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« on: September 11, 2006, 11:54:21 am »
Just a quick report back, to say we all made it home safely from our Lowveld Breakaway trip, with no serious incedents.

To see the planning stages of this weekend, here is the link.
http://wilddogtours.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2277&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

All I can say is that it was one hell of a expedition, and of course nothing went as we planned it :)

... pics, maps and the full story to follow soon .

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2006, 12:16:48 pm »
Good to here no bikes or bodies were hurt!

Looking forward to the reports.

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2006, 12:47:34 pm »
That all depends on how you look at it. :oops:
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but the stain will remain.
 

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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2006, 02:52:18 pm »
An excellent adventure....

Had a brilliant time,  and would happily do it all again .... possibly after my butt recovers!!! :)

BV and Rebel - you guys make excellent travelling companions!   A BIG thanks once again to both of you,  especially for the patience on the tarred sections. :)

Can't wait to see the pics.
 

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2006, 06:37:25 pm »
I dont wanne burst any Bubbles but
 :useless:


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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2006, 08:15:56 am »
Why are we waiting ?

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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2006, 09:48:02 am »
saw U guys riding towards the Ohrigstad (spelling) from the three rondavels on Sunday around 11:00.

Where's report a pics?
 

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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2006, 11:59:16 am »
--- DAY 1 ---

Its Friday morning 8 Sept 2006, and just as traffic starts to settle down
a bit, the time has come to fire up the big Adventure, and meet the rest
of the trio just east of Pretoria, at a place called Bapsfontein.

As I sit and wait at a T-junction, Blouvark zips across my visor,
one hand in the air ... "good morning Vietnam !" .. here we go...

A few minutes later, I meet the famous BlouVark, and after a quick introduction
we are set to go....just one problem....Ganjora is still missing.
After waiting for about 15 minutes, the phone rings...
"Where are you dudes ??" .. turns out we waited for each other at two different
garages, about 500m apart.



Right. So now we are all ready to go. or are we ?

Nope. Blouvark was so exited to get out of town, that
he forgot to leave the keys for the neighbor.

was this a sign of things to come ?

Blouvark goes back to PTA, and myself and Ganjora heads off
to Badplaas, at a cool 80km/h. Just the right thing to start the
day slowly.

Its not long, and Blouvark meets up with us, and this time,
we are all there, all set to go on with the journey.

The rest of the days riding was pretty boring, having to cover
miles of black top in order to get WAY out of town.
Had some wimpy breakfast in Carolina, stopped for some
refreshments and bough dinner for the evening in Badplaas.



About 30 km after Badplaas the roads become better and better,
(for DS riding at least), and the the dirt starts.






 
Today we did not do much dirt riding, and we clocked into Kromdraai camp
just before dark.

We quickly set up camp, and took a hike down the river,
leaving all the food outside. I mean, what is the worst that can happen ?
On our return, we found that were robbed !! Damn monkeys !
We caught them in the act, making way with our bread.
Luckily, they only managed to escape with a small portion, and left
us with enough to feed ourselves.





We spent the evening sharing stories, relaxing and had an early night.
Loooooong days riding tomorrow.





--- DAY 2 ---
Not far from where we slept, we passed through Diepgezecht.
A little town in the greater Songimvelo reserve, that is for
some very strange reason in very good condition, but everyone
has packed up and left. Seems like the last thing that closed
was the bar, and thats a sign that everyone is gone.
Like the captain of a ship, the barman is always the last one to leave.













The rest of the morning was spent cruising the dirt up to Josefsdal
borderpost, just south of Baberton. We felt that it was worth looking for
a shortcut though the pine forests, but after many feeble attempts,
all ending up in dead ends, we decided that it was time to take the main
dirt road, and get some food in Baberton.
Some of the sortcuts ended up being a bit of a challenge, and soon man
and machine became one !





















This is what happens when you take pictures while riding.
The Blouvark went down in a corner, but seconds later with the help
of Ganjora, she was up and ready to go.




After brunch in Baberton, we decided to head up to Nelspruit,
not taking the planned route as we had to make up some time we lost
looking for shortcuts.







On the way, the urge for dirt took over gain, and we steered left
into Kaapse hoop, for a bit dirt up to Nelspruit. Another shortcut we thought.
How bad can it be ? Well this little shortcut ended up in complete adventure,
taking about 3/4 hours do cover 50 or so km.
One thing I can say, Is that we alway took the scenic route.







We spent the rest of the afternoon, trying to make our way to Nelspruit,
but around every corner was another surprise.

