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Title: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 15, 2011, 09:20:42 pm
Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia by Cave Girl and LeonDude

After months and months of planning, this is the route that we plan on taking. Our schedule is flexible, and we plan on just following our noses more than our GPSs. The planning route looks a bit rough, because I posted many waypoints to force the gps to go where I wanted it to go. The planned route would be about 4000 kilometers.
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This is the actual route we took on day one.
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Day 1
Coligny to Warrenton

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We leave early in the morning after Slakkie, at whose house we were leaving our car and trailler, made us some departing coffee. With fully loaded bikes we make our way out of the quiet little town.
It takes a bit of time to get use to the fully loaded bikes, but we soon set into a comfortable pace and quickly reach the little town of Ottosdal, where we take a picture of our bikes in front of the church. Taking pictures of my bike in front of churches in the little town became a bit of a hobby with me at some time.
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Then Cave Girl asks if we can turn back to the cemetary because she thought it weird that such a small town should have such a big cemetary.
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The dates in the cemetary explains its size, they go right back to early 1900.
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And angel on a grave.
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We have a coffee in the cemetary and then push on through Wolmaranstad.
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The gravel has a few sandy patches, and we take some time to find our gravel feet.
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Getting off the dirt just before Bloemhof we hit what was to be the first of many stop and go roadworks for this trip.
After some more gravel just South of the Vaal river we stop in Christiana just after 2 oclock for a lunch and a beer.
The church in Christiana
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This day was to be the first day of only two days that we had a beer with our lunch.
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The rest of the trip we did not drink anything before parking our bikes for the night. The only other time we had a beer with our lunch was at Kenhardt Hotel, where Eeton is a difficult character to get away from.
But back to todays riding, after a nice lunch, served with speed usually unknown in small towns at Lillys Grill house and pub, we head out again to Warrenton.
That night we sleep in what feels like a very dangerous campsite and is called Transka campsite, but in the end I dont think we need to have worried. The ablutions were clean and locked, we were the only campers and were given the key to the ablutions, so we had them all to ourselves. Probably the most dangerous thing around that evening were the two bikers drinking beer on the first night of their long journey.
The campsite
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We spend the evening with the bat detector turned on listening to the echos of the bats and talking about the day past, and the trip that lies ahead.

A note by CG read The one thing I have realized is If I let Leon ride 200 300 meters in front of me then I tend to look up better (Higher) and because I cant actually see his bikes movements or line I can/do pick my own line and ride my own ride.



Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Cave Girl on November 16, 2011, 12:56:16 pm
Tahnks for taking the trouble fo do the RR   :thumleft: - really sorry I lots the camera!
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 17, 2011, 08:14:56 pm
Day 2
Warrenton to Prieska

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I had wanted to leave our overnight spot at seven oclock each morning, but this morning we leave at 8. This was to become the norm on this trip, and I quickly made peace with it. Its worth it to take the extra time in the morning to make sure you have a good breakfast and that the luggage is packed correctly on the bike, instead of stopping to try and correct things once your days riding has gotten under way.

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We want to change the route a bit, but after ending at a locked gate we make a thirty kilometer detour skirting Kimberly to get back on route, and of course ride straight into a stop and go. We do take the time to go to a site of glaciated rocks along the road.

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That is one of the main things about keeping our days riding distances short we can stop at interresting points along the route instead of just shooting past like we sometimes do.
We also start wearing our water vests (Hydravest) to take off the heat, much sooner than planned, as we had actually brought them along for the trip through Namibia. They work wonders, and keep us cool for more than an hour before we have to wet them again.

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We visit the confluence of the Orange and the Vaal rivers, a site Ive only seen in the distance from the opposite bank two years ago.

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I also piss myself off no end when, getting off my bike wrong, I drag the steel tip of my boot over my tank and leave a long bloody scratch in the paintwork. Idiot.

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Because of the detours and stop and go situation we have to skip some dirt to make up time. When we do ride gravel the roads are in excellent condition though, and the patches of thick gravel beds hardly bother us. Even on the second day of the trip, I am really enjoying the fact that I went for training with Hoofseun, it makes the riding easy and I have a lot less work to do to keep the bike true than on previous big trips.
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Late afternoon we roll into Prieska. After having a quick look at the municipal campsite we get the hell out of there and find a B&B that will allow us to pitch our tent on their lawn for the night. We spend a wonderful evening next to the campfire, what a pleasure.

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Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 17, 2011, 08:45:52 pm
Day 3
Prieska to Karasburg

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We have a long road ahead of us today, we have to do 510 kilos from Prieska to Karasburg. I plan on taking it easy and sitting out the heat of the day in a pub in Upington.
We hit the N10 and Im going easy, but ten kilos out of town I notice that CG has gone from my rear view mirror, so I pull up and wait for her.
I used to go back to check on her, but we decided that she would stop for pictures wherever she wanted to, and I would rather just wait for her instead of going back all the time.
This time though, it takes her a long time to get to me, and her bike is sick. It will rev to about 2 thousand revs, then fart and burp and refuse to rev higher.
The broken bike
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We have no choice, the luggage comes off and the toolkit comes out and I set to work. I check the fuel line, then take of the plastics, seat and tank and replace the spark plug. Now note that Prieska is not a cool town, and Im shedding clothes as far as I go. Everytime I change something I have to put the tank and fuel lines back before I can test the bike, and it takes forever. Eventually, having run out of options, I decide I want to drain the carb float bowl, and miraculously I discover an allan key that will fit in my toolkit. Just as miraculously, the bike fires up and goes after the float bowl is drained, and I feel like a genius. Unfortunately this whole episode has cost us two and a half hours, and we are now well behind schedule. Thats not really a problem though, our schedule is flexible and and we can sleep in Upington if we arrive there very late.

Stopping at a dam to wet our hydravests
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The Orange river just before Upington
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But we set off and push just a bit harder than I had wanted to. There were a few stop and gos, but they never kept us up for long. At the first stop and go CGs bike wont start, but I dont tell her its because I pulled the clutch switch out while testing earlier I just wait until shes not looking and then put the switch back he he he.

We stop briefly in Groblershoop for cooldrinks and to be begged at, then push on.

We get to Upington at around the time I had actually wanted to leave there, so we just stop for Ice and cooldrinks and to be begged at, then push on.
Being begged at would become a constant irritation on this trip, and on more than one occasion a begger almost came short when he approached a hot and irritable biker.

The road from Upington to the Namibian border
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The tar road from Upington to the Namibian border is in good condition and border formalities are quick and painless, and pretty soon my bike is parked with its arse in South Africa and its nose in Namibia. Its always a fantastic feeling, taking your bike into a new country and unknown territory for the first time. 

Playing around on the border line.
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We head on and at the Nam border the formalities are also quick and easy, and then we head off to Karasburg, elated to be riding in Namibia.
In Karasburg the plan had always been not to camp, so we find the Karasburg Hotel and settle in for the night. Unfortunately for us the hotel has just been sold and the ex owners are not really looking after the guests anymore, so the rooms and food is not up to much. But the beer is cold, and that is what matters to most to us.


Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Frannarossi on November 18, 2011, 02:27:22 pm
Lekker man LeonDude :thumleft: .Did you get your camera back or were these pics taken with another camera?
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: RobC on November 18, 2011, 02:41:40 pm
Great RR... :thumleft:

For the tank... get some neoprene sheet like I did. :mwink:
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 18, 2011, 02:51:34 pm
Lekker man LeonDude :thumleft: .Did you get your camera back or were these pics taken with another camera?
It was Cave Girls' camera that went AWOL, we never got it back. These pics were taken with my camera. CG bought a new camera in Port Nolloth, so from there we have pics from her again.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 18, 2011, 05:01:59 pm
Day 4
Karasburg to Hobas

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Early morning in Karasburg sees us ready to tackle the first dirt road. With the recent threads on the forum about Namibian dirt roads Im a bit sceptical about what we will find, but we make our way down to the Spar where CG goes in to buy ice for our camelbacks and some other supplies while I guard the bikes while being begged at.
While waiting for CG, I go over the bikes and check for missing bolts etc but everything is in order, the bikes are ready for Namibias dirt. Until, that is, CG comes back and mysteriously, by rear wheel has deflated itself.

Oh well, we were expecting this and Im prepared, so we unpack the kit and out comes the puncture repair stuff and after strapping the bike to a pole I set about fixing the puncture.

Inspecting the damage
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How to strap up a bike
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This turns out to be a messy job as the valve had torn out of the tube and the fuggit was everywhere. I toss the tube with the torn out valve and replace it with a new tube. Now for the lucky bit, there is a petrol station with a pump a mere twenty paces from me where I can inflate the tyre.
After struggling for a while to set the bead I hear the fain sssssss of air escaping. This leads to the reason for the torn out valve theres a nail in the wheel and Id ridden the bike while the wheel was flat. Really irritating, but there is nothing for it but to remove the tube again. We decide to replace the tube with our last spare and to patch the now punctured tube later.

So once again, we leave town much later than we would have hoped.
Right outside Karasburg we hit our first sandy riverbed, and immediately I start having serious issues with my riding. Im not enjoying the riding, because Im constantly on the lookout for sandy patches. Appart from that Im tyred after repairing two punctures, and it takes us until the heat of mid day to reach Ais Ais.

Gravel roads
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A short hop on tar
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Back onto more gravel.
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Its only on the twisties going down into Ais Ais that I finally start enjoying the riding. Forget about everything you might have read about Namibian dirt highways what you want to do here is keep your eyes open for the little drifts every few hundred meters, because the gravel in some of them is deep enough to catch you out. The road going into Ais Ais is spectacular though, well worth the ride down.

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At Ais Ais Im surprised that they simply let us in. It is sweltering hot inside the canyon, and we head straight for the restaurant for some cooldrinks and something to eat. After eating we wet and put on our water vests, then to the garage to fill our bikes with fuel. At the garage another biker comes in on a Yammie Tenere, but simply gives us a look and continues on his way.
We fill up the bikes and buy a big bag of ice for the Camelbacks. After filling the camelbacks and the coolerbag there is lots of ice left. In the sweltering heat we decide we will have to look after our ice carefully, so to keep our ice warm we stuff it into our pockets. CG stuffs some down the front and back of her now wet water vest. Into every part of our clothes that does not need to stay dry we pack the ice. Then we leave Ais Ais and head out of the valley, but before we reach the plato all the ice we had so carefully pocketed had melted and even the wet patches are gone.
On the way out the sun was right above us, and I was to learn that this is a dangerous time to be on the road in Namibia. You simply cannot see the road surface to read what is happening. They were scraping the road, and under the glare of the sun I did not see the high sand berm that the scraper had left lying in the middle of the road, and I came very close to riding into this berm without warning. It could have made for interresting times.

 

Once out of the valley I was much more comfortable on the dirt, even though the roads were not in as good a condition as I had been led to believe they would be. Still, I now enjoyed the riding and the road to Hobas disappeared quickly.

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A kilometer or two out of Hobas I was to have another scare as I came over a little hill and the road dropped sharply below me, with an even sharper drop just as the road made a slight curve at the bottom. I was doing a good speed, and from the top the road looked in excellent condition but I had read it completely wrong, it was covered in marble like pebbles, and I found myself sliding all over the place on the stuff. Its one of those moments where you just have to look up at where you want to go and trust in your bike. But still it leaves your underpants worried about the rest of the trip.

Hobas
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The price they wanted to charge me for wanting to go to the lookout point left a bad taste in my mouth, and I told the guy its a rip off and walked out of his office. Seriously, its just a view and its not going anywhere, and the ablutions at the lookout point are out of order.
That night it took a lot of talking to myself to get back into the right frame of mind to enjoy the trip, but by the next morning I had decided to enjoy the trip come what may.

Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs – Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Heimer on November 18, 2011, 05:07:25 pm
I have never paid to go see the canyon. You just go. There are no gates

Nice RR b.t.w.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 19, 2011, 02:49:04 pm
Day 5
Hobas to Kokerboom forest

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By now were joking about what is going to go wrong with the bikes today, but strangely this morning everything goes well with the bikes.

In the morning I send CG to negotiate about the entry fee and she got us a 30% discount so we were off to the viewpoint.

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There is nothing that can be said for the viewpoint at Hobas, except that these pictures really are not good enough. Like all really good sites, it is something you have to go and experience for yourself.

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From there it was back to Hobas campsite to buy ice and cooldrinks for the road, and then we set off for Seeheim. Strangely, I found that the secondary dirt roads were in a better condition than the main dirt roads, I suppose because they are used less. What was bad was the clouds of dust that the cars and plentiful tourist busses kicked up.

Namibia is an unforgiving place death is close by, and carcasses dry out quickly.
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On the road we met Helga and Bruno, two Europeans cycling through a part of Africa. They were very friendly and allowed me to take their photo, but I did not want to keep them up, because cycling through the hot sun in Namibia is hard work. They are going down to Cape Town and then up our Eastern coast, and we wished them lots of luck with their journey.

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CG had a lot of dust to deal with behind me, and kept a good distance away.
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At Seeheim we stopped at the Hotel and after getting some cooldrinks and cooling off we found out they could decant fuel for us, so we could fill up on our way through to our camping spot.

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(Somewhere along the line I had made a calculation error on Mapsource, and a route that was supposed to be over 400 kilos turned out to be under 300 kilos. Ill have to speak to my computer about this abbarant behaviour. It meant we carried a lot of unneeded fuel.)

From Seeheim we shot through Keetmanshoop to the Quiver Tree Forest (Kokerboom woud) where we were supposed to camp for the night. At their reception I got the price for camping which would include the entry to the forest and the Giants playground and quickly agreed to it. Well, that was just as quickly overruled by CG who had decided on better beds for the night and promply got us an igloo to stay in. Nice place, with an aircon included.
We set off and went and played in the quiver tree forest, but not for long because the lady had said they would be feeding the Cheetahs at 5 oclock. That was to be a bonus for us.

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The Cheetah feeding was great. The lady allowed us in and we got to take some great pics, and it was an experience I will always carry with me. We even got to pet the one Cheetah, something that CG just couldnt get enough of.

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Ah yes, something was bound to go wrong with the bikes!
Back at camp I want to move the bikes for some reason, and this is where I find a problem. CGs bike has a flat battery. No problem, I think as I take out the electrical cord to jump start her bike from mine. Its only then that I find out that my KLR does not have the power to start CGs bike. After trying in vain for half an hour we call in the help of a car and quickly the bike is running again.

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That night we make a good size fire and take time to sort out our kit, all the time running up a sizeable bill by making use of the well stocked fridge in the flat.

Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: eSKaPe on November 19, 2011, 03:22:07 pm
Looking like a great RR so keep it coming L
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: captain jack on November 19, 2011, 03:42:05 pm
lekker :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: ChinaPete on November 19, 2011, 03:46:23 pm
 :thumleft: thanks for posting
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Laban on November 19, 2011, 04:07:50 pm


Thanks Dude  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: laurika on November 19, 2011, 04:23:30 pm
great adventure, lovely write up...you two have such fun!  :thumleft: thanks.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 19, 2011, 04:33:00 pm
Day 6
Kokerboom forest to night camp

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We get up early and go see the sun rise at the Giants Playground, and I get to take some nice photies while playing with the sun coming through various cracks and crevices in the rocks

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On the way back from there to camp we pass the Cheetah enclosure and I see the cats walking next to the fence.

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After stopping for a few photos I take off again, and as always keep my eyes on the road. Back at our possie CG is very excited. Apparently, the moment I took off on my bike, the one Cheetah gave chace, racing after me. So there you have it, Ive been chased by a Cheetah!

After booking out we head into Keetmanshoop for petrol and some supplies. While watching the bikes outside the shop I befriend the local streetsweeper who surprises the hell out of me by not begging for money. We have a long chat, which he interrupts every time someone walks by to greet them, often by name. When I ask him where I can find some empty two litre coke bottles for extra fuel he quickly produces exactly what Im looking for, and we have a great chat as he tells me a bit about Namibia.
We fill up our bikes and the fuel bottles and buy a take away breakfast, then head out of town to eat the breakfast. Soon we are on the road again and at Seeheim we again fill the bikes, just to be on the safe side.

Just outside Seeheim, crossing the Fish River, a big thud hits me in the throat, immediately followed by a hot burning sensation. Man, dont you just hate it when that happens! Grabbing at my buff to stop whatever it is from stinging me again I quickly get off the road and start pulling off kit with the usual Damn theres a wasp in here somewhere feeling.
The German tourists must have been very ammused when I stomped that little shit into the ground with my boot!
 
Some way further west we take the D463 South towards the Fish River Canyon. The plan is to ride to a spot in a dry riverbed and camp there for the night. The road is not too bad and we make good time, eventually stopping for an hour under the only shade tree for miles around to have a rest before continuing on our dusty way.

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Close to the canyon the road becomes more and more sandy, with long gravel beds lurking every few hundred meters.

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We get to a watercrossing, in the middle of the desert. I remembered seeing this on mapsource, but had never expected to find water in here.

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CG grabs the cameras and walks across, leaving me to bring the bikes through. Its quite deep, and when I put my feet down on a rocky part my boots are immediately filled with water. Usually I would have hated this, but in that hot desert my feet for once thanked me.

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CG meanwhile is using my camera to take pictures of me coming through the water, which is a blessing because its at this water crossing that CG somehow manages to lose her camera.
We did ask some guys to go look for it, but they took a different route and did not find the camera. Its a real shame about our photos, so if you hear about a camera found near to the watercrossing on the D463, we only want the photos on the card, the camera can be kept.
After the watercrossing we decide to go on for a while more as its a bit too early to set up camp yet. After another few kilos we start looking for a campsite. Bypassing a few likely looking spots, all the while riding the long sandy and rocky riverbeds, CG comes face to face with the sandmonster. This stuff is thick sand filled with large pebbles, not the easiest stuff to ride.

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I rode this particularly bad gravel bed for about a hundred meters around two beds. The moment I got out of it I got off the bike and started walking back, wanting to make sure that CG was doing ok, only to find her trapped under the bike two turns back.
After lifting the bike off her I take the luggage off and get the bike upright again. CG had twisted her knee badly, and was in a lot of pain. No pics of the off, but when your GF has an off in the middle of nowhere you dont think about cameras.
She can hobble along a bit, so I tell her to walk to the end of the graveltrap while I carry out her luggage. Its freaky hot and I sweat like a pig in my gear while I carry the panniers out, then walk back for the bike. I tie the last bit of luggage back onto the bike and ride the bike out.

I know we wont be able to continue for the day, so I tell CG were camping right there in the riverbed. To make sure that I dont make things too easy for myself I try to ride CGs bike up the riverbed to hide it behind some trees. Id barely left the graveltrap when the bikes rear wheel sinks down to the axle in the soft riversand. I leave it standing there and we only dig it out after Id put up our tent and set up camp. In the meantime I move my bike off the riding line in the road and park it where it will be safe in the graveltrap.


By this time CG had decided that shed probably be able to ride the bike, so our situation is not too gloomy, and we spend a fantastic evening under the wild Namibian sky, where there are so many stars that you cannot see the nightsky for stars.

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We even had a little sand snake come visit our campsite.

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Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Crossed-up on November 19, 2011, 04:54:27 pm
Real adventure stuff, LD & CG!  It was good to meet you guys on the road after the Bash.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Firesquirrel on November 19, 2011, 05:04:10 pm
Lekker julle twee... laat mens wens daar is meer tyd in die jaar ........  lyk soos awesome trip... :ricky:
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Loneman on November 19, 2011, 05:54:56 pm
Lekker man, sien uit na die res.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Panjo on November 20, 2011, 03:49:27 am
Guys, awesome adventure. I love Nam. Beautiful country. Great RR,  you two are Legends. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 21, 2011, 04:05:45 pm
Thanks guys, Day 7 coming up.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 21, 2011, 04:22:45 pm
Day 7
Night camp to Bash Venue

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I get up before five in the morning, with some urgency to get the show on the road. Cave Girl had to get up during the night for pain medication, so Im not at all sure how the days riding will go. Initially her leg is stiff, but after excersizing it for a while she finds she can move without too much difficulty, as long as she doesnt bend the knee too far.
I try to do most of the work to pack up camp and get the bikes loaded, but CG doesnt go down easily and she helps with everything, so by seven we are ready to roll out of there.

Knowing full well that we cannot afford another off, I tell her that we are not going to ride the gravel beds anymore, we will paddle the bikes through them. This goes fine for the first gravel bed, but its hard work. The second gravel bed is longer, and paddling through it drains our energy. We have no alternative but to ride them. We still take it slow, but riding through the sand instead of trying to paddle them makes life a lot easier.

After less than an hours riding I suddenly hear an almighty noise behind me, and Im not at all surprised to find that its Jules and wife Li overtaking us at Jules usual mad pace.
They stop and pull over for greetings and some photos. It turns out they had camped very close to where we had camped. Jules tells us that hed actually stopped at the point where CG had gone down and pointed it out to Li you really couldnt miss that big piece of farm that now belongs to CG.

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On the whole gravel road, we were only passed by one truck, and Jules and Li. That really is a desolate place, where houses are scattered few and far between.
At some stage a cold front sweeps in from the west, and we have to stop and put on warm clothes. This is much more pleasant than trying to keep cool, and I think we were both glad for that cold front. For now, that is.

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The riding in the morning is once again spectacular. With the mountains to our right and more open ground to our left this really was a great place to ride through. We concentrate hard on the road though, because the little gravel beds are well hidden and will catch you out if you dont take care.


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The rest of the road to where the gravel road meets the tar C13 goes without incident. We turn left on the tar road and head South to Rosh Pinah, where we try for the first time to buy coffee at a Wimpy. We are unsuccessful though, the Wimpy is closed down and we have to push on. So far on this trip, we have not had one meal or even a coffee out of a Wimpy.
Just south of Rosh Pinah the tar road runs out, and after signing it at some security gate we take the road through the Ais Ais National park. This road starts off with a sign that warns that the road is in a very bad condition for 80 kilometers. The sign really did not disappoint us, but unfortunately it was not good at all. It is true that the scenery on the road was very good, and the roads twists and turns along the Orange river with high mountain sides to our left. But, the road was very badly corrugated and just no fun to ride at all.


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At one point we pass a person sitting in a car that had rolled, waiting for help to come. I decide not to take a picture of him, it would probably not make him feel any better.


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After eighty kilometers of bone jarring corrugations we get back to tar, and its a beautifull road, still twisting along the Orange, but now with lush green vineyards between the river and the road.

Soon though, we reach the little town of Noordoewer, and after filling our bikes with petrol we run through the quick Namibian border formalities and head back over the river and into South Africa. Here we wait a bit longer because theres a big family crossing over into Namibia, but once we get helped it goes quick again, Im sure it was not more than ten minutes once we got helped at the first counter to when we were finished.
From there its a hop, skip and a jump to the bash site, where we take a bit of time to locate an empty site and set up camp. Then, of course, the kuiering broke out in full, and Im sure you have read more than enough about it on the bash thread!

In case youve noticed that my GPS track sometimes has bits missing, its because the batteries sometimes die. I dont like looking at the GPS much when Im riding, (I keep my eyes on the road!) so sometimes Ill do a few kilometres before I notice that the GPS is dead.

Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 21, 2011, 04:36:24 pm
Day 8
Bash Day

Im not going to tell you much about the bash, as the bash thread has enough of that, but Ill add a few of my photos here.
Bash day was, however, our rest day and the day that I had to do maintenance to our bikes and camping stuff, and CG did a whole lot of washing and other things.

This is what CGs air filter looked like after shed followed me on dusty roads for a week. Im sure her bike was a bit relieved to get that filter swapped out!
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Kamp KiLRoy, with some of the usual suspects.
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Camp Commander KiLRoy himself.
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So the morning passed quickly, and then it was time to get the groot kuier going again.
We knew we had a far road to go the next morning though, so even though we kuiered hard, we kept our drinking down, and actually went to sleep quite early.

Stoetie entertaining us with some superb impersonations.
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Misty and eSKaPe having sundowners on the river
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The beautiful view from the bash site.
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Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: DRAZIL on November 21, 2011, 04:48:30 pm
fantastic trip you both had. :thumleft:
Good to have seen you and Sharon again. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 21, 2011, 05:17:42 pm
fantastic trip you both had. :thumleft:
Good to have seen you and Sharon again. :thumleft:
Thansk Drazil, hope we see you soon!
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 21, 2011, 05:18:06 pm
Day 9
Bash site to Port Nolloth.

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Sunday morning we pack up carefully and say our goodbuys to the guys at the bash, then roll out of the campsite and head North.

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The plan is to ride through the Richtersveldt on a path that LuckyStriker had told me about in the planning thread. On this path I was to re learn a lesson youd think Id know by now. The lesson is simply this what one person sees as a good path is not a good path for the next person.

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Not knowing the condition of this path, I had miscalculated how far we would be able to ride for the day, and instead of sleeping at Die Houthoop that night, we only made it as far as Port Nolloth.

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That path was for the most nothing more than a 4 X 4 track that ran for hundreds of meters through pieces of dry riverbed, climbed over hills as steep as that of Mafefe and down again. The path itself was boulder strewn and I found myself paddling my bike over some of the more gnarly stuff. A few times I had to take CGs bike through some of the rougher patches, but mostly she rode it herself.

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After seven days of riding our confidence was great, and even though we found the path challenging we were enjoying it tremendously. At one point I came flying around a corner a bit too fast and hit a sand patch, almost losing the back wheel. I managed to keep it going though, and took the next left bend at the end of the sandy patch and then looked for a level piece of ground to stop and tell myself to cool it before I got hurt. I got off the bike and took off my helmet, and immediately noticed that CGs engine was quiet. I walked back around the bend and there she was, once again resting next to her bike. This time the only injury was to her pride though, and the bike had landed on the berm so it was standing almost straight up, and we quickly righted the situation and continued on our way. Once again, I did not take any photos of the bike lying down, I was far too concerned about CG.

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CGs bike has been lowered, and of course this was to have a bit of a consequince. At one stage, on a particularly rocky and steep uphill, she parked the bike on a stone on the bashplate. It was a bit of a dance to get her off the bike and me onto it, and then I still had to take the bike back a bit so that I could clear the obstacle to the left as the bike was just not high enough to climb over the step up. Once again Grootseuns training took over, and after struggling to get the bike into first I could slowly let the bike run back bit by bit, while all the time CG was shouting at me that I was going to go over the edge and fall into the ravine if I went back even one more bit. I almost dropped the bike, but fortunately CG helped me keep it upright, then I got going and squeezed the bike through a little gap in the rocks and we were out of trouble again.

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In the end, the track took the two of us two and a half hours to complete. That is two and a half hours to do fifty kilometers from the bash site to the end of the track. (The track itself is about thirty kilometers long). I rate that track amongst the top ten of the best rides I have ever done, and if you are ever in the vacinity and your bike skills and bike is up to it, it is a must do. Even Cave Girl, although she needed a bit of help from me, thought that it was one of the best rides she had ever done. The scenery is spectacular, and I promise you my photos just cannot do the area justice.
At one point we stopped and were passed by two other bikers coming from the bash, who quickly stopped to enquire if everything was ok. Thanks for stopping guys, its always nice to know that the dogs care about each other.

And so we hit the end of the track, and turn North once again to Eksteenfontein. This road turns out to be extremely sandy and corrugated.

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By this time we hardly notice the sand, but the corrugations will forever be an issue. In Eksteenfontein, which is just a collection of houses, we find a guy on a superbike screaming up the road with no kit whatsoever, not even a helmet. And when I say road, I use the word loosely.
If they have superbikes here, the road to Alexander Bay must be in very good condition, we tell each other, but apparently he got that bike home on the back of a 4 X 4. Right after Eksteenfontein the bad stuff starts again, up and down and in the riverbed, its as if were back on LuckyStrikers path again. This time I dont have to help CG with any of the obstacles, but the condition of the path slows us down again, and by the time we hit the main road we are very, very late.
Its past three when we eventually get to Alexander bay, and were tired and hungry. Its
Sunday afternoon too, so we find the only open caf and buy a loaf of bread and a tin of bully beef for CG and a tin of Sardines for me, then we head off to the mouth of the Orange river for our next goal of the trip, to visit the western most point of South Africa. (Earlier this year wed done the Northernmost point).

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Stupid bloody Vaalie, playing on the beach in full ATGATT.
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There we eat our lunch at half past three, and somehow I let myself be talked into riding the hundred or so kilos to Port Nolloth by CG. So back on the bikes we go, and we hit the slab down to Port Nolloth, which we reach, after once again stopping to put on warm clothes, about an hour before sundown. Once again Sunday afternoon bites us as all the restuarants are closed. We book ourselves into the hotel in a room with a balcony overlooking the ocean, and spend a fantastic time having sundowners and taking as many photographs of the sun setting over the Atlantic as we can. Then we have a shower and head down to the hotels restaurant, where we blow our budget on supper.

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What a sunset!
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I really enjoyed the bit of Port Nolloth that I saw while I was there, and would like to go back to spend a few days there.

Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Cave Girl on November 21, 2011, 05:47:12 pm
Port Nolloth was stunning and I just wish we had an extra rest day to have been able to spend a few more hours there!
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs – Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Heimer on November 21, 2011, 05:53:44 pm
I did that same road a few years ago and can confirm there are few things that compare to reaching Port Nolloth, some beers and the cool west coast ocean after traversing the richtersveld.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Crossed-up on November 21, 2011, 05:58:22 pm
You were lucky with the weather in Port Nolloth.  It's usually either fogged-in or sand-blasted.  But, yes, it's a cool place. I don't know if there's still a golf course on the salt pan.  You could drive the ball for a kilometer and had to use a bakkie to get around.  The balls were painted bright colours so you could find them.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: theotherguy on November 21, 2011, 05:59:02 pm
lekker ride LD and CG.
just found the RR now,  and am glad i did.
keep it coming.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 21, 2011, 06:42:24 pm
Nice one CG and LD.
Jip that's the spring on the farm Huns.
This how I looked like in April of this year in the same drif. The mud just caught my frontwheel and I went down.
Drowning my R5000 camera!!!! Let it be known this driffie has a camera fetish!!!! :deal:
Also note that I was still under my bike when my fellow WD and friend first took a pic before
coming to help me!!!! Dankie Stofdonkie!! :thumleft:

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Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: GRUNT on November 21, 2011, 06:50:31 pm
Very, very nice! this is adventure riding at its best :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 23, 2011, 05:52:13 pm
Day 10

Port Nolloth to Springbok

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Early in the morning we make coffee and take it down to the beach, where we spend some time just chatting on the rocks.

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 Before we leave town CG stops to buy some painkillers for her knee which is still hurting, and in the pharmacy she comes upon a good camera which she buys, so now she can take photos again.

Some photos of our bikes, sporting stickers from all over place.
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We were supposed to have spent the previous night at Die Houthoop after hearing many good things about the place, but having only reached Port Nolloth we were a bit off our track, and changed the route accordingly, deciding to slab it to Springbok and then on to Augrabies falls where we would spend the night.
A few kilometers out of Port Nolloth we find two bikers next to the road. I pull over to see if I can help, and its the two bikers that had stopped to find out if we were ok in the Richtersveldt. One of them is just pumping a bit of fuel out of a fuel reserve, so all is well. Sorry guys, I did not get your names. I hope you guys had a safe journey further.
We leave the guys and head out again, but I soon find that CG is missing.
I stop and wait for her, and once again she shows up with a sick bike. The bike is doing what it had done outside of Prieska. This time I go straight for the draining plug on the carb, but this time it doesnt work, the bike wont rev higher than two thousand revs. So once again the luggage is undone and I start faultfinding as I go along, eventually replacing the spark plug after once again stripping off all the plastics and the petrol tank.
Nothing, nada, the bike just wont rev. We decide to limp further to the next town, hoping we will be able to find help there. The next town is Steinkopf, and if you have ever been there youd know there is nothing there but a few houses.
However, when CG tries to start the bike it refuses to start. It just makes a weird sucking noise. Now Im going to find the fault, I think as I try to find the sucking noise, but unfortunately I trace the sucking sound to where I had forgotten to re attach the fuel line and suction hose after testing. Miraculously, when I re attach these the bike suddenly fires correctly, and I tell CG to go for gold while the going is good.
We roll into Springbok at around lunchtime.

