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Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« on: April 19, 2009, 06:26:14 pm »
Kykdaar and myself decided to just ride some railway tracks and see where they took us. Had No route planned but allways see some tracks with service roads that look cool to be riding on and not allways leading a group.

So we left Sunday morning early and headed towards van der Merwe Stasie north east of Pretoria and started from there in a southernly direction. The tracks were awesome and we must have done over 130km of just tracks.

Was great to just cruise and enjoy the BRP for a change--been neglecting her ::)

Stopped and watched from a distance as some planes took off from OR Tambo airport in the distance--had some refreshments and set off to Cullinan via some railway service roads again for lunch--and then home.

The grass was a bit high at one point--but levelled out after that.





Things still looking very green for this time of the year this side of the iron curtain ???






Also stopped at the gorge the local WD's enjoy playing at. ;)





All in all a great days riding approx. 260km--good food and even better company :mwink:




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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2009, 09:33:59 pm »
Looks good B.

I'll have to get the route from you some time soon. If all goes well I should have my bike soon (within the next week). Can't wait to get going again.

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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2009, 09:46:06 pm »
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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2009, 09:53:46 pm »
Now that looks great, one can actualy ride very far on these roads town to town. my dad was SA property manager for transnet a few years ago (before going on pension) and did all these roads in his 4x4 thousands of km's (all over SA) and plenty nice places to see and ride and some pretty descent offroad stuff in places also.
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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2009, 06:13:05 am »
Nice ride, no trains?
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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2009, 07:01:43 am »
Nice Blazes.

Some of those bits look familiar - did that bridge on a ride with Zerc.

I have always wanted to kick off a WD project to build a library of rideable railway service roads. These roads never appear on maps and GPS software, but are often nice to ride and can be added to plans.

Here are the bits of my track library that are along railway lines.

What you say? Shall I kick off a thread asking for rail service road track contributions in the "about south africa" board?

 
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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2009, 07:17:52 am »
This looks very nice. I've done section of this track as well. I sometimes sommer go out on sundays on my own and spend some time up and down those roads. very nice.
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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2009, 07:33:33 am »
Looks good B.

I'll have to get the route from you some time soon. If all goes well I should have my bike soon (within the next week). Can't wait to get going again.

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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2009, 07:36:20 am »
Now that looks great, one can actualy ride very far on these roads town to town. my dad was SA property manager for transnet a few years ago (before going on pension) and did all these roads in his 4x4 thousands of km's (all over SA) and plenty nice places to see and ride and some pretty descent offroad stuff in places also.
Yes i agree. some of the most unused roads that are available. Hardly any traffic except for the odd bike or two and the security guys checking for cable thieves. They seem friendly enough although they are packing shotguns ;)
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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2009, 07:39:38 am »
Nice Blazes.

Some of those bits look familiar - did that bridge on a ride with Zerc.

I have always wanted to kick off a WD project to build a library of rideable railway service roads. These roads never appear on maps and GPS software, but are often nice to ride and can be added to plans.

Here are the bits of my track library that are along railway lines.

What you say? Shall I kick off a thread asking for rail service road track contributions in the "about south africa" board?

 
Not a bad idea Gunda. Would also be great if we could explore these roads evn futher up. I am sure one would be able to cover some serious distances using mostly railway tracks all over the country.
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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2009, 07:56:44 am »
Thanks Blazes for inviting me along  :thumleft:

I never suspected that it was possible to ride so far on such roads and how varied and interesting they could be - ranging from hard gravel to ruts, loose stones, water puddles and soft sand. Those roads have it all and that keeps one interested and on your toes.

Even the scenery along the way was at times spectacular  :thumleft:

Was a very pleasant and relaxing way to spend a day.

 

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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2009, 08:30:26 am »
Nice Blazes. Wow, the lawn really is a bit long at some parts of the route. Will have to go ride this again soon.

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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2009, 10:06:07 am »
dammm,,,that really looks nice and easy

were there any scary parts,,,,looks anyway better than the railway line i did from brits to beestekraal

ive downloaded the trax gps files,,,thanx gg
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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2009, 12:33:49 pm »
dammm,,,that really looks nice and easy

were there any scary parts,,,,looks anyway better than the railway line i did from brits to beestekraal

ive downloaded the trax gps files,,,thanx gg
Nothing scary---Depending on the speed you are riding. All very doable at a relaxed pace. Will download the route and forward to GG.
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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2009, 12:34:42 pm »
Nice, Blazes!  Could little red riding keep up with Kydaar's DR?  :)
 

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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2009, 01:18:14 pm »
Nice, Blazes!  Could little red riding keep up with Kydaar's DR?  :)

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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2009, 02:19:54 pm »
Nice, Blazes!  Could little red riding keep up with Kydaar's DR?  :)
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Re: Went Exploring Railway Tracks Today.
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2009, 04:53:33 pm »
Very nice Blazes and some different routes there