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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: MellowJo on April 11, 2010, 05:20:50 pm

Title: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: MellowJo on April 11, 2010, 05:20:50 pm
Background

When we returned from our West Coast/Namibia trip last year (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=32003.0), we all said that the next trip had to be an East Coast trip.

So Archangel, who is also a keen surfer, started to plot his East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip. His initial plans were for a three week trip, but the reality of leave schedules for all the people reduced the eventual planning to two weeks (March 19th to April 6th 2010). http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=46750.0

EDIT: OK, I could also call this the "Surf & Turf" report , or the "Father & Son" trip .....  :imaposer:

Unfortunately a few other bikers had to withdraw, and so we ended up with only me on Pumba, the 1150 GS (on 99k kms) and Archie on Michaela, his relatively new 950. Surf gear, spare tyres, tools, food, water and fuel cans had to be lugged by our crew Amelia, Jacques and Nadine in our newly acquired Audi Allroad.

Before the trip, both bikes (new rear wheel bearing for the 1150, and a new starter clutch for the 950) and the car (new CV joints) were serviced, so we were feeling reasonably ready for the trek.

So the first instalment of the Ride report …….

Day 0: Friday Afternoon from Cape Town to Mosselbay (Klein Brak) 450km

There was just no getting away early from work. The crew got away earlier but got stuck in a major traffic jam in Du Toits kloof. Me and Archie only got away just before 5 and burned the rubber down the N1, only to also get stuck in Du Toits kloof, but we were on our way and our spirits were high. At Worcester we turned onto the R62 towards Swellendam. This pic was taken as we entered Ashton.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz00.jpg)

After a fairly uneventful 5 hours we all arrived safely for a first night on the road. We stayed over at friends’ beach house in Klein Brak, just outside Mosselbay.

Day 1: Mossel Bay to East London (700 km)

After an early start, we moved off the N2 at George onto the old George road. This is the old main road from George, a combination of gravel and tar over several old single lane bridges also called the “seven passes” route. This was magic, giving us our first off-road trip feeling.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz005.jpg)

From Sedgefield we tried to do as much of the R102 as possible. 50kms from PE, we turned onto the R72 (with some road works) towards Port Alfred.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz010.jpg)

Close to East London, Pumba tipped over the odometer to a ton (100k kms) and we had to stop for a few pics.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz015.jpg)

At East London we stayed at friends’ flat.


Day 2: East London to Hole-in-the-Wall (300 km)

It was Archangel’s birthday and Amelia had a surprise for him.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz018.jpg)

After an early morning surf session at Nahoon reef, we were on our way to Kei River mouth. On our way we saw what looked like a bad superbike accident close to Kei Mouth.

At the mouth we immediately drove onto the ferry, and were transported across into the old Transkei.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz020.jpg)

On the other side, some heavies in Land Cruisers looked us up and down, remarked on how bad the roads were and that we were in the wrong place. Anyway, we continued along the first bad gravel parts onto Centane.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz021.jpg)

Chatting to the people at Centane, we were told that the bridges on the direct route to Coffee Bay were washed away. So we turned West towards the N2, North towards Mthatha and eventually East towards Coffee Bay on the tar road. This road deteriorated with potholes until we had to slow down to 20km/h weaving from side to side to find a route, dodge cattle and oncoming taxis. We decided to call this road the one to Potty Bay.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/th_PottyRoad2.jpg) (http://s307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/?action=view&current=PottyRoad2.flv)


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From Potty Bay it was a short but beautiful 10 kms to the Hole-in-the-Wall camp site, where we pitched camp in a roaring wind. Two tents did not make it (tears and broken poles), and we ended up with only 2 out of 4 tents.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz030.jpg)

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Day 3: Hole-in-the-Wall to Mdumbi (legend surf spot) (35 km)

We were supposed to get petrol at Coffee Bay, but alas, the pumps were bust and the KTM and car were close to empty. We did not anticipate fuel issues and did not fill our jerry cans. With the new GSA tank, Pumba of course did not have a problem. The trip for the day would only be about 30kms so it was not a problem yet, but the next day to Port St Johns would be.

So while Archangel and crew travelled to Mdumbi, Pumba the tanker, got strapped with jerry cans and jogged past the potholes 80kms to Mthatha and back to alleviate the fuel shortage for the next day.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz031.jpg)

At Mdumbi we all went for a surf and relaxed by chatting to the locals.

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Day 4: Mdumbi, Port St Johns, to Port Edward (lighthouse) (400 km)

At Mdumbi we met Johan. He is one of the owners of the Mdumbi Backpackers and co-founder of the TransCape NPO working in the area. He has a radical Honda AT with huge plastic tanks with which he toured Africa and Russia/Asia more than 100k kms on the clock.

Johan helped us to plan a nice scenic route to Port St John, despite the map warning of “Bridge washed away”.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz050.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz060.jpg)


After a magic morning through the Wild Coast jungle roads, we reached Port St Johns by lunch, but not before the crew’s car gave a few splutters due to fuel shortage.

From Port St Johns we turned onto the R61 towards Lusikisiki, through Flagstaff, Mbizana and eventually on to Port Edward. The first part was a spectacular pass, long sweeps with a good surface and a real treat.

There were huge traffic jams in the centres of the little towns which really look like being in the middle of darkest Africa.

At Port Edward we met Dave “Lighthouse Keeper”. This was really a highlight and Dave’s hospitality blew us away. Thanks Dave, we owe you !! Hope you recover soon !!

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz065.jpg)

Day 5: Port Edward to Manguzi/Kwa-Ngwanaze (600 km)

We left Port Edward early and sped up the N2 towards Durban and on to Pinetown. Archangel organised with Marshalls Motorcycle shop to fit a new set of TKC80 sand diggers for the Mozambique part of the trip.

We arrived at Marshalls at 9 am but they did not have the tyres and so we had to wait 2 hours for the tyres to arrive. We used the time to have the crew’s car checked out. We phoned Marshalls to be told that the rear tyre was on and so we chased back to get the bike and to get going.

When we got there after an hour, we had to wait another two hours while they took lunch, midway in fitting the front tyre. Unknown to us, and unwanted time wasting, they also washed out bikes. In the end, it took Marshalls close on 5 hours to fit two tyres!!  I was not amused.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz068.jpg)

From Durban we ran along the coast up the M4/N2 to Hluhluwe, where we turned east on the R22. By this time it was dark, (due to our looooong pit stop in Durban!!!) and we missed the scenery. It was also very dangerous as there were cattle along the road and Archangel narrowly missed hitting one.

We eventually arrived at our stop with friends at the Manguzi mission station at Kwa-Ngwanaze at 9 pm.


Day 6: Manguzi to Ponta du Ouro (25 km)

We were very excited to eventually get to Mozambique!! After filling up with fuel and water, we approached the Farazella border post with excitement. Border formalities were quick and friendly with a lot of banter about our crew’s Audi not making it to Ponta.

Our hosts at Manguzi explained that after passing through the border, we had to keep taking the tracks to the right and keep to the ones most used? How’s that for directions. It turned out to be quite good advice and so we were on the highway to Ponta du Ouro!

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Archangel had the first dunk (un-captured on film) and I soon followed. I was quickly helped upright by some amused locals. My full 30L fuel tank did not make this my easiest sand passage ever, but we laughed a lot. It was also blistering hot and our cloths were drenched.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz071.jpg)

At the last dune before Ponta, I dropped Pumba again and the crew had to stop to avoid driving over me which lead to them getting stuck.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz075.jpg)

We were soon approached by a friendly truck driver that pulled the car out in two ticks. We were very relieved to eventually get to the camp and pitched our tents close to the breaking surf.

After a surf session and nap, Archangel and the crew went to explore the neighbourhood.

Day 7: Ponta du Ouro, Ponta Mamoli, Maputo (120 km)

This day turned out to be the definitive day of the trip and made this an adventure with a big “A”. Archangel said that a trip is not an adventure before something breaks.

The route was: 10kms to Ponta Mamoli on a similar sandy track to the previous day and then along the edge of the Maputo Elephant park towards Maputo. We were aiming to get to Xai-Xai another 100 kms north of Maputo.

After the previous day's heat, we decided to get away at 6 am. This did not help as we were already sweating like pigs, even at that time in the morning. As we were worried about the car getting stuck, we decided to follow the car for the first part of the route.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz080.jpg)

I was grinding in first gear mostly, stopping every 500 meters to regain my breath from guiding/wrestling Pumba along the track.

