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Kruger Fence Ride Hazyview to Nelspruit
« on: January 04, 2014, 01:06:00 am »
I was quite disappointed that I couldn't do the Amageza this year and resolved to try and squeeze in a multiday ride away some time as a consolation.

But the year ground on relentlessly - and it was not a great year from a business perspective - things just never seemed to reach the point that you could take a breather.  Before I knew it, it ended!

People started asking me if I was going away, as people do at the end of the year, but I hadn't managed to really focus on that much.

My family usually spend Christmas down at the Vaal river.  Its very peaceful and enjoyable with many people usually turning up that you haven't seen for ages, many of whom have children (who are all growing up fast).  Watching all the excitement in the children as Christmas approaches seems to make all the adults feel younger as well, so its usually a very nice period of relaxing and socialising together for a few days.  

But in the weeks before Christmas, it struck me that I could maybe squeeze in a quick ride before we opened again on the 6th.

So I hastily made some plans to cut short the normal week long stay at the Vaal.

I cast around for a suitable ride objective - and found the Kruger Fence ride report of Jimbo and ThinkMike.  That always looked like an interesting ride.  

My brother in law seemed to be quite alarmed when he heard what I was planning and that I was going to be riding alone.  Although that's understandable I suppose, seeing as a few years earlier they had to come find me in a hospital in Ladysmith (I broke my femur, ankle and bones in both hands, while on a similar jaunt to the Drakensberg), and then after a month or so in hospital, I had to live at their place for another month, until I could get around on my own on crutches - he clearly didn't want a repeat performance  :biggrin:    

So I had to make very solemn promises to be careful and responsible to all and sundry.

So in the interests of responsibility, I decide to leave the top half of the ride for when I wasn't alone and just do a quick ride down the fence from Hazeyview to the N4 just after Nelspruit.  

So that was my objective.

I also decided that I was going to try stay off busy tar roads and rather do as much dirt, or failing that, secondary tar as possible.

A few other things also happened which made this ride a good choice.  

A couple of weeks or so before, I had tried to download my old Garmin Street Map 4 onto my newish eTrex 30 and couldn't.  So I called them and after many hours of frustration with their stupid unlock procedure they finally offered me the newest version instead - very kind of them.  :thumleft:

The newest Garmin map is actually very good!  Its got virtually all the roads (dirt especially) on it.  This helped me a lot when trying to work out a suitable route there and back.

I also had designed a prototype Giant Loop type bag to fit on my bike (for more details see www.africantechnical.co.za) and after a few short tests it was ready for a proper trip away. 

So on the Sunday morning before Christmas I sat in bed and mapped out some routes using the new Garmin map set, there and back again.  The route looked very interesting - I couldn't wait!  

The plan was to cut short the stay at the Vaal on the 30th and leave on the ride on the 31st, and be back before or on the weekend.

It was all systems go - albeit at quite short notice  :thumleft:
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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2014, 02:00:05 am »
Day 1:  Home (JHB) to Dullstroom



I've always liked Dullstroom I go there occasionally for fly fishing.  Also being a resort town there's plenty of places to eat etc.  The only camp ground I could find on the internet was the Dullstroom Nature Reserve.

I took the normal railway track route that I ride quite often around the back of Bapsfontein, but turned off the railway service road onto a normal country dirt road just before the famous bridge seen in many a photo here.

One of the problems I have when I ride interesting places is that I focus on the riding too much and neglect to stop and smell the roses.  I promised myself to stop frequently and take photo's.

I also wanted to take a decent camera along, but unfortunately my DSLR and 50mm lens was still too bulky to fit in my day pack before I left.  (Its actually a good thing because I found that things took quite a hammering over the rough roads - my gas stove fell to pieces and needed to be reassembled).  So I took my little waterproof point and shoot which is tough and small, but takes shoddy photo's in comparison.

Anyway here is the 1st pic of the trip just after leaving the railway tracks.  



