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A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« on: January 07, 2009, 12:47:59 pm »
A December to Remember
Minimalist touring at its best

Its December month, sunshine and beaches for most people, me?
I chose the roads less travelled for this holiday, riding solo, with fellow riders and meeting lots of new people.

Sometimes, taking things at a slower pace is also rewarding!




Report will follow shortly  .  .  .
« Last Edit: April 23, 2009, 06:34:33 pm by EtienneNXR »
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2009, 12:58:58 pm »
First up was the Southern Cape Trailride:

I set off from a very windy Cape Town towards Ladismith where I was staying the first night. From home I rode through Franshoek towards Villiersdorp, from there I took the R62 all the way to the farm covering 380kmâ??s that day. Might not sound like much to you lot, but try doing it on a 125cc bike, where wind, uphills etc. all play a role in the ride.

Here on the road between Francshoek and Villiers, the only photo I took for the day.


The next day I was up early, today I was going to Bonniedale adventure farm to meet up with the rest of the guys. Taking the very scenic gravel road from Ladismith through Van Wyks Dorp, 110kmâ??s to the campsite.

This is the farm road that leads to the campsite.
Some nice riding to be had here!


I was first to arrive and set up my little bit of camp,


Everything I took along for this trip I had in a small dry bag.

â?˘   Tent
â?˘   Cushion
â?˘   Clothes
â?˘   Toiletries
â?˘   Towel
â?˘   Hiking stove
â?˘   Gas cylinder
â?˘   Cup
â?˘   Food
â?˘   Coffee
â?˘   Chain lube
â?˘   Tyre fixing stuff
â?˘   Torch
â?˘   Plates
â?˘   Knife/fork
â?˘   GPS/Cellphone Chargers

I also have a small tank bag, in which I put my camera, tripod, medical stuff and snacks
Packing light on a 125 is absolutely crucial!

The group for this trip consisted of 6 Riders:

EtienneNXR (hey thatâ??s me!)

Trailrider

Letsgofishing

Tok Tokkie

Rooipoot

Operator

On the last day Asterix (Trailriders son) an amazing rider for 10 years of age. Roof of Africa watch out! :D


The first people to arrive were LGF and Trailrider, they came in through the other side of the farm, Rooipoot and his crew only arrived much later.


Very nice campsite/area lots of places to swim, rivers, rock pools, dams with canoeâ??s etc. Friendly people and the prices are very cheap!

We had a lekker braai and relaxing evening, itâ??s quite a feeling when you left the Cape a day before and now almost in George on a 125 camping, and having everything you need with you.

This â??staffieâ? named Tequila, kept the fearsome honey badgers away :D

 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009, 01:44:07 pm »
Attakwas Pass

Next morning it was up bright and early, breakfast and then we would brave the â??Attakwas passâ?

After paying and signing some paperwork we were off, the route started in a river leading up a sandy bank were the hill climbing started.

I must admit the hill climb part was rough, but I just love this type of riding, beats sitting on some long straight dirt highway
The pass itself was very scenic leading over mountains and through the bushes, lots of gates along the way that needed to be opened and closed.

Only took one pic on the trail :o the riding was just to much fun!!
Here you can see LGF going up the hill, he had a nasty fall just there.

The route eventually led to a tar road :(  which we took to Oudshoorn.

We stopped at a place called Broncoâ??s for a spot of lunch, the service and food was very good! Iâ??d recommend this place any day!

We bought food and refuelled in the town, and onto Eagle falls for the next camp site.

Trailrider led the way through the winding roads toward the campsite lots of â??marblesâ? on the road made it very exciting to ride on.

We arrived at the campsite, once again we were the only people camping at the place, just like the day before.

Great facilities they have here, nice big lawn to pitch your tent, there was also a restaurant were we could stock up on some things.

The â??Eagle fallsâ? itself, were the place derived its name from, isnâ??t really a big waterfall as you can see in the pic, itâ??s quite smallish.
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2009, 01:53:10 pm »
5/5 4x4 Route

The next morning was the first time on the trip we actually slept late, think we were only up at 06:00? :D

Today we were going to tackle the rated 5/5 4x4 route, the route is so bad, no one has ever been up it, people have only come down, due to the steep gradient of the trail.

Trailrider just had to do some repairs to the Honda first.


Here is LGF coming up, the DRZ 400 was the biggest bike on this trip,

Notice the nice mountains in the background!



Hello! Is there cellphone reception here?

Trailrider going down one of the rocky slopes

Operator also having a crack at it.

LGF blasting through



Next we negotiated a very tricky hill climb it may look straight but there are some beeg rocks that throw you off course!

Trailrider going up, with Rooipoot standing at the top. Heâ??s pannier rack hit the fence and got bent a bit.

Rooipoot starting the climb

Everyone made it up safely at the endâ?Śâ?Ś except for LGF whom decided he was going to have a fall in the barbed wire, Trailride got such a fright he actually ran to help him, he asked me to take the pic, which I promptly did!


Kings of the Hill? Operator sporting some very fashionable shades there! :D :D 

At the top we had a rest, the next section was going to be the downhill, feared by many a person, itâ??s a point of no return thing.
LGF and Rooipoot decided to take the same route back, and we continued on.
Trailrider gave us a briefing that, if we go past this section there aint no turning back. It was steep down there, I went the entire way down with I engine switched off, it was quite an experience for a noob like myself.

