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WC - Reccie
« on: November 02, 2008, 07:58:38 pm »
We met at the Richwood Garage at 07h30 .

Lito
Wyneh
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Paramed
N[]vA
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and Mark Hardy, who just came to say hi !

A nice size party for a reccie

We went to Perdeberg to a trail that Wayneh and I found on a previous ride.
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The two spoor is badly erroded and overgrown.
Wayneh took the lead and I swept.
Sweeping is a good place to be , cause nobody can see you when you fall.

Paramed & N[]vA right



Lito & Crossed-up to the right



The first section is steep with loose rocks and slippery moss , so no pics of the section.

This is the section once the road starts levelling out near the top.



Occationally we had to stop so Wayneh could go ahead and see if we could get through the ditches , water or to see if the road actually existed



We got to a section of this gorge that had a chain across it , so we had to go around through the bush.
Lito walked some of the bikes around the pole.

Paramed dissmounting !!  errmm  !!



Falling !!



Lito lending a hand



We all pushed and walked the bikes up and around the pole/chain , and Crossed-up just rode that little TW200 up and around the pole.

From the left , N[]Va ,Crossed-up , Paramed , Lito  and Wayneh



There were Protea`s everywhere





Paramed !
What`s wrong boet ?



Ready for the next obsticle , fence , gate closed



We got to this steep road to the right which Wayneh made up with his KTM525
N[]vA made it up with some difficulty with his BMW X-Country.

Wayneh called down to leave the bikes and walk up , as he had somthing to show us.

And this is the emblim of a Cannon from The Dutch East India Company



I am on the net doing some research into it.
Apparently The cannons were placed on mountain peaks from Cape Town to Swellendam and from Cape Town To Citrusdal as a warning system.
To let the Farmers know when the ships had arrived in the harbour, so they could bring their produce.

Myself , Lito , Paramed , N[]vA and Crossed-up



Wayneh and his faithful KTM 525












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Re: WC - Reccie
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008, 08:05:29 pm »
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Really lekker ride guys.. The small group was just the right size! :thumleft:

Wayne and XT660 thanks to you guys for the route,really enjoyed the new terrain and the cannon for me was a highlight,as for the resting pic,faaark that bike is heavy to pick up! :P

Thanks for an awesome ride...

Lito cheers for the coffee at the end :thumleft:

Crossed up and Nivea.... you guys have the perfect trail bikes for that kind of ride :thumleft: Nice to ride with you both again!

P.S this was the first ride that I saw Lito really behave himself,he leaves the best for last :deal: really gonna miss you bud :-\
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Re: WC - Reccie
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2008, 08:20:08 pm »
Very nice.... a bit rough for me.
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Re: WC - Reccie
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2008, 08:40:08 pm »
This looks like this cud  be a really fun ride..... :ricky: :ricky:

XT that info on the canons might also be athe Castle Museum.....

You guys had a real good time .... ;)
 

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Re: WC - Reccie
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2008, 08:43:05 pm »
Looks like a real lekker ride to do with the added bonus of history. It's amazing the history that just lies around waiting to be found.

Once again Andy.....lekker recce. Sorry to have missed it.
 

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Re: WC - Reccie
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2008, 08:46:26 pm »
From this point it was lots of ups and downs on very loose stuff and we took the wrong turn and ended up in a vinyard.
We spoke to a chap on the farm who kindly openend the Electic gate so we could get out.

Check this KTM Diesel Pump on the farm.



Notice Lito is wondering where the dog is and has his hand ready on the throttle !!

We made our way around the Mountain to the other end of Perdeberg to vissit one of the Farmers we met on a previous reccie  , but sadly , he wasnt home.
Lito and Paramed had other appointments and left us..
We went on to get some brunch and petrol in Riebeek Kasteel.

After the refreshments we went through Zonkwasdrift and headed for Gouda , down the railway line service road.

We went through Gouda and ended up alongside the Saron canal water way.I didnt know it was there.
On route we found a splinter group of the wilddogs , !!

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Re: WC - Reccie
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2008, 08:47:04 pm »
This looks like this cud  be a really fun ride..... :ricky: :ricky:

XT that info on the canons might also be athe Castle Museum.....

You guys had a real good time .... ;)


"Real good time" doesn't come close.  Brilliant day in Bestern Cape.  What a privilege to get to such spectacular places.  Thank you XT660, Wayneh, N[]va, Lito and Paramed.  It was a gas to ride with you guys.  

I'll ask about the cannon at work tomorrow.  See if anyone has any further info.
 

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Re: WC - Reccie
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2008, 09:00:25 pm »
I read on the net , that there is a listing of the cannons in the Castle Museum.

And those no. on the cannon are serial no. I read on a site where they were explaining that the very early guns were Bronze and the later ones steel and came in 4 , 6 and 8 pounders.And that the ones used on the koppies were mostly 6 pounders.

Signal canon, Kanonkop
In the 18th century, a system of signal cannons was used by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) to communicate with people on farms and outposts beyond easy reach of the Castle. The six pounder canon is still in its original position near the peak of the hill on Klein Paardeberg, 5km east of Atlantis.

This not the one that we saw though.

A Cannon Museum

http://www.chavonnesmuseum.co.za/museum.html





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Re: WC - Reccie
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2008, 09:03:22 pm »
Some cool pics of rock formations and the canal.



Unfortunately , I only have cell phone pics , cause this graffitie says , Mad Dogs ( Go figuer) whats with all the dogs ??



And Wayneh with a small rock !!



This was the second part of the days reccie in Nuwekloof.
We git permission from a farm forman to ride this road and we have laid the foundation to go back and finnish the reccie another day.



Mark Hardy , you know where this is ??



 
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2008, 09:17:08 pm »
Nice one guys :thumleft:
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2008, 10:00:07 pm »
Great ride man, thanks for the post.. hope to join you guys soon.

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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2008, 10:07:03 pm »


 :laughing4:  Classic pic! What a sight for sore eyes.... "Farmers, lock up your daughters!"  ;D  ;D  ;D

XT660, Lito, Patamed, N[]vA, & Crossed-up... What a pleasure, Dawgs! That was a seriously wicked trail - not for the faint of heart.

After way too many months of wooing the Perdeberg, we finally got a leg-over

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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2008, 10:10:59 pm »
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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2008, 10:25:19 pm »


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Re: WC - Reccie
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2008, 06:09:03 am »
Thanks again to the ever organising Andy XT660 - what an organiser of routes  :thumleft:

This one was fun, something lekker and different, and the realisation of a ride I had seen many moons ago when we rode to support the Wellington Enduro with the KTM lads....


I enjoyed the size of the group, the company, the laughs, the sweat (phew!!!) and the sights and scenery.  Of course, Paramed had to underscore in the farmers yard (with his knobbly rear) what a hooligan he really is at heart  ::) >:D


We had a moment coming back on Occultdale Road guys - I led out with Paramed closely behind, and a freken Ford Fiesta driven by some youngsters came flying around one of the corners at around 120-130km/h - Paramed your estimation of their speed? They caught a skrik when I was also in the corner (as did I - also doing that speed), and showered me with 4 tyres worth of stones (eina eina). He corrected, went to the side, and then recorrected to the middle of the road where Paramed was. I shat myself.... I looked around in desperation to see the round Yammie lights hoping for the best, and thank God I did see them a few seconds later.

I seriously thought Bryan was a goner.

Carried on, and everyone was in Kyalami mode. I waved over a delivery truck to his side of the road, and then in front a bloody 18 wheeler style truck (just a bit smaller) absolutely shunting along cut the right side of the road to make the corner (where I was at the time). Had to go for the left trench portion of the road, which had my heart pounding.

I cant judge any of them as we were all travelling at good speeds over the legal limit on that dirt, but phew - 3 calls on one road.  :-\



Paramed, lekker for the coffee, always fun having your around man. You're a strong lad to keep those two burgers down, and not to go ralph in the bushes... :deal:


Great group, great riding, what a selection of bikes: XT660, TW200, XCountry, Tenere, 525, SE/R

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Re: WC - Reccie
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2008, 07:16:50 am »
Looks awesome - great trailriding guys!  :thumleft:
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« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2008, 07:49:07 am »
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« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2008, 07:51:23 am »
Sorry I missed the ride ,i was in the Wilderness have to do some riding next weekend :ricky:
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« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2008, 08:09:00 am »
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