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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Minxy on January 13, 2019, 08:50:02 pm

Title: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 13, 2019, 08:50:02 pm
Over Christmas time we had a few days off. My dad invited us to come and visit in Ellisras. We thought, cool, lets do that, we'll leave from our humble abode in Pretoria, via a detour to Tzaneen to go to Ellisras. I quickly plotted a route for us, choosing as many smaller off the beaten track paths as I could. I'd be riding my 701 and HSK decided to take the mighty 950SE.

(https://i.postimg.cc/1RF7sH4f/47578955-10156923020676972-8567310022839631872-o.jpg)

Airfilters were cleaned, bikes were made ready. I totally know what I'm doing :P

(https://i.postimg.cc/B6rh287S/48412623-10156965667411972-1504441913242025984-n.jpg)

Kiet helped us pack our bags. My Husky would be pulling the Xmas sled with all the presents for the family in my top bag.

Back to the route, we head out of Pretoria early on Saturday the 22nd of Dec. The roads are busy with holiday goers and we are just too glad to hit the first dirt roads out Pretoria East way. The first interesting piece of road is one of our old time favourites in the area, Loods Swaai, which is a sandy two track road with a lil water crossing near Rhenosterkopdam.

(https://i.postimg.cc/br1mgz4Q/48386448-10156965667331972-6128817030293356544-n.jpg)

I didn't take many other photos during this part of the trip, we had all kinds of different dirt roads, some sandy, some interesting, some not, heading towards Marble Hall where we'd stop for fuel. The town was BUSY, all the roads were full of travelers heading off to see their families for the festive season. We waited a while, got fuel. Thought about going to the Wimpy for some brunch (we hadn't eaten anything yet), but decided against it as there were just too many people about, didn't want to get our bags stolen off of our bikes... We decide we'll rather get something further up and head north into the vast trust lands in the Jane Furse area. We still had a long day ahead (wanting to do Orrie Baragwanath pass as well on our way up).
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: MonkeyNot on January 13, 2019, 09:34:52 pm
Keep it coming. Loodswaai pad is awesome!

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Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 13, 2019, 09:35:55 pm
I enjoy riding through the trust lands, there are almost no fences, there isn't much maintenance going on on the roads (great for us adventure travelers) and you get to see a real side of Africa, not the pretty polished side we get to see in our main cities. The dirt roads were busy and we passed a couple of Mercedes's on the rocky tracks. Made me think of something one of our friends always used to say; "Nah, this road is not bad at all, you could drive this with your Mercedes" and heck, then the road would end up being pretty f*cken bad :P

When I was planning the route on Tracks4Africa, I saw this interesting little track going through the mountain. I looked at it on Google maps briefly and thought, eh, it should be ok, we don't suck too much at riding our bikes so I guess...

(https://i.postimg.cc/PqL9ZkfM/Unknown-Pass-near-Steelpoort.png)

Anyway, this started out as a pretty normal dirt road (with Mercedes's and just a few rocks) near the start, when we passed those it started getting even more rocky and loose. We kept climbing until we were right on top of this mysterious pass. This had supposedly been the place of some historical battle between the Pedi and the British many moons ago. If you are a gigantic nerd like me you'll enjoy reading this piece of history on the area:

https://www.sahistory.org.za/article/pedi-anglo-pedi-wars-1876-1879 (https://www.sahistory.org.za/article/pedi-anglo-pedi-wars-1876-1879)

There had supposedly even been some restoration efforts to preserve the history in this historical pass, but we saw no remnants of that. The pass is forgotten now.

(https://i.postimg.cc/mrQqVyMc/DSC-2090.jpg)
I live for finding beautiful places like this.

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Rocky and rough. Luckily I wrapped the more valuable Xmas presents between some of my clothing.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y9MPPLfd/DSC-2092.jpg)

Most of the pass looks like this, some of the descents were quite steep, the camera doesn't do it justice. We did the pass West to East in a downwards direction.



I put together a video of this mysterious pass from HSK's helmet cam. Rocks, rocks, rocks! Rocks rock :biggrin: There were also some sandy bits with dry riverbed crossings. And in one not so dry river crossing, we find a truck. This is literally in the middle of nowhere. HSK asked if they need help, but honestly I am glad they didn't take us up on that offer as we still had a long way to go and trying to push a truck in knee deep mud wouldn't have been a very constructive use of our time ???

With Orrie Baragwanath pass still waiting, and quite a distance to go to reach Tzaneen, we continue North, to the Southern approach to the OB pass.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 13, 2019, 10:19:51 pm
At the bottom of the "Mysterious Pass", I look behind me and don't see HSK. I go back about 100m and he's sitting under a lonely thorn tree busy getting his puncture kit out. SIGH! Oh well, we haven't eaten yet so we have a protein bar each. It is absolutely scorching hot and the day isn't getting any longer so we get to work. Teamwork makes the dream work and the tube is changed. The rimlock however gives us a bit of a headache as it won't pop back properly into place after the tube is inflated. Oh well, we'll just bash it back with a rock or something if it gets in the way, taking the tube out again will just be too agonizing.

We continue with some mixed tar/dirt roads and head into this very interesting section:

(https://i.postimg.cc/HL8g4MWR/maporrie.png)

Now at the time it made more sense to plot the route like this, instead of going the traditional way (with the lots of tar past Mamatsha village) to OB pass. What I didn't realize when plotting the route though, as it appears to be a "normal" gravel road that we are following, is that there is NO MENTION on T4A of a physical water crossing through the Olifants river... I mean heck, I thought there would be some low water bridge or something... Nope...

