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Re: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2020, 10:53:51 pm »
Baie mooi fotos!

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Re: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2020, 06:27:25 am »
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Re: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2020, 08:22:12 am »
Day 2

After the previous nights rain I was worried what the rest of the day will hold. We had 40mm plus so quite a bit of rain. Looking at the GPS it was clear that day 2 would be quite a bit longer than the first. I did not feel like battling mud the whole day especially on my own, I decided to do the first dirt bit and if things looked dodgy I would revert to taking the tarred back roads home. So I left early fueled up and got on my way. Well the dirt was just perfect, seems this area has lots more hard pack gravel (gruis) then mud and it was a joy to ride. It was a bit overcast but no dust and good grip. Glad I decided to check the dirt roads first. The scenery now definitely changed to wide open grasslands.

The route would take me about 40km south of Winburg then turn back and run in a north west region heading up to Erfenisdam. In about 100km of riding I saw one farmer and his 3 dogs !
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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: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2020, 09:42:56 am »
Too lekker!!

Do you have the GPS route perhaps?

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Re: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2020, 10:00:51 am »
I follow the S474 for 81km towards Verkeerdevlei. The track snakes into a valley and I cross a small river with autumn leaves appearing on the bank. I decide to stop here for elevenses and break out some droewors and some other snacks. Looking around complete tranquility, only the birds near the water going about their daily routine. This is a big part of why I ride a DS bike, to get to places like this where you can just be and relax. I spend a good 30mins there before heading off, I really wish I had another day to stretch out this ride.

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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: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2020, 10:02:00 am »
Too lekker!!

Do you have the GPS route perhaps?

Cheers!

Steve
Hello I will post them at the end  :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: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2020, 10:18:46 am »
Too lekker!!

Do you have the GPS route perhaps?

Cheers!

Steve
Hello I will post them at the end  :thumleft:

Cheers!!
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Re: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2020, 11:04:16 am »
The route now took me north again slowly working my way home, their was soft drizzle but not enough to make one wet or uncomfortable and the roads were still in good shape. I had plenty of fuel so skipped heading into Theunissen and instead hugged the Vetrivier. The proximity of the river made the valley nice and green. Out of the blue I saw an old ox wagon on the side of the road with a sign. I turned around to investigate. It seems this was the old "highway" for ox wagons that lead to Bloemfontein. Looking back up the hill one could still see some clearings showing that it certainly was used at some point. It seems back in 1938 an re enactment of the Groot Trek also took place from Cape Town to Pretoria. I'm not sure if this was a wagon that made the journey but it certainly seems to date from that time or even earlier.

Vetrivier was also where a battle that took place on the 4-5th May 1900. I took a picture of the positions of both Boer and Brit. There is also a memorial with names of those who died at this battle. In fact this whole area is quite rich in history from the late to early 1900's. Interesting none of these places are marked on maps or even Google Earth images that I searched for when plotting the route. One crosses many small bridges with streams running into the Vetrivier. Each little drif had a family of Vervet Monkeys chilling in the road until they heard the XT then they high tailed it into the nearest tree at lightning speed !
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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: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2020, 12:57:19 pm »
I'm now closing in on the section that links to Virginia and that will complete my loop. I also find a bit of mud but nothing hectic. The thumper chugs up the snotty little hill without any issue.  I enjoy my last couple of km's on dirt before the dreaded tar arrives. If I had one more day I'm sure one could link some more dirt roads all the way to Parys but with having to do over 1000km in two days it's just not possible. I spot an old bridge to my right spanning the river but something is wrong, yikes it' s leaning over to the side ! I see an overgrown path and decide to follow it for a closer look. Yip definitely on it's last legs. The bridge looks just like many other I have seen around the country built by the British so I'm sure it must be close to a 100 years old. Normally there are markings and names on the steel beams (normally Sheffield) but I cant see anything from where I stand and I do not feel like walking on this skew bridge to take a closer look ! I wonder how long the bridge can still support itself before falling into the valley below ? Piece of history that will be gone forever. Again I searched on Google for any information on this bridge but came up empty handed. The Google Earth image shows it nicely from above.

It is now just after 2pm and I follow the tar that will take me to Welkom - Odendaalsrus and then onto Parys again and home from there. I think back to my short trip and am very glad I decided to do it. As was expected we are going into a lockdown and who knows when we can ride again. I saw some neat places and rode some great roads.

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« Last Edit: March 24, 2020, 02:13:11 pm by sidetrack »
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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: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2020, 01:08:17 pm »
Too lekker - thanks for sharing!

I have not explored the "Near Free State" enough, just some of the more well known areas between the Vaal Dam & Clarens, so this is a great new perspective - pretty sure I can sneak off in a few weeks!!

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Re: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2020, 01:11:32 pm »
Too lekker - thanks for sharing!

I have not explored the "Near Free State" enough, just some of the more well known areas between the Vaal Dam & Clarens, so this is a great new perspective - pretty sure I can sneak off in a few weeks!!

 :thumleft:
Thanks I'm also now tempted to explore even more, there are LOTS of service roads there  :ricky:
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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: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2020, 01:17:05 pm »
Great report of the mostly overlooked Free state  :thumleft:. Your crystal ball was clearly very clean when you selected your subject heading  ;D
 

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Re: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2020, 01:19:18 pm »
Too lekker - thanks for sharing!

I have not explored the "Near Free State" enough, just some of the more well known areas between the Vaal Dam & Clarens, so this is a great new perspective - pretty sure I can sneak off in a few weeks!!

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Thanks I'm also now tempted to explore even more, there are LOTS of service roads there  :ricky:

I can ride with - and my little 650 likes the odd ride - lets see what happens in a few weeks!
I actually need to do a "product test" ride again one of these days -  >:D
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Re: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2020, 01:30:44 pm »
Great report of the mostly overlooked Free state  :thumleft:. Your crystal ball was clearly very clean when you selected your subject heading  ;D
As I told my friend wish I could predict the markets so accurately as well  :lol8:
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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: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2020, 01:48:47 pm »
The section from up to Odendaalsrus and Welkom is not pleasant at all. Rather head towards Virginia doing the loop clockwise like I did and head up back towards Parys. Not technical at all, any DS bike will be able to do it easily. From JHB this trip will cut down on some awful tar which i had to do from Pta as well.
« Last Edit: March 24, 2020, 01:51:10 pm 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: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2020, 02:25:45 pm »
Awesome - thank you!
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Re: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #36 on: March 24, 2020, 03:24:06 pm »
An overlooked province which has MUCH to offer if a person just bothers to scratch at the surface.... well written and enjoyable read  :thumleft:
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Re: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #37 on: March 24, 2020, 07:36:48 pm »
What a great RR
Some of those pics, you can almost "hear" the silence. Seems like one could explore the Free State for a long time and not get bored
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Re: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #38 on: March 25, 2020, 04:14:35 pm »
What a great RR
Some of those pics, you can almost "hear" the silence. Seems like one could explore the Free State for a long time and not get bored
Thanks yip was a great ride to escape it all
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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: Pre lock down ride, die Vrystaat is nie boring nie
« Reply #39 on: May 05, 2020, 05:31:39 pm »
Ai dis mooi...

dankie vir die great RR - daai bike is 'n yster!!