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KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« on: October 06, 2009, 10:56:03 pm »
I love the outdoors ! Always have , always will ! When lifes stresses get to much nothing restores my sanity more than hitting the open road ,and if it's the road less traveled all the better !
The karoo has a special kind of magic about it that is as addictive as any drug ! Just spend five minutes on your back staring at the stars and you're hooked ! Just spend a day exploring the back roads and you're hooked ! Just breathe the fresh air or converse with it's friendly people or eat it's food and you are hooked ! Big time !!

I needed this drug and decided to re aquaint myself with a place I had been to a long time ago ... Tht Gamkapoort Dam .

There are two routes to the dam , the more well known route is to go down the  Seweweekspoort and then down the Bosluiskloof .but the route that my friend Grootvoet ,his son Boesman and I were to take was the less traveled route from Prins Albert.

Time was of the essense as I was working till one o'clock on saturday and it's quite a way from Mossel Bay to Prins Albert.
I left Mosel Bay and rode directly to Oudtshoorn where I was to rondesvous with Grootvoet and Boesman.From there we hightailed it to De Rust ,now that place is a mystery to me because every time I arrive there I always end up staying much longer than I want to , this was to be no different ! Suitably "fortified" we hit the road to Prins Albert via the majestic Meiringspoort and  the Hamlet of Klaarstroom.

On arrival in Prins Albert it was already getting quite late , so we decided to fill up ,deflate our tyres and chase the setting sun ,literally we would be riding with the sun setting right in front of us !

Approximatly 45 km of hard riding through drifts , sand , gravel , twisties and straights we finally arrived at our destination just as the sun was setting!

Grootvoet

We found a suitable camping spot.

We were really surrounded by a amphitheater of beauty.


We were treated to a stunning sunset.


We were treated to another full moon as well.

It was such a lovely night I decided to sleep outside .
My sleaping quarters.


I had a truly brilliant all be it sleepless night , between the moon and stars , I felt totally and completely happy ! Exept for those fucking mozzies ! they almost sucked me dry !!!
I was up bright and early and had a nice walk next to the dam ,man that was invigorating !


The alternative accomodation .

Grootvoet stoking the fire.

We dicovered this sign a bit late I'm afraid !

Truly awsome to wake up to this !

Me wrestling with my sleeping bag ! I really hate having to pack up the morning after the night before !

I tried to ride out to the waters edge and almost got stuck in the mud !! Be carefull !



Time to hit the road. The road winds around this wierdly shaped dam ,do yourself a favour and follow the road all the way around the dam till it ends , you won't be sorry !




Nice twisties!


This road has it all , long fast straights , rocky twisties , sand glorious sand ,and ofcourse the natural vistas!
Abandoned farm house.

Plenty of corrigations and sand , I had a few nasty tank slappers!

Great bike ,great place!

Thick riverbed like sand, with lots of gravel.


Wide open spaces.



Drifts , these are great when it has rained and for those who love water crossings , go after it has rained ,you won't be sorry !


This trip is just what the docktor ordered ! Good friends great bikes, awsome nature !
« Last Edit: October 07, 2009, 07:53:11 pm by Adventurer »

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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2009, 11:16:52 pm »
awesome
Let's go into the mountains...there's likely to be peace and quiet
 

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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2009, 07:05:22 am »
Thanks Fb. Dis tyd dat jou fiets n CBS nommerplaat kry!!!
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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2009, 07:13:29 am »
Great stuff! Sorry I missed it :-\
 

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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2009, 07:46:04 am »
Nice one FatB!  :thumleft:
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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2009, 07:48:43 am »
Perfect camping spot - very nice
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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2009, 07:53:55 am »
FatB I love your reports and the A T just looks SOOO right in that environment to me. Good one!
 

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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2009, 08:03:03 am »
Karoo is great  :thumleft:

Lekker RR. Love the pictures of the lightie going native  :biggrin:
 

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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2009, 08:50:07 am »
Karoo is great  :thumleft:

Lekker RR. Love the pictures of the lightie going native  :biggrin:
That scares me bru !!! ;)

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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2009, 10:08:03 am »
Great stuff! Sorry I missed it :-\
Daars altyd 'n volgende keer ! :mwink:

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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2009, 01:21:38 pm »
Karoo is great  :thumleft:

Lekker RR. Love the pictures of the lightie going native  :biggrin:
That scares me bru !!! ;)

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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2009, 01:45:06 pm »
Let's leave it at that then  :imaposer:

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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2009, 02:45:39 pm »
Awsome night over..one i have to visit....... thanx.
 

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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2009, 02:55:08 pm »
Stunning RR :thumleft:
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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2009, 07:48:42 pm »
Thanx for the kind words guys !

 THE CHALLENGE MAY NOT BE EASY , BUT IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE.
SO MANY PLACES, SO LITTLE TIME !

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« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2009, 12:39:25 pm »
Absolutely stunning pictures , thanks, it really looks like a nice place camping spot. ;)
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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2009, 08:35:14 am »
Lekker man :thumleft:
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Re: KAROO GEM,WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE!
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2009, 05:28:05 pm »
Nice ride that!
Wher'es  the turn-off in Prince Albert towards the dam?
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« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2009, 05:39:36 pm »
Nice report and pics  :thumleft:
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« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2009, 06:38:19 pm »
Cool Report this !! :thumleft: