Wild Dog Adventure Riding

Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Peat on December 24, 2010, 06:24:06 pm

Title: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Peat on December 24, 2010, 06:24:06 pm
Day One

It finally arrived, yes the 16th Day of December, we had decided to go down on Anakee’s rather than Knobblies, because of the long haul on tarred road to get there and back. The Karoo was beckoning but the rain at 05h00 was also falling with gusto. I slung my leg over the big BM and eased out into the rain.
Jacoboos was waiting at the Shell service station, I filled the 33 Litre tank to the brim, and we were off. Rain, rain and more rain!
We stopped at Potch sometime later, for coffee at the Wimpy, but they only opened at 08h00, so we used their table and made our own coffee, and tried to dry out.

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Coffee at Potch outside the closed Wimpy.
We went through Wolmaranstad, Bloemhof, Christiana, Warrenton, and stopped for petrol in Kimberley. Through Hopetown, Strydenburg and on to Kambro, where we stopped to confirm our camp site booking for Sunday. Then on through Britstown and onto Victoria West.

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Church in Victoria West.
We then turned West onto the R63 and stopped off at Melton World, our over night stay. A total of 902Km for the day.

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A well deserved beer for the day.

Day Two

The next morning dawned with a beautiful sun rise.

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Jacoboos was up early and captured this.

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And this.
We packed up and where on the road early, just the other side of Melton World we came across this.

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Further down the road we stopped at this windmill.

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I then decided to use my video camera, and Jacoboos played along with his demonstration of how to do a pirouette at about 50Km/h in the mud, he was very successful, I feel, and almost managed to do a full 360 Deg turn!



A slow motion of the Pirouette..............




The rest is still to come


Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: >>Thump°C on December 24, 2010, 08:11:02 pm
awesome
I just new those pots had to be good for something
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Heimer on December 24, 2010, 10:00:18 pm
I just love that clip - how the tracks criss-cross  :laughing4:

Glad he is OK...
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Sprocketbek on December 25, 2010, 02:06:08 am
Lovely pics and that clip is awesome.  :thumleft:
Treacherous surface!
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Laban on December 25, 2010, 08:59:48 am


Controlled  360, nice, video camera date setting?? :-\
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Peat on December 25, 2010, 09:30:19 am
Hi Laban,

I let the battery go flat on the camera and it reverts to the default setting.
I was tired after packing and decided not to re set the date prior to leaving.
I now regret that decision. One never knows when you will get a situation happen right in front of you with your camera running and have it recorded.
 
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: mazas on December 25, 2010, 10:02:01 am
lekker trip, nice pics :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: GeoffB on December 25, 2010, 10:49:19 am
Lekker. Can't wait for the rest.
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: EssBee on December 25, 2010, 10:59:24 am
'kin hell!!!!!!!!!!!!! You should get an Oscar for that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Humfree on December 25, 2010, 12:06:52 pm
Great trip - could have used a third wheel though  ;D
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Skipskop on December 25, 2010, 01:30:13 pm
Some nice pics there,thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Laban on December 25, 2010, 02:24:56 pm
Hi Laban,

I let the battery go flat on the camera and it reverts to the default setting.
I was tired after packing and decided not to re set the date prior to leaving.
I now regret that decision. One never knows when you will get a situation happen right in front of you with your camera running and have it recorded.
 


Sorry for the hijack Peat, but your dog still thinks you are the man!! :biggrin:

Gooi mielies, we are waiting!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Iron Shark on December 25, 2010, 03:03:38 pm
Peat, that was so lekka to watch... had me laughing so lekka ... man .... I can just see me doing that ggoing through a bit of mud....    :biggrin:

Lekka RR.... bring it on!!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Tankwa on December 26, 2010, 10:39:00 am
Nice one Peat with action and all. Can't wait for the rest.
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: letsgofishing on December 28, 2010, 08:03:23 am
10/10 for the 360!  ;D
Looking forward to the rest
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Poenjas on December 28, 2010, 08:52:49 am
Lekker trip and nice pics! 
Subscribed
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Brandt on December 29, 2010, 11:21:26 am
Thanks for the pics. That was a spectacular off, glad he is ok.
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: myni on December 29, 2010, 05:38:06 pm
Eish - "snot" funny!  Happens so quickly.  Good to see that you got up a walked away.
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: The Badger on December 29, 2010, 08:37:12 pm
It happens so fast........glad all was ok.