Please take caution if you do want to go this way. The road leading there was absolutely beautiful, following some old fence line, an old broken border to the park? However to our utmost disappointment, when we reached the section that crosses the river, there was no bridge, nada, nothing... We were met with the Olifants river in full force. There was just too much water and it was impossible to cross. We looked at our options, and decided it would be the safest to turn around, take the LONG ASS detour and cross over into the Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve from the traditional approach, where there is an actual road and bridge going over the river. We saddle up and add nearly 80km to our trip just to get on the right track again. It was really depressing as OB pass was less than 10km (as the crow flies) away from where we stopped!!!  >:( Oh well, we'll come do this again in the dryer season.

Anyway, we saddle up and get rolling again, it is now late afternoon and we still need to ascend the Orrie Baragwanath pass to Tzaneen before they close their gates to us.

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Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Ri on January 13, 2019, 10:35:32 pm
 :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: evansv on January 14, 2019, 05:07:09 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Karel84 on January 14, 2019, 06:38:04 am
Sub!

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Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: ROOI on January 14, 2019, 08:45:46 am
Lekka did this exact route April 2018 also turned around at the river crossing as I chickened out not wanting to drown the 990 with only 2 of us  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Matewis on January 14, 2019, 08:50:42 am
SUB
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: sidetrack on January 14, 2019, 09:19:49 am
Nice one, I first came across that pass with no name in 2007. In 2016 I went there again with the 660. Great views from the top and I never knew about it's connection with the Pedi wars. Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 14, 2019, 09:42:16 am
A little warm up for Orrie Baragwanath pass. This is video footage I put together from our trip there in 2017. I was on the Africa Twin DCT, our friend was on his 1200 GS and HSK was on his 990. I had the drone that time and managed to really capture the scenery as well.


OB 2017

All I'm going to say is... The pass REALLY worsened in just the one year since we rode it last. More to come.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Ri on January 14, 2019, 10:34:42 am
I've forgotten how beautiful the northern parts of South Africa are - I once worked for a law proffie at UP and we used to travel there regularly for workshops.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: w@nted on January 14, 2019, 11:18:19 am
Great report! Any fueling issues on the Husky this time round?
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 14, 2019, 11:49:15 am
Great report! Any fueling issues on the Husky this time round?

Hey, no not this time ;D We did however install an additional little filter coming from the Rade underseat tank though, just before it gets routed into the main tank. I'd still like to fit something extra, like the guglatech, but it doesn't seem to fit nicely into the Husky's rear tank, makes fueling difficult, we'll still see what we'll do there.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 14, 2019, 11:51:02 am
Nice one, I first came across that pass with no name in 2007. In 2016 I went there again with the 660. Great views from the top and I never knew about it's connection with the Pedi wars. Thanks for the info.

It is such an awesome pass! Super scenic and even a bit technical, some sections reminded me of Bezuidenhouts pass. Can't believe almost nobody knows about it. I gave the info through to Mountain Passes SA and they said they are actually busy doing a write up on it, lets see :)
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: w@nted on January 14, 2019, 11:52:27 am
Great report! Any fueling issues on the Husky this time round?

Hey, no not this time ;D We did however install an additional little filter coming from the Rade underseat tank though, just before it gets routed into the main tank. I'd still like to fit something extra, like the guglatech, but it doesn't seem to fit nicely into the Husky's rear tank, makes fueling difficult, we'll still see what we'll do there.

That is great news! Awesome bikes!

I have fitted guglatech filters in my rade and oem tanks. Hopefully it will help prevent pump issues. Sorry for the hijack!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: sidetrack on January 14, 2019, 01:43:37 pm
I've forgotten how beautiful the northern parts of South Africa are - I once worked for a law proffie at UP and we used to travel there regularly for workshops.
Limpopo has some of the best of the beaten path riding in SA. Mountain passes, forests, lots of rocks and river crossings it has it all.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: 0012 on January 14, 2019, 04:20:41 pm
schweet, sub, gooi nog   :sip:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 14, 2019, 09:55:21 pm
After a reluctant, long detour via the tar to the start of the pass (because of the silly Olifants river being in the way...), we finally start to climb the Orrie Baragwanath pass. If you've never been up OB pass before, put it on your bucket list now!!! Some years ago when I just joined the WD forum, this was one of the places I saw in somebody's RR and put it on my own bucket list. This is the third time we have revisited this place since, once in the 4x4, and now twice on the bikes. I hope to be back even more times in the future, this place is magical.

(https://i.postimg.cc/FKNJ9Sjw/DSC-2109.jpg)     (https://i.postimg.cc/wMsyjQ3c/DSC-2102.jpg)

The first stretch of the pass (500m or so), is tough, loose, rocky and unrelenting. There's no warm up, you pretty much start immediately going up rocks, rocks and more rocks. If you stop and lose your momentum, you will have a bad time... So we didn't stop, we kept going until we had a flatter section of road to stop for a breather. HSK and I just looked at each other, like wow... This is WAY tougher than it was back in 2017. No way would I want to be on my AT going up here, it was challenging even on the 701.

(https://i.postimg.cc/7b8CGJ2v/DSC-2100.jpg)

What you can see on the photos are the "easier" parts where it is actually possible to stop and get going again :P

(https://i.postimg.cc/XY6FXmfZ/DSC-2103.jpg)

The view, incredible. The only scary part is there are no barriers, after the edge you are met with a sheer vertical drop. On many sections of the pass the road is better on the side near the ledge, it is quite terrifying riding so near the edge, especially in the more technical sections.

