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Title: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 19, 2021, 08:59:09 pm
OK, it was that time of the year again .......

Sidpitt  just likes to take his sons into the wild arctic every year ......
Added to Sid's frustration, the Thumper bash was postponed, and so he created his own Thumper bash

And since we share a son (me and Sid), I get invited along to help sort out punctures, oil leaks and any other random XT problems .....
And to keep Sid company when the young ones get too much for him .....

Previous trips in this series are at:
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=172612.0
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=238277.0


A rough itinerary was:

Day 1 Saturday 7th Nieu Bathesda
Day 2 Sunday 8th Eagle Falls
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Day 3 Monday 9th Eagle Falls loop
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Day 4 Tuesday 10th Bruintjieskraal (Baviaans)
Day 5 Wednesday 11th Mavubu Lodge (Eastern Cape Parks)
Day 6 Thursday 12th Fort Fordyce (Eastern Cape Parks)
Day 7 Friday 13th Lady Grey Country Inn
Day 8 Saturday 14th Danels Guest House Bloem

Me and Archangel would meet the North Group at Eagle Falls on the Kamanassie Rd close to Oudshoorn on Day 2

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Group North were:

Sidpit on one of his 11 Yamaha XTs
Spiekman on his new Honda AT
Brent on another of Sid's Yamaha XTs
Toffie on Sid's 1200GS
Chris on a KTM 1290
Stoffel and son in the backup bakkie to pick up XTs
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Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 19, 2021, 09:01:51 pm
I will leave the North group to discuss what happened on Day 1 especially at Nieu Bethesda    :dousing:

All I know is that it included a lot of hugging .....   :peepwall:
It's all in the title ..... >:D




For Group South (me and Archangel) we departed on Sunday the 8th to Eagle falls
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 19, 2021, 09:09:50 pm
We wanted to go via Bains Kloof pass to Ceres, but the pass was closed ...

No Problem, we just cut across north via Schalk Burger's farm and other little farm roads until we hit the R44 north of Hermon.

The trip was on !!!!!

After our customary brekkie at Ceres, we ran past the Matroosberg reserve and down to Touwsrivier .....

We had the wind of the approaching cold front in our backs and it was great to be on the road again (helmet song?)

At Touwsrivier Archy had the first tumble of the week ......  into the flowers !!!   :imaposer:
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 19, 2021, 09:12:13 pm
From Touwsrivier we took the Witteberge road , running parallel to the N1 ......

It was sad to see how dry it became as we moved further north east .....
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 19, 2021, 09:36:08 pm
Stunning landscape pic by Archy
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 19, 2021, 09:38:56 pm
Snack stop ....
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 19, 2021, 09:39:59 pm
Seweweekspoort ....
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 19, 2021, 09:43:53 pm
We had lunch in Calitzdorp and then ran via Oudhoorn, Deyselsdorp onto the Kamanassie Rd towards Eagle falls to await our Northern mates .....

What a stunning place ....
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: Sprocketbek on August 19, 2021, 10:23:15 pm
Lekker!
Sien uit na die res  ;D
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on August 20, 2021, 08:57:43 am
Sub!! :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: Black_Hawk on August 20, 2021, 09:36:21 am
Ek loer ook hier  :sip:
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: ETS on August 20, 2021, 10:36:30 am
Ons wag.................
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 20, 2021, 03:13:40 pm
Ons wag.................
Ek ook ,  .... vir die ander troepe om hulle sÍ te sÍ .....
...maar ek gaan nie lank wag nie ....
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: petri oosthuizen on August 20, 2021, 04:54:56 pm
Die Topic Header was bietjie misleidend.......... >:D

Nietemin BAIE nice Pics :thumleft:
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: Wolzak on August 20, 2021, 05:09:55 pm
What a stunning place ...
Inderdaad, die (hang) Braai op die Hoek van die Balkon is iets besonders.
Sub...
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: Gerrard on August 21, 2021, 11:42:56 am
Ek wag om te hoor hoe nat julle geraak het daai Maandag. Ons het gevrek van die koue oppad huistoe van Veltie af. GereŽn al die opad van Ladismith na Joubertina.
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 25, 2021, 09:57:38 am
And so we waited, .... and waited ....

Eventually we started a fire and finally by about 8 o clock Group North finally made it to the Eagle Falls lodge  .....

Spiekman had some punctures on his new AT
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 26, 2021, 09:50:28 am
One of the XTs also lost some rear spokes and was put on a trailer

When the North group eventually arrived we had a braai, and caught up on the day's riding ....

we also looked at the weather forecast for the next day, and that cold front scheduled heavy rain for the whole day .....

In the end it was decided to cancel the day 2 loop.
We would stay at the lodge and do some repairs and puncture fixes ...
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 26, 2021, 09:58:13 am
So we decided to mix day3 and day4 routes ....

