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« on: February 19, 2006, 08:14:03 pm »
Over the last few weeks we have either been riding to the big rock along the canals out NW of JHB/PTA or messing around on the sand roads around Cullinan in the NE.
So for this little trip I thought we could see if we cant join up the NE and NW with a little sand road riding, and I plotted a course in Mapsource.
Some of the area was know, like the sand bits by Cullinan, and then the area around Jericho, but little was known in between.
We were pleasently surprised to find there was some good dirt linking the two areas, give or take the odd tar road liason.

I started out by meeting Welshman at the Samrand Ultra City and we took at quick ride to Cullinan, basically going the shortest most direct route to meet up with the others.
I though it was funny that this was most peoples destination while we were only starting out there.
After a few toasted sarmies (ok everyone else had one, I had a few) we kitted up and hit the road.
We rode past the 4x4 course, past boekenhoutskloof army base and almost up too Babalegi.

Then we got to a sign, eish, would you not turn here?



I saw some roads shown on the topo maps that were not on the street map and we decided to go and take a look, after almost turning back.
We found this crossed the Pienaars river and this gives me an oppertunity to introduce the other riders.

We had the big guy Welshman on a BMW 1150 GS



Wino on the unstoppable Transalp



And funacide riding his BMW 1200 GS


We joined the route again and then ran into a closed gate, seems like the road is part of a private nature reserve and is not passable.
Just shows you to not trust GPS maps all that much, they should have shown this was dead end.
But we did a quick detour on the tar and linked up to some more dirt on the other side of the N1 at about the vicinity of the Carousel.

This was great fun, dusty (it pays to do the GPS homework, you get to ride out front :) ) with the odd little ditch and donkey to negotiate.

I made the KLR dance like a dirt bike on one section overtaking a Hilux on a road that was only good on one side, power sliding at over 80kph is fun.
I am really happy with the progressive springs in the front of the bike now, it really helps to keep the front under control, it seems to track better, take the knocks better, fantastic.

Here we are having a break and Welshie is fixing his tailbag again, this was the third time it nearly fell off, lucky funacide stopped to see what this strange bag was in the road the first time it actually went flying.


About here we were getting really hot (11:30) and were also running short on fuel for some of the bikes, so we went to the only garage in the area with petrol in Jericho.
We decided not to goto the rock as we were planning on going to check out the goings on at the think bike day at pinehaven, so raced along past it.
The sand sections by Jericho were nice and soft, not firm and hard like the stuff up to then, made for some concentration and a little bit of WFO to get through.

The scenery was mostly flat with villages along the way, with some curious creatures wondering what these mad bikers were doing in the mid day sun. Did I mention it was getting frikken hot about now.


We eventually ended up at Pinehaven, with me leading the guys the LWR the mountain instead of the sattelite road, but hey, whats an extra 6km after the few hundred before.

We got there just as the bunch were packing up, in time to see Bucc popping the celebratory champagne (ok, JC le Roux) for a successfull event.

We were late but we bought a few stickers and congratulated them on a job well done.


We left Pinehaven and I could not rush home to make my sisters birthday party before I stopped and had a cold one with Welshie.
Thanks Wino, Funacide, Welshman, I enjoyed today, got to see another part of the country we live in and its pretty cool.
My GPS log shows I did 370km from my house and back, not bad considering Pinehaven is actually 40km away from me

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2006, 08:20:05 pm »
very lekker  :)
bloody deep river crossing that  :shock:
 

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2006, 09:26:46 pm »
Damn, you guys have some nice rides there.

Very nice pics, and a cool report....thanks
 

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2006, 11:44:46 pm »
Lets start with the important stuff
Nice report and pics Shark.. and thanks for arranging and leading the trip
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thanks to Shark, Wino and Welshie for an awesome ride today

Welshie and Shark waiting for myself and Wino at a Turning


Wino on the TA coming through.....



A stop after the very interesting section just before Jericho to wait for Welshie to re-attach the bag for the second or third time with recommendations from all on the best approach. SH@#$T did we mention it was hot as hell at that point (not a good place to stop with no shade available)




Quick stop at Jericho as the TA and KLR were running very low on juice. Thank goodness Shark had the petrol station saved on his GPS and that they actually had petrol, the previous town had none and we were going to be towing 2 bikes if we did not get juice at that point.

There were also two quad bike riders sitting in the shade waiting for help as one of them had fallen and hurt his shoulder.

After seeing that it was already 11h45 we decided to skip the rest of the dirt and head straight for Pinehaven, we had promised to go and support the day and it was getting late.

The local population was very keen to be in the pics...



Arrived at Pinehaven at 12h40, seemed as if there had been a good turnout. The Old Black Sheep was just busy leaving as we arrived.



What an awesoem ride, one of my best so far.
No falls today, well done guys and my first river crossing  
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2006, 07:02:30 am »
It sure looks like you guys had some fun...
It's a great ride report and realy makes this past weekend's work sooo much more painfull.

i got to wash my bike saturady afternoon tho... some much needed TLC.
 

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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2006, 08:09:41 am »
Wow looks like you guys had a great ride ! If I can only get a replacement for my sprocket I can start riding again  :(  That river crossing looks like fun, did you guys walk it first or just ride  8)
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2006, 08:21:30 am »
I stopped and had a peek, could see the bottom so went for it. It was not a river crossing like the three near Jericho as there was a road leading up and away from it.
Looks like its in regular use, although a car might get swept away it was so deep.
 

