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Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 13, 2019, 06:24:16 pm
Once upon a time there was a noob on a purple bike who saw a WD thread for an adventure in the Kaokoland, and started dreaming. She knew there was no way she had the technical skills to join that tour (an assessment quickly proven right) and started making plans to up-skill so she could join the next Kaokoland tour.

She would spend some time on her Yammy TTR230 riding funduros, and in the meantime, to quench the thirst for some desert adventure, go for a gentle ride around the Richtersveld - just an easy ride up the N7, exploring easy gravel tracks. Nothing hectic.

That all came to naught when she joined the Kaokoland adventure against her better judgement (she just wanted to do it so badly) and promptly broke her fibula, leading to 2 operations, an infection scare, and 6 months of no riding.

Eventually back on her feet again, she had lost her dirt road riding nerve. She joined various day rides, often dropping the purple bike, as is her wont, often on her ankles. She tried out the TTR230 in hectic (for her) terrain, and learnt some skills and picked up some confidence under the watchful gaze of @Dux. She even completed an introductory adventure riding course which did wonders for her confidence.

She was determined to make the Richtersveld ride happen though, and various WD said they were keen to join her.

Emails commenced, leave was scheduled, the planning began in earnest. But despite plenty of interest, in the end, only two struck out on the road: Slow ... and Slower.
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Karel84 on June 13, 2019, 06:48:39 pm
Sounds like a good story... Love the writing style too!

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Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 13, 2019, 06:59:16 pm
The brief was simple: we'll ride a maximum distance of 300km per day, camping and wild camping, for a week, with an off day in the middle. Keith (the ruffian) had to ride for 2 days to get to the starting point of the trip, and 2 days back home afterwards.

On a slow work day I started ogling Google, and came up with a route starting from my BIL's farm Fraserburg, up to Verneukpan, on to Pella, over to Vioolsdrift, then on to Eksteensfontein, down to Namaqualand Nature Reserve, over Kamies Pass to Calvinia, and back to Fraserburg. The longest distance was to Pella, at 320km, and since it was mostly farm roads and gravel highway, I foresaw no great difficulties.

On Friday 31 May 2019 I take halfday and race home to pack all my stuff in the car. I ramp the bike onto my trailer and tie it down by myself, all shaky nerves and nervous pride.

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Despite my best efforts, I can't manage to drive the approximately 500km to Fraserburg in less than 7 hours. At 6pm on the dot I stop at the main gate in a light drizzle, open it and drive through. As I'm about to exit the car to close the gate, my phone rings, showing an unknown number. I answer anyway, on a hunch.

"Hallo, dit is Cloete Nortjé," a voice booms at me. "Ek staan hier by 'n man op 'n motorfiets. Ken jy hom?" he asks, laughing uproariously.
"Keith?" I ask. "Ja, ek ken hom" I'm perplexed, as Keith said he'd be on the farm in the early afternoon. Then Keith is on the line.
"Is the farm road a small tweespoor paadjie?" he asks.

I assure Keith it is not a narrow little tweespoor, and feel a twinge of unease when Keith explains that he followed a road, but it had become very narrow and quite technical until, on reaching a huge mud pool and a dilapidated gate, he'd turned around in search of a better path. That farm road is my BIL's pride and joy. He'd just bought a newer car and scrapes the road every chance he gets to avoid damage to the car. It was a full car width at least, and fairly even surfaced.

I tell Keith I'll wait for him at the gate, and phone my BIL in a panic to find out how far away Cloete's farm is. Apparently it's 30km out on the road to Loxton, and I'm sure I won't see Keith before 7pm. How on earth had he misunderstood my instructions so badly? But soon enough his light shows up in the dark. It turns out he'd stopped at a turn-off about 5km further, looking for phone signal so he could call me. There in the damp dusk the kind Nortjés had stopped to assist the forlorn biker.

We head along the same road Keith had travelled before. At the dilapidated gate, I gun it through the long mud pool and Keith quickly follows in my tracks. This eases my mind about his technical skill. 10 km in total later we arrive at the farm house in a cold but welcome (for the farmers) drizzle. After a hearty dinner, lively conversation and warm baths, we fall into the last soft beds we'll experience for a week.
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 13, 2019, 07:22:36 pm
Day 1

Planned route: Fraserburg to Verneukpan - 280 km

After a latish start, I finally have my bike ready and loaded up by about 10am. I'm very proud of my packing for the trip - my pannier bags are only 2 thirds full, the lightest weight (sleeping bag) is at the top and the heavier bag, the food etc, is strapped behind me on the seat. The bike feels rock solid and looks the business.

There is a freezing cold wind blowing, and I don extra layers of clothes. My sister waves us off.

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Keith has already been testing his packing over the past two days, and was a little unhappy with the weight and placement, but as the week passed and we ate more of our food, the weight shifted and things improved.

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We finally head down the 10km farm road, back to the tar road into Fraserburg, and the start of our Northern Cape Caper. I race along exuberantly; I've ridden this farm road a few times - it has patches of loose gravel, some muddy ruts and some nice bumps to jump over, and I don't pay much attention to Keith following me at a more sedate pace. When we reach the main gaite and tar road, Keith again mentions the technicality of the road, and I agree cautiously. To me it is just the farm driveway, and I love it.

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We head in the direction of Williston, Keith leading at 95kph as I want to try to reach the phenomenal fuel consumption he routinely gets (about 23 km/l). The tar road soon turns to dirt again and I gun it in excitement. I soon notice Keith falling behind, and I stop to wait for him. He says he's not happy with his bike's suspension and weight distribution, that it feels loose on the gravel, and since I'm riding with more confidence, I'm welcome to carry on at my speed, and he'll catch up with me. I'm happy with this arrangement and carry on, slowing down or stopping now and then to wait for Keith.

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Water in the dry Karoo

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Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Splash on June 13, 2019, 07:37:10 pm
A great adventure. Thanks for the photos. Looks just amazing.
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 13, 2019, 07:56:42 pm
A great adventure. Thanks for the photos. Looks just amazing.

Unending horizons. As stark and dry as Belgium is green and wet :thumleft:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: BMWPE on June 14, 2019, 06:54:25 am
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Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Matewis on June 14, 2019, 07:56:42 am
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Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Coxwain on June 14, 2019, 08:48:17 am
Another epic RR by Ri..... :happy1:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 14, 2019, 09:39:49 am
Another epic RR by Ri..... :happy1:

No pressure, hey! :imaposer:

It's going to be an epically LONG read, anyway, you know how I overdo the details ::) :lamer:
Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 14, 2019, 09:47:39 am
The gravel road to Williston is a highway - smooth and broad, dustless after the recent sprinkling of rain - and we stop in Williston for coffee so I can check the route out of Williston to Verneukpan. We chat to some locals at the next table and they assure us that it’s not far, about 50km. I think they may have been drinking beer, because they were out by about 120km.

Suzuki Overload :biggrin:

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Beautiful restaurant in Williston

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Keith is very interested in the road conditions, and asks in minute details. I listen with half an ear - these are all farm roads, used fairly often, and should be in rideable shape, especially on a Suzuki DR650.

Keith orders a pizza, to my great surprise. We are carrying enough food for 2 weeks and have already agreed on roadside tea and lunch breaks, and Keith isn’t one to opt for easy living when there’s a harder way to do it. Meanwhile we study the map of the area, looking at the proposed route, but I forget to check the distance to Verneukpan. After all, how bad can it be? I’d plotted every day’s travel to be maximum about 300km, and it was still only lunchtime and we'd already travelled 110km.

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The pizza takes forever to arrive, and is so big that even though I have a few slices, there is still enough left for dinner and breakfast the next morning. We finally head out of Williston towards Verneukpan after 13:30.

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Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on June 14, 2019, 09:49:28 am
Water in the dry Karoo

And rain in Frazerburg, you have my attention!! :deal: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 14, 2019, 09:51:44 am
The last week in May there had been a few showers in the Fraserburg area, it was beautiful to see.

Sadly there were only the few drops when we arrived. Rest of the time and our route, it was very dry.
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Dwerg on June 14, 2019, 09:57:16 am
Lekker! Ek moet nog bietjie by die Karoo uit kom vir 'n bike trip
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Dux on June 14, 2019, 10:14:07 am


Beautiful restaurant in Williston



Mmmm , so much for roughing it  ;)
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on June 14, 2019, 10:24:41 am


Beautiful restaurant in Williston



Mmmm , so much for roughing it  ;)
Guess they were using two ply toilet paper too!! :lol8:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 14, 2019, 10:44:00 am


Beautiful restaurant in Williston



Mmmm , so much for roughing it  ;)
Guess they were using two ply toilet paper too!! :lol8:

That restaurant has the worst 2-ply toilet paper - no perforations, it just stretches and tears in thin, uneven, unusable strips...  :xxbah:
Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 14, 2019, 10:45:43 am
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The road becomes more interesting and a bit more challenging, with wide uphill turning sweeps, more loose gravel, and wide slick mud pools here and there. In some places, the mud isn’t even a different colour or texture and you only realise you’re in it when the back wheel starts trying to pass the front wheel - exciting times.

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At one spot, while waiting for Keith, I spot 2 little Bakoorjakkalsies crossing the road, but they're too far for me to grab a photo.

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Little lambs

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Veld photo shoot

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At times, I ride behind Keith until I can pass him, and watch a little amazed as he slams on the breaks and sticks out his foot anywhere the road surface changes. I’m doubtful that foot is going to keep the bike upright if it falls over, and worry that he’ll hurt himself. When we chat about it, it turns out he is still uncomfortable on the bike, despite his many years of adventure riding.

He also admits that this gravel highway isn’t like the gravel highway he is used to in the Eastern Cape, and he is not quite sure how to handle it. I realise three things about Keith:
He hates falling.
He hates falling even more.
And most of all, he hates falling.

His excuse is that at his advanced age, he would take too long to heal if he broke something, and on top of that he doesn’t have medical aid, but I think he just hates to fall. I’ve met riders like this. I ponder that, in trying to avoid the fall, they might do something stupid like stick out a foot, which is almost guaranteed to get hurt if they did fall.

Me, I embraced falling, once I realised that at my slow tipping speeds I generally only end up with a bruise or a short-lived sprain - mostly to my ego.

I'm not overly cautious, but I'm not a fast rider, and I mention this to people who invite me along on a ride. "Oh but we don't ride so fast anymore, we're slow too", is the inevitable reply. They don't realise that their "slow" of about 120kph is still much faster than my "slow" of about 70kph.

Keith's general gravel speed of about 40-60kph is even slower than my speed, and removes all pressure from me to race to try and keep up. He keeps to his speed and refuses to be hurried along, which gave me the confidence to try put into practice things I've read or been told, knowing he'd be along shortly to pick up the pieces, should I come to grief.


Slow and Slower

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(I really should stick to photographing others only...)
Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 14, 2019, 10:57:49 am
Keith becomes more and more uncomfortable and rides slower and slower as the sun sets. The lengthening shadows make it difficult for him to see the road surfaces, and he admits that his eyesight has deteriorated to the extent that he can’t ride at night. According to my calculations, we still have about 30km to go to Verneukpan, the light is fading fast and the road is becoming a sandy twee-spoor.

I feel a small cloud of irritation well up, but I relax and it quickly dies down. We’re at the start of an epic trip, and the ride so far has been fun. My night vision is good, and I have spotlights on my bike. We’ll be fine.

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Lenthening shadows and sandier roads

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It turns out that the Verneukpan camp is only 6km down the road, and not another 30km. We reach the gate and Keith pronounces it locked. I take a closer look and much to our relief, notice that although it has a lock on, one side of the chain is only hooked in.

We head out onto the wide featureless pan along dirt tracks in almost complete darkness. I am meerkatting, peering at the tracks ahead, feeling like I’m in an old open cockpit airplane on a dark runway, speeding up for take off into the bracing night. It is exhilarating!

At one point I lose the tracks and make a wide turn until I run into them again. Finally, I catch a glimpse of the camp ahead and shout out to Keith triumphantly. We’ve made it.

It is fully dark at barely 6:30 pm, but the camp has solar panels to provide light and electricity, and we quickly sort ourselves out. There is a kitchen area and ablution facilities which includes flushing toilets - WITH toilet paper!! - and running showers. Due to our late arrival we can’t stoke the donkey, and have to make do with cold water in this bitterly cold weather.

Keith boils water for tea and dinner. He is our chef for the trip due to his years of camping and hiking experience, and because my ineptitude on the bike is only overshadowed by my ineptitude in the kitchen.

Although Keith and I have known each other and corresponded sporadically for a few years now, this is our first multi-day trip, and the conversation is a little stilted as we find our way towards common ground and interest in person.

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The stars and Milky Way overhead are epic, and we drag our bedding out into the open, pointing our feet to face East for the sunrise. I blow up my blow-up mattress, pull my three layers of bedding over my head, and fall into an uneasy slumber. I’m quietly determined to rise and get ready quicker the next morning…

I wake up during the night to find my mattress has given up the ghost, or the air. Two days before this trip, I’d suffered the worst bout of food poisoning and had been invalided for a whole day, losing me some precious packing time. I have two blow-up mattresses, and in my haste to pack, it seems I’d grabbed the holey one. Ah well, it is still a pretty solid ground sail.

I lie watching the Milky Way swirl overhead, then turn to sleep, feeling my hip bone jutting into the ground. I had taken a sleeping tablet for my intermittent insomnia, but its only effect seemed to be to make the stars overhead jump around in a dizzying way, and I decide to skip them for the rest of the trip. I’d rather watch the stars

I doze fitfully for the rest of the night, and I’m awake when the sky starts to lighten up in the east.

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Keith is up early for his morning tea

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The whole camp site... actually, you can camp anywhere on the pan, but this is where the facilities are

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Room with a View

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Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: the ruffian on June 14, 2019, 11:38:19 am
It’s probably a good time to flesh out the context a little here:

When Ri describes herself as a rider of “ineptitude”, she’s talking kak. She may have been once, and indeed blames her broken leg in Kaokaland last year on her poor skills level, but one thing is for sure, she internalized whatever lessons she could from that, and my impression of her was of competence and confidence.

As for myself I know I am slow and I do hate to fall. And I am on a relatively paltry pension with no medical cover so my usually innate caution is perhaps intensified by these circumstances. I’ve ridden motorbikes for 50 years , and I’m still here FFS... but yes I was exceptionally slow as the track got sandier and darkness fell. I was also riding an unprepared DR with tired and stock suspension , loaded for 11 days’ self-supported travel, camping. So, not ideal, and perhaps frustrating for any travel companion.

BUT do not imagine that we weren’t having an absolute blast. Being an old ballie I can recall Dylan’s , “...getting too dark to see...” being soon followed by “knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door...” - and that’s how it was arriving on Verneukpan ... the heavens were that close, and while conversation might have been initially stilted, my response to all that space and seeming proximity to cosmic spluurge was quietly intense... that night and those that followed were riotously starry, and it felt fitting to be also insomniac so as to be able to indulge the ‘miracle and wonder’ at all and any time of night - deeply consoling too if you lack the gift of deep sleep...
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: the ruffian on June 14, 2019, 11:42:18 am
Not “unprepared DR”, but “unprepped “ Dr , WRT suspension mods... (bloody predictive text 🧐)

Not that that excuses overly innate caution...🤨
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 14, 2019, 12:35:38 pm
Yes, Keith is a very cautious guy, given to ruminate aloud on the pro's and con's of every situation; he often kept us both out of trouble.

And yes, it was an absolute blast, especially spotting the Southern Cross every night and tracking the Scorpion's path across the heavens, and watching out for meteorites. There were a few astonishing sparklers leaving long, burning trails across the skies...

Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Lem on June 14, 2019, 12:46:52 pm
Lekker report tot dusver. Verneukpan beslis binne vlg 12 maande op my bucket list  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: captain jack on June 14, 2019, 09:01:11 pm
 :thumleft:

Keep it coming
Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 11:23:00 am
Day 2

Despite my good intentions to be up and packed early the next morning, the cold weather scuppers my plans. It is beginning of June, and we are escaping a cold front that is sweeping the Northern Cape. The nights are very chilly. But I had learnt from my Kaokoland trip, and was prepared for the cold nights. I'd bought a summer bivvy-sleeping bag combo, into which nicely fitted a down sleeping bag. And for insulation, I folded a polar fleece blanket inside that. The polar fleece blanket also doubles as extra protection when I have to start moving.

St Ri of Verneukpan ::)

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Or Purple Inuit maybe? As the puffy eyes show, I didn't have the best night's sleep :bueller:

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The dawn is breathtaking, and we slowly get started on breakfast and packing up.

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Keith had given me the bright idea of rolled oats for breakfast. He mixed it with milk powder, and poured boiling water over his every morning. I preferred to pour cold water over my rolled oats, along with a handful of raisins and dried cranberries, and let it soak overnight. The dried fruit became plump and added a nice burst of taste to the rolled oats. It was also kind to my recently food poisoning-ravaged stomach, which was still spasming intermittently, 3 days later.

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Definitely a place I'd like to visit again

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Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 11:55:10 am
During breakfast, Keith and I discuss the day's route, which will be our longest day's ride on this trip. I thought it would be OK this early into the trip, not keeping in mind that it would take Keith two solid days of riding to meet up with me, before we'd even started the trip. The ride will be about 20km longer than planned, as the Verneukpan camp is 20km further from Kenhardt than Google knew.

Keith is not looking forward to the route I'd planned through Verneukpan, as he can't find it on his map. He is a bit concerned it might be as sandy as the last 10km of the previous day, which had not been fun to ride in the dusk. He would prefer that we turn back to Zwartkop and take the other longer road to Kenhardt. Since we agreed early on that the route wasn't cast in stone and could be changed if deemed necessary, I have no problem with this suggestion, and take off across the pan towards the gate.

Leaving Verneukpan

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Keith heads onto the Verneukpan road while I close the gate, and schemes that the more direct route to Kenhard I'd initially plotted, looks good and we'll stick to it. This turns out to be a great decision, despite the 5 or so closed gates, because the road is a gravel dream - smooth and quiet, without dust, a joy to ride.

