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Title: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Marvin on September 23, 2015, 10:15:47 am
I wish I could write amazing ride reports, like some dogs can. However, since I do not have the time I'd rather have the pictures do most of the talking. We left Stellenbosch around 14:00 Friday evening, heading to Ceres. Two XR650Ls, one 800GS, and one XT660Z. After a quick stop over in Rawsonville for amazing and cheap biltong we reached Ceres for fuel, and to wait for the 2nd XT660Z. From here it was over Theronsberg pas, and through Karoopoort, for a quick drink at the padstal.

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It started getting dark, and the last bit to the tented camp was done in the semi-dark.

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More to come...first do a bit of work.
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Marvin on September 23, 2015, 02:01:20 pm
After a great night around the fire, filled with Whiskey, Southern Comfort, beer, meat, pap en sous, good wine, and cigars, we packed up the tents. While paying our bills Hein (have I spelled this right?) told us he thought the rivers would be too high. He was the third person to tell us the rivers will be impassible. Luckily we didn't listen, because when we got there the rivers were not actually all that deep, and we managed to cross them easily. Before heading off we rode to the Africa Burn site.

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Even the flowers were still out, just for us!

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Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Marvin on September 23, 2015, 02:07:52 pm
Coming into the Biedouw valley was also incredibly pretty. The Postal Route has been on my bucket-list for quite some time, and it did not disappoint. It really has a bit of everything, motorcycling heaven!

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From here we took the road to Wupperthal, an on to Oasis for the night. Here I didn't take a lot of photos, because I've been there quite a few times.

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Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Marvin on September 23, 2015, 02:37:56 pm
Sunday was a bit of a screwup, in retrospect. We rode to Clanwilliam for petrol, and from there we hit the tar to Elandsbaai for lunch.

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The idea was to take the railroad service roads from Elandsbaai to Velddrift, and to make our way from there back to Stellenbosch. However, a few kms into the first section out of Elandsbaai one XTZ hit a rock, and got a snakebite puncture. I normally carry a bicycle pump, two spare tubes, and a patch kit. But, because the XTZ rider promised to bring a compressor I left the pump at home. So, here we are, stuck between niks en nerens, without a pump. It's fine, they say. They have foam tube filler. First can on, spray into the tube, just to have it come out the holes.
Off comes the wheel, and in goes the spare. Meanwhile, two 4X4s stopped, and we borrowed a compressor from them. After a few minutes inflating the wheel we realised we punctured the new tube while putting it in. Another screwup.
The 4X4ers decided that they couldn't help us anymore, so off they go. Out comes my patch kit to patch the original snakebite. From here we used the rest of the foam can to inflate the tire to 1.5bar, and off we go. Doing +/-90km/h on a semi flat tire was apparently too fast, and the patch came off 10kms down the road. Once again we were stuck.

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It was at this point we realised that someone did not pack the glue after they used it...and it was gone.  :eek7: One of us rode 3kms back to a farm stall, and luckily they could help us with glue. The first bit of good luck all day! Once again we patched the tube, waited 30mins for it to completely set, and inflated it with the last can of foam. If something went wrong again we were screwed. But this time it was 15:30, and we had been in the sun for more than three hours. We reached Velddrift, and decided to just take the fastest possible route home. From here we had some good luck, in the form of nothing going wrong.
Rolling into Stellenbosch just after dark the one XRL just died, and did not want to start again. Rather than struggle more, we just took a tiedown cable and I towed him the last few kms home.

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All in all, and apart from the last day, it was a great ride. The Postal route is definitely a must do!
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: shanti on September 23, 2015, 02:40:40 pm
Great RR - loved the little dwarf in the river crossing :)
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Marvin on September 23, 2015, 02:48:28 pm
Great RR - loved the little dwarf in the river crossing :)

 :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: shanti on September 23, 2015, 02:58:35 pm
I didn't t know they made DS bikes that fitted the little people , the one legged Basotho is also very funny at the other end of the river
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Marvin on September 23, 2015, 03:01:20 pm
I really cant stop laughing!  :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee: I showed your response to the little dwarf (a non WD). He did not enjoy it, his exact response was this: :middlefinger:
 :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 23, 2015, 03:53:08 pm
Thanks for doing the RR Marvin.
 -I'll post some of my pics too when I get a chance.
And thanks for a great time there. -what a ride!