After 8 kms I saw the car’s belly pan lie in the track which was worrying as it meant that there was something wrong. Archangel strapped the pan to his bike and we caught up with the crew. The Audi’s nose was lieing on the sand, something with the air suspension went seriously wrong.

Now Amelia had to guide the car to ride with one set of wheels on the side of the track and the other on the middle-mannetjie to keep the front from scraping. After a few kms just outside Ponta Mamoli, we came to a tar section and thought that we were saved. It was already 10am which meant that it took 4 hours to do the first 10kms of the day and it was humid and in the high 30’s.
This tar section was so bad, that we were forced to ride beside it most of the time. While driving on this section the crew suddenly heard a load hissing sound and lost power. After investigation I found that a hose clamp of a turbo pipe got pulled off by the constant scraping.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz081.jpg)

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Cable ties were used as a temporary solution, and we were moving again, but we were back to sand again. After getting stuck a last time, and being rescued by some locals with a 4x4 pickup the track started to get better.

At Bella Vista we stopped to regroup. As we wanted to pull away, I was suddenly struck by a KTM and tumbled to the ground. Archangel forgot the tree stump next to him and got bumped off balance at take-off with a dominos effect. What next!!

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz083.jpg)

Just after passing the Maputo Elephant Park, which does not have fences btw, I stopped to check on all. We had 15 kms to go to Maputo. While having some water in the shade, Jacques noticed some oil dribbling from the car. It bumped a hole in the sump on a rock and we were losing oil. This hole was plugged with good old Pratley Steel, and a good thing that we had a 5L oil in the trailer to re-fill the engine again.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz084.jpg)

We eventually arrived at Catembe at about 3pm, just on the Southern side of the bay and we could see Maputo.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz086.jpg)

Archangel did some negotiations with the ferrymen and we could board the ferry. With a scrape and a few bumps, all were eventually loaded

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After the short 500 meter ferry trip we were in Maputo, 4pm on a Friday afternoon, in peak traffic. We were stopped by a few military guys with AK’s, alleging that we drove up a one-way, demanding immediate payment of R500. Again Archangel’s negotiation skills got us away, without paying this time. With the sun setting quickly, we went about looking for a place to stay. We soon learned that there is no campsite in Maputo and we opted for the Maputo backpackers, all 5 squeezing into one room, but glad to have a place to lay our heads after a very long, hot, stressful day. We took 10 hours to do the 120kms.

We parked the bikes and rushed to the beach for a dip in the warm ocean. After the dip, the young ones went to taste some of the street vendor’s treats, while older ones relaxed with a beer, what a day !!

Day 8: Maputo to Witrivier (200km)

We were scheduled to go further north for another day, but after a group meeting, we realised that the car was not in a state to continue off-road and thus decided to rather turn west towards Nelspruit along the toll road. Leaving the backpackers, I was looking in my mirrors to see if the car was following, hit a sand hole and dumped Pumba, 10 meters into the day's trip !!

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz090.jpg)

After 100kms we went through the border post and were back in SA.

After a quick visit to the Nelspruit Audi, it was confirmed that it was the front air spring that burst and they did not have the part in stock. We proceeded to a friend’s house at Witrivier where we stayed the night.


Next installment soon .......
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: BMWPE on April 11, 2010, 05:38:01 pm
Great ride report  :thumleft:
Looking forward to the rest
Thanks
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: 2 Stroke Dan on April 11, 2010, 07:45:15 pm
Very exciting, lots of loose sand! Looking forward to rest of trip!
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Beagle Boy on April 11, 2010, 08:12:46 pm
WOW!! Adveture with a moerse big "A"  ;D

I look forward  to the rest of it ...... :thumleft:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: BigEd on April 11, 2010, 08:25:47 pm
Pragtag!!! Nice man. Bly julle is veilig terug en julle het so uitgesien na die trip.

Ja nee, daai geel varkies is glad nie lig nie en toe gaan maak jy hom mos swaarder. ;)
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Fishy on April 11, 2010, 08:37:46 pm
What? no pics of the surf?and now youre heading inland ???