Springbok comes as another pleasant surprise to me. I had always thought of Springbok as a dusty town on flat plains where the sun will kill you if it finds you alone. Instead it is a beautiful little town nestled in the mountains. We have lunch at a restaurant and then head out for Augrabies.
About eighteen kilometers out of Springbok Cave Girls bike starts acting up again. Its doing the same thing spluttering and caughing above two thousand RPM.
We decide to limp back to Springbok to find a garage that can have a look at the bike. Back in Springbok we ride the broken bike all around town, but there is no bike shop and nobody else is prepared to have a look at the bike. Its getting late, so we find a camping spot and CG starts making arrangements to have the bike traillered.

Because of CGs bike being broken I have to go buy supper that night, and cant resist taking this photo. Yes, you get disabled Harley riders even out in Springbok.
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I make phone calls to try to find out what the fault can be, and with a bit of encouragement from CG decide to strip the carburator. Now you have to understand that Ive never done this kind of thing before and Im very apprehensive, but I keep on bugging my old mate Groenie for advice over the phone and eventually find a bit of dirt in one of the jets.

Groenie, I got trouble mate, this thing aint going anymore
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Wait, wait, I think those thingies are whatsanames. Do you remember how it looked before I took it apart?
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This looks like that jet thingy Groenie was on about! Let me just take it out and try to look good for the camera.
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Little did I know that this was in fact the idle jet, not the main jet. I also found a surprising amount of grit in the float bowl.
Surprisingly, when I put everything back together the bike roars into life.

GENIUS, IM A GENIUS! She is going!
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I take it for a spin to town where I try to buy a fuel filter, but not one of the shops have one, and Ill have to wait for morning to get into the Midas.

I go back to camp and we have supper, another excellent meal prepared by CG.
On that note, I must say that having CG along on this trip was a treat when it came to mealtimes. This must be the first trip that Ive been on where I came back fatter than when I set out. There were veggies EVERY night.

We spend some time exploring with the scorpian light, and find this little critter.
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We also find this old camping van. Not sure if its a Venter though.
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During the night the wind starts blowing a gale, and by morning our weight inside the tent is the only thing that is keeping it on the ground. Some gusts are so strong that the tent bends down until it almost touches us.

Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 23, 2011, 06:25:23 pm
Day 11

Springbok to Augrabies

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In the morning the wind is howling, there is a thick mist that is threatening to turn to rain and its freezing cold. CG cancels the call she had made to have the bike transported, and after packing up camp we head out to town to buy a fuel filter for her bike, which I promptly install right in front of the Midas.


With the cold front upon us we were to spend most of the day doing battle with the wind, until at last we rode out from under the storm.
Im going to have to admit right from the start that this was not the most interresting days riding as far as roads and scenery was concerned. What was interresting was how much I was stressed about CGs bike. Riding kilometer by kilometer while stressing about a bike is not fun. It was only once we had passed Pofadder that I started to relax, knowing that if we had to phone for help we could at least be given a lift to Upington or somewhere where there might be a bike shop that could fix the bike.
Pofadder was exactly the small dusty town that I had expected it to be, right down to the two dusty bikers filling up with petrol in the dusty street. Ok so the two bikers were us, but we had to colour in the picture, right?

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Scenery and wildflowers along the way.
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My fears were unfounded though (or so I thought) and we reach our destination, the Augrabies National Park, quite early in the day. Here CG decides to treat me to a comfortable bed in a chalet because of my efforts with her bike, and after a bit of shopping for supper we do the photo thing at the falls.


Look, you cannot see the waterfall in photos, you have to go there yourself.
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I really wish they would fix that boardwalk, its sad to think that South Africa is letting one of our natural wonders go to waste like that. I wonder what the visiting guests from other countries think about us.
At sunset we let fly with our cameras and take about a million photos of the red sunset.


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Then its time to light the braai fire and get some food going.


Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 23, 2011, 07:01:25 pm
Day 12
Augrabies to Verneuk pan

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Another early morning photography session gets under way as we watch the sun rise over the falls. It surprises me that so little of the other visitors are up and watching the sun rise. Watching the distant hills change colour with the rising sun is fascinating.

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We have a long distance to cover to Verneuk pan, so we head out early, but not before I do a bit more work on Cave Girls bike. The bike is making a strange clacking noise when she goes over bumps, and I trace the fault to the centre stand hitting against the linkage knuckle. I fix the problem by slitting open a length of fuel hose and tying it around the offending metal centre stand with cable ties and once again were ready to go.

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The gravel road from Kakamas to Kenhardt starts out very badly corrugated, but soon turns to good road and we make good time, with plenty of stops. The wind is picking up again however, and I can feel the cold front that we had outrun from Springbok is catching up to us.

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In Kenhardt I go straight for the hotel. Ive read many stories about what a wonderful person the owner is, and I want to meet this Eton person for myself. Im disappointed though, because Eton is not there. There is the usual beggar hanging out in front of the hotel and I dont want to leave my loaded bike there. CG stays with the bike while I go hear if there is a safe place to put the bike. At the bar a friendly and helpful lady tells us to take our bikes round back, where there is a gate and a dog. The gate is as high as my knee and the dog actually lifted its head up to look at us before going back to sleep, but with our bikes parked I decide that we can at least have lunch at the hotel.

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We order a beer at the bar and CG goes in search of the toilets, and while she is gone a guy wearing overall pants and a shirt comes into the bar, heads straight for me and hes cruising.
Where are you guys from? he asks and I immediately know Im speaking to Eton. He introduces himself, and by the time CG arrives were knee deep in conversation about motorbikes, bike trips and other stuff. As I order lunch from the lady behind the counter Eton calls his wife on the cellphone and orders her to the bar.
Jy moet kom, hier is kuiermense!


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Needles to say the kuier dragged on, and when he eventually had to go to the kitchen to prepare a sheep for the spit for a function, it was with strict instructions that when we finish eating we grab another beer and join him in the kitchen. This we duly did, and it was with a sad heart that we eventually departed from the Kenhardt hotel. The place had lived up to its reputation, and if you want a really good chat with a fantastic host, give Eton a visit.

