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Doring River in the Cederberg
« on: December 13, 2014, 10:43:49 pm »
Anyone know if the Doring river (coming from the Bidouw Vally) is crossable this December?
I'm looking at routing from the Cederberg to Suthland via the Tankwa.

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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2014, 05:31:31 am »
It is normally bone dry this time of year BUT there is a local who you can telephone to confirm this ...

I just can't find his number now - hopefully someone will be along soon and can help
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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2014, 06:04:57 am »
Is that the same river where someones bike got washed away some time ago ?
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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2014, 03:09:58 pm »
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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2014, 07:35:37 pm »
 

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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2014, 07:15:09 am »
My advice. Make use of the Pontoon, if it's over knee deep, you can thank me later  :biggrin:
 

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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2014, 07:54:22 am »
It shouldn't be an issue. If you really need to be 100% sure ask the river rafting guys (Bundu is one I can think of) for the farmers contact details in the area, they will tell you for sure.
 

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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2014, 08:11:10 am »
Would also be keen to know. Want to head out in the next week or two.
 

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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2014, 08:19:26 am »
I'm pretty sure it will be very low, we crossed the Doring a few weeks ago and it was dropping.  We've had no rain to talk of since then.
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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2014, 09:03:13 am »
Have you guys seen how rocky the river bed is when it's dry?
Quite scary!
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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2014, 07:12:37 pm »
Have you guys seen how rocky the river bed is when it's dry?
Quite scary!

See 'Dry' & 'Wet' pics below...  >:D

When there's been heavy rains much of what is on the side makes it's way into the underwater trail.
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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2014, 02:59:10 pm »
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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2014, 10:28:21 am »
I was there this past Sunday (14th) and it is about 10cm above my knee at the deepest part. I'm 6'3" so I would guess that translates to about 800mm. The rest is all about 550mm deep.

We had a vehicle following us which there is a video of it crossing. Will try and get the pictures and post them.
 

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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2014, 07:24:58 pm »
I was with GraZer on the same trip.

We pushed some of the bikes through but I made use of the SAS Willehond  :-[

After seeing what was mixed with the oil on Dirty Harry's bike after his attempt  :o

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I was not happy with the length of time all the bits would be under water for. The Willehond was the "live to ride another day" winner for me... 

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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2014, 12:09:38 pm »
5 nov 2014. het roete alleen gedoen en was amper in die kak. sou nooit die fiets alleen oorkry met daai boot!
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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2014, 08:40:33 am »
5 nov 2014. het roete alleen gedoen en was amper in die kak. sou nooit die fiets alleen oorkry met daai boot!

geen mens sal sy bike man alleen op, oor en weer af kry met daai kontrepsie nie, dis nou k8k soek op sy beste, wys net weer hoe bedrieglik water crossings is, dit lyk baie erger onder as bo die water, elke keer..........
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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2014, 12:04:12 pm »
Well now , if you had a proper offroad capable bike riding up 'that contraption' is no problem and a little wheely off even less problem. Of course riding over would be easiest. Just saying.
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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2014, 01:10:26 pm »
If you have the right bike, and you keep going, you should be fine even when the water is over your seat.
The "bow wave" of the bike creates a pocket of air behind the steering stem - where most off-road bikes air-intake's are.

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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2014, 01:44:05 pm »
Lucky you. My air intakes are somewhere lower   :-[
 

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Re: Doring River in the Cederberg
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2014, 01:57:43 pm »
Lucky you. My air intakes are somewhere lower   :-[

I saw your thread. Bummer about the water ingress.

Did you get the gearbox and FD clean yet?


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