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Offline OomD

A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« on: April 12, 2019, 01:17:02 pm »
There’s only one thing better than a bike trip with your son… another bike trip with your son!

I promised my youngest that we’d do another trip, just the two of us, when he gets his learner’s license. This he did, last year already, but he also had his leg in a frame after a break while ice skating, so we had to postpone.

Eventually though, the school holidays rolled around and his leg was healed, we could pack and go! It wasn’t going to be a long trip, or an exceptionally extreme one. Basically just a longish weekend on the bikes with a bit of a twist. I had booked us for two nights at the Old Mill Drift guest farm and initially planned to ride the pass northwards up to Golden Gate, but after getting advice here (and reading Minxy’s awesome RR of the pass) I decided that perhaps a 350Kg GSA+rider would not be quite the right tool for the job. In addition, off course, to my lack of skills.

So anyway, the obligatory pre-trip photo:


This is a pic of our new Rottweiler puppy. Totally unrelated to this ride report, though, but she's a cool puppy so I'm putting her in here :-)


Away we went! With mini-me only having a learner’s license we had to stay away from highways, so I had worked out a route down to Clarens that takes us on all the back roads. First stop is the usual breakfast at the Deneysville bike museum, but not before a coffee fillup beforehand.




While having breakfast this guy rolls in on this immeculate CBX. Wow I have not seen one of these in many years, and this one was pristine.


Got a nice gravel road south of Deneysville, heading to Heilbron.


Then it was through to Reitz, Bethlehem and then Clarens. Stopped for a quick munch and drink, and headed out to the farm. Quite a mellow ride, with the XR having a top speed on the southern side of 100. It was actually enjoyable to cruise so slow and have time to take in more scenery.

I recall reading that the last 3 or 4 km to the farm was dirt road, but did not expect anything too hectic. It was good, until we got to a point where the road was closed with rocks.


My first though was that some unscrupulous characters had done this in order to rob people when they stop. Thinking of this afterwards it saddened me that this was my first thought. So we quickly moved a rock and proceeded, onto some pretty gnarly rocky sections, until we got to another spot with rocks across the road. Then it dawned on me that the road was actually “closed” on that piece, there was a detour to drive/ride around the bad piece. But we did the bad piece now and it was actually not that bad for us, I guess for cars it would’ve been more of a challenge.

It was amazing to follow this road that meanders next to the river, being the Lesotho border. Gazing across the river we could see only beauty.


Got to the farm and some of the roads here are more challenging, but wow so beautiful.


As we settled in to our little hut we were welcomed by this friendly chap.



« Last Edit: April 12, 2019, 02:04:05 pm by OomD »
 

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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2019, 01:23:32 pm »
 ???

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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2019, 01:43:44 pm »
Hectic! :o
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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2019, 02:04:48 pm »
DAY 2
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During the night we experienced the mother of thunderstorms. For about 2 hours it was hosing down, with lightning and thunder all around. At one point I though the lightning had struck our wendy hut, it was that close and loud. Genugtig I got the biggest fright ever, almost jumped through the tin roof.

The sun rose to a beautiful morning though, the rainstorm a memory and we thought we’d head out to Clarens for a lekker brekkie.

This time we took the detour road, and this is where mini-me promptly lost his front wheel in the muddy slime and let his little XR lie down a bit for a rest. It was at this point we noticed his number plate had broken (rattled) off earlier, so we retraced a bit to pick it up.


This road was snotty as hell, so we stuck to the side where we could ride in the grass for a bit of grip.
When we got to the tar road we assumed the slippery bit was behind us, but little did we know. On one corner the rain had washed tons of mud across the road. I decided to try taking the higher side of the mud section, which seemed a bit dryer. Big mistake, I simply slid down into the mud proper and ended up getting stuck.


Standing on the deep side, at this point the mud was about halfway up my calf. Well above the top of my boots. Luckily my riding pants helped prevent the mud from leaking into the boot proper. So here mini-me and I stood on either side of the bike, rocking it back and forth and using the clutch to try help us get unstuck. Progress was slow, every time the bike moved forward about 30cm we had to stop to pull our legs out of the sucking mud and move a step forward. There was just no way walking the bike while having your feet sucked down.


One of the Lesotho citizens saw us from across the river and wandered over. While we could not understand each other it was clear he wanted to help, and with him pushing from the rear we managed to eventually get the bike past the mud.


Isn’t this what adventure bikes are always supposed to look like?


I was grateful for his help, off course, and felt bad at having only R20 in my wallet. Nevertheless he seemed grateful and went his way back across the river.


Off course, during the effort of getting the bike out of the mud we spun the wheel a few time and this got mini-me quite dirty. Ah well, nothing like a muddy adventure, hey! Onwards to Clarens in our dirty muddy state to sit down for a (by now) well deserved breakfast. Never had bacon and eggs tasted so good!

Riding back to the farm later I Was sure to take the high side of the mud patch with a bit of speed, and cleared it nicely.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the farm. They have horses, one of which was either hungry or wanted out because he kept on biting o the fence post and pulling it. Was the weirdest sight.


The rock formations close to Clarens are something to behold.



Thank goodness there was no storm again this evening, and we slept soundly after spending some time gazing at stars.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2019, 02:15:43 pm by OomD »
 

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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2019, 02:05:24 pm »
DAY 3
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It was time to leave the farm and head back up to the vaal river for the twist in the tale… but first  grab a more detailed pic of the text on the dinosour signboard close to the farm.


It truly is a beautiful country we live in, and a beautiful country that we surround.



And then a stop at the Ash river outlet to educate mini-me about the Lesotho highlands water project,



A quick stop and bum break.


Northwards we went up to Vanderbijl park, where we had booked a house boat to stay one night on. Now, we are not big boat people, so the idea of sleeping on a boat on the river sounded splendid.




So we got the boat until the next morning, and then went cruising the river a bit. It’s astounding to see the houses next to the river bank, almost all of them having boats moored at their private jetties. Expected, of course, why else would you have a house on the river?


Cruising was slow and mellow, just enjoying the views and watching the birds while relaxing with something refreshing to drink.




Growing hungry we went to a restaurant (I forget the name, maybe Stone on Vaal or something) that has mooring space for boats. Grabbed some chow before heading back to the boat as night came.




But geez, did we underestimate the mozzies! My donner, the boat was swarming with them, until we realized there was a window open. Tiredness came later and we were lulled to sleep with the gentle rocking of the boat on the water. What a pleasant sleep!
 

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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2019, 02:05:44 pm »
DAY 4
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All too soon the trip neared then end, and we had to head home. A lovely time we had, spending time with your son like this rates amongst my most valuable memories.


Back home it was time to wash the  bikes, washing almost half of the farm roads down our driveway.

 
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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2019, 02:18:52 pm »
Very very awesome trip! :thumleft:
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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2019, 02:34:23 pm »
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just wanna have fun , and ride ... and ....... ride
 

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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2019, 02:37:20 pm »
sommer lekker

how much did the boat cost for the night , ???  booking details
??
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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2019, 02:39:58 pm »
sommer lekker

how much did the boat cost for the night , ???  booking details
??
http://cruise-n-snooze.co.za

We paid R1250 if I recall, in addition to a deposit which was refunded afterwards. We caught the good pricing though, just before the easter prices.
 
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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2019, 03:04:03 pm »
Lekker, man!!!

Awesome trippie!!
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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2019, 05:12:25 pm »
Lekker, every RR should include a dog photo or two.

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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2019, 07:09:50 pm »
Dit lyk na 'n kick-ass naweek. Ek sal daai boot moet gaan soek. Ek en die dame sal dit moet try.

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« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2019, 07:36:10 pm »
Awesome report. Did a trip recently with my two boys 18, and11 years old..as well. Clanners to morkweng. It was tough but awesome.. Would you mind sharing the map. Seems a nice trip. Will be riding from Springs, on the eastrand. Want to do a family trip. 5 people and 3 bikes, and this looks ideal
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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2019, 08:47:00 pm »
Nice... this looks like something I should out on my bucket list.

Junior didn't fall, or let the bike have a nap... he just had a side-stand incident  :biggrin:
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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2019, 10:38:26 am »
Thanks for sharing OomD

Nice trip you guys did there, nothing as special as some father son bonding time
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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2019, 11:57:16 am »
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Re: A school holiday, and time on my hands.
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2019, 12:19:35 pm »
Hi there do you perhaps have a more detailed route/directions that you took. I am also planning a ride down to Clarens, and would like to avoid the N3 if I can.