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(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/WeCX3KD26BVPmFnUaH7oyHxU8auA0nPZX2gXLUu5Ag-WRREwGyFVkkJ-9P7cIhPf_85Dq5HTWMvWgc2NB-_HBuuykr5TsBp0J91Gt4vIr44McKVUBicv4mGGGIB8IYqtZ2Q3tTWZ6NbEIAIX0g6PNyN6vJEPt_RAY6MVCcBiG-vA3rc0DRXfnxVrRBSt5hV7TFH_MYsRNfEaj5un6NJwC_gAWFNgLpUXGRPewVwKEPmY7EgVybEkGlD2PTRaTcTYqKB4fn5Ml5J99LUCoouz9CT5_Mf6qQWTwcOdDdEegDR573hTd2xHCRAjLhSVQF0AT7cKzF_2POd-czSdYmjCeKQpnTOztCQycmSAYU0tDE8BsdIIJIkU6SJuavUnDb2FVUsHtMA-fcP7fUYqkI6g6C5HLgRaCmFLn05zgnZ7yM6TI8HhSEZDdr-y3ozxq2Igc_1v2pfQExsEyFx5mAiyHNsumQQ5rOKemB-3NQiWdwVD5gLvopzAmbBeTpDJudOzyTWWXqo67VcfxU8BkvF7yB5oJSuzjMfSAmKcw7pPuHSdZ8gNoyDqFZUwEwx-i8vaKowZXjDaN1rNGo7ddfNCo6D-r5RJI0UFkjz3pBFJirtHTnySic8FF8eLRkdT58HA8yeTh_IdtRMZ5PVf_y4sExwixtXBE9Q7I7omJufjx67Twx3jZwzm6THj7IT9OxlSJsnKQIrl1sURc191kSk9x1sr=w919-h689-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/PWBUZCIyMIGiWREv1f22opZF_0TVTVJ3CTK20yEgpBfLm3BocCPYejWUOBdIReAfWQ1qvQFsPC0byKGQx8Xgy5a8EanpgSfrFUAas66fmV5byOgkLcRAURd93IuR36RRGDqamYspjzTx32zleNqBDmv9zH74UZk_OQ_kD4aJtnTFq6prnr-W1bQ1HhXCYzaBhBdVfml4CkbCwDhtN58S9VtpxmwjwdAr_i38uGzMaILAsT3TTlH0La_1xvuq4If-1dWqm6gJky6ZqksRuLEto8muM8fcb7brM10V9QW5m1QZDz-xZV59UWV0U7CGfEUEQAg1n35TlO9Yh3GTk2Hpym9jpPb889ikmFdp5K55Mmkwjja5E4Un_DqNKW3OThZk9TZoOinEVUIAeQETz53Hqs8tDGmDYkKGlPLnXLkTpuoXPaFS8rPqJBUVDSWArcY8211AUBAMgnP7zXzZ4nCcsYMQ_2TMGd9T34Fcfsq3o6WzJLPtMFF6Gu5gEwes5LBiEu4N91zj82Wi_d5c2k1F1oiIEzm_cIF8ueXXG37bePcPc_QXlL9oU5mER47lkleY3Rx_wwvDZ_Kxy2v-JuX2SE5vmJhrivVbMSL9aycCiEFVYAe2_NCQ_ZNPfqB8Sn5kaBkZ1oU38Quyx6VhI7U-dyMMnGDK0QhKlBdk47V5BAPR2jmMtPCQ7Yess_zqmqIiRV6NK8rS6JBGJ__Y2z4d3T9s=w919-h689-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/X5ysN9pue7X9NPPHQ0dLlbrIfmF350KxOQRREPG59HY5IRuQ5Du89pUqgssZldDD1FpS8DqCxtR3FfQ_DGBav07BRFwLJEkfRbhP0_paaF5kQkHETPRPHzjx6qyhXt6KiTKR9LsTHPiHGGCHhOah6PvdPEhDxTSvej29VPvjaavRiOyK6jWeLBQYpQvRuuHZ_MzPn7Aq1kx_-j_3GZcBCMRDAskpMTBP8ye9nkzlddTTCA8dYR0kA4lJUo99MpAygCs15FKKb95jfL7yuTQ1hXa0oxmRtv2HTyGxHEGluHun66ajdUjrusxgGVBAP8vZCNVOX7dMmznUT5RpfYUkT0TsNzybxhMVaS2UjgtynIOdWbn3lI-EShM_-M4kxpUkjng9AXJ2oQ96YUQGvosJXtR7Nj3EAhUTr2q0snwkh3_z_FSoXWblvNfkR_7Upu9XpBzSY4vDq0sMvoznOexvQDJwnWE6t_-U1ThyXepMIkGz-WwELRxH9SUaQpjrszRRMkJ_9gm30VkqWrojWPlo7BvO6pxceGZ4XlGm_CexZa5BI45BGnDdY_s3LJEMhukiR_JvrNYnACPHNB_2EVvYyC5kHng92XjlBIyHNocIH6BiCBrdvA8F5ldufDTUJFwm7knaXnpMkzs4I1ywCwDaKnWTAbgXT9WOGyExNB2zdV3jseknAhUmFAoPHDjL_igehZJA8E88kdrYmfUmtR0pmrTV=w919-h689-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/xT9L9cZR_3VARNotm7HcbsKPMJbUeZMBY5Y8xkklKDDn1EjgrWVHiYO3Gmu4bsS1NCOUMJ138WZmcHZzinA9qyxea6zkKhJbDPVTb9dNOTsfBRh29SkB4-r3xY18pVBig_NHiVlRx8AI419Iiog-rzjKfshzEL8IEER5NyZQtaGARYZ9d14XoI4c1Wq3KnbTHBh0Saxneqhe1Y3LS9Oze8c23hlLtV6t0OL3cG6742d3RWyjdWAHC6fbR5XMj_Fq2mvsjtGpWtw-IxFuweBWvTIF4fHZ95pCJenJXXCoyytqY8pqeTszjKItPyTcA2ZuPAdy8JEh84ziJrSi3Mm9Tp_6i0Aijxv3I7tt5s_VZTKCyIIwdJ3CtdeM29xbL6r9eSdhg3gvgdjDct3r_fakjBZ3f-8OXenXt4z66-V33uhiE7Hy52yjelpR3-j4cIgwyVpdJyhVVvwExFooy3CTyMf74ZwSDzJuFRHwyk-_IFdtFN_5wQzOgb1j7zPlmLXOTlxwJk0j9Ma64Hl6yT4gdh5qT2OV0KhQkOSCaiQanAdkBxG_UH0OXQ7yoa9UAPvecWQem9Jgc6_KWSeCOzBM2afXQ_IDcLa5tDeE9C8HHy8XvssXKP1ymKo-NGHPDFtRSV3zFPKnH8DnE4R3nGR5P89vslM2Qyg2c6UIq1GGfIQzypsmrlo0JQZXHPGi0Ses17FUX6i8wVig6eGtBytf1wdx=w517-h689-no)


Gate to Verneukpan from Kenhardt side

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/XEUWuTH9v6yCQ4SxukowH-z4iBIJuaGAPDMHSPzkhKBJLOPJswQ2pOFQADZj20vw4AvG1qQEFNWbxhU7nPKnoPZ5-OBt3QZzHmslUv87dm-SEMqoB9yvGGc9dMcuCy3i7tvFhoIQ6zmdbIeFPSpwfHA3LuJ6OFd7s8Di8jvmga8AZDMPGriBDsGUfigIo2ExXxe8yE3lKPCFzWGOXw1p6PEW3B-jcak-D3_ukoJFjlzl7uv5pwACtaDxVezlKqgzBIwNjYIvnJQj0dvzJImXLDUmvQlOSbcuOFDt9SY2wMHFNtw8giR-HBM7V32WBXuvyBaTpVw2mGTnhndM89hjBRA70PafEopLcRqF4kIHrKuZTsyaKeu0a6lQ7kLUzx1-K0ZC_3LV17E7Bb7SEacFDCClFc8pLFwj0OiwOZIgvKEY3Ajru7tn8HL9O8KXPS2AV3OFvlBAn7xHt76VLEXSl-pTAQRCjAe0oTO2jG1rMQePgxLfSWZHz7qV5DOktUe3XNCvJiI1zl4PCdRCwNb4VdrO0FAfR0c78U84UvXztZzOPcXYlGUUbR73yS6hN79NbvQorFrEsbdDB0vGybtIArHYrZhH6FptD1mYDAQxWZQ6_rPAV9e1hw3IoR8H5ZO49BzBjahnjn_M2IODXS6gckhYfd0m-5HAqbrzi2atWsyPTJboC98KrEFtu17_fdvOIIzltkzhp7VSBybmh-Lsacnr=w919-h689-no)


First "Versamelvoëlnes"