A tree across the road became second nature to us, and those that we could
not break to get through, we moved. The ones that was to big to move,
we went over. Yes, I said over.
Let me tell you, picking up a fully loaded 1150GS Adventure
is not a joke. If it wasn't for the good spirit of adventure leading
us by the hand, we would still be there.
At one stage I was thinking, that next time I come here, I will be armed
with a chainsaw !


















If it wasn't for the trees, the road, if one can call it a road,
was washed away in some places, and made some really good technical
riding uphill, as well as downhill. Nothing to serious though.
Lookup up, stand up, give it some gas, and away we go !




The only problem is that what goes up, must come down.
And hell did I come down hard on this very steep rocky
section.
Leading the way, its never easy to pick the right
line as you have no time to look at what the riders in front of you
do. Most of the time one gets it right, but this time
I picked the wrong line, and got caught in the shit.
The back slipped out, the front made a dead stop and I was doing
hand stands on top of my handle bars, before crashing down with a big bang,
and I promise you it wasn't the softest place to land.

I was up in a few seconds but looking
at the way this bike was lying three things cross my mind.
1. I have broken something, i just don't feel it yet.
2. Something on this beast is broken, i just don't see it yet.
3. Even if Im not broken, and the ADV is not broken, this is going
to take some serious effort to get this bike out of here.










Amazing ! I am fine, just a small bruise on the elbow.
The bike has a small scratch on the visor, and a small dent in the pannier.
Thats it ! Man how lucky can I be.

After walking the hill, and picking the right lines, the others
made it down without incident.


Right, all we need now is a river crossing or 3.
No incidents here, except that Ganjora was going so fast
I completely missed him in the picture, getting soaked in
his spray.









We could see the tar road, but the only way there was blocked by
a farmers gate. My first thoughts was, that is we can get through
this gate, the road should be looked after, and very ridable.
BIG mistake. We took the chance, and opened the gate (luckily it wasn't
locked). Soon the road became a mix of ruts, sand, rocks, small rocks,
big rocks, round rocks, rocks from the river, rocks from the mountain.
Hell, it felt like all the rocks teamed up agains us. Tired, moeg, sat,
paste, with no food, after having to move half the forest to get here,

Blouvark went down again. Riding at the back, we did not notice that.
We got close to the farmhouse and decided to wait for Blouvark. Nothing.
Allright, well give him 15 or so minutes, and then go look for him.
Maybe his taking pictures, cos we all know how much he loves the rocks.
14 minutes goes by, and then we hear the roar of coming around the corner.
Somehow he managed to gather his strength, and get going again. If it was me,
if you guys didn't come looking for me , I would still be there. :)

In a jiffy we went through the farm, back to tar, and down to Halls
for a well deserved meal.

Its now around 4PM, and we still have to make it to Hoedspruit.
Ouch ! There are only two ways. Though the Blyde Canyon, that will
take us about 4 hours, or though Bosbokrand, that will take is
about 2.5 hours. No good.
We wisely abort the canyon ride, and change plans from sleeping
in Hoedspruit, to Graskop. The last few kms to Graskop we spent
in the dark, but we safely made it there and booked in to the municipal
camp site. We opted not to camp, and took a for bed bungalow.
Nothing like a hot shower, and a soft bed after today !







--- DAY 3 ---
With a big day ahead of us, we had a quick breakfast in Graskop,
filled up in Pilgrims Rest, and set out towards Tzaneen.
The Downs here we come !
The way there was spent on tar, as we had to cover about 500km
today, and had to make up some lost time.
Through Abel Erasmus pass, the scenery was amazing.












After we were told that bikes are not allowed in the Downs,
we were asked to sign in, and without any incident, we were on
our way. The first few kms are tarred, and then tar stops, changing
to "twee spoor". Saw some Zebra on the way.














Like I said, what goes up, must come down, and I know now why
its called "The Downs".
Its a very, very, very rocky, narrow twisty road.
Hook up in first or second gear, and just keep going.
Down and Down and Down and Down.
Its tiring to do this kind of riding, but its well worth it.











Once out of the downs, its good dirt for a nice long section
though some rural villages, next to rivers etc.
Saw the REAL stofdonkie as well !















Like always, the planned route ended up in a dead end.
Here the bridge was impossible to pass, and the river was to deep
to cross.





We inflated tires, and hit the tar, taking shortcuts from
somewhere east of Polokwane, back to PTA.



