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Offline Clockwork Orange

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All In A Days Work Part 2
« on: August 25, 2006, 12:15:52 pm »
We are currently involved in a massive re-image project at work which requires that I survey the clients many branches throughout the Western Cape. This trip sent me along the N1 up to Richmond and from there I cut inland and started making my way back to Cape Town.

Day 1 boring tar along the N1 and sleep over in Beaufort West. As it was all tar I felt no point for pic's.

Day 2 Beaufort West to Richmond and then the fun begins. Dirt all the way to Victoria West. Came along this little fort on the route for lack of better discription.



Here is another pic of a railway bridge along the route. The gravel was rock hard after the rains as the heavy vehicles had compacted the roads. Every now and then you would come across a bit of mud with deep ruts in which tend to catch you off guard.



Did more dirt between Victoria West and Carnarvon and when I say you are in the middle of nowhere, I never saw another person/vehicle for approximatel 500 km with the exception of the little dorpies I passed through. This is where things nearly went very wrong. I started to become to relaxed as the condition of the roads had not changed when suddenly as I came over a rise there is a big mud puddle with deep ruts from a truck. I could not avoid it and the back wheel flew out 90 deg to the right. I leaned into it and grabbed a huge handfull to prevent high siding. The result was the back wheel bit and skipped almost 180 deg to the other side. I still kept the throttle wide open and this corrected the bike. I had to stop to remove the seat which was now firmly lodged in my arse.

This again reminded me that when solo and especially in the middle of nowhere one has to ride mote conservatively!!!!



My route then took me through Williston and onto Calvinia where I stayed over for the night. It was blerrie cold in Calvinia and woke up to a nice layer of frost on my seat :shock:



After a good breaky I was on my way to Loeriesfontein. This is a stunning part of the world and the daisies were in full bloom. This was again a dirt road and a fantastic ride.




This pic will give you an idea of the type of road I was on. Very easy riding but enjoyable none the less.



The flowers were stunning.


Unfortunately I have to dash off for a meeting and will only be able to post the rest of the report a little later. Hope you have enjoyed the first part.
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2006, 12:24:13 pm »
SO COOOOOOOOOL!
 

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Re: All In A Days Work Part 2
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2006, 12:27:55 pm »
Quote from: "Clockwork Orange"
We are currently involved in a massive re-image project at work which requires that I survey the clients many branches throughout the Western Cape.


What a lucky guy! Don't you have another survey job for me? :wink:

Nice pics. I think they call your fort a blokhuis in Afrikaans.

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Re: All In A Days Work Part 2
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2006, 12:43:37 pm »
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This again reminded me that when solo and especially in the middle of nowhere one has to ride mote conservatively!!!!...
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Sjoe!


Some people have all the lekka jobs! :roll:
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2006, 01:50:35 pm »
Hi there bud
Yhanks for the pics and report, will be going out to Loeriesfontain tomorrow morning, l will keep a look out for your tyre tracks. Hope to ride there and back in one day, so it should be fun.  :lol:  :?  :shock:  :lol:
 

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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2006, 02:06:08 pm »
Anyhow here I am back for the last part of the trip....Yes, yes sometimes I do love my work......

From Loeriesfontein my next stop was Nieuwoudtville. Around this area the flowers were really impressive.




Just before you get into Nieuwoudtville there is an amazing waterfall. As there had been a lot of rain up there it was really awesome. To get to the falls you have to go through a pedestrian gate and then you have about a 5 minute walk. Fortunately the Katoom fitted nicely through the gate and after some smooth talking they allowed me through.....This is very important for a photo :D




An elderly guy said to me, "Good grief young man you are f@cken lazy, its only a short walk and you are still young" :shock:



From here it was tar to Vanrynsdorp and to Vredendal. Then it was back onto gravel to Lambertsbay and awesome gravel through Elandsbay all the way to the N7 before my last sprint to Cape Town which allowed me just enough time for a quick shower before my poker evening at a friends house and many a cold frostie.

Unfortunately I was on a tight schedule as I found you many "interesting" roads along the route just begging to be explored.

THIS WILL STILL HAPPEN!!!

I must say that doing the trip solo is very satisfying.
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2006, 03:25:49 pm »
thanks for the inspiration on a lazy friday afternoon! it always brings a different dimension to it when you can go riding on your work's account :wink:
 

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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2006, 03:51:50 pm »
Quote from: "Clockwork Orange"
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I must say that doing the trip solo is very satisfying.


As satisfying as a cold Line Larger.

I have been up and down that pass many times, in a car, and was totally unware of that magnificent waterfall. The times I was there it was mid summer tho. Was not even aware of a river :roll:
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2006, 06:46:11 pm »
Great stuff....So many places to ride, so little time..... :x
 

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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2006, 07:13:07 pm »
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Great stuff....So many places to ride, so little time..... :x


Wasn,t it places, bikes, women, ......so little time?

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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2006, 09:46:25 pm »
Nice one Clockwork Orange. Still want your job...

In the winter I often have to scrape the ice from my bike too.

Some seriously cold nuts coming up.....

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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2006, 04:33:08 am »
Very very cool pics.  I can see this forum lining up for your job.  :D
 

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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2006, 07:39:46 am »
Quote from: "Lootch67"
Nice one Clockwork Orange. Still want your job...

In the winter I often have to scrape the ice from my bike too.

Some seriously cold nuts coming up.....



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