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Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 08, 2007, 01:25:53 am
So this was the time then for our 1st proper motorcycle holiday tour.
We were planning (sort of) way in advance, anticipation (and excitement) grew as the starting date of my leave drew near.

It wasn't a very long and difficult meeting when me and Vicky decided the destination: Eastern Cape. Rhodes.
She's seen it before. I have only heard about it, so Eastern Cape it was. Stop-off points would be:
Klein Brak, P.E. (Despatch), Hogsback, Dordrecht, Rhodes, Dordrecht, Graaff-Reinet, Karatara, George, Kleinbrak and then back via Oudshoorn and the Sewe-weeks poort home.This was the final version (we made it up as we went along at times).
The plan was then also to find the most interesting ways to get from one point to the next.
So we had a plan, we had the leave, we have the right bike, we were eager and we were leaving later than expected.

We were gonna start of slow, with a leisurely afternoon drive to friends in Worcester on the Saturday and then the next morning on to Klein Brak. So the Saturday my helmet's visor's clip broke off. :( This was outside of office hours so we would have to postpone to Monday. Monday morning I went into town, got the visor sorted, came back, put the topbox and panniers and ATGATT on and was on our way. At klapmuts we stopped quickly and Vicky wasn't feeling too well. She even looked slighty green/pale. Damned if I was gonna force her to go along if she's feeling sick, so at klapmuts (15 km into our epic journey) we turned around and went home. Sharing a holiday with her was more important to me than just being on the road, so she settled with some dry toast and flat Coke and I settled with some holiday food and Monday night TV ('Till death, Joey, CSI).

Tuesday morning at 4 we are wakened by an awesome thunderstorm, so we let our 'verskrikte' boerboel in the house and off we went to bed again. We woke up later that morning, bright eyed and bushy tailed with Vicky feeling 100%.

Finally we were off for real and this was what lay ahead of us over the next 11 days:


Day 1:
N1 over Du Toitskloof, Worcester, Roberston. Then Route62 to Barrydale, Tradouws (R324 and R322) to Heidelberg, N2 to Riversdale, R323 and some back roads to Albertinia, N2 to Klein Brak.

Day 2: From KleinBrak on the old road to George, the Saasveld road past Karatara, over Homtini pass and the Phantom pass to Knysna. Then on the N2 to Nature's Valley, the old BlouKrans pass to Stormsriver and then the N2, the R334 and R102 to Despatch.

Day3 (the most adventurous one !) : P.E. on the N2 to Grahams Town. From there past Rini on the R67, then (just before Fort Brown) off into and through the DubbelDrift game reserve onto the R345 through Alice and into Hogsback.

Day4:From Hogsback on the R345 to Cathcart then the N6 to Queenstown and then the R392 to Dordrecht.

Day5: Just hang around with friends and let the backsides rest

Day6: From Dordrecht on the R56 through Ingwe and Elliot. To 'Gatberg' and back to Elliot. Then over Barkley pass and the R393 via Moshesh's Ford To Rhodes. Back on the R396 through Barkly East, Clifford, Rossouw, Killians' pass and back to Dordrecht.

Day 7: Dordrecht to Queenstown, the R61 through Tarkastad and Cradock. Then on the R61 to the N9. From there through Nieu-Bethesda to Graaff-Reinet.

Day8: N9 through Willowmore and Uniondale, the R339 through Uniondale Poort, Avontuur, Prince Alfred's pass, de Vlugt to Knysna. From there on the Phantom pass to Karatara.

Day9: 'Chill' with family a little in Karatara and move to George (N2)

Day 10: N2 to KleinBrak

Day 11: Bottelierskop road to the R328 over Robinson's pass to Oudshoorn. From there Route62 over Huisriver to the SeweWeeks poort turnoff. Through to about 5 km's from Laingsburg, left on the 'Witteberge' road and through to 'Konstabel' station. From there onto the N1 through Touwsriver, Worcester and home.

I will post day one (and photos) later today (it is after all 01:25 and I have the 1st day of work after the holiday ahead of me *sigh* )

Watch this space...
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Uiltjie on May 08, 2007, 01:51:50 am
Dankie vir die "teazer", nou het jy almal se aandag - tik tok tik tok tik tok!

Ons kan nie wag nie ou maat!
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Captain Zef on May 08, 2007, 07:09:59 am
Nice ride. Ek hoop julle het dit baie geniet.

Ons wag nou net vir die pics. :D
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 08, 2007, 07:15:03 am
Jys wreed.....

Bleddie wreed....

Wreedste wreed....

En nou moet ek werk met die gedagte dat jy enige tyd pics gaan post....

 :shock:  :D  :D
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Watty on May 08, 2007, 07:42:34 am
(http://www.greatsmileys.com/image/cyan%5E_%5Everdana%5E_%5E0%5E_%5E0%5E_%5EBedonnerd%5E_%5E.gif)
en natuurlik die een wat almal wil h?ª
 :useless:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 08, 2007, 09:50:40 am
Ok - here we go.

Some photos were taken during the ride (either my cellphone or Vicky with the camera from the back - she had the camera hanging around her the whole time). We sometimes stopped for photos, but sometimes just snapped away at the scenery as we went. You'll see a couple of photos with the foreground grass/fence in a blur with the mountains clear at the back.

Day1:
"N1 over Du Toitskloof, Worcester, Roberston. Then Route62 to Barrydale, Tradouws (R324 and R322) to Heidelberg, N2 to Riversdale, R323 and some back roads to Albertinia, N2 to Klein Brak."


The 1st part of the trip to Barrydale was nothing out of the ordinary - nice going and view over Du Toits (although the wind did klap us on the way up).
Our 1st stop was coffee just outside Roberston.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/Robertson.jpg)

While sitting there we heard a bike approaching and driving by - heavilly loaded Dakar with the extended Touratech tanks.
As we left we saw him standing with a map in Robertson, so I stopped to say hi. Turns out the guy is on a charity awareness andventure. Sold his restaurant in Ireland and drove from there to here. Solo.
Check it out on http://www.kilkennytocapetown.com/
He was on his way to Durban via R62.

This was close to Barrydale on R62:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/outsidebarrydale.jpg)

Btw since I got my Katana I've always stopped at this spot when I come 'round here for a photo.
Then the 'Kilkenny' (sounds like something from southpark) guy came 'round again so we waved (again) and later cought up with him just before Barrydale:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/barrydale_irishdude.jpg)

At Barrydale we had lunch at the Country Pumpkin and then headed out this way:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/tradouws1.jpg)

You owe it to yourself to not be in a hurry when you go down this valley...

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/tradouws2.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/tradouws3.jpg)

The thunderstorm that I mentioned earlier caused this on a couple of spots through the mountains:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/tradowsbrand.jpg)

From Tradouws we headed off here:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/heidelberg.jpg)

Some very nice scenery with very good gravel roads. You can see the air being coloured by the smoke from the mountain fires.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/heidelberg2.jpg)

There's a couple of times on the trip that I was in this pose:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/riversdal.jpg)

On the map we found this:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/riversdal2.jpg)

The Long way to Albertinia - again some nice 'gravel highways'
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/albertinia.jpg)

A nice photo shot while riding:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/albertinia_art.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/albertinia2.jpg)

Some more gravel highway. This was getting to what photographers call 'golden hour' - the setting really was amazing.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/albertinia3.jpg)

It was getting late so we decided to take the regular N2 from Albertinia (after a biltong stop at their little 'mall') to Kleinbrak, where we arrived at my aunt and uncle's house just in time for this (from the cellphone):
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/kleinbrak.jpg)

A day well spent and a very good leisurely start and a little taste of our journey that was still ahead of us.


Day two will follow ...
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Trailrider on May 08, 2007, 11:48:36 am
Nice one Eisbein!

Next time you're here make sure of the dates and I'll make sure were not moving  :wink:

Where's the rest? Why are we waiting? Why are we waiting?
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Captain Zef on May 08, 2007, 04:01:02 pm
Nice one. :D
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 08, 2007, 08:47:55 pm
"Day 2: From KleinBrak on the old road to George, the Saasveld road past Karatara, over Homtini pass and the Phantom pass to Knysna. Then on the N2 to Nature's Valley, the old BlouKrans pass to Stormsriver and then the N2, the R334 and R102 to Despatch."

The 2nd day, after a sieriehaas breakfast (Dankie tannie Ria en oom Peter !) we were heading towards George.
Nice cool weather, a little overcast, but nice views all around.

Getting petrol at the Garage where Trailrider's epic tour started (but I didn't drop the bike...    yet)

Turned off on the 'Saasveld road' and onto this:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/Saasveld.jpg)

It is hard to imagine that when the Kaaimans' pass was closed (read: about to fall into the Kaaimans's river) that cars (and trucks) was redirected here...

1st photo stop:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/Saasveld2.jpg)

I snapped this while she took the above:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/saasveld_foto.jpg)

This is an amazing piece of country. The most amazing views. You definitely can see why this is called the 'Garden Route'.
My uncle calls it a suburb of heaven. Easy does it as you cannot take in the view, blast around the corners and keep the bike in the road all at once. You need to take in the view...

Another look at the map:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/karatara1.jpg)

(It's not like it wasn't written behind me :P ) - We were just making sure that we didn't miss this:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/homtini.jpg)

Trailrider, you live in such a beautiful part of the world !
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/homtini2.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/homtini4.jpg)

This is where I learned two important things:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/homtini5.jpg)
1 - I can pick up a fully dressed 1100GS with 30kg of luggage on my own.
2 - I can fix a broken indicator next to the road with some isolation tape and superglue.

Don't ask.













Ok you can ask.


As we stopped for some photos we thought that it would be cool to have a photo of me driving through the darker forest setting, so off I went. Looked for a place to turn around where I could see both ways (didn't want to be flattened by a semi crazed local farmer that wasn't on a holiday schedule like we were).
So I turned around in a bend in the road where I could see both ways. What I didn't realize was that the bend was on a little incline. As I was ready to start number two of my 3 point turn, you guessed it, I started tipping over to the side where my left foot couldn't find the deck in time. So I just stepped wide and watched 280KG roll onto its side with the wheels in the air... So I picked up the indicator lens, huffed and puffed and actually got the bike back up without popping a vein in my forehead.
By this time Vicky was wondering where I was and getting a little worried, so the only photo we got out of this was this.
That's me inspecting the broken indicator arm.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/homtini3.jpg)

This is what it looked like afterwards:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/goodasnew.jpg)

Tools of the trade:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/tools.jpg)


Then it was off to Knysna to get some coffee and cake at a local coffee shop that was next to this weird water feature / contraption that looked like it came straight out of 'The Incredible Machine'. I was so mesmerized by this thing that I didn't even think about taking a photo.

As much as I think that Knysna is a beautiful area (the lake, the mountain, the sea, the heads etc), just as much do I hate negotiating its main road.

So out the other side we went following the N2 and turning into the road to Nature's Valley. By this time we were feeling like we could rest our backsides for a little while, so the time was put to use in catching up on voicemails and sms's.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/naturesvalley.jpg)

After that we took the old BlouKrans pass. For the 3rd time today we were appreciating and in awe of the beautiful garden route.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/bloukranspas.jpg)

There's the bridge where they 'budgy jump':
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/bloukranspas2.jpg)

At a viewpoint stop I snapped this one:
Edit: Vicky said I must just mention what you cannot 'see' in the picture - the smell of ferns and the sound of a stream running below in the valley.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/bloukranspas3.jpg)

We were starting to run out of time, so we decided to get petrol at Stormsriver and push on along the N2 to get to Despatch. At Stormsrivier we heard the familiar sound of our Irish friend's Dakar thumping in.
This time I actually got to talk a little to him. What an amazing guy:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/stormsrivier.jpg)

It is funny how you get tired more easily when you don't have the luxury of doing something in your own timeframe...
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/moeg.jpg)

The last 30 minutes was no fun.
No fun at all.

It was pitch dark.
The luggage at the back made Sauerkraut's headlight (on dim) shine into the trees.
Everyone coming from the front 'flashed' us as they thought that we were riding on brights.
Every time that happened their lights caused heavy glare on my dusty visor. I ended up decelerating and opening my visor every time a car comes from the front.
The 1st law of helmet physics defenately applied: Any object that is in motion in the opposite direction of a motorcycle at speed shall remain in motion until it will be stopped only by the opposing force of a rider's eyeball.

It was not soon enough when we eventually pulled into Despatch. We flopped down for some good food and even better company.
Even Sauerkraut had a little luxury that evening:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/sleepinside.jpg)


In retrospect I think we should have left a little earlier that morning. It would have given us more time to explore without the uneasy night riding bit at the end.

The next morning we woke up to (without a doubt) the most adventurous day of our journey.
But that will (unfortunately) have to wait for the next installment...
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Stephan on May 08, 2007, 09:24:41 pm
Hey its past 9 already, time for the next installment!  :lol:  :lol:  Enjoyed the post thus far and turning around can be a real bitch sometimes!
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 09, 2007, 12:43:07 am
Day3:
P.E. on the N2 to Grahams Town. From there past Rini on the R67, then (just before Fort Brown) off into and through the DubbelDrift game reserve onto the R345 through Alice and into Hogsback.


The morning started off a little slow, but we had another good breakfast that Vicky cooked up.

We packed, got Sauerkraut out of the room and we were off.

Our plans got a little sidestepped as we wanted to go on the R102 and join the N2 again later.
Turned out that this road was closed. So after 30 minutes of detour we were still looking at informal settlements and industrial areas.

When we finally got to stretch the boxer's legs on the N2 the road opened up to a couple of valleys and hills.

This was the 1st pass where we pulled over for a little rest:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_A_PE.jpg)

This type of scenery was quite common up to Grahamstown:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_B_PE.jpg)

At Grahamstown we got coffee and cake at 'The Mad Hatter'.
We looked like locals for a couple of people as the registration numbers for Grahamstown used to be CF before they changed to the current EC-at-the-end numbers. (Oostenberg ran out of space on CFR and adopted CF).

There was an old Omie (Looked 90+) walking past us with the scafolding walker frame - he waited in the Uno next to where Vicky was sitting - as we got ready to leave he started to chat to us. With nostalgic stars in his eyes he was talking about the Harley with a side car that he had in the 40's and 50's and how he and his wife traveled the country with it.
Just for a moment he was not 90, he didn't need his walking frame and he still haven't lost his wife.

Biking in general brings people together and breaks down barriers. How many times have we gotten into interesting conversations with people either wanting to know more about it, or spontaneously sharing about their own two wheel experiences.

This was at the mad hatter:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_A_grahamstad.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_B_MadHatters.jpg)

We fought off the students and long weekend crowd at the BP (the one that has just been in the news), filled up, got some supplies and off we went.

We took the R67 past Rini - different types of mountain scenery.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_B_pass.jpg)

At one of the corners was this - the photo is a little 'skeef' but you get the idea. You DO NOT want to not make this turn...

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_A_pass.jpg)

Vicky is one of those people that can look at a scene and pick out a frame for a photo that will just work.
She is also intrigued by different textures (of which there were LOTS on our journey). This was at the same spot:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_C_pass.jpg)

She also loves playing with black and white.
Same spot, different angle :
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_D_pass.jpg)

At the bottom of the pass we continued for a bit and then we turned right just before Fort Brown and came to this:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_A_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

No doubt - we took the left road...

About 4 k's on we got to this:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_B_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

Turned out that our choice to go right was right (or something like that)

Here we knew that it was an 'official' wild reserve:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_C_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

Amazing views, very cool scenery and a nice road that's not too technical, but with two up you want to keep it steady in 2nd and 3rd. It isn't fun for the pillion when you accelerate and decelerate all the time.
Notice also the winding road that snakes over the mountains in the distance. Yep - that's where we where going ...

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_D_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

Came 'round a corner, got a little bit of sand and this picnic spot. We settled for some apples and a quick drink.
Funny thing was that in my ignorance I rode all the way to the table and back to the road in a wide turn, parked the bike and then (while walking back to the tables) I noticed that the ground was COVERED in these white kameeldorings...

Lucky they were all lying flat so that my tires didn't have to be...
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_E_Dubbeldrift.jpg)


Then, as we were leaving we came 'round a corner and found this:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_F_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

*cue up some ominous music*
The Great Fish River

I was testing the water depth and decided to go for it (even though the water was murky and I couldn't see what was going on on the ground). This was the only time in the whole trip where I felt uneasy. But I went for it...

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_G_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

In the middle it got so shallow that the bike climbed all the way out of the water again.

Then it started to 'dive in'. I could feel rocks and potholes under the front wheel. It started going deeper in than before, but I just kept my eye on the other side, kept a steady pace and went for it. The boxer engine welled up (pushed out) water ahead of so much that it started streaming over the barrels on either side...
THAT was scary.

Stopping just on the upslope wasn't my brightest moment yet as the bike was dripping on the dry soil that became mud on the cement. So I had to fish tail out the other side a little, but I made it !

Would have been nice to have had this on the side we were coming from ...
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_H_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

Dubbeldrift complimentary bike wash - look how shiny it is !

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_I_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

Vicky was still on the other side (to take photos and to have at least one of us dry should I decide to go for an unscheduled swim...) She took off her boots, rolled up her pant legs and made her way over.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_J_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

On the other side the road changed a little bit.
Lots more embedded stones/rocks, a couple of smallish ditches (trenches ?!), a couple of steep climbs over rocks, potholes, erosion cracks. The 'ups and downs' were also more intense. At some point we saw a dirt road winding out in front of us going alongside the back of a mountain. A little later we were on it feeling like we were on top of the world... To any side that we looked we were looking down on other mountains...
Photos does not show you what we saw.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_K_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

The 'Great Fish River':
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_L_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

Mountain on mountain:
"Al l?ª die berge nog so blou"

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_M_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

This be the R345 to Alice:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_N_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

Potholes almost as big as a GS:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/EC_road1.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/EC_road.jpg)

30 to 40 km's of this to Alice. Just as you think it is clearing up you get another lot of it.
We could do 20 - 30km/h on this piece of stretch - the scenery was cool and at least there were 'locals' that always (eagerly) returned our waves...

After what felt like an eternity we saw this. I think it is an eastern cape plot (along with the potholed roads) to keep speeds down. You have to stop at this sign, get you CSI kit out and dust it for evidence to see what it says...
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/E_Alice.jpg)

17:00 peak traffic in Alice:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/E_B_Alice.jpg)

Some 'in-flight entertainment' on the way to Hogsback from Alice:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/E_C_Alice.jpg)

One of the local herds:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/E_D_Alice.jpg)

Our evening was spent by booking in to the backpackers and getting Pizza at Nina's - the BEST pizza I had in a long time with a very knowledgeable and friendly (also bike friendly) guy that runs it. If you are in Hogsback you owe it to yourself to go have a Pizza there.
Vicky pre-booked at the backpackers (Away with the fairies) so we managed to get a private room with it's own fireplace.

The rest of the evening was spent in a relaxed atmosphere with lots of reliving the day's events and scenery. Just in general enjoying each other's company in the light of the fire. The perfect end to a perfect Wild Dog Day...


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/F_Hogsback.jpg)
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Uiltjie on May 09, 2007, 06:49:42 am
Lekker Wihan.....sjoe julle het 'n lekker trip gehad!  Laat kom met die res!
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Trailrider on May 09, 2007, 07:43:43 am
This report is getting better and better!
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Clockwork Orange on May 09, 2007, 08:48:02 am
Loving this report, keep it coming :D
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Kev on May 09, 2007, 09:55:20 pm
(http://gifs.alpinediscovery.com/10outof10.gif) Good stuff! :thumbleft:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: buzzlightyear on May 09, 2007, 10:12:18 pm
Very nice trip W! thanks for sharing.
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 10, 2007, 01:51:44 am
Day4:From Hogsback on the R345 to Cathcart then the N6 to Queenstown and then the R392 to Dordrecht.

The fourth day of our trip didn't have that much distance in it and compared to the previous day's adventure it wasn't as interesting, but it sure had amazing scenery and lots of twisty gravel roads with a little bit of technicality here and there...

Vicky woke up waaaay earlier than me - she's the early bird and I'm the night owl (as if you can't tell by the times that these reports are posted:) )
She took the camera and went for a little bit of sight seeing.
We've been to Hogsback in 1998 on our honeymoon and one thing we can tell you with certainty is that if the fog/clouds starts coming in you have to do what you need to if you want to see some of the amazing views that this little piece of Middle-Earth has to offer.

