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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #40 on: September 14, 2016, 09:59:18 pm »
                                                        The Pass upwards.
The Pass upwards to the R40 is steep in sections, I had to lean forward as the “Bonies” front wheel was lifting in sections, some places a bit technical, with a lot of switch backs, I will let the photos show the way, although they never do justice as to the gradients, scenery and stuff.

It was "nogal" an experience and a hole lotta fun going up with a heavily loaded AT. I done some sums, the bike 250kg, the Kit 60kg and Me and the Goose 180kg Total Weight about 500kg a “Half Ton” going up that Pass.















A bit of the switch backs one encounters along the route.









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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #41 on: September 14, 2016, 10:09:14 pm »













This is one section that I had to stand up and lean forward.











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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #42 on: September 14, 2016, 10:19:45 pm »

Had to stop and retie the bloody pannier as it had come loose again from been bounced around.







Finally after an hour and a half we reach the summit. Now we go left in a series of turns on the R40 into Barberton. We stop on route and take a photo or two of the magic scenery.















We reach …..



We need a place to overnight, we find the



The rates are good,R550.00 for the two of us. The owners Wittes and Hanelie make us feel like one of the family as they take one look at us and insisted on us having a cold one before we even get to the room. Dam we must have looked bad. If in the area look them up, there friendliness and the overnight stay was unforgettable. One of the best B&B’s ive ever stayed in.



Our humble abode, clean neat and welcome after a day like we had.
The bed, dam I cannot remember when last a bed felt that good.



Our “Moerse” Big Bath that I managed to lie in, first top half to soak away the strained muscles and then the bottom half. He he



The possies “stoep” section.





The AT in her own private covered parking. He he



When asked about a restaurant, Wittes refused that we go to a restaurant and insisted we join them for Supper and Drinks.
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #43 on: September 14, 2016, 10:32:58 pm »
                                             The Hosts Wittes and Hanelie.



Yip sometimes I can also be sophisticated.
An age old Scotch Whisky only to be appreciated on the rocks, we shared a few of these together.



Some more guests, it was like a big family get together.



The food was excellent, “Bees Stert” cooked to perfection, dam but this Wittes really nailed it. The Pot did not last long as we all “Skepped” in a second helping.





Early the next morning. Ok ok it was early for me ok. He he







Now the possie even has a “Lekker Mooi” swimming pool for the “ous” that wanna goof in it.



A Lappa if you want to “Gooi” some meat on the “Koole” or just too relax by.



And even a room or two for the “Ous” that smoke.



Now how’s that for looking after a “Ou” or even a weary traveler. He he
A quick lube of the chain.



We say our good buys and thank them for a great evening and "Alles" and then its time to be on our way once again.

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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #44 on: September 15, 2016, 08:04:05 am »
That place is the film set for "Walking Dead" boet ... bly weg!

Felt liking the walking dead after all of those steps and walking around. need to return.  ;D :ricky:
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #45 on: September 15, 2016, 10:43:49 am »
Lekker man

Whats the history behind the Mine?

It almost sounds like a Chernobyl type sounding story where everyone had to get out of dodge FAST
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #46 on: September 15, 2016, 01:48:31 pm »
Lekker man

Whats the history behind the Mine?

It almost sounds like a Chernobyl type sounding story where everyone had to get out of dodge FAST

Thanks Mikie glad you enjoyed.
They were mining asbestos when they got the word that asbestos is now illegal to mine. Hence no more mining, as to why they had to evacuate the town by the weekend still stays a mystery to me. I have tried to solve it, but nowhere do i find the sudden departure.
I mean what i have  found out is there was 100 houses built + the hostel, my question is why did every body have to be out by the weekend ???? and how the hell did they manage to move all of there stuff by the weekend???
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #47 on: September 15, 2016, 02:48:13 pm »
Lekker man

Whats the history behind the Mine?

It almost sounds like a Chernobyl type sounding story where everyone had to get out of dodge FAST

Thanks Mikie glad you enjoyed.
They were mining asbestos when they got the word that asbestos is now illegal to mine. Hence no more mining, as to why they had to evacuate the town by the weekend still stays a mystery to me. I have tried to solve it, but nowhere do i find the sudden departure.
I mean what i have  found out is there was 100 houses built + the hostel, my question is why did every body have to be out by the weekend ???? and how the hell did they manage to move all of there stuff by the weekend???


Ja its insane and unheard of here

Is there some sort of security watching the place? Surprises me, the things that are still there that havent been stolen
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #48 on: September 15, 2016, 02:53:09 pm »
                                                    The last stretch home.

Some scenery on route.













We decide to go and visit the....... just outside of Badplaas.



We “sommer” take lotsa photos of the “Gooites” on display to show you ous.















Then it was time to push on.







A quick bite on the way home.



Well we get home, the rug rats are glad to see us as we give them gifts that we acquired along our journey.





