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Title: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 03, 2021, 06:19:06 pm
RECOVERY FROM ROAD TO HELL

Not a bike trip …getting a bit old and am too fat and unfit to push bikes over mountains for days on end …I save my fully kitted 690 for a trip to the local Vida and back where I stand around and pose with all my gear on while sipping on a fat white

I regularly go back to the Richtersveld and have discovered some amazing tracks and places to wild camp next to the Orange River

I led a trip last week – left Cape Town early Friday 22 October – 3 vehicles …me alone in my Mazdarati …a real beat up but modified 3 litre turbo diesel 4x4 Mazda BT50 that I bought from Rossdog a few years ago , Gucci (on this forum) and Scott and his dog Roo in Gucci’s Landcruiser 100 turbo diesel automatic and my brother Aidan (also on this forum) and Matt and his dog Rey in Landcruiser 76 1HZ

We all made it safely to our camp at end of a riverbed and set up next to the river – arrived there about 6 pm Friday night …takes 12 hours to travel from my house in Muizenberg to the campsite and its less than 800 km in total – the last 25 km takes 3 hours …it’s a bit rough

We relaxed and partied the whole day Saturday and well into the night.

Sunday we were due to undertake a little return drive of about 60 km each way to show the new guys the Road To Hell. The plan was that we would leave the 100 Cruiser with rooftop tent at our camp and my brother would follow me in his 76 Cruiser …we would then leave 76 Cruiser at top of Road to Hell and all 5 of us and the 2 dogs would go down and back up RTH in my bakkie …have done it many times before

Aidan woke up grumpy with a babbelas on Sunday morning and told me he was not going to back me up. Matt stayed with Aidan to fish for barbel in the river.

Scott, Gareth, the dog Roo and I went anyway in 1 vehicle …

We had a lekker drive and easily made it down the RTH in under 30 minutes …its only 4 km long with 3 very gnarly sections of big rocks and big drop offs …it is very very steep in parts and the photos never show the real picture

On the way back up on the very last gnarly big rock step up the connecting rod on the left front steering assembly broke …this connects the inner and outer tie rod ends together and basically connects the left front wheel to the steering wheel via the whole steering box assembly

The nett result is that I now had no steering on left front wheel …it was like a dicky wheel on a shopping trolley pointing wherever it felt like.
It was 14h35 on Sunday afternoon 24 October – we quickly assessed the situation and I could see that there was nothing I could do right there and then with what I had to successfully fix it and drive it out.

It was hot. It is always hot there. The sun is merciless.

We quickly made the decision to leave the bakkie and walk back to our campsite …it was only 32 km away along the river.

32 km walk took 18 hours …not a flat walk but more boulder hopping, mountain climbing and hacking through thorn bush for 32 km. We walked from 3 pm to 9 pm, slept from 9 pm to 12 pm, walked again from 12 pm to 3 am, slept again from 3 am to 5 am and then walked again from 5 am to our arrival at camp at 9 am on Monday morning 25 October.

I had brand new shoes bought the day before we left for the trip. I got a blister. It was eina.

We only had water … no food. We did get a bit hungry and I made a lekker brekkie of eggs, bacon, mushrooms, boerewors and OJ when we got back to camp…we chowed and then slept

My boet and Matt and the dog Rey had left camp at first light on Monday to go look for us …they found my bakkie and then turned around and drove back arriving about 2 hours after we did.

We continued our little holiday and decided to leave my bakkie there and come back to Cape Town to get all the parts and tools needed to fix it and drive it out.

Aidan and I drove back to my bakkie on Monday in our mate Scott’s V6 Amarok – we arrived at my bakkie at 16h30 on Monday afternoon.

It took 2 hours to winch and reverse it off the big rock about 50 metres backwards on to a flat spot and only 30 minutes to fit new connecting rod and outer tie rod end and then set the toe on the wheel alignment.

I drove it off the mountain at 19h30 on Monday night.

We camped on the other side and drove both vehicles back home yesterday Tuesday 2 November.

Fun times

Loads of pics were taken and plenty videos too …I will post some here and video links when they are edited and ready


Title: Re: RTH
Post by: JustBendIt on November 03, 2021, 06:19:22 pm
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Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 03, 2021, 06:30:34 pm
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Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: RobC on November 03, 2021, 06:30:48 pm
Eish! :eek7:
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: Clockwork Orange on November 03, 2021, 06:40:37 pm
Eish! :eek7:

Those are always the adventures that stand out in our memories.....but at the time its KAK :thumleft:
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on November 03, 2021, 06:45:19 pm
Are you fit now after all the walking?!! ;) :lol8:
That was a bad luck break. :(
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: Aidan on November 03, 2021, 06:49:31 pm
As it turns out, not going once means you will have to go twice to rescue your boet.





Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: frankmac on November 03, 2021, 07:03:55 pm
Well done. That road, from the pics, isn't for the faint-hearted.
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 03, 2021, 07:48:37 pm
I really wanted to buy a V6 Amarok

But not anymore

We borrowed one to go recover the Mazdarati

It was not my cup of tea

You have to rev it all the time to get anywhere

No low down torque like my bakkie

Very plush suspension good for the road but terrible Offroad - feels like a boat

Also very low and needs way more ground clearance

Very thirsty too 15 litres per 100 km at 120 kph

But there are some positive things like good sound system and big load space for shopping and school bags 😂

Definitely off my wish list

Mazdarati will do 9 litres per 100 km fully loaded at 120 kph all day long in 5th gear at 2500 rpm - truly incredible
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: teebag on November 04, 2021, 08:34:49 am
Small world, I know Gucci and have ridden with him a bit, Also have meet Aidan a few times back in the days of WMC

Here's pic from our shorty trip to the area back in 2010
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: BullSmit on November 04, 2021, 08:43:51 am
Sheez!!!!! Hectic. :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:

Well done on just enjoying the time there and going back to recover and fix the bakkie. :thumleft: :thumleft:


Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: ETS on November 04, 2021, 08:45:25 am
Jisss dunno if it looks lekker.... would love to do it with you- butttt on a bike please?
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: OomD on November 04, 2021, 08:56:57 am
What a coincidence! We went there with my bakkie too, got about halfway up and came across this white Mazda that someone had left sommer in the middle of the road. Very inconsiderate! We were forced to turn around and go back down.

Some people, hey!
 >:D :pot:

Glad you guys made it out, what a lekker campfire story you now have!
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: teebag on November 04, 2021, 09:51:39 am
 :imaposer:
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 04, 2021, 09:58:12 am
What a coincidence! We went there with my bakkie too, got about halfway up and came across this white Mazda that someone had left sommer in the middle of the road. Very inconsiderate! We were forced to turn around and go back down.

Some people, hey!
 >:D :pot:

Glad you guys made it out, what a lekker campfire story you now have!

How did you turn your vehicle around?

Would love to see you do it cos that road is very narrow with a mountain on one side and a sheer cliff face on the other ...were you in a hovercraft?
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: OomD on November 04, 2021, 10:10:49 am
What a coincidence! We went there with my bakkie too, got about halfway up and came across this white Mazda that someone had left sommer in the middle of the road. Very inconsiderate! We were forced to turn around and go back down.

Some people, hey!
 >:D :pot:

Glad you guys made it out, what a lekker campfire story you now have!

How did you turn your vehicle around?

Would love to see you do it cos that road is very narrow with a mountain on one side and a sheer cliff face on the other ...were you in a hovercraft?
That's just the thing that miffed me the most, we were forced to reverse for quite a distance before we could physically turn around. You ever try to go 4x4'ing in reverse? It's not easy, I tell ya!  O0
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: Rossdog on November 04, 2021, 10:30:28 am
What a lekker adventure Justin. It will never be forgotten. I should never have sold you the Mazdarati. That 3.0 litre Ford engine was a pearl.
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 04, 2021, 10:40:33 am
What a coincidence! We went there with my bakkie too, got about halfway up and came across this white Mazda that someone had left sommer in the middle of the road. Very inconsiderate! We were forced to turn around and go back down.

