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Offline Wayne Duck

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Solo around a big chunk of SA (Oct 2014)
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:31:33 pm »
Okay, time to document my recent trip. I hope you'll enjoy riding with....from Gauteng to Northern, Western and Eastern Cape to Natal, Lesotho and back to Gauteng, 4 489km on my ace  :biggrin:

After having been forced into early retirement at the end of October last year I had many things which I had to get into order. This took me much longer than expected and wham, before I knew it, 11 months had passed me by! But, finally with all the t's crossed and the i's dotted, I had one month free (before my fiance finishes up at her job here in Gauteng and we then move to Underberg). Not having had an opportunity to use the bike much during this time my fiance thought it would be a great idea if I were to go on a bike trip...obviously I thought that this would be an excellent idea as well  ;D
Only thing is, she thought about one week would be required...I thought the whole month! In the end, I was away for 18 days, just a little compromise  ;)

Day One - West Gauteng to Prieska, 699km

I packed my usual solo trip bag (the mustard coloured roll down Big River Bag you'll see in the photos) with a few changes of socks, jocks and shirts, lashed it with my trusty Roc Straps to the seat behind me and headed off at sunrise. Today's route was all tar (I REALLY do not enjoy tar, but necessary when you need to pull 700kms on your first day) to Prieska. I was surprised at the good time I made and was in Prieska not long after midday! I found accommodation at Riverview Lodge, settled in and then went for a walk into "town"...okay, not much town so I was back at the lodge before very long  ;)







Above photo - End of day one. I took a picture of the trip computer page on my GPS at the end of everyday. I do not always keep the GPS switched on when I stop, so the stopped time, total time and total average speed figures are meaningless. The rest are an accurate record of the trip. Six hours and 49 minutes in the saddle.

You will notice on my routes and tracks file (I'll post at the end of this report) that there is no track recorded until day two. This is because the track memory of my 276C device was full before the end of this trip and so started erasing from the beginning!

Day two to follow...
« Last Edit: October 29, 2014, 04:25:04 pm by Wayne Duck »
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2014, 02:33:06 pm »
 :happy1:
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2014, 02:34:21 pm »
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2014, 02:39:34 pm »
Mmm...lyk my jy het plek plek bietjie aangestoot...

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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2014, 02:57:20 pm »
Day Two - Prieska, Carnavon, Willeston, Middelpos, 410km

Heading off deep into the Northern Cape the landscape was getting dry and rugged. This must mean a chance to get off the tar and onto my favourite - jeep or twee spoor  :) Well today provided a good measure of these, with a dozen or so farm gates to open and close along the way. All in all a terrific day was had - very remote in places, not another human being to be seen, sometimes for an hour or two. Sheer bliss  :biggrin:









Life giving water in a very arid landscape (must admit I felt like a swim, but did not want to annoy any farmer)





End of the day snap of my GPS at Middelpos. I stayed at the hotel there (I was the only guest...and they serve a really great dinner and breakfast!) fueled up at the general dealer - all run by the same people. Great little spot to feel the peace and tranquility of the Karoo.
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2014, 02:58:24 pm »
Mmm...lyk my jy het plek plek bietjie aangestoot...

 ;)
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2014, 03:02:14 pm »
post faster...
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2014, 03:12:25 pm »
You slept in Prieska without saying hi to the main Crogwearer in town?!! :eek7:
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2014, 03:14:54 pm »
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2014, 03:23:34 pm »
Come on!! Just got settled down with a draught and now it's finished  :peepwall:
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2014, 03:33:35 pm »


An early morning pic of main street Middelpos, in fact the only street  :) Just my kind of town!

Day Three - Middelpos, Tankwa Karoo National Park, Katbakkies Pass, Kouebokkeveld, Cederberg Oasis, 265km

Another day of virgin territory on a bike for me! I've been motorcycling for 33 years and covered many many areas, but the beauty is that there is still so many more tracks and gravel roads to find here in Southern Africa  :)
Heading out to the Tankwa National Park I came across these friendly folk on a journey of their own - on horse drawn carts. So many ways to get out there, so just get out there!







The view from the lodge at the top of the escarpment.



The Gannaga pass lay ahead.







Pass negotiated, now on to the flat plains of the Tankwa Karoo





A heard of Gemsbok looking at this strange intruder on a noisy "horse"



I finally get to see the Tankwa Padstal, talked about so much here on the forum...although suffering the after effects of a fire.









Into the Cederberg - I was hoping to see one of these  :P



Again, I was thinking of taking a swim  ;D



But with gravel roads and views like this stopping is hard  ;)



Almost too soon really I arrive at the Oasis - another much talked about venue in this forum! Great, now I can call it a day and see what all the hype is about this place.



Got my tent, changed and wandered about to take a look and a few pics. Really, really nice place. I will be back!









A group of guys riding older model GS's (excluding the newer BM front right of course!)



A father and son duo arrive and set up their tents



My GPS at the end of the day

Day four to follow...
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2014, 03:34:59 pm »
You slept in Prieska without saying hi to the main Crogwearer in town?!! :eek7:

Damn, I knew there was something I'd forgotten to do there!!
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2014, 03:36:50 pm »
post faster...
 ;)

Refer to first post - I'm retired so can't go any faster (on a PC) than this!!! Ha ha
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2014, 04:02:11 pm »
Day Four - Cederberg Oasis, Wuppertal, Clanwilliam, Lamberts Bay, Elands Bay, Langebaan. 325km

After spending some quality time in the honesty bar area of the Oasis, I had been informed that the route I was planning on travelling today (to Langebaan via Citrusdal) was a bit wusy. I should be going via Wuppertal  ;D

So, on my bed that evening, after a terrific meal, I re-routed my GPS. What a magnificent part of the world!  :o I really enjoyed that road to Wuppertal !























The mowers busy getting the local soccer field ready for the big match on Saturday  ;)

After this magnificent road and scenery through the hills I was disappointed to have to hit the tar to Clanwilliam and Lamberts Bay. I still had to get down the west coast to Langebaan (where I was to stay two nights with an old school bud / work colleague and his wife) - the wind was howling and, well I have to say, I am not a fan of the coast! I grew up in Amanzimtoti so spent many days, weeks, months in the sea but left to go inland in 1989 - never had any urge to move back! These little coastal towns all look very forlorn and run down, so sad really.
But I did manage to lift my spirits by riding along the railway service roads to Langebaan  :)



So, end of riding day four - 1700km, 19 and three quarter hours in the saddle. Two nights and one day off the bike followed.

Riding day five to follow...
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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2014, 04:32:34 pm »
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« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2014, 04:41:50 pm »
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2014, 09:34:27 am »
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Re: Solo around a big chunk of SA
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2014, 10:20:57 am »
I am also tagging along ................  :thumleft:
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