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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: sidetrack on September 10, 2006, 07:26:18 pm

Title: Thumpers playground
Post by: sidetrack on September 10, 2006, 07:26:18 pm
At half past three I made up my mind, I'm going riding ! Armed with a Google earth roadmap in my head I went out in search of the quarry where Shark, Welshman and co. went riding a week before. I found the dirt road straight away, in fact I have ridden this route a number of times usually turning left and heading towards the Bronkhorstpruit direction. Searching for the quarry I took a right and promptly rode past the quarry without even noticing  :? I kept looking and found zilch that resembled the pics I saw. Eventually beside the road between some trees I came across a mini me quarry. Surely It could not be the place  :evil: Well I could see some quads and 4x4's rode here so I decided to play around as well.

Inside the playpen

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/DSCF6007.jpg)

And by now I've discovered my camera's video function  :D
A fun little hill for going up and down

http://s81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/?action=view&current=climb.flv

I backtracked knowing that the area I'm looking for should be before the railway line and not after it. Eventualy I spotted the quarry to my right, don't know how I missed it !

In the Moroccan desert .... er ok somewhere near Petoors  :D

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/DSCF6012.jpg)

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/DSCF6014.jpg)

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/DSCF6016.jpg)

Like Welshman mentioned there is not alot of really deep sand so if you can't go through it ride over it to make it more interesting

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/DSCF6015.jpg)

There is one small little patch on the far side that had some fun sections, I went through the section trying out various gears and sitting and standing. Second gear on the pegs worked for me. The little hills and bulldosed mounds made for some lekker play time  :D

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/DSCF6023.jpg)

And another vid

http://s81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/?action=view&current=playing.flv

I also saw a track from the main dirt road and remember the other guys talking about it. I rode around the outside of the quarry and found it going up into the hills. I think this track was used for an enduro or mountainbike ride as it had some stickers hanging from the shrubs surrounding it.

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/DSCF6020.jpg)

It was pretty rocky and it's easy to get a puncture if you hit the rocks at a wrong angle. Easy does it and it's not too difficult.

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/DSCF6018.jpg)

Selftimer on and run !

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/DSCF6019.jpg)

Ground clearance is your friend, prime area for a GSV to lose a bashplate  :wink:

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/DSCF6021.jpg)

It was getting late and I brought nothing to drink with me, with no crystal clear mountain streams nearby I decided to hightail it out of there and go and look for a cafe. Well deserved Coke at the end of the day.

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/quarry/DSCF6024.jpg)

All in all I'm glad a decided to go riding, my Z will get a couple of weeks of rest, but when I'm back the fun starts all over again. Magoebas, Molopo route, Mpumalanga they are all waiting. Also really keen to go on another group ride, see ya soon !
Title: Thumpers playground
Post by: Tin-Tin on September 10, 2006, 07:58:40 pm
:headbang: Kewl report dig the videos
Title: Thumpers playground
Post by: Welsh on September 10, 2006, 08:20:06 pm
I was "test riding" Leo,s Bitubo,s that day so no bash plate issues.
I probably had more than 30mm to 40mm more clearance.

And I will only be around in October, for runs,goin overseas again, a) it aint fun if you are a buff in those seats b) it aint fun.

Fark, forgot to say, glad to see that "Elton,s Yellow Brick Road glasses are back"

Welsh  8)
Title: Thumpers playground
Post by: wino on September 11, 2006, 07:35:02 am
that track looks like the place to ride :wink: good one, dd!
Title: Thumpers playground
Post by: Mark Hardy on September 11, 2006, 08:38:29 am
Good one DD, nice report and pics I really like the one of your tracks through thr cracked mud, :)  hope you don't mind but I have copied it to my bike pics file.
Title: Thumpers playground
Post by: Leon H on September 11, 2006, 08:40:05 am
Great photos man!

How do you get the colours like that?  Is that the colour of the countryside or is it trick photography?

Whatever it is it looks cool 8)
Title: Thumpers playground
Post by: BlouVark on September 11, 2006, 08:44:01 am
Nice one as always DD.
Title: Thumpers playground
Post by: sidetrack on September 11, 2006, 10:40:53 am
good camera + photoshops soft light function and the right time of day. Copy away, the pics are there to share :)
Title: Thumpers playground
Post by: X Banana Boy on September 11, 2006, 04:47:05 pm
Thanks DD.  looks like a great practice site.
Title: Thumpers playground
Post by: GIDEON on September 11, 2006, 06:40:37 pm
GREAT