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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2010, 02:21:48 pm »
look fwd to the rest of this story.... i once did a very harsh cross country trip on the south side crossing senquenane and senque (little orange and orange rivers)we had to pull bikes up the mountain with a rope at times and had to cross the orange river(senque) in an aluminium boat it was hard and there where times i thort we wouldnt make it but we did....will never forget that trip...was on a DR650 and my mates on XR600s...did it twice nogal..the second time tried it down the mountain we used the ropes thinking it would be easier...man was i wrong.....
but theres no pill for this....pity boutu picking up all the germans hope u get beta soon
im sure u had a massive adventure non the less :thumleft:
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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2010, 07:40:45 pm »
A little mishap whilst looking for a place to cross the river.

Altus and Michiel took most of the pics. I'm also still waiting to see them. It was a great adventure and parts of the route were really challenging. Sometimes it was a challenge just to find the route.





Come on guys... post a few more pics!


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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2010, 07:35:19 pm »
Lekker little teaser you're giving them Sack...  :ricky:

The idea was to ride together, Dustdevil and I, to the Free State and from there Dustdevil would descend
once again to his family in the North Eastern Cape for x-mas. He wanted to check Orania out and since I
know a friend there we decided to try and make it all the way from Cape Town in one day. As the crow fly
we travel on gravel.

Alain is a friend I met about 3 years ago when I still had my beloved Honda CX500. As he also still ride one,
this was the point of interest that brought us together. Since then I swapped the CX for a KLR and took to
Adventure Riding. Alain soon took interest in this as I shared all I got up to. Long story short, I love it when
people show interest and enthusiasm in the things that make my boat float and as Alain did I thought it well
to invite him to ride to Sutherland. He jumped for the opportunity, went out and rented a KLR and before
we knew it we were ready to roll.

After endlessly nagging Dustdevil to make sure he's got all his ducks in a row for this trip I arrived on the long
awaited morning to a chaotic workshop with a very tired Dustdevil still tightening bolts on the HPN... We were
supposed to leave town on that Saturday morning at 4. By 5 we finally got going. Alain was already waiting at the
Winelands Engen. Just as the knoblies started howling along the N1 Dustdevil flagged me down. He explained that
his backpack is hurting his back, ain't gonna do and we have to try and get Leftless to get out of bed and sell him
another backpack/hydrapack.

So, for the next 30min we rode around Leftless's neighbourhood trying to locate his house. Finally found him and
gentleman he is Leftless sorted us out, no questions asked.  



By 6AM we rocked up at the Winelands Engen and found Alain patiently waiting. Here's one of the HPN finally
ready to roll...  



More picture opportunities in the Bainskloof Pass. I thought we would roll through here with the sun just rising,
we were seriously behind schedule. Dustdevil and I.



Alain with his rented KLR.



On towards Sutherland riding from Ceres. As soon as we hit the first dirt it was clear that this day would become
a long one. I completely overestimated Alain's dirt riding abilities and started to realize we were in for a looong day.



On these Karoo Highways one can, in some places, open a 1200GS up full taps but we were doing at best a very
shaky 70km/h. I couldn't even shift into 5th gear!



Stopping to check out this weird-looking bush I took my time to give Alain a head start so I could at least shift into 5th.



Here Dustdevil proved to be a much more worthy a soul by taking Alain under his wing and handing out lessons on
how to stand up and use his weight to control the bike ex ex. I helped by making sure Alain was running correct tyre
pressures.



I should admit, I lost patience way too easy and was it not for Dustdevil's endless sources of it things might have gone
the wrong way. We FINALLY made it to Sutherland... 4 Hours behind schedule! Alain was to stay here for the night,
check out the town and surrounding countryside and make his own way back to Cape Town the following day. After
we had a much needed lunch and organized Alain acommodation for the night Dustdevil and I made speed for Fraserburg.
For as far as the KLR could keep up the HPN could now show off it's racing heritage.



By the time we roared into Fraserburg Dustdevil was in desperate need of a little power nap. As we've done before
we scouted for the nearest shady stoep, he collapsed and started snoring almost immediately. I also setteld down
but was too exited about the awaiting adventure to fall asleep.







A short while later another Dog on his 1150GS rolled into town. He was going in the opposite direction heading
for Cape Town but having left Jo-Burg that morning he decided to stay over in Fraserburg. Now let me tell you,
there is no quicker way to get Dustdevil going than to point at his bike and ask: "what is this?" This oke obviously
looked right past my trusty steed and, pointing to the HPN, asked: "what is this?" With that Dustdevil rose from his
grave and as if somebody pushed his nitro button started talking a hind leg off a donkey...



