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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Bernoulli on November 18, 2008, 12:45:47 pm

Title: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Bernoulli on November 18, 2008, 12:45:47 pm
When a colleague training for the Epic said they may need someone to ride backup for them on a two-day training stint they are planning in the Cederberg, I jumped at the opportunity. :drif: Thought this could be a wonderful time to venture onto reasonable (I  thought!) gravel highways - gravel for the first time  :o - with no pressure but the assurance that someone will miss me on the road if things were to go horribly pear-shaped  ;)

So this is what happened:

1. Bain'skloof - always wondered what the sign to "Bain's portal" means. You can clearly see the outline of the dugout.
2. View from the top of Bain's
3. Going up Mitchells' pass
4. View from the top of Gydo pass
5. Brewing a cup of tea on Gydo  :thumleft: Yes, sometimes I will enjoy a beer, but there are occasions when tea is better  :pot:


To get to the accomodation involved about 6 km's of tweespoorpaadjie travel, which included everything except mud. Being inexperienced, I nearly lost it in thick sand twice. Came to a standstill (note - STANDstill :o) twice facing in other directions than the one I intended to  ;D

That was Friday, rest to follow...
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Misty on November 18, 2008, 12:47:11 pm
Nice place to have a cup of tea!!! :thumleft: love those views! :)
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Bernoulli on November 18, 2008, 01:01:58 pm
1 This is where the real fun will start!  :biggrin:
2 View looking back from the top of Middelberg pass (On the way to Citrusdal)

Going down the other side of Middelberg I saw a turn-off to Elandsberg and decided to explore...

3 ....and found more sand than my experience could handle!  :-[ (Any warm, comforting and uplifting comments from experienced riders analysing this picture will be appreciated  :bueller:)
4 Found this gem of a bridge constructed from (locally?) carved stone to calm the nerves. Wonder whether they also messed up the first few stones they tried to carve?
5 On the gravel running parallel to the N7 but other side of the Olifantsriver
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: cloudgazer on November 18, 2008, 01:12:03 pm
Very adventurous first attempt - especially solo.
Well done.
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Bernoulli on November 18, 2008, 01:19:22 pm
1 The bridge accross the Olifantsriver on the way to Algeria
2 Looking down Nieuwoudt's pass and then the view from the same point but
3 to the top.
4 Going up Uitkyk pass
5 From the small waterfall next to the road up Uitkyk pass
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Bernoulli on November 18, 2008, 01:33:43 pm
1 From the top of Uitkyk pass all the way back to Nieuwoudt's pass

And then the road deteriorated significantly - corrugated, with lots of loose gravel and sometimes sand added for spice  :eek7: So allow me to explain before you look at the next picture. There was a watercrossing (with concrete surface) which I crossed, but without noticing that the other side had deep sand with even deeper tracks!! So I hit the incorrect line, jumped (sandy) tracks and lost it. Came down and somehow managed to hold onto the throttle, causing enough wheelspin to make a pewrfect doughnut, but with a pannier!!
2 The evidence...
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Bernoulli on November 18, 2008, 01:45:03 pm
1 Time to have lunch right there and then. The *&^% bike is somewhere in the sun in the background >:(
2 Raked up some courage and started off again - to be rewarded with some left-overs of the flowering season. (There is a reason why I started this DS thing  :patch:)
3 Stopped for the night at Cederberg Oasis where they have these miniature goats. Quite cute!

That was Saturday

Started Sunday by going over Grootrivier and Blinkberg passes. Road much better, scenery spectacular!

4 Grootrivier pass
5 Blinkberg pass
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Trailrider on November 18, 2008, 01:47:30 pm
Nice report so far! The sand monster is quite something ;D Glad you're enjoying the bike!
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Bernoulli on November 18, 2008, 01:54:32 pm
1 At Zonderwater
2 Scenes near the Rietvlei dam (1)
3 Scenes near the Rietvlei dam (2)
4 These formations are one of the reasons for visiting Cederberg - simply spectacular!  :thumleft:
5 Some tea being brewed (in the foreground) to celebrate (?) the return to tar just outside Op-die-berg  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Bernoulli on November 18, 2008, 02:00:53 pm
And so it came to an end. It was tar all the way back home with a stopover for lunch (and tea :pot:) in the Slanghoek valley crossing the Breede.

