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Offline Armpie

The Kalahari Tyre lever tour- Pretoria to Kgalagadi Park
« on: May 06, 2016, 01:11:51 pm »
The Kalaharileeu –loop becomes the Tyre lever Tour.  Pretoria through the Kalahari. Delareyville, Stella, Piet Plessis, Morokweng, Heiningvlei, Severn, Van Zylsrus, Askam, Welkom, Mier, Upington, Olifantshoek, Sishen, Kuruman, Pretoria

Now for a long time I wanted to do the Kalahari.  The last two years I was in Botswana at the Pans.  But getting someone to travel from Pretoria to the Kgalagadi Transfronitier Park and back is not easy.  The heavy did not want to damage his new GS- As if I would do thinks that can do that!  And the manne from the JRAD went to see one uncle with a Cowboy hat preek in the Karoo.  So I set of alone on a Friday Afternoon.  I would overnight at a place called Kameel, on the R377, 50km from Delareyville.  The Friday afternoon went well and I arrived about 7 o’clock at the guesthouse at Kameel.  An old railway siding in the Western Transvaal.  It was also here where the 1914 Rebels of General Jan Kemp went past on their epic 700km march from the Western Transvaal to German West Africa (Namibia).  The main railway line to the old Rhodesia also run through here.  The 10 or so houses have all been sold, and the house that belonged to the Kunsmisverkoopsman is a guesthouse these days.  Nothing shiny, but clean and B&B at R400 a winner.  Dag 1.  370km
 
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2016, 01:18:36 pm »


The Kunsmissalesman se huis



Die Kunsmissalesman se huis trading as Rust en Vrede B&B Kameel.  On the R377. Nice ouens
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2016, 01:45:55 pm »


The Bees Monument at Stella.  Onthul deur sy edele. die agbare President PW Botha, 1988
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2016, 01:47:59 pm »
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2016, 01:51:41 pm »
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2016, 01:52:20 pm »
I got my beer.....
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2016, 01:53:29 pm »


President Gert van Niekerk from Stellaland. Rhodes and the British Army lead by Gen. Charles Warren with 4000 soldiers,  stole his republic from him in 1885.
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2016, 02:00:44 pm »



The leader of the most epic military Kalahari trek. General Jan Kemp (left) with fellow rebels 1915.  He escape the Government Force from the Western Transvaal, with 800 men and moved 700km accross the Kalahari.  In the trek he lost 300 men and almost all his horses.  He was quite useless with cavalry chargesbut much better with trekking.  But a brave man all together.
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2016, 02:18:11 pm »
The next morning I set off for the “Voor Kalahari”.  Going north on the R377 on to Stella.  Here in 1882 the Western Transvaal Boers helped two Tswana chiefs, Massouw and Mashette to get rid of their Tswana enemies.  In reply to their help 416 farms of 3000 morgen each were given to the Transvaal Burgers.  The Republic of Stellaland was formed with Vryburg as capital.  A while later a similar action brought the Republic of Goosen in to being.  Unfortunately the British went in in 1885 with 5000 troops and reclaimed Goosen and Stellaland.  The bigger part of Goosen later incorporated in Botswana.  But the names of Gert van Niekerk and Gey van Pittius still shows strongly in the area.  When the Anglo Boer War broke out 15 years later, most of the Stellalanders became Cape Rebels against the British.
At the ko-operasie  at Stella I stopped to buy oil.  Listen, all KLR’s need oil from time to time.  I asked the route.  A few farmers stood there and said, the road directly to Piet Plessis is very bad.  Take the one turning left.  But one young man stood there.  He understood.  “Go straight. Long sand patches and most likely lots of mud with all the rain.  I drive it with  my lorry”  So I went straight!

200m past the kooperasie the road gets dirt.  And it is all the young farmer promised.  Sand in patches, at stages 200-300 long.  And mud in other.  In places the farmers truck made huge tracks.  In a few places the mud was right across the road.  No going around.  Real fun, and dirty.  But about 20km before Piet Plessis the fun ended when I felt my back wheel slipping around.  Damn flat tire!  I visited two farms but at the second one they were repairing  Cats.  So with a mother of compressor we pumped the tyre to nearly bursting.  The last 3km I limped back to the Piet Plessis kooperasie.



Stellalandmud between Stella and Piet Plessis



More mud, and no bypassing to Piet Plessis
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2016, 02:25:20 pm »

Tyre repairs at Piet Plessis kooperasie
« Last Edit: May 06, 2016, 02:26:43 pm by Armpie »
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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2016, 02:29:33 pm »
Great adventure with history lessons, can't get much better, will stay with you.
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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2016, 02:39:19 pm »
At the kooperasie I asked for a place to have the tire repaired.  I was referred to a sink shed and there I meet a man.  But of motobyk he knows nothing.  He has a tyre lever for John Deere.  So off came my tyre levers.  The back tube had slime in, and we repaired the tube with a patch.  I lost about 2 hours with the change of the tyre, and my plan to go past Pomfret had to be shelved.  I turned north on the way to Tosca, but turn later turned west on a sand road used by the farmers.   They were quite surprised to see a lone adventure biker on the road.  Lekker sandy, but I have been around sand before.



Sand road near Tosca



Waterbury 1914.  The last stand of a famous general.  The car was faster and tougher than the poor horse.  General Christiaan de Wet here when war was still fair.  Horse against horse.  1900.
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2016, 02:44:03 pm »
On the sand road I thought of another great warrior that also attempted the Kalahari sand.  Here at Waterbury  close to Tosca, during the 1914 Rebellion, in December 1914 General de Wet was forced to surrender to Col. Jordaan.   "Thank God it is not an Englishman who captured me after all.”  The Kalahari would be the end of the famous general's glorious career.  But technology surpassed him.  The KLR was struggling through the sand.  How would the poor horses must have felt?
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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2016, 02:52:29 pm »


Brandykudu's on the road from Morokweng to Heuningvlei
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« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2016, 02:54:05 pm »
Nice SA history and RR report this, gooi nog julle twee.

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« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2016, 03:02:51 pm »


Leniesdeel



Lunch from the seat



Heuningvlei

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« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2016, 03:07:21 pm »
The sand road took me to the tar road at Leniesdeel.  Here I climbed on the tar road for 30km to get to Morokweng.  At Morokweng I turned left towards Heuningvlei.  The old road was rebuilt as a chalkroad, and the bypass extremely ugly.  At places the dams of water stretching 30cm deep from one side to the other was slush.  It continued for 50km.  Under a big kameeldoring I parked by bike and had lunch.  I had to carry on.  It was 3 o’clock and I still had 200km to do.
I pushed on the the great pans at Heuningvlei.  Time to take serious pictures was there not.  I pushed on to Severn.  Past the Policestation and into the fine white sand roads.  And the sun was coming right from the front.  The shadows with the sun in your eyes made it very challenging.  And at places the road was washed away.  I sent my host for the night an SMS saying I would be there in 30 minutes.  It took me 90!  I arrived at Sunstar farm with Martin and Lizelle Sterley waiting for me.  It was already dark.
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« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2016, 03:13:58 pm »


Francois, the newest member of the family.  it was nearly 5 years since my last Kalahari visit.



Great place to stay (and hunt a Gemsbok)
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« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2016, 03:21:02 pm »
Eish daai ou try n pap tube met n hacksaw deursaag!!  ???  Good luck boet!  :o
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« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2016, 03:23:15 pm »
So Martin organized a surprise.  The Kalahari’s biggest biker/farmer/trucker/jackal hunter.  Org and his wife melissa.  The whole night they entertained me with Org’s stories.  Unfortunately no picture of this great character.  We went to bed late that evening.
So the next morning I said good bye to the hospitable Sterley’s and set off for Van Zylsrus.  63km.



15km from this board you will find the Sterley's



The famous hotel at Van Zulsrus



Waarheen my laanie?

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