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Offline Draad

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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #40 on: January 20, 2014, 04:48:59 am »
Nice RR
The photo of your bikenext to the old oxwagon is a true classic!!


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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #41 on: January 20, 2014, 07:31:28 am »
Baie mooi prentjies en rr.   :thumleft:
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #42 on: January 20, 2014, 08:10:24 am »
Nice RR and pics, as usual :thumleft:

Riding solo is a great feeling even more so in tne Karoo, thanks for sharing M.
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #43 on: January 20, 2014, 10:46:07 am »

I head through to Prins Albert and look for accommodation. The B&B's are not my style. I want to be away from it all, so I take a drive through town and see a board for the Olienhof camping grouds. It is along the back roads of Prins Albert between the smallholdings.

I get a small cottage with open plan kitchen, dining area, big sleeping area and bathroom, fully kitted for R170,00 for the night. Great value.

I met an Englishman, Steve Nesbit, who is an avid world traveling biker and author, stuck there with a non-compliant GS1150. Fuel supply problems. He had arranged with BMW George to collect the bike, but they could only attend to it after the 27th and he was going to be there for about 2 weeks.

Again, these photos are in limbo somewhere, hopefully to be retrieved by some IT guru.

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After filling up the bike, I drive along the main street and notice a KTM parked at the kerb. I stop, but the rider is nowhere in site so I get going to the Swartberg Pass.

Final destination for the day..................Die Hel, Gamkaskloof.
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #44 on: January 20, 2014, 11:31:35 am »
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #45 on: January 20, 2014, 01:26:45 pm »

At the bend in the pass where nearly everyone stops to take photos, as I did, I meet the 4x4 enthusiasts that I had met earlier at the filling station and we have a bit of a chat. They are also going down to Gamkaskloof.

Then I can hear a KTM coming up the pass and soon the bike I had seen earlier in Prins Albert comes into sight. The rider does a in the ride sidemount dismount that initially baffles me until I see him next to the bike and realise that there is a size implication that results in the fact that his feet cannot reach the ground once the bike stops.

And this is how I came to meet advwannabe. I had actually read his initial thread when he was planning his ride and got info from Jupiter. We do the introductory stuff, decide to do the ride together down to Die Hel, whereafter he wants to come straight back out to get to Koedoeskloof.

So off we go. I have for many years wanted to do the ride down to Gamkaskloof and it is about to happen............I am ecstatic and now I have a Wilddog riding buddy to share this amazing experience with.
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #46 on: January 20, 2014, 01:45:56 pm »

"advwannabe" took some nice photos which I hope he will post to give a more picturesque idea of this part of the trip.
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #47 on: January 20, 2014, 02:56:41 pm »

Can't you just see that road in the distance beckoning you to venture forth?
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #48 on: January 20, 2014, 03:13:34 pm »
 :sip: Nice RR , really enjoying the story and photos so far especially the part from Graaf Reinett , Loxton , Prins Albert as myself and Difflock are planning to ride that area later this year , well done :thumleft:
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #49 on: January 20, 2014, 03:22:08 pm »


For me, this road cannot be long enough....................................and we are not even at the best part yet.
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #50 on: January 20, 2014, 03:36:53 pm »
Very nice report, thanks :thumleft:
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #51 on: January 20, 2014, 04:02:36 pm »

How enticing can a road be?
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #52 on: January 20, 2014, 04:08:21 pm »

Heading for the top.
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #53 on: January 20, 2014, 04:16:41 pm »

Last stop before heading down into Gamkaskloof. It is a rush.
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #54 on: January 20, 2014, 06:09:43 pm »
Very nice report, thanks :thumleft:
:sip: Nice RR , really enjoying the story and photos so far especially the part from Graaf Reinett , Loxton , Prins Albert as myself and Difflock are planning to ride that area later this year , well done :thumleft:
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Nice RR and pics, as usual :thumleft:

Riding solo is a great feeling even more so in tne Karoo, thanks for sharing M.
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Nice RR
The photo of your bikenext to the old oxwagon is a true classic!!


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Very nice RR and photies
I enjoyed it :sip: Thanks for sharing

Thank you for the posts.

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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #55 on: January 20, 2014, 06:26:55 pm »
Do you normally ride with no gloves ?
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #56 on: January 20, 2014, 08:40:24 pm »
dankie vir die deel. Een van my moet doen trips
 

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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #57 on: January 20, 2014, 09:20:48 pm »

Now it is time to go down to Gamkaskloof.
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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #58 on: January 20, 2014, 09:25:10 pm »
Do you normally ride with no gloves ?


No, only when I want to.

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Re: A chance Wilddog encounter in the Swartberg Pass
« Reply #59 on: January 20, 2014, 10:10:09 pm »
Daskop, geniet jou rr soos altyd :thumleft:

As jy jou volgende trip wil geniet nooi gerus vir Skaapkop om saam te ry :imaposer: :imaposer: