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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #160 on: February 01, 2014, 06:40:42 am »

Our destination today is Koedoeskloof, Ladismith.

The maps show a gravel road connecting the R407 to the R323 and this is what we were initially aiming for. Methinks we did something wrong and are on the wrong road, buy, HEY it is gravel and heading in the general right direction. Must be the sweat, caused by the intense heat surrounding us, running into our eyes that resulted in misinterpretation of the never wrong Mrs Garmin.

The gravel road gets us to the national road and we both agree that this was not enough. We promptly turn around and head back to a twee spoor turn off that we encountered just after the last gate. The GPS indicates that it will also take us back to the national road further down. The ride is initially no problem. It is very obvious that this road is not frequently used.

Did I say this before? IT IS HOT, CLOSING IN ON 40 DEGREES.

We get a to a windpomp next to a dam and pour some of the cold refreshing water over ourselves and our kit in order to cool down some, but it is a very temporary relief. After a bit of a rest, we head off again, drive through some farmers werf, and shortly after that the road changed.

The vague indications of a previously used traveling surface are there, periodically interspersed with deep washed out dry river beds, deep sandy sections that suck in your bike's rubber, rocky steps, loose shaley areas and sometimes just sudden holes. Intense riding.

AND IT IS HOT. MOER..............IT IS HOT.
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #161 on: February 01, 2014, 08:55:42 am »
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #162 on: February 02, 2014, 04:55:55 am »
Wow , nice pics and great read . thanks for sharing . Just want to know, what does advwannabe do when he has to stop at a robot ? is iy a dismount every time?
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #163 on: February 02, 2014, 05:41:32 pm »
Wow , nice pics and great read . thanks for sharing . Just want to know, what does advwannabe do when he has to stop at a robot ? is iy a dismount every time?

According to him, he has to plan in advance when approaching a robot and tries to get to the raised kerb to use that as a support. If that is not possible, then it has to be dismount, which I can only imagine, must be a bitch in heavy traffic.
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #164 on: February 02, 2014, 06:33:52 pm »

As I said, it was very hot.

On one specific multi-rutted deep sand dry bed, my bike decided to lay down for a well deserved rest, despite my loud and very verbal protestations and I had to manhandle her back up. Then I hit another rut and landed halfway up an embankment which was not my intended direction.

But, we slogged on, because Mrs Garmin indicated that the national road was a mere 3 kilometers away.

DONNER ................... IT IS HOT.

Then, shortly after crossing another one of those multi-rutted deep sand dry river beds that grabbed you and shook you all at once, just like a bulldog does with a ball (it would have been funny, something to laugh at, watching my and advwannabe's exploits crossing, or rather fighting our way across these sections, but we were very hot an physically challenged - bikers do not get tired), we encountered a fence with a gate.

The gate was not locked. It was bopa'd with wire in such a way that whoever did it was challenging anyone to DARE take off the wires and open the gate.

Wat nou????????????????


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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #165 on: February 03, 2014, 09:01:35 am »
Aah nee aah Daskop man....jy maakie nou mooi om so innie middel van n' exciting storie op te hou nie  :bueller:

Ek vra ook nou: "Nou wat nou?"  :dontknow:
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #166 on: February 03, 2014, 09:38:24 am »
OK, so now, between great gasps of breathe to try and restore the oxygen deprivation that resulted from this strenuous challenge that we had just encountered, we were contemplating our next move. Mrs Garmin says that this road leads to the main road, which is a mere 2km away, but clearly, Mrs Garmin and the owner of the property have not been in contact for a while.

Who was the moer-in with who, to cause such serious wire restraints on the gate to restrict thoroughfare? I do not think that the adventurous off-road bikers were considered in this situation.

The gate and it's wire entanglement is then closely inspected for flaws that would result in an easy method of opening and closing without any evidence of our doing so, never thought, at that stage, that our tyre tracks would tell the whole story. But, to no avail, this gate is seriously tied in a whole lot of places. It was just like an extension of the fence, as if there was no gate. (I am missing my photos)

I proudly announced to my riding buddy that I had a wire cutter at the bottom of my pannier. Then we discussed the possibility of getting shot at. And then, the possible consequences of being prosecuted for trespassing or whether the farmer, if we were to be caught, would have pity on us, considering our current circumstances. We do not really want to go back the way we came.

