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Top of Van Reenen's Pass
« on: August 12, 2012, 01:02:31 pm »
Coming up from KZN to the Free State you obviously go up Van Reenen's on the N3.

Has anyone noticed that overgrown, brittle tarred, narrow road on the left of the Pass when you come near the top?
I've always wondered what it is and if it can be accessed? It's obvious that it's not used at all.

What is the the road and can it be accessed?
 

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Re: Top of Van Reenen's Pass
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2012, 02:28:42 pm »
Ja, there is a road off to the left at the top of the pass that gives you access. It is the old road, and like you I had always wanted to go investigate, which I did. Doesnt go anywhere and is not very long at all as the new road cuts over its path.

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Re: Top of Van Reenen's Pass
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2012, 03:11:21 pm »
If you turn RIGHT on that road (towards durban direction, it takes you onto the Besters pass road, which is in fact the original pass route used in the old days... I'll try to attach the Garmap file here... :thumleft:
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Re: Top of Van Reenen's Pass
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2012, 05:55:49 pm »
Cool, thanks!

Are both roads fairly straightforward? I'd like to try them when I can ride again, but I'll have to rebuild my strength, fitness and 'skill' back up.

For now I'm just bored not riding and the 'road' popped into my head.
 

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Re: Top of Van Reenen's Pass
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2012, 05:35:42 am »
going up the pass,  the turn to the left is signposted as 'windy corner' S28 23.076 E29 23.538
turning right (staggered junction) takes you to the tunnels by the train tracks. S28 23.096 E29 23.527
 

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Re: Top of Van Reenen's Pass
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2012, 08:30:46 am »
Done it many times --short --but nice -- ;) You also go through a old tunnel. Do it also as a part of a Tugela ride i do over 2 days

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Re: Top of Van Reenen's Pass
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2012, 11:49:04 am »
Is this the road if you travel to Durban, just after Van Reener town you turn left, effectively the rail track service road.  It takes you to Ladysmith.  Very nice stretch of road.  Car friendly as well.
 

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Re: Top of Van Reenen's Pass
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2012, 11:39:44 am »
Is this the road if you travel to Durban, just after Van Reener town you turn left, effectively the rail track service road.  It takes you to Ladysmith.  Very nice stretch of road.  Car friendly as well.

Nope -- NOT car friendly at all maybe 4 x 4 but definately not for cars --one section has moerse rocks  ::)
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Re: Top of Van Reenen's Pass
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2012, 12:10:51 am »
That was the old Windy Corner viewpoint.
It's a great view, but don't go there alone...
Nobody will see if you are set upon by criminals.

In the old days it was a very dangerous traffic situation,
so they re-routed the road to avoid it.  :thumleft:
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