reasons they throw stones in the first place, or maybe it's because no-one threw any stones at us the whole day. Today I met some of Lesotho's friendliest people, went on the best ride of my life and finished the day in real Lesotho.
I love Lesotho.

I'll finish the day with one of D7's pics. The road we traveled today.

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa161/gixrepsold/Lesotho/sm_09032008313.jpg)


And now Day 5 - the LONG way home.

Up early, has now become second nature, but this morning we both tried to sleep late. It didn't work. We slowly packed and chatted to Bolai, discussing his plans for the B&B and hearing about an off-road route they have close by. We never went to go see it, as we only left at about 8. 40 minutes later, we were at the border post at Caledonspoort and 10 minutes after that, we had our first smoke break back in South Africa.

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Next stop was the poofter/pozer town of Clarens for liquid refreshments. We saw the usual pristine, not a speck of dust on it, pack of pozers having a coffee at one of the street cafe's, discussing their moerse adventure ride they're on. I saw the bikes and the bikers only out the corner of my eye, and felt sorry for them. That scooter you got there should be used. Used to teach you something, not only about riding, but about yourself, about the real world, the land, the people...Maybe I just felt a bit superior, with my stinking boots and dirty riding gear on my plaasbike, covered in real mud, that I worked farking hard for, now riding into town for a real man's breakfast (beer, off course), but I doubt that. I'm no better than the rest and Lesotho taught me that. I know of a few crazy okes that did what I did, on GS's.

We stopped again in Golden Gate at a picnic spot and had a beer under the huge trees. It was good to be back in ZA.

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D7 insisted I post this pic.

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5 k's down the road we stopped again to admire Golden Gate over anther beer. We were back and there was no holding back today.

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From here, we went to Harrismith, had a burger at the Spur, filled up and turned our steeds North. Jo'burg, here we come.
On the way down we took the N3 all the way and wasted R130 on toll fees. Not today, there's some lovely dirt roads in the Freestate calling us. In Warden, we again stopped at the bar where we had lunch on the Thursday and were greeted like old friends. They even remembered our brand of beer :) Shows you what happens if you take the time to meet the people. Then it was off the highway and onto the fast dirt between the mielie fields. Another smoke/beer break over the Wilger river.

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(D7's pic)
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Check out that dirt highway!!
(D7's pic)
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Next stop was Villiers to talk rugby to the owner of the bottle store and then have a quick one, just outside of town and back in Gauteng.

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Then we followed the dirt, staying as close to the N3 as possible. We encountered a few lekker high speed roads and even though it was dark (again) by now, we could keep the speeds above 100km/h. Just before Heidelberg, we stopped under the highway.

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We kept our last beer for the N1/N3 split, where two very happy KLR's bid each other farewell till next time.

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I was home just after 8. 1600km under the belt.....and one very satisfied KLR rider.


So, what do I think of Lesotho now?

Man, I love it. This has been the best 5 days of my life. It had everything, toll roads, thunderstorms and wet boots, mud, sliding and proper tyres, Sani Pass before it gets tarred, the majesty of the Lesotho mountains and it's rocks, sometimes thrown at me and sometimes thrown by me, the friendliness of the Lesotho people, the Kao mines road and the conquering thereof, more rocks and more mud and more rain and off course LOTS of beer and the best riding buddy out there.

I would recommend Lesotho to everyone, no matter your riding experience or skill. You'll find a challenge and you will rise up to it, coz that's what us Wilddogs do.

Cheers and thanx for taking the time to read my ramblings

I am Groenie and I love Lesotho

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Post by: luislang on March 13, 2008, 05:30:39 pm
Exellent report ,epic ride  ;D man the jealousy sets in quite quick  :P
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Post by: Groenie on March 13, 2008, 05:31:30 pm
Thanx for all the comments.

OX, do it, you'll love it. A 640 was built with the Kao road in mind.

Jy's reg Plottie, dis so 'n "wat nou?" gevoel as deur is.

