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April frontier trip - day 2
« on: May 01, 2006, 12:29:20 pm »
Day 2
Having slept in the backpackers lodge situated right next to this church (whose bells still irritatingly sounds on every hour) I was up early. Well, I am an early riser?



I only had about 100k?s to go to meet my buds in Jansenville and I had about three hours to kill. So I took up a slow pace, taking in the surrounds of an early Karroo morning. Evidence of a rain shower sometime during the night was all around and it gave the usually dry land a different picturesque quality. Dark clouds lay ominously in wait.

The full moon right above my shadow:


Ah, first dirt of the trip, a little jewel of a winding road with potent scenery collaborating with the low, dark cloud cover:








Eventually the euphoria died as I entered Jansenville, but what a religious structure for such a small town:


So after enjoying a nourishing breakfast in the only restaurant in town and having ridden every street of the town and conversing with a cop that does undercover drug related work (no, he was not selling), I eventually met with these two dirt bags:


From Jansenville we took the gravel to Pearston,


from where we hit the tar for pretty much the rest of the day. In Somerset East, we got word that Michnus and Lito were on there way to Hogsback, which was our destination for the day.


I have yet to find a decent sized Karroo town that does not have a monument for the fallen of the region in the Great War. This one is in Bedford:


The road from here to Alice was winding through the hills ? potholes, stock and imbecile drivers galore! A few k?s after Fort Hare on the way to Hogsback the sudden appearance of the mountains is a real smack in the eyeballs. We pulled over for the tourist action, and lo and behold who rides past? Lito, his girlfriend and Hilde!



Rudeasy followed in hot pursuit:


Who?s the tourist?



For me, there is just something invigorating and enchanting about mountains:



While the rest of the troupe glided through the twisties up the mountain, I noticed a minor detour and was treated to this:




And so it was up the twisties, with breathtaking views all around:







Until we reached the King?s Lodge, where Michnus, Wikus, Lito and Hilde (all ***** persons!) were already having tea (who the hell had the tea?!?).


After Michnus and Wikus left for matrimonial duties Lito was keen for a ride further up to check out the scenery. And spectacular it was! Columns of mist were rolling in and in some patches the setting sun shone through in dramatic fashion:




The black monster showing off its stealth fashion:


A quaint church providing an inspiration for things to come?





And after they did it once, Hilde prodded Lito to do it again ? hope he can live up to other expectations!





And after this spirited ride, it was time to spend some time with friends, old and new at the bar. Later on the lie dice played their part in retiring a ?tired? Rudeasy to bed!
 

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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2006, 12:49:26 pm »
Awesome photos dude.
Love this one.



And my son, are you searching for something in your life?
There is someone you should meet, all the pics of churches.
It will mess up your sunday morning riding, but it looks like you have the longing.
 

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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2006, 12:52:35 pm »
Amen brother, Amen!
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2006, 01:18:04 pm »
Wino, this is awesome stuff. Heck, can I have those piccies but bigger please?

Just an awesome report.... great photos and lekker storie too. Thumbs up!
very minute is a chance to turn it all around - Vanilla Sky



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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2006, 03:57:56 pm »
Quote from: "shark_za"

And my son, are you searching for something in your life?
There is someone you should meet, all the pics of churches.
It will mess up your sunday morning riding, but it looks like you have the longing.


and now you inspired me to change my avatar...
 

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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2006, 04:20:56 pm »
Some pics from my collection:

The road between Willowmore and Steytlerville - we followed it for about 40kms before turning north on gravel.



En route to Janssenville to rendavous with Wino - via Klipplaat, a run down railway junction town

The new TA model - all the way from the catwalks of Steytlerville, or dare I say Knoesenville





Nice open gravel - with lots of BlouBal Apies in the trees





We met Wino in Janssenville, road gravel to Pearston, then on tar to Hogsback via Alice (where we stocked up on booze).  This is looking at the Hogsback mountains.



Looking back from the pass leading into the forrest



Our accommodation for the night, courtesy of Michnus and Wikus and kindly provided by Niel-Monte - Thanx guys



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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2006, 04:31:27 pm »
Quote from: "KiLeRSA"


Lets see if this bulk posting work

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if I copy&paste the image address into the address bar the pic opens fine
there seems to be something wrong with the links you post

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http://www.image-upload.net/files/1697/Frontier%20tour/Day%202/100_0032.JPG
 

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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2006, 04:37:44 pm »
If i hit the IMG tags from the hosting site - the pics don't display.  If i open them individually though and copy link from the address bar they work fine.

???

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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2006, 05:03:08 am »
The photos and town names suggest that your photos must come from the Eastern Cape.

When I see SA photos, I get the urge to return to SA. I lived there for a month in 1999, 5 months in 2000, then 1 month in 2001-2004. I'm afraid I haven't been back these last two years.

When I do return, I hope to have the opportunity to do some motorcycling.

I ride a Kawasaki KLR 650 for adventure, and a Yamaha FJR 1300 for touring America.

Beste Groete,
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2007, 12:16:00 pm »
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Re: April frontier trip - day 2
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2007, 01:10:51 pm »
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mmmmmm.....iemand verlang na die Kaap met daai bump!
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