Great clip.....Thanks
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: steady eddy on December 29, 2010, 08:44:13 pm
Great start to the Karoo trip.lol :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 03, 2011, 02:43:59 pm
This is the route we had planned. (Just checking to see if it upload)

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/GreatKaroomaparea.jpg)

Ride down in 1 day as conveniently fast as possible and enjoy 3 days of Karoo magic and return in 1 day
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 03, 2011, 02:54:50 pm

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/JacoboosandPeat.jpg)

Jacoboos and Peat

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The plan was to camp at Kambro about 800km from Pta but they were full and we found another campsite conveniently on route, between Victoria West and Loxton.


(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d1-02orangerivernearhopetwon.jpg)


After the Potch dry-out we stopped at Kimberley for lunch and other stops included this one next to Orange river near Hopetown

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The Little Brak river was flowing strongly...

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Kambro was full and we found another campsite between Victoria West and Loxton, Melton Wold.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d1-06vicwestdam.jpg)

This is the fullest I've seen Vic West dam.

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and our campsite at Melton.









Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Walkaway on January 03, 2011, 03:01:45 pm
Keep it comin'  - awesome.
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 03, 2011, 03:08:01 pm
(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/day2route-MeltonwoldtoMerweville319km-gravel.jpg)

Day2 route

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These curious Emu birds invaded the morning campsite and actually indulged in the braai ashes, reminded me of the local clever specie, the Ostrich.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d2-01meltonwoldcamp.jpg)

Lovely open spaces for a big camping gathering like a GS Challenge. We were to meet the Land Rover couple at Sutherland again. The other family with cab and boswa was also a Wild Dog member, Haakbos, and they were on their way down from Khatu to Wildernis and the envy on his face not being on his 800GS was clear for all to see. Thanks for the Tafel the previous night at the braai.

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Melton Wold reception. The place reminded me of the Rhodes Hotel in the Eastern Cape, same wooden floors and reception type experience. Nice lady, Jackie, that ensured our stay was enjoyable.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d2-01meltonwoldwetgravel.jpg)

A day before the trip we were contemplating switching the dual purpose tyres for the more dirt oriented knobblies. How we wished we didn't stay 1000km away.


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Peat had a camera pot mounted to his helmet 4km prior to this incident. Apart from my ego and a stiff knee, I was OK and so was the bike. My GPS indicated a 41km/h before the off and it happened so quickly I can only recall a sensation of WTF. Other than a  slightly  damaged top box and a small scratch on the side cover she was pretty much intact, beautiful machines these 1200's. The Boxer engine's layout was the saving grace for not worse humanly damage.



Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 03, 2011, 03:17:42 pm
(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d2-05cleaning.jpg)

Peat had enough of drooling over muddy Beauty and decided to have it cleaned at the first water crossing and also for me to gather some composure. Beauty was the name of my bike when Peat bought his first GS, a black 1100. So it was Black and Beauty.

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This road from the Riverine Rabbit Concervancy joins the R381 between Loxton and Beafort West.

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One of my favourite roads, R381. Peat managed a 180km/h stint which shows how rideable this piece of gravel can be.


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We turned off the R381 before Molteno pass onto this stunning picturesque road.


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The Karoo was wet but the district of Beaufort West was experiencing a water crisis and travellers through town dropped thousands of litres of water for human consumption.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d2-10tiredbuthappy.jpg)


Here I was lying and absorbing the vastness of the surroundings.



(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d2-11whatshallwehaveforlunch.jpg)

Peat had a surprise or two in his top box and produced some of the best sardines I ever had.


(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d2-12heelpadgrondpad.jpg)

Joining this road brought us to one of many passes carefully planned in the weeks leading to the trip. I must thank Trailrider for leading us onto some of these beautiful roads. Also Nic Yell for his writings in Circling The Great Karoo.













Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 03, 2011, 03:24:03 pm
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Somewhere on the Oukloof road this awaited us.

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I envy Peat for his folding chair he carries with him and he hates me for packing so light, you decide how you travel by motorbike.

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Sit still for a while and the most amazing creatures start showing up.

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Stunning formation of rocks and gorges.

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Not sure if this was the actual pass, nevertheless, still breathtaking.

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So many bikers must have been here, this is on many trip reports.

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Another crossing. We met a farmer from Rooiheuwel Guest Farm that desperately wanted us to stay over. These farmers are so friendly and have no problem with adventure bikers exploring the area.
















Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 03, 2011, 03:28:44 pm
(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d2-20morewater.jpg)

We got used to all the water and the riding was a real pleasure.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d2-21merwe-beaufort-fraser-gamkacrossing.jpg)

Onto Merweville which Peat struggle with pronouncing until he heard a Van der Merwe joke!

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This looked serious but was very tame. A couple of hours earlier and I could believe it was not crossable. Peat took a couple of runs through to clean his bike. C'mon Peat, add the movies.


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We arrived in Merweville and were ushered under roof at Springbok Lodge. Not having to pitch a tent was some relief as both of us were tired. The hosts were friendly and supplied us with a humongous braai pack and two salads. Solly, also a guest, supplied us with the most delicious garlic bread. That night we got little sleep as the mosquito’s bombarded us like Stuka's from WW2.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d2-23son1-peat-jacoboos-son2-jan-solly.jpg)


From right: Solly, Jan, son1, Jacoboos, Peat and son2. Kitchen right, sleeping behind and bikes share the space, wonderful.






Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on January 03, 2011, 03:29:36 pm
Beautiful riding area .................. and a very nice report with piccies  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 03, 2011, 03:49:32 pm
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Day3 - The trip pivoted around this route, what we came to experience...and what a day it turned out to be.

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Front view of a campsite with a difference.

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All these small towns have the most beautiful churches that have to be captured. This is Merweville.

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Again, earlier it must have been in flood.

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This river for which I couldn't find a name on my GPS or map, posed an initial threat but turned out to be fairly tame. It's on the outskirts of Merweville towards Sutherland.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-05.jpg)

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-06rammelkoppass.jpg)

And as we approached Rammelkop pass the mist got heavier, the going not too tuff, but no stunning photos of that beautiful view.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-07ginthemist.jpg)

Not much one can do or see in these conditions, apart from cleaning the visor more often than not.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-08gostrider.jpg)

More gates to be opened and closed, Peat disappearing behind the camera.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-09ohyeswater.jpg)

Countless water crossings, just so to unsettle the rhythm a tad.

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Finally we reached the top and the hills of Sutherland lies ahead.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-11sutherlandright.jpg)

The road surface has improved significantly and was easy going.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-12beautifullandscape.jpg)

What difference water makes, great pic by Peat.




(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-13panoramiclanscape.jpg)

Pictures only makes you longing to be there!

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-14sutherlandtaarghh.jpg)

We had to join a taarrgghh road somewhere.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-15sutherland.jpg)

Town of Sutherland in the distance. Known for it's low temperatures in the winter and perhaps for the unknown too..






















































Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: DirtRebell on January 03, 2011, 04:14:26 pm
What a nice report - welldone :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 03, 2011, 04:30:14 pm
We identified our campsite, Sterland, next to the road before you enter Sutherland. Peat decided to get rid of his panniers for the round trip and got it locked away by the owner.  We fuelled the bikes, but did not take notice of the service hours for the next day, Sunday. From here it was onto the R354, left at Middelpos onto Tankwa and heading for Ouberg pass.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-16sollyslunchoncanarvonroad.jpg)

On route to Middelpos we had a fabulous lunch that Solly put together for us at Merweville in the morning, what a man!

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-17camodonkey.jpg)

See the camo donkey? Incidentally, every donkey has a cross on its back, ever noticed?

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-18middelpos.jpg)

Middelpos, almost nothing happening here, there is a hotel however.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-19memorialandmorewater.jpg)

Memorial, not sure what this was for. "Ere aan God 1934-1964"

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It was Peat's turn to alter an ego. Yesterday we decided where would not be a good place to go around the water. Here Peat had things under control up to a point. No damage, but hell that bike is heavy...without panniers. Not as heavy as "The Beast", a fabulous 1150GSA with whom Peat had a fling before "Titanium Steed". "Beauty and the Beast" had some wonderful trips together including Lesotho where Beauty almost drowned. But Titanium Steed is now the love in her life and the saga continuous.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-21hmmm.jpg)

Where not to ride, the side of the roads is where all the sand end up and water and sand mixes well to mud!

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-22slipslidingaway.jpg)

Trying to get it out of the mud, spinning with traction control galore.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-23soetduifaboout100mfurther.jpg)

While getting "Titanium Steed" out of the mud, barely 100meters away another Wild Dog was struggling. I think it was Soetduif, and he was on a solo trip.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-24150mmofrain2daysago.jpg)

The Tankwa Karoo apparently had about 150mm rain in one day, two days before, no wonder we were fighting the machines.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-25gannagapass.jpg)

And there we were, what we wanted to see.