One of the problems with traveling solo is that your bike becomes your focal point for most photo's  :P

You can see the railway bridge off in the distance.


 
When I got to Loskop Dam I stopped and had a snack, and the obligatory photo - same bike different view  :biggrin:



After all the rains I expected quite a lot of mud, but thankfully the roads were mostly dry.  Although the mudholes and ruts left by vehicles negotiating what clearly had been some very nasty mud in some cases had now baked hard, leaving a very lumpy, rutted, twisted surface that required full concentration.  Also there were some very nasty washed out sections with some difficult to see deep holes and trenches across the road!

In some cases an ordinary gravel road became a semi technical obstacle course - which was great! But you took quite a pounding as the k's mounted.  I had to keep telling myself to slow down and be responsible, every time I saw a hole or trench only just in time.

Just outside Dullstroom, you could see the mud had been really bad with ruts meandering all over the road and lumps of hard mud making the surface very uneven, when combined with potholes and washed away sections.

But the scenery was very nice!  It was really great to be out on the bike, it was going like a thoroughbred!



But even then the ride went much faster than I expected and by just after 2:30pm I was in Dullstroom!  330k's from Joburg over some rough dirt roads, very little tar.  I thought that after faffing far too much at home before I left at 9:30 odd, that I was going to be pressed for time. But I had made reasonable time.

The nice thing about riding alone is that you can ride at your own pace.  You can also take as long as you like getting going, filling up, fussing over the bike and luggage etc.  The not so nice thing is when you arrive at your destination I tend to be at a bit of a loss.  I'm not an overly sociable person and don't normally just walk up to strangers and engage them in conversation.   It would have been ideal if I got there at 4pm or so, which would have allowed enough time to pitch the tent etc and get some dinner in town.

So I had a few hours to kill.  So I had a very slow burger and a beer at one of the many places before moving onto the camp ground and setting up camp for the night



The Dullstroom Nature Reserve is very pretty!  Its run by a very friendly caretaker who lives in a house at the gate.  He seems to be a fly fishing coach as well.





It also has some quite strange plants.



That thing was about half a meter wide!

Being New Year's Eve it also had a bunch of very noisy students in one of the chalets who clearly were enjoying their stay  :P



Luckily I had earplugs!

I was invited for a beer by a guy who was living there in a park home for the month.  He runs The Clock Shop in town, but had hired out his home to a group of Scandinavian athletes who were training at high altitude for a month.

I usually only sleep later at night but a hard day's riding makes you tired - I was out by 9!  

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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014, 09:59:09 am »
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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2014, 10:10:29 am »
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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2014, 10:43:11 am »
Day 2:  Dullstroom to Hazyview



It took me about two hours to get going in the morning after waking early (its difficult to lie in in a tent).  I'm not at my brightest first thing so just plodded through the tasks of drying the tent, packing up and loading the bike, etc.

I had plotted all the routes I intended to take and stored them all separately on my GPS.  I was very glad I did this because then I didn't have to mess around wondering which road went where in my fuzzy state. Just scrolled to the route for that day and pressed "Go".

After filling up and restocking water and snacks for the day, in town, I hit the road - destination Hazyview.

It was a glorious morning - not a cloud in the sky and already quite warm.  

The weather had been ominous the few days leading up to the trip with all the weather sites showing high probabilities of continued rain in the area.  The day before, on the way to Dullstroom, had been very cloudy and overcast and thick dark clouds loomed over the camp the night before.  It had also been quite cold, I had to wear my thermal jacket liner after dark.

But thankfully, apart from very heavy dew, it hadn't rained.

I had plotted a route that promised to be really nice avoiding tar as much as possible, all the way to Hazyview.

The road leading away from Dullstroom was very rutted and plowed up by vehicles negotiating the mud which was now baked hard.  You really had to be careful because while it looked fairly innocent - occasionally your front wheel would be not going in the direction you wanted it to as it dropped into a rut that wasn't always easy to see.

But again the scenery was superb.  



After a while I turned onto a tar road (a section of the R359) which I had to follow for quite some time, the longest section of tar I had to do on the trip so far.  But it made up for it because it was magnificent, winding through the hills and valleys - I really enjoyed riding it which was not usual - I usually find tar boring.

Along that section I stopped for a snack at a memorial stone erected by Joe Barbas .



I turned off onto a really nice gravel road that was one of my favourites of the trip, it wound through the Clanry nature reserve past Sudwala caves.



There's a waterfall just after you turn off the R359.



It really is a nice road to ride, winding through the indigenous forests through the hills.  :thumleft:

On the approach to Hazyview, the route went through some proper forestry roads along the edge of the escarpment, which is exactly what I was hoping for - it was fantastic!

I stopped for biltong and peanuts and raisins on the edge of the escarpment, some sort of brownish eagle/hawk floated in the air above as I enjoyed the solitude and view.





A bit further along, in thicker forest, I startled a bush buck that ran along in front of me for quite some distance before slipping into the bush, round the next corner its mate did the same!

At one point as I was half way up a fairly washed away climb, a large wasp flew into my helmet. It angrily buzzed about the inside my visor against my face as I tried desperately to find the stupid Uvex tab thingy to open the visor while still negotiating the rocks and donga's with one hand  :o  :biggrin:

The road emerged in a young plantation with some really nice views.





Shortly after that I arrived at Gecko Backpackers in Hazyview, again very early (about 13:30).



The young staff had been partying quite hard for New Year's eve it seemed, because they all looked and sounded decidedly worse for wear when I checked in :biggrin:

But they determinedly gathered again at the pub and started on round two just after I arrived.  I joined them for a couple of beers but didn't have the stamina that they had in that regard  :biggrin:  Its great to be young!



I was originally going to delete this photo of their pub because its blurred, but decided it suited the atmosphere well  ;D

I did some washing and moped around camp a bit until it was time for dinner.

Rode into town and had a Spur burger.

When I got back the party was going great guns.  I had another beer or two and then retired - again luckily I had earplugs because they went long and hard.
 
It had been a very pleasant day with some very nice riding  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2014, 11:28:59 am »
Subscribed, saw you coming back yesterday past Loskop

Ok so that was you. I was wondering. 



My thought process was:

"Jeez here are some guys coming the other way, try to avoid crashing."

As you went by - "Hey that's a Husky!"

"And another!"

"Wow you dont see that often!"

A bit later - "maybe you (meaning I) should have stopped to say hello - dork!"


But by that time you guys were gone.

Hope you didn't think I was rude!
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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2014, 11:56:12 am »
Subscribed, saw you coming back yesterday past Loskop

Ok so that was you. I was wondering. 



My thought process was:

"Jeez here are some guys coming the other way, try to avoid crashing."

As you went by - "Hey that's a Husky!"

"And another!"

"Wow you dont see that often!"

A bit later - "maybe you (meaning I) should have stopped to say hello - dork!"


But by that time you guys were gone.

Hope you didn't think I was rude!
No worries I wont start a "Husky riders don't wave" thread  :biggrin: The tracks past Sudwala and leading up over the mountain is a great ride, I often rode right up to the edge of the escarpment for some great views

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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2014, 01:29:25 pm »
Day 3:  Hazyview along the fence and back to Dullstroom



I woke early again, having gone to bed very early and slept really well.

The bird calls in the thick trees surrounding the camp site were amazing!  Lots of squawks and calls I had never heard before.  Felt like I was in the rain forests of Borneo!

I sat and listened while making coffee.



Thankfully the party animals had finally retired/collapsed so it was really peaceful just after dawn.  Its not a time of the day I normally see.

Again I plodded through the tasks of breaking camp and getting ready for the day.  It was great not having to rush so as not to hold anyone else up.