 -R
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: adv on September 23, 2015, 05:14:17 pm
I definitely think the way you did it was slightly harder as you need to climb tra-tra pass(I think) and that can get a little technical. If you do it from Biedouw, you can nearly free all the way to stonehenge :D

I really want to do this again and then sommer sleep on the postal route. Somewhere around here.

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Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Marvin on September 24, 2015, 05:58:24 pm
I definitely think the way you did it was slightly harder as you need to climb tra-tra pass(I think) and that can get a little technical. If you do it from Biedouw, you can nearly free all the way to stonehenge :D

I really want to do this again and then sommer sleep on the postal route. Somewhere around here.


Strangely we didn't have any problems going up the Tra-tra pass. The two yammis had some hardship, but it was a result of their riders stopping halfway up, and then struggling to get going.  It would be quite cool to camp there. Back in the day before off road riding (4X4 and biking) was as big as it was (about 12 years ago), me, my father, and two brothers camped close to the river, in the bush (with the farmer's permission). It is still, to this day, one of my fondest memories.
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: adv on September 24, 2015, 06:57:20 pm
I definitely think the way you did it was slightly harder as you need to climb tra-tra pass(I think) and that can get a little technical. If you do it from Biedouw, you can nearly free all the way to stonehenge :D

I really want to do this again and then sommer sleep on the postal route. Somewhere around here.


Strangely we didn't have any problems going up the Tra-tra pass. The two yammis had some hardship, but it was a result of their riders stopping halfway up, and then struggling to get going.  It would be quite cool to camp there. Back in the day before off road riding (4X4 and biking) was as big as it was (about 12 years ago), me, my father, and two brothers camped close to the river, in the bush (with the farmer's permission). It is still, to this day, one of my fondest memories.

Donnerse Teneres kan ook nerens uit nie  >:D
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: 4 Kays on September 24, 2015, 07:04:36 pm
Thanks for sharing  :thumleft:

Feel the same as you when it comes to writing RR's  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: McOets on September 24, 2015, 10:55:07 pm
Nice one thanks for the share  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Crossed-up on September 25, 2015, 06:29:41 am
It's a great ride. Thanks for the report.
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: COLES on September 25, 2015, 07:10:45 am

great rr amazing pic,s thank u for sharing
little ruuuuuufffff for the toppies from p e
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 25, 2015, 09:46:16 am
Some of my pics from the ride...
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 25, 2015, 09:48:08 am
Tankwa Karoo Sunset, what a treat.
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 25, 2015, 09:49:58 am
Stonehenge, Tankwea Tented Camp
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 25, 2015, 09:55:20 am
Tankwa International Airport
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 25, 2015, 09:56:41 am
Old Postal Route
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 25, 2015, 09:58:21 am
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Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 25, 2015, 10:02:28 am
Up the hill
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 25, 2015, 10:03:57 am
Some flowers en route
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 25, 2015, 10:05:35 am
Heading for Oasis via Wupertal
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 25, 2015, 10:07:02 am
Oasis to Elandsbaai
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 25, 2015, 10:08:39 am
West coast troubles
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: adv on September 28, 2015, 10:41:14 pm
lekker pics dude!
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: MickeyT on September 28, 2015, 10:56:25 pm
Great RR!

On my bucket list!
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: pietas on September 29, 2015, 07:32:44 am
Looks like a lekker weekend.

And next time everybody will carry their own spares ...
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Warren Ellwood on September 29, 2015, 10:09:50 am
Awesome pictures, captures this amazing ride perfectly.


Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on September 30, 2015, 04:56:32 pm
Thanks Warren

I saw at the end of this week's episode of 'Look What You're Missing' (which I made an effort to watch as I don't normally watch any TV at all, and thoroughly enjoyed watching), that next weeks episode will cover the Old Postal Route.
 -I'm so excited to see a biking program filmed on a route that I've done!

 -R
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Marvin on September 30, 2015, 05:07:17 pm
I wish I could see it. Unfortunately, no DSTV.  ???
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Warren Ellwood on September 30, 2015, 05:52:43 pm
I wish I could see it. Unfortunately, no DSTV.  ???

Marvin, the episode will be uploaded on Friday for online viewing.

@raphaeltube, if there is one thing I could have filmed again, it will be the piece on the OPR. Its just so friggin awesome that I think the only way to experience it, is on a bike. No photos or film will ever really do it justice, and I am not sure that we have in this case.