Looking fwd to more :thumleft:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: chicco on April 11, 2010, 08:56:59 pm
looking good...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Swanniebraai on April 11, 2010, 08:58:02 pm
Nice trip en RR julle Melkbossers!  :thumleft:
Waiting . . . .
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Lighthouse Keeper on April 12, 2010, 04:40:00 am
Good one guys, waiting for the next installment
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: I&horse on April 12, 2010, 12:43:05 pm
Lekker!! Wag in spanning vir die res ;)
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Strandloper on April 12, 2010, 02:52:44 pm
Bly julle is almal veilig terug.
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: IceCreamMan on April 12, 2010, 03:01:04 pm
looking forward to next installement
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Highlander on April 12, 2010, 03:41:23 pm
Ai dit was met groot spyt in my hart dat ek my aangenome familie moes laat gaan sonder my, maaar o weeeee, dit lyk asof dit darem lekker was


gooi nog prentjies toe man
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: wave rider on April 12, 2010, 05:14:54 pm
WHERE ARE THE SURF PHOTOS? You whent  through
Kie Mouth and didn't check out Wakky Piont.
When that spot works it's like a mini J Bay.
Nice report keep it coming and when next in the
George area give me a shout and I'll show you a
few lesser known surf spots.
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Pistonpete on April 12, 2010, 05:24:25 pm
Cool trip! :thumleft: How's the Audi holding?
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Sprocketbek on April 12, 2010, 07:09:50 pm
Agreed, cool trip. :thumleft:
Definitely displayed some perseverence there.
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Woestersous on April 12, 2010, 07:49:33 pm
WHERE ARE THE SURF PHOTOS? You whent  through
Kie Mouth and didn't check out Wakky Piont.
When that spot works it's like a mini J Bay.
Nice report keep it coming and when next in the
George area give me a shout and I'll show you a
few lesser known surf spots.

 :drif: :drif: :drif:  Staying in Worcester the past 3-years, only thing I miss is the 2/3 surfs a week.

Cool RR
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: mrhyde on April 12, 2010, 07:51:28 pm
Cool trip! :thumleft: How's the Audi holding?

My thoughts exactly.

They are very sand capable!
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: buzzlightyear on April 12, 2010, 08:05:18 pm
Nice keep it coming  ;D
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: MellowJo on April 12, 2010, 08:11:40 pm
Cool trip! :thumleft: How's the Audi holding?

After fitting a new air spring in Margate, the Audi went 100% and brought the crew back to Cape Town safely .....  the sump still plugged with Pratley Steel ....  :mwink:

Must say, hats off to the wife Amelia for pulling it through Moz with no front suspension .....  :thumleft:

Second installment nearly finished .....  :clock:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: MellowJo on April 12, 2010, 08:14:22 pm
WHERE ARE THE SURF PHOTOS? You whent  through
Kie Mouth and didn't check out Wakky Piont.
When that spot works it's like a mini J Bay.
Nice report keep it coming and when next in the
George area give me a shout and I'll show you a
few lesser known surf spots.

... the surf pics are on the surf forum   :imaposer:

.... Ok ok, we will put a few on later ....
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: mrhyde on April 13, 2010, 07:11:02 am
There is a guy in west beach that imports the airsprings at a fraction of the cost compared to the dealers.

if you need his number, let me know.
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: White Stripes on April 13, 2010, 08:26:31 pm
Kom nou, waarvoor wag ons?

Cool so far. :thumleft:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: fat b on April 14, 2010, 11:55:09 am
 :happy1:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Archangel on April 14, 2010, 01:21:51 pm
Dink ons moet dit rename na "East Coast Surf & Turf"   :deal:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Baches on April 14, 2010, 07:04:36 pm
Cool report !!!  So far !!!
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: MellowJo on April 14, 2010, 09:41:22 pm
OK, here goes .... this part was not as exciting as the first part ....

Day 9: Witrivier to Tugela Mouth (600km)

We were spoiled rotten by the Wiid family at Witrivier but we had to start turning back towards Cape Town some time and the only question was the route. Over the braai of the previous evening we decided that it would be better to stay on better roads until we could get a new front air spring for the Audi fitted. It was Sunday, so it was better to start our southward journey and aim to get the part flown to Durban where we could get it fitted early in the next week.

With all the above taken into account, we planned a route around Swaziland from Witrivier, Nelspruit, Barberton, Badplaas, Amsterdam, Pongola, Emphangeni and eventually on to family’s house at the Tugela River mouth.

As we set off it was drizzling but it soon became a steady rain with fog in places. It was lovely to cool down and not to eat dust for a change. It was a beautiful route through the plantations and grass plains of Mpumalanga which we Capies don’t often see ….

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We stayed in the log home at the top ....