This was some of the photos that she took the morning:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_D.jpg)

See the fog coming in already ?
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_C.jpg)

Then she came to wake me up - this is the view from our room window, just above the bed:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_B.jpg)

We went a little sightseeing - the town of Hogsback looks smaller than what it really is.
On our way to 'The Edge' we saw this - the labyrinth:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_E.jpg)

A little house on 'The Edge':
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_F.jpg)

The road we came in with the previous evening:
Again, notice the fog flowing in.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_G.jpg)

This is to show that we aren't joking when we say that the fog comes in a quite a rate:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_H.jpg)

And five minutes later (literally) you can almost not even see the Eco-Shrine:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_I.jpg)

Fog as thick as peanut butter...

After that we went back to the backpacker's, I took a shower, we packed our panniers and booked out.

We waited a little at the petrol pump/general dealer for the guy to finish filling the car ahead of us, but we were in no hurry (and besides, what are you going to do when the only petrol 'station' in Hogsback isn't too fast - go someplace else ?)

After our pit stop we were heading out on Cathcart's side. The ride through the main road of Hogsback is also one that you shouldn't drive when in a hurry. But then again I get the feeling that one does not end up in a place like Hogsback to be in a hurry - if you do then you need to sort out some issues. 'S all I'm sayin'...

All too soon we greeted Hobbiton goodbye and headed out to what I would consider (never having seen the real thing) the closest thing to being in Scotland while actually not being in Scotland.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_J.jpg)

Everything was so ridiculously beautiful that we ended up with too many photos to try and show.
Some of them have been sized quite small to fit a lot in an just to give an idea of the environment we were going through.
Please let me know if there are any that you would like to see bigger:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_K.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_L.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_M.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_N.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_O.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_O_1.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_P.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_Q.jpg)

The roads was mostly 3rd and sometimes 4th gear, 50 - 80 km/h with the occasional sharp bend and steeper and rocky bits.
The ground was slightly rough (embedded stones) but with not much debris and loose stuff. You need to stay awake though as blind corners and a little loose rockery can sneak up on you quite quickly if you drop your guard.

A Wild Dog in his natural habitat:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_R.jpg)

The road twisting towards Cathcart:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/hog_A_S.jpg)


Confused I was - is it now right or left or ... ummmmm:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/I_cathcartA_A.jpg)

So there was only one thing to do - Maptime !
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/catchcartmaptime.jpg)

Looking back from that spot (towards Hogsback)
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/I_cathcartA_B.jpg)

The only place in Cathcart that we could stop at for coffee and breakfast was a little pub&grill on the right as you come in. Service isn't really fast, but the owner compensate with enthuastic friendly banter...
While we were there the weather (that was promising us the whole time) kept true to its word and broke for a while.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/I_cathcartA_C.jpg)

Yes, it was as cold as it looked.
Lucky by the time we were finished so was the rain. Dried of the seat and there we went onto the 'Friendly N6'.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/I_cathcartA_D.jpg)

The wind was pumping (I saw afterwards up to 65km/h) at one point (on a slight incline) I had to put Sauerkraut into 4th just to keep him above 100km/h.

Got some 95 at Queenstown again, had a chat to two guys with bikes there and hit the road towards Dordrecht.
By this time the wind was klapping us from off center ahead. I must say it is the 1st time that I got into serious diagonal wind with the panniers and topbox on. The fact that they add surfaces close to (or behind) the rear wheel made for a little unfamiliar territory in getting to know how the bike behaved.
It was especially bad when the road made a 'groove' through the little hills - through those you'll be leaning against it and all of a sudden it will come screaming from the other side - involuntary and instant lane change.

Vicky managed to squeeze off a photo or 7 in difficult circumstances over my shoulder.
This was one of them:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/Zdordrecht_A_A.jpg)

The landscape was beginning to give us a glimpse of what was to come in two day's time when we would go to Rhodes.

This is the favourite shot of the whole trip for both of us:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/mayentry.jpg)

The Eastern Cape is indeed a beautiful place. It is impossible to try and compare it to the Garden Route, Karoo, Boland or any other beautiful place as it is so much different and beautiful in its own way.

We are indeed living in a beautiful country.

As we wheeled into Dordrecht we saw this and just had to take a photo.
As if someone will expect stale take aways.

And how 'universal' is this place anyway ?

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/Zdordrecht_A_B.jpg)

:D :D

5 Minutes later we pulled into our haven for the next 3 nights: Estelle (and her daughter Anika) were going to treat us to not only good food and company, but also for a local tour of a little dorpie with surprisingly many things to see.

As it was about to really cool down they sorted out coffee, a hot bath' a very good supper later and very good company. It was laughs and stories and catching up and pointing on maps and watching photos and just having a good time 'till deep into the night.

And thus ended day 4...
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Stephan on May 10, 2007, 06:41:11 am
Great report, you guys sure traveled!  Have to agree with you, this country of ours sure is beautiful.
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Trailrider on May 10, 2007, 09:22:02 am
Dag 5! Dag 5! Dag 5!
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 10, 2007, 10:19:31 am
Geduld ou swaer ...

Nie almal werk vir hulleself nie.

"Geduld is die stadigste manier om jou m*3r te strip..."
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Clockwork Orange on May 10, 2007, 10:59:02 am
It just keeps getting better. That Eco Shrine was built by my ex-wifes aunt. Her name is Dianna Graham and is a very recognised artist in SA. Her husband Hillary Graham now living in Aberdeen is an even more famous artist. His brother is none other than (lets check who the oldies are here) Crocodile Harris the musician song writer.
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Uiltjie on May 10, 2007, 11:08:46 am
Quote from: "Clockwork Orange"
It just keeps getting better. That Eco Shrine was built by my ex-wifes aunt. Her name is Dianna Graham and is a very recognised artist in SA. Her husband Hillary Graham now living in Aberdeen is an even more famous artist. His brother is none other than (lets check who the oldies are here) Crocodile Harris the musician song writer.


My brothers in Law were Croc fans, them being quite older than me.  I remember "Give the good news"  and the big hit "Miss Eva Goodnight" very well.
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 10, 2007, 11:21:01 am
Thanks for the trivia CO !

I'm still looking for that song !

Was one of my fav's. KFM dusted it off for a spin or two a bout 4 years back, but I was never at a place where I could record it...


'War's the one game where we all lose'

'You don't use guns to build a nation'

Very cool.
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Ysterman on May 10, 2007, 11:30:09 am
Quote from: "Eisbein"
(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t97/wihans/outsidebarrydale.jpg)

Eisbein jou bliksem, nou laat jy my verlang  :)

You see, I grew up on that farm next to the road you?re standing right there - my parents are still there & my brother bought the farm next to them  :)

Just look at those mountains in the distance - nothing of that beauty here in Jburg.

Nice report - I haven?t been on those roads with my bike yet  :cry:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Clockwork Orange on May 10, 2007, 11:35:19 am
Quote from: "Eisbein"
Thanks for the trivia CO !

I'm still looking for that song !

Was one of my fav's. KFM dusted it off for a spin or two a bout 4 years back, but I was never at a place where I could record it...


'War's the one game where we all lose'

'You don't use guns to build a nation'

Very cool.


Eisbein, Croc stays around the corner for me and is still doing gigs around Cape Town. I could possibly get you a signed copy of his album if you like that sort of thing :D
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 10, 2007, 11:37:26 am
What ?

 :shock:  :shock:

That'll be so cool !

PM me some banking details if there's any 'monetary transfers' needed.
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Kev on May 10, 2007, 11:38:44 am
(http://gifs.alpinediscovery.com/lurk.gif) Looking forward to the next bit...
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Clockwork Orange on May 10, 2007, 11:41:55 am
Quote from: "Eisbein"
What ?

 :shock:  :shock:

That'll be so cool !

PM me some banking details if there's any 'monetary transfers' needed.


Let me see what I can set up then
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Uiltjie on May 10, 2007, 11:56:54 am
This Forum is unreal....CO sees a picture by GS Holic of a plot that he used to play as a kid, Ysterman sees a pic from Eisbein of his parents farm where he grew up, and to top it all, CO stays around the corner from the legendary Croc Harris, who has a song that Eisbein is looking for.....

Hell that is amazing!

Thanks guys for making it such a small world.....MODS, excuse my French, but this is Fucking unreal!
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 10, 2007, 12:02:17 pm
Quote from: "Ysterman"
Quote from: "Eisbein"

Eisbein jou bliksem, nou laat jy my verlang  :)

You see, I grew up on that farm next to the road you?re standing right there - my parents are still there & my brother bought the farm next to them  :)

Just look at those mountains in the distance - nothing of that beauty here in Jburg.

Nice report - I haven?t been on those roads with my bike yet  :cry:


Wow !


Uiltjie:
Quote
Thanks guys for making it such a small world.....MODS, excuse my French, but this is Fucking unreal!


Indeed !
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Leo on May 10, 2007, 07:52:03 pm
Quote from: "Eisbein"
The luggage at the back made Sauerkraut's headlight (on dim) shine into the trees.


Eisbein - check at the rear of the headlight - there should be a little connector shaft conne3cted to th ecross shaft with double sided thread, so when you turn it, it will become longer, therefor forcing you headlight down.

Once the bike is unloaded, shorten the shaft and the light will be lifted.

Nice report and thanks for sharing.  :wink:  :wink:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 10, 2007, 10:54:55 pm
Thanks !

I saw that, but you know how it goes - when you see the shaft you're always in a hurry and when you have time you never remember.

I'm glad to hear its dubbleside thread - that'll make it sommer quick-quick.

I'm thinking its too high anycase. I don't even have to accelerate hard behind a car to make the 'dimms' shine into the car's rear view mirror. I'll vroetel it this weekend...

W.
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 11, 2007, 01:10:36 am
Day 5 and 6:
"Day5: Just hang around with friends and let the backsides rest
Day6: From Dordrecht on the R56 through Ingwe and Elliot. To 'Gatberg' and back to Elliot. Then over Barkley pass and the R393 via Moshesh's Ford To Rhodes. Back on the R396 through Barkly East, Clifford, Rossouw, Killians' pass and back to Dordrecht."

We decided from the beginning that we needed to build some 'resting' into our trip (this is after all holiday as well !)
Dordrecht was the right place for this as a) we have dear friends there that we do not see that often and b) it seemed like a good idea to take a rest before a very long day on the bike.

