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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: michnus on May 06, 2008, 10:11:19 pm

Title: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: michnus on May 06, 2008, 10:11:19 pm
From the onset, this was going to be a trip like no other. For one it's going to be the woman's first proper, challenge yourself-type trip, and to add some fun to the trip Metaljockey's 4year old daughter accompanied us. We could not do this trip without her, she loves riding bike, and this was good fun for her.

Metaljockey had the planning sorted and because they previously did this trail with their vehicle, had a better knowledge of the area.  It aided the planning around stops and sleepovers, accommodating the needs of the ever-playful Miss MJ.  


The plan was to start at Pofadder and ride our way quite leisurely towards the Richtersveld and then towards Port Nolloth.  Off road all the way, even trying to skip the bigger dirt roads. We booked into a B&B in Augrabies called The Fox's lair, a wonderful place with very friendly people, who even allowed us to leave the Combi and trailer there for the week under a huge carport.

When did Namibia get independence? 20 What! Years ago?  :D And this board still shows Suid Wes Afrika?! Some things never change.



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Somewhere-Els and myself loaded the bikes and rode of towards Onseepkans from Augrabies the next morning, while MJ went the tar way to Onseepkans to leave their bus there. We were met by a friendly KLR riding farmer who just told MJ, No problem leave your bus here on the farm, it will be save?

It took some time to get them kitted up and to make sure missMJ is comfortable and save. We just can't wait to get on our way for some serious fun. As we leave Onseepkans, I stop next to MJ and I quote:  Don't worry I will look after the girls, you can get use to riding sitting down with MissMJ  8) Those words would still come back to haunt me!


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Just outside Pofadder we turned of onto the Namakwa 4x4 trail that runs along the Orange River to Vioolsdrift and then into the Richterveld.

It's a little evil piece of dirt track, no warning and sand, sand, and sand!!! Two spoor track and with the holiday makers and all the big 4x4‚??s creating new tracks and worsening the old ones for us. This is not sea sand, or dune sand, this is proper river bed sand.

If you have never ridden in a riverbed with river sand, it's difficult to describe. It's a very course sand with virtually no grip or resistance to help with steering or cornering. The sand grabs your wheel and forces it into a direction, while the back wheel just spins up and you have to keep the bike floating at high speed, and when you tap off, you snake like hell until you donner neer like a slaughtered ox!

Add to that sharp 90-degree corners, bushes in your track, round riverbed rocks, and it all adds to the excitement and white-eye ball look.  :o :D

Everybody got a quick wake up call, like getting a bucket of cold water in your face you did not expected.
The first riverbed and the struggle starts, the DRZ did the best of the lot, it's the best thing since sliced toast. Mrs MJ struggled the first 2 days just getting the nerves calmed down and adjusting to the bike and sand, after that she was riding that DRZ like Satan was on her ass chasing it to hell.  >:D



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Some more riverbeds and more assistance, slowly the girls adjust to the idea of full throttle, look up, and stay on the pegs. We were sweating and heaving like unfit scrum forwards. It was not going any better for me, as I was riding at the back picking up bikes. Stopping the 1200 in sand and getting it to float is a kind of scary dance all of it's own.



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As we enter Klein Pella the afternoon MrsMJ got a puncture on the DRZ 500m before the camp, we were already bloody hot and it was late.  Some beers were consumed while fixing the puncture. This bloody piece of shit puncture came back to trouble us with more problems over the next 2 days!!



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Klein Pella is a welcoming oasis in this arid landscape, wonderful affordable aircon bungalows, and lots of cold beers in an honesty bar. We paid R200 per bungalow, and the food was great. Camping facilities were available, but at that stage we though it better to splash out than camp, not even one debate came up. The heat must be unbearable when you build an additional roof to escape the heat!


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As for MJ, he suddenly had his work cut out for him. MrsMJ made it clear he will not drop his bike!! He had to use all his hard earned sand riding skills, and, it took him a while to get used to the sitting down all the time. They got a special harness from the USA specifically for children that want to enjoy riding with mom or dad.  It gets attached around your waist, the child sits in a harness that holds them upright in case they fall asleep or have no footing on the pegs. Quite an ingenious contraption.
 
We never really saw MJ, he was riding in the front finding the track, because Tracks4Africa and the actual route was sometimes a bit off, nothing serious, just a couple of u-turns every now and then.

The next morning while the MJ family was busy loading Somewhere-Els and Myself rode down to the date plantation, situated right along the banks of the Orange River. It was absolutely beautiful seeing those old date trees. The contrast between the dry mountain background and this luscious green piece of earth is difficult to explain.

The Nile must look and feel like this. Add to the dry hot air and it‚??s easy to imagine yourself a couple of thousand miles away.  


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This route snakes through most of the dry river beds along the Orange river and for obvious reasons, it's actually easier and faster for 4x4‚??s here.  Bikes, more difficult and demanding, but for sure the most fun!!

If you ever want a migraine early in the morning, go ride a stretch of sand like this just after a hearty breakfast, it's scary as hell, but the fun factor is off the chart.  The best way to start is to never ease into a ride, it makes you lazy, start with the wake up juice!!



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We frequently stop to rest and give MissMJ a chance to explore her surroundings.  She just loved it, not once did she moan or bitch, we could not believe that she actually adapted to the ride that easily. We planned to adjust to her level of energy and ride according to her willingness. She made it easy for us all, she even fell asleep on the back of the bike letting MJ work his ass off keeping the bike in the sandy tracks.

Getting her back on the bike while she's playing turned into a game itself.


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I just wanna ride man, riiiide, riiiide!!!! (Wild Hogs)  8) ;D


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Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Plothond on May 06, 2008, 10:18:45 pm
Mooi man !!!!

Having kids on the back is another type of challenge
I like !!!
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: >Herman< on May 06, 2008, 10:24:14 pm
Nice report M & co. One of the better reports in recent times - no offence to those who posted.  ;)
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: funacide on May 06, 2008, 10:59:11 pm
Lekker Michnus

Post some more already.... PLEASE!!!
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: serf on May 07, 2008, 04:14:54 am
I grew up in that area.  ;D ;D ;D

You can be glad you were not there during December - it reaches 50 degrees in those mountains   :)

Nice report
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Colyn on May 07, 2008, 07:00:44 am
Great report ... thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 07, 2008, 07:15:27 am
 ;D ;D ;D

Great pics and write up. Just finish it man....

Having met little MissMJ,  I will not be surprised if she kicks dust in your eyes soon on a PW50 (or similar) ;D

Rode part of the route some years ago with my AT. Respect to the ladies. Respect... :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: SGB on May 07, 2008, 07:31:06 am
Taking the family always makes for a great trip!  The rewards outweigh the challenges and you guys did a great job!  Keep it coming.  :)
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: edgy on May 07, 2008, 07:40:24 am
Awesome stuff,as usual...keep it coming!
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Kykdaar on May 07, 2008, 07:48:15 am
Great report so far..........looking forward to the rest.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: GG on May 07, 2008, 07:52:43 am
Man you guys are mad!  I hate riverbeds...but with a kid!  Groot balle ..respect
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Trailrider on May 07, 2008, 07:56:55 am
Good report. Keep it coming.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Briekmerk on May 07, 2008, 08:27:31 am
Wow that's big sand monsters!
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Lourens ツ on May 07, 2008, 08:36:56 am
Beautiful pics and great report. :thumright:  This one just tells a story. Two tired riders in the middle of nowhere taking a break after some serious action.
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Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Operator on May 07, 2008, 08:47:57 am
Two things stands out for me.......

That little daughter of MJ is a COOL passenger.

and that sand !
That Sand looks very intimidating.

Cool ride, cool report Michnus and MJ :thumbsup:
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: KTM BIGGER on May 07, 2008, 08:57:11 am
lekker report as normal. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: luislang on May 07, 2008, 09:00:32 am
Cool report ,i like Miss MJ`s ATTGAT  ;D
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Doringboom on May 07, 2008, 10:13:33 am
Julle mag maar!! Daai sand en klippe is nie enigeen se maat nie. Baie mooi 8)
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Madala on May 07, 2008, 10:44:34 am
Respect. I'm in awe! : :eek:
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: ROOI on May 07, 2008, 12:15:47 pm
Yes Yes Yes ,did this route 4x4 trail on our wes coast orange river trip last august but it looks so much better seeing your pics  ;D
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Watty on May 07, 2008, 05:26:06 pm
Nice report and (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/signs154.gif)
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: speed on May 07, 2008, 05:26:55 pm
Do you have any pictures of the harnass the girl is using on the bike?Where can you get such a harnass?
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Metaljockey on May 07, 2008, 05:37:40 pm
Do you have any pictures of the harnass the girl is using on the bike?Where can you get such a harnass?

Got it from these guys:  http://www.childridingbelt.com/engprod.htm (http://www.childridingbelt.com/engprod.htm)


Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: speed on May 07, 2008, 05:44:31 pm
Thanks
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: JourneyMan on May 07, 2008, 06:51:09 pm
I will not give you lip again re. ride reports.


I bow before your mastery and daring.

 :notworthy: :notworthy:

Awesome guys!  :cool: :cool:

(Do not take my word on the first sentence. hehe)
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: GIDEON on May 07, 2008, 09:00:51 pm
GEE This is awesome got the whole family watching the picture , now our little girl wants to as well
THANKS
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: michnus on May 07, 2008, 10:38:28 pm
The beauty of the surrounding area was just mind blowing, if only I had the capacity to keep a mental video clip. The smells, the heat, the dust, all contributed making this a perfect memory. Just a pity my picture taking ability can'do justice to this incredibly beautiful place.

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We took another break just outside the small settlement called Witbank on the banks of the Orange River. It's midday and it's close to 37 degrees. The puncture in the back tube on the DRZ was back ... This was becoming a mild irritation ... MJ and myself thought we knew how to fix punctures, but for some stupid reason we were unable to kick this ones ass.

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The electric pump MJ brought with on the trip had a short swim in spilled petrol and the seals inside got damage. It was up to the tried and tested hand pump to stand in, exactly 100 strokes per bar, give or take some.
Just to mention, we figured we would be able to get petrol at Viools drift, so no need to carry extra petrol except for the DRZ, and again the trusty twatwaffle-wine-silver-plastic bags had to do. It was one of them that got a small leak and damaged the pump.


