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Ride Reports / Re: Rhino Peak
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:34:26 pm »
Jon posted a picture of Rhino peak obviously taken on a colour film many years ago. In my ride report:


I mentioned that I'd dragged my father up Rhino peak when my daughter was born. It did make an impression on them. As I have been packing I've found this picture that my mother painted of Rhino Peak circa. 1989.
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Clothing and Equipment / Re: Big Bag Panniers
« on: September 26, 2018, 08:39:27 am »
I've used them (the big and the small) for years and have always wondered why people spend so much more on the imported ones because they work so well. I always put my bits inside another plastic bag inside because it also stops the chaffing that you get on a hard ride but I wouldn't worry if you stick to prepared roads, they are pretty waterproof. Tip, the best big free plastic bags come with your purchases from Shiteline. The giant loop system also works pretty well.
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Ride Reports / Re: Drakensberg Grand Traverse – by motorcycle
« on: September 23, 2018, 10:50:08 am »
Yes, The messages of history. I was quite stunned by the SABC politburo take on the recent festival and recognition of "coloured" people in South Africa. They had no problem with the idea that Adam Kok and the Griquas (they originally called themselves the bastards so they had no problem working out where they came from, the British administration complained about the slur and they renamed themselves Griquas) moved to the area of Kokstad because there was no one else there at the time but reject completely the idea that areas that white settlers moved into in Natal may also have been empty. I'm pretty sure that in all cases there was a small population of bushmen who got a bit narked.
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Planning a Ride / Re: Lesotho -> Ongeluksnek to Lady Grey
« on: September 14, 2018, 10:48:04 am »
Go for your first choice. It is a good road and I love the gorge section before Mt Moorosi.
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Planning a Ride / Re: Lesotho -> Ongeluksnek to Lady Grey
« on: September 13, 2018, 05:56:04 pm »
Very cool. They have been doing quite a bit of work on the pass and it is not too much of a challenge. HOWEVER, if it pisses down with rain the day before don't go there. The mud is treacherous!
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I'd say June is a good bet. They do have summer in Scotland. The last one was the 23rd of June 1968.
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I agree with Dan on this one but stick with your T63's, they are good for just about everything and not too noisy. You might be riding them a bit hard for comfort on your KLR. On my DR650 I go a bit less than 2 bar for long tar and around 1.2 bar for dirt.
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Suzuki DR & DRZ / Re: Airbox mod on a "unmodfied" DR 650?
« on: May 28, 2018, 11:38:11 am »
The induction noise will drive you crazy and you won't notice much change in engine output.
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Mt. Moorosi Chalets

Although we all spend a fortune on nifty pannier systems and micro camping gear and see ourselves as the great outdoorsmen if the truth is told at the end of the day what we really want to see is a hot shower, hot  food, cold beer and a comfortable bed.
For a while this has been a problem in Mt Moorosi as the chalets have been closed. Recently there has been a new manager who has got it working again who worked previously at Malealea called Bernard.  You can contact him by whatsapp on +266 5387 1252 and on email at sekotlot62@gmail.com. The chalets have all the above but no power so you need to charge your electronic toys off your bike battery.

There is another place to stay at the training college next to the Bethel mission on the other side of the all weather bridge over the Orange but I have no other information. 
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The pass down to Tosing

Just as the shadows were getting longer and the mountains seemed darker we came around the side of a rise and there it was… the way down. As I said earlier the Griqua’s probably used a few passes concurrently to get all the livestock and wagons through but I imagine the one we choose was the main wagon route. You can see the leveling stone work in the pictures and there are chisel and tool marks in the rocks on the high side where blocks have been cut off. There are two other options coming down just past Tosing but I imagine they would have mainly been for livestock.

Nice as it was to see our destination it still took a while to find our way down. A few hundred meters after we hit the main road we realized Stuart was missing. He’d spotted the first Sheeben and stopped for a celebratory drink in the last rays of sunshine. The last pictures are of a very happy and relieved bunch of men. I shouldn’t sound surprised, this is the third journey into the unknown that I’ve done with Stuart or Iain and they’ve always got me home in time for dinner! 
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Crossing the range and getting harder..........
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New Gate across  the Mkochomela Range to the Sebapala river Valley

At this point we had to start heading North West and pick up the North side of the Sebapala valley. There are obvious paths along this area. Don’t get too excited. They are now mainly eroded rock beds and often it seemed a better bet to just crash through the virgin bush.  When we stopped for our sandwiches at 2pm the range of mountains with the passes down to Tosing was looking a very long way away. The going was quite unrelenting and it would get harder as we continued. I was preparing for a miserable night huddled under a space blanket.
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last escarpment pictures leading to to New Gate/ Kok's Pass
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Following the escarpment

There is a cutting you can see that takes you on to the escarpment top. I took the cutting and Stuart and Iain went straight up. There wasn’t much in it. After that it was “ Tussocks, bloody tussocks,” as Stuart calls it. The visibility was so good that we stuck with the edge of the escarpment all the way down to Tsanasana Gate/New Gate/Kok’s pass.  One thing about Kok’s followers is that they didn’t all stick to the same route. Quite a few came down at this point to Black Fountain where there was an established drover’s road to Mt. Fletcher.  There is an obvious landmark just south of Ongeluks Nek on the edge of the escarpment called “The tooth.” It is visible as a marker for most of the ride. This is a very empty part of Lesotho and we came across a couple of groups of Rhebok who were not skittish at all.

There was quite a bit of snow which was more slippery than I remember it and also my old friend the frozen bog. They don’t have to be flat. There are some impressively off camber frozen bogs which will whip your wheels away from you in a flash.  One bit Xpat definitely wouldn’t have liked was a snow covered Southern facing off-camber dropping off the escarpment edge. Luckily there was a reasonably deep animal path there that our wheels could track in.
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Ongeluks Nek Pass

It was relatively warm on Saturday morning but there was a wet ground mist so I didn’t mind sitting in the back of the Landcruiser doing the 70 odd km to Ongeluks Nek border post . We picked up Stuart from his farm gates that his wife had driven him down to as we had loaded his bike the previous evening. His wife had also made us a box of sandwiches.
I told Iain not to take me up a wet Ongeluks Nek. He told me he wouldn’t. He didn’t exactly lie but he wasn’t completely truthful.  As it turned out it took us less than 15min to crest the summit. They have done quite a bit of work on the pass and it is an enjoyable ride up. For the 4x4 drivers they have also sorted out the dodgy culvert just before the top. 
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Adam Kok’s Road. Done and dusted. Box ticked.

Of the three rides that I had hoped to do I had largely given up on Adam Kok’s road. The window of long days and temperate nights had passed and I thought it was an unobtainable goal. For the background see:


Kok and about 2000 followers; about 20 000 head of stock; something like 300 wagons and numerous donkey carts set off, early in 1861 to cross the mighty, uncharted and the most incredibly precipitous mountains to reach Kokstad on the eastern side of the Drakensberg range. Much is written about the historical events leading up to this trek, but very little, if anything is recorded about the arduous and harrowing trek itself. Near Mt Moroosi, the Dobson Map clearly shows ‘Adam Kok’s Road’. It climbs the steep Mkochomela range near Tosing.

Last weekend Iain McDonald phoned me up. His wife and family were going shopping for the weekend and he told me he would be bored kicking around the farm on his own and he thought we should go and do Adam Kok’s Road. After checking that Stuart Joyner was in and that I wouldn’t finish up in the divorce courts I signed up.   I found out later that he had another ulterior motive apart from his limp excuse of the shopping expedition. He wanted to clear the decks of unfinished projects so that he could get down to the business of setting up a Roof preparation/trainer event wearing his Rockrabbits/7 bridges hat that may be held in conjunction with the Natal WFO enduro Association.  Now THAT will be exciting! See Rockrabbits on Facebook & www.rockrabbits.co.za.

As with our grand traverse, we couldn’t have chosen a more unsuitable weekend. On the Monday and Tuesday there was quite heavy snow at that end of the Berg and on Thursday I got a plaintive morning phone call from Iain asking me to bring up a three bike trailer because it was so cold in Matatiele he couldn’t stand the thought of the first thing in the morning 70km ride from his farm to the Ongeluks Police Post. It was a fortuitous decision. I used 7.4l of petrol from Ongeluks to Mt Moroosi and the others about the same. If we had chucked in our 2l coke bottle at the border we would have been sucking on a standard 8l plastic tank. I had fitted a 14l long range tank that would have got us through but it would have been an issue.
Attached is the gps track in gpx and kml for Google earth and an overview map. Ongeluks Nek Border Post to Mt Moorosi petrol station 87.3km
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Turns out I've got too much on my plate to get up to Eshowe this weekend and may just go for a little local ride. While I was turning my wedding VHS tape into digital I found I had a documentary movie made by Peteb called "1994 WFO year." I'll see if I can post it as a YouTube link.
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I have found that the only stuff that sticks polyurethane soles with any degree of certainty is the Sikaflex polyurethane bonding agent which comes as thick black snot in a squeeze out tube like silicon seal. Nothing else lasts. It's relatively expensive at R160 a tube. Think it was called 11FC
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Racing Section / Re: What you need to know to go Offroad/Enduro racing:
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:21:46 pm »
Tinus, you will be surprised how difficult it is to get up and get dressed for the second day of a 2 day event. I'm quite sure that a one day will drain all of your adrenalin to start with. Go for a multi-day event when you feel that one day is under your belt and you still have the strength and fortitude for more. You are riding just about the best bike man has ever made in the history of the universe. Let it do it's work and you do yours. When you feel it is holding you back and not the other way round THEN start tinkering!

PS: should have said. Fitness and stamina are key. Start training now! Running, cycling, weights.
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General Bike Related Banter / Re: BMW G310GS
« on: February 14, 2018, 07:54:07 pm »
Before you splash out on spoked wheels see how you get on with the cast ones. I have had no problems with the cast rims on my Yamaha TDM and I have smacked them pretty hard! You can run them tubeless as standard and I've realized because of the deeper rim wells cast rims are easy peasy to change tyres.
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