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PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« on: March 01, 2009, 02:00:08 pm »
Friday 20th Feb

Finished packing after a log week, finally the day has arrived.
Unfortunately a bit of work got in the way and we ended up leaving late.
Only Paul and myself from PE. Work and possibility of rain kept other dogs away. :'(
Two of the guys expected from EL also stayed away due to weather forecast which fortunately was wrong again. :dousing:
Hit the tar From to East London. Serious head wind kept speed down and fuel consumption up.

About to leave Me on the red & Paul on the green KLR



On the road.


Overlooking the buffalo River in the buffalo pass.


The stuff you must walk through for the photo above. (I hope you appreciate the effort)


Arriving at Rene’s farm.
We got changed, explored a bit rode on the barge, braaied, had sum more beers, then went for a late night barge ride to try catch mullet for Renes fishing at Mazeppa the next day. Had a great time, getting to bed at ±24h00.

Lots of tame wild animals. (giraffe, various buck, ostriches, wildebeest, and lots of birds)




A shed to park the bikes and our stuff (and where we slept)


Cold beers


Excellent hospitality



The barge


Happy passengers / drivers




And more.



Thanks Rene for organising everything. Awesome stuff.

GPS route attached below
« Last Edit: March 01, 2009, 02:16:59 pm by Thump »
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2009, 02:21:03 pm »
the river looks awesome
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2009, 02:40:21 pm »
Day 2
21st Feb

Up at 05h30 (Paul has a baby and is up at 5 every morning so he slept late.)
We packed and took a ride to the top again for a last look at the view.





Rode to Morgan’s bay


Then kei mouth where we met, Stuart, (KDX), Wessel, (KDX) and Lofty (KTM) who where to be our guides for day two to Mazeppa bay.



Crossed the Kei on the ferry



Had an awesome ride through the path ways to Mazeppa bay.
A lot of sand but mostly wet, a little mud but a lot of adventure trying to keep up with the plastics.





The Jacaranda Wreck


Our fearless leader


Awesome views


Lots of small river crossings. This one was a bit tricky because of the large rocks under the water.




Some serious gradients


And lots of views overlooking the typical Transkei valleys


Arriving at Mazeppa. Joined by Rene, Andre, Nico, Sebastian, Peter and Harry who came up by car.



Thirsty work


Spent the afternoon exploring, and swimming. Beautiful area.










Braaied and had a great time in the evening.
Peter feeling very sad he didn’t join us with his BMW 800gs as the weather was great. No rain.

GPS route file attached below.
« Last Edit: March 01, 2009, 05:06:18 pm by Thump »
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2009, 02:47:15 pm »
OK, thats my next ride!
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2009, 02:54:25 pm »
Beautiful part of the country. Great RR!
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2009, 03:16:04 pm »
Nice one Thump! And man what a nice tire on your fugly :thumleft:
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2009, 04:37:33 pm »
that's my home turf and i've never ridden it, beautiful.  a must for my next ride.  thanks for posting!   :thumleft:
 

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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2009, 05:18:46 pm »
Day 3
22nd Feb

Up at 05h30 (Again)
Went outside for a slash and it started raining.
Paul Says “this is just a little drizzle and will clear up soon”
Which resulted in some serious thunder and lighting and then the rain came monsooned down for the next hour.
Peter feeling very glad he came by car and not his GS.

We packed,  had breakfast and then the rain stopped as we were about to leave.
(Not lucky, Comes from good clean living)

The GPS did not work well at all in the Transkei.
1.   I had loaded a map with tracks and routes and it seems the map clashed with the original map. The unit would redirect us on route adding many km’s to the ride.
2.   2. Not all the roads in the Transkei are on the GPS. Only about 30%. Some of the other roads are shown as tracks so the unit doesn’t use them in the routing.

At one stage we were about ten kays from the petrol station but the unit took us on a 50km loop to get there. (I did the last 30km on reserve and trying to ride econocomically (can't even spell it))


Dirt road with Tar across the bridge


Road was wet with occasional muddy stretches but not half as bad as I had heard the Transkei gets in the rain.




Finally the petrol station.


Then an afternoon of pure pleasure to COFFEE BAY.





R8.80 a can of coke







We arrived at Coffee bay in the rain.
The back Packers was full of strange tourists and locals trying to sell pot and stuph?
We decided to ride towards Hole-in-the-wall and look for accommodation along the way.



We got to the Hole-in-the-wall Hotel and asked for a campsite.
They had a backpacker’s room which we paid for, but when we got to the room it was locked and they couldn’t find the key. So they gave us a 3 bedroom apartment for the same price.



It looks like Bakkie and 214 had been there before as honoured guests.
There was even a portrait of them on the wall.


We then went for a walk in the rain to see the hole in the wall.
Great having a riding partner like Paul who was prepared to walk in the rain and show me the area as he had been there before.
Even the cows tried to stay out of the rain.


The wall and the hole




The whales rock on the left of HITW.

Serious washing machine

The whale rock is ±45 meters high and we just had to climb it.
My boots are worn smooth and it was very slippery in the rain but well worth it.
Pics a bit blurred from rain on the lens.




Slipped on my butt half way down and then slipped again having to run the last ten meters or so. Not quite as agile as I used to be. Paul had a good laugh. Don’t know why?.

Route file attached below.
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2009, 05:26:53 pm »
Hey, put the rest on. I'm waiting
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2009, 05:53:41 pm »
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2009, 06:09:52 pm »
Day 4
23rd Feb

Up at 05h00 (Again)
We have Tuna, canned peaches and cup of soup for breakfast.
I seem to take forever packing and keep forgetting to put stuff in.
It’s raining still but we get packed and off we go………
No!!! we don't Battery flat! We push the KLR up the hill and then down again but the wheel just won’t grip enough in the mud.
I take out my rope and tie it to Pauls KLR and he tows me.
Bike starts and we’re all sweaty and tired but we’re on our way.

We take a ride to Mtata river mouth for the views.





It’s so wet and muddy, and there’s no rocks around, so I eventually use my helmet under the footrest.


We go to Coffee bay hotel to fill up.


Bunch of Bikers Mild not Wild  there, but still sleeping.


That was just a joke… Don’t all you BMW okes get a huff now..

Then on to the N2, then ±40km of mud and gravel through Mqekesweni (Bet you never heard that one before) to R62.






R62 was very boring. Also got a bit colder and quite a bit of traffic.


Eventually I stop again and see we can take the R351 to Cathcart. High speed gravel beats high speed tar any day. Great piece of road.


Had too much fun to worry about photos. But just before Cathcart we ride through a dip and onto a rocky stretch at which time I feel the front is not right.
Ride slowly to the garage in town. But feel too lazy to change tube. It seems like a slow puncture anyway and I have two cans of Tyre weld.

First can just blows tyres weld into my hair and face making me look like the abominable snowbiker. I get half the second can in before it stops pumping. I go for a quick spin to circulate the stuff and we go to a café to by lunch.
(This came back to bite me last night. http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=28752.0 )

Then onwards.
The road from Cathcart to Hogsback




Even the mountains love the KLR’s


We had planned on sleeping at Katberg but decided to explore more of Hogsback instead.




The roads were wet and very slippery. The growth on the road made it look okay but even when going slowly, if you touched the front brake the wheel locked.


If you’re not envious, your wife is right. You’re dead!






The CBD.


We eventually landed up at a great campsite. Apparently the place you okes had the bash last year. They spoke very highly of the WDs.


Paul braaied some fillet and kaasgrillers and we had an early night getting into bed by 10h30.




Route file attached below.


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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2009, 06:41:27 pm »
Day 5
24th Feb

Up at 05h00 Listening to Paul phoning his wife.
Paul gets the fire going and braai’s the rest of the kaas grillers and makes toast.


This morning Paul’s Bike’s battery is flat, but starts easily on the gravel slope.

We leave Hogsback


And head towards Seymore.


Once again at Seymore, where Katberg is just a short way ahead, the GPS takes us on a detour to Whittlesea. But it was an awesome road anyway.


And then the pass from Whittelsea to Katberg.
WOW





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Then through Blinkwater to Adelaide.



Paul needed to get back home so he hit the tar to PE and I went via the R344 through Koonap and then to Riebeek East.



 Rode through Burchels Game reserve.





And then on through two sections of Shamwari game reserve.
It’s quite nerve racking to ride solo on a bike through a game farm with lions, elephant and rhino. You’re not sure if whether or not you want to see them.
You don’t want to ride too fast in case you come around the corner and there they are.
But at the same time you want to be able to pull away if you see Simba in the rear view mirror.


Fortunately I did see some Rhino but they were in the distance (But still Flippen large)
Buck and wild hogs were in abundance.
Did not stop to take photos.
Just because I R a coward.

It was reassuring to note that you’re safe as long as there’s lots of other food around

Filled up at Colchester at 6PM and as I left the rain came down.
Put the bike through it’s paces to get home before dark (±50km).
I was amazed at how the bike wheels slice through the rivers over the road at high speed. Eventually the inside of my visor was wet making visibility a bit difficult but I got home safe.


Great adventure.

Thanks again Paul.



Route file attached below.


« Last Edit: March 02, 2009, 06:12:02 pm by Thump »
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2009, 07:03:59 pm »
Wow! That is such a lekker trip. Thanks for posting!

So... how was Michell's Pass between Hogsback and Seymour?

And... is the Shamwari loop accessible or do you need to arrange a key/ranger/coffin?

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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2009, 07:15:27 pm »
So... how was Michell's Pass between Hogsback and Seymour?

No problems at all. even a GSA could do it.

And... is the Shamwari loop accessible or do you need to arrange a key/ranger/coffin?
The Shamwari loop is on the main rode. you just have to sign in.
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2009, 07:17:14 pm »
Although for safety sake it would be good to go with some one who rides faster than you and someone who rides slower than you. :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :D
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2009, 07:41:24 pm »
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2009, 07:48:58 pm »
thanks
My main problem is to choose a pic for feb2009
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2009, 08:00:01 pm »
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2009, 08:00:27 pm »
Shit!!! what an awesome ride. Shot for posting the route, I'm drooling on mapsource as we speak
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Re: PE to Transkei and Hogsback / Katberg
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2009, 08:47:25 pm »
awesome thump :thumleft: it looks way better on the RR than what you explained  ;)
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