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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #40 on: January 09, 2009, 01:21:51 pm »
Nice report  :thumleft:

Look like very technical riding - kudu's to all involved  :3some:

Thanks for sharing  :ricky:

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #41 on: January 09, 2009, 03:43:03 pm »
Lekker report Ett  :thumleft: Ek sal bietjie vir TR moet gaan kuier ek dink. Ek het laas keer so bietjie meganiese probleme gekry toe ek wou gaan kuier het.  :(
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #42 on: January 10, 2009, 12:43:48 am »
I hope you have pics of YellowFever dropping it again .....  :pot:

1ste ding, ek het niks met die prys van enige van die eiers uit te waai nie, my bike was daai tyd in die shop vir my vorige prang se repairs, MJ hoekom jys so skaars deesdae, wa ma jy?

2de ding, lekker ride report ettiene, maar waar gaan jy ry as jy eendag so oud soos trail is as jy nou alles ry.

3de ding, opie lyk soos een van daai karton manne wat mens uitknip en regop hou by sporting events, of soos 'n madame tussauds waspop :ricky:

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #43 on: January 10, 2009, 09:34:23 am »
Great trip, RR en photo's! 8) :thumleft:
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2009, 12:31:20 pm »
Wow ... what a great trip you guys did.  Phew, some "hairy" paths you took there  :o

Thanx for sharing
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #45 on: January 10, 2009, 03:10:25 pm »
I hope you have pics of YellowFever dropping it again .....  :pot:

1ste ding, ek het niks met die prys van enige van die eiers uit te waai nie, my bike was daai tyd in die shop vir my vorige prang se repairs, MJ hoekom jys so skaars deesdae, wa ma jy?

2de ding, lekker ride report ettiene, maar waar gaan jy ry as jy eendag so oud soos trail is as jy nou alles ry.

3de ding, opie lyk soos een van daai karton manne wat mens uitknip en regop hou by sporting events, of soos 'n madame tussauds waspop :ricky:



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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #46 on: January 10, 2009, 03:12:24 pm »
OH HELL

Next on the list of roads to ride, was the infamous Gamkapoort ‚??Die Hell‚?Ě route, (not the ride with Trailrider this one I did solo), this would also include Swartberg Pass, one of Thomas Bains many works, a road I have been longing to do for a some time.

Apparently it gets freaking hot in there, so I came prepared camelback and a can of water on the bike :D
‚??He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail‚?Ě ;)

Up at 04:30, I took the Huisrivier pass to Calitzdorp, a lovely tarred pass running through the mountains, there had been lots of rock falls on this pass, so I steeked it through, no holds barred 95km/h riding:D , to avoid boulders falling on my bike :D

I arrived in Calitzdorp to find the petrol station still closed, people in these parts don‚??t have a rush in the world, waited about 20min‚??s before they opened, filled up and took this very nice route I had found that turns off just before the bridge.

The road is a single lane all the way, with a dam next to it.



Saw some Kudu‚??s on the route

Some springboks in the far

Eventually it joins up with the Swartberg pass, saw 3 R1200GS riders come by here as I took the photo.

The pass didn‚??t disappoint! Full of bends and uphills awesome, awesome road.


Baboons



Ah sweet gravel


The pass on the way down again, there were actually cyclist riding this pass in the heat, crazy people.



Saw 2 friendly KTM riders at the top, Silver 990 and a 640 with pillion, but no pic.


Here at the entrance to Die Hell


The story goes that these people came across the Gamkapoort valley, they stayed here avoiding the tax man. Everything they needed, was made by themselves. Today there‚??s only one of the original inhabitants left.

Taking it easy along this route, lots to see here!

They even had watercrossing!

At the highest point the GPS said the altitude was 1244m that‚??s quite high if you ask me!

Ate something and turned back, in this pic you can see the road leading out in the far.

On the way out the road started to get very busy! Saw only GP registered cars on the way out, no lie, but they were all very friendly letting me pas them on the road.


It‚??s just great being able to ride, I might be stuck with a cylinderily challenged bike for the time being, but that‚??s not going to stop me from riding everywhere I can.

Of the whole route today I enjoyed the part out of Calitzdorp to the Swartberg the most, as you could see from the screenshot it‚??s very twisty!

Filled up in Calitzdorp again, took the road home, arrived home at about 12:00 having covered 350km‚??s of gravel that morning, saw another snake, this time a puff adder.

The bikes speedo cable broke somehow, so I‚??m now riding without indication.
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #47 on: January 10, 2009, 03:27:05 pm »

Of the whole route today I enjoyed the part out of Calitzdorp to the Swartberg the most, as you could see from the screenshot it‚??s very twisty!


Would you believe I've never ridden that road?

With all the positive feedback I'll be riding it soonest!
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #48 on: January 10, 2009, 05:37:15 pm »
SEWEWEEKS POORT

Seweweeks poort is overlooked by the 2326metre high mountain, the highest in the Swartberg range, this is considered one of the most scenic passes in the country.

I got an invite to come have a stay at one of the farms, Rouxpos, outside Seweweeks poort, so the day before Christmas I set off.

