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Offline White Rhino

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Brilliant !!

Gunning it alone in the mountains - way to go :thumright:

Nice RR & stunning pics.

Must have been interesting holding the panniers on after the frame broke.
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Offline Humpty Dumpty

Always good to carry a few extra tie-downs  :biggrin:


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And so....generally one would find plenty direction signage leading to a viewpoint when viewing something of this magnitude



But........Not in Lesotho.

I ended up going too far, almost doing myself in and having to backtrack then do all the zoom in and out tricks with GPS.......eventually stumbled on the, or a viewing point.... Noted as the highest falls in Africa......quite spectacular.

My route out was then slightly different to my original plan of backtracking to Roma and heading for Mafeteng and the border by way of the A2...

The King of previous night, who just by the way, was a fellow I had been through school with and lives in the same suburb as I do, Andy Wright.  He had informed that the road/track towards the Senqunyane River was absolutely doable,  he had used it to get fuel a couple of days earlier when fuel was in short supply locally.

Some track and lots of big open road where the Chinese are building new roads, he said, hmmmm interesting, and its shorter I thought.... forgetting the no road/direction demarcating rule, applicable in Lesotho.

Heading off I got disorientated getting onto the correct route out of the village and wound up in someones back yard...ahhh well, thats how you meet interesting people and strange dogs with saber teeth, no pics was too busy getting out of there :ricky:



Roads/tracks/construction sites were in ok order, when good = GREAT, when bad = KAK, as in it was the pre section of excavation before the road can be formed and took on the look of a bombed out hillside...they were still blasting...thank heavens not over the holidays ???



Take a closer look in the center of the image.....



Anyway, eventually came out onto tar and headed South'ish, through a rainstorm with all the normal accompaniment of lightning and a little hail etc etc



Made the border at Mohales Hoek with 10 minutes to spare before closing time at 16h00, across the border, checked back in our side, asked the fellow how far to next town and what was it...... 42km and Zastron, ...Ah! I thought the Lesotho side had been tar, this side too then...piece of old takkie, will be comfy, fed and dry in just a bit......

Not to be......

What awaited was snot, snot and more snot



Speed down to a crawl, both feet out, crabbing along....then a taxi comes out of nowhere towards me...in the same predicament, except his feet arent out and he is going faster than I would think possible.....I cant go anywhere, not even jump off and run cos im gonna slip and  end up worse off....seem to recall closing my eyes at point of impact.......next he is gone and past me....another marmite stripe.

After about 20km of this fun, the road and weather improved to something managable with feet on the pegs... could even stop for a well earned ..... Number 1, was all I had left after the taxi saga  :eek7:



Zastron turned out to be OK, albeit seemingly fast slipping into one of those ex centres, now nothingness save for passing trade.

I might be wrong, but the BnB was expensive @ R450 for a room, but suppose it was my choice to stay in a room and not tent in rain.... great cloud formations though



Next day was generally tar towards Colesburg and beyond, with a little dirt excursion to Nouwpoort



then into Willowmore......... next.....
     
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Super trip, thanks for sharing
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Zastron, Colesburg and beyond heading home...constant flow of GP'ers heading toward me, streaming back after a good time at the coast.... guess they used to go to Durbs before those beaches became an Exxon Valdez replica  O0    >:D



All that tar was taking its toll



Graaf Rienet, Aberdeen and the last loooong stretch to Willowmore +/- 120km of moerse straight road.

Arrive Willowmore, refuel and coast over to the hotel....and..... its closed.... What is it with hotels and me, second closed hotel this trip, Patensie, now Willowmore....must be an Eastern Cape thing  ???

However, they did me a favor...not my pocket though, anyway..... found my way to the Willow Historic Guest House....what a pleasure



I was placed in the "Hoenderhok" lucky hoenders I think....



Unpacked, got on my baggies and made for the pool, had some kids playing Marco Polo, hmmmm wasnt getting suckered into one of those cheating kids games, again.
The tar road a faint memory it was time for a GnT under the trees.

Got called over by some fellow sitting with his wife, turns out to be Ryno and Alpha Greeff of Sidecar Africa....well, we swapped war stories and swotted mosquitoes late into the evening, enjoyed a pleasant chatty dinner with the family Greeff.      Was lovely to have met them, perhaps our paths will cross again, certainly hope so  :thumleft:

Ryno mentioned that they always try and have a look at the old graveyards, just to get a feel for the place, "Visiting the dead" I think he said.

