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Title: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 07, 2009, 12:47:59 pm
A December to Remember
Minimalist touring at its best

Its December month, sunshine and beaches for most people, me?
I chose the roads less travelled for this holiday, riding solo, with fellow riders and meeting lots of new people.

Sometimes, taking things at a slower pace is also rewarding!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/01.jpg)



Report will follow shortly  .  .  .
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 07, 2009, 12:58:58 pm
First up was the Southern Cape Trailride:

I set off from a very windy Cape Town towards Ladismith where I was staying the first night. From home I rode through Franshoek towards Villiersdorp, from there I took the R62 all the way to the farm covering 380km‚??s that day. Might not sound like much to you lot, but try doing it on a 125cc bike, where wind, uphills etc. all play a role in the ride.

Here on the road between Francshoek and Villiers, the only photo I took for the day.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/1.jpg)

The next day I was up early, today I was going to Bonniedale adventure farm to meet up with the rest of the guys. Taking the very scenic gravel road from Ladismith through Van Wyks Dorp, 110km‚??s to the campsite.

This is the farm road that leads to the campsite.
Some nice riding to be had here!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/2.jpg)

I was first to arrive and set up my little bit of camp,
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/3.jpg)

Everything I took along for this trip I had in a small dry bag.

‚?Ę   Tent
‚?Ę   Cushion
‚?Ę   Clothes
‚?Ę   Toiletries
‚?Ę   Towel
‚?Ę   Hiking stove
‚?Ę   Gas cylinder
‚?Ę   Cup
‚?Ę   Food
‚?Ę   Coffee
‚?Ę   Chain lube
‚?Ę   Tyre fixing stuff
‚?Ę   Torch
‚?Ę   Plates
‚?Ę   Knife/fork
‚?Ę   GPS/Cellphone Chargers

I also have a small tank bag, in which I put my camera, tripod, medical stuff and snacks
Packing light on a 125 is absolutely crucial!

The group for this trip consisted of 6 Riders:

EtienneNXR (hey that‚??s me!)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/people/ENXR.jpg)
Trailrider
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/people/TR.jpg)
Letsgofishing
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/people/LGF.jpg)
Tok Tokkie
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/people/TT.jpg)
Rooipoot
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/people/Rooipoot.jpg)
Operator
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/people/Operator.jpg)
On the last day Asterix (Trailriders son) an amazing rider for 10 years of age. Roof of Africa watch out! :D
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/people/Astrix.jpg)

The first people to arrive were LGF and Trailrider, they came in through the other side of the farm, Rooipoot and his crew only arrived much later.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/5.jpg)

Very nice campsite/area lots of places to swim, rivers, rock pools, dams with canoe‚??s etc. Friendly people and the prices are very cheap!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/6.jpg)
We had a lekker braai and relaxing evening, it‚??s quite a feeling when you left the Cape a day before and now almost in George on a 125 camping, and having everything you need with you.

This ‚??staffie‚?Ě named Tequila, kept the fearsome honey badgers away :D
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/8.jpg)
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 07, 2009, 01:44:07 pm
Attakwas Pass

Next morning it was up bright and early, breakfast and then we would brave the ‚??Attakwas pass‚?Ě
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/9.jpg)
After paying and signing some paperwork we were off, the route started in a river leading up a sandy bank were the hill climbing started.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/10.jpg)
I must admit the hill climb part was rough, but I just love this type of riding, beats sitting on some long straight dirt highway
The pass itself was very scenic leading over mountains and through the bushes, lots of gates along the way that needed to be opened and closed.

Only took one pic on the trail :o the riding was just to much fun!!
Here you can see LGF going up the hill, he had a nasty fall just there.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/11.jpg)
The route eventually led to a tar road :(  which we took to Oudshoorn.

We stopped at a place called Bronco‚??s for a spot of lunch, the service and food was very good! I‚??d recommend this place any day!

We bought food and refuelled in the town, and onto Eagle falls for the next camp site.

Trailrider led the way through the winding roads toward the campsite lots of ‚??marbles‚?Ě on the road made it very exciting to ride on.

We arrived at the campsite, once again we were the only people camping at the place, just like the day before.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/13.jpg)
Great facilities they have here, nice big lawn to pitch your tent, there was also a restaurant were we could stock up on some things.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/14.jpg)
The ‚??Eagle falls‚?Ě itself, were the place derived its name from, isn‚??t really a big waterfall as you can see in the pic, it‚??s quite smallish.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/012Medium.jpg)
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 07, 2009, 01:53:10 pm
5/5 4x4 Route

The next morning was the first time on the trip we actually slept late, think we were only up at 06:00? :D

Today we were going to tackle the rated 5/5 4x4 route, the route is so bad, no one has ever been up it, people have only come down, due to the steep gradient of the trail.

Trailrider just had to do some repairs to the Honda first.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/15.jpg)

Here is LGF coming up, the DRZ 400 was the biggest bike on this trip,
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/17.jpg)
Notice the nice mountains in the background!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/16.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/18.jpg)

Hello! Is there cellphone reception here?
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/19.jpg)
Trailrider going down one of the rocky slopes
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/21.jpg)
Operator also having a crack at it.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/22.jpg)
LGF blasting through
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/23.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/24.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/25.jpg)
Next we negotiated a very tricky hill climb it may look straight but there are some beeg rocks that throw you off course!

Trailrider going up, with Rooipoot standing at the top. He‚??s pannier rack hit the fence and got bent a bit.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/26.jpg)
Rooipoot starting the climb
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/29.jpg)
Everyone made it up safely at the end‚?¶‚?¶ except for LGF whom decided he was going to have a fall in the barbed wire, Trailride got such a fright he actually ran to help him, he asked me to take the pic, which I promptly did!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/28.jpg)

Kings of the Hill? Operator sporting some very fashionable shades there! :D :D 
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/27.jpg)
At the top we had a rest, the next section was going to be the downhill, feared by many a person, it‚??s a point of no return thing.
LGF and Rooipoot decided to take the same route back, and we continued on.
Trailrider gave us a briefing that, if we go past this section there aint no turning back. It was steep down there, I went the entire way down with I engine switched off, it was quite an experience for a noob like myself.

Operator going down, after the point of no return he realized he wasn‚??t going to make it, so he decided to ‚??try‚?Ě and turn around when he got the bike turned around he was trying to ride it out, back up the hill, but the gradient was so steep he‚??s bike just flipped over backwards!!! Hectic!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/30.jpg)
The downhill claims its second victim, Tok Tokkie
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/31.jpg)
I helped Operator push his bike down a bit to the last flat section, from there on it was straight down all the way.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/32.jpg)
It was great riding down there, completely different to the things I have done before, slipping and sliding all over the place, careful not to touch the clutch otherwise the bike just runs away underneath you!

That‚??s exactly what happened to me in the last turn, I though ah almost made it, lets ride the last bit out, err no! When I pulled the clutch to start the bike it just run under me, I put it down softly against some rocks.

Trailrider and I were already sitting at camp when the others were still coming down, so we just watched them from the comfort of some shady trees.

After the rough route Tok Tokkie and I had something to drink at the restaurant, before packing up camp to head to the next destination.

There were some long gravel roads onroute to George but Trailrider worked in Montagu Pass, something that I have been wanting to ride for forever, into todays ride.

Rooipoot steeking it on the gravel!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/33.jpg)
Operator!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/34.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/36.jpg)
Tok Tokkie giving a wave as he comes through.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/35.jpg)

Montagu pass was amazing, the road just winds the whole time making it very nice to ride by bike, 50 meters from the top of the pass going through a ‚??S‚?Ě turn I had a MLOT :D (momentary laps of talent)  I just lost it halfway through the turn, hitting the ground at about 60km/h, its like everything went slow motion for that moment. Thanks to good quality riding gear I just got up, unscaved, my TroyLee Design pants just got some ruffles on the knee side. Closer inspection to the bike revealed that the handguard had been pushed in holding the grip, like a throttle lock, aswell as a bent foot brake lever. We repaired the handguard at the top op the pass, while TR told me the story behind Amanda‚??s grave.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/37.jpg)
The obligatory pic at the bridge!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/38.jpg)
We stopped in George for supplies and besides a minor ‚??hotdog incident‚?Ě:D :D Ok let‚??s just leave it at hotdog incident! :D

Stopping at TR‚??s house meeting YellowFever, and Mrs TR there. Asterix also joined us from here on.

Trailrider had been talking about the next destination for quite some time as the highlight of the trip, and boy oh boy was he right!
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: TerrorSA on January 07, 2009, 02:03:21 pm
Lovely Ride Report, thanks for sharing
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Yefimovich≤ on January 07, 2009, 02:05:45 pm
Wow! Awesome RR! :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 07, 2009, 02:15:14 pm
Bear wif me, lots to come
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Bakkie on January 07, 2009, 02:17:29 pm
jy moet vinniger tik  ;)
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: MellowJo on January 07, 2009, 02:35:56 pm
I hope you have pics of YellowFever dropping it again .....  :pot:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Maverick on January 07, 2009, 02:45:31 pm
Great report so far dude and keep it coming, the route you guys did looks really good and won't mind doing it myself at some point  :ricky:  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Trailrider on January 07, 2009, 03:10:24 pm
Cool report! ;D
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: LeonDude on January 07, 2009, 05:39:24 pm
Great stuff Etienne, kannie wag virrie res nie!
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 07, 2009, 06:44:22 pm
Forrest Trails

The Trail started at TR‚??s farm leading onto a neighbouring farm were we would camp that night, since we started that morning I noticed that the change in plant life dramatically changed during the day, we started off in a Fynbos area, going through a part of the Karoo and now we were in this Knysna type forests with the Ferns etc. Unfortunately I didn‚??t spot one of them elusive Knysna Elephants :D
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/39.jpg)
The route TR had planned out through here was amazing, riding through the forests is what trailriding is all about!
There is a time and a place for everything, in these forests its not the time, nor the place to jaag and spin etc. Respect the environment!!!

Lots of nice bridges and crystal clear water.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/40.jpg)
Father and son, riding together:
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/41.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/42.jpg)
Some more off the nice bridges and water
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/43.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/44.jpg)
Here is the ‚??ag its not so technical‚?Ě way down to camp, LGF going down.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/45.jpg)
Rooipoot had a slight fall with the loose rocks its quite tricky, but this Oom can seriaasly ride! I hope I can ride like that when I reach that age!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/46.jpg)
Tok Tokkie also going over, Asterix promptly there to help!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/48.jpg)
Trailrider, just sitting going down like its nothing!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/47.jpg)
What a place to camp! This was my bed for the night just a sandy patch no need for a tent.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/49.jpg)
We had a lekker braai on the river, I would say, Worlds Best Braai Area!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/50.jpg)
Trailrider on his bed!

