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Title: Bucket List Ride - Old Mill Drift Pass YES! (VIDEO UPDATE)
Post by: Minxy on March 04, 2019, 05:49:23 pm
***Update***

Just want to put the video on the front page so it doesn't get lost at the back of the report.



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So I've got this bucket list thing that I've been trying to tick off since I started adventure riding about six years ago. Many of the ideas come from ride reports I see right here on WD (which is a problem cause the bucket list just keeps growing :P )

There have been a couple of good ones so far and I thought I'd share as I haven't posted RR's on all of them:

Van Zyls Pass - I am grateful to have been a part of the Honda Quest experience, it wouldn't have been so easy to achieve otherwise.

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5fxFvSt/21587146-10155736024671972-6108667534934909576-o.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/W43S1sjb/21686980-10155734025696972-1070136658102822373-o.jpg)

Bastervoetpad - This one wasn't so bad :) but heck it was beautiful.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Nf6dNNpY/17434824-10155128140836972-151475781617263337-o.jpg)

Orrie Baragwanath Pass - EPIC! Pretty rough, but awesome, one of my favourites,

(https://i.postimg.cc/Prs6QGb2/26168401-10156029876371972-5184065468802818274-n.jpg)
2017 on the Twin

(https://i.postimg.cc/XY6FXmfZ/DSC-2103.jpg)
Back again on the 701.

(https://i.postimg.cc/C5W8G69Q/DSC-2118.jpg)
This is one of my favourite places.

Bezuidenhouts Pass - I was still a bit of a newbie when we did this, it was pretty challenging on the 950SE at the time. I pat myself big time on the shoulder for this one.

(https://i.postimg.cc/7YRpGFHf/1520756-10152722915741972-3536804319417322455-n.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qMS02hJc/10701944-10152722921941972-4687075031536388044-n.jpg)

Ongeluksnek Pass - This was a tough one, even on the 701!

(https://i.postimg.cc/WzJHbTGJ/ong3.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fRMB1xrd/Ong.jpg)     (https://i.postimg.cc/mr5jcK23/Ong2.jpg)

Mathabeng Pass - Done this twice now, I didn't even know this was a bucket list item until we found the pass by accident, in any case it was so awesome I felt we needed to go back and tick it again :P

(https://i.postimg.cc/xCZZ2cz2/10462638-10152545862866972-6559095438271270871-n.jpg)
First time with the 950SE

(https://i.postimg.cc/MZjPBZBn/35148756-10156475125061972-3373401158344245248-o.jpg)
Second time round on the 701, the pass has deteriorated a lot so glad for the smaller bike.

(https://i.postimg.cc/jC0kDmc3/matha.jpg)

Baviaanskloof - Popular choice, but absolutely epic, loved it!

(https://i.postimg.cc/dVn4FLbx/15875553-10154888029186972-5146296982871044610-o.jpg)

Then of course there was more the usual favourites, like Sani, Die Hel, Rankins, Naude's neck, Normandien pass, all the beautiful scenic passes in the cape, all ticked, all lekker, just missing Old Postal Route, will be back for that one :ricky:

(https://i.postimg.cc/zBSnwfCr/10487329-10152541194711972-438533541144065125-n.jpg)

There are also many more things I'd still like to do, like Doodsakker, Hunters road, some of the national park cut line roads (Tau with their trip to Khaudum comes to mind), the Richtersveld, Road to Hell, Moz coastal roads (thanks for that one Xpat), riding with Losper and co in Lesotho, climbing Dune 7, riding some more of the riverbeds of Namibia and maybe even Botswana... But for now :)


Lets get back to the present! One of the passes both HSK and I have always wanted to ride was the Old Mill Drift Pass near Clarens. It's not even that far from Gauteng but somehow we NEVER EVER got to it.
Anyway, we've been working hard, we needed some time off. I phoned around, accommodation was booked full everywhere, suddenly there was a cancellation at a highly recommended place, our bags and bikes got packed and we headed out to the beautiful Omega Mountain retreat near the Lesotho border.

