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Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« on: September 16, 2007, 09:54:43 am »
In 1876 gold was discovered near Knysna. Hundreds of aspirant fortune hunters flocked to Millwood. A town mushroomed within weeks. Six hotels sprang up, together with houses and shops. By 1888 there were 1400 claims being worked. However, not enough of the precious metal was recovered to sustain a town and its people. Mining machinery was abandoned where it stood and Millwood became a ghost town. The goldfields were deproclaimed in 1924.

Today, Millwood still maintains a mystical aura. There are remains of old foundations, street signs, a forlorn graveyard, tunnels and mine shafts. Some old stamp batteries and steam engines have been restored. The ‘Materolli’, or Monk’s Store houses a museum where visitors can obtain a pictorial background of the area and its mining heyday. The Millwood hiking trail covers 5,6 km in this area.

Trailrider, Eisbein and myself decided to explore the roads around Millwood - I have been there previously, but wanted to explore the area in detail as I LOVE finding roads that I have never ridden before.

First stop was Jubilee Creek as Eisbein had not been there before.



There's a trail that follows this river and leads to a beautiful waterfall and pool - great to swim in in summer.


A view of the river downstream.


One of the paths leading into the forest.


Eisbein on the way to the second picnic site. If you visit Jubilee Creek, follow the road past the main picnic site until you get to the end - this spot is not as busy as the main site.


Trailrider going over the little bridge that leads to the second picnic site.


Weapons of choice for exploring...


We then rode on to Millwood - we did not have the time to go into the old mines and the museum,but they are worth paying a visit to. This is the site of the old hotel.


At this stage I realized that I had been shooting high quality .jpg's and only having a 32mb memory card  :-[ realized that I would soon run out of pictures!  Trailrider and Eisbein, however shot lots of pics that I'm sure will be appearing here shortly!

The weather wasn't great, but yuo can see some roads in the distance. The entire area is covered with roads - literally as far as the eye can see. This for me, is the essence of adventure riding! ;D I think that a lot of them might be on Forestry land, but in our 3 hours of riding, we didn't come across a "KEEP OUT" sign - though there was one saying no cars ;D


Trailrider and Eisbein along one of the roads.


In indigenous forest.


The roads seem to head in a easterly direction and there literally seems no end to them. We want to go back with a tent and food and see how far we can ride and where we might land up.
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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2007, 10:38:54 am »
Here's the area we rode...
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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2007, 10:39:35 am »
There is just something mystical and beautiful about that area.......

Surely you took more pics than just this few.............show more! ;) ;)
At this stage I realized that I had been shooting high quality .jpg's and only having a 32mb memory card   realized that I would soon run out of pictures!  Trailrider and Eisbein, however shot lots of pics that I'm sure will be appearing here shortly!
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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2007, 10:48:04 am »
...and this is where we're going next! ;D


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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2007, 12:06:53 pm »
More please! :thumleft:
 
TR: I want go see a ghost town!! Pretty please!!!
 

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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2007, 02:19:52 pm »
More please! :thumleft:
 
TR: I want go see a ghost town!! Pretty please!!!

How many do you want to see?  ;D There is Millwood, Woeska, etc etc.  ;D

Great report LGF. I was waiting for you to post  ;) I'll post my pictures a little later...
 

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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2007, 02:54:24 pm »
Wow some great trails you have there. Have you guys ever ridden some of the Bergplaas roads out towards the big tree ?
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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2007, 03:02:03 pm »
Eisbein and I met LGF at his magnificent house in Sedgefield. We did take some tar towards the forest, but this is allowed if it's a road where not all vehicles can travel  ;)





Before you can enter the forest you need a permit. Luckily you can issue those yourself  ;D



Jubilee Creek



If Eisbein falls in a forest and no-one's around - does he make a sound?  ;D ;D ;D



The road to the secluded picnic spot:





Exploring the roads around Milwood. The big bikes also got to ride some trails  ;D





Eisbein & Sauerkraut - together again!  :D



I got lots of "in ride" shots courtesy of a light bike and knarly knobblie tyres  ;D



Next "up"  ;D



Eisbein winning the yacht race  ;) ;D



At this stage we did not know exactly where we were, but we didn't mind  :)







And eventually the road home



What a ride! Thanks LGF and Eisbein. I had a great day. We'll explore the rest SOON!
 

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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2007, 03:07:37 pm »
Wow some great trails you have there. Have you guys ever ridden some of the Bergplaas roads out towards the big tree ?

Yes I have. The forestry guy a Bergplaas unfortunately HATES bikes. The MX and Quad guys know this and taunt him continuously, racing up to his house and racing away with him & his Land Cruiser in hot pursuit.

Years ago you could cross the Outeniqua mountains on the old Ox wagon trails from Bergplaas to Louvain in the Langkloof. If you try it now you'll probably be shot and your bike confiscated.  >:(

Lucky for us there are still some places we can ride.
 

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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2007, 05:32:21 pm »
More please! :thumleft:
 
TR: I want go see a ghost town!! Pretty please!!!

I did take some pic, but when I got home, there was nothing in them! : :D
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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2007, 06:54:14 pm »
Operator - What bike have you got?
 

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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2007, 07:18:01 pm »
Well well, a small Honda? You have seen the light! ;D

I hope to be trailriding with you real soon!  ;D
 

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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2007, 07:32:02 pm »



Yes I have. The forestry guy a Bergplaas unfortunately HATES bikes. The MX and Quad guys know this and taunt him continuously, racing up to his house and racing away with him & his Land Cruiser in hot pursuit.

Years ago you could cross the Outeniqua mountains on the old Ox wagon trails from Bergplaas to Louvain in the Langkloof. If you try it now you'll probably be shot and your bike confiscated.  >:(

Lucky for us there are still some places we can ride.

Once went down the Bergplaas road a couple of years ago. No one around and the gate was open and no signs. It was a great area to ride even with some nice little watercrossings. Maybe before mister forestry ranger's time  ;D
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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2007, 07:34:55 pm »
DD - weren't you going to be in this area sometime during September?
 

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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2007, 07:44:01 pm »
Well well, a small Honda? You have seen the light! ;D

I hope to be trailriding with you real soon!  ;D

I wont go for one of those postie bikes!!

Something like that bike of yours looks just fine ( and it is good value for money!)

That's what I thought ;D What's keeping you? Buy the bike already!  ;D

 

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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2007, 08:16:36 pm »
Nice report and pic's :headbang:
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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2007, 08:51:43 pm »
Eish! The green surroundings. We have forgotten what it looks like up here.

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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2007, 08:58:57 pm »
Wow.Stunning pics and report.Really enjoy your posts,Keep them coming.
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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2007, 09:57:50 pm »
Fantastic,

Eisbein you must have been ecstatic !
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Re: Exploring the Millwood goldfields
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2007, 10:22:28 pm »
Fantastic,

Eisbein you must have been ecstatic !

I was !

The shock I got from Sillystunt is better than the one I had in the bike before it self destructed.
Just having the bike back is already very cool. Having a better rear shock now is sweet.
Having the 1st ride again with the bike in over a month with Trailrider and LetsGoFishing in an area as beautiful and magical as this was over the weekend - Priceless !


Again thanks !

I post a pic or two tomorrow - i didn't take too many - I was just enjoying the bike again!

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