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masehare

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Lamberts via Middelberg pass
« on: February 28, 2006, 05:10:39 pm »
Here's a report of a trip we did about a month ago. More pics may follow soon...

It was time again to do what GS'es do best - touring the less used roads, no matter what the conditions. And a summer weekend trip to Lambertsbay sounded like just the thing. There were so many different routes to choose from, but after a few beers at lunch on Friday, the five of us decided that the route simply had to include Ceres and Middelberg pass. Early Saturday morning everybody met up at Wellington, ready to take on Bainskloofpass. The twisties on the pass were great, but the recent fires destroyed a lot of scenery. Luckily the rest of the trip only had lush, unharmed fynbos to admire.

First stop was Ceres, where we had breakfast at the Spur. After topping up the fuel tanks, we set off for Gydopass.

An unscheduled stop was made at the top of the pass to scratch around for some fossils, which were to be used as evidence of the trip for when we got back home.

The road took us past Op-die-berg and we stopped on a bridge for a drink just before the road became gravel.

The gravel road took us through incredible scenery up the Middelberg pass, with the layer of sand on the road surface providing just enough "moments" for it to have been "entertaining".


 At Citrusdal we stopped for another drink and a breather (and a smoke for some) before setting off to Clanwilliam. We opted for the gravel road that runs parallel to the N7, east of the Clanwilliam dam. The 2nd half of the road isn't in the best conditions. It twists quite a lot and the sandy patches are, well, unpredictable. Nothing that these fine machines can't handle anyway. It's fairly technical too and you have to stop now and then to be able to take in the beautiful scenery next to the dam. The day turned out quite hot and the ice cold beers in Clanwilliam hotel didn't even touch the sides as they went down. The last stretch to Lambertsbay went by in a flash where we stopped at the harbour for a late lunch. The local kids amused us by posing for photos while we enjoyed probably the best calamari in RSA.

 The accomodation was just the right size, providing us with a garage for the bikes and a braai for the chops. Plenty of laughter, fine wine and tall stories saw us into the night.

The next morning we left for Elandsbay via the railway service road (R20 permit  cost).

Best to deflate your tyres for this section, at least until you reach tar again. The sandy sections and corrugated surface will test your skills (and denture fittings, if you have them). The road took us past Dwarskersbos and into Veldrif where we filled up again.

 From there we took the West Coast road and turned off to Darling, through Malmesbury, and then home to Somerset West.  Total distance for the trip was about 750km.
 

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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2006, 05:19:20 pm »
good stuff :D  :D
btw, are the bm riders now getting used to using their seats offroad? :wink:
 

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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2006, 05:46:23 pm »
Nice report masehare.....

Some really nice pics there as well. Keep em coming if you have more....
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2006, 05:53:42 pm »
nice trip  :)  :)
thanks for this
 

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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2006, 08:19:13 pm »
cool trip.
 

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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2006, 08:22:54 pm »
Quote from: "X Banana Boy"
cool trip.
                                           
If you think about it. it's great to be a: "DS RIDER" And to realy enjoy the outdoors, since i bought my bike u saw places that i never imagened to see.  Thanks for the report
 

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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2006, 08:30:36 pm »
Yeah thanks for sharing looks like a great ride !
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2006, 08:48:48 pm »
Quote from: "wino"
good stuff :D  :D
btw, are the bm riders now getting used to using their seats offroad? :wink:


Yep we are out playing, the fields are too wet for the GS,s to plough!

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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2006, 10:53:58 am »
Quote from: "masehare"
An unscheduled stop was made at the top of the pass to scratch around for some fossils, which were to be used as evidence of the trip for when we got back home.



Up in JHB we just stop to attach Welshies tail bag a lot, he is a fossil so its almost the same thing,
 

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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2006, 02:28:53 pm »
Due to popular demand, some more pics of the trip:

The bridge we stopped at before taking Middelberg pass.


4 way crossing. Straight leads back to the boring N7, crossing the Olifantsriver. Right goes to Clanwilliam and cold beer. 180 degrees goes to Cederberg. Left goes to Citrusdal and warm cooldrink. Guess which route we took.


Always waiting for those slow 1150s...   :P


A mechanic's nightmare.... The place we stayed in at Lamberts had a single garage. All the moffie bikes had to sleep indoors 'coz if they sleep outside, they may not start in the morning.
 

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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2006, 08:03:57 pm »
Looks nice, I used to work from Cape Town to Springbok and Pofadder and everything inbetween up the west coast, as well as up the east coast to East London for 6 years. Got some good memories.
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« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2006, 09:32:15 pm »
Lekker sous...... 8)  8)  8)
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