(https://i.postimg.cc/B6cV84t8/53043096-10157138843866972-8130479915754586112-n.jpg)
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: GRUNT on March 04, 2019, 06:36:24 pm
.....And? gooi the pics, we wanna see!!!!
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Oubones on March 04, 2019, 07:28:31 pm
.....And? gooi the pics, we wanna see!!!!
Yip, waiting :drif: :sip:
Ongeluksnek is not easy after bad rains, got my dakkie and my mates gsa up there but it was hell of a trip!
Good on you! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 04, 2019, 07:41:38 pm
.....And? gooi the pics, we wanna see!!!!
Yip, waiting :drif: :sip:
Ongeluksnek is not easy after bad rains, got my dakkie and my mates gsa up there but it was hell of a trip!
Good on you! :thumleft:

Busy sorting out photos, I've got AMAZING video footage too but that will take longer.

I would not want to do Ongeluksnek with mud thrown in, hectic!
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Nimmo on March 04, 2019, 07:44:46 pm
Nice -  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: goodtoogo on March 04, 2019, 07:58:02 pm
Did old mill end of December. Failing light and rain. Did it from old mill. I was on a 800xc. Not easy at all. 690 no problem.

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Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 04, 2019, 08:51:44 pm
We leave Gauteng Friday afternoon for Clarens, grab a bite to eat and carry on to our accommodation at Omega Mountain Retreat about 15km out of town, right on the Lesotho border. What a lovely place to stay, the owner is a dirt bike rider as well and involved with the Clarens Rocks group on facebook. As the owners were not there though we spoke to Jackie the farm manager who gave us some great advice. I also had the route on my gps (thanks Losper!) so we wouldn't get lost.
There are no fences to be seen and you can ride in just about any direction. This is biking heaven ;D There's old patrol routes all along the river bordering Lesotho. Jackie gives us directions to Old Mill Drift and says we can just follow the river going east and we'll eventually get to the pass. We relax and get our bikes ready for our ride the next day.

(https://i.postimg.cc/rpjzytc7/53046553-10157136289251972-7788471377916329984-n.jpg)
Our cottage for the weekend.
As we'd be riding up the pass and wanting to also get off the beaten track a bit more and go exploring, the obvious choice was to take our 500 "adventures". :ricky:

(https://i.postimg.cc/9fCrjB3G/53270682-10157133813571972-8754189787964899328-n.jpg)
The view from our cottage.

(https://i.postimg.cc/mDrkP2gk/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-01-at-19-42-04.jpg)
Time to relax. Tomorrow we will ride across this beautiful landscape.
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 04, 2019, 10:18:30 pm
"If this is heaven, I don't know what it's for, if I cant find you there, I don't care."

My most memorable trips have always been with my partner HSK. It is nice to ride with other people, but there's a certain magic to sharing this type of experience with the one you love. I guess some people feel that way about riding solo. This is almost like riding solo, but together... The best part about being a couple who ride is just that, riding together, just understanding each other, sharing the passion and taking the time to enjoy every moment.

Before I start with the ride I'd like to share a few more photos I took with the drone to give an idea of just how incredibly beautiful this setting is.

The road that can be seen running all along the river is the one that eventually leads to the Old Mill Pass. We explore it both to the east and west over the weekend.

(https://i.postimg.cc/xTt2Cr4p/DJI-0006.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/s2ZdwMDb/DJI-0008.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gkYpmcN6/DJI-0014.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jS1YHHKz/DJI-0018.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fRyhS24z/DJI-0021.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/QCNj4jz5/DJI-0002.jpg)

Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Twister on March 04, 2019, 11:22:32 pm
Some very nice routes in that list of yours. Glad to see you are enjoying the 500
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: BiG DoM on March 05, 2019, 12:33:58 am
It is a stunning route - we did it some years back, possibly the first on big litre class adventure bikes. I have always wanted to go back on a lighter bike. There are two slightly different routes.
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 05, 2019, 05:38:05 am
It is a stunning route - we did it some years back, possibly the first on big litre class adventure bikes. I have always wanted to go back on a lighter bike. There are two slightly different routes.