When finally packed a few hours later, I rode into town to stock up on fuel and water and snacks.

Hazyview was very busy.  When away on 4x4 trips with some of my mates in remote areas, one of them describes the shock of coming into town after a period of relative seclusion as a "seething mass of humanity" - he says it with a particular disgust and dismay that is quite amusing (and thus has become a bit of a catch phrase amongst us)- something to be avoided at all costs!  Well Hazyview was a seething mass!

I got in and out as fast as possible.

Pretty soon after that I reached the railway service track next to the Park fence.  

I was in the objective area  :thumleft:



I was determined to ride this section very slowly and not just blast through paradise, like I had done a few times before.  So I set off trundling along at 30 or so.  I soon learned that standing and trying to look for game off to the side while riding along a track was quite tricky  :biggrin:

I tried to stop often.



I flashed past a herd of impala and wildebeest but nobody stops for those, so I didn't.

I was distracted a bit by the nice jumps that are in the track and found the bike wheelied very easily with the load on the back when launching over these at just the right speed  :biggrin: (I'm usually crap at wheelies).  If you sped up a bit you could also jump clear across the puddle that usually lay just after the jump.  It was great fun.  But then I had to remind myself to stop and smell the roses.





When asking about the ride in the pre-ride planning section, people had warned about the very slippery water crossings, but only two of them were wet.  But both had quite a lot of water flowing over them at quite some speed.  I took Wayne Duck's advice of approaching with just enough momentum to roll all the way across and then pulled in the clutch and rolled straight across while holding my breath.  It worked fine  :thumleft:

The most difficult thing I encountered was a deep double mud hole with a thick deep sand bank in between.

I approached at just the wrong speed, too fast to avoid it easily, but too slow to just blast through.  I sank alarmingly deep into the first pool and felt the bottom was deep, thick mud.  Thankfully the bike never stopped moving but it really plowed through agonisingly slowly.  It finally climbed out onto the thick sand bank in the middle, going far too slowly, but again, it just kept going and I managed to build up a little momentum before dropping into the second pool, where the bottom was equally deep and soft.  But its a great bike!  Because it just kept moving forward and finally climbed out the other side.  It was all over in a few seconds, but I had my heart in my mouth because if I bogged down in the middle of a thick mud pool fully loaded on a deserted track far from anywhere- I'm not sure how I would have got out again on my own!

A bit after that I went through a similar mud pool but that had hard concrete pavers below the mud so you could only sink so far, so that wasn't really a problem.

(to be cont'd.)
 
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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2014, 02:15:36 pm »
Great RR so far, can't wait for the rest! 👍


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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2014, 03:12:16 pm »
Nice RR.Beautiful parts of the country.Does it not worry you that you should at least ride with one other person?

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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2014, 05:18:13 pm »
Thanks for a nice RR and photos.  I also can't wait for the rest.   :thumleft:
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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2014, 05:40:00 pm »
Day 3 Continued:

Shortly after that I came across a bachelor herd of buffalo.  I always like watching buffalo. If you look into their eyes all you see is mad aggression that is only barely held in check.  Their whole poise and demeanor is like that of the local bar bully that everyone avoids.  In a person that is just unpleasant, but in an animal it has a certain majesty.



There were at least five of them.  My little camera wasnt really up to the task unfortunately so I didn't bother trying to get a good photo.

I crossed another major causeway that had recently been under a lot of water judging by the piled up debris and hyacinth on it, but thankfully it was dry.  I imagine crossing that  during a heavy flood may be inadvisable to impossible.



Unfortunately as slow as I was going, I was quickly traversing the route and was drawing close to the end. It was only 70 odd k's along the fence after all.

I started thinking it would be nice to turn around at the end and ride back to Hazyview and go home from there.  But that mud hole was the problem.  I got through fine, but I knew I was pushing my luck trying again.

I debated the matter in my head as I rode.

