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Offline NEON DEON

ICE BEAR to Clarence
« on: May 24, 2021, 06:47:49 am »
After a hectic week at the shop I really looked forward to the ride down to Clarence for some r&r . We booked accommodation at Eddies, nice place and very affordable. Asked questions about my proposed route via Heilbron and  Petrus Steyn . Was assure it was good , just a 10 km  detour between Sasol and Heilbron. ( dirt detour ) Not keen on dirt , I still decided to give it a try .
 Saturday morning arrived cold , But we were geared for is , thermal top , thermal pant , riding jeans , A down jacket under my riding jacket , we were good to go . As we left home the temp on the bike shower 1.5 degrees , and shortly after that the 'ice" warning flashed on , this warning stayed on for most of the way . Wont lie , my hands were freezing . and even thou I had the heated grips on full it made little difference , could have been the thermal glove keeping the heat out .
In planning I asked for suggestion of a good breakfast pit stop along the way , OJ s in Heilbronn was suggested and it did not come soon enough , with frozen hands we stopped at the restaurant , it was open , we were the only clients in , ordered hot chocolates , and a mug of hot water the warm our hands . Can recommend them , food was great ,and the hot chocolate top die for . Heilbronn is just over 130 ks from Alberton and this restaurant could be a nice destination for a breakfast run once the road works has been completed .

The rest of the trip was nice , temp lifted a bit and we had a good ride to Clarence . Clarence is Clarence , still very popular , lots of visitors there as well as many bikers . couple of new restaurants that has opened where other closed . 
On our return yesterday I decided mid trip to try the bad potholed stretch between Reitz and Frankfort , Cars were still using it so thought how bad could it be , yes its bad , you have to be wake up up and dodge some potholes , then there are detour stretches that is dirt , but in reality on a adventure bike it is a easy ride , I could maintain 80kph easily and I am not a dirt road expert, but have many years of riding under the belt , maybe just full of crap , because the bike gets very dusty from riding dirt roads , and I am a bit OCD with a clean bike .

A nice ride suggestion would be , JHB to Heilbronn for breakfast , then on to Frankfort ,  Villiers , N3 home , or turn off and head past the Vaal  dam back to Vereeniging and Home .
Weekend turned out great , batteries recharge and can face another tough week .
 
 
 

Offline petri oosthuizen

Re: ICE BEAR to Clarence
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2021, 08:30:21 am »
Glad you enjoyed it man!!

Ja we were in Clarens too on Saturday, VERY busy but I'm glad the restaurants etc etc are doing good business again - we were at the Brewery.

Sorry I missed you - someone called the office on Saturday to hear if I'm in, was that you?? (I obviously wasnt, sampling beers on the Brewery's stoep at the time)......... >:D :drif:
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Offline Numsch

Re: ICE BEAR to Clarence
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2021, 08:37:05 am »
After a hectic week at the shop I really looked forward to the ride down to Clarence for some r&r . We booked accommodation at Eddies, nice place and very affordable. Asked questions about my proposed route via Heilbron and  Petrus Steyn . Was assure it was good , just a 10 km  detour between Sasol and Heilbron. ( dirt detour ) Not keen on dirt , I still decided to give it a try .
 Saturday morning arrived cold , But we were geared for is , thermal top , thermal pant , riding jeans , A down jacket under my riding jacket , we were good to go . As we left home the temp on the bike shower 1.5 degrees , and shortly after that the 'ice" warning flashed on , this warning stayed on for most of the way . Wont lie , my hands were freezing . and even thou I had the heated grips on full it made little difference , could have been the thermal glove keeping the heat out .
In planning I asked for suggestion of a good breakfast pit stop along the way , OJ s in Heilbronn was suggested and it did not come soon enough , with frozen hands we stopped at the restaurant , it was open , we were the only clients in , ordered hot chocolates , and a mug of hot water the warm our hands . Can recommend them , food was great ,and the hot chocolate top die for . Heilbronn is just over 130 ks from Alberton and this restaurant could be a nice destination for a breakfast run once the road works has been completed .

The rest of the trip was nice , temp lifted a bit and we had a good ride to Clarence . Clarence is Clarence , still very popular , lots of visitors there as well as many bikers . couple of new restaurants that has opened where other closed . 
On our return yesterday I decided mid trip to try the bad potholed stretch between Reitz and Frankfort , Cars were still using it so thought how bad could it be , yes its bad , you have to be wake up up and dodge some potholes , then there are detour stretches that is dirt , but in reality on a adventure bike it is a easy ride , I could maintain 80kph easily and I am not a dirt road expert, but have many years of riding under the belt , maybe just full of crap , because the bike gets very dusty from riding dirt roads , and I am a bit OCD with a clean bike .

A nice ride suggestion would be , JHB to Heilbronn for breakfast , then on to Frankfort ,  Villiers , N3 home , or turn off and head past the Vaal  dam back to Vereeniging and Home .
Weekend turned out great , batteries recharge and can face another tough week .
 
 

There are lots of different routes to ClarenS. I prefer the dirt, so where possible avoid tar at all costs!
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Offline NEON DEON

Re: ICE BEAR to Clarence
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2021, 09:15:52 am »
@ Petri , yes it was me .
 

Offline petri oosthuizen

Re: ICE BEAR to Clarence
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2021, 09:18:51 am »
@ Petri , yes it was me .

Ai man - sorry ons het gemis. En ek was in Clarens gewees Saterdag........!! :-\ ::) (ou groen Patrol)
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