YO, YO, YO........................IT IS HOT. 42 DEGREES WHERE WE ARE STANDING.

After a few more minutes of serious contemplation, we decide to back track. We will maar have to take the pain.

I decide to find an alternative way across the first (previously last) dry bed crossing and get across quite easily further downstream. My mate decides to follow the track that we came in on and proceeds to get stuck. I park my bike and really consider walking to him to assist, but he fortunately roars the Beast out of there.

At the next challenging crossing, I stop and watch my mate bounce his way through there, trying to keep the Katoem from venturing into the veld on an unintended route.

BLIKSEM, BUT IT IS HOT.





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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #167 on: February 03, 2014, 09:47:26 am »
So, once advwannabe (he really has to change his forum name), had conquered the great divide, it was my turn. This is where my steed had previously decided to take a nap.

Check how the screen goes down and then all the way up through one of the ruts. Imagine that in rapid succession and on a regular basis.

Oh, what fun we were having.

Did I tell you that it was very hot?
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #168 on: February 03, 2014, 09:57:20 am »

Did you enjoy that?
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #169 on: February 03, 2014, 10:38:50 am »
I think we need a special section for DASKOP's RR's, which alerts you once a month to come back and read more  :imaposer:

But great read (when there's something to read  >:D )
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #170 on: February 03, 2014, 03:47:30 pm »
I think we need a special section for DASKOP's RR's, which alerts you once a month to come back and read more  :imaposer:

But great read (when there's something to read  >:D )

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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #171 on: February 03, 2014, 04:26:35 pm »

Despite the heat, it was still a lekker ride.
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #172 on: February 03, 2014, 04:31:39 pm »

Deur die plaaswerf.................
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #173 on: February 03, 2014, 04:40:50 pm »
The only thing that is on my mind at this stage is.............How far to the dam?

The gates did not help, even more so if you consider my riding companion's mount and dismount procedure. Lotta respect!!!

The dam is in sight. Trust me, it was in sight................it was eagle-eyed. Hope it was not a mirage.

A sight for sore eyes and a great impending relief for a very hot everything. Can't wait to get some water over me.
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #174 on: February 03, 2014, 06:16:37 pm »
And.....and ........and......


Did the dam have water in?

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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #175 on: February 03, 2014, 07:27:35 pm »
And.....and ........and......


Did the dam have water in?

Shit man this ride report is like watching a good TV show. Blerry ad breaks just at the best part


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It is time for another episode of..........."The Hot and the Bothered".             :xxbah:

A tale of two adventurers pitting themselves against the might of the heat shimmering waterless wastelands, relaying their (well, one of them at least) daunting experiences in an endless succession of Ride Reports that arouse mixed feelings amongst those, daring enough to share their exploits.

Will they find water in the dam or will it be as empty as a politicians promises?
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Will these intrepid adventurers be able bring soothing relief to their tormented bodies?
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #176 on: February 03, 2014, 09:02:49 pm »

Welcome back to the next instalment.

The dam had water in.

The kit came off, got dumped in the water and we poured water over ourselves. We took some photos there. Interesting, like the sheep skeleton and dried out carcass......like a visual contradiction of an abundance of water and death by thirst.

I really hope that advwannabe posts the photos he took there in lieu of mine that were corrupted.

With our body temp down again and with a last dousing of water over ourselves we are on our way again. Time to get off the dirt onto the tar if we are going to make it to Koedoeskloof today.

Side Mount Sid does his thing.

There are some great twisties along the way.       :ricky:

And some corrugations to shake everything back into place.


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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #177 on: February 03, 2014, 09:07:30 pm »


And some gates, and some serious "voet in die hoek" sections.
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« Reply #178 on: February 03, 2014, 09:38:49 pm »

It is the last section of gravel and then onto the tar heading for Laingsburg. On the way we hit some heavy traffic, dice with a Nissan GT-R (the sound coming from those pipes at speed is like music to the ears), somehow beat the average speed camera set-up and ....... well what else do you say about tar?

Refreshments at Laingsburg and tackle the tar to Koedoeskloof.
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Re: Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #179 on: February 03, 2014, 10:36:02 pm »
Boutnblerry time man. Us mere mortals have to wait and wait.>:(;D

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