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Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« on: February 25, 2019, 10:55:06 am »
Was high time to do a ride again however 2-3 day trips are a rarity due to work and family so I decided to go see a place that I have never visited before but the catch being I only had 1 day. So I prepped Saturday and early Sunday morning I was off at 6am. I knew it was a push so decided to take the dreaded tar up to Middelburg to save some time. From there the N35 until the dirt started. Lots of rain the last couple of months so everything was green and dust minimal, perfect for riding. First stop somewhere between the R542 and the N11, ones mood quickly changes once the dreaded tar is left behind. From here I headed north east, the whole area covered generously with water and power stations ! The views were starting to get better and better with dirt roads as far as the eye can see.
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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2019, 10:59:56 am »
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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2019, 11:06:37 am »
I was heading to Badplaas then back via Chrissiesmeer, places I have never visited before. I was using a basic app called Maprika over which I just overlaid a route I imported from Gmail. This worked really well. The basic map is pre loaded so you use no data to scroll around and the phones GPS shows you exactly where you are. Now I just need a good phone mount. The further I went into Mpumalanga the more scenic it got. First rolling hills then mountains started to appear. This track was getting better and better. In the distance I could see it snaking through the mountain, to my right a small river running through the valley. At one of the bridges I decided it's time for a break, a 2nd breakfast so to speak. It's never a bad time to have some droewors and watch nature in it's green splendour. I saw some swallows diving scooping up some water from the stream no doubt getting ready for the trek to the Northern Hemisphere soon.
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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2019, 11:27:41 am »
After a 30min rest I was off soon crossing another bridge before heading towards a place I have read about on the forum a long time ago, the Hamlet of Bonnefoi. On my way there another farm building of a bygone era. Bonnefoi certainly sounded interesting however I did not have it marked on my phone and almost rode straight past luckily I got a glimpse of the buildings to my right after a t junction turn off. Time for some exploring. Most buildings it seems dates from the late 1800's to early 1900's. The post office is closest to the road with the main house some way in between the trees, there was a locked gate so I could not get close to the house. I always try to imagine what the atmosphere must have been like back in the day, the post office it seems is built out of sand stone with cast iron pillars supporting the roof on the stoep. Inside not much left except for a small round table attached to a supporting beam. Some more info here

http://www.everard-group.com/page3.htm

The house garden still had some flowers in bloom most likely survivors from the original garden, colour in a sea of green.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2019, 12:22:18 pm by sidetrack »
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http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 
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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2019, 11:28:26 am »
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http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 
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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2019, 12:03:06 pm »
From here I dropped into the valley heading south. I followed a track heading east through some plantation roads then heading up for some very nice vistas at the top. The weather could not have been better. From the plateau the road split left towards Badplaas right towards Chrissiesmeer. I would ride the same pass twice coming back, it was only about 32km in length so worth going through to Badplaas. I had no real plan for going there only to fill up fuel and get a bite to eat. Riding the pass towards Badplaas I saw some of the biggest Kudu's I have ever seen, never knew they liked hanging round the forestry plantations. Slowed the pace a bit imagining one jumping out in front of me ! Badplaas well I made it,  also it has a new name eManzana which explains why the heck I saw very few signs for it. The town itself quite small and well known for the hot springs.

The spring became very popular when gold was discovered in the De Kaap Valley (near Barberton). Prospectors would visit there on weekends to get away from their strenuous work of digging for gold. On 6 November 1893, the government claimed the springs to develop a health resort for public use in perpetuity.[3] It was proclaimed in December 1947.[3] The Protea Group managed this Aventura Resort for a time, but the resort has now been purchased by the Forever Resorts Group.[4]

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http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 
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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2019, 12:12:35 pm »
The Mpumalanga like most of us knows it with rolling green hills in every direction, beautiful and so good to be out and about on the bike on new roads. Keeping an eye on the clock it was now 12:30 and I knew it would take another 6 hours to get home. Bit of a rush but I was off again up the pass past Kudu Mecca towards my next stop Chrissiesmeer. The whole area is a natural wetland with about 270 lakes in total. It was not too long before the first lake came into view. I left the mountains behind and were now back on the plains again. Chrissiesmeer a small town with a NG Church and yellow clivias / Afrikaner flowers in it's garden. Does not get more SA than that for just about any rural town. One or two little shops in town where people put in some effort to make it look good and do some business while the majority of folk hang around in the street blink gedrink, quite sad.
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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2019, 12:19:08 pm »
More at Chrissiesmeer
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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2019, 12:25:14 pm »
From Chrissiesmeer it was a fast straight road along a massive lake towards my next turnoff which would take me back west. The last couple of good tracks before I would once again hook up on the dreaded tar towards Pretoria. I stopped at the house on 700km for the day exactly. Good day out and managed to see some new places, but really need more time to take it in. Thanks for reading.
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http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 
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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2019, 12:45:50 pm »
Lekker  :thumleft: :thumleft:
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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2019, 12:55:06 pm »
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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2019, 01:53:15 pm »
Jealous i am :ricky:

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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2019, 02:26:57 pm »
Very nice pics @sidetrack
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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2019, 02:33:57 pm »
Very nice pics @sidetrack
I rode from Nelspruit to Pretoria on Sunday but decided to rather go via Sabie, Lydenburg, Dullstroom, Loskop
Nice, the coal belt is not first choice for scenic riding but was the best way to get to Badplaas. Badplaas and surrounds I really enjoyed. Always good to ride new places.
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« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2019, 05:39:08 pm »
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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2019, 05:42:23 pm »
We are indeed fortunate to live here. Great pics
 

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Re: Badplaas or bust, the green loop
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2019, 08:00:01 am »
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