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Offline daveh

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Two sixty somethings go to Die Hel and back
« on: December 06, 2018, 01:14:55 pm »
Another one ticked off on the bucket list.

Day 1  Cape town to Ladismith
Stopped in Robertson for a quick break and coffee and then on to Barrydale.


Last time we were in Barrydale, Diesel and cream was closed so this time we had to stop again. Turkish delight milkshake- jummy!





Overnight stop Ladismith. Dinner was a 1/2 m Rib Gatsby shared - another first for the wife at R95.00 , what a bargain



Day 2  Hot as Hel  Gravel roads from Carlitzdorp to Swartberg pass


Quick cooldrink stop at kobus se Gat



Then up Swartberg Pass and onto die Hel








Can you spot your mug??


Temp was over 42 deg in the valley, now I know where the saying "hot as hell " comes from


Day 3 - Die Hel to Oudtshoorn via Prince Albert




Swartberg Pass






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Re: Two sixty somethings go to Die Hel and back
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 01:16:34 pm »
mooi thanks for sharing, also on my list of to do's..
 

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Re: Two sixty somethings go to Die Hel and back
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2018, 01:21:37 pm »
Day 3.
Overnight accommodation: Highly recommended  R730.00 per night for the two of us including a huge breakfast buffet that is one of the best I have had.

Dinner




Day 4 Robertson Pass, gravel to Little Brak river and a swim




Stilbaai

Overnight in Swellendam
Day 5 Swellendam - home
Breakfast at Peregrine farm stall




So the question is Die Hel more difficult than Sani Pass? I think so due to the road being much narrower and longer,what do others think?
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Re: Two sixty somethings go to Die Hel and back
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2018, 03:02:14 pm »
Lekkerman, al daai plekke nog op my emmerlys. Dankie vir deel en lekker kiekies!
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Re: Two sixty somethings go to Die Hel and back
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2018, 08:19:01 am »
Love your photo's, thanks for sharing!  :biggrin:

And kudos to you and the lovely wife, looks like a few long days in the saddle, and some hairy gravel :thumleft:

Few more places for the bucketlist :deal:
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Re: Two sixty somethings go to Die Hel and back
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2018, 08:28:48 am »
That Rib Gatsby looks delicious  :drif:

Nice photos, thanks for sharing!
 

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Re: Two sixty somethings go to Die Hel and back
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2018, 12:34:05 pm »
Sani in its current condition is much more technical, Die Hel road is more dangerous by virtue of its length and isolation.


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Re: Two sixty somethings go to Die Hel and back
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2018, 01:22:19 pm »
We did Sani last year in May two up, but I guess things can change quite quickly after rain, or in a year.  I do remember Sani being a lot looser in certain areas,, also a lot wider than most of Die Hel's road.
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2018, 08:09:36 pm »
Very nice, you guys came passed us on Saturday morning as we were going in...


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Re: Two sixty somethings go to Die Hel and back
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2018, 02:29:14 pm »
Take it you went in for the day?  How often have you done that ride ??
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