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Offline JonW

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« on: October 05, 2006, 05:49:48 pm »
Sorry no pics in this report, didn't have a camera with me, so I'll try keep it short.

When faced with an adverse weather report after having already arranged accomodation and got permission from the boss at home to go on a trip, what is the sensible thing to do? Obviously cancel the trip and re-schedule for sometime in the distant future when the weather looks good.

Alternatively you can just say "what the f##k" and go anyway, which is what I did.

I set off at about 07:00 from Paarl with a ride up to Paarl rock, followed by a trip through the winelands and then on to Franschoek and over Theewaterskloof. What beautiful riding you Capies have at your backdoor.

From there over Houwhoek Pass and down to Kleinmond, then on to Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai, all on tar. After Gansbaai found a lovely muddy road through to L'Agulhas.

All this done in slightly overcast but pleasant conditions.

From there headed North through Bredasdorp, where the heavens opened and I was rained on all the way up the coast until my overnight stop in Knysna.

The next morning I set off in a light drizzle at about 08:00, headed up through the Diepwalle forests on a spectacular dirt track to Uniondale and then back to the tar at Keurboomstrand, where the rain had increased to a downpour and stayed that way all the way to PE and then on to Grahamstown. It was my plan to overnight in Queenstown, but by the time I got to Fort Beaufort I was soaking wet and frozen, so I decided to stay there for the night.

Left the next morning in the pouring rain, and wasn't long before I was wet and frozen once again. Started seeing snow before I got to Queenstown. From there headed to Dordrecht and was on my way to Barkly East where the plan was to go through Rhodes and then NaudesNek Pass and on to Matatiele. However, by this stage I was frozen and wet and the sensible side of me came to the fore and decided that perhaps it would not be wise to try the pass on my own in the snow with the obviously inadequate gear I had brought.

So I turned around and headed inland in search of some clear weather and warmth, which I found in Aliwal North. From there I  headed the long way around Lesotho, through the Eastern Free State to Zastron, Ladybrand, Ficksburg and Clarens, a really beautiful part of SA. Then past Sterkfontein and arriving home in Pmb at 21:00 last night.

In all I did about 2100 km in three days, 1000 on the last day. My trusty KLR really impressed as a long distance tourer, it thudded along at 120 km/h all day long without missing a beat.

Next time I'll take a camera. And maybe wait for sunny weather.
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2006, 07:41:26 pm »
Thanks JonW, sounds like a great journey!

It pays to be sensible when you're on your own, you have to look out for yourself.

Now if only you had piccies as well...
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2006, 07:42:01 pm »
Maybe you'll feel bad if I say




and then get a camera  :wink:

Thanks for sharing the story  :D
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2006, 05:55:51 pm »
Thanks for the story Jon.  Sounds like you had a great time!  Take a camera next time.  Where to next? :)
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2006, 11:22:34 am »
at least you'll have the memory! tx for the report, some cool places you went by!
 

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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2006, 07:38:11 pm »
I was reading this and thought you probably ride a big GS or Katoom. What a pleasent surprise to find it's a KLR! Can't imagine my arse surviving those sort of distances on my KLR though. Have you got a standard seat?
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2006, 07:47:54 pm »
1000kms in one day?  :shock: On a KLR? :shock:

Gives me a little bit of hope now in doing the Baviaans in
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2006, 10:44:42 am »
Nice one & respect for doing it with the KLR.
D7 will tell you about sore @ss. I rode behind him for 3 days watching him twitching around on that seat :D
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2006, 11:08:26 am »
Lekker JonW, may the Corbin gods someday have mercy on your soul

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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2006, 11:25:43 am »
Big rispek !
 

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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2006, 04:13:04 pm »
Hi guys

The seat and the rest of the bike is stock standard. I must say I didn't find the seat at all uncomfortable, but mabe that was because my mind was on other things, like how freaking wet and cold I was and how far it was to the next hot cup of coffee.
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2006, 04:43:28 pm »
Opwindende trip van jou JonW, jammer jy het so koud en nat geword. Dit bederf die lekkerte van so'n toer.

Ek het op Fort Beaufort grootgeword.
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Wonderlike geskiedenis rondom die dorp. Hulle het 'n groot militere museum (bestaan dit nog, wonder ek...)
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