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Rounding my tyres.
« on: April 05, 2009, 10:18:02 pm »
My rear tyre was nearing 9000km before this weekend, and due to all the long distance riding, it was getting a bit squared off.
What better way to remedy this than doing lots and lots of twisties!?

I left Bloem at about 05:00 Saturday morning.
Riding the road towards Ladybrand, past Botsabello and Thaba Nchu, in the dark, was less than entertaining to put it mildly.
Busses, taxis, cars without headlights, and drunks not knowing wheather they are coming or going did not help to make this part of the trip any easier!

Note to self: I need to find a gravel route from Bloem to Ladybrand, or even as far as Fouriesburg to skip the boring/dangerous tar road.

Enroute to Ladybrand, with the sun starting to rise.


I was on my way to Fouriesburg to meet up with Pom and a few of his friends. We were going to have a look at Katse Dam.
What was a mere 75 odd kilometres from Fouriesburg 'as the crow flies', turned out to be about 172km by tar!
I rode more corners on that stretch of road than during the combined 9000km since I got my bike last year!

To me there are three kinds of rides.
1.The bike ride, where the focus is on riding the bike.
2.The scenic ride, where the focus is on the surroundings, usually accompanied by lots of photo stops.
3.The social ride, where the focus is on spending time together with fellow riders.

This was a bike ride.

If you took your eyes off the road, sometimes even for a fraction of a second, you might end up in trouble.
The road has no painted lines and no barriers.
It felt as though 80% of the corners were sharp, blind corners often followed by a rise or a downhill section.
Add to that one or more of the following, at any given moment, in any combination, and you can imagine what a ride this turned out to be:
a) Lesotho handbrake/s
b) Fallen rocks
c) Gravel on the surface
d) Potholes
d) Another vehicle going wide on the turns
e) People
f) Livestock
g) Glass



As someone else put it so eloquently: "only myself and the washing machine will know how many 'moments' I have had on this trip!"

The dam itself is a modern day engineering marvel.
You are just dumbfounded by the shear size of this body of water.





Note the lighter patches towards the top of the mountains, those are actual crops planted by the Basotho people!





We stopped at Katse lodge for some much needed food and drinks, and promptly headed back as the guys were eager to watch the Sharks' super 14 game.

What I enjoy about riding in a group is the fact that you are often forced to ride outside of your comfort zone, and in the process improve your riding skills.
This ride was no exception.
(Being a noob, this happens on almost all the rides that I join...  :deal:)

I have utilised surfaces on my tyres for cornering that has never had contact with tar in 9000km!
Although I still have a few square kilometres of chicken strips left, my tyres have a much rounder profile again, thanks to the guys who built the road to Katse, and Pom who organised this trip. :thumleft:

BTW, the same lady that threatened to have us arrested on LeonDude's Lesotho ride was still present at the Caledonspoort border post, and she was as rude as always! ::)

Having been unsuccesfull at making contact with DeonDj, I retired to a guesthouse in Bethlehem for the night and went to bed early. Boy, I was exhausted. I do not even remember putting my head on the pillow.

The following morning I took a leasurely ride back to Bloem, but only after having been passed by DeonDj himself, on his way to a nice twisty ride through Golden Gate!

Cosmos fields enroute.


A view from the top: Ladybrand
 

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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2009, 10:26:34 pm »
awsome is all i can say man, when can i come ride this stretch with you guys!!!

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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 07:08:10 am »
Nice little ride there.  I prefer to go Verkeerdevlei / Excelcior / Clocolan to avoid the traffic and cameras on the Botshabelo road.  There are gravel options too. 
We should meet in Bloem some time!
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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2009, 07:12:43 am »
nice one  :thumleft:

i need to get back to lesotho its an awesome place  :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2009, 07:31:12 am »
Super ride Z, you have me salivating again....  :thumleft:
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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2009, 08:20:36 am »
Nice little ride there.  I prefer to go Verkeerdevlei / Excelcior / Clocolan to avoid the traffic and cameras on the Botshabelo road.  There are gravel options too. 
We should meet in Bloem some time!
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I always go via Brandfort > Vekeerdevlei when I need to go to Qwaqwa. About 40 k's longer but less cameras and traffic.
Bloem > Mazies > Verkeerdevlei > Korranaberg > Clocolan seems the best dirt route.

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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2009, 08:26:29 am »
Nice little ride there.  I prefer to go Verkeerdevlei / Excelcior / Clocolan to avoid the traffic and cameras on the Botshabelo road.  There are gravel options too. 
We should meet in Bloem some time!
+1
I always go via Brandfort > Vekeerdevlei when I need to go to Qwaqwa. About 40 k's longer but less cameras and traffic.
Bloem > Mazies > Verkeerdevlei > Korranaberg > Clocolan seems the best dirt route.

Lekker RR Zags!

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Hi RobC, I have eyed that masies dirt route before, it looks quite alright.
I am going that way again on the 22nd of April, will try that route then and report back.
 

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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2009, 08:32:45 am »
Nice little ride there.  I prefer to go Verkeerdevlei / Excelcior / Clocolan to avoid the traffic and cameras on the Botshabelo road.  There are gravel options too. 
We should meet in Bloem some time!
+1
I always go via Brandfort > Vekeerdevlei when I need to go to Qwaqwa. About 40 k's longer but less cameras and traffic.
Bloem > Mazies > Verkeerdevlei > Korranaberg > Clocolan seems the best dirt route.

Lekker RR Zags!

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Hi RobC, I have eyed that masies dirt route before, it looks quite alright.
I am going that way again on the 22nd of April, will try that route then and report back.
Mazies > Verkeerdevlei was quite good when I rode it in Feb.
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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2009, 08:34:18 am »
Great, will definitely take that route this time round then.

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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2009, 08:42:08 am »
Great, will definitely take that route this time round then.

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Just watch out... the road can make you mak... longs stretches then sharpish corners... one of wich has the camber all wrong as I recall. Not much loose stuff but it has a few grotty patches. (For cages and taxis) :thumleft:
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2009, 09:11:37 am »
Great!  :thumleft:
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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2009, 10:51:09 am »
Hi Z.
A pleasure to meet you this weekend, and thanks for joining the Gauteng boys on their weekend away. Sorry to hear your accomodation at Bethlehem fell through, you could have come back and stayed with us.

All the best.

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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2009, 10:58:19 am »
Nice one Z  :thumleft:
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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2009, 11:29:28 am »
Hi Z.
A pleasure to meet you this weekend, and thanks for joining the Gauteng boys on their weekend away. Sorry to hear your accomodation at Bethlehem fell through, you could have come back and stayed with us.

All the best.

Pom

Was great meeting you guys aswell!

I have contemplated going back, but was too tired to do that 50kms, and that in the dark as well!

Next time I will be better organised, I promise.

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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2009, 11:55:12 am »
Nice one Z,
You filling up your passport with Lesotho stamps. :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2009, 11:58:14 am »
Nice one Z,
You filling up your passport with Lesotho stamps. :thumleft:

Thanx.  :thumleft:

Yes, I fell in love with Lesotho, and its reasonably close.
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« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2009, 11:58:06 am »
Hi Z

Great ride report and awsome pics  :thumleft:

We heading there this weekend - cant wait thanks for wetting my appetite  :drif:

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« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2009, 12:02:03 pm »
Hi Z

Great ride report and awsome pics  :thumleft:

We heading there this weekend - cant wait thanks for wetting my appetite  :drif:

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Re: Rounding my tyres.
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2009, 02:29:10 pm »
Lekker trippie Z  :thumleft:
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« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2009, 02:36:38 pm »
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My wife will not be impressed  :dousing:

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