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Not a difficult pass but a breathtaking view, also just in time...

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-27contemplating.jpg)

Again, pictures can not tell.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-27gannagaspecie.jpg)

They come to you if you have time.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-28tankwa.jpg)

Tankwa, I never told Peat about the possibility to damage a tyre irreparably, and we were lucky..

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-29warrelwind.jpg)

We saw a lot of them as the wind was pumping

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-30itshotoutthere.jpg)

We were fortunate regarding temperatures as the Karoo can get hot, very hot. It was only when we stopped that we realise it was damn hotter than earlier.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-31tryingtogetawayfromsandstorm.jpg)

As we looked around we saw the storm chasing us and it was already covering the Gannaga pass, how lucky we were.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-32sasnamibia.jpg)

The landscape was as close to what Namibia offers and I was really enjoying it.

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d3-33amountainaroadandabike.jpg)

I now get tears in my eyes looking at this picture....

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And Peat is looking at that storm..

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Peat was running a newer version of T4A and it kept recalculating the route that was plotted on roads his GPS didn't recognised. He turned right and it took me a while before I could catch him! These GS’s can really motor, no matter what surface.

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Once we turned left, we headed straight for the storm. Ouberg pass was left and we still wanted to see it.

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It was truly under a cloud of dust and not much could be seen. The going was the most difficult of all passes I experienced but the bikes or rather riders behaved well.


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As we got to the top we knew what was waiting, this time it was going to be wet and… and slippery!

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A quick photo and we were off, trying to ride out the rain storm.

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It was a hail storm, luckily we were at the edge of the storm. The rain coats didn't help the slightest against the punishment of the stones, and my leaking boots was wet all too quickly...again.

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The roads were surprisingly easy going and no slipping whatsoever.

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What an experience. The day started misty, then cleared for the most beautiful scenery, heated up to a snorter of a midday, almost blown off the bike by the wind, then chased by a sand storm, just to be confronted by a hail storm - how magnificent!

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We got back late and our site was occupied, WTF. We got offered another not camping spot and it turned out to be better in any case. The ablutions were overcrowded as there was only one shower, toilet and basin for gents and the same for the ladies. The next morning, no water. Other campers were happy to be there as some  accommodation in town was even worse, really disappointing for Sutherland.

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The owner offers star gazing evenings with his telescopes but we opted to have a braai and an early tuck inn.





































Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Trailrider on January 03, 2011, 07:50:36 pm
Great so far! 8) Glad you liked the routes. Some weather you had! :o
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on January 03, 2011, 09:06:50 pm
Mooi man, Mooi !!
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: sweetspot on January 03, 2011, 09:22:01 pm
Aw ' SOME Ride , they don't call it adventouring for nothing  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 04, 2011, 09:54:45 am
Day 4

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Today is the last of the Karoo exploring days. We would have had an extra day if it was not for some work commitments. Luckily for that, I think our timing was God foreseen and we managed the roads quite well. If we had come one day earlier as initially planned, we would have been in deep mud, or trouble.

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The usual coffee and rusks went down as great as the first time on the trip. Both Peat and I are coffee lovers and each carries his own brand of brewing. Peat upgraded to a larger percolator recently that works excellent and the aroma early in the morning is enough motivation not to sit around too long. I have been using a plunger since the 90's and acquire a Jet boiler to speed up the process of getting going earlier.

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Why is it that we can't resist taking pictures with churches and bikes. There must be a common relation, perhaps the freedom of the spirit within.

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Not knowing if it will be open on a Sunday at around 8am we found the entrance easy accessible and opted to have a look. I found the emblem of one founder comical as it still displays the original CSIR logo, it has been changed twice in the last twenty years. This I know as I've been with the organisation almost 30 years.

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"Cast of the famous fossilized skull found in 1947 by Dr Robert Broom and John Robinson in Sterkfontein caves near Krugersdorp. It was the world's most complete skull of a species (Australopithecus africanus) which many paleontologists believe may be the ancestor of all humankind. Although this skull is affectionately known as Mrs Ples, recent research has shown that it is probably male rather than female (Original in Transvaal Museum)"

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South African Large Telescope model in the observatory museum. While waiting for a guided tour to start at 9am we wondered through the museum and pressed all buttons of the displayed models to try and get some reaction.

