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Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« on: November 16, 2007, 09:20:54 pm »
Day 1

Two weeks of leave with the bash smack bang in the middle! The first couple of days were spent with the family (especially the new addition) building some credits and then on the Thursday morning I was away. I hit the road early in order to miss the Joburg traffic, taking the R59 and down to Heilbron. I felt elated ‚?? it has been a while since my tour in April!! It is a drug‚?¶

The plan was to hit the dirt from Heilbron, but not before capturing a pic of the local church.



Just outside of Heilbron I got onto the gravel and it felt GOOD! Early morning, fresh air, slight cloud cover, the only person on these roads = perfect.



Although many parts of the route could be done at high speed, there was just no need in me to do it. I was pleasantly surprised by the route I chose ‚?? snaking along over and down hills.







Plenty of flowers around to speckle the countryside with a bit of colour:



The sad part of traveling in the countryside is that the realization that many homesteads have now been abandoned sinks in every time. Whatever the reason for the moves to town, or giving up farming because maybe the son wants to become a computer geek, there is just a sadness about it. Nevertheless, the ruins always intrigue me ‚?? what kind of life was once lived here?







Notice the old and new in contrast. None could hold out.





Gliding along - man, I just love my bike! I‚??m not one to give pet names to machines, but on rides like this the romance of it all just comes together. A solitary ride, but feeling so much part of the bike and the surrounds.







If I remember correctly, this is the church in Paul Roux:



Aah, the view of mountains:





The church in Rosendal ‚?? the creep of commercialism is entering this hamlet. Good or bad? Kilroy and I had a discussion about the commercializing of small towns whilst having breakfast in Clarens. Probably very difficult to be objective if one is not one of the locals in the town. Time to buy a small town for preservation?







Time for a good rest ‚?? I had nowhere to rush to. I threw myself to the ground so that the Swedish female tourists could have their way with me ‚?¶ back to reality.





The road eventually took me to Peka Bridge. Luckily I did not have my passport with me, temptation would have found me.



And on towards Ladybrand, to meet up with Funacide, Poppipants and Kilroy.



Stopped in Ladybrand to stock up on some food and beers for the evening. Out to the guest farm there was a 5km stretch of gravel ‚?? never, ever in my life have I ridden so slow. I can at last honestly say that the beers made me do it.

The bar/restaurant of the Oldenburg lodge. While waiting for the group, I entertained myself to some beers.





This was the view from the voorstoep of our chalet, with springbok and zebras roaming within eyesight:



They arrive.



The evening we introduced Funacide and Poppipants to the artistry of lie dice. I think we created a monster in Funacide‚?¶
 

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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007, 09:21:32 pm »
Day 2

I was up early. My motto is usually to be on the road while the sun just creeps over the horizon ‚?? a great time to be on the road. Unfortunately the rest of the clan stumbled about and we left just after 6.





Just outside of Ladybrand we took the turnoff to Maseru. About 2 k‚??s before the border there is a gravel road to the right ‚?? we took it and it proved to be breathtaking, especially riding it so early in the morning. For a short stretch one rides all along the Mohokare river.



In Hobhouse we were treated to some really good ‚??wake-me-up‚?? [please keep Wham out of it] coffee.



Here our plans for the day changed considerably, but hey, that is part of the fun in the riding that we do. We decided to tar it to Wepener, buy some stuff for lunch and have it on the banks of the Caledon river ‚?? brilliant!!

The church in Wepener:



Kilroy then led us into the grammadoelas to a house they use when hunting, but not before Funacide set a record for the number of times that someone has crossed the Caledon river, unintentionally.





Then we reached our destination, and the plan for the ‚??extreme‚?? bash for next year took hold:







We were running behind time and it was decided to hightail it to the N6. At the roadworks stop before Jamestown (from now on to be called Fookin Jamestown as Kilroy had no fond memories of the town on his last two trips ‚??through‚?? it), Kilroy notices that the KLR‚??s back wheel is flat. This was at about 2pm. Got it fixed, but notices that the tyre was not set correctly. Ok, let‚??s go to Jamestown, deflate it at the garage and set it ‚?? easy. This was done, but just outside of Fookin Jamestown the tyre does not look well, ok, back to Fookin Jamestown. I thought it would be quick so I stayed behind to admire the scenery.







Time passed and I realized that something is wrong. I turn back and find the group at the garage‚?¶fixing, erm‚?¶trying to fix the tyre. A quick howzit to Pom and co who were filling up and then onto tyre repairs ‚?? again. Remember the saying: too many cooks spoil the broth? Well, to cut a long story short, we only got to leave Jamestown at about 7pm! And as we pulled out of the garage in high spirit, I point to Kilroy to switch on his lights. No lights on the KLR! Stop, cursing, rev the bike and on pops the light ‚?? let‚??s ride!

As stated in another post, riding in the dark to Hogsback was quite an experience, especially the gravel bit.

We got to Hogsback safely, I pitched my tent and went for a beer. It became a long night, with Oppad serving us coffee in the early hours of the morning. It started to rain, Kilroy‚??s tent was not pitched, I had a 2 man tent, Hogsback Mountain.
 

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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007, 09:22:10 pm »
Day 3

We had breakfast. For the rest of the day, insert a mental picture of many Black Labels and good company. Thank you, Master Michnus!
 

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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007, 09:22:52 pm »
Day 4
Everybody seemed to have left the campsite early ‚?? smiles and good wishes abounded. Eventually we got going, deciding to take on Katberg again.



What a lovely ride Katberg is ‚?? those that missed out, shame on you. But, what the hell is it with these upmarket ‚??eco‚?Ě villages springing up?



Funacide feeling the effect of nausea, vertigo, dehydration ‚?? just plain babbelas, actually.



















Once off Katberg we headed straight for Whittlesea on one of the most boring gravel roads, then off to Queenstown for lunch.

Over lunch we discussed the potential problems with the KLR‚??s tyre. We decided that Kirloy and myself would remain in Qtown and rather fit a new tyre and tube the next day. Funacide, unfortunately had to get home and he hightailed it back to Joburg. As always, a real pleasure riding with you, Funacide!

The rest of the afternoon Kilroy and I spent lazing about at the guest house, in different rooms, mind you.
 

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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2007, 09:23:27 pm »
Day 5

New tyre on the KLR, spare tubes bought, let‚??s ride! Straight up to Dordrecht and then a gravel road to just outside of Lady Grey. What a nice little road! Every now and again, one gets on a road that takes you completely by surprise for its position on the satisfaction grid. This one was a slow ride for most of it, twisting, climbing, dropping all in a mountainous setting. One of those roads where only fools rush through. Just what the doctor ordered.

















Another abandoned house, complete with petrol pump (locked, nogal). If I could build my house with those stones, I‚??d be one happy camper.













At the hotel in Lady Grey we had a laid back lunch. A real thorn amongst the roses:



From Lady Grey it was on to Zastron on a back road ‚?? we decided to push to Ficksburg.



The church in Ficksburg:



We booked in at the local hotel, for R130 per person (sharing‚?¶). Luckily the room had 2 single beds, although very close to each other. I made sure that Kilroy was asleep before I switched off the lights ‚?? he has not seen his wife in quite a while‚?¶
 

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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2007, 09:24:00 pm »
Day 6

Anybody who has ever ridden the stretch of road between Golden Gate and Ladybrand will know the beauty of the surrounds. Especially riding it early in the morning with the sun just above the horizon, the deep natural colours of the mountains and land are amplified.









On towards Clarens. Who can complain when there is no wind around, and this awaits you:



I need to mention that about 1km outside of Fouriesburg the ta sputtered and came to a standstill ‚?? no petrol. Kilroy stopped and said: ‚??No problem‚?Ě, while taking out a towing rope. Oh crap, no! I tried the starter, the engine came to life and I just made Fouriesburg. Oh, the horror that could have been!

In Clarens we had breakfast, Kilroy effectively paying R10 for a piece (thin slab) of processed cheese. This did our discussion about the commercialization of small towns no good.

On towards Golden Gate. Around the middle of the reserve is a gravel turnoff to Kestell. It is not a long road, but once again the satisfaction barometer was running high.



From Kestell it was tar all the way home. The final pics are of the churches in Kestell and Frankfort respectively. You may wonder about my fascination with churches ‚?? it is nothing religious, merely the different architectural styles and the role that churches played in the building of small towns.





To the guys I had the privilege to ride with, Funacide, Poppipants and Kilroy ‚?? it was an absolute blast! Ride safe!
 

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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2007, 09:32:23 pm »
Nice report! Did you do Katberg with the TA?
 

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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2007, 09:33:53 pm »
Nice, Wino.

Nice ride report ....yes, but the quality of the pics is exceptional ( as usual !)

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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2007, 09:36:54 pm »
Nice report! Did you do Katberg with the TA?

erm...i guess i did. we did it last year april as well  ;)
 

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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2007, 10:01:25 pm »
Your reports are always very entertaining Wino! This one is no exception. Beautiful pictures too 8)
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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2007, 11:17:10 pm »
Sheez!

I haven't read the words yet (just browsed the pics) and I must say you photos are stunning!

Will comment later on the rest - just had to compliment you on the photos before I continued...

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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2007, 11:49:09 pm »
Nice report Wino. :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2007, 12:19:33 am »
Super report would still like to do Katberg looks really beautiful up there?
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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2007, 12:23:09 am »
Nice Report Blerry mooi fotos
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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2007, 12:36:17 am »
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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2007, 07:19:50 am »
Nice report Wino.

These are some truly awesome pics, hope many of them make it into that coffee table book mentioned in another thread, they deserve it!

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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2007, 07:57:47 am »
Riding with Funa and Popipants is great! Kilroy must have made it even better.

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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2007, 07:59:11 am »
Nice report and lovely pic's!!!

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« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2007, 08:25:40 am »
Nice report and pics!
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Re: Hogsback Mountain - no cowboys were harmed
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2007, 08:56:59 am »
Great report Wino

Very enjoyable read.
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