All in all quite a scary experience but most enjoyable. Will definitely be doing some courses - to lessen the stress and increase the pleasure!
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: HenkB on November 18, 2008, 02:26:27 pm
Nice, this is what the bridge looked like when I was there in September. The Cederberg is a very special place.
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: letsgofishing on November 18, 2008, 03:52:33 pm
Nice trip and pics Bernoulli and don't worry, everyone falls in sand as a newbie! :D
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: BigEd on November 18, 2008, 10:49:06 pm
Magic :thumleft: Gotta love the Cederberg. It's so peaceful - then the DS riders arrive >:D
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Gee S on November 19, 2008, 01:29:55 am
Great RR. Nice doughnut
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: bmad on November 19, 2008, 06:57:59 am
Very nice  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Bakkie on November 19, 2008, 07:37:30 am
 :imaposer: nice "pannier" doughnut
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Mungo Park on November 19, 2008, 08:16:02 am
nice doughnut...i v been trying 4 years to do one properly and there you get it right first time!! :thumleft: respect!
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Bernoulli on November 19, 2008, 08:29:01 am
This must be one of the reasons why it is good to be here:  There I was, castigating myself for buggering it up in the sand, the second time spectacularly so, and here you guys keep on saying it was "nice!"  :biggrin: Thanks!!
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Johnnie Bok on November 23, 2008, 08:03:46 am
Leka RR!!
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Kamanya on November 23, 2008, 09:27:33 am

3 ....and found more sand than my experience could handle!  :-[ (Any warm, comforting and uplifting comments from experienced riders analysing this picture will be appreciated  :bueller:)



All that happened, to state the obvious, is that you christened your bike and had a great time. Falling and getting to ride again without breaking anything on you or the bike is part of the fun.

Sand can be a bit of a mystery untill you get comfortable with it. Go looking for the stuff and attend a course or a WD ride where the intention is to ride sand and your skill levels in it will improve to the point that the Paris Dakar doesn't seem such a pipe dream.

There are some great threads in here with advice on how to ride sand.

Great report.
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Maverick on November 23, 2008, 10:40:44 am
Great report and pictures dude, a part of South-Africa I would certainly like to see!!

Awesome doughnut, so panniers are usefull afterall  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Giraffe on November 23, 2008, 03:20:40 pm
well done on your solo mission and cool ride report. Keep an eye out on the forum for when the guys go ride at the quarry, that will give you some good sand experience :ricky:
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: GO GIRL on November 23, 2008, 08:50:18 pm
What ba lekka RR.....glad to see you enjoying the bike.....

See you on the road soon.... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Beagle Boy on November 23, 2008, 09:11:08 pm
Impressive panniers those, you certainly tested the brackets.  :thumleft:

Don't let the sand-monster get you down!!
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Stev0 on November 23, 2008, 10:43:10 pm
so whats in the boxes?
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Bernoulli on November 24, 2008, 05:05:57 pm
Quote
Awesome doughnut, so panniers are usefull afterall 
Yes, for more than the obvious purpose! Certainly saved the bike from some damage :thumleft:

Impressive panniers those, you certainly tested the brackets.  :thumleft:

Don't let the sand-monster get you down!!
No way, not at all  :ricky:

so whats in the boxes?
I was supposed to ride back-up for the cyclists, so put the panniers on.  In the end they were mostly empty!!
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: eSKaPe on November 24, 2008, 05:10:39 pm
Great pics - nice riding there
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Stev0 on November 24, 2008, 05:10:48 pm
In  that case .. ur not a poser  O0
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Inglsman on December 08, 2009, 02:41:47 pm
It so cool that you do the tea stops, me too!

I did the Cedarberg thingummy too, only I stayed at Kromrivier - figured Cedarberg Lodge looked far too civilised - the road up the side to Kromriver is a bummer cos so many gates, but makes a nice gravelly ride.

Went up with plastic Kappa panniers.. didn't do any donuts tho.
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: bradleys on December 09, 2009, 08:41:12 am
Lekker pics and report ,just love the cederberg.
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Pistonpete on December 09, 2009, 10:28:56 am
Thanks for sharing :thumleft:
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: GVR on December 09, 2009, 10:48:45 am
Great report W :thumleft:
Seems that we have to do more sand at Nelsons next time :mwink:
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Gee S on December 10, 2009, 08:35:20 am
This photo tells the story better than a thousand words ever could.
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=24919.0;attach=34176
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Bernoulli on December 10, 2009, 09:57:57 am
It was taken to tell a story!! ;D

Thanks for all the comments :ricky:
Title: Re: Tea and a doughnut in the Cederberg
Post by: Kobus on December 10, 2009, 02:18:16 pm
I am quite sure that both your falls would have been prevented if you opened the throttle a bit.