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Offline sidetrack

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« on: May 02, 2006, 11:49:05 am »
Ok I'm busy uploading the pics as we speak then add some words as well. All I can say is that the trip was great and the last two days riding was spectacular  :D Got to go work some more but I will post the trip by tonight, it's a promise. Stay tuned it's worth it !
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Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2006, 02:45:28 pm »
We are waiting.   :(  :(


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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006, 04:09:51 pm »
Day 1[/b]

And so it arrived, wrong way round, four days of riding in some of the most beautifull parts of SA. We all met up at the Engen near the N4. Nine riders in total to start a journey to Mpumalanga. Leo was the leader and we got to the firts dirt just outside of PTA east. It consisted of some nice flowing gravel roads. We were all sitting at a comfy 80 - 90 km/k (well at least I was) when the next moment there was a rather large steep bump in the road, I nearly flew over the bars  :shock: Amstel suspension bottomed out and his bashplate rubbers took a beating.

The first stop of the day for a smoke break and general chit chat



From there the road led towards the Loskop area, the road leading to it were stunning. I'd really want to ride it again soon as there were some nice turnoffs to take as well. As we were approaching the turnoff to Loskop I noticed my display of the bike started dissapearing randomly. The battery was drained, I could not believe it as it was a brand new one I put in the day before  :shock: Could this be the end of my trip ! mn I was pissed. Luckily I traced it to a bad connecter charged the battery. Finally got it sorted with a few strands of wire and some sandpaper  8)

It was on towards Dullstroom and some lunch, we had to ride Korfneck pass firts and it was another brilliant little dirt road that led all the way into town.

The "Legend" approaching before the pass



The pass itself



On the other side there were some nice scenery and pretty green for this time of year



We arrived in Dullstroom and got our batteries charged for the next leg of the journey. Shark had to get home and left us and took the N4 home.
Thanks for offering to help me get back when my DRZ was acting up  :thumbleft:



From Dullstroom we took the tar to Lydenburg before Leo led up this dirt stretch that led into the pine plantations





The scenery got greener and more beautifull as we headed towards Sabie.



Unfortunetly we ran into a locked gate a hunting part just before Long Tom  :lol: We headed back the we came, had to take a couple of pics on my way back.





The next stretch led us to Sabie, great views from the top



Little streams were everywhere



And camping sites in the forest



Krazy arrives to meet up with the group after coming down the escarpment





In Sabie tents we pitched and everyone headed out to town and get some warm food and cold beer (coke for me) at Woodmans bar / restaurant. Sabie at night.



Day 2[/b]

I woke up early the next morning with what sounded like rain but in fact it was the leaves dropping on the tents. Autum is most definetly here. It was misty and quiet, aah big city life is way behind us now. Across the Sabie river a fly fisherman was trying his luck.

 

Misty morning that gave way to some nice sunshine later in the day when we took of towards Pilgrims Rest







The Legend was still taking a nap



Onto Pilgrims Rest after riding some amazing tar sections, their were lots of superbikes on the roads but I think we had more fun  :wink: We stopped at Johhny's Pub and it's really a great place to have a bite or have some drinks.







I took a quick stroll up and down the little town, I must say Pilgrims have stayed much the same since the late 1800's when gold was discovered in the little creek below. It's nice that it still has the old world charm about it.













Camp was set up at the local camping grounds which had a nice little river running through it, peacefull or what  :D






Just outside of Pilgrims a dirt road turns of to the right and we headed up the tracks whick led into the mountains and through some large plantations with some nice technical rocky trails right at the top





Nice view



Rocky section



Coming back the group was split into two, we headed over Caspersnek and Excalibur told us about a Buffalo he saw along the road. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted it way up along the fence. I maxed my zoom for this shot. Would not want to get closer anyway  :shock:



While Gideon took some pics I noticed a small trail leading down to the river and had to get a shot of my bike in it  :D



On the way back to camp it look like it would rain but it stayed away and I had to take more pics of the road back to Pilgrims.



Gideon and myself stopped at this little bridge and noticed small trout trying to jump upstream, this must be killer fishing water !



Day 3[/b]

After everybody crawled out of their tents it was decided to head over to Graskop for breakfast or was that lunch ? Funacide and Amstel had to head home so we had to say goodbyebefore heading to Graskop. I forgot the name of the restaurant but I think everyone would agree for R15 it was a real bargain !