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Close to our overnight-spot at the river the DRZ back wheel went flat again. Moer!!! It was around fourish in the afternoon and the sun was still trying to burn you into the soil. We had to get out of here, and fast. As long as you ride it cools the body, the moment you stop your heat gauge hit max and the sun sucks the moisture out of you.

For some reason I can't stop thinking about the book we had to read in Afrikaans class in st10. Die Son Struikel, Ek bloei die grond word rooi, eks 'n aartapel or some fucking sort of drivel.  ;D ::) Maybe it was the very dry heat that was busy boiling my brain fluid.

Decided to fit a new tube and fix the other later that night, in haste I did not do what I was suppose to do ... inflate the tube slightly before fitting ... it happened, the tube got a snakebite!!!    FOK MY!!    >:(  Dis nou donners bliksems mooi!!  :-\

In the end we left the bike there for the night and decided to come back early the next morning with the fixed tube. It was already close to six.


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A beautiful morning, how would you like to own a property right here, and wake up every morning to this view? Just spectacular. We had some coffee, enjoyed the cool water and were off into the direction of Goodhouse.

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Again a puncture, we haven't even travelled 40km and it's flat again! For some reason the patches do not stick, we tried new solution different patches, drying longer. Nothing worked. One thing I vowed to do when back home, was to find ways of fixing a flat when every thing else fails. Surely duct tape can also work!?

We have used most of the patches and we could not take a chance for the rest of the trip, somehow we had to fix it and get new tubes somewhere.

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Goodness, the people from Goodhouse are all just the Goodest people you will meet in your life. We had a rest at this house serving as a tuckshop. We bought all her cold drinks and even got a guy to organise us some big Carlings.

MissMJ, as usual, quickly made some friends and a KLR badge oil leaking wire car took up all of her interest.   >:D :D

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We left an hour later and as we rounded a corner outside Goodhouse the DRZ back wheel was flat again!!!!!
At this stage both of us were really gatvol of this stront, and we decided, I would ride to Springbok and go buy some new tubes. It was only a 160km round trip. In the meantime the rest could enjoy the hospitality of the river.

The road to Springbok is biking nirvana, fast, lots of fish tailing, turns, and slides. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Coming back I was met with this picture panorama of desolation and expanse. What a place!!

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The sun was setting fast and we decided to camp at the nearest place we can find close to the river. As with all the locals a friendly young man at a home next to the river showed us a perfect camping spot right on the banks with our own lawn and splash pool.

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The next morning the moment the sun broke the back of the mountain, we were up.  :D It was going to be a difficult day, we just did not knew it yet.

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We stopped at the house again to say thanks for the help and got offered water and a 5L frozen water bottle. What a pity none of us could carry it.

The locals beds are under the carport, everybody sleeps outside. I ask the man what they do for a living, he just replied. Nee maar niks ons bly maar net  Does not sound to bad to me, I can get quite use to this laid back no nonsense life. Some people are truly rich!

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More sand, great, but this is a different style, fast, sand grabbers and the middle mannetjies weaves into each other, gas it! gas it!! Because you open up the throttle all the time, you end up fish tailing going down the road at high speed. This is moer-hard-val-land die!!  Why is it then so difficult to stop smiling  ;D  I just loved it, it's addictive,  crazy, man it's pure fun.  8)  ;D

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What are we waiting for dad? Let's go!

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The three most important things on any trip........The third: Always carry new tubes.

The riding would get much more challenging..........

Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Malice on May 08, 2008, 06:23:44 am
Brilliant stuff! Amazing countryside. Africa is not for the feint-hearted!

Special kudo's to the ladies and young lady. Sand is a bitch.

Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: funacide on May 08, 2008, 06:50:41 am
Amazing stuff, I am really enjoying the report. Keep it coming Michnus it is making my day.....
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Highlander on May 08, 2008, 06:55:53 am
Wow, I smaak this pic, lekker trip
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: bushclown on May 08, 2008, 07:14:16 am

Great report and  awesome pics
          :thumleft:

Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: bmad on May 08, 2008, 07:44:58 am
Not sure how you guys manage to do this...


.. but all your ride reports make my heart swell  ;D

Whether is is from tension and excitement in Lesotho, Angola or Mozambique, or from heart warming stories like this, i just love it. :thumleft:

Well done to the ladies (all of them) and to you gents, thanks for sharing with us such awesome reports.
This is what life is all about, taking the time to enjoy it   O0

 :hello2: :hello2:

 
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: MrBig on May 08, 2008, 08:38:45 am
Wonderful!
Now give us more!
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: LuckyStriker on May 08, 2008, 09:27:41 am
Beautiful

I love everything about this report
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Ratel on May 08, 2008, 10:59:29 am
Nice fotos!!

Nice trip :hello2:
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: et on May 08, 2008, 11:02:29 am
GR8 STUFF
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Fidel on May 08, 2008, 02:23:35 pm
Good stuff M. Looks like you hada great time. Respec to da misus, riding sand most men i know wouldnt even dare. Also lekke to see little missie M enjoying it.