Once the sun set we were surrounded by fire flies, it was a long day, not distance wise, but time spent in the saddle wise.
My riding experience had grown tremendously on this trip, it‚??s like the saying goes. ‚??You start with a empty pot of experience, and a full pot of luck, the trick is to fill the pot of experience before the luck runs out!‚?Ě ;)
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Doerengone on January 07, 2009, 07:06:27 pm
Hi Etienne. Whoa, thats a prime trippie you guys had, with some lekka challenging and scenic routes. Cheers.
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Captain Zef on January 07, 2009, 09:53:53 pm
Awesome ride ouens....

Net weereens 'n voorbeeld van paaie wat te rof is vir my ;D
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: >>ThumpįC on January 07, 2009, 10:11:19 pm
Very nice Etienne :ricky: :ricky:
Now I understand why you didn't stop for Bakkie. :thumleft:
Not in your class :pot:
Keep em coming :ricky: :ricky: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on January 07, 2009, 10:32:03 pm
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Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: DRAZIL on January 07, 2009, 10:50:17 pm
Great teamwork and strong bonding made an awesome trip.
Welldone :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Ama ride ride on January 08, 2009, 06:59:19 am
Lekker lekker :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Plore on January 08, 2009, 07:59:44 am
Respect. Julle ouens mag maar. Great report
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Adventurer on January 08, 2009, 08:31:06 am
Cool report, and some awesome riding. :ricky: :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: LeonDude on January 08, 2009, 08:38:17 am
Looking at some of the roads you guys did, I think my KLR might also have felt like having a little lie - down.
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 08, 2009, 01:10:56 pm
Edit: Trailrider on his bed, pic didnt load here it is
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/51.jpg)
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 08, 2009, 01:11:58 pm
Road to home

Next morning we were up at like 04:45, you get up with the sun so time doesn‚??t really bother you, Operator and LGF took the road early to Cape Town. Me on the other hand, I didn‚??t have a rush in the world I got the time and the bike, why not enjoy it?

We didn‚??t hit the road straight away, TR had some forest trails lined up first. You can even see Mosselbay from here!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/view.jpg)
A bit of coffee at the farm house, and we were off again, towards TR‚??s home.

Trailrider hopped on the Transalp and guided us out of his town,
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/52.jpg)
Toktokkie, Rooipoot and I continued through the Attakwas kloof area. We all really enjoyed this ride each one going at his own pace, Tok Tokkie really gets going once he plugs in the Zumo‚??s earphones! :D The regular gate stops in between meant that you could hook up again to check if everyone‚??s still intact.

I said goodbye to the other two, and did the last 100km‚??s back to Ladismith.
This was one of the few times I saw a snake while riding, thus far I have seen 5 snakes on the road, only on this Desember trip!

I arrived home, tired, exhausted and very glad I went on this trip, my first real bike trip, except for Wilddog day rides.

To all that went with, big thanks, you guys made the trip.

Rooipoot, Jislaaik dis ‚??n lekker oom die! Kan vir jou baie leer, van enige iets!

Tok Tokkie, great having you on a trip, you bring a very relaxed attitude to the camp!

Operator, the first Wilddog I ever rode with, as Trailrider put it: ‚??I love having Operator on trips he always bring comic relief‚?Ě :D

Letsgofishing: You are the funniest Englishman I have met, you‚??re always there to keep TR in line :D :D

Astrix, what a nice kid well mannered, and bloody hell he can ride! He embarrasses me on these trails!

Trailrider, a Huge thanks to you, for organising this trip, scouting routes, organising permits, getting the group together, and for all the photo‚??s.

So‚?¶‚?¶‚?¶. When is the next trip...

More to follow . . .
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Operator on January 08, 2009, 01:19:00 pm
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Letsgofishing: You are the funniest Englishman I have met, you‚??re always there to keep TR in line

True   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


Etienne..........thanks...........it was a pleasure riding with you.

Great report.

I'm sure we will do a similar ride very soon  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Trailrider on January 08, 2009, 01:22:08 pm
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Operator, the first Wilddog I ever rode with, as Trailrider put it: ‚??I love having Operator on trips he always bring comic relief‚?Ě :D

True ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 08, 2009, 01:26:28 pm
On The Farm

Back at the farm, it‚??s really hot in the Little Karoo this time of year!
Before I go riding I soak my jacket in the pool, then its like aircon!

Campsite should be done by the time this report is up, so Dawgs we await you!
Here are a couple of pics of me riding the farm routes

Posing :D
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/plaas/5.jpg)

Who said you cant wheelie a 125?
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/plaas/6.jpg)
Trying to slide
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/plaas/7.jpg)
We had a dam built, its still empty at the moment but the big dam wall is like a dusty dune, so jaaging up and down it is lekker fun!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/plaas/2.jpg)
Can you think of a better way to spend time‚?¶.. I certainly can‚??t!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/plaas/1.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/plaas/3.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/plaas/4.jpg)
I didn‚??t have any further routes planned, I‚??d just have a quick check in on mapsource, Ah that looks like a lekker road, send some pm‚??s to find out about it and take off!

