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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Watty on October 19, 2009, 10:39:33 am

Title: Diepspoor @ Vaalpadskloof revisited
Post by: Watty on October 19, 2009, 10:39:33 am
Diepspoor revisited

Wild dogs will recall that the 2009 EC Regional WD Bash held in June at Vaalpadskloof near  Steylerville was a wet and muddy affair, resulting that the planned outrides were never explored.

A weekend outride was subsequently planned for the weekend of the 17th of October 2009 and these routes was explored and ridden.

A 170km route through the Grootrivier Mountains and adjacent regions was planned using 1:50 000 topographic maps.  The focus point was to explore the Kamferspoort, a must ride for any serious dual-sport biker.  Special permission has been obtained from the landowner to gain access to the Kamferspoort.  With clear skies, no wind and with a green Karoo landscape the morning's ride was to commence at 11h00 once all the participants have arrived at the camp-site.

Seeing that the ride was planned for 11h00, a few of the dogs that have arrived on Friday afternoon decided to quickly go and check out the festivities at the Rainbow Festival in Steylerville and have a brekkie at the Royal Hotel.  Herms, Jman, Mr C and Sakkie arrive soon thereafter, and with 5 Grahamstown Greydogs roaring in just before 11h00.  After a very quick 'consultation' the ride was to start at 12h00.

So at midday 12 bikes and 13 riders lined up for the outride to Kamferspoort and beyond.  Unfortunately Gorra and TerrorSA discovered some cool beers, long lost buddies, etc, at the Royal Hotel and their outride was done in front of a big TV screen watching some game - something about a curry cup, real boring stuff when in DS heaven I think!  :mwink:

The road from the camp-site to the turn-off into Kamferspoort is in itself a very nice and enjoyable ride.  Lots of little drifts, twists, and turns thru majestic mountains.

The following photos set the environment of the ride:
Title: Re: Diepspoor @ Vaalpadskloof revisited
Post by: Watty on October 19, 2009, 10:39:49 am
Kamferspoort

Some selected photos of the really enjoyable poort.  Lots of challenges - rocks (all sizes), sand, inclines and declines, ruts and wash-outs, together with awesome scenery  ....  just the therapy for stress.
Title: Re: Diepspoor @ Vaalpadskloof revisited
Post by: Watty on October 19, 2009, 10:40:00 am
North of Kamferskloof

Photo 1: Following the Heuningklipriver - what a lekker stretch of track!

Photo 2: Jman leading the stragglers (they actually stopped to play and did some jumps over the humps constructed to prevent eroding of the track)

Photo 3: Break at the junction with the R337 (Klipplaat to Willowmore road).  Note the mud - the Karoo is not just dust and bossies!

Photo 4: Turn towards the east again at Fullarton (R337).

Photo 5:  Adjacent to the Grootriver, about 8 km from the camp-site.  What a contented and happy bunch?

Title: Re: Diepspoor @ Vaalpadskloof revisited
Post by: Watty on October 19, 2009, 10:40:36 am
Some of the WD on the revisit.

Photo 1:  The Grahamstown Greyhounds at the camp-site.  Note, the liquid refreshments are always on hand.

Photo 2:  Big Dom

Photo 3:  Edgy, the orange pimpernel?

Photo 4: Pie and laaitjie.  Now I think this okkie enjoyed the ride the most.  Stuck like a leach to his dad's back without fail.  I asked him afterwards "Word jy nie bang as jou pa so teen bulte met die groot los klippe af of op jaag nie?"  The reply "Nee oom, my pa weet wat hy doen!".    

Photo 5:  Mr C and Herms in a deep debate, discussing the sexlife of the greater Karoo miskruier.
Title: Re: Diepspoor @ Vaalpadskloof revisited
Post by: Beagle Boy on October 19, 2009, 11:26:29 am
   :bar:   :happy1:
Title: Re: Diepspoor @ Vaalpadskloof revisited
Post by: WabbitKiLR on October 19, 2009, 11:28:00 am
   :bar:   :happy1:
+1
Title: Re: Diepspoor @ Vaalpadskloof revisited
Post by: >>Thump°C on October 19, 2009, 11:35:08 am
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Diepspoor @ Vaalpadskloof revisited
Post by: Sakkie on October 19, 2009, 12:30:17 pm
Lekker Watty!

Thanks again for the organizing, and the borrowing of your maps
to do last minute route planning changes!    :ricky:

I've posted my pics here - http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=39545.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=39545.0)
Title: Re: Diepspoor @ Vaalpadskloof revisited
Post by: Watty on October 19, 2009, 03:55:42 pm
Nearly forgot ... here is Jman trying a convert his Freewind into a mountain goat   :mwink:  ... all in the name of getting a better photo shot.
Title: Re: Diepspoor @ Vaalpadskloof revisited
Post by: ODAT on October 19, 2009, 08:31:04 pm
thanks for all the pics the weekend was  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Diepspoor @ Vaalpadskloof revisited
Post by: ruffrider on October 21, 2009, 01:59:09 pm
Nice one.  Lekker photies  :thumleft: