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Offline Minxy

Straight to Heaven (Video Added)
« on: November 18, 2020, 10:45:35 pm »
Been meaning to share this here for a while.

We just couldn't take looking at @Xpat and @Noneking 's beautiful photos any longer and decided last minute we'd also make our way to Lekgalameetse, Penge and surrounds. The story is in the current (Nov) Dirt & Trail Magazine if you want to read it there, I'll share here as well with more photos :)



Sneak peak...





Now with added video!

« Last Edit: July 19, 2021, 10:13:56 pm by Minxy »
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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2020, 07:20:51 am »
Stop teasing and share........  :ricky:
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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2020, 08:11:41 am »
 :sip:
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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2020, 08:23:31 am »
Nice!
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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2020, 01:59:48 am »
You first have to buy the magazine, then she will share here. Copy right they call it. Take it she cannot post here before the magazine is out :laughing4:
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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2020, 08:01:59 pm »
You first have to buy the magazine, then she will share here. Copy right they call it. Take it she cannot post here before the magazine is out :laughing4:

This was in last months issue hahaha, I am just slow to get to this! So busy with work at the moment!!! I will write something soon :)
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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2020, 08:38:58 pm »
"Ring ring goes the telephone, theres no one home Ring ring goes the telephone I stare at the numbers Ive written down in disbelief. Ive been trying all week to contact the reserve to make a booking, but to no avail. Its Thursday afternoon and my partner Johan and I slip away from work to enjoy a cuppa at the local caf. We start to discuss how well just change our plans and do something more local over the weekend when I decide to try contact the reserve one more time. Ring ring, Hello?. I quickly look at Johan, this is so unexpected, Are we still going?. Johan repeatedly nods his head and so the booking is made. We are going to Lekgalameetse.

We hurriedly start packing our things. Im frantically throwing bike kit and clothing into bags while Johan carefully goes over our adventurized KTM 500s to make sure they are ready to roll. We also call up our good friend Dave @dazed  and the conversation goes something like this: Dave, would you like to join us on a ride in Limpopo? Hmmm, when are we leaving? Uh, tomorrow morning Wait, let me check with the missus A brief moment of silence ensues and then Dave gets back to us OK. And so without much tactical precision our plans for the weekend fall into place.

With the trailers loaded and vehicles packed,  we left early on Friday morning and headed north along the N1, eventually making our way towards Tzaneen and then past the village of Ofcolaco, reaching the park in the late afternoon where the staff sincerely apologized for the phone not working. The manager jumped into his cruiser and showed us to our cottages which were located near an old farmhouse deep in the reserve. Lekgalameetse translates to a place of water in the Sepedi language, an apt name for this paradise. The mountains here are all a part of the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, the park located amongst rolling grassy hills, waterfalls, lush valleys, indigenous forests and some of the best bike trails youll ever feast your eyes upon. As they are also one of the few nature reserves that actually welcome bikers with open arms I believe it is of utmost importance to show respect by staying on the tracks, being considerate of noise pollution and generally just not being arses. We round off the evening with the fire roaring and lekker food on the braai. Tomorrow we will spread our wings and touch the sky."



We encounter this weird farm implement on our way. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? 8)


Lovely swimming pool between the palm trees.






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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2020, 09:02:39 pm »
We head out on the tarred section of the Orrie Baragwanath pass early on Saturday morning, the plan is to see some of the tourist attractions first before heading off to the tough stuff. We are familiar with the Orrie pass, having ridden it numerous times before, the route we had planned for today we havent ridden before. We overtake a number of surprised cyclists and pull off the road to look at a place marked as The Forest Church on the GPS, which turns out to be a mysterious and almost haunting clearing between the trees.







As we climb to the summit of the pass, the morning mist is so thick we literally cant see ahead of us. We decide to change our plans and head through the forest towards the southern gate of the reserve first. The trail starts just past the cobblestone bridge at the Makhutsi camp and crosses the river numerous times. I confidently storm the first water crossing, hit a submerged boulder, get the front wheel stuck and lose my balance. Great, now I have to ride with wet boots all day


Now normally we won't let a bit of mist change our plans, but this was bad...




Yay, no mist down here in the forest!








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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2020, 09:15:24 pm »
Nothing can dampen my mood with the exhilarating beauty of the forest all around us and we soon reach the southern gate. Following the tweespoor road we find the African Ivory 4x4 Route marker pointing us towards Mafefe camp. The name of the route has its origins in the exploits of hunter/poacher/adventurer  SC Bvekenya Barnard, who famously hunted for Ivory in the Limpopo region, especially further up in the Crooks corner area near Pafuri. The roads along the Ivory Route are fairly rough and rocky, but with the most beautiful mountain landscapes to compensate. As we head past Mafefe camp we get onto the track heading towards Penge Pass.







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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2020, 07:14:32 am »
Stunning riding! :thumleft:
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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2020, 07:43:03 am »
Beautiful!
 

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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2020, 08:40:06 am »
Thanks for sharing! Simply stunning! :thumleft:
 

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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2020, 09:58:44 am »
yoah.. I need to ride this.. how spectacular.
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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2020, 10:15:54 am »
verrrry very  lovely
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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2020, 10:18:48 am »
Been meaning to share this here for a while.

We just couldn't take looking at @Xpat and @Noneking 's beautiful photos any longer

Yeah they are cool and what not...but... where are their magazine articles   :deal: :peepwall: :pot:


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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2020, 10:21:54 am »
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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2020, 10:22:07 am »
now this looks like a great ride to do  :thumleft:
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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2020, 10:28:14 am »
Been meaning to share this here for a while.

We just couldn't take looking at @Xpat and @Noneking 's beautiful photos any longer

Yeah they are cool and what not...but... where are their magazine articles   :deal: :peepwall: :pot:


Looking forward to the rest


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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2020, 01:07:34 pm »
You and Johan have always had my respect for some places you go.  Well done u 2
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Re: Straight to Heaven
« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2020, 08:55:09 pm »
Penge Pass... You will not find this pass on Mountain Passes SA website and it is reserved for only the most adventurous of travelers, especially if you wish to traverse it on a bigger bike. The pass basically comprises of unrelenting, big loose rocks, with extremely steep descents, and then more and more rocky switchbacks as you travel down the mountain (ridden north to south).










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