We spent a whole amazing day with Oom Albie, who actually took us to see some stuff you probably would not find if you didn't know exactly where it was, and its not really on the Post Route itself so permissions are needed. Some of the time we rode, some he insisted we get in his Landrover, and after initially being a little sad I wasn't on the bike, when he started telling us things, that sadness soon evaporated. What an incredible man.

We in fact later got permission to go back to some of the places he took us, and knowing he wouldn't be around, it took me a bloody long time to find the stuff on Google Earth and turn it into routes because there are just so many tracks up there that were once used for thatch cutting and gathering.

So we didn't concentrate on the actual route only because we were shown so many wonders of nature. And then, on top of that, we had to shorten the program in the end, 3 eight minute segments is what you have, not a second more, or a second less for that matter  ;D.

Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Crossed-up on September 30, 2015, 08:26:00 pm
Stunning photos! I can't wait for the vid.

Oom Albie is the most hospitable man. Apart from it being good manners to stop and say hello, he is such an interesting man to meet.

I love the ride. It starts out in the Tankwa semi-desert and goes up to beautiful protea fynbos. A complete tour of the regional ecology in just a short ride.
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on October 01, 2015, 09:23:51 am
I wish I could see it. Unfortunately, no DSTV.  ???

Come watch at our place if you want.
 -the Sunday 21:00 slot works for me, but you're welcome to come watch any time.

 -R
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on October 01, 2015, 09:33:30 am

We spent a whole amazing day with Oom Albie, who actually took us to see some stuff you probably would not find if you didn't know exactly where it was, and its not really on the Post Route itself so permissions are needed. Some of the time we rode, some he insisted we get in his Landrover, and after initially being a little sad I wasn't on the bike, when he started telling us things, that sadness soon evaporated. What an incredible man.

We in fact later got permission to go back to some of the places he took us, and knowing he wouldn't be around, it took me a bloody long time to find the stuff on Google Earth and turn it into routes because there are just so many tracks up there that were once used for thatch cutting and gathering.

So we didn't concentrate on the actual route only because we were shown so many wonders of nature. And then, on top of that, we had to shorten the program in the end, 3 eight minute segments is what you have, not a second more, or a second less for that matter  ;D.


Could you share some details/locations and/or contact details for Oom Albie and/or other relevant landowners?

I'ts an area I'll definitely be visiting again sooner or later, and next time maybe we could check some of these gems out.
 -this time we just followed the route.
I can't speak for the others, but I didn't have much of an idea of where we were or what we were looking at. Just that it was amazing to be there.

 -R
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Marvin on October 01, 2015, 01:06:42 pm

We spent a whole amazing day with Oom Albie, who actually took us to see some stuff you probably would not find if you didn't know exactly where it was, and its not really on the Post Route itself so permissions are needed. Some of the time we rode, some he insisted we get in his Landrover, and after initially being a little sad I wasn't on the bike, when he started telling us things, that sadness soon evaporated. What an incredible man.

We in fact later got permission to go back to some of the places he took us, and knowing he wouldn't be around, it took me a bloody long time to find the stuff on Google Earth and turn it into routes because there are just so many tracks up there that were once used for thatch cutting and gathering.

So we didn't concentrate on the actual route only because we were shown so many wonders of nature. And then, on top of that, we had to shorten the program in the end, 3 eight minute segments is what you have, not a second more, or a second less for that matter  ;D.


Could you share some details/locations and/or contact details for Oom Albie and/or other relevant landowners?

I'ts an area I'll definitely be visiting again sooner or later, and next time maybe we could check some of these gems out.
 -this time we just followed the route.
I can't speak for the others, but I didn't have much of an idea of where we were or what we were looking at. Just that it was amazing to be there.

 -R
Raph, oom Albie was there where we passed over the werf. My plan was to stop and say properse hi to the oom, but he was having a braai with his family when we passed through there.
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: Frannarossi on October 01, 2015, 02:51:16 pm
Baie nice foudies :thumleft:
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: raphaeltube on October 01, 2015, 04:07:12 pm

Raph, oom Albie was there where we passed over the werf. My plan was to stop and say properse hi to the oom, but he was having a braai with his family when we passed through there.

OK, lekka
Have you got his contact details?
Title: Re: Yet another Old Postal: 12/09/2015
Post by: jimjim on October 11, 2015, 01:21:18 pm
Very, very nice.