So, not to be outdone, next morning on my way out onto the R407 (direction Prince Albert) Had to pull over and take a walkies through the Historic section of Willowmore Cemetery......Yea, go figure...But did find an interesting epitaph......



 Now, I originally thought that this fellow was beaten to death....confirmed by a friend who knows the lingo....not so says someone else....he was killed by lightning.....Any way he came to a sudden end is all I know.

The Mortuary seemed a little spartan, um... and exposed, but then again, one is, after all, dead, when you are lying on those slabs...interesting that they had two tables, busy times ???.... 'Biers' I think them table/slabs officially named.





OK, so enough of that stuff...........Into the Karoo, lovely dirt road all the way to the N12 at Klaarstroom, hang a right towards Beaufort West, 33ish km of tar.....some TWAT in a Forester overtakes on the inside of one of the verry few corners on that entire stretch of road...had an EC registration....must have been a hotel owner dashing to open his hotel after the holiday season  ??? ??? ....Hmmmmm, must be.... an Eastern Cape thing.....  :drif:

Then you take a left onto gravel,





 55km later you arrive in Prince Albert, just be aware of the drifts though, they tend to be washed out and the road lends itself to speed...soooo a couple more stripes later.
Ah, forgot to mention, the back shock wasnt feeling all that firm anymore and bike started to take on that "floating cloud" wallowing feel, not quite shot, but getting there ... fast.

Swartberg Pass was a dream, as usual.





Quite cold on top and then down into invitingly warm Oudtshoorn



Met up with CM at his mates place, checked out his bruises just to make sure he wasn't faking it.....more on that a little while back in this RR.

Shock officially shot at this point and I left a lovely oil stain on his nice brick paving....Oooops, sorry Grahame.

Next day back into CT, tar all the way untill I couldnt take any more, detoured Agter Paarl, Perdeberg, Klipheuwel, Occult Road, Malanshoogte, past Richwood and onto the N7....and there it was.

9 days with a riding partner ..... 6 solo....lekker ride..... next one is planned to be the four days made up of 21 to 24 March.

Tulbach....... Merweville via Sutherland and Banks Gate.......Herbertsdale via Seweweekspoort, Rooiberg Pass and Cloetes Pass........Onrus on dirt roads touching in at Riversdale, down to Swellendam and The Pont at Malgas, criss crossing to Hemel and Aarde Valley directly into Onrus.........

More of that once its done.

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Wow! ... what a ride, well done and with a dodgy knee and all.

Looking forward to your next RR. Thanks for sharing.

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nice one . looking forward too our ride on the 21st
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Now please change your tyre..... ;D
 

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Hi KLRick

Or is that not Supertrick now?

Just for the record, fitted the well traveled Mitas when I got back, done one trip so far....CT, Ceres, Tankwa, Ganagans Pass, Middlepos, Ouberg Pass, Tankwa, Katbakkies Pass, Op Die Berg, Ceres, Bains Kloof, Klipheuwel, CT   

And around the Peninsular on Sunday  :ricky:



Will be interesting to see how this one wears....at R1,100.00 it had better last more than the Kenda's which retail at anything from R600.00 to R750.00     will advise in due course  :deal:

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Hi KLRick

Or is that not Supertrick now?

Just for the record, fitted the well traveled Mitas when I got back, done one trip so far....CT, Ceres, Tankwa, Ganagans Pass, Middlepos, Ouberg Pass, Tankwa, Katbakkies Pass, Op Die Berg, Ceres, Bains Kloof, Klipheuwel, CT   when the F@#K did you do this without asking me

And around the Peninsular on Sunday  :ricky:



Will be interesting to see how this one wears....at R1,100.00 it had better last more than the Kenda's which retail at anything from R600.00 to R750.00     will advise in due course  :deal:

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awesome!
hope you have recovered by now.

lekker meeting up with you guys in baviaans. i first rode past you and looking back i saw that coca cola bottle opener fitted on the back of your right pannier (god rest his soul) and i knew it was you!

j

 

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Have to find a new spot to fit that little fellow....its a legend now  :thumleft:
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Baie baie nice RR en lekker fodies.  :thumleft:

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What a lekker ride!! Thanks for sharing!!
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