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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #340 on: August 28, 2020, 10:08:37 am »
Thanks for all the effort in putting the TSAT together  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #341 on: August 29, 2020, 09:26:08 pm »


Any EC sections you want ridden just shout - probably going Katberg/Hogsback direction this weekend.  :thumleft: :ricky: :ricky:
Hi I have this in and around Hogsback, how rough is section 46 and 47 ? Best route to take the 47 or 48S ? Northern one looks to be more scenic and has some extra passes ?

46 is scenic and good riding. 47 - Mitchels Pass used to be hectic but was rebuit and not rough now (will have another look this wekend) 47 - from Seymour to Katbeg Pass is fine but 47 - Katberg Pass itself is a lot more challenging and washed out to bedrock these days, with some step-ups, 48S is fine riding and very scenic (actually the whole area) and would be easier than the 47 Katberg Pass piece I thnk. But both are great adventure riding. The Rally Raid is being held at Hogsback this weekend with 150 riders so I am sure these routes will get ridden and you should have first hand current feedback.
[/quote]Yes see some good roads there
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Ok so those maps must be an old Rally Raid but do show some routes in the area. Just an update on 47 Mitchells Pass - after they rebuilt it a few years ago it was a veritable gravel highway having been virtually impassable at one stage. Well now it is starting to return to its previous ignominious state! Still quite rideable by intermediate riders, with a few washed out areas starting to show bedrock again. Momentum is key. Avoid if possible if very wet. They should really repair it now while they can.
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #342 on: August 30, 2020, 12:17:13 pm »
Just came across this thread. Think it's a great idea, but where can I see the full route? The .gpx linked on the first thread is 3.5kb and contains only one waypoint (Mankele campsite).  :-\
 

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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #343 on: August 31, 2020, 07:23:21 am »
Just came across this thread. Think it's a great idea, but where can I see the full route? The .gpx linked on the first thread is 3.5kb and contains only one waypoint (Mankele campsite).  :-\
It's fixed, correct file uploaded (16MB)
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #344 on: August 31, 2020, 10:58:08 pm »
Thanks for fixing!

We actually did tracks 71, 72 & 73 (Middelpos, Gannaga, Eselbank, Ceres) about a week ago. The Doring crossing at Uitspankraal was not passable by 4x4, but they have a new & improved bike pont. Basically, you strap your bike to a makeshift frame and swim it across. Much fun. See https://www.facebook.com/Uitspankraal/posts/2503868433049513
I can vouch that it will easily carry a loaded 1290. Just keep your boots on... I slipped in the mud on the bank and removed a toe nail.

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Gannaga pass

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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #345 on: September 01, 2020, 07:58:14 am »
Thanks for fixing!

We actually did tracks 71, 72 & 73 (Middelpos, Gannaga, Eselbank, Ceres) about a week ago. The Doring crossing at Uitspankraal was not passable by 4x4, but they have a new & improved bike pont. Basically, you strap your bike to a makeshift frame and swim it across. Much fun. See https://www.facebook.com/Uitspankraal/posts/2503868433049513
I can vouch that it will easily carry a loaded 1290. Just keep your boots on... I slipped in the mud on the bank and removed a toe nail.

Towards Middelpos:

Gannaga pass

Getting some pussy at Gannaga lodge

Blinkvlei pan?


Uitspankraal


Great thanks a lot, so the water crossing is on the TSAT route ?
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #346 on: September 01, 2020, 08:44:10 am »
Confirmed sections ridden to be marked in green
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #347 on: September 01, 2020, 09:00:03 am »
Confirmed sections ridden to be marked in green
Perhaps note somewhere the (approx) date it was ridden?

@sidetrack - this is coming along big time. It will be fantastic when done (not it will ever be "done" - there will be continuous updates and add-ons, I guess).

Do you have any plans to "market" the TSAT when at operational status? Like on the US and EU adv forums? And with local service/accomm providers? (Not really necessary for me to know all these details; I'm just following this keenly simply because I'm captivated by your vision and enthusiasm!)  :thumleft:
 

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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #348 on: September 01, 2020, 09:13:49 am »
Confirmed sections ridden to be marked in green
Perhaps note somewhere the (approx) date it was ridden?

