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Penge's pass and the Old Forest -> Bewaarkloof added
« on: September 15, 2013, 09:20:00 pm »
We had the oppertunity to visit some special destinations and ride some great tracks this past weekend crossing the Limpopo province.
« Last Edit: September 16, 2013, 04:07:42 pm by sidetrack »
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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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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2013, 09:45:57 pm »
HK, Swartskaap and myself left Pretoria on Friday morning. The first day would take us to Arabie dam to complete the first day. The countryside is still dry and dusty as we await the first rains of summer. Little climb to get the trip going.



The first 80 km or so we followed some well known day ride tracks towards Loskop we have done before.





Scorched earth, saw alot of burnt vegetation. This continued from GP right into Limpopo. Only when we entered the valleys of Tzaneen did the greenery start to appear.



First trip for me on the TE, "how would it perform ?" I wondered. Unfortunetly I had no finances to get some fresh rubber so I was on a well used T63 front and Mitas C18 rear - not ideal ! Right off the bat the T63 did not inspire alot of confidence on the sandy patches.



Heading towards Zusterstroom we stopped to refuel, ended up helping some locals with tightning up their hub nut. It was only held in place by the cap that goes over the nut.







HK's first trip on his KTM530, just a couple of kilometers on his ride would take on a different route.





Swartskaap tries the TE for size and gives it the thumbs up.



The aftermarket IMS on the CRF makes it a much better ride for these trips, the extra weight helps keep the light front end planted when riding normal dirt roads at speed.

« Last Edit: September 15, 2013, 09:50:03 pm by sidetrack »
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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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2013, 10:23:39 pm »
Right before the Wilge river a patch worked itself loose on the CRF and we had to stop for a repair.

Minutes later HK who rode up front phoned and told us his front wheel bearings are kapoet ! Not a good

start, only the Italian stallion was purring along unfazed :)



HK managed to hobble back with a seriously wobbly front wheel, turns out all but one ball bearing fell

out. He was lucky not to go down. It was clear we could not repair this so we removed the old shells and

made some phone calls.







It was decided that the bike would be picked up and taken back to get some new bearings in town. HK would

rejoin us later at the camp site. It was bad leaving a rider behind but we had no choice.On towards Loskop

and then down some rocky hills into the valley that would eventually lead us to the Moteti area.







On towards Arabi dam via the backroads of Marble Hall and Groblersdal we went. The terrain almost looks

like a semi desert with cacti and various succelants all over the show.







It is indeed a privelage to ride these roads, as the Giant Loop slogan goes "ride while you can !"



Small tar section brought us the the overnight stop at Arabie, the camp site is run by the state and is a

good place to camp for the night although more expensive because you pay for a stand, vehicle and per

person.





The dam itself is full of crocs and you are reminded of the dangers by a rather grim picture propped up

right by the cafe where you buy food which you no doubt would have enjoyed have you not seen this ....

click to see what I mean, what a terrible way to go :(

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j220/mordies/DSCF4549_zps0ece4e5b.jpg

HK eventually made it back to site at around 9pm, we allready had the fire going and Muddy Waters and

Leonard Cohan where playing in the backround. The weather was great and we sat around enjoying the great

outdoors. Life is good !

« Last Edit: September 15, 2013, 10:24:40 pm by sidetrack »
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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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2013, 11:19:54 pm »
Really nice tracks you rode here.
 

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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2013, 11:24:43 pm »
very cool tracks.. I can't wait to take my CRF on a longer trip.. What is an IMS  ???
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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2013, 11:28:26 pm »
Fuzzy IMS longrange tank, added capacity puts some weight on the front end. Will post day 2 later : running out of water and daylight.
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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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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2013, 11:36:55 pm »
ahh ok, I have a long range tank, I thought it was some contraption that helped even more with that front end lifting up all the time. I am not used to the CRF's front end floating around at speed, I hear you on the tyre.
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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2013, 07:43:23 am »
Saturday morning and there were some cloud cover around which made riding a bit easier, I rode down to the dam a took a picture. Couple of guys were out fishing for bass.