Just a few years ago a very "lucky" GS 1200 rider fell down the pass and landed with his bike in a tree just below the ledge. He fell before they climbed too high up the pass and it was still possible to do a recovery with a local bakkie which towed the bike back out :o Not something you want to think about when your bike is bouncing over the rocks near the point of no return...

(https://i.postimg.cc/pV9qjNFk/DSC-2107.jpg)

HSK styling it up the pass. Just before we got to the gate, as if our day wasn't long enough, another small disaster struck. As HSK stops next to me and we take another breather, we see fuel leaking from his tank. SHIT! We already barely have enough fuel to get to Tzaneen because of the detour, we can't waste a single drop. HSK immediately jumps off and tries to see what is wrong. It seems to be leaking out from where the fuel pump is situated. Upon further inspection we see the clamp had cut into the fuel pipe. We decide to ride up to the gate of the park just around the corner and do repairs.

(https://i.postimg.cc/dV8yP6T8/DSC-2111.jpg)

We get to the gate of the Lekgalameetse park and sign the book. With it being Xmas and all we also give the two guards a R50 present each. Shame, they sit there in the middle of nowhere for days, weeks, months, years on end? I asked the guards when did the pass get so bad? They said they had A LOT of rain the past week. Just our luck I guess. There are also never any repairs done to this road, except some rocks which are packed/compacted by the 4x4 clubs that visit the area every now and then. At this rate it will become quite the challenge to ride one day.

While we wait on our paperwork to be completed, HSK pulls out the broken fuel pipe and cuts some spare which we have in our toolkit to replace the broken bit. It's 16h30 and the gate in the park closes at 18h00. Not much time to mess around, we need to get moving.

(https://i.postimg.cc/C5W8G69Q/DSC-2118.jpg)

This is your reward for completing the OB pass. One of the most beautiful views in the world :)

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I marked an old farmhouse on my T4A, we didn't have much time but decided we'll go check it out quick quick. We followed a very overgrown path to this forgotten old ruin.

(https://i.postimg.cc/NMn2tzGj/DSC-2119.jpg)

This place gave me the creeps a little bit, especially with it getting late we didn't want to hang around much longer and got moving again.

(https://i.postimg.cc/3wnDSwPp/DSC-2120.jpg)

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Another ruin further up. This must have been the most beautiful place once upon a time.

We were taking it quite slow on the last piece, the little two track road we were following was extremely slippery... In 2017 my AT did a complete 180 in the mud, our friend on his GS1200 also had a slip, this time we said we'd take it easy. We pass a bakkie with game rangers, notice how there are suddenly a bunch of cattle in the park walking around with the zebra and eland. Locals are moving in I guess?

I stop briefly as I don't see HSK behind me. I wait a few minutes thinking he might have stopped to speak to the rangers, but no, he shouldn't be taking so long. I turn around and go back to find HSK down in the mud. Eish! It's so slippery we both slip and slide around trying to pick up the bike. And of course, as Murphy always has it, HSK falls with his ribs on the only random log. He's hurt a bit, but says he's fine to continue. We get going again and make it just in time before the gate closes at the bottom of the park.

We do another short stretch on the dirt roads, eventually climbing on the R36 heading to Tzaneen. To put the cherry on top of the cake, HSK's headlight decided it's going to stop working. It is getting dark quickly and the traffic is BAD. People are driving like complete twats and it is slow going, even on the bike.

We eventually make it into Tzaneen, get some fuel (those reserve lights had been on for a lil while...) and we put in the GPS coordinates for our accommodation, Oppie Oewer Chalets. The GPS takes us completely the wrong way, and it is now pitch black. HSK's headlight refuses to work, we still haven't eaten.. It has been a long day! We call Gerrit, from Oppie Oewer accommodation and he sends us a pin. I ride right next to HSK in the dark and he operates the phone while riding. We get to where we think it is and see nothing. Then suddenly we hear a two stroke, and see the little 300's headlight! Gerrit's son has come to fetch us outside their spot in the dark. Yay, salvation! We get to our accommodation, introductions are made, and another ride for tomorrow is discussed over dinner. We were so starved as we've only had a protein bar each to eat all day. Gerrit and family are fantastic hosts and we are soon sleeping like babies with the calming sound of the river at our chalet.

Total distance for the day, I think just over 620km? :)
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: MRK Miller on January 15, 2019, 05:15:37 am
Awesome. Deffinitly on my bucket list. Also have that forgotten pass in mind. Would you mind posting your map
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Oubones on January 15, 2019, 05:32:35 am
Nice report, Nice area.
Seeing as you enjoy the mud so much, have you ever gone riding in Venda's mountains?
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 15, 2019, 06:41:40 am
Awesome. Deffinitly on my bucket list. Also have that forgotten pass in mind. Would you mind posting your map

I'll share route file right at end of ride report :)
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 15, 2019, 06:42:43 am
Nice report, Nice area.
Seeing as you enjoy the mud so much, have you ever gone riding in Venda's mountains?

Haven't had a chance yet, still so many places to visit! :D
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 15, 2019, 09:22:17 am
Looks as if it was very hot!! :eek7:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Mikie on January 15, 2019, 11:00:35 am
I Did OB Pass once, in the opposite direction to what you guys did, it did not leave me with the desire to go back and do it again
It was HARD, really HARD
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on January 15, 2019, 03:09:15 pm
I Did OB Pass once, in the opposite direction to what you guys did, it did not leave me with the desire to go back and do it again
It was HARD, really HARD

I did it the "correct" way - the way Minxy & HSK did it - in August last year on a XR650L with Halfdaft - it was just about one of my bestest ride ever!
I would hate to do it on a GS though....  :o

Minxy - here is the bridge over the Olifants river - appears that it was washed away.....
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: RobC on January 15, 2019, 03:11:56 pm
Now that was a RR. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: punisher on January 15, 2019, 05:24:14 pm
 O0
very lekerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr RR
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 15, 2019, 09:00:24 pm
I Did OB Pass once, in the opposite direction to what you guys did, it did not leave me with the desire to go back and do it again
It was HARD, really HARD

I did it the "correct" way - the way Minxy & HSK did it - in August last year on a XR650L with Halfdaft - it was just about one of my bestest ride ever!
I would hate to do it on a GS though....  :o

Minxy - here is the bridge over the Olifants river - appears that it was washed away.....

Shit, I see what you mean. I was told that the river can still be crossed though, you just have to go when it hasn't been raining so much. I wonder how long ago that bridge had washed away.

Now that was a RR. :thumleft:

(https://yourdiamondteacher.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/BUT-WAIT-THERES-MORE.jpg)
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 15, 2019, 09:30:50 pm
We wake up after a good nights sleep, have an awesome breakfast and explore our surroundings a bit. Gerrit and family really have an adventure biking haven here. Be sure to visit if you are in the Tzaneen area! :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/GtpVbPGh/DSC-2179.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/W3TxHc4Z/DSC-2177.jpg)

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During breakfast Gerrit asks us where we'd like to go and ride and offers to be our guide. Shall we do something easy going, or? Well... HSK and I look at each other and say; "hit us up with something exciting"... Cool, done deal.

TODAY WE RIDE TO THE IRON CROWN.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 15, 2019, 10:57:42 pm
We mounted up, Gerrit and Gerrit Junior would be riding the 990 and 300 respectively.
A little bit of info on Gerrit for those who haven't had the honour of meeting him yet :D His wheelies are AMAZING!!! Also he's an absolute hooligan on a bike, but we love it that way and immediately enjoyed all the father and son biking antics we experienced. Another thing about Gerrit, he knows the Tzaneen area like the back of his hand and has all the forestry and park permits to access just about any place on the map. Very handy if you are into riding off the beaten track ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wvrcsDnB/DSC-2125.jpg)

AWWWW NO MISTER FROGGY!!! What are you even doing there!? I stop and release this little stowaway before we hit the first dirt road for the day.

(https://i.postimg.cc/9MB062YH/DSC-2128.jpg)

We ride through a maze of beautiful forest roads.

(https://i.postimg.cc/L8VWg0D6/DSC-2131.jpg)

Stopping by the stream at an old picnic spot.

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Our gang :D

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This part was tricky. It was like snot! Bikes kept slipping and sliding all over the place. Difficult to climb up here in the the wet.

(https://i.postimg.cc/w38Xwgq8/DSC-2137.jpg)

This is right on top of the Wolkberg Nature Reserve.

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A beautiful track through the Wolkberg mountains.

(https://i.postimg.cc/pdX6fYcQ/DSC-2152.jpg)

The tracks we ride are muddy, rocky, rutted, washed away in places and not to mention... steep. There's a climb or two which make some of OB pass pale in comparison. The scenery though, breathtaking, every kilometer of the way.

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5RfPvN2/DSC-2146.jpg)     (https://i.postimg.cc/G2vG96PX/DSC-2158.jpg)

 ;D ;D ;D

(https://i.postimg.cc/gjSVP8Hp/Untitled.png)

Now this was tricky. I took these screenshots from a video so quality isn't that good. It's a long shallow river crossing with plenty of stones under the water you just can't see.

(https://i.postimg.cc/3NJX6np9/Untitled1.png)

I had a disagreement with one of these silly rocks and fell into the lovely cool water, luckily my bike didn't get submerged and I could just pick it up and continue, PHEW! ;D

(https://i.postimg.cc/NMt78gj3/Untitled2.png)

HSK's turn.

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Like a boss!

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Such beautiful views.

On one of the forestry roads, near Iron Crown mountain, Gerrits 990's radiator gets hit by a rock. It's leaking, oh no! He says his son will take us up the rest of the way, and he'll free his bike down towards the main road where his wife can pick him up with the bakkie. We agree and offer to tow him if he doesn't make it down. But first, we continue onward to the summit.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: JonW on January 16, 2019, 07:47:19 am
Great trip Minxy, this is what adventure riding is all about.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Superboet on January 16, 2019, 07:53:47 am
Great report
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: ROOI on January 16, 2019, 10:05:46 am
Beatifull  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: >Herman< on January 16, 2019, 10:56:28 am
NICE!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Sheepman on January 16, 2019, 12:17:19 pm
Very good stuff  ;)
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Rexc-w on January 16, 2019, 07:19:33 pm
Lekker report Minxy. 

We rode that little secret pass on our 2017 trip and I did it twice last year.  Last time up and down.  Stunning section.

In 2017 we crossed the Olifants easy where you had to turn around.  In Sept/Oct 2018 we managed to cross but with a bit more effort.  Both water and soft sand on the river banks. Had good fun.
There is an alternative crossing for when the river is too high - minimum tar involved to cross over a weir not too far. Keep this in mind for future needs. Then you go via Dublin to start of OB.

We hit rain at the bottom as we started OB. Somewhat interesting with luggage and pillion.  And super slippery at the top on the clay surface. We did the slippery clay split once near the top. All doable at the end.

I love the area and plenty of riding to do :thumleft:

I have videos and photos, but too kind of clueless to upload and share.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 16, 2019, 09:09:25 pm
HSK tows Gerrit (the radiator broke on the 990) up to a point where he'd be able to free his bike downhill and get his wife with the bakkie further up on the main road. Gerrit Junior would take us to the summit of the Iron Crown.

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Just before we turn off to go to the summit.

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The road is fairly rough and rocky, up to a point where we reach the concrete strips. We ride past a forestry lookout point. I nearly think we are at the top. No, it's still higher up, says Gerrit Junior.

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The last stretch to the summit of the Iron Crown is very steep, off camber and hugely intimidating. We stop at the bottom, HSK's ribs still hurt from his fall in the clay/mud on top of OB pass the previous day, he's a bit short of breath but says he'll go first. HSK gets halfway before he gets a terrible stabbing pain in his side. His ribs! I don't think doing this type of technical riding is helping for the pain :( Gerrit Junior rides up on his 300, hops off and assists. HSK gets to the top and catches a breather. HSK doesn't let his sore ribs get in the way though and is ready to continue.

Meanwhile I am still looking at how to approach this last climb. Gerrit Junior rides down and tells me it's ok, it's not far to the top, I can walk up if I don't want to risk it. "No, I have to do this." I take a deep breath, I commit, I pick a line, I go, I make it, I am on top of the world!

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We rise and conquer the Iron Crown.

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Our reward? The most beautiful view from a place in the clouds. The Iron Crown is the highest point in Limpopo at around 2000m.

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HSK goes first, I follow.

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When we get lower down, Gerrit Junior's 300 starts to sputter. He's had problems with the sparkplug before and brought a spare, he's convinced it must be playing up again. A little something about Gerrit Junior, he's a fantastic rider and knows how to work on his bike. He quickly changes the sparkplug and we can continue again.

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We reach the main road and get Gerrit and Alta with the bakkie. Junior agrees with dad to take us the rest of the way, there's still a bit of the route left that they'd love us to see. Unfortunately the 300 starts sputtering again further down :( Before we know it 50% of the KTM's are on the back of the bakkie :peepwall:

We make a new plan. Junior will ride pillion with me and show us how to get to the lunch stop, it's not far. Alta and Gerrit will go back home and Gerrit will fetch his GS1200 to show us the rest of the route. The plan works like a charm, I lift Junior (who immediately grabs hold of my chest as we pull away :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: ) I have my armour on so it doesn't really matter lol, but I push his hands down and remind him he's riding with a lady ::) I think he was very, very embarrassed hahahahahah!!! We had such a good chuckle!  :imaposer:

At lunch Gerrit shows up with his BMW and shows us the rest of the route. It is mostly easy going from here, riding all along the Ebenezer dam and taking some scenic back roads to Tzaneen.

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Words cannot describe the natural beauty of this area. These are some of the biggest trees I've ever seen. Just look at HSK in the photo for scale!

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We return to Oppie Oewer, take a shower and get changed. It has been another long day, with some hard, albeit awesome riding! :D

Gerrit tells us to come, we're in for another treat. Who could have fathomed!? A romantic sunset cruise on the river :love3:

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Ai ai captain!!!

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After having some delicious home cooked dinner with our hosts, we start packing our bags and preparing for the next leg of our trip. Tzaneen to Ellisras, via Polokwane and the trust lands.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 16, 2019, 09:20:31 pm
Lekker report Minxy. 

We rode that little secret pass on our 2017 trip and I did it twice last year.  Last time up and down.  Stunning section.

In 2017 we crossed the Olifants easy where you had to turn around.  In Sept/Oct 2018 we managed to cross but with a bit more effort.  Both water and soft sand on the river banks. Had good fun.
There is an alternative crossing for when the river is too high - minimum tar involved to cross over a weir not too far. Keep this in mind for future needs. Then you go via Dublin to start of OB.

We hit rain at the bottom as we started OB. Somewhat interesting with luggage and pillion.  And super slippery at the top on the clay surface. We did the slippery clay split once near the top. All doable at the end.

I love the area and plenty of riding to do :thumleft:

I have videos and photos, but too kind of clueless to upload and share.

When we see each other again you must show us! I remember seeing some of your photos on facebook. I would love to know exactly where that crossing you are referring to on the Olifants river is, that could have saved us a lot of time  ;D
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: sidetrack on January 16, 2019, 09:34:24 pm
Thanks Minxy brings back great memories, Limpopo is a special place. Feels like Africa proper but not that far from GP. Must make a plan to return soon.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: MRK Miller on January 16, 2019, 09:46:10 pm
Nice report, Nice area.
Seeing as you enjoy the mud so much, have you ever gone riding in Venda's mountains?

now that must be something to do. Did a hike there, a long time ago and it is absolutely awesome area
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: MRK Miller on January 16, 2019, 09:56:44 pm
Lekker report Minxy. 

We rode that little secret pass on our 2017 trip and I did it twice last year.  Last time up and down.  Stunning section.

In 2017 we crossed the Olifants easy where you had to turn around.  In Sept/Oct 2018 we managed to cross but with a bit more effort.  Both water and soft sand on the river banks. Had good fun.
There is an alternative crossing for when the river is too high - minimum tar involved to cross over a weir not too far. Keep this in mind for future needs. Then you go via Dublin to start of OB.

We hit rain at the bottom as we started OB. Somewhat interesting with luggage and pillion.  And super slippery at the top on the clay surface. We did the slippery clay split once near the top. All doable at the end.

I love the area and plenty of riding to do :thumleft:

I have videos and photos, but too kind of clueless to upload and share.

Well noted thank you
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 17, 2019, 10:29:33 am
Lekker report Minxy. 

We rode that little secret pass on our 2017 trip and I did it twice last year.  Last time up and down.  Stunning section.

In 2017 we crossed the Olifants easy where you had to turn around.  In Sept/Oct 2018 we managed to cross but with a bit more effort.  Both water and soft sand on the river banks. Had good fun.
There is an alternative crossing for when the river is too high - minimum tar involved to cross over a weir not too far. Keep this in mind for future needs. Then you go via Dublin to start of OB.

We hit rain at the bottom as we started OB. Somewhat interesting with luggage and pillion.  And super slippery at the top on the clay surface. We did the slippery clay split once near the top. All doable at the end.

I love the area and plenty of riding to do :thumleft:

I have videos and photos, but too kind of clueless to upload and share.

When we see each other again you must show us! I remember seeing some of your photos on facebook. I would love to know exactly where that crossing you are referring to on the Olifants river is, that could have saved us a lot of time  ;D

Aha! I found the bridge :biggrin: Noted this for next time. If we just continued more east from where we stopped we could have reached it. Problem is if you don't know beforehand and there's no cellphone reception, it's too much of a risk running out of fuel to go off exploring with no set route. Oh well, next  time! :D

https://goo.gl/maps/NHYFcCnuA5u (https://goo.gl/maps/NHYFcCnuA5u)
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Rexc-w on January 17, 2019, 11:18:03 am
Jip that is the backup route. First option is the adventurous one.

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Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 19, 2019, 11:22:04 pm
The time has come to leave the beautiful Tzaneen area, and cozy Oppie Oewer where we had an amazing stay with Gerrit and family.

I plotted an interesting route going east towards Polokwane, the first part going through the Woodbush Forest reserve. Gerrit mentioned they probably wouldn't let us through though as it's forestry roads and there's a boom gate. He offered to ride along for the first part of the trip. Bikes are packed, we say our goodbyes and get going with Gerrit as our guide one last time :)

There's a bit of tar, before we eventually get onto dirt again. There are indeed guards at the boom gate, but they know Gerrit so just nod and let us past. Luckily it is not as slippery as last time through the forest and we stop to view a very interesting tree. This whole place looks like a jungle. The road is twisty and we take it slow and just take in the beauty of the place.

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Gerrit takes us a bit off track to show us this beautiful waterfall, his daughter actually got married here. It is quite the local secret and didn't even appear on my map.

We stop to put in fuel at Haenertburg. This is also where we say our goodbyes to Gerrit. What an awesome time we've had visiting them at Oppie Oewer.

I didn't stop to take many photos on our way to Polokwane, there were many dirtroads. I remember a very bumpy one with plenty of jumps just after Haenertburg where I think I lost my bag (more on that later). The roads were also busy, it was the 24th of December, and many travelers like us were scurrying along to get to their family's on time.

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Some of the beautiful landscapes we rode through following some forgotten two track near Polokwane.

It was somewhere at a T-Junction just before Polokwane HSK asked me. Where is your top bag? I was like HUH? Looked behind me and BAM... My bag with all the Xmas presents was gone. My heart just sank immediately :( We wondered what to do. There were so many people on the road, and taxi's. There's no way we'd be able to find it. We don't even know how far back it could have fallen. The last 100km wasn't even technical or bumpy or anything, how could it have fallen? I see the cableties I'd reinforced the bag with have broken, the cargo net is hanging and hasn't fallen off though, at least I've got that.
I felt really bad about losing the bag! The Xmas presents I was carrying for everyone made it all the way to Tzaneen in one piece, even with all the tech riding we did up OB pass, just to lose it somewhere on a nondescript dirt road. Oh well, we decide there's no point to go back and continue onward. The route is taking longer than expected and we still have about 220km to go to get to Lephalale.

We get going again, and in the rush and busy traffic etc, neglect refueling in Polokwane before we leave the city outskirts.

Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 20, 2019, 10:51:26 pm
The tracks we followed from Polokwane to Lephalale were quite eventful to say the least :o

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Somewhere, in the middle of nowhere, is this deep sand track that goes on for about 10km. The sand gets worse and worse near the end, so much so that even the 4x4 climb out at one stage, making a bit of a sand bank where they cut to the right of the road. I remember riding this sand with the bike constantly swaying from left to right in the deep sand track, you need nerves of steel riding this on a bigger bike with luggage... It's all rutted and churned up from the many 4x4's that have come through here. This was no easy section. For those who have been to the "Beach" at Rhinopark, it was kind of like that sand... We ride at about 80km/ph to stay on top of things.

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HSK didn't see the sandy track takes a sudden right where it goes next to the road. He hits the sand bank at full speed. He remembers hesitating and momentarily tapping off the throttle. The front dives and rear wheel kicks up sending the bike CARTWHEELING! I am just behind HSK on his right hand side when this happens. I see the bike flying, and poof, a big cloud of sand. His bike falls into my lane. I immediately go into evasive action mode and do an emergency stop  as not end up on top of the fallen bike.

