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Limpopo to ring in the New Year
« on: January 03, 2021, 09:26:52 am »
Having spent most of the festive season at the coast with my family, I was  itching to go on a proper trip before having to go back to work.

Decision was made to do a trip to @malmens gerrit Ďs Oppie Oewer outside Tzaneen. I plotted a challenging route and wasnít keen to ride alone....... Enter Tobie, an ex MX racer who thinks he is still on a track when he gets on his 1190.......


Packed and ready to leave at sunrise

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Re: Limpopo to ring in the New Year
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2021, 09:29:51 am »
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Limpopo to ring in the New Year
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2021, 09:31:43 am »
We woke to a cold, wet morning in the Lowveld.  Plan was to ride mostly dirt all the way to Tzaneen. It started raining as we left Nelspruit and continued well into the day.

Toilet break on Burgers Pass


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Re: Limpopo to ring in the New Year
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2021, 09:45:02 am »
We arrived in Pilgrimís Rest and settled on the Royal Hotelís buffet breakfast to fuel us for the day.




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Re: Limpopo to ring in the New Year
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2021, 09:49:00 am »
The are had good rain overnight and all the rivers and streams we encountered were breaking their banks.
















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Re: Limpopo to ring in the New Year
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2021, 09:51:40 am »
From Pilgrimís Rest we took the Vaalbank road and continued to Kaspersnek Pass.











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Re: Limpopo to ring in the New Year
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2021, 09:54:23 am »
Our route to Orrie Baragwanath Pass included a few short tar sections




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Re: Limpopo to ring in the New Year
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2021, 09:59:21 am »
At the start of the rocky climb towards the Lekgalameetsi gate, we stopped to put away our rain gear.










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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2021, 10:04:28 am »
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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2021, 10:05:17 am »
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« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2021, 10:05:47 am »
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Re: Limpopo to ring in the New Year
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2021, 10:08:41 am »
Tobie took the lead and set a fast pace as we started the climb.  I had to push hard to keep up with him.

The pass has deteriorated quite significantly since my last ride up around 18 months ago and it made for some exhilarating riding over challenging terrain.



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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2021, 12:56:12 pm »
Beautiful views at the top of the climb..... and sun at last





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Re: Limpopo to ring in the New Year
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2021, 01:00:46 pm »
I would target fixate in a snap with those cliffs...

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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2021, 05:05:51 pm »
Beautiful views into The Downs









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Re: Limpopo to ring in the New Year
« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2021, 05:44:44 pm »
We arrived at Oppie Oewer late afternoon and had a great evening catching up with @malmens gerrit  and @BakgatJaco and his gang of merry men who were also staying over at Oppie Oewer













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Re: Limpopo to ring in the New Year
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2021, 11:24:30 am »
Next morning was cold and rainy again and we had to abandon our ride into the Wolkberg reserve.