The Dinosaur:
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The “Moerse” Strong Stead.
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Ps: It was a helluva nice ride
Pss:  Need more time than a day to explore Diepgezet as there was many a place we never got too.
 Psss:  Place is very remote, would recommend at least two bikes in case of problems etc. No cell phone reception.
Pssss: Bloody old age. A few days later I told the goose you know we had all we needed on the bike to stay for the night. Food, camping equipment, water. Cold Ones etc as we had just come back from the Kzn bash. So we could of found a possie, unloaded the bike and explored the place further. Ya!! I want say anything. (Dumb Ass).
Psssss: Well Guys and Gooses that’s it. Hope you enjoyed it.
Pssssss: Strange happenings in the possie. No Bird life or insects seen or heard whilst we explored, the cleanliness of the offices, lack of dust, sparkling clean windows writing on the boards, the stuff left behind, the store rooms looking as if they got a fresh coating of paint yesterday. The feeling of eyes on one, the rush that the people a banded a town that was once vibrant, where dreams were shattered in a space of days. This is or was Diepgezet, you can take a trip and discover Diepgezet for yourself.
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« Reply #49 on: September 15, 2016, 09:33:55 pm »
Hi L&I,
Nice RR,  would like to visit it again. I was there in the late '90s when it was operational. In summer the "kwik" hit 45 degrees. The barman would serve us zamaleks in frosty glasses 10am.....
The Post Office and our site was called Chrisbestos. In the rainy season it can only be reached with a Avis 4x4 or a bakkie.

Let me know when you're planning to go back. Would like to tag along.

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« Reply #50 on: September 15, 2016, 11:22:53 pm »
Lekker RR Oom Allen.


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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #51 on: September 16, 2016, 12:54:41 am »
Nice one ... I hope you don't glow in the dark or somesuch.

Now go clean that AT nicely for our Nam trip.

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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #52 on: September 16, 2016, 12:59:20 pm »
Lekker man

Whats the history behind the Mine?

It almost sounds like a Chernobyl type sounding story where everyone had to get out of dodge FAST

Thanks Mikie glad you enjoyed.
They were mining asbestos when they got the word that asbestos is now illegal to mine. Hence no more mining, as to why they had to evacuate the town by the weekend still stays a mystery to me. I have tried to solve it, but nowhere do i find the sudden departure.
I mean what i have  found out is there was 100 houses built + the hostel, my question is why did every body have to be out by the weekend ???? and how the hell did they manage to move all of there stuff by the weekend???


Ja its insane and unheard of here

Is there some sort of security watching the place? Surprises me, the things that are still there that havent been stolen

Theirs boom gates on each side of the place with a black guy sitting there, not that his much help. The possie belongs to the community around there, hence i gather the reason why it is not getting stripped, i think the bit of vandalizing that has happened there is from visitors causing it.

What i did find out is that they would like to get investors into the place, ghost town attraction or a retirement place, or even a small town etc.
Would be worth it as theirs every bloody thing a guy could want there.
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #53 on: September 17, 2016, 04:11:48 pm »
Been there but would also like to go back and explore more. Lot more info you supplied. Thanks
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #54 on: September 18, 2016, 07:35:34 am »
Thanks for the last chapter of the RR .... I have heard so much about this , just not had the opportunity to go there.
 

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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #55 on: September 19, 2016, 07:57:10 pm »
Spooky place  :patch:

Thanks for sharing :ricky:
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« Reply #56 on: September 20, 2016, 11:55:27 am »
Really interesting report. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #57 on: September 20, 2016, 08:22:18 pm »
Allen.
Nice report.
One observation, as a former Mine Village laaitjie. It is not a volleyball court in the Rec hall, but Badminton. Spend many a evening sleeping on  Rec Hall chairs while my parents was plying league games.   

As for the condition of some of the offices and calender's dates. Keep in mind that once mining stopped, rehabilitation would have carried on for a good while afterwards. My old man spend a good 8 years + on the mopping up at Coal-brook Collier when it closed down.

The real spooky thing about Diepgezet and its people, is that not many are to be found in the Slowveld as far as I can tell. 
 

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Re: The Dinosaur goes to a Ghost Town
« Reply #58 on: September 20, 2016, 08:29:00 pm »
We went through there in June this year. See the RR Ghost Town Gravel Travel.

The town was claimed as part of a bigger landclaim. The bloke that won that portion looks after the place to ensure that others dont steal or destroy. Also, another young south african preveiously disadvantaged bloke obtained a grant to operate a cashew nut facility there. Thats way youll see some recent activity like certain offices with new tiles and newly painted warehouse. Etc. That bloke however did just enough to keep the authorities happy for the required 1ste year and then disappeared with the remaining moola
 

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« Reply #59 on: September 21, 2016, 08:16:46 pm »
We went through there in June this year. See the RR Ghost Town Gravel Travel.

The town was claimed as part of a bigger landclaim. The bloke that won that portion looks after the place to ensure that others dont steal or destroy. Also, another young south african preveiously disadvantaged bloke obtained a grant to operate a cashew nut facility there. Thats way youll see some recent activity like certain offices with new tiles and newly painted warehouse. Etc. That bloke however did just enough to keep the authorities happy for the required 1ste year and then disappeared with the remaining moola
Clever Trevor.
Need to read up on the grant systems :-\