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The odd one out - Witsand 2016
« on: November 13, 2016, 08:33:20 am »
I had already done my trips I wanted to do this year, but when Tribes asked if I wanted to go I committed to a last 3 day trip for the year.

It was the HP guy’s get-together but I would tag along on the weekend.

I left Colesberg thankful for the cloud cover as the days leading up to the trip was to say the least HOT.   Witsand would obviously be a bit worse than the Karoo. I had been to Witsand once before for the Country Trax Sand course and it was ironic that I rode there without worrying about sand, confidence is a strange thing.  :biggrin:

First section CBG to Petrusville


IMG_5110 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr


I have for some reason always had the best trips when I get a tortoise along the way and this was no different.  Can you imagine moving over uneven earth and at that speed the whole of your life?  If I had to allocate a name to them it would be “perseverance”.  :ricky:


IMG_5113 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr
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I decided on making up time and rather not take the Kraankuil road and head for Hopetown via Orania – I have heard a lot of them expanding and wanted to have a look around.


IMG_5115 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr


After filling up in Hopetown I took the Douglas dirt road on the east side. 


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IMG_5118 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr


I decided to take the road via Douglas and do the road parallel with the Orange River up to Niekerkshoop. 


Now my experience with Douglas coming from Papkuil was that they have the WORST roads leading to their town  :patch: :patch: :patch:  – this was no different.  It is not that you can ride it, it is simply a road that has no “rhythm” - there is no sweet spot to ride it on.  You shake or you bounce – if I had to be brutally honest I was glad I was on the 990 not he HP this time.  :lamer:
From Orania to Douglas was UGLY – I pity the farmers there it was DRY & BARREN. :'(


Sections reminded me of the Askam road to VanZylsrus.


IMG_5120 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr
IMG_5119 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr


Douglas


IMG_5121 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr


One section was so bad I kept on having to push the GPS powerjack in.  At one stage I hammered it to hard and the power point’s bottom section broke of  :peepwall: :peepwall: – hence no more GPS.  I always have my roadmap with me and just made sure I did not miss any turnoffs.


IMG_5123 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr


At a certain point on this road It made a huge Plato from which you could see the Orange River snaking through this barren landscape as a green line as far as the eye could see.


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Excellent signage

 
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I made Niekerkshoop obviously while the Koöp was still closed and had to wait for them to open.  :deal:
 

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Re: The odd one out - Witsand 2016
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2016, 08:39:10 am »
The town has a enormous well built church but they have won the race to where most small towns were heading.  ::)   Every house had a patch of grass with a shack added to the house and windows were replaced with zinc as they broke.  Here and there a few mielies were planted and everywhere people were sitting waiting for the day to pass.  I thought of taking some photos but decided to leave it – was not good for my personal moral.  :-\

The road via Abrahsdam to the Griekwastad / Groblershoop road was also not a pleasant one.

I soon took the turnoff to Witsand and it was a nice fast, scenic road.  Plenty of animals though.
I made Witsand and turned out to be the first one there.  Got the keys to the luxury accommodation and unpacked.  It was a tiny bungalow but the linen and ablutions were clean.  It was cheap and honestly was what we paid for.  :thumleft:


IMG_5136 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr
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At some stage I heard Andre arrive on his HP and suggested to him to camp at the bungalows instead of away from everything. 


IMG_5138 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr


While we were waiting for the rest to arrive one of the workers came to tell us Tribes had tyre issues and was on the section before the tar road.  I grabbed tools and tubes and Andre and I set off to find the poor little Karoo boy.


I have never seen a man smile as wide as he did when he saw us.  :imaposer: :imaposer:  I chalk it up to him seeing the white stallion he would differ and argue it was because he had exhausted all his snotrieme.   :pot:  By now a cable tie was holding the last one in the GASH.


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We made camp and met up with Transporter, Domino and Leo who had stoetied all the way there.  Jan and Johan came from Vic West to help Tribes get the numbers up which dwindled in the last month or so.  Nice blokes.
After making everyone’s acquaintance Tribes took the meat he brought from home out of his luggage and soon we were having a braai and feasting away.  (I was glad we went to fetch him :deal: :deal:) Life was good, and to top it all the heat was not as intense as I had expected for this time of the year. 

Some made a night of it, I however favoured my bed.  The 3 stoeties as mentioned coming from Gauteng hijacked a luxury chalets and as Leo mentioned had the luxury of AC.  Tribes and I however ended up feeding 100’s of poor little mosquitoes during the night. :o
 
At one stage I though just &#%%^ it lie open give them their fill and then it would be over – bad idea. :imaposer:   I made a mental note never to travel without repellent again. 
I had many a time during the night envied Boerklong in his tent and decided to ask him to sleep in one of the open bungalows the next nite - if his tent was vacant I would simply pull a "Julias" and take it for myself.  He however saw right through my master plan the next night and declined the offer of "luxury" mosquito invested accommodations... 
 
