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Verlatekloof Pass (Matjiesfontein - Sutherland) WC, tar
« on: January 08, 2008, 10:05:23 pm »
Between Matjiesfontein and Sutherland.
Tar but carries a danger warning due to falling rocks.
Novice riders can easily do this one, even on a road bike.

« Last Edit: January 14, 2008, 04:49:07 pm by LuckyStriker »
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Re: Verlatekloof Pass (Matjiesfontein - Sutherland) WC, tar
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2008, 04:50:27 pm »
Excerpt from Sutherland's website http://www.sutherlandinfo.co.za/daytripping.htm

On the way to Sutherland is the very famous Verlatenkloof Pass winding 1000 metres up the steep slopes of the Roggeveld mountains.
Until 1874 there was limited access to reach Sutherland and a pass was set out by Thomas Bain - son of the famous Andrew Bain who also built Bainskloof near Wellington. The work started in 1874 and was completed a year later. A Scotsman by the name of William Hesketh was appointed to complete the job. It took an ox wagon with donkeys to move supplies from Matjiesfontein - fourteen days to Sutherland there and back.
The post wagon with four horses delivered the mail - t and sometimes people as well. It took only four days to do the trip. Fresh horses were used halfway to the town.
Hesketh undertook to build the pass at his own expense until the government had the funds. When D day came for payment the then government did not have the money to pay him and gave him a farm with the name of Klipbanksrivier in lieu of payment.

Halfway up the pass is a stone with his name carved out. Note that the date is 1875.

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Re: Verlatekloof Pass (Matjiesfontein - Sutherland) WC, tar
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008, 06:49:39 am »

Vriende van my het hom so twee weke voor Kersfees gaan ry, een het die pad verlaat. BMW 1200GS, R107 000 se skade seker onnodig om te se die bike is afgeskryf. Die beste van die sleg storie is dat hy nog huis toe gery het na die val met die bike.
As die hoender in jou vasvlieg moet sy vere waai, maar dis darm ook nou nie nodig om in die hoenderhok in te klim nie.