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Offline MellowJo

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Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« on: March 16, 2009, 09:08:49 pm »
14/15 March 2009

It was time for a little weekend trip to Strandfontein on the West Coast. It was to be the first “father-and-son” trip for AndSon(‘94 650 Funduro) and me.

RideaLot and Joyride decided to do the trip with their XR500s (did they have a plan?) while Niekie was on his XT. Wouter was on his, now well protected, Transalp. (btw, I call any tricycle, less than 1 litre, a plastic, hence the name of the post) :pot:

It was going to be hot on the West Coast, so we decided to be off early. Rendezvous was at 7am in Durbanville. AndSon and I had to get up early to get from Melkbos to Durbanville.



From Durbanville we rode north on the old Malmesbury road. Halfway to Malmesbury we turned west, crossed the N7 and went past Chatsworth. Here we left the tar road and got onto a railway service track (tweespoor) which we followed all the way to Darling. Great fun, with a few water crossings and a mega ditch at the entrance to Darling. Thanks to the guys for warning the later riders of this obstacle!!  >:D
AndSon nearly bought some prime Darling real estate, seen from behind by dad (who could slow down in time). At least we could warn Wouter.

Evita’s Peron was closed, but we found a nice place to brekkie. Even met some of the local bikers



Wouter decided to proceed to Elandsbay via better roads (read tar) while the rest of us proceeded from Darling going North towards Moreesburg via gravel. This road was quite corrugated and not a pleasure. From Moreesburg we went West again towards Sanddrift, where we would cross the Bergriver.



While fiddling with his cellphone, AndSon’s phone decided to commit suicide. It jumped from his tankbag, onto the bridge and eventually into the (roaring  :o) Bergriver below. Was he expecting a call from work ?



At least he tried to recover it ...



From Sandrift we proceeded north, climbed up Kapteinskloof and over the ridge towards Redelinghuis. Just before we got to the main road (tar) between Piketberg and Elandsbay, we turned left (West) to stay on gravel. When we stopped for a regroup, Ridealot turned up with AndSon’s wallet, which he also disposed of in the last stretch. The chucking of a cellphone we could understand, but losing your wallet looked a little suspicious. What’s cooking young man ?

Anyway, just before Redelinghuis, we turned north on the Aurora/Redelinghuis highway (gravel, and undergoing major repairs). We landed behind a construction truck. Joyride, Niekie and AndSon got past while the truck was going slowly uphill, but Ridealot and me got to it when it started to pick up speed going downhill. The road was one sand and dustbowl. The light breeze was pushing the dust cloud to the right, leaving us zero visibility. Quite a scary experience to pass with Zero visibility on a sub-standard road. (I will add the link to a bit of video later)
At Elandsbay we regrouped, Wouter joined us and we filled with Fuel and Booze.



From Elands it was a breeze on the gravel Toll road running parallel to the railway to Lambertsbay where we had lunch.
After lunch we carried on the Toll road to Doringbay and eventually to Strandfontein where we made camp. Some people really battled to figure out their tents.  >:D



After pitching tents, we decided to go for a sunset cruise to the Olifantsriver mouth.









After a walkaround at the river mouth we started to make our way back to camp. Unfortunately Niekie landed in a ditch with a hot exhaust on his exposed leg, ouch!!.



At camp we were met by Christo, our local supplier, who brought along wood, meat, ice and some more to drink. After a good meal we were out for the count.

During the night we were woken by flashes around our tents (nope, not lightning, camera flashes) From the loud voices we determined that a group of intoxicated exhibitionist women were taking pictures with our bikes as backdrop. Wouter encouraged them “not to be ashamed, take off some more”. After realising that we were awake, they disappeared and left our bikes in peace.

Next morning we had to wait a while for the tents to dry (from the dew and fog!) and we had a huge breakfast at Christo’s. We then proceeded towards Donkinsbay, a road none of us travel on before.



Needless to say, this was quite a learning experience for some of the less experienced riders in the group. We eventually got back to the toll road unscathed and drove past Elands towards Aurora, a little town none of us have seen before.





Here the group split up into three pairs each going home via different routes.
I caught AndSon in full flight  ....



Thanks a mil guys, this was a great little trip with lots of excitement.
« Last Edit: March 17, 2009, 12:11:24 pm by MellowJo »
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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2009, 09:15:09 pm »
Well done guys - you live in a great part of the world for riding - would love to ride there occassionaly.
 

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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2009, 10:05:10 pm »
Very nice! Lekke RR :thumleft:
 

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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2009, 11:13:53 pm »
This is very cool.

Nice selection of bikes as well!


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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2009, 11:35:26 pm »
Thanks MJ, nicely covered. It was a very enJOYable RIDE for me. We covered a total of 641km according to my etrex.
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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009, 11:51:26 pm »
Lekker manne, lekker.

Eendag as ek groooooot is sal ek daai Redelinghuys paadjie weer aanvat - het nog appeltjie te skil met hom... ;D
 

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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2009, 06:48:09 am »
I had to chuck the cellphone.  Last weekend I got a sms 17h00 on the Saturday to inform me that I had to work on the Sunday. Obviously choosing to ignore this, I got a phone call from a pretty pissed off manager 08h00 on Sunday morning asking me where I was?! I just wasn't willing to take that chance again...

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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2009, 06:56:27 am »
Nice one guys, looks like a lekker ride,  :thumleft: every ride has it's moments.
 

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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2009, 07:37:15 am »
Lekker Mellow, hoe voel die nuwe voor tyre?
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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2009, 08:22:49 am »
Hoe kan jy my so aanhaal? ;D

Thanks ouens Dit was baie lekkkkkeeeeer al het ek gesufffeeer
 

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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2009, 10:13:44 am »
On top of Kapteinskloof pass. Just had to add this. Long after the others left I just
stand there and look at the scenery.

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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2009, 10:17:37 am »
Super RR, thanks for sharing!   :thumleft:
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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2009, 10:21:07 am »
Lekker manne, lekker.

Eendag as ek groooooot is sal ek daai Redelinghuys paadjie weer aanvat - het nog appeltjie te skil met hom... ;D

Jy is mos klaar mooi groot, BIGed, wanneer daai Suzi reg is kan ons maar ry!!
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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2009, 12:45:18 pm »
Lekker RR!

Sodra ek kans kry moet ek plan maak om weer daar te ry.
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Re: Strandfontien weekend, 5 Plastics and a Bike
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2009, 01:21:10 pm »
Klink en lyk baie lekker!Nou is julle reg vir dir GROOT een vlg'e maand.