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Offline MRK Miller

Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« on: January 07, 2019, 02:45:11 am »
In 2019, may we all ride under the umbrella of wisdom and love, granted to us by the one and only living God of all creation, so that we may be witness to others of His greatness and glory. Let us enjoy the best of His creation, on the most remote roads, because He brought adventure riding on our way, so we can share those places, with those not able to reach them

My wife and kids surprised me with a new helmet
 
We also managed to do some riding aroud Marakele and the road to Doornpoort dam. Around marakele was the hole family.
We trailored the bikes up to Abba game lodge which we used as base camp, and our camp for x-mas.

 

 

There was a lot of sand and Monica struggled. Cannot really blame her as the tires on her bike are close to slick, and there was just not enough time to change them. Well recon if i really wanted to it could have been possible, since i just got some pretty second hand tires the week before, from a fellow klr rider. But she managed really well although the going was very slow. Meant we could see more then. We started with Rankins pass, and proceeded to Jan Trichards pass

 

 

 
Some art in the sand from Eben after he found a can with a girls name that is in is school
 
The previous day Rikus and myself went into town for some much needed stuff we forgot at home. Extention, plugs, Lights and so forth and so forth. We filled up our bikes with petrol. So on the road Monica informed me she had gone onto reserve. So some fuel was taken from my bike 2L and Rikus bike 2L. We though 4L would be anough, but it was not to be. So after the break we ventured on to Rankins pass
 
I forgot to mention, Eben was riding pillion with his boet, and Anika was on my back

 
Anika and myself

 
Some awesome scenery

 
We passed the "swaers hoek gelofte terein" , with not much going on there

 
On Jan Trichards pass

 
And down the other side

 

 
The two Boeties

 The choices of life. Which road to take.But luckily, We were pre-planned and Bakkers pass it was

 
Those mountains make such a excellent background

 
The road here was more rocky

 

 
We saw some rhino in the bush and stopped for a break hoping they would come more into the open for a pic but no luck.

 

The shade and the cool drinks were welcome though as it was really starting to heat up now from the early morning start
And onward we venture, in search of the vulture feeding area, which shows on base camp but no where to be found. We did how ever pass a adv bikers camp, which could serve as a next camp for a get together perhaps

 

After we passed a abandoned carola on the road with the words "car broken please help on the window, we stopped for another pic at this tree overhang.

 
A little further on the tour bus with the unfortunate couple of the carola passed us and the driver inquired how far the car still was. Information exchanged and we moved on

 And suddenly bakker pass was upon us. Always a awesome sight going down. You can see for miles and miles on a clear day like today

 

 

 

 

 

 

We get to the bottom where we hit tar, just after the checkpoint. Here we need to go right to do the northen border of marakele with which i am not familiar with. But it also pretty late already and every one is looking for a place to eat. According to my calculation we should have been passed the northen part on the tar road to the goat farm for lunch, but with Monica batteling the sand we are pretty far behind sceduel. How do they say. We go as fast as the slowest person. We did bring lots to drink, but not much to eat. So the question too all, do we go right as planned, or left as a shortcut back home. After informing Monica the short way i know has really lots of sand, the other how ever i do not know.Not known for backing out of a challenge, she shows to the right. It is 11h00 so not that late. So of we go again. We find the road with more gravel and a hard under patch and less sand, so the going is better. Suddenly Monica"s arm shoots out to the right and we pull over. Ellies in the bush, but no way to get a good shot with the cell phone camera's. Rikus had passed them and is waiting in front. We see plenty other game, warthog antelope, but sadly no giraffe. So we press on where we find the next turn of to the right again. here is a bit more sand, and we slow down again. The sun is really beating us by now, and we stop often for shade, to get out of the heavy jackets and cool down. Monica desides to ride without the jacket since the going is so slow any way. I also think of doing it, but since i do a fast stint every now and then for phodies i decide to keep my jacket on. At one stage Rikus rides ahead and suddenly comes to a stop and puts his arm in the air. I am fast enough and shut the bike of to coast in. Another ellie, and nice bull, in all his glory. And as is with teenage girls i hear Anika starting to giggle, and the question comes to me. does it not hert him when he bumps it against rocks or tree stumps, or branches. So my simple reply. :dry: 'i don't know, mine does not go that low, and i wear pants. Then the giggle breaks into laughter, and i say nothing further  :blush:

 

 We head off again after the pic's and hit a tweespoor, where we get some folks coming from the front, bmw, africa twin, and Eben reckons he saw a klr. I battle cross the middle trying to get to my side of the track. After that we get nice piece of road again going north. After a last stop and last drinks consumed as the gps reckons it is just 8km to the tar, which is actually as the crow flies, and turned out to be another 18km before we get the check point and the tar road

