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Orange River Wild Ride
« on: July 30, 2018, 12:37:38 pm »
The Northern Cape and in particular the 4x4 trails south of the Orange River , The Richtersveld and The West Coast tracks are a playground for adventure biking. Admittedly on the tougher end of dual sport  riding but if you're on a smaller bike or comfortable riding sandy riverbeds o your big trailly then there no other equally in SA.

I regularly do tours of 4 to 7 days in the area. Check out our pics from the July 2018 4 day tour.

We started and ended the tour from the small town of Van Rhynsdorp , about 300km from Cape Town.

 

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Re: Orange River Wild Ride
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2018, 12:41:04 pm »
Day 1:

An early start for the easy day's ride north to the Orange River. The bonus some great tracks as we got closer to the river and our guest house for the night.
A taste of what awaited day 2.
 

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Re: Orange River Wild Ride
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2018, 12:45:12 pm »
Will you slice the daily videos into this RR?
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Re: Orange River Wild Ride
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2018, 12:47:45 pm »
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Re: Orange River Wild Ride
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2018, 12:49:40 pm »
Will you slice the daily videos into this RR?

Great idea Amsterdam. I ill do.
 

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Re: Orange River Wild Ride
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2018, 12:54:31 pm »
Andre from Stellenbosch who was on this tour has compiled a couple of videos of the trip (with a little artistic licence I might add).

I'll include them in the ride report as they definitely add another dimension.

Here is day 1 - Van Rhynsdorp to Orange River .

https://youtu.be/pIETmLeilUM
 
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Re: Orange River Wild Ride
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2018, 01:00:20 pm »
More of day 1 and a visit to the beautiful catholic chapel in Pella.
 

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Re: Orange River Wild Ride
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2018, 01:04:11 pm »
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Re: Orange River Wild Ride
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2018, 01:13:37 pm »
Day 2 is one of the best days you'll spend on a bike. Sandy twee spoor, canyon river beds and mind blowing views. Two hundred kilos of wow riding.

The track winds toad from the Orange River all the way to the lodge just beyond Vioolsdrift.

See 'Andre from Stellenbosch's) video.

https://youtu.be/ZLf48I229Rs
 

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Re: Orange River Wild Ride
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Re: Orange River Wild Ride
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2018, 01:22:16 pm »
Looks wesome :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Orange River Wild Ride
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2018, 01:49:15 pm »
Day 3:

This was always going to be a tough one with a tough new route and to rough for the support vehicle to follow. An early start into the Richtersveld , thick sand and rocky river beds awaited. an hour in the EXC500 had a fuel filter issue that we managed to unblock but damage had been done to the fuel pumped it died after an hours riding. Our satellite phone to the rescue and I headed off to meet the back-up team. We always carry a couple of fuel pumps for this very issue. I hastily packed the pump in my camel pack and headed back to meet the gang , only to meet them just up the road. They had decided to tow the 500 to save some time.  We swopped the pump, grabbed some lunch and continued on our journey. With a couple of hours lost on what was always going to be a long day the group voted to complete the entire route, with full knowledge the last bit would require some artificial lighting on rough 4x4 terrain. The last 90mins of slow riding were in the dark on a beautiful evening and turned into a highlight of the tour.

This is a long tough day on a bike but over some breathtaking terrain. A few heart in your moments on the technical descents but we helped each other through through a day everybody rated as one of their best ever on a bike. back at the hotel Andrea announced it was his 55th birthday, not that we needed an excuse for a party.
 

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Re: Orange River Wild Ride
« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2018, 01:55:31 pm »
Day 3 had three separate videos from Andre from Stellenbosch.

https://youtu.be/xViGVWjnZYI

https://youtu.be/9Kbfxh4ily4

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