Must have missed you somewhere along the way. We rode Augrabies 28/04 - Blouputs - Klein Pella River Camp  29 - Aggenys then down to Kamies, grontpad natuurlik.

Will post a RR soon.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: LuckyStriker on May 08, 2008, 03:14:57 pm
Do you have any pictures of the harnass the girl is using on the bike?Where can you get such a harnass?

Got it from these guys:  http://www.childridingbelt.com/engprod.htm (http://www.childridingbelt.com/engprod.htm)




Thanks for that.

Will you be selling yours soon?
If not I will probably order my own
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: speed on May 08, 2008, 04:12:20 pm
LS let me now if you going to order a child harnas.I am also in the market of getting one.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Metaljockey on May 08, 2008, 04:50:35 pm
Will you be selling yours soon?
If not I will probably order my own

The harness is mainly needed for when she falls asleep. Hennie's daughter still fell asleep pretty quickly at 6 years of age, my daughter is only 4, so I reckon I'm going to still use it for a couple of years.

Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: LuckyStriker on May 08, 2008, 04:53:05 pm
Okay thanks MJ, no worries

LS let me now if you going to order a child harnas.I am also in the market of getting one.
Will you know if and when :)
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: IceCreamMan on May 08, 2008, 05:06:00 pm
Awesome

years ago when my eldest was a lightie i "fashioned" a harness out of belts an stuff for a trip i did in Zimbabwe.... nothing close to the professionalism of this harness, just the answer that is.

kudo's to all
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Oppad on May 08, 2008, 07:29:59 pm
You East London ouks/gang really do the most wonderful trips. Enjoyed it very much. Thanks
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: GG on May 08, 2008, 10:01:43 pm
Great stuff, love the landscape pics with the bikes, what camera do you carry?
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: funacide on May 11, 2008, 07:09:25 pm
Come now Michnus, gives us the next section already... You sleeping there in EL??  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: michnus on May 11, 2008, 11:16:19 pm
The next 50km section was going to be riverbeds with serious sand and some rocky spoor to make things more interesting.  The girls did not expect any of this, for myself, I thought just another lekker day sand riding.  Metaljockey had "selective memory" he did not recall the difficulty of the sand since their visited to the area was by car.  ;)

We stopped for a quick break at some dams but we were out of luck for a swim and some water. The dams were build right in the middle of the riverbed.

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We were still in high spirit, it was hot, but the scenery was awesome and the riding as good as it gets, BUT it was't long and I started picking up bikes.  MJ was having a great time out front, but still had to work his ass off not dropping his bike with little missy.

For me picking up a bike is somewhat along these lines. First pick up used 20% of my reserves, the second time 30% of my reserves were gone and by the third time the remainder was moer toe!

I can't remember the amount of times I had to help pick up the bikes, 12 or more times that day.  Every time it got more and more difficult.

The biggest lesson learned, even if you CAN ride a bike, if you can't pick up your own bike or keep it up right, rather make use of a smaller bike for D/S riding.

Somewhere-Els did extremely well in riding the bike, the biggest draw back came when she stopped or when it moved over the balance point, she was just not able to pull it up and keep it there.  So more than often she just dropped it and could not pick it up by herself.  MrsMJ did well, she only dropped her bike once or twice that day, and it helped with conserving her energy.  Somewhere-Els and myself was seriously fast running out of water and energy.

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The sand tracks got worse and worse as we kept to the riverbeds.  Lots of bushes in the tracks and with sharp bends around rocks.  The cars that passed before us had the most impact on the rideablity of the track.

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I am the boss of this farm. 8) ;D

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All of us had cameras, but concentration on riding took priority over picture taking.

The area had an above average rainfall and some of the riverbeds were still wet.  This seriously heightened the difficulty rating.  It made it very difficult to gauge the direction and route you needed to take.  The sand was so soft, it was like riding into a milk tart!

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Sweets was all she wanted.

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It wasn't long and the Dakar got buried to the belly pan in the sand.  Somewhere-Els followed MrsMJ's tracks, the DRZ floated, the Dakar not!  With Cracklin's Dakar being repaired a while ago for a gearbox that broke in a riverbed, still stuck in my mind, I feared the worst because there were no movement in the drive train.  Luckily when MJ kicked the bike in neutral, we started it and all seemed well.  Man, you just don't kill a Dakar.  ;)
Luckily Somewhere-Els didn't moered me too hard, because I raised my voice a bit at that stage.  >:D ;D

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On her way, riding like the devil is on her tail.

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We had to rest, it was after midday and in between the hills, it was nose-bleeding hot.

The second most important thing to remember on a trip  WATER!!!!!!!!! And enough thereof.  We were working so hard, we drank a lot and were seriously low on water.  That morning we thought it was only going to be a short ride for the day and we would be fine with the water we had.  HUGE mistake!! Your water intake quadruples, and a 50km stretch took us the better part of the day. Never under estimate the terrain.

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The scenery was beyond belief.  If you really want to appreciate this kind of beauty you have to visit this place and see it for yourself.

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Things never seemed the way they looked, you would storm up a hill and halfway there a tarred road? becomes an enduro type rock filled crater!!  The incline was nothing special, but the loose fist-size rocks, strewed across a hard pack rock surface, turned it into a little bastard hill.