Some people, hey!
 >:D :pot:

Glad you guys made it out, what a lekker campfire story you now have!


How did you turn your vehicle around?

Would love to see you do it cos that road is very narrow with a mountain on one side and a sheer cliff face on the other ...were you in a hovercraft?
That's just the thing that miffed me the most, we were forced to reverse for quite a distance before we could physically turn around. You ever try to go 4x4'ing in reverse? It's not easy, I tell ya!  O0

I know

I reversed that big fat long Amarok down RTH to my bakkie so that I didn’t have to carry my tools from the top - it has a reverse camera so was easy peasy while I had a smoke and drank my beer and listened to The Doors belting out Riders on the Storm at full volume
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: Wooly Bugger on November 04, 2021, 11:07:41 am
 :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: m0lt3n on November 04, 2021, 12:17:50 pm
I really wanted to buy a V6 Amarok

But not anymore

We borrowed one to go recover the Mazdarati

It was not my cup of tea

You have to rev it all the time to get anywhere

No low down torque like my bakkie

Very plush suspension good for the road but terrible Offroad - feels like a boat

Also very low and needs way more ground clearance

Very thirsty too 15 litres per 100 km at 120 kph

But there are some positive things like good sound system and big load space for shopping and school bags 😂

Definitely off my wish list

Mazdarati will do 9 litres per 100 km fully loaded at 120 kph all day long in 5th gear at 2500 rpm - truly incredible

Jy moet mooi werk met daai Mazda dat hy jou nog lank hou!
my pa se 3.0 tdci sien nooit sulke goeie verbruik nie, nie eers teen 110kmph nie. Wat is jou geheim?
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: LeonDude on November 04, 2021, 12:30:46 pm
 :eek7:
Richtersveld takes no prisoners.
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: m0lt3n on November 04, 2021, 12:38:18 pm
:eek7:
Richtersveld takes no prisoners.


But he did it with a amarok with no low range or lift kit!
(tic)


The suspension fail, did you hit a rock bad or what caused the failure?
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 04, 2021, 12:53:48 pm
:eek7:
Richtersveld takes no prisoners.


But he did it with a amarok with no low range or lift kit!
(tic)


The suspension fail, did you hit a rock bad or what caused the failure?

the suspension did not fail ...the connecting rod on the tie rod end broke ...that is part of the steering assembly ...old age and 300 000 km of hard use took its toll
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 04, 2021, 12:56:47 pm
I really wanted to buy a V6 Amarok

But not anymore

We borrowed one to go recover the Mazdarati

It was not my cup of tea

You have to rev it all the time to get anywhere

No low down torque like my bakkie

Very plush suspension good for the road but terrible Offroad - feels like a boat

Also very low and needs way more ground clearance

Very thirsty too 15 litres per 100 km at 120 kph

But there are some positive things like good sound system and big load space for shopping and school bags 😂

Definitely off my wish list

Mazdarati will do 9 litres per 100 km fully loaded at 120 kph all day long in 5th gear at 2500 rpm - truly incredible

Jy moet mooi werk met daai Mazda dat hy jou nog lank hou!
my pa se 3.0 tdci sien nooit sulke goeie verbruik nie, nie eers teen 110kmph nie. Wat is jou geheim?

My bakkie is not standard - I have fiddled with it ...it has a moerse big intercooler, 76mm exhaust and 2 Uni-Q piggyback modules to drive the injectors and the rest of the fuelling ...it makes 150 kW and 550 Nm and has 291 000 km on it now

On the open road it does 120 kph at 2500 rpm in 5th gear and is extremely light on fuel at such a small throttle opening - we don't go faster than this in convoy because my boet's 1HZ Landcruiser cruises comfortably at this speed
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 04, 2021, 12:58:28 pm
:eek7:
Richtersveld takes no prisoners.