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/og46tntSmRscuiK7eYH5Sa26TKbvh6M3wKxVdfr2A9Rzv5RPIJCg5pNYcyyXCwahWOyiHyvg-D0N14UqG46yWaUhKCXBxvaAW5fU0dpYef2pHHnIUev_lgw_4B2FTf_DfWPle75YELCTIfvC2plrICk0goO7Y0xdPrS8Oilc3Xe8sS0G_xprfDRFwmQKjbK-zJ5Ay1Gi-QZnNkFpyhefuoPyGoXsokEqoU5wDQ5bOxjsl5RWy-69qZAK5Pk_VKL5r4Rr2sy_SRiOORT3Yc9Az074Yn6b35xLHhaq2fZIHhTpzawQOYFAOrWQ9j-PojBM6WEDKj7aAYpvltsqnIlN-hNwzifqmW9euQGbb5Kf4JKgzlYVvPejDdm4mmjP67DFLUvvzRNCthEWLAsBgoSHRXzkMOkrGMUSUgdSqB_NOlNHoAhFfPKx05kduNwLfkqsAxIJ-73mq4bscT9X4oqHiRdj78eJV7DkSorRVr8Vy8p0x77zu5cQhvx6_aIzY5yrB-kBKlRkjjDLG_YQyemKijSmTcZAFOlzAe-zofF_ssWdLSZ-J8Rcr5yMihNXh5E6SJJiac8tnthPR5XQpPJ0AtDVIX2MYulvFiZ82sfZNTXa9_Vz-7VM7cCApQn0cgxp3aNg5ypuboFiqAyGCLP6Dcg9Km_GfRUj5hN4C-9sumM8kmR4V6zFBXp_1ZWiI0CHsC_bixrsb69CzJsoslWis4SJ=w919-h689-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/7IUMlpux0j9Q9E9GMXxhY2u8ujY5079VmHv18gRXf8eX0Pa4-lyaWBEmpRllMz2WrNWye512wzMRiqvaYfOKX5gkWeqFvaJxfNXE37vkgq36XQq7vGyNiQ_QDDS9QAsfOiea7hxHFrqlScpR4bKSRr6m7nxx4pQzviZmIXR1dbpvvMkrzrT4SGXAS8QSou6PiRWqxKa5leKIcae81jO-RAe7cVDmSecvQgZlC9Ah8J6y85AdPHR-D0CpWHeubv1G5c951BbYCVqefhLwrmkUO57ay_UJzmdpn_ucRqvjlezm8EsSlxRYhPAsSuj_DXwTl8Myj0Jwsrjx726BxX9u9Zax76V-utq4xZqAwdahw3HEOx1hnNwJllaWk-Olwdwidi1j_Nlnt5bbRcxlQjHNdrhTq5WWvQYRU_umHOvXdRaxjZz_9BymI9VedhVwN4dVQLHYD809YDvjydcM5w0eg7wZtKOdSSt8Fd-5dCWGcEMbaGSLhvh_IxGLAne0-wLglTIciJtgexbxsv0_9pYCjTb2zNm32vVTVqc-XXtdpGHZH85rY60KRsoq4K5H-LZ9pU0Hqy86yzCB2t-1RtjavrsoMiCPeygJelvaJZFVZcFBaIy000cQtUo6240BZWfChnrEIav-XURsmGnC5sFt9bXBuISguslj7GOglTFwh8vxPWI03RGTwrjpfRm3BEO-YTSuijDANhUcu3HWFrHg8kZa=w919-h689-no)


Looks like someone took the time to "weave" the birds a seat  :)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/9NUOWZuEmUkI3rKd1-6ICIMEi8l7qszsJUvp2mPUrFj3vmrWspAo_EA_fidxU5RaUYSTeRRmBXmqlgwZkWRzihmGx46a98X2sTDA-q7K7bvXcmut09M3yWhEb4dV18RcXl6mCeekJ1kQIjxk3tDZKXDuIhg-UcrNVgw_B4FTCUgmXtfFnI2DlQufqAlEe2Aeeqz3h48d3RHvvxVI5W4W3VgUtNvwJzE2TmM40K94sb8qzeg8aXye1pR_4IdVq6gk2oy2REUmZ5oG1Tvz-Tn9Hvz1JkKYA7Fjpbj6E9iVD0yj2PSC7O50ZGWqxdSLe-RfjYuJo_hb5F7h3ruMTA-CttzInyNqkp_OmQw36KKzrELNcjG7cGHaz_R8TAwN1iZc0qOcV--qFhgCI1EvZ6xJUwrkmoirCd5vkIMPO-dzOuM1I1mZAaWL0Yt1scY--Q_vqcCZrjuuMUXCg_QJaiZOFJPlKTpt2iI1_eC5nZB95DtndFZmHIymwCa-NFs91qPAZRPhUbkgXgU2hjujRv9tbAYo7-sgaVa9kGYd-HnHXv5P3QV7t058-aODGdIXm670E1tOa0-sIF8FT_M8fTHJXn9jTU7yh20Eh8Oyr-68zd7s_Q3yquxmLo_lSD8AkIOZV5I8LewwVhgxf3t27tcdeN4H8bgICNYssKGTSGoknguXbZsumHDHeRrT1_OKuNVYT9JXkiCJuAnIsDMnaBepZM1k=w919-h689-no)


After a long time on this road, and probably due to my lack of sleep, I'm suddenly "gatvol". When I find a likely looking culvert, I stop and ask Keith if this is a good spot for a tea break. He agrees that it is perfect, and we have a relaxed roadside lunch picnic, with tea, Melrose cheese and rice cakes.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HHS35vfQzn64aHJTkNZjs94P9V-DvBTm65jMAH3DkMupA9fEUMPS3YJN0C9VutXLA03hr607MYOZtl6XAVWvyoIYQAS_d7gi9r_q2SRf6zWff8LHYx1V0gEYp85xdEvHQ6NhyKuC95vHjHi08VirFBuLdvEfa8RUZmRR6qmGaaBFABepZxjRkuTo-AmcyFETmhHsSou8vWOMWJjCwk_belTtmeTU0D4WLXX0MbCEaPJ-V8kz5k45bra0jHhXveaH0TpCRmh-VUO24EkeoTDZWDDy4Te92nSqPTuebVsD1_t_rIcpYGovoSyolMtFeoGh0cdylL5LdJaIs9zJvFAj7Gl1Cx0gxZQl4xAlWQiVmcQ6-vu6PkOAK8XnpI8fIstZF37JRc8sUonYhfuCKAjWasC9qbgvj0mgCa8ej-lMq6xWUpObFR4nSp6iYAf0RTuXh4X_zmVR0EVVMybwpNzCbdBMBqQPVoRYNC4rplpwaPgMVLhZXme04jg_vRcqVnDIr20-kqkog0GEpfe85ti6Ril0dZAwbiu200_3rf8AvGfKahxKapESXyUtwpNpLpHf7oRDWROQbKJNX43Gpht9jbQaEsCl_owSAp_U-UrceXZK6X-ISvqG3j3KrnSZ7YXvnLw7bMJFeAyyLg7lbOYK8emb9BSzqjK01PjlMvkpJhDHME6tm2KtwlPyf3-JOSkd--wCZKk6f60WAYqypWFmYfNV=w919-h689-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/DLD7l-yyezZn3zeTJJxkgiwcJd289FEcUHVSs0mnKlcY1_C0HGSPIMWNMbyPumlI2g2mZaqUW4-RBmb7UTIDejtX2qUN_wn05irvvi8sJmkly_AtU2uxGUr6aZ2wXoTY162b1w9EFhy3WkHeQiIMeXsC74xo0rE33kuLGhs8DQsP5XVWyhqKOOmxRj3Te8Ti0oH32YWRis-Owc1gdtLz-a5FQ9R9cNrEQylnzl3ucy1oSqUyAhM_9mf39q47D-EWrgpOui6IUPRTZFTtpgUonARRgedAQfKNCcLGJiH15pVQLnI9oaY6d4kctI5x0G26baAtRs3dkVyHfSD5qIp_QRCF3siyfocgnbOw2rDAVY5dwcwrN1mG8Wfhc-xHWuXrIA3yQcae-deDS3l35H0LLzfDs3N02pkHIEHWCQd6vf8flkGkG_qFtBcMlS4lICRCb1qpUuj5iZPXhyZjJEvHg0bxac4z1EQd3iEcXK74IqrVEcJxXyxTdBoMDougQrvdcdsXOlfOR_b5_gcApieh7H3fHeuWxgoIUsDWylpXCcaJQsalvvlUlac9a9poOVwUMF3UyQMYG8kB2o-8Wn4Mf6Cg89b1lV3yjakGEZHi2dvjjpQ9yMHiQceB3GePZijf1w1PTIawIVVyv3sZlu1AfZOZC-21NG4v3avh7OolUUPhMyjv0ShyUbK93HvpECzwBdX4yDlttVH5X8jT24Vp-kPy=w919-h689-no)


Keith having thoughts.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ixwA7h5je1Ur72shMBhMzKwM3TP9loqRyzjDOii-T99l7g-QRStcXZ_X-kMnPWsLP83mLwFWCeYbSYUb6_02XgyoAtW-ipkfWqoAXv8SPE9DgABjuc3yqMNu2kKGuvGpX818tEDym0Pu7Jm4jq1611vkdlmOHITKuWibW_ip-L446bmbTdKXKJWZ_vp_5iZDVYo32kyU08r2xdoNQ8tZnhLsn1AUT5rWscPuB4V_doocQ--ZY-1rDr3M6Xk84RVD9ASGROBcW7MOc1KxteJPikd3Of1Yt18QdC2Jvpt5RUiiTe82xdZ3szSgAjEqGL3IC8qMk4t1sVttMxH2FztdZU-oXjdNRB2MjYtJED26psTsf2ByCUynddJqrf25n58BE-Bz05DQH-ztIlbsmB-ThpF5zgDLdq4I6V3T9qwm-M__Xh9wgv3qYT6PGkTiPf_mfFyQd6Y2IwmF-fzDYfzsFPDDhjfuHi7ZVGVyy1wmZgk0C2Gx4OI0Vi1j2xR24WCE4S75ax1LTgYS3c0sOmtdMhCTTTsv-GcX1PLrBbBY3o6GTOoIe_7wEloxFQRrwyaSB6Bq5ygsIQywCNB9cHm4a0zkx2MBeULuWoBwkHHuFHnVxvnhf-X6daE5hfFAModKvW7Gl2jQcPbW0n3vi0QXMqY17-kdO8e_SJ14hI0qzoDhXjcOs3SkBEb1-l5o7IzlWtw-qnIPN-tPphdl_lI6KNwb=w919-h689-no)


Lunch. We pretty much polished it all in one go

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Bit of shade against the heat of the day

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According to Keith, this would make a fantastic roadside wild camping spot, as the bikes can be moved down behind the trees to avoid detection, and the sand would provide comfort.

