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Offline KTMvan

quick westcoast trip
« on: February 16, 2017, 11:23:52 am »
I needed a break but was limited on time so decided on a quick 2 day getaway. No plan, just loaded the bike and rode. Just outside of Velddrift I took the Aurora dirt road. Last time here was last July on my way to the Kunene river in Nam and this road was wet and slippery. This time around dry and fast....
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2017, 11:27:54 am »
Past Redelinghuys I took a road which I saw on T4A a while ago. Real nice ride....
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2017, 11:31:19 am »
But ended at a locked gate. Apparently it is reserved for "guided tours", so I had to turn around. It was worth the ride and view though. On the way back....
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2017, 11:37:01 am »
Found another road going approximately in the same direction. Not on my phone's GPS app but I asked at the first farmhouse and the lady said the road goes towards Graafwater. She also warned me that it gets extremely sandy and she does not think that I would be able to do it on the bike. Turned out to be somewhat sandy and a real lekka ride :-)
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2017, 11:48:08 am »
The road became a railway service road, then onto tar for the last bit to Graafwater. Again dirt towards Vredendal, tar up to Lutzville for a refuel and the the dirt road towards Skaapvlei on the coast. This road used to be badly corrugated but is now well maintained due to a wind farm being established in the area. Fom Skaapvlei to Brand se Baai is always great fun. Lots of sand
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2017, 11:52:27 am »
From Brand se Baai further north along the coast to Groenrivier. First the wreck of the Namaqua and then the Groenrivier lighthouse.
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2017, 11:58:55 am »
The Namaqua Park was a ball. The roads were freshly "graded". No middelmanetjie so I could ride in the center of the road. Still the usual thick sand but it made for some real fast sand riding. Raced some ostriches and had to duck for a few meercats crossing the road without looking left or right. The sign says 1.2 - 1.5 bar so left my tires at 0.8 and 1....
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2017, 01:51:48 pm »
Lekker man :thumleft:

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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2017, 03:49:24 pm »
At the exit of this part of the park I crossed straight over the Hondeklip baai road, through an unmarked gate which got me onto the "Caracal route". This route stretches through the park in the direction of Messelklip pass and Wildeperdehoek pass. This part of the route is 2spoor with varying surfaces, from hard and smooth to sandy and some places strewn with rocks. The sun was rapidly approaching the horizon and I still wanted to do a bit of distance so only one pic of this area. Followed this route up to the Kleinsee road, turned left onto that and right towards Port Nolloth. Arrived after dark so had a chance to test my led lights and man what a difference they made. The part from Kleinsee to P.N. includes a very rough dirt road with various kinds of lurkers and without proper lighting this would have been trying.... Had a lekka platter as Vespetti's :-) and pitched tent at McDougal's.
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2017, 04:03:40 pm »
Started Wednesday with a huge coffee and some eggs that my wifey packed. Had to visit Mica for some wire to fix a broken exhaust hanger, took some pictures of the misty ocean and then took the tar road towards Springbok. I turned right onto gravel at the Wolfkop sign. This road also has many faces, From wide gravel to sandy 2spoor and back in regular succession. Interesting and fun to ride.
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2017, 04:07:20 pm »
At the exit of this part of the park I crossed straight over the Hondeklip baai road, through an unmarked gate which got me onto the "Caracal route". This route stretches through the park in the direction of Messelklip pass and Wildeperdehoek pass. This part of the route is 2spoor with varying surfaces, from hard and smooth to sandy and some places strewn with rocks. The sun was rapidly approaching the horizon and I still wanted to do a bit of distance so only one pic of this area. Followed this route up to the Kleinsee road, turned left onto that and right towards Port Nolloth. Arrived after dark so had a chance to test my led lights and man what a difference they made. The part from Kleinsee to P.N. includes a very rough dirt road with various kinds of lurkers and without proper lighting this would have been trying.... Had a lekka platter as Vespetti's :-) and pitched tent at McDougal's.
Awesome ride report, cool pics can one fish along that coast line KTMVan?
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2017, 04:16:00 pm »
Turned towards Springbok on the R355 and followed this up to Buffelsrivier. Here the R355 turns into tar and I ran into a police roadblock. 5 Vehicles and a bunch of SAP and Traffic officers. Checked my license and breathalyzed me but all in good cheer. They directed me into the direction of what they believed to be the Buffels rivier 4x4 route. This lead to a very nice climb into the mountains but ran into a locked gate. Had to turn around and head back into the valley
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2017, 04:19:17 pm »
People do fish along this coast, especially just north of Dwarkersbos and in the Brand se Baai area, but I am not a fisherman so can't give personal testimony regards the success rates....
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2017, 04:31:19 pm »
Back in the valley some locals at Buffelsrivier pointed me to the real start of the Buffelsrivier 4x4 route. It went like "see that track up there in the mountain, that's it...." It took considerable time finding the "road" leading up to the start because it seems like it has been quite a while since this "route" was last used. Overgrown in some places and badly eroded. Once found it was an absolute ball though! The 640 has Mitas E07s and the rear is way past it's BestBefore date, so climbing that little pass took serious commitment and lots of momentum. In some places it took a bit of imagination to see the road. Great fun.
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2017, 04:38:12 pm »
That is a good two day workout !!!! Lekker man!!
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2017, 04:39:46 pm »
Jissie,
I am enjoying this RR, quick and to the point with some lekker pictures!!  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Hehehe, ja nee, that rear tekkie of your's is kaput!!  O0

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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2017, 05:03:45 pm »
This road meanders past some old ruins. In some places the erosion is so bad that one has to stop to look at the views because a lapse in concentration may end you up in a Grand Canyon sized rut. Rough but thoroughly enjoyable, don't know why more people do not ride here. If you would do it in a 4x4 you better not be scared of some scratches to the paintwork because of the overgrowth. At some point I T'd into a more often used road and turned left towards Wildeperdehoek pass. I was hoping to see the old prison ruins. There are lots of roads leading in all directions ranging from fairly wide gravel to tweespoor and single tracks, all begging for more exploration. My GPS app does not show most of them so I turned it to "straight line navigation" and decided on roads by a mixture of whim and general direction. Had to retrace steps quite often at dead ends, but the few locals are all VERY friendly and helpful. I regard this as Adventure riding paradise :-)
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2017, 05:10:53 pm »
I eventually did reach Wildeperdehoek pass and visited the prison ruins. Quite a lekker track leading down to it, a little more washed out than when I was there previously with the Landy.
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2017, 05:19:52 pm »
At this point I realized that I better stop playing and head off home. Time was running out and 26.5l of fuel only last that long with the next fuel available at Lutzville still a way off. I left the GPS on straight line with destination Lutzville and this took me through little villages like Soebatsfontein, Kotzesrus and Lepelfontein. Arrived at Lutzville with about 2l left in tank. Refueled and hightailed off home, arriving in dense fog at about 21h00, quite wet and cold, seriously chuffed to find a fire burning in the fireplace and some meat ready for the braai! For a 2 day trip this really hit the spot. Cobwebs Gone!!
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Re: quick westcoast trip
« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2017, 06:01:51 pm »
Lekker trip. That chow looks like it could feed the whole of Dwarskersbos. :eek7: