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Title: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 06, 2012, 07:15:49 pm
THE ROAD TO HELL ...and back

PART 1

I hate riding with a GPS – I think it takes the adventure out of adventure biking. For me this gadget is like a crystal ball – it tells you exactly what is coming and precisely how to get there – I think that too many of us are too caught up at looking at the little picture on the screen rather than looking around at the big picture all around us.

BUT I must confess that I do have one and I do take it with on rides – I use it as a “safety blanket” if I need to follow the “breadcrumbs” and track back to get out of somewhere or find an easier way out if the shit hits the fan. I also like to mark waypoints of interesting and unusual places so that I can find them again.

The idea for this trip started in March last year – 3 of us (Kneelo, Travolta and I) were wandering around Namakwaland – lost but not hopeless. I had been there before and was riding in front – bopping along and taking every little goat track I could to get closer to the mountains and ultimately find a way over them to the Orange River.

That day was hot – we had left Springbok at 8 am, filled up at Steinkopf and soon hit the dirt to begin our adventure. In 5 hours we had only covered 20 odd km when we stumbled upon this

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-QpFcTrT/0/L/42-L.jpg)

It looked a little different than some of the other paths we had ridden – there was lots of rocks and it was fairly steep – I thought the river should be just over the top – what the hell let’s go see

It quickly turned into this

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-vrNf9mT/0/L/3-12-L.jpg)

and this

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-2jLqp7s/0/L/2-12-L.jpg)

with a bit of this

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-Ld8DnZT/0/L/1-12-L.jpg)

only to find this

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-w3PX3xN/0/L/4-11-L.jpg)

WTF ?

The Road To Hell – I thought it was a fable - up until then it was only something I had ever seen on a T4A map with a NO ENTRY sign next to it.

I was shivering with excitement and told the guys we had to go down there.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-kdzwk9X/0/L/5-11-L.jpg)

200 metres later it was quite clear that this was not going to be easy – we held a quick board meeting and decided to retreat and turn around.

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I hit the MARK button on my GPS to record the waypoint – I had to come back here....

Fast forward one year and Michiel starts making noises on this forum about this road and how he would like to go there – little did he know that it was almost all I had been thinking about since we decided to turn around. Like a red flag to a bull I jumped at the chance and invited myself back to the “hell road” as we called it

Berserker joined in first, then Rovrat, See Duiwel next followed by Heddles, Nismark and Dustdevil – all in all we were now 8 bikes and riders - plenty e-mails were exchanged, permits were bought and bikes were prepped

Michiel and his HPN 663

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-pP3KLXB/0/L/31-L.jpg)

Dustdevil on his HPN

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-DHrMTVn/0/L/30-L.jpg)

Rovrat and his YaKTMaha

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-ZphxSTJ/0/L/34-L.jpg)

See Duiwel on a 990S

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-z2RV86B/0/L/32-L.jpg)

Nismark on an XT660R

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-z99d8cS/0/L/35-L.jpg)

Berserker on his XR650R

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-rSj46Tc/0/L/33-L.jpg)

Heddles on his newly acquired “ex Edgy” SE

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-s7p9b9M/0/L/36-L.jpg)

and yours truly, Powerflow Justin, on my SE

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-Np9vTrM/0/L/29-L.jpg)

We met in Citrusdal at 7 AM on Friday 27 April with 4 days of awesome Africa in front of us

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(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-2p5gvSZ/0/L/8-8-L.jpg)

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-q3KKGv5/0/L/11-2-L.jpg)

We hit the road just after 8 AM – the West Coast Trail from Lutzville to Hondeklipbaai was waiting for us

To be continued...
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back
Post by: JustBendIt on May 06, 2012, 07:38:27 pm
sorry all - it seems my links to the pics are not working so lekker

hang in there - I am working on it

SORTED - thanks Moondog
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Post by: Rynet on May 06, 2012, 07:41:24 pm
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Post by: xTzar on May 06, 2012, 07:44:30 pm
Man I want to come riding with you guys!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on May 06, 2012, 07:52:00 pm
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Post by: MX Junkie on May 06, 2012, 09:04:33 pm
 Subscribed........:happy1:
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Post by: Triple Trompie on May 06, 2012, 09:12:26 pm
Cool, looking forward to the rest.
We going down there this coming August, but on 4 wheels.
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Post by: Skipskop on May 06, 2012, 09:14:50 pm
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 07, 2012, 12:59:45 am
I remember the forum talk about this road. Looking forward to the rest!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 2 now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 07, 2012, 06:21:13 am
PART 2

The plan was to ride from Citrusdal to Tiergrot (a natural cave in the Richtersveld about 20 odd km into Namibia) – a distance of nearly 800 km

Some of us filled up at Citrusdal. These HPN’s have nylon tanks that can hold 45 litres which gives them a range of 700 km – WOW! and I thought a range of 500 km on my SE’s 30l Safari Tank was good.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-Q68QdZ6/0/L/9-8-L.jpg)

We had a good 60 km of cold wet tar to ride to Lutzville – Dustdevil nearly saw his gat 30 minutes into the trip when the knobbly tyre on the back of his HPN let go and he did some impromptu drifting – I was right behind him and held my breath as he masterfully steered into the slide and caught it

Berserker was leading the pack and took us to Lutzville. Everybody filled their bikes to the brim and we hit the sand in the direction of Hondeklipbaai

Nismark and Heddles

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-TKzWnqS/0/L/13-2-L.jpg)

I am certainly no lover of sand and am quite kak at riding in sand, especially on a big bike. Berserker had told me this road was no biggie and all would be OK

The sand came thick and fast – I tensed up and immediately backed off the throttle – mistake number 1. I realised I was talking to myself in my helmet and shouting STAND UP LOOK UP OPEN UP over and over. The bike took over and the front wheel lifted above the sand and floated along – the faster I went the easier it was. I had 6 BMWs in a row before this KTM and nothing had prepared me for this – I think the suspension on the KTM is so good it’s like cheating – I soon saw triple figures on my speedo

The West Coast Trail runs no more than 100 metres from the beach all the way to Port Nolloth – it is one of the most stunning and amazing roads I have ever ridden. It is a thick sand road that is frequented by fisherman and 4X4 enthusiasts but only a few bikers – there are some nice fast bits with hard packed sand and some equally slower and more technical bits with lots of thick fine beach sand – fortunately today was cool and the sand was damp which made it easier to ride – I would not like to ride this in the middle of a boiling hot summer’s day

The stunning West Coast

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-pK5xQX7/0/L/14-3-L.jpg)

Rovrat passes me

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-jBXLLVp/0/L/15-3-L.jpg)

Heddles however was not having much fun – he has been off dirt bikes for 20 years and had gotten a little rusty. The sand had got inside his head and was making him zig and zag all over the place and lie down frequently – I know the feeling

Notice the many footprints and which way the bike is pointing

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I stayed with him and rode behind him, chuckling cruelly at the flailing arms and legs every time he hit a really soft patch and fought the bike to keep it upright. Most of the time he won but sometimes he lost – and went down. I was right behind him and stopped regularly to help lift the bike and his spirits. One of the falls knocked the wind out of him and cracked 2 ribs but did not break his spirit – Heddles soldiered on and cracked a smile.

We were moving very slowly – it was now past 2 pm and we had only covered about 100 km
Berserker turned around and came to look for us. He swopped bikes with Heddles and took over the 200 kg SE giving Heddles the 130 kg XR to ride. Heddles’ eyes lit up – he loved the Honda and soon we were bopping along at a fair pace and Heddles was quickly turning into a sand riding god – the fatigue, cracked ribs and the big SE were not working but on the XR he was as graceful as a ballet dancer

We made good progress and soon joined the other guys who had stopped to wait for us. Everybody knew were not going to make it to Tiergrot today and the plan was changed to rather overnight at Hondeklipbaai – still a fair distance away.

At Groenriviersmond we split up – Michiel, Dustdevil, Rovrat and Nismark hit the “sandpad” and dunes along the coast while Berserker, See Duiwel, Heddles and I would take the “easy route” inland and then we would all meet again in Hondeklipbaai

The “easy route” soon turned into my ultimate riding nightmare -  thick soft red Kalahari type sand on a very narrow tweespoor track with a middelmannetjie of fynbos flanked by more thick fynbos on both sides of the road - there was no room for error here.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-GgGDhF6/0/L/18-2-L.jpg)

My SE and I were working hard – I was fighting to keep it upright – this sand was cruel and relentless – the bike’s fan was on permanently and I was revving the kak out of it and going nowhere slowly.

Heddles was tired and sore – the lightweight XR felt like it had put on weight and had a mind of its own – we stopped frequently to pick ourselves and the bikes up, drink our water and rest.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-QC35f3k/0/L/17-L.jpg)

We passed through some farm gates and I started to get my sand rhythm back and gain some momentum and was clocking about 50 – 60 kph. I saw a flock of sheep in the scrub far away on my right when all of a sudden a black and white female Dorper sheep shot out of the bush on my left straight into my path.

I hit her hard. Fucking hard.

The bike stopped suddenly and I flew over the bars and landed on my head and left shoulder – EINA! I quickly stood up, all dazed and confused, and saw the sheep wriggling in the sand, voiding its bowels and bladder in a torrent – I felt really kak ! I had never hit an animal before on my bike – it was horrible. I instantly remembered our Lesotho trip in 2007 when Gravelmad hit a steenbokkie and broke its front leg – we had to kill that little guy with a penknife on the side of the road – it was not lekker.

See Duiwel pulled up next to me and saw what had happened – he immediately shouted “Jy moet ry boet – die boer staan daar onder by die hek en hy is nou hier en dan moet jy kak en betaal vir die vokken skaap!”

I was too shocked and stunned to move. I went after the sheep which had limped into the bush and quickly caught her. I knelt on her and felt her back and legs – nothing seemed to be broken and there was no blood. The sheep did not even bleat and seemed to be enjoying the massage. Heddles helped me carry her back to the road so See Duiwel (the only real boer farmer amongst us) could take a look and give his professional opinion (he is actually a grape farmer but a farmer nevertheless)

The sheep stood up and looked at us and started to walk perfectly – no limp. See Duiwel said “Moenie worry nie boet – jy’t net hom a lummy gegee !” I laughed with relief.

See Duiwel has pics of this that I will post when he sends them to me.

Time was marching on – it was getting late. Soon we would lose the sunlight – we had to get going again.

Berserker and See Duiwel mounted up and rode off – they  made it look so easy – they f%$&d off into the distance and rode like men possessed. Heddles and I continued kakking off.

The sun set a good 70 km before Hondeklipbaai . See Duiwel roared off ahead with his HID lighting up the night. Berserker’s XR had blown its bulb and he had no light – he rode the last hour and a bit in total darkness – RESPECT

Heddles and I stayed together and limped into Hondeklipbaai – we met them outside town and rode in together. See Duiwel led us to a guest house called the Honne Hok and we were welcomed by Attie with a cold beer.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-CkGK66r/0/L/19-L.jpg)

It was 7:30 PM – we had been riding for almost 12 hours. I was totally stuffed. 

We had no idea where the other 4 okes were ...

To be continued ...
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 2 now up)
Post by: White Rhino on May 07, 2012, 06:42:13 am
Altus made it through to the GKG and told us about this trip - RESPECT - The sand monster had a field day :biggrin:

Great RR - Thanks :thumleft:
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Post by: Dwerg on May 07, 2012, 07:09:18 am
 :happy1:
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Post by: GRyPH on May 07, 2012, 07:35:52 am
 :happy1:
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Post by: Mark Hardy on May 07, 2012, 07:41:41 am
I'm in for the ride  :thumleft:
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Post by: J-dog on May 07, 2012, 07:45:36 am
 :headbang:
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Post by: heti on May 07, 2012, 07:46:56 am
Nog!!  :drif:
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Post by: Pistonpete on May 07, 2012, 08:16:14 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: 8)
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Post by: subie on May 07, 2012, 08:24:15 am
Nice RR.  :thumleft:
Ek hou van sandpad ry net nie daai poeier waarin bike wegsink en jou enigste opsie is om die bike te laat "plane" soos n boot bo op die sand. Elke wegtrek dan n komedie show omtrent  :mwink:
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Post by: Dusty Rusty on May 07, 2012, 08:24:30 am
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: wacko on May 07, 2012, 09:08:10 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: HB 9 on May 07, 2012, 09:08:42 am
Great thus far!!
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Post by: Bernoulli on May 07, 2012, 09:38:11 am
 :happy1:
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Post by: Gat Slag on May 07, 2012, 09:55:34 am
 :happy1:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 2 now up)
Post by: Snafu on May 07, 2012, 10:09:09 am
Great stuff. I always enjoy your writing PFJ.

BTW, the Aussies can teach you some stuff, damn sheep shagger :)

Looking forward to the rest
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Post by: lifeofgareth on May 07, 2012, 10:12:39 am
Yes, looking forward the rest and it would be best for all concerned if you stopped shagging those sheep Justin.
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Post by: Heddles on May 07, 2012, 10:24:27 am
The size of the eyes of both the sheep and of Justin.. There was no shagging going on there buddy.. Ha ha ha.. Big surprise for both.. Lol!!!!
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Post by: bradleys on May 07, 2012, 10:47:07 am
More please..........
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 07, 2012, 10:53:57 am
 :drif:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:


The size of the eyes of both the sheep and of Justin.. There was no shagging going on there buddy.. Ha ha ha.. Big surprise for both.. Lol!!!!

 :laughing4: :imaposer:
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Post by: edgy on May 07, 2012, 10:56:54 am
Fantastic stuff....my bikes having a lot of fun out there! :thumleft:
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Post by: Heddles on May 07, 2012, 10:59:56 am
Ha ha ha.. Yeah Buddy.. It is.. Love that thing to bits.. Need to spend more time in the saddle though to become the expert.. But enjoying it all the same..
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Post by: Rickus on May 07, 2012, 11:00:45 am
sub
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Post by: Fargo on May 07, 2012, 11:07:32 am
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Post by: Pietcoke on May 07, 2012, 11:20:01 am
Sub.

Very nice report so far..................waiting for the rest, :thumleft:
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Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on May 07, 2012, 11:24:04 am
Sub .................
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Post by: Beserker on May 07, 2012, 11:49:09 am
Fantastic stuff....my bikes having a lot of fun out there! :thumleft:

Rode it, awesome bike for this type of trip where the "really" technical terrain ability of the bike is not a huge requirement.
It is well balanced, has oodles of power, good suspension (and fortunately I only needed to pick it up once)

With the 30 liter safari tank, the comfortable seat and ergonomics sorted (small fairing etc.), I think it will be my bike of choice for Namibia type of trips where the distances are vast.

Hedley might have sukkeled with the sand after an extended absence from off road riding, however is not stupid...he pried me of the bike just as I started thinking along the lines of  "this is a straight road, no ways is he going to catch me if I make my getaway NOW!"
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Post by: Heddles on May 07, 2012, 11:59:54 am
Ha ha ha.. Dave.. You legend buddy..... You're welcome to ride it anytime.. It looks like a baby when in your hands.. And the pick up you refer to, tell them, it basically fell over.. That was not a fall.. Lol!!!!
Just a little heavy for me right now. Need to get my head around that, then i will be fine....
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Post by: weskus on May 07, 2012, 12:53:14 pm
Jirre ma julle het vir ou Niksmaak styf gestop vir die trip, ek wag vir daai "road to hell" gedeelte.. :peepwall:
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Post by: JustBendIt on May 07, 2012, 01:01:37 pm
Jirre ma julle het vir ou Niksmaak styf gestop vir die trip, ek wag vir daai "road to hell" gedeelte.. :peepwall:

Patience is a virtue

She was also a virgin ..... but that was along time ago
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Post by: NISMARK on May 07, 2012, 01:04:49 pm
Jirre ma julle het vir ou Niksmaak styf gestop vir die trip, ek wag vir daai "road to hell" gedeelte.. :peepwall:

Gaan kak man, lewe is goed!!  :imaposer:
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Post by: Firesquirrel on May 07, 2012, 01:10:50 pm
Lees nou lekker saam....
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Post by: punisher on May 07, 2012, 01:15:27 pm
 :thumleft:
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Post by: EtienneXplore on May 07, 2012, 01:32:25 pm
Lekker kêrels, ons wag in spanning vir die res!!

 :drif:

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Post by: XT JOE on May 07, 2012, 01:41:30 pm
Cheers for Justin to check on the wellbeing of the  animal while he was still in pain :thumleft:

I dont think i would have been that good, the least would be some serious swearing :laughing4:

Super Trip

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Post by: Malibu on May 07, 2012, 01:46:34 pm
sub... ;D
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Post by: Brandt on May 07, 2012, 01:57:23 pm
sub...hell why can we not do this at least one week of a month for a living  :ricky:
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Post by: Circlip on May 07, 2012, 02:13:46 pm
Aaaaagh cant believe I have to wait for the rest, bud dont leave us hanging for long PLEASSSSSEEEEE.
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Post by: ChinaPete on May 07, 2012, 03:17:42 pm
 :thumleft: Well written, look forward to the next episode...
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Post by: DirtyHarry on May 07, 2012, 03:49:50 pm
Nice one guys. How many parts does this RR have?
Why do I ride all the way into the Kalahari to find sand when you can have it so much closer?
I might have to pay Hondeklip Bay a visit :biggrin:
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Post by: Archangel on May 07, 2012, 03:58:27 pm
 :happy1:
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Post by: JustBendIt on May 07, 2012, 04:07:57 pm
Nice one guys. How many parts does this RR have?

dunno yet - I am just getting started
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Post by: Hando on May 07, 2012, 04:33:00 pm
So carry on then please - we are waiting !!

Brilliant stuff so far
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Post by: jimjim on May 07, 2012, 06:23:28 pm
Been waiting for this RR!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 2 now up)
Post by: MX Junkie on May 07, 2012, 07:29:47 pm
Fantastic stuff....my bikes having a lot of fun out there! :thumleft:

Rode it, awesome bike for this type of trip where the "really" technical terrain ability of the bike is not a huge requirement.
It is well balanced, has oodles of power, good suspension (and fortunately I only needed to pick it up once)

With the 30 liter safari tank, the comfortable seat and ergonomics sorted (small fairing etc.), I think it will be my bike of choice for Namibia type of trips where the distances are vast.

Hedley might have sukkeled with the sand after an extended absence from off road riding, however is not stupid...he pried me of the bike just as I started thinking along the lines of  "this is a straight road, no ways is he going to catch me if I make my getaway NOW!"

What........................ NOOooooo!!!!! You can't be se-ri-ous!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 2 now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 08, 2012, 07:02:36 am
PART 3

Saturday morning dawns – very misty and very cold.

Heddles and I have had a good night’s sleep. Beserker and See Duiwel stayed up for some kakpraat into the wee hours.

We were all up by 7 AM – eager to get kitted and riding again but first we had to attend to 2 small problems

The bikes.

My bike needed some running repairs – my contact with the sheep had caused the handlebars to move in their mounts and bent the left handguard when I went down
Berserker’s XR had no lights
See Duiwel’s braai grid was a bit loose and needed more “bloudraad” to tie it “vas”

The other guys
We needed to find them – or at least their remains so we could ship them back home to loved ones and the like

For the bikes we had tools and they were quickly put to work – everything was sorted except for Berserker’s light – he could find no obvious problem with the wiring so we had to presume the bulb was shot – nobody had a spare bulb for this vintage Honda

I fired up my cellphone and tried calling Michiel – no answer – left a message.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-Vqmm8d9/0/L/20-L.jpg)

For breakfast I had 2 small bank bags of muesli with a liquid milky stuff called Up ‘N Go in a Mango & Peach flavour – YUK! Heddles ate the leftovers of last night’s rump steak. Berserker had 2 litres of coffee and a pack of Marlboros and See Duiwel was seen taking large mouthfuls of fresh West Coast mist.

It was now 8:30 AM – I tried calling Michiel again and he answered – I told him where we were and minutes later the roar of the 4 other bikes filled the air. They had arrived in Hondeklipbaai about 90 minutes before us last night and went to the campsite and pitched tents – I think they must have got quite wet during the night because the sea mist here is really thick and heavy. While we were chowing rump steak and crayfish in the restaurant next door they were huddled around a Bic lighter singing Kumbaya.

We quickly saddled up the horses and were off again. First call would be petrol. Berserker led us to Koingnaas for fuel – about 20 km outside Hondeklipbaai.

This was a tiny fuel station – 3 pumps – 1 diesel, 1 ULP and 1 LRP and a fridge with a few Cokes – that’s it. We all juiced up at R13 a litre and were off like a Jewish foreskin.

We were now riding inland – away from the sea – diagonally towards Springbok. The Namakwa National Park threw open her gates for us.

What a beautiful place – awesome roads – some wide fast stuff and some equally tight and technical little tweespoor tracks – it was great to be moving again and out of the sand – everyone was enjoying themselves and revelling in these surroundings.

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The dreaded N7 appeared before us and we stopped to regroup. It was now 11 AM on Saturday – Berserker had to be home tomorrow night to attend to work matter early Monday morning – he made the sad decision to leave the posse and hit the road back to Stellenbosch

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He told me later that he rode about 30 km and stopped, thinking “FFFFUUUUUCCCKKKK – north or south? – if I turn back now I can still catch them !”. Sadly his head overruled his heart and he continued homeward while we pressed on to Springbok for lunch and some supplies.

Fast forward 2 and a bit hours after a long lazy lunch stop and we were lined up at the last available petrol before Namibia in the sprawling metropolis of Steinkopf. We filled up again – our next available fuel would be Pofadder – about 380 km away – but we would be riding the Namakwa Eco Trail – very sandy in parts and a fuel guzzling stretch on a big bike.

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45 km northwards after Steinkopf we turned off the N7 – we were here! The Road to Hell was a mere 25 km away – we were all trembling like schoolboys who were about to see their first Scope magazine.

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I blew my wheels off (deflated my tires) to 1,5 bar front and back. I had been here before – there was a fair bit of sand in this area.

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I had pumped the tyres quite hard in Springbok for this last stretch of tar – there is nothing worse for a knobbly with thick enduro tubes inside than to run at 140 kph plus on the tar with low pressures – I got lazy once, about 2 years ago, and had a rear tube melt on me and suddenly deflate at about 150 kph – very scary - am still trying to get the skidmarks out of those undies.

I led the way this sometime. The Namakwa Eco Trail is a vast area with hundreds of little paths criss crossing the landscape – only 1 path is the right path – it is very easy to get lost here and is critical that the group stays together and within sight of one another – it is a very beautiful but very harsh area – I really think that silly people can die here. I told the guys to stick close and make sure they keep the rider behind them in their mirrors.

I switched on my GPS to follow the breadcrumb trail. I was back in my all time favourite riding place – life was good

The other guys followed me and we stuck close together – for the first 5 minutes. The problem was that Heddles was very sore – what took us 2 min to cover took him 5 minutes – he was losing ground every second. I stopped regularly to let him catch up – the others were getting restless, especially Rovrat and See Duiwel – they were like racehorses in the starting gates – eyes wide, nostrils flaring and pawing at the ground, waiting for the start gun.

The group started to split up again – I was following my crumb trail while others were following the “official” T4A track – I was getting annoyed – they had asked me to lead and now they were riding off on a different track. Did they realise the stakes involved here ?

I waved my arms to stop the freight train. I rode over to Rovrat and See Duiwel to politely enquire what the fuck they thought they were doing. They protested a bit but after a bit of “Have you been there ? NO ! – well then fuck what your GPS says and follow me because I have !” they gave in and accepted it. Excuse my language but desperate times called for desperate measures.

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We rode off again – this time in close convoy – stopping every 2 minutes for the group to close up again. The trail is awesome – some open and flowing tweespoor which quickly turns into rocky little drifts and even more rocky and tight little passes over and in between koppies – sadly there are no pics of this – it was now 5 PM and we were desperate to get to the ROAD.

A hard turn left and down the flood plain and we were there. Before us lay the ROAD TO HELL.

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I was fizzing at the bum to ride the ROAD and set up camp at the bottom next to the river.

Nismark wisely suggested that we should camp right here – it was late, the sun was setting and we were tired – let’s tackle the ROAD in the morning. I was gutted but saw the wisdom in his argument and agreed. The ROAD would have to wait for the next sunrise.

We all found our own lekker spot and set up camp.

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There was no chance of rain so I decided not to pitch my tent and sleep under the stars.

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The sun soon set and a small fire was lit. I warmed up my tin of chicken curry while Heddles and I opened a bottle of Tassies I had stuck away.

The other okes soon joined us and we spoke shit while gazing at the stars.

To be continued ...
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Crossed-up on May 08, 2012, 07:16:01 am
Great stuff, Justin.  I always enjoy your writing and this is vintage!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: ktmmer on May 08, 2012, 07:23:44 am
While we were chowing rump steak and crayfish in the restaurant next door they were huddled around a Bic lighter singing Kumbaya.


 :imaposer:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Pietcoke on May 08, 2012, 07:52:18 am
Excellent writing PFJ

I do enjoy this............keep it coming :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Dusty Rusty on May 08, 2012, 08:33:24 am
Good stuff!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Heddles on May 08, 2012, 08:39:39 am
Yeah man... It's a pity that it started to get so fast.. I believe that a lot is to be appreciated while we are out there. It can't be done at a fast rate.. Admittedly, I was a lot slower and this, combined with the frustration of knowing that I was slowing the pack down, made this part of the ride miserable for me.
I hope to go back to this beautiful place some day and explore it at a slower pace and with a decent camera.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Kerritz on May 08, 2012, 08:47:38 am
Kan nie wag vir die res nie Shorty!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: subie on May 08, 2012, 08:49:46 am
Yeah man... It's a pity that it started to get so fast.. I believe that a lot is to be appreciated while we are out there. It can't be done at a fast rate.. Admittedly, I was a lot slower and this, combined with the frustration of knowing that I was slowing the pack down, made this part of the ride miserable for me.
I hope to go back to this beautiful place some day and explore it at a slower pace and with a decent camera.

Dit is hoekom ek meestal solo ry. Om vinniger as jou gemaksone te probeer ry is net n resep vir skade en seerkry.
Om saam met n groep te ry wat kort kort stop en te stadig ry is ook net n mors van my klein adventure riding budget.
As ek saam met ander ouens ry is my eerste vraag waar slaap ons vanaand? Dan n kort verduideliking om nie vir my te wag nie en ook nie van my te verwag om rond te hang en wag vir backmarkers nie. Ek hou daarvan om my skippie alleen te seil soos ek wil. Sien ons mekaar by oorslaap punte is dit great. Mis ons mekaar is ook oraait   O0
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: HB 9 on May 08, 2012, 09:02:43 am
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Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Firecoast on May 08, 2012, 09:09:11 am
Bly om te sien van julle word van die ketting afgelaat elke nou en dan!  :peepwall:

Mooi manne! Dit lyk na 'n uitputtende, maar lekker ride!

Gooi nog fotos!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Beserker on May 08, 2012, 09:28:01 am
Mis ons mekaar is ook oraait   O0

Tot jy omval en nie jou bike van jou been af kry nie    :deal:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: ChinaPete on May 08, 2012, 09:33:13 am
It's amazing how many people, me included, zip straight past this place to get to Nam. The riding on your entire route looks amazing.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 08, 2012, 09:35:17 am
Yeah man... It's a pity that it started to get so fast.. I believe that a lot is to be appreciated while we are out there. It can't be done at a fast rate.. Admittedly, I was a lot slower and this, combined with the frustration of knowing that I was slowing the pack down, made this part of the ride miserable for me.
I hope to go back to this beautiful place some day and explore it at a slower pace and with a decent camera.

Dit is hoekom ek meestal solo ry. Om vinniger as jou gemaksone te probeer ry is net n resep vir skade en seerkry.
Om saam met n groep te ry wat kort kort stop en te stadig ry is ook net n mors van my klein adventure riding budget.
As ek saam met ander ouens ry is my eerste vraag waar slaap ons vanaand? Dan n kort verduideliking om nie vir my te wag nie en ook nie van my te verwag om rond te hang en wag vir backmarkers nie. Ek hou daarvan om my skippie alleen te seil soos ek wil. Sien ons mekaar by oorslaap punte is dit great. Mis ons mekaar is ook oraait   O0

I agree and disagree at the same time

When you are part of a group ride in such a remote area everybody has what I call a care of duty - You have a duty to be responsible and look after yourself, a duty to look after others and a duty to look after the group

4 out of 7 of us did not have a GPS and had never been there – had they get lost they would have been in big kak. You have to go to this area to appreciate what I am saying here – it really is so easy to get lost – there are no  real “roads’or signs or people or anything – there is just miles and miles of sand and rocks. The big danger is there is also no water unless you can get to the river (which is almost impossible for a lot of this trail) and it can get very hot here – before you know it you are dehydrated and disorientated and you start making mistakes which can be fatal

Riding in a group can be hugely rewarding and hugely frustrating – it helps if everyones is on the same “page” and egos are left at home

I would not be able to handle it very well if someone got lost, hurt or maybe even died because we were in a rush
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: subie on May 08, 2012, 09:38:45 am
Mis ons mekaar is ook oraait   O0

Tot jy omval en nie jou bike van jou been af kry nie    :deal:

Ry al baie jare. Nooit veel gesteur aan bemarkings foefies nie en seker gemaak my bikes pas by my abilities en lack of talent. So kon altyd my bike afkry in die rare paar keer wat ek geval het. Ver uit in die boendoe ry ek soos iemand wat agter myself en bike kyk.
Daar is gewoonlik nie selfoon opvangs om gou gou vir mamma te roep om te kom haal nie :imaposer:
Al ry n mens in n groep sou ek se jy moet saamgaan met die mindset om heeltemal self reliant te wees en nie n las vir jou maats raak nie. As jy n swaar bus gekoop het moet nie met hom op terrein gaan ry wat jy nie kan hanteer met so n bielie nie.
Net my mindset en opinie oor groep adventure riding  :ricky:
Is mal oor julle RR  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: J-dog on May 08, 2012, 11:19:23 am
Do I detect that there was a bit of tension in the camp?  :peepwall:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 08, 2012, 12:36:21 pm
Do I detect that there was a bit of tension in the camp?  :peepwall:

Not at all.

An issue regarding navigation came up and was dealt with.

I think Rovrat and See Duiwel realised what was going on and that I knew where I was going and they accepted that.

I always try and convey to the reader the issues, thoughts and emotions of the moment to make for a better read - If I wrote "we went here, saw that, camped there" it would be quite boring
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Post by: Pom17 on May 08, 2012, 12:47:47 pm
sub
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: katana on May 08, 2012, 02:03:29 pm
 :thumleft: sub  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: weskus on May 08, 2012, 02:04:01 pm
....en ek wag nogsteeds vir die klippe-gedeelte, julle sal daar moet kom o fok julle raak al hoe minder... :pot:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Michiel on May 08, 2012, 02:15:02 pm
A big thanks to Beserker for putting together a stunning ride. Thanks to all who rode.  :thumleft:

Dustdevil and I started our trip in Middelburg and since it was to be the way to go
we trailered HPN 540 and HPN 663 with my old DR500S in between. People thought
I was mad expecting my little 26 year old 1300cc Toyota Conquest to pull the load.  :imaposer:

She's got a 4 speed gearbox and although I had to shift down to third and second each time
we went up a hill we made it! 12 hours to drive 750km but we got there!!!
3 bikes, 2 people and lots of luggage. I call the car Auntie Martie after my aunt who had one
years ago.  ;D

I paid R 10 000 for the car and spent another R 10 000 to pimp 'er. No worries, there we go.

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Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Dustdevil on May 08, 2012, 02:17:57 pm
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Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Michiel on May 08, 2012, 02:24:28 pm
Meeting at Citrusdal early morning Friday.

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Dustdevil packing his Giant Loop saddle bag.

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Petrol availability was possibly going top be a problem so everyone filled up full where they could.
On the HPN's this meant we carried 47 litres of fuel! In the end it was not necessary but one never
knows.

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Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Kaboef on May 08, 2012, 02:43:22 pm

4 out of 7 of us did not have a GPS and had never been there – had they get lost they would have been in big kak. You have to go to this area to appreciate what I am saying here – it really is so easy to get lost – there are no  real “roads’or signs or people or anything – there is just miles and miles of sand and rocks.

We got lost there once, and it scared the shit out of me.
Loaded-up 1150GSA with wife on the back.
Luckystriker's GPS didn't have the tracks and we ended up riding in aimless circles for hours.
Luckily Butch's GPS (which we thought was broken) miraculously started up, and he happened to have the tracks - and so we saw we were hopelessly lost.
It took us another couple of hours of sweat, blood, guts and falls to get back to Springbok (your try riding a 300+kg bike with pillion in 2-track Kalahari sand, for 200kms in 35deg heat and tell me it's not the worst thing you've ever done)

If you get lost there, or have a breakdown there without ample water, you are fucked.


Excellent report! Please continue!!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Michiel on May 08, 2012, 02:50:05 pm
By the time we reached the coast it was already clear that we would not be able to
make the schedule. R-O-V-Rat discovered a problem on his bike and the sand riding
was proving to be more difficult than anticipated.

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See how the fan melted on the exhaust.

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Other bikes performed flawlessly.

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Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Michiel on May 08, 2012, 02:54:47 pm
Some vegetation.

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While we waited for R-O-V-Rat to do the necessary mods Dusty gave Heddles some sand riding lessons.

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Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Dustdevil on May 08, 2012, 02:56:20 pm
Agteros kom ook in die kraal het my ma altyd gese  ;)

Hier volg my report van die eerste paar dae.

Die manne;

Powerflo Justin
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Rov Rat
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Nismark
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See Duiwel
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Heddles
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Michiel
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Dust Devil
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Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Michiel on May 08, 2012, 02:57:27 pm
 ::)

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Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: billy-joe on May 08, 2012, 03:02:53 pm
keep it coming!  get to the good parts already!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 08, 2012, 03:07:34 pm
keep it coming!  get to the good parts already!

all good things come to those who wait

during the day I must work - I wake up at 4 AM every day to do the next chapter which takes me at least 3 hours - don't laugh - I ride chicks and bikes not keyboards
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Michiel on May 08, 2012, 03:14:32 pm
All this waiting around saw an opportunity to go wet my feet in the Atlantic.

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Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Dustdevil on May 08, 2012, 03:18:05 pm
At one point I knew Michiel was right behind me and two or three bends in the road further he was suddenly missing.....I stopped waiting to see if he is coming. Has he stopped to take photographs or is there trouble with the bike or did do the unthinkable....
After a short wait I decided to turn around and go and have a look to see whats keeping him. When I came around the bend both Rov Rat and Nismark is parked in the middle of the road helping the stranded Michiel. He was laying on his back with his eyes closed and the color of his skin was a pale grey....I feared the worse. :o

It turned out that both Michiel and the bike is fine. Michiel came down hard on his shoulder and he was in great pain but with the spirit of a lion he simply got back on the bike for some more sand. The sand movie was shot after this fall ::)


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Michiel misjudged a sneaky little S bend in the road and coming from soft sand to very firm surface with a fine powdery gravel the front lost traction and the bike went down hard and fast.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Michiel on May 08, 2012, 03:28:00 pm
Once we got going again things got lekker. The guys were talking about how speed makes the
sand riding easier so we flew down the tracks. I once briefly saw 110km/h on 663's clock!

This was all good until I saw my arse. I didn't read the road surface correctly and lost both wheels
in a corner falling harder than ever. For the most part I skidded facing West and right at the end the
bike spun round facing East and threw me over separating us by about 3 metres. 663 is standing
in the picture as she was picked up from high side.

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/0022.jpg)

This put a dampener on my fun as I hurt my shoulder.

R-O-V-Rat told me to lie down as he explained I was "going into shock". For a moment I thought
this might be the end of my trip but luckily it wasn't too serious and a couple of minutes later
663 roared back into life with plumes of smoke bellowing from the Fuchs racing exhausts because
oil found its way out of the engine while she was lying on 'er side.

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Richtersveld065.jpg)

Back on the old girl with a rather sore body I couldn't resist the temptation of following Dusty, R-O-V-Rat
and Nismark on the alternative tracks next to the ocean. The sand was so soft and deep that I couldn't
ride 663 in 3rd unless I wanted to destroy the engine.

http://www.youtube.com/v/EjVbXxgB-X0&list=UUm_qtk4U2Crzp2eUl9Ss-ZA&index=2&feature=plcp
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Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on May 08, 2012, 03:39:07 pm
That looks awsome. Please can someone post a Mapsource route I have to ride that sand sometime.  :ricky: Or pm it to me please.
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Post by: subie on May 08, 2012, 03:46:22 pm
Daai is nie lekker sand nie :eek7:
Diep goed wat bike en ryer opfok.
Hou van sand maar los daardie maar vir die jonger en meer able ouens  O0
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Post by: Kerritz on May 08, 2012, 03:57:20 pm
Bliksem...maar julle gooi kole in daai sand!!!  :thumleft:
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Post by: DRAZIL on May 08, 2012, 03:59:53 pm
you guys make that sand look easy......sigh...something I would like to do but not confident enough.
 :thumleft:
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Post by: subie on May 08, 2012, 04:01:34 pm
Thanks! Great video :thumleft:
Moeder van n sandmonster maar lyk of julle hom getem het :ricky:
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Post by: Dusty Rusty on May 08, 2012, 04:36:25 pm
Jeez-whizz

Julle manne MAG maar! 

 :thumleft:

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Post by: Pom17 on May 08, 2012, 04:41:10 pm
Bliksem, geen wonder daar is manne wat agter raak. Hulle nie stadig nie. Julle ry net f@kken vinnig op dai sand :o
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: subie on May 08, 2012, 05:03:04 pm
you guys make that sand look easy......sigh...something I would like to do but not confident enough.
 :thumleft:

Ek dink hulle "vat wyn" erg  :imaposer:

 :ricky:
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Post by: Stroke Her on May 08, 2012, 05:09:29 pm
Ek het laas daai pad solo gery met my 640 (en GLoop :biggrin:)

Die section van die video sal julle sien die middelman is plat...is ondat hy so hoog is dat die 4x4 se onderstelle hom so mooi gelyk skraap!!!

Al was ek alleen daardeur was dit ook teen n redelike spoed. Dit is actually veiliger as om stadig te gaan want jy sukkel nie so met vassit en kak nie en word dus nie so moeg nie. Jy moet natuurlik net nie te gereeld neer donner nie :mwink:

GPS is actually nie nodig vir die section nie...jy ry feitlik al die pad noord met die see links en kilometers fokkol regs. Moeilik om te erg te verdwaal...

Michiel...imagine hoe lekker daai nuwe KDX van jou daar sal gooi!!!
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Post by: billy-joe on May 08, 2012, 05:13:56 pm
keep it coming!  get to the good parts already!

all good things come to those who wait

during the day I must work - I wake up at 4 AM every day to do the next chapter which takes me at least 3 hours - don't laugh - I ride chicks and bikes not keyboards

i know i know, just been looking fwd to this rr for a while now.  still think you lot are hellanuts for taking on the road to hell.  4x4's fear that road!  whats next, baboons on 200kg ds's?
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 08, 2012, 05:21:38 pm
Ek het darem self op daai sandstukke die speedo so af en toe gevang, partykeer ook hier by die 100. Daai tyd dink ek net o hel as ek nou val spat die stukke! My parte buig lankal nie meer nie.

Sorry Justin dat ek nog nie die foto's aangestuur het nie, my komper is weereens gef@k. Mechanic kom blykbaar môre. Word darem lekker deur die ore gewerk hier op die platteland.
Michiel, jou cd's met my videoclips is in die pos. Haal net asb die gepraat uit en sit maar musiek by, dalk ken vd mense my.

Dankie vir die trip, was lekker om gesigte by die avatars te sit. :3some:
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Post by: mundez on May 08, 2012, 05:39:44 pm
michiel daai video is befok!!
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Post by: JustBendIt on May 08, 2012, 05:49:53 pm
Ek het darem self op daai sandstukke die speedo so af en toe gevang, partykeer ook hier by die 100. Daai tyd dink ek net o hel as ek nou val spat die stukke! My parte buig lankal nie meer nie.

Sorry Justin dat ek nog nie die foto's aangestuur het nie, my komper is weereens gef@k. Mechanic kom blykbaar môre. Word darem lekker deur die ore gewerk hier op die platteland.
Michiel, jou cd's met my videoclips is in die pos. Haal net asb die gepraat uit en sit maar musiek by, dalk ken vd mense my.

Dankie vir die trip, was lekker om gesigte by die avatars te sit. :3some:

OK - jy is vergewe ou maat - my enigste boertjie china - my soutie maats is baie jaloers!
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Post by: Andy660 on May 08, 2012, 06:40:35 pm
Well done guys , been waiting for this read all week , now stop faffing around , and get it done !!!
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Post by: HB 9 on May 08, 2012, 06:49:14 pm
Respect!!  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: goingnowherequickly on May 08, 2012, 07:05:46 pm
Well Done
That sand looked very soft, you guys made it look easy..
Thanks for the video - you were seriously moving at times.... :thumleft:
Cant wait for more
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Post by: Pietcoke on May 08, 2012, 08:02:38 pm
Ek het moerse respek vir julle manne om daai sand so te ry. :thumleft:
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Post by: JustBendIt on May 08, 2012, 08:16:44 pm
PART 4

Dawn breaks and the sun cracks a smile over the Namakwa mountains

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The troops soon stir. I check my watch and am amazed that I have managed to sleep this late – its 7 AM. I have 2 small kids – a 3 year old and 8 month old – lying in on a Sunday morning is a thing of the past.

Heddles gives See Duiwel a big bottle of mineral water he had bought in Springbok yesterday to make some instant cappuccinos – a decision he would regret later in the day

I tell the guys about what I got up to here last year and how I thought I may be able to ride out of this valley through some rocks at the bottom – we take a short walk to the end of the valley to see what is there

A beautiful amphitheatre of rocks awaits us

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(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-g2wzQDf/0/L/51-L.jpg)

Michiel has lots more awesome pics of this – hopefully he will post them for all to see

We walk back to the bikes – the mood seems tense - everyone is quiet – See Duiwel says he feels like he did as a schoolboy at Boland Landbou before a big rugby game - the ROAD is waiting ...

To be continued ...
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 3 now up)
Post by: Triple Trompie on May 08, 2012, 08:17:33 pm
Bliksem, maar julle manne mag maar sand ry.
Daai 2 HPN's is maar mooi ysters!
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Post by: JustBendIt on May 08, 2012, 08:30:20 pm
PART 5

Everybody walked to their bikes and slowly started kitting up. We had agreed we would ride up the first short bit to the saddle, park at the rock and then walk down for a bit to recce the road.

My favourite bike on the whole trip – Dustdevil’s HPN – a replica and tribute to the bike that the diminutive Frenchman Gaston Rahier rode to back to back victories in the Paris Dakar in ’84 and ‘85

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-M3jBZrp/0/L/49-L.jpg)

Gaston Rahier is the tiny guy in the middle – when asked how he managed to ride so fast he said “I could not stop because my feet don’t touch the ground”

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(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-QSSFMw5/0/L/87rahier-L.jpg)

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One by one we rode up to the “parking lot”

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Michiel on HPN 663

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(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-CC7WGjQ/0/L/55-L.jpg)

Next up we see the ROAD – promise!
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Post by: Mark Hardy on May 08, 2012, 09:19:06 pm
excellent report  :thumleft:
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Post by: DirtyHarry on May 08, 2012, 09:27:55 pm
 :happy1: :happy1: :happy1: :happy1:
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Post by: Biesie on May 08, 2012, 09:48:31 pm
Gooi  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 5 now up)
Post by: White Rhino on May 09, 2012, 06:25:35 am
Awsome shit man. The video gives the couch rider a taste of sand riding handled like a pro.

That shoulder looked eina - could include some rotator cuff damage with that shade of bruising

and so we find the journey at the most crucial part of the trip - the ROAD TO HELL  .... pop .... pop .... pop
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 5 now up)
Post by: Pietcoke on May 09, 2012, 07:36:08 am
Nou raak dit interesant. :o :biggrin:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 5 now up)
Post by: Beserker on May 09, 2012, 07:52:54 am
I met a lot of new people on this trip, Justin, Hedley, Altus, Nismark.

I have ridden with Michiel, SeeDuiwel and RovRat once before at Macasser.

What impressed me was some of the teamwork between the guys that have ridden together, RovRat + his wingman Nismark, Justin and Hedley, and if you check the video at 3.38, Michiel and Altus.

I was stuck with (or rather trying to stick to) SeeDuiwel, but he had the grill on his bike, and I was hungry, so it worked out well  ;D
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 5 now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 09, 2012, 08:14:35 am
PART 6

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We started to walk down to recce the road before bringing the bikes down here.

It is very steep – the photos don’t do justice to the gradient – even on foot I was scrabbling and slipping on the loose rocks.