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Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Casting from Turd on June 16, 2019, 12:27:17 pm
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Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 12:44:25 pm
We reach Kenhardt and fuel up. We make preparations in case we end up having to wild camp tonight, and look around for extra water. The lady in the shop says the water in Kenhardt isn't great, and I grab a 5l container of water in the shop.

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Because I hadn't over overstuffed my side panniers like I usually do, it is relatively easy to fit the container into a pannier, but it doesn't take many kilometres to realise how much the weight of it affects my riding. I don't have any similar weight to balance it on the other side, despite fastening my 2l water bottle to that side, and I feel like an unbalanced oil tanker.

Eventually I stop and pour some water into my back pack, and some into Keith's containers. This makes the weight more manageable. Keith generously shares a Snickers with me during our short stops.

The plan was to reach Pella today, but Pofadder is still 200 km away and with the quickly shortening days, there is a very real chance we won't make it. The road to Pofadder is terrible, with long stretches of deep ruts and bone-jarring corrugations covered by thick layers of loose gravel. Keith's bike struggles to find purchase, and mine is only marginally better.

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From about 150km outside of Kenhardt, we start keeping an eye out for wild camping sites, but we'd long left behind the trees and culverts of before and entered the arid zone of low rainfall, and the road was featureless.

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Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 12:44:56 pm
Still a long way to go...  :-[

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The day darkens and Keith slows down. I ride beside him hoping my spotlights would provide some relief. With the lights of Pofadder 5km away, Keith spots a wild camping spot, and we quickly park the bikes next to the road and go do an inspection. There are a few candidate spots, and we pull into the best one, and unpack the necessary to survive the night.

Only two cars pass us in the night, neither showing any signs of spotting our bikes in the dark. Keith cooks a tasty dinner of couscous with sundried tomatoes, sundried olives and some olive oil, bulked up with flavoured tuna, and there is more than enough for us both. I even manage a wash from a small container, a trick I'd learnt as a hiker.

We again orient our sleeping bags to the best star watching angle, and, sipping our last cup of tea, we chat about the stars, our bikes, and the day's ride until sleep suddenly overcomes me. I relish the wild camping opportunity, and sleep better than I expected in the soft sand, despite my uninflated inflatable mattress and having to bush pee (yes I've heard of the She-pee #pleasedon'tmentionitagain).

Dawn

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Our camping spot

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The lights of Pofadder

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We both agree that we could have reached Pofadder, but my feeling is that
a. We would have had to interrupt someone's dinner on a Sunday night to ask for accommodation. The reception might be been a bit... er... chilly
b. Wild camping is more exciting! Especially if you manage to find just the spot.

It was very saddening, while looking around for camping spots, to see all the locked and empty farms where we might have been able to camp on the lawns if there had been someone to ask. There were still animals on the farms, so presumably people still visited them, but by 6 pm everywhere was dark and inhospitable.
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: NoRush on June 16, 2019, 12:56:38 pm
 :sip: really enjoying your writing Ri, travelling along with you guys. This kind of trip also on my list. 
Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 02:22:57 pm
Day 3

Today is only a short ride. Keith's friend had strongly suggested that we rather visit Klein Pella and give Pella a miss, and since it is on the Namaqualand Eco 4x4 Route that I want to have a look at, I'm happy with the suggestion.

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Old mine?

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Weather is heating up

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I'd factored in two rest days in the middle of our trip: one to try out the 4x4 route if we felt like it, and another unplanned day that we could use any way that took our fancy. Once we reach Klein Pella, a true oasis in the seeming desert, Keith decides he'd like to camp here for the two days. He's been riding now for 4 days uninterrupted, on road conditions he's not accustomed to, and he needs a break.

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We find a site with thick soft grass to make up for my lack of padding and go look around the facilities. We set up tents, not to sleep in but to store all our stuff in.

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My chain roller had taken a hit

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Our view from the camp site... breath taking.

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Other campers

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Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 02:30:34 pm
I go in search of a Gin and Tonic, and Keith heads for a dip in the cold clear pool.

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The camp kitty comes to keep me company

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These trees fascinate me

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Later in the afternoon we ride down to the Orange River. As campers, we are allowed to ride anywhere on the Klein Pella property, and there are many sandy riverbeds with tracks all over them to suggest that many campers and 4x4s have done exactly this. There are also beautiful mountains around, and Keith's rock climbing eye quickly scouts a route to the top which he files for later reference.

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Inviting tracks leading off the main road

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There are at least 14,000 date palm trees on Klein Pella

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Back at our camping spot, Keith prepares dinner. We have the normal couscous again, and along with that he braais the braaipack I bought at reception earlier. Even though Keith is a vegetarian, the meat is grilled to perfection.


Couscous

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R85 braai pack... considering what I could get elsewhere for that amount, I wasn't super impressed, but the meat was nice, anyway, if over-spiced.

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Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 03:13:41 pm
Day 4

Again I sleep surprisingly well on the soft grass, waking only now and then when my hip bones complain of abuse and force me to turn around. Due to a spine shaped more like a ? than an S, I'm unable to sleep comfortably on my back, something Keith has no problem with, as signalled by his sonorous snores.

Again, we are both awake before sunrise, and Keith gets up to make his usual pre-dawn cup of tea, and offers me same. We drink our tea and wonder at the meteorites whizzing overhead, then turn around for a last snooze before the sun pops over the mountain to end our slumber.

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Visitors

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Our kitchen setup

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Wakey wakey!

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Surprising number of birds popped by

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Since this is another rest day, we take our time over breakfast, lazily discussing things we would like to do today.  I would like to ride the 4x4 route, and Keith is willing to give it a go. We walk to the office and Keith asks the people in the office about the route in great detail. They all agree that it's doable in a 4x2 and should be fine with the bikes. Kassie also gives more information on our proposed route to Vioolsdrift the next day, and assures us that the new road following the pipe is an easy gravel road.

Near midday we head out on the 4x4 route, and, much to our discomfort, discover it covered in sand. I think about everything I've practiced and read about sand riding, and promptly climb out of the seat and put my bum as far back as possible, then climb out of the 4x4 spoor onto the untrodden veld next to it, and carry on precariously. Unbenownst to me, Keith has a sidestand incident behind me but manages to wrestle his bike upright. He notices that I ride in the veld and asks me about it. I tell him I've decided the best way to ride sand, is not to ride sand. The unmarked veld next to the 4x4 spoor is in effect our "escape route". He follows my example, and we continue.

Outside our comfort zone

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We carry on without incident and my confidence grows, even as Keith's confidence wanes. He is becoming more and more uneasy with the sandy tracks surrounded by sharp rocks, and worries what might happen if he hits something out in the bundus. After a particularly sandy river stretch inducing a rush of perspiration and adrenaline, I stop to check that Keith is OK.

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He walks up the next hill to see what the road is like, but it drops away again and he can't judge what is in store for us. He does a risk assessment - it's too hot, we don't know what condition the road is in, and he doesn't have enough water - and decides to turn around. He isn't enjoying the ride, and suggests that I carry on alone, but I'm not foolhardy (much)

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We take a short snack break, and then turn around to go face the mini sand monster again.

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Since Keith found some cell phone signal on the way in, on the way out he gestures for me to ride ahead back to camp while he makes a phone call or two. I ride wide in the veld again and get to camp without incident. Keith later follows my track, but admits that he suffered another small fall on the way back. He has reason to hate sand.

Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 03:27:57 pm
Back at the camp, we go for a swim and then take a short afternoon rest after our enervating experience.

After the first two days of our trip, arriving in the dark, I realise that I'd overshot the mark. At our leisurely pace and with the short days, 300km is slightly too far per day. No big deal, our plans were always flexible. I fire up Google Maps on the free WiFi provided by Klein Pella, and start looking at routes and alternatives.

More visitors stop by while I make my plans.

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In the late afternoon, much energised, Keith persuades me to walk halfway up one koppie. When we reach the halfway mark, he persuades me to head for the top. My legs are willing and able but my aerobic fitness is lacking. Still, I make it to the top and the views are incredible.

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Trying out a traverse

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"Just one more little hill..."

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Adding to the cairn

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Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: skydiver on June 16, 2019, 06:21:25 pm
Very enjoyable so far.
Keep it coming.  :deal:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: DRme on June 16, 2019, 07:20:20 pm
Thank you Ri. I am ejoying the read and photos.
Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 08:01:28 pm
Day 5

Today's plan is simple. The older couple camping next door to us, had told Keith about a camping site called "Richtersveld Wilderness Camp", about 20km along the river from the Viooldrift border post, and he is very keen to camp there. It's about 200 km away from Klein Pella, and by all accounts the road is good, so we should be fine.

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We set out towards Steinkopf, the next place we can fill up, but then decide to check out the path to Goodhouse that runs along the river, as it would save us 40km. The road turns out to be fine, and at Goodhouse we stop to chat to some military men walking around. They were on maneuvers or patrol or something. Their base camp looks like it is still being built... Keith chats to them, and they agree that the road along the river is good. We head off, stopping for a tea break.