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As both Peat and I are opto-mechanical designers, we were fascinated by the construction of the telescope.

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The tour started thankfully earlier and we were taken inside this huge white eskimo dome-like house. We were hindered by the glass panel preventing people to get closer, but it is understandable, imagine running around this thing like on a jungle gym. Anyway, the guide was talking in general about cost, time and why, and Peat was not interested in the bla-bla-bla and asked some complex questions, putting the guide on his back foot, eventually allowing Peat to explain some finer detail of the lay out, construction reasoning and material choice of the mirrors. I enjoyed his enthusiasm and the look on the other visitors faces were priceless. Good on you mate!

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d4-08salt.jpg)

We had lots of pictures of us and the bikes taken alongside, but this picture of it uncluttered illustrates the majestic presence of an almost statue we can be proud of. Our department at the CSIR did quote on a specific task but it never materialised.

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More telescopes. Here my camera was playing up with battery problems and I struggled to get it going. Luckily it was only some contact issues and could be resolved.

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In the distance is a koppie. That according to our guide was one of the last active volcano’s that ruled this area.



Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Rynet on January 04, 2011, 10:48:11 am
awesome
I just new those pots had to be good for something

Hehe I love my pots , have put them to VERY good use over the last few years, they have saved my legs many a time   :mwink:

Lekker report and some stunning photos there guys :thumleft: , and yes LOVE that pirouette  :laughing4:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 04, 2011, 12:44:40 pm
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View from observatory site. Millions of years ago it was under water...millions of years ago...can one fathom that

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So it was back onto the waterways. Maybe we don't have to try and think back millions of years, it is still here!

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Such a beautiful creature. They were quite curious and came close up to Peat. Probably wanted to find out how they can convert to a GSA.

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Peat's GPS was recalculating and forced him right again. Some cars were approaching from the front and we could see sprays of water and mud as they traverse through a water crossing. Maybe that is what forced mate Peat to rather go right!

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Okay, it could have been this nice entrance to private owned land that made him dive right, so he continued and I could suddenly not hear his Remus baffling away....

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What a great ambush the water played out to be, and the expression on that face, ah man, priceless. I shall let Peat explain what happened here, he will do it much better than my attempt.

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Does he look chuffed or what. Let me tell you this again. "He ain’t heavy he's my brother" sucks, big time!!

Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 04, 2011, 01:08:10 pm
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So we carried on from where we were before we turned right. Now this detour starts about 11km after the observatory off the R356 on the way to Fraserburg and is a must. Earlier on this morning we found the fuel service station in Sutherland only open from 11.30am to noon. Peat's GSA carries 13L more fuel than my standard GS. With about 110km from Sutherland to Fraserburg and our round route the previous day of 260km I was not too concerned about not making it. We had enough fuel with Peat but we didn't carry a transfer pipe. The detour added 30km to the route and we decided to do it anyway. Peat can fetch fuel or we can get a pipe from someone on route should it be necessary. In any case, my bike behave exceptionally well on fuel averaging around 24km/l since we left Melton Wold.

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This detour road as indicated on a map is the P2259. I'm still wondering what the R356 would have been liked at the same time. More reason to come back.

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These ruins of maybe home shed years gone be is now just good enough for a kraal. The walls are about half a meter thick but the weakness must have been the roof trusses and thatch roof.

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Being a happy Fortuner owner I was wondering about this upside down chassis, could this perhaps be the first generation (val-ommer) to traverse these parts of the world, maybe a Jap also travelled these roads and said "ah, Hillux can go hear, so I bring family in station wagon"

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The stunning Great Karoo in all it's glory.

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I decided to add another feature to the BMW already overboard electronic aids. This is called PWA (Parking Without Assist) As I entered this washed away river crossing, I was late in realising it was slush and the belly pan kept the bike from sinking like the Titanic.

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All around the bike wash slush and it took some effort to get her out. First levelling the bike, drag it away, get it up, start and wile revving it dropped the clutch and with additional means of paddling she reached shore.

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Peat had the luxury of traction control and after finding that elusive first gear got through with no trouble. G's&G's, I now believe in all these moffie assistance the marketing guru's throw down our throats. There is a video which I hope Peat will add to demonstrate what that extra moola is worth for buying assistance.


Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: KwaiPappaGaai on January 04, 2011, 01:10:20 pm
Looks like you guys had a nice time! Geez, that hale must have been crazy!  :-\
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Walkaway on January 04, 2011, 01:22:17 pm
This report has been brilliant - thanks again. :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Rynet on January 04, 2011, 01:28:07 pm
Jacoboos wrote :

" I decided to add another feature to the BMW already overboard electronic aids. This is called PWA (Parking Without Assist) As I entered this washed away river crossing, I was late in realising it was slush and the belly pan kept the bike from sinking like the Titanic.

All around the bike wash slush and it took some effort to get her out. First levelling the bike, drag it away, get it up, start and wile revving it dropped the clutch and with additional means of paddling she reached shore.

Peat had the luxury of traction control and after finding that elusive first gear got through with no trouble. G's&G's, I now believe in all these moffie assistance the marketing guru's throw down our throats. There is a video which I hope Peat will add to demonstrate what that extra moola is worth for buying assistance.""



ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT guys , I can so relate having just come from a very wet Karoo , thanks for sharing with so much humour and humility !

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Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 04, 2011, 01:31:55 pm
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I shall leave this clip for Peat to explain.

It is so typical of him if you know him as well as I do. Let me just add: Never let any salesman tell you the “A” is not really that heavy because of this and that. Bull!! If you are tired, slipping while getting your feet mounted and struggling in the heat of the mid Karoo, he ain’t your brother, which is the bike!

(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d4-25thewetgreatkaroo.jpg)

David Kramer's lyrics for one of his songs "Onder water" where he sings about the Karoo goes like this: "Hierdie hele droee wereld onder water glo vir my" and here's the proof, and the song:

I had this song in my head every day!

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Finally, Fraserburg. We were way behind time as the route of 130km took about 4hours and we decided to head for Loxton instead of Carnarvon. At the filling station the lady in the Terrios was concerned about her brother “somewhere out there on his BMW just like yours" and we reassure her that he should be OK, he's on a GS. They warned us about the road to Loxton and her husband reckoned we should be able to make it through!

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I had to laugh every time Peat put some sort of sunscreen on his face. Ever seen a ghost during daytime!

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We rode through a number of long water crossings, passing vehicles at the same time and when we realised we have not taken any pictures of this so called impassable R356, it dawned on us, was it possible the thought of the Karoo adventure now slip sliding away?

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Just taking everything in, no thoughts, just the sound of the boxer purring willingly, visor open,  Karoo fynbos in your nostrils and dust on your teeth....

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Loxton, Beaufort West and Fraserburg crossing close to Loxton. How we almost  turned right!

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You've not been in Loxton if you don't have a photo of you and your steed in the same frame as the church. See if you can find "Lemmer", just don't say nasty things about Milla, he single handedly sent three Harley riders to hospital.

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1000km of gravel and then a puncture on tar...aaarrrgghh.

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Peat was quick to get the snotstokkies out and fix the puncture. Luckily his tyre sensors signal a warning before worse damage was incurred. We had more fun and games awaiting us with this issue on the last day.

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Tired but immensely satisfied at Kambro campsite. I really like this padstal and will travel out of my way to have a stay over.




Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 04, 2011, 02:40:17 pm
Day 5

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We wanted to visit the big hole in Jagersfontein for which we had to go through Luckhoff. I remember the signboard F...hoff on a previous trip and didn't photographed it then, and specifically planned the route for the photo session.

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At the swimming pool around 5am and the wind was already pumping. Why is that whatever direction a motorcyclist travel he/she will have a gust from the side, even if you turn 90deg into it.

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And there you have it, a wind pump having a Climax! Now I understand.

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Packing up for the last time, naturally, with coffee and rusks.

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After Strydenburg we took the R387 on route to van der Kloof dam.

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The same puncture playing up, more snotstokkies.

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Van der Kloof dam. I must go to one of the bashes I heard myself mumbling.

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Luckhoff came and disappeared and no F...hoff sign. But aaggh f...off, not again. Peat slot in 5 snotstokkies last time and not even the BMW stock helped. We removed the tyre and tried to fix it with a patch on the inside but could not get enough woema from the little pump to get the wheel to seal back on the rim.

