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The Monkey(not), Kudus(bergpas) and home
« on: July 09, 2020, 10:29:13 am »
It has been a while, 4 years and a couple of months, since owning an adventure bike. A proper one at least with decent off road capability

Preparing for it during the weekend, before flying up to JHB, my emotions where in turmoil due to the following:
1. http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=249100.0
2. Never having test ridden the newly purchased bike but buying it on write-ups and what others have said about it on this forum. I knew I enjoyed the 800GS’s size and weight much more than the 1200GSA I had before.
3. Not having properly ridden off road for 4 years. I felt too sorry for the Ducati Scrambler (SOLD) and knew it was not really built for riding gravel. Aptly named URBAN Enduro (maybe the Desert Sled is more suited) I stayed urban during the time I owned it and most likely nursed it too much for its new owner.
4. Having limited time before the forecasted storm hits the Cape with winds of 90-100km/h and 30-40mm of rain predicted.

Anyway bags packed with riding gear, phone mount and the necessary COVID travel documents I was picked up from the house at 05:00 to be taken to Cape Town international.

15 minutes later the police diverts all traffic off the N2 going into Cape Town due to protests. I am questioning this trip again but am excited to do this and having some “recharge” time.

Fortunately we get to the airport at 05:45 and I start going through the hand sanitising, temperature measuring and paperwork in order regime.

Baggage gets checked in and I grab a coffee and muffin for breakfast. We land in JHB 20 minutes earlier than scheduled but I loose that time wandering around OR Tambo in order to find an open exit door that hasn’t been taped shut by airport security.

Quick UBER trip to @MonkeyNot's place where he has shown great form by collecting it from the transporter and keeping it safe. He even fitted the mirrors after they were taken off for transport and parked it outside.

I fit the RAM mount and get dressed…
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Re: The Monkey(not), Kudu(bergpas) and home
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2020, 10:32:08 am »
DAY 1 Pretoria to Christiana

When I get on the bike I realise how tall it is but remember to move my bum over to one side and planting a foot flat on the ground to get stability when stopping. I am 1,73m with a 30 inseam but bikes aren’t meant to be stationary now are they? This “bum cheek shift” (BCS) will be come in handy later on the trip.

I head onto the N1, N14 towards Krugersdorp and quickly settle into a comfortable cruising speed.

Sidenote: I knew I did not want to have issues with a too low screen when doing tar and as per usual excellent service was offered from Flying Brick with a loan wind deflector. This made cruising at 135km/h possible with a slight buffet, bearable for this trip, with the stock screen in the high position.

I hit Krugersdorp at 12:30 and grab lunch at the Wimpy.

Hit the tar again pass “through” Ventersdorp and fill up in Hartbeesfontein
 
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Re: The Monkey(not), Kudu(bergpas) and home
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2020, 10:36:40 am »
On to Wolmaranstad, Bloemhof and finally Christiana.

First day 440km's of the black stuff only.

i was dying to get offroad but had to make up some time as I knew what lies ahead might take me out of my comfort zone.
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Re: The Monkey(not), Kudu(bergpas) and home
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2020, 10:37:50 am »
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Re: The Monkey(not), Kudu(bergpas) and home
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2020, 10:45:37 am »
Christiana and surroundings had some sentiment as my mom grew up in Hartswater and as I child I recall visiting my aunt and family only to marvel at farm life. Shooting kettie, riding trekker and sitting around the AGA at night.

How I would miss that AGA the next morning as it was a bone chilling -1 with no heated grips.

The KTM actually proved to be excellent in sheltering my legs and torso from the wind chill, not much can be said from the hand guards. I ended up stopping every 30 minutes to thaw my hands in front of the exhaust outlet.

About 20 km before Warrenton I was stopped at a road block...
 
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Re: The Monkey(not), Kudu(bergpas) and home
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2020, 10:50:06 am »
So brand new bike, no license plate, no license disk.

I recalled the temporary license being under the seat and proceeded removing the bag with frozen hands and produced the temp license for his inspection.

He(police officer) noted the number, ID number and cell number and waved me off with a "Where are you heading?"

I replied with a resounding "Cape Town" just too happy to get going again as the warming of hands robbed some valuable time.

Needles to say I don't think the roadblock was a photo opportunity.
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2020, 11:07:12 am »
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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
 

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Re: The Monkey(not), Kudu(bergpas) and home
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2020, 11:07:57 am »
Next up Kimberley.


Google maps took me straight into the township and I immediately saw this is not where I should be going and turned around to get out of there.

Punched in Douglas and headed off on the route.

Just pass Douglas I decided to stop and Facetime home. During the Facetime call 3 farmers stopped next to me for a chat. They wanted to know if all was good, where I'm heading and wished me safe travels.

Friendly people that re-affirmed to me that South Africa is still a great country because of her people.

Checked the luggage, gave it a good tightening and headed off to Prieska.

Filled up with 95 in Prieska and hit the first gravel on the way to Carnarvon.

So far 360km of tar again.
 

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Re: The Monkey(not), Kudu(bergpas) and home
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2020, 11:18:35 am »
I have never been comfortable on dirt with previous bikes but 10km's into the gravel road on the way to Carnarvon I realised there is something different.

It seemed as if I clicked how to ride gravel. Let's give the credit to the KTM as I am by no means a riding god.

For the next 173km I thoroughly enjoyed riding and it turned out to be the longest stretch of gravel that I have done in one go.
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« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2020, 11:22:32 am »
Very official pose photo :imaposer:
 
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« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2020, 11:31:01 am »
From Carnarvon I headed to Fraserburg and then on to Sutherland.

The road between Carnarvon and Fraserburg was freshly graded. Not good. It was actually not graded but just covered with sand to make for some interesting riding to say the least.

The Fraserburg to Sutherland road seemed to be in a better condition but by now the sun was getting low and in some places made it very difficult to see. The temperature was also plummeting at a rapid rate.

Luckily I made it into Sutherland just before sun down and was greeted by two friends who would join me for the rest of the ride with me back to Somerset West.

DAY 2
Tar - 360km
Gravel - 440km
 
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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2020, 11:38:22 am »
I gulped down 3 IPA's in succession, clearly a sign that I was. a little dehydrated from the day's riding.

We braaied in the newly built braai and the chimney design proved to be insufficient. Apparently it was a simple AGA removed and braai built in its place job.

Soon after starting the fire smoke was billowing out from under the lintel leading into the chimney. i couldn't help but photo bombing the fireplace with on of 7 sign of "Please, No smoking"

The kitchen was soon filled with smoke
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Re: The Monkey(not), Kudu(bergpas) and home
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2020, 11:41:47 am »
I made sure that we would not have an early start the next morning as I wasn't prepared to use my unheated grips again so early.

So we got going at around 08:30 with a slow strapping of all luggage and heading off to the filling station.
 
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« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2020, 11:58:59 am »
DAY 3 - heading home via Oubergpas, Koedoesbergpas and Tankwa

The three of us knew that Oubergpas would be testing us but it would be easier downhill than going up. We made our way towards the pass by riding at a relaxed pace as we had enough time in the day to do the roughly 200km’s of gravel and 180km’s of tar.

At the top of Oubergpas we enjoyed the vistas and took the customary photos.
 
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« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2020, 12:00:46 pm »
We then proceeded to descend halfway for a condensed milk coffee
 
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Re: The Monkey(not), Kudu(bergpas) and home
« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2020, 12:26:42 pm »
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« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2020, 12:43:21 pm »
Once at the bottom we thought we are heading towards the Katbakkies pass with gravel highways but it soon turned out to be very different.

I followed the route which google maps suggested would be the shortest and not the quickest.

We traversed rocks, sand, dongas and gravel highways on our way to Koedoesberg pass with no idea what was lying ahead.
 

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« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2020, 12:45:37 pm »
and then nature called
 
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« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2020, 12:47:34 pm »
We started climbing more and more and soon realised that road is leading over the mountain and not around it anymore.

We were at the foot of Koedoesberg.

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The video is shot from the Tankwa side. We approached from the Sutherland side.
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Re: The Monkey(not), Kudu(bergpas) and home
« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2020, 12:48:12 pm »
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