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Day 10: Tugela River Mouth rest day (0km)

It was Monday and the car part would only arrive in Durban the following day. After all the excitement of the previous week we also needed a break and the surfers were keen on some time in the water, so we decided to stay put for the day.

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Some people had to explore the area with a local for directions …..

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Day 11: Tugela, Durban, Hibberdene (200km)

We had to pick up the car part from the couriers in Durban, next to the Rugby Stadium and then proceed to Hibberdene where we would stay with Ouma Bessie (Nadine’s grannie). We took a leisurely drive down the M4, all along the beach till we got to Durban and then on to fetch the part. No problem there, and onto the N2 down to Hibberdene.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz115.jpg)

From Hibberdene I quickly drove the car to South Coast Audi at Margate. They fit the new spring in no time and our car woes were something of the past, yeeehaaa.

Day 12: Hibberdene, Port Edward, Port St Johns, Mthatha, East London (400km)

It was a nice cool day and a short scenic hop to Port Edward where we heard that Lighthouse Keeper was in hospital. Hope you are OK now mate!

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(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz125.jpg)

From Port Edward we continued on the R61 via Bizane, Port St Johns, to Mthatha. Along the way we found this guy who takes ATGATT very seriously.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz126.jpg)

From Mthatha we drove south on the N2 towards East London. The Great Kei River pass was beautiful and magic to drive. At East London we again abused Archangel’s friend’s hospitality for accommodation. After a quick surf, Christy also took us to the waterfront restaurant for a great meal.

Day 13: East London to J Bay (300km)

On this morning, we headed off on the R72 into a light drizzle. Half way to Port Alfred the heavens suddenly opened and we were found ourselves like riding in a washing machine. There was 100mm of water running over the road and visibility was less than 3 m. Archangel saw a little shop along the road and ducked in and parked on the stoep under the little veranda. I followed him gratefully and we joined a few locals also hiding from the rain. We were drenched and compared the in-effectiveness of our rain suits.

The crew also pulled off and upon further investigation we found that we stumble onto MJs roadhouse, famous for magic food for hungry travellers. This lead to a breakfast while we waited for the downpour to subside.

When we got to the same road works where we sped along the gravel road a week ago, it was now a lot muddier then before, as Archangel found out.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz130-1.jpg)

We were scheduled to camp at J Bay, but the rain had us opting for the J Bay Backpackers. Archangel and Jacques went for a surf and returned with cuts and bruises from the reef. Sorry no pics.

During the night, the Nordic guests in the house really got partying by midnight and by 4am the manager came around to quieten down the lot. Amelia did not like her bed and we swopped during the night. Half of me got carried away by fleas but I don’t know if it was while I was sleeping on the floor or the bed.

Day 14: J Bay to Mosselbaai (200km?)

We were all glad to get up and go from J Bay Backpackers. Again we followed the R102 instead of the usual N2. We stopped at Bloukrans bridge for a bite and at the Big tree for some education.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz140-1.jpg)

At the house at Klein Brak (Mosselbaai) we had a great braai.

The last two days will follow soon .... nice surf pics and excitment with the ostriches
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: MellowJo on April 14, 2010, 09:59:58 pm
.....  I added a few pics to the first page after some requests ......
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Sprocketbek on April 14, 2010, 10:14:48 pm
Great stuff!
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: popipants on April 15, 2010, 08:40:41 am
Don't know if I'm more impressed with the Pig or the Audi

Great report
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Martin-DR650 on April 16, 2010, 03:39:44 pm
Joh! Dis nou lekker!

Nice foto's en report!
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: cloudgazer on April 16, 2010, 04:26:28 pm
Awesome.
Looks like a dream trip.
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: MellowJo on April 17, 2010, 04:07:36 pm
Last installment ....  

Day 15: Mosselbaai (Klein Brak) to Stilbaai (100km?)

It was again just a hop from Klein Brak to Mosselbaai, then turning off the N2 towards Fleesbaai, via Gouritzmond and eventually onto the gravel towards Stilbaai. I really like these good gravel roads.

At Stilbaai we split into two groups, a young group and an old group, that stayed at different houses. At last there were very good swells and the guys got in a long surf session before the locals woke up to the good conditions.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz145-1.jpg)

Our house had a good braai and turned in for the last night of our Moz trip.

Day 16: Stilbaai to Melkbosstrand (350km?)

Archangel had an early quicky (surf session) and by 9h00 we regrouped for the last day’s stint. From Stilbaai we travelled towards Jogensfontein until we turned towards Vermaaklikheid onto the gravel.

The road was freshly gravelled with course gravel. This was not a big issue but I did get one or two knocks on the rims and the belly plate. Just before Witsand I stopped at a T junction to wait for the crew. As they came over the crest I heard that something was wrong. They had a puncture.

No Problem!! We have a puncture kit and I started to inflate the tyre to see where the hole was. Oh sh1t it is in the side wall. Well plug it anyway. The car moved 20 meters and lost all the air each time the wheel turned pass the hole.

OK, so it was down to the space saver spare tyre. This thing has a very narrow tread and was screaming to be punctured by the sharp gravel. But the crew drove slowly until we reached the last  tar section to Witsand without incident.
At Witsand we wanted to put our proper spare tyre onto the proper rim for the last stint, but it was Sunday. So we stopped at Nella-se-winkel and Archangel proceeded with the job with all his internet knowledge.

We drove over the tyre to ‘break the bead’ and then used his bike tyre levers to pull the tyre off.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz148.jpg)

Great, now we started to pull the new tyre on. A stranger looked us up and down, commented on ‘city slickers’ and told us how to get the new tyre on. Once on the rim, we connected Nella’s air hose, but it did not have enough flow to pop the tyre onto the bead.

Again Archangel came to the rescue. He demanded Jacques’ aerosol spray, filled the tyre with spray and lit the lot with a lighter. BANG !!! We all fell over backwards from the bang, but the tyre was on. A few minutes later we could carry on with the last leg of our journey.


At another T junction, waiting for the crew, us two bikers were very interesting to a huge flock of ostriches. They all came to admire the pig of course. Anyway, one took a bite of my peak and another to a shot at the helmet cam. We have these filmed and I will eventually get around to edit the video, it is seriously funny!!

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz150-1.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz149.jpg)

From Witsand we charged up to the Malgas ferry, our third ferry crossing of the trip.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz151-2.jpg)

Giving a hand with the passage ......

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz152.jpg)

From Malgas it was a last few gravel kilometres to Bredasdorp and then on to the N2 and eventually on to Cape Town.


Finally, riding off into the sunset, .... with a new friend .......   :angel7:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn288/johank_01/Moz155.jpg)

Conclusions

1. Archangel did a fantastic job to navigate us all the way on his Blackberry !!   :thumleft:

2. Amelia and the crew brought the Audi back home through some very difficult patches, with no prior experience!!  :thumleft:

3. We travelled 5500kms, while I did close to 6000 with all the fuel fetching etc.

4. The bikes did not miss a beat on the whole journey!!  :blob7:


And so, the definition of “Adventure” includes the elements of ‘unknown’, ‘risk’, ‘danger’, ‘unusual’, ‘stretch’, and so on. We went to places where we have not been, with vehicles not optimal for some parts of the journey, stayed in places that we would not normally choose to stay at and did all this on a very limited budget.

Hey, it was an great Adventure !!
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: mrhyde on April 17, 2010, 05:33:00 pm
Lovely!

Ek smaak dit stukkend!
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: GO GIRL on April 17, 2010, 07:07:12 pm
Gee it feels just like yesterday that I was reading about the proposed trip..... ::)

Now you have been there and back  ???

Where has the time gone... :o

Well Super trip love all the sandy parts.... and its so good to see that you guys let the tired horses lie down now and again... :D :D :D

Oh BTW lets see some more "surfs up" pics.... :thumleft:

Well done to Amelia for her first time....

So what happened to all those lekka prawns and the laid back evenings ....

C'mon you guys I detect some censoring going on here..... >:D >:D

Nice RR I think a very special time experienced .... ;)

Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Marnus on April 17, 2010, 08:05:50 pm
Excellent! Thanks for the lekker story and pictures.
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Beagle Boy on April 17, 2010, 08:14:11 pm
Lekka man ... I'm envious  :biggrin:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: White Stripes on April 17, 2010, 09:46:39 pm
Thanks for posting, J. It is wonderful to do these things with your son. I hope my day will come. Great trip, great report, thanks.
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Lighthouse Keeper on April 18, 2010, 08:08:12 am
Great RR and thanks for sharing - glad you got back safe and sound and looks like more glue that keeps a family bound together.
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: IceCreamMan on April 18, 2010, 02:49:51 pm
excellenta !!  :thumleft:


not something i would do with that kinda audi though :biggrin:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Baches on April 18, 2010, 07:25:10 pm
When are you doing your next trip with the following RR ?????  :thumleft:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: fat b on April 19, 2010, 08:45:09 am
Great trip ! Great RR !
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Biesie on April 19, 2010, 08:51:43 am
Super trip en 'n great RR !!  8)

Ek sou dit nie oor my hart kon kry om met daai Audi daar te ry nie.
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Scrat on April 19, 2010, 10:19:00 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

STUNNING!!

