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The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« on: September 13, 2016, 12:45:20 pm »
                                    The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost town.

So after having a “lekker” weekend “Jol” at the Kzn Bash.



 I “sommer decides that me and the Goose must “sommer” take a trip to Diepgezet an old mining ghost town about 80km outside of Barberton and go and check out the possie and do some exploring.

Now after having a “moerse lekker jol” and still feeling the effects of the Hooligan juice and lack of sleep I also “nogal” have to take the long way around as me and Tugela valley bridge crossing is not “maatjies” (See The Kzn bash the Dinosaur way). Now I “gooi” my boet a phone call and tunes to him that I will get him in Piet Retief as I “sommer” no that he stays in Piet Retief, but I like don’t know where in the possie.



See that’s me and my boet, I’m the “Moerse” “Mooi” ou, well any way it turns out he stays at a dam. With a “mooi” outlook. We had a “Lekker” braai and a good “kuier” to catch up on old times.
Sunset At his possie is spectacular.





As well as sunrise.







We are in no rush, so we decide to spend an extra day by his possie.
We take a ride and go and “Verken” the joint.
We see these ous walking around.





This ou was “sommer” chomping the flowers from some Aunties “Tuin”



We even saw this Ou.





« Last Edit: September 13, 2016, 10:17:00 pm by ALLEN I »
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2016, 01:02:33 pm »
Nice. Did you introduce your boet to " The Juice" or do you only keep that for us WDs/ non friends. :peepwall:
Lekker spot you staying at. :thumleft:
 

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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2016, 01:11:17 pm »
Howzit mate. Nope he enjoys a good brew, in fact the bugger stole all i had left, although it kinda knocked his missuses breath away for some stupid reason.   ;D
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2016, 01:11:41 pm »
I go and check out the dam.



The dam is a wee bit empty. But that dossent bother these Ou’s.





Dam its “lekker” living by the Dam. He he



The Boets missus.
Some morning coffee. Yes I doo drink that “goed” now and again. He he



Then we off.
Huh!! Looks like we also got us a Amsterdam in SA. He he



Some cool scenery along route.









“Gooi” in some petrol and the goose catches a quick smoke.



Some breakages along route, bloody panniers lock bracket had broken earlier and yip it came loose again and again and again, see uncle “Ian” was not there to help tie it properly.



Took a ride to the Border just for the fun of it.



Some “Gooites” for sale at the border.



Back tracked for 7Km then we was off to ….

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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2016, 01:36:03 pm »
Keep it coming
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2016, 01:46:28 pm »
 King Maswati 111 es hy wat hom Diep geset het.  :3some:
 

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2016, 01:50:42 pm »
Keep it coming

Working on it, bit of Ghosts in the system.  ;D :ricky:
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2016, 02:03:39 pm »
                                             Diepgezet A banded in the year 2002

The fun begins.

A”lekker” dirt road to Diepgezet. This section we done is a short cut, not the main road, so it was a bit steep in places and a bit technical in sections, but all in all a bloody “lekker” road to ride. Unfortunately the photos don’t do the section justice, but nether less here are some.







Some scenery along route.





The road continues with twist and turns, snaking its way downwards, Signs are still visible warning people to use lower gears, The view is breathtaking as one descents at an alarming rate towards the valley far below.























Near the Valley bottom one sees the small community townships of the area.






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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2016, 02:34:53 pm »
Nice one Al, some photos missing at the start ...?
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2016, 02:52:01 pm »
Nice one Al, some photos missing at the start ...?

Nah bud, we road tar to Piet Retief, so did not take much photos along route. to get there.
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2016, 02:54:10 pm »


We reach the Ghost Town of Diepgezet.
Now as we progress into what was once a vibrant town, I come to discover weird stuff that doesn’t make sense.
We stop and look around, helmets are off, we stand and listen, but no there is nothing just silence greets us. No chirping of birds or even insect life. (Weird I tell you)
Well we are here, so I go do what I do 3rd best. I start “verkening” the possie.
My heart skips a beat as the first possie I find in my “verkeneing” is …..



One of my most favorite posies.
We then find this sign.



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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2016, 03:02:39 pm »
We “goois” a right and and we go and “verken” it , we goes down this road.



We sees some old a banded “Spook” houses along route.





I likes this tree, so I “sommer” takes a photo of it. He he



We find a trading centre, but nope there is nobody around so I can’t even buy something to graze. Issssh!!! These bloody ghost towns are “sommer” not nice posies .He he



The Goose is also here.



Scheme this is where the owner of this possie stayed. The “Ous” name must have been “Mannie” I scheme as all of these “ouses” names with these “Kafees” are normally called “Mannie”, so that’s why when I walk into a take away shop I normally tunes the ou howzit “Mannie” He he.



A picture of the most famous “Bonnie”



So we does not find the hospital and other posies, but we have to turn around as we have run out of road.
Another Ghost House along the way.