Two slightly different routes? :) Now I need to know more! I've looked at some of the area on google maps and there's some places where the road splits off from the pass (dead ends though?) At the moment the pass is definitely not going to be easy on a bigger bike, going down maybe, but not the direction we went, not unless you are a total badass or want an extreme kind of challenge  ;D :peepwall: :ricky:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: BiG DoM on March 05, 2019, 07:46:11 am
Ja we did it up - it may well have deteriorated since then. Was not for the feint hearted then. Managed to knock a hole in my sump with the bashplate of my HP2 going down the other side, which was fixed with Pratleys Steel and lasted for a few weeks of touring there after.  :ricky: We did have a least one wuss with us laying on his back, refusing to go further and making the international emergency signal for chopper rescue and squeaking 'ek kan nie meer korporaal'  :lol8:
Brilliant part of the country.
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 05, 2019, 09:15:53 pm
We leave our cabin just after 7am on Saturday morning and follow Jackie's directions to the river. "Turn left onto the tweespoort at the big trees, then keep on going until you reach the river, after that follow the river East until you get to a gate."

Yay, lets go!

(https://i.postimg.cc/dVVJmQCK/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-04-at-21-49-31.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zvR3SzHj/53682534-10157136292566972-212491170507390976-n.jpg)

We stop often and take plenty of photos. This place is so beautiful, I can't say it enough.

(https://i.postimg.cc/gJjxjqY1/DJI-0018.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ThM1tzrX/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-04-at-21-49-31.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/brPhGqPW/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-04-at-21-50-46.jpg)

The road was a bit rough and rocky in places, nothing serious though, not yet ;D

(https://i.postimg.cc/prBtz3XT/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-04-at-21-50-46-1.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/g2tmM9yL/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-04-at-21-49-48.jpg)

"Go through the gate, turn right, and follow the tar road until it becomes a dirt road again, the start of the pass is not far now".

(https://i.postimg.cc/Bv8skhNY/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-04-at-21-50-45.jpg)

What's this random sign. Wait what? DINOSAURS!? Immediately this song gets stuck in my head for the duration of the ride.



(https://i.postimg.cc/wxtkbDhW/52898361-10157136289681972-9154264234945675264-n.jpg)
Losper mentioned to us that it is easy to hop in and out of Lesotho using the shallow crossings which can be found all along the river. The locals seem to be using them to go "shopping" so we figured heck why not :P
We popped over and rode along the other side of the border for a few km, then hopped on back when we got closer to the start of the pass.

(https://i.postimg.cc/rmHKr0ss/53026428-10157136292421972-5768168050922618880-n.jpg)
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: >Herman< on March 06, 2019, 08:05:33 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: eberhard on March 06, 2019, 09:47:20 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: punisher on March 06, 2019, 04:08:07 pm
 O0 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Master Beerkie on March 07, 2019, 08:58:09 am
....since I started adventure riding about six years ago....

six years already!   :headbang: 
well done B & J  :thumleft:
(en julle tweekies maak my naar)   

she rose from humble beginnings...
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134840.msg2596004#msg2596004



Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 07, 2019, 10:36:52 am
....since I started adventure riding about six years ago....

six years already!   :headbang: 
well done B & J  :thumleft:
(en julle tweekies maak my naar)   

she rose from humble beginnings...
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134840.msg2596004#msg2596004

OMG I will never forget that day, Master Beertjie to the rescue :imaposer: :biggrin:
And I loved that Aprilia, that was an awesome beginners bike, I am still recommending it to newbies. Just a pity there's not much support for Aprilia in SA anymore.

Anyway, I'll post another update tonight :) The video footage from the weekend is absolutely stunning, just need to find time to edit it...
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: billy-joe on March 07, 2019, 09:27:49 pm
sub'd!
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 07, 2019, 10:52:48 pm
Edit, I want to bump my post to page 2....
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 07, 2019, 10:57:18 pm
"We've come a long long way together,
Through the hard times and the good,
I have to celebrate you baby,
I have to praise you like I should"



At the start of the pass things immediately got more interesting, the terrain being much more rocky and some of the climbs being quite steep in places. Picking good lines really came into play.

(https://i.postimg.cc/DyrSWXfx/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-06-35.jpg)

We were still riding all chill, just casually going around a corner and BANG we get hit in the face with this. Whoa nelly, those are some big rocks!!!

(https://i.postimg.cc/fL1Vd70r/53387382-10157136289886972-4378369711142862848-n.jpg)

This was undoubtedly the most difficult part of the pass, and coming from the Lesotho border side you get thrown into this gnarly section quite early on. I can just imagine how tough it must be taking a big bike up here...
Anyway, I don't stop and decide to go first, pick the absolute worst line ever and get myself stuck on a steep rock about halfway, my momentum was just not enough to get me over this one big boulder.

(https://i.postimg.cc/J0JG5yN4/53259832-10157136291786972-8478539852059508736-n.jpg)

Great  >:( ...

I climb off and start wresting the bike out of the shitty rocks so I can get out of this mess by picking another line. I keep thinking... 'I  should have practiced those pivot turns...'

(https://i.postimg.cc/1XD4XyLn/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-07-at-22-09-30.jpg)

HSK gently puts his bike down and comes around to assist me. People often wonder what 'true love' is all about. I have no doubt putting your bike down to go help your loved one forms part of the equation :D

(https://i.postimg.cc/Vs3t0wqk/52951189-10157136289971972-2970429730152513536-n-1.jpg)

HSK helps me man handle my 500 back onto a better line and we are on our way again in no time. As we climb the views just get more and more incredible.

(https://i.postimg.cc/BvYLSfZs/53403615-10157136290516972-2645769338316914688-n.jpg)

There are quite a few step ups, lots of loose rocks, and very uneven terrain where you really have to keep your wits about you.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Gp5t0Pzm/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-07-50.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/J4ZkbFxc/53147935-10157136292331972-2670997834479697920-n.jpg)

People told us the pass had really deteriorated badly since last year. There were places were almost all the concrete slab had been washed away. Also huge loose rocks everywhere. It used to still be quite doable on a big adventure bike at some stage people said. Not now though, unless of course you are a super rider, with some super insurance cover in case something does go wrong. I guess it would be a good challenge, but I'm perfectly happy just riding this with the 500. I told HSK every single time we stopped for a breather just how much I love my 500. I've had a couple of bikes over the years and this is no doubt the best one I've ever owned. The 500 is just one hell of a badass machine that just handles all the tough sections with such ease and grace. I can see why there's a 100 page thread dedicated to this bikes awesomeness on the forum :P

(https://i.postimg.cc/bJSJqGFH/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-08-59.jpg)
The trail was quite tight in places. I don't think the 4x4's really come this way anymore?

(https://i.postimg.cc/Gpq3FF6j/52920402-10157136290346972-3697458734339981312-n.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/1Rg6zXNd/52942196-10157136292126972-4919390695422164992-n.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XYnp9Yp4/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-07-18.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/g0JjBtV7/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-07-31.jpg)

We were making good time and stopped to chow some snacks and take a short break.

(https://i.postimg.cc/L8vhDF1f/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-07-41.jpg)
Mmmmm, nom noms with a view.

