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Offline lj111

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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2015, 06:40:47 am »
Thanks for the lekker rr Zaber!

I enjoyed coffee bay so much that I had ro go back the next December and the next December and a fourth time on the bike. This RR of yours made me realize its time to go again!
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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2015, 07:16:21 am »
Great style of writing Zaber and a seriously lekker trip. Thanks
 

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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2015, 08:14:43 am »
Thanks for the RR, Zaber! Very enjoyable read!

I'm off to CB early October this year, taking my son with me. Your experience clarified things I've been wondering about. I booked at Seashells Guest lodge for two nights. Coffee Bay was on my list when I did a solo trip around SA in May 2013, but I didn't get there at all. So this time ... I'm going!

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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2015, 03:32:53 pm »
Thanks for the lekker rr Zaber!

I enjoyed coffee bay so much that I had ro go back the next December and the next December and a fourth time on the bike. This RR of yours made me realize its time to go again!
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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2015, 03:34:07 pm »
Great style of writing Zaber and a seriously lekker trip. Thanks

Thanks!! I love writing, telling stories, wish I had more time for it!
 

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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2015, 03:36:15 pm »
Thanks for the RR, Zaber! Very enjoyable read!

I'm off to CB early October this year, taking my son with me. Your experience clarified things I've been wondering about. I booked at Seashells Guest lodge for two nights. Coffee Bay was on my list when I did a solo trip around SA in May 2013, but I didn't get there at all. So this time ... I'm going!



Well when you are doing a solo trip, CB is perfect, but stay for more than one day. You will have lots to do, and the people are very approachable.
 

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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2015, 07:10:50 pm »
Thanks for sharing, I'd like to visit there to! Def on my list

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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #27 on: May 21, 2015, 08:36:33 am »
Thanks for sharing, I'd like to visit there to! Def on my list

We have a long list bud, just make sure you find time to get off work
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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2015, 09:32:19 pm »
Awesome RR and pics thx for sharing  :thumleft: The transkei coast is awesome unspoiled beaches.
 

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Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #29 on: May 25, 2015, 07:24:38 pm »
To conclude the ride report, I rode from CB, planning to go to Nottingham Road. Leg was hurting badly, I made a phonecall to the owner of the hotel at Nottingham, guess what, long weekend = fully booked. I decided to do the old knock on the door and ask routine to find a bed for the night. Rode to Underberg.

Underberg must be one of the most beatiful places I have seen in inland SA. It is breathtakingly beautiful.

I remember looking at the giant of a mountain lurking in the background, seeing the twisty roads, rivers following the contours of different shades of green landscape and trees with rusted leaves, thinking that is what I imagined a fairytale to look like when growing up.













Rode to Howick.

Got there just could not take the pain in my leg anymore, decided might be a good idea to stop here for the night. Went to the first B&B sign I saw, Biggie Best Guesthouse.

Stop at gate, press button, lady answers, "sorry sir fully booked", I replied with "I will sleep on a couch."

Gate opens.

I explain about the leg, and the tannie shows me a wooden cabin I could have for R200 the night. I really dont care what it looks like, I smiling, I got a bed for the night.

Amazingly enough a couple (local girl and a Swiss guy) starts chatting to me just as I get there, they seem to be staying there semi permanently. Once again, very friendy folks..

The night ends with 5 of us eating pizza, drinking beer outside with candles en music played over a wireless speaker, and listening to a story of how they rolled their car the previous night, travelling to different countries all around the world, and drinking beer somewhere in a pub somewhere in London where Amy Winehouse used to go..

What a good way to spend a last night on tour..



Next day back to PTA. Not much to tell about this stretch.

Overall this was a great trip!

Next trip..the west coast. Then I have seen just about the whole of SA.

The one thing that stands out about the trip, one thing I learned, (except for ATGATT and the potential value of a good GPS), is: Care less about things that dont care about you. That includes your job, your fancy car, and your lifestyle. Appreciate the simple things!

Go out there and expose yourself to new things, you just might enjoy it..


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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #30 on: May 25, 2015, 08:24:59 pm »
Great RR

Sommer lus and pack the bike en ry!

Fished a lot in that area before, but no bike trip.

Sooooon!!!
 

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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #31 on: May 25, 2015, 09:15:42 pm »
Great RR

Sommer lus and pack the bike en ry!

Fished a lot in that area before, but no bike trip.

Sooooon!!!

Eks bly n paar mense geniet my storie. Do it..vat so n week af, pak en ry.


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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #32 on: May 25, 2015, 09:21:37 pm »
Solo rides are my best!
Awesome RR!
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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #33 on: May 25, 2015, 09:27:44 pm »
Lekker kop skoon maak trip, Port St Johns en Koffie Baai is bekend vir hulle "rook" dampies veral in pubs, mense daar is ook heel rustig en meng maklik.

Jou RR maak my somer lus om te pak vir 'n solo trippie, ek like dit so en doen gereeld solo trips, eie tyd eie teiken.
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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #34 on: May 25, 2015, 09:58:32 pm »
Cool RR  :thumleft: and a fresh angle on doing a solo trip. Backpackers are always the best place to be. Ask me, I spent 7 years in a backpackers in WHK.
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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #35 on: May 25, 2015, 10:08:45 pm »
Lekker RR broer.enjoy die bike
 

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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #36 on: May 26, 2015, 06:22:33 am »
Cool RR  :thumleft: and a fresh angle on doing a solo trip. Backpackers are always the best place to be. Ask me, I spent 7 years in a backpackers in WHK.
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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #37 on: May 26, 2015, 06:33:45 am »
a trip to Coffee bay is also high on my bucket list.

thanks for the read  :thumleft:
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Re: Pretoria to Transkei
« Reply #38 on: May 26, 2015, 07:08:56 am »
Transkei trips are the bomb! Stayed there for 5 months in '95 doing surveying on my XT550 and later XR500 (drowned the XT during a river crossing). That is no country to be scared of or will I say WAS.
Nice trip though, think I need to start thinking about doing one down that way now the memories starts coming back.
 

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Re: Pretoria to Coffee Bay - Biking and Backpacking
« Reply #39 on: May 26, 2015, 08:41:09 am »
Zaber, good one, i like your style of writing.
also travelling alone has the trmendous benefit of opening you to the people around you. this is clear from your ride report.

i smile when i read your experiences, wilddogs are a adventurous bunch!

talking about coffee bay, i am in two minds about it. the first time i went (by bike) i absolutely loved it. second time with car and family..hmmmm i felt uneasy about the place.

thank you for sharing and putting in the effort :thumleft: