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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Noneking on September 12, 2021, 09:48:01 pm

Title: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2021, 09:48:01 pm
@Just Blip It! Had a plan for a Sunday ride. It would be his first ride in over a month since recovering from Covid 19.

I was due for a ride on my 990 and was looking forward to getting back on the old girl….

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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2021, 09:51:43 pm
We met up at a filling station in White River. We head towards Hazyview on some fast forestry roads.

Vincent joined us on his T7

Coming up on Da Gama dam

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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2021, 09:55:46 pm
We make our way around the dam


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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2021, 10:04:26 pm
We head for Hazyview via Kiepersol and stop for a quick breakfast at Perry’s Bridge

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Title: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2021, 10:06:24 pm
Just outside Hazyview, we get onto a signature Just Blip It! track and spend a bit of time getting our heart rates up



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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2021, 10:08:31 pm
We reward ourselves with a cold one after the hard work




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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2021, 10:12:30 pm
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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2021, 10:20:19 pm
The 990 takes a nap on our way to Graskop

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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2021, 10:34:48 pm
Bridge over the Treur River has been washed away. This used to be the only access road to  the Boskombuis

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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2021, 10:46:31 pm
We drop down into the valley towards the confluence of the Blyde River and Treur River




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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 12, 2021, 10:50:49 pm
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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 06:08:54 am
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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 06:33:49 am
Abandoned guest house

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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 06:38:18 am
The power plant



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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 06:50:54 am
Some history…..

- the plant was completed in 1911. Project completed in 1 year
- Turbines were imported from California. Shipped to Lorenzo Marques. Via rail to Machadodorp and then ox wagons to Belvedere
- it provided electricity to gold crushers at Pilgrims Rest
- this meant that Pilgrims had electric street lighting before London!



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Title: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 06:52:23 am
The area next to the river has been taken over by invader bamboo unfortunately


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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 06:52:52 am
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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 06:53:16 am
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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Beserker on September 13, 2021, 07:08:32 am
About 25 years ago I stayed at the "abandoned guesthouse" , the views were amazing.

For those that hasn't been there, it is seriously steep down to the power station, typically old school heavy machinery - I was in awe of the endeavors by  the builders, they got everything down there by donkey and cart.

It is also one of the places with the most snakes I've ever seen, they were literally all over.

Interesting ride  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:17:25 am
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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:21:47 am
About 25 years ago I stayed at the "abandoned guesthouse" , the views were amazing.

For those that hasn't been there, it is seriously steep down to the power station, typically old school heavy machinery - I was in awe of the endeavors by  the builders, they got everything down there by donkey and cart.

It is also one of the places with the most snakes I've ever seen, they were literally all over.

Interesting ride  :thumleft:
The house is still intact although abandoned. There are talks of it being revamped and the owners of Chubby Pig running it.

It is extremely steep down to the water. Some serious overgrowth pushes you off the concrete strips and makes it a somewhat tricky ride in spots. I would say one needs a fair amount of skill to get up and down.

The gate is also mostly locked and  people are often forced to turn around on the escarpment because they can’t enter.
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: edgy on September 13, 2021, 07:24:12 am
Very cool riding! :thumleft: Lovely part of our world!
Title: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:28:12 am
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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:33:22 am
Vincent and Mark



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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:34:28 am
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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:35:38 am
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Mark and Vincent

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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:38:45 am
An Adv ride is not an Adv ride without a bosk@k or a swim. We opted for a swim on this occasion

Mark and Vincent braving the cold water


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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:39:18 am
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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:39:49 am
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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:40:23 am
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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Numsch on September 13, 2021, 07:42:14 am
If only the Lowveld was closer to Gauteng! Nice pics!
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:46:23 am
We get dressed and ride out of the Valley on the steep concrete strips, negotiating switchbacks and overgrowth




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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:47:30 am
Searching for view points back down into the valley



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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:51:10 am
Mark and I head to The Chubby Pig for a Hog Burger while Vincent has to head home. From the we fuel up in Pilgrim’s Rest



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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:54:17 am
Quick stop at Forrest Falls before we head to Sabie for a coffee. In Sabie Mark and I split up and he takes tar to White River, while I enjoy some forestry rodes to Nelspruit


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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 07:55:03 am
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Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on September 13, 2021, 09:03:04 am
Stunning ride!! :thumleft: :drif:
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: RobD on September 13, 2021, 10:12:17 am
Interesting RR, Thanks for sharing! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Colin Kaapschehoop on September 13, 2021, 11:04:20 am
The sad & maddening fact is that the turbines etc. and guest houses were all intact and in great shape until a few years ago when the whole place was vandalised and anything copper or of value stolen! Unfortunately I won’t be happy to return anytime soon as I’d like to remember it as it was.
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: ianb on September 13, 2021, 11:05:19 am
Very nice. Thanks for sharing . This was on Voetspoor a while ago.
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Sheepman on September 13, 2021, 01:16:48 pm
We reward ourselves with a cold one after the hard work




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Almost thought Vincent was the ou in the middle ;D......but then realized his kit was squeaky clean and of a non - biking nature  O0 Great ride & pics NK  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 13, 2021, 04:57:23 pm
We reward ourselves with a cold one after the hard work




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He does have a bit of a "KTM houding" about him..... :peepwall:





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Almost thought Vincent was the ou in the middle ;D......but then realized his kit was squeaky clean and of a non - biking nature  O0 Great ride & pics NK  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: WillemInsit $ on September 13, 2021, 07:02:44 pm
About 25 years ago I stayed at the "abandoned guesthouse" , the views were amazing.

For those that hasn't been there, it is seriously steep down to the power station, typically old school heavy machinery - I was in awe of the endeavors by  the builders, they got everything down there by donkey and cart.

It is also one of the places with the most snakes I've ever seen, they were literally all over.

Interesting ride  :thumleft:


Die pad is te steil vir die slange om uit te seil nou bly hulle daar
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: skydiver on September 13, 2021, 07:03:39 pm
Interesting ride
I did not even know about that power plant
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: ALLEN I on September 13, 2021, 09:13:46 pm
lekker little RR thanks for the ride :biggrin: :biggrin: :ricky:
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: BlueBull2007 on September 22, 2021, 05:24:56 am
Thanks for another great report. :ricky:

Amazing another old TGME installation. I did not know about that. Those turbines look pretty good. I wonder who owns them now?
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Welsh on September 22, 2021, 07:20:32 am
Some history…..

- the plant was completed in 1911. Project completed in 1 year
- Turbines were imported from California. Shipped to Lorenzo Marques. Via rail to Machadodorp and then ox wagons to Belvedere
- it provided electricity to gold crushers at Pilgrims Rest
- this meant that Pilgrims had electric street lighting before London!



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The company Marthinusen and Coutts, still exist Noneking. :thumleft: 
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: 0012 on September 22, 2021, 08:44:17 am
Fantastic ride and pics, thank you.

That concrete strip road looks almost bloody vertical  :eek7:

Very special to see the old station, it amazes me how long a hydro can last if quality equipment is installed
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 22, 2021, 12:53:06 pm
Fantastic ride and pics, thank you.

That concrete strip road looks almost bloody vertical  :eek7:

Very special to see the old station, it amazes me how long a hydro can last if quality equipment is installed
Thanks.

Yeah quite a steep climb out of there
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: voorvel on September 22, 2021, 07:30:04 pm
The power plant



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How has this not been looted?
All that iron could fetch a pretty penny?
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on September 22, 2021, 07:34:08 pm
The power plant



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How has this not been looted?
All that iron could fetch a pretty penny?
A lot of smaller things have been taken. Would be a mission to get bigger stuff out. It is a very steep and treacherous drive out of that valley. I would say “low range” steep in places…..
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Welsh on September 22, 2021, 07:34:55 pm
Too heavy, the copper has gone.  :sip:
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: 2StrokeDan on September 22, 2021, 08:29:53 pm
I like that "No weapon allowed" spraypainted on the shop wall.

Lyk of dinge daar kon rof raak.
Title: Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
Post by: Noneking on October 01, 2021, 09:11:27 am
I like that "No weapon allowed" spraypainted on the shop wall.

Lyk of dinge daar kon rof raak.
Verseker!