Supplies had to be baught for our next stretch to the Blyde river and Mariepskop. It seems the whole Graskop was out in force converging on the local Spar.



Down the twisting and turning Kowyns Pass before our next dirt section that lead to Bushbuck ridge. It was a fun little section with some nice sections of rocks and muddy puddles and even a neat little river crossing where some of the locals were doing some of their own river crossings  :lol:





Krazy navigating a muddy section



Marieps kop is waiting ....





The last tar stretch up Marieps were fun with alot of twists and turns to negotiate, Krazy Eyes and Excalibur passing the picture taking DRZ rider. Notice the vegetation, looks like a rain forest while the very top looked very simular to the fynbos of the Western Cape.



Amazing views, I lost track of the other guys and could not say goodbye to Leo and Excalibur who headed back to Pilgrims. In my attempt to find the other guys I ended up halfway to the waterfall and decided to take some piccies on my way there  :twisted:



I phoned Gideon and got back to the group in record time speeding down back through the track from the waterfall. Next stop for Ufudo, Gideon, Krazy Eyes and Digitaldan was the Aventura in the Blyde river area near Kampersrus ....



To be continued I can't type fast enough  :?
Little by little, one travels far

J.R.R Tolkien
Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2006, 05:14:17 pm »
Day 4[/b]

The Blyde river campsite was packed and everyone looked on wide eyed when four bikes rolled into town er camp  :shock:  :lol: I must say that the weather in the lowveld is damn fine even in winter so I slept like a log.
Next morning the guys were discussing the road ahead, from here we just checked maps and GPS's and went with it. Not knowing where you are going and when you are getting there was a good plan  :D



The Legend in a legendry setting  :D



Our first stop was to check out some scenery in the area. Now that's alot of water.



The Blyde river





On our way back to Sabie (yes again) Krazy had decided to get home as he promised his girlfriend he would be back on Sunday so we said goodbye and headed on to our next stop Kaapmuiden near the Kruger park via Whiteriver. The road to Kaapmuiden was tar but it was a joy to ride, no traffic nice sunny weather and very nice scenery.

Crossing the Mac Mac river





My old Alpinestars were coming apart, no really ! Luckily Ufudo had some ducktape at hand. Now this is ruffing it  :lol:



Crossing one of the Crocodile rivers tributries (sp)





Ufudo and Gideon comparing GPS readings and having a smoke break



The next section is the Mpageni Pass (well I think so), and it was quite challenging. The corners were more like switchbacks and very steep. Ufudo said that going up was easier than coming down and I agree. The road winded it's way up the mountain side, magic !



Ufudo on the Adventure



At the bottom was a mine with a very tall chimney, there were no one around but you could hear machines at work. Eerie is all I can say !

After a hectic climb which included avoiding some cattle we took a real adventure pic, whoaa the Marlboro man has nothing on us !





Just in time to catch the sunset



It was getting dark and we still had 50 odd km's of plantation roads to ride to get to Barberton. The last stretch was covered in the dark and with my shitty 35 w headlight it was a nightmare, I stayed as close as possible to Ufudo's adventure to get some idea where the road went  :shock: I hit a large rock in the process but the bashplate did it's job quite well.

When we arrived in Barberton it was dark and we had to get some food asap !



Luckily KFC came to our rescue and we had some burgers in the cleanest fast food joint I have ever seen in my life ! We checked out the local B&B called the Cockney Liz, she was the talk of the town in the late 1800's. They had a portrait of her and she was fine  8) Whe did not feel like leaving the bikes in the street over night so we went of to the local caravan / camping grounds.

Man it was cheap and quiet, only R60 for us three. Later a security guard came around and told us to watch out for criminals, Ufudo made the remark " no wonder they are so cheap"  :lol: We decided to form our own laer voortekker style for the night. Gideon had some of his favourite rum and almost fell through his tent and Ufudo some wine. I had a an orange juice  :?

To be continued ....
Little by little, one travels far

J.R.R Tolkien
Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2006, 06:02:51 pm »
Day 5[/b]

When we woke the next morning we could hear rain on the tents and one heck of a windstorm. Gideon was still unhappy about the fact that there were no Swedish netball team present at the campsite :D Luckily it cleared enough for us to pack up the bikes and start the road from Barberton via the Swazi border home. Going up the pass from town the rain started again so we took the change to put on some rain gear and take a couple of pics.





On the way up Saddleback pass we met up with two other riders who were also going back to Gauteng. One rode a Transalp and the other a Dakar. Sorry I forgot the names  :?



The pass was very misty and wet but beautifull none the less and slippery !



At the top with some nice views





As we aproached a manned gate Ufudo parked his BM but the sidestand shot back up and the bike went down. Nothing serious though and we were back on the road crossing the Moletsi river



After making a u-turn the Africa Twin also went down but got back to it's wheels in record time. We got to a tar section after the pass heading towards Lochiel. It had some knarly potholes and cattle that decided to lie down in the middle of it  :shock: By the time we got to Badplaas it was quite cold and we got stuck into some burgers.



From there it was onto some more dirt to Chrissiesmeer but by now we all wanted to get home and decided to head for the boring N4 where all the long weekend holiday makers drove like maniacs.



The last stretch was via the Delmas road to Lynnwood road and back to the Engen garage where it all started five days before. Time to say goodbye to Ufudo (Garth) and Gideon. It was one heck of a trip which I'm sure everyone enjoyed  8)

Little by little, one travels far

J.R.R Tolkien
Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2006, 07:02:59 pm »
Kick ass trip!!!!  :hello1: :hello1: :hello1:
Gotta say that looked like you ouks had some fun!!! :D

I be likeing that yellow Colori jacket! I have a gray one :hello1:  :toothy5:

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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2006, 07:10:23 pm »
What a GR8 report DD, wish I could have stayed for the extra days, it looked awesome, well done. And now you have made me seriously just want to go on the next trip. Soooooo guys, where to next. Like Leo said to the guys at the Pilgrims campsite (the DS trailer boys), you could get to Capetown on dirt roads if you really wanted to.

Well done, some really great pics there DD.

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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2006, 07:16:01 pm »
lekker pics as usual DD.... really lekker  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
 

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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2006, 07:37:36 pm »
Very nice report.  Dullstroom and Pilgrims pics bring back some good memories.

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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2006, 07:46:47 pm »
hey digidan

NICE pics, do have a map available of the route that you covered?
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2006, 08:32:37 pm »
Quote from: "chrisB"
hey digidan

NICE pics, do have a map available of the route that you covered?


You would have to ask Ufudo or Gideon. They had the GPS's, that is why I had to guess many of the names and places  :lol:
Little by little, one travels far

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Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2006, 09:30:02 pm »
DD, I am glad to see that the quality of your pics improved 100%. Perfect bro! We will meet some day when that bluddy Sharkie (O how I love him) decides to invite me on one of your trips.
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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2006, 09:55:08 pm »
i'm still getting to know the bike. remember i'm used to 4 wheels - no balancing required  :shock:
when i see an obstacle, i choose the safest line, unless there's no way around then i'll go through. give me a couple of months then i'll wheelie it through the mud for you.  8)  all in good time....
 

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« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2006, 10:25:24 pm »
Nice report and photo's DD


Sorry we gave you so little chance to take pics. :?
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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2006, 11:08:04 pm »
Quote from: "Zonkelnut"
We will meet some day when that bluddy Sharkie (O how I love him) decides to invite me on one of your trips.


Zonkel...
No invitation needed on this forum, just watch the Planning a Trip section and invite yourself.....
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« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2006, 11:37:03 pm »
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Quote from: "Zonkelnut"
We will meet some day when that bluddy Sharkie (O how I love him) decides to invite me on one of your trips.


Zonkel...
No invitation needed on this forum, just watch the Planning a Trip section and invite yourself.....
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Ye, I know. It's just that I miss the good old days when I had the bikes (they are all in for service) to attend the rides.

Fun, I never did met you. But you sound like one heck of a good oak. Just remember, I am still a novice.
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« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2006, 11:56:29 pm »
Sorry for the Hijack DD...

Zonkel, why don't you join the Crater trip next weekend (methinks)
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« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2006, 06:25:23 am »
Krazy, I'll come to your rescue. I have a photo of you going straight thru a big mud hole!!!! If I can just figure out how to post them..........
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« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2006, 07:44:26 am »
Quote from: "Zonkelnut"
I am still a novice.


A novice who has ridden more km's through africa than anyone else in this forum this year.
From beach sand on the east coast to desert and rocks on the west.
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Offline Grootseun

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« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2006, 07:45:25 am »
Well done guys... reading this report does absolutely nothing for motivating me to stay at work today and not make some excuse to go and ride...