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Weird Weather, A Wet foot and Growweblaar
« on: February 10, 2008, 08:56:08 pm »

I had arranged to meet Growweblaar at his home in Betty‚??s Bay so that he could show me the road I had often passed but never tried to explore.

The weather was quite weird, after all the Heavy blowing of the South Easter it suddenly became hot and today, even though it was raining it was very hot like humid hot.

Because it was raining I opted for my snazzy Leather Forever zoot suit and was instantly sorry because by the time I departed I was wetter inside than the rain outside. I followed the N1 to the turnoff for the butterfly farm where it stopped raining.

Just for a ‚??verandering‚?Ě I stopped here for a breather.

Even over the Franschoek pass it was relatively dry but had clearly rained. Going over the pass I had my visor open so that I could fully sample the smells of the wet plants ‚?? an aroma I love.

Then I entered the burned zone ‚?? not much to look at here but thoughts of Mordor, cracks of doom and rings were in my mind.

At the bridge I turned right and then a short left and after a bit a short right towards the van der Stel pass. Here I was passed by someone riding an orange going the other way.

I quite enjoy the van der Stel pass ‚?? it has its own character.

I was to meet Growweblaar at 14:00 so I had to make on or I would be late.

Just outside of Kleinmond I happened upon someone who had decided it would be better to park in the veld ‚?? how he got there is another story.

It immediately began to rain quite hard and by the time I got to Stoney Point it was bucketing down so I sought refuge on someone‚??s stoep and called Growweblaar for directions. He came and fetched bedraggled me but the rain also stopped.

He hopped onto his bike and soon we were on gravel.

So beautiful here, and even more enchanting under the leaden skies with the smells of wet plants and rain.

We went through Kleinmond and took that right turn, you know the one.
This turned out to be quite fun, due to all the water puddles.

We went home for Salt tea, compliments of his sister in law, as we sat on his stoep watching the rain come down in buckets, me trying to get the water out of my one boot ‚?? that one puddle was surprisingly deep.

When the rain let up a bit and the fog settled in I left for home along the coastal road, arriving at home just as the fog settled in here too.

Fer goodness sake will someone tell the weather people that this is FEBRUARY! Not winter ‚?? not supposed to have weather like this in FEBRUARY! Darn it!

Thanks Growweblaar for the enjoyable ride, and thanks to your wife for the hospitality.
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Re: Weird Weather, A Wet foot and Growweblaar
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2008, 10:31:57 pm »
Nice ride! ;D


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Re: Weird Weather, A Wet foot and Growweblaar
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008, 06:04:24 am »
Excellent pics droffarc. Julle twee het ook geen vrees nie ne!  ;D

Waar is daai 2-spoor grondpaadtjie wat op die pic is na Stoney Point?

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Re: Weird Weather, A Wet foot and Growweblaar
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2008, 07:21:03 am »
Looks like a beautiful area to ride in - thanks for sharing!
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Re: Weird Weather, A Wet foot and Growweblaar
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2008, 07:46:54 am »

Thanks...like the pics.  ;D
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Re: Weird Weather, A Wet foot and Growweblaar
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2008, 08:18:47 am »
Nice one gents. Thanks for sharing, talk about sharing.........when you orginise a nice ride in that area?

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Re: Weird Weather, A Wet foot and Growweblaar
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2008, 08:57:38 am »
Hi Droffarc
Glad to see there's someone else, beside XT660R & I, not afraid to go riding in the rain  ;D
Nice RR... Lekker trail.

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Re: Weird Weather, A Wet foot and Growweblaar
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2008, 10:21:03 am »
Thanks for the visit, drof :). Here are a few pics I took.

The trails are actually very short - more of a curiosity pleaser than a real ride :). The first one is the little gravel road that leads off to the left just before the Palmiet bridge as you approach it from the Betty's Bay end (signposted Kogelberg reserve). It's rocky, but not too bad, with lovely scenery along the Palmiet river as it winds it way down Kogelberg. The road ends at a boom where you have to pay to get into the reserve - if you're a hiker there are some great trails that start from here:


The 2nd one with the puddles is the little dirt road turning right off the R44, a little while after you exit Kleinmond going towards Arabella. It has a tar exit, but turns into dirt about 10m down the track. It goes straight down to the lagoon, and is great fun after some heavy rain:


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Re: Weird Weather, A Wet foot and Growweblaar
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2008, 10:46:02 am »
lekker one guys

I like when ppl stil o a ride depsite the rain -big (wet) balls  ;D
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