Some of the shortcuts ended up being sandy top dirt roads,
which is always fun to ride.




From there we pinned our ears back, and headed down to
Bapsfontein again, we the journey started.







Covering over 650km the last day, it goes without saying that
we only got to Bapsfontein after dark.




Even though we had to break trees, ride through rivers, pick each
others bikes up, and carry them over trees, finding one after the other
dead end, getting completely lost, changing plans as we go along,
I have to say that I had a real blast !!!

Blouvark, Ganjora. You guys made awesome adventurers.

Turning back was never an option, and neither was failure.




This was indeed a true Adventure ride.

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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2006, 12:35:37 pm »
Jezz, I look really moeg in those pics. :oops:  :evil:

Excellent pics Rebel.

Just had Hannes Grobler in the office with me & showed him, he rides a 1200GSA & was impressed with your report :thumbleft:



I'm having a hard time uploading my pics to image shack. Been trying the whole morning. :evil:
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2006, 02:39:11 pm »
Yay !

Great trip guys.
Ganja man I bet you had forgotten the long tar bits when it came to riding over the logs and stones. Damn them pigs weigh a ton, ok a 1/4 ton but who's counting.
 

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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2006, 02:52:24 pm »
Hardcore stuff! Good one guys! Well done and thanks for the pics and report! 8)
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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2006, 02:56:00 pm »
One hellava trip.  Thanks guys.

Had to laugh at the one picture with only the 'Wimp' part of wimpy showing.  :lol:
 

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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2006, 03:12:30 pm »
The KLR really is a champion bike.   OK,  she handled the tarred sections with never ending patience from the BIG pigs (thanks still)...   I often felt guilty for holding them back :oops:  :oops: ....   When it came to anything off tar,  the KLR proved it's mettle.   She felt light & nimble,  especially when we had to carry the bikes!!!  :wink:  :wink:
 

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« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2006, 03:20:15 pm »
awesome!!!! great going dudes
 

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« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2006, 03:41:08 pm »
Excellent pics guys! There is a few there that can certainly go in for pic of the month 8)
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« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2006, 03:44:48 pm »
Awesome guys, it was worth the wait.
 

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« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2006, 03:50:53 pm »
Awesome report and trip! Well done guys.
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« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2006, 06:15:28 pm »
some more pics from the adventure,  and ADV it was!!!!
Please bear in mind - nokia n80 camera phone pics.   Sorry for the quality.

Morning in the Badplass campsite

and another from the other angle

Just as the morning started to get fun...

The view up the other way...

Things were looking good right abougt now...   what did we know...

BV and Rebel in contemplation - I got to do a fair share of carrying....   actually we all did,  maybe i just feel sensitive.... still... (just kidding - you guys were great)



Next day.... on the way to blyde river canyon...

the view over the top.


other side of a tunnel: named above BV...

Flat part of the downs


Downhill part of the downs
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« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2006, 09:30:16 pm »
OK, finally got mine up, so here goes. I'm not going to say a lot, so please just enjoy.

Most were taken on the move, so excuse "the finger in the way". :lol:


Hit the tar on our way to Hendrina.


Took a short detour just before Badplaas.




Road to Kromdraai Camp. Best piece of road of the day.




Our camp for the night.


Ganjora "I'm the firestarter" quickly sorted the fire.


A river runs through it......


Left the city & crime behind, only to be robbed of our food by these buggers.


These log cabins go for R250.00 & sleep six. Remember this if you're looking for a nice quiet spot for a weekend.




The ghost town of Diepgezet.



Eerie is all I can say.......

These views up the road is simply amazing.






Rebel WITH a cause.




Eish, da road she's finish


A bit of team work sorted it out.




















I kinda like this pic


Action sequence.


The "mean green machine" showing us the way.




At first it was funny


But there was more


Gun-ho Ganjora :D


Rebel got a shower


Adventure in it's element


My favourite :evil: . Took another tumble here :oops:


Fuel at Pilgrims Rest




Deflating tyres again. The Downs in the distance.


Entering the Downs.


First 12k's is tar, then to dirt.


then to twee spoor




Saw some zebra




Taking a break in the shade. It was very hot, especially with full ATGATT




I was really fortunate on this trip to have all this rocks. :roll:




Especially for GrootSeun












 :?:






A very BIG thank you to Rebel & Ganjora. You truly made this trip memorable. You have my respect.
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« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2006, 10:18:53 pm »
Well done gents, that looked like an awsome ride and deffinitly an ADV. Thanks for the report and pics.