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@Just Blip It! Had a plan for a Sunday ride. It would be his first ride in over a month since recovering from Covid 19.

I was due for a ride on my 990 and was looking forward to getting back on the old girl….







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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2021, 09:51:43 pm »
We met up at a filling station in White River. We head towards Hazyview on some fast forestry roads.

Vincent joined us on his T7

Coming up on Da Gama dam

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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2021, 09:55:46 pm »
We make our way around the dam


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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2021, 10:04:26 pm »
We head for Hazyview via Kiepersol and stop for a quick breakfast at Perry’s Bridge

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Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2021, 10:06:24 pm »
Just outside Hazyview, we get onto a signature Just Blip It! track and spend a bit of time getting our heart rates up




































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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2021, 10:08:31 pm »
We reward ourselves with a cold one after the hard work
















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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2021, 10:12:30 pm »












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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2021, 10:20:19 pm »
The 990 takes a nap on our way to Graskop















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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2021, 10:34:48 pm »
Bridge over the Treur River has been washed away. This used to be the only access road to  the Boskombuis

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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2021, 10:46:31 pm »
We drop down into the valley towards the confluence of the Blyde River and Treur River









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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2021, 06:08:54 am »
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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2021, 06:33:49 am »
Abandoned guest house

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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2021, 06:38:18 am »
The power plant









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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2021, 06:50:54 am »
Some history…..

- the plant was completed in 1911. Project completed in 1 year
- Turbines were imported from California. Shipped to Lorenzo Marques. Via rail to Machadodorp and then ox wagons to Belvedere
- it provided electricity to gold crushers at Pilgrims Rest
- this meant that Pilgrims had electric street lighting before London!



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Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2021, 06:52:23 am »
The area next to the river has been taken over by invader bamboo unfortunately


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Re: Sunday trip to the abandoned Belvedere Hydropower plant - a photo report
« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2021, 07:08:32 am »
About 25 years ago I stayed at the "abandoned guesthouse" , the views were amazing.

For those that hasn't been there, it is seriously steep down to the power station, typically old school heavy machinery - I was in awe of the endeavors by  the builders, they got everything down there by donkey and cart.

It is also one of the places with the most snakes I've ever seen, they were literally all over.

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« Reply #19 on: September 13, 2021, 07:17:25 am »
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