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Offline Bill p

A little " clear the head " ride
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:28:34 am »
So works kak, moods kak, bodies tired and the wife is checking me out skeef because I’m grumpy. What to do.
Then I remember the wise words of all good dawg’s. Do a little solo ride somewhere to re-spark your life.
Requirements. Some sort of direction. Head east and explore Eastern Transvaal. Have a mate down in White River so
         will work my way down there. Check.
       Transport. Old faithful and a bit of kit. Check
         Directions: Use head and good old fashioned road map. Check






Day 1. Roodepoort to Lydenberg.
Left early on Sat.13th., along Krugersdorp highway to Zambesi drive offramp, along to Cullinan and Bronhorstspruit, had
a quick Wimpy  and then up toward Groblersdal, all on tar just to get out into the sticks as quick as possible.
Just past Verona there’s a turnoff to Loskop Dam. Did that quickly and at the wall asked a local farmer if there were any
dirt roads to do and he gave me some directions and then the fun began.                
Just past the dam going back to Middelburg, I found the turnoff and then it was dirt. Heee Haaa.















After about half an hour on the dirt I was just  starting to wonder where I was with no signage in site, when I came to the
Middleburg -  Stoffberg  intersection. Turned North toward Stoffberg on tar and not to long afterwards, spotted this sign
and just had to find out where it went to. What a lekker road meandering through the farmlands.














Again, just after I began to wonder where I was, I hit Belfast
Pulled into a little pub just outside Belfast called the “Pig and Piglett “ or something, and found about 10 Harley’s there.
Got chatting to the guys over a few cold ones and turned out there was a Harley charity weekend at Dullstroom that
weekend which put paid to my idea of spending the night in Dullstroom. Went  through Dullstroom, Harleys everywhere, and
straight to Lydenberg, booked in at the first B&B coming into town, cleaned up and went and had a magic supper and a good few cold ones at the local Baron and something. Phoned wife and she said I sounded better already. Rode back to B&B and slept like a baby. What a lekker first day. Distance travelled 460km.



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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2014, 11:36:21 am »
Like :thumleft:
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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2014, 11:41:13 am »
These are the best rides...  :thumleft:
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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2014, 11:48:58 am »
You have the ideal bike for a head cleaner trip like that.  No plan, no program, just go.  Lekker!
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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2014, 12:03:44 pm »
When I read the intro, I knew : I need one of these too ..... Ek ry saam.
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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2014, 12:05:16 pm »
smaakit!  :sip:
"Sometimes you need a really crooked road to get your head straight."
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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2014, 01:33:30 pm »
Die hele opset sit sommer 'n glimlag op my gesig! Lekker! :thumleft:
 

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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2014, 02:47:33 pm »
Die hele opset sit sommer 'n glimlag op my gesig! Lekker! :thumleft:

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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2014, 03:21:21 pm »
Thanks for coments guys.  Dit was so lekker om net die wereld te kyk en met die bike as ek 'n grond pad of ,n paaidtjie sien, dan vat ek hom.This is my first serious rr so its taking a bit of time to do. Will do day 2 tomorrow and day3 was an epic.
 

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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2014, 03:22:55 pm »
The subjectline is correct.

That is why I ride as well. In fact, yesterday I was so gatvol I went to do the same thing. Took a pic of a windpomp just outside Philadelphia and went to have a Stoney at Philadelphia Winkel.

gooi some more  :thumleft:
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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2014, 03:52:34 pm »
brilliant!!! keep it coming!!
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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2014, 05:04:15 pm »

GREAT REPORT AWESOME PICTURES
 

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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2014, 05:19:00 pm »
Bring broer bring nog jong
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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2014, 06:00:46 pm »
I need to do something like this too. The only problem is I might enjoy it so much that I only send a postcard to the wife and kids.  :ricky:
 

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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2014, 09:01:22 pm »
My Psycologist needs a run soon as well! Let's hope it does not rain cats and dogs tomorrow on National Braai Day!

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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2014, 09:09:27 pm »
Sounds great, look forward to the next episode!
 

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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2014, 06:32:45 am »
Day 2. Lydenberg to Whiteriver.
Left about 8.00 for Whiteriver. This was only going to be a short trip and I had arranged to meet my mate Nealle sometime early afternoon at a hockey tournament at a local school where he was playing, so I had plenty of time to kill and enjoy.
Now I have heard all bikers just singing the praises about Long Tom pass over the years. The only time I had been on this pass was
about 20 years ago coming back from a golf weekend in mist so thick you could not see 3m in front of the car.
When I got to the top of the first hill and saw the scenery that unveiled itself, I was speechless. This is certainly a bikers paradise
And if there is any other place in the country this good, I would like to be there.
I was so chilled that I just hooked up my old faithfull along the yellow line and chugged along at 80kph, taking in all the scenery
I watched all the Harley and BMW boys come past me, all upright and poised, the superbike boys come screaming past me,
crouched and trying to outdo each other on every bend. I just took this all in and was in absolute heaven.
Someway along the pass I decided to explore some of the forest roads and this was great fun.
I'll let the pictures do the talking.















Going past the radio tower I noticed that the access road to the tower was open so of course I had to go up and have a look.
When I got to the tower I decided to carry on along the mountain top to an even higher point. This is mos what these bikes are made for or am I wrong.















Saw a few other interesting sights along the way.















Just outside Whiteriver
Note serious bullet holes.








Arrived at the school at about 14.00 and boy there was an even better sight.
For those of you guys who have never been to a hockey tournament where there are about 12 teams of chicks and women playing,
go and find one. There are enough legs and bodies running around there to make a grown man cry.
So I did what any tired biker would do. I pulled up a chair near the beer tent and watched the hockey,( yeah right ) for about 2 hours,
quietly sucking on some cold ones while waiting for Nealle to finish playing.
Had to follow him home very slowly on the bike as I was quite mellow?? Lucky it was not far.
He made a good old SA dish and we sat there getting vrot and reminiscing about the old days when we used to jaul stukkend.
Went to bed drunk but happy.  Distance travelled about 150km.
How cool is it to stay in this sort of seroundings.










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« Reply #17 on: September 24, 2014, 07:16:45 am »
Not a bad grouping in those bullet holes either  :thumleft:
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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2014, 08:55:04 am »
So this is actually the Slow Boat to Sabie RR?   :biggrin:  Those slow chilled rides are really nice. Looking forward to more ...
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Re: A little " clear the head " ride
« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2014, 09:12:01 am »
Now that's the way to do it cous. Now you aint got no more excuses not to put on the "lekker" rides you ous do on weekends.( Gonna have to charge you for the help. Mmmm 2 cold ones should suffice  :imaposer:) Enjoying the RR and photies  boet gooi more so that we can check out those lekker roads you tuned me about. Enjoying the ride  :ricky:   :occasion14:
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