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Tea and comfort break. I came away from the bush pee with pines down my pants. Did I mention I hate bush pee? I hate bush pee :xxbah:

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The river is a beautiful, peaceful wide and slow flow at this point, inspiring serenity.

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The rocky mountains behind us... not so much.

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Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 08:07:16 pm
Keith stops a local in a dilapidated blue Hilux to ask about the road ahead. The local tells us it is terrible, terrible. It is full of holes, and very sandy. Imagine our surprise when we head long the pipe track and find a gravel highway! It is corrugated and sandy due to lots of truck traffic, but manageable.

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The road demands concentration, and has a nasty knack of throwing out the back wheel of the unwary. A few times, my bike's behind steps out of line, and my heart skips a couple of beats until momentum pulls it straight again.

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It still takes us a while to reach the tar road N7 though, and then we slab it to Viooldrift. We stop at the cafe for some necessities - pilchards and something to braai for me - and share a tin of coke. Neither Keith nor I are fans of the drink, but enjoy it on occasion in small quantities. I also buy myself a quart of beer, because I don't have the guts to question the liquor store proprietor when he points me to the fridge, and that is all it contains.

Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 08:07:42 pm
Then we reach Richtersveld Wilderness Camp, and it is all our neighbour Barry had promised, and more, for the sum of R150 pp. The caretaker shows us to the best spot in the house, and quickly sweeps the cooking area and cleans the braai for us. The gas heaters and flushing toilets make up for the spider webs everywhere.

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Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 08:18:06 pm
After a dip in the Orange River, Keith gets busy with dinner and makes a big fire to grill my pork rashers. While the rashers are grilling away, I notice a tiny scorpion running around the fireplace. To Keith's horror, I pick it up in my hand, and move it to another place and it disappears over the wall of the fireplace. A little while later it reappears, only to climb into a slender crack in the cement. Keith lectures me on the dangers of scorpions for a long long time, and I promise to never touch one again. Still, I'm thrilled at not only seeing my first live scorpion, but also touching it.

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We put our sleeping bags in the best star viewing position, and talk about deep and meaningful stuff before falling asleep. The next morning, we are awake again before dawn and Keith makes the by now obligatory cup of tea, before I turn around and snooze again. It is a beautiful dawn and I can't get over all the wildlife appearing in the river.

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Fish eagle nest

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Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: jaybiker on June 16, 2019, 08:26:47 pm
Two fantastic ride reports in one!  As if the great pictures didn't tell the story, there's wonderful writing as well.!

Definitely the best RR since your last one Ri.  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 08:30:36 pm
Day 6

Today we head straight down the N7 towards Kamieskroon and over Kamies Pass. This is something both Keith and I want to do very much, and I happily cut out the Richtersveld section of the trip to save us some time.  This will be a slightly longer day with over 260 km to cover, but since more than half is on tar, we reckon we can easily make it. We find a guest house in the middle of nowhere, and on enquiry they are quite happy for us to camp there.

Leaving Wilderness Camp

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Did I mention how cold today is?

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There is no fuel to be found in Vioolsdrift, and on the way to Steinkopf my bike stutters and chokes ominously with 360 km on the trip meter. I switch to reserve and crawl along at about 70 - 80 kph into a freezing wind, riding into another cold front that is sweeping the coast. Today's maximum is only 8 degrees. I reach Steinkopf on a gasp of fuel vapor, and fill up to find I had 1 liter of fuel left in the tank. The bike had managed 410km on a 21l tank. Not too bad, but can be improved, haha.

We also have a quick bite to eat, and a cup of coffee to warm us up.

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Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 16, 2019, 08:32:58 pm
Two fantastic ride reports in one!  As if the great pictures didn't tell the story, there's wonderful writing as well.!

Definitely the best RR since your last one Ri.  :notworthy:

Thanks @jaybiker, you make a girl blush :biggrin:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 16, 2019, 08:51:54 pm
Baie dankie vir die deel, love die fotos!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: cocky on June 16, 2019, 09:44:16 pm
Lekker RR Ri, lees lekker saam!
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 10:15:16 am
Thanks all, glad you are enjoying it!
Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 10:41:31 am
The N7 to Kamieskroon feels longer than it is, and the wind bites at any exposed body parts, but I've learnt how to dress for cold riding, and I don't suffer... much. I'm wearing two buffs, one of which has a strip of polar fleece added to it, folded double over my head and face. I wear thin running gloves beneath my normal summer riding gloves, and I'm trying the trick of putting surgical gloves over the gloves. Can confirm - works like a bomb to cut wind chill on fingers. Unfortunately the thin surgical gloves I managed to score while my mom was in hospital, don't last and quickly start tearing.

I'm wearing a vest, 2 long sleeved tops, a t-shirt and a down jacket. The perk of riding in a men's riding suit - even a Small - it has lots of space for extras underneath.  Thick socks and leggings keep the lower limbs warmish. The fresh wind against my face while my body is nice and cozy is the best feeling in the world, and my head swivels from side to side as I inhale the sights of beautiful mountains surrounding us.

As we ride, I check out all the good looking gravel roads running alongside the N7. After all, I'll be back this way to check out Richtersveld.

Finally we reach the turn off to Kamieskroon and stop for a moment. It looks like a nice little town, but our sights are set on Kamiesberg and Kamies Pass, and soon we push on.

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Kamies Pass is well used up to a point, and the road is in fair condition, if a little sandy, and there is a fair amount of local traffic.

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We stop again for our tea brake, exhilarated to be in these beautiful mountains at last.

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Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 10:51:13 am
Then we mount our sturdy steeds again and head off to be astounded by ever growing beauty. I absolutely love mountains, and stopping at Klein Pella recalled the beauty of Kaokoland, but Kamies mountains are something else again - curve upon curve opening new vistas all the time

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I almost come to grief trying to take this photo. Keith is far ahead on the snaking uphill in the distance, and I'm waiting for the right moment to capture the scene when my bike starts rolling forward. Feet shuffling uncomfortably, unable to step on the back brake, both hands holding onto the camera, unable to reach a lever with a pinky, I teeter precariously off balance for a few moments. In my mind's eye I already see myself toppling over, when I somehow manage let go of something and somehow hit a brake - whether front or back, I honestly can't tell. Shaking with adrenaline, I breathe grateful thanks to my Maker, then pull myself towards myself and carry on.

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This farm set up is so beautiful I had to capture it

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During the last two days I notice a difference in Keith's riding. Instead of hitting a brake, slowing down and putting out the landing gear over rough sections, Keith instead stands up without seemingly slowing down. His general speed is slightly faster and more consistent as well. I ask him about this, and he says with the weight of his luggage becoming less he doesn't feel as unstable on the snaky sandy gravel. Instead of braking, he just gears down and carries on. I imagine our talks about momentum and loose gravel riding finding purchase, and privately I'm as proud as a mommy eagle who nudged the chick out the nest and sees it flying, although probably I had nothing to do with it. I'm just happy he is riding with more confidence now :ricky:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Herklaas on June 17, 2019, 10:53:07 am
 :sip:Lees en ry lekker saam, ek sien daai Suzies het meer bagasie op as die average GA op 'n naweek trip.  :pot:
Jy skryf lekker, nerens is daar melding gemaak van 'n Skotse wyntjie so voor slaaptyd?, of het ek dit misgelees.  :bueller:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Crossed-up on June 17, 2019, 10:53:49 am
I'm so enjoying this RR. I grew up in Namaqualand. It's a special kind of place. The scenery is unique and its people are like no other.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 01:43:30 pm
:sip: Lees en ry lekker saam, ek sien daai Suzies het meer bagasie op as die average GA op 'n naweek trip.  :pot:
Jy skryf lekker, nerens is daar melding gemaak van 'n Skotse wyntjie so voor slaaptyd?, of het ek dit misgelees.  :bueller:

Hei, ons was darem meer as 'n week op pad en geheel en al selfversorgend, nie net op 'n oorlaaide topbox-en-panniers naweekrit nie :deal:

Ek wou nog 'n versterkinkie inpak, maar met die verlore tyd vanweë die maagaandoening en die gejaag daarna, het dit agterweë gebly. En boonop is my metgesel 'n geheelonthouer. Ek het wel by Klein Pella 'n G&T geniet, en per ongeluk 'n "quart" by Viooldrift aangeskaf :drunken_smilie:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 01:57:06 pm
I'm so enjoying this RR. I grew up in Namaqualand. It's a special kind of place. The scenery is unique and its people are like no other.

Thank you.

I downloaded and avidly studied tracks you posted on rides in the Namaqualand area. Couldn't make use of them during this trip, but a proper Richtersveld ride is already in the planning for next year. The admin lady at Klein Pella loaned me her personal book on the Richtersveld and it has fired my imagination!

The people are special. The family who hosted us at Platbakkies felt like friends after only a short time, they were so gracious and welcoming.
Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 02:30:26 pm
Although the shadows are lengthening and the day is drawing to a close, I don't want this road to end. Keith is also completely bowled over by the majestic beauty of the area and thoroughly enjoying the compacted road surface.

Then, suddenly, on a forlorn corner in the middle of seemingly nowhere, we reach our destination for the night: Platbakkies Farm Retreat (https://platbakkies.co.za). It is on the corner of the R355 towards Springbok and the Kamies Pass road.