MrsMj, nailed it and got a good way up the hill! :o

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MJ who got out quick with the help of the WP (thanks to KTM), ran down to ride MrsMj's bike up as we could not afford any breaking bones!

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By now I was really, really, fucking tired, a Dakar is one heavy bike, ask me I know.  8)  My mouth was like a piece of bark, my tongue stuck to the back of my teeth!!

This was to be the first time on the trip I dropped my bike.  I knew what was happening, but there's nothing I could do about it.  The more tired you get, the more you loose concentration, the more difficult it becomes to ride the bike. Still Somewhere-Els and MrsMJ, surprised us, they rode like Dakar competitors, I could not believe they were doing this well under these circumstances.

1200's don't break easy, they sometimes get narcolepsy.  :D

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MJ helped to ride my bike up the rest of the way while I went down to get the Dakar up the hill.

Good god woman!!  She actually made it up halfway.  :headbang: :o A bit more practice and these two girls will keep up with us!

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The scenery from the top was just spectacular.  This is life, taste it, smell it, it's great, absolute joy and happiness.  LIFE IS JUST F-ING GREAT!  Tiredness and thirst got replaced by adrenalin and extreme pleasure.

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Where we came from:

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It did not go better onwards ‚?¶ it got worse, and we still had many miles of sand to cover for the day.  At least we had some good patches to pick up speed in between.

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We saw some real "half men's trees"

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This fucking sand just did not stop!  Every time you get out of one riverbed and there is one more.  Eventually we ended up at this water hole, but seeing that we are so close, according to the GPS, we decided not to take a break or a chance on the water.

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And then more sand ..  Maybe it was because I was so dead bloody tired, but it felt as if it went on forever.  And I was still picking up Somewhere-Els bike every now and then.  It was getting harder for her to keep the bike up right when it got off balance, when she got going again she nailed it just fine just don't stop Honey, don't stop!!! :D

MrsMJ by now was floating the DRZ like a pro enduro racer.  She really was in tune with the bike! :headbang:

(http://www.smugmug.com/photos/281770152_9BiXo-XL.jpg)


How de hell all of us, except MJ, passed this moerse big Gnaap nobody knows, what a beautiful plant.

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This girl is always as happy as a kid can be ‚?¶ :)

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Much later that day we booked in at Vioolsdrift Bushwhacked (Bozbafok) back-packers/camping site.  All of the hard work and pain and all we can show is this foto  the best effort of the barman, one lousy shitty out of focus picture, die twatwaffle!  ;D

But it does not matter, when we look at this picture we will forever remember the good times, hard work, sweat and joy of the girls first proper off road trip. It's just great having them share our biking passion with us. You girls rock ! :occasion14: :headbang:

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My first beer gave me brain freeze and throat lock, but man, it was great to feel Carling run down my throat.

We had plans to carry on through the Richterveld, but Vioolsdrift did not have any petrol, so our trip had to abruptly take a new direction.  MJ had their passports there and was able to source petrol from the Namibian side of the border.

As for Somewhere-Els and myself we had to ride for SteinKopf.  30km before Steinkopf the Dakar ran out of petrol and Mrs had to take the 1200 to get petrol.  She made it to Steinkopf with 9km left on the 1200 computer!!

The most important thing on any trip, PETROL!! make sure you always have enough.

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Best of all, planning for the next trip. ;)


Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: funacide on May 11, 2008, 11:26:24 pm
Lekker stuff Michnus... Some awesome riding there and hats off to the ladies for doing this  8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: bmad on May 12, 2008, 06:47:13 am
WOW :hello2: :hello2:
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 12, 2008, 07:42:37 am
 :headbang: :hello2: :hello2:

To the 3 ladies.... :notworthy: :notworthy:
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Kaboef on May 12, 2008, 07:57:56 am
Awesome guys, very nice.

Respect to the ladies for riding there. :o

Me, LS, and Butch did the same route, but in the other direction a year ago.
Its very tough going.

Bushwacked campsite is the best place ever! That bar - oh the memories!

Post the rest, come along now... ;D
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: LuckyStriker on May 12, 2008, 08:27:11 am
Excellent!!

that little hill with the loose rocks is a real bitch with these heavy bikes hey ;D particularly on a hot day

thanks for an awesome report and some really cool pics
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: michnus on May 12, 2008, 08:37:34 am
The people told us they had 145mm of rain the weeks prior, the most they had in years. It just made the ride more interesting.
 
Actually doing the Richtersveld is next, that's why we did the trip in the first place.  ;)
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Fidel on May 12, 2008, 08:43:30 am
Now thats living!

Do they breed the girls all as tuff in East London? Very impressive.

Was your route basically the Namaqua eco trail as marked on T4A?

Thanks for posting Mich, great report.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: michnus on May 12, 2008, 08:48:09 am
Yip, it was the same one as on the T4A route. We kept on the off road sections.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Fidel on May 12, 2008, 09:08:54 am
We also ran out out of time to do this sec. When was this and when are you going to the Richtersveld?
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: GS-holic on May 12, 2008, 09:19:11 am
Die report is befawk!!!

