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Baviaans! (lots of pics)
« on: April 28, 2008, 10:47:57 pm »
It‚??s been a while since I‚??ve have a proper ride‚?¶ I needed a breakaway with friends to recharge the batteries. This got me thinking ‚?? Eisbein and I still haven‚??t ridden Baviaans together. The last time we tried (on the Roam Free ride) he broke his suspension. So with a long weekend ahead a plan was set in motion‚?¶

Day 1:

Eisbein, Vicky, Operator, LGF and I were going to spend the weekend riding the amazing roads and passes of the Garden Route, Baviaanskloof and Klein Karoo. Eisbein, Vicky and Operator arrived in George on Friday night already so we could have an early start the next day, but we chatted the night away and only got to bed in the wee hours of the morning. We left George (the sixth oldest town in South Africa) early on the 1st day full of anticipation of what lay ahead.



The route for the first day would follow the 7 Passes road, Kom se Pad, Prince Alfred‚??s Pass, past Uniondale, through the Hartbeesrivier road and the Noukloof Pass toe Uitspan campsite in the Western side of the Baviaanskloof.

First up: Saasveld Pass. It's tarred but the scenery more that makes up for that. We encountered lots of runners on this section. Petrol must really be getting expensive. ::)







Saasveld Pass and the Old George/Knysna road is a historic route with old bridges and lots of scenery. The bridges date from the late 1800's and very early 1900's.









Near the old forestry settlement Karatra we met up with LGF and his trusty DRZ.



After cheerful greetings the full party continued on through the rest of the 7 Passes‚?¶







‚?¶past the Knysna lagoon, along ‚??Kom se pad‚?Ě and over Prince Alfred's Pass towards Uniondale.





Eisbein and Vicky cruising along enjoying the scenery:



In Uniondale we stopped at our usual spot ‚?? the Crackling Rosie ‚?? for some lunch. Lots more chat and laughter (this is a social scenic ride after all 8)) and with full tummies we headed off to Baviaanskloof!





Bring it on! There‚??s no stopping us this time. ;D We were past the point were had had to turn around last time and anticipation was building.



Nuwekloof Pass was our final pass of for the day and it did not disappoint.





Finally our destination for the first night. Uitspan is an old favorite with great facilities.





Baviaanskloof teems with wildlife, including Leopard, Rhino and Buffalo, but we‚??ll go searching for those on Day 2. Tonight we had a rugby game to watch (Go Stormers!) and a nice braai waiting.




(Pic from a previous ride)

We spend some time in the bar and had some lamb tjops & sosaties on the braai. After lots and lots of laughter we finally settled in much later that night. I'm sure some of the other members will post more pictures. ;)


On Day 1 we rode 9 spectacular passes in 260km and including all photo stops and lunch we travelled 7 hours from George to Uitspan. It was a nice leisurely ride and the perfect precursor for what was to follow on Day 2.
« Last Edit: April 29, 2008, 04:38:08 pm by Trailrider »
 

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Re: Baviaans!
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 06:59:42 am »
Groan......

TR you are cruel.  It was now a year ago we did the Epic. Man, I miss that roads.
 

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Re: Baviaans!
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008, 09:03:20 am »
dit lyk so lekker. TR, hoekom het jy my nie genooi nie. SIES!!!
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Re: Baviaans!
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2008, 09:13:57 am »
Skuus man

Kom ons gaan weer - dis net oor die bult! ;D
 

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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2008, 09:50:48 am »
Sien Julle .Daar is nie 'n manier sat ek weer in daardie area gaan kom sonder my bike nie  ;D
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2008, 10:04:32 am »
Lekker
 

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dammm,,,u capies are lucky to have such a nice ride,,,,thanx for the pics
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2008, 10:08:39 am »
Where's day two ?

;D ;D ;D


I'll only be able to do something about our photos tonight.

Will put something together then.

02/02/12 - RIP Glen - the Arrow of Elliot and the little man with the big heart that truly was larger than life.

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Re: Baviaans!
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2008, 10:11:40 am »
Jeez that looks so good! A bit different to the desert mountains we riding this weekend 8)
Looks like you had a jol!
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2008, 10:14:38 am »
Where's day two ?

Pending...

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Re: Baviaans!
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2008, 12:21:18 pm »
Day 2:

Today we were moving early. Baviaanskloof waited! Operator's bike had other plans though. After I pushed and pushed Operators bike he had it renamed to Land Rover and it got towed by a Land Cruiser till it started. ;) We settled the bar tab ::) and we were on our way.



The plan was to ride through Baviaanskloof and back again to Bakkrans where we‚??d be sleeping on the 2nd night. On the way in we stopped at Bakkrans (Kleinspoort) to refuel and we left some of our luggage there since we‚??d be returning that evening.