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It is a gem of a place, elegantly and sparsely furnished in a type of art deco that does the neat little house justice. It boasts stylish bathrooms and bedrooms and a well appointed little kitchen, complete with kitchen cat, and honesty shop and bar with a range of beers and enticing jams. If I'd had the space, I would surely have taken home some of the jams. There is even Wifi!

Our hostess, Lizelle, has put out some KitKats and a packet of the amazing biltong to welcome us. There are also tiny fresh-baked rusks in the jar. I finish them all by morning. And since Keith is a vegetarian, the biltong is all mine :drif:

Lizelle tells us we can camp wherever we choose, and even fetches us camping mattresses, bless her! I help myself to a beer, and Keith and I relax on the stoep, unable to believe our luck in scoring this fantastic place to sleep over.

I set out my bedding and take a walk around to capture the lovely garden Lizelle has created in the past 4 years.

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Some eclectic touches, but nothing overdone

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How beautiful?!!

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Two young "windhond" pups being trained to hunt foxes and "rooikatte"

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Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 02:52:09 pm
While I'm studying the contents of the honesty fridge, deciding whether I can face the big choice cuts of vacuum-packed lamb at R100 per kilogram for dinner, and admiring the neat kitchen, Keith calls from outside to tell me one of the dogs are lying on my bed. I rush outside with the camera to take a picture, and notice that the dog's neck is bright red with blood. It scratches its ear energetically, causing more bright red droplets to fly all over my bedding. Ugh, I hate the sight of blood, and I have to sleep in that... !!!

Bloody dog

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I rush the dog off my blanket and call out to the daughter of the house that her dog is hurt and bleeding, and at the same time shove my bloody blanket at her. She quickly grabs the dog to see what is going on, and reports back that it had got a nick in its ear. I'm glad nothing hectic is wrong, but still feel queasy at the red droplets all over my bivvy. Thankfully it is water - and blood- proof, and my shammy makes short work of mopping up the damp blood. I also wipe down the cement before it stains.


Kitchen cat

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Lizelle kindly offers me a super soft blanket I can fold inside the down sleeping bag, as temperatures are set to reach 0 during the night.

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As usual, we position our bedding for maximum sky view. The moon is only a sliver and about to disappear. Keith cooks a lovely dinner of couscous with pilchards while I let his daughter know that all is well, as he has trouble connecting to the Wifi. I chat to her on WhatsApp about our tour so far, and send her photo's of Keith cooking. When I mention our riding, she tells me her dad makes a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter look fast. Keith wryly admits that his driving speed is on par with his riding speed, due to his cautious nature.

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Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 03:03:00 pm
I sleep like a baby on the camping mattress, wrapped up in the soft blanket, and only stir when Keith asks whether I'd like the customary pre-dawn cup of tea. After sipping it down, and marvelling at the meteorites still streaking across the sky, I fall asleep again. When the sun is up properly, we notice the frost on the motorbike seat. It had really been cold during the night.

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Another crispy, beautiful winter day dawns

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Lizelle takes us around the house to her personal garden, a welcoming and peaceful space at the back of the house, with a wind pump vane for shade over the garden table. When she hands me back my polar fleece blanket, it is soft and smells of summer.

The place has a fascinating history, and we thoroughly enjoy our chats with Lizelle and Dawie, her husband. The drought is harsh and things look bleak, but for now they are carrying on. The winter veld has gotten enough rain to carry their livestock, but the summer grazing is dry as dust.
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: 0012 on June 17, 2019, 03:17:36 pm
sjoe ry ek nou vreeslik lekker saam!!!
Sien uit na die volgende episode   :ricky:
Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 03:31:29 pm
Day 7

We are sad to say goodbye, having thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at Platbakkies, but we have to reach Calvinia today, and @Hinksding had invited us for coffee when we pass through Loeriesfontein.

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Time for a tea break

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I really don't know why I let Keith have the camera... ::)

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We finally reach the short tar road outside Loeriesfontein, and slab it to Christoffel's place

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@Hinksding has a beautiful house, and offers us a very welcome cup of coffee. We can't chat long as we still have to reach Calvinia, but it is fun to meet a far away WD whom I've only read about - thanks for having us!

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Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on June 17, 2019, 03:35:46 pm
 Lizelle and Dawie, her husband.

Lizelle is die dogter van n goeie vriend van my. :thumleft:
Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 03:39:10 pm
Then it's the final long stretch to Calvinia. Luckily we are travelling towards the east now, and the sun is setting to our backs, as opposed to earlier in the week when we were riding into the sun. Keith's helmet doesn't have a peak, and I felt very sorry for him during our late afternoon rides when the sun was close to the horizon.

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Far off Secretary bird attacking a snake or something in the veld

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Late in the afternoon we reach our final resting place for this tour (well, mine anyway) - Kleinplasie, just outside Calvinia. Keith still has to travel home for 2 more days.

I couldn't have chosen a worse spot. It is near the R355 towards Williston and there is a lot of traffic. There isn't a shred of green to be seen anywhere, and a loud taxi-load of people arrive from Eersterivier to stay in the cottages. We can't book for breakfast because it's all booked out to these people. In a huff, I head out of the gate and start collecting wood for a fire later in the evening.

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Facilities are neat and clean, and the warm water has tremendous pressure, a saving grace

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Keith starts chatting to the Eersterivier people and they turn out to be an interesting bunch - they're here to attend a church conference, says one lady with a sigarette hanging from her lips.

Another omie tells us he is 80 years old, and recently lost sight in his right eye and also lost 15kg weight in the last 6 months, he doesn't know why. He used to be a body builder, and had been Mr South Africa in his day and had competed against Arnold Schwarzenegger. Keith later wonders about the veracity of these statements, and I Google the omie Isaacs. True's bob, he really ways. Amazing!

David Isaacs

https://www.google.com/searchrls=en&q=david+isaacs+bodybuilder&tbm=isch&source=univ&client=safari&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjDisDMz_DiAhVIThUIHZBzA4oQsAR6BAgFEAE&biw=1280&bih=689#imgrc=A_yjKephyvCBRM: (https://www.google.com/search?rls=en&q=david+isaacs+bodybuilder&tbm=isch&source=univ&client=safari&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjDisDMz_DiAhVIThUIHZBzA4oQsAR6BAgFEAE&biw=1280&bih=689#imgrc=A_yjKephyvCBRM:)

With Arnie, back in the day https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CT1Sn8nUcAEm6r3.jpg (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CT1Sn8nUcAEm6r3.jpg)


And this omie barely as tall as I am!!
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 03:40:13 pm
Lizelle and Dawie, her husband.

Lizelle is die dogter van n goeie vriend van my. :thumleft:

Pragtige mense! Ek sal graag weer daar gaan kuier as ek geleentheid kry :thumleft:
Title: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 05:29:02 pm
Day 8

Sleeping flat on the cold hard ground, I nevertheless have a surprisingly good night's sleep, only interrupted now and then by a complaining hip bone insisting that I turn around and give it a break. When I turn, I peek out of my sleeping bag to see what the stars are doing, then curl up into its warmth again. Keith also snores away softly, until it is time for our pre-dawn cup of tea.

The night is freezing - as witnessed by the frost on my sleeping bag and on our motorbikes - and a cold wind is blowing from the mountains behind us. I'm having a really hard time getting up. I reach for my soaked oats, but it is so cold it almost hurts my teeth.

Camping in Calvinia in winter is not for softies.

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No wonder my feet were cold... no interest in getting up

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Keith however insists I show my glamorous self

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Finally the thought of the hot shower entices me from my thick bedding, and I drag it into the dawning sun to dry out while I try to warm my chilled feet. The sun does its thing and by the time I'm (almost) clean and (fairly) decent, the bivvy is dry and I can pack it away. You'd think I'd be a master packer by now, but somehow it still feels like it takes a long time to pack. I'm still very happy with my packing though, and will definitely keep this setup in future.

Finally I'm ready and layered up, and we head out to Williston in the cold morning, travelling at our economical 95 kph, Keith in front. In Williston we stop at the same restaurant we stopped at last time, and we treat ourselves to a delicious omelette and a cappuccinos. The proprietress is excited to see us again, and asks me about our trip.

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Sufficiently bolstered, we head off towards Fraserburg again. At the main road, we stop and say our good byes. Keith is heading down to Prins Albert, and I'm heading to the old age home to greet my mom, who returned from the hospital during the week I was travelling. Then I'm staying over at my BIL's farm again, before trailering my bike back to Cape Town on Sunday.

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Adios, Amigo
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on June 17, 2019, 05:34:26 pm
Camping in Calvinia in winter without tents is not for softies. :deal:

Fixed ;)

Julle stop twee keer in Williston en nie een keer by die Mall nie?!!! :o :(

Lekker roete vir die winter. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 05:53:37 pm
Camping in Calvinia in winter without tents is not for softies. :deal:

Fixed ;)

Julle stop twee keer in Williston en nie een keer by die Mall nie?!!! :o :(

Lekker roete vir die winter. :thumleft:

Ons was die eerste keer by die Mall maar dit was toe :o
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: the ruffian on June 17, 2019, 06:22:06 pm
ChrisL, your question invites a response:

Mid-winter travel in the drier areas of Southern Africa is one of the great potential experiences of an Adventure motorcyclist. The nights are long, but riotously starry, and as an endemic insomniac, and lifelong rock climber/alpinsist , I’ve Developed the habit of being consoled in those dark cold hours (for those of us that are overly-philosophical) of being under an open sky. Despite Ri’s reference to my snoring, garrulous and raucous as it may be, I spend more hours awake than asleep. If you’re in a decent sleeping bag covered by a breathable bivvi bag, then a frosty night holds no terrors. The celestial display is worth it, and in that respect, at this time of year, if you face southwest, then you have the best view of the constellations... the Milky Way pivoting through the night on the Southern Cross, with Scorpio riding high through the night  - is mind-blowing and soul-searing.

Of course, my enjoyment of said spectacle was possibly contingent on my inflatable mattress ( notwithstanding its thinness), whereas Ri had no such luxury, her defunct mattress simply functioning as an expensive groundsheet... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 17, 2019, 07:14:36 pm
Expensive for sure. I was very surprised, but also gratified, to sleep so deeply on solid unyielding ground, but I'll still keep an eye out for a thinnish inflatable mattress. At least I know I can do without, if push comes to deflate :lol8:

I've disliked sleeping in a tent since waking up in a chilly condensation soaked shelter that drenched me by the time I was dressed. That soggy torture still haunts me. Now that my bivvy has proven waterproof, unless it rains, the night chills hold no fear for me.

I suspect later in the week our intermittent insomnias synchronised and overlapped. Also I said "sonorous", not "garrulous". :deal:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Coxwain on June 17, 2019, 07:55:22 pm
So...is this the end?...dammit I was really enjoying this trip. Great RR Ri ...as usual.
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Coxwain on June 17, 2019, 07:56:50 pm
So...is this the end?...dammit I was really enjoying this trip. Great RR Ri ...as usual.
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 17, 2019, 08:07:20 pm
Very nice RR, thanks 4 sharing :)
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Bokveld on June 17, 2019, 09:30:06 pm
    Dankie vir n lekker RR .Julle is avonturiers van n dieper orde!
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 17, 2019, 09:36:12 pm
ChrisL, your question invites a response:

Mid-winter travel in the drier areas of Southern Africa is one of the great potential experiences of an Adventure motorcyclist. The nights are long, but riotously starry, and as an endemic insomniac, and lifelong rock climber/alpinsist , I’ve Developed the habit of being consoled in those dark cold hours (for those of us that are overly-philosophical) of being under an open sky. Despite Ri’s reference to my snoring, garrulous and raucous as it may be, I spend more hours awake than asleep. If you’re in a decent sleeping bag covered by a breathable bivvi bag, then a frosty night holds no terrors. The celestial display is worth it, and in that respect, at this time of year, if you face southwest, then you have the best view of the constellations... the Milky Way pivoting through the night on the Southern Cross, with Scorpio riding high through the night is mind-blowing.

Of course, my enjoyment of said spectacle was possibly contingent on my inflatable mattress ( notwithstanding its thinness), whereas Ri had no such luxury, her defunct mattress simply functioning as an expensive groundsheet... :biggrin:

Of course, it also never crossed your mind to give the lady the better mattress? :pot: Bleddie Alpinsist.
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: the ruffian on June 18, 2019, 08:11:52 am
Of course not, 2SD. I’m a frail old man, and she is , as Loewelife described her, the “boggling bokkie”.

Besides, in philosophical terms, you must sleep in the bed you make for yourself... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: 0012 on June 18, 2019, 09:01:04 am
 :laughing4:   :thumleft:

thoroughly enjoyed this report, dankie vir die deel
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: wilfwalk on June 18, 2019, 10:17:46 am
Thanks Ri for a wonderful trip story, its far better than a "report" ! Your photo of the fat Kokerboom is simply lovely, the best of the bunch for me, and its flowering as well !
Watched an episode of the Safari4x4 recently of the part of their trip along the Namaqua 4x4 Route and their visuals were amazing. having said that, many were taken from a drone, so most people will never actually see those views for themselves.
Thanks again, and well done to Keith for pushing his riding limits  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: ButtSlider on June 18, 2019, 11:03:11 am
 :thumleft:Thanks Ri. Very nice RR.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Black_Hawk on June 18, 2019, 11:04:33 am
Baie dankie vir die deel Ri  :thumleft:

Soos altyd is dit baie lekker om van julle avonture te lees

Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Dorsland on June 18, 2019, 11:06:09 am
Baie lekker gelees Ri, dis 'n deel van die wêreld waar ek baie lanklaas in was maar waarvoor ek baie lief is.  Jy (and Ruffian) is voorwaar 'n avonturier van formaat. 
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: roxenz on June 18, 2019, 12:30:48 pm
Thanks for the "lekkerlees" RR, Ri (with some guest appearances by the_ruffian Keith). You so obviously enjoyed the trip, that one cannot help enjoying the reading too. And then having heaps of "kiekies" is a brilliant bonus!

PS. I suspect what Keith may have lacked in riding skills, he more than made up in (sharp, intelligent, erudite) conversation skills...
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: woody1 on June 18, 2019, 01:41:13 pm
Klink lekker maar ek spaar maar so 'n paar rand extra om elke nou en dan in 'n lekker kamer MET 'n BED in te boek.  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 18, 2019, 07:50:05 pm
Thanks for the "lekkerlees" RR, Ri (with some guest appearances by the_ruffian Keith). You so obviously enjoyed the trip, that one cannot help enjoying the reading too. And then having heaps of "kiekies" is a brilliant bonus!

PS. I suspect what Keith may have lacked in riding skills, he more than made up in (sharp, intelligent, erudite) conversation skills...

True story. We had lekker conversations about everything and more :sip: It was a great exploratory trip, and hopefully the intro to many other trips in this area
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 18, 2019, 07:50:32 pm
Klink lekker maar ek spaar maar so 'n paar rand extra om elke nou en dan in 'n lekker kamer MET 'n BED in te boek.  :laughing4:

Ja maar jy het jou swaarkry onderlede, jy is nou oud en sag :imaposer:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 18, 2019, 07:53:38 pm
Thanks Ri for a wonderful trip story, its far better than a "report" ! Your photo of the fat Kokerboom is simply lovely, the best of the bunch for me, and its flowering as well !
Watched an episode of the Safari4x4 recently of the part of their trip along the Namaqua 4x4 Route and their visuals were amazing. having said that, many were taken from a drone, so most people will never actually see those views for themselves.
Thanks again, and well done to Keith for pushing his riding limits  :thumleft:

Those flowering kokerbome kept catching my eye, I also thought they were quite unusual and beautiful. When I saw that fat one, I had to stop and capture it. Glad you enjoy it too :biggrin:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 18, 2019, 07:55:06 pm
Of course not, 2SD. I’m a frail old man, and she is , as Loewelife described her, the “boggling bokkie”.

Besides, in philosophical terms, you must sleep in the bed you make for yourself... :biggrin:

 :imaposer:
I'll be sure to make myself a better bed next time.

"boggling"? :eek7:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 18, 2019, 07:57:39 pm
So...is this the end?...dammit I was really enjoying this trip. Great RR Ri ...as usual.

Thanks Coxwain ;D I'm also sad the trip came to an end; already dreaming about the next one :ricky:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: billy-joe on June 18, 2019, 11:47:10 pm
loved this!  thanks guys for the rr, inspirational and entertaining.  looking fwd to the next one
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Lo Ewe on June 22, 2019, 09:32:57 pm
That convo was on the bike; imagine the jol we have had since 1991 in the kloofs, crags and the big hills where the bal truly finds his voice! He is humble yet revered by generations of Kingswood kids he has introduced to the hooley in the hills! A ride with KJ is not to be missed.
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: 73 Peanut on June 23, 2019, 06:14:13 am
Fantastic ride report . I have travelled solo through the karoo and find myself  wanting to go back just for that feeling of being alone and isolated from humanity. I always make little movie clips of    Lots of nothing for my kids . The northern cape is amazing . Thanks again Ri
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: RrP on June 23, 2019, 02:23:21 pm
Finally found the time to read this ride thank you for sharing .  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Sardine on June 23, 2019, 09:44:28 pm
Fantastic!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on June 25, 2019, 07:42:52 am
Thanks all, pleased you enjoyed it :biggrin:

That convo was on the bike; imagine the jol we have had since 1991 in the kloofs, crags and the big hills where the bal truly finds his voice! He is humble yet revered by generations of Kingswood kids he has introduced to the hooley in the hills! A ride with KJ is not to be missed.

There are plans to combine a bike trip with a rock climbing trip. So many possibilities - Cederberg, Montagu, Towerkop... :drif:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Andy660 on July 02, 2019, 08:54:03 pm
Just read all 5 pages Ri !
Thoroughly enjoyed yr RR. Ri !
Having had the privilege  of riding with Crossed-up in that area , and having been there as part of the Amageza Crew.
Reminds   me how  much I miss  riding the Northern cape. and Richtersveld..
Thanks for sharing Ri !

Hey John , Lets go again ?

Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: stcomza on July 03, 2019, 07:39:43 am

What an RR! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: Ri on July 03, 2019, 05:40:23 pm
Thanks guys glad you enjoyed it!

I wish I had more leave so I could do more rides (and reports) :biggrin:
Title: Re: Northern Cape Crawl (1 - 8 June 2019): Slow and Slower
Post by: edgy on July 05, 2019, 07:15:59 am
Well written once again Ri and I really enjoyed the trip, I saw and chatted with Keith yesterday which made me come and find the ride report :thumleft: