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Offline benreaper

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Sunday Funday to Stettynkloof
« on: September 17, 2018, 10:36:34 pm »
Sunday morning we woke up to beautiful sunny weather and I decided to take my boy fishing for the day.

Packed my tackle box, some water and muffins for snacks into my newly acquired Nomad bike bag and tied it down to the back of the DR along with a couple of bass spinning rods.

Loaded the little guy onto the back and headed out of town towards Rawsonville on the Nekkies Road until we reached the Lowshoek turnoff wich takes you straight up to the gate where the tar ends and the Stettynkloof fun begins.

Took it slow and steady up the kloof as the road surface is a mix of sandy loose gravel and lots of corrugation. The road consists of a 16km gravel pass that leads you through the kloof and up to the Stettyn Dam hidden in the Hawequas Mountains.

We got to the dam unloaded the bike and proceeded to spin for bass for about two hours before throwing in the towel, no fish caught.....
The sun was shining down but a very strong cold wind came tearing from further up the kloof and over the dam towards us, this saw us spending most of our session in one small corner of the dam hiding from the wind and presumably this wind and cold air causing a drop in tempretare and air pressure was the cause of us not catching anything ......

We packed everything back on the bike and headed back down the kloof again stopping every now and then to take in some views and take a few photos.

Before reaching town on our way back I turned of the tar again onto a gravel road that runs along the Breede River and also has a few small roads branching out into the veld, some nice jeeptrack to play on. We use to come mess around in the mud here with my Baja Bug years ago.

From here we headed back to town and home after a fun day on the bike. Just me and my boy spending some quality time doing things we love.
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Re: Sunday Funday to Stettynkloof
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2018, 12:13:46 am »
Ah that sounds idyllic! Glad your boy enjoyed it so much too, DRs aren't the most comfortable for pillioning :o

Beautiful location, and lekker gravel roads too :ricky:

Did a quick search on the location, and another blog mentions (long ago) that the road towards the dam is restricted as there's a private farm before the Stettynskloof Nature Reserve (Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway), and you also need a permit for the reserve. Is this still the case? Because I would dearly love to go ride there  :drif: :drif: :drif:
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Re: Sunday Funday to Stettynkloof
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2018, 05:30:36 am »
That is good parenting and making memories! :thumleft:
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Re: Sunday Funday to Stettynkloof
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2018, 12:23:57 pm »
Ah that sounds idyllic! Glad your boy enjoyed it so much too, DRs aren't the most comfortable for pillioning :o

Beautiful location, and lekker gravel roads too :ricky:

Did a quick search on the location, and another blog mentions (long ago) that the road towards the dam is restricted as there's a private farm before the Stettynskloof Nature Reserve (Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway), and you also need a permit for the reserve. Is this still the case? Because I would dearly love to go ride there  :drif: :drif: :drif:
Hi @Ri, the road is indeed closed of to the general public, as the first part is private land and the rest is municipal road taking you up to the dam through the nature reserve.
We have permision from the farmer to use the road to access the dam. If you camp at The Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway on the farm  you also have access to the road up to the dam. Additionally they also have a few cottages you can stay in and a huge grass picnic spot on the river bank where you can also swim in the rock pools.

I believe the permit you read of is for fishing in the river further up from the campsite. These waters are controlled by the Cape Piscatorial Society. They stock the river with trout for their angling activities.
 
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Re: Sunday Funday to Stettynkloof
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2018, 12:27:30 pm »
That is good parenting and making memories! :thumleft:
Thanks @Oubones, I try my best. Also have to build up brownie points, he will afterall be the one to choose my old age home ons day.