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Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« on: January 18, 2010, 08:46:00 am »
Yesterday 7 of us did a 251 kays round trip of sheer fun. We left Empangeni @ 6:30 and followed Eddie cos he did some seri-ass googeling on Goole. He got us onto a nice dirt just outside town and our day started being blessed by perfect riding weather cos off a cloud cover while riding on very enjoyable dirts. We followed the railway service line road all the way to Ulundi. Lotsa twisties, hills, dips, riverbeds and stuff made sure that the fun factor was high all the way.
One of our stops was under a railway bridge and when we left I looked back to make sure the road was clear before pulling off. As I pulled off this moerofa hooter went off. I nearly jumped off the bike and almost crapped myself. It sounded like a huge truck was bearing down on me and I swung around to look at the monster is about to flatten me but there was absolutely nothing. I then realised that a bleddie train on top of the bridge was the culprit. A few guys at our next stop was honest enough to admit to the same groot skrik.

Me and Mark revenged by picking a dice wiff the train. The train was no sloach but we managed to give it carrots even though the road did not allow us to use straigh line speed.

From Ulundi Mark led us on a very scenic road through his favourite watercrossings. Knight Rider will never believe him again when he said that the roads is nice and easy.

251 kays later we arrived back in Empangen. My bike had some hard workouts and i could hear a few new hinges. (the hinges is a Malibu thing)

Mark promised to post the pics if I kick off wiff the RR.
 

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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2010, 08:49:32 am »
Cool, waiting for the pics in anticipation  ;)
 

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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010, 08:50:23 am »
 :thumleft: sorry I missed out. Did you go through any tunnels?
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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2010, 08:53:47 am »
 :imaposer:  Ya, Winston has hinges instead of steering-head bearings... all you gotta do is listen to them... squeek squeek squeek!   :imaposer:

I heard you guys had an awesome ride... can't wait for the pics! 

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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2010, 09:02:23 am »
:thumleft: sorry I missed out. Did you go through any tunnels?
It was a realy good ride. We are going to use this route to Newcastle in March. We did no tunnel travels. There was way too much train traffic in there and every few minutes one of this looong coal trains came past. The prospects of encountering one of them in a tunnel was a bit off-putting. I prefer to pick on things my own size.
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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2010, 10:42:08 am »
Great cant wait for the pics  :thumleft:
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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2010, 01:04:07 pm »
Some serious fun. Thanks. Will post pics tonight.
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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2010, 01:09:06 pm »
Oops !!! forgot to mention that Fire Bucket joined in on the ride. Mark used "her" for a cold gold at Dingaan se Watergat.
 

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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2010, 09:45:46 pm »
After missing the previous weekends ride I was itching to get out and have some fun. On Saturday while having coffee at EddieS place, he asked what was happening this Sunday. And so the ride without a real distanation or direction was born. And it would be an ideal time to show "Firbucket" Zululand and it wonderfull gravel road and tracks.

Sunday we all meet at the Shell garage at 6am to leave before 6.30. Zululand is really hot at this time of year so early morning departure are best. It had rained the night before and was still overcast and just perfect for riding.

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and FireBucket....who was flirting with the firehose  :mwink: .


From here EddieS took us out along some nice and wet, muddy tracks and then on to some good gravel that was suppose to take us to or close to the railway line.... :mwink: well after some good riding we had nearly done a full loop and ended not that far we we started.  :D But damn it was good riding... :thumleft: thanks EddieS.

mmmmmm good thing we don't ride sooperbikes  ;D

as they are restricted from going to many placers by the farmers.  ;)

Once we got to the railway lines we headed in a northerly direction...Ulundi way. Damn the riding was good. I had been wanting to let the bike stretch her legs for sometime and today was the day. The road alongside the railway tracks was nice and twisty, up and down, slow and fast, smooth and corrigated.....everything you look forward to when out riding. At one stage we left the gravel road and rode on a two spoor track. This was really fun, lots of loose gravel and erotions, jumps and tight corners. Sorry on pics....way to much fun riding.

We are riding through an area that is very hilly so there are many valleys that the train line passes through. That means many beautifull bridgers and tunnels. Most of the time we rode under the bridges as they are just wide enough to fit the trains.







in one to valley floors we found some good sand riding in a river bed. The sand was very soft is most places but otherwise excellent fun to ride.......just look at what fun Knight Rider had  >:D
She danced around her bike, offering it to the sand monster  :biggrin:










and Dale was doing his bit in the background  :biggrin:

EddieS have fun


Winston practiced his wheelies on the bridge....


2nd attempt...




and yes he did save it  ;D

all this time FireBucket was riding pillion with me...


but it was time to let Firebucket experience the vibrations of Winston's KLR  >:D


After much laughter and fun in the sand it was time to carry on. So it was off to the next bridge. Now this one crosses the Umfolozi river and is one huge structure.




A group shot below the bridge


FireBucket being held aloft


ok thats all for now....will post the rest tomorrow evening.... :)

 

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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2010, 09:51:48 pm »
My contribution



The train bridge before Ulundi
   













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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2010, 09:55:28 pm »
AWESOME !!!!!

Could you please post the co-ordinates of that train bridge, it looks pretty impressive!!!!

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2010, 10:00:18 pm »




and yes he did save it  ;D

 :o A true 'oh-shit' moment!

Nice pics btw  :thumleft:
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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2010, 10:02:45 pm »
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well after some good riding we had nearly done a full loop and ended not that far we we started

Back home I told the story in such a manner that I might get a GPS out of it
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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2010, 10:08:13 pm »
AWESOME !!!!!

Could you please post the co-ordinates of that train bridge, it looks pretty impressive!!!!

Thanks for sharing!

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sorry non of us have a GPS but I will try to get it off Google Earth. If you follow the railway line from Ulundi for about 30km in a south easterly direction (I think  ;D ) you will see it on Google Earth....
 

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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2010, 10:21:38 pm »
AWESOME !!!!!

Could you please post the co-ordinates of that train bridge, it looks pretty impressive!!!!

Thanks for sharing!

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

sorry non of us have a GPS but I will try to get it off Google Earth. If you follow the railway line from Ulundi for about 30km in a south easterly direction (I think  ;D ) you will see it on Google Earth....

Maybe here:
S28 23.667 E31 41.463 ?
 

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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2010, 10:24:21 pm »
Hey I am a tracker remember.  28 23' 42.18S   31 41'28.09E
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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2010, 07:30:07 am »
Great!  Now for the rest!   :thumleft:
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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2010, 07:46:30 am »
lekker.... :thumleft: did anyone track the route on a gps? This route MUST be done again but with a sleepover, back the next day via mfolozi.
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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2010, 07:50:03 am »
Great guys...  :thumleft:
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Re: Nice looong round trip in Zululand
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2010, 08:10:39 am »
AWESOME !!!!!

Could you please post the co-ordinates of that train bridge, it looks pretty impressive!!!!

Thanks for sharing!

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