« Last Edit: February 01, 2010, 06:23:55 pm by Michiel »
 

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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2010, 08:37:37 pm »
Subscribe...

PS. Is die ou se naam Alian? (Jy bedoel nie dalk Alain nie?)

Jy's reg maar almal noem hom sommer Allen.
 

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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2010, 09:59:56 pm »
Nog so paar fotos;

Stopping in Bainskloof.




On the way to Sutherland.



 

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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2010, 09:52:34 am »
 :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Ons wag geduldig...

 :amazon:  ;D
« Last Edit: January 18, 2010, 09:53:10 am by CaptainWobble »
 

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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2010, 10:26:39 am »
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Ons wag geduldig...

 :amazon:  ;D


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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2010, 06:00:02 pm »

Lekka report. I was riding the Sutherland area about a month ago. Check out the Silhouette guest farm if anyone ever needs a magic stone cottage to sleep over at sometime. Real cheap and very scenic. About 15km outside Sutherland.
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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2010, 06:06:04 pm »
subscribed  :happy1:
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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2010, 11:28:32 pm »
Loxton


We pulled into Loxton for fuel only to be informed by a couple wandering the deserted streets of town that there is no petrol station. Only the Co-op sells petrol and being Saturday afternoon it was all locked up. We worked out that we might just make it to Vosburg when the couple point out that Vosburg also does not have a petrol station anymore. We are stuck, but the couple advise us to go knock on the door of the house next door to the Co-op as apparently the lady running it lives there and should be home at the moment. It was with great apprehension that Michiel knocked on the door hoping that we will be helped.

We were forgetting the hospitality of people from these small communities and in now time at all the yard gate gets unlocked and our tanks are filled from the antique pumps housed under a lean to zinc roof. It is clear the middle aged woman don't often fill bikes as she accidently overfill Michiel's tank spilling petrol down the sides.



Loxton NG Kerk



Soon we were rambling down another deserted dirt road in the direction of Vosburg via the small station of Pampoenpoort. It was here we decided to have a short break and started to add the daylight hours left together with the amount of miles still needed to cover to Orania only to come to the conclusion that the sums does not add up anymore and riding a large portion in the dark was inevetable.
It was Michiel's suggestion to put up tent right here in Pampoenpoort stasie but I reckoned why put up tent when the old station building is providing a perfectly good stoep to sleep on.
So that was exactly what we did...







 

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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #30 on: January 21, 2010, 05:52:15 pm »
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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #31 on: January 21, 2010, 08:34:54 pm »

Squatting on the stoep of the Pampoenpoort station building - adventure riding at its best!  :biggrin:

Great stuff guys - please keep it coming  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #32 on: January 22, 2010, 07:53:46 am »
Great RR so far ... I'm not a patient man and I need my adventure fix ! So please finish the RR !!!

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

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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #33 on: January 22, 2010, 09:23:26 am »
Subscribed!

Brilliant so far, cannot wait for the rest!  :thumleft:
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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #34 on: January 23, 2010, 12:17:05 am »
Okay so it's still a long way before getting to Lesotho. That part happened only after Xmas.
I though I will wet your appetites so long, so while I am still editing the Pampoenpoort video, here is a short trailer of what is still to come.
I loaded this with full quality so rather hit pause and wait for it to download completely before watching.
Enjoy!!

Lesotho Trailer
« Last Edit: January 23, 2010, 12:20:44 am by Dustdevil »
 

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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #35 on: January 23, 2010, 06:42:20 am »
Argh!..That hurt's!!!

Looks good!!!


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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #36 on: January 23, 2010, 07:10:53 am »
My appitite was wet ages ago !!!! Maak nou die fokken ding klaar !!!!!!!!!!! :drif:

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

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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #37 on: January 23, 2010, 07:41:25 am »
My appitite was wet ages ago !!!! Maak nou die fokken ding klaar !!!!!!!!!!! :drif:


Mooi gese, kan hulle nie lees nie?  :mwink:
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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #38 on: January 24, 2010, 05:05:37 pm »
Great job so far guys. Looking at the trailer video I am completely torn. Half of me is really jealous that I missed out on such an amazing adventure and the other half of me is so relieved that I didn't have to put my "brand new" HPN through that!

Lets see some more...

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Re: Lesotho, the hard way.
« Reply #39 on: January 24, 2010, 07:16:23 pm »
This is gonna be a very very nice report.

Can't wait for the rest.

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