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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #20 on: July 23, 2008, 01:58:19 am »
Lekker...... So this means that we can meet up for a beer sometime soon...?
I'd love that - let me know the time and place from the second week in Aug onwards



Jis hoe mis ek julle manne nou  :lamer:
ps. ETA T-minus 1 Month, 20 days, 3 hours and 9 minutes  ;)

Ja - kry jou gat hier - daar is `n baie alleen walvis in die Kaap  >:D


Hey you, you could've let me know. Wilddogs in Hoopstad too!!! Could've made you a proper Afrikaner brekkie!! Great Pics!

Thanks Milkybar! I‚??ll make a mental note when visiting Hoopstad next time to drop by for a breakfast and some chocolate.
It seems there is still hoop after all.
 

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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2008, 02:35:32 am »
Day 2 of 2

The following morning we woke up at about 06h45, which is not really that early. It was however still dark and amazing to note such a difference in the time it gets light by being further west than Johannesburg. We thought that we were going to end on the wrong side of this life due to the cold, but eventually slept fairly ok. Brakenjan complained about some snoring in the caravan, but I honestly didn‚??t hear anything.

This is the suspected pride of the Cambell residence during his 1930‚??s land speed record attempt:

(Apologies for this pic as well as some of the next few: Between dodgy light, a point and shoot camera and the total absence of any photography knowledge /skills on my side, I struggled a bit with taking piccies in these conditions)



(Note that the Adventure was almost similar to a young (i.e. 8 month or so) Labrador pup in the morning ‚?? he was already wagging his tail, jumping up and down and roaring to go - pumping cold oil through that boxer ‚?? you could almost sense his anticipation and sense of willingness to be the central part of the action to unfold on this spectacular flat piece of dirt called Verneukpan.

Here is the ablution block.


The tents and trucks in the background belonged to an outfit called Felix Unite. Quite a GV bunch if I remember correctly from my days as guide on the Orange. Louis was telling us that they are responsible for fair a portion of his business, as this Tented Camps division have various contracts in the filming industry and as such are outsourced on a regular basis to provide infrastructure during a film shoot on the pan. We missed all of the action as they were packing up and leaving that same day, but apparently this time they were outsourced by an Italian underwear manufacturer who was conducting a film shoot of an Italian soccer team parading around in their jocks. Quite a sight according to Louis, but I was happy to have missed ‚??the action‚?Ě. For a start I don‚??t like Ita‚??s and their attitudes (I think they give us South Africans a good go when it comes to being the most arrogant nation that have walked this earth) and it would just have ruined my time here if I had to be confronted by a busload of the bastards, wearing knopstores ‚??out here in the desert ‚??


As you may have noted, today was Brakenjan‚??s turn on the silver dream adventure touring machine. Fortunately for him I had a bit of a stiff ankle from the previous day‚??s fun and games, so I was happy to let him have a go.

According to the GPS, Louis‚?? setup is a good few km‚??s into the pan. However, he is now contemplating to start farming on some of the areas as the field and vegetation is encroaching on to the pan ‚?? according to him as a result of the mineral content in the soil becoming less and less and thus allowing vegetation to grow again ‚?? forgot to ask him if this is a good or a bad thing?

Here is the track leading from the caravans to the area on the pan were Jacobs had his fatal accident. As you can see a lot of vegetation.


With the sun rising in the east, it is not possible for me to describe the moment. The picture is crap (sorry), but these moments while the new day woke up, stretched out and fiddled with its balls before confronting us in all its morning glory, was just the cherry on top of an already great trip.


And then it got better.

When Brakenjan sped off in the distance and opened that 1200 boxer beast, I could not believe how it sounded. The acoustics on the quiet pan early in the morning for some reason amplified every last grunt ‚?? It honestly sounded like a 747 just after touchdown with full reverse thrust engaged ‚?? just magnificent.

I then realised yet again just what a fine piece of machinery this 1200GSA is. And I‚??m not trying to boast with it, I‚??m just relating my experience of it. First of all its riding comfort is unlike anything I have experienced on two wheels. You just can‚??t compare for instance the dearly beloved KLR with the comfort on this machine ‚?? I yesterday did in excess of a 1000km‚??s in the saddle and was literally playing like  a kid during the last couple of k‚??s to the caravan‚??s from Louis house. And that after nine hours of moving time. I‚??d really like to know if there are in fact other bikes out there where guys are experiencing the same?

The other thing which I just find unbelievable on a big and heavy bike like this is its balance. Once again I have to compare it to the KLR and in my opinion it handles even better in sand. I only realised this morning what kind of terrain we came through the previous night, and I was amazed to see the thick stretches of sand which I didn‚??t even notice the previous evening.

Its suspension also seemed to have handled everything that was given to it the previous day, especially the trenches diagonally across the road as a result of the heavy rains.

Anyhow, surely the bike must have some negative points? I have just yet to discover any. Maybe its tank is a tad too small? >:D

Here Brakenjan is on the return run of his attempt at the world land speed record in the category for people moving from Johannesburg to Cape Town on a two day weekend with a white bakkie and silver bike:


Some more light on the subject are starting to do the place a bit more justice:


Don‚??t you also just want to get on this thing and write your name with the back of a TKC 80 on a canvas thousands of metres wide?


That‚??s exactly what I did ‚?? I just opened up and started to float.




What a feeling! I didn‚??t attempt the ‚??10 seconds with your eyes closed usual Verneukpan routine‚?Ě ‚?? no mate, at 180km/h on that pan, this boy‚??s family jewels was tried, tested and found (also just barely ‚?? it was frieken cold) lacking . . .I guess I needed bigger kahunas than mine to do a silly thing like that

This is the Verneukpan surface.


And this is the Verneukpan surface, signed by a Bavarian beauty.


By now the sun was nearly out in full


and Brakenjan was asking so nicely, I just had to get off and let him pry the bike from my hands for another round of pure unprotected sex. He he he



We then had to leave this place with a heavy heart and made good time towards Brandvlei via some very good and enjoyable gravel tracks at first and thereafter nice roads like this one:


In Brandvlei we stumbled upon the Windpomp Bar & restaurant, attached to the Boesmanland Instap Superette & Take Aways, which does not stock any Jellie Tots, so stock up before you decide to visit Brandvlei.





Does this tyre look like it has done almost 8500km‚??s?



We had a Widpomp brekkie at the Windpomp Bar and then I decided to slowly make my way so long while Brakenjan was faffing about. The wingman (not knowing how the GPS works) decided to head out to Kenhardt instead of taking the obscure turn off towards the Loeriesfontein gravel road. Fortunately the man‚??s basic sense of direction prevailed and he realised that the sun was now on the wrong side (or was it just that he wasn‚??t able to catch the slow cage after about 15minutes of doing 180km/h?) Either way, we manage to reunite the party and took another nice road


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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #22 on: July 23, 2008, 02:46:12 am »
Do you guys reckon this was were Worsie got his orkes from?


It was here that Brakenjan finally couldn‚??t contain himself anymore and just blurted it out: He told me, and I quote his exact words‚?Ě Ek is nou nie meer `n KTM man nie, maar `n BMW man‚?Ě

Welcome, welcome back to where there is light!!!

But anyone on any bike I guess would have struggled not to have had a good time on roads like these.


The place was just a paradise ‚?? remember this is supposed to be serious karoo (I think??) and there is water all around with green green vegetation, especially around Niewoudtville.


Evidence of just how slippery the roads must have been when it was wet


One honestly would have thought that signs like these would have been reported earlier under the ‚??Orania‚?? section. :biggrin:


Is this a small leopard tortoise?


Go you good thing!


Loeriesfontein greeting us


Towards Nieuwoudtville ‚?? just note how green it is for this part of the world!


 Past Nieuwoudtsville we stop to take in these vista‚??s from the top of Van Rhyn‚??s pass.




Man it is beautiful!!!

Looking back towards the Vanrhynsberge:


Heading down the pass, this is sign welcomed me ‚??home‚??!



I then realised that I have really left Jozie, as I also had to say goodbye to Jeremy, Sam, Whackhead and Joffismybooooooyyy! Who knows what sounds will now fill the cage when the new preset number one button is pushed?


