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Overberg / Whale Coast
« on: May 06, 2008, 12:47:55 pm »
Day 1

Barely 2 days after we returned from the Baviaans trip we were on our way again. This time to take the coastal route along the Whale Coast to the Southernmost tip of Africa and do some exploring of the Overberg area in between.

Rooipoot offered some accommodation for us at Witsand for the first night and so the plan was set in motion. He didn‚??t want to miss any of the trip though so he decided to shoot through to George (400km on his trusty DR200) the day before.

Early on Day 1 we were ready to roll! ;D



The plan was to take 4 days and see as much as we can see. The only requirements I had of this trip was to cross the Breede river on the Pontoon at Malgas and to photograph my bike at the Southernmost tip of Africa.

Today we decided to hug the coast taking as much gravel as is possible. This would take us all the way to Witsand and our accommodation for the first night.

We took the gravel road from George to Groot Brak and from this little gravel pass we saw the Indian Ocean and the first of many river mouths.



When I take my bike I usually head for the mountains. Taking a coastal route was a nice change and who knew there were so many unexplored roads here? Wow. We rode past Reebok, Tergniet, Mosselbay, and took the Boggomsbay / Vleesbay road to get to the gravel a.s.a.p. This took us all the way to Cape Vacca.



I have lived less than 100km from here most of my life and I have never heard of this place. Sure is beautiful. It‚??s a conservation area and is being preserved for the generations to come. No Golf Estate development here  :thumleft:

The road meanders along the coast through the ‚??Sandveld‚?Ě and across the many rivers running into the sea. The bridge across Gouritz:



And a snack stop next to the Indian Ocean.



Who knew you could take gravel roads so close to the Ocean? There‚??s not much traffic either. It‚??s a leisurely ride along the coast with great scenery and the smell of the sea.



We had to stop at a closed gate at the Reins Nature Reserve and backtrack a little bit for a slight detour. This was just the first of many mistakes we picked up on the Slingsby Garden Route map. We could see the Ystervarkpunt Lighthouse though.



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This lighthouse was commissioned on 4th August 1964 and was originally a lattice tower. This new lighthouse was recently constructed. 2006. Active; focal plane approx. 65 m (213 ft); white flash every 10 s. Approx. 39 m (121 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, painted with red and white spiral bands.

This lighthouse is situated on a promontory about 80 km (50 mi) southwest of Mossel Bay near the mouth of the Gouritz River between Mossel Bay and Cape Agulhas.

Originally a 21 metre aluminium tower, now a concrete structure of the same height and painted in striking candy stripes of red and white. This lighthouse is not open to the public but visible from the road within the Reins Nature Reserve. The tower supports a fully automatic electric light system with a range of 24 nautical miles.

Beautiful red and white stripes, a pleasure to the eye.

Next up was the Duiwenhoks River mouth:



All along the coast you see fishermen and at virtually every river there are boats being launched. The people are friendly and stike up a conversation easily volunteering all kinds of info about interesting routes in the area.



Finally, after riding 306km for the day, we reached Witsand and home for the night.



It was the first time in a long long while that I rode a whole day on new roads I have not seen before. What a blast!



After a nice braai and the usual chatter we turned in. Who would have guessed that day 2 would turn out to be even better than this?
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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 1
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2008, 12:53:30 pm »
I cannot see any pics?
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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 1
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2008, 12:54:41 pm »
??? It's on photobucket. Never had any problems before. I see them fine. How about the others?
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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 1
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2008, 12:55:07 pm »
Do you have your glasses on?  :mrgreen:


I see them fine.  :wink:
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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 1
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2008, 12:57:23 pm »
Coming through after third attempt ???
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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 1
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2008, 01:04:10 pm »
Nice!

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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 1
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2008, 01:10:01 pm »
Coming through after third attempt ???

Stop whining. You only feature in Day 3 ;D
 

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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 1
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2008, 04:20:46 pm »
Day 2

We woke to a crisp clear morning.



This bode well for a lovely riding day with better conditions for photography. Rooipoot gave us a quick tour of the little town called Witsand. The Breede river mouth:



Today we‚??d head inland and explore the Overberg. Rooipoot arranged for us to take some nice routes over private land and I had a real sense of expectation.



The scenery and textures changed continuously and we had a lot of photo stops.



So much so that we were late for our rondevoux with Eisbein at the Malgas pontoon. He was waiting just around this corner ;)



After we said our hallo‚??s we headed for the pontoon. I have wanted to take my bike over this thing for a very long time. Today was the day ;D



The Malgas pontoon is the last operating pontoon in South Africa and it is operated by hand.



This is my biggest river crossing to date ;D



Rooipoot had a very nice route planned and he knows the Overberg and it‚??s people well. The scenery changed from planted farmland to grazing and vast open spaces.







Again, as per usual, we had lots and lots of photo stops. I took over a 100 photos on this day alone.



We crossed the N2 and went onto a farm road just over the Stormsriver bridge. Beautiful scenery all over again. We saw this derelict house on the side of the road. Rooipoot said we just had to stop as it offered excellent photo opportunities (as seen in Eisbein‚??s ride report).

KilRoy ‚?? I took this shot just for you. The house is between the trees and Eisbein‚??s GS is next to it:



Now with the 18x Optical zoom:









Next we came to a river with a washed away bridge. What is a ride without some bundu bashing and a river crossing? ;D





Eisbein takes that GS everywhere the small bikes want to go!



Then we tackled the mountains. Imagine having your own private gravel pass? Wow.



The views were breathtaking. Imagine the same view in August / September when the greens and yellows of the Canola cover the whole area.

This mountain reminded of a moon landscape.



Down the other side and up the next, even higher, mountain. It was a gravel pass with steep inclines and loose stones and gravel. This mountain was covered in Protea plants and other fynbos and totally different from the bare mountain we‚??ve been on just before.



What a great area to ride in. Changing scenery and conditions all the time.

On the other side we ran into a gate which was locked. No problem ‚?? just ride around ;D (we were here legally). I went first and Rooipoot followed. Farm bikes in their element on the farm roads.



Next up LGF



and finally Eisbein ;D



Photos just cannot do justice of the scenery we rode in. Day 1 was great, Day 2 was even better! I LOVE the mountains. We rode down to the view of the Theewaterskloof dam. What and end to a great day‚??s riding.



We spent the night in Villiersdorp as Rooipoot‚??s place and of course had great food in great company.

We rode 275km on Day 2. On day three we‚??d turn South and head to the Southernmost tip of the continent.
 

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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 2 added.
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2008, 04:35:26 pm »
:thumbsup:

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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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 2 added.
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2008, 06:14:53 pm »
Nice one TR!
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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 2 added.
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2008, 08:16:49 am »
Fantastic as always.

Last time I visited my dad in Stilbaai I rode a few of those coastal roads and really enjoyed it.

I also turned around at the Reins Nature reserve gate, backtracked, rode towards Albertina, turned off on the gravel road to Stilbaai, crossed the river and rode the gravel roads on the other side of the river heading to Witsand. Beautiful scenery.

Where is the Duiwehoks river mouth? I must have missed it.



 

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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 2 added.
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2008, 08:30:56 am »
I'm very jealous of you, you have a great eye for a good photo!
 

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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 2 added.
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2008, 08:54:46 am »
Stunning TR!!!!
Awesome photos and scenery, and definitely on my list of "Want to do's"
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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 2 added.
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2008, 09:16:22 am »
Absolutely stunning area to visit. The photos gives a good indication of how beautiful is is out there. Nice one TR.

I always take visitors from other parts to see that area. Last time we waited about 2 hours at Malgas to cross the river by pantoon as there were many visitors and cars.

Eisbein, where is the small bike or are you a bit spoiled on the sofa.

Looking forward to the rest of the report.
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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 2 added.
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2008, 10:13:33 am »
You have so many great rides. Great pic. Thanks
 

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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 2 added.
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2008, 10:23:39 am »
Eisbein, where is the small bike or are you a bit spoiled on the sofa.

Always!

I had my own agenda - I needed to leave home the morning, ride the 230 km to only join them on the start of their day.

Couldn't (no lets rephrase - wouldn't want to) do it on the TTR...

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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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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 2 added.
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2008, 11:09:46 am »
LGF what the hell are you doing in this photo?

 

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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2008, 11:30:28 am »
That was why we were lauging !

;D ;D ;D ;D

Johann said we must pose for a photo - and he did!

;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.

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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 2 added.
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2008, 11:36:53 am »
LGF what the hell are you doing in this photo?




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Re: Overberg / Whale Coast - Day 2 added.
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2008, 12:14:15 pm »
Jis jull eouens hou net nie op nie !!! Goed gedoen baie mooi.

Gee you guys just dont stop !!! very well done beatifull. ;D
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