Huh!!! We gets back to the “Drank Winkel” and yip you ous want believe me, but hell man, what can I say, there’s no “Vooraad” there. Now I can’t even stock up on my beloved “Cold Ones”, and my stock in my tank bag is running like low, I mean I have to share it with the “Goose”  or else I get an “Evil Eye “ look. He he
Everything is intact, (Weird or what)



The possie next door was for the “Ous” to buy all of their “gooites” that they needed to stay alive with.



A possie to “Gooi” in the “Brand “Stoff” ok ok not any more for live bikes and cages. only the spooky ones. ;D



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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2016, 04:01:03 pm »
Then we was off to go and check out the mine “Kantoore”



This is where they parked their cars.





The Mine “Kantoore”
We look through the window.
Now once again I rest my case (The bloody windows are spotless)



Hey the door is open so I “trap” inside, there’s a lot of stuff lying around, as if these” Ous” just wanted to get out of this possie in a hurry.
No dust lying around???



The board room table and its chairs are still in place, there’s no dust on the table (Strange I tell you), I’m looking over my shoulder as I’m expecting someone to come running up and asking me if he can help me.



An Eeerie calendar marks the date as 2011, but it doesn’t make sense as this possie was abandoned in 2002



Deeper into the building we go, we find more stuff left behind. I get the feeling that we are been watched.
A guillotine lies on a counter as well as files and other stuff.



A file bounder ready to be used??



In another office we find chairs scattered around.
I pick up one to have a look, they are also clean.



A photo from another angle shows the chaos as these people fled or just in a rush to get out of this place.



I see documentation laying around, on closer inspection the name Isack lies staring at me, my surname is Isaacs, is something or someone trying to tell me something. I mean what the hell is the coincidence of this happening.
Look at the paper work, no dust, it’s as if someone has come in and cleaned up.



The bulletin Board looks as if it’s just been written on and then to top it all it has Ian’s name on it. (For you “ous” that don’t know, me and Ian is like big Buds)



On way to the other building I come across this nice Tree.





“Mooi” Hey!!!
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« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2016, 06:31:20 pm »
Places where to go to find the right “Ous” to chat to.
Once again the glass hasent a speck of dust on it. (Weird or what)



An old fountain marks a peaceful spot.
Still no bird or insect life to be herd.



These bottles stand all ready to be used. I shake one, it feels full.
Pity about the vandalizing in some arrears.



An old safe stands ajar, once again I’m dumbstruck as to how clean this place is.



We go and “verken” some other sections.



This was the Mine Stores.



Look at the place, its rally “Eeeerie” as to how clean this possie is, I still have this feeling that there is eyes watching me, but the place is deserted.





The lock up section looks as if it was painted yesterday.



Now I might not be the cleverest “Ou” out here, but shit man this possie is weird, as yip the section that you place your orders, is once again clean (Glass)



This stuff lies all over the show, bags have been torn and then some are still sealed.







Chairs stand around; the tiles look as if they have?? I don’t know?? It’s just weird, we still get the feeling that eyes are watching us and that we are trespassing.



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« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2016, 06:43:42 pm »
We leave the main building to go and check out what els this place has to offer.
We go around the building.
The open mine. They first had open mining going on before they sank shafts.





A diesel pump stands like a lost soldier.



Something draws us back into the Main Building, We find this safe, but nope can’t get it open.



Once again we find furniture left behind, I no I’m stressing on it, but look again, the windows, the tables, the tiles; everything is just bloody dust free.



Ok this cupboard had a little dust on it, but after all this time, you do the math’s.





We go and “verken” the houses.



















The Transformer Yard, The life of this town lies as if waiting to start up again.









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« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2016, 06:53:06 pm »
We go along this a banded road in search of the Hostel, Security offices, Post office and Hospital.



We find.



















People have once again vandalized some of this once vibrant town.
What we didn’t find is the Hospital.
We also still have not seen or heard any birds or insects.
We go back the way we came as the road has a “moerse sand hoop” in it.
Over the bridge we go, the scenery is amazing.



I find a sign warning me of cave-ins, a sure sign that there is or was mining going on in the section, so I go take a look.





I find the pumps that used to supply water to the town as well as the reservoir.





What I did find was the open mining section.



We followed the road for about 5km then turned around.  Still have no idea how far or where it goes too.
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2016, 07:58:12 pm »
Lekker man. Ek het nog nooit eers hierdie dele gesien nie. Sal moet gaan kyk.....
 

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« Reply #17 on: September 13, 2016, 10:31:28 pm »
Lekker man. Ek het nog nooit eers hierdie dele gesien nie. Sal moet gaan kyk.....

Mooi wereld. Worth the ride alone, even if you dont spend a lot of time exploring the place.  ;D :ricky:
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« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2016, 10:39:33 pm »
Crossing another bridge.



We explore some more houses.



We make a turn at the ….





A few things left behind.





The class rooms are still neat. (Have I mentioned lately that its just plain weird?)



The school hall, the curtains hanging in place as if waiting for school to start. Some more of the asbestos bags in the hall??



The play ground, it’s almost as if I can hear the kids shouting and playing as they spend hours and hours having fun.



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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2016, 03:33:02 am »
Wow, eerie stuff that. Hope you did not open any of those asbestos bags...?

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