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We tied the wheel to the back and I headed back to F...hoff. The garage pump had no effect and then the rescue. "ek het net so fiets maar kry nie tyd om die ding te ry"  the voice behind me and I thought (jy maak tyd d..s) I turned around and there was this farmer. A friendly farmer, and we talked bikes and routes and you name it. "as jy net agter die Agri stoor gaan, hulle maak bande reg daar, kom ek gaan wys jou" Thank goodness it was Monday and not the weekend. Without any hassle they fixed the tyre with a mushroom plug and Peat was quite relieved to see the friendly orange headlight returning from over the hill. Thanks Luckhoff, maybe they restored the sign cause this place is a rather welcoming town.

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So, Red Bull gives you wings...but...Power play gives you wheelspin, if you don't have traction control. We restored the energy levels and headed home. Wherever we stopped along the side of the tarred roads we were greeted by a mess of garbage, what a shame.

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And so it was over far too quickly. Moon rising capture on the N1 near Koppies. Peat had HID on his bike and what a difference. I rode behind or next to him for most of the night riding and I will not do it otherwise unless I have it fitted to my bike too. We said our cheers at the Shell near his home in Kempton Park around 9pm and I arrived safely in Pta at 9:30.

Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on January 04, 2011, 02:49:15 pm
What a very lekker-lees report ...................  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: DirtRebell on January 04, 2011, 04:40:28 pm
Wat 'n trip deur memory lane vir my.

Daai stretch deur die karoo tussen Sutherland en Loxton is maar net lekker highway graveltravel.

Op Sutherland moes jy net die petrolstasie bestuurder gan opklop het, hy bly skuinsoorkant die stasie en gee nie om om vir 'n man gou oop te maak nie.

Thanks for sharing! :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Peat on January 04, 2011, 05:44:06 pm
One of my favourite roads, R381. Peat managed a 180km/h stint which shows how rideable this piece of gravel can be.
"JacoBoos"

I have always wanted to go fast on a gravel road, and so I go my chance on this trip.

I decided to back off after 180Km/h on this gravel highway, the bike was willing by I decided that was fast enough.

Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Peat on January 04, 2011, 08:41:55 pm
(http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx184/jacoboos/Great%20Karoo%20Des2010%20Bike%20Trip/d4-25gobackandhavealook.jpg)

I shall leave this clip for Peat to explain.

It is so typical of him if you know him as well as I do. Let me just add: Never let any salesman tell you the “A” is not really that heavy because of this and that. Bull!! If you are tired, slipping while getting your feet mounted and struggling in the heat of the mid Karoo, he ain’t your brother, which is the bike!



Ag well no fine.............."Titanium Steed" was just taking a rest!!

Just prior to this I'd crossed a rather slippery piece of Karoo, the bike did a wiggle and I decided to go back and have a look see!
So I turned around and yes you guessed it, no weight on the out side of the turn, rode up the small lip at the edge of the road and fell over!
Interestingly enough after picking "Titanium Steed" up with Jacoboos's help, and examining the a fore mentioned wiggle, it turned out that it was a side ways movement of more than a Meter, probably closer to Two Meters, amazing how it seemed like a small wiggle, when trying to ride in a straight line!






Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Peat on January 04, 2011, 09:07:34 pm


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Finally, Fraserburg. We were way behind time as the route of 130km took about 4hours and we decided to head for Loxton instead of Carnarvon. At the filling station the lady in the Terrios was concerned about her brother “somewhere out there on his BMW just like yours" and we reassure her that he should be OK, he's on a GS. They warned us about the road to Loxton and her husband reckoned we should be able to make it through!



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Have a good look at the store in the back ground!!
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Peat on January 04, 2011, 10:14:17 pm
More Videos here.





Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: letsgofishing on January 05, 2011, 09:44:08 am
Great report and pics Jacoboos  :thumleft:
What a great ride you guys had!
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Gee S on January 06, 2011, 09:06:14 pm
What a nice report and great picks. :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: SuperDave (RIP) on January 07, 2011, 10:43:56 am

While getting "Titanium Steed" out of the mud, barely 100meters away another Wild Dog was struggling. I think it was Soetduif, and he was on a solo trip.


Hey Jacoboos!! 
That was me falling around in that sticky red mud! 
Took the wrong line there...   ;D

How great is that meeting you guys there in the middle of nowhere!   :ricky:

Glad you okes made it back in one piece and enjoyed as much as I did! 

I can't see your pics as it's blocked here at work...will make a plan!

Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Jacoboos on January 07, 2011, 12:10:50 pm

While getting "Titanium Steed" out of the mud, barely 100meters away another Wild Dog was struggling. I think it was Soetduif, and he was on a solo trip.


