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Clanners to Morokweng
« on: April 05, 2019, 05:09:57 pm »
Couple of us are riding to the four meteor impact sites in SA. @Pyscho Porra @MRK Miller @Abre @paul mckinlay
Vredefort - done.
Tswaing - done.
Kalkkop - planning.
2 weeks ago it was to Morokweng in the NW.
Hot as hell and plenty sand but an awesome ride over 4 days . Camera on my new phone doesn't take the greatest actions shots but anway...

Day1 - Pinehaven to Kameel

« Last Edit: April 05, 2019, 05:38:51 pm by McSack »
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2019, 05:22:52 pm »
A muddy patch or 2 between the sand and the dust  ???
 

My battery died resulting in a bit of excitement but the  beers in the farm dam and a braai after more than made up for it. What a lekker campsite at Kameel rust en vrede
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2019, 05:30:12 pm »
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2019, 08:14:36 pm »
 :sip:

McSack, what is your criteria for taking the AT, Fugly or Sten on a trip.  You still have the Yamaha?
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2019, 04:54:38 am »
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McSack, what is your criteria for taking the AT, Fugly or Sten on a trip.  You still have the Yamaha?
Still got the S10 Kobus
Depends on the kind of ride expected.
This trip was with some mate's from the KLR Clan so pretty much a no brainier....but we were expecting sand so the lighter bike made sense.

The S10  was the choice for a recent ride to Katse which was dirt highway and tar

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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2019, 09:27:03 am »


Was a lekker ride doing North West by the beach
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2019, 11:27:00 am »
Lyk na 'n lekker trip sover.

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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2019, 12:08:42 pm »
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2019, 04:36:54 pm »

My battery died resulting in a bit of excitement ...
So the battery story ...
The above pic was not me rudely gesturing at Porra ...it was me trying to explain to him that I needed to attend to my injured finger before it developed gangrene and fell off

At this roadside smoke-break , I took pity on the local flora and applied some drought relieve to a few of the sad looking bushes. It was one of those ballast flushers that brings a thousand yard stare to a man's eye and leaves you with that lekker little shiver at the end ... the local creatures were in two minds on evacuating the area or building little arks and herding other on two by two... but I digress ...

My musings resulted in me being a bit late kitting up and when everyone else roared off down the drag, my donkey gave a little hiccup , a half-hearted fart and a wheeze and that was it - no starty
Sh!t. Have you ever tried to push start a bike on your own along a flat road in full kit. Ma se hare! Thought I was going to kots my lungs out through my ears with all the strain, but eventually the bike wheezed to life and I blasted off in pursuit of the group. In my haste, I never saw them and they never saw me so I missed the turnoff and landed up in the arse end of Mafekeng. I was coming up to the N18 which would take me all the way to Stella so I decided to stop under a tree and send the guys a message that I would slab it to the overnight stop. Mission complete, but as I started pulling off again the bike cut out and that was it ...dead
Only thing I could think of was maybe a loose battery terminal, or one of the switch mods/overrides gone wonky, so off with all the gear and started stripping the bike. Unfortunately it wasn't that simple ...dead as  a doornail
In the meantime, Porra had realized I was missing and after a few calls and some directions he found me under the tree and we proceed to strip his battery off the the honey badger and try get my bike started with it. That also didn't work
Locals stopped by with offers of help, fetching beers from the local shabeen (that helped  8) ) ...we pushed, we pulled, we stripped bikes and put them back together but no go
Lucky for us, all fuglies come with a KLR-on-call membership - @Groenie  to the rescue  :thumleft:. Charna, I owe you quite some few beers. Turns out the starter solenoid had kukked; and with it being a fugly there was a quick blou-draad en tang solution. Mine does not look this neat(yet), but this was the fix
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2019, 05:00:25 pm »
Sometimes I will do the weirdest shit at inopportune times. My tool tube is kept closed with thin cable tie (of which I have hundreds) and for some reason , at this breakdown, I decided I needed to save that little cable tie.... by  trying to open it with the recently oversharpened blade of my leatherman. Dumbass! Almost sliced the tip of my finger off and with medical kit packed somewhere in the bowels of our luggage, Porra and I sorted a "quick fix" with a piece of old lappie and some insulation tape. Of course it was a moerse cut ! so it needed a moerse lot of insulation tape! Ja ...so anyway ...
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2019, 05:26:58 pm »
Day 2 - Kameel to the middle of Morokweng crater and back
Morokweng impact crater is buried beneath the dust of the Kalahari so you can't actually see it. It is over 160km in diameter and is estimated to be around 145 million years old
What makes this crater interesting is that there is melt-sheet of at around 870m thick - that is rock that was liquified in the base of the crater by the heat of the impact (that is metres ...not a typo). Unique to Morokweng's melt sheet is the discovery of a large (25-cm) fossil meteorite. Never before has such a boulder-sized chunk of the impactor been found within the crater. Previously, researchers have found fossil meteorites in crater ejecta deposits , but finding a large fragment inside a huge crater has been deemed nearly impossible. The Morokweng fossil meteorite is a rare find. It is a surviving remnant of a much larger projectile that blasted out the crater. Its existence challenges the accepted idea that large bodies hit with such energy that they are melted or vaporized within seconds of impact. (http://www.psrd.hawaii.edu/June06/Morokweng.html

So the original plan of riding to the middle of the crater and then heading up to Bray was toast because I needed to get a new battery. There wasn't anyone else pulling in to the campsite so we organised to stay another night. Sourced a battery from Midas in Vryburg (hell they sell a crapload of batteries) and we headed out
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2019, 05:35:55 pm »
Some really awesome riding through a couple of farms (of course there were gates to open and close) and miles and miles of fantastic dirt with a few sand pits to keep us awake




...and then we came to this turnoff... and the fun really started . A 25 km sand monster that the owner of Bignello's had described as having "only a little bit of sand here and there "  :o   :imaposer:









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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2019, 05:54:12 pm »
... and donkeys ...hundreds of them  roaming around all over the place.
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2019, 06:17:40 pm »
Thank you to Paul for the idea and planning. It was an epic experience.
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2019, 06:44:09 pm »
Looking forward to it.
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2019, 06:55:21 pm »
Nice RR for a bunch of guys riding Karel Aars. Looks like a lekka trip!
 

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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2019, 07:06:26 pm »
Nice RR for a bunch of guys riding Karel Aars. Looks like a lekka trip!

Karel Aars :imaposer:

At least they performed flawlessly. Six bikes covering at least 1300km each and one puncture is the only damage. We won't say how much top-up oil was used.
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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2019, 08:32:54 pm »
Makes me wanna start singing “ver innie ou kalahari”

Very well written


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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2019, 10:38:52 pm »
Lekker  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Clanners to Morokweng
« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2019, 10:47:47 pm »
More please .

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