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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #80 on: June 03, 2020, 12:34:14 pm »
The route now took me north again slowly working my way home, their was soft drizzle but not enough to make one wet or uncomfortable and the roads were still in good shape. I had plenty of fuel so skipped heading into Theunissen and instead hugged the Vetrivier. The proximity of the river made the valley nice and green. Out of the blue I saw an old ox wagon on the side of the road with a sign. I turned around to investigate. It seems this was the old "highway" for ox wagons that lead to Bloemfontein. Looking back up the hill one could still see some clearings showing that it certainly was used at some point. It seems back in 1938 an re enactment of the Groot Trek also took place from Cape Town to Pretoria. I'm not sure if this was a wagon that made the journey but it certainly seems to date from that time or even earlier.

Vetrivier was also where a battle that took place on the 4-5th May 1900. I took a picture of the positions of both Boer and Brit. There is also a memorial with names of those who died at this battle. In fact this whole area is quite rich in history from the late to early 1900's. Interesting none of these places are marked on maps or even Google Earth images that I searched for when plotting the route. One crosses many small bridges with streams running into the Vetrivier. Each little drif had a family of Vervet Monkeys chilling in the road until they heard the XT then they high tailed it into the nearest tree at lightning speed !
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #81 on: June 03, 2020, 12:35:36 pm »
I'm now closing in on the section that links to Virginia and that will complete my loop. I also find a bit of mud but nothing hectic. The thumper chugs up the snotty little hill without any issue.  I enjoy my last couple of km's on dirt before the dreaded tar arrives. If I had one more day I'm sure one could link some more dirt roads all the way to Parys but with having to do over 1000km in two days it's just not possible. I spot an old bridge to my right spanning the river but something is wrong, yikes it' s leaning over to the side ! I see an overgrown path and decide to follow it for a closer look. Yip definitely on it's last legs. The bridge looks just like many other I have seen around the country built by the British so I'm sure it must be close to a 100 years old. Normally there are markings and names on the steel beams (normally Sheffield) but I cant see anything from where I stand and I do not feel like walking on this skew bridge to take a closer look ! I wonder how long the bridge can still support itself before falling into the valley below ? Piece of history that will be gone forever. Again I searched on Google for any information on this bridge but came up empty handed. The Google Earth image shows it nicely from above.

It is now just after 2pm and I follow the tar that will take me to Welkom - Odendaalsrus and then onto Parys again and home from there. I think back to my short trip and am very glad I decided to do it. As was expected we are going into a lockdown and who knows when we can ride again. I saw some neat places and rode some great roads.

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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #82 on: June 03, 2020, 01:40:46 pm »
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« Reply #83 on: June 03, 2020, 01:43:05 pm »
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« Reply #84 on: June 03, 2020, 01:43:35 pm »
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« Reply #85 on: June 03, 2020, 02:02:24 pm »
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #86 on: June 04, 2020, 06:47:19 am »
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #87 on: June 04, 2020, 07:56:18 am »
Lots to read - routes I am unfamiliar with but great new possibilities. Thanks!

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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #88 on: June 14, 2020, 01:22:28 pm »
Cold today but got to ride a little bit of dirt  :thumleft:
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #89 on: June 14, 2020, 04:18:14 pm »
Always a pleasure to read about your travels. So much history so close to home, one just needs curiosity and some determination, thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #90 on: August 30, 2020, 12:29:00 pm »
Heading north

I was to meet up with Saddle Up but he could not get away early on Friday so I decided on taking some back roads to Koro Koro to meet up with him later. Outside of town I found the first dirt tracks.
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« Reply #91 on: August 30, 2020, 12:33:12 pm »
Route took me through Dinokeng, I did not see any wildlife though. Then the good stuff started by Bonjanala. Proper dirt tracks far away from city life
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« Reply #92 on: August 30, 2020, 12:45:44 pm »
Saddle Up could only meet me at camp late Friday afternoon so I hastliy cobbled together a route for the day, could not get a cradle for my GPS Thursday so had to navigate old tracks with a GPS I had to pull out of my pocket every now and then. Not ideal if you are following bush tracks that run all over the show. Soon enough I was lost but I could care less. This is the way to spend a Friday, lost in the bush
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« Reply #93 on: August 30, 2020, 12:50:13 pm »
By this time I was about 5km off route, I spotted a track that may join up with the planned route, should I take it ? Hell yes, lets try !
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« Reply #94 on: August 30, 2020, 01:05:50 pm »
I run into a fence with the correct track just on the other side, oh well it was a lot of fun doing the 20 odd km just to be stopped short. I back track and at 15:30 decide I should check just excactly where this camp side is. Luckily it’s only 25km away with some more dirt I can take. I stop at a road side shop. The dude on the left asks me for R5. I say ok let me just get a Coke, I give him 5 bucks as I walk out. After double checking my GPS and finishing my Coke I walk back in to dispose of the bottle, the same guy asks me for R10  :biggrin: Anyway I can taste the beer at the  Lodge, short run on the Vogelstruispan road and I should be close
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« Reply #95 on: August 30, 2020, 01:42:35 pm »
Just after 4 I arrived at camp and setup tent. Then a B line to get an ice cold beer
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« Reply #97 on: August 30, 2020, 05:11:25 pm »
Koro Koro Lodge was a great place to camp, everything you could need. I was soaking in the bushveld sunset when Saddle Up and his son arrived, they had to take tar straight from home. We told some bike stories and had a nice braai. The next day we would ride a 250km dirt loop ending back at camp.
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #98 on: August 30, 2020, 05:54:56 pm »
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Re: Solo for the soul
« Reply #99 on: September 02, 2020, 09:31:36 am »
Awesome trip and RR :thumleft:
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