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Offline masehare

De Doorns circle route
« on: March 22, 2016, 08:52:25 pm »
Deon scouted a possible route in De Doorns two weeks ago on his Varadero. The road became a bit hectic for the big bike, so he decided we should rather complete the trip with the smaller bikes. We left from Somerset West quite early with the bikes on a trailer and after two hours arrived in De Doorns. Deon's son came along as well, but forgot his DRZ's keys at home  :dousing:. We were a bit pissed off with ourselves for not checking, but anyway... XR's don't need keys, so we left him to guard the bakkie and agreed to keep the route as short as possible.

The first part was lekker gravel and then it turned into a mountain bike track:


The drop to the left made me a bit nervous, so I took it slooowww. Those little bushes next to the pathway hide big white concrete stones:


The train track is not in operation any more. It led to this tunnel:


And right next to it is another tunnel. This tunnel has no track, but it was a train tunnel years ago.
Deon read up on it and this is the oldest train tunnel in South Africa. :deal:


View from the other side of the tunnel:


Dead end also on the other side. If you look at Google Earth, you'll notice quite a few tracks criss-crossed here:


Hiker's lodge at Tunnel Station:


Further on, two train bridges visible:


And then we came across the Kaffrarian Rifles monument. This was erected after a train derailed in 1914 at this spot and 10 men died. They were on their way to Namibia to fight Germans. Never knew this little snippet from history:


Sign at the monument:


From here we took the first road to the R318 and then the N1 back to base. Total km's about 52, total time about 2 hours.
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2016, 09:10:52 pm »
    Dankie vir die deel.Stukkie geskiedenis in my agterplaas waarvan ek nie eens bewus was nie.Goeie werk manne!!!
 

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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 03:46:33 pm »
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/128942675

Ek was ook daar.  Op die bord is die kontaknommers van persone wat die kamplek beheer.  Die twee nommers het nie whatzap nie, so ek het hulle nie probeer kontak nie.  Ek weet nie of die private trekker/trein nog hier loop nie.

BTW, hierdie is deesdae een van my gunsteling restourante in die Strand.  Goedkoop, gemaklik en lekker pizza en hamburgers.  Ja, ok, my dieet begin more.
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/129131322


Ek ry toe met my verkenningstog oor hierdie damwal:  http://www.panoramio.com/photo/128772557
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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2016, 05:13:34 pm »
Masehare
Ek woon net oorkant die pad so 4 km na Montagu. Plaas Ratelbosch.
Hier loop 'n grondpad na die N1 so 20+ km lank. Baie speelplek vir die XR's.
Berg padjies, met baie klip.
Laat weet as jul wil kom speel.
 

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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2016, 07:18:26 pm »
Masehare
Ek woon net oorkant die pad so 4 km na Montagu. Plaas Ratelbosch.
Hier loop 'n grondpad na die N1 so 20+ km lank. Baie speelplek vir die XR's.
Berg padjies, met baie klip.
Laat weet as jul wil kom speel.

Ek is van Worcester, maar kry net nie nou tyd vir ry nie. My dogter is mar nou ses weke en laaitie wil net fietsry elke naweek. Teen die tyd wat ek wel kan ry, het ek seker ook aleer vergeet van jou... ;D :imaposer:
 

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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2016, 08:46:16 pm »
Ek wil nog vir my ook so n lekker ligte scrambler koop, juis vir sulke paadjies oos hierdie.

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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2016, 09:09:57 pm »
Masehare
Ek woon net oorkant die pad so 4 km na Montagu. Plaas Ratelbosch.
Hier loop 'n grondpad na die N1 so 20+ km lank. Baie speelplek vir die XR's.
Berg padjies, met baie klip.
Laat weet as jul wil kom speel.
Reel iets en ek is daar.
 

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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2016, 11:40:54 pm »
Lekker RR!

Daars elke Mei maand 'n MTB race daar by De Doorns, die Hexrivier Autumn Splendour.

Jy ry daai selfde paadjies langs die treinspoor en dan ook deur die tonnel.

Een jaar het die sneeu lekker dik en laag gele op Matroosberg met die race..was lekker koud!

 

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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2016, 08:29:03 am »
Lyk na baie mooi roete. EK het ook al die pad langs die treinspoor soos jy De Doorns toe ry beloer en gewonder of mens met 'n bike daar nag ry.
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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2016, 06:54:15 pm »
We owned a very small holiday house on the old Matroosberg station, where the doomed troop train would have taken on water before starting it's journey down the Hexpass.
I explored the area in detail on motorbike, and joined the DeDoorns 4x4 trail a few times.

I probably trespassed on DawidS' land as well, who knows? :pot:

 

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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2016, 06:04:37 am »
I am only here since Sept last year.
The road across the farm is a "Minor provincial road" connecting the R318 Koo - road and the N1.
Over weekends mountain bikers use it in a circle route. I am not sure what their route is. Some how from De Doorns to the farm up to N1 and down to De Doorns.
 

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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2016, 07:46:33 am »
Very interesting, thanks!  :thumleft:

Question: that equipment lying in the dead-end, is it installed, or lying loose?
In other words, did they ACTAULLY lay track into a dead -end WITH signalling equipment?
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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2016, 05:42:38 pm »
Masehare
Ek woon net oorkant die pad so 4 km na Montagu. Plaas Ratelbosch.
Hier loop 'n grondpad na die N1 so 20+ km lank. Baie speelplek vir die XR's.
Berg padjies, met baie klip.
Laat weet as jul wil kom speel.

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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2016, 05:43:49 pm »
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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2016, 04:07:21 am »
Plaas Gps coordinate:
Afdraai van R318: 33deg 28'00.35 S   19deg49'33.31 E Groen hek Ratelbosch  jy ry deur buurman se plaas.
My hek 33deg 28' 33.31 S  19deg 52' 40.98E
Hek aan die oostekant 33deg 25' 57.77 S  19deg 57' 51.27 E
Die is die prov, pad wat veronderstel is om geskraap te word, dit loop tot teen die N1. 33deg 23' 09.12 S 19 deg 56' 24.54 E
Daar is twee spoor padjies op die berg een wat nog net deur die bulldozser wat die pad gemaak het gery is.

 

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« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2016, 09:04:23 am »

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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2016, 08:51:39 pm »
Ek dink daai dead end is deel van 'n shunting spoor.  Op GE kan jy sien daar het shunting spore noord en suid gelę.  Daai mooi staal pilare lę net daar los om op te roes.

 

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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2016, 02:11:04 pm »
Plaas Gps coordinate:
Afdraai van R318: 33deg 28'00.35 S   19deg49'33.31 E Groen hek Ratelbosch  jy ry deur buurman se plaas.
My hek 33deg 28' 33.31 S  19deg 52' 40.98E
Hek aan die oostekant 33deg 25' 57.77 S  19deg 57' 51.27 E
Die is die prov, pad wat veronderstel is om geskraap te word, dit loop tot teen die N1. 33deg 23' 09.12 S 19 deg 56' 24.54 E
Daar is twee spoor padjies op die berg een wat nog net deur die bulldozser wat die pad gemaak het gery is.



Dawid, dankie, ek sal jou kontak. Dit sal 'n groot voorreg wees om daar by jou te gaan ry.
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Re: De Doorns circle route
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2016, 07:11:36 pm »
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