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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2006, 09:12:14 am »
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I stopped and had a peek, could see the bottom so went for it. It was not a river crossing like the three near Jericho as there was a road leading up and away from it.
Looks like its in regular use, although a car might get swept away it was so deep.


Thanks guys,
All this moaning about my tailbag, you all just wanted a rest (pity I kept on fixing it in the blazing Sun though). You will be pleased to know that it now resides in the Bin and I am busy working out what I should buy to replace it. Thanks for the loan of the bungees Wino, will return them soon.
The only thing damaged in the bag was my compressor, which was the only real reason I brought the damn bag!  
The river crossing was great fun, except that I had managed to select neutral as I enterred, so all attempts at looking competent went out the window.  

Good day out and we all kept it upright, the old GS was shaking its head in a few places though I must admit.

Nice to meet everybody at the TB day, good to put a face to the name, but now they know who the B.U.F.F. is!

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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2006, 10:10:50 am »
Doh!

Should use the tools available, got this off the tracks 4 africa maps, they show the gate.
I think I should buy these maps, this was even on the lite free version.



Purple is the planned route, yellow is our actual track, there and back.
 

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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2006, 10:12:33 am »
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Wino takes his TA skinnydipping? :shock:  :o
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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2006, 10:55:26 am »
Man, that river crossing looks like it could be straight out of the amazon or something, TRES COOL boyz.

Someone educate ol Welshman on the protection and looks of his crusty 30 year old jeans and boots will ya  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

Did you wear those boots in the Pom Army in the 60's mate?  :P  :P  :P  :P

ANyhows, nice riding, nice to see Pics of Welshman now, I thought he was just a figment of IceCream mans imagination  :D

Nice riding, good fun.
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« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2006, 10:59:32 am »
You mean DAV4850's imagination.
 

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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2006, 11:59:54 am »
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Man, that river crossing looks like it could be straight out of the amazon or something, TRES COOL boyz.

Someone educate ol Welshman on the protection and looks of his crusty 30 year old jeans and boots will ya  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

Did you wear those boots in the Pom Army in the 60's mate?  :P  :P  :P  :P

ANyhows, nice riding, nice to see Pics of Welshman now, I thought he was just a figment of IceCream mans imagination  :D

Nice riding, good fun.


I thought you was gonna say the Welshman looked Tres Cool, I knew I shouldn,t have allowed photo,s now my image is ruined! :!:  :twisted:  8)

Welshie,
Now you know why this is my favourite postscript.

There is nothing funnier than the looks you get from a fat old man doing a wheelie with a fully loaded Adventure (aluminum cases, two duffels across the back, big tank bag etc. etc.) It's sort of like a cross between the Wookie ballet and Fat Albert Loses a Bicycle Up His Ass.
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« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2006, 12:21:48 pm »
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All this moaning about my tailbag, you all just wanted a rest (pity I kept on fixing it in the blazing Sun though).


I was actually paying that your bag would fall off more often, it was the only time I was allowed to stop for a Smoke break. So I was happy every time.. Please bring it with always???
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« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2006, 12:37:18 pm »
nice ride, i'd like to join you guys next time. now that i got some mud on the bike.
i went riding on sunday too but my bag didn't fall off. despite my ham fisted riding techniques she held on tightly (my nads still hurt).
i'm not a complete idiot. some parts are missing.
 

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« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2006, 12:37:54 pm »
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All this moaning about my tailbag, you all just wanted a rest (pity I kept on fixing it in the blazing Sun though).


I was actually paying that your bag would fall off more often, it was the only time I was allowed to stop for a Smoke break. So I was happy every time.. Please bring it with always???
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The said bag has been jetisoned to the bin, I am looking for something to replace it that does not want to go walkies as often. So no more smoke breaks!

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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2006, 03:40:58 pm »
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I thought you was gonna say the Welshman looked Tres Cool, I knew I shouldn,t have allowed photo,s now my image is ruined! :!:  :twisted:  8)

Welshie,
Now you know why this is my favourite postscript.

There is nothing funnier than the looks you get from a fat old man doing a wheelie with a fully loaded Adventure (aluminum cases, two duffels across the back, big tank bag etc. etc.) It's sort of like a cross between the Wookie ballet and Fat Albert Loses a Bicycle Up His Ass.


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« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2006, 07:48:34 am »
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Quote from: "Welshman"
I thought you was gonna say the Welshman looked Tres Cool, I knew I shouldn,t have allowed photo,s now my image is ruined! :!:  :twisted:  8)

Welshie,
Now you know why this is my favourite postscript.

There is nothing funnier than the looks you get from a fat old man doing a wheelie with a fully loaded Adventure (aluminum cases, two duffels across the back, big tank bag etc. etc.) It's sort of like a cross between the Wookie ballet and Fat Albert Loses a Bicycle Up His Ass.


bwaahahahhahahhahahahaha -  - - - - Welshman, you're alright man, you're alright...  :thumbleft:  :thumbright:  :thumbleft:  :thumbright:


Thanks man, I trust my apology on the Avatar ding is accepted.

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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2006, 09:36:01 am »
Da Cat did get a picture of me at the Pinehaven thing, just as we all left.

 

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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2006, 03:59:07 pm »
sweet report.  Love seeing SA