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Offline Serfie

Despite warnings of members of this forum, I nevertheless decided to avoid the N1 for my weekend trip to Phalaborwa.

Never mind the blistering heat of 41 degrees Celsius last Friday, this route was nothing else but a nightmare to ride!  :patch: The road from Dullstroom, to Lydenburg and Ohrigstad was a POTHOLE nightmare of severe  proportions! From Lydenburg one didn't have to only keep a lookout for potholes, BUT for animals on the road. In the Abel Erasmus pass, on several occasions I encountered cattle on both sides of the road!!!! Then there were the dogs, spaza shops, goats and the ever welcome baboons also to keep a lookout for. There are also two STOP and GO sections on this road where I waited for approx. 10 mins at each area...in the 41 degree heat!!!!

Under normal conditions this would be a beautiful road, but I just could not enjoy the scenery...  :(

Needless to say, I returned via Tzaneen, Polokwane and the BORING N1 to JHB.

Doubt whether in my lifetime, this route will be repaired to such an extend that it could be considered motorbike friendly!!!

So...be care full out there, if you go that way!!!  :deal:
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And not even one pic of the potholes???   :eek7:
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Way too busy dodging them...  :)
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One can easily get lost out there without a GPS >:D
 

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Now I understand why you were so hot and bothered about GPS4Africa, it was the 41 degree heat :laughing4:
 

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Never mind the blistering heat of 41 degrees Celsius last Friday, this route was nothing else but a nightmare to ride!  :patch: The road from Dullstroom, to Lydenburg and Ohrigstad was a POTHOLE nightmare of severe  proportions! From Lydenburg one didn't have to only keep a lookout for potholes, BUT for animals on the road. In the Abel Erasmus pass, on several occasions I encountered cattle on both sides of the road!!!! Then there were the dogs, spaza shops, goats and the ever welcome baboons also to keep a lookout for. There are also two STOP and GO sections on this road where I waited for approx. 10 mins at each area...in the 41 degree heat!!!!


WOW....................... Hectic stuff man!!! How did you manage to survive all that?
I shudder to think what would happen if someone dared to venture somewhere north of the border, to let's say..... Zimbabwe or Zambia........It must be near impossible to go there!! Hell, how do guys manage to ride in the Transkei ????

 :o :o



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Now I understand why you were so hot and bothered about GPS4Africa, it was the 41 degree heat :laughing4:

One can easily get lost out there without a GPS >:D


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WOW....................... Hectic stuff man!!! How did you manage to survive all that?
I shudder to think what would happen if someone dared to venture somewhere north of the border, to let's say..... Zimbabwe or Zambia........It must be near impossible to go there!! Hell, how do guys manage to ride in the Transkei ????

 :o :o



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With great difficulty!  :snorting:


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We ride this road to Hoedspruit about 2 to 3 times a year, and  i don't know if it has changed that much,

But for me, it wasn't so bad.

keep in mind I do it in a car with AC.

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I go up to Phalaborwa atleast once every 2 months. The N1 is much better as far as road conditions but the Dullstroom road is deffinatly more scenic. I went Dullstroom way round over Easter weekend and the road was not to bad. I would not however ride this road at night because of the potholes.
 

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Despite warnings of members of this forum, I nevertheless decided to avoid the N1 for my weekend trip to Phalaborwa.

Never mind the blistering heat of 41 degrees Celsius last Friday, this route was nothing else but a nightmare to ride!  :patch: The road from Dullstroom, to Lydenburg and Ohrigstad was a POTHOLE nightmare of severe  proportions! From Lydenburg one didn't have to only keep a lookout for potholes, BUT for animals on the road. In the Abel Erasmus pass, on several occasions I encountered cattle on both sides of the road!!!! Then there were the dogs, spaza shops, goats and the ever welcome baboons also to keep a lookout for. There are also two STOP and GO sections on this road where I waited for approx. 10 mins at each area...in the 41 degree heat!!!!

Under normal conditions this would be a beautiful road, but I just could not enjoy the scenery...  :(

Needless to say, I returned via Tzaneen, Polokwane and the BORING N1 to JHB.

Doubt whether in my lifetime, this route will be repaired to such an extend that it could be considered motorbike friendly!!!

So...be care full out there, if you go that way!!!  :deal:

Are you sure you posted this on the correct forum? This is the Wilddogs forum.... we like tricky riding with interesting challenges!!    ;-)
« Last Edit: August 15, 2019, 12:19:17 pm by Hollywood »
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Lydenburg to before Pilgrims turnoff is very bad, agreed.But Abel Erasmus pass up and down is brilliantly smooth and pothole free.Sure the local cattle are seen here and there at the villages, but one doesn't race through the villages in any way.We go there very regularly on superbikes and have a big thrill in those mountains, each and every time.