Well done Michnus/MJ - its stuff memories are made of, I can just imagine what it must've been like for the klein pikkewyntjie - she will remember that trip for the rest of her life.

PS: Riding with my daugters - my biggest fear is falling, even at low speed I've seen dire consequences - my poppies usually looks like padded balls when riding with me.  

Seeing your beautiful little MssMJ only wearing a cheap bicycle hemet and pink Wellingtons really made my palms sweaty - in fear of sounding like an uncalled for preacher boy, MJ please dress your little girl in proper ATGATT when riding, the harness will not save her beautifull little face in a spill.  I know this an uncalled for remark - so I do appologise if it offends you.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: tok-tokkie on May 12, 2008, 11:19:53 am
You guys have done some stuff that really scares me.  This one takes the cake.  Wives & child through THERE!  Bliksem.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Stofstreep on May 12, 2008, 01:40:43 pm
:o :o :o
Wow! Respect!

BTW Michnus, your Camera skills is def. not lacking!! Great shots there.
This is one route I dearly want to do.
Thanks
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: ROOI on May 12, 2008, 03:41:34 pm
:o :o :o
Wow! Respect!

BTW Michnus, your Camera skills is def. not lacking!! Great shots there.
This is one route I dearly want to do.
Thanks

U need a xr 650r first  ;D
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Metaljockey on May 12, 2008, 04:44:38 pm
Die report is befawk!!!

Well done Michnus/MJ - its stuff memories are made of, I can just imagine what it must've been like for the klein pikkewyntjie - she will remember that trip for the rest of her life.

PS: Riding with my daugters - my biggest fear is falling, even at low speed I've seen dire consequences - my poppies usually looks like padded balls when riding with me. 

Seeing your beautiful little MssMJ only wearing a cheap bicycle hemet and pink Wellingtons really made my palms sweaty - in fear of sounding like an uncalled for preacher boy, MJ please dress your little girl in proper ARGATT when riding, the harness will not save her beautifull little face in a spill.  I know this an uncalled for remark - so I do appologise if it offends you.

No worries, I don't offend easily.

She has a full face helmet that she uses around town. I decided to go with the bicycle helmet rather due to concerns about her neck and the weight of a motorcycle helmet. She is only 4 and still a bit of a jellyneck. Even the lightest motorcycle helmet weighs over a kilogram.

Falling is something I still have a lot of control over, but the bobbing, bouncing and weaving over terrain like that was a given.

I'll let her have bike boots once she starts using her feet to keep the bike up.

Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Spanner on May 12, 2008, 04:55:14 pm
Wow!!   Great ride, great pics.   O0
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Stofstreep on May 12, 2008, 04:58:04 pm
:o :o :o
Wow! Respect!

BTW Michnus, your Camera skills is def. not lacking!! Great shots there.
This is one route I dearly want to do.
Thanks

U need a xr 650r first  ;D
:D
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Clockwork Orange on May 12, 2008, 05:18:21 pm
MJ and Michnus....Bliksem that was a cool report...youguys always seem to come up with something special. Big respect to all 3 ladies...awesome stuff.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Jacko on May 13, 2008, 10:26:07 am
MJ and Michnus....Bliksem that was a cool report...youguys always seem to come up with something special. Big respect to all 3 ladies...awesome stuff.

+ 1 000 000

Fokkit. Respek. Fokkit.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Metaljockey on May 13, 2008, 11:36:38 am

While Michnus and wyfie were slabbing it...

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We were sweating our way through four sets of immigration to get fuel at Noordoewer and come back. The plan was to take two days to wind our way through the Richtersveld on a track that was followed by Sidetracked (Digital Dan) on their Orange Atlantic Adventure thread.

We finally got away and crossed into the Richtersveld Conservancy at 12:30. That of course was a mistake. The previous two days had the mercury at 35 degrees and when we left it was 35 already.

We did not have to go far to see that the heat was going to be an issue. Check out the spectacular lack of shade.

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Beautiful though.

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We decided to continue up to where we finally turn away from the Orange river and make a decision there. Where the canyon narrows the riding is dusty and difficult.

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Before we can get to our turn-off the temperature shoots up to 45 degrees.

We stop and hit the river to cool down.

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Kids; you have to admire their capacity for joy.

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We decide to turn back. In this heat and with no shade the margins are getting too thin, especially as the backup of the other two bikes is gone.

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On our way back Mrs Jockey spins out on a rocky climb and the bike falls on her leg. Nothing broken but confirmation that we were right to turn back.




The next day we opt for the normal Namaqua 4x4 route. Once again very entertaining sand until we finally climb up into the mountains.

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Pretty interesting stuff that grows here.

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We skirt Eksteensfontein and head for Port Nolloth, we will do the rest of the Richtersveld some other time, when we are better prepared.

To my vast surprise Port Nolloth is hidden in a black fog and the locals look at me funny when we pull in there and I'm only wearing a t-shirt. The temperature is 13 degrees at midday. And so it stays for the next two days while we take a break.

Here are some last pics,

Our view in Port Nolloth.

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Some oke must've realy liked his army days, (in Kommaggas)

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In Springbok I order the Namaqua Delicatessen which is described as a cheese, bread and biltong platter. I pictured something a little different.

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And lastly, on our last day, which was 6 hours of riding, at 16:00 in the afternoon, we again do the sand cha-cha. Just for old times sake.

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Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: bmad on May 13, 2008, 02:01:10 pm
Some stunning pics there.

:thumleft:
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Trailrider on May 15, 2008, 07:30:01 am
Very cool report!
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: edgy on May 15, 2008, 07:41:49 am
Thats really stunning...awesome guys and girls
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: MrBig on May 15, 2008, 08:40:16 am
"Namaqua Delicatessen "  :D :D

These small towns are a hoot!
A meal at the Calvinia "Hotel" still rates as the worst ever in all counts (even waiter).. ;D

Good on you guys - nice to see the whole family having fun.
That heat will work you though - eish..

And everyone laughed at me - but hey - we we're the ones laughing in the end!:




Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: michnus on May 15, 2008, 10:59:13 am
Mmmm..... we did had the discussion about your umbrella several times, on the trip.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Brakenjan on May 16, 2008, 07:45:04 am
Great report guys!!!!

Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on May 16, 2008, 05:22:41 pm
that is simply breath taking
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Raggety on May 17, 2008, 01:33:20 pm
Excellent guys and gals.  Gals (all three) You have guts.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Tubeless on May 18, 2008, 11:04:35 am
Thanks for sharing - you always seem to have the most fun? ??? >:D
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 24, 2008, 11:46:46 am
Michnus.....MJ....... :mwink:

This report does not seem finished to me..... ???
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Plothond on May 24, 2008, 12:05:55 pm
Michnus.....MJ....... :mwink:

This report does not seem finished to me..... ???

gaan was jou baaaik
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 24, 2008, 04:58:05 pm
Michnus.....MJ....... :mwink:

This report does not seem finished to me..... ???

gaan was jou baaaik
Washed...ok what now?
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Plothond on May 24, 2008, 06:59:20 pm
Michnus.....MJ....... :mwink:

This report does not seem finished to me..... ???

gaan was jou baaaik
Washed...ok what now?

myne ?
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: dustsucker on May 28, 2008, 04:25:14 pm
Every flippen pic on smugmug blocked by the firewall...damm that is frustrating especially when everyone else is saying how nice it is.  :dousing:
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: JABO on May 28, 2008, 04:37:16 pm
Great Report
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Lootch67 on June 05, 2008, 10:19:35 pm
Dayam! I've got to go ride there. Soon!! This ride report is gonna cause me sleepless nights. Awesome.

Pofadder... I was there on a school trip in the mid eighties. One of the English guys went to the shop to buy a packet of chips. So he gets to the counter and asks for a packet of chips to which the tannie behind the counter replies: "What vintage?"
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Rieks on June 06, 2008, 11:21:16 pm
Awesome - your kid is just so cool - i admire you for the guts to take her along. Well done! Nice report - great pics. thanks!
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: David van Breda on June 07, 2008, 01:50:48 pm
Absolutely awesome!
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Ned_da_biker on June 07, 2008, 04:03:41 pm
AWE-Freaken-SOME!!!!  :o
Your Girls kick ass MJ!
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Metaljockey on June 07, 2008, 07:33:51 pm
Thanks guys & Rieks.

It was a strange trip because we were prepared to abandon it on the first day. The longest she's been on a bike before was 40 odd minutes, and it wasn't off road. So we were hoping that she would settle in, otherwise we were going home.

Lucky for me it worked out splendidly.


Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Rieks on June 08, 2008, 11:55:19 am
We spoke about your trip at the Paradise rally last night - bumped (danced) into a few Wilddogs, Excalibur and friends. Tell us about the harnass and what would happen it you fall over in the sand - did you ever fall with her?
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Metaljockey on June 09, 2008, 06:35:22 pm
We spoke about your trip at the Paradise rally last night - bumped (danced) into a few Wilddogs, Excalibur and friends. Tell us about the harnass and what would happen it you fall over in the sand - did you ever fall with her?

No, I never fell. You tend to put a lot more effort into staying upright.

What would happen, don't know, don't intend to find out either. I suppose one must try to go down face first, which is the normal way in sand anyway.

I am only aware of one accident using this specific belt, a guy had a deerstrike but he stayed up and the kid wasn't thrown as he had been strapped in.


Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Rieks on June 10, 2008, 08:36:58 am
Thanks for that - i will shite myself anyway - you've got guts.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Plothond on June 19, 2008, 10:50:07 am
Fan-bloody-tastic. I just loved it.
Having re-read it for the third time, I just know why we do these things. The experiences are unforgettable

Riding through the Namibian town of Karasburg, I saw the sign to Onseepkans and thought of you chaps and just wanted to detour !!!

But that will have to be another time.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Metaljockey on April 30, 2009, 04:28:28 pm
Just read this again.

Damn, I want to go again. RIGHT NOW!

Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Matroos (aka JJred) on May 01, 2009, 06:56:12 am
First time I am reading this ... it just looks so great !!!