We then headed for Klawer. And we all know what‚??s in Klawer:
MAAAAUUUUUUUU HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! (an even 'eviler' laugh)

Sorry you could not get a wimpy breakfeast......Maaauu HA hA HA HAAAAAAAA (evil laugh >:D)



Who's got the last laugh now, hey Mr Maverick?  :P

By the way this piccie was, yet again, especially taken for you. (No hamburgers were harmed in the production of this exercise to spite a mud island inhabitant )

From Klawer, although on tar, I guess we both enjoyed that beautiful hilly bit with the Olifantsriver snaking next to you towards Clanwilliam.

I can just imagine that there will be a bumper flower season this year due to all the rain. Look at these flowers already blooming next to the road with the Clanwilliam dam in the background:


The dam still seems to be more than 100% full


On the top of Piekeniers pass, this postcard filled our sights:


I just love the wheat areas of the Cape in the winter ‚?? its frieken greener than the mud island itself!


And this was taken on the N7, about 10km‚??s from the N1. Table Mountain was supposed to have been instrumental in this final welcome to our new home, but I guess I was finally cheated, not by a flat peace of dirt, but rather by the fairest Cape‚??s winter blanket.


This is oo7 and I will be signing off just after I had changed the location beneath my avatar from ‚??Gauteng‚?Ě to ‚??Western Cape‚?Ě
 

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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2008, 09:19:26 am »
Well done, Mr. Bond, mission accomplished :)

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For a start I don‚??t like Ita‚??s and their attitudes (I think they give us South Africans a good go when it comes to being the most arrogant nation that have walked this earth)

You forget about the Aussies  ;D


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Anyhow, surely the bike must have some negative points? I have just yet to discover any.

Ever picked it up by yourself...? :mwink:
 

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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2008, 11:41:51 am »
Awesome 007! Fokkit I'm jealous. You're gonna have to show me those places. Some very nice pics. Definitely banner material.
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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2008, 12:34:32 pm »
AWESOME  :biggrin:


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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2008, 02:31:09 pm »
Awesome pic DoubleO  :drif:

Day 2 of 2

Some more light on the subject are starting to do the place a bit more justice:


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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2008, 02:35:04 pm »
We then headed for Klawer. And we all know what‚??s in Klawer:
MAAAAUUUUUUUU HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! (an even 'eviler' laugh)

Sorry you could not get a wimpy breakfeast......Maaauu HA hA HA HAAAAAAAA (evil laugh >:D)



Who's got the last laugh now, hey Mr Maverick?  :P

By the way this piccie was, yet again, especially taken for you. (No hamburgers were harmed in the production of this exercise to spite a mud island inhabitant )


PPPPPPppppppppoooooooooooooooooooo...............................................julle bliksems!!!  :BangHead: :BangHead: :BangHead: :angry5: Grrrrrrrrr!!!!

Ek moes dit seker verwag het  :biggrin:  :biggrin:  :biggrin:

Dude awesome report en bly julle het veilig daar aangekom!!

Ps. Are you going to get one now....that is a.....



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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #28 on: July 24, 2008, 12:43:24 pm »
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times......

Best: Spending two glorious days with a great friend who shares your passion for bikes and dirt roads.  :ricky:

Worst: Constantly being reminded that the object of the exercise is to help with moving your friend to a far away place.  >:(

DoubleO, thank you for an awesome trip (and report)!!!! If those Capetonians drive you crazy, I'll welcome you back with open arms (and a Wimpy Double Cheese...).  :deal:
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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #29 on: July 27, 2008, 02:26:07 pm »
Welcome aan de Kaap van Goede Hoop. May the sun always shine in your face, may you always ride with a tailwind, may you always know the truth, may you always be humble and may you stay forever young.

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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #30 on: December 13, 2009, 09:12:06 am »
awesome pics and report.
will be going that side soon.
 

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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #31 on: December 13, 2009, 10:37:38 am »
Great RR !

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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #32 on: December 14, 2009, 12:13:00 am »
Befonk 007 hoe ga dit in d kaap van storms d wind jou ng ni in d see gewaai?
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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #33 on: December 14, 2009, 03:20:05 am »
Lekker RR, 007. Mooi foto's ook
 

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Re: A Gelande strasse and a (cheating) piece of flat dirt
« Reply #34 on: December 14, 2009, 08:07:40 am »
Bevange!
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