So again after a very healty/beeeg breakfast (I see a pattern here) our hosts took us around the dorp to check out the scenery/people/places.

After checking out the local dorp they took us into a 'kloof'. The entrance is about 3 blocks from their house and to be honest didn't look like much, but as soon as we were 300 meters in it was a different story:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/kloof1.jpg)

There's lots of photos that was taken here, but I don't want to bore you with too many non-biking photos.
Vicky has a knack for capturing textures tho' :
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/kloof2.jpg)


Mooooooosley:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/kloof3.jpg)

We don't have many photos of us together, so I couldn't resist:
Ok - altogether: aaaaaaaaaaaaaw !

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/kloof4.jpg)


Later the afternoon we headed to the church. They had there 150 year anniversary of the church this year!
Apparently the church have been built on plans from a church in Dordrecht in the Netherlands and has the 3rd highest tower for a 'N.G Kerk' in South Africa.

This was taken with the cellphone - I have a thing for steep angles:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/kerk1.jpg)

Vicky spotted some cool corners at the door:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/kerk2.jpg)

Some gothic looking candles:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/kerk3.jpg)

Vicky's take on the steep angle:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/kerk4.jpg)

If you go and lie on your back to take a better photo (like Vicky and I do sometimes), make sure there isn't a hyperactive brak called 'Fred' (no matter how cute) that's running around. You might end up with an unexpected 'art photo':
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/kerk5.jpg)


The photo without Fred:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/kerk6.jpg)

The church was damaged in the 2nd world war - some evidence remains:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/kerk7.jpg)



We also took a drive a little out of the town - look at these interesting erosion patterns just next to a bridge:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/erosion.jpg)

Sunset at Dordrecht:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/dordrechtd_aand.jpg)




Ok - back to what we all are here for - The trip !
We got up the morning (earlyish for a holiday) and after (you guessed it!) a hearty breakfast we were filling up at the station at about 9am. It was rather chill outside (the day before was something like -6 min and 2 max !

We put Vicky's jacket's inner in - apart from that she was dressed in a long sleeve shirt, a fleece top and the jacket.
She could almost not bend her arms !

Pretty much the same scenery going past Ingwe and on the way to Elliot.
On our way to Elliot:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_elliot_A.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_Elliot_B.jpg)

Wavy road - very cool:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_Elliot_C.jpg)

Going past Elliot:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_Elliot_D.jpg)

About 25 k's after Elliot we took the turnoff towards Gatberg:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_gatberg_A.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_gatberg_B.jpg)

Gatberg itself:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_gatberg_C.jpg)

We didn't go all the way in. The 'friendly-banter-dude' in Cathcart told us that there were guys flying their airplanes through that hole. I don't really know about that ...


Marking territory:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_gatberg_D.jpg)
*Note to self - make sure wife doesn't have camera when marking territory*


Back at Elliot we filled up and continued onto the R393 that leads up Barkley pass.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_barkley_pas.jpg)



This was without a doubt the most majestic scenery that we have encountered the whole trip. Just as you come 'round a corner and think to yourself 'It cannot get better than this" you go 'round the next one and it is...
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_barkley_pas_B.jpg)

Look at the textures at the back:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_barkley_pas_C.jpg)

And these:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_barkley_pas_D.jpg)

Not riding where I look:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_barkley_pas_E.jpg)


Some more B&W:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_barkley_pas_F.jpg)


We headed towards Mosjesh Ford and left tarmac behind for the rest of the day:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_farms_A.jpg)

We encountered some amazing views on the way to a bit of a valley on top of the mountains:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_farms_B.jpg)


This is where the farms start:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_farms_C.jpg)

Vicky wanted a little close-up photo, so I obliged:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_farms_D.jpg)

Some more farms: We encountered lots of local farmers and farmworkers and we can assure you these people are very friendly

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_farms_E.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_farms_F.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_farms_I.jpg)

Got to an intersection - we took the road that went higher up:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_farms_G.jpg)

"I come in peace. Take me to your leader":
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_farms_GG.jpg)

Da bike in da scenery:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_farms_H.jpg)

Turned right over a bridge and started the last stretch towards Rhodes:
Beautiful as the scenery and mountains was I could not help but think that it would be cool to see these mountains either dressed up in green in green season or covered in a white blanket in high winter...
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/E_Rhodes_A.jpg)

We encountered another offroad touring couple on a fully dressed (and heavily loaded) 1150GSA:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/E_Rhodes_B.jpg)

Another shot:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/E_Rhodes_C.jpg)

We went to the Rhodes Hotel and saw this:
My 1st reaction was to get off and have a chat to these guys to hear where they're from, where they're headed and to wonder if they enjoyed it etc.
I hope none of you know some of these GP guys. I am very sad to say that I was totally and utterly put off by their attitude towards me and Vicky. They stood there dressed in their shiny BMW gear and looked at us as if some cat just walked in there and crapped us out.
Tjekboekryers.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/Rhodes_F_arrived.jpg)

So we 'maar' headed to the Rubicon where we had a very cool steak, chips and egg each for VERY cheap.

Time is waiting for no one so we headed out - bumping into the couple on the 1150 GSA that we've followed in.
We spend a little time chatting to them. I am glad to say that they were as eager to hear our stories as what we were to hear theirs. Thank you mr and mrs 'jspiesfoto' !

Headed back out of Rhodes and towards Barkley East. We rode over a bump at the time that Vicky clicked off a photo, so she got a little more shoulder than what she bargained for:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/F_vanrhodes_A.jpg)

Nice open high speed, low surprises roads:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/F_vanrhodes_B.jpg)

With still very cool views thrown in to boot:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/F_vanrhodes_C.jpg)

Open valleys:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/F_vanrhodes_D.jpg)

And nice little passes:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/F_vanrhodes_E.jpg)

Stretched out scenery:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/F_vanrhodes_F.jpg)

And lowlevel flybys:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/F_vanrhodes_G.jpg)


We were getting pushed for time and light was getting low so we didn't take too many other photos. :(

As weird as it sounds, I almost got to a point where I was like: "Yeah. Another mind-blowingly beautiful piece of scenery unfolding ahead of me. ok cool..."

I said almost.

We took on fuel at Barkley east, headed on a little stretch of tar road again and then headed into the gravel pass filled mountains again. By the way we bumped into a couple of BMW annuall gathering dudes at Barkley East and I am very pleased to say that these guys were again very true offroad motorcycle and outdoor enthusiasts. We had a lekker (albeit all to quick) chat.

At about 17:15 we pulled back into the driveway at Dordrecht. Very tired but very satisfied and, again, with much to relive/think about.

We had a wonderful supper at this little place:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/G_Evening.jpg)
Belongs to a local teacher. She can open this on arrangement as well. It was Sunday night and she opened especially for the 4 of us. Very cosy, very good food and friendly 'plattelandse' hospitality.





The day's offroad riding was mostly 3rd and 4th gear. At times there was pieces of 2nd gear rough terrain, but they don't jump on you unexpectedly. You see it coming way in advance so that you can ease off the throttle and take care of business in hand. It is also (even in some passes to an extent) a very 'rider scenery friendly' environment.

I think the road at some parts through the farm area on top of the mountain might become more interesting when it rains.
It is that pitch black, almost clay-like, tightly packed sand that you can just see will get the seepkoekie out when it gets wet.

About 440km for the day with about 130 km's on tar.

A very enjoyable route indeed !

That's me for day 5 and 6.

Tommorow the road to Graaf-Reinet...
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Captain Zef on May 11, 2007, 07:19:02 am
Ai julle twee maak my sommer jaloers.

Jislaaik maar die Ooskaap is darem mooi. Sal die KLR moet opsaal. :D
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: GIDEON on May 11, 2007, 07:45:28 am
DIS die LEWE julle
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 11, 2007, 07:54:22 am
Fantastiese trip......

Nou waars my swart notaboekie... :lol:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: JourneyMan on May 11, 2007, 08:05:17 am
Jealous is all I can say. :P

Thanks for sharing. :)
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Uiltjie on May 11, 2007, 09:12:02 am
Pragtig Wihan, dis mooi om te sien dat julle 2 so iets saam aanpak!  Julle het seker nognie kinders nie?  Doen dit nou terwyl julle nog kan.....

Pragtige foto's!  Julle moet bietjie dit verder vat, en klasse vat - julle het klaar die skill om dit baie goed te doen - komposisie bly 95% van 'n goeie foto, en dit het julle klaar!

Nice pic van julle 2!
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 11, 2007, 09:21:51 am
Yip, nog nie kinders nie.

Dan sal ons seker maar 'n syspan moet kry, maar ek weet nie hoe dit gaan werk op smal bergpaadjies nie !   :wink:


Dankie vir die comment oor die fotos.
Vicky is 'n entoesias - sy het nog altyd 'n oog gehad vir fotos.
(Jy moet haar 'brag album' sien...)

Ek wag net tot ek geld het om vir haar 'n 'properse' kamera te koop - dan sal  sy weer by 'n fotografieklub kan aansluit.
Sy het altyd 'n Minolta Maxim SLR gehad (wel sy het hom nog steeds maar die body is stukkend) met 'n klomp lense, flashes, filters en ander goodies, so dit sal seker sin maak om 'n Konika Minolta digital body te koop.

Die kamera wat sy nou gebruik werk lekker maar is nie meer so lekker nie. Ek moet dit seker nie s?ª nie, maar jy sal in baie van die foto's se linker boonste hoek so 'n donkerder kol sien - die CCD's is bietjie geskroef. Ek probeer dit altyd uit 'crop' maar dit werk nie altyd so lekker nie...

Weereens dankie aan almal vir die positiewe terugvoer.
Ek is regtig bly dat dit een van die dinge is wat ek en Vicky sonder 'compromise' van enige kant af met oorgawe kan geniet.

Die mense van die forum dra natuurlik ook baie by tot die hele positiewe ervaring !
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Trailrider on May 11, 2007, 09:22:11 am
Lekker man. Dis nou werklik mooi wereld daai. Ek moet ook soontoe.

Nog! Nog!
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: mountainboy on May 11, 2007, 10:51:08 am
Hey Eisbeen

Did you jump from that Bloupunt bridge and us WD proud??

well- did ya?????  :lol:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 11, 2007, 11:24:36 am
We didn't have time :(

But having said that, I'll rather do Gauritz a couple of times than one Blaukrans.