This is the old toll house that used to be run many moons ago.

Check the curvature of the rocks ahead


A stopping spot

Who doesn‚??t love a watercrossing?


I came round a turn and there was a whole swarm of swallows in the road, one flew past me making a quick turn back, next thing I know the thing hits me in the nose and goggle, the wind pushing it against me, so I cant remove it. I stopped to find the bird completely dead‚?¶‚?¶. My nose did hurt a bit though.

The farm just outside the poort, I was led to believe there are some great trails here.

Beautiful mountains surrounding the area


Me riding (Ah there‚??s dust in me eyes!)


Had some lunch at the lovely home, spent a lot of the afternoon riding here

Some fruit tree‚??s



They available accommodation :D :D

There I go, on the way home

Along the road I found allot of these small gravel quarries, thinking well I‚??m not in a rush lets ride them! They make a large bowl great for riding in.


The NXR is actually a very nice looking bike!


Just remember, the best parking spot. . . isn‚??t always the one closest to the mall entrance!


Rode through the poort again back home, found some new interesting routes to be ridden in the future. . .
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #49 on: January 10, 2009, 07:25:25 pm »
Excellent report Etienne !
You must let me have your adress , so I can get those tyres to you.
Pm me and I`ll bring them to you.

Really enjoyed your writting.
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #50 on: January 10, 2009, 07:34:51 pm »
I get more and more impressed met hierdie jong man every ride report I see...  :thumleft:

Damn... there's hope for this country with guys like this on the up..

(BTW... who took the action shots?)
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #51 on: January 10, 2009, 07:38:06 pm »
Excellent report Etienne !
You must let me have your adress , so I can get those tyres to you.
Pm me and I`ll bring them to you.

Really enjoyed your writting.

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #52 on: January 10, 2009, 07:40:30 pm »
I get more and more impressed met hierdie jong man every ride report I see...  :thumleft:

Damn... there's hope for this country with guys like this on the up..

(BTW... who took the action shots?)

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #53 on: January 10, 2009, 07:56:22 pm »
You are such an amazing young man!  I love your reports and especially your writing style.  Pics are super!   :thumleft:

Will look forward to your next report...
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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #54 on: January 10, 2009, 07:58:56 pm »
*blush*

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #55 on: January 10, 2009, 08:01:53 pm »
Fantastic, Etienne!  Great reports.  You're an inspiration to us ou ballies.  

I did R62 by cage before Christmas and saw so much great country for riding.  You're "living the dream" enjoy.
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #56 on: January 10, 2009, 08:35:16 pm »


Darem n sekzi bike ....shjoe!


nice report E!

 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #57 on: January 11, 2009, 08:25:37 pm »
ATTAKWASKLOOF

Tried to fix the broken speedo cable, no luck‚?¶




Next up was Attakwaskloof, a very historic route with a nice campsite, bonniedale adventure farm, in the middle.

Left Ladismith taking the Van Wyksdorp road to the turnoff, just some normal gravel highways, not very exciting but still beats the hell out of tarr!

Stopping at the Herbertsdale turnoff


From here on the road became allot of fun, steep down and uphills, lots of turns, loose gravel, everything that makes a road great.

A steep one way downhill,


If you don‚??t know about the turnoff to Bonniedale Adventure Farm, you will miss it for sure, it‚??s just a normal farm road, starting in some guy‚??s yard.

And then the road starts to look like this! Yeah!

The road surface is very marble‚??d, makes the ride so much more fun slipping and sliding through corners.

Had another snake encounter here, came through a turn and there was a huge Cape Cobra in the road, I started braking, but realized I was going to stop right on top of him, so flat out I went going over its tale, I glanced back to see it lifting in that cobra like manner‚?¶Scary stuff!

An old ‚??klipkraal‚?Ě on the road

Look out for these signs indicating the route


At the farm itself, there is allot of great riding to be had, can definitely make a weekend out of coming here and doing all the routes!(hint hint Mr Trailrider!)

They do have adequate warnings though! :D :D



The trails here all range in difficulty, with escape routes for the not so brave

Letsgofishing‚??s screen is still lying here from the Southern Cape Trailride!

My feeble attempt at photography


Some of the routes lead to other campsites, this one got abandoned after the floods a couple of weeks back.

Beeg tortoise!

The view of the farm from on top of one of the routes

Took the other gravel route out of the kloof, very nice twisty road, the occasional patch of marbles in the road

Gate opening (lots of them!)


These beast like things were everywhere! :-\  :D

Say wha?

I‚??d definitely recommend Bonniedale Adventure Farm to you adventurous lot!

Good accommodation, facilities and great riding to be had!
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #58 on: January 11, 2009, 08:52:07 pm »

An old ‚??klipkraal‚?Ě on the road



That's the ghost town "Woeska".
 

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Re: A December to Remember Minimalist touring at its best
« Reply #59 on: January 12, 2009, 04:25:15 pm »
That surely has to be a December to remember!!!!! 8) 8) 8) 8)

Stunning RR yhou are going to be well travelled, nice challenging routes... :o :o

All adds to the fun and adventure.... :biggrin:

Nice one ENxR ;) ;)