The road is narrow – barely wide enough for a 4X4 to get through – I really don’t know how vehicles have managed to pass through here safely – one wrong move and you will literally slip off the road and tumble down into the ravine below

I will let the pictures do the talking. Thanks to Michiel for most of these photos.

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The road is 14 km long - we walked down for at least 2 km – it did not get any better – there was no place where you would be able to stop and rest.

You will not see any bikes on this road – SORRY – not this time at least.

It is our opinion that this ride is not rideable on big bikes.

The road is made entirely of rocks on top of bigger rocks – there is very little soil, almost nothing,
underneath. Even walking up and down was a strenuous affair – I had to watch every step. The rocks moved under my feet – imagine what they would do if I rode my bike over them. The gradient is so steep that you will need mega momentum and decent speed and will literally have to bounce over the rocks – you will have to keep this up for 14 km - if you stop it will be almost impossible to get going again.

See Duiwel, Rovrat and Michiel had actually done a sneaky recce the previous afternoon – they rode down no more than 200 metres before they turned around and gave up.

I am not saying this road is impossible on a bike – certainly a Marc Coma or Chris Birch or someone like that could ride it on our bikes. I have ridden on stuff like this in the past in enduro races – but on a 100 kg KDX – not on a 200 kg plus bike with luggage

I am a little disappointed we did not make it down the road to the river and back up BUT I am also happy at the same time – it just means I have to go back with the right weapon to conquer it.

A few plastic bikes, spare tyres, recovery straps and a serious back up vehicle will be needed to beat this road. You will get tired – you will fall, many times, but you will be able to get up and get going again with much less effort.

I know I scoffed at the pics of 4X4’s on this road and really thought that a bike could go anywhere a vehicle can but not this time.

Kamanya wisely said that a bike lives and dies on traction – so true. A bike only gets propelled forward by one wheel – a 4X4 pulls and pushes itself with all 4 wheels.

We climbed back to the top and remounted – this was the halfway point of the trip – every wheel revolution from now on would be homeward bound

To be continued...
 
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: J-dog on May 09, 2012, 08:25:41 am
WTF
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Michiel on May 09, 2012, 08:27:03 am
Ooh Justin, you're building them up... just to let them down.

With my shoulder a bit eina I lost the enthusiasm to take my backpack off to get
the camera out since I needed someones help each time. There is then a big gap
in the photo story and sadly no more video to mention.

We got to the start of the Hellish Road late in the day and though some okes wanted
to tackle it straight away it was clearly going to be foolishness. Reason prevailed.

We made camp where we were and oh what a spot to put up a tent!

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The landscape here is just like we're on another planet!

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With the sun rising steadily there was a sense of anticipation in the camp. R-O-V-Rat, See Duiwel
and I had a look at the Hellish Road the evening before and though we were all going there I knew
that I was way too cocky in the planning.

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Post by: subie on May 09, 2012, 08:27:34 am
Phew!! Sanity prevailed  :thumleft:
Het rerig gedink met die klippe fotos hier gaan mens nou bikes moedswillig opfok :eek7:
 :ricky:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Mark Hardy on May 09, 2012, 08:36:02 am
That looks like the devils play ground....... >:D
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Michiel on May 09, 2012, 08:36:21 am
More pictures in and around the camp site.

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I felt like staying here for a day or two. Just sitting here and not thinking about anything too much.

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R-O-V-Rat had more energy than the rest of us and decided to walk the riverbed to see if we could use this route.

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We are a world away.

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Life seems to cling on to the brink here.

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The group.

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Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Michiel on May 09, 2012, 08:46:04 am
Yes, I will admit, I underestimated this road. I was overly confident and though by now I should
know how to read pictures I still made the mistake of thinking this road was possible on a DS bike.

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The answer is sweet and short. Even in a perfectly healthy state I do not have it in me to ride up this
road on a >200kg DS bike. Not even HPN 663. Short 20-30m sections at a time will be do-able but
here we were confronted with 100-150m of non stop hell. One will certainly be able to ride down here
but then you will have to part with your bike and walk back home.

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Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Michiel on May 09, 2012, 08:55:22 am
Let me put it in context.

Matroosberg 4x4 route going all the way to the very top where few bikes actually make it, excluding "the gutter", is a walk in the park in comparison.

Kreef se motherf*cker road comes closer. Those who have attempted this road should take the worst section and lengthen it to many multiples, make it
a bit steeper and then you will have an idea. The difference is that Kreef's road is walking distance from the N1, help, recovery and water. Road to hell is not.
On Kreef's road you go back down when you give up. On the Hell road you are trapped when you give up!

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Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: tau on May 09, 2012, 08:55:32 am
When Andries/Kamanya told me at Amageza what you where planning to do I told him I was sceptical. I have done the Namaqua Eco-route twice and once stopped at the top with Jacko with a Discovery Rental and we decided rather not.

People that haven't been there, don't know just HOW succleded you are and the road to the start of The Road to Hell is not easy as a start for a rescue vehicle. I would not do it on a normal DS bike without a backup vehicle, just too much that can go wrong.

There is a RR on 4x4community somewhere of a group with trailer that went down there and was found by the Land Cruiser club who happened to give the road a go. They winched the vehicles all the way to the top+trailers.
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Post by: Beserker on May 09, 2012, 08:55:40 am
WTF

Like taking a stripper home and then having her tell you she is actually a nun   :imaposer:
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Post by: Dusty Rusty on May 09, 2012, 08:58:26 am
More pictures in and around the camp site.

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Richtersveld031.jpg)

Great foto!

Al het julle ouens nie die beplande roete gedoen nie, (ek was nogals bietjie bekommerd oor die bikes wat dalk mag seerkry en dan is julle gestuck) is ek sooooo bly julle het gegaan.  Dis awesome om so weg te gaan met like minded people en te doen waarvoor mens lief is.  

Ek weet julle het egter nie omgedraai en huis toe gegaan nie!   :peepwall:
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Post by: MX Junkie on May 09, 2012, 09:02:09 am
Bliksem! No cell reception.........can't phone mommy!

That's when I shoot a flair for Helivac.  :imaposer:
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Post by: subie on May 09, 2012, 09:08:28 am
More pictures in and around the camp site.

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Richtersveld031.jpg)

Great foto!

Al het julle ouens nie die beplande roete gedoen nie, (ek was nogals bietjie bekommerd oor die bikes wat dalk mag seerkry en dan is julle gestuck) is ek sooooo bly julle het gegaan.  Dis awesome om so weg te gaan met like minded people en te doen waarvoor mens lief is.  

Ek weet julle het egter nie omgedraai en huis toe gegaan nie!   :peepwall:


Ek was n paar jaar weg en het gewonder wat van die generaal geword het  O0
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Post by: Crossed-up on May 09, 2012, 09:14:37 am
 :o  I'm very glad you saw sense or you would probably have got into serious shit.  :o
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Post by: DirtyHarry on May 09, 2012, 09:16:11 am
You guys are a lot more responsible than I though you would be.
Sometimes it helps if you can evaluate your situation properly. Thank god you guys did not just tumble down this road.
The whole story makes a good read even without getting down to the river.
Well done guys.
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Post by: Kerritz on May 09, 2012, 09:29:08 am
FOOOOOOOK ME!!!!  ::)
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Post by: weskus on May 09, 2012, 09:35:11 am
Jip, presies hoekom ek gewag het vir die klip-gedeeltes, ek't daar af gestap en dit sal maar k@k.... Die Land Cruiser club moes tyres van Springbok af laat aanry het so 6jr gelede... Julle moes onder daai Witgat gekamp het onder in die laagte waar die Road to hell begin het...Dink ek gaan blomme'tyd die bakkie vat en gaan kyk :deal: ..dink dit was wyse besluit manne!
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Post by: Circlip on May 09, 2012, 09:46:26 am
Still made a good RR but  :thumleft: on making a good choice, "Hind sight is an exact science"
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Post by: punisher on May 09, 2012, 10:22:23 am
well done guys 
good descission on not continuing


fukkit  i fell of me chair twice  just looking at that road   :thumleft:
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Post by: Kamanya on May 09, 2012, 10:25:28 am
Great video Michiel.

Nice decision guys.
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Post by: Joyride on May 09, 2012, 10:46:59 am
That sand on the Groenrivier section does'nt let one through on a bike without a bit of work. It is easier in the mornings though when the sand is could and more compact.

Good thing that sanity prevailed on top of that road to hell. Think I will prefer a helicopter to take me down there. :biggrin:

Nice RR and write-up about the dynamics in the group.
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Post by: Beserker on May 09, 2012, 10:57:51 am
That sand on the Groenrivier section does'nt let one through on a bike without a bit of work. It is easier in the mornings though when the sand is could and more compact.

Absolutely..we did it in the morning, just after the rain.

Been up there before, and considering the above, I thought it would be a quicky.

Have never seen it as sandy, but neither have I shared it with so many 4x4's (It was long weekend)
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 09, 2012, 11:38:06 am
OK, here is my part.
The start, well almost I took Buksie with, if only could get a helmet for him.
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld004.jpg)

Waiting under a tree for the guys to regroup somewhere between Clanwilliam and Vredendal.
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld001.jpg)

Check out the signbord, wonder what the locals drink here?
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld002.jpg)

(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld003.jpg)
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Post by: Dustdevil on May 09, 2012, 11:51:24 am
I think the whole decision going down that hill hinged on Michiels injured shoulder. When you are not feeling 100% things generally do look much worse than what they really are.....

ROCKS!!!! what rocks....are we scared of rocks?
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Post by: subie on May 09, 2012, 11:55:41 am
Ek is baie bang vir klippies wat my bike kan seermaak :eek7:
My bike mag nie bergklim of die scuba deur riviere nie. Ons kyk mooi na mekaar op die ver paaie  :ricky:
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 09, 2012, 11:55:58 am
At Lutzville we put in petrol and got a snack. My nerves where shot for I have done this part before but behind the wheel of a 4x4 and a cold one in the fist. I have never done serious sand before. Loaded with extra petrol and a big bike was going to be seriously sweaty.
When we got to the start at Rob eiland, the gate was closed and the guard nogal hardegat.
Anyway a friendly Toppie told us to go back to Koekenaap, turn left and then left again, then we would be cutting out the guard and start almost where we planned to. Needless to say I missed the "left again" and we travelled a bit on tar till we got to Brand se baai.
Here we deflated, as Justin would say it, our tyres and I made the first mistake. Only let air out of the front tyre to about 1.5bar. I thought that the back tyre was only for pushing so I kept it at 2.5bar. Needless to say I was riding like I usually walk on Saturday nights.

I took off while the rest was still fiddling with the tyres. Partly cause I felt I was going to keep the guys waiting, I did not want to be embarressed falling around in front of the ou ryers and also I love riding alone.  Well, I was all over the place and the only way to concour that was to speed up. At times I was doing way over a 100 and it helped. You start to plain on the sand like a boat, felt wonderfull except when you start getting sharp twists or your nose started to itch.
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Post by: Dustdevil on May 09, 2012, 12:09:20 pm
The thing that made that road a real challenge was the gradient and added to that was the long relentless sections offering no place for an easy start.
There is one thing that was very positive, the road was reasonably straight up all the way. If you keep your momentum and can keep the traction down I believe it will be possible although one or two tumbles here and there might be at the order of the day.

We did not have much water and time was also running out for some of us. We will have to come back on another day.

You will need two things though, lots of water and supplies and enough time. I would safely say that it could take the best part of the day to get 4 or 5 bikes out of there with riders that are confident enough to stay on the pegs and keep the power on no matter how out of shape you might get.

let post some images;

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld03.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld05.jpg)

While some of the others were sleeping in the comfort of the Hondehok Chalets, the rest of us kept with the spirit of the ride and camped by the beach. ;)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld13.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld11.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld12.jpg)

Some of the Hondeklip Baai locals;

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld10.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld08.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld09.jpg)

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Post by: Pietcoke on May 09, 2012, 12:14:23 pm
Shite.........dis soos om sex te hê sonder 'n "happy ending" :peepwall:

Ek neem niemand van julle kwalik dat julle omgedraai het nie..........daai IS DIE HEL.

Roela jy is nie min windgat met die BRITS nie.........gooi pappie, gooi.  :mwink:

Jy weet mos.......ek gebruik net ENGELS vir selfverdedeging.......... :imaposer:

Overall is dit 'n baie nice RR..........dankie vir almal se bydrae. :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: Dustdevil on May 09, 2012, 12:15:37 pm
Ek is baie bang vir klippies wat my bike kan seermaak :eek7:
My bike mag nie bergklim of die scuba deur riviere nie. Ons kyk mooi na mekaar op die ver paaie  :ricky:

HPN 540 have been well trained to lie down in the rocks :o She carries all the scars and are already on the second set of crash bars. :D
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Post by: Dustdevil on May 09, 2012, 12:20:43 pm
Camping at the start of the Hell Road;
(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld19.jpg)

To get to the Hell road you have to come down along this valley in the background;
(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld25.jpg)

Parking at the top of the nek to go inspect the road further down;
(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld24.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld30.jpg)

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Post by: Dustdevil on May 09, 2012, 12:22:57 pm
THE ROAD TO HELL;

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld23.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld31.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld28.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld27.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld33.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld32.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld29.jpg)

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Post by: Dustdevil on May 09, 2012, 12:26:58 pm
This shepard stays in this desolated valley and see people once a week when his boss drops of water and supplies;

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld38.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld35.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld36.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld37.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld39.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld40.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld42.jpg)
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Post by: Dustdevil on May 09, 2012, 12:33:29 pm
Just below our camping site the valley floor suddenly drops away over these rugged rocks;

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld21.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld22.jpg)

On the way out we still traveled some truly spectacular two tracks;

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld41.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld34.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld14.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld43.jpg)

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld44.jpg)

Who knows who lives here and what inspires them to eek out a living in this harsh landscape;
(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/Ride%20Reports/West%20coast%20and%20Richtersveld/Richtersveld45.jpg)

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Post by: White Rhino on May 09, 2012, 12:38:34 pm
It's a bit dissapointing that the storyline couldn't take us down to hell and back.  >:D

But sometimes you have to include a little savvy in the mix, it's not just about balls. Not cool to destroy body, bike and soul on route.

You guys must have had mixed feelings - but fear (read sanity) prevailed :thumleft:
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Post by: Pistonpete on May 09, 2012, 12:43:21 pm
Great report as usual...yo'l deserve a  :paw:
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Post by: Kerritz on May 09, 2012, 12:45:56 pm
It's a bit dissapointing that the storyline couldn't take us down to hell and back.  >:D

But sometimes you have to include a little savvy in the mix, it's not just about balls. Not cool to destroy body, bike and soul on route.

You guys must have had mixed feelings - but fear (read sanity) prevailed :thumleft:

I concur!!  :thumleft:

Great story and pics are even better!
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 09, 2012, 01:27:35 pm
Right, nou weer my beurt!
You must keep up troups/readers.

At Groenriviermond I stopped to have a wee bite. I was expecting the rest of the party close behind me and gulfed my snacks and water. I was sooooo tired of fighting this monster in the loose sand. Tip, get a steering damper, it helps a lot!

Waiting at the mond, I met a friend from boating days that I havent seen in maybe 15 years, man he got old. LOL >:D

He was driving an old Datsun camper and it was overheating. Turned out the fuse of the electric fan blew. I am so proud of this next picture, not often a KTM can solve somebody else's trouble! I had spare fuses with me and was glad I could help ou Koos!
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld004-1.jpg)

(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld005.jpg)

I was worried that the rest would have past me 'but Koos assured me that no-one has passed them, so I waited, almost for an hour till the guys showed up. looks like hey had lots of sanding while Koos was returning the help I gave him in the form of some Branna's and pigblood.

(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld007.jpg)
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld008.jpg)
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Post by: Circlip on May 09, 2012, 01:34:37 pm
Gooi nog please.
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 09, 2012, 01:38:04 pm
When the rest of the guys showed up, we decided that 4 of us, Me, Beserker, Justin and Heddles would take the easy road to Hondeklipbaai. The rest would go the more sandy stretch on the shore to H Bay.
What a bloody mistake!  We followed my fancy new Montana bitch Gps like slaves. She took us on fancy lloking roads on the screen that was actually 2 spoor sand twisties going through skaapkampe. This is where Justin met the love of his live with a bang!

(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld009.jpg)

Here him and Heddles are bringing the sheep to me for inspection, kopafsny or mouth to mouth.
Thats when I told him to let go and ride, these boere still hang you for sheep theft. Luckily I felt nothing was broken and the sheep just had a tenderised boud.

(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld010.jpg)
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld011.jpg)

This is what the road looked like. I took a videoclip that I posted to Michiel. I will defnitaly f@ck it up trying to post it here!

(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld013.jpg)
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Post by: Dustdevil on May 09, 2012, 01:44:34 pm
I see the braai rooster and I see some fresh lamb chops but I didn't see the fire ???
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 09, 2012, 01:50:37 pm
Now I must tell you the way Dave(Beserker) rides in the sand. looks like he is behind the wheel of a beach buggy. Just going and now and then those telephone paal bene would touch the sand. I am calling him mr Sandman from now on!

Anyway, eventually we got on the main gravel road going from Garies to Hondeklip baai. It was about 18h00 and was getting dark quickly. Heddles was still on Daves Honda and Dave was smiling ear to ear on Heddles 950SE. What a beaut, one day, one day :drif:

The Honda's light was dead and it was turning dark. Dave swopped back to his bike and rode next to me. They tell me I have some kind of superbright HD something light. It was quite scary hearing this monster thumper at my backwheel and still thinking of Justins sheep as we sped along in now pitch darkness.  The road was OK ish with here and there some spoelslote. That we saw the next morning on the smiley on ROV Rats backwheel.

We got to Hondeklipbaai at a place I have slept before. The Hondehokke,what else, with Attie the owner and his ice cold beer. manne, dit was dieplekker!!

I went looking for the rest of our team but could not find them. We ate kreef and steak at the Rooi Spinnekop restaurant and had almost to much wine.
Next morning the rest of our group, the campers joined us.
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Post by: Snafu on May 09, 2012, 01:51:22 pm
SeeDuiwel, dit is ook net jy wat iemand daar sal raak drink!! :)
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 09, 2012, 02:12:40 pm
Right, I am busy catching the rest of the guys with my RR.
Next morning we went to Koiingnaas to fill the tanks. As we were half a day behind the planned schedule, we decded to cut out some of the tracks and went to Springbok via one or other ecotrail. Was a lekker 2 spoor with lots of springbuck . As mentioned by another comrade before, we parted with Dave when we got to the N7. I still think he was homesick :pot: :ricky: AHHH, youngsters in love! O0

Tired and hungry as we stopped at a reastaurant in Springbok, Altus casually asked me if my backwheel is usaually that flat.
For f$%#@!!
I had a flat . While the rest of the guys went in to get some grub, I asked some locals where a tyreplek is. Sped off while I still had some air left in the tyre and came to this place, not going to say the name.
As it was almost 13h00 and almost closing time, they were not very keen on helping me. The staff member assigned helping me was half drunk from the previous nights party. Growing up with these guys I knew how to get some speed out of him. Slipped him a Tenner and he was speeding repairing the flat. I did the desembling en opsit myself. that R10 was burning a hole in his pocket and he was in a hurry to get to the kantien. When I got back to the rest of my mates, they were just finishing up. I still remember Altus had a huge milkshake for desert. That's now from somebody telling us all the way what to eat and not! :imaposer:
We left for Steinkopft were we refuelled.
It was only a short ride from steinkopft till we got to te turn off.
A nice sandy road, the sand was not that deep that it was at the coast and you could let the horses loose. That's were ROVRat and me got in a bit of trouble for leaving the rest behind, sorry ouens.

These 2 pics are from just before we got to the vally going to the turn off to the hel.

(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld015.jpg)
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld016.jpg)
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Post by: madmax on May 09, 2012, 02:16:45 pm
yes plse
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 09, 2012, 02:26:45 pm
I was riding at the back now, don't want to get bliksemd in the hell.
When we got to the road that leads to the klip at the hell's gate, the guys all stopped.  As the initial plan was to camp at the river, I shot past up the hill to get to the entrance of the hellroad going down to the river. It was quite steepgoing up with here and there some loose boulders. Getting on top I turned around expecting the rest to be following closely.

i took some pictures from the top.
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld017.jpg)
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld018.jpg)
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld019.jpg)
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld020.jpg)

I heard a bike growling in the valley and saw ROVRat coming up. He broke the news that the guys were going to camp at the bottom of the valley.
Michiel also came up and we decided to see if we can drive down to the river. Needless to say, we only did about 150m before we had to stop. The easiest to describe the road is that it looks like soccerballs covering the road. Steep with lots of turns,so you cannot get momentum to get you up there. maybe one day with a stofskoeter!

Here Michiel is making plans to get down.
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld023.jpg)
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld025.jpg)
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 09, 2012, 02:34:43 pm
We went down to camp at the bottom
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld026.jpg)
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld027.jpg)
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld028.jpg)

Sleeping under the stars like that makes you feel very small.
The next mornings sunrise.
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld029.jpg)

You already saw the fotos of the other guys, I'll just throw in mine as well. First one was just comparing my little mik en druk's to Michiels Supersport zoom capabilities. Amazing what technology can do.
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld038.jpg)
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld040.jpg)

Only life!
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld041.jpg)
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Post by: Beserker on May 09, 2012, 02:40:47 pm
I took off while the rest was still fiddling with the tyres. Partly cause I felt I was going to keep the guys waiting, I did not want to be embarressed falling around .....

And there I was thinking "Hell, this guy is fast, how are we supposed to keep up?"    :imaposer:

... of some Branna's and pigblood.

Havn't had that for a while...it was delicious. I can still taste it.
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Post by: JustBendIt on May 09, 2012, 02:40:59 pm
mooi See Duiwel mooi !

Keep it coming - your command of the english language is excellent considering you are a boertjie  :biggrin:

Regards

Soutie
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 09, 2012, 02:45:30 pm
As the Sunday was my birthday and that of my youngest daughter, I decided to leave the guys and turn back. It was the plan to do the hell road but as you see, it's undoable.

While the rest of the comrades went up for some pics, I headed back but not before I saw Heddles taking a sore tumble on the way up. Ah man, respect for you with the cracked ribs!
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld042.jpg)

I took the road towards Cookhouse and turned back towards Steinkopft when I reached the Henkries road. Was nice riding alone in that deserted area, felt like I was on Mars!
Here is my last pics, over and out! Oja, I got a flat at Garies, turned out the bribe came and bit me in the bum! I used a can of tyreweld and it kept till I loaded the bike at Citrusdal. Tightening the straps I saw the tyre going flat!

