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Wrong way round
« on: January 01, 2008, 04:34:16 pm »
Around Christmas each year we head down to the in-laws in Port Edward, and spend a few days being fried on the beach while trying to stop our little mermaids from turning into fish food. Although certainly relaxing, I have always had the nagging suspicion that we should spend less time on the beach and more time exploring this part of the world. So this year we decided to do it a bit differently, with the Husky and Pajero joining us on this trip ;D



First chance I had the Husky was off-loaded, and I was over the Mtamvuna River into the Eastern Cape (old Transkei.) I climbed a long winding track on the hill opposite the Wild Coast Casino Entrance ‚?? what a view :o



From there on I headed inland, with green rolling hills as far as the eye can see



The road wound through fields of grass, sugarcane plantations, and deep valleys with clumps of natural forest. Not many people about, and after about an hour I got the Greenville Hospital, where I turned around and headed back home. As I thought ‚?? breast is better!



Two days later I took the coastal road again, and I randomly selected a gravel road heading in the general direction of the sea



This road soon split into a maze of smaller two-spoor tracks heading randomly into the hills. See the sea sticking out above the red roof ‚?? how far can it be? Eeny meany mini mo, which way am I gonna go



Soon the two-spoor started petering out, and it was replaced by some wonderful single track winding through the hill connecting the smaller villages. After following one of these tracks for a while the track dropped into a steep valley, and got to this rocky drop-off. Going down was no problem, but there was no way of coming back this way. The drop-offs are deceptively high, and there was a rocky hill on the left and a swampy river on the right. Common sense did not prevail, so down I went, and I followed the track until I found a spot to cross the little river



The crossing point was a nice mix of rock, snotty black clay and steep climb to get out, and with much mud-flinging and leg flaying I managed to get over, much to the amusement of the locals



Then more single track, and here I hit some heavy traffic at another river crossing



After about an hour of this wonderful stuff I got to the top of a hill, and I realized that I was never going to reach the sea today - doesn't seem much closer does it ;D



So I headed back inland, and made my way back to the main road. A few hours of magical riding, and I want to go back. Port Edward to Port St Johns, all along these coastal tracks, 2-3 days of biking bliss.

After a couple more days of slow roasting we headed home, but going the wrong way round. We headed into the Eastern Cape along the R61, and the road wound through beautiful green valleys. But the drivers are all insane, with their natural sense of self preservation dulled by some of the local ganja. We hit gravel at Mount Frere, heading in the general direction of Mount Fletcher, and the Husky was offloaded



What followed was a long, hot and dusty ride through the foothills of the Drakensburg, with some amazing views along the way



And for Megan



General happiness at reaching the end of the road, and teaching my little girls all about responsible bike behavior



Filled up at Mount Fletcher (dump), and headed towards Rhodes along Naude‚??s Nek Pass. First half is an easy drive along the beautiful valley



But then it was up



And more up, till we reached the top



Many Kodak moments along the way, but as we had a Canon it started misbehaving, and Nokia moments will have to do. (Tip - take spare batteries). Because my wife was following with the Pajero and trailer the pace was really slow, which gave plenty time to sight-see along the way, and I was amazed by the beauty of the place. I also loved to huge smile on my wife‚??s face when we reached the top ‚?? not an easy trip with the empty trailer bouncing along behinds, but she was clearly enjoying it. Ok, so the smile wasn‚??t quite as big as the time I dropped the bike in front of the Pajero while pulling off all windgat and cross-rutting myself and landing on my face, but still. Then panic set in, as it was getting late, we still had to find a place to sleep, and we had no food (not quite true ‚?? we had two mangoes, a Christmas cake and a box of chocolates, so in retrospect not sure what the panic was all about.) The pace hotted up as we made our way down towards Rhodes through more hairpins bends I care to remember, but it ended well with us having a few cold beers at the Rhodes Hotel, followed by a dinner of luverly fatty lambtjops. Nice place Rhodes, but really in the middle of nowhere. Next morning we headed west towards Barkley East, but took the R393 over Lundin‚??s Nek Pass, and some more stunning scenery. Not as high as Naude‚??s, but the scenery was even better, and there were some beautiful sandstone formations along this route. At the top of the pass my roadcrew joined me for a picture (to be added as soon as I can find my cellphone charger! - DONE)



And then down the other side



From here we followed the Telle river all along the Lesotho border, and all of a sudden it was hot, dry and dusty again. We pushed on to Zastron, but then I called it quits as my derriere was on fire, and the bike was put on the trailer. Bought a kg of biltong, and we headed north through towns I had only heard of (Wepener, Ladybrand, Clocolan, Ficksburg, Fouriesburg.) Stopped for lunch at a farm stall near Clocolan, and met two guys on KLR‚??s who were doing a round trip through Lesotho from Sedgefield (‚??‚?¶ too many tourists this time of the year.‚?Ě) As they left I saw them look at the Husky on the trailer and shake their heads ‚?? Stofdonkie versus the Italian Stallion. We were due to spend the night at some mountain farm between Fouriesburg and Clarens, and when we finally got to the ‚??Reception‚?Ě at around 17:00 after a long long day I nearly got turned into a chew-toy by a psychotic 150kg boerboel hovering around outside. So we hooted to draw some attention, and all that happened was each time we hooted another dog came wandering out of the house. So we will wait five minutes, and then hoot again, and this went on for about 30 minutes until finally this twenty-year old half-blind and lame mutt came stumbling out. When we hooted again, the mutt felt compelled to howl. So we started playing a game to keep us busy ‚?? beep, hoooooooooouuuuww, beeep, hoooooooooouuuuww, bee-eep,  hoooooooooouuuuww - but after another half hour the dog started going hoarse and the game was no longer fun. So vaark you, hope your dog has laryngitis, and at 18:00 we decided to head home, stumbled into bed at 23:50 last night ‚?? Happy New Yzzzzz


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Re: Wrong way round
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2008, 04:44:47 pm »
That was an enjoyable read
Nice place the Eastern Cape hey ;D
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Re: Wrong way round
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2008, 05:06:20 pm »
Haha

That was enjoyable and funny

Be-eep  -  hoooooooooouuuuww   ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Wrong way round
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2008, 09:29:16 pm »
Very Funny


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Re: Wrong way round
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2008, 11:01:03 pm »
the scene with the dogs put a smile on my face. great ride and report,thanks.
 

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Re: Wrong way round
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2008, 06:30:41 am »
One day I'll do something like this as well. Just need to get a cage capable of dirt and trailering.

Thanks Husky!

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Re: Wrong way round
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2008, 08:01:53 am »
Nice one HHusk.

The old Transkei is definitely a place for DS riding.
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Re: Wrong way round
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2008, 11:36:22 am »
Some very nice riding terrain ! See you got hold of some Dirtbagz.
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Re: Wrong way round
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2008, 01:34:00 pm »
See you got hold of some Dirtbagz.

Yep, very impressive, but with the Pajero in tow they were a tad superfluous ‚?? but next time   :thumright:
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Re: Wrong way round
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2008, 02:49:08 pm »
Nice report, except for the glaring omission of a pic of your "windgat off" in front of the Pajero  >:D >:D >:D

Looks like a great time was had, and as usual, has sparked a need to return to the area sometime as well.
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Re: Wrong way round
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2008, 08:24:45 pm »
Nice one HHHusky. I was thinking of you just now. Maybe when you grow up i will give you my Husqvarna jacket. Only one in the country. First you need to carry on posting for a while. Check it out. By the way Husky is spelt with one H.
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Re: Wrong way round
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2008, 08:46:41 am »
I was thinking of you just now.
That's scary on so many levels ;D

Maybe when you grow up i will give you my Husqvarna jacket.
Sorry, decided not to follow that career path. Like the jacket however - classic design (read as looks a bit 80's, but I like it cause I'm a bit 80's)

Check it out. By the way Husky is spelt with one H.
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Talking about classic 80's designs, here is the first Husky I fell in love with (500AE) - a 500cc 2-stroke automatic enduro machine. Went like the clappers in the tight stuff, but broke down every 500 meters. On a good day. When you could actually start it.

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Re: Wrong way round
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2008, 12:06:10 pm »
Never had that problem with my Huskies. New them like the back of my hand, Had about 13 all and all. First one was a 360. Now if they would bring out one with a bigger tank. mmmm I think the Dakkie will be History.
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