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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Minxy on November 18, 2020, 10:45:35 pm

Title: Straight to Heaven (Video Added)
Post by: Minxy on November 18, 2020, 10:45:35 pm
Been meaning to share this here for a while.

We just couldn't take looking at @Xpat and @Noneking 's beautiful photos any longer and decided last minute we'd also make our way to Lekgalameetse, Penge and surrounds. The story is in the current (Nov) Dirt & Trail Magazine if you want to read it there, I'll share here as well with more photos :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8zcbjJ9D/123649298-3801540143224492-7050422398427500971-o.jpg)

Sneak peak...

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Now with added video!

Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Mikie on November 19, 2020, 07:20:51 am
Stop teasing and share........  :ricky:
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Wooly Bugger on November 19, 2020, 08:11:41 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Noneking on November 19, 2020, 08:23:31 am
Nice!
Waiting for the rest!   :sip:
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: MRK Miller on December 05, 2020, 01:59:48 am
You first have to buy the magazine, then she will share here. Copy right they call it. Take it she cannot post here before the magazine is out :laughing4:
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 06, 2020, 08:01:59 pm
You first have to buy the magazine, then she will share here. Copy right they call it. Take it she cannot post here before the magazine is out :laughing4:

This was in last months issue hahaha, I am just slow to get to this! So busy with work at the moment!!! I will write something soon :)
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 06, 2020, 08:38:58 pm
"Ring ring goes the telephone, there’s no one home… Ring ring goes the telephone… I stare at the numbers I’ve written down in disbelief. I’ve been trying all week to contact the reserve to make a booking, but to no avail. It’s Thursday afternoon and my partner Johan and I slip away from work to enjoy a cuppa at the local café. We start to discuss how we’ll just change our plans and do something more local over the weekend when I decide to try contact the reserve one more time. Ring ring, “Hello?”. I quickly look at Johan, this is so unexpected, “Are we still going?”. Johan repeatedly nods his head and so the booking is made. We are going to Lekgalameetse.

We hurriedly start packing our things. I’m frantically throwing bike kit and clothing into bags while Johan carefully goes over our adventurized KTM 500s to make sure they are ready to roll. We also call up our good friend Dave @dazed  and the conversation goes something like this: “Dave, would you like to join us on a ride in Limpopo?” “Hmmm, when are we leaving?” “Uh, tomorrow morning…” “Wait, let me check with the missus”… A brief moment of silence ensues and then Dave gets back to us “OK”. And so without much tactical precision our plans for the weekend fall into place.

With the trailers loaded and vehicles packed,  we left early on Friday morning and headed north along the N1, eventually making our way towards Tzaneen and then past the village of Ofcolaco, reaching the park in the late afternoon where the staff sincerely apologized for the phone not working. The manager jumped into his cruiser and showed us to our cottages which were located near an old farmhouse deep in the reserve. Lekgalameetse translates to “a place of water” in the Sepedi language, an apt name for this paradise. The mountains here are all a part of the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, the park located amongst rolling grassy hills, waterfalls, lush valleys, indigenous forests and some of the best bike trails you’ll ever feast your eyes upon. As they are also one of the few nature reserves that actually welcome bikers with open arms I believe it is of utmost importance to show respect by staying on the tracks, being considerate of noise pollution and generally just not being arses. We round off the evening with the fire roaring and lekker food on the braai. Tomorrow we will spread our wings and touch the sky."


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We encounter this weird farm implement on our way. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? 8)

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Lovely swimming pool between the palm trees.

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Obligatory 500 selfie.
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 06, 2020, 09:02:39 pm
We head out on the tarred section of the Orrie Baragwanath pass early on Saturday morning, the plan is to see some of the tourist attractions first before heading off to the tough stuff. We are familiar with the Orrie pass, having ridden it numerous times before, the route we had planned for today we haven’t ridden before. We overtake a number of surprised cyclists and pull off the road to look at a place marked as “The Forest Church” on the GPS, which turns out to be a mysterious and almost haunting clearing between the trees.

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As we climb to the summit of the pass, the morning mist is so thick we literally can’t see ahead of us. We decide to change our plans and head through the forest towards the southern gate of the reserve first. The trail starts just past the cobblestone bridge at the Makhutsi camp and crosses the river numerous times. I confidently storm the first water crossing, hit a submerged boulder, get the front wheel stuck and lose my balance. Great, now I have to ride with wet boots all day…

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Now normally we won't let a bit of mist change our plans, but this was bad...