(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld043.jpg)

(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld045.jpg)
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld051.jpg)
(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld047.jpg)


(http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/roela1/Richtersveld/Ricghtersveld054.jpg)
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Post by: melvman on May 09, 2012, 04:55:29 pm
I was worried that the rest would have past me 'but Koos assured me that no-one has passed them, so I waited, almost for an hour till the guys showed up. looks like hey had lots of sanding while Koos was returning the help I gave him in the form of some Branna's and pigblood.

QUOTE

Met eish, ja, met eish. Respect to you guys! Bold decision by wise men to turn around.
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Post by: ChrisMann on May 09, 2012, 10:00:10 pm
Although this is exactly what I though would happened I am still a bit disappointed. Not that I would attempt this route myself. (anyway not on a DS)

I thought, hell these guys are too tough for the Amageza. I was hoping you would at least attempt the first section of the road. As a group you could helpmekaar back to the top. Just for the fun or some lekker pictures. Dustdevil still think it is possable.

Two things I noticed. See Duiwel did not have knobbies on his bike. You knew that you would need every bit of traction possable. Why put a dual sport tyre on? Were you not serious to do the route in the first place? Also you did not have much water left even before starting the Road to Hell. How well did you guys plan this? You were giving a lot of info and serious warning about water before hand.

Did you really plan to do the Road to Hell or to just go and have a look? Are you okes yanking our chains?

Anyway, it looks like you enjoyed the trip. A trip is a trip ou pel. From your report I can see you are a bunch of lekker ouens. Also very very wise to turn around if you are in doubt. A quality I have lack of. I think there is a plan starting to grow in my head...
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Post by: Beserker on May 09, 2012, 10:55:19 pm
FWIW

Two things I noticed. See Duiwel did not have knobbies on his bike. You knew that you would need every bit of traction possable. Why put a dual sport tyre on? Were you not serious to do the route in the first place?

Quite a bit of technical riding was done before they got there...and Seeduiwel outrode most, even those with full knobblies. Serious enough I would say.

I did not make it all the way, as Seeduiwel said, by Saturday we were close on a day behind our planned (or rather my planned) schedule, and as such I shot for home.
Speaking to Michiel afterwards, I asked him for a comparison in order to form a picture of what to expect, and we used Matrooberg (all the way to the top) and Kreefs MuthaFucka route (all the way to the top)

According to Michiel, Matroosberg is "mak" in comparison, and Kreefs route, if you take the last section after the pines, more or less the same as that, the major diffs is Kreefs route is a couple of metres, whilst this was 14 km...

To quote Michiel:

"Kreef se motherf*cker road comes closer. Those who have attempted this road should take the worst section and lengthen it to many multiples, make it
a bit steeper and then you will have an idea. The difference is that Kreef's road is walking distance from the N1, help, recovery and water. Road to hell is not.
On Kreef's road you go back down when you give up. On the Hell road you are trapped when you give up!"


Pictures always says more, so:

Matroosberg (The "mak" one):

(http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp55/Dustdevil/IMG_0912.jpg)

(http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx207/skedonki/Matroosberg%20by%20Bike/08052010036.jpg)

Are you okes yanking our chains?

Most definately!
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Post by: ChrisMann on May 09, 2012, 11:09:00 pm
You're a good sport Beserker.  :thumleft:
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Post by: Beserker on May 09, 2012, 11:26:15 pm
 :thumleft:
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Post by: JustBendIt on May 10, 2012, 08:18:17 am
I had every intention of riding the ROAD - I don't think I could have prepped myself or my bike better

BUT when I got there I had to make a decision with my head and not my heart (or balls) - beleive me NOBODY wants to beat this road more than I do - I have failed twice and it has only strengthened my resolve to go back and do it and prove to myself that I can do it on a bike - it may be easy for others who are more skilled, fitter, faster, etc but I want to know if I have it in ME to do it

The remoteness of the area played a huge factor in our decision - if the worst were to happen and you have to walk out it would take 3 days to get back to Steinkopf, the nearest town, to get help - It may only be 85 km away but one hell of a walk - No cell reception, limited water and food, riding boots to walk in - eish !

In all my research and "googelising" I have not come across any reports of bikes going in and out - we have discovered a VIRGIN bike road in SA - most probably the only one considering how many people ride in our country - we have to break her cherry!

This trip was not a failure - very important info was learned here and this will be used to better prepare for next time - the most important thing is everyone came back alive and safe and had one HELL of a good ride - nobody can deny that

We are going back - watch this space
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Post by: J-dog on May 10, 2012, 08:20:35 am
I had every intention of riding the ROAD - I don't think I could have prepped myself or my bike better

BUT when I got there I had to make a decision with my head and not my heart (or balls) - beleive me NOBODY wants to beat this road more than I do - I have failed twice and it has only strengthened my resolve to go back and do it and prove to myself that I can do it on a bike - it may be easy for others who are more skilled, fitter, faster, etc but I want to know if I have it in ME to do it

The remoteness of the area played a huge factor in our decision - if the worst were to happen and you have to walk out it would take 3 days to get back to Steinkopf, the nearest town, to get help - It may only be 85 km away but one hell of a walk - No cell reception, limited water and food, riding boots to walk in - eish !

In all my research and "googelising" I have not come across any reports of bikes going in and out - we have discovered a VIRGIN bike road in SA - most probably the only one considering how many people ride in our country - we have to break her cherry!

This trip was not a failure - very important info was learned here and this will be used to better prepare for next time - the most important thing is everyone came back alive and safe and had one HELL of a good ride - nobody can deny that

We are going back - watch this space

just take a 4x4 bakkie along next time  :thumleft:
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Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on May 10, 2012, 09:26:53 am
just take a 4x4 bakkie along next time  :thumleft:

............ and a Sat phone  ;)
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Post by: White Rhino on May 10, 2012, 09:34:03 am
and a Cherry picker :biggrin:
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Post by: punisher on May 10, 2012, 10:15:00 am
AND SUM WIMMEN
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Post by: Michiel on May 10, 2012, 11:13:57 am
Sitting down this morning doing my petty cash count up of the month I relived the trip step by step
as I entered the different slips of food and petrol and other things spent. I have fond memories of the
time away. It sure was a memorable trip but not epic by my standards. For that I had to sweat a bit.

I wish we could have done the road. I took some tablets to treat the river water once we got to it.
I do not think our planning failed outright. We simply underestimated the road. People, take it from me, no
average oke like the majority of us here will ride a DS bike back up that road. It will have to be dragged
along for hundreds of metres in a place with no water and at best a blistering sun bearing down.

I have seen some really talented and respected Wilddog riders ride on difficult trails over the last years.
By watching others one can judge where mortal limits lie. To those that question my summary, go there
and have a look for yourself.

Here is the rest of the video I took. Strung it together quickly with no added effort so please excuse the
bad sound from the poor action cam microphone. In the background you can here HPN 663's Mahle motor
purring away effortlessly.  :)

You Tube is doing something funny to my video selection. Hit the playlist option on the task bar at the bottom
of the video window and choose the first video on the list to play. It is called Richtersveld.

http://www.youtube.com/v/XTTdGzOhaKs&list=UUm_qtk4U2Crzp2eUl9Ss-ZA&index=1&feature=plcp
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Post by: Michiel on May 10, 2012, 11:22:31 am
After making our way to Pofadder the group was scattered all over and left only three of us together.
R-O-V-Rat, Nismark and I decided to ride out into the Northern Cape landscape heading South and to
stop where the sun sets to make camp for the night.

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Richtersveld056.jpg)

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Richtersveld057.jpg)

We literally just pulled off the road in the middle of nowhere and pitched tent. The landscape round
us so flat we could see the curvature of the earth!

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Richtersveld058.jpg)

A strange kind of peace settled over the desolate landscape as we sat there by our tents reflecting
on the trip so far.

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Richtersveld059.jpg)

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Richtersveld060.jpg)
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Post by: subie on May 10, 2012, 12:04:14 pm
Sitting down this morning doing my petty cash count up of the month I relived the trip step by step
as I entered the different slips of food and petrol and other things spent. I have fond memories of the
time away. It sure was a memorable trip but not epic by my standards. For that I had to sweat a bit.

I wish we could have done the road. I took some tablets to treat the river water once we got to it.
I do not think our planning failed outright. We simply underestimated the road. People, take it from me, no
average oke like the majority of us here will ride a DS bike back up that road. It will have to be dragged
along for hundreds of metres in a place with no water and at best a blistering sun bearing down.

I have seen some really talented and respected Wilddog riders ride on difficult trails over the last years.
By watching others one can judge where mortal limits lie. To those that question my summary, go there
and have a look for yourself.

Here is the rest of the video I took. Strung it together quickly with no added effort so please excuse the
bad sound from the poor action cam microphone. In the background you can here HPN 663's Mahle motor
purring away effortlessly.  :)
[/quote
Where is the video  :patch:
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Post by: Michiel on May 10, 2012, 12:33:53 pm
Sorry, just added it. Was waiting for You Tube to churn it out.
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Post by: subie on May 10, 2012, 01:07:45 pm
Sorry, just added it. Was waiting for You Tube to churn it out.

Jy maak great video's. Het gisteraand weer daai een "moments in Namibie " gekyk :thumleft:
O Ja! Jy mag maar bike ry  :imaposer:
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Post by: Hando on May 10, 2012, 06:17:10 pm
Ok , help me out here. I would love to see you ride your bike , but the video is one about 'oom willie' ????
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 10, 2012, 06:23:02 pm
Uilspiel ou maat!
Jammer dat ons/ek jou so teleurstel. Jammer oor my dualsport tyres. Ek het nogal gedink as al die trail bike ouens minder growwe tyres gebruik dit my ook sal help. My water kleppie kraantjie het gelek. Sorry daaroor ook . Sorry dat ek te kak is en jy tekuza! Like jou nog anyway. Klink my jy is 'n moerse tier. Weet jy wat? Ons het nogal regtig gedink ons sal dit kan maak. Hoekom wys jy nie vir ons hoe dit gedoen moet word nie!
Ek wag jou RR
Hoop jy het 'n great aand.
Groetnis
Die Duiwel
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Post by: Hando on May 10, 2012, 06:34:08 pm
Uilspiel ou maat!
Jammer dat ons/ek jou so teleurstel. Jammer oor my dualsport tyres. Ek het nogal gedink as al die trail bike ouens minder growwe tyres gebruik dit my ook sal help. My water kleppie kraantjie het gelek. Sorry daaroor ook . Sorry dat ek te kak is en jy tekuza! Like jou nog anyway. Klink my jy is 'n moerse tier. Weet jy wat? Ons het nogal regtig gedink ons sal dit kan maak. Hoekom wys jy nie vir ons hoe dit gedoen moet word nie!
Ek wag jou RR
Hoop jy het 'n great aand.
Groetnis
Die Duiwel


 :thumleft:  ;)
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Post by: ChrisMann on May 10, 2012, 07:09:03 pm
Uilspiel ou maat!
Jammer dat ons/ek jou so teleurstel. Jammer oor my dualsport tyres. Ek het nogal gedink as al die trail bike ouens minder growwe tyres gebruik dit my ook sal help. My water kleppie kraantjie het gelek. Sorry daaroor ook . Sorry dat ek te kak is en jy tekuza! Like jou nog anyway. Klink my jy is 'n moerse tier. Weet jy wat? Ons het nogal regtig gedink ons sal dit kan maak. Hoekom wys jy nie vir ons hoe dit gedoen moet word nie!
Ek wag jou RR
Hoop jy het 'n great aand.
Groetnis
Die Duiwel

See Duiwel ek vra omverskoning as my post jou ontstel het. Het dit nie as kritiek bedoel. Ek is nie terleurgesteld in julle nie maar vir julle part. Sorry weereens. Bly jy like my nog, beteken dit ek word volgende keer saamgenooi?  ;)
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Post by: Hando on May 10, 2012, 07:11:57 pm
Uilspiel ou maat!
Jammer dat ons/ek jou so teleurstel. Jammer oor my dualsport tyres. Ek het nogal gedink as al die trail bike ouens minder growwe tyres gebruik dit my ook sal help. My water kleppie kraantjie het gelek. Sorry daaroor ook . Sorry dat ek te kak is en jy tekuza! Like jou nog anyway. Klink my jy is 'n moerse tier. Weet jy wat? Ons het nogal regtig gedink ons sal dit kan maak. Hoekom wys jy nie vir ons hoe dit gedoen moet word nie!
Ek wag jou RR
Hoop jy het 'n great aand.
Groetnis
Die Duiwel

See Duiwel ek vra omverskoning as my post jou ontstel het. Het dit nie as kritiek bedoel. Ek is nie terleurgesteld in julle nie maar vir julle part. Sorry weereens. Bly jy like my nog, beteken dit ek word volgende keer saamgenooi?  ;)

That's the way. !!  Ek het ook nogal gedink jy is bietjie 'harsh' met jou vorige post.

Ek vir een is bly om te hoor dit was nie so bedoel nie.

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Post by: ChrisMann on May 10, 2012, 07:21:07 pm
Ek moet liewer nie weer 10:00 in die aand post nie. PUI. Hoop maar See Duiwel (en kie) vergewe my. Ek het baie respek vir enige iemand wat so iets probeer aanpak. Alhoewel ek nie dink dit kan gedoen word nie het ek tog gehoop hulle gaan die roete baasraak.
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Post by: Michiel on May 10, 2012, 08:13:28 pm
Ok , help me out here. I would love to see you ride your bike , but the video is one about 'oom willie' ????

Ah bugger, there must be something wrong with the Tube! It keeps on mixing up my videos... There must be a setting or something...
See the "playlist" button and choose the first video on the list.

http://www.youtube.com/v/XTTdGzOhaKs&list=UUm_qtk4U2Crzp2eUl9Ss-ZA&index=1&feature=plcp
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 11, 2012, 07:25:42 am
Ek moet liewer nie weer 10:00 in die aand post nie. PUI. Hoop maar See Duiwel (en kie) vergewe my. Ek het baie respek vir enige iemand wat so iets probeer aanpak. Alhoewel ek nie dink dit kan gedoen word nie het ek tog gehoop hulle gaan die roete baasraak.
No worries, ons kry mekaar eendag op die pad en vat 'n kouetjie saam.  Lekker naweek.
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Post by: Beserker on May 11, 2012, 08:14:31 am
Ek het nogal gedink as al die trail bike ouens minder growwe tyres gebruik dit my ook sal help.

Boer maak 'n plan...

Wat van die een (2 wheel drive DS met ligte en als):

(http://www.christini.com/wp-content/uploads/awd450DSheader.jpg)
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Post by: tau on May 11, 2012, 08:35:07 am
Ek moet liewer nie weer 10:00 in die aand post nie. PUI. Hoop maar See Duiwel (en kie) vergewe my. Ek het baie respek vir enige iemand wat so iets probeer aanpak. Alhoewel ek nie dink dit kan gedoen word nie het ek tog gehoop hulle gaan die roete baasraak.
No worries, ons kry mekaar eendag op die pad en vat 'n kouetjie saam.  Lekker naweek.

Julle twee ou donners nou klaar gefight. :biggrin:

meer kiekies asb manne.

Just a thought....om met 'n trailer en plastics te gaan en die roete te doen gaan nie dieselfde wees nie. Dammit mens sal 'n chopper op standby in die geheim moet he en dit dan gaan doen soos julle wou met net jou bike en makkers, die risiko is die ding wat dit sal great/stupid/noodlottig  maak.

Laat ek raai Nismark het vir Dusty Rusty verlang dus die eitnlike rede vir die omdraai  >:D
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Post by: DUSTRIDERS on May 11, 2012, 08:42:30 am
Gawe RR manne. :thumleft:
Klomp skilled ryers en n good call om dit nie te waag.
Wat van om n backup voertuig te vat met n lang winchkabel en dan doen julle dit met dieselfde fietse. :mwink:
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Post by: JustBendIt on May 11, 2012, 08:49:15 am
Gawe RR manne. :thumleft:
Klomp skilled ryers en n good call om dit nie te waag.
Wat van om n backup voertuig te vat met n lang winchkabel en dan doen julle dit met dieselfde fietse. :mwink:

Is very possible

I know that I need to be fitter and lighter - gonna have to hit Tokai forest on my MTB every day for a few months months - pedal my arse off and practise technical low speed riding

Any decent bakkie with diff lock will get to the start of road to hell - however you will need a serious 4X4 to actaully drive the ROAD and be able to get back out again
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Post by: Sir Rat on May 11, 2012, 09:37:12 am
I have read the RR's and they are awesome guys. Thanks for the time you took to do them.  :3some:

I can probably also type a long post about who did what and why and bla bla bla. But no.

I would just like to say thank you to every one of the guys on the ride it was awesome to ride with each one of you. I will rather ride a trip with any of you then sit in a office any day.  :ricky:

To Michiel and Heddles. You guys are tough buggers to ride as well as you did being in so much pain. Well done.


About Die Hell pad.

I will be back and she will be ridden on a DS bike. Planning it correctly is where the secret lies.  :deal:

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Beserker on May 11, 2012, 10:10:31 am

About Die Hell pad.


 :3some:

 :thumleft:

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Post by: Spore on May 11, 2012, 10:16:23 am
Julle groep manne het die trip met n oorwinning ge-eindig - n oorwinning oor julle-self! Eks oortuig dat hierdie pad nog deur lede van hierdie groep oorwin sal woord ...! Dankie vd moeite om met ons te deel. Groot respek! :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: See Duiwel on May 11, 2012, 10:50:21 am
will be back and she will be ridden on a DS bike. Planning it correctly is where the secret lies. 

Nou toe, so bek moet jêm kry ;)
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Rickus on May 11, 2012, 11:17:50 am
will be back and she will be ridden on a DS bike. Planning it correctly is where the secret lies. 

Nou toe, so bek moet jêm kry ;)

Manne los nou daai pad uit....as iemand die blerrie pad eendag gaan oorwin sal dit beteken ek moet dit mos darem ook TRY, en ek wil dit rerig nie doen nie....ek het ook al daar af geloer en ek kry hoedervleis as ek dink hoe my bike gaan lyk na die probeerslag. Een ding is seker...as jy nog nie daar was en gesien het hoe dit lyk nie kan jy jouself rerig nie probeer oortuig van hoe ongerep en hopeloos onmoontlik die HELL ROAD lyk nie....
Manne julle is almal ysters in my boek en ek dink julle het n wyse besluit geneem om die stukkie godsverlate paadjie n mis te gee, want daar sal man en fiets sy heiland ontmoet. Volgende keer maak ons n trip soontoe en ons vat BAIE wyn saam dan kamp ons bo by die pad se begin en as ons almal lekker ge-wyn is dan vertel ons mekaar van hoe maklik ons dit sou kon doen toe ons almal so n paar jaar jonger was voordat Gout en rumatiek en hoe brandstof pryse ons gebriek het...of hoe??
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Spore on May 11, 2012, 11:39:48 am
Enige iemand n idee wie daai pad gebou het, wanneer en hoe? Ek glo nie die ou was heelemal lekker na die tyd nie!?
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: fat b on May 11, 2012, 12:02:32 pm
I have read the RR's and they are awesome guys. Thanks for the time you took to do them.  :3some:

I can probably also type a long post about who did what and why and bla bla bla. But no.

I would just like to say thank you to every one of the guys on the ride it was awesome to ride with each one of you. I will rather ride a trip with any of you then sit in a office any day.  :ricky:

To Michiel and Heddles. You guys are tough buggers to ride as well as you did being in so much pain. Well done.


About Die Hell pad.

I will be back and she will be ridden on a DS bike. Planning it correctly is where the secret lies.  :deal:


Till now I have been in disbelieve ! In the back of my mind I was holding out the hope that you guys wer shitting us about not attemting that road! I know how tough Michiel and Dusty are and I know how tough and COMPETITIVE you are ROVRAT ! You guys made the right descision , but I know you will be back and I know that road will be conquered :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Beserker on May 11, 2012, 12:02:48 pm
Enige iemand n idee wie daai pad gebou het, wanneer en hoe? Ek glo nie die ou was heelemal lekker na die tyd nie!?

There is an old abandoned mine down there that you can visit.

 – a pass built by prospectors for mining vehicles in the ’50s ... and since then, no maintenance.   :mwink:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Beserker on May 11, 2012, 12:15:57 pm
Some more, from 4x4 forums:

We will not try to conquer Road-to-Hell again because the campsite and riverfront are not a place to take people you actually like and the road itself is nearly non-existent. It took us 4 hours to cover the last 200m! Not again.

It seems, on average, it takes a 4x4 between 9 and 24 hours to conquer the 12 km..

http://www.overland.co.za/travel_reports/Roland_Bergh/The_road_to_Hell.html (http://www.overland.co.za/travel_reports/Roland_Bergh/The_road_to_Hell.html)
and the pics
http://overland.co.za/Photo_Albums/Roland/Richtersveld/01_Start_Rd_to_Hell.html (http://overland.co.za/Photo_Albums/Roland/Richtersveld/01_Start_Rd_to_Hell.html)

and more

http://www.leisurewheels.co.za/features/hellish-path-to-paradise/ (http://www.leisurewheels.co.za/features/hellish-path-to-paradise/)
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Crossed-up on May 11, 2012, 01:06:33 pm
I noticed the Cytec ad in Offroad and Adventure SA has a KTM standing next to a sign saying, "Road to Hell".  Clearly a misleading ad.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Beserker on May 11, 2012, 01:09:38 pm
I noticed the Cytec ad in Offroad and Adventure SA has a KTM standing next to a sign saying, "Road to Hell".  Clearly a misleading ad.  :imaposer:

Not....According to pop culture, the guy is about to start maintaining that KTM, and considering my budget...it is more or less spot on.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: JACOVV on May 11, 2012, 03:15:19 pm
All I can say, is:

RESPECT TO YOU ALL
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Kykdaar on May 11, 2012, 03:23:25 pm
Great RR guys :thumleft:

That sand tracks alone would have been my road to hell.

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: fat b on May 11, 2012, 03:30:07 pm
Great RR guys :thumleft:

That sand tracks alone would have been my road to hell.