Just before 05:00 I heard Tribes taking his wheel off to put a tube in and was relieved to go and help him.  He had also had a night to remember.


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We had some coffee and set off to a 4*4 track Tribes arranged.  It was I, Tribes, Leo, Domino, Boerklong.  The operative word here was 4*4 route.  Leo’s pics of the dune at the entrance do not do it justice it was HUMUNGUS.

 
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And NO he did not put it down but made for some nice pictures
Tribes:


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In the end Leo, Domino and Boerklong did the whole route bailing at some sections but none the less completing it.  Kudos to them.  Tribes and I found a very nice family from Kathu and were offered camping chairs, shade and beer so cold it made my teeth pain. :ricky: :pot:


IMG_5172 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr


Leo how about uploading the hill climbs video – that gives a perspective. :thumleft:
After the guys were bushed playing in the sand we headed back and met up with the others for a nice swim, chat and a lekker brunch.   :thumleft:


IMG_5176 by Jean van der Walt, on Flickr


We spent the remainder of the day watching rugby and exchanging stories.  By night time the people looking after us started a fire and had all of us drooling as the smell of braaivleis filled the air.
Sorry for the poor quality


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Re: The odd one out - Witsand 2016
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2016, 08:43:08 am »
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We had a very nice meal (thanks to the caterers) and after saying our goodbyes to the hijack gang  :imaposer: :deal: went to sleep as we decided on an early start.

Sunday morning was no different than the previous morning – it could not have come sooner.  The word pin cushion came to mind.  :P

Tribes, I , Jan and Johan made for Prieska via Groblershoop.  In Prieska we went to say hallo to ETS and found the stallion from Loeries there as well.  Was nice seeing you Stoffel.  I then decided to alter my return route and got some local info from ETS.
 
We said our goodbyes and the 3 guys from Vic West and I split up.

I came home via Strydenburg and Philipstown.  The road was a gem full of short turns, twee spoor and large open sections across some “salt” flats. :ricky: :ricky:


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I made home by 13:00 and was bushed.  Two nights of almost no sleep, heat and sand had taken its toll.  However this made for the best night’s sleep I had, had in years that Sunday night.

Thank you Tribes for all your arrangements.   :thumleft: 





 
   




 
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Re: The odd one out - Witsand 2016
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2016, 10:38:34 am »
Leo how about uploading the hill climbs video – that gives a perspective. :thumleft:

Seriously  :biggrin: :biggrin:

Let me see if I can figure out how to do that.  ;)

Thanks for the RR Nimmo. Those flat Freestate sections makes me wanna ride forever. Did you manage to get your GPS going for the return section? Would love to get the tracks from you at some stage.

Ride safe.  :ricky:
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Re: The odd one out - Witsand 2016
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2016, 10:39:06 am »
Very nice RR, Nimmo  :thumleft:
I spent a few hours in Niekerkshoop in 2010 and it is probably the most depressing hours of my life.

What obviously used to be a neat little town is now a total mess and a social disaster.
For example, only the one face of the clock on the church steeple shows the correct time.
The linkages have broken and nobody cares to fix it.
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Re: The odd one out - Witsand 2016
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2016, 11:26:18 am »
Lekker man. Dankie vir die deel
 

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Re: The odd one out - Witsand 2016
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2016, 11:30:08 am »
Leo how about uploading the hill climbs video – that gives a perspective. :thumleft:

Seriously  :biggrin: :biggrin:

Let me see if I can figure out how to do that.  ;)

Thanks for the RR Nimmo. Those flat Freestate sections makes me wanna ride forever. Did you manage to get your GPS going for the return section? Would love to get the tracks from you at some stage.

Ride safe.  :ricky:

No, sorry Leo was ala ETS directions and thumbsuck at some points - was a lovely road though.

Hope Boerklong can load the videos he took as well  :thumleft:
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Re: The odd one out - Witsand 2016
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2016, 07:30:50 pm »
Thanks Nimmo, you may have had itchy arms & legs but you this RR has given me an itchy asr$e
 

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Re: The odd one out - Witsand 2016
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2016, 07:31:19 pm »
Toe ek sien Witsand - toe dink ek aan die Witsand in die Weskaap. Nie geweet daar is nog 'n ander Witsand nie.

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Re: The odd one out - Witsand 2016
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2016, 08:50:32 pm »
Nice RR as all ways   :thumleft:
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Re: The odd one out - Witsand 2016
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2016, 09:25:41 pm »
Thank you for sharing , great pics and a lovely journey

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Re: The odd one out - Witsand 2016
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2016, 10:02:07 pm »
Ai alweer n lekker trip wanneer mens alreeds lus is vir n kamptrip :thumleft:
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