I could also get to the end and ride back again to the hole and then return to the end, so only repeating the last bit after the mud hole.

I had planned to stay in a camp ground in White river after finishing the fence ride.  

It was only 12:30.

But in the end decided to just press on slowly savouring what I could and then head back to Dullstroom and gain a day on the return trip.

A bit further on, the track crossed the railway tracks, so now I couldn't really look into the Park anymore as I rode, because the railway track was between me and the fence.  So I sped up a bit.

Just as I was approaching the township at the end of the track, it rose on the edge of a cutting and I got my last nice view of the Park.

 

I had another "event" of the day trying to find a way out of the township.  I asked the GPs to find a way out and it directing me down a road that became a narrow path that finally disappeared into quite a wide ominous looking mud pool in a gully at the bottom of a mielie field.  On the other side of that the path led to a major road that was clearly the way out.  I was hot and bothered (it was 35 - 37 C according to my instrument cluster) and didn't feel like riding around a township for hours. So I went for it.  It was another of those horrible sinking feelings as I dropped into it but I plowed through and emerged out the other side  :thumleft:.

After that I  followed my pre-set course to the camp site at White River, but then just continued on the next days route to Dullstroom.

I didn't stop much because there was a fairly long way to go.  It was bloody hot!  When passing a modern Sasol petrol station I couldn't resist the idea of a cold drink and air conditioning so I stopped to gulp something down.

My route steadily converged on my previous route out to Hazyview, which I would follow back to Dulstroom.

Before I got there I rode some fairly severely washed away dirt roads which were quite treacherous.  Smooth high speed gravel which could instantly turn into a series of deep dongas and holes, some of which could swallow your bike of you weren't careful.  I avoided most but had to jump one that I just didn't see in time.  Thankfully circumstances were accommodating and I made it across unscathed.  I repeated the warnings to myself of slowing down and being responsible - its so easy to start becoming complacent and just enjoying the moment without regard for the consequences - its a constant dichotomy.  Its what makes dirt riding interesting.

Anyway I finally joined up with my route out to Hazyview and returned along some of those brilliant roads again, especially enjoying them because now I knew where all the good bits were.  :thumleft:  

I arrived back at Dullstroom just before 4pm I think.  I stopped at the Mayfly for a quick beer.  Unfortunately their kitchen was closed and would only be opening in a couple of hours, but their menu looked nice so I decided to come back.

Pitched camp back in the Nature Reserve, had a shower and then had an hour or so to kill again.



Rule of thumb - you know you are quite bored when you start taking photo's of your foot  :biggrin:

 

Here's a photo of the that motor-home I mentioned earlier



There were also some huge mushrooms that had sprouted in my absence - nature stands still for nobody!





Finally went back to the Mayfly for a great fillet steak to celebrate the last night of very enjoyable trip :thumleft:



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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2014, 10:26:48 pm »
Nice RR.Beautiful parts of the country.Does it not worry you that you should at least ride with one other person?

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Short answer is yes. 

With someone else there its easier to negotiate obstacles and you can at least look after each other to some extent in the event of a fall.  And you have someone to talk to at the end of the day.

But the other side of that coin is that traveling with someone you don't know that well can bring its own challenges. 

Even people you know well can start grating after a few days - my mates that I go 4x4ing with are really great people that I literally have and do trust with my life! But after 10 days in the middle of no where, you realise that everyone is different and we all have our idiosyncrasies, some of which can become quite annoying!

So its a compromise.

Travel on your own and you have ultimate freedom, but very little back up.

Travel with others and you are not alone and have back up, but it can bring inter-personal difficulties.

Depends a lot on your personality.  Some people need other people around more than others.

I would generally prefer riding with a few other people, but in this case most people had family commitments they couldn't, or didn't want to  escape.
 
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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2014, 05:43:47 am »
How about letting local dogs know when you're in their vicinity, and at least ride with them in daytime? We all know the best local roads and routes, and would all have happily ridden the Kruger fence with you.

