Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register

Author Topic: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN  (Read 10560 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Nimmo

  • Let your regrets not be the things you did not do.
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Northern Cape
  • Posts: 2,760
  • Thanked: 53 times
MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« on: October 08, 2014, 04:39:11 pm »
Molopo BASH 2014

That time of the year again and as usual I could not get to planning my route in advance.  :-[

The week I was supposed to leave I started fiddling with Basecamp and as usual ran into some issues (most of them due to ignorance  ;D), for some reason the 660 just always has some little niggles. I phoned Garmin and had to reload all the TOPO maps and this did not make for a good start to a long trip. The route I decided on was as much gravel as I could possibly muster with only short tar distances in between.

Loading the maps became a huge pain in the ass, again I tried Garmin support but to no avail despite a lot of promises and, and, and...  In the end I phoned Pauli and after some explaining he managed to find a way to get the maps loaded. It’s too bad he works for himself he would be useful at Garmin support. Thanks for that Pauli   :thumleft:  as usual you came through - http://www.gps4africa.co.za/ .

I was hesitant on marking just any routes – I think a lot of us had thought about that dreaded word SAND :patch: :peepwall:.
And in the Kalahari there would be a lot of that.  I plotted the route with some reassurance as Transporter would be riding with me and at least I would have a buddy on this trip.

The Route:



I was looking forward to travelling this part of the country, you always hear about these places and never get around to seeing it. That in a nutshell is what the bashes have become for me personally – a “reason” to see some place I would otherwise not get to see.  Wednesday I heard Transporter was out and it was a blow as the route included Kenhardt roads and I still remembered Pote hitting that gate on route to the BASH at Noordoewer and breaking his arm.  A riding buddy just makes sense. I had no option but to make peace with the fact that it would be a solo trip yet again.

I packed Wednesday night and set off just before 08H00 on Thursday morning.  It was a clear cold morning and not much wind to speak of. I have long wanted to take the road that led from Colesberg to De Aar this was my chance.
 




Why have a GPS you ask well:




The road to De Aar turned into a 2 spoor road and had some nice humps – what a way to start a day.

 



De Aar has a huge power distribution point (Hydra), it amazes me what infrastructure we have in this country





From  De Aar headed to Britstown and from there to Vosburg  and then on to Van Wyksvlei






 Wonder how much rain it took to make these pools in this barren landscape?



I filled up at Van Wyksvlei – what an eerie experience the whole town seemed to be as drunk as can be.  I promptly thought of it as Bacchustown from now on.




While paying for the fuel an old oomie asked if I was heading for Kenhardt and sighed – Jy gan ma taai ry die eerste 40km ou seun  :eek7:.
I sat on the stoep of the Coop till the shade gave way and headed off to Kenhardt – thinking of Pote in a not so good way...

After the “rough” part of the road was over I flew past a monument on the side of the road – made a U turn and went to have a look.







I was in awe at how much Lucas must have loved her...

By now it was HOT



I reached Kenhardt where I had booked and was contemplating pushing through to Kakemas, while waiting for Suzette (help me out Heimer) I heard some all too familiar voices from the bar.  Fender, Mapsource, Louwtjie and Blinkes were already out of bike clothes – I decided to call it a day and rather push early the next day. 


« Last Edit: October 08, 2014, 06:07:30 pm by Nimmo »
CT110,XT250,CX500,R100RS,ZZR400,DR650RS,XT350,K100RS,R1100RS,R1100S,K1200RS,XT350,R1100GS,F650GS,F800GS,XL200,TW200, HP2, KTM 990  :amazon:
Sunset Chalets 082 493 8814


NIMMO’S Ride Reports
 

Offline Nimmo

  • Let your regrets not be the things you did not do.
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Northern Cape
  • Posts: 2,760
  • Thanked: 53 times
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2014, 04:39:29 pm »






The bikes were safe and I had a bed for the night, what more could I ask for?  The hotel was old but clean – I was looking forward to the others arriving and spending the night meeting old friends again.




Want to know what secret advertising looks like:



I had a nice cold shower and went exploring Kenhardt:

Talk about fire and brimstone sermons – here they skin you alive:



Uuuuuum – sure this tree has a story or two



What amazed me was the condition of the school and hostel – newly painted and in GREAT condition – We in Colesberg BATTLE to get any money from the Education Department and here were new Netball and tennis courts, the school and hostel newly painted and all the windows in tack...







The rest of the Cape gang arrived and everyone took to the watering hole







It soon became apparent that the “gang” had had their fare share of tyre troubles etc the day before – hence I doubt if Heimer’s plan of via Noeniput would happen.  I would push off first as I wanted to visit Augrabies and then head to Lutputz.  We said our goodbyes and of I went.





When they find water they USE it...









Approaching Kakemas



First for me















I must have looked like this


« Last Edit: October 08, 2014, 04:44:00 pm by Nimmo »
CT110,XT250,CX500,R100RS,ZZR400,DR650RS,XT350,K100RS,R1100RS,R1100S,K1200RS,XT350,R1100GS,F650GS,F800GS,XL200,TW200, HP2, KTM 990  :amazon:
Sunset Chalets 082 493 8814


NIMMO’S Ride Reports
 

Offline Nimmo

  • Let your regrets not be the things you did not do.
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Northern Cape
  • Posts: 2,760
  • Thanked: 53 times
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2014, 04:39:45 pm »
I left Augrabies and at the gate saw 2 “guys” with Suzuki’s heading in – only later that night I realized via FB it was Michnus – they were heading for Namibia
What difference water makes...








Onto Lutzputs








Lutzputs


Spare a thought for the men who built these railroads in this warm inhospitable landscape



Onto Noenieput




The farms were FAR apart and makes you think what if.....





I reached Noenieput quarter before two – the pumps were locked so I walked into the Coop.   Not a sole in sight registers open and everything for the taking. I waited on the stoep. At two o clock a guy arrived and said he was the clerk the other oke would be here shortly. I waited another 15 minutes – the first guy then came out and said he would fill me up.  Eish... I asked how many bikes had come through that day... “None” It was not nice to know that in 200km I had not even passed or seen another bike never mind car or bakkie.





The HP was due for a birthday so I kept an eye on the odo – I stopped to take a photo, just then my youngest brother’s WAP came through his son was born that morning. Congrats Rudi



Welcome Hunter van der Walt



Now it was getting desolate





From about 40km from Molopo the roads turned into this with loooong sections of thick sand



I came upon this family and asked how far Molopo was from there
The reply was: “the bottle store is 5km”



I made it:





The Lodge:









Notice the height of the mirror – ideal for that long over extended brazillian



Some random pics



Briv and Mrs









Wonder how many people noticed that the table was a “blaasbalk”





Capie’s roughing it



« Last Edit: October 08, 2014, 05:03:40 pm by Nimmo »
CT110,XT250,CX500,R100RS,ZZR400,DR650RS,XT350,K100RS,R1100RS,R1100S,K1200RS,XT350,R1100GS,F650GS,F800GS,XL200,TW200, HP2, KTM 990  :amazon:
Sunset Chalets 082 493 8814


NIMMO’S Ride Reports
 

Offline Nimmo

  • Let your regrets not be the things you did not do.
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Northern Cape
  • Posts: 2,760
  • Thanked: 53 times
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2014, 04:40:02 pm »
The new model just arrived in the Kalahari they were VERY impressed





Drazil has the info on this – please tell...



My shower mate





Some bikes were how we shall put it – clean....



What a nice bike





Around these parts NOTHING goes to waste



After extensive research Goodyear was the only tyre that could handle the 2 donkey power pull away



What is wrong here?  Where is this owner of this bike – Ohhh yes he is the one walking up and down buying drinks for the guys doing the repairs.... Louwtjie you GENIUS...  (5 plugs)



The way back – Askham – Van Zylsrus
The roads were very fair – sandy but fair







Closer to Van Zylsrus the sand thickened – I was amazed at how easy the HP handled it. I seldom had to slow down below travel speed...