I've bungy jumped about 4 times already and bridgejumped twice.

The height at Blaukrans is not the issue, it is the way that you get 'recovered'.

In Gauritz they lower you to the ground/river and the whole thing is over quickly. At Blourkrans you dangle from your ankles for quite a substantial time when they hoist you back up again. With my 'overly nourished' frame I can built up quite some pressure in my head while hanging upside down.

And for half a gorilla for one jump at bloukrans I can do 4 jumps at Gouritz ...
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Grootseun on May 11, 2007, 11:29:04 am
Quote from: "Eisbein"
And for half a gorilla for one jump at bloukrans I can do 4 jumps at Gouritz ...


So it's run by an Indian fella called Haffajee?
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 11, 2007, 11:41:09 am
Bahahahahahahaha !
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Leo on May 11, 2007, 12:55:59 pm
Eisbein

I see in that one photo of da bike and da scenery, your front telever suspension is missing the dustcap on the nut at the top.  :?

You might want to replace that, cause if some dirt and grime gets in there youmight have a few problems, and according to Murphy's Law this will happen when you're far from everything  :wink:

Stunning scenery. Thanks for sharing  :D
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 11, 2007, 01:04:35 pm
Quote from: "Leo"
Eisbein

I see in that one photo of da bike and da scenery, your front telever suspension is missing the dustcap on the nut at the top.  :?

You might want to replace that, cause if some dirt and grime gets in there youmight have a few problems, and according to Murphy's Law this will happen when you're far from everything  :wink:

Stunning scenery. Thanks for sharing  :D



Its supposed to have a dustcap ?  :shock:

Thanks for the headsup - I'll go ask the guys about it.

I did mention that I like this forum ?

Trust me the pleasure is all mine - writing about it make me relive it as well

I'm just glad that people are 'homouring' me and my report...
 :twisted:  :twisted:  :twisted:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: wino on May 12, 2007, 06:32:28 am
thoroughly enjoyed your report eisbein, words and pics :wink:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 14, 2007, 12:14:42 am
Thanks, Wino !

Long delay - sorry about that. Life have a habit of 'happening' - before you know it half a week has past.
For those still interested, here's day 7:
Dordrecht to Queenstown, the R61 through Tarkastad and Cradock. Then on the R61 to the N9. From there through Nieu-Bethesda to Graaff-Reinet.


The scenery (and houses) are waay different in that part of the eastern cape than what it is here where we live (Western cape) and the rural areas around us.
It looks like someone took a handful of houses and 'whacked' it into the mountain area with a cricket bat.
Around here the houses in little 'dorpies' would be all stuck together. The only explanation we could come up with was that some chief gave spots of land from his area to different people and that they built their houses (and eventually children's houses too) close together on their own little patch.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/a_queenstown.jpg)

It was, shall we say, 'interesting' to drive through Queenstown. If I wasn't as wakeup we would have been driven off the bike about 3 times...

Out the other side towards Tarkastad on the R61 we had no doubt that we were heading into the Karoo.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_karroo.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_L_cradock2.jpg)

Roads that stretch out forever and surroundings that becomes more harsh and dry
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_L_cradock3.jpg)

A little pass just outside Cradock:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_L_cradock.jpg)

At Cradock we had a Wimpy lunch (Mixed Grill !) and bumped into two guys that was on their way back home (Grahamstown) from the BMW gathering. 1200GS and a customized blue 1200GSA (With the reg number GSpot EC !). Very nice guys.

The road out the back from Cradock on the R61 towards the N9 was a little 'monotonous', so, yes, there was a time when I was almost longing for a inline 4 (blackbird or such). 'Aberdeen flats' might hint to what the scenery looked like. No photos...


On the N9 I was supposed to go right for about 2/3 km to get to the road that goes to Nieu-Bethesda. I gooi'd left for about 7 k's and realised the error of my ways as I saw Naude's pass (knew I wasn't supposed to). So I just made sure:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_M_neu_betesda1.jpg)

On the way back to the Nieu-Bethesda turn off:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_M_neu_betesda2.jpg)

Very nice piece of gravel - the little pass close to the N9 was 2nd/3rd gear mostly (especially two-up). Not because of bad roads but because of tight turns.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_M_neu_betesda3.jpg)

There was higher speed sections, but I wouldn't do too fast on this road as there are lots of animals (wild and cattle) that are everywhere. You could come 'round a corner and see a bull standing in the middle of the road ahead of you (like we did):
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/bramaan.jpg)


(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_M_neu_betesda4.jpg)

The little dorpie of Nieu-Betesdha:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_M_neu_betesda5.jpg)

We went to visit the 'UilHuis':
(more info at www.owlhouse.co.za)
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_N_neu_bethesda3.jpg)

Sauerkraut outside the Owlhouse:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_N_neu_bethesda.jpg)

One of the statues in the courtyard - notice the car headlight eyes ! (http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/B_O_neu_bethesda41.jpg)

Helen Martins decided to spice things up in the house using glass and cement.
This was as she left it - glass grinded into different 'grades' - sorted and stored for later use:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_A_neu_bethesda4.jpg)

Grinding glass (this was in the 50's / 60's) she ended up having eye problems.

This is also in the courtyard (six meters high):
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_A_neu_bethesda5.jpg)

The view inside:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_A_neu_bethesda6.jpg)

Vicky having a discussion with one of the locals:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_A_neu_bethesda7.jpg)


When she was still around, 'Miss Helen' was heavily misunderstood, ridiculed and pushed out of society. She was labeled as 'mad'. In my view she was excentric, but certainly not mad. Now, 40 years later, her house, that was once a source of ridicule and a headache for the rest of the town, is now ond of the main reasons that the town survives.
Sad actually.
This is also in the courtyard - a 'self-portrait'. You can feel the yearning and the reaching out for acceptance, as well as the pain she must have had (and poured into this):
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_A_neu_bethesda7a.jpg)

In the main road of Nieu-Betesdha:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_A_neu_bethesda8.jpg)

Stand and wave, boys, stand and wave:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_A_neu_bethesda92.jpg)


This was on the way out the other side on the way from Nieu-Betesdha to Graaff-Reinet.
Word of warning. If you are heavily loaded on a 1100GS with a passenger and you see this view, make sure you stop for a photo while the bike is still in 1st. I stopped so that Vicky can take a photo, put it into neutral as we coasted to a stop, gripped the front brake and felt the bike starting to slide back. The angle was too steep for only the front brake to keep us standing still. I couldn't lift my feet up long enough to step on the back brake because of the terrain, so I dragged my feet quite 'heavily' on the rockery that we were standing on, kicked it into 1st and let the clutch sort us out up to where I had sure enough 'left foot' to have my right foot on the break the whole time.
These were taken at that spot (well, about 2 meters lower than were we initially stopped...)
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_B_neu_bethesda1.jpg)

Always the trace of civilization as well (In the forground) *sigh*:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_B_neu_bethesda2.jpg)

We ran into a pawbypaw:
He almost walked out of the photo ...

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_B_neu_bethesda3.jpg)


We arrived in Graaff-Reinet, looked up the local info desk and they put us onto this guesthouse:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_C_graaffreinet4.jpg)
More info at: http://www.rothmanstreet.co.za/

Inside:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_C_graaffreinet2.jpg)

Outside:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_C_graaffreinet1.jpg)

I can (without a doubt) recommend this place - the owners are friendly and very nice. The fact that the house that they live in is next to the one that you stay in makes for 'un-guesthouslike' privacy.
Very good breakfast and all in all a very nice place to stay in Graaff-Reinet.

Talking about 'nice and not so nice' - I'm not saying you should or should not buy from these guys, I'm just saying that I parked (with my fully loaded GS) in a parking spot (one of three in a row that was open) in front of this place, and their delivery bakkie arrived being all 'agro', hooting at me and eventually chasing me off to the next parking spot so that he didn't have to walk 2 meters extra to make his delivery (and no, it wasn't a loading zone). So not what I would consider bike friendly...
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/C_C_graaffreinet3.jpg)

We had a wonderful supper at the 'ColdStream' restaurant (just on the left of the church as you go past it from Naude's pass' side). That, too, comes highly recommended. Try their kudu steak. You will not be disappointed.
They also make a very mean milkshake !

Not that much happened on the way to Graaff-Reinet on this day, but it was a very enjoyable day none the less. We enjoyed the scenery (most of it !), being on the bike, not being in the office and each other's company.

We had no idea what amazing scenery we had ahead of us the next day. We decided that it was gonna be a long day, so we would save the 'Vallei van Verlatenheid' for a another time, rather than 'charging' up and down while not really taking anything in. We'll have to go soon.

Next, the trip through Uniondale, Avontuur, De Vlught, Knysna and karatara.
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Uiltjie on May 14, 2007, 01:28:33 am
Ek is baie bly julle tweetjies het daar by my voorvaders se huisie aangedoen....  Stuur tog groete aan al die uile as julle weer daar aandoen!
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 15, 2007, 12:44:58 am
Day8: N9 through Willowmore and Uniondale, the R339 through Uniondale Poort, Avontuur, Prince Alfred's pass, de Vlugt to Knysna. From there on the Phantom pass to Karatara.

We got up the morning, had an excellent breakfast, a last chat to Zorb and Judy just to reaffirm what cool people they really are, got ready, packed and were on our way. I sprung a slow puncture on the backwheel (with the amount of k's and the weight on the back wheel I'm not surprised. The rear tyre got a little bit of a beating. Shallow cuts and general evidence of a slightly 'harder than road' life ...
So I stopped at the local hardware shop and got me some 'tyre weld' - its been better (slower) since. Didn't really want to do that, but there wasn't a puncture that I could see. Ah well.

Nothing much happened 'till Aberdeen where I quickly did a tyre pressure check (yip, I got a little digital pressure gauge before the trip but valiantly forgot it at home)

Lots of this type of scenery - it is a little unfair towards this area, as it is amazing scenery, but we were looking forward to some garden route and some gravel mountain pass:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_A_Willowmore2.jpg)


We took a quick break at the Beervlei Dam (well, it was just the wall - wasn't really water on the other side to speak of...)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_A_Graaffreinet.jpg)

From there on to Willowmore where they didn't have unleaded :shock:
So I put in 1 1/2 liter to give us a little extra range, snapped some photos and were off.

