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Recovery from Road To Hell
« on: November 03, 2021, 06:19:06 pm »
RECOVERY FROM ROAD TO HELL

Not a bike trip …getting a bit old and am too fat and unfit to push bikes over mountains for days on end …I save my fully kitted 690 for a trip to the local Vida and back where I stand around and pose with all my gear on while sipping on a fat white

I regularly go back to the Richtersveld and have discovered some amazing tracks and places to wild camp next to the Orange River

I led a trip last week – left Cape Town early Friday 22 October – 3 vehicles …me alone in my Mazdarati …a real beat up but modified 3 litre turbo diesel 4x4 Mazda BT50 that I bought from Rossdog a few years ago , Gucci (on this forum) and Scott and his dog Roo in Gucci’s Landcruiser 100 turbo diesel automatic and my brother Aidan (also on this forum) and Matt and his dog Rey in Landcruiser 76 1HZ

We all made it safely to our camp at end of a riverbed and set up next to the river – arrived there about 6 pm Friday night …takes 12 hours to travel from my house in Muizenberg to the campsite and its less than 800 km in total – the last 25 km takes 3 hours …it’s a bit rough

We relaxed and partied the whole day Saturday and well into the night.

Sunday we were due to undertake a little return drive of about 60 km each way to show the new guys the Road To Hell. The plan was that we would leave the 100 Cruiser with rooftop tent at our camp and my brother would follow me in his 76 Cruiser …we would then leave 76 Cruiser at top of Road to Hell and all 5 of us and the 2 dogs would go down and back up RTH in my bakkie …have done it many times before

Aidan woke up grumpy with a babbelas on Sunday morning and told me he was not going to back me up. Matt stayed with Aidan to fish for barbel in the river.

Scott, Gareth, the dog Roo and I went anyway in 1 vehicle …

We had a lekker drive and easily made it down the RTH in under 30 minutes …its only 4 km long with 3 very gnarly sections of big rocks and big drop offs …it is very very steep in parts and the photos never show the real picture

On the way back up on the very last gnarly big rock step up the connecting rod on the left front steering assembly broke …this connects the inner and outer tie rod ends together and basically connects the left front wheel to the steering wheel via the whole steering box assembly

The nett result is that I now had no steering on left front wheel …it was like a dicky wheel on a shopping trolley pointing wherever it felt like.
It was 14h35 on Sunday afternoon 24 October – we quickly assessed the situation and I could see that there was nothing I could do right there and then with what I had to successfully fix it and drive it out.

It was hot. It is always hot there. The sun is merciless.

We quickly made the decision to leave the bakkie and walk back to our campsite …it was only 32 km away along the river.

32 km walk took 18 hours …not a flat walk but more boulder hopping, mountain climbing and hacking through thorn bush for 32 km. We walked from 3 pm to 9 pm, slept from 9 pm to 12 pm, walked again from 12 pm to 3 am, slept again from 3 am to 5 am and then walked again from 5 am to our arrival at camp at 9 am on Monday morning 25 October.

I had brand new shoes bought the day before we left for the trip. I got a blister. It was eina.

We only had water … no food. We did get a bit hungry and I made a lekker brekkie of eggs, bacon, mushrooms, boerewors and OJ when we got back to camp…we chowed and then slept

My boet and Matt and the dog Rey had left camp at first light on Monday to go look for us …they found my bakkie and then turned around and drove back arriving about 2 hours after we did.

We continued our little holiday and decided to leave my bakkie there and come back to Cape Town to get all the parts and tools needed to fix it and drive it out.

Aidan and I drove back to my bakkie on Monday in our mate Scott’s V6 Amarok – we arrived at my bakkie at 16h30 on Monday afternoon.

It took 2 hours to winch and reverse it off the big rock about 50 metres backwards on to a flat spot and only 30 minutes to fit new connecting rod and outer tie rod end and then set the toe on the wheel alignment.

I drove it off the mountain at 19h30 on Monday night.

We camped on the other side and drove both vehicles back home yesterday Tuesday 2 November.

Fun times

Loads of pics were taken and plenty videos too …I will post some here and video links when they are edited and ready


« Last Edit: November 04, 2021, 06:42:37 am by JustBendIt »
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Re: RTH
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2021, 06:19:22 pm »
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« Last Edit: November 03, 2021, 06:31:23 pm by JustBendIt »
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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2021, 06:30:34 pm »
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« Last Edit: November 03, 2021, 06:32:01 pm by JustBendIt »
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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2021, 06:30:48 pm »
Eish! :eek7:
 

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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2021, 06:40:37 pm »
Eish! :eek7:

Those are always the adventures that stand out in our memories.....but at the time its KAK :thumleft:
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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2021, 06:45:19 pm »
Are you fit now after all the walking?!! ;) :lol8:
That was a bad luck break. :(
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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2021, 06:49:31 pm »
As it turns out, not going once means you will have to go twice to rescue your boet.





 

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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2021, 07:03:55 pm »
Well done. That road, from the pics, isn't for the faint-hearted.
 

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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2021, 07:48:37 pm »
I really wanted to buy a V6 Amarok

But not anymore

We borrowed one to go recover the Mazdarati

It was not my cup of tea

You have to rev it all the time to get anywhere

No low down torque like my bakkie

Very plush suspension good for the road but terrible Offroad - feels like a boat

Also very low and needs way more ground clearance

Very thirsty too 15 litres per 100 km at 120 kph

But there are some positive things like good sound system and big load space for shopping and school bags 😂

Definitely off my wish list

Mazdarati will do 9 litres per 100 km fully loaded at 120 kph all day long in 5th gear at 2500 rpm - truly incredible
« Last Edit: November 03, 2021, 07:49:25 pm by JustBendIt »
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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2021, 08:34:49 am »
Small world, I know Gucci and have ridden with him a bit, Also have meet Aidan a few times back in the days of WMC

Here's pic from our shorty trip to the area back in 2010
 

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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2021, 08:43:51 am »
Sheez!!!!! Hectic. :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:

Well done on just enjoying the time there and going back to recover and fix the bakkie. :thumleft: :thumleft:


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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2021, 08:45:25 am »
Jisss dunno if it looks lekker.... would love to do it with you- butttt on a bike please?
If i had to explain you would not understand anyway......
 

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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2021, 08:56:57 am »
What a coincidence! We went there with my bakkie too, got about halfway up and came across this white Mazda that someone had left sommer in the middle of the road. Very inconsiderate! We were forced to turn around and go back down.

Some people, hey!
 >:D :pot:

Glad you guys made it out, what a lekker campfire story you now have!
 

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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2021, 09:51:39 am »
 :imaposer:
 

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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2021, 09:58:12 am »
What a coincidence! We went there with my bakkie too, got about halfway up and came across this white Mazda that someone had left sommer in the middle of the road. Very inconsiderate! We were forced to turn around and go back down.

Some people, hey!
 >:D :pot:

Glad you guys made it out, what a lekker campfire story you now have!

How did you turn your vehicle around?

Would love to see you do it cos that road is very narrow with a mountain on one side and a sheer cliff face on the other ...were you in a hovercraft?
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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2021, 10:10:49 am »
What a coincidence! We went there with my bakkie too, got about halfway up and came across this white Mazda that someone had left sommer in the middle of the road. Very inconsiderate! We were forced to turn around and go back down.

Some people, hey!
 >:D :pot:

Glad you guys made it out, what a lekker campfire story you now have!

How did you turn your vehicle around?

Would love to see you do it cos that road is very narrow with a mountain on one side and a sheer cliff face on the other ...were you in a hovercraft?
That's just the thing that miffed me the most, we were forced to reverse for quite a distance before we could physically turn around. You ever try to go 4x4'ing in reverse? It's not easy, I tell ya!  O0
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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2021, 10:30:28 am »
What a lekker adventure Justin. It will never be forgotten. I should never have sold you the Mazdarati. That 3.0 litre Ford engine was a pearl.
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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2021, 10:40:33 am »
What a coincidence! We went there with my bakkie too, got about halfway up and came across this white Mazda that someone had left sommer in the middle of the road. Very inconsiderate! We were forced to turn around and go back down.

Some people, hey!
 >:D :pot:

Glad you guys made it out, what a lekker campfire story you now have!


How did you turn your vehicle around?

Would love to see you do it cos that road is very narrow with a mountain on one side and a sheer cliff face on the other ...were you in a hovercraft?
That's just the thing that miffed me the most, we were forced to reverse for quite a distance before we could physically turn around. You ever try to go 4x4'ing in reverse? It's not easy, I tell ya!  O0

I know

I reversed that big fat long Amarok down RTH to my bakkie so that I didn’t have to carry my tools from the top - it has a reverse camera so was easy peasy while I had a smoke and drank my beer and listened to The Doors belting out Riders on the Storm at full volume
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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2021, 11:07:41 am »
 :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:
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Re: Recovery from Road To Hell
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2021, 12:17:50 pm »
I really wanted to buy a V6 Amarok

But not anymore

We borrowed one to go recover the Mazdarati

It was not my cup of tea

You have to rev it all the time to get anywhere

No low down torque like my bakkie

Very plush suspension good for the road but terrible Offroad - feels like a boat

Also very low and needs way more ground clearance

Very thirsty too 15 litres per 100 km at 120 kph

But there are some positive things like good sound system and big load space for shopping and school bags 😂

Definitely off my wish list

Mazdarati will do 9 litres per 100 km fully loaded at 120 kph all day long in 5th gear at 2500 rpm - truly incredible

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