Still lots of riding to follow. . .
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Buller on January 08, 2009, 01:32:47 pm
Who said you cant wheelie a 125?
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/plaas/6.jpg)

Nice one Etienne!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Bakkie on January 08, 2009, 01:43:00 pm
lyk baie cool. waar is die plaas?

Trying to slide
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/plaas/7.jpg)



Trying to slide my ass. ek het die slide merke in die Prince Alfred pass gesien  ;D
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 08, 2009, 01:44:21 pm
Wie ek, pha!
Plaas is op ladismith naby seweweeks poort
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: NIEKIE on January 08, 2009, 02:00:20 pm
Well done E NXR. Lovely report and I like the pics. It's great. What can I say. The rides in Cape is awesome and so close to you guys.

Enjoy, we'll come visit one day

Niekie
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Misty on January 08, 2009, 02:02:39 pm
Great report E - I enjoyed reading all of it :) and gee you guys did some hectic riding here and there - looked like great fun though!!  :ricky:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: bradleys on January 08, 2009, 02:09:40 pm
Cool report and pics,you should become a journilist,hope to see you soon ,will keep you posted on the desert run
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 08, 2009, 02:26:18 pm
Thnx Gav!
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: growweblaar on January 08, 2009, 05:44:31 pm
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 :)
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Swanniebraai on January 08, 2009, 07:25:52 pm
Heavy nice RR, Ettienne, jy doen dit als excellent! Smaaaaaaklik!!
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: briv on January 08, 2009, 09:14:49 pm
Bliksem ek's bly ons kon saam met die Wilddog ry  :mwink: Check hom hy gaat Dakar toe  :thumleft: Mooi storie Etienne  :biggrin: ek's nou half spyt   :patch:  :mwink:  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 08, 2009, 09:34:56 pm
He he, is lekker om te ry man!
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Drusky on January 08, 2009, 10:04:52 pm
Lovely, now what is the story behind "Amanda's Grave"?
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Bakkie on January 08, 2009, 10:09:28 pm
Lovely, now what is the story behind "Amanda's Grave"?

and oom koos se klip.... please
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Leo on January 09, 2009, 01:21:51 pm
Nice report  :thumleft:

Look like very technical riding - kudu's to all involved  :3some:

Thanks for sharing  :ricky:

Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Poffmuis on January 09, 2009, 03:43:03 pm
Lekker report Ett  :thumleft: Ek sal bietjie vir TR moet gaan kuier ek dink. Ek het laas keer so bietjie meganiese probleme gekry toe ek wou gaan kuier het.  :(
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Highlander on January 10, 2009, 12:43:48 am
I hope you have pics of YellowFever dropping it again .....  :pot:

1ste ding, ek het niks met die prys van enige van die eiers uit te waai nie, my bike was daai tyd in die shop vir my vorige prang se repairs, MJ hoekom jys so skaars deesdae, wa ma jy?

2de ding, lekker ride report ettiene, maar waar gaan jy ry as jy eendag so oud soos trail is as jy nou alles ry.

3de ding, opie lyk soos een van daai karton manne wat mens uitknip en regop hou by sporting events, of soos 'n madame tussauds waspop :ricky:

Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: JourneyMan on January 10, 2009, 09:34:23 am
Great trip, RR en photo's! 8) :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Puddles on January 10, 2009, 12:31:20 pm
Wow ... what a great trip you guys did.  Phew, some "hairy" paths you took there  :o. 

Thanx for sharing
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 10, 2009, 03:10:25 pm
I hope you have pics of YellowFever dropping it again .....  :pot:

1ste ding, ek het niks met die prys van enige van die eiers uit te waai nie, my bike was daai tyd in die shop vir my vorige prang se repairs, MJ hoekom jys so skaars deesdae, wa ma jy?

2de ding, lekker ride report ettiene, maar waar gaan jy ry as jy eendag so oud soos trail is as jy nou alles ry.

3de ding, opie lyk soos een van daai karton manne wat mens uitknip en regop hou by sporting events, of soos 'n madame tussauds waspop :ricky:



'Praat jy van style man?
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/DSCF4980Medium.jpg)
Ou met wingat brille: Hy lyk soos n ou kakhuis met nuwe vensters
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 10, 2009, 03:12:24 pm
OH HELL

Next on the list of roads to ride, was the infamous Gamkapoort ‚??Die Hell‚?Ě route, (not the ride with Trailrider this one I did solo), this would also include Swartberg Pass, one of Thomas Bains many works, a road I have been longing to do for a some time.