These three came to beg, or at least that's what they intended before they met their nemeses in the form of my lovely pillion. Before they knew it they were posing for a photo. Diabolical money making plan thwarted :twisted:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_A_Willowmore3.jpg)

We were kinda wondering about this:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_A_Willowmore4.jpg)

we also bumped into two other beemer riders - two friends with a R1200RT and a 1150GS. They were just on their way back from Leshoto.

We could also see the scenery change a little - more green and becoming a little softer already. I think the couple of 'Poorte' that we went through helped as well.

"As die skraal wind waai oor nguni bosse op die pad buite Uniondale"
We didn't have a 'skraal wind' and I don't know what a 'nguni bos' looked like, but we were surely 'op die pad buite Uniondale':
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_B_uniondale1.jpg)

I like the way the town starts to show a little more of itself as you come down, winding into town.

We got money from an ATM next to this :
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_B_uniondale3.jpg)

I was wondering, this could just be a very promising enterprise - Make the unsuspecting clients like your exotic imported miniature cars, loan them the money to buy it and then use the third arm(s) of your business to sort out some issues if your repayments become, shall we say, 'less regular'.
The Don dunnot alika to be ay leetle uhh irregular, so he shalla we say, maka the problem go away. Capiche ?


We just quietly walked back to our bike and headed down the road. See ? It's not only Ewan and Charlie that end up with the possibility with meeting 'The Family' ... :shock:

We got some petrol at the other side of town (little caravan jobbie next to 3 pumps - you know the place)
Here I got a pleasant surprise: Sauerkraut (heavily loaded and two up) got (with adding that 1 1/2 liters from Willowmore) 17km/l while trying to keep him at 140 where I could (and it was safe). I thought that was purty damn good...
Maybe it was due to the fact that we were descending ?

The owner came from across the road (he's a biker too - long distance scratcher - he's taken his Fireblade from Uniondale to Cape Town in a day to do the toyrun, just to head back again the afternoon. Don't want to think about the speeds that they do). Very nice guy, so we ended up leaving about 15 minutes later with his well wishes. (He was nice, but we stayed a while as we didn't really want to tick him off - might be 'connected' if you get my drift ...)


We gooi'd left shortly after and headed through the Uniondale Poort:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_C_uniondalepoort.jpg)

Through avontuur:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_D_avontuur1.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_D_avontuur2.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_D_avontuur3.jpg)

Then we were greeted by this:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_E_princealfreds1.jpg)

Prince Alfred's pass.

Like so many people have said - there is nothing that can prepare you for the scenery that is just about to unfold before you.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_E_princealfreds2.jpg)

A photo just doesn't cut it:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_E_princealfreds3.jpg)

Note to self - stop taking a leak next to the road when your pillion are ready with a camera...
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_E_princealfreds4.jpg)

You cannot begin to imagine the scenery.
If you or your pillion are 'sensitive' to heights, gets nervous easily or just don't like the idea of riding about 1/2 to 1 meter from the edge of a 20 to 50 meter (by the looks of things) drop with no shoulder or barrier, then you might want to consider an alternative route.
It's not that it is that dangerous, but if I cannot see far enough ahead (or around corners) to see a 'stofstreep' (the dust trail behind a car, not the forum member) coming my way, then I assume that other people are not gonna see me and drive like it is a one way for them. So then I tend to go slower and more left just to be less in an oncoming car's way.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_E_princealfreds5.jpg)

It's been a while since I had a 'distance to height' ratio like this in any pass, never mind a gravel one with this scenery. The place is amazing !
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_E_princealfreds6.jpg)

You have to do this at some point (but you must not be in a hurry - the scenery and fresh air demands your full and unhurried attention.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_E_princealfreds7.jpg)

When we started out our tour, we were going to come back from Dordrecht to Somerset East (family there). We couldn't get hold of them (yeah, that's how well we planned), so we decided the last day in Dordrecht that it was gonna be Graaff-Reinet and Uniondale. Initially I wanted to do Montague pass, but we have done it before. We were looking at the map and saw this (what looked like) gravel road snaking from Uniondale to Knysna, so we decided to take it. Up to that point I didn't realise that this was the same road that Trailrider's Epic tour had The Dogs pass by a couple of weeks before we were there. I thought that things started to look familiar (from the photos that TR, Spook, Soutman and others posted):

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_E_princealfreds8.jpg)

Then this removed all doubt:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_E_princealfreds9.jpg)

Yes, we were 'loering'.

Headed into De Vlugt. I cannot make out witch one of these are "Red's Corner" but it looked kinda familiar:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_de_vlugt1.jpg)

R10 a shot (!) appeltiser in the shade of the the little (and only) shop.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_de_vlugt2.jpg)

The 'tannie' that was there vaguely remembered the Wilddogs, she said. I was thinking she must have had some SERIOUS memory issues while bumping her head a couple of times to NOT have remembered that bunch !
I thought about asking her how far ahead they were and if she think we could still catch up, but I didn't think that her and my sense of humour would be able to find too much common ground...

Little house opposite the road from the shop:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_de_vlugt3.jpg)

On 2nd thought, EVERYTHING in de Vlugt might just be 'opposite the road from the shop'.
I was thinking 'the hills have eyes' at some point (can you tell that I've been away from TV and movies for a while?).
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_de_vlugt4.jpg)

We spent a little more time in the shade of the tree and then headed out.
It's also been a while since I've climbed so high in such a short distance. Breathtaking views all around.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_de_vlugt5.jpg)

Spot the fly fishing dude lower left (just before the river makes a turn).
This is indeed a beautiful piece of earth:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_de_vlugt6.jpg)

Some more gravel highway:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_de_vlugt7.jpg)


Some "just make sure you are not too fast 'round that corner" keep you awake moist road:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_de_vlugt8.jpg)

Next stop was at the t-junction where you can go straight (R339) to Knysna or take the R340 to Plettenbergbay.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_G_knysna1.jpg)

Looking down the R340 to Plett:
(Autumn... gotto love it)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_G_knysna2.jpg)

While Vicky was setting up that photo this is the one I took:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_G_knysna3.jpg)

Some more "Al l?ª die berge nog so blou" :
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_G_knysna4.jpg)

Another stop to appreciate the scenery:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_G_knysna5.jpg)

*Puts on a David Attenborough accent*:
This is where we discovered the footprint of the "Adventurius Wildinium Caninius Gee-essius Anakeeheeus" - More commonly known as the Wild dog Adventure rider. How privileged we were to be in such great company ! :P

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_G_knysna6.jpg)

At a turnoff I decided it was time for some silliness again:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_G_knysna7.jpg)

For those who can't see that far, this is the silliness:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_G_knysna8.jpg)

(Upside down ma ..... ahh never mind)

This is also where we made the biggest mistake for the day: We didn't go down the turnoff that said: "Kom se pad"
:( :cry: :oops:

We were headed for the N2 just outside the Noetzie turnoff. I did not know that the informal settlement that you see there from the N2 stretched so deep in. It was an interesting ride to see all the shacks, houses and 'makeshift' ingenuity on the way to the N2.

From there it was a petrol stop at Knysna and out on the N2:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_G_knysna9.jpg)

We went up the phantom pass and had a last 'rest' before we headed off to a cousin and her husband on a farm just outside Karatara:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_G_knysna.jpg)


Due to dusk setting in and it getting late we decided to take the N2 towards Sedgefield and then turn off to go to Karatara.

All in all it was a lovely day with a very pleasant 'progression' in scenery (for us anyway) from the Karoo to the KleinKaroo and down into the Garden route.
On the 'WEG' forum there was a couple of people that were talking about where your soul are (where would you 'find' it).
Mine is without a doubt in the Garden Route. Even the majestic Drakensberg over the Barkley pass (even though it was more awesome and breathtaking on a bigger scale) could not stir me like the scenery that waited for me and folded open as we came around that 1st bend from Uniondale Poort. The breathtaking view with the added familiarity (and that unmistakable Southern Cape / Garden Route smell) just had me.


Technically the road down Prince Alfred's wasn't that demanding (apart from what I described above). Normal rules applied for our style of two-up riding: Don't accelerate or decelerate too hard as it is uncomfortable for Vicky (and me). So down the pass (and mostly up as well on the other side of de Vlugt) it was 2nd and 3rd most of the time. At times when I could see far enough ahead (especially when you start getting into the plantation area after the Plett turnoff) I opened up a little to 80 / 100, but at that speed you might end up breaking too hard for a corner or some potholes/branches/whatever in the road. And why would you want to race past scenery like this anyway ?

When you get closer to the informal settlement I would suggest extreme caution at not too high a speed. There are anything from (non looking) pedestrians to stray dogs to 'seepkiskarre' to shop trolleys to cattle that can be right in front of you at any bend.

Once again we settled in for very good food, better company and lots to relive from the past couple of days.


From here the plans were: Hang in George the next day, then chill in Klein-Brak from where we would go to Oudshoorn (Robertson pass) through Calitzdorp, Huisrivier, Seweweekspoort and then (eventually) on the N1 and home.

The next chapter will then also be the last.


Until then: Hasta la Vista, baby.
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Stephan on May 15, 2007, 06:12:43 am
Eisbein, am enjoying the report and pics so much I've decided to forgive you for testing my impatience!  :lol:  :lol: Really stunning scenery I agree.
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Oppad on May 15, 2007, 07:31:17 am
Eisbein

This is a remarkable trip with remarkable pics. Loved the Dordrecht, Barclay-East Elliot bit where I spent a lot of my youth. You did not pass through a town called Cala perhaps?

Thanks for putting it together in the way you do.
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 15, 2007, 08:14:47 am
Thanks, Stephan and Oppad for the kind words.

Doing the writeup is also more for selfish reasons sometimes (I relive the trip as I have to think about it and sort through the photos).

It really is a very pleasant bonus if other people enjoy sharing the experience with us (and maybe see some places that they wouldn't have known of otherwise).

I'm pretty sure that more 'dogs are gonna end up in Trailrider's valley after all of the posts about the area. I don't know of another place where you can get all of the different types of scenery, climates, sea, coastlines and roads all within a 100km radius.

The Eastern Cape is amazing and majestic for sure, but it also is a 1000 km away. We can get to the Southern Cape comfortably in a weekend...

