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WHAT YOU CAN DO IN 4 DAYS AND A D.S. BIKE.
« on: November 20, 2009, 01:34:14 pm »
Not really a Ride Report, just an idea that might appeal to others. 

Last week on day one, I left Fourways with the general intention of riding for a few days in the mountains of Lesotho, and tear along some out of the way gravel roads. 

After Heildeburg I got onto the railway service road via Balfour and Greylingstad.  At Holmdene I turned south and crossed the Vaal at Roberts Drift, then followed my nose and road signs to Vrede.  From Vrede to Verkykerskop.  Genreally heading s.s.w to the mountains.  From Verkykerskop to Harrismith. 

At Harrismith you can see the Drakensberg, so no need for maps or GPS.  However my route took me through Bergville, Loskop, Kamberg and Lower Loteni.  I camped on a bald hill near Dreycott Station.  Beautiful night, so did not put the tent up and slept well.

Day two to Himeville for fuel, change to 13t sprocket and through Sani Pass and on to Mokhotlong, going as fast as I safely could.  I did about 100km around Mokhotlong and camped on a mountain about 10 km from town.  Also a beautiful night, but the gailforce winds at 2 600 metres made it impossible to put up my tent alone. So a very cold night on the ground.  Dawn at around 04h00 and I am surrounded by manure gratherers.  Small incident with their stick weilding escort. 

Day three did about 250km around Mokhotlong and Thaba- Tseke, the old roof route.  back down Sani Pass, replaced 15t sprocket, and headed back in general direction of Harrismith.  I sneaked onto a farm near Verkykerskop, and again slept on the ground.  Very comfortable. 

Day four, I was woken at 04h00 by galloping horses, who stopped about 10m from me to stop and stare.  Their antics were amaxing, they would gallop around me, red indian styl for a bit and then stop and stare again.  This was repeated several times, until I suspected the farmer may notice and come to investigate.  At that time the horses lost interest and wandered away grazing.  I took the opportunity to pack up and carry-on.  Still only about 05h30, cold and misty.  I followed my same route back to Holmdede and Heidleburg, and was back in Fourways well before noon. 

Cost : 5 fill-ups at say R.100, 00 each, two pies and a Nandos, less than R.600, 00.  Total distance : +/- 1 950 km. 

I am content for a while now.  Cheers. 

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Re: WHAT YOU CAN DO IN 4 DAYS AND A D.S. BIKE.
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 01:37:03 pm »
nice..true adventure spirit..lekker

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Re: WHAT YOU CAN DO IN 4 DAYS AND A D.S. BIKE.
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009, 01:41:06 pm »
Nice!

I also have the text problem, so when I have to type long stuff I type in a text editor and then paste the text into the reply box.

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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 02:05:43 pm »
Way to go JIMBO, thats the spirit.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: WHAT YOU CAN DO IN 4 DAYS AND A D.S. BIKE.
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 02:21:25 pm »
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2009, 10:51:03 pm »
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2009, 04:02:01 pm »
pics? ???
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Re: WHAT YOU CAN DO IN 4 DAYS AND A D.S. BIKE.
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2009, 09:20:20 pm »
That sounds so lekker! That " spur of the moment"  type trip always seems more fun and is just the right type of medicine we need!
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2009, 07:16:24 pm »
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2009, 09:47:07 pm »
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Re: WHAT YOU CAN DO IN 4 DAYS AND A D.S. BIKE.
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2009, 11:08:50 am »
Great trip Jimbo

I also do these spur of the moment  getaways from time to time.

I need to do one in the next few weeks, got a house-full of in-laws descending on us from California and Zimbabwe.
How can I be lost if I've got nowhere to go?
 

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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2009, 02:02:50 pm »
Yes JonW,

You are correct.  Never a week goes by where myself and my lady "Pillion Pup", or myself alone asses our case load to see if we can sneak of for a few days.  The weather forcast from the night before usually dictates the direction.  We / I are set up to sleep rough for 2 to 3 nights, but will take a B & B if it is stairing me in the face.  Last September we spent 10 days in the North Western Kalahari, before we set off I found myself phoning around to buy Pula and locate B & Bs in that area.  I asked myself just in time, "what am I doing trying to plan an adventure??".  We just left.  Found plenty of Pula (at one to one) at filling stations near the border, and on inquiry good-enough native lodges a bit off the beaten track. 

You have to do it before your house guests arrive, so that you will have something to talk about when they arrive. 

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Re: WHAT YOU CAN DO IN 4 DAYS AND A D.S. BIKE.
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2009, 02:24:24 pm »
Now this is what I would like to do..... :drif:
 

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Re: WHAT YOU CAN DO IN 4 DAYS AND A D.S. BIKE.
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2009, 04:15:05 pm »
I have 5 days from the 20th to the 25th of Febr...  anyone in Gautengeleng wanna do something like this...  In the back of my head I think I will end up on the Sani Pass - but not sure...