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HSK, who already had sore ribs from the fall in the mud on top of OB pass, manages to get up and starts shaking off all the sand. "Shit are you ok!?" I ran and flipped the kill switch on his bike, the wheel still turning. I see blood on his face. Oh crap, oh crap. He takes his helmet off and luckily it's just a scrape on his nose. Everything else seems to be in order. After he takes a breather, we quickly pick up the bike together. Damm the SE is heavy when you are trying to pick it up in thick sand and 35 degree heat... A quick inspection reveals that there is virtually no damage to the bike, except for a slightly bent plastic panel? Damm, that's good at least.

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We scrape ourselves together and get going, there is still about 100km to go before we get to Lephalale, and we are already running late.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Ri on January 22, 2019, 01:19:00 pm
Geee what a fright that must've been! Glad the damage was minimal! :o

Enjoying the RR and the lekker photo's, thanks :biggrin:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Jobe on January 24, 2019, 09:56:17 am
Me and a friend did Iron Crown in 2017, Him on his 990 KTM, and me on Tiger 800.  I think it was more or less the same route you guys did (from the pics, I think I recognize that stream...).
Attached a screen grab of our route. 
That climb after the stream was... an experience.. especially as it was high 30s and the Tiger was a bit heavy on some of those loose rocks, but we did it.
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 24, 2019, 07:29:54 pm
Me and a friend did Iron Crown in 2017, Him on his 990 KTM, and me on Tiger 800.  I think it was more or less the same route you guys did (from the pics, I think I recognize that stream...).
Attached a screen grab of our route. 
That climb after the stream was... an experience.. especially as it was high 30s and the Tiger was a bit heavy on some of those loose rocks, but we did it.
 :thumleft:

That is awesome! Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: MonkeyNot on January 24, 2019, 09:37:08 pm
Looks like some proper thick sand!

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Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 25, 2019, 07:30:39 am
Looks like some proper thick sand!

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I have to say it again and again... I was VERY happy to be riding the 701 on this trip. Makes things a bit easier :ricky: The 950SE, though it is an amazing bike, is still heavy for terrain like this :o
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on January 25, 2019, 08:37:49 pm
I'm glad HSK is good to get going again. It was really scary to see him fall like that in front of me. We do quite a bit more sandy roads passing the odd village, when HSK's bike comes to a halt.

It's dead, completely... Won't start... Ok so 75% of the KTM's that have been a part of this trip had officially broken down now :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

We look at the obvious things and of course nothing obvious is broken. We are about 45km from Lephalale, our destination. My dad and them are already waiting for us, i mean it is almost Christmas eve! And to top things off, my bike has gone into reserve.

We decide we'll do the towing thing. Hook the strap on my right footpeg and on HSK's left. Now, if you want to test how strong your relationship is with your partner, you tow them for 45km in the sand... #Relationshipgoals! :P

It was stressful... There was an idiot truck behind us at one stage that just couldn't realize we were towing... He was driving almost right on top of us! I literally felt like a dakar rider with one of those big trucks pulling up right behind me, scary stuff! I pull HSK off the sandy track to the side of the road so the truck could come past. Phew, made it without falling in front of the truck! This towing thing is higher grade, especially in this sand.

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One of the dirt highways we followed before HSK's bike broke.

We got into a rhythm with the towing thing and I upped the speed to about 60km/ph which was a comfy towing speed for me. This is one of the first times ever I was actually HAPPY we got to the tar road :imaposer:
We crawl into town as it is getting dark and top up with a bit of fuel as my bike is running on fumes now. The Husky must have taken strain pulling the 950. Eventually we get home, well, my old home at least and I am overjoyed to see my family.

Yes, the bike broke down, yes I lost all the Christmas presents, but it's not about that. It's about being with the people you love and * blah blah blah, continues soppy story*. MY BROTHER INTERRUPTS ME!!! He says, somebody just called saying THEY FOUND MY BAG! It is with a farmer near Haenertsburg!, Wow, that fell off almost right at the start of our trip in the morning. It truly is some X-mas miracle we have made it this far in one piece, with HSK having minimal injury while tumbling with the bike, as well as the amazing luck of somebody finding our bag and locating us.

We have an awesome dinner and hit the hay, another long day behind us.

Xmas Day, time for repairs.

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HSK strips down the bike. It appears to be the fuel pump. We are in luck though, as we magically happen to have a spare fuel pump with us! HSK installs the new Fuel pump, but the bike still won't start... My dad thinks it's an electrical problem and starts testing some of the connectors etc. About 20min later HSK realizes the bike is still in gear :imaposer: :peepwall: He puts it in neutral and it fires up  YES, tomorrow our journey continues back home, sweet home to Gauteng.

Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Ri on January 27, 2019, 02:23:38 pm
WHOAAAA Hectic!! You were really tested on this trip!

Really great that the Christmas pressies were found :biggrin:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: wildside on January 27, 2019, 04:20:34 pm
A great RR Minxy. I don't know that area  at all so it's super to see all those pics.....really pretty out there and makes for some hectic riding. Well done. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on February 04, 2019, 09:56:06 pm
26 December, it is time to make our way home :)

Bikes are packed, goodbyes are said and we make our way out of Lephalale and onto the Witkop pass road. The plan is to ride Witkop pass, Bakkers pass, Rankins pass and then some back roads all the way to Pretoria. HSK's ribs and shoulder are now very tender from his falls both in the mud on Orrie Baragwanath and the tumble he took in the sand. We'll be taken things easy and see how he feels.