Southern Cape / Klein Karoo / Garden Route rocks !
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Extreme Velcro on May 15, 2007, 09:30:39 am
The brooding Gothic pics of the church are amazing - I can just feel the energy !!!!!

Brill stuff all around.......
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Trailrider on May 15, 2007, 09:33:18 am
Quote from: "Eisbein"
Headed into De Vlugt. I cannot make out witch one of these are "Red's Corner" but it looked kinda familiar:
(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t97/wihans/A_F_de_vlugt1.jpg)


Great report!!!

You are standing on the spot. She fell over wanting to turn in there by the tree in front of the shop  :D  :D  :D
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 15, 2007, 09:53:32 am
Quote from: "Oppad"
Eisbein
You did not pass through a town called Cala perhaps?



Can't remember seeing the name - I'll go and retrace again and see...


Again, thanks for the encouraging feedback everyone !
EV, that church feels 150 years old.
I can just imagine being in the UK and all its heritage - a friend of mine was in the church/cathedral where the 1st king of england was crowned. He said it really was something to stand in a church that is a couple of hundred years older than South Africa...

I still want to go. Motorcycle tour from London to Ireland and Scotland...
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Extreme Velcro on May 15, 2007, 10:01:16 am
Quote
can just imagine being in the UK and all its heritage - a friend of mine was in the church/cathedral where the 1st king of england was crowned.


This is something I have such a yen for - a sense of history with all of its glory.  My family is German and when I have visited, there is just this feeling when you walked on the cobblestones of how many others (right to Roman times) have walked before you.  The churches defy description sometimes and although one might hate the system that built them, you can't deny the emotion and the incredible detail that went into them and each thing by a master craftsman and by hand - no machines - OVERWHELMING STUFF !

Ooops, mini hijack there - didn't mean it.  It's just something I cannot get over.  It's given me an idea for "jou ma" so....

I envy you your unbelievably beautiful trip - just plain stunning.
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 15, 2007, 10:09:56 am
Thank you !
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Trailrider on May 15, 2007, 10:11:13 am
Quote from: "Extreme Velcro"
This is something I have such a yen for

I hope you have a pound too  :wink:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 15, 2007, 10:24:15 am
Quote from: "Trailrider"
Quote from: "Extreme Velcro"
This is something I have such a yen for

I hope you have a pound too  :wink:


 :laughing3:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Extreme Velcro on May 15, 2007, 10:30:01 am
Quote from: "Trailrider"
Quote from: "Extreme Velcro"
This is something I have such a yen for

I hope you have a pound too  :wink:


I weigh a considerable amount of pounds (well in my books anyway) - does that count?
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Ratel on May 16, 2007, 12:14:39 pm
Great report Eisbein!!!

Hogsback gets my vote for the bash
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Lootch67 on May 16, 2007, 05:35:08 pm
Eisbein you old thorn!!  :lol:  Excellent report
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Trailrider on May 20, 2007, 05:48:04 pm
Eisbein (Day 3)

Where exactly on the map is this

(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t97/wihans/D_D_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

and this

(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t97/wihans/D_F_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

You said you were on the R67 but then you end up on the R345 that runs parallel to it?

I'm following your report to help with my planning for the South Cape to Sani thing. Also, what is the contact details for the place you stayed at in Hogsback. Are there camping spots?

Thanks!

PS. There are probably more questions to follow...  :D
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Mark Hardy on May 20, 2007, 06:35:16 pm
Wonderful report and pics, what a holiday :)  :)
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Groenie on May 20, 2007, 09:26:28 pm
Great report.

It's great to see familiar areas.The first time I took my husband(Miena posting authorized on Groenies log in) to De Vlugt was on our honeymoon.I spent every December holiday in De Vlugt (as my Gran owns property there and my grandad grew up there) it was just another visit for me.The day we took the pass to Knysna it took us over 2 hours because Groenie stopped around every corner to admire the scenery.I got irritated because I know every turn, but reports like yours makes me appreciate the time I got to spend there.

The photo of the house next to the coffee shop were you came into De Vlugt use to belong to a Doctor(Oom Schalk).He past away a good couple of years ago but lived a secluded live.The house on the other side of the coffee shop to the left that was visible in the photo on Red's mishap belongs to my uncle.If you turn left after his house and go through the river up the hill you will find my gran's farm.The house used to be the outpost on De Vlugt.

Brings back lots of memories.Thanks for an excellent report :!:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 20, 2007, 11:44:43 pm
Again, thanks for the kind responses !

Mark, yeah it was awesome !
Wish we had longer time to 'explore' some of the scenery and places more...

Groenie, dit is altyd lekker om te hoor van ouens wat die w?ªreld ken waar 'n ou deurgery het - bring altyd 'n dieper dimensie in.

- Trailrider - ek sal nou-nou die stukkie van die kaart sommer post. Ek het twee nuwe kaarte gekoop vir die ekskursie, en die pad was net op die een.

"Away with the fairies" is die plek in Hogsback - ek sal die nommer by 'mev. Varkkneukel' kry en aanstuur - watch this space.


Then I've had a pretty rough week - the last report with hopefully be in by tonight...
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 21, 2007, 12:47:58 am
Photobucket is tjooning me grief  :(

The last bit has to wait 'till tommorow.

Sorry  :(  :(

TR, I managed to get the map snippet in though ...

(http://s158.photobucket.com/albums/t97/wihans/despatch_hogsback_kaart.jpg)


Grahamstown, Rini, on the R67 and then just before Fort Brown you go onto the gravel off towards the reserve. The picture is not that clear on my monitor, but it is the greenish "kahki' line that goes off.

The 1st fork you get to (very close still to the R67 still) is this one :
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/D_A_Dubbeldrift.jpg)

At it you 'gooi' left and then at the next fork (unmarked) right. From there its up and down a couple of times, through a couple of gates, through the river, up and out the other side onto the R345.


Dude, I would not miss this part of the world if I was on my way to Hogsback on a bike again.

Ek sal nog werk aan die details oor kampplek en telefoon nommers by Hogsback as Vicky weer wakker is...
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: mango on May 21, 2007, 06:47:32 pm
What a way to spend a holiday...couldn't think of anything better.
So much too see....

Lovely pics and report Eisbein, thanks  :)
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 22, 2007, 12:12:15 am
Ok - here it finally is - the last stretch of our trip. Sorry for the long delay.

Day 11: Bottelierskop road to the R328 over Robinson's pass to Oudshoorn. From there Route62 over Huisriver to the SeweWeeks poort turnoff. Through to about 5 km's from Laingsburg, left on the 'Witteberge' road and through to 'Konstabel' station. From there onto the N1 through Touwsriver, Worcester and home.


We spent the next two days just hanging around at family on the farm in Karatara, in George and in Klein Brak.

The last morning we woke up to (again) a very nice and substantial breakfast in Kleinbrak, packed the panniers and was on our way.

We left on the Bottelierskop road that took us through a bit of amazing scenery before we joined up with the Robertson pass.

This is from that road:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_A_Kleinbrak.jpg)


Some more scenery:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_B_Kleinbrak1.jpg)

The road took us a little higher to show us this:
Hoe lyk dit, Trailrider, gaan ons daardie paadjies in die verte bietjie verken op 'n stadium ?



(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_B_Kleinbrak2.jpg)


The fog on the mountain was rather 'substantial'. The photo looks that way as it was taken over a bump and a little 'skeef', so I rotated it and this was the only way I could get it upright and cropped...
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_C_Robertson.jpg)

I was a little less than impressed as we went over very new tar that shot up and attached it to the gs' swingarm, shaft and collector box...

As we went over the mountain and down at the Oudshoorn side it all of a sudden cleared up. The fog literally 'falling' over the edge was all that was left:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_D_Robertson1.jpg)

We went on towards Oudshoorn where we had coffee and some very pleasant conversation with some friends. We headed off to Calitzdorp where we had the most amazing lunch. 'The rose of the Karoo' - it is very rare that you get 3/3 on price, good service and good food. This place comes highly recommended !

Here's some more 'al l?ª die berge nog so blou' moments:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_E_Oudshoorn1.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_E_Oudshoorn2.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_E_Oudshoorn.jpg)

It wasn't long after the Huisrivier pass that we got to the sign that directed us towards Sewe weeks poort.
I cannot believe that it took me so long to get here. I've always heard about it, but I've never been to it.
Funny how that works. You'll drive by a sign 'on the way' somewhere, read about it, want to do it, but you just keep on driving by. Not this time:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks1.jpg)

This must be a geologist's dream:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks2.jpg)

Turn after turn of amazing scenery:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks3.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks4.jpg)

Look at this formation and textures:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks5.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks6.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks7.jpg)

As so many times before, it is just not possible to describe what it looks like. A photo is also so limited...

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks7a.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks7b.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks7c.jpg)

Artworks that mother nature spent millions of years to make:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks8.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks9.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_F_7weeks9a.jpg)

Time for a quick photostop:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_G_7weeks1.jpg)


What is really amazing is how defined the barriers between the regions are.
From George to Oudshoor you can draw a line from Garden Route to Klein Karoo. You can do the same from there through 'the poort' to get to the Karoo:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_H_Laingsburg1.jpg)

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_H_Laingsburg2.jpg)

Nice gravel highway though:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_H_Laingsburg3.jpg)

Lots of highspeed straight lines:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_H_Laingsburg4.jpg)

A line slinking into the distance:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_H_Laingsburg5.jpg)

And at the end of that:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_H_Laingsburg6.jpg)

And at the end of that ?
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_H_Laingsburg6a.jpg)

I slacked down a little to take this:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_H_Laingsburg6b.jpg)

There are roads that goes from here back into 'warmwaterberg' and eventually to Oubergpass and Montagu.
If we had time I would have gone that way.

We headed towards Laingsburg instead:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_H_Laingsburg7.jpg)

We traded gravel highway for the darker veriety:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_H_Laingsburg8.jpg)

I usually am a fast learner. The lesson about marking territory while someone else have a camera took a couple of times to try and get to grips with.