You are so right - even though I have been there plenty with no real mishaps before the Richtersveld reminded me very rudely who is boss

Even a bad day in the Richtersveld beats a good day at work
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: Aidan on November 04, 2021, 01:10:59 pm
@justbendit damn we need to get one of those hovercrafts … or make our vehicles inflatable/deflatable so we can just put them in our pockets and walk out


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Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: Aidan on November 04, 2021, 01:11:48 pm
What a coincidence! We went there with my bakkie too, got about halfway up and came across this white Mazda that someone had left sommer in the middle of the road. Very inconsiderate! We were forced to turn around and go back down.

Some people, hey!
 >:D :pot:

Glad you guys made it out, what a lekker campfire story you now have!

How did you turn your vehicle around?

Would love to see you do it cos that road is very narrow with a mountain on one side and a sheer cliff face on the other ...were you in a hovercraft?
That's just the thing that miffed me the most, we were forced to reverse for quite a distance before we could physically turn around. You ever try to go 4x4'ing in reverse? It's not easy, I tell ya!  O0
Pictures ? Or did it even happen?


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Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 04, 2021, 01:30:23 pm
@justbendit damn we need to get one of those hovercrafts … or make our vehicles inflatable/deflatable so we can just put them in our pockets and walk out


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what we need is a sky hook ...that makes it so much easier
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: teebag on November 04, 2021, 02:29:11 pm
we don't go faster than this in convoy because my boet's 1HZ Landcruiser cruises comfortably at this speed

...can only just cruise at this speed  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 08, 2021, 09:14:40 am
A chirp I got on 4x4community forum

Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: m0lt3n on November 08, 2021, 09:34:36 am
What is his problem? What did you do wrong?
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 08, 2021, 09:42:42 am
What is his problem? What did you do wrong?

He is a poeth

Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: mike gs on November 08, 2021, 09:43:57 am
Jeeez, what Dickhead! Your response was spot on Justin!

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Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: Kaboef on November 08, 2021, 10:09:54 am
The guys on 4x4community is a strange bunch.

Holier than thou keyboard warriors,  and with buckets-full of personal abuse if you dare differ from them.


 
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 08, 2021, 10:16:45 am
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Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: briv on November 08, 2021, 10:44:27 am
Lekker Justin  :ricky: Your rapport even made it to the weekly mail from the 4x4 forum, en ja had a lekker lag at your replies to the proes straat pretoria  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: Wooly Bugger on November 08, 2021, 10:49:19 am
The guys on 4x4community is a strange bunch.

Holier than thou keyboard warriors,  and with buckets-full of personal abuse if you dare differ from them.

Sounds familiar? Much like some on this forum................ :pot: :peepwall:
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: MildlyWild on November 09, 2021, 09:27:41 am
Now that is an adventure  :thumleft:

This kind of thing is why I always try to carry extra water and snacks, more so when riding solo

Looks like a lekker route for a GS  :pot:
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: m0lt3n on November 09, 2021, 10:12:15 am
Now that is an adventure  :thumleft:

This kind of thing is why I always try to carry extra water and snacks, more so when riding solo

Looks like a lekker route for a GS  :pot:

I took the 1190 down there, ride report is here somewhere (or fail report)

I wont do it again
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: Buff on November 09, 2021, 11:14:26 am
See now, this is what happens when you don't justbendit and go and breakit  :peepwall:

Lekka adventure and one to be remembered for a very long time. I bet the beer tasted good after that long walk  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: Rooies on November 09, 2021, 11:16:05 am
@JustBendIt , what a spectacular report, lekker man  :thumleft:

I read the thread on 4x4comm now, and it is funny!  My favourite comment being "PS, I watch a lot of survival shows,..."   :lol8: :lol8:   Edit:  That, and "This is like being bitten by a sheep."

That video of your brother on his bike gives good perspective, it is flippen insane.  Whereabouts in the video did your bakkie get stranded?

Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 09, 2021, 12:06:04 pm
@JustBendIt , what a spectacular report, lekker man  :thumleft:

I read the thread on 4x4comm now, and it is funny!  My favourite comment being "PS, I watch a lot of survival shows,..."   :lol8: :lol8:   Edit:  That, and "This is like being bitten by a sheep."

That video of your brother on his bike gives good perspective, it is flippen insane.  Whereabouts in the video did your bakkie get stranded?

On the last big rock step up about 500 metres from the top
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on November 09, 2021, 01:27:16 pm
Sjoe  :o

Lekker stappie daardie
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: 2StrokeDan on November 11, 2021, 07:52:13 am
When touring around in your car, with just the wife and I, the thought of something like this happening crosses your mind sometimes.

But only very briefly. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: tau on November 11, 2021, 08:04:58 am
Jy sal vrek brand daar!!

Jy moet net al die knoppies in die Amarok druk dan raak hy Amabroek.

I had a 3.0 Ford and now drive my Dad’s 3.0 Amarok every now and then. Jy klink nou soos ‘n ou wat sê ‘n modded 2009 Bmw800 is beter as ‘n 2021 Africa Twin 1100
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 11, 2021, 08:10:55 am
Jy sal vrek brand daar!!

Jy moet net al die knoppies in die Amarok druk dan raak hy Amabroek.

I had a 3.0 Ford and now drive my Dad’s 3.0 Amarok every now and then. Jy klink nou soos ‘n ou wat sê ‘n modded 2009 Bmw800 is beter as ‘n 2021 Africa Twin 1100

You know a lot about engines and bakkies and trucks ...me too. I like the low down torque and amazing fuel efficiency on my 3L 4CYL Mazdarati ...I like the plushness and fancyness of the Amarok ...but out the box its too soft and vulnerable for proper 4X4 driving like this ...and it makes its torque too high up in the rev range so you feel like you are always flooring it ...and fuck its heavy on fuel in comparison to my bakkie ...average 15 l per 100 km on Amarok vs 9 l per 100 km on my Mazda
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: tau on November 11, 2021, 04:32:01 pm
Jy sal vrek brand daar!!

Jy moet net al die knoppies in die Amarok druk dan raak hy Amabroek.

I had a 3.0 Ford and now drive my Dad’s 3.0 Amarok every now and then. Jy klink nou soos ‘n ou wat sê ‘n modded 2009 Bmw800 is beter as ‘n 2021 Africa Twin 1100

You know a lot about engines and bakkies and trucks ...me too. I like the low down torque and amazing fuel efficiency on my 3L 4CYL Mazdarati ...I like the plushness and fancyness of the Amarok ...but out the box its too soft and vulnerable for proper 4X4 driving like this ...and it makes its torque too high up in the rev range so you feel like you are always flooring it ...and fuck its heavy on fuel in comparison to my bakkie ...average 15 l per 100 km on Amarok vs 9 l per 100 km on my Mazda

Your Mazda obviously does alot better than the standard models. I really enjoyed mine. My 3.2 BT-50 was also a great vehicel offroad in standard trim, only thing I am sorry I sold when I left SA. Trying to find a vehicle now, and Stoetie doesn't want to help me. I might have to buy a Mazdfa again :)
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on November 12, 2021, 11:51:19 am
and Stoetie doesn't want to help me.

Wil hy nie of kan hy nie??!!! :o
Koop daai silwer 2.8 wat Enzo adverteer. :deal: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: petri oosthuizen on November 12, 2021, 11:57:39 am
Small world, I know Gucci and have ridden with him a bit, Also have meet Aidan a few times back in the days of WMC

Here's pic from our shorty trip to the area back in 2010

Graham......that You????? ???
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: Vulcan on November 12, 2021, 01:28:31 pm
The guys on 4x4community is a strange bunch.

Holier than thou keyboard warriors,  and with buckets-full of personal abuse if you dare differ from them.

Ja daar is n paar parra's. En van hulle like van brag.
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: JustBendIt on November 12, 2021, 01:33:43 pm
Small world, I know Gucci and have ridden with him a bit, Also have meet Aidan a few times back in the days of WMC

Here's pic from our shorty trip to the area back in 2010

Graham......that You????? ???

No ...teebag is Jonathan Tee
Title: Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
Post by: teebag on November 12, 2021, 02:46:18 pm
Grahame’s 40