Hotazel


The thickest sand and it was THICK was the 25km from Van Zylsrus to Hotazel
That section was what I thought sand would be like for most of the trip.
It reminded me of the “BRUL sand” at Witsand during the sand course with Country Trax.
That being said – the foundation to sand riding was laid there and I THOROUGLY enjoyed the whole trip because I was not intimidated by sand any more. Also I think the HP makes anyone a better rider.

Mining has turned Kathu into a new Kimberley





I stopped off in Kathu to see where my “mom” lives let me explain...
My uncle who adopted us lost his wife three years ago and found his High School sweetheart who also lost her husband via Face Book – they married Dec a year ago (at 70) and have been living between Colesberg and Kathu. It was the first time I got to see her house etc.







I left Kathu for Lohatlha where I was stationed in ‘93





I ran many a mile beyond that small koppie











The old entrance gates where we used to go in and out





Going back was a surreal experience – the troop at the gate let me inside without even signing in the register. SHE had no weapon, pink nails and could barely understand English. When I asked her where 61 Batt insignia was – she said they were disbanded and sent to their own camps – meaning Potch etc.
I was to a certain extent sorry I went there – I should have remembered it as I knew it and had a sense of pride in it.

I left heavy hearted for Postmasburg, filled up and went off to Papkuil
« Last Edit: October 12, 2014, 07:17:23 pm by Nimmo »
CT110,XT250,CX500,R100RS,ZZR400,DR650RS,XT350,K100RS,R1100RS,R1100S,K1200RS,XT350,R1100GS,F650GS,F800GS,XL200,TW200, HP2, KTM 990  :amazon:
Sunset Chalets 082 493 8814


NIMMO’S Ride Reports
 

Offline Nimmo

  • Let your regrets not be the things you did not do.
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Northern Cape
  • Posts: 2,760
  • Thanked: 53 times
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2014, 04:40:22 pm »


The roads started changing back to stony loose gravel







The WORST section of road was between Papkuil and Douglas it was TERRIBLE – tyres everywhere as it had claimed victims. From Papkuil I went via Douglas to Hopetown, Orania, Colesberg

The total distance was 1790km.
Thanks to the organizers it was a blast as usual.
« Last Edit: October 08, 2014, 04:50:50 pm by Nimmo »
CT110,XT250,CX500,R100RS,ZZR400,DR650RS,XT350,K100RS,R1100RS,R1100S,K1200RS,XT350,R1100GS,F650GS,F800GS,XL200,TW200, HP2, KTM 990  :amazon:
Sunset Chalets 082 493 8814


NIMMO’S Ride Reports
 

Offline spoedvark

  • Forum Whore
  • ****
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
    Location: Eastern Cape
  • Posts: 6,140
  • Thanked: 10 times
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2014, 04:50:28 pm »
Ry lekker saam! Gooi nog!
Go Big!
or
Go Home!!!!
Previous bikes:
Yamaha XS 400 Special Kawasaki ZX 10 Yamaha XT 550 BMW 650 GS BMW 1200 GS KEEP THE RUBBER DUSTY!!!!
 

Offline JonW

  • Hilton Hound
  • Global Moderator
  • Forum Whore
  • ***
  • Bike: Boss Hoss (all models)
    Location: Kwazulu Natal
  • Posts: 6,057
  • Thanked: 148 times
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2014, 04:58:29 pm »
AWESOME  :thumleft:
How can I be lost if I've got nowhere to go?
 

Offline Ortos

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Honda XRV 750 Africa Twin
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 721
  • Thanked: 11 times
  • "Ride to Ride another day"
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2014, 05:02:09 pm »
Ry lekker saam! Gooi nog!

Lekker........ :sip: :sip:
- Some people are like clouds, once they fuck-off it turns into a
  beautiful day!
 

Offline Operator

  • is a Forum Vendor and a
  • Forum Whore
  • ****
  • Bike: Husqvarna (all models)
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 5,590
  • Thanked: 158 times
  • Official Vendor
    • Vendor
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2014, 05:06:05 pm »
Baie nice ride report.  Jou pics wys die landskap en atmosfeer mooi.  :thumleft:
 

Offline BMWPE

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Eastern Cape
  • Posts: 4,118
  • Thanked: 44 times
  • Port Elizabeth
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2014, 05:07:49 pm »
Great report  :thumleft:
and pics
Thank you
Rallye
 

Offline Hentie @ Riders

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: AJS (all models)
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 4,799
  • Thanked: 1 times
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2014, 05:10:10 pm »
Nice  :thumleft:

Offline KiLRoy

  • Rossi se Biaggi...
  • Administrator
  • Bachelor Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 14,592
  • Thanked: 324 times
  • We need a strong man. Strong like Stalin
    • Wild Dog Adventure Riders
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2014, 05:15:25 pm »
Nice work Nimmo, and lekka to meet again :thumleft:
 

Offline ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS

  • Forum Vendor
  • Castrated Dog
  • ******
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 28,841
  • Thanked: 419 times
    • dustriders.co.za
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2014, 05:43:48 pm »
Wat n lekker trip Nimmo!!!!!:thumleft:
MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES RETAILER
info@dustriders.co.za
ENDURISTAN SOFTLUGGAGE IMPORTER
www.dustriders.co.za
 

Offline Heimer

  • Global Moderator
  • Bachelor Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 12,684
  • Thanked: 113 times
  • Kan nie ALZ onthou nie
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2014, 05:46:44 pm »
Lekker om jou raak te ry Nimmo

Nice ride report

Matriek getuigskrif 1979: ........... is 'n vriendelike seun met volop selfvertroue. Hy tree soms vreemd op. Die skool se beste wense vergesel hom.
 

Offline punisher

  • DILLIGAF
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 4,745
  • Thanked: 221 times
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2014, 05:53:10 pm »
wow
just wanna have fun , and ride ... and ....... ride
 

Offline DirtRebell

  • Forum Whore
  • ****
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 8,158
  • Thanked: 80 times
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2014, 06:13:08 pm »
Fantastic report Nimmo.
Thanks.
 

Online subie

  • Local Mods
  • Forum Whore
  • ***
  • Bike: Yamaha XT660
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 9,124
  • Thanked: 74 times
  • Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide.
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2014, 06:13:14 pm »
Daai HP2 lyk darem mooi in sy "natuurlike habitat"  :thumleft:
As time washes by, our footprints are all for naught
 

Offline JMOL

  • The Mayor of Mopani
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS Adventure
    Location: Eastern Cape
  • Posts: 4,141
  • Thanked: 42 times
  • East London
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2014, 07:32:30 pm »
Dankie Nimmo.  Het lekker saamgery  :sip:

Is meer en meer spyt ek het nie gegaan nie  :deal:   :-[
Life is hard - even harder if you are stupid.
 

Offline KarooKid

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: Honda CRF-1000L Africa Twin
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 1,670
  • Thanked: 42 times
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2014, 07:39:51 pm »
Mis ek nou vir Vaalbaas en die oop lang pad
Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies
 

Offline Orangeswifty

  • Please proceed to suck my
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 950 SE
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 3,577
  • Thanked: 7 times
  • Ousted Rebel Alpha Male
Re: MOLOPO BASH - SAND and SUN
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2014, 07:54:26 pm »
Knap gedaan Nimmo
Goed om te ointmoet.
Jy ry alleen maar lekker :thumleft:
We are blessed to share the biking fraternity together!
Do it now - tomorrow you are dead!
Real friends value loyalty regardless!