:laughing4:  :imaposer: Mine to ! I could hardly get through the sand at the gate of the CABC last year  :imaposer:
Sad really  :-\
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 11, 2012, 07:46:05 pm
Ligter bikes manne, ligter bikes. Daar is die geheim.  Weer die ou argument van jy moet eintlik 2 D/S bikes he, een vir lang toer[1200/990] en een vir speel. Maar soos hier gesien help dit jou niks jy kom tot by die uitdaging op jou langpadvreter nie.
Meeste van julle op die trip ken my persoonlik, so weet dat ek nie op julle reflekteer nie.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 11, 2012, 08:04:58 pm
Ligter bikes manne, ligter bikes. Daar is die geheim.  Weer die ou argument van jy moet eintlik 2 D/S bikes he, een vir lang toer[1200/990] en een vir speel. Maar soos hier gesien help dit jou niks jy kom tot by die uitdaging op jou langpadvreter nie.
Meeste van julle op die trip ken my persoonlik, so weet dat ek nie op julle reflekteer nie.

So true

Keep watching this space - part 7 is coming - sorry for the delay - been vrek busy at work this week - gonna knuckle down at the keyboard this weekend
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Mark Hardy on May 11, 2012, 09:07:33 pm
All I have to say is respect to you guys, you went out to ride a track but then made a call that it would be worth doing at that time. Sometimes it takes more balls to say no than to foolishly try something. Maybe next time you will have more time, be better prepared both physically and mentally.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Heimer on May 11, 2012, 11:46:18 pm
Thanks for going all the way and showing us what is looks like. You are all top class riders.

I like Rickus' suggesiton - I will drink at the start and reminisce about a time that never was...  ;D
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: Breekbeen on May 12, 2012, 12:31:27 am
Julle is kak. Kan julle nie klippe ry nie, ek is baie teleurgesteld.

 :xxbah:







Nee ouens ek spot sommer net, hoop ek kan so iets doen as ek eendag groot is,
RESPEK vir julle, geniet die RR baie.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 6 now up - see the ROAD)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 12, 2012, 06:39:02 am
PART 7

We all make it back down safely and gather up our few remaining belongings at the bottom and strap the stuff to the bikes – we must now ride out of this valley the same way we come in – a fair bit of sand and even more rocks – it is not long before I am sweating again.

Heddles and I were at the back – both tired but Heddles very stiff and sore by now. In some parts the sand was very thick and the road very twisty – inevitably he put the big SE down, a few times, and I stopped to help pick him and the bike up. Heddles was not having fun. It was clear we were seriously holding up the rest of the guys - not fair on them.

The group waited for us up ahead in some clear ground. We decided to split up – Heddles and I would ride away from the mountains in search of the big gravel road to Pofadder – this would be much easier for him. Dustdevil was headed towards the GKG BMW gathering in Onseepkans and Rovrat and Nismark were eager to get some serious miles under the belt that day and try and make it into the Cederberg. Michiel decided to join them.

We line up for one last group photo – it was now midday on Sunday 29 April.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-6TpJ2zS/0/L/65-L.jpg)

Before anybody jumps to any conclusions let me say that this was always the plan – there was no animosity or bad vibes. Everybody had a different time frame on when they needed to be back home – Heddles and I were lucky to have a pass for the entire 5 day “weekend” and were only expected home on the Tuesday – the other guys were not so lucky I guess.

We bid our farewells and they ride off. Heddles and I watch them go until they vanish from the horizon. All we can hear is the thrum from the Mahle motor on Michiel’s HPN.

It is just the 2 of us from now on.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-7Jq77L8/0/L/66-L.jpg)

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-G8ccHCm/0/L/67-L.jpg)

We have a problem – Heddles has absolutely no water left – remember he gave See Duiwel a whole 1.5l bottle that morning to make coffee with.I have been sharing mine with him all day – I have about 200 ml left – I am worried – the only thing worse than running out of petrol in an area like this is to run out of water. Without water we are fucked – within a few hours of this kind of exertion dehydration sets in and from then on it is a downward spiral.

I will openly admit that this was bad planning on my part – I have two 3l bladders in my backpack but had only filled one because I wanted to carry less weight. I was silently cursing Heddles for giving away his water. It is always hot here – the sun is always shining – it is not one of the driest places in the world for nothing.

We ride on – heading away from the mountains – not following any GPS because I knew we must hit the road somewhere – it could not be more than 20 km away. The paths in this area all criss cross – every few hundred metres we take a turn to maintain our southward heading.

After an hour or so I spot something ahead – a green JoJo rain tank and a watering trough for the few sheep and goats that are farmed in this area. Water.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-VZ8Zb6d/0/L/68-L.jpg)

We are saved. I use my shifting spanner to open the tap – water runs slowly through the fabric pipe and Heddles gingerly tastes it after asking if I think it’s OK to drink – if it’s good enough for animals its good enough for us I tell him. The water is cool and sweet – I honestly can’t remember water tasting this good. We drink greedily – filling our bellies and then our hydration packs – I fill both bladders this time – I am not taking any more chances. As the water goes down I can feel our spirits lifting – life is good again.

We find the road – a nice wide open gravel highway with patches of soft sand to keep you alert. Soon we are bopping along at 120 and finally putting some miles behind us.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-thwFHGS/0/L/75-L.jpg)

A big doringboom ahead invites us to take a rest under its shade

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-C5SVgN6/0/L/69-L.jpg)

 It is now 3 pm. My plan is to overnight at Klein Pella – about 50 km from where we are now. There is a beautiful and very well appointed guest house on the Karstens Boerdery date farm – I know they offer rondavels for R100 pp – more importantly they will have cold beer.

We arrive unannounced and are welcomed with open arms. The people here always friendly, always hospitable – even on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-Dtr7BFf/0/L/70-L.jpg)

Each rondavel sleeps 4 in 2 double bunk beds. I ask if we can please each have our own one – Heddles snores like you cannot believe – not a nice deep rumble but more like a dying man taking his last breath – gasping and choking – you want to wake him up to save his life but realise he is actually sleeping very soundly - you however are lying there awake thinking of ways to kill him in his sleep and make it look like natural causes - on a previous trip I was going to fart in his open mouth and then suffocate him with a pillow.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-mMkqqWP/0/L/71-L.jpg)

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-xvRsHP3/0/L/72-L.jpg)

We grab a cold beer and sit on the stoep to relax. We are both stuffed – we decide to grab forty winks before we braai later.What follows is possibly the best one hour Sunday afternoon  nap I have ever had in my life – I wake up refreshed and famished – I need food – and more beer

The guest house has provided us each with a “braai pack” consisting of 2 lamb chops, 2 stukke boerewors, mielie bread and butter, rice salad, piesang en boontjie slaai and malva pudding with custard. It was fantastic !

The fire is lit

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-pgTNFdJ/0/L/74-L.jpg)

and the sun sets over the mountains

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-XXdZnjg/0/L/73-L.jpg)

Another tough day in Africa. Life is good.

To be continued ...
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: subie on May 12, 2012, 06:50:12 am
Ek hardloop soos n druggie vir my daily fix kort kort na hierdie thread. Great stuff :thumleft:
Ek is n commited XT660R fan (most DS bike I can just not afford :-)
Maar hierdie foto van julle twee Ktm's is pragtig. Die bikes lyk mean en 100% vir daardie wereld  :ricky:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: MX Junkie on May 12, 2012, 09:20:19 am
I can totally relate to the water and snorring episodes  :biggrin:

Why do I get the feeling that there are still a few more surprizes........................ :coffee2:

Gr8 stuff!!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: ChinaPete on May 12, 2012, 05:38:38 pm
Really enjoying this report, so many twists and turns plus the fact that you did to a certain extent do your own thing, just like the report, good stuff. From the 4x4 forum links the road to hell looks and sounds like a real bastid but one that would be good to conquer. Hats off to Heddles for riding all the way with broken ribs and all, many would have turned around, and the the same to the rest of the crew for the way you handled the group dynamics, it could have gotten real testy. Anyway, the entire route (so far) looks like one for the bucket list, nice one fella's and thanks for taking the time to post :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: Kykdaar on May 12, 2012, 06:25:33 pm
Man i hosed myself at this -

Heddles snores like you cannot believe – not a nice deep rumble but more like a dying man taking his last breath – gasping and choking – you want to wake him up to save his life but realise he is actually sleeping very soundly - you however are lying there awake thinking of ways to kill him in his sleep and make it look like natural causes - on a previous trip I was going to fart in his open mouth and then suffocate him with a pillow.

The few riding buddies who have had the unfortunate experience to share a room with me will have deep symphathy with you  :laughing4:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: Rynet on May 12, 2012, 06:56:32 pm
Lekker RR guys , I enjoyed the different input from the different guys . Everyone has their own unique story. :thumleft: I agree with Rickus this is the kind of road you just sit at the top of and drink wine and discuss rather than actually ride   :imaposer:. Think you would have to be a Kamikaze nutter to attempt to ride it . :mwink:

And btw Justin , you write very well , you must do it more often . You kept us in suspence long enough, yet even by not riding the Hell Road you still manage to keep us enthralled. :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: ChinaPete on May 12, 2012, 07:09:52 pm
Ek hardloop soos n druggie vir my daily fix kort kort na hierdie thread. Great stuff :thumleft:
Ek is n commited XT660R fan (most DS bike I can just not afford :-)
Maar hierdie foto van julle twee Ktm's is pragtig. Die bikes lyk mean en 100% vir daardie wereld  :ricky:

Have to agree, those 950's without their clothes on look like they belong O0
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: Michiel on May 12, 2012, 09:05:56 pm
Having slept a peaceful and remarkably comfortable night Nismark, R-O-V-Rat and I woke to
our last day of riding.

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Richtersveld061.jpg)

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Richtersveld062.jpg)

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Richtersveld063.jpg)

After packing up we headed towards Loeriesfontein for breakfast. I saw Justin and Headley again
at the end of the day where we got back to the cars and trailered back to Cape Town. All in all
it was a good trip. Maybe a bit rushed as there were numerous little roads I wanted to explore
but we had a schedule to keep. Though I have conflicting thoughts about the Road to Hell I will
have to resist and remind myself what I experienced there that day. Dusty and I will have to agree
to disagree on this one.

(http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy218/ethakotze/Richtersveld064.jpg)
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: Jovan on May 13, 2012, 07:33:35 am
Respect dudes :notworthy:

What an awesome RR!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: Heddles on May 13, 2012, 09:55:27 am
Yeah guys....

Amazing bunch of guys. Never to busy to assist with advice, even though I know I did slow the pack down.
We all had our little stories to tell and in all, I think it was a great one.
I will do it again and this time, plan better, a bit more time and a different bike, which is in the process of being bought as we speak.

Snoring, is something that I have always had a problem with and warn everyone before a group decides where to sleep for the night. No warning however will ever prepare you for the noise I believe I make..

I want to do this again and explore more of the area we were in. Justin has a really good history on his GPS, which would really help us on the next trip. He also has a good memory for places that stand out from the rest for whatever reason they do.
I feel I might have bitten off a bit more than I could chew, having only had the SE for a short while, before taking on this ride. The bike is a slight bit heavy for me and especially in such technical stuff..
Oh well.. There will be a next time and though I will say right now that I will walk the road to hell and not ride it, I will enjoy the ride to and from the location as much as the next guy.

Well done on a really great RR Justin, You do us all proud..
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: subie on May 13, 2012, 10:07:57 am
Yeah guys....

Amazing bunch of guys. Never to busy to assist with advice, even though I know I did slow the pack down.
We all had our little stories to tell and in all, I think it was a great one.
I will do it again and this time, plan better, a bit more time and a different bike, which is in the process of being bought as we speak.

Snoring, is something that I have always had a problem with and warn everyone before a group decides where to sleep for the night. No warning however will ever prepare you for the noise I believe I make..

I want to do this again and explore more of the area we were in. Justin has a really good history on his GPS, which would really help us on the next trip. He also has a good memory for places that stand out from the rest for whatever reason they do.
I feel I might have bitten off a bit more than I could chew, having only had the SE for a short while, before taking on this ride. The bike is a slight bit heavy for me and especially in such technical stuff..
Oh well.. There will be a next time and though I will say right now that I will walk the road to hell and not ride it, I will enjoy the ride to and from the location as much as the next guy.

Well done on a really great RR Justin, You do us all proud..

Your a tough man Heddles. Even though we cannot be all "fast" you slogged on despite some serious setbacks. Would be interesting to know what bike you are getting. That Ktm is pretty, but much to much bike for me and my rides I am hoping to do.
Respect  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: See Duiwel on May 13, 2012, 10:12:23 am
The snoring I can voutch for!Shared a room with Heddles in Hondeklip baai. Luckily a bottle of red and a few brannas with Beserker made me quite deaf so, like the ride to Hell. It is not undoable :laughing4:
Just prepare in advance.
Heddles, I'll swop you my CRF230 for that mean SE. Good day to you mate.
R
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 13, 2012, 10:30:21 am
Yeah guys....

Amazing bunch of guys. Never to busy to assist with advice, even though I know I did slow the pack down.
We all had our little stories to tell and in all, I think it was a great one.
I will do it again and this time, plan better, a bit more time and a different bike, which is in the process of being bought as we speak.

Snoring, is something that I have always had a problem with and warn everyone before a group decides where to sleep for the night. No warning however will ever prepare you for the noise I believe I make..

I want to do this again and explore more of the area we were in. Justin has a really good history on his GPS, which would really help us on the next trip. He also has a good memory for places that stand out from the rest for whatever reason they do.
I feel I might have bitten off a bit more than I could chew, having only had the SE for a short while, before taking on this ride. The bike is a slight bit heavy for me and especially in such technical stuff..
Oh well.. There will be a next time and though I will say right now that I will walk the road to hell and not ride it, I will enjoy the ride to and from the location as much as the next guy.

Well done on a really great RR Justin, You do us all proud..

hey Heddles - Stop making excuses  :laughing4: You are quite old already - not too much riding time left in you - if we had to wait for you to learn how to ride again we would only have been ready for this trip in 2052

In my experience there is no ONE perfect bike for any trip - a lighter smaller bike would have kakked on the long sections just as our big bikes were a handful in the tight stuff - after all the bikes I have had I think my SE is a very good all rounder for what I do with it

hey everybody else - Heddles and I are both looking at WR450's ....light and powerful - perfect for the next RTH attempt - I will tow it up the N7 and then wheelie all the way to the Orange River and back over the RTH

Heddles in fact has a small collection of 13 motorcycles - there is always space for 1 more

... and we are both keeping our SE's so don't get too excited
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: subie on May 13, 2012, 10:43:20 am
Nou hoe oud is Heddles dan :imaposer:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: Rynet on May 13, 2012, 10:56:18 am
So whats the tally on the road ? RovRat ,DustDevil ,See Duiwel and Justin PF says yes it is doable ( with more prep and less weight ) and Heddles and Michiel says no the road is undoable ?

Must say if Michiel , having gone riding up and down those impossibly steep mountain tracks in Lesotho three times in three years says no , then I would trust his opinion .  :mwink:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: Heddles on May 13, 2012, 12:51:51 pm
Ha ha ha.. So many questions and opinions.. Justin.. Have some respect for your elders.. Ha ha ha....

I am 48.

Doing it on a smaller bike just means to me that you take slower routes and enjoy more of the scenery..

I am still fitter than most so riding as was proved when I was on the XR650, even with injuries, is doable and possible.

I have a friend who is looking for a crf 230. so let me know if you are serious about moving it.. My SE, however, is not for sale. I calculate it will still be around when I die. I made the mistake of selling a bike and not having two wheels once before.. Never again.. Unless I am bedridden, which ain't gonna be happening in a hurry.

Looking at a WR 450, which I am buying...
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 13, 2012, 03:25:34 pm
PART 8 – THE FINAL CHAPTER

I slept that night like the dead – helped along by a full tummy and a bottle of KWV’s finest Pinotage
I did not even hear Heddles' snoring in the tin rondavel next to me

I think we both awoke very refreshed and rejuvenated – ready to tackle another day.

After settling our bill and packing our bikes we hit the start buttons to be rewarded by the awesome rhythmic beat of the two SE’s double exhausts.

This KTM has been the most reliable bike I have ever had – in 20 000 km it has never let me down once. Heddles, a qualified master mechanic, had prepped both our bikes and had done a fantastic and superb job – even going so far as replacing the standard hydraulic cam chain tensioners with manual versions, enabling him to fine tune the tension on the cam chains which ensures a quiet and rattle free start every time – I highly recommend this mod if you have an LC8 that you plan to grow old with – it will prevent unnecessary wear and very costly replacement later on

Pofadder was 45 km away - we needed to go there first to refuel. We filled the bikes at the small Shell garage and it was there that we decided we would shoot for home today – I have two little boys – Jack is 3 and Charlie is 8 months – I wanted to be able to spend tomorrow at home with my wife Victoria and the two little guys.

Soon we were on our way – heading in a south westerly direction back to the bakkie in Citrusdal – we had about 500 km to ride and then another 200 km drive back to Cape Town.

We were shown the way to a gravel road that would take us to the N7 just north of Vanrhynsdorp via a small little farming settlement called Kliprand.

This is where the big bikes came into their own – to avoid one person riding in the dust we rode next to each other on the longest straightest gravel road I have ever seen – mostly sitting at 120 kph but sometimes at 160 kph – it is awesome to be able to ride like this and to be able to completely trust the rider next to you – you have to accept and understand that no matter what happens you cannot swerve across the road – you hold your line and keep the bike straight.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-f9RGxnH/0/L/77-L.jpg)

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-Fvm6fJs/0/L/76-L.jpg)

It is almost exactly 200 km from Pofadder to Kliprand – before long the SE’s had gobbled up this distance and we were there. Heddles bike is more responsive than mine but has always seemed to be thirstier too. Even though we did not need more fuel we filled up anyway to do a fuel consumption comparison – we had both just ridden exactly the same distance at the same speed – my bike used 14 l and Heddles used 16 l – a difference of 14% more – his bike must have bigger jets in the carbs which would explain why it feels more urgent than mine.

50 odd km out of Kliprand we hit the N7.

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-B4NvNMp/0/L/78-L.jpg)

(http://powerflowjustin.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ROAD-TO-HELL-2012/i-hLKvcjJ/0/L/79-L.jpg)

We are not allergic to tar like some of our other gravel-travellers. In fact I enjoy a good piece of the black stuff and we had 250 km of this to get back to Citrusdal. We rode carefully to Vanrhynsdorp where we pumped the tyres lekker hard and we twisted those throttles as hard as we could.

This for me was another very lekker part of the trip – speeds ranging from 120 – 190 and my SE seemed to pull harder and harder the faster we went. I do not condone nor practise silly riding behaviour – we were riding fast and hard but were safe – maintaining good distance between the 2 of us and other road users.

This part of the N7 has lots of flowing corners and some nice rolling hills and we were having a jol.

We pulled into Citrusdal at 3 pm and not 10 minutes later it started to rain – what good timing! Michiel pulled up a few minutes after us and we helped each other load bikes on bakkies and trailers.

An uneventful and slow, but safe drive home was over before we knew it - we were back home.

The ride was over – but certainly not forgotten

My thanks to every single one of my 7 fellow riders - you know who you are - each one of you brought something different and special to the party - a fantastic 4 day riding party - I will not hesitate to ride with you again.

We will go back and we will beat that ROAD – on bikes – it simply has to be done.

THE END
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Post by: Mzee on May 13, 2012, 03:33:26 pm
Excellent report.  Make my heart pulse. :ricky: :thumleft:
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Post by: JustBendIt on May 13, 2012, 04:17:06 pm
Excellent report.  Make my heart pulse. :ricky: :thumleft:

Thank You

It is good feedback like this that makes writing this report worth the effort

Thanks to all those who gave positive comments and to everyone for the 3000 plus views so far
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: Heddles on May 13, 2012, 04:54:47 pm
So whats the tally on the road ? RovRat ,DustDevil ,See Duiwel and Justin PF says yes it is doable ( with more prep and less weight ) and Heddles and Michiel says no the road is undoable ?

Must say if Michiel , having gone riding up and down those impossibly steep mountain tracks in Lesotho three times in three years says no , then I would trust his opinion .  :mwink:


If... and only if.... You are a Trials rider and  then not even the best, I would say that it is a very possible ride, on very light motorcrossers or trials machines.. If you want to do it on an adventure bike, which with it's baggage weighs in at over 150 kilos, be prepared for a really hard time.. Notice. I didn't say ride. The reason is, I believe, that the ride there and back will be awesome.. The actual conquering of the RTH.. Well, that will be a "time"..

I love riding bikes. My experience has taken a back seat in the development due to the time constraints of my work. Both current and previous. Either way. as long as it blows my hair back, while I still have it, I will ride. I will get better. Justin, don't stress buddy.. I am not as kak a rider as you make out.. We will see when the Yammies are here...
You are a great mate though and love riding with you.. Always reading the route, the bikes and the people well.. Always looking out for the next guy...

Yeah.. Great RR.. There will be more...
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Post by: JustBendIt on May 13, 2012, 05:44:20 pm
You are a great mate though and love riding with you.. Always reading the route, the bikes and the people well.. Always looking out for the next guy...

Yeah.. Great RR.. There will be more...

Don't gay it up so much china  :ricky:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Heddles on May 13, 2012, 07:23:11 pm
It's okay.. The guys already all know.. (",)

Not supposed to use that word.. It's the new South Africa!!!!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Buff on May 13, 2012, 08:08:54 pm
Lekka report, thanks for sharing the experience  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: White Rhino on May 14, 2012, 06:11:21 am
Great report gents - you all did what you had to do - without gripe - it seems like the RTH remains a mystery for now :thumleft:

One day all will be revealed  - I hope that I'm still alive to read it and appreciate it :biggrin:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Malibu on May 14, 2012, 08:11:02 am
Love the RR, really enjoyed the input from the others, really expanded the view on the story...

Thanks for sharing! ;D
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: YamaV on May 14, 2012, 08:19:14 am
Awesome RR guys, thanks for the effort put in, it was a great read, liked the parallel story lines  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: ChrisMann on May 14, 2012, 09:20:02 am
Sjoe, what a lekker read. Being glued to this thread. Great report from all the riders. Will keep an eye on Planning a Ride: THE ROAD TO HELL - THE RETURN!  :ricky:

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on May 14, 2012, 09:22:13 am
So this Road to Hell is much worse than Van Zyl's pass then?

I hope you try it again. :deal:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Sir Rat on May 14, 2012, 09:54:41 am
So this Road to Hell is much worse than Van Zyl's pass then?

I hope you try it again. :deal:

Kom jy saam volgende keer.   :ricky:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on May 14, 2012, 10:45:10 am
So this Road to Hell is much worse than Van Zyl's pass then?

I hope you try it again. :deal:

Kom jy saam volgende keer.   :ricky:
Ek dink nie ek sal eers die pas haal nie. :biggrin:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: DirtyHarry on May 14, 2012, 11:58:25 am
Lovely guys. I like happy endings.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: ktmmer on May 14, 2012, 01:02:27 pm
This RR ranks as one of the top RR on this site.  Thank you !
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: XT JOE on May 14, 2012, 02:32:06 pm
 :thumleft: nice writing/reading, is there a map, liked the the return route, the pellas and the like!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Kerritz on May 14, 2012, 03:51:01 pm
Vely vely naais!!  :thumleft:

Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Heddles on May 14, 2012, 09:14:34 pm
Yeah Justin.. Forgot to ask you today if you had a map, which the guys can see the route on...? Sure someone might be able to assist.. Michiel maybe..?
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Dusty Rusty on May 15, 2012, 01:48:24 pm
Klein geskenkie wat Nismark vir my saamgebring het. 

Twee klein klippies van die pad na die Hel en 'n skedeltjie.  Wonder nogals watter diertjie dit kon wees.   

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: See Duiwel on May 15, 2012, 04:40:06 pm
Vra hom mooi, ek dink hy het 'n diamantjie ook opgetel. O ja, hy moet mos vir jou vra. LOL!!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Dusty Rusty on May 15, 2012, 04:49:08 pm
ek weet jy terg nou, maar jy maak my baie skaam!
 
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Sir Rat on May 15, 2012, 05:26:16 pm
ek weet jy terg nou, maar jy maak my baie skaam!
 

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: subie on May 15, 2012, 05:33:19 pm
Dink die thread  gaan nou nog so n rukkie aangaan   :imaposer:

 :ricky:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Sir Rat on May 15, 2012, 06:09:23 pm
Dink die thread  gaan nou nog so n rukkie aangaan   :imaposer:

 :ricky:

Hier is die Hel pad se roete. Van die afdraai wat die pad begin tot by die rivier is 14km. Die moeilike deel is net 5 km lank. Ons was onder die indruk gestel dat die moeilike deel 14km lank is.  :-\


Ek dink met die regte inligting en goeie beplanning gaan ons die ene se ruggie breek op n DS bike Subie.

Gaan jy vir ons back-up ry Subie?

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Sir Rat on May 15, 2012, 06:17:38 pm
 :ricky:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: subie on May 15, 2012, 06:29:37 pm
Vrou het vanaand gese nog 3 weke dan kan ek my splinternuwe XT gaan koop.
My XT gaan so gebaba raak die eerste ruk. Ek diet selfs en oefen dat ek darem sonder hulp net kan opklim.
Daai trippie is buite my league vir nou maar as ek kan gewig verloor........ :patch:   :imaposer:

 :ricky:

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: madmax on May 15, 2012, 06:40:09 pm
awesome stuff ........... no shame at not doing it, seems like the wise choice was made..........maybe next time on the crf230 or wr450 and love the new smiley face i just learned (",)
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Heddles on May 16, 2012, 05:57:05 am
(",).... And to all the guys following the thread who can't understand Afrikaans, drop one of us a mail if you want something translated...

WR's ready and waiting.. Paid for, just needs to find it's way from EC to WC...
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Heddles on May 16, 2012, 06:00:01 am
:ricky:

Hey R-O-V-Rat... Was thinking more along the lines of the entire route that you guys rode, than the RTH specifically.. Any chance you could assist there buddy...?
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: White Rhino on May 16, 2012, 06:00:29 am
That Topo route looks like a troll's fingerprint :biggrin:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Sir Rat on May 16, 2012, 06:28:39 am
:ricky:

Hey R-O-V-Rat... Was thinking more along the lines of the entire route that you guys rode, than the RTH specifically.. Any chance you could assist there buddy...?

Grats on the WR heddles. Very nice bike.

I will download it of me gps and send it to ya.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: fat b on May 17, 2012, 02:57:45 pm
Klein geskenkie wat Nismark vir my saamgebring het. 

Twee klein klippies van die pad na die Hel en 'n skedeltjie.  Wonder nogals watter diertjie dit kon wees.   


Hey Dusty , dis 'n dassie skedel ''rock hyrax''  :thumleft:

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Heddles on May 17, 2012, 06:23:35 pm
:ricky:

Hey R-O-V-Rat... Was thinking more along the lines of the entire route that you guys rode, than the RTH specifically.. Any chance you could assist there buddy...?

Grats on the WR heddles. Very nice bike.

I will download it of me gps and send it to ya.  :thumleft:

Thanks man!!! Yeah, that WR.. Looking forward to that...
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Dusty Rusty on May 18, 2012, 08:04:39 am
Klein geskenkie wat Nismark vir my saamgebring het. 

Twee klein klippies van die pad na die Hel en 'n skedeltjie.  Wonder nogals watter diertjie dit kon wees.   


Hey Dusty , dis 'n dassie skedel ''rock hyrax''  :thumleft:



 :thumleft:  Dankie meneer B!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Orangeswifty on May 18, 2012, 08:21:56 am
Thanks Justin and others for a great ride report
It seems like you okes did the wise thing
If riders of your caliber could not, even with SE's contemplate the road it must be hell itself

I for one, at the risk of sounding a little windgat do not believe that there is a road which can not be ridden with a 2 wheel motorcycle
There is of course a couple of variables one has to take into consideration. Back-up, size, weight, rider ability etc etc...........
Yes - you may not be able to do the whole trip on a preferred bike as the smaller one cylinders are kak on the open road and the heavier twins kak in technical stuff.

Must say - since the Amageza i have completely changed my point of view on what can be done and what can't with the heavy DS bikes.
I for one believe that if you trailer to the nearest dorp on the N7 and ride from there, camp in the shcpot and do the road on 300's, 390's 400's 450's with proper back up and planning, the road may be doable
I for one definitely plan to go there, (maybe with you if i'm invited..................... and try to do it.)

I am planning to purchase a 450 and farkle it up for the Amageza for next year

This may be the correct tool for the Road to Hell

Lekke trip, Lekke RR
Well done guys!!
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: alanB on May 18, 2012, 10:57:54 am
Quite a challenge!  I get the feeling we will be hearing a lot more about this particular stretch of road  :mwink:

A big issue also is fitness.

Once you start getting tired you start making silly mistakes and what is merely difficult becomes impossible!

A technical section that long, is going to have you (or at least me) gasping for air before very long!

The fitter you are, the more chance you have of making it all the way to the top without a mistake.

As soon as you make a mistake and have to stop, and then start manhandling the bike to get going again, energy consumption goes up exponentially and it all just gets harder still. 

So the key is keeping silly mistakes to a minimum as you climb.

(PS I like to think that my bike would get up there, of course thats just from looking at the photo's which never do something like this justice - but only under a competent rider  :P) 
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: subie on May 18, 2012, 11:02:22 am
What qualifies it being called a road? Maybe that piece was a road long time ago but I don't think we can call that a road anymore.
More a piece of mountainous terrain that somebody would like to climb down by bike and back up again  :mwink:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 7 now up)
Post by: Dustdevil on May 18, 2012, 11:38:21 am
So whats the tally on the road ? RovRat ,DustDevil ,See Duiwel and Justin PF says yes it is doable ( with more prep and less weight ) and Heddles and Michiel says no the road is undoable ?

Must say if Michiel , having gone riding up and down those impossibly steep mountain tracks in Lesotho three times in three years says no , then I would trust his opinion .  :mwink:


Michiel was wounded so his opinion does not count  ::)
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 18, 2012, 11:47:10 am
Thanks Justin and others for a great ride report
It seems like you okes did the wise thing
If riders of your caliber could not, even with SE's contemplate the road it must be hell itself

I for one, at the risk of sounding a little windgat do not believe that there is a road which can not be ridden with a 2 wheel motorcycle
There is of course a couple of variables one has to take into consideration. Back-up, size, weight, rider ability etc etc...........
Yes - you may not be able to do the whole trip on a preferred bike as the smaller one cylinders are kak on the open road and the heavier twins kak in technical stuff.

Must say - since the Amageza i have completely changed my point of view on what can be done and what can't with the heavy DS bikes.
I for one believe that if you trailer to the nearest dorp on the N7 and ride from there, camp in the shcpot and do the road on 300's, 390's 400's 450's with proper back up and planning, the road may be doable
I for one definitely plan to go there, (maybe with you if i'm invited..................... and try to do it.)

I am planning to purchase a 450 and farkle it up for the Amageza for next year

This may be the correct tool for the Road to Hell

Lekke trip, Lekke RR
Well done guys!!
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:


You will be invited to join - I promise

Check out my new Road To Hell / Amageza machine - a Husky TE450 - 'n baie lig maar lekker mal ding !

I got it last night and can't stop looking at it and playing with it - kinda like wanking - just more acceptable in public !
 
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Orangeswifty on May 18, 2012, 01:36:45 pm
Thanks Justin and others for a great ride report
It seems like you okes did the wise thing
If riders of your caliber could not, even with SE's contemplate the road it must be hell itself

I for one, at the risk of sounding a little windgat do not believe that there is a road which can not be ridden with a 2 wheel motorcycle
There is of course a couple of variables one has to take into consideration. Back-up, size, weight, rider ability etc etc...........
Yes - you may not be able to do the whole trip on a preferred bike as the smaller one cylinders are kak on the open road and the heavier twins kak in technical stuff.

Must say - since the Amageza i have completely changed my point of view on what can be done and what can't with the heavy DS bikes.
I for one believe that if you trailer to the nearest dorp on the N7 and ride from there, camp in the shcpot and do the road on 300's, 390's 400's 450's with proper back up and planning, the road may be doable
I for one definitely plan to go there, (maybe with you if i'm invited..................... and try to do it.)

I am planning to purchase a 450 and farkle it up for the Amageza for next year

This may be the correct tool for the Road to Hell

Lekke trip, Lekke RR
Well done guys!!
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:


You will be invited to join - I promise

Check out my new Road To Hell / Amageza machine - a Husky TE450 - 'n baie lig maar lekker mal ding !

I got it last night and can't stop looking at it and playing with it - kinda like wanking - just more acceptable in public !
 
Now That's the tool for the Job bro :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Enjoy!
Better get in shape
I too will have to shake off some excess dikgat
 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: See Duiwel on May 18, 2012, 03:55:12 pm
Shweeeet bike Justin, just make sure the sidestand don't poke you in the hol :imaposer:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: AgentO on May 18, 2012, 08:46:29 pm
I've been watching this post with A LOT of interest, thanks for the excellent ride report.

I hope to be a part of future attempts to conquer this highway to hell. :) I would probably choose the trailering option to a small town nearby and ride from there.

Does anyone know the state of the borehole and water tanks indicated on the T4A map?

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: ChrisMann on May 18, 2012, 09:17:56 pm
I've been watching this post with A LOT of interest, thanks for the excellent ride report.

I hope to be a part of future attempts to conquer this highway to hell. :) I would probably choose the trailering option to a small town nearby and ride from there.

Does anyone know the state of the borehole and water tanks indicated on the T4A map?



I think (not a good thing  :P) that it is a permanent skaapwagterspost. There should be water all year round. We will be passing there in about 3 weeks time and can check it out. Just beware, the sheep is guarded by dogs that attack anything that come close to the sheep. Not a good place to get hondsdolheid. 
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 19, 2012, 06:31:23 am
What an inspiring and just lekker RR. To all the contributors, and especially Justin THANK YOU! :hello2:

That is such an amazing part of the world.

IMO, your WR & TE are the right machines for the job; congrats on the new acquisitions. :thumleft:

Not that its my place to say anything but if I were to do this trip on a smaller bike, it should NOT be trailer'd. Perhaps its the purist masochist in me, but I strongly believe the essence of the challenge is lost when you bring a trailer into the picture. A good rider could trailer his lightweight, high-tech trials machine in and potentially thrash The Road to Hell in a day. To me its all about the long off-road/dirt road ride to get to the challenge, and then doing the crux (which looks damn hard, if not impossible for me), and back without in one piece any crutches or excuses.

That to me would match trying to do it on a heavy bike, and it would be double Metaljockey hardcore.  :thumbsup:

You would need big tanks, but you will need those anyway for the next Amageza.

Whatever you decide, all the best with it; please let us know how your prep for it goes and how your next attempt goes.

It's practically a challenge like this that started the whole Dakar thing, and this challenge is worthy of being treated as such.

PS: Don't leave this virgin for too long, this thing would be very high on my agenda if I were within 3000km and I am sure others have the same thing in mind. :mwink:  :patch:

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 19, 2012, 04:36:32 pm
Neil, I fully agree on the ride there/do the challenge/ride back thing, in fact I would go as far as to say that a plastic doing this route would not count at all. It would simply be too easy.
So what is the final verdict? Is this route not possible on a proper dualsport? Let us hear your opinions.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: GJ on May 19, 2012, 05:10:17 pm
 :peepwall: :mwink:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 19, 2012, 05:31:21 pm
The quietgeit is overdeafening.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: AgentO on May 19, 2012, 05:41:07 pm
Is this route not possible on a proper dualsport?

This begs the question, what is a proper duallie? A road legal WR450 would make it a lot easier than if you were on say a Geen Sand. But the actual getting there would be waaaay easier on the BM. Maybe this balances things out a bit.

For me personally, trailering the 690 up would give a good base to ride from and to explore the rest of that area for a few days. The challenge for me would be getting down the actual Hell Road road and back.
This would also offer the biggest 'fun' factor.  ;D

Now days the line between DS and plastic is a little blurry.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Michiel on May 19, 2012, 05:47:35 pm
Oi! I'm starting to forget what it was that I felt standing there having the opportunity to ride it and
deciding to give up even before trying. Dusty is right, I was injured, still can't sleep on my left side.
This though can't fully disqualify me from making a judgement call.

The problem with this road is that, from the R2H rock sign, it immediately drops down its worst section
and this is about 100 - 150m long. If one had to ride up this section and go down when you give up,
like on Kreef's Road, it would be a completely different ball game. Everyone can have a go. The problem
is that I stood there and I saw very vividly and terrifyingly a TRAP! I, for one, will ride down there only to
completely kak off without much result in trying to return. I will have to abandon my expensive piece of
heavy metal there and I will stand by my word that this will be the fate of most average riders out there.
Unless of course you have 4 buddies that can drag you out.

Anybody up for the challenge? We will need four fit pushers/pullers for every rider.   :deal:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: AgentO on May 19, 2012, 06:20:47 pm
Michiel that new green 2-stroke mountain goat of yours is the perfect weapon.  :pot:

I do believe like you say, that you can't picture the road until you're actually standing at the top, then nuts will shrivel.  :o


We will be passing there in about 3 weeks time and can check it out.

Uil will you be making an attempt on the Devil's garden path?  >:D
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Michiel on May 19, 2012, 06:59:43 pm
Michiel that new green 2-stroke mountain goat of yours is the perfect weapon.  :pot:


Mountain Goat? I like the sound of that!  :mwink:

On a KDX? Any time! But like 2SD said, it will be cheating  >:D
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Beserker on May 20, 2012, 05:33:44 pm
Is this route not possible on a proper dualsport?
This begs the question, what is a proper duallie?

You ride it there, you ride it down, you ride it up, you ride it home   ==  D/S

Somewhere you will be doing afk@k, your choice where: 700km N7 or 14 km RtH...

My 2c
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 20, 2012, 06:42:20 pm
Seems like the Dogs are throwing down a challenge here - someone is gonna break this road's cherry on a bike

Let's set up a few rules / conditions while we are about it for your Road To Hell conquest to count in the DS community

1. The bike you do it on must be registered and licensed and street legal - lights, flickers, hooter, etc - THAT RULES OUT ANY FULL TIME ENDURO / MX PLASTICS OR TRIAL BIKES - this will just be too easy
2. You need to ride the bike there and back - no towing allowed - no trailers or bakkies
3. You need to produce a photo of yourself and your bike taken next to the Orange River at the bottom of the road.

Feel free to add some more rules
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: AgentO on May 20, 2012, 06:58:11 pm
Ha ha dammit, rule 2 foiled my cunning plan.

But those are good, so it's not just the ride  down and up, it's the challenge of planning the whole trip.

Rule 4: Video footage of at least part of the decent / ascent is necessary.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: DirtyHarry on May 20, 2012, 07:27:18 pm

1. The bike you do it on must be registered and licensed and street legal - lights, flickers, hooter, etc - THAT RULES OUT ANY FULL TIME ENDURO / MX PLASTICS OR TRIAL BIKES - this will just be too easy
2. You need to ride the bike there and back - no towing allowed - no trailers or bakkies
3. You need to produce a photo of yourself and your bike taken next to the Orange River at the bottom of the road.
4. Video footage of at least part of the decent / ascent is necessary.
5. You should ride your bike on your own in and out. No pushing, pulling or lifting assistance is allowed.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 20, 2012, 07:38:56 pm
These 5 rules are so spot-on.
IMO a D/S is ANY bike that you can take legally on and off road anywhere. If you can roadworthy a 2012 2stroke YZ250, and you are OK travelling long distances on road to do a small tech section, then your YZ is a D/S.
A GS1200 is not a D/S, it cannot do technical rides. :peepwall: :peepwall: :peepwall: :peepwall: :peepwall: :peepwall:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: subie on May 20, 2012, 07:40:53 pm
Dink miskien moet die ouens wat daar was die reels maak  :mwink:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Sir Rat on May 20, 2012, 07:58:58 pm
Dink miskien moet die ouens wat daar was die reels maak  :mwink:


Screw the rules.   :)

Go ride the road anyway you see fit. Most important is to go enjoy it and come home in one piece.   :ricky:

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Beserker on May 20, 2012, 08:06:49 pm

1. Single bike to be ridden there, down, up and back.
2. Photographic evidence...bike + rider + location, location location.. (x-rays of fractured limbs doesn't count)



4. Video footage of at least part of the decent / ascent is necessary.
Not all of us are aspiring Steven Spielbergs... In my case I don't even have a video camara

5. You should ride your bike on your own in and out. No pushing, pulling or lifting assistance is allowed.
Part of the trip will be planning it, getting there, and using teamwork to overcome..
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Beserker on May 20, 2012, 08:12:20 pm


1. Single bike to be ridden there, down, up and back.
2. Photographic evidence...bike + rider + location, location location.. (x-rays of fractured limbs doesn't count)



4. Video footage of at least part of the decent / ascent is necessary.
Not all of us are aspiring Steven Spielbergs... In my case I don't even have a video camara


5. You should ride your bike on your own in and out. No pushing, pulling or lifting assistance is allowed.
Part of the trip will be planning it, getting there, and using teamwork to overcome..

These 5 rules are so spot-on.

And you have 1) a video camara, and 2) know how to operate one   ???

Tend to agree with RofRat...no rules
But if you are a contender for DS awesomeness, adhere to the first two
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: BlueBull2007 on May 20, 2012, 09:32:00 pm
Fixed


1. The bike you do it on must be registered and licensed and street legal - lights, flickers, hooter, etc - THAT RULES OUT ANY FULL TIME ENDURO / MX PLASTICS OR TRIAL BIKES - this will just be too easy
2. You need to ride the bike there and back - no towing allowed - no trailers or bakkies
3. You need to produce a photo of yourself and your bike taken next to the Orange River at the bottom of the road.
4. Video/photo footage of at least part of the decent / ascent is necessary.
5. You should ride your bike on your own in and out. No pushing, pulling or lifting assistance is allowed.
6. You are not allowed to ride more than 150km on the N7 or any other tar road to get there.

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Sir Rat on May 20, 2012, 09:42:10 pm
Fixed


1. The bike you do it on must be registered and licensed and street legal - lights, flickers, hooter, etc - THAT RULES OUT ANY FULL TIME ENDURO / MX PLASTICS OR TRIAL BIKES - this will just be too easy
2. You need to ride the bike there and back - no towing allowed - no trailers or bakkies
3. You need to produce a photo of yourself and your bike taken next to the Orange River at the bottom of the road.
4. Video/photo footage of at least part of the decent / ascent is necessary.
5. You should ride your bike on your own in and out. No pushing, pulling or lifting assistance is allowed.
6. You are not allowed to ride more than 150km on the N7 or any other tar road to get there.


If I fly my bike up and drop it just before the entrance to The Hell Road, ride the bike down it and back up, fly it home. I have still ridden The Hell Road. Plain and simple.   :ricky:


Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: subie on May 20, 2012, 09:45:03 pm
Fixed


1. The bike you do it on must be registered and licensed and street legal - lights, flickers, hooter, etc - THAT RULES OUT ANY FULL TIME ENDURO / MX PLASTICS OR TRIAL BIKES - this will just be too easy
2. You need to ride the bike there and back - no towing allowed - no trailers or bakkies
3. You need to produce a photo of yourself and your bike taken next to the Orange River at the bottom of the road.
4. Video/photo footage of at least part of the decent / ascent is necessary.
5. You should ride your bike on your own in and out. No pushing, pulling or lifting assistance is allowed.
6. You are not allowed to ride more than 150km on the N7 or any other tar road to get there.


If I fly my bike up and drop it just before the entrance to The Hell Road, ride the bike down it and back up, fly it home. I have still ridden The Hell Road. Plain and simple.   :ricky:




Ja maar dan het jy dit nie volgens "queensbury rules" gedoen nie en jou naam nie in die annale van DS biking verskyn nie  :imaposer:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 20, 2012, 09:48:43 pm
Fixed


1. The bike you do it on must be registered and licensed and street legal - lights, flickers, hooter, etc - THAT RULES OUT ANY FULL TIME ENDURO / MX PLASTICS OR TRIAL BIKES - this will just be too easy
2. You need to ride the bike there and back - no towing allowed - no trailers or bakkies
3. You need to produce a photo of yourself and your bike taken next to the Orange River at the bottom of the road.
4. Video/photo footage of at least part of the decent / ascent is necessary.
5. You should ride your bike on your own in and out. No pushing, pulling or lifting assistance is allowed.
6. You are not allowed to ride more than 150km on the N7 or any other tar road to get there.


If I fly my bike up and drop it just before the entrance to The Hell Road, ride the bike down it and back up, fly it home. I have still ridden The Hell Road. Plain and simple.   :ricky:




I agree, you would have done the road. But for me to hook up a trailer with KDX on it, offload at entrance of RTH, ride it and return, then brag on Wilddogs that I have "achieved" this would be very kak style. So by all means ride the road on your 450/200 etc, but do not tell anyone, as it would be no feat whatsoever.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: AgentO on May 20, 2012, 09:59:19 pm
Next we're going to have to go through scutineering:

Kill switch - check
License - check
Proper kit - check
Space blanket - check
 :deal:

I'm with R-O-V here, do it your own way. You're not doing it for anyone else.