Ah well:

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_I_Witteberg1.jpg)

About 5k's from Laingsburg you can turn in here:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_I_Witteberg2.jpg)

I don't know if this is considered marking territory or grafiti, but someone decided to leave his mark on the sign:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_I_Witteberg2a.jpg)

A little bit in the road forked and it was again time to look at the map:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_I_Witteberg3.jpg)

We decided that the road with the most traffic signs was obviously the one that we were supposed to take.
This is the scene that waited on us at the top of that little pass:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_I_Witteberg3a.jpg)

Another:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_I_Witteberg3b.jpg)

And another:
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_I_Witteberg4.jpg)

Again a weird 'angle' photo rotated and cropped to show the scenery.
I'm not that into the karoo - I prefer green soft garden route vegatation with high cliffs, tight turns and rock walls all around. Having said that, this place have got a rugged beauty that you cannot dismiss. You have to take your time and take it in. It demands respect and awe.

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_I_Witteberg5.jpg)

This road connects a couple of farms, so it wasn't as desolated as I thaught it was gonna be.
Another higher speed road with the occasional 'slow down' for a 'driffie':
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_I_Witteberg6.jpg)

Some karoo friendliness ?
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_I_Witteberg7.jpg)

For the 1st time on this stretch of road I thought that we 'sustained an injury' on the big GS's swingarm/shaft.
The front wheel picked up a rock of some sorts and flung it into the space between the shaft and the front of the back wheel. I could feel it being pushed through with force. Felt it through the handlebars, footpegs and seat. Some closer inspection revealed that one spoke had a little cleaner mark on it. No marks on the shaft, no wobble in the back wheel. *phew* That was lucky...

(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_I_Witteberg8.jpg)

At this stage we were running out of time so there wasn't many stops for photos.
(http://www.route42.co.za/pics/oldFB/A_J_touwsrivier.jpg)

 We stopped at Touwsrivier for some unleaded and a quick drink before we headed off through De Doorns (two or three of those 'stop/ry/go stops on the way, through De Wet, Worcester, over the pass where there was a moerse prang just on the Paarl side of the old tunnel - it looked like a truck overcooked it on the way towards the tunnel and lost it there. With the memmory of the couple on the GS that died on the way up from the Paarl side on du Toits' not so long ago still fresh I couldn't help but wonder what could have happened if we didn't have that 2nd cup of coffee, or didn't pause to check the back wheel, or didn't stop to check the map, or ...
Shivers down my spine as we went 'round a couple of those bends.

We sometimes are so into the moments enjoying the scenery, the bikes, the company and the road that we don't always realise/remember really how fragile we can be and how short this life can be.

Funny that this was some of the last thoughts that accompanied me inside the helmet on the last 50km stretch home.

With this in mind I came to the conclusion that life is too precious and short to go past those interesting turnoffs and not go in to explore. It also is too short to contemplate the 'what ifs'.

I am here. Now. I've got my health, I've got the bike that I wanted, I've got a wonderfull wife that I not only enjoy spending time with, but who also shares this 'two wheel off the beaten track passion' that I've got.

My life, short and fragile as it might be in the greater scheme of things, is really blessed.


3300 kms and 11 days later we arrived back home again.





Some notes about the trip as a whole:
This was gonna be a two-up holiday/tour from the word go - no way I was going to go at it alone.
As such there are a couple of things that we needed to keep in mind.

- Do not be in a hurry. The fully dressed GS with us on it and luggage was over 400kg. The shocks don't like bottoming out that much and your breaking distances are quite longer. You can also not stand up more than just bracing yourselves, so for the most part short climbs and other rough patches needed to be negotiated with the power and torque of the engine and not by speed/momentum. And if you are outdoors, why would you be in a hurry anyway ?

- Stop to chat/take photos. You'll be upset you didn't afterwards.

- Know your bike, but more importantly, know you bike with a pillion.

- know your abilities with the bike and with a pillion. The only way is to do lots of rides in easier environments two up. Don't do this if you are nervous about riding with the pillion (not the nature reserves parts anyway)

- Your pillion is trusting you with her/his life. That trust needs to be earned. You cannot enjoy a trip like this with a partner that is nervous or don't trust you completely. The last thing you need is a nervous pillion that shift some weight (or try and 'help' balancing) on some unexpected time.

- Lastly, make sure your bike is in good order and well maintained. You also need to trust the bike and its reliability.
Don't buy a bike and then leave on a trip like this 26 minutes later. I cannot praise the big red GS enough. It behaved flawless through lots of circumstances. Bulletproof and predictable.

I can also not ask for a easier partner/pillion.

Varkkneukel oor en uit...
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: MrBig on May 22, 2007, 09:19:58 am
Very nice thanks Eisbein.
It was an absolute delight to read your report and share your experiences.

 :)
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Watty on May 22, 2007, 09:31:04 am
(http://www.greatsmileys.com/image/grey%5E_%5Everdana%5E_%5E3%5E_%5E2%5E_%5EVery+nice+report%21%5E_%5E.gif)
Wanneer is die volgende een?
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 22, 2007, 10:01:53 am
Thanks, everyone !

Writing about it also made me relive it again.


Special thanks also to Watty, Trailrider and Captain Slow for advice on the area and ideas of where to ride.

Watty even phoned me and we had a lekker chat about what's potting in his area. I tell you - you can spend 3 months in the area between George, P.E. , Hogsback and Uniondale and not see a quarter of what's to experience there.


Cheers !
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Trailrider on May 22, 2007, 10:48:08 am
Where is it?   :shock:  :roll:  :D

(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t97/wihans/A_I_Witteberg1.jpg)

Hehe.

Nice report! You better be back in this area soon. It's close enough!
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 22, 2007, 11:13:28 am
Quote from: "Trailrider"
Where is it?   :shock:  :roll:  :D


Hehe.



En dit was nie eers koud nie !

Maak net seker ek mis die ATGATT ...   :D  :D  :roll:


Quote from: "Trailrider"
Nice report! You better be back in this area soon. It's close enough!


Jy wil nie weet hoe graag nie ...
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Kev on May 22, 2007, 04:43:15 pm
Enjoyable report.... thanks!  :thumbleft:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: MuttsNutts on May 22, 2007, 05:35:02 pm
Wow guys awesome, I recognise a lot of the Barkly photos, having a spot there and all, thanks for sharing  :D
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: wino on May 23, 2007, 06:49:50 pm
A+, loved it (a couple of times :oops: )
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: gsjoe on May 23, 2007, 06:54:25 pm
Excellent report, it's clear you both enjoyed it thoroughly.

ps. Glad to see the pillion seat is properly inaugurated and getting good mileage, thanx for the beer :wink:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on May 24, 2007, 08:41:50 am
Quote from: "gsjoe"
Excellent report, it's clear you both enjoyed it thoroughly.

ps. Glad to see the pillion seat is properly inaugurated and getting good mileage, thanx for the beer :wink:


Make no mistake about that  !

However, I'm pretty sure that the seat will give us some longer lasting pleasure than what the case of beers did for you !   :P  :D  :D

Thanks for all the comments.

W
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: chrisB on May 24, 2007, 08:13:58 pm
Fantasties!!! :wav:  :wav:
Title: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Butch on May 27, 2007, 06:15:45 am
Eventually got time to read it...  :oops:

Flippennel, Eish. Restecp!!!

Moerse kief foudies en 'n lekker storie.

:thumbright: :thumbright: :thumbright: :thumbright: :thumbright:
Title: Re: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Bring It On on April 10, 2011, 02:56:30 am
Hi there Eisbein,

Finnally got around to going through your RR. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful experience with me. The way you wrote everthing along with all the really Gr8 photos,... made for a truly riverting read!!! :thumleft: :thumleft:

Very happy for you guys, that you had such a wondeful & memorable trip. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on July 06, 2017, 02:25:27 pm
Ok so I just went through the pain of downloading my photos from Photobucket (one by one mind you as the 'download album' just doesn't work) and then uploaded it somewhere else before modifying the posts here to point to the new location.
It was quite a pain to wade through the pop-up ads on the 'free version' of Photobucket.

Least I can do for my effort is to selfishly bump this RR to get a bit of free press out of it

:biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Title: Re: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: daveh on July 06, 2017, 06:38:25 pm
Wow tanks for sharing again. Did quite a few of those roads earlier this year and it brought back good memories.
Title: Re: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Slim Jim on July 08, 2017, 06:56:51 am
Awsome RR ,  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Oubones on July 08, 2017, 08:32:00 am
Thanks, nice trip and it always makes me jealous when the wives ride with as mine won't.
It is always good to not pass a turnoff if it looks interesting.
The karoo has it's charm and garden route a different one.
One day you must try Noneking's area in eastern tvl if you haven't , it does the same type of contrast if you go up towards giyani and then Venda and those mountains are just amazing!
Ideas for a future trip. :pot:
Title: Re: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Grappa on July 08, 2017, 01:06:41 pm
Excellent RR, even after 10 years
Title: Re: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 08, 2017, 07:09:13 pm
I missed this one, what a beaut!

Photos, write-up all done so well!
Title: Re: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: landieman on July 09, 2017, 08:08:52 am
WOW,how did i miss this one
Title: Re: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Andr 660 on July 09, 2017, 08:50:45 am
Baie goeie rapport en fotos.

Title: Re: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Andr 660 on July 09, 2017, 09:12:00 am
More Eisbein

Sorry, maar my kommetaar het ek gestuur voordat ek klaaar geskryf het.

Ek is spyt dat ek nie die rapport twee jaar gelede gelees het nie, want ek het hopeloos verdwaal onderweg na Double Drift.

Geen gps of kaart, ry maar op gevoel.

Wie is die familie wat op Somerset Oos woon?  Ek ken n paar Somersetoosers.

Nou wag ek met belangstellling vir jul volgende vakansie  :3some:.
Title: Re: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: eSKaPe on July 17, 2017, 07:44:35 pm
Lekka RR thanks, glad it popped up again!
Title: Re: Two-up adventure tour from WC to Rhodes and back: Complete !
Post by: Eisbein on July 18, 2017, 12:21:47 pm
Thanks for the comments all
:)


Geen gps of kaart, ry maar op gevoel.
Was hoe ons dinge op daardie stadium ook gedoen het.
Kaart ge'scan' en die dag se roete so groot as moontlik op A4 geprint en dit in die bokant van die tankbag.
:biggrin:


Wie is die familie wat op Somerset Oos woon?  Ek ken n paar Somersetoosers.

Hulle is nou al weer in P.E., maar was 'n paar jaar daar.
Karen en Alethia (Botha) is my niggies.