We go through the checkpoint and take a break, where Monica puts back on the jacket. On the tar road she makes up for the slow pace in the sand. Rikus was starting to feel not so well. He skipped breakfast and the empty tummy was cramping, calling out for something to be filled with. The clouds were gathering in the east. We catch up to Monica where she is standing on the side of the road again. Out of fuel. She though reserve would take her to Vaal water which was our destination now, since i know there is a spar and a nice little restaurant. So i take a litre of fuel from the two bikes and into Monica's bike the fuel goes. just before we reach Vaalwater i Rikus pulling of and think to myself, he must be really sick now, and i make a u-turn. As i am about to rush of to him i see him coming again. It was Eben falling asleep on the back and Rikus moved him to the front of him. We reach Vaalwater where Monica is waiting. Rikus misses the turn of but returns promptly. The spar and restaurant is closed, so of to the fuel station caffy, where we buy pies, just to find the are not well. so cool drinks for all, and ice cream. While gathering ourselves on the nice green grass within the complex the thunder reviles the steady approach of rain. No sooner it starts to come down, and we retreat to the bikes, where we go and park at the fueling station under the roof, while filling up the bikes, Filled up and ready to go we catch a slight break in the rain and make a dash for it. One could also see through the rain to the other side so i knew it would not last long. We make it to the goat farm where we order stuff to eat, all made from goat milk. Not everyone is comfy with the idea so lots of left over to take home. We also get a plate with taste samples of different cheeses. from there we head home, passing through a few more rain storms here and there. Then you dry then you wet. Till we make it back to camp
 

 
 

 

 
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2019, 02:49:58 am »
And the saga continues
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2019, 02:55:08 am »
And still. Love this first pic
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2019, 02:56:52 am »
Almost thete
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2019, 04:56:28 am »
Lekker! :thumleft:
Ander wereld daardie!
Ek het nog nooit daar gery met fiets nie, net bietjie met die kar.
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2019, 04:47:05 pm »
Lekker Man!

This is a  beautiful riding area! Glad you enjoyed it!

PS. I saw you guys trailering the bikes through Modimolle. Looked like there was family fun on the way!
 
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2019, 09:48:29 pm »
Jip it was family fun time. That the  reason we trailored the bikes up there. Use Abba game lodge as base camp. My son and myself did a ride arkund to doorn draai dam as well. Will pkst pics. He saw a leapordon that section
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2019, 09:50:08 pm »
Lekker! :thumleft:
Ander wereld daardie!
Ek het nog nooit daar gery met fiets nie, net bietjie met die kar.
Dankie vir die deel.

is awesome maar baie baie sand :laughing4:
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2019, 10:36:56 pm »
Fotos kan maar net 'n storie mooi vertel.

Die wat al daar gery het, ry weer lekker saam, thanx for sharing.
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2019, 12:07:03 am »
Baie mooi.  :drif: Goeie foto's ook.  :thumleft:


is awesome maar baie baie sand :laughing4:

Waar's die sand? Sien niks op die foto's nie.
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2019, 08:58:14 am »
Fotos kan maar net 'n storie mooi vertel.

Die wat al daar gery het, ry weer lekker saam, thanx for sharing.

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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2019, 01:32:41 pm »
Baie mooi.  :drif: Goeie foto's ook.  :thumleft:


is awesome maar baie baie sand :laughing4:

Waar's die sand? Sien niks op die foto's nie.

In die sand is daar nie tyd vir fotos nie. Ek en my seun het ook die 25ste Doornpoort dam se kant toe gery. Kyk die sand
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2019, 02:18:20 pm »
Baie mooi.  :drif: Goeie foto's ook.  :thumleft:


is awesome maar baie baie sand :laughing4:

Waar's die sand? Sien niks op die foto's nie.
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2019, 02:25:05 pm »
I know the Thabazimbi to Rooiberg road it is sand, the sort you never feel comfortable on too many different backie tracks, never had an off, but it works you 😎
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2019, 04:33:19 pm »
In die sand is daar nie tyd vir fotos nie. Ek en my seun het ook die 25ste Doornpoort dam se kant toe gery. Kyk die sand

Geldige argument.  :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Around Marakele and bakkers pass
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2019, 09:33:13 am »
Net toe ek wil se dis wat ek nog wil gaan ry, onthou ek dat die man wat my sitplek weer moes oortrek na ek sand gevang het, het laas gevra of ek n klein hondjie het? En hoe kom hy oppi seat? Nee Frokkit daai kyk op, maak oop en ander raad ontglip my dadelik en dan vreet die hondjie die seat! Nice RR en dis lekker dat die gesin dit almal saam geniet!
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