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Bloem-Karoo via some great adventurous roads
« on: June 03, 2009, 11:04:00 pm »
With a week open before the June exams I knew I had to do some serious preparation.... I slammed open my trusted AA road atlas.  :mwink:
A visit to Tiervlei, Ysterklip's farm near Carnarvon in the Bo-Karoo, would be the perfect head cleaner to get everything in order for the loads of theories and facts that I was to stumble through for three weeks in June.

Destination was settled. And my first stop also. Dad has got a place against the Riet river at Richie, 40km's on the way to Hopetown from Kimberley.

But from there I wanted to be on the gravel and in the dust and ride some roads I have not ridden before.
From Ritchie I took the gravel towards Douglas. With this road you pass a little place called Plooysburg. It's that genuine one-horse town you heard of before. There is a Police station (nogal!) and a school for the local farm children. With a church and a little shop to finish the most prominent decorations.
The main and only road (hoofstraat) leads you into and then again out of Plooysburg.
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Re: Bloem-Karoo via some great adventurous roads
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2009, 11:06:25 pm »
The three corners of Plooysburg...
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009, 11:10:14 pm »
The place got the most beautifull Akasias. The real umbrella like type.
And then that little shop where you can get a cold Coke if you want one
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2009, 11:17:00 pm »
The gravel to Douglas was quite messed up. There is a lot of diamond mines in the area and the big trucks are responsible for this. But I were happy because the more the road looks like a motocrostrack, the more I enjoy it.
In Douglas I got myself some snacks and searched for a nice spot to sit down and enjoy. The golf course just outside seemed the perfect place.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2009, 11:29:19 pm »
From here I took a gravel road that swings along the Orange river, all the way to Prieska. This road is 150kays. I rode 3 and a half hours to finish it. It was one of the best pieces of adventure track that I road. It's glorious. Really. Scenic, but tough at times. And the Orange that appears every now and then at your left hand side later on feels like a partner in crime.
I loved this stretch as the road threw everything at me. River crossings, dry riverbeds, dongas and ditches. Sand and rocks. And it twists and curls with the river to Prieska.
Go and check it out for yourselve.... :ricky:
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2009, 11:33:48 pm »
You could see that this area must have had some serious rain in the summer or a month or so earlier. That road was washed away at places and the riverbeds was heavily flouded before.
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2009, 11:53:23 pm »
The gravel took me over these smooth hills from where I had the most magnificent views. Unfair to be the only one there and then.
I also longed a partner as the gates got me frustrated. I had to get of the bike, open the gate, back on the bike, ride it through, of the bike, close the gate, back on the bike, of you go, for about 12-15 times. And some of those gates were at the most akward places. Like on a steep uphill climb. Then again some surprised you on the downhill side....

Bad luck struck when I got tangled up in a piece of wire. I was quick on the back brake to lock the back wheel and trying to prevent to big of a mess. It still took some time to get the thing out the chain, sprockets and spokes.
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2009, 12:01:44 am »
About 20km's from Prieska the gravel turns into tar. This little stretch has some very nice corners in which you can drag a knee if you liked too  :headbang:
You then cross your campanion that was with you from Douglas. The Orange.
In Prieska I filled up the bike and helped myself with something at the Priskab coffebar. They dont just have coffee there....
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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2009, 12:09:13 am »
From Prieska I headed straight for Carnarvon via a nice dirt road. The day was running to an end. Winterdays hey....
I had to race down this 170km's but still reached Carnarvon with the sun already packed up and heading for Australia. I filled up and headed for Tiervlei, 40kays to Fraserburg, in the dark  :evil7:
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2009, 12:27:00 am »
At Tiervlei Ysterklip and his wife, Adri and some of my Karoo friends, Christiaan, Sarel and his just married wife Anja, awaited my arrival. The fire was burning high and I was treated on their hospitality and some delicious steaks.
Karoo visits are the best....
But man it got freezing cold there last week. The max temp the one day was just 6.5degrees.
Me and Ysterklip did not go to far from the kitchen with its awesome coal stove.
I had another problem. My chain was a bit f-ed. It could be of that incident with the wire. So we did some enduro riding on the farm's dirttracks on kept within reach of the heat.
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2009, 12:31:52 am »
Ysterklip has got this great campsite on top of a randtjie which he called Ertzberg. With this he especially caters for adventure bikers. It has got a splendid view and there is great riding terrain in the area. Make sure to get there sometime
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« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2009, 12:35:24 am »
The XT's were in their element
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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2009, 12:37:32 am »
Ysterklip counting his thousands.....
And that's where your chops come from.
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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2009, 12:39:38 am »
We did this great piece of mechanical reparation after I broke my chainguard too....
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« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2009, 12:41:39 am »
The two dogs, Chloe (left) and Avril (right), knows where the best part of the home is. In front of that stove
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« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2009, 12:49:04 am »
The week was gone before I were ready to leave...
But hey, a man has got to do what a man has got to do.
Ysterklip decided to join in on the fun and the plan was to ride together to Prieska and then again take that rode against the Orange to Douglas, as I wanted him to experience that. Just outside Douglas we would split up. He to Groblershoop and I would head to Richie.
It did not happened as planned.... :pot:
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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2009, 12:57:54 am »
We took the gravel to Prieska from Carnarvon. But then turned from it and went to Van Wyksvlei. This is a very nice track. Narrow dirttrack over motor-gates and through farms. It has got the best whoops man! Veeeery nice :hello2:
Just outside Van Wyksvlei we stopped at their airport to check if there is any flights to some exotic destination. Nope.
We headed for Copperton.
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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2009, 01:10:28 am »
On this road there is some nasty dips. And we took a few too fast. Ysterklip's bashplate took a shot in the stomach. It got ripped off at the top. Boere like van planne maak and Yster took out his tiestraps....It held the bashplate up again. But the straps were to close to the exhausts and melted. With only one strap holding the plate up the plate itself got to the exhausts. And aslo could not bare with the heat. It was a bit of a mess and Yster was a bit frustrated at this stage. More like gatvol....he ripped the plate from the bike (it was the plastic one remember...) and threw it over a trainbridge near Copperton....
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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2009, 01:14:32 am »
to be continued.... :offtheair:
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Re: Bloem-Karoo via some great adventurous roads
« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2009, 02:16:28 am »
Nice RR so far WW, and lovely places to ride. Definitely on my ‘to do’ list!  :thumleft:

Personally a big XT fan, but just can’t see the logic in the header pipes routed under the engine, they are selling as standard without any proper bash plate. No wonder that lead to some frustration! Shimwells Yamaha has got an ‘XT – Reme’ version of the XT on offer, new 2 into 1 nicely routed header (very tidy - Good ground clearance as result) and other goodies, but then again if one can afford this model you might as well just wait another month (or two…or three) for the new (old) Tenere!  ???

Back to the point, nice scenery and pictures!  :biggrin: