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Offline Avon

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Breakfast in Vaalwater
« on: February 11, 2008, 11:28:16 am »
maybe an appropriate time to post an all tar report? ;)

We were scheduled to meet around 05h30 at our local Engen on the R21 just out of Kempton Park. We waited a few minutes for my old pal Carl to arrive on his Blade.

Nothing beats the smell of the clean early morning air. Carl‚??s Blade, my son and his wife on the Suzuki DL650 and my wife standing next to my RT.

We beat the traffic past Pretoria up to the Doggie Restaurant at the Petroport outside Pretoria for our first smoke break.

We then contributed to the pothole fund at the toll gates before turning off at Pienaarsrivier. Past Warmbaths we had a bit of fun in the twisties till we reached Nylstroom where we stopped briefly. We then rode at a slower pace to admire the scenery as Carl was not familiar with the road. We reached Vaalwater at around 08:30 and had breakfast at the Big 5 restaurant. Not as good as the last time and I also missed the friendly waitress.

I then tried my hand at one of those slow shutter moving shots, but you need taller vegetation right up to the edge of the tar to better illustrate the effect.

On towards Melkrivier past all those lovely game farms turning right towards Potgietersrus, you go through one of the best kept biker secrets in the northern Transvaal. The name of the around 6 kilometre pass is simply Kloof, opened by M.E.C S.J Schoeman in July 1988. Here we practised cornering technique and doing U-turns for at least an hour. No more than three vehicles disturbed our relaxed session.

Here we have Carl on his Blade being chased up the kloof by my son on the Vstrom.

Keeping his head up whilst watching the exit and hugging the white line ‚?? not bad for an old toppie.

My son on the Vstrom.

What can I say? Like my father used to say ‚??duidelik in ‚??n anner klas‚?Ě. Dad, if you can hear me, there is no shame in being poor, thanx for teaching me that. It served me well whilst still trying to find a better life for me and my kids. Damn he would have been so proud of me, yet he never lived long enough to see the day.

Waiting for the cows to cross in the little shade we could find in the 32 degrees heat. Just look at the stunning rock-formations in the background.

Back again at the Petroport.

640 kilometres later we returned home safely around 17h00 in the afternoon. I think I have a new riding partner, on a Blade nogal. I take my hat off to the man for sticking it out with us on his first long trip. Carl, hope to see you on the road again sometime soon.
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Re: Breakfast in Vaalwater
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008, 12:12:03 pm »
Sjoe, that rock formations are very cool. Where is that?
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Re: Breakfast in Vaalwater
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008, 05:33:52 pm »
Now this is something fresh for this forum  ;)

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Re: Breakfast in Vaalwater
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2008, 12:39:25 pm »
fresh indeed ja  ;) it's about the ride not?  >:D

Stofstreep, take the Melkrivier road out of Vaalwater, at the first t-junction turn left towards Marken. At the next t-junction turn right towards Potties (Potgietersrus of watever hulle dit nou noem). You will go through the pass I mentioned - careful as there are a few very large rocks in the road on the down run). From about halfway through the pass those rock formations start.

Still around 60 kays to Potties from there. If you want to explore the area on a dirt bike take the vier-en-twintig-riviere dirt road before you reach the Marken turnoff. Unexplored territory ;D
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Re: Breakfast in Vaalwater
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2008, 12:55:34 pm »
Great report, cool pics. thanks
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Re: Breakfast in Vaalwater
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2008, 10:49:06 am »
Lekker Avon,

Will have to do that part of the world someday. Kon Carl darem byhou  ;D

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