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Offline Stofdonkie

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A little bit of Karoo
« on: January 18, 2012, 08:12:26 am »
Not being able to make the Mini Bash on the Breederivier during December, Country Gal and I decided to treat ourselves to a consolatory trip and after a tough year some remedial helmet time on the Karoos best Zen gravel was considered to be the cure. A glance at the map, a few phone calls and off we went.

Day one.

All loaded and ready for action.


Enjoying the view from the top of du Toitskloofpass.


Start of the good stuff. We took the road past Dageraad towards Robertson.


Stopped in Montagu for a bite. BMW lifestyle type.  :mwink:


CG had chicken pie which upset this chap a bit.  :o



Footnote: Somehow my sub-conscience considers Montagu as the start of a trip. A type of relaxation gateway or portal. As soon as I ride out of town and hit the Karoo, I get in the holiday mood. Scenery changes, traffic is less, etc. Same happens with Ceres and Piekenierkloofpass. And of course the reverse is also true.

After Montagu it was on to Oubergpass.  


Going up Ouberg.




Strike a pose  :D


Touwsriver valley.


Im usually way to busy enjoying the scenery (read: lazy) to bother with tyre pressures. But seeing as we were stopped.


We turned off toward Laingesburg.


CG


Start of the Great Karoo.


At Laignesburg we fuelled up and hit the N1 for 40kms north. At Koup we turned right towards Merweville.


This is what I came for  :thumleft:


About 50 kms out of town a farmer stopped us next to the road and asked if we can take some ko-operasie papiere to town for him. Imagine that sort of thing in a city.

Merveville.


Our accommodation for the night.


Swimming pool.


Parking for the night.


What a lekker place to stay. We were the only guests, had dinner with the people in their kitchen and slept like corpses in a nice room. All for very little geld. I can seriously recommend the Springbok Lodge.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2012, 08:14:39 am by Stofdonkie »
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 08:15:48 am »
Baie nice.
 

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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2012, 08:17:32 am »
Lekker man,gooi die res :thumleft:
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2012, 08:18:00 am »
Laat kom al daai trips en foto's wat al geel is van ouderdom!! :deal: :mwink: :thumleft:
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2012, 08:23:41 am »
Dit lyk my ons gaan nou elke dag 'n RR van jou kry om op te maak vir almal wat jy nie gedeel het nie!  :peepwall:
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 08:25:48 am »
Lekkerrrr  :thumleft:
 

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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2012, 08:44:39 am »
Day two.

Merweville has one of the most beautiful churches in the Karoo.


The touring party  :mwink:


We had an unplanned day ahead of us. Only some idea of general direction and a desire for as much Karoo scenery as possible. We left town on the road towards Beaufort-West.




Crossed over the Fraserburg tar road.


The Oudekloof junction.


Start of Oudekloof.


CG having fun, fun, fun!


Stopped for some appreciation


Heading up Oudekloof. If you haven't seen this bit, put it on your bucketlist.




Fuel stop in Fraserburg. Agter die ko-operasie, meneer. Die vulstasie is nog toe.


Stopped at the Kliphuis for some refreshment and to plan our next direction.


Tough day in Africa.  :D


We decided that North was our thing. So Williston it will be.


Full battle dress.  ;)


Aaah. This is what I came for. How can people call this boring?


In Williston.
From time-to-time the big girl also needs some fuel. Have your credit manager on speedial, though!  :mwink:


Where to now? Lots of sunlight left in the day. Lets stick with North!

Heading towards Brandvlei. My favourite picture of this trip.




CG riding like a pro. She handled my silly plans with ease and for someone on her second trip only I was very impressed.




Fueling up in Brandvlei with a quick celebratory dop in the Windpomp Bar.


On the way to Loeriesfontein. Our stopover for the night.




By this time I started riding slower and slower. Not wanting this fantastic day to end.