The plan for day4 now was to ride to the Montague pass, and then ride the Seven passes to Knysna, then Kom se pad and on towards Patensie.

When we got to the bikes, we found an icy surprise ....

At least the rain seemed to have stopped
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 26, 2021, 10:01:38 am
It took a while to get Archy's  old GS going .....

Then the groups started to kick XTs which did not like the prospect to start at these temperatures  .....

 .....but eventually we had all the bikes going and froze our way towards the Montague pass
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 26, 2021, 10:14:10 am
In George we had a good brekkie at the Wimpy while Spiekman had a new front tyre and heavy duty tube fitted to the AT .....

Then it was on to the Seven passes which have dried sufficiently to make for a comfortable ride ....

There were a few muddy patches to keep us interested
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 26, 2021, 10:18:20 am
As we started with Kom se pad, Spiekman found that he now had a rear puncture .....

We decided that it was best for him to return to Knysna and have the puncture fixed at a shop ....

..... so we all waited at a little bridge ....
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 26, 2021, 10:28:18 am
Once they returned we turned into the spectacular Kom se pad ...

what a ride in the dense Knysna forest .....

... we finally emerged at Keurboomstrand on the N2.

All the waiting to fix the punctures meant that we were running late ....

We than headed for Natures Valley and the old R102 ....

As we emerged, the XT that Sid was riding popped off an oil pipe, that had to be refitted

Now we were seriously behind schedule and it was cold.

we raced up the N2 and turned into J'Bay and started looking for accommodation for 9 tired and cold bikers ....

Luckily the Island Vibe backpackers could put us up in dorm
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 26, 2021, 10:33:54 am
The next morning we were treated with a spectacular sunrise over the bay ....

Then it was a quick pic on the beach, before we started our route towards Uitenhage and the the Zuurberg pass ...

Route for the day was Uitenhage, Zuurberg pass, Addo and then on to the Mvubu lodge just south of Alice
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 26, 2021, 10:49:58 am
The first part of Zuurberg pass was beautiful and I could not understand the fuss .....

But then it became a rock festival ...... with your bike jumping all over the show .... (a few puns intended)

there were some very nice vistas from time to time ....


At least it was another box ticked

Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 26, 2021, 10:55:56 am
Going down the other side we stopped for a breather at Ann's Villa.

Ann's Villa is one of the country's oldest coaching inns, built in 1864 in the Eastern Cape. It is a national monument at the foot of the Zuurberg Pass.

From there we headed via Barkley East, through the Great Fishriver onto our destination for the night at the Mvubu Lodge
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on August 26, 2021, 12:21:32 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 26, 2021, 10:14:09 pm
At Mvubu lodge we stayed in "square" rondawels  and had a very nice lounge that overlooked the Great Fishriver ....

We had a very nice braai in the boma where we discussed the approaching cold front and what it might mean for our route the next day ......

....and slept like zombies ....
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 26, 2021, 10:20:31 pm
Day 6  route was to be a loop from Mvubu, via Alice, Hogsback on to Fort Fordyce nature reserve
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: GeelKameel on August 29, 2021, 03:34:13 pm
Day 6  route was to be a loop from Mvubu, via Alice, Hogsback on to Fort Fordyce nature reserve
Lekker!
Hier ry julle in my groot-word-wereld.
As ek maar daardie tyd geweet het om motorfiets te ry . . . soveel fantastiese paaie daar rond.
Gaan ons fotos sien van Michelspas en Fullershoek pas?
By Fort Fordyce (bokant van Fullershoekpas) verder noord is 'n baie lekker vlakte om te ry, rigting Tarkastad (noord) of Katberg (oos)
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: Aprilian on August 29, 2021, 10:52:11 pm
Nice, MJ. Dit vat seker so lank om te skryf omdat die gedropte BM jou so besig hou

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Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 30, 2021, 12:10:11 pm
Day 6  route was to be a loop from Mvubu, via Alice, Hogsback on to Fort Fordyce nature reserve
Lekker!
Hier ry julle in my groot-word-wereld.
As ek maar daardie tyd geweet het om motorfiets te ry . . . soveel fantastiese paaie daar rond.
Gaan ons fotos sien van Michelspas en Fullershoek pas?
By Fort Fordyce (bokant van Fullershoekpas) verder noord is 'n baie lekker vlakte om te ry, rigting Tarkastad (noord) of Katberg (oos)

Hi GK, dit was die plan maar die weer het ons gekortwiek ....

Jy sal die redes later sien, ek sukkel net om die fotos van die ander manne te kry ....
Title: Re: Boys on Bikes 2021
Post by: MellowJo on August 30, 2021, 12:13:13 pm
Nice, MJ. Dit vat seker so lank om te skryf omdat die gedropte BM jou so besig hou

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Ek is gou in Ierland om my kleinseun te doop gister, hoop om die week terug te wees in SA.