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Yay, no mist down here in the forest!

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Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 06, 2020, 09:15:24 pm
Nothing can dampen my mood with the exhilarating beauty of the forest all around us and we soon reach the southern gate. Following the tweespoor road we find the African Ivory 4x4 Route marker pointing us towards Mafefe camp. The name of the route has its origins in the exploits of hunter/poacher/adventurer  SC ‘Bvekenya’ Barnard, who famously hunted for Ivory in the Limpopo region, especially further up in the Crooks corner area near Pafuri. The roads along the Ivory Route are fairly rough and rocky, but with the most beautiful mountain landscapes to compensate. As we head past Mafefe camp we get onto the track heading towards Penge Pass.

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Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: edgy on December 07, 2020, 07:14:32 am
Stunning riding! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: 2StrokeDan on December 07, 2020, 07:43:03 am
Beautiful!
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: OomD on December 07, 2020, 08:40:06 am
Thanks for sharing! Simply stunning! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on December 07, 2020, 09:58:44 am
yoah.. I need to ride this.. how spectacular.
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: punisher on December 07, 2020, 10:15:54 am
verrrry very  lovely
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Grunder on December 07, 2020, 10:18:48 am
Been meaning to share this here for a while.

We just couldn't take looking at @Xpat and @Noneking 's beautiful photos any longer

Yeah they are cool and what not...but... where are their magazine articles   :deal: :peepwall: :pot:


Looking forward to the rest
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: 73 Peanut on December 07, 2020, 10:21:54 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Dirt Junkie on December 07, 2020, 10:22:07 am
now this looks like a great ride to do  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Noneking on December 07, 2020, 10:28:14 am
Been meaning to share this here for a while.

We just couldn't take looking at @Xpat and @Noneking 's beautiful photos any longer

Yeah they are cool and what not...but... where are their magazine articles   :deal: :peepwall: :pot:


Looking forward to the rest


Mine was featured in last month's Rooi Rose......The ladies loved it!  :pot:
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: MegaPix on December 07, 2020, 01:07:34 pm
You and Johan have always had my respect for some places you go.  Well done u 2
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 08, 2020, 08:55:09 pm
Penge Pass... You will not find this pass on Mountain Passes SA website and it is reserved for only the most adventurous of travelers, especially if you wish to traverse it on a bigger bike. The pass basically comprises of unrelenting, big loose rocks, with extremely steep descents, and then more and more rocky switchbacks as you travel down the mountain (ridden north to south).

(https://i.postimg.cc/MGCvVjSn/IMG-20201017-095159.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/br8rFcd8/IMG-20201017-095242.jpg)

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Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 08, 2020, 09:06:39 pm
As I descend into the belly of the beast, I shalt have no fear, for I trust in my 500 to get me through this rocky monster. Teeth gritting, butterflies flying rapidly and that dreaded rollercoaster feeling in my stomach I ride down. It feels like the pass will never end and I keep on reminding myself to loosen my grip on the handlebars and just relax.

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The road keeps winding, up and down.

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When we finally make it to the bottom we stop under a beautiful tree, part of a fruit orchard of old. I immediately announce brunch break, and we sit and eat our energy bars in the cool shade. I’m glad we took a short break, as we still had to cover the last rocky section of this unrelenting pass before we reached the bridge over the Olifants River.

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Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 10, 2020, 10:01:43 pm
The road eventually leads us to Penge, an old mining village situated near the banks of the great Olifants River. There is a small Total garage here and we grab something cold to drink from the local spaza shop. The area was always known for its Andalusite, gold and platinum mining, but most of these operations have come to a standstill in recent years.

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Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 10, 2020, 10:10:45 pm
Not far out of Penge we pass one of these large opencast mines on our way. It is apparent that it is not in use any longer as the road next to the mine is in terrible condition and there isn’t a soul to be found. Here we find ourselves riding even more big boulders, any moment of hesitation sure to result in a fall.

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At the end of this treacherous path we come across a gate leading towards some old mine buildings. A moment of dread hits me, what if it’s locked? We’ll have to retrace our tracks for quite a distance and time is ticking. Johan gets off his bike to look and by the devil’s own luck the heavy old iron gate is unlocked and we simply push it open and we make our way through.

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Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Mikie on December 11, 2020, 07:49:15 am
Dont stop now  :ricky:
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 11, 2020, 11:41:04 pm
Soon we cross the Olifants River yet again following the scenic dirt road winding all along the river past the village of Ga-Mokgotho where we are met with waves from curious children and local people who probably aren’t used to seeing so many motorbikes coming through the area.

From here on we ascend up another rocky pass, only slightly less challenging than the one near Penge we did earlier.

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Going up the rocky track I try my best not to stop or lose momentum. Though these routes have been traversed on bigger adventure bikes before, I really do not recommend tackling these trails unless you are a VERY experienced rider. We enjoy the simplicity and lightness of the smaller adventure bikes on technical terrain, and also the ease of getting out of sticky situations. With a lighter adv bike there is much more room for error and even if you do suffer a fall, at least you only have 100kg falling on your leg, instead of 200kg plus :P .

I tried to find the name of this pass (which forms part of the African Ivory Route) without success and asked a fellow adventurer who has travelled the area before whether he knows the name. He didn’t, but subsequently dubbed it, “No-name Pass”, or the “Pass name of which shall not be spoken”. Is it nearly as eerie as it sounds, well maybe a little bit?

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Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 12, 2020, 08:35:38 pm
When we reach the southern Lekgalameetse Reserve gate again we turn west, in the opposite direction of the river road we came from in the morning. We ride under the canopy of the lush green trees down a fairly overgrown track with a couple of rocky surprises.

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Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Sheepman on December 16, 2020, 06:11:55 am
Lovely area......lovely ride  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 16, 2020, 09:29:40 pm
Once we climb up from the canopies of the trees we ascend the rolling green hills going towards an area of the reserve named The Downs. Though the loop I traced on the GPS only came down to around 140km, it was by no means a short day, most of the terrain had kept us quite busy and there were still a few challenges left.

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Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 16, 2020, 09:54:32 pm
More unnamed passes cut into the green hills were ascended and all of us started to feel we’ve worked quite hard today, with concentration levels slowly dwindling.

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When waiting on a rocky hill Johan was nowhere to be seen, just when we wanted to turn around to see if everything is ok we heard his 500’s motor grumbling along. Johan had lost focus on the road for just one moment, and nearly went over the ledge, a rude awakening which just shows there is no room for error when exploring remote trails such as these. After all, no one said climbing the staircase to heaven would be easy and we carefully navigated some of the last remaining obstacles on our path.

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Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 16, 2020, 10:09:06 pm
Near the end of our route we stop at the ruins of “Orrie’s” son, Paul Baragwanath’s homestead and ruminate at how amazing it must have been living in this glamorous Garden of Eden.

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Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 16, 2020, 10:27:17 pm
We also visit the Baragwanath family burial site located on top of a hill near the summit of the Orrie Baragwanath Pass. Mr Orlando “Orrie” Baragwanath made his riches prospecting in Rhodesia and Zambia where he was known as the Copper King. Upon his return he settled down and farmed in the part of Lekgalameetse known as The Downs, where he built most of the roads, the well-known Orrie Baragwanath pass being named in his honour. Mr Baragwanath lived in the area until he passed away at the ripe old age of 101 years in 1973. His last wish was to have this piece of heaven donated back to the people and the reserve as we know it today was established in 1984.

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More ruins sighted along the way.

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On our way back to the chalets I think of our journey as a pilgrimage through this place of otherworldly beauty. As someone who has travelled quite extensively through South Africa in recent years, I still hold true that this lush, green heaven is one of the country’s best kept secrets. We hope to be back soon and discover even more spectacular trails in these picturesque mountains.

(https://i.postimg.cc/xjH409NR/IMG-20201017-175903.jpg)

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Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: sidetrack on December 18, 2020, 08:59:29 am
We also visit the Baragwanath family burial site located on top of a hill near the summit of the Orrie Baragwanath Pass. Mr Orlando “Orrie” Baragwanath made his riches prospecting in Rhodesia and Zambia where he was known as the Copper King. Upon his return he settled down and farmed in the part of Lekgalameetse known as The Downs, where he built most of the roads, the well-known Orrie Baragwanath pass being named in his honour. Mr Baragwanath lived in the area until he passed away at the ripe old age of 101 years in 1973. His last wish was to have this piece of heaven donated back to the people and the reserve as we know it today was established in 1984.

(https://i.postimg.cc/gkWBj1vP/IMG-20201017-162512.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ncGSDTk9/IMG-20201017-162550.jpg)

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More ruins sighted along the way.

(https://i.postimg.cc/KjLVw2B0/P1190785.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/V62pK6rS/P1190786.jpg)

On our way back to the chalets I think of our journey as a pilgrimage through this place of otherworldly beauty. As someone who has travelled quite extensively through South Africa in recent years, I still hold true that this lush, green heaven is one of the country’s best kept secrets. We hope to be back soon and discover even more spectacular trails in these picturesque mountains.

(https://i.postimg.cc/xjH409NR/IMG-20201017-175903.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/VvjG4FPT/IMG-20201017-175914.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/4x4LbtLL/IMG-20201018-075857.jpg)
What a great read, have always wondered about the Baragwanath family. What a site to be laid to rest !
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Noneking on December 30, 2020, 08:11:35 am
Penge Pass... You will not find this pass on Mountain Passes SA website and it is reserved for only the most adventurous of travelers, especially if you wish to traverse it on a bigger bike. The pass basically comprises of unrelenting, big loose rocks, with extremely steep descents, and then more and more rocky switchbacks as you travel down the mountain (ridden north to south).

(https://i.postimg.cc/MGCvVjSn/IMG-20201017-095159.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/br8rFcd8/IMG-20201017-095242.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gjDJCS6h/IMG-20201017-095658.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/RFwqRVSX/IMG-20201017-100513.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/k5622vkr/IMG-20201017-100543.jpg)

We rode it other way round, i.e. South - North or 'up'
Must count as one of the toughest if not the toughest rides I've done on a big bike. Relentless rocky climbs that took everything out of me in the summer heat.

&t=14s
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on December 31, 2020, 04:40:04 pm
@Noneking , we'd like to ride the pass in the direction you guys did next time, but with the 500. I am absolutely in awe of how you guys rode that route on the big bikes!

We also just returned from our trip to the West Coast and where we travelled all along the Botswana border and the Orange River with the 4x4. Talking about extreme passes, you guys should really give Road to Hell a go. I don't think anyone has ever successfully completed it on a big bike? It looks badass!
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: BLK on December 31, 2020, 05:06:00 pm
Great pics and RR,thanks.
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Noneking on January 31, 2021, 03:56:52 pm
@Noneking , we'd like to ride the pass in the direction you guys did next time, but with the 500. I am absolutely in awe of how you guys rode that route on the big bikes!

We also just returned from our trip to the West Coast and where we travelled all along the Botswana border and the Orange River with the 4x4. Talking about extreme passes, you guys should really give Road to Hell a go. I don't think anyone has ever successfully completed it on a big bike? It looks badass!

Big bikes actually behaved quite well, just final climb was a bit of a battle..........
What I like about the big bikes on routes like these is that they don't get thrown off line like I've experienced on small bikes. But yes.... the 500s are actually a better tool for these kind of rides
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 21, 2021, 01:10:38 am
What a nice report and a nice ride in such an amazing place.

I used camped at The Downs and on the neck half way along the Penge pass for many years with our caving club, but not in the last 15. It is so nice to see the black whattle forests all pretty much gone. At one point they overwhelmed the areas around the farmhouse.
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven
Post by: Minxy on July 19, 2021, 10:12:44 pm
Reviving this Ride Report as I finally bothered to make the video :biggrin:



Part 2 coming soon!
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven (Video Added)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 19, 2021, 10:33:38 pm
I really enjoyed this again, just now, and especially after NoneKing and Chopperpilot took us to some of these areas, not Penge unfortunately, but to Orrie's pass, his old homestead, and Orlando's grave site.

Indeed some of SA's most scenic parts.
Title: Re: Straight to Heaven (Video Added)
Post by: Noneking on July 19, 2021, 11:11:12 pm
Reviving this Ride Report as I finally bothered to make the video :biggrin:



Part 2 coming soon!
Lekker video!