(https://i.postimg.cc/vTRmTQJR/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-09-08.jpg)
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: CUZZY on March 08, 2019, 06:13:51 am
Lekker RR and pics Minxy. The condition of the pass has definitely deteriorated since last year. This route along the river and then up Old Mill.pass from the Lesotho side should be on every serious dual sport riders bucket list. I found it relatively easy going on my TTR 250, but my mates on WR 450 and XR 650 L's were definitely toiling and working hard! Fatigued pronounced ' fattygwued'  was the term used when we got to the top!  And you still get a good pounding going down towards Clarens! Well done to you and HSK 👍🍺🍺🍺
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Hondsekierie on March 08, 2019, 07:48:20 am
Thanks for the effort in capturing our trip, this was definitely one I won't forget easily - it is just such a beautiful area and that pass really brings one closeup and personal with riding heaven - well, my take at least  :biggrin:

I must say I'm extremely glad that we did it with the 500's.  I have pretty long legs and normally don't battle too much in the rocky bits with the SE/990 when it gets gnarly but there were some sections where you would definitely smash your engine casing on the rocks if you take the wrong line.  The problem is you don't want to stop with a big bike as you will need the 'voortrekkerspan' to pull you up there or help you turn around once you get stuck.

I've always maintained that if you have need groups of people to assist you in riding your bike then you're most likely picking the wrong bike (tool for the job).  In this case Minxy would've been able to clear the obstacles herself, I just assisted because....I kinda like her  :imaposer:

Bottom line is, this is incredibly beautiful and we'll be back to explore more - with our 500's ;)



Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 10, 2019, 06:14:13 pm
We did it, we reached the top of the world! And got met by the "dreaded" gate ;) According to some ride reports this was was a problem back in the day.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Xv7B6YbQ/53274682-10157136291371972-1153820235103469568-n.jpg)

No issues getting through today :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SsPy5yS2/53098711-10157136291711972-6166139480051810304-n.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5z8ZcSJ/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-09-35.jpg)

And the view, breathtaking.

(https://i.postimg.cc/9fWFw8gM/53142877-10157136291251972-7407128958350655488-n.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Z5LvQy1W/53364360-10157136292256972-8469390055595573248-n.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/bYbJMtnq/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-09-57.jpg)
A few obligatory poser photos :laughing4:

(https://i.postimg.cc/vHsBdZ7f/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-10-41.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZKxqYzjg/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-11-06.jpg)



Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 10, 2019, 07:08:08 pm
Anyway, what goes up must come down :)

We descend down the "easier" side of the pass. There's some rocks and ruts, careful lines need to be picked again, but definitely easier than what we came through earlier. HSK and I decide we'd like to come back sometime soon and ride the pass in the other direction just to change things up. It is just soooooo much fun on the 500s!!!

(https://i.postimg.cc/YC2ChDsS/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-11-48.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/cHvK6k63/53160540-10157136291986972-3557876038136496128-n-1.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/NGr9cn3q/53551227-10157136292061972-3124284662810148864-n.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/NMFspycv/52970943-10157136290861972-7604195758836809728-n.jpg)

(https://postimg.cc/MXqK09Zd)

(https://i.postimg.cc/14hymJNy/53008510-10157136291626972-5481843308810469376-n.jpg)
A thumbs up, a last couple of rocks and soon we'd reach the end of the pass.

(https://i.postimg.cc/WzJ2cQz9/53071312-10157136291316972-8359302974282924032-n.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/T3kYmjzJ/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-06-at-22-12-44.jpg)
I wonder what this was?
The road gets easier and easier as we come down the mountain and pass De Ark and Bokpoort.

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5C66Jb4/53551227-10157136292061972-3124284662810148864-n.jpg)
This sign reads: "Trespassers will be taken to the torture chamber" Kinky!... :imaposer: >:D

(https://i.postimg.cc/NGp0xnjh/52638721-10157136290996972-4186011569202659328-n.jpg)
With the pass now behind us, we decide to stop and enjoy a milkshake. Cheers to another bucket list item ticked!!! :ricky:
Anyway, it's only like 10:30am? We did the pass quicker than expected ::) We decide we'll head out towards Golden gate and take the scenic dirt highway back to Clarens for lunch.
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: wildside on March 10, 2019, 08:30:37 pm

Wow....some amazing riding and stunning views. Well done and thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 10, 2019, 08:44:49 pm
We pass through Golden gate and take the first dirt road heading left.

Riding on the dirt highway soon starts getting boring and we find ourselves straying a little bit from the road.

(https://i.postimg.cc/6q9hnpfG/53551227-10157136292061972-3124284662810148864-n.jpg)

We find some abandoned old houses in the hills.

(https://i.postimg.cc/XqQk86s1/53034551-10157136291071972-8112409313303068672-n.jpg)

Also an old graveyard near two broken down farmhouses. The oldest grave dated back to 1885.

Open plains eventually get met by fences and we are forced to climb back onto the main road and make our way back to Clarens, just in time for lunch :D

(https://i.postimg.cc/CLnRJVrZ/Whats-App-Image-2019-03-10-at-20-34-15.jpg)
Back at the ranch, boots are kicked off and I'm ready for some more time in the jacuzzi  8) !

We sit back and reflect on our day. It was awesome, absolutely awesome, best ride in a while. We never explored the road heading west along the Lesotho border though. Checkout time at our lodge is 10am. We figure we'll get up really early and go explore a bit more. The alarm is set, tomorrow morning we ride west! :ricky:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: MRK Miller on March 13, 2019, 03:53:18 am
We also saw the graves when we went through there. A few kids graves as well. Always wandered what happened there. There was also a rather new zozo tank up on the hill between the trees. We found this odd, as there are no other houses. The one house there by the graves looks rather a more modern house although broken down. We also saw a kipersol tree growing upside down out of the palm tree. I have the pic somewhere. Awesome report. Thank you for sharing
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: DR BIG 750 on March 13, 2019, 06:06:56 am
Do you guys trail; the 500's or are they rwc
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 14, 2019, 08:09:56 pm
Do you guys trail; the 500's or are they rwc

We trailer to get there. I see no joy in sitting on that 500's plank seat for hours on a dirt highway / tar road just to get to the good riding :P
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 14, 2019, 08:45:56 pm
It's our last day and we need to check out by 10am, so we wake up real early to go for a last little ride heading west along the Caledon River.

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Quick oats for breakfast and we are ready to roll.

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We give ourselves 1h to get as far as we can, then 1h to get back. That will give us enough time to still take a shower, pack all our bags and load the bikes when we return.

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Plenty of these little crossings into Lesotho. Some seem to be pretty well used... I don't even know why we have to bother with borders/passports when visiting anymore? Oh well.

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I've already said it like 10x in this report and I'll say it again... This place is sooooo beautiful!!!!

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There are a few rough/rocky/rutted/washed away sections of road, nothing super technical though, just fun.

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Anyway, I'll let the photos do the talking, I stopped every so often and took plenty. The order is a bit mixed up, but you guys get the idea :D

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This just about marked the halfway point, we turned around not toooooo far after this old broken down house and slowly made our way back to the lodge.

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All done and dusted, just wish we had more time to explore this awesome area. Guess we'll have to come back soon :)

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Time to leave already!? :'(

Hope you guys enjoyed the pics. I'm still putting together the video of Old Mill Drift Pass, will share as soon as it is done :ricky:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: BiG DoM on March 14, 2019, 10:09:56 pm
Great stuff - thanks  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: DR BIG 750 on March 15, 2019, 05:19:15 am
Great weekend, well done,
where did you get the mirrors u have fitted  on your bikes
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on March 15, 2019, 10:11:38 am
Great weekend, well done,
where did you get the mirrors u have fitted  on your bikes

Folding mirrors you can get from Offroad Cycles in Pretoria :) Alternatively you can speak to Chris from Flying Brick.
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: DR BIG 750 on March 16, 2019, 06:56:28 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES! (Video Update)
Post by: Minxy on April 04, 2019, 08:03:40 am
Finally had time to wrap up the video. It switches between me and HSK's cams a few times to get different perspective. Enjoy! :)



Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: JonW on April 04, 2019, 08:13:57 am
Nice  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: husky on April 04, 2019, 10:08:32 am
Great report and wonderful weather and photos; thank you. Agree on the 500's.

