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Three Weeks and 6300km Around SA on my Bike
« on: October 20, 2020, 12:51:13 pm »
Hi Fellow Dogs
I posted a lot of my trip on FB WD page as it happened........here is the after the event post with more or less route taken on google maps and perhaps a little more detail for those interested  :sip:

Thanks to Covids impact on the our Hospitality Business I had some time on my hands to do a nice trip around the country......In the interest of preserving ones marriage my wife was on the same page to let me go do what i love........

The West Coast sand road always had me curious and with some info in Hand from ChrisL on the forum I decided it was going to be on my todo list but first the Tankwa

Anyway i set out after the long weekend and the rains from Cape Town on a lovely clear day.....took all the back roads and i really had a more of less plan for the first few days nothing else......just My GSA ,all my kit to be self sufficient and a set of new TKC80 the open road and my map was going to lead me where ever the road decided.......

I felt the Tankwa Karoo might be a good starting point so i took the dirt road to Gouda then on to Ceres on the tar road towards Touws river but on the top of the mountain i turned left to take the little dirt road shown on Tracks for Africa map .....to come in on the Ceres Calvinia road through the Kareekloof Conservancy

This section was fairly hectic washed away two spoor road and i had to open and close a few farm gates........but it was early into my trip and first day fever i eagerly rose to the challenge of this technical section.

By the time i got to the R355 to Calvinia i was eager to stop at the Padstal for a bite and refreshment...... this is always a good stop
after letting my wife know i was still alive i set off for the Tankwa tented Camp site for the evening.

Must admit my first impression of camping in the dust and sand in my own tent , wasn't good , so i opted for one of the ready made tent sites and this was a good call.

I went into the bar and there where a few people around......amazing how in a place like this like minded we start chatting......all of us initially strangers experienced the tie celebration with Deon the manager in appreciation of nature and the closing of the day with the sunset at the top of the look out......what really hit home for me was he gave us all stones representing 10 years of life .....each and everyone got 8 stones cause it  seems apparently anything after 80 is bonus.........when he asked us to throw away stones representing how far we come in life.........the realisation of me only having two stones left ......left me with some really big questions to myself about really making a point of enjoying my time now..... :deal:

anyway the drinks started flowing and soon i left the deep stuff for another day...

Small world when I realized one of my new friends Willem Rudolf  had grown up in my home town of Winklespruit on the Natal south coast around the same time period.....we both ride GSA 1250......like a brother from another mother hehehe......we laughed and joked about all the stuff we got up to in that neck of the woods as kids....real blast from the past
Any way i saw the party was going to get hectic and like a responsible adult i eventually left for bed  :ricky:
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Re: Three Weeks and 6300km Around SA on my Bike
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Re: Three Weeks and 6300km Around SA on my Bike
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2020, 01:02:09 pm »
the turn off behind Ceres to get to the two spoor road leading down to the R355
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2020, 01:04:44 pm »
the road leading through the Kareekloof conservancy had a few gates to open and close......it was ok its the first day
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2020, 01:09:03 pm »
after the hectic piece of road the padstal was a welcome stop for refreshments .....highly recommend this place and the folks are so nice
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2020, 01:16:48 pm »
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2020, 01:33:31 pm »
some pics of the bar and party time with my brother from another mother and sunset from the deck where deep thoughts were awoken  :spitcoffee:


it was a a fun evening with total strangers who became friends
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2020, 01:43:43 pm »
I was so Glad Willem said to go look at the Africa Burn site at the Sky Labyrinth the next day and in light of the two stones insight the day before i found being alone at this place really special
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Re: Three Weeks and 6300km Around SA on my Bike
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2020, 01:46:13 pm »
Thanks for This...........ek ry lekker saam :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2020, 02:03:17 pm »
Thanks for sharing and I'm looking forward to see the rest of your adventure  :thumleft:
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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2020, 02:07:11 pm »
After spending some time at the Africa Burn Labyrinth site I headed out to Niewoudsville via some of the sand track back roads using the Tracks for Africa Map and my Gps had to open a gate or two on this section and in some places it was nice and sandy.....but most of the day was peaceful with not a soal in sight.....I thought of heading down to the west coast after having a bite to eat at  Bagdad Cafe on the R27 but they were closed and i had to settle for tarts and a pie at the Tuinuiwerhied store in Vanrynsdorp.....

The plan was to find the spot mentioned by ChrisL to camp on the beach near Brand se Baai other side of Koekenaap

There seems to be much mining activity happening on the coastal road I later heard from one of the civil guys that an Australian company is recycling the red beach sand to extract minerals apparently zircon and some others.......so they are making new accessible roads to the mine

Here and there the road got a bit sandy on the beach section but eventually i found a place where i saw some  folks camping .......still to this day not sure of the places name but there were stones stacked to make camping spots......no working ablutions but i was completely self sufficient with enough water and food to wild camp next to the beach

And so i hankered down for the night.......camping on the beach has to be my favourite things also watching the sun set over the ocean definitely a highlight......photos dont really cover the experience

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Re: Three Weeks and 6300km Around SA on my Bike
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2020, 02:12:11 pm »
I hope you never get to owe me money 'cos now I know where you live  :peepwall: :pot: :lol8:
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2020, 02:12:44 pm »
Hell man Mother, your RRs always make me lus to sell up and live life on the road.
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« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2020, 02:20:27 pm »
Back road on tracks for africa to Niewoudsville from Tanka tented camp

and Hertzogies and Pie and Coke .......A Hearty meal in Vanrynsdorp
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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2020, 02:21:24 pm »
I hope you never get to owe me money 'cos now I know where you live  :peepwall: :pot: :lol8:

hahahaha good luck i just picked a random spot on google maps....... :laughing4:  :laughing4:
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« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2020, 02:22:06 pm »
Hell man Mother, your RRs always make me lus to sell up and live life on the road.

u make me laugh out loud.... :thumleft:
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« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2020, 02:27:31 pm »
Ok after Dorsland distraction........ :biggrin: :laughing4:

After going down the beach road some way i saw a spot where other folk were camping and decided to pull in and set up for the night......on asking the elderly couple next to me they said it was a free camp site.....i didnt ask any more questions and set up my tent......sure that this was the place Chris L had spoken of........it was a nice spot anyway and far enough from civilisation for me to sleep like a baby that night
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« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2020, 02:34:38 pm »
Chris, ek het jou FB poste slaafs nagevolg! Ek sien uit om dit weer te volg hier ook. Dankie!  :thumleft:
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Re: Three Weeks and 6300km Around SA on my Bike
« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2020, 02:39:00 pm »
Excellent. We did a couple of toers in that area, looking forward to enjoying the journey with you
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« Reply #19 on: October 20, 2020, 02:41:39 pm »
Well i did get told by ChrisL that parts of this road will turn sandy so its not like i wasnt expecting it.......the next morning bright and fresh i took on some of the sandy sections before the Mine and even after going around the salt pan to eventually get to Lepelfontein i had a lot patches of sand that had me and the GS a bit all over the place.....I did make a mental note to put on fresh undies when i got to Hondeklipbaai that night
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