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Wc Cederberg December
« on: December 29, 2008, 04:59:20 pm »
Well ,we left at 06h00  on Friday the 26th ,Destination Cederberg.

Day 1

Camelman KTM 950
`H `  GSA1200 BMW
N[]vA  BMW650 cross country
Wayneh  KTM 525
Mountainboy  BMW 650GS
XT660R Same

We rode to Ceres then Op Die Berg to The Oasis where Gert greeted us and invited us in for a cold refreshment.
The Oasis , as most of you know is a DS Biker freindly little B & B with extremely freindly owners.



`H` and Camelman at the Oasis



Then on to the  4 x 4 Route through Esselbank to Wupperthal.





1 X BMW 1200 practiced falling twice , no casualties .

N[]vA`s put his bike down in a big puddle.
The bike obviously didnt have enough rest , so the soft luggage decided to go into the back wheel and get
minced.
He lost his tent and some supplies.

The Eisselbank road is in bad condition and is not recommended for newbs.

Wupperthal , as Wes said earlier , petrol pump was out of order.





The Church in Wupperthal



The Dominies house



The Old Resurant in Wupperthal



`H` organised with the Domonies son for petrol , so we bought 10 Litres from them.

Next stop was at Mertenshof , 13 km down the road , the farm on the left at the Biedouw Valley Crossing.
The farm is owned by Barry & Mariette.tel. no. is 027-482-2845.
The farm has been in their family for 5 generations and they are the are really great hosts.
It costs R50 /night and is worth every penny.Hot water , clean facillities , wood available ,beers , cooldrinks and lots more.



The big house in the pic can sleep 17 as is also available as accomodation.
Barry opened the hous so we could use the fridge.
They have wood stocked up and sold us some cold beers and cooldrinks too.

There is a fresh water dam on the farm and Barry`s wife said we are more than welcome to swim in it.
In the dam we found some bamboo strapped together which was aptly named The SAS Booze Cruise.
We took a couple of beers with us and chilled out floating around the dam.



We camped under the trees.

NEVER buy meat in Wupperthal !
We bought some braai packs in Wupperthal , they had a lot of red spice on and we couldny make out what meat it was.The packs had a meat lable of sorts on , anyway we took it out of the packet and you could clearly see that no butcher had cut it up.

It looked more like it had been chopped up with a hatchet.
We braai`d it , but it still looked suspect so we decided to terf it all.Would you believe , we found out later it was goats meat , passed off as lamb!.

Anyway , we sat around Camelmans tent , looked up at the stars and was entertained by the ever famous Mountainboy.

Day 2
Bradley`s and Paramed had organised to come through and spend Saterday with us and sleep over too.
We decided to stay another night at this beautiful place .

In the Morning we left a message with the Farmer(Barry) for Bradley and Paramed , And headed for Nieuwoudville.
We headed North and at the T-Junction , Left Clanwilliam , we turned Right on a road that leads you down to the Doring River and over a cement bridge at GPS 31.933 S   19.2249 E.

About 1 km up the road there is a turn off to your left called ` Moodverloor and this takes you along The ROOIBOS HERITAGE ROUTE.
Wow , what an awsome ride , plus minus 117 km later we got to Nieuwoudsville.
There are a lot of gates to open and close , but a beautiful route to travel.



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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2008, 05:02:12 pm »
Some nice riding there, Andy!
 

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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2008, 06:18:56 pm »
Thanx. XT660R

The second day nothing could be better, except for for Mountainboy needing to part and Camelman heading to the Northern Cape.

We decided to make the farm  the base for the day and sleep there the night, so we unpacked and headed off to Nieuwoudtville via the R364, 1.2 km after the Doring River we took the old rooibos route on the left and entered some of the most beautifull roads in the Cederberg. At the time I was so involved with keeping on the bike dew to the sand it felt even more dificult than the day before but we were all taken by the jewell of a road ( not for newbs ).
This road took us to the Oorlogskloof Road, left and on to Nieuwoudtville. In the town the garage is a must see for all lovers of the old, there were bikes we have not even heard off, XT pic.

From there it was good bye to Mountainboy and Camelman as they went to the N7 to part there ways and us onto Calvinia to stock-up on meat, the ones we bought in Wupperthal was not to our liking to say the least.

There we had a breakkie at the Hotel and spent some cash at the Spar and Shell and off wee went, back to the Cederberg via the R364, a real highway, not far down the road me and XT had a incounter with a dustdevil, not nice but for the rest uneventfull except for N[]va catching some air over a stone.

At the camp all was well or was it, in the shade two fig. made a noise, Paramed and Bradley's Katooms...
Yes the party was well on its way and the  USS Boose Cruise was called in to dock.

That night we eate like kings, Thx PM and Brad. Steak like that I have not seen, and would not like to seen unless a group of lions helped me eat it.

Thanks Wayneh, XT660R, N[]va and the rest, GOOD going.

H
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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2008, 06:51:16 pm »
Some pics on the Moodvelore road to Nieuwoudsville

Wayneh



Camelman



A Big Cave that I climbed up to , it have been used to keep sheep in as there was an old rusty fence on the floor.



Pic from inside the cave



On the road , after closing one of the many gates



Some unusual dwellings with people still living in them



At an intersection





Camelman was to leave us in Nieuwoudsville on his own ,a 6 day mission north and Moutainboy to return via Van Reinsdorp to Cape Town.
Here are the pics I took through the window of some of the old bikes.









And this car chopped and mounted on the wall.



This Old Building I took a pic of for Mrs Tok-tokkie and Crossed-up





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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2008, 07:03:50 pm »
Planning are going there 10+11 Jan
Have you got GPS track please
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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2008, 07:25:26 pm »
After Nieuwoudsville we took a very boring 70Km ride to Cavinia , we had to double back to take the turnoff on the R364 to get back to our base in the Cederberg.

On the R364 we went down the very narrow , steep Botterkloof Pass.

Here Wayneh looking at the pass in the distance





On the pass







Once we got back to camp we were met by some sleeping dogs , passed out under the tree.
Another 2 replacements had arrived.

They brought some TEXAN STAKES for supper



But before we could braai these massive steaks Barry came on his Quad and insisted we all come and ride is little route on his farm , Lekker rustig he says.

Well the first drop of 7m , almost verticle took u into a ravine coverd with bush with plenty of sand at the bottom , then down through the river , some more sand and up a 5m verticle bank , left and back down a huge drop.( I got Gavin Bradley to ride my bike down) Too steep for me.
There was a bottle neck down there .Paramed was so stuck in the sand with his KTM950 , that the 4x4 quad had to pull him out.
Next N[]vA dashed through the river , made it through the sand and dropped his bike going up the verticle bank.
My bike went through the river , got stuck in the sand , walked it , then back on and LH up the verticle bank , just missing the tree.

Bradley on his KTM 640 and Wayneh on his KTM 525 made a meal of it and we all looked like newbies.

Once we got back to camp , Wayneh , myself(XT) , Bradley  and N[]vA (on `H` 1200GSA) decided to take a ride to the Doring River 35 km away.

The road was very bumpy , washed away and windey , but very enjoyable all the same.

Bradley`s at a gate on the Biedouw Valley road.



The Doring River



Wayneh crossed this river on his KTM 525 with some difficulty



N[]vA had parked too closely to the river , so we helped hip turn the heavy GSA around , but alas , he dropped it





The road back to the camp in the Biedouw valley










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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2008, 07:31:04 pm »
flippen cool! Wayne H, How did the airseat hold up?
 

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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2008, 07:59:57 pm »
Back at Base Camp

Getting the fire ready for those 2 steaks



Day 3
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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2008, 08:41:19 pm »
Nice one Andy, can see you guys had a great time with some really fun riding thrown in for the hell of it.
 

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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2008, 10:09:19 pm »
moerse LEKKER! thanks again guys. my 1,5 days was way to short
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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2008, 10:50:39 pm »
flippen cool! Wayne H, How did the airseat hold up?

...Seat worked wonders. Well worth the investment.

Nice one Andy, can see you guys had a great time with some really fun riding thrown in for the hell of it.

Eeish. Hundreds of kms of awesome dirt roads and 4x4 trails in every direction... And a seriously lekker bunch of relaxed easy-going guys... Laughter & fun was had by all.


XT660R has most of the pix, so I won't bore you with too much blah blah...

Day 3.

After a lekker night of listening to many a story of great exploits (and an interesting - if somewhat 'out of key' - farting opera between two esteemed Dawgs), and trying to workout what these weird lights were softly glowing from the bushes up the side of the mountain we were camped next too... We never did get to the bottom of that... We all crashes with dreams of yet another day of Cederberg trail riding.

Dawn... Up at 4.30am. Again. It's great hearing the bushveld wake up around you. XT660R... Tx for your early morning coffee Boet.

We were all packed up, settled our bill (which was incredibly cost-effective for what great facilitates we got), and were quickly on the road.  ;D

We headed north again... Up Uitkykpas... Through Bushmans Kloof Nature Reserve... Right at Ingelsmanse Graaf towards Clanwilliam. We passed two other DS riders while heading up to Pakhuispas (looked like a GS & a TransAlp - I think). Paramed's 950 had started giving a bit of an electrical problem ever since the infamous Farmer's 'little track' - and had had the battery on charge for a good few hours after - but was now starting to experience the odd power surge... Not the best of things for carving the tight dirt bends in Pakhuispas.  :o

After refueling the bikes and stomachs outside Clanwilliam we escorted Paramed & Bradley along the N7 towards Citrusdal... And bid our 'good byes'  :thumleft: at the Algeria turnoff.

I was on lead duty again (Tx guys... I had the fortune of spending a lot of time out of the dust on this trip... And very little time opening or closing gates since my side-stand 'donnered' off on the first day... And "No XT. I didn't plan this."  ::) ) ...Anyways, I was so busy with one eye on the lekker Nieuwoudtspas ahead and the other on the chasing black thunder storm clouds, we were a good few miles back into the Cederberg when I realised we'd passed the turn to the meet up with PistonPete at the campsite near the southern border of the Clanwilliam dam. Shite  ??? ... Sorry PP. The weather, and my lonely braincell conspired against us getting together.
Back on the main Cederberg drag I had time to point out Algeria to the guys before rain started spitting and we gassed-it south through the jaw-droppingly beautiful Cederbergpas and down into the surprisingly very green Driehoek valley. We had hoped to camp here (awesome, awesome site on the river) but alas 'the Inn was full', so we phoned a booking into a campsite off the beaten track further south at Kromrivier.
We ducked left off the main Cederberg road and immediately hit a very loose marble gravel road over a butt-clenchingly steep pass into the Kromrivier valley. This road is not used too often and it shows. To cut a long story short... The campsite at Kromrivier was really crappy (it seems the owners decided we were 'simple bikers', and although the camp was less than half full, gave us the crappiest camp, on the furthest corner far away from anyone else  >:( )... So, after telling them their campsite was not up to our high standards - thanks too our awesome spot at the Biedouriver Valley - we saddled up and made for the trail leading out of Kromrivier to the southeast. Now this trail was well worth it. If you're doing the Cederberg, make this part of your route. It's about 8 kms of DS riding at it's best, and whines between & over some stunning hills before coming out on the main Cederberg road, about 2 kms north of the Cederberg Oasis (about 6 kms south of the Wuppertal turn off).

We stopped at the Oasis for a beer and ended up deciding to rather stay for the evening... And what a lekker idea. Masehare found us an hour, or two, after booking in with our feet up, cold beer in hand and warm fire burning in the large fireplace (and medium rare streaks on order for dinner  :mwink: ).

We started the trip with XT660R, Camelman, N[]Va, Moutainboy, H & Wayneh... Ended trading Camelman & Mountainboy for Paramed & Bradley... They eventually parted with Paramed & Bradley, for Masehare.  Eeish, you'd think we had the Springbok Selectors sorting out our riding orders.  ;D  ;D  ;D  It was great sharing the trail with so many great riders, and friends.

....I will now let XT660R slot in the pics (the best part of any RR)... And one of my other riding partners can have the honours with the trip home, Day 4...
        
  
 

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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2008, 05:42:14 am »
Looks awesome! :thumleft:
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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2008, 06:17:12 am »
Chasing up the pass towards Algeria with the ever threatening black clouds dying to dows us with rain

My Faithfull XT



Wayneh



Wayneh and N[]vA



They have paved a large section of road just before Algeria

This pic is outside the gate at Algeria



Over the mountains and down into the Driehoek valley , what a beautiful sight and still green with some flowers.



The roads here had plenty of marbles and `H ` had a close encounter with a white bakkie on a corner.The bakkie got the finger from `H`.

After the Kromriver episode , we ended up back at Gerts Oasis , where he really makes you feel so welcome , that you just want to nip home quick and fetch the wife and the kids.

N[]vA , wondering if he should trade his bike in on a 1200 GSA ( as he test drove and fell with it in the sand , the day earlier)



Looks like `H` is checking out the XT ?



At the Oasis they have a clean swimming pool , trampoline and swings for the kids , the grass is green and a small family of goats roam around freely.



There are some really cute baby goas too







I wonder if my wife would mind if I bring this home , it can keep the lawn cut short



Day 4
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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2008, 06:31:49 am »
Planning are going there 10+11 Jan
Have you got GPS track please

i travel the area often, but would like to compare your track with known routes.
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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2008, 06:59:23 am »
Well done guys looks as though you had a super ride, great RR Andy keep it coming  :thumleft:
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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2008, 09:20:09 am »
Lekker manne!

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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2008, 11:06:29 am »
Look like you guys had some great fun!
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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2008, 01:03:48 pm »
Nice!

You could keep this for meat for your next trip  >:D

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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2008, 01:10:13 pm »
NEVER buy meat in Wupperthal !
We bought some braai packs in Wupperthal , they had a lot of red spice on and we couldny make out what meat it was.The packs had a meat lable of sorts on , anyway we took it out of the packet and you could clearly see that no butcher had cut it up.

It looked more like it had been chopped up with a hatchet.
We braai`d it , but it still looked suspect so we decided to terf it all.Would you believe , we found out later it was goats meat , passed off as lamb!.

Nice report!

goat meat is actually very nice... but I agree! don't sell it as lamb  :P

PS. Goat meat will become like Ostrich meat... We are just not accustomed to it yet..





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Re: Wc Cederberg December
« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2008, 03:23:53 pm »
Pantsula , there wasnt much meat on the bones and it was frozen when we got it.
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