Apparently it gets freaking hot in there, so I came prepared camelback and a can of water on the bike :D
‚??He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail‚?Ě ;)

Up at 04:30, I took the Huisrivier pass to Calitzdorp, a lovely tarred pass running through the mountains, there had been lots of rock falls on this pass, so I steeked it through, no holds barred 95km/h riding:D , to avoid boulders falling on my bike :D
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/1.jpg)
I arrived in Calitzdorp to find the petrol station still closed, people in these parts don‚??t have a rush in the world, waited about 20min‚??s before they opened, filled up and took this very nice route I had found that turns off just before the bridge.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/23.jpg)
The road is a single lane all the way, with a dam next to it.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/2.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/16.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/17.jpg)
Saw some Kudu‚??s on the route
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/18.jpg)
Some springboks in the far
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/19.jpg)
Eventually it joins up with the Swartberg pass, saw 3 R1200GS riders come by here as I took the photo.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/3.jpg)
The pass didn‚??t disappoint! Full of bends and uphills awesome, awesome road.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/7.jpg)

Baboons
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/4.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/5.jpg)

Ah sweet gravel
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/6.jpg)

The pass on the way down again, there were actually cyclist riding this pass in the heat, crazy people.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/21.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/22.jpg)

Saw 2 friendly KTM riders at the top, Silver 990 and a 640 with pillion, but no pic.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/20.jpg)

Here at the entrance to Die Hell
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/12.jpg)

The story goes that these people came across the Gamkapoort valley, they stayed here avoiding the tax man. Everything they needed, was made by themselves. Today there‚??s only one of the original inhabitants left.

Taking it easy along this route, lots to see here!

They even had watercrossing!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/15.jpg)
At the highest point the GPS said the altitude was 1244m that‚??s quite high if you ask me!

Ate something and turned back, in this pic you can see the road leading out in the far.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/13.jpg)
On the way out the road started to get very busy! Saw only GP registered cars on the way out, no lie, but they were all very friendly letting me pas them on the road.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Hell/14.jpg)

It‚??s just great being able to ride, I might be stuck with a cylinderily challenged bike for the time being, but that‚??s not going to stop me from riding everywhere I can.

Of the whole route today I enjoyed the part out of Calitzdorp to the Swartberg the most, as you could see from the screenshot it‚??s very twisty!

Filled up in Calitzdorp again, took the road home, arrived home at about 12:00 having covered 350km‚??s of gravel that morning, saw another snake, this time a puff adder.

The bikes speedo cable broke somehow, so I‚??m now riding without indication.
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Trailrider on January 10, 2009, 03:27:05 pm

Of the whole route today I enjoyed the part out of Calitzdorp to the Swartberg the most, as you could see from the screenshot it‚??s very twisty!


Would you believe I've never ridden that road?

With all the positive feedback I'll be riding it soonest!
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 10, 2009, 05:37:15 pm
SEWEWEEKS POORT

Seweweeks poort is overlooked by the 2326metre high mountain, the highest in the Swartberg range, this is considered one of the most scenic passes in the country.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/1.jpg)
I got an invite to come have a stay at one of the farms, Rouxpos, outside Seweweeks poort, so the day before Christmas I set off.

This is the old toll house that used to be run many moons ago.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/2.jpg)
Check the curvature of the rocks ahead
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/4.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/3.jpg)
A stopping spot
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/5.jpg)
Who doesn‚??t love a watercrossing?
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/6.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/7.jpg)
I came round a turn and there was a whole swarm of swallows in the road, one flew past me making a quick turn back, next thing I know the thing hits me in the nose and goggle, the wind pushing it against me, so I cant remove it. I stopped to find the bird completely dead‚?¶‚?¶. My nose did hurt a bit though.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/8.jpg)
The farm just outside the poort, I was led to believe there are some great trails here.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/9.jpg)
Beautiful mountains surrounding the area
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/10.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/11.jpg)
Me riding (Ah there‚??s dust in me eyes!)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/12.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/13.jpg)
Had some lunch at the lovely home, spent a lot of the afternoon riding here
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/14.jpg)
Some fruit tree‚??s
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/15.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/16.jpg)

They available accommodation :D :D
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/17.jpg)
There I go, on the way home
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/18.jpg)
Along the road I found allot of these small gravel quarries, thinking well I‚??m not in a rush lets ride them! They make a large bowl great for riding in.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/19.jpg)

The NXR is actually a very nice looking bike!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/20.jpg)

Just remember, the best parking spot. . . isn‚??t always the one closest to the mall entrance!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Seweweekspoort/21.jpg)

Rode through the poort again back home, found some new interesting routes to be ridden in the future. . .
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Andy660 on January 10, 2009, 07:25:25 pm
Excellent report Etienne !
You must let me have your adress , so I can get those tyres to you.
Pm me and I`ll bring them to you.

Really enjoyed your writting.
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Carnivore on January 10, 2009, 07:34:51 pm
I get more and more impressed met hierdie jong man every ride report I see...  :thumleft:

Damn... there's hope for this country with guys like this on the up..

(BTW... who took the action shots?)
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 10, 2009, 07:38:06 pm
Excellent report Etienne !
You must let me have your adress , so I can get those tyres to you.
Pm me and I`ll bring them to you.

Really enjoyed your writting.

Cool!
Will do!
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 10, 2009, 07:40:30 pm
I get more and more impressed met hierdie jong man every ride report I see...  :thumleft:

Damn... there's hope for this country with guys like this on the up..

(BTW... who took the action shots?)

My personal photographer :P

Nah its my sister :D
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Malibu on January 10, 2009, 07:56:22 pm
You are such an amazing young man!  I love your reports and especially your writing style.  Pics are super!   :thumleft:

Will look forward to your next report...
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 10, 2009, 07:58:56 pm
*blush*

:D :D
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Crossed-up on January 10, 2009, 08:01:53 pm
Fantastic, Etienne!  Great reports.  You're an inspiration to us ou ballies.  