The dinosaur sign is interesting - I have priced two versions of a Dino Park for SanParks at "Golden Gate" over the last two years - I never found out the exact site. As far as I know nothing has happened.
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: OomD on April 04, 2019, 10:55:32 am
Geez, got a few heart palpitations and flutterings watching that! Well done, and awesome report and vid. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES!
Post by: Minxy on April 04, 2019, 01:16:58 pm
Thanks for the comments guys! :)

I've put the video on the front page as well so it doesn't get lost in the report.

Great report and wonderful weather and photos; thank you. Agree on the 500's.

The dinosaur sign is interesting - I have priced two versions of a Dino Park for SanParks at "Golden Gate" over the last two years - I never found out the exact site. As far as I know nothing has happened.

And regarding the dinosaur park, I think they've done a thing where you can view the fossils? I'm not sure, we just took a photo at the sign, but didn't really have the time to go look. We'll go explore a bit more next time :D This is definitely an area I can see myself coming to much more often. Next time we'll change things up and ride the pass from the other side.

And mmmm, need to go back soon! The 500's no doubt are the most enjoyable way to see this part of the world. As Johan and I were riding alone as a couple we really couldn't risk taking anything bigger anyway. But it all worked out for the best, the 500 adv's are the perfect weapon for this type of riding!
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES! (VIDEO UPDATE)
Post by: BiG DoM on April 04, 2019, 03:19:01 pm
Thanks Minx - took me back when there a few years back on the HP2. Great vid and must have been a blast on the 500's - right weapon for the gunfight  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES! (VIDEO UPDATE)
Post by: m0lt3n on April 05, 2019, 09:26:29 am
I didn't expect to enjoy this RR so much but really did. I love the bucket list as we share most items on it and I have also done a lot of the same.
Have done OMD twice with a 1200GS, but that was more than 3 years ago. Was Very bummed last time we did a trip that we skipped OMD, I would love to attempt it on the 1190,just to compare how it does and also how I do, to check my own skill set. But it really does look a lot worse now so I should be careful what I wish for.

But great RR
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES! (VIDEO UPDATE)
Post by: wilfwalk on April 08, 2019, 11:45:45 am
Thanks for the video. Having action visuals, one realizes that the terrain isn't as easy it appears in still photos. It is a beautiful part of the country.
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES! (VIDEO UPDATE)
Post by: Minxy on April 08, 2019, 12:34:08 pm
I didn't expect to enjoy this RR so much but really did. I love the bucket list as we share most items on it and I have also done a lot of the same.
Have done OMD twice with a 1200GS, but that was more than 3 years ago. Was Very bummed last time we did a trip that we skipped OMD, I would love to attempt it on the 1190,just to compare how it does and also how I do, to check my own skill set. But it really does look a lot worse now so I should be careful what I wish for.

But great RR

Glad you enjoyed it! I am also happy to announce we'll be doing another bucket list ride, 23 Rivers in Limpopo later in May, keep an eye out for that one :)

I have no doubt you can still do this on a bigger bike, but it's going to be very "interesting" :P :P :P especially west to east (like we did). Maybe try the other way around first from Bokpoort side just to be safe? At least then the hectic parts are all downhill. We expect an awesome ride report if you go do this one again :D
Title: Re: Bucket List Item - Old Mill Drift Pass YES! (VIDEO UPDATE)
Post by: Grunder on April 09, 2019, 08:35:00 pm
Thanks for the video. Having action visuals, one realizes that the terrain isn't as easy it appears in still photos. It is a beautiful part of the country.
Yeah

Great video!!

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