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Impendle Stinker
« on: October 08, 2019, 07:32:56 am »
It had been a while since I had ridden in the Impendle area and I decided it's time to do another Impendle ride.

The weather reports showed that Sunday was going to be a stinker, with temperatures reaching into the 40's. Great stuff, the hotter the better, yeah right.

So we met up at Crossways, my favourite watering hole in Hilton, and 13 of us set off on a nice varied route through Sweetwaters, taylors Halt and Ncwadi to Impendle.

Nice mix of bikes including my 520, a couple of 990's a 690 and a few 790's.





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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2019, 07:36:03 am »
Still smiling :biggrin:
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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2019, 07:42:00 am »
After our drinks break we got to the Impendle Nature Reserve section, which kicks off with a nice rocky descent down into the valley

Simon styling on his 525 and garrin on his 990

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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2019, 07:45:46 am »
It started getting hotter and the track into the valley below got gnarlier

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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2019, 07:48:11 am »
IanB taking the berm at speed
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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2019, 07:50:06 am »
Subscribed this looks like Great fun :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
 

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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2019, 07:58:53 am »
ian b even touching the ground on his way around to show us how easy.
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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2019, 07:59:40 am »
And then we were all down into the valley and looking for some shade, it was getting uncomfortably hot.

Getting out of the valley previously used to be a bit of a challenge, with a nice loose rocky climb to contend with that invariably caught a few people out.

Sadly, like many other places we ride, someone has taken a bulldozer through there and flattened a once challenging track. I am sure some of the guys on the ride weren't complaining about this  ;D
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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2019, 08:02:26 am »
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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2019, 08:13:03 am »
Once out of the valley the guys found some shade to rest up and lick their wounds.

IanB had hurt his foot and was in a bit of pain, luckily someone had brought painkillers, so Ian was tended to.

Mally and I took the opportunity to go exploring. I knew the Umkomaas river was close by, but had never tried to get to it from here before.

After 15 minutes of bush riding we got to the river

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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2019, 08:28:51 am »
Quite a few of the blokes were already indicating to me that they had had enough and were keen to get to the nearest road out of here and make their way home, i think the heat was getting to them


fortunately at this stage the route took us back to the tar road that runs through Impendle, so it was an ideal time to stop and let the guys who have had enough head home and those who still wanted more punishment could opt to continue on to the next section, which would take another plus minus 2 hours.

6 hardy souls decide to continue with the ride and the rest headed home.

We were quite close to the berg at this point and we could see there was an afternoon storm brewing over the mountains, with dark grey clouds and lightening.

We were at the start of the Impendle technical section and had to decide whether to continue and risk getting soaked, or head home. We opted to wait at the entrance to the valley and see what the storm was doing before going down.

A very brief shower did us the favour of cooling us down and then passed over so we were good to go.

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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2019, 08:36:08 am »
Looks like fun !
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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2019, 08:37:00 am »
Before heading down, I told the guys that this section wasn't as tricky as it used to be, there is now a clear path through the rocks, which makes it quite easy. A few years ago it was quite a mission riding through here definitely shouldn't have been attempted on anything bigger than a 650, but now I was quite comfortable telling Andy he would be fine on his Africa Twin.

As I thought, the rocks proved to be a non event, but still a very entertaining ride.

The six of us left

 
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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2019, 08:45:55 am »
The only obstacle left was a small rocky river crossing which changes every time I come here, so you never know what you are going to get.

Last time i rode here I rode straight across on my 520 without a problem, but the 990's needed a bit of help getting across.

This time I got there I saw there was no way I was riding across, so I got off and with the help of Gary we wrestled my light 520 over the rocks.

I could see the 800's and the 1000cc Africa twin were going to be a problem.

But where there's a will there's a way and with some extreme rock moving and rock adding skills we managed to construct a rock pile that we could push the other bikes across.

 
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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2019, 08:51:07 am »
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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2019, 08:57:05 am »
Such were our civil engineering skills that Mally was coaxed into riding his 690 across, which he did with flair

After that it was a simple ride to the dirt road, then back through Impendle, Dargle and home in Hilton by 15h30 where the others hit Crossways for a cold one, but I decided to skip due to the fact that it was my wife's birthday and it would just not be right to spend the whole of her birthday out riding and then drinking beer.
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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2019, 08:59:37 am »
Nice RR thank you  :ricky:

Hats of to the guys on the big bikes.  :o

Personally that it not my thing.  If I had a smaller bike it would be another story.

I like long winding dirt roads with nice scenery on my 800
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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2019, 10:52:30 am »
Great stuff! But that heat could not have been fun - kudos to the die-hards, especially on the big bikes :o
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Re: Impendle Stinker
« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2019, 02:08:09 pm »
Thanks Jon. Enjoyed the ride until I lay down with my bike.
 
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« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2019, 02:32:25 pm »
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