I did R62 by cage before Christmas and saw so much great country for riding.  You're "living the dream" enjoy.
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Stev0 on January 10, 2009, 08:35:16 pm
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/trail%20ride/52.jpg)

Darem n sekzi bike ....shjoe!


nice report E!

Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 11, 2009, 08:25:37 pm
ATTAKWASKLOOF

Tried to fix the broken speedo cable, no luck‚?¶
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/1.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/2.jpg)


Next up was Attakwaskloof, a very historic route with a nice campsite, bonniedale adventure farm, in the middle.

Left Ladismith taking the Van Wyksdorp road to the turnoff, just some normal gravel highways, not very exciting but still beats the hell out of tarr!

Stopping at the Herbertsdale turnoff
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/3.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/4.jpg)
From here on the road became allot of fun, steep down and uphills, lots of turns, loose gravel, everything that makes a road great.

A steep one way downhill,
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/5.jpg)

If you don‚??t know about the turnoff to Bonniedale Adventure Farm, you will miss it for sure, it‚??s just a normal farm road, starting in some guy‚??s yard.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/6.jpg)
And then the road starts to look like this! Yeah!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/7.jpg)
The road surface is very marble‚??d, makes the ride so much more fun slipping and sliding through corners.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/8.jpg)
Had another snake encounter here, came through a turn and there was a huge Cape Cobra in the road, I started braking, but realized I was going to stop right on top of him, so flat out I went going over its tale, I glanced back to see it lifting in that cobra like manner‚?¶Scary stuff!

An old ‚??klipkraal‚?Ě on the road
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/9.jpg)
Look out for these signs indicating the route
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/10.jpg)

At the farm itself, there is allot of great riding to be had, can definitely make a weekend out of coming here and doing all the routes!(hint hint Mr Trailrider!)

They do have adequate warnings though! :D :D
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/11.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/12.jpg)

The trails here all range in difficulty, with escape routes for the not so brave
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/15.jpg)
Letsgofishing‚??s screen is still lying here from the Southern Cape Trailride!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/13.jpg)
My feeble attempt at photography
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/14.jpg)

Some of the routes lead to other campsites, this one got abandoned after the floods a couple of weeks back.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/16.jpg)
Beeg tortoise!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/17.jpg)
The view of the farm from on top of one of the routes
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/18.jpg)
Took the other gravel route out of the kloof, very nice twisty road, the occasional patch of marbles in the road

Gate opening (lots of them!)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/19.jpg)

These beast like things were everywhere! :-\  :D
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/20.jpg)
Say wha?
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/21.jpg)
I‚??d definitely recommend Bonniedale Adventure Farm to you adventurous lot!

Good accommodation, facilities and great riding to be had!
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Trailrider on January 11, 2009, 08:52:07 pm

An old ‚??klipkraal‚?Ě on the road
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/Attakwas/9.jpg)


That's the ghost town "Woeska".
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: GO GIRL on January 12, 2009, 04:25:15 pm
That surely has to be a December to remember!!!!! 8) 8) 8) 8)

Stunning RR yhou are going to be well travelled, nice challenging routes... :o :o

All adds to the fun and adventure.... :biggrin:

Nice one ENxR ;) ;)
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: MLC1 on January 12, 2009, 04:50:41 pm
Jis ou Ettienne, as ek so na jou RRs kyk en die roetes wat jy ry dan verkoop ek sommer my 1200Adventure en gaan koop 'n lekker fiets soos joune!!! Wys ons maar net weer .... its not about the bike!!!

Hou so vol
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 12, 2009, 07:43:41 pm
Uniondale

I set off at 04:30 from Plettenberg Bay, a very nice holiday town that sits against the coast, towards Uniondale, no luggage just a day trip.

Its very cold riding this early in the morning, but seeing the sunrise from the seat of your bike, makes it all worth while! 
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/1.jpg)
Do they train Rhino‚??s here?
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/2.jpg)
I went through the very scenic, Prins Alfred Pass, what an amazing road it‚??s a single lane road, so be careful through the corners, beware of other motorists!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/6.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/11.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/12Medium.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/13Medium.jpg)

East West gravels best, of hoe?
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/3.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/4.jpg)

Going through the Pass, through every corner I could see powersliding marks, later I found out that it was Bakkie (WD) with his KTM that had been gooi-ing it through the turns like that. Lekker Bakkie !!! :D :D

Lots of little waterfalls along the pass
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/14Medium.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/15Medium.jpg)
Look out below
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/10.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/5.jpg)

When I went through this Pass the second time, stopping for a pic, this guy on a yellow R1200GS stopped next to me. Turns out its Slainthe Mhaith (also pronounced ‚?¶ Piet) on his way to meet with Ama ride ride, they were doing Baviaans and then back to Pretoria! Goed om jou weer te sien man!

The tar road just before Uniondale had been badly damaged by a flood, as you can see in these pictures, some places the entire right lane had been taken out.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/7.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/8.jpg)
Uniondale didn‚??t have much on offer, the garage doest even have a building, just a lil‚?? caravan! + I didn‚??t see the famous ghost?
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/9.jpg)
But stil, Its another town I could tick of the list.
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 12, 2009, 09:48:15 pm
Ag Hell not again :D

So off I was again to Gamkaspoort, ‚??Die Hell‚?Ě, this time for a luncheon with some Wilddog members.

I set off from Ladismith again filling up in Calitzdorp I took my usual route that runs along the mountains towards Swartberg Pass.

About three quarters off the way through the road from Calitzdorp, I noticed a bike steadily cruising way infront of me, so I started chasing it. When I finally caught it, I saw that it was Briv on his Africa Twin, he had left Cape Town the previous day on his solo trip no plans for where he was going, he had 4 days off and the open road, what a great way to travel!   
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/1.jpg)

He decided to do the route with us, so he and I rode to the planned meeting spot, where we would meet, Trailrider and Mrs Trailrider on their 700TransAlp, Dusty on her F650GS and Tony Varadero on his Varadero, so the Honda‚??s clearly out numbered the other brands on this ride!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/5.jpg)

The King of all adventure bikes, Briv‚??s very neat AT!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/2.jpg)
The 5 bikes
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/3.jpg)

After a chat we headed to Swartberg Pass, one of those ‚??must see roads of South Africa‚?Ě, we took it very steady up there, enjoying the views.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/6.jpg)
At the top of the pass, the most enjoyable part is the way down to Prins albert.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/8.jpg)
Sorry for all the pics of the Africa Twin (I just love that bike!!!!)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/7.jpg)
The pass was still quite, as it was early
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From left to right TR, Tony, Dusty
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Mrs TR at the signs, it says 2 hours 50km, in this months Top Bike there is an article about Jan ‚??Staal‚?Ě Du Toit doing it in 44min, but I cant see the point of that? Jaaging through here is just not right, you have to take in the sights and smells!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/10.jpg)
Two very big Honda‚??s!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/11.jpg)
The first part of the road, there is some ‚??Deck riet‚?Ě growing here (sorry I don‚??t know the English word)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/13.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/12.jpg)
Trailrider passing by
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/14.jpg)
Halt‚?¶. Photo time
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The road in here is magnificent, I think it was built in 1969, it is very steep and has the occasional water crossing.

The two Honda‚??s again, the Varadero has twin Tornado pipes on, making it sound very good, but not as good as the Africa Twin with the scorch pipe!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/16.jpg)
We had a very nice lunch in an old grasdak restaurant, they have two different menu‚??s one for people who booked, and another one for people that just show up, so make sure to book, otherwise you‚??d be stuck with salad, or salad :D

The old car that was carried yes carried in here before the road was built!
I‚??d say it‚??s in dire need of a service!
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/17.jpg)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/18.jpg)
Poor Tony Varadero was tired as hell (no pun intended) from wrestling the Vara down here, because he had a fairly road based front tyre giving him some bad moments on the downhills.

We started the way out again, this meant lots of uphills, I was still riding behind TR when he suddenly stopped asking me if he‚??s rear tyre was flat, a glance down revealed the worst, a flat tyre on a uphill in this heat!

We were lucky to have Briv there, he quickly jumped in and took over the tyre changing business. A very primitive centre stand there.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/20.jpg)
Briv got the rim off quickly
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/22.jpg)
Relax TR its all part of the game
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/23.jpg)
Well there‚??s your problem :D
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/24.jpg)
Mrs TR explaining to him how to fix the tube, Dusty thinking, Hmm‚?¶.. You sure that‚??s gonna work?
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/26.jpg)
The tyre was fixed in really no time at all, and we were off again, but only for a while. . .

Because we came across a broken down Land Rover (very surprising :D :D)
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/29.jpg)
They poor guy didn‚??t really know what to do, but it was super Briv to the rescue again, he did something to the thingy ma-thing and the Land Rover started again!

We said goodbye to Dusty who had to go to Prins Albert, so the rest of us took the pass down again.
(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/hell2/30.jpg)
At the bottom we said our goodbyes, and Briv and I continued towards Calitzdorp he was looking for accommodation along the way, he eventually found a nice guest house, so my ride with the Africa Twin ended 
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I went on towards Ladismith, it was getting late and I had to get to the farm, filled up in Calitzdorp again, the bike only used 6l of fuel from Calitzdorop into Die Hell and back to Calitzdorp about 220km‚??s! Not bad

I arrived home just before 19:00 knackered, had been on the bike since 07:00 that morning.

Once again my bike surprised me, by not even missing a beat, it held its own very nicely among the very beeg bikes!

Was nice meeting two new Wilddog‚??s thanks for the planning Trailrider!
 
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 12, 2009, 09:48:49 pm
So my bike HONDA NXR125 had taken me out of Cape town at the beginning of the holiday‚??s, through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country (Montagu Pass comes to mind!) literally over mountains and through rivers. I sometimes went down hard, but the bike didn‚??t mind, I sometimes over rid it a bit, doing 11+ ours in the saddle, but the bike didn‚??t mind, not one flat wheel, not one drop of oil used, I did with this bike clearly what it wasn‚??t made for , I did just under 4000km‚??s on it this holiday, that‚??s allot on a 125 if you ask me, my rear tyre is shot, my breaks are faded and the bottle of chain lube is empty.

But I have to thank the Wilddog forum, from whom without I would have never done this type of riding. I didn‚??t think there were like minded people out there, till I came across the 3000+ members on this site.

