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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2016, 07:20:58 pm »
Te minste het jy gedoen waarvoor ek te sleg is deesdae - maak my skoon jaloers ;D

Bly jy geniet nog die ry en die fotos is great soos altyd :thumleft:

 

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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2016, 07:36:03 pm »
Te minste het jy gedoen waarvoor ek te sleg is deesdae - maak my skoon jaloers ;D

Bly jy geniet nog die ry en die fotos is great soos altyd :thumleft:


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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2016, 01:56:46 am »
Thanks for the RR :thumleft:
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2016, 07:12:04 am »
Very nice!

Any chance you could post the route/track for the Limpopo section - looks like a great days ride, I would love to have a go at it!!

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Looks like a really nice section - and it's on the way to Legalameetse, 30km or so north, which is STILL on my to-do list - I think I can combine them.....

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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2016, 10:25:24 am »
Thanks, lekke RR and flippen awesome looking scooter :thumleft:
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #25 on: January 10, 2016, 09:08:35 am »
Great pics and enjoyed your RR. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2016, 09:16:10 am »
Very nice!

Any chance you could post the route/track for the Limpopo section - looks like a great days ride, I would love to have a go at it!!

Thanks !
Pass attached

Shot for that!!

Looks like a really nice section - and it's on the way to Legalameetse, 30km or so north, which is STILL on my to-do list - I think I can combine them.....

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Yes back in 2006 I did the first part of Legalameetse past the river but it was getting late and I had to backtrack. Too far for a single day from Gauteng. Plenty of passes and great scenery in that area !
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2016, 12:48:16 pm »
Excellent  :thumleft:
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #28 on: May 05, 2018, 08:36:58 pm »
Really must start riding more, rode the area between Kwamahlanga and Cullinan today. Was nice to get out.
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #29 on: May 06, 2018, 09:58:09 pm »
Cannot see phodies.what pass was the limpopo pass named
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« Reply #30 on: May 07, 2018, 02:26:38 pm »
You need to use Chrome with the photobucket plugin, Photobucket decided last year that you need to pay to have your pictures be embedded on the net. That pass has no name as far as I know
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2018, 04:46:46 pm »
Ry jy nou 'n Rally?. :ricky:
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« Reply #32 on: May 09, 2018, 07:59:42 am »
Ry jy nou 'n Rally?. :ricky:
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #33 on: May 09, 2018, 08:12:55 am »
Ry jy nou 'n Rally?. :ricky:
Ja jong try maar alles

En? Wat dink jy van die Rally??
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« Reply #34 on: May 09, 2018, 09:55:24 am »
Ry jy nou 'n Rally?. :ricky:
Ja jong try maar alles

En? Wat dink jy van die Rally??
Ek dink the hoeveelheid plastic wat Honda op die bike gegooi het net om te kry dat hy soos n "Rally" bike lyk is effe belaglik. Moes gistraand plastic parte afhaal net sodat ek die bike op n mx stand kon kry om die agter shock te stel. Dan het hulle nogal van daai brittle superbike plastiek ook gebruik. Ek reken die fiets was by verre meer ontwerp met die gedagte om te commute en soos Joan Barreda te lyk ipv die XR styl van bikes bou met regtre offroad ryery in gedagte. Ek dink wel as mens van die plastiek kan verwyder en n goeie bashplate opsit sal hy capable wees. Ry maklik, gemaklik, lig op petrol en die vurke is nie half bad nie. Ek dink ek is nog in twee gedagtes oor hom, gaan die Baviaans side entry doen so either gaan hy met hope gebreekte plastiek terugkom of ek gaan sÍ dat ja die klein bike kan alles doen al lyk hy so mooi met al sy blink vieterjasies.
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #35 on: June 03, 2020, 11:31:28 am »
Val - July 2018

It was time for a solo Sunday ride. I previously made some notes for roads heading south towards Val and around 2012 I rode some of them with Rooi as well on the way to the bash. I decided it was time to check it out again, it is not an area I rode a lot previously. Also partly inspired by Armpie's history lesson I was hoping to see some Boer War sites along the way. I only left Pta around 8:45 or so, the weather looked good though at 23 degrees. The first bit up to Delmas was all tar, from there I got onto the first dirt and promptly rode through a colliery and in the process black facing my bike  :o

The country side was rather flat and mielie fields all over. Very flat.
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« Reply #36 on: June 03, 2020, 11:33:35 am »
Along the way some abandoned farm steads, the palm trees must be a good 50 plus years old. Most likely planted when the house was built. From here I followed a winding dirt road loosely following the Wilgerivier, I was coming up to Holfontein a small farm holding on my right. I saw only Willow Trees growing in the low lying areas with Bluegums here and there almost no other trees. Wonder if it's the climate or type of soil ?
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« Reply #37 on: June 03, 2020, 11:34:18 am »
In the distance I could see two church bell towers, I was coming up to the small town of Eendracht situated on the hill. The last bit of dirt road into town was a rocky affair with plenty of evidence of wheel spinning and sump bashing for the 4 wheel kind. The town was quite small but had three churches : Gereformeerde, Nederduitse Gereformeerde and a Afrikaanse Protestant. It was now 10:30, the Gereformeerde church had a sign "dienste 10 uur Sondae". There was no soul in site, only on closer inspection I noticed no one had visited the church in quite some time. It was locked, closed up no congregation to speak of with the clock on the tower stuck at 8:25 maybe forever. Across the road the Protastant church had about 5 cars outside and the same for the NG church down the road. This might have been Eendracht but it seems everyone chooses his / her own church !
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« Reply #38 on: June 03, 2020, 11:35:02 am »
Leaving Eendracht towards Greylingstad, I heard it has become a ghost town so wanted to have a look. The track was nice and flowing the dirt roads being in quite good condition. Coming to a T junction I remeberd the bit from 2012, I past a row of Willow trees then up a slight hill through some Bluegums. The weather was perfect for a days ride.
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« Reply #39 on: June 03, 2020, 11:36:53 am »
Greylingstad, in it's heyday a busy place as it was close to the NAZSM railway line that ran from KZN to Johannesburg. I smiled as I read up on the town with one person recalling the Natte and Sappe having frequent brawls in the Greylingstad Hotel (at the bar I would guess) whilst someone was playing his concertina in the backround. Like most towns it was now pretty run down. I wanted to ride up into the hill, there was a SR (Scottish Regiment) sign clearly visible from below built with stone and recently painted white by some local folk who are trying hard to keep things together. I had no luck with most dirt tracks being dead ends or locked gates. I would not say it's a ghost town yet but it's close.

From a M&G article :

A regiment of Scottish Rifles took several artillery pieces on to the hill overlooking the town and built themselves a warren of walled fortifications from the remains of a Stone Age settlement that had stood there, undisturbed, for thousands of years.

The action between the British and the Boers was brief and inconclusive. The Boers would hurry down off the hills opposite the British fortifications on their ponies and harass and make mischief, often to ambiguous ends, and the British dragooned the local black population into a nearby concentration camp, making them repair the damage to the railway line caused by the Boers. The graves of the black concentration camp dead number several hundred. They are tucked behind a clump of bushes not far from the town itself and have only recently become the subject of curiosity.

The town did offer one big surprise and that is the NG church built on the hill close to Willemsdall overlooking the town. It was truly beautifull and well kept, one of the best NG churches I have ever seen. The style was more like the ones normally found in English churches. Built from sandstone and completed in 1913, even the clock on the bell tower was still working. After reading up on it's history it became quite evident as it was designed by an English architect taking part in a competition overseen by Herbert Baker. I could not help but wonder for how long this lovely building would still be here in this condition, let us have faith.
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