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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: >Herman< on March 25, 2008, 11:20:45 am

Title: Ryperd's Northern Cape Adventure 2008
Post by: >Herman< on March 25, 2008, 11:20:45 am
Marina & I decided to go on an adventure trip this past Easter weekend to the Northern Cape, for some soul searching.

We left Thursday 06:30 with no final route planned.  Our goal was to visit as many of the small towns as possible on our way.

The churches in the video:

Wesselsbron
Bultfontein
Dealesville
Boshof
Orania
Prieska
Van Wyksvlei

Day 1 was a long day in the saddle so we stayed on tar most of the way, with our 1st dirt between Bultfontein and Dealesville. A road as white as rice, smooth surface, and great confidence booster.

We decided to head to Orania, and to see what's different. Part from the fact that everyone is white, speaks afrikaans, and that they have their own currency, nothing strange was encountered, except that the people are friendly.

Friday morning we left early, Orania was closed for business, so we had to go to Hopetown for breakfast - steak pizza, scramble eggs and toast.

From Hopetown we took the dirt to Prieska - another great dirt road! In Prieska we filled up, took a pic of the church and headed to Nelspoortjie, our accommodation for the weekend (www.nelspoortjie.co.za). Pieter & Wilhette, thank you for a great weekend!!!

Saturday morning we headed to Verneukpan via Van Wyksvlei.  Needed to fill up with fuel. After we left, they locked the gate - no more fuel for the day!!!   I had to reserve my exploring to the essentials only!

The dirt road to Van Wyksvlei and onto Verneukpan ranged from hard dirt to badly corrugated to sandy to ruts to mud, great ride!!!

Verneukpan (www.verneukpan.co.za) is situated on private land, so one has to ask permission from the farmer to enter - no problem, as they are friendly and helpful.  According to my own calculations based on Mapsource, the pan is 17km wide and 33km long at it's widest and longest points - a sea of nothing! After the pan, we headed back to Nelspoortjie.

Monday morning we headed home. Total distance 2180km. Sore bums, but great memories.

Now, sit back, turn the volume up and enjoy our trip with us!

Title: Re: Ryperd's Northern Cape Adventure 2008
Post by: Ama ride ride on March 25, 2008, 11:49:59 am
Pertjie

Nice trip and lekker photties

Just a shame your video does not have subtitles....well I know its impossible to please everybody.... ;D
Title: Re: Ryperd's Northern Cape Adventure 2008
Post by: >Herman< on March 25, 2008, 12:14:14 pm
Pertjie

Nice trip and lekker photties

Just a shame your video does not have subtitles....well I know its impossible to please everybody.... ;D

Eish.... Sorry Ama  :-[
Title: Re: Ryperd's Northern Cape Adventure 2008
Post by: Ratel on March 25, 2008, 12:18:32 pm
Nice take on the old ride report!

Music fits very well too ;)
Title: Re: Ryperd's Northern Cape Adventure 2008
Post by: LuckyStriker on March 25, 2008, 12:33:45 pm
Pertjie

Nice trip and lekker photties

Just a shame your video does not have subtitles....well I know its impossible to please everybody.... ;D

Don't worry Ama, there is no voice-over in the video.
Just music. I turned off the volume anyway because I hate the song ;D

Nice pics Perd
looks like a great trip
Title: Re: Ryperd's Northern Cape Adventure 2008
Post by: Oetie on March 25, 2008, 12:55:31 pm
Nice one Perdvleis ;) ;)
Title: Re: Ryperd's Northern Cape Adventure 2008
Post by: blazes on March 25, 2008, 04:57:33 pm
Rule 101 about long trips ;) Never leave your Einaseergatroom at home. ;D Nice one H and M
Title: Re: Ryperd's Northern Cape Adventure 2008
Post by: Zonkelmonk on March 25, 2008, 07:57:36 pm
Beautiful video H, My family on mother side still farm and stay in Dealesville. Nice to see it all so green.

I t does not look like you stopped at Soutpan, there where the ancient people were found. Guess not, U came in from the north.

Very good video H. Thanks.
Title: Re: Ryperd's Northern Cape Adventure 2008
Post by: lonerider on March 25, 2008, 08:24:07 pm
My part of the world most of that! (Or at least, where I grew up...) Good stuff, looks like a fast, fun trip!
Title: Re: Ryperd's Northern Cape Adventure 2008
Post by: SGB on March 25, 2008, 08:58:52 pm
Nice one Perd, well done!
Title: Re: Ryperd's Northern Cape Adventure 2008
Post by: DaCat on March 25, 2008, 09:16:18 pm
 8) Nice!!