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Offline Kawasefi

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Balelesberg - Mini ride report
« on: January 29, 2009, 05:34:42 pm »
Okay, this is not a real ride report, but just a little trip I did on my way back home after attending a meeting in Utrecht today.

My KLR is my only transport for the moment while my car is being panelbeated (they should've been finishied a month ago already  :xxbah:). So rain or shine, I had to go to this meeting and left home in a light drizzle with my rainsuit on.

For those who don't know, the little town of Utrecht is actually within a game park. An alternative route from Utrecht to Vryheid is the road over the Balele Mountain through the Balele Bewaria which later joins the Vryheid - Paulpieterburg tar road.

Since I had my camera handy and was already dressed for rain I thought I'd give it a go. My formalities for the day was done and getting a little mud on my boots wasn't an issue anymore  :mwink:

In Utrecht I already saw some superbikes taking a break on their way to the Stag Rally, which I'll also be going to tomorrow  :ricky:.

Here's the road that leads out of town and over the mountain

This is about halfway up the pass if you could call it that.

The signboard explaining that you're entering a game reserve

Here's my bike at the viewpoint op top

This is the view back with Utrecht in the distance

At this point I realised that I was gonna get some fog along the way.  It became quite thick at some stage and I could hardly see for about 20m in front of me.
BTW, it's Bewaria (afrikaans) and not Bavaria for you GS nuts  ;D  Although it is so green it could easily have been mistaken for the Bavarian countryside!!

Some junction along the way...I was heading for Vryheid

Then suddenly a bit of mud appeared.  I fitted a set of Maxxis M6006's that I got from Runner a while ago. I was totally amazed at how well the handled the mud compared to all my previous 70/30 tyres.

And sum more mud. If I still had my Kenda K761's on the bike this would have been very, very, very tricky. Knoblies was the best farkle I've done in a long time!!!

The little outing took a bit longer than I expected due to my low average speed on the slippery surfaces, but was well worth the effort. It's even slightly closer than the tarred R34 from Utrecht to Vryheid.  That's it, another hard day at work for me  ;D
Maybe I'll do this in reverse tomorrow on my way to the rally in Newcastle...


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Re: Balelesberg - Mini ride report
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 06:35:07 pm »
Thanks for the report...wish that I could take such a detour on my way home from a meeting :)

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Re: Balelesberg - Mini ride report
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2009, 08:38:43 pm »
Lekker ou tjom,

Jou bike is darem mooi skoon !!!!

Daai paaie lyk blerrie nice !!!

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Re: Balelesberg - Mini ride report
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2009, 12:32:47 pm »

Lekker, op my usual commute (N14) skiet die  O0 mens sommer vrek as jy net stilhou vir 'n smoke break.

Ek dink van nou af ry my 2 duitse pelle (Heckler & Koch) maar saam om die "praatwerk" te doen..

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Re: Balelesberg - Mini ride report
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2009, 12:39:54 pm »
 :drif:  ENVY!

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Re: Balelesberg - Mini ride report
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2009, 01:34:23 pm »
Nice. Work is so much more fun if you can throw in a bit of adventure.
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