Super trip!! Love the pics!!

Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: wave rider on April 20, 2010, 08:58:55 pm
So the photographic proof exist's that there was surf.
Looks like there were a few good waves.
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Archangel on April 21, 2010, 06:15:09 am
So the photographic proof exist's that there was surf.
Looks like there were a few good waves.

How about video evidence?
http://www.youtube.com/v/510JHMx0NAo&hl=en_US&fs=1&
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: White Stripes on April 21, 2010, 12:57:09 pm
Arch, I thought you were only bragging! Cool, man. :thumleft:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Swanniebraai on April 22, 2010, 12:28:15 am
Great trip en RR ouens! Respek!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: BlueBull2007 on July 28, 2010, 05:26:48 pm
Only saw this now, excellent stuff! :hello2:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: steady eddy on July 29, 2010, 07:43:12 pm
Great adventure.  :hello2:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: letsgofishing on July 30, 2010, 01:51:21 pm
Great trip and RR!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: witold_dc on January 06, 2011, 10:55:21 pm

Excellent trip, and excellent report.   :thumleft:

I have a question about the following;

After the short 500 meter ferry trip we were in Maputo, 4pm on a Friday afternoon, in peak traffic. We were stopped by a few military guys with AK’s, alleging that we drove up a one-way, demanding immediate payment of R500. Again Archangel’s negotiation skills got us away, without paying this time.

How often did you get stopped, and any tips for negotiating?  What will they be satisfied with?  R500 is ridiculous. 
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Archangel on January 07, 2011, 07:48:25 am

Excellent trip, and excellent report.   :thumleft:

I have a question about the following;

After the short 500 meter ferry trip we were in Maputo, 4pm on a Friday afternoon, in peak traffic. We were stopped by a few military guys with AK’s, alleging that we drove up a one-way, demanding immediate payment of R500. Again Archangel’s negotiation skills got us away, without paying this time.

How often did you get stopped, and any tips for negotiating?  What will they be satisfied with?  R500 is ridiculous. 


Been in Mozambique twice, got stopped once both times.

They'll threat to take you to the Police Station or Embassy or whatever or else you can pay the fine upfront. Agree to go with them to the Police Station - this usually spoils their chances of getting bribes and they'll soon loose interest. Be friendly and helpful, but don't give them any documentation (cause they'll keep it). Show them your drivers licence and passport if they ask for it, but dont give it to them.

Other than that, there's not much you can do, but roll with the punches :-\
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: onderbroek on January 07, 2011, 08:21:57 am
great report!

how long did it take you to get to maputo from mamoli, road conditions?  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Archangel on January 07, 2011, 09:02:33 am
great report!

how long did it take you to get to maputo from mamoli, road conditions?  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

A whole day.  :o

Conditions varied between Super Sandy (50%), gravel (30%) and potholed tar (20%).
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Walkaway on January 07, 2011, 10:06:08 am
Just saw this thread now. Great reort on a great trip.
Thanks. :thumleft:
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: terminator1 on January 27, 2011, 08:37:44 am
awesome stuff guys - must have been such fun!
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: Campoa on May 29, 2014, 09:43:48 am
Hi Guys!

I am planning a solo trip from Cape Town to Maputo on a 1979 R65.

I am looking for some help chosing best way to go. Avoid dangers, tips, hotels, etc.

Can someone help?

Thanks
Title: Re: East Coast “Bike ‘n Surf” trip (Cape Town to Maputo and back)
Post by: chopperpilot on June 08, 2014, 10:08:40 pm
Hi Guys!

I am planning a solo trip from Cape Town to Maputo on a 1979 R65.

I am looking for some help chosing best way to go. Avoid dangers, tips, hotels, etc.

Can someone help?

Thanks
Most important....stay on tar!


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