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Offline wino

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April frontier trip - day 6
« on: May 01, 2006, 12:33:02 pm »
Day 6
It had again started to rain and we were holed up until about 10 in the morning, before we packed up and hoped for the best.
The plan was to push to Cradock via Elliot. Riding along the escarpment with dramatic rock formations all along the way left me a bit dazed from its beauty.








Coming down the escarpment via the stunning Barkly Pass:




No, he did not want to yodel!




You can just make out Rudeasy going around the corner:


The church in Dordrecht:



Having a break from the wind; well, it could never be worse than some of the wind expelled by the members of this touring party on occasion!




Ah, gravel again. But not your typical gravel. It had rained heavily in this area and the road was muddy, apart from the almost dry tracks laid by vehicles. So it was a matter of staying in the ?wielspore? and cranking it, heart flustering!


What, dry gravel? Whoopee!



Rudeasy showing off:


And then the long stretch to Cradock, via Tarkastad:



The church in Cradock:


With great anticipation we booked into the hot springs at Cradock, but were soon deflated when told that the pumps were not working, hence, no hot water in the pools. Disgusting, twice now that the hot springs could not provide relief!

Crossing the river to get to the resort:


 

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April frontier trip - day 6
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2006, 12:22:52 pm »
After much deliberation we decided to cancel the stretch from barkley to Maclear via Naudesnek pass, on account of the weather and state of the roads.

In retrospect, this is the one road which I would have loved to do - pity, maybe if my balls were bigger.  Point is the pass is around 3000 m above sea level - people can die when getting bogged down in a storm in that area.  Not afraid of dying, but as I said of being associated with the Darwin Awards.  Picture the article: 'Mad d/s biker survived 5 days of freezing weather in the Southern Drakensberg to be eaten by fellow bikers"  :shock:  :lol:

In any case we rode to Rodes from there to Cradock via some gravel.

The summit of the pass leading to Rhodes - according to the GPS you drop more than 600m from the summit in the space of 5 or so kms.

 

Same spot, one last glance at the highlands towards Barkley



On the pass - what a view



We did enjoy about 100kms of dirt - warm down low and the roads were dryer.  It was possible to get the speeds up to 110km/h on the dryer sections, but had some 'surprises' going at that speed through unexpected nuddy sections.



Trick is to stay on the dryer car threads - if you stray at spead your in for some chop..... :lol:



Easy Rider...



Near the Cradock springs (pump broken, no hot water - when will i find a suitable hot spring the cure the aching muscles and wash the travelling dirt?)



Our accommodation for the night, me and Rudi had lots of meat which we braaied and devoured with gust.  As for Wino - the normal beans and eggs :cry:

BTW did I tell you about the fine curry stew we made in Aliwal while riding out the weather.  Awesome stuff, beef and pork with a gutsy, rich aroma - the type of which you enjoy the aroma while cooking and in the next day's farts :lol:



Next day - lots of gravel down to Steytlersville
 

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April frontier trip - day 6
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2006, 12:54:10 pm »
Quote from: "wino"
Having a break from the wind; well, it could never be worse than some of the wind expelled by the members of this touring party on occasion!


Is KiLeRSA still blaming his new saddle?  :D

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...the type of which you enjoy the aroma while cooking and in the next day's farts


Now it's the cooking  :shock:
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2006, 01:45:21 pm »
Maybe a combination

As for the saddle - all I can say 'Corbin for president' - a real god-send.  Jeez what a difference, I may have had a couple of mildly numb ass incidents, but nothing as bad as the stock seat's torture after 150kms

wow

It enabled the passing of aromatic gasses  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

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