Our names now on the wall of the Kenhardt hotel.
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Eton also phoned the people at Verneuk pan to find out if they were there, and they told him that the key would be in the tyre.
We head out of Kenhardt to Verneuk pan, and now the wind is really blowing. As we take the dirt road we immediately encounter thick, thick sand. After the first gate the sand gets worse, as does the wind. At some point we encounter a biblical plague of locust, and I spend some time chasing after the little guys with my camera.

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Some shots from CG

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After the second gate the sand becomes less, but by now were tired and taking it slow. The road from then on was actually in a good condition, and once we enter the pan, after five gates in total, the road is solid pan road, and if it wasnt for the wind that was by now freezing cold and howling at gale force, we would have enjoyed it.

At the turn to the pan we decide that we dont see ourselves riding another twenty kilos in that wind to go to reception, and there is no cellphone signal, so we find the key in the tyre as instructed and go straight to the camp site. The campsite is deserted, it is only the two of us there.
If youve ever been to Verneuk pan you will know what the boma looks like, with the bar like counter, the fridge and so on. Well to get out of the wind, we pitch our tent behind the bar like counter. We then stack our luggage on the side of the tent to try to ward off more of the wind. Once camp is set up we challenge the wind on foot to go and look at the bell, after which we dont stay out too late. Its cold and unpleasant, so we crawl into our tent to wait out the windy night.

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Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 23, 2011, 07:05:47 pm
Ok, having some editting issues here, that photo of the church is obviously the church in Kenhardt, not the hotel!
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Crossed-up on November 23, 2011, 08:42:24 pm
Ok, having some editting issues here, that photo of the church is obviously the church in Kenhardt, not the hotel!


To each his own religion!

That was AntonW and me that you met in the Richtersveld.  I'm sorry to hear about your troubles.  We were also in Springbok that evening and might have been able to help.

Enjoying the RR.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 23, 2011, 09:09:34 pm
Ok, having some editting issues here, that photo of the church is obviously the church in Kenhardt, not the hotel!


To each his own religion!

That was AntonW and me that you met in the Richtersveld.  I'm sorry to hear about your troubles.  We were also in Springbok that evening and might have been able to help.

Enjoying the RR.

:thumleft:
Next time, I think I would like to spend a night on that path, just to experience the desolation of the place.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Pistol on November 24, 2011, 11:08:14 am
Lekker LD and CG :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: DJ on November 24, 2011, 11:54:19 am
Nice trip and great RR, thanks for sharing.  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 25, 2011, 06:35:06 pm
Day 13
Verneuk pan to Postmasburg

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Our original plan was to spend a night camping in the ghost town of Putsonderwater, but because we are a day behind schedule we decide to head straight through Putsonderwater with only a stop for coffee and make up the days riding to Postmasburg.
When we get up in the morning the wind has died down, and we are faced with a pleasant day.

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We quickly pack up camp and then take the bikes out to the bell for some more photos, then head out of the camp.

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Here were faced with a problem, as we havent paid for our camping yet and we dont want to waste the time riding to the reception. We leave some money in the tyre, and when we get to the tar road CG tries to call the reception but gets no answer, so she leaves a message on the voice mail.
The road out of the pan is a pleasure to ride without the wind, and we quickly find ourselves on the main dirtroad. Id decided to change our route, so firstly we head back to Kenhardt and then turn to Putsonderwater. CG has been dreading this road because the last time she was on her way to Putsonderwater the roads were in a very bad condition. (That was during the Boegoeberg bash two years back).


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The road from Kenhardt to Putsonderwater is in excellent condition though, and in no time at all we are making a cup of coffee in the ghost town, on the patio of one of the unused houses. Its my first time in a ghost town, and seeing the empty buildings is as spooky as the words ghost town implies.


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This guy was eating lunch. We were wondering if hed simply stuck his neck into the big can of food he was sitting on.

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Topping up the oil again
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But after coffee we head out for Postmasburg.

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Id done a lot of research on our route, and the sleepy little village of Postmasburg seemed like a great location. There were a few B&Bs, a campsite and hotel, and not much else. On the way there things look a bit odd though. The road is not a simple dirt road, but is well maintained, and I see a lot of mining vehicles in the area. On approaching the town there is a massive new extention of grand (although fake) Tuscan houses going up.
We take a quick pic of the bikes at a town marker and head up the first tarred road we can find. Coming over a little rise I see a sight that no biker wants to see ahead of me, lying horizontal in the road, is a dirt bike. I drop a gear and race to the bike, where the owner is rolling around next to the road in obvious pain. His friend is standing over him, obviously very concerned. It turns out to be a wheellie gone wrong, and after making sure that the guy is just bruised and not dying I feed him some painpills and we take our leave.
Now our own trouble starts. We quickly find out that both the hotel and motel is filled with no spare place. We try the municipal camp site, but its a bug infested piece of land right next to a swamp, where the ablutions are long past their sell by date and almost non existant. Every B&B in town and in the surrounding area is booked full.
It turns out that three new iron mines had recently opened up around the town, and every spare bed in town is being taken up by a contractor of some sorts. Its now late, almost dark, and wed gone a long way that day. After speaking to some of the inhabitants of the municipal campsite we decide to bed down there for the night. If we can camp in the wilderness in Namibia, we should be able to hold out for one night in this campsite, we tell ourselves.
Leaving me to pitch the tent and sort out camp, CG heads off to buy supplies for a braai. I chat to some of the other camping denizens, who turn out to be extremely friendly Namakwalanders. Lekker people, and after I convince little Martin to sit on my bike while I take photies of him I start to relax a little. Theres few things that gets me like the excitement of the little ones when they get given a chance to sit on the big bike!

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After a while though, I notice that CG is taking longer than usual to get back. After almost an hour Im starting to get really concerned, and Im just considering giving her a call when she comes into the campsite by pushing her bike.
I hurry over and push the bike the final few meters to our possy. It turns out the bike had started with its trouble again, and had finally died just up the road. I try for a while to revive the bike, but soon realize Im wasting my time.
We consider our position. We are on the homeward stretch of our trip, with only two days riding to go, and all the time were heading home. CG calls her backup company again, and after a few discussions and a bit of negotiating we arrange to have the bike traillered to Vryburg. Sadly, our riding together has now come to an end, as we realize that the next two days will be all about getting the sick bike back home.

Although our situation that night is a bit bleak, we still enjoy the company of the Namakwalanders, and we have good food to eat, so we enjoy our last night camping.

 


Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 28, 2011, 05:06:30 pm
Day 14
Postmasburg to Vryburg
There is really not much to be said about this day except that it was not a pleasant day. At nine sharp a guy named Tiger comes to pick up CG and her bike. Hes a massive but friendly guy, and the bike is quickly loaded on the van and secured, and they head out to Vryburg.