At the first gate we met this informative fellow:



He had a lot of background and anecdotes about the kloof and suggested that, if we come across a Rhino, we give it right of way. No kidding‚?¶

The Kloof is the driest I‚??ve seen it ever, but eventually we got to our first water crossing.





Eisbein deposited Vicky on the other side and we then proceeded to cross several times for some nice photo shots. Eisbein will post these I‚??m sure. Operator also dropped his bike here (luckily on dry ground) and I reacted totally out of character: I jumped of my bike to help him without taking a photo. :-\ Vicky got one though. ;D

Next up ‚?? the wilderness area:



Today was a scenic ride, so I‚??ll let the scenery tell the story.















The much anticipated water crossing as Smitskraal. The water was low but it was nice none the less.









It was a leisurely ride with lots of photo stops, but we wanted to reach the plateau at least. Eisbein has heard a lot of horror stories about that pass. He‚??s been wanting to ride it with his GS and pillion for some time and I wanted to see it done. I‚??m always in awe of the big heavy bikes taking on difficult terrain and doing so successfully. I also knew that if some-one could do it (and make it seem easy) it was Eisbein.







And finally the pass. As usual the photos don‚??t do the incline justice, but suffice it to say it‚??s got steep sections with rocky ‚??step-ups‚?Ě and ground clearance usually is the greatest problem.







Success! ;D And the view from the top:



We decided to head back to the Smitskraal picnic spot for lunch and cruise back through the kloof to our cave we‚??d call home for the night.









The power of 18x optical zoom:

I took a pic of this part of the pass knowing that Eisbein would be coming around the corner some time.



Zoom in a little more:



A little more zoom and there they are.



And even more zoom.



Five tired riders arrived at a neat and welcoming Bakkrans cave.









Just what the doctor ordered! ;D





Bobnob, on his winding way to Sani Pass, was going to join us in the cave for the night, but when it got dark we weren't so sure anymore. Until we heard a Dakar approaching in the night‚?¶ He had travelled from Mosselbay, over the Montagu and Swartberg Passes, through Prince Albert, Meirings Poort, De Rust and all the way to Baviaans kloof.

What a way to end the day:



On Day 2 we rode 150km and including all photo stops and lunch we travelled six and a half hours. Baviaans is spectacular. There definitely could have been more photo stops. Talk about sensory overload.

Day 3 to follow later today.
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Re: Baviaans! (lots of pics)
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2008, 02:27:43 pm »
Lekker !

As a matter of interest I tried to meet you guys on Sunday, but due to unforeseen events only reached the Patensie side Baviaanskloof entrance about 15h30.  Being on a solo mission and as I had to return to PE that same day I only went in as far as the top of Combrinks Pass.  Pity, as it appears that you turned around at the top of Holgat Pass, about 3 km away.

Nevertheless did encounter two KLR's, both with pillions nogal, from Sedgefield and heading towards Patensie, then Seytlerville via the Grootriver road.  As a well trained WD I introduced myself and told them about the Wild Dogs Forum.  Very keen to join ASAP - thus not a wasted trip at all.

Will post a few pictures tomorrow.
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Re: Baviaans! (lots of pics)
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2008, 02:31:19 pm »
Lekker !

As a matter of interest I tried to meet you guys on Sunday, but due to unforeseen events only reached the Patensie side Baviaanskloof entrance about 15h30.  Being on a solo mission and as I had to return to PE that same day I only went in as far as the top of Combrinks Pass.  Pity, as it appears that you turned around at the top of Holgatberg Pass, about 3 km away.

Nevertheless did encounter two KLR's, both with pillions nogal, from Sedgefield and heading towards Patensie, then Seytlerville via the Grootriver road.  As a well trained WD I introduced myself and told them about the Wild Dogs Forum.  Very keen to join ASAP - thus not a wasted trip at all.

Will post a few pictures tomorrow.

Ek wou nog kontak maak Watty, maar soos jy weet werk die selfone mos nie in die kloof nie. :-\
 

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Re: Baviaans! (lots of pics)
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2008, 02:34:03 pm »
Lekker !

As a matter of interest I tried to meet you guys on Sunday, but due to unforeseen events only reached the Patensie side Baviaanskloof entrance about 15h30.  Being on a solo mission and as I had to return to PE that same day I only went in as far as the top of Combrinks Pass.  Pity, as it appears that you turned around at the top of Holgatberg Pass, about 3 km away.

Nevertheless did encounter two KLR's, both with pillions nogal, from Sedgefield and heading towards Patensie, then Seytlerville via the Grootriver road.  As a well trained WD I introduced myself and told them about the Wild Dogs Forum.  Very keen to join ASAP - thus not a wasted trip at all.

Will post a few pictures tomorrow.

Oh no. Would have been cool to see you. How many passes are there in the whole Baviaans? (and how many of them did we do?)
 

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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2008, 03:11:08 pm »
Lekker !

As a matter of interest I tried to meet you guys on Sunday, but due to unforeseen events only reached the Patensie side Baviaanskloof entrance about 15h30.  Being on a solo mission and as I had to return to PE that same day I only went in as far as the top of Combrinks Pass.  Pity, as it appears that you turned around at the top of Holgatberg Pass, about 3 km away.

Nevertheless did encounter two KLR's, both with pillions nogal, from Sedgefield and heading towards Patensie, then Seytlerville via the Grootriver road.  As a well trained WD I introduced myself and told them about the Wild Dogs Forum.  Very keen to join ASAP - thus not a wasted trip at all.

Will post a few pictures tomorrow.

Oh no. Would have been cool to see you. How many passes are there in the whole Baviaans? (and how many of them did we do?)

You did them all except the last one.  There are basically 4 major passes - from the east to west they are:  Combrink's, Holgat, Grasnek and the Nuwekloofpas Pass.

You also missed on of the nicest (IMHO at least) sections, namely the Poortjies to Cambria stretch  -  the small, narrow portal that gives access to the bigger Baviaanskloof from the east.  This section is characterised by a narrow, shady valley with huge indigenous trees and a narrow road that crosses the sparkling river (Wit river) at least 12 times.  This majestic, deep crevice that had to have been forced open by awe inspiring flood waters through the ages, today offers one of the most beautiful spots in our country.

Ok, ok the water crossings are not in the same league as Smitskraal, but very enjoyable!
 

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« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2008, 03:17:37 pm »
Smaak my ons sal moet teruggaan...

;D ;D ;D
02/02/12 - RIP Glen - the Arrow of Elliot and the little man with the big heart that truly was larger than life.

You have touched us and left us better for having known you - even if it was only briefly.

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« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2008, 03:35:38 pm »
Smaak my ons sal moet teruggaan...

;D ;D ;D

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Dit lyk fantasties!  Great pics.  Dit is 'n deel van ons land wat ek glad nie ken nie.
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« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2008, 05:12:56 pm »
Day 3:

Wow. What a privilege to wake up here after spending the night under the Karoo skies.

Of course, some are not so keen on getting up in the morning



A smaller cave opposite houses the showers & facilities.



This is the way to shower!



This is a truly idyllic setting, although sharing a dark cave with this Motley Crew can be scary at times‚?¶ :eek:

Operator



Bobnob



LGF



And Eisbein



Luckily Vicky evened out the situation ;D



We had the little handing over ceremony of Firebucket.


(Vicky thought Bobnob was asking for MORE wine ;D)

Breakfast and packing for the last day‚??s ride.



Bobnob‚??s trusty steed:



He still had a looooong way to go and left bright and early. RIDE SAFE.



We started travelling West through the Kloof. This is how long weekends should be spent!



By tonight we will have travelled the full circle ‚?? Garden Route, Baviaans and the Klein Karoo: The Slow Way Round :cool:

But not before we made some detours.





Just as we were about to ride through Nuwekloof Pass again we met another Wild Dog. Hallo Rattrap! Very nice bike! :thumleft:



His riding buddy also had a nice bike and brand new to boot!



We rode a slightly different route to Uniondale for another lunch at Crackling Rosie. While here two CTX‚??s rode by and of course I just had to chat to them.



Turns out they knew who I was. It‚??s a husband and wife who happened on my blog and decided to buy some CTX‚??s and start riding our beautiful area too.

While I was chatting to them two Dakars pulled up. ‚??Hey! You‚??re Trailrider!‚?Ě



Turns out this husband and wife team read some of my Ride Reports on WD and decided to come ride the passes. They‚??re friends of Red Adventure. I hope you guys join the forum soon!

Next up the Kamanassie road.



Operator liked this road so much he decided to buy a plot. ;)

He came riding along, lost the front wheel in the mud and ended up in the trees.





Well, at least it‚??s a waterfront plot ;D

The line he rode:



De Ja Vu ‚?? Mike and the mechanics all over again‚?¶ ;D



Nice neighborhood though.





Bike and rider unscathed. Lets roll! :cool:





One more stop at the Paarde Poort turnoff.



And Montagu Pass to top off the ride. The view from Amanda‚??s grave:



Tired bones taking a rest ;D







This truly was a very nice ride. Thanks guys for joining me and making it a memorable one.

Till we ride again :thumleft:
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« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2008, 05:35:56 pm »
Great report and pics
Thanks for making us all jaloors ;D
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