Then you set up camp alone and sleep alone and so keep your own sanity and freedom and some me time?

When you come down again, please invite the Slowveld dogs to ride with you- all others do, and maybe we could have shown you a bit more of the roads that we have figured out already. Justblipit on the forum here is excellent at route planning and knows all the ways around the fence.
 

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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2014, 06:12:26 am »
How about letting local dogs know when you're in their vicinity, and at least ride with them in daytime? We all know the best local roads and routes, and would all have happily ridden the Kruger fence with you.

Then you set up camp alone and sleep alone and so keep your own sanity and freedom and some me time?

When you come down again, please invite the Slowveld dogs to ride with you- all others do, and maybe we could have shown you a bit more of the roads that we have figured out already. Justblipit on the forum here is excellent at route planning and knows all the ways around the fence.

Thanks!

Will do so next time.

I did post an offer in the Planning a Ride section for anyone else to join when I was planning the ride.  But unfortunately the few that did express interest could not make it due to family commitments.
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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2014, 06:52:54 am »
Day 4:  Dullstroom back home



I rode the same route back home from Dullstrom as the way I had come.

I didn't take many photo's.  It was more or less the same thing but in reverse.

Approaching Loskop dam I surprised a group of warthogs in the road, a mother and her cubs/pups or whatever you call baby warthogs.  One of the little ones took fright and ran along in front of me for a while.  I was surprised how fast the little bugger could go.  I wasn't looking at my speedo but I wasn't exactly putting along at walking pace, although I had slowed down when I saw them in the road.  It easily stayed in front of me for quite a long time!  In the end I accelerated past it because it was running too far away from its family and didn't seem to have the sense to turn and dart off the road the way all the others had.  

I stopped in the hills above Loskop dam for a snack.  In the distance inside the reserve were a group of sable antelope and some rooi hartebees grazing on the slopes.  



It was another nice day, with some interesting cloud formations.



Not long after that I was surprised by some bikes coming the other way.  I had seen very few other bikes on the whole trip.  Two Dakars  came past, and then shortly after that Sidetrack and his two mates came past as mentioned above.

I was too slow to realise who they were, and didn't stop to chat.  Its a pity because I would have liked to meet them.

But anyway....

The rest of the ride home was uneventful although quite enjoyable.

I arrived home safe and sound soon after that.



What a really nice trip!  I'm very glad I made the effort to get away  :thumleft:

Its a great part of the country - I need to go back and explore some more!

Some statsitics:

Total distance covered - 1175km over 4 days
Average moving speed - 75kmh
Average fuel consumption - about 5l/100km

 
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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2014, 07:05:07 am »
Well done ! Very nice RR. Glad you enjoyed our little part of the country.
 

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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2014, 07:06:21 am »
Nice RR.Beautiful parts of the country.Does it not worry you that you should at least ride with one other person?

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Short answer is yes. 

With someone else there its easier to negotiate obstacles and you can at least look after each other to some extent in the event of a fall.  And you have someone to talk to at the end of the day.

But the other side of that coin is that traveling with someone you don't know that well can bring its own challenges. 

Even people you know well can start grating after a few days - my mates that I go 4x4ing with are really great people that I literally have and do trust with my life! But after 10 days in the middle of no where, you realise that everyone is different and we all have our idiosyncrasies, some of which can become quite annoying!

So its a compromise.

Travel on your own and you have ultimate freedom, but very little back up.

Travel with others and you are not alone and have back up, but it can bring inter-personal difficulties.

Depends a lot on your personality.  Some people need other people around more than others.

I would generally prefer riding with a few other people, but in this case most people had family commitments they couldn't, or didn't want to  escape.
 
Thks for the reply.

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Re: Kruger Fence Ride Haveyview to Nelspruit
« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2014, 07:36:04 am »
Thanks for a good read.