Shark, I didn't take enough pics of the real conditions. It's hectic in places. But, so far, everyone that has posted a report on that road, also didn't take enough pics. Stopping in a difficult section for quick pic or 2 is not an option. Once you're moving, you don't want to stop.
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Post by: Groenie on March 13, 2008, 05:41:09 pm
Oh, and if someone's interested, here's the tracks
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Post by: popipants on March 13, 2008, 05:49:26 pm
Great stuff!!
That mine road hectic


Thanks for sharing
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Post by: JohnST on March 13, 2008, 06:24:11 pm
AWESOME!! ek moet dit gaan doen!!
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Post by: JC on March 13, 2008, 07:00:18 pm
Groenie - awesome report en baie cool foto's. baie dankie dat jy die tyd neem om dit met ons te deel.
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Post by: Carnivore on March 13, 2008, 09:00:26 pm
Respect... I take my hat off... um, well, helmet..? Well done on a real good effort. Sheesh! You have got what it takes! :o
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Post by: funacide on March 13, 2008, 10:54:51 pm
Awesome stuff Groenie, you almost made me want to do Lesotho again before Nam....

Must hold out, Nam first and Lesotho again later in the year. I definitely want to try the Kao mine road...

Thanks for sharing.....
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Post by: NIEKIE on March 14, 2008, 07:57:08 am
Groenie julle het lekker trip gehad. Nou dat ek na jou report kyk en die ander manne wat advies gegee het voordat ek en 3 ander  manne begin Feb 08 daar was, laat dit my dink die oos na wes keuse wat ons gevat het is beter. Ons het nie een keer regtig moeilikheid gehad nie. Klink my die wes na oos (op) is half rowwer.

Net soos jy se op die stadium bly die foto's van die baie slegte deel net voor (na) die myn uitstaande want daar is nie van stop as jy eers in dit is nie. Ons moes op daardie stadium ook maar vasvat en ry want toe reen dit asof daar nie weer reen gaan wees nie.

Great trip. Memories will stay

Groete
Niekie
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Post by: IceCreamMan on March 14, 2008, 08:06:30 am
Excellent!!!

Thanks
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Post by: LuckyStriker on March 14, 2008, 08:42:40 am
aah, that was a great report
Thanks Groenie, it was a lekker read
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Post by: IDR on March 14, 2008, 09:06:23 am
Thanks G - wat 'n great report!  Wiele met 'n P.
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Post by: RobC on March 14, 2008, 03:13:05 pm
Exccelent ride report Groenie! Thanks, makes me want to do it tomorrow!
By the way, it seems sheepskin is the way to go to get a nice shine on the front forks! ;D
I actually think that wolbol may have survived, I see nou blood on the bike and they are actually blerrie tough critters. But stopping to check the pulse would not have been a good idea...  ::)
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Post by: OX on March 14, 2008, 07:38:13 pm
ok , who's joining me next week friday , we hitting lesotho again. !!!!
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Post by: LeonDude on March 14, 2008, 09:21:53 pm
Another legend of a ride. Great stuff Groenie!
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Post by: Captain Zef on March 14, 2008, 10:58:13 pm
Baie nice
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Post by: Groenie on March 15, 2008, 07:12:13 am
.....
But stopping to check the pulse would not have been a good idea...  ::)

No Rob, you don't want to stop. There's bound to be at last 10 of them rock throwers with throwing distance and the buggers are quite accurate.
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Post by: dustsucker on March 15, 2008, 08:45:15 am
Bemousterend!!
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Post by: brettp on March 22, 2008, 02:29:56 pm
Wow, what an excellent insight into the country and your trip. Max respect!!! ;D
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Post by: Camelman on March 23, 2008, 07:05:16 am
Jislaaik Groenie! You and D7 rock bru!! Lekker man, lekker!!  ;D
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Post by: michnus on March 23, 2008, 08:09:26 am
Thanks Groenie, dit is skopgat report  :thumleft:
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Post by: Stev0 on March 23, 2008, 11:30:16 am
Julle gelukkige bliksems!  I see no punctures! 

awesome trip, i will love to do Lesotho/Swaziland, but only after i do Moz :)


I cant believe the KLR's Survived with no break-downs, Bliksem, tough as nails!

