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Offline wiskey throttle

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Its An Adventure Man
« on: July 06, 2015, 04:24:26 pm »
So about a week ago I and a buddy sat down around a fire at my place with a beer in the hand and sharing war stories of some of the rides each of us have under our belts and behold another ride gets planned…

So route planning was done, camping arrangement were made, packing has commenced. But as we all know, at the last minute things change, my boss and I miss under stood each other about my off day and all of a sudden the days riding had to be shortened or done a lot quicker. Didn’t faze us at all.

Friday night I packed the bike and tried to get a good night rest in (which never happens thanks to being super excited). Saturday morning rode to work and figured this is going to be interesting because the bike is moer heavy.

After work met up with Max (not a WD yet…) at his place and set off.

First stop was at Buffelsjags for the best Roosterkoek and a cup of coffee. We cruised through to Suurbraak so that we can take Tradow up into Barrydale for first fuel fill up. After brimming our tanks, mission started to look for the Soutkloof turnoff which was the start of the gravel.

As we headed north through a deteriorated path into the bush we hit our first gate. As we were both on the other side and I was closing the gate behind us, Max asked ‘What cats do we get in this area?’ Not really bothered I told him something about I assume there are some wild cats in the area but we need not be bothered till I turned and saw him pointing to something next to our bikes in the sand. That fresh paw print made us move.

The road condition didn’t really become better and that 2 spoor was becoming a lot of work with the loaded bikes. Crossing rivers, heading through dongas, climbing rocks and dodging thorn bushes we finally came to a point where we could not go further. Stopped, had a smoke and studied the map. Found out we turned off the path somewhere approx 15km east.

Turned the bikes around and headed back. As we got back on the road we were supposed to be on we found the gate was locked and no way around it. So we sat and started to rethink our plans.

Turned back to the gate with the big cat paw print and looked for the tar road. Back on tar we decided that further toward Montagu there is another road that leads to the one we want to be on.

So off we go again.

After a couple of km found the next road and cruised to some or other nature reserve gate where they didn’t want us to go through because it was becoming dark. This really started to get to us, is it really that hard to get to our destination!?

Riding further down toward Montagu we stopped to sit and stare at the sunset and recontemplate our situation. We are not far from home but we have packed all this and the plan was camping. So off to Montagu we go. Stopped at the Caravan Park and begged for a spot to pitch a tent.

Chilling at the fire that night we were discussing how the rest of the road is going to look, for our plans have failed slightly. We had some OBS and hotdogs, some good laughs and overall a great time.

The next morning we made some breakfast and coffee on the fire while we checked and packed our bikes again for the next leg. Headed out of Montagu toward Ouberg Pass, today the fun started. Not a person in sight since we left the tar we stopped at the top of the pass just to stare at the awe inspiring views, when we heard the sound of an Iron horse approaching. Around the corner came a bike darting by and then the next, till it was a convoy heading toward Montagu direction. As the 2nd or 3rd bike passed we could see from the other side of the pass 4x4’s heading up, and plenty of them.

This started to tell us it was time to hit the road again. From here we headed out toward the Anysberg. The road was beautiful, it was a lovely day when we weren’t in the shade of a mountain.

Somewhere between the Anysberg and Pakhuispad we stopped at one of the broken down buildings to explore a bit. This building didn’t look to be very old, but it wondered us why it has been destroys and left there.

Cruised through Pakhuispad back to the R62 cause next stop is Ladysmith.

At Ladysmith we got something to munch at Steers and brim the tanks again, walking into civilization we both soon realized we most probably looked and smelled like hobos from the look of the people that stared then took a step back to catch some breath. It was almost time to head home.

As we left Ladysmith the cold started coming in as the sun got lower on the horizon. Took the road to Garcia Pass then just before the pass turned toward Gysmanshoek/Barrydale on the dirt. It was getting dark and really cold. Cruised down the dirt stretch till we hit Barrydale, no stopping time and back to Tradow Pass.

One thing I noticed going through the pass in the dark was that I enjoyed the road much more. We didn’t see much except the road and the side of the mountain that the headlight lit up that really gave us chance to concentrate on what the road does without the views distracting us.

Back in Suurbraak we said our cheers to each other because each of us was heading to our own homes straight for a warm shower and clean clothes. N2 back in Swellendam and home.

Was a great trip, awesome memories, some great laughs and some serious cursing yourself in your helmet… But that’s what makes it an awesome adventure!
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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2015, 04:25:50 pm »
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When i doubt gas it..it might not always improve the situation but it sure as hell will end the suspence
 

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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2015, 04:27:29 pm »
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When i doubt gas it..it might not always improve the situation but it sure as hell will end the suspence
 

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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2015, 04:29:05 pm »
End of day 1, start of day 2
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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2015, 04:30:41 pm »
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When i doubt gas it..it might not always improve the situation but it sure as hell will end the suspence
 

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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2015, 04:30:47 pm »
We have been to those exact locked gate. There was a fence so we tried to the right but no go. Good ride to there but unfortunate to have to turn back. These game parks blocking roads piss me off.
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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2015, 04:32:38 pm »
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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2015, 04:34:11 pm »
last lot of pics
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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2015, 04:36:06 pm »
We have been to those exact locked gate. There was a fence so we tried to the right but no go. Good ride to there but unfortunate to have to turn back. These game parks blocking roads piss me off.

I agree completely, there looked to be another way in but that involved almost a meter drop into a dried river bed then follow till who knows where. At least now we know that that route is closed so pick another one next time
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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2015, 04:49:57 pm »
Lekker man. Great pics  :thumleft:
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« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2015, 09:21:04 pm »
It was us that passed you by on Ouberg....great day for riding
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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2015, 09:47:01 pm »
Awesome pics, thx for sharing  :thumleft:

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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2015, 10:14:17 pm »
   Thanks Wiskey.Really good trip you had and some nice pictures.The back roads of the Klein Karoo, allways a winner. :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2015, 06:33:02 am »
Lekker Hein!

Looks like the DS bug has bitten you properly !
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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2015, 07:09:20 am »
 :thumleft: NICE PICS
You said that the bike was very heavy. my 2c Suggestion. invest in some soft panniers and El Cheapo Brackets and with the weight distribution now to the side and lower down, you will enjoy the dual biking so much more. Another positive, with the weight lower, in sand the weight is already where you want it, just look up and open up.
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Re: Its An Adventure Man
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2015, 07:40:04 am »
It was us that passed you by on Ouberg....great day for riding
:thumleft: looked like you guys were having fun :ricky:

:thumleft: NICE PICS
You said that the bike was very heavy. my 2c Suggestion. invest in some soft panniers and El Cheapo Brackets and with the weight distribution now to the side and lower down, you will enjoy the dual biking so much more. Another positive, with the weight lower, in sand the weight is already where you want it, just look up and open up.
 :ricky: :ricky:

Ive been molding over some ideas of making some for a while, slowly but surely i am collecting scrap metal from our workshop till i have enough..crash bars with crash bags are also in planning


Thanks everyone  :ricky: :biggrin:
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« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2015, 08:02:10 am »
Nice trip RR. Always nice to spend time with a buddy while riding bikes. :thumleft:
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« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2015, 08:06:01 am »
We have been to those exact locked gate. There was a fence so we tried to the right but no go. Good ride to there but unfortunate to have to turn back. These game parks blocking roads piss me off.

I agree completely, there looked to be another way in but that involved almost a meter drop into a dried river bed then follow till who knows where. At least now we know that that route is closed so pick another one next time

It goes to a run down old house. We turned there and went back
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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2015, 08:42:43 am »
Oh wow!  Thanks you.. just wanna go ride now... :thumleft:
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« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2015, 05:08:23 pm »
Awesome pictures.

Sometimes those "two buddies" trips really are the best.

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