Me  :biggrin:


Boesmanland. Ai . dis mooi. Ja, en die bike k!


We arrived in Loeries tired but happy. Again the only people in the hotel!
We met Hinksding, had some hammies and waaay too much brannas.

What a day!
« Last Edit: January 18, 2012, 09:39:19 am by Stofdonkie »
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2012, 08:51:00 am »
Laat kom al daai trips en foto's wat al geel is van ouderdom!! :deal: :mwink: :thumleft:

Ek doen nou RR's van al die trips wat ek met daai agter tyre gedoen het! 16 000km's op-en-af in die Karoo en deur Nam!  :o

Sal seker die server crash ... :biggrin:
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2012, 08:55:21 am »
Lekker ridig area. Thanks for posting!
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2012, 08:57:46 am »
jy skryf n lekker RR, Stofdonkie

what took you so long?
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2012, 09:00:34 am »
jy skryf n lekker RR, Stofdonkie

what took you so long?

Inertia.  :biggrin:
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2012, 09:05:47 am »


NIce RR

Do you have the GPX file of you route maybe ?

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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2012, 09:18:39 am »
Lekker  :thumleft:

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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2012, 09:29:49 am »
Day three.

The third day is usually my favourite day of a trip. But, boy, do I hate heading back home!  :(

The Loeriesfontein Hotel is a good stopover.




Bike parking.


Geslaap, gebad en ge-bacon-en-eiers is ons daar weg.


We took the road towards Nieuwoudtville.


Saw this quiver tree forest on the Naresie road.


Being in front meant that the only closed gate on the entire trip was mine  :P


This is a fantastic bit of travelling on a dead still Sunday morning.


CG taking day three in her stride.  :ricky:


After Naresie we headed towards Calvinia.
(Note the little dustdevil in the picture. This one is also heading out of town.)


Fuelstop in Calvinia. The X did about 32km/l from Brandvlei to Calvinia via Loeries and Naresie!  :o


From Calvinia we took the R355 to Ceres.

Foetvout ontop of Bloukranspass.  :D


What a view.


The Tankwa at its best.


What a bike. I think I need to buy another one and stick it in storage for later.  :love7:


We stopped at the newly opened (then) Tankwa padstal doing brisk trading.
Do they have the liquor license yet?


On the way to Ceres we tested our new Personal Ingenious Propulsion Ensuring equipment or P.I.P.E. for short!  :biggrin:


We arrived home Sunday afternoon tired and dusty but happy as sh!t.
1600km in three days and not a peep from my riding companion.

Respect!  :notworthy: :love4:
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2012, 09:31:53 am »


NIce RR

Do you have the GPX file of you route maybe ?

Wayne

Sorry, man. I don't do GPS. I enjoy exploring and getting lost.  :biggrin:

I'll draw you a map. though.
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2012, 09:44:31 am »
Lekker man.Ek het daai Oudekloof al gery en dis wragtig 'n moet doen soos jy daar s!Lyk of dit 'n lekker trippie was.Wonder waar le die kwik vandag tussen daai koppe!
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2012, 09:49:40 am »
lekker fotos daai :thumleft: ons sal nou weet waar om jou spot the location fotos te gaan soek :P laat weet wanneer jy weer daar wil gaan ry ek het nog nie weer 'n grondpad gery na my val nie en raak nou so bietjie geroes ;D
 

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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2012, 11:01:57 am »
Wat n plesier! Mooi fotos - dankie! :thumleft:
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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2012, 11:07:53 am »
Jy laat klink my so goed... Keep going!!  :ricky:
Ek raak nou lekker weemoedig hier agter die lessenaar - wil weer (MOET weer) terug Karoo toe!
 

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Re: A little bit of Karoo
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2012, 11:11:08 am »
Jy laat klink my so goed... Keep going!!  :ricky:
Ek raak nou lekker weemoedig hier agter die lessenaar - wil weer (MOET weer) terug Karoo toe!
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