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Wupperthal trip (or Autumn rush)
« on: May 02, 2008, 05:59:53 pm »
So what to do when the first autumn rains fall in the Western Cape? Organise a trip around the Cederberg !!

On Saterday morning 19 April, Joyride, Johnnie, Thys and myself got together in Durbanville and set out for Bainā??s Kloof Pass via Wellington. Visibility in the pass was down to 10 metres at stages.

We then popped over Michell's pass and we stopped for a good breakfast in Ceres, while it was pouring outside. Once the rain stopped, we visited the local 'Agri Co-op' and some dogs were fitted with yellow oilskins for the rest of the trip.

From Ceres we went up Gydo Pass, past Op-die-berg and into the heavy showers as we hit the gravel of the Buffelshoek and Middelberg passes on our way to Citrusdal. It was raining too hard to get the camera out for pics!

From Citrusdal we stayed on the Eastern side of the Olifants River and travelled North to Clanwilliam all on damp gravel, so no dust.

In Clanwilliam we met up with Christo and Tiaan who joined us as we continued to the Buffelshoek dam. By this time the rain was gone and we pitched our tents for the night. Kobus opened the bar for us and we could see the Stormers beat the Canes.

Next morning we continued North to Klawer where we had breakfast. From Klawer we turned South along the Olifants River. We turned East at Nardouwsberg and past the Bushmens Cave until we got to the R364. On this road we saw a bunch of KTMs, but they were on trailers !!. (see KTM Bushmans Cave Weekend ).

After a few kā??s on the R364 we turned right towards Wupperthal. The road takes you down the spectacular Uitkyk pass and then over the Kleinhoog pass.

Wupperthal is a small oasis, nestled in the folds of the rocky Cederberg.

Climbing out of the Wupperthal hole we rode towards Eselbank  and Matjiesrivier on a 4x4 track, great fun.



We had lunch at the Cederberg Oasis and then continued over the Grootrivierhoogte pass back to Op-die-berg. We ran down the R303, Gydo Pass to Ceres where we filled up for the run home.

Thanks to all the guys who organised the trip and the accommodation

Ps. After the trip I had a chat to my brother. He then told me that he and his father-in-law did the trip 6 months ago on Vespas !!!
« Last Edit: May 02, 2008, 07:07:59 pm by MellowYellow »
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Re: Wupperthal trip (or Autumn rush)
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2008, 06:51:51 pm »
MY - mooi man! Ek gaan seker nog lank hoor omdat ek die trip gebail het. Bly om te sien julle het julself geniet.

PS. Jy gaan sekerlik nie die geel kameel inruil op 'n Vespa nie >:D
 

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Re: Wupperthal trip (or Autumn rush)
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2008, 07:02:30 pm »
MY - mooi man! Ek gaan seker nog lank hoor omdat ek die trip gebail het. Bly om te sien julle het julself geniet.

PS. Jy gaan sekerlik nie die geel kameel inruil op 'n Vespa nie >:D

Nope, that was just a comment for the dogs that was worried about their bikes' ability to do the trip .... ;)
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Re: Wupperthal trip (or Autumn rush)
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2008, 07:49:01 pm »
Eina! I walked into that one, didn't I! Serves me right ;D
 

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Re: Wupperthal trip (or Autumn rush)
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2008, 03:24:37 pm »
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Re: Wupperthal trip (or Autumn rush)
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2008, 11:17:09 am »
lekker, gooi nog so paar prentjies
 

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Re: Wupperthal trip (or Autumn rush)
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2008, 12:26:32 pm »
I am impressed with my "designer farmstyle rainsuit" from Cape Agri.

Ed, see what ya missed out on??

Next time then...come rain, snow, hell, highwater or sunshine.

Nice report, thanks MYellow.
« Last Edit: May 04, 2008, 12:31:24 pm by Joyride »
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Re: Wupperthal trip (or Autumn rush)
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2008, 02:24:59 pm »
Where the vespa Ride report!!

would love to see some pics of that trip!!!
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Re: Wupperthal trip (or Autumn rush)
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2008, 04:03:53 pm »
Dit lyk lekker(nat...)Nou moet ek net plan maak om minder te werk ;sodat ek trip kan saamry.
 

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Re: Wupperthal trip (or Autumn rush)
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2008, 05:43:26 pm »
Lovely


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Re: Wupperthal trip (or Autumn rush)
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2008, 10:19:39 am »
Hello Friends
Newbie to this internet thing,after reading about some of the trips here decided to go for a ride yesterday.Rode from Velddrif-Kapteinskloof-eendekuil-up the piekenierskloofpas by ground-citrusdal -niewehoutpas-algeria-eselbank-wuppertal-calvinia-back again eendekuil aurora velddrif.495 km.I am 49 and my bike is also a classic XT600 Tenere.Really enjoyed that wuppertal eselbank area,definately going back to explore some more soon. :ricky:
Fantastic scenery and ride for me.Bit sore today :-)
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Re: Wupperthal trip (or Autumn rush)
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2008, 08:41:03 pm »
Ya, that's the spirit Subie.

So many places to go, so little time.
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