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The green hills overnighter
« on: January 30, 2020, 09:36:52 am »
Last weekend Neo and myself headed east to do a 700km loop. Unfortunately the weather was not ideal on Saturday morning but Sunday was bliss. Just after 8 we left Pta and headed east, we were riding in a light drizzle just enough to make it unpleasant as I did not have waterproof pants. Wet boots and underpants are no fun  :o The first bit of dirt close to Hendriena and Neo the wise took one look at the slippery mess and decided to hightail it on the tar towards the closest town for some well deserved lunch. Notice the idiot deciding to stick to the route and ride the dirt  >:D So a plan was made to meet up at the overnight stop Rooihoogte Guest Cottage off the R38 in the Sappi green belt. If anyone need s a stopover here I highly recommend it

http://rooihoogtecottage.co.za/

The rest of the day I would stick to the dirt and the first 50km  or so was scary, super slippery and easy to get it sideways. I could only manage very low speeds which meant it turned out to be a long day in the saddle but as the day went on the sun came out and the track apart from some patches became very enjoyable. The last 50 - 60km through the mountains were perfect, no dust at all.
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Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2020, 09:39:40 am »
Watse bike ry jy Jac?
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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2020, 09:42:33 am »
As I headed further east I found more and more rolling hills with green valleys, the rain was now gone and the bike was eating up the track ahead. Life is good ! In the second picture I was working my way up the mountain side with the Nooitgedacht dam in the distance. This was a really fun bit as the dirt road followed the escarpment with some great views to be had.
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Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2020, 09:49:50 am »
The abandoned hamlet of Bonnefoi, I have been here once before and it is a lekker little stop to rest a bit, some info on google on the place.

It is only then that you find out that this was a town, a town called Bonnefoi and was in its day a missionary church, a post office, a hotel, auction yards, postal horse stables and a giant mansion of a house now silent and brooding with the remnants of an English garden and strangely enough, an antique car still standing in the garage. Then the story comes out, it is a place of romance, a place of determination and the grand home of an art family that made their mark on South Africa’s art history.

I decided to push on as I did not want to get to the overnight spot too late. I will never get tired of the smell of a pine plantations, closer to Rooihoogte I rode through some scenic spots stopping here and there for a photo. We ordered some braai packs for the night and by now was getting lekker hungry, the end of day 1 was close  :ricky:
« Last Edit: January 30, 2020, 09:52:33 am by sidetrack »
Little by little, one travels far

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Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2020, 09:59:46 am »
Nou gaan ons braai, ok so small and basic but what more can one ask after a day in the saddle. Neo arrived much earlier already and went to Badplaas to buy some provisions. He had no close calls sticking to the tar  :biggrin: Meanwhile myself and the bike was dirty as heck but it was worth it, I had a great days ride. Neo is an avid bird watcher and he attempted to spot a Piet My Vrou in a massive pine tree nearby but the little feathered creature knew one or two things about camouflage. The weather looked promising for the next day as the stars were out.
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Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2020, 10:00:39 am »
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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2020, 10:03:38 am »
That Tenere looks awesome :thumleft:
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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2020, 10:03:43 am »
Day 2 the weather was just perfect, the sun was out and not too hot. The tracks were dry now as we made our way over a mountain pass which would eventually lead towards the wetlands of Chrissiesmeer for a late breakfast. Home to more than 270 lakes in a 20km radius area.  The roads were quiet being a Sunday and we did not see any other soul on them.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2020, 10:21:29 am by sidetrack »
Little by little, one travels far

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Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2020, 10:09:11 am »
Now time for a gripe, sometimes I don't know what people are thinking when they do a mod. After buying the bike I noticed it was a moerse mission to get it onto the centre stand I installed only to realize lowering links were fitted, now nothing wrong with that as the 660Z is a tall bike. But these lowering links took it to the extreme, so long in fact that I bottomed the bike out twice where the back wheel made contact on the seat tray over two average ruts ! Right above the tray sits the CDI and various other electronics, I could see this happened before as well as there is a small crack in the plastic  :( Needless to say the links needs to go, if you want a lower bike the XT660R will be a better bet.
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Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2020, 10:10:21 am »
Watse bike ry jy Jac?
Die Fugly is nie myne nie  :biggrin:
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http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2020, 10:10:40 am »
That Tenere looks awesome :thumleft:
Thanks  :thumleft:
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http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2020, 10:11:28 am »
Hopelik ni
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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2020, 10:14:17 am »
Then Chrissiesmeer for breakfast, last time I went through here it was late on a Sunday and everything was closed but now we caught he Billiard Room open. Omelettes were good and we learned a bit of history of the town, it was occupied in the late 1800's by the British soldiers who had the building as you see it today shipped to Chrissiesmeer from England via Cape Town and then on an Ox cart  :o
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http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2020, 10:20:33 am »
More information at hand, it seems the main reason for the town was to be a stopover on the way To Barberton / Moz and Durban. Many of the houses in the main street still dates from the early 1900's. Neo pointed to the one picture of British Troops marching off to battle. "Imagine that was your lot, kill or be killed". Suddenly having to brave a slippery muddy road seemed quite mundane  :P

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Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2020, 10:27:12 am »
A quick ride around the town before we left and headed west following the dirt road next to the Chrissiesmeer dam. After the dam a shot right on a path leading between some farms to rejoin the tar section N17. From here it was basically Breyton then onto Middelburg and the N4 again. Nothing to exiting to report here but certainly the dirt roads around Buffelspruit / Badplaas made it all worth while  :ricky: No issues whatsoever on any of the bikes just a nice enjoyable trip. Neo Za thanks for coming along, untill next time  :thumleft:
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Ride reports :
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2020, 10:28:15 am »
Hopelik ni
Andre lyk hom kwaai, ook al gery baie lekker bike. Hy het al goeie diens gegee !
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http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=134175.0 Penge's pass and the Old Forest http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=9421.0 - Orange Atlantic adventure http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=7514.0 - 805 km day trip http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=20260.0 - East Cape Bash http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70199.0 - Two KTM thumpers head north
 

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2020, 10:32:36 am »
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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2020, 10:34:43 am »
Lekker ride!! I will steal your tracks sometime and head that way....

We went to a wedding at Chrissiesmeer a couple of years back, stayed in the village, was great! Only problem we had was that the Billiard Room was doing duty as a Gin Tasting Venue that weekend too - so we went in to taste Gine - and they had no glasses....  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:

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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2020, 10:36:06 am »
awesome RR and pics!


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Re: The green hills overnighter
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2020, 11:16:47 am »
Thanks for sharing  :thumleft:
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