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My Social Distancing Trip
« on: August 31, 2020, 03:05:30 pm »
Once upon a time there was a rider called Cloudgazer, who went on many trips and wrote many ride reports.

But then he sold his bike when his daughter was born.

He waited a couple of years before buying another bike, which he eventually did.
He did two short rides on that bike, but then it was stolen.
So, he bought another bike, but then the gods of earth and sky unleashed Corona, and he was forced to stay home for months on end.

Eventually the lockdown drove him crazy, and his wife gave him permission to go on a little trip.

This is that story….


 

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Re: My Social Distancing Trip
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2020, 03:07:38 pm »
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Re: My Social Distancing Trip
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2020, 03:09:37 pm »
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Re: My Social Distancing Trip
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2020, 03:17:20 pm »
Wednesday morning dawned bright and clear.

Cloudgazer met his mate Justin at the Winelands 1-Stop as many bikers usually do.

From there they headed to Ceres via the, always, beautiful Bains Kloof. Everything was sparkly from the rains the day before and the river was nicely swollen.

Checkout this little vid. https://www.relive.cc/view/vAOZxz7pQyq
A nice app that tracks your route, elevation, time and distance and makes it into a cool video

Michells Pass up to Ceres was brilliant. I love that road.
We stopped for sandwiches in Ceres, before doing the final stretch of tar up to Op Die Berg.

Finally, we entered the Cederberg.
Its been at least 2 years since I’ve been there. What a thrill to be riding that road again towards Cederberg Oasis, our stop for the night.
I probably don’t need to mention Jacques’ ribs or the amount of booze we consumed.

We met a couple of instagram influencers there, who’d been given the new Defender to play around in for a week or so.
« Last Edit: August 31, 2020, 03:51:12 pm by cloudgazer »
 

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Re: My Social Distancing Trip
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2020, 03:25:04 pm »
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Re: My Social Distancing Trip
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2020, 03:53:12 pm »
The next morning we woke up a little heavy headed, but a quick breakfast sorted us out before we hopped on our bikes and took the Eselbank road to Wuppertal.

Video of the Oasis to Wuppertal route https://www.relive.cc/view/vXOdB5kAjkq

Normally we stop for a break at Wuppertal, but since the fire there was not much reason for us to linger there.
Besides, Justin wanted to take a quick detour into Biedouw Valley to look at the flowers, and take some pics.

We stopped for a nice lazy lunch at Travller’s Rest on R364.
We crossed the Doring at Doringbos.
There were a couple of shitty roads (Sandy) before we hit the R355 about 40kms north of Tankwa Tented camp.
I found it pretty hard going. I’m outta shape and outta practice.

It had been a long day, and now we were chasing the light. I friggin hate that.
I like to get where I’m going in the early afternoon. Chasing the fading light is just too much pressure.

We arrived at the Tented Camp just in time to take a few pics of the spectacular sunset.
Neither of use had the energy to try and hammer tent pegs into the hard karoo ground, so we opted to stay in the big tents. What a win!

I ached everywhere, esp my legs due to all the standing. I knew it would be worse tomorrow.
Pap, wors and chops for din. Well, not exactly, the chops were so tough I couldn’t eat them. So it was just pap and wors for me.
Followed by another bottle of red wine.
 

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Re: My Social Distancing Trip
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2020, 04:03:17 pm »
Some super nice Fodies CG :thumleft:
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Re: My Social Distancing Trip
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2020, 04:11:41 pm »
Some super nice Fodies CG :thumleft:

I can't take credit for most of them.
My mate is a photographer - he certainly knows his stuff.
 

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Re: My Social Distancing Trip
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2020, 04:15:21 pm »
I woke up surprisingly refreshed the next day. Well, refreshed is a bit of a stretch, but I didn’t feel kak.
My legs were a little stiff, but not as bad as I feared. And my head didn’t ache at all.
We were pretty short of fuel, so we put in enough fuel to get to the next petrol station. For me that would be Ceres, for Justin it was Touwsrivier (as he was going to Stanforrd to visit his dad)

The road out of tankwa video https://www.relive.cc/view/vdvmQdE8Jxv

We agreed to meet at the turnoff.
Justin barreled on ahead of me. I wasn’t keen on doing more than 80kms an hour on the road out of tankwa. Which is quite ironic cause I’ve done some serious speed on that road. But I wasn’t really in a rush.
As I passed the Padstal I though maybe I should stop in there, but I hadn’t seen Justin, and I didn’t want to keep him waiting for my slow ass.

When I got to the turn off on the tar, he was nowhere to be seen. I found that pretty odd. There were a couple of cops there, and I asked if they’d seen another biker. They said not in the half hour they’d been there.
I waited for a bit, and then figured Juston had gotten tired of waiting, and so I pushed on towards Ceres.
Unbeknownst to me Justin had decided to wait for me at the padstal. When I didn’t show up, he decided to head back up the R355 to look for me.
He went almost all the way back to Tankwa Tented camp, when he realized that he’d made a mistake going backwards to look for me. And now he was almost out of fuel.
He made it back to the padstal and managed to organize a bit there.

For me, the rest of the ride back to Cape Town was a beautiful leisurely ride with absolutely nothing to report on.

Damn, it was good to get away again. And it was sooo good to be back on a bike on the dirt.

So until next time… Adios!
 

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Re: My Social Distancing Trip
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2020, 03:38:13 pm »
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If i had to explain you would not understand anyway......
 

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Re: My Social Distancing Trip
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2020, 04:37:23 pm »
I'm glad to see that you were able to replace your stolen bike and that you had an opportunity to go and enjoy the bike.

Thanks for sharing your trip (and the beautiful) photos with us.
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Re: My Social Distancing Trip
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2020, 09:24:26 am »
Still on my bucket list to go ride there  :drif:
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Re: My Social Distancing Trip
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2020, 01:47:58 pm »
Nice ride, thanks. That App looks helpfull indeed.
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