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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #40 on: October 21, 2013, 06:57:54 pm »
Awesome.....goeie RR en pics. Dankie vir die deel.

Btw.....daai 2 werfetters wat saam met jou gery het werk saam met my....Willa smile nou nog so lekker was die trip. :thumleft:
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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #41 on: October 23, 2013, 10:23:20 pm »
Day 4 : The last day via Moedverloor, Clanwilliam and Piketberg home

400km, approximately 50% gravel.

We woke up to a misty morning, so had a leisurely start.
 


Our hostess kept on saying we should wait for the mist to clear before we leave, or we may miss some of the flowers. None of us said it (we are not rude) but the flowers is a bonus – we came for the ride!

So ride we will. We head out of Nieuwoudtville direction Papkuilsfontein to get onto the Moedverloor road.
 
Soon we are there



and encounter another first for this trip: Dried out mudspoors.



As is customary by now, the leader has stopped and we discuss our approach. As is also customary by now, it does not contain many words, but the essentials are there:
•   When in a difficult situation, look at the exit
•   Do not change track once you entered a spoor

This time it works, and we ride off into an amazing part of the countryside.





Nieuwoudtville is a biodiversity hotspot straddling both the northernmost extent of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the Succulent Karoo biomes. It has one of the highest concentrations of bulbs and cormous plants (geophytes) in the world – of the 1 350 flower species on the Bokkeveld Plateau, more than 300 are geophytes found in the vicinity of Nieuwoudtville. (see getaway.co.za)



In the foreground here you can see restios, one of the plants in the Cape Floral Kingdom. Incredible when you remember that we are still on the plateau!



This (I think) is part of the protea family, another from the Cape Floral Kingdom.



The road has its share of gates, this one with a rather special (and very new – the wrapping has not been removed) sign on it.



We descend into a valley





and the road winds its way along rugged mountainside.





Suddenly we reach the end, where it joins with the road coming down the Botterkloof pass.



We take a break



before we set off to cross a very full Doringrivier.





Hard to imagine that in a month or two’s time, this will have reduced to small stream, maybe even dry up completely!

Next is a quick stop at the “Englishman’s grave” (The grave of a British soldier that died here during the Anglo Boer War.)



Then we cross the tarred Pakhuispas and refuel in Clanwilliam, before we take a last stretch of gravel – the paleisheuwel road running alongside and to the west of the N7. No photos here, and I do not know why, because it is unique in its own way. It starts off with some deep ravines and then opens up to reveal farms – with fields of proteas in full bloom.

We were heading for Kardoesie, but missed the turn-off and then decided to go to the Eendekuil Hotel. We pulled into the parking lot only to be told that it is now a rehabilitation facility and no, they will not be serving us anything!

So off to Piketberg, where the Spur provides lunch before we head home.



In conclusion, a truly memorable experience. Verneukpan may be off the bucket list, but, living in a country that provides the range of options ours do, it does not leave me with any shortage of destinations.

I trust you have enjoyed the journey with us – until we ride again!

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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #42 on: October 23, 2013, 10:26:46 pm »
Mooi Bernoulli. Baie geniet  :thumleft:

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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #43 on: October 24, 2013, 07:19:42 am »
Baie nice report gewees dankie man :thumleft:
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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #44 on: October 24, 2013, 09:19:22 am »
Ai maak dit maak mens groen van jalosie!!!  :thumleft:

Kan jy dalk die Gps roete attach?
Ek weet nie wat hier aangaan nie, maar dis 'n moerse sukses!!!
 

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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #45 on: October 24, 2013, 02:05:36 pm »
Ai maak dit maak mens groen van jalosie!!!  :thumleft:

Kan jy dalk die Gps roete attach?

Hi Minora
It is on the leader's GPS (he was the only one that had a GPS) and he is away for R&R after we exhausted him on this trip :imaposer:

Will post when he gets back (in about 2 weeks)

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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #46 on: October 25, 2013, 07:39:55 am »
Great read. Thanks for posting.  :thumleft:
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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #47 on: October 25, 2013, 07:40:28 am »
Ai maak dit maak mens groen van jalosie!!!  :thumleft:

Kan jy dalk die Gps roete attach?

Hi Minora
It is on the leader's GPS (he was the only one that had a GPS) and he is away for R&R after we exhausted him on this trip :imaposer:

Will post when he gets back (in about 2 weeks)



 :imaposer:

Alway nice when ou can go on R&R after a bike trip

Thanks, will be appreciated  :thumleft:
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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #48 on: November 05, 2013, 10:14:56 pm »
Thanks Bernoulli for an excellent report!
I had been sitting quietly in my corner watching your masterpiece unfolding and did not want to comment, because you were nicely on the role....
I'll try to attach the T4A maps. Please noted that this map contains also alternative routes and escapes routes, so you'll have to figure out which routes we actually followed. Should not be difficult if you've read the report.
Feel free to contact me for more exact info if needed.
 

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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #49 on: November 06, 2013, 09:50:12 am »
Decided to remove all the escape routes from the T4A file and show only the actual roads travelled.
See attachment below.
 

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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #50 on: November 07, 2013, 12:27:05 pm »
Decided to remove all the escape routes from the T4A file and show only the actual roads travelled.
See attachment below.

Thanks so much  ;D

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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #51 on: November 07, 2013, 12:57:38 pm »
Plesier. Now "just do it!"
 

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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #52 on: November 08, 2013, 01:46:04 am »
A mate and I will be leaving On Wednesday 13th Nov. for a 5 day trip to Verneukpan to look for rock art. This has been a great read :thumleft:
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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #53 on: November 08, 2013, 08:21:27 am »
A mate and I will be leaving On Wednesday 13th Nov. for a 5 day trip to Verneukpan to look for rock art. This has been a great read :thumleft:

Enjoy - it is a weirdly wonderful part of our country.
And remember to tell us all about it!

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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #54 on: November 08, 2013, 09:59:33 am »
Lovely places and time!

I must go back.
I wonder where that gravel road goes? And that, has usually made all the difference. (Apologies to Mr Frost)

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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #55 on: April 07, 2015, 09:31:45 pm »
This is great - Still on the list - hopefully for Aug this year!!!  YEAH!!

Thanks for sharing and keeping the dream alive!
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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #56 on: April 08, 2015, 08:05:05 am »
Het nou lekker weer my en Karookid se trip verlede jaar soontoe herleef met die RR

Dankie Skim vir die opgrawe van die ou RR
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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #57 on: April 08, 2015, 09:30:06 am »
 ;D  ;D

Groot plessier - soos ek se maak dit mens jaloers - - -maar hopelik sal ek die een nog hierdie jaar kan doen!
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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #58 on: April 08, 2015, 08:13:20 pm »
Thanks for a lekker ride report.
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Re: Verneukpan, the second attempt
« Reply #59 on: April 09, 2015, 09:59:01 pm »
Het nou lekker weer my en Karookid se trip verlede jaar soontoe herleef met die RR

Dankie Skim vir die opgrawe van die ou RR

Ek verlang ook sommer van voor af.

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