Operator going down, after the point of no return he realized he wasnâ??t going to make it, so he decided to â??tryâ? and turn around when he got the bike turned around he was trying to ride it out, back up the hill, but the gradient was so steep heâ??s bike just flipped over backwards!!! Hectic!

The downhill claims its second victim, Tok Tokkie

I helped Operator push his bike down a bit to the last flat section, from there on it was straight down all the way.

It was great riding down there, completely different to the things I have done before, slipping and sliding all over the place, careful not to touch the clutch otherwise the bike just runs away underneath you!

Thatâ??s exactly what happened to me in the last turn, I though ah almost made it, lets ride the last bit out, err no! When I pulled the clutch to start the bike it just run under me, I put it down softly against some rocks.

Trailrider and I were already sitting at camp when the others were still coming down, so we just watched them from the comfort of some shady trees.

After the rough route Tok Tokkie and I had something to drink at the restaurant, before packing up camp to head to the next destination.

There were some long gravel roads onroute to George but Trailrider worked in Montagu Pass, something that I have been wanting to ride for forever, into todays ride.

Rooipoot steeking it on the gravel!

Operator!


Tok Tokkie giving a wave as he comes through.


Montagu pass was amazing, the road just winds the whole time making it very nice to ride by bike, 50 meters from the top of the pass going through a â??Sâ? turn I had a MLOT :D (momentary laps of talent)  I just lost it halfway through the turn, hitting the ground at about 60km/h, its like everything went slow motion for that moment. Thanks to good quality riding gear I just got up, unscaved, my TroyLee Design pants just got some ruffles on the knee side. Closer inspection to the bike revealed that the handguard had been pushed in holding the grip, like a throttle lock, aswell as a bent foot brake lever. We repaired the handguard at the top op the pass, while TR told me the story behind Amandaâ??s grave.

The obligatory pic at the bridge!

We stopped in George for supplies and besides a minor â??hotdog incidentâ?:D :D Ok letâ??s just leave it at hotdog incident! :D

Stopping at TRâ??s house meeting YellowFever, and Mrs TR there. Asterix also joined us from here on.

Trailrider had been talking about the next destination for quite some time as the highlight of the trip, and boy oh boy was he right!
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2009, 02:03:21 pm »
Lovely Ride Report, thanks for sharing
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2009, 02:05:45 pm »
Wow! Awesome RR! :thumleft:
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2009, 02:15:14 pm »
Bear wif me, lots to come
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2009, 02:17:29 pm »
jy moet vinniger tik  ;)
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2009, 02:35:56 pm »
I hope you have pics of YellowFever dropping it again .....  :pot:
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2009, 02:45:31 pm »
Great report so far dude and keep it coming, the route you guys did looks really good and won't mind doing it myself at some point  :ricky:  :biggrin:
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2009, 03:10:24 pm »
Cool report! ;D
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2009, 05:39:24 pm »
Great stuff Etienne, kannie wag virrie res nie!
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2009, 06:44:22 pm »
Forrest Trails

The Trail started at TRâ??s farm leading onto a neighbouring farm were we would camp that night, since we started that morning I noticed that the change in plant life dramatically changed during the day, we started off in a Fynbos area, going through a part of the Karoo and now we were in this Knysna type forests with the Ferns etc. Unfortunately I didnâ??t spot one of them elusive Knysna Elephants :D

The route TR had planned out through here was amazing, riding through the forests is what trailriding is all about!
There is a time and a place for everything, in these forests its not the time, nor the place to jaag and spin etc. Respect the environment!!!

Lots of nice bridges and crystal clear water.

Father and son, riding together:


Some more off the nice bridges and water


Here is the â??ag its not so technicalâ? way down to camp, LGF going down.

Rooipoot had a slight fall with the loose rocks its quite tricky, but this Oom can seriaasly ride! I hope I can ride like that when I reach that age!

Tok Tokkie also going over, Asterix promptly there to help!

Trailrider, just sitting going down like its nothing!

What a place to camp! This was my bed for the night just a sandy patch no need for a tent.

We had a lekker braai on the river, I would say, Worlds Best Braai Area!

Trailrider on his bed!

Once the sun set we were surrounded by fire flies, it was a long day, not distance wise, but time spent in the saddle wise.
My riding experience had grown tremendously on this trip, itâ??s like the saying goes. â??You start with a empty pot of experience, and a full pot of luck, the trick is to fill the pot of experience before the luck runs out!â? ;)
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2009, 07:06:27 pm »
Hi Etienne. Whoa, thats a prime trippie you guys had, with some lekka challenging and scenic routes. Cheers.
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2009, 09:53:53 pm »
Awesome ride ouens....

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2009, 10:11:19 pm »
Very nice Etienne :ricky: :ricky:
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2009, 10:32:03 pm »
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2009, 10:50:17 pm »
Great teamwork and strong bonding made an awesome trip.
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2009, 06:59:19 am »
Lekker lekker :thumleft:
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2009, 07:59:44 am »
Respect. Julle ouens mag maar. Great report