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Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« on: October 01, 2017, 08:14:13 pm »
I left Colesberg Friday morning

Heading north there were not many options plotting a gravel route to get to Springfontein, the Prior’s road would end up taking a lot of time with all the gates on the section. 

Plenty of neglected infrastructure across our country that had stories to tell


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These creatures always amaze me

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Less than 50km from home and already taking in never before seen landscapes.


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Springfontein a once triving railway town

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On a whim I decided to alter my route and track back in order to go past Breipaal and Helvetia – places I have often seen on the map but never been there. 


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Now try and read this:


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Whoever did the layout of “motorhekke” in the Freestate must come and look at how they are supposed to be built – almost a road width to the left or right with a tight bend in and out – impossible to do at speed.


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Steve171 and I would meet up in Dewetsdorp and ride up together from there.  He was already waiting there by the time I made Breipaal.
The Freestate with its crisscrossing roads and long sweeping bends made for some nice fast sections. 


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Just before Helvetia I missed twee vlakvarke by a hair’s width.  They are everywhere these days. In Colesberg they have become quite a nuisance for the farmers.


I made Dewetsdorp, met up with Steve and we set off. 


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The route I plotted took me along sections HPFreak and myself did when we did the ECO in Clocolan some years back.  It was a nostalgic trip, I missed my pal. :'(
RIP Chomma

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Some sections were very sandy

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Interesting corner posts


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Steve and I made Ladybrand and while filling up noticed his one pannier frame had broken off at one of the mountings.  After off loading our kit at Little Rock he set of to get it fixed.  I met up with the old gang in the meantime.

After the braai and social I got to bed early.  We had made plans to do a trip through “lesser known” Lesotho with Losper the next day.

Saturday came and after meeting everyone that made up our party we set off. 
Losper, Steve171, Henk, Andre, BigDom and myself
I often wondered how so many Toyota’s managed to pass the border post after being acquired in SA.  You need but visit the post as Maseru once to understand why.  Total contrast to going into Namibië or Botswana.  Traffic was chaotic to say the least, never mind keeping six bikers together through it.


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Not long after going through Maseru we turned onto “Losper’s interesting route” as I was told that morning.  I won’t elaborate on my exact thoughts after going down the first cliffhanger.


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The route was a tester but the scenery was SPECTACULOR and well worth the sweat.

 
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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2017, 08:16:55 pm »
What a view from your grave  :eek7:

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Did not matter where you stopped or how desolate you thought this or that riverbed or hill was within minutes you had a couple of onlookers throughout the day.

The villages and people were friendly.

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Judging by the scrape marks the landscape took its toll on local vehicles


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The photos do not do justice to what we saw; I wish you could get a sense of the elevation etc.


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The pack helped each other and we mashed well throughout the day.  I don’t think there was a single terrain we did not encounter.  Sand, mud, gravel, rock, pebbles, dry areas, wet areas, uphill, downhill – it was a GEM!

Lospers Video:



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It is absolutely unbelievable what these machines can handle.


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Some initiation ceremony


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You wanted to what? Why?

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What I did notice is that there were NO dustbins – even at the shops or garages.


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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2017, 08:18:19 pm »
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The group RR for Saturday:  http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=215473.0

After about 11 hours in the saddle we hit tar and made for the border post.  By now it was almost dark, and on a Saturday night well let’s just say driving between party goers keeps you on your toes.


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At the border we said our goodbyes to Henk who made for home and the rest of us pinned it to make LB.  We got there well after dark.
After a well deserved shower we mingled and devoured whatever leftover food we could find.  We all hit the sack early – we were bushed.


Sunday I said my goodbyes and headed back to the border, I had plotted a route all along it to Hobhouse and then cut across inland hitting gravel till I made home.


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Was nice seeing everyone again and sorry I missed some guys.  :thumleft: :biggrin:

 

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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2017, 08:27:20 pm »
Thanks for the report. Great route!
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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2017, 08:38:24 pm »
Another awesome ride report thank you  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2017, 08:56:36 pm »
Dankie Nimmo!!!  Was lekker om weer deur die fotos te kyk!!!  Voel of ek die trip sommer van voor af doen.  Dankie dat ek kon saam kom!!!
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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2017, 08:57:24 pm »
Pragtige foto's Nimmo. Lesotho lyk ook maar droog. Paar lekker paaie wat jy soentoe en terug gery het.
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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2017, 09:19:05 pm »
Dankie vir n baie lekker RR :thumleft:
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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2017, 09:52:01 pm »
Jinne losper ek het nie geweet jys cissersdam verby nie ek het elke skoolvakansie op die buurplaas daar deurgebring op gruiskop.
Ons moet eendag daarheen gaan klomp boesmantekeninge op die berg n grot wat ek kon inkruip toe ek nog so 12 was en n holgat in die berg wat diep ingaat met water binne.
Vissersdam was eens die grootste skeerskuur in die suide as ek dit reg verstaan deesdae maak hul droe voer daar hulle het reeds niu nuwe 15ha lusern lande ontwikkel op vlakfontein en mynrus ook n buuurplaas van vissersdam
 

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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2017, 12:57:05 pm »
Nice one Nimmo
I saw you okes leave early on Saturday and was a tad envious that I did not go with but the hangover quickly sorted that feeling out. :BangHead:
Great riding in Lesotho! :thumleft:
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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2017, 01:09:05 pm »
Thanks for sharing
 

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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2017, 01:49:27 pm »
Thanks Nimmo! Lekker RR!
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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2017, 03:27:54 pm »
excellent report and ride
I do not have the brass balls for that interesting route  ::)
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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2017, 03:39:44 pm »
Dankie vir die deel Jean.. ek het lekker saamgery en niks gesweet nie.  :ricky:

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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2017, 03:45:58 pm »
Thanks Nimmo - great meeting and riding with you again.

PS: One of the reasons for no rubbish bins is that there is most often no rubbish! Outside the bigger towns the villages and dwellings, while poor, are immaculately clean and ordered. There are also no stray animals and live stock.

PPS "Dash to the Bash" was the Grahamstown Greyhounds trans Lesotho trip to the bash.  8)
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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2017, 03:54:11 pm »
Dankie vir die post Nimmo. Mooi deel van ons land wat ek nog wil sien op n dag. :thumleft:
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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2017, 03:59:04 pm »
Jean, lekker fodies en nog lekkerder paaie wat julle gery het. Kamera of selfoon? Watter kamera/foon?
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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2017, 04:32:26 pm »
Stunning  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2017, 07:34:12 pm »
Jean, lekker fodies en nog lekkerder paaie wat julle gery het. Kamera of selfoon? Watter kamera/foon?
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Dankie vir die post Nimmo. Mooi deel van ons land wat ek nog wil sien op n dag. :thumleft:

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Thanks Nimmo - great meeting and riding with you again.

PS: One of the reasons for no rubbish bins is that there is most often no rubbish! Outside the bigger towns the villages and dwellings, while poor, are immaculately clean and ordered. There are also no stray animals and live stock.

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Dankie vir die deel Jean.. ek het lekker saamgery en niks gesweet nie.  :ricky:

Sien jy en mamma was daar - spyt het julle gemis  ;)

excellent report and ride
I do not have the brass balls for that interesting route  ::)
Thanks for sharing  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Was wondering if you might show up at the last minute - rod in hand

Nice one Nimmo
I saw you okes leave early on Saturday and was a tad envious that I did not go with but the hangover quickly sorted that feeling out. :BangHead:
Great riding in Lesotho! :thumleft:

With Saturday's ride I missed saying to a lot of guys, next time  :thumleft:

Another awesome ride report thank you  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:


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Re: Dash to the Bash and mountaineering in Lesotho
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2017, 08:29:24 am »
Jean, lekker fodies en nog lekkerder paaie wat julle gery het. Kamera of selfoon? Watter kamera/foon?
Thanks vir die moeite.

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Dankie vir die post Nimmo. Mooi deel van ons land wat ek nog wil sien op n dag. :thumleft:

Kan nie dink daar is plekke wat jy nie ken nie Chris

Thanks Nimmo - great meeting and riding with you again.

PS: One of the reasons for no rubbish bins is that there is most often no rubbish! Outside the bigger towns the villages and dwellings, while poor, are immaculately clean and ordered. There are also no stray animals and live stock.

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Dankie vir die deel Jean.. ek het lekker saamgery en niks gesweet nie.  :ricky:

Sien jy en mamma was daar - spyt het julle gemis  ;)

excellent report and ride
I do not have the brass balls for that interesting route  ::)
Thanks for sharing  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Was wondering if you might show up at the last minute - rod in hand

Nice one Nimmo
I saw you okes leave early on Saturday and was a tad envious that I did not go with but the hangover quickly sorted that feeling out. :BangHead:
Great riding in Lesotho! :thumleft:

With Saturday's ride I missed saying to a lot of guys, next time  :thumleft:

Another awesome ride report thank you  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:


Would have loves to have seen the Rallye there  :thumleft:
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