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On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« on: January 01, 2009, 05:44:06 pm »
Last minute booking and still able to find acommodation in Swaziland i decided it is time to re visit some of my Old Riding Areas. The ride report Jules wrote also helped with the decision to go ;)
Splash was the only taker and maybe a good thing as to the length of time we spent in the saddle.

On His Majesty's Service :mwink: I love what the envelope say's about the soil :thumleft:

We left early with hardly a car on the road. Arrived at the SA Border post and out at the Swazi side within 15 minutes :thumleft:

Had a great breakfast at the Forester Arms and then decided to change in the rest rooms as our room had not been made up yet ???

The weather was cool and promised some great riding.
We only did a short stint of about 165km to get the feel of the area and the conditions of the roads as they had rain earlier that week.

The first gravel turnoff was about 200m from our Hotel.
Some of the roads in the area we rode---And i am definately going back again later this year with a group :mwink:






The pass that is not mapped and as steep as one can wish for :thumleft:
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Looking Down :o

The road in the Top right of the picture is the one we came down again.

Taking some time to enjoy the scenery.

Roads- roads -roads to ride  and not enough time :(

Wherever you came--more roads to ride :mwink:

Waiting for Splash ::)
And then ---the sound of life from a motorcycle in the middle of nowhere :thumleft:

The Dam run off --chopped from solid rock.


Some more :thumleft:---enjoy.


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The BlueGum forrests.



The Road that is no-more.


Close to Mozambique


Back to our Hotel.


Locals Bathing.




After some awesome riding over three days we got up early and decided to just go and Bundu Bash fro about 3 hours before we ate and left for SA..
I Call this MISTY -Wet and Wild. and NO eSKaPE It had been raining the whole night.

6am in the morning and Splash is doing weight lifting :o Fitness Freak--Or is it the need to work off every nights 7 course meals :peepwall:
Some more of Splash training for the Roof this year.







PRECARIOUS Bridge. Now i know what that means on Tracks 4Africa.


Resting along the route.

The 4x 4 routes were great fun :thumleft:





All in all we rode just under 800km with the bikes. Mostly Gravel.

 Fuel cost R 6.85 per litre for 95 Ocktane ???

Thank's Splash for joining :thumleft: At least i feel like i have had a holliday now. Maybe i still can push Baviaans in before i start to work again.







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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2009, 06:13:01 pm »
Hey Blazes, looks like a trip well worth making! Thanks for the pics.
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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2009, 06:13:13 pm »
Wow!!! Stunning - a definite to visit then!

Thanks for even taking the time to take the pics and posting. Beautiful country  :thumleft:
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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2009, 06:38:18 pm »
Lekker report and riding there Blazes  :thumleft: Looks like a beautiful country and a place that I need to visit sometime soon.




 

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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2009, 06:43:43 pm »
Very Nice  :thumleft:

I think Swaziland is very underrated and definitely need to get back there soon
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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2009, 07:23:21 pm »
Hey Blazes, looks like a trip well worth making! Thanks for the pics.
Hi LD. Long time no hear.

Only picked a few pics the rest --will take forever to download them. Glad you enjoyed the few i posted.
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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2009, 07:26:16 pm »
Very Nice  :thumleft:

I think Swaziland is very underrated and definitely need to get back there soon
I agree 100% and the people are super friendly. Where in Africa do you get a Taxi that will greet you and pull over to let you pass :thumleft:
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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2009, 07:29:19 pm »
Wow!!! Stunning - a definite to visit then!

Thanks for even taking the time to take the pics and posting. Beautiful country  :thumleft:
Pleasure-- A MUST before one gets too old to ride or enjoy. Swaziland has everything for a Biker. From laid back forest roads to gravel Highways and technical tracks to water and river crossings. For the Newbie to the experienced rider :thumleft:
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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2009, 12:24:47 am »
damn that looks like a nice ride!!!
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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2009, 08:12:08 am »
Lekker report and riding there Blazes  :thumleft: Looks like a beautiful country and a place that I need to visit sometime soon.





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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2009, 08:38:12 am »
Thanks for the RR Blazes - never been to Swaziland and must say it looks awesome to ride.

Pity I didn't know about it but next time then.

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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2009, 08:44:11 am »
Thanks for the RR Blazes - never been to Swaziland and must say it looks awesome to ride.

Pity I didn't know about it but next time then.

Hope you have a great New Year

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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2009, 09:15:29 am »
Stunning those gravel routes just keep on going and going


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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2009, 02:53:30 pm »
Stunning those gravel routes just keep on going and going
And going and going :mwink:
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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2009, 05:23:11 pm »
"I Call this MISTY -Wet and Wild. and NO eSKaPE It had been raining the whole night."

Well you know blazes, what would a ride be without a little excitement from me?!!  ;)  ;)  :biggrin:

Roads out there look awesome, nice one - as I said before - a must on my to-ride-list  :ricky:
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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2009, 05:54:20 pm »
 :o :o woohoo, now that looks like a place to go visit and get lost in. I take it you can ride just about anywhere. What part of Swaziland is that.

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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2009, 07:36:51 pm »
"I Call this MISTY -Wet and Wild. and NO eSKaPE It had been raining the whole night."

Well you know blazes, what would a ride be without a little excitement from me?!!  ;)  ;)  :biggrin:

Roads out there look awesome, nice one - as I said before - a must on my to-ride-list  :ricky:
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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2009, 07:44:38 pm »
:o :o woohoo, now that looks like a place to go visit and get lost in. I take it you can ride just about anywhere. What part of Swaziland is that.

Thanks for posting, awsome riding  :thumleft:
Lost in :o took the word's out of my mouth ;)

We were staying basically in the centre of Swaziland and each day road off in another direction. We basically rode up tp Piggs Peak--north and then right down to Mozambique and back. Then we went west as well as east. Swaziland is a pretty small country with about the same area as Guateng we are 11million people. Swaziland has only about 1.1million people :thumleft: Tar roads are few .
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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2009, 05:59:24 am »
Tar roads are few .

all the more reason to start planning a visit some time.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: On His Majesty's Service--SWAZILAND
« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2009, 08:39:58 am »
What can i say " T " :mwink: you and " K " are always in my thoughts ;)

Aaaahhhh that's so sweet!!!!!! Glad we are  :mwink:

But dont miss us too much, we will see you out there asap in the NY for a ride or plenty as soon as we are back  :ricky:
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