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Having learned her lesson about accomodation in Vryburg, CG phones her daughter Pebbles to arrange a sleeping place in Vryburg, so by the time she gets there they go straight to the B&B and unload.
I myself have a false start when I leave town only to realize I need fuel so I have to turn back. Then when I hit the road its filled with cars, trucks and one stop and go after the other.

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It was my own decision to forgo the gravel route in the hope of getting to Vryburg early in the hope that I could perhaps ride through to Coligney to pick up the trailler, but it was not to be.

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By the time I hit Vryburg Im hot, bothered and not really in a good mood, and it takes a beer and a shower to cool me down a bit, and by then Im not going anywhere.
When its cooled down a bit we walk to the shop and get some supplies, and then we get down to some serious kuiering and kakpraat around a fire. Once again, we make the best of a bad situation, and spend a lovely evening together.

Day 15
I head out of Vryburg to Coligney and immediately a strong crosswind slows me down to a crawl. After being blown into the oncomming lane at least twice I decide to rather play it safe and drop my speed right down, and it takes me four hours to ride the two hundred kilos to Coligny, which is mercifully stop and go free.

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In Coligny Slakkie is waiting for me and helps me load my bike, gives me coffee and listens while I try to tell him about all our adventures. Then I hit the road back to Vryburg to pick up CG. She, in the meantime, had decided that were going to spend the night at the B&B again, so that I would not have to ride home that day. Its a wonderful decision, and once again we source some great supplies for a braai and, now that its our last night on the road, we kuier deep into the night.

The next morning there is nothing left for us to do but to pack our stuff into the car and head home, with a fantastic trip and a massive adventure behind us that we are still trying to tell all who will listen.


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Some stats
The trip was, give or take, about 4000 kilometers.
Punctures two. Of which one was self inflicted.
Breakdowns Six of which one was self inflicted.
Wimpy food and drinks consumed ZERO.

Were still trying to find out what is wrong with CGs bike, because its an intermittant fault and will go away for a whole thousand kilometers before returning.
My own bike though performed flawlessly. At one stage I lost the gears because the tensioner on the clutch cable had worked itself loose, but that was no great issue. I really hope my bike will last me for many years to come, because its a bike that I know very well, its easy to work on and simple to understand.

Thanks for once again sharing a great experience with us now please get out there and have some of your own!


Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: terminator1 on November 28, 2011, 05:13:06 pm
jus okes, what an amazing trip! Love the pics and narrative. Jealous.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 28, 2011, 05:31:49 pm
Packing

We took a lot of care in deciding what was going to come on this trip and what was going to stay, and in the end very few luxuries accompanied us.
The one thing that could really have stayed at home was the dried food we took with us. Wherever we went, there were either a shop at or near to the place where we camped, or there was a town en route to where we would camp that night. So next time we will only take one emergency meal. (A tin of Pink Salmon if I know CG).
Even CG took only minimal clothes, and she ended up doing most of the washing up of clothes every night. When it turned un expectedly cold we did stop at a shop so she could buy a warmer top.
Our bedding consisted of a blue high density foam mattress for me, and both a high density foam mattress and a blow up mattress for CG. We each had a sleeping bag, and CG had a sleeping bag inner that was a bit strange, because some nights I would be freezing and use the inner while CG was fine, and other nights CG would be freezing and use the inner while I was fine. A luxury here was the sheet to cover the mattresses and a fleece. Mind you, having to ride a whole day after a bad nights sleep is not nice, so maybe the extra bedding should not be seen as luxuries.
And absolute necessity were the pillows. After our last trip I vowed not to tour without one again, and CG made us small pillows just for this trip an absolute must have.
We also took the bat detector and a scorpion light because we both like looking for critters, and I took my jewellers loupe. I sent my jewellers loupe back with the stuff that went back with Jules though, deciding that any rocks I collected I could study at home.

Knowing that we were going to have the bash in the middle of the tour meant that we could ask someone with a car to take a clean set of everything down for us. Jules had said he was going to trailer to the bash site, and very kindly took a full change of clothes, some bike spares (air filters) and other stuff down for us. Thanks Jules, it was much appreciated.

We also took two tents on the ride, so that we could sleep in one tent and stuff all our luggage into the other tent, but we only ever used the second tent one night, so that also went home with Jules. It just takes too much time and effort to put up an extra tent at night, which then have to be folded up again in the morning.

We did take two of those little fold up chairs, and these were used extensively. Yes they are a luxury, but the comfort that they give while camping makes them worth taking along.


Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Cave Girl on November 28, 2011, 05:46:23 pm
Nothing I can add - thanks once again LD for doing the report  :)
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 28, 2011, 05:57:37 pm
Great trip you had LD and CG. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: africanSky on November 28, 2011, 05:59:45 pm
Awesome trip and RR, thks for  sharing :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: LeonDude on November 28, 2011, 06:12:47 pm
Thanks all, and a special thanks to those that helped with the planning of the whole thing. ChrisL, Ama Ride Ride, LuckyStricker, Mother, Jules and everyone else that whose name should be here but that I might be forgetting.
The input you gave on the planning thread was great.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: HB 9 on November 28, 2011, 06:20:36 pm
Thank you for sharing! It just shows that one is responsible for your own adventures.
Excellent trip!
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Crab on November 28, 2011, 09:07:19 pm
Excellent RR, I have really enjoyed reading it.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: BabyBeemer on November 28, 2011, 09:25:05 pm
Nice trip and RR - and even better shared.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: BMWPE on November 28, 2011, 10:25:07 pm
Great trip and report  :thumleft:
Well done
Thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: frans1 on February 14, 2012, 08:51:55 pm
Hi great trip and thanks for shearing it with us!!!!
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: wolfman on February 15, 2012, 12:21:02 pm
Awesome trip LD & CG. Very impressed with CG's riding skills in the Richtersveld! Thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Jacobsroodt on February 15, 2012, 12:43:24 pm
Thanks for the wonderful report :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: XXL on February 17, 2012, 05:50:51 am
Very nice RR. Thanks
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: Swift on February 17, 2012, 08:05:42 am
Hi Guys, nice RR, thanks for sharing. Makes me look worward to mine in April.
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: dieseldawie on May 02, 2019, 07:33:16 am
@SydneyAds . Adam check this route and Report from Leon
Title: Re: Rides, Reflections and Repairs Year end bash via Namibia
Post by: SydneyAds on October 12, 2019, 08:51:11 am
@SydneyAds . Adam check this route and Report from Leon

Got this, thanks Davie. 

Great report Leon!