Close to Arabie dam we ran across some interesting rock formations, it looked like someone carefully balanced some rocks on top. I could just imagine Willy E Coyote wedging a stick underneath them waiting for the Road Runner to come past :)





The tracks made their way down to the Olifants river. We followed these for a couple of kilometers and crossed some dry riverbeds stopping for some pictures and double checking on the route.







This old bridge crossed the river itself although not part of our route we rode across to check it out. No date on it but it seemed quite old as the steel was still imported from England. The river itself despite the lack of rain still had plenty of water in it.









In the distance we could see a village and decided to try and see if we could get lunch. Riding through the bush was taking up some some and we still had 200 odd offroad km's to go for the day.
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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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2013, 07:54:13 am »
We came across a tyre repair shop next to the road and decided to have our one tube patched by the pro's. We decided to install our spare tube earlier. The guy was quite excited to see bikes and wanted to hear all about our planned trip.



No fast food places here but we did manage to get hold of some sardines and bread, it tasted good ! Also managed to get fuel in town.





On we went through some grazing land still sticking close to the river banks.



Eventually the trail became overgrown and difficult to navigate, there were thorn bushes all over and everything got stuck on them. My jacket and tent bears the scars. Luckily we had no flats which was a miracle.



Navigating a rocky riverbed

HK



Swartskaap



The Husky coming through

« Last Edit: September 16, 2013, 07:59:52 am by sidetrack »
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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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2013, 07:58:36 am »
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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2013, 08:16:21 am »
Dammit I miss the 230. Looking forward to the rest  :ricky:
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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2013, 08:22:48 am »
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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2013, 08:26:04 am »
Hierdie was een van die bestes nog.
Sal pics gooi van dag 3 se Bewaar kloof gedeelte- dit was mal.

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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2013, 08:28:06 am »
very cool riding done there
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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2013, 08:57:46 am »
Eventually we made it back to easy dirt after alot of sweating and thorn induced battle scars, I also lost my tent pegs in the process ! But that was the least of my worries as Swartskaap decided that it would be a good idea to ride up the side of a mountain with camping gear on a rocky singletrack that would follow soon enough :)





To warm up for the mountain we played in some thick sand first, by now the clouds were long gone and it was cooking hot. The bike's fan did it's job and it kept going like a champ although the Mitas on the back were now showing some serious wear and the bike dug in instead of going forward :)





Luckily after some communication that involved hooting and revving the bikes were reunited after I took the scenic route. Then it was time for some singletrack, this particular stretch came from surveyor maps. I was now glad I invested in a beefy bashplate as the rocks made solid contact with the underside of my bike.





I must admit I do not know where this was, somewhere in the bush and the tracks here are almost endless. You could happily spend days riding here without doing the same bit twice.
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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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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2013, 09:23:17 am »
In the distance the mountains grew bigger and it became more lush, we were heading in Penge's direction travelling from West to East passing towns like Tubex, Mataung and Mafefe. Travelling on one of the dirt roads I saw a sheep stuck in a fence. Don't know how long the poor thing was standing there on three legs, the left rear leg had some skin removed and bleeding. I cut the wire and it hobbled off, the leg was injured for sure.



Then a mini pass as we crossed from one valley to the next, the CRF went down and picked up a small dent in the header and swingarm. Again I added to my bikes bashplate scars.





Entering the valley below we stopped and were greeted by the sounds of a Vlei Loerie in the distance. We rode into the town of Penge, an old mining town that closed down in the 90's. I read up and it seems it was an asbestos mine so maybe a blessing in disguise. An ornamental statue in one of the abandoned front gardens reminded one that someone called this home. The town itself is quite picturesque as it lays nestled between the mountains. There is no fuel or meat to be found here so don't be fooled by the signs.





HK finds the concrete steps more confortable than his KTM's lowered seat :)


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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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2013, 09:27:05 am »
Cool RR  :thumleft:

Enjoying it a lot.
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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2013, 09:28:31 am »
Cool RR  :thumleft:

Enjoying it a lot.
Thanks, fantastic bits to follow
« Last Edit: September 16, 2013, 09:28:56 am by sidetrack »
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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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2013, 09:51:50 am »
Great RR Sidetrack, another one of your epic rides....AWESOME!!  :thumleft:
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Re: Penge's pass and the Old Forest
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2013, 10:00:04 am »
Befok  :thumleft:
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