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A Lephalale breakfast run...
« on: November 11, 2007, 06:00:41 pm »
Well as many of you know, I have been busy, busy fixing the house, busy supervising painters, busy at work, flying overseas etc, etc,  :( :( :(

Plus the GSV has been missing a bashplate so it has not been sorted as I was busy etc.

Anyway, the Bash was scotched for me as I was in Germany last week, but flew back a day early (Friday) anyway, yesterday I was nice, went to a Birthday Party with SWMBO, behaved etc etc‚?¶‚?¶ ::) ::) ::)

So I then slimily negotiated a pass out for this morning, no return time specified!!! >:D >:D

Anyway, I posted late yesterday, no takers, not that I expected different, ‚??riding north +- 700km,s‚?Ě. I don‚??t post routes as I had none planned, I do not have a GPS, I had page 29 photocopied out of a Shell Touring Atlas, its enough, but I am glad we can colour copy them these days.

So, only left at 6AM, beautiful morning, no pics as the ride up to Brits via Harties has been covered before, as usual I thought, our starting point, there destination for most breakfast runners as I passed Harties.

So off to Brits, then to Thabazimbi, as I entered Limpopo, the area is lush, the Northern dogs who remember our bash, the area is not recognizable!!!!!



The lushness is reflected in the insects, I flew through a swarm of somethings‚?¶


I think just after this I turned onto the dirt to Koedoeskop and followed it up to Thabazimbi. At Thabazimbi, tough call, do I take the tar up to Lephalale or do I risk it on the dirt over the passes (remember no bash plate)‚?¶.

Sanity did not prevail‚?¶ luckily‚?¶


The GSV in its territory, oh yes, no screen I was not planning at riding above 140, up to that the screen is worthless, plus I prefer the handling without one.


Beautiful terrain I love the Bosveld..


Last time I rode here I was dodging storms, no issues today.

Small areas of shaded beauty.


Not Cape Mountains but pretty.



Eventually, I hit another choice, Rankins Pass (done it) or off to Vaalwater,


I picked Vaalwater, it was strange as I crossed the escarpment, the vegetation changed, perhaps farming perhaps not but very different‚?¶


This looks more interesting, grin time..


The pass turned out to be called Bakkers Pass.


So off I went to Lephalale (Ellisras),

A new sign???


Petrol required, so as I fill up, there is a big black car in the garage, trying to compete with the GSV, plus its complete with serious large white and heavy bodyguards in a Chev van thing,


Ok its big, OK its ugly,



I assume it‚??s a Maybach, serious money‚?¶.



So  I look the East loop out of Lephalale, as you climb the mountain you get this great view of the Bosveld, with Matimba Power Sration in the background.


Strange insects too‚?¶


Then off down to Vaalwater, time to find a beer, no pics but stopped at a lovely establishment ‚??Big Five‚?Ě corny but nice place, couple of beers and off. No pic.
About 5 km,s out of town pulled a left every road off the main here is dirt, over my beer I had worked out from my A4 photocopy map that I could do an 80km loop to Modimolle (Nylstrom) rather than the tar.

It was not technical, just lots and lots of this, some sand but nothing technical


And its signposted like this!!!!! Perfect


Then a refreshment in Bela Bela, saw Dale Steyn,s last wicket fall as I got my beer..


I then hauled the tar back, 817 km,s left at 6 back at 15:30 not gassing it at any stage, you do not gas it on dirt roads alone, had one head shake under power on the whole run ‚?¶ a perfect nooob ride if you do not mind distances‚?¶and the type of ride a GSV excells at ;D ;D ;D

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« Last Edit: November 11, 2007, 06:06:13 pm by Welsh »
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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2007, 06:19:44 pm »
Eish Welsh.

What a lekker ride out. Sorry I missed it.

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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2007, 06:21:06 pm »
Nice ride Welsh, glad you enjoyed, even gladder you shared!
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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2007, 06:22:45 pm »
Eish Welsh.