I think my June /July trip is going to be in this area. Seriously
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Tonteldoos on May 01, 2009, 05:54:59 pm
Only read this now, all I can say is "WOW"
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: charlw on May 02, 2009, 12:17:46 am
great trip - excellent photos. Shot! :thumleft:
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: BoJangels on May 02, 2009, 10:16:44 am
seriously cool  :thumleft: :thumleft:
great pics and report, thanks ;)
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: blazes on May 03, 2009, 04:35:06 pm
Bliksem's mooi en blerrie lekker by the looks of it :thumleft: Got these two pics from a friend asking if i wanted to join him and his friend on a ride there. Asked him WTF is Onseepkans. ??? NOW i need to go there. Nice report Michnus.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Spore on May 04, 2009, 11:53:11 am
Briljant en uniek!! Dankbaar dat ons julle avonture dmv julle RR kan beleef!! Sien uit na die volgende!! :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Baches on May 17, 2009, 01:41:44 pm
Dis nogal interresant waar Onseepkans se naam vandaan kom. Ons is laas jaar met die fietse daardeur op ons Namibia trip. Die boere het 'n vee suiping daar in die rivier gehad en sou dan se dit is ONS SUIPKANS en het toe in die volksmond Onseepkans geword. Daai 2 spoor sand pad lyk m@%r moeilik.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: EtienneXplore on July 24, 2009, 03:38:51 pm
Just re-read this report AGAIN !!!

AWESOME Trip guys and gals.

Inspirational I tell you!!

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Thanks for sharing your experiences.
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Wasp on July 24, 2009, 04:15:14 pm
Verlang nou sommer terug grens toe. Tx ;)
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: DirtRebell on July 24, 2009, 05:31:14 pm
This must have been a trip of note by the look of it. :thumleft:

I have just made a new inscription on my bucket-list.

What was the total distance covered on how long did it take you Michnus?

Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: michnus on July 24, 2009, 06:38:23 pm
This must have been a trip of note by the look of it. :thumleft:

I have just made a new inscription on my bucket-list.

What was the total distance covered on how long did it take you Michnus?



it took about a 4 or 5 days, to do the 400km from Upington to Vioolsdrif, we ran out of fuel and Vioolsdirft had no fuel so we had to turn back, the idea was to carry on towards Port Nolloth.
I have to go back and do it again and finish this trip the way we planned it from the start.

fok, I the smells the heat I want to go back!
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: DirtRebell on July 26, 2009, 09:11:42 am
This must have been a trip of note by the look of it. :thumleft:

I have just made a new inscription on my bucket-list.

What was the total distance covered on how long did it take you Michnus?



it took about a 4 or 5 days, to do the 400km from Upington to Vioolsdrif, we ran out of fuel and Vioolsdirft had no fuel so we had to turn back, the idea was to carry on towards Port Nolloth.
I have to go back and do it again and finish this trip the way we planned it from the start.

fok, I the smells the heat I want to go back!

I'm sure you do. What a disappointment if rides like this does not work out as planned. But as said, in retrospect, it gives you the excuse to have to go again!
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: fat b on July 27, 2009, 09:32:02 pm
Great RR !!! You really r brave taking a child along !! She will never forget it !
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: Brakenjan on July 30, 2009, 09:22:10 am
A timeless classic!!

The re-read was just as good as the first time. Thanks again!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: 63magic on July 30, 2009, 10:25:11 am
This must have been a trip of note by the look of it. :thumleft:

I have just made a new inscription on my bucket-list.

What was the total distance covered on how long did it take you Michnus?



it took about a 4 or 5 days, to do the 400km from Upington to Vioolsdrif, we ran out of fuel and Vioolsdirft had no fuel so we had to turn back, the idea was to carry on towards Port Nolloth.
I have to go back and do it again and finish this trip the way we planned it from the start.

fok, I the smells the heat I want to go back!

Hi Michnus and other WDs

This part from Onseepkans to Port Nolloth will form a part of my planned trip around the borders of SA this coming December/Jan (I am going to die of heat I know, but I only have leave in Dec!)

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=34730.0

Thanks for the great report and pics, gives me a good idea of what to expect... wanna join me?  ;D

Regards
M
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: michnus on July 30, 2009, 11:18:08 am
This must have been a trip of note by the look of it. :thumleft:

I have just made a new inscription on my bucket-list.

What was the total distance covered on how long did it take you Michnus?



it took about a 4 or 5 days, to do the 400km from Upington to Vioolsdrif, we ran out of fuel and Vioolsdirft had no fuel so we had to turn back, the idea was to carry on towards Port Nolloth.
I have to go back and do it again and finish this trip the way we planned it from the start.

fok, I the smells the heat I want to go back!

Hi Michnus and other WDs

This part from Onseepkans to Port Nolloth will form a part of my planned trip around the borders of SA this coming December/Jan (I am going to die of heat I know, but I only have leave in Dec!)

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=34730.0

Thanks for the great report and pics, gives me a good idea of what to expect... wanna join me?  ;D

Regards
M

Enjoy, please take pics and log it I need to go do it again, make sure you have water!  ;)
Title: Re: So we started at Onseepkans, do you know that place? (dialup beware)
Post by: ģ©errie on August 03, 2009, 03:40:24 pm
Now this is a route I cant wait to do, thanks for sharing