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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2009, 07:30:04 pm »
I saw some of your stickers around ;D
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2009, 06:01:11 pm »
velly nice!!
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #22 on: March 02, 2009, 06:54:39 pm »
Awsum slaapplek in die grot!!! Goed uitgerig, wens ek kan op so 'n ride gan..... :drif:
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2009, 07:56:02 pm »
lekker lekker trail, lyk kwaai

paar shana-na fotos sover
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2009, 08:15:21 pm »
lekker lekker trail, lyk kwaai

paar shana-na fotos sover

Ja..........maar waar is die res :D
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #25 on: March 02, 2009, 08:19:55 pm »
I saw some of your stickers around ;D

Paulsky se stickers? Die selfde een wat op die yskas was op die Desember trip?
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #26 on: March 02, 2009, 08:33:31 pm »
lekker lekker trail, lyk kwaai

paar shana-na fotos sover

Ja..........maar waar is die res :D

Hopelik sal Dag 3 deur die nag op wees ::)
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #27 on: March 02, 2009, 09:36:25 pm »
Velly Nice Dude.
You definately put a great effort into the reports
Thanks
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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #28 on: March 02, 2009, 10:22:04 pm »
Great stuff Trailie!
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #29 on: March 02, 2009, 11:57:49 pm »
Day 3

We were up early again this morning. The plan was to ride the 130 odd km to Patensie for lunch and return to the cave again in the afternoon. The fact that we'd spend two nights here meant that we could leave our luggage in the cave today. We'd be unladen for what could potentially be a tricky ride.



There were 3 passes in todays ride (Grasnek Pass, Holgat Pass and Combrinks Pass) and we'd ride each in both directions. We left with a sense of trepidation as we heard some reports that Holgat Pass was especially bad. On top of that some rain were forecast for today... This was Bike Vettie's first visit to Baviaans and my first time with the TransAlp.

It wasn't long before we met the first Baviaans Paw x Paw. I love these guys



Entering the Wilderness area:



At the first water crossing I had to stop and record the moment. I love water crossings.







Baviaans is a beautiful place. We were cruising along enjoying the scenery.





In-ride shot:





Grasnek Pass





Baviaans is very dry at the moment and the water crossings were few and shallow. The "feared" water crossing at Smitskraal was bone dry.





What it looked like the last time I was here (looking from the opposite side). Eisbein crossing in that ride:



The second (deeper) part was also dry. Now you can clearly see why you have to keep to the left when you go through this section.



Another pic of what it looked like the last time I was here (also looking from the opposite side):



This water crossing turned out to be the deepest of the day:



Water crossing video clip



All of a sudden we were at Holgat Pass and we decided to go for it. As it turns out the condition of the pass was greatly exaggerated. In fact, my TransAlp with low ground clearance (I'm getting rid of that CAT a.s.a.p.) did not even touch once going up here. Make no mistake - it's a tricky section - but we expected a lot worse.

As usual the incline and obstacles don't seem as bad in a photograph.





Two victorious bikes on the plateau.



People who've been here while it's wet know how slippery this section can be. Luckily it didn't seem that wet today. Well, not yet...


[Que "Die Dapper Muis" music]

" En sę nou daars 'n "Valletjie"?



'n "Valletjie"?

Wel...

Behalwe vir 'n Kat... en 'n "Valletjie"...

Is daar niks waarvoor ons skrik nie!"



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It doesn't seem that wet in the photo...



TKC's make us invincible!

Combrinks Pass descending on the Patensie side:









Rolling into Patensie we saw some more DS bikes and stopped. Of course they were Wild Dogs!



Nice seeing you Tweety and BMWPE



After lunch and a refuel we headed back towards Baviaans.



Psalm 23 se węreld:







Holgat Pass on the way down:





Water crossing video clip





After over 7 hours in the saddle we were relieved to be at our cave again. From Bakkrans to Patensie took us just over 4 hours with lots of photo stops and from Patensie back to Bakkrans (still taking it easy) took us just over 3 hours.

Photos don't do the cave justice so I tried to get some video footage: Video Clip. Also see the Bakkrans website here.
(Unfortunately I can't embed the video clips in the forum software like I can on my blog)

As we sat back reflecting on what we saw today a Knysna Loerie flew down and sat in the tree just accross from us. Just the cherry on top of a great day.

After another feast we once again turned in under the Great Karoo stars. Tomorrow we head for Prince Alfred's Pass.
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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #30 on: March 03, 2009, 07:34:52 am »
Great stuff TR - I was there this last weekend!
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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #31 on: March 03, 2009, 08:00:47 am »
nice one TR  :thumleft:

should print a big photo of that hole in the second crossing for Operator  >:D
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #32 on: March 03, 2009, 08:27:11 am »
SUPER

KEEP IT COMING
LIFE IS 2 SHORT FOR SHIT!!!!
U NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #33 on: March 03, 2009, 09:13:12 am »

Great pics en report Trailie  :thumleft:
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #34 on: March 03, 2009, 10:21:30 am »
And to think that some people want to leave this place!



Very nicely done, entertaining and informative. Mooi man! :)

They should have left Meiringspoort like it was then.  ;)
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #35 on: March 03, 2009, 10:50:19 am »
AWSOME !!!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks for Sharing  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:


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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #36 on: March 03, 2009, 11:31:48 am »

They should have left Meiringspoort like it was then.  ;)


I agree. Then we would have had 2 places like Seweweeks Poort. ;D Bain wanted to build the road through Toorwater which was a much better choice because they'd only have to cross the river 3 times. But Toorwater was 50km to the East and a 50km detour is a loooooong way for an oxwagon :D

The railway line now runs through Toorwater.
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #37 on: March 03, 2009, 09:12:23 pm »
Great stuff TR - I was there this last weekend!

And where is your Ride Report?
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #38 on: March 04, 2009, 07:37:59 am »
 :thumleft: Lekkkkerrrr!
 

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Re: 2 Guys, 4 Kloofs, 7 days, 28 passes and 1650km
« Reply #39 on: March 04, 2009, 11:00:56 am »
imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  have to do this sometime.
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