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Something out of the ordinary caught my eye. Ho ho ho!!!! Somebody had decorated this tree with some random X-mas decorations  :thumleft:

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This has to be one of the most random things I've seen in my adventure biking escapades so far :imaposer:

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The beautiful Witkop pass, a must if you are visiting the area. The road borders all along the D'Nyala nature reserve.

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The route gets moderately rocky and loose in places, there is also a fair amount of sand closer to the start of the pass near the river. All an absolute breeze on the Husky though. I have really been enjoying riding a lighter adventure bike, it just makes things so much more enjoyable.

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We cruise over the pass and make our way to the famous Big 5 in Vaalwater where we stop for breakfast :)


Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: >Herman< on February 06, 2019, 12:08:49 pm
Next please!
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on February 07, 2019, 10:03:55 pm
After Vaalwater we go through the Bakker's pass, nice and sandy at the time :ricky: , Rankins and some other dirt roads. I wished I had stopped to take more photos... We initially wanted to do a longer route, but HSK's ribs were getting progressively worse and we stuck to the more scenic roads just to be safe. We've done lots of riding in this area before so know most of roads by now, not a biggie if we miss the last part of our intended route.

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We briefly stopped at the old blockhouse at the crossroads. I wonder what the history behind this building is?

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There is a gem of a place near Warmbaths called "The Shack". Last time we came past it in a group it was closed for business. It was good to see they had re-opened. We catch a break, grab a cold one and then get on our way again.

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That pool... So tempting! ::)

Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Minxy on February 24, 2019, 08:31:26 pm
I haven't been too excited posting about the last part of the trip...

When we left The Shack, I pulled in the clutch and it was gone... Nada, nothing. Well that's disappointing...
We put in some clutch fluid into the cylinder on top by the clutch lever and decided we'd rather change plans and get onto the tar from Warmbaths the rest of the way to PTA.

When we get off the dirt-road and onto the tar HSK gets a front wheel blowout!!! I just see him go off the side of the road and coming to a stop. Scary business, that sure was a good save by HSK.

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Well, there's nothing else we can do so we take out our last "21" tube. There is a storm approaching and we try hurry things up. We unpack the tube (an older one from the spares cupboard) and when we open it... It turns out to be a 19"... WTF, why is that even there!? What the hell do you do with a 19" tube!? How'd that get mixed up into our emergency kit!?...  ???

With no other tube to use we get out the patch kit. Now patching tubes requires a special kind of skill, a special kind of patience. Many of us failed this silly test at Quest bootcamp, having stuck on the patch too soon. I tell HSK, we must wait for it to cure a bit longer. The dark clouds loom overhead. We wait, wait, wait. The rain really starts getting threatening and there is thunder crackling over the horizon. Shit, it better be ready... We test the patch, it seems to be holding up. We start inflating the tube to test it. Nope, it's not ready... SIGH!

It starts pissing down. It is raining cats and dogs. And then, lightning and as if that wasn't enough, HAIL!

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We sit under a lone tree in the rain. The hail gets worse and eventually we put our helmets on for some protection against the rain. We laugh at our luck. Wow, what a romantic couple's getaway this is...

After about an hour just sitting in the rain it starts clearing up. We dry things up as best we can and try the patching business again. It seems to be holding better and we fit the wheel back onto the bike.

We continue riding. My clutch is gone again... I pull the lever, nothing. All the fluid we added just got eaten somewhere by the hungry husky. I can ride without a clutch, but it's not very comfortable... And... About 500m down the road HSK comes to a halt. The front is flat again.

HSK and I look at each other. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Patching the tube in the rainy conditions is near impossible, riding with no clutch all the way back on the N1 or via Hammanskraal is just looking for trouble and also, at this stage we are pretty gatvol...

We call up a friend. He offered to recover the bike before HSK managed to fix it back in Ellisras. We ask him if he feels like driving through. He says he'll get the trailer and he'll be on his way.

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We get ourselves comfortable. We are going to wait for a while.

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Obligatory "we are so bored waiting for our friend" selfie!

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100% of the KTMs (white ktm included) are now officially out of order :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

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Anton, all smiles to the rescue.

While driving back home on the N1 highway I thought about what happened.

Was it a let down that we couldn't "finish" our trip?

No, ultimately things like this are part of a journey are they not? We had a few things go wrong, but we also had a few things go right. This wasn't a long extended trip to an exotic destination, or a hardcore adventure to tick off a bucket list item. But somehow this trip just felt EPIC, it felt right. It was testing, we traversed uncharted terrain, we pushed our limits and at times it was even emotional, a rollercoaster of ups and downs.

To me at least, this was one of our best trips.
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Hondsekierie on February 24, 2019, 08:48:57 pm
Thanks for all the effort in posting this little RR, you sure have a knack for capturing these trips for what they are.  This trip will go down as one of the more extreme ones for me as well.  I mean, what luck to smash your rib cage on both sides, 3 x days apart, and then have a front blow out :eek7:

I'm just glad you didn't ride over me when I cartwheeled my bike, that you managed to tow me all that way out of that rural area and last but not least - that we didn't get hit by lightning  :biggrin:  You surely earned your stripes as one serious bad ass girl who can handle adversity and still manage a smile - love you lottles  :love3:



 
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Ri on February 25, 2019, 04:07:42 pm
You surely earned your stripes as one serious bad ass girl who can handle adversity and still manage a smile

For sure @Minxy!! I can only aspire...  :notworthy: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Xmas Xtreme
Post by: Highsider on February 27, 2019, 05:04:09 am
A very entertaining RR thank you.  Itís so awesome to read these Ďcouplesí RRís, you two are very fortunate.



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