I think Tok Tokkie put it well when he said to me: ‚??But Etienne you‚??re going to have ran out of challenges by the time your 21!‚?Ě :D

So until my next big trip, is gonna be all the way into Vaalie country ;) ,
thanks for bearing with me through this report, I hope you enjoyed the reading, as much as I enjoyed doing the riding!

Because it doesn‚??t matter what you ride, just as long as you are out there riding.


Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Trailrider on January 12, 2009, 10:04:09 pm
Excellent report Etienne. It was an honour to ride with you and I hope to do so again soon :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Poffmuis on January 12, 2009, 10:32:38 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: NISMARK on January 13, 2009, 09:37:26 am
Nice RR  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: EtienneXplore on January 13, 2009, 09:41:48 am
So until my next big trip, is gonna be all the way into Vaalie country ;) ,


So, you will be attending a Gauteng Bash hey? :deal: :deal:


Well done on some great riding, and keep the passion.

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Mzee on January 13, 2009, 10:47:01 am
Etienne awesome!  You have done well and I envy you. 
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: gobby on January 13, 2009, 12:41:55 pm
Well done guys, an excellent RR.
Long ride the little bikes   :ricky:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Stormer on January 13, 2009, 01:33:47 pm
Etienne, will you please stop riding and leave something for the rest of us ;).

I am glad you had a great time. Hope I can do the same rides one day.
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: briv on January 13, 2009, 03:27:05 pm
AiTsa said she would love you to take her for a ride some time  :thumleft: specialy as you take her in such high regard  :ricky: 

Lekker Etienne ek spekuleer nie oor daai DAKAR deelname nie  :biggrin: Befonkte storie  ;)
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 13, 2009, 03:41:58 pm
Hie hie hie
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Thundermerwe on January 13, 2009, 03:51:48 pm
Well done young man, well done  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Hondsekierie on January 13, 2009, 08:32:16 pm
Baie lekker gewees om jou RR te lees Etienne:thumleft:

Vir n jong laaitie is jy jou tyd ver vooruit - mooi bly en lekker ry.

 
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on January 13, 2009, 09:15:25 pm

(http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn394/EtienneNXR/Vakansie/onion/8.jpg)


Cool foto Etienne  ;) ;D ;D
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 13, 2009, 09:21:48 pm
HAHA lyk soos 'n foto effect op my foto
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Dusty on January 14, 2009, 06:10:37 am
Very good ride report  :thumleft:  Your passion for riding is inspirational. Have you got the speedo cable fixed yet ?
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Crop Sprang on January 14, 2009, 08:03:37 am
Etienne

Thanks for a great RR
just brilliant to ride those amazing tracks
we did the same area so our RR will be coming up soon
This amazing country just makes you want to ride all the time

looking forward to seeing your next RR
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Beserker on January 14, 2009, 09:01:01 am
Great RR.

Good to see the TLD's being put to good use.

PM'ed you 'bout Ballistic.

Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 14, 2009, 09:05:04 am
Cool!
Thanx
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: letsgofishing on January 14, 2009, 09:13:00 am
Great RR Ettienne - it was a pleasure riding with you!
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Eisbein on January 14, 2009, 12:51:27 pm
Quote
It‚??s just great being able to ride, I might be stuck with a cylinderily challenged bike for the time being, but that‚??s not going to stop me from riding everywhere I can.


I have said it before and I will say it again afterwards, but what you said here is the spirit of adventure riding.

You can either sit at home doing nothing and complaining about what you've got, or you can use what you've been dealt, plan to its strentghts and weaknesses and get out there and do it.

Awesome.

You've done more in this short time since you had the bike than what lots of guys on bikes 10 times yours' size have done.

I like your style (touring and writing)

Thanks for taking the time and putting the ride report together.


Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on January 14, 2009, 12:55:03 pm
Dankie man! :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: BullFrog on January 14, 2009, 01:28:16 pm
Not just more than guys on bikes much bigger than Etienne's, but also guys 3-4 times his age!!!!

Lekker man, Etienne!!!!!!!!!!


Moet net NOOIT dat 'n job of vrou dit vir jou op-donner nie!!!  :deal: :deal:  (Soos jy self noem).
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: tok-tokkie on January 14, 2009, 04:12:43 pm
Not just more than guys on bikes much bigger than Etienne's, but also guys 3-4 times his age!!!!

That makes me smile.  I was there for part of his adventure and realised afterwards that he is 1/4 of my age.  He did lots more than i did during the holiday.

Nice report Etienne and lots of photos.
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Lootch67 on January 14, 2009, 04:57:44 pm
Sounds like a dream holiday to me! Well done Ettiene.
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: SGB on January 14, 2009, 05:28:20 pm
If my laaitie does half of this, he can have a 125 with pleasure.  Great effort Ettienne, what a way to spend the holidays.  If you ever come to Lesotho I would be more than happy to show you around.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on January 14, 2009, 10:30:00 pm
I was there for part of his adventure and realised afterwards that he is 1/4 of my age.  He did lots more than i did during the holiday.

4keer meer?  :D
Title: Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
Post by: Etienne2T on February 23, 2009, 06:32:01 pm
Looking back on this now, i feel very grateful to have had the privilege to do something like this

Waneer is die volgende vakansie? :D