I wonder how a 08 KLR would of done on that trip... i know that they like to lose exhausts and indicator lenses.

Big up ....
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Post by: Goose on March 23, 2008, 01:00:25 pm
Lekker inspiration!!!!!
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Post by: Groenie on March 23, 2008, 07:13:10 pm
  I see no punctures! 


Daar's nie dorings nie....

I cant believe the KLR's Survived with no break-downs, Bliksem, tough as nails!

I wonder how a 08 KLR would of done on that trip... i know that they like to lose exhausts and indicator lenses.


It's a KLR......what else do you expect?

The 08 would have been fine, just don't drop it on the rocks. To be honest, I never once doubted the ability or reliability of our bikes. I was quite worried about rider ability though.
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Post by: Uiltjie on March 24, 2008, 03:55:06 am
Well done Groenie!  Eks baie jaloers!

Terloops, lyk my The_Wes het julle voorgespring met die hoogste pub, hy het sy signature gelos!



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Post by: Off-Road-Adventures on November 19, 2009, 06:39:50 pm
Yup, Lesotho is biking paradise! Time to go back there man!!
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Post by: Ganjora on November 27, 2009, 09:10:27 pm
shit G.   this was one of our best rides ever.
just read it all again...
WICKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
when we go again????
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Post by: Groenie on November 28, 2009, 07:46:45 am
Soon, very soon. I might just have to go do some work there in the very near future. Keep some spare leave days available and it might be on very short notice.
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Post by: Beserker on January 22, 2010, 02:08:36 am

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Bloody high that place,  Lesotho... ;D
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Post by: Mass on October 26, 2010, 10:06:43 am
Soos jy se, doen dit net - magtig, dis n great report - thanx
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Post by: KwaiPappaGaai on November 22, 2010, 04:55:43 pm
Lekker man!  :thumleft:
 kannie wag om op sani pas te ry die naweek wat kom nie!!!
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Post by: Jaqhama on December 05, 2010, 04:08:02 pm
Hey G

Great RR mate.
Been a busy couple of years for Linda and I, we're just catching up on WD RR's now.
Top stuff.
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Post by: Gasman on January 12, 2011, 02:46:25 pm
what a great report!! I think the fact that people still comment on it more than 2 years after the rides speaks for itself...  :thumleft:
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Post by: lj111 on December 13, 2012, 09:37:25 am
Lekker rr, baie dankie :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: Bechtel on February 14, 2013, 01:52:41 pm
Dit lyk bedonnerd!
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Post by: Swart Baard on July 15, 2013, 02:19:07 pm
What a lekker read  :thumleft:

Was sniffing around on the forum RE nfo on Lesotho, I think my mind is now made up  :ricky:

Lesotho will be done before end 2013  :ricky:
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Post by: Funtana on August 06, 2013, 10:40:20 am
Nice RR
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Post by: Off-Road-Adventures on December 07, 2013, 09:31:43 pm
When I bought my new bike, I went to Lesotho the next day with her! Love Malealea!!
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Post by: GIRL BIKER on January 22, 2014, 08:34:17 pm
Stunning ride report, you went just about everywhere, on and off road  :hello2:
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Post by: ALLEN I on April 23, 2014, 10:19:31 pm
Thanks for the excellent RR guys. Had a bloody good ride and envied you ous trying to drink all the cold ones with out me    :ricky:
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Post by: Fearless on May 09, 2014, 07:26:22 pm
6 years later and stil rivetting. That road past Kau mine is called Pass of Guns. Did it in May 2010 in a Kia Sorento.