@sidetrack - this is coming along big time. It will be fantastic when done (not it will ever be "done" - there will be continuous updates and add-ons, I guess).

Do you have any plans to "market" the TSAT when at operational status? Like on the US and EU adv forums? And with local service/accomm providers? (Not really necessary for me to know all these details; I'm just following this keenly simply because I'm captivated by your vision and enthusiasm!)  :thumleft:
That would be great but it will take some doing, I'm only adding bits and bobs here and there in between my real work  ::) Progress is slow and I don't really have a mind for business as I can attest by always selling my bikes for a loss  :lol8: But one can always try. Yes not sure if it will ever be 100%, just the accommodation for example I pulled of GE as they are close or near the route. Cant say if they all still exist or will even be motorcycle friendly but as a collective I'm sure we can get this to work.
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #349 on: September 01, 2020, 09:14:58 am »
Thanks for fixing!

We actually did tracks 71, 72 & 73 (Middelpos, Gannaga, Eselbank, Ceres) about a week ago. The Doring crossing at Uitspankraal was not passable by 4x4, but they have a new & improved bike pont. Basically, you strap your bike to a makeshift frame and swim it across. Much fun. See https://www.facebook.com/Uitspankraal/posts/2503868433049513
I can vouch that it will easily carry a loaded 1290. Just keep your boots on... I slipped in the mud on the bank and removed a toe nail.

Towards Middelpos:

Gannaga pass

Getting some pussy at Gannaga lodge

Blinkvlei pan?


Uitspankraal


May I use some of the photos for the Instagram page ? If you can remember on which section it was taken ?
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #350 on: September 02, 2020, 09:07:19 am »
Great thanks a lot, so the water crossing is on the TSAT route ?

Yes, Track 72 where it crosses the Doringrivier
May I use some of the photos for the Instagram page ? If you can remember on which section it was taken ?

No problem with me, but I'll have to check with the other guys first.
The first pic is towards the end of Track #70, Gannaga lodge and pass is on #71, and the rest are all on #72
 

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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #351 on: September 02, 2020, 05:33:19 pm »
Keep in mind, I've been told that much of that route (track #72) crosses private land. There are a number of gates to open & close.
If you do decide to travel this route, please be considerate and respect the land owners, i.e. take it slow.
 

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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #352 on: October 03, 2020, 03:17:10 pm »
@sidetrack I rode the section with the turnoff between Roosenekal and Lydenburg about 2 days ago. I think it was the Beetge turnoff. There are some technical rocky sections and amazing views. Only problem is after all that there's a locked black gate about three quarters into the route to the R37. Strange as the previous 3 gates I went through were just closed. So that option would be just go check the views and come back or find some way to get through there (maybe there's someone at Salberg river retreat that can open or has the combo or whatever).

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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #353 on: October 03, 2020, 03:32:33 pm »
Big problem in SA compared to Euro TET ... farm security and gates being locked even on public roads ...  :o
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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #354 on: October 03, 2020, 03:55:18 pm »
Ja nee, bit of a kak one. In hindsight I could have used my reverse/selfie camera and checked the sign on the gate for a number or something but 20/20 and all that. It was still a lekker ride back climbing up the rocks.

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Re: TSAT (Trans South Africa Trail)
« Reply #355 on: October 04, 2020, 05:57:31 pm »
@sidetrack I rode the section with the turnoff between Roosenekal and Lydenburg about 2 days ago. I think it was the Beetge turnoff. There are some technical rocky sections and amazing views. Only problem is after all that there's a locked black gate about three quarters into the route to the R37. Strange as the previous 3 gates I went through were just closed. So that option would be just go check the views and come back or find some way to get through there (maybe there's someone at Salberg river retreat that can open or has the combo or whatever).

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Thanks there is another option Hazyview side. I have tried to call Salberg a number of times but the number on the internet does not work.
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