What a lekker ride out. Sorry I missed it.

The GSV is still the best looking 1150 on this forum.  (Sorry you others. :mrgreen:)

It was fun, did not push it, but solo or small groups you can cover ground that much quicker than a big group.
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2007, 06:23:10 pm »
Nice one Welsh. I spent 3 years in a town called Northam, near Thabazimbi. Maybe the name has changed since then. I remember those roads with miles and miles of bush. Was riding a Yamaha DT 175 back in 1994. We did awesome roads. Lovely place, the bush. Want dearly to go back, and show my wife. Thanks for the share!!  :)
 

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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2007, 06:25:01 pm »
Eish Welsh.

What a lekker ride out. Sorry I missed it.

The GSV is still the best looking 1150 on this forum.  (Sorry you others. :mrgreen:)

It was fun, did not push it, but solo or small groups you can cover ground that much quicker than a big group.

Except if shebeens jump into your way. :mrgreen:

Stil. 817km on a day is a bit much for me on the thumper.

Well done! :cool:
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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2007, 06:26:10 pm »
Nice ride Welsh, glad you enjoyed, even gladder you shared!

Get the bike fixed the roads will still be there, I think a 1 Nighter up there is called for... perfect newby teritory, sand but not deep and good fun for the others...

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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2007, 06:27:22 pm »
Nice one Welsh. I spent 3 years in a town called Northam, near Thabazimbi. Maybe the name has changed since then.

The Bash Welsh is mentioning was held near Northam. 1 October this year.

The rains certainly did it's magic! Good to see the green bushveld.
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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2007, 06:28:12 pm »
Eish Welsh.

What a lekker ride out. Sorry I missed it.

The GSV is still the best looking 1150 on this forum.  (Sorry you others. :mrgreen:)

It was fun, did not push it, but solo or small groups you can cover ground that much quicker than a big group.

Except if shebeens jump into your way. :mrgreen:

Stil. 817km on a day is a bit much for me on the thumper.

Well done! :cool:

OK, we chop it back to 750????
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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2007, 06:28:57 pm »
Overnighter sounds good. :redface:
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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2007, 06:35:11 pm »
Nice ride Welsh

Your favouriite territory - but as great as ever
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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2007, 06:39:49 pm »
Nice ride Welsh

Your favouriite territory - but as great as ever

Its easy riding, suits a slow old timer like me  ;D ;D ;D

And its not too sump unfriendly  ::) ::) ::) actually a definitive GS ride, just what suits the big beasty, not technical, but loverly riding...


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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2007, 07:06:18 pm »
Looks like an awesome ride Welsh.

What I wanna know is what the hell is a Maybach with english plates doing there?
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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2007, 07:31:53 pm »
Welsh, glad you were not too busy to share the pics in this report! :thumleft: Looked good out there... these solo rides are good for ones soul. Nicley done! :thumright:
 

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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2007, 08:21:31 pm »
Lekker ride. That BM looks sporty somehow without the screen... ;)
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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2007, 08:31:56 pm »
Lekker ride. That BM looks sporty somehow without the screen... ;)

Sporty it ain,t but it grunts...
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« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2007, 09:26:02 pm »
One day soon i will head out that way too.Thanks for providing some inspiration.
 

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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2007, 11:54:25 am »
Looks like an awesome ride Welsh.

What I wanna know is what the hell is a Maybach with english plates doing there?

Do you think those are British plates? Gonna ask my nephew.

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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2007, 11:58:44 am »
Yea, I think they're London plates as well.
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Re: A Lephalale breakfast run...
« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2007, 12:05:35 pm »

'tis weird. That's the same garage Kaboef, Butch and I stopped it when we returned from out Botswana trip earlier this year.
The owners of the garage were very nice, they came out and chatted to us.

as to the plates, Yes I also agree that they are UK plates. I used to know how to decode the numbers to figure out when the car was registered but I don't know how to anymore.

Very nice ride by the way
lovely looking roads