Hey Jacoboos!! 
That was me falling around in that sticky red mud! 
Took the wrong line there...   ;D

How great is that meeting you guys there in the middle of nowhere!   :ricky:

Glad you okes made it back in one piece and enjoyed as much as I did! 

I can't see your pics as it's blocked here at work...will make a plan!




Hi SD

Altyd lekker om 'n WD so padlangs te ontmoet. Bly om te sien jy't ook die huis veilig bereik, daai fiets van jou was gepak. My ore het seker nog getuit na die val, daarom dat jou naam so bietjie verkeerd aangehaal is, maar dit was naby. Hoop om van jou foties ook te sien.

J
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Kerritz on January 10, 2011, 11:47:47 am
Etter.....dit lyk nice man!! SuperDave het my vertel van sy neer ploeg na sy trippie....goeie fotie wat julle van hom gekry het waar hy sy bike weer optel.

Goeie video's ook....dink 'n ander bike sou jou dalk ge-hiside het daar in die modder!!

Great RR!!
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Trailrider on January 10, 2011, 01:13:07 pm
Baie lekker RR die. Thanks!
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: SuperDave (RIP) on January 10, 2011, 01:34:27 pm

While getting "Titanium Steed" out of the mud, barely 100meters away another Wild Dog was struggling. I think it was Soetduif, and he was on a solo trip.


Hey Jacoboos!! 
That was me falling around in that sticky red mud! 
Took the wrong line there...   ;D

How great is that meeting you guys there in the middle of nowhere!   :ricky:

Glad you okes made it back in one piece and enjoyed as much as I did! 

I can't see your pics as it's blocked here at work...will make a plan!




Hi SD

Altyd lekker om 'n WD so padlangs te ontmoet. Bly om te sien jy't ook die huis veilig bereik, daai fiets van jou was gepak. My ore het seker nog getuit na die val, daarom dat jou naam so bietjie verkeerd aangehaal is, maar dit was naby. Hoop om van jou foties ook te sien.

J

...jou ore het getuit en ek dink my mond was so bietjie los ook nog na die val...  :biggrin:
Ja kyk, hy het soveel geweeg soos daai fietse van julle met al daai bagasie!   :tard:

Het nou-nou julle foto's gaan kyk by Carrots, moerse nice!! 
Julle ouens was omtrent uit-gekit...!  Lekker man!

Ek werk nog aan my trip report maar hy sal wel kom....!   :thumleft:



Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: MellowJo on January 11, 2011, 01:12:24 pm
Lekker lekker ....

Ons was verlede jaar Junie ook daar by Sutherland verby, ook lekker gegly naby Middelpos .....

Tx vir die moeite om alles op te skryf !!
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: lamo on January 13, 2011, 08:19:58 am
great pics you must of had a jol , hoping to do similar in feb
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Hakbos on January 16, 2011, 08:40:18 pm
 The other family with cab and boswa was also a Wild Dog member, Haakbos, and they were on their way down from Khatu to Wildernis and the envy on his face not being on his 800GS was clear for all to see. Thanks for the Tafel the previous night at the braai.

Hi there you oke's.

Glad to see you are safe back. I see the trip was full of surprises, lekker man, lekker. :biggrin:

The beer was only a pleasure and ja, I was farkin jealous. Due to work any long trips will be out of the question for the first quarter of this year. :'( :'(

Cheerz
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: BlueBull2007 on January 17, 2011, 03:22:21 am
That pirouette is quite funny! ;D

What a nice ride report. Thanks for taking the effort to share it with us. What I would do to ride on those karoo roads right now.

Your pictures are awesome BTW, you should enter one of them into the photocomp (if its running this year).
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Tankwa on January 17, 2011, 09:30:49 am
Nice one Jacoboos and brilliant photo's !! I love RR's of the Karoo.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Karoo Adventure
Post by: Peat on February 22, 2011, 10:05:52 pm
Hi Laban,

I let the battery go flat on the camera and it reverts to the default setting.
I was tired after packing and decided not to re set the date prior to leaving.
I now regret that decision. One never knows when you will get a situation happen right in front of you with your camera running and have it recorded.
 



Sorry for the hijack Peat, but your dog still thinks you are the man!! :biggrin:

Gooi mielies, we are waiting!! :thumleft:


Nice to hear that thanks Laban