Except maybe bragging rights...  >:D

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: alanB on May 20, 2012, 10:01:15 pm
Rule 5 seems a bit harsh.

Isn't half the point of these adventures to help each other get through?

Otherwise it seems too much like a trials competition.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Sir Rat on May 20, 2012, 10:03:03 pm
Fixed


1. The bike you do it on must be registered and licensed and street legal - lights, flickers, hooter, etc - THAT RULES OUT ANY FULL TIME ENDURO / MX PLASTICS OR TRIAL BIKES - this will just be too easy
2. You need to ride the bike there and back - no towing allowed - no trailers or bakkies
3. You need to produce a photo of yourself and your bike taken next to the Orange River at the bottom of the road.
4. Video/photo footage of at least part of the decent / ascent is necessary.
5. You should ride your bike on your own in and out. No pushing, pulling or lifting assistance is allowed.
6. You are not allowed to ride more than 150km on the N7 or any other tar road to get there.


If I fly my bike up and drop it just before the entrance to The Hell Road, ride the bike down it and back up, fly it home. I have still ridden The Hell Road. Plain and simple.   :ricky:




I agree, you would have done the road. But for me to hook up a trailer with KDX on it, offload at entrance of RTH, ride it and return, then brag on Wilddogs that I have "achieved" this would be very kak style. So by all means ride the road on your 450/200 etc, but do not tell anyone, as it would be no feat whatsoever.

Maar wat van ek doen dit op n Posty? Wat dan Oom Danie?  Ek laai die Posty agter op jou Ya ma, kry jou daar, ry saam jou af en op op die Posty en laai dit dan weer op jou Ya ma. :peepwall:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: GO GIRL on May 21, 2012, 02:39:49 am
RESPECT TO ALL OF YOU.... :thumleft: :thumleft:

What a RR.. that R2H.... :o as JPF says you all got back safely ...hasd a great ride...
and will forever be embedded...yet that yearning and challenge will remain.... :o

Great reading ..... :biggrin:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 21, 2012, 07:22:06 am
Fixed


1. The bike you do it on must be registered and licensed and street legal - lights, flickers, hooter, etc - THAT RULES OUT ANY FULL TIME ENDURO / MX PLASTICS OR TRIAL BIKES - this will just be too easy
2. You need to ride the bike there and back - no towing allowed - no trailers or bakkies
3. You need to produce a photo of yourself and your bike taken next to the Orange River at the bottom of the road.
4. Video/photo footage of at least part of the decent / ascent is necessary.
5. You should ride your bike on your own in and out. No pushing, pulling or lifting assistance is allowed.
6. You are not allowed to ride more than 150km on the N7 or any other tar road to get there.


If I fly my bike up and drop it just before the entrance to The Hell Road, ride the bike down it and back up, fly it home. I have still ridden The Hell Road. Plain and simple.   :ricky:




I agree, you would have done the road. But for me to hook up a trailer with KDX on it, offload at entrance of RTH, ride it and return, then brag on Wilddogs that I have "achieved" this would be very kak style. So by all means ride the road on your 450/200 etc, but do not tell anyone, as it would be no feat whatsoever.

Maar wat van ek doen dit op n Posty? Wat dan Oom Danie?  Ek laai die Posty agter op jou Ya ma, kry jou daar, ry saam jou af en op op die Posty en laai dit dan weer op jou Ya ma. :peepwall:

Een van die tien gebooie; geen onrein fiets sal ooit aan n Yamaha raak. :deal:
[dit is die 1ste keer wat ek ooit daai papiertjie lexington gebruik ]
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Orangeswifty on May 21, 2012, 12:33:17 pm
Watse gefokken reels is dit nou!
Julle pierewaaiers daar in die Kaap vergeet dat ons van Gauteng af bitter min indien ooit selfs met DS bikes Noordkaap toe ry
With a KTM 950 SE you fuck up your tyre before you even get there because we are talking 1800+ km.
For you okes its a mere 700, 800 km
Or will Ploegskaar be allowed to do a tyre change at the campsite in his mobile tyrevan?

................Maybe the next rule is going to be that you HAVE TO do it on one set of tyres,..............or maybe that you HAVE TO carry some tampons............. :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:.............FFS!


Ek gee nie eintlik 'n moer om wie se wat nie
As ek gaan TRAILER ek Noordkaap toe
Die fiets wat ek dit mee sal aanpak sal ten volle streetlegal wees want hy sal geprep wees vir die Amageza

No need for rules - just grow a pair and ride the fuckin road.............on 2 wheels
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: punisher on May 21, 2012, 01:16:21 pm
Watse gefokken reels is dit nou!
Julle pierewaaiers daar in die Kaap vergeet dat ons van Gauteng af bitter min indien ooit selfs met DS bikes Noordkaap toe ry
With a KTM 950 SE you fuck up your tyre ENGINEbefore you even get there because we are talking 1800+ km.
For you okes its a mere 700, 800 km
Or will Ploegskaar be allowed to do a tyre change at the campsite in his mobile tyrevan?

................Maybe the next rule is going to be that you HAVE TO do it on one set of tyres,..............or maybe that you HAVE TO carry some tampons............. :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:.............FFS!


Ek gee nie eintlik 'n moer om wie se wat nie
As ek gaan TRAILER ek Noordkaap toe
Die fiets wat ek dit mee sal aanpak sal ten volle streetlegal wees want hy sal geprep wees vir die Amageza

No need for rules - just grow a pair and ride the fuckin road.............on 2 wheels


THERE FIXED  :biggrin:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Beserker on May 21, 2012, 01:27:24 pm
With a KTM 950 SE you fuck up your tyre ENGINEbefore you even get there because we are talking 1800+ km
THERE FIXED  :biggrin:

30 min time penalty for engine swops...   :deal:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on May 21, 2012, 02:14:11 pm
Watse gefokken reels is dit nou!
Julle pierewaaiers daar in die Kaap vergeet dat ons van Gauteng af bitter min indien ooit selfs met DS bikes Noordkaap toe ry
With a KTM 950 SE you fuck up your tyre before you even get there because we are talking 1800+ km.
For you okes its a mere 700, 800 km
Or will Ploegskaar be allowed to do a tyre change at the campsite in his mobile tyrevan?

................Maybe the next rule is going to be that you HAVE TO do it on one set of tyres,..............or maybe that you HAVE TO carry some tampons............. :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:.............FFS!


Ek gee nie eintlik 'n moer om wie se wat nie
As ek gaan TRAILER ek Noordkaap toe
Die fiets wat ek dit mee sal aanpak sal ten volle streetlegal wees want hy sal geprep wees vir die Amageza

No need for rules - just grow a pair and ride the fuckin road.............on 2 wheels


Here is the correct tool in the shed.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Orangeswifty on May 21, 2012, 02:16:14 pm
Watse gefokken reels is dit nou!
Julle pierewaaiers daar in die Kaap vergeet dat ons van Gauteng af bitter min indien ooit selfs met DS bikes Noordkaap toe ry
With a KTM 950 SE you fuck up your tyre ENGINEbefore you even get there because we are talking 1800+ km.
For you okes its a mere 700, 800 km
Or will Ploegskaar be allowed to do a tyre change at the campsite in his mobile tyrevan?

................Maybe the next rule is going to be that you HAVE TO do it on one set of tyres,..............or maybe that you HAVE TO carry some tampons............. :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:.............FFS!


Ek gee nie eintlik 'n moer om wie se wat nie
As ek gaan TRAILER ek Noordkaap toe
Die fiets wat ek dit mee sal aanpak sal ten volle streetlegal wees want hy sal geprep wees vir die Amageza

No need for rules - just grow a pair and ride the fuckin road.............on 2 wheels


THERE FIXED  :biggrin:
:laughing4:
Dis nou lelik - staan vir 6 van die bestes
 ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Garfield on May 21, 2012, 02:20:08 pm
Dink miskien moet die ouens wat daar was die reels maak  :mwink:


Screw the rules.   :)

Go ride the road anyway you see fit. Most important is to go enjoy it and come home in one piece.   :ricky:



 :thumleft: this I can agree with.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Buff on May 21, 2012, 02:24:49 pm
Julle beter gou maak en die ding gaan klaar ry want julle gaan soos poepols voel as Rynet dit gaan ry op haar GS  ;)
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Rynet on May 21, 2012, 02:33:24 pm
Julle beter gou maak en die ding gaan klaar ry want julle gaan soos poepols voel as Rynet dit gaan ry op haar GS  ;)
:imaposer: :imaposer: haha daar is geen manier dat ek die Road to Hell op my GS 1200, of op enige bike sal doen nie.

Ek sal dit los vir die hard core manne soos Beserker en 2 Stroke Dan   :mwink: >:D, en sien uit na die RR .  :drif: :drif:

Ps, en as dit kom by die reels stem ek saam met Beserker , dink die mans mag mekaar stoot .  :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: subie on May 21, 2012, 02:37:37 pm
Julle beter gou maak en die ding gaan klaar ry want julle gaan soos poepols voel as Rynet dit gaan ry op haar GS  ;)
:imaposer: :imaposer: haha daar is geen manier dat ek die Road to Hell op my GS 1200, of op enige bike sal doen nie.

Ek sal dit los vir die hard core manne soos Beserker en 2 Stroke Dan   :mwink: >:D, en sien uit na die RR .  :drif: :drif:

Ps, en as dit kom by die reels stem ek saam met Beserker , dink die mans mag mekaar stoot .  :biggrin: :biggrin:

Jissie ! Jy is aspris  :imaposer:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Beserker on May 21, 2012, 03:11:25 pm
... dink die mans mag mekaar stoot .  :biggrin: :biggrin:

Ons stoot graag.. :laughing4:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Michiel on May 21, 2012, 03:55:29 pm
Soos ek gese het, jy sal moet gestoot word, of jy daarvan hou of nie!  :P

Indien jy met 'n >180kg bike daar in ry soebat jy vir 'n stoot! Mark my words...  :deal:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Rynet on May 21, 2012, 03:56:55 pm
Soos ek gese het, jy sal moet gestoot word, of jy daarvan hou of nie!  :P

 :imaposer:

ja maar julle mag mekaar nie trek nie , hoor , ek dink om toue te gebruik is cheating .  :P
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Stroke Her on May 21, 2012, 04:05:28 pm
Kan julle moegoes nou ophou stry oor wie moet stoot en wie moet trek :bueller:

Gaan ry nou die donnerse ding en kry klaar...sal genoeg tyd wees na die tyd vir al julle Broke Back Mountain aktiwiteite :pot:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on May 21, 2012, 04:35:47 pm
I'm just thinking here about possible bikes that is roadlegal and will not kill you on the ride there and back.
Would a Suzuki DR 350 then not be a good choice? 141 kg wet.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 21, 2012, 06:28:58 pm
A DR350 would be an excellent choice!

The more I look at this thread, the more I think that this road will be a walk in the park. It will be fairly easy, since Michiel told me it is like Matroosberg, just steeper. And Matroosberg is no serious challenge.
Many people do not realise how capable a Yamaha makes one.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 21, 2012, 08:13:17 pm
... the more I think that this road will be a walk in the park.

Ek se maar niks
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 21, 2012, 08:16:02 pm
 :laughing4: :laughing4:, ek moet mos gatkrap, hier mag die mans mekaar mos stoot :imaposer:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Sir Rat on May 21, 2012, 08:18:30 pm
:laughing4: :laughing4:, ek moet mos gatkrap, hier mag die mans mekaar mos stoot :imaposer:


Vir my sal jy nie stoot nie ok. Trek miskien, maar geen gestootery nie.  ;D
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on May 22, 2012, 04:03:30 pm
Hierie besigheid klink vir my na Brokeback Mountain in die Richtersveld!!! :eek7:
Almal praat net van die gestootery!!! :imaposer:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 22, 2012, 07:37:39 pm
 :laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Orangeswifty on May 23, 2012, 10:53:24 am
Ek stoot geen ander man nie!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on May 23, 2012, 11:03:32 am
Ek stoot geen ander man nie!
Maar as jy daai pas wil gaan ry en uitkom gaan jy gestoot word of jy nou wil of nie :eek7: :imaposer: :deal:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: DirtyHarry on May 23, 2012, 11:35:26 am
Sorry, I don't understand the whole RTH issue.
8 grown up men have been there and did not go down that road because they thought it is not doable on the bikes they had.
That's fair enough and no harm was done.
Next there might be a guy with a plastic or trials bike and he will ride it with ease. Then comes an oke on a DS bike and he does it it with pushing, pulling and so on from his mates.
What does it prove? Nothing! If you can't ride it with your own DS bike and without assistance, it is not rideable for you.

Try to do a long DS ride on a plastic or trials bike. Wouldn't make sense either.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Beserker on May 23, 2012, 11:56:03 am
Sorry, I don't understand the whole RTH issue.

Because it is not about the egocentric you...it is about doing a ride, less ordinary, as a team, and making it.

Without that Everest would still be un-climbable, and the Nile unchartered.

If you are only allowed to do what "you" can do on your own, your bucket of "must do" rides will be quite empty.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 23, 2012, 12:48:35 pm
For me its a personal challenge - I have been there twice and both times I have had to turn back - I must ride down there and back up on a motorcycle - its my "thing" to do

Have you ever failed at something and thought "Fuck that ! I can do this !" and then gone back and enjoyed success

The RTH is certainly not insurmountable - I rode worse stuff on my KDX while racing enduros but that was on a 100 kg KDX - not a 200 kg + DS bike that I rode to the enduro with all my kit, did the race, and then rode home again

I know I can do this - if it doesn't kill me it will make me stronger
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: xTzar on May 23, 2012, 01:35:29 pm
For me its a personal challenge - I have been there twice and both times I have had to turn back - I must ride down there and back up on a motorcycle - its my "thing" to do

Have you ever failed at something and thought "Fuck that ! I can do this !" and then gone back and enjoyed success

The RTH is certainly not insurmountable - I rode worse stuff on my KDX while racing enduros but that was on a 100 kg KDX - not a 200 kg + DS bike that I rode to the enduro with all my kit, did the race, and then rode home again

I know I can do this - if it doesn't kill me it will make me stronger

It's always easier to do difficult/dangerous things when help is not too far away IE enduros of which I have done to. The biggest challenge to me is the "what if" scenario. Imagine someone half way up or down losses their balance, puts a foot down but the rock rolls and the leg goes in between another rock and hard place and breaks badly and is an open fracture. I'll leave the rest up to any rational thinker as to how serious this situation is. Sure on any ride we run the risk of breaking bones or doing other serious injuries but I think with regards to RTH that the risks should be calculated carefully first and then sometimes it's just better to walk away and live to ride another day.  :peepwall:
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Post by: DirtyHarry on May 23, 2012, 02:00:15 pm
For me its a personal challenge - I have been there twice and both times I have had to turn back - I must ride down there and back up on a motorcycle - its my "thing" to do
Have you ever failed at something and thought "Fuck that ! I can do this !" and then gone back and enjoyed success
The RTH is certainly not insurmountable - I rode worse stuff on my KDX while racing enduros but that was on a 100 kg KDX - not a 200 kg + DS bike that I rode to the enduro with all my kit, did the race, and then rode home again
I know I can do this - if it doesn't kill me it will make me stronger
It's always easier to do difficult/dangerous things when help is not too far away IE enduros of which I have done to. The biggest challenge to me is the "what if" scenario. Imagine someone half way up or down losses their balance, puts a foot down but the rock rolls and the leg goes in between another rock and hard place and breaks badly and is an open fracture. I'll leave the rest up to any rational thinker as to how serious this situation is. Sure on any ride we run the risk of breaking bones or doing other serious injuries but I think with regards to RTH that the risks should be calculated carefully first and then sometimes it's just better to walk away and live to ride another day.  :peepwall:
+ 1 xTzar. Without good evaluation you don't grow old.
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Post by: DirtyHarry on May 23, 2012, 02:01:43 pm
For me its a personal challenge - I have been there twice and both times I have had to turn back - I must ride down there and back up on a motorcycle - its my "thing" to do
Have you ever failed at something and thought "Fuck that ! I can do this !" and then gone back and enjoyed success
The RTH is certainly not insurmountable - I rode worse stuff on my KDX while racing enduros but that was on a 100 kg KDX - not a 200 kg + DS bike that I rode to the enduro with all my kit, did the race, and then rode home again
I know I can do this - if it doesn't kill me it will make me stronger
No offence guys. I didn't criticize your attempt.
I understand that you want to go back there and do it. I would feel exactly the same.
For me personally, the bill would only be settled if I could make it due to my own riding skills, without outside help.
The easy way on a plastic, the hard way on a heavy DS bike.
But this is just my egocentric way of thinking.
It might be more fun to reach the river within a big group, have a nice piss-up and return home.
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Post by: Beserker on May 23, 2012, 02:44:49 pm
...... should be calculated carefully first and then sometimes it's just better to walk away and live to ride another day.  :peepwall:
+ 1 xTzar. Without good evaluation you don't grow old.

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,"   ..Tolkien
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Post by: Jacko on May 23, 2012, 02:49:49 pm
I have just read an article in an earlier edition of our mag of guys who did it in 4x4s. Experienced guides and stuff.

My verdict? It's undoable for any normal rider on a 700cc plus DS bike. Unless you have hordes of helpers with straps and don't mind doing thousands of rands of damage to your bike. And run the risk of very serious injury. Which, in my mind, is pointless.

Will try and post a pdf of the article. The rocks and steps further down are INSANE.

Regarding the Everest analogy: Yes, it is tough and potentially dangerous. Do it right, get lucky and it's relatively easy. Doing it in hiking boots with a Cape Union Mart fleece top is stupid.
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Post by: Spore on May 23, 2012, 03:18:01 pm
100% Jacko! Know & understand your "enemy" - plan your attack - execute the plan  (whether to advance or to tactically withdraw ... both options should be in your favour!)  :deal:
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Post by: Orangeswifty on May 23, 2012, 03:22:23 pm
For me its a personal challenge - I have been there twice and both times I have had to turn back - I must ride down there and back up on a motorcycle - its my "thing" to do

Have you ever failed at something and thought "Fuck that ! I can do this !" and then gone back and enjoyed success

The RTH is certainly not insurmountable - I rode worse stuff on my KDX while racing enduros but that was on a 100 kg KDX - not a 200 kg + DS bike that I rode to the enduro with all my kit, did the race, and then rode home again

I know I can do this - if it doesn't kill me it will make me stronger
I agree in total with Justin
I would like to do it
Allbeit with a smaller bike maybe and one could maybe draw a comparison afterwards
Your own riding skills and weapon of choice taken into consideration.

Its like i said after the Amageza............its fine to do 'some' stretches of hard rocks and incline steps with a heavy DS bike but crazy to attempt 10k's of it.
The situation you are in and circumstances dictate the tool you will use, not the other way around!
It makes sense to have a 4X4 vehicle with trailer handy that can maybe winch a bike out of the shit and it makes sense to have the vehicle there for eventualities that may happen like broken bones or more serious injuries.
You have to be able to get a person to Springbok and medical treatment within the first hour or so!

Be that as it may - the RTH will be conquered whether some thinks it un-DS-like or not!
 :thumleft:
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 23, 2012, 04:49:37 pm
For me its a personal challenge - I have been there twice and both times I have had to turn back - I must ride down there and back up on a motorcycle - its my "thing" to do

Have you ever failed at something and thought "Fuck that ! I can do this !" and then gone back and enjoyed success

The RTH is certainly not insurmountable - I rode worse stuff on my KDX while racing enduros but that was on a 100 kg KDX - not a 200 kg + DS bike that I rode to the enduro with all my kit, did the race, and then rode home again

I know I can do this - if it doesn't kill me it will make me stronger
Jy moet net onthou daai tyd het jy seker 75kg geweeg ook en was bietjie fikser en jonger! :laughing4:
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Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 23, 2012, 07:20:54 pm
I fully agree with DirtyHarry, this should be a one man and his machine mission. Otherwise you'll see RR's of Stens and GS' that has been pushed and pulled [behind the scenes], to do this road. Proper D/S, rider on his own.
I do not mind going totally out of my comfort zone, in fact I do not have a comfort zone :mwink:, so for me no planning, just a few of John West's flat packets of tuna, and there you go. Life is good. Ek skrik mos nie vir n klip nie. :xxbah:
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Post by: Sir Rat on May 23, 2012, 08:26:34 pm
I fully agree with DirtyHarry, this should be a one man and his machine mission. Otherwise you'll see RR's of Stens and GS' that has been pushed and pulled [behind the scenes], to do this road. Proper D/S, rider on his own.
I do not mind going totally out of my comfort zone, in fact I do not have a comfort zone :mwink:, so for me no planning, just a few of John West's flat packets of tuna, and there you go. Life is good. Ek skrik mos nie vir n klip nie. :xxbah:


So n bek moet jam kry!  :thumleft:

Ek stem Oom Daan. Daai paadjie kan gedoen word op n proper DS, maar dit sit nie in enige ou se broek om dit te doen nie. Ek hoop regtig die volgende ouens wat dit aanpak sal suksesvol wees.  :ricky:

Ek gaan net baie spyt wees as hulle dit sonder my doen.  :'(
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Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 23, 2012, 09:11:03 pm
Al doen iemand dit sonder jou, as daar nou een ou is wat dit sal kan doen is dit jy Riaan. There will be a return.........
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Post by: Reinhardt on May 23, 2012, 09:31:34 pm
Ek sal bittergraag die reportback wil sien van ouens wat dit op DS bikes doen. WR 450 Dakar conversion DS bike?
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Post by: bungycool on May 24, 2012, 01:14:26 am
For me its a personal challenge - I have been there twice and both times I have had to turn back - I must ride down there and back up on a motorcycle - its my "thing" to do

Have you ever failed at something and thought "Fuck that ! I can do this !" and then gone back and enjoyed success

The RTH is certainly not insurmountable - I rode worse stuff on my KDX while racing enduros but that was on a 100 kg KDX - not a 200 kg + DS bike that I rode to the enduro with all my kit, did the race, and then rode home again

I know I can do this - if it doesn't kill me it will make me stronger
Hell PFJ etal. What lekker rr this was. Ja practice confidence and a lightr bike will definitely help. This I know for sure. This vid taken about a year ago now that gate is a diddle as are a lot of the single track about. Still need to write my rr when I played in the sand on andys/kamanya bike pre dissection and plastic surgery of note. Other true ds bike to seriously contend with that trip could be the Ktm oryx with a seat transplant/ implant!
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Post by: bud500 on May 24, 2012, 09:20:25 am
Well done! I really enjoyed the RR.  :thumleft:
The kakpraat afterwards not so much.... ;)
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Post by: JustBendIt on May 24, 2012, 03:16:53 pm
Well done! I really enjoyed the RR.  :thumleft:
The kakpraat afterwards not so much.... ;)

Thanks for the compliment

I agree with the "kakpraat" bit - the kakpraaters should start their own R T H thread in "Planning a Ride"
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Post by: Michiel on May 24, 2012, 04:21:14 pm
Well done! I really enjoyed the RR.  :thumleft:
The kakpraat afterwards not so much.... ;)

Thanks for the compliment

I agree with the "kakpraat" bit - the kakpraaters should start their own R T H thread in "Planning a Ride"

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

I want to put this invitation out there. For those who don't have proper cameras or the know-how to use them I will offer
my services to film a return trip to this spot. I will unfortunately not attempt riding there on HPN 663 so I will use my KDX.
This will be sensible as the "photographer" needs to be extra mobile. >:D If I still had my old KLR, which I didn't give much for,
it might have been a different matter. One condition though, there must be at least one proper DS bike making the attempt.
Any DS bike heavier than say 160kg... Wolfmother?  :deal: This is compulsory as the whole idea of the video will be to document
how one can ride a bike from far away to the spot down at the river and back.
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 24, 2012, 04:29:18 pm
Ek het êrens voeltjie hoor fluit dat 2 manne die naweek TRH gaan ry. Hulle is klaar weg. XT600 en 690KTM
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Post by: NISMARK on May 24, 2012, 04:31:11 pm
Ek het êrens voeltjie hoor fluit dat 2 manne die naweek TRH gaan ry. Hulle is klaar weg. XT600 en 690KTM

Ek het n ander voeltjie hoor fluit!

Maar ja, bliksems!!!  :'(
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 24, 2012, 04:35:23 pm
Toema wat. Next time ou Neelsie,next time.
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Post by: NISMARK on May 24, 2012, 04:37:34 pm
Toema wat. Next time ou Neelsie,next time.

My hart is gebreek, maar my beurt sal kom.  :thumleft: Kom jy saam?
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Post by: Sir Rat on May 24, 2012, 05:51:31 pm
Toema wat. Next time ou Neelsie,next time.

My hart is gebreek, maar my beurt sal kom.  :thumleft: Kom jy saam?

Ek sal saam met jou gaan Nismark.  :ricky:

Ek sit ook die naweek by die huis. My ride is toe ook omvergegooi deur werk stront.  :'(
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Post by: MX Junkie on May 24, 2012, 07:16:00 pm
Ek het êrens voeltjie hoor fluit dat 2 manne die naweek TRH gaan ry. Hulle is klaar weg. XT600 en 690KTM

Daardie voeltjie kannie lekker fluit nie........ 3 manne weg en een op n XR650R  :ricky:

Oh... did I forget to mention.... no back up  :biggrin:

 :peepwall:
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Post by: Michiel on May 24, 2012, 08:23:21 pm
 :happy1:
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Post by: MX Junkie on May 24, 2012, 08:38:59 pm
My bad.... news just in.... only 2 guys and no XR650R  :o
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Post by: Michiel on May 24, 2012, 08:44:17 pm
Are you sure? Only XT600 and KTM690? They can ride for sure but going there
just the two is asking for big sh*t! They must be MAD!!!  :o
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Post by: xTzar on May 24, 2012, 09:06:39 pm
I fully agree with DirtyHarry, this should be a one man and his machine mission. Otherwise you'll see RR's of Stens and GS' that has been pushed and pulled [behind the scenes], to do this road. Proper D/S, rider on his own.
I do not mind going totally out of my comfort zone, in fact I do not have a comfort zone :mwink:, so for me no planning, just a few of John West's flat packets of tuna, and there you go. Life is good. Ek skrik mos nie vir n klip nie. :xxbah:


So dude why don't you swim from Simon's Town to Seal Island? That should also be out of your comfort zone. Oh and don't open the tuna.
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Post by: MX Junkie on May 24, 2012, 09:16:24 pm
Are you sure? Only XT600 and KTM690? They can ride for sure but going there
just the two is asking for big sh*t! They must be MAD!!!  :o

Yes. Only the XT & KTM.

Lets just hope and pray that all goes well with them and that they make it back safely. :thumleft:
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Post by: Michiel on May 24, 2012, 10:28:26 pm
Look, if someone can do it, it will be those two. I consider them as very very valuable riding friends
and just don't want harm to come to them. I'm just worried. Just worried.
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Post by: Michiel on May 24, 2012, 10:35:51 pm
So Seeduiwel also took some video and posted it to me for editing. I was impressed by the effort he went through
to get the footage up here given it's not much. I can't comment much apart from saying his commentary makes
up for any other flaws.  :D

I just spliced all of the three clips he took for the sake of the atmosphere.

Ss-ZA&index=1&feature=plcp
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Post by: Rynet on May 25, 2012, 05:16:36 am
Thanks Michiel . :thumleft: Lekker vid Seeduiwel , it certainly does add to the atmosphere.  Ps and yes you do have a very nice voice .  :mwink:

Big Up to the 3 week-end warriors , if anyone can do it it will be them.  :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: witblitz on May 25, 2012, 07:11:12 am
Ok who wants to go try this out between 1 July 2012 and 22 July 2012? It all looks rideable to me.

Is the XT600 and KTM 690 that is going up by any chance oom 2SD and oom GJ?
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Post by: Buff on May 25, 2012, 08:22:11 am
If that 690 with the pilot doesn't get up there then I doubt anyone will, he's beyond a talented bike rider  :thumleft:
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Post by: JustBendIt on May 25, 2012, 08:27:27 am
Ok who wants to go try this out between 1 July 2012 and 22 July 2012? It all looks rideable to me.

Is the XT600 and KTM 690 that is going up by any chance oom 2SD and oom GJ?

Sounds like a good plan - my time will be seriously limited so I will have to cheat and tow up to Springbok one night and meet you there with my 450 Husky - maybe Heddles will join us on his new WR450

It can only be 2SD and GJ - I'm sure they will be OK - if not it just means that we will have to go rescue them and move our plans forward a bit ...

Let's wait and see
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Post by: Rynet on May 25, 2012, 10:18:08 am
I am just sorry that the Honda isn't part of this week-end's team .  :'(
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Post by: Hagar on May 25, 2012, 06:16:48 pm
This thread should be renamed  "The road to the road to hell.. and back."
It seems 2SD will report on the actual "road to the hell", and hopefully back...

Great rr though.
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Post by: MX Junkie on May 25, 2012, 06:42:39 pm
I am just sorry that the Honda isn't part of this week-end's team .  :'(

Yip, I hear you sista. RTH will always be there.  :ricky:
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 25, 2012, 08:23:35 pm
Ok who wants to go try this out between 1 July 2012 and 22 July 2012? It all looks rideable to me.

Is the XT600 and KTM 690 that is going up by any chance oom 2SD and oom GJ?
Sit slem kjend! :thumleft:
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Post by: Beserker on May 25, 2012, 08:50:48 pm
I just spliced all of the three clips he took for the sake of the atmosphere.
Ss-ZA&index=1&feature=plcp

Nice!!  I love the "Daar tiep hy!"
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Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on May 26, 2012, 12:32:59 am
Respect guys, awesome RR

Fantastic riding  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Beserker on May 26, 2012, 12:24:23 pm
There is a rock down at the river, with two names on it... :mwink:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: See Duiwel on May 26, 2012, 12:52:51 pm
Wonderlik! Jy toe nie saam nie?
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Post by: DUSTRIDERS on May 26, 2012, 12:57:15 pm
Wonderlik! Jy toe nie saam nie?
Sal darem graag n bojaan op die naaste rand wou gewees het om dit te sit en bekyk. :thumleft:
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Post by: See Duiwel on May 26, 2012, 01:02:47 pm
Dink ek gaan maar my trots in my sak sit, vir niemand sê nie en volg maand met my plastic gaan loer hoe lyk dit daar. Hou dit maar stil ou Chris. :mwink:
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Post by: DUSTRIDERS on May 26, 2012, 01:05:12 pm
Dink ek gaan maar my trots in my sak sit, vir niemand sê nie en volg maand met my plastic gaan loer hoe lyk dit daar. Hou dit maar stil ou Chris. :mwink:
:laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:
Ja daai 990S'e is maar baie plasticerig!! :mwink: :deal:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: See Duiwel on May 26, 2012, 01:06:58 pm
Dink meer aan my ou plaas biketjie. In my volgende lewe as ek weer fiks en buigerig is dan maar weer met die 990.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: GJ on May 26, 2012, 07:23:26 pm
Ek en oom Daan is darem al terug. (Julle kan maar die swaar bikes by die huis los!)
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 26, 2012, 08:39:21 pm
Let me please offer apologies to Justin and his team for us so barging in on their thread, but in fairness this sort of challenge will lead to barging in. Gj and myself left Thursday morning at about 10h00 and slept over in Springbok, Friday morning we left Springbok again at about 09h30/10h00 and rode into the RTH and out, and continued on the Namaqualand 4x4 trail for quite a bit before setting up camp along the Orangy Gariep on Friday evening. Today[Saturday] we returned via Pella, Pofadder, Kliprand, Vanrhynsdorp and N7 to Stellenbosch.
If you give us time there will be a ride report.
PS; this route is very difficult, and Justin's group were indeed wise to not attempt it under their circumstances. GJ took all of 30secs to go up the approximately 3-400meters that forms the very difficult part, my attempt took about 20minutes, with 3 stall/stops, one of which GJ had to help push until my bike could grip enough to go on it's own steam.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on May 26, 2012, 08:55:23 pm
Sien uit na die RR :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Crossed-up on May 26, 2012, 09:09:37 pm
Thanks, Dan and Gideon, for putting this one to bed.  Now we can relax.
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Post by: buzzlightyear on May 26, 2012, 09:14:16 pm
Nou is die vraag waarmee het oom Dan gery  >:D
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Post by: Michiel on May 26, 2012, 11:19:46 pm
Phew! I'm glad you're back safe.  :thumleft:
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Post by: GO GIRL on May 27, 2012, 03:08:09 am
This is definitely a challenge for mankind by the sounds of things....wanting to conquer..! :mwink:

Having read this read and gone back to the pics and reading the trials and tribulations and obstacles...

have to agree with Crossed up..... ;)
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Sir Rat on May 27, 2012, 07:14:32 am
Well done GJ and 2StrokeDan. You guys are in a league not to many are in.  :thumleft:

PS: I will just say this again. The road is doable on a DS bike as they have just proven. But anyone wanting to go ride it do not take this road lightly. Plan it and then ride it.  :ricky:

I will get my turn to ride it one day.     :patch:
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Post by: Rynet on May 27, 2012, 08:31:49 am
Congratulations 2 Stroke Dan and GJ.  Perfectly executed . :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: White Rhino on May 27, 2012, 08:58:46 am
Well done 2SD and GJ for doing it, to end the tales of mystery and imagination. Hope you guys got some footage. :thumleft:
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Post by: JC on May 27, 2012, 09:15:47 am
Sien uit na die RR :thumleft:
Daai was probably die ride report  :)

Wel gedaan  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: MX Junkie on May 27, 2012, 10:14:02 am
Well done and congrats on making it there and back safely!

I'm just curious as to wether the Zaar would have "hakked vas"?  :biggrin:

Looking forward to the ride report.
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Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 27, 2012, 03:00:53 pm
The XR650R would have done this [almost] as easily as the 690, the only snag would be the kickstarting when you inevitably stall the engine. You stand against a severe uphill, on a bed of very loose rocks of all sizes, and here kickstarting would almost be impossible. It's not like you are on a 125 2stroke that needs a superlight prod.
Rovrat on his 660 would have made it too, of this I am sure. The weight penalty on the 660 would be a factor though. My bike, the XT600E, with it's weight, soggy suspnsion and low ground clearance makes it impossible to simply storm an obstacle, you'll just hit that rockbank with your bellyplate and go over the handlebars. So it is a balance of clutch and momentum and prayer :imaposer:
Ek is nou n man van die kerk.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: adv on May 27, 2012, 03:44:20 pm
Ek en oom Daan is darem al terug. (Julle kan maar die swaar bikes by die huis los!)

breggggatte
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: JustBendIt on May 28, 2012, 04:30:54 pm
Very well done - congrats !

Now show us the pics to prove it - we all wanna see

I'm not doubting you for a moment - just wanna see what the bottom looks like
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Stroke Her on May 28, 2012, 06:26:40 pm
Oom Daan en Gideon is baie talentvol met 3 goed: bike ry, bloudraad fixes en kakpraat.

Ongelukkig is om n foto te post bo hulle ry vermoe... :pot:

Well done guys!

Ek is lekker........jaloers!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: GJ on May 28, 2012, 07:08:51 pm
Stroke Her Jy kan maar net droom om reg te kry wat Oom Daan reggekry het!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: GJ on May 28, 2012, 07:18:07 pm
Very well done - congrats !

Now show us the pics to prove it - we all wanna see

I'm not doubting you for a moment - just wanna see what the bottom looks like

So lyk dit onder( die res van die fotos sal op oom daan se ride-report wees.)
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Beserker on May 28, 2012, 08:09:22 pm
So lyk dit onder( die res van die fotos sal op oom daan se ride-report wees.)

Nou dit sal impressive wees  ;D
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Hondsekierie on May 28, 2012, 08:14:46 pm
Liewe ouers, en hier kom wys die harde baarde hoe mens dit doen.  Danie en Gideon, julle definitief ware ysters :thumleft:

Goed om te kon ontmoet Danie, jy's n interesante en voorslag mens.  Sal weer draai kom maak as ek weer in die Kaap is.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on May 28, 2012, 09:56:17 pm
Was lekker om jou ook te kon ontmoet Johan, en kom kuier asseblief weer!

Ek het nou baie studeerwerk voor my met die foto emmer en spoeg en plak!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: SACK on May 28, 2012, 10:34:33 pm
I would expect nothing less from you two crazy geezers.   >:D Respect!

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Andy660 on May 28, 2012, 11:14:13 pm
Well done GJ & Dan .
 If anybody could have conquered that road , my money would have been on you two.


Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Mark Hardy on May 29, 2012, 06:27:14 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Well done guys
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: GO GIRL on May 29, 2012, 06:46:51 am
WELL DONE .....  looking forward to all the pics.. :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Fenderbender on May 29, 2012, 07:43:58 am
Julle 2 oumanne dit wragtag reggekry .   RESPECT  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Stroke Her on May 29, 2012, 08:46:21 am
Ja GJ...ek kan net droom. Ek is mos nou al klaar halfpad in die retirement home op my rolstoel (GSA) :imaposer:

Lyk my n XT600 is net die wapen. As Danie se bene so lekker grond vat daar dan sal my stabilizers mos net lekker werk :thumleft:

Ek moet se ek like regtig die styl wat julle manne dit in gedoen het. Minimalisties en liggewig met geen onnodige backup of overplanning nie. Baie nice!

Weereens well done!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: See Duiwel on May 29, 2012, 03:52:31 pm
Mooi so julle ou grysbekke! :thumleft: :mwink:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Frannarossi on May 30, 2012, 10:22:14 am
Dit was nou 'n lekker lees report die.Wel gedaan manne :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Orangeswifty on May 30, 2012, 12:24:20 pm
Let me please offer apologies to Justin and his team for us so barging in on their thread, but in fairness this sort of challenge will lead to barging in. Gj and myself left Thursday morning at about 10h00 and slept over in Springbok, Friday morning we left Springbok again at about 09h30/10h00 and rode into the RTH and out, and continued on the Namaqualand 4x4 trail for quite a bit before setting up camp along the Orangy Gariep on Friday evening. Today[Saturday] we returned via Pella, Pofadder, Kliprand, Vanrhynsdorp and N7 to Stellenbosch.
If you give us time there will be a ride report.
PS; this route is very difficult, and Justin's group were indeed wise to not attempt it under their circumstances. GJ took all of 30secs to go up the approximately 3-400meters that forms the very difficult part, my attempt took about 20minutes, with 3 stall/stops, one of which GJ had to help push until my bike could grip enough to go on it's own steam.

PIELE man ! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Wilcarski on May 30, 2012, 12:44:07 pm
Die RR lees toe soos n skop skiet en d*nner fliek, ek kon nie ophou na ek begin het nie!!!

PFJustin jy kan maar  :ricky: boek skrywe, ek sal hom koop !!!

En aan die grensvegters wat die kersie loop haal het, wel gedaan.

So wil ek ook eendag ry.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: GO GIRL on May 30, 2012, 08:09:58 pm
So wil ek ook eendag ry.


Me Too...... :mwink:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Hondsekierie on May 30, 2012, 08:31:52 pm
 :patch:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: tgg on May 30, 2012, 08:48:08 pm
Stroke Her Jy kan maar net droom om reg te kry wat Oom Daan reggekry het!

Danie, jy het dan n helmet op, seker maar die ouderdom dat jy so sag geraak het, Well Done 
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Hagar on May 31, 2012, 04:34:48 pm
Iemand gaan se vir oom Daan, hy kan nou maar daai film gaan ingee en die ride report post.  Hy hoef nie te wag vir die tannie se verjaarsdag voor hy die kamera vol neem nie.   :)
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on May 31, 2012, 09:41:04 pm
Iemand gaan se vir oom Daan, hy kan nou maar daai film gaan ingee en die ride report post.  Hy hoef nie te wag vir die tannie se verjaarsdag voor hy die kamera vol neem nie.   :)
:laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: fat b on June 01, 2012, 08:00:05 am
Well done guys !  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Stroke Her on June 01, 2012, 04:14:48 pm
Oom Danie se "Road to Hell" ride report is soos die volgende wit president....dit gaan nooit gebeur nie!!!

Danie, ek maak jou n deal: As jy die koffie aandra sal ek die tikwerk doen...reken ons sal so 2 potte Jacobs nodig he teen my huidige tikspoed :imaposer:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 01, 2012, 09:40:32 pm
Julle het al gesien hoe vinnig kan ek tik as ek so teen die BM manne se masjiene uitvaar, so die tikkery is nie my probleem nie. Hoe de dooie donkie kom jul foto's so van die kamera op die skerm van die komperdeerder?
My film is nog nie vol nie, nog 18 oor van n 24. Julle sal moet wag.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 01, 2012, 09:41:14 pm
O ja, ek het n Mac, so n witte.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Heimer on June 01, 2012, 09:44:38 pm
Ek sal jou help as jy erken jy is 'n kloset bmw liefhebber

Terloops - jy en GJ is die beste persone waaraan ek kan dink om eerste daardie pad te kry. Flippen welgedaan menere!!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Heddles on June 03, 2012, 07:14:38 am
Well done guys... A few hours watching you guys in the quarry yesterday and it becomes clear how you guys would have been well capable of this ride.. Awesome!!!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: weskus on June 08, 2012, 02:56:36 pm
Lekker oom Daan en Gideon, kyk daai roete kan k@k wees, dit glo ek, maar ek haal my hoed af vir daai Pella/Pofadder/Kliprand alliepad tot in Stellenbosch stuk, bliksem oom Daan daai scooter van jou moet 'n lekkerny êrens hê, well done, Respect!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Pom17 on June 08, 2012, 03:01:28 pm
Waar is daai report? Glo julle manne nie voor ek hom nie gelees het nie ;D
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: michnus on June 08, 2012, 04:18:46 pm
Stunning boys, stunning.  :thumleft:

Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 09, 2012, 09:27:55 pm
Dankie manne, waardeer al die boodskappe. Ek sal al die RR opgehad het, maar het vir Berserker gevra vir hulp en DAAI ou is so stadig! So van nou af kan julle vir Dave uitkak! :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Triple Trompie on June 09, 2012, 09:30:15 pm
Oom Dave, kom nou my oom, ons is nuuskierig!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 09, 2012, 10:08:44 pm
 :laughing4:


 :peepwall:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: alanB on June 10, 2012, 09:50:07 am
Well done on getting up there and riding the road while everyone else was just talking about it! :thumleft:

Looking forward to the long overdue RR.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Beserker on June 11, 2012, 12:17:41 pm
.... maar het vir Berserker gevra vir hulp ...


Draai gou briek aan, en luister vir die XT se brul....kan hom hoor..hy is oppad maar nog AGTER DIE BULT  :deal:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Rynet on June 11, 2012, 01:50:21 pm
.... maar het vir Berserker gevra vir hulp ...


Draai gou briek aan, en luister vir die XT se brul....kan hom hoor..hy is oppad maar nog AGTER DIE BULT  :deal:

 :laughing4:
Do these Yamma riders need Honda riders help with everything ?   :biggrin: :P

At least Dan writes very well , so he can write his own report , probably because writing skills were taught last centrury already .  :imaposer:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: MX Junkie on June 11, 2012, 07:42:14 pm
Huh?? ???  :o

1st they leave you behind and now they've got you doing the ride report.

 Woz up with dat?
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 11, 2012, 09:12:55 pm
We NEVER leave friends behind. Dave just had such serious shit to sort out, no way out for him, so he had to stay. Same for RovRat. Both sorely missed on this trip.
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Beserker on June 12, 2012, 02:36:16 pm
Dankie manne, waardeer al die boodskappe. Ek sal al die RR opgehad het, maar het vir Berserker gevra vir hulp ...

My part is done, handing back to 2Stroke "Slow as a Yamaha"  Dan
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: SGB on June 12, 2012, 10:08:51 pm
Checked out this area on T4A / Google Earth and it really looks close to the middle of nowhere.  I have not been anywhere near the "west" (except an Iron butt ride from Durban to Alexanderbay in one day - but that does not count) and this and other stories of this part of the country bring an emptiness to my mind.  Have to "do" it before crossing too many borders again.   Thanks for the RR - inspirational.....  :thumleft:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Beserker on June 13, 2012, 07:58:54 am
Have to "do" it before crossing too many borders again. 

Funny, was speaking to someone over the weekend and mentioned that before crossing a border again, the Southern and South Eastern Drakensberg looks good.

Drove through from Bloem to Hogsback once, and the area left of the N6 looked like the business...never been there but curious!
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: See Duiwel on June 13, 2012, 08:30:37 am
Ek gaan saam! Lyk my hier word al weer baie subtiel 'n ride beplan! :3some:
Title: Re: THE ROAD TO HELL ..... and back (part 8 THE FINAL CHAPTER now up)
Post by: Sir Rat on June 13, 2012, 07:41:24 pm
Ek gaan saam! Lyk my hier word al weer baie subtiel 'n ride beplan! :3some:


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