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Offline dakardrix

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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #40 on: September 19, 2010, 02:32:36 am »
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What a stunning ride, pics and ride report!!

 

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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #41 on: September 19, 2010, 11:17:46 am »
Really spectacular pics, very nice  :3some:
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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #42 on: September 19, 2010, 01:21:04 pm »
Cederberg to Nieuwoudtville.
From Algeria we turned onto the western route out of the Cederberg. This route is not as scenic as the route we took the day before, but still worth it.

Leaving the Cederberg.






We filled up in Clanwilliam and then took the road out to the Pakhuis pass. Pakhuis pass runs through an area with fantastic rock formations and wonderful views. We stopped on top of Pakhuis pass at the Klein Kliphuis teagarden for a quick brunch. From where we sat on the stoep we had stunning views over the area and were also entertained by a couple of sunbirds looking for nectar in the coral trees. Very peaceful and quiet.

Klein Kliphuis teagarden.


Stunning view!


Sunbirds.


We made a quick stop at C Louis Leipoldt’s grave to see what that looks like. He surely has a great last resting place!





Pakhuis pass provided some nice twisties down to the valley and is now tarred until just past the entrance to Bushmans Kloof. From there it is dirt over the very scenic Botterkloof pass and all the way into Nieuwoudtville.





Crossing the Doring River again.




View over Botterkloof pass.


About 10km before Nieuwoudtville we again saw fields filled with flowers. Beautiful!


















 
We arrived fairly early in Nieuwoudtville and were welcomed by Chris and Margie from Swiss Villa. Chris is also an avid biker and we had some nice chats with him. He also has a lot of information about the area, nice roads to ride and things to see. We would definitely recommend Swiss Villa if you are ever staying in Nieuwoudtville – the food is superb and it is set in a beautiful old house!



Nieuwoudtville is a quiet little town but in an area with lots of things to see. There is the local waterfall, many reserves like the wildflower reserve, glacial pavement, nice roads to ride and the local garage also has a big collection of old bikes. The garage was unfortunately closed so we could not have a look at that. The lack of sleep the previous night however took its toll and we rather opted for an afternoon nap than to explore further. We later on took a stroll through the town to go and have a look at the historical sandstone church in town.





Huge daisies!


Nieuwoudtville is definitely worth another and longer visit to really appreciate the area and everything to do.
 

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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #43 on: September 19, 2010, 02:03:55 pm »
Nieuwoudtville to Prieska and home!
We left for Prieska after breakfast going through Calvinia and from there turned to Brandvlei and onto Vanwyksvlei. In Calvinia we made a quick stop to have a look at the worlds largest post box.

On the way to Calvinia.


The largest post box in the world.


We filled up in Brandvlei and then headed for Vanwyksvlei. From Brandvlei it was dirt road again, but the road was in a fairly good state and we were clocking around 100-110km/h. It is not really safe to go much faster as there are bumps every now and then where you do get airborne a bit. The road also has thick sand and gravel ridges in between the tracks, but it was okay as long as you stayed in the tracks.

Just outside Vanwyksvlei, while cleaning our visors, we met up with a young guy on a Vuka scooter on his way to Upington. He was all geared up with his Camelabak and top box and was not fazed at all about doing around 200km dirt road with his Vuka scooter. He told us that he does this trip regularly and also goes with his scooter to Johannesburg every now and then. I have a lot of respect for this guy! :salut:

After Vanwyksvlei the road turned a bit worse for about 10km but from there it was a dirt highway again. We only saw 2 other vehicles the whole way up to Prieska. The only thing that breaks the openness a bit is clusters of trees where you know there is a farmhouse. Other than that you can see for miles and miles ahead and it feels like a never ending dirt road.

Miles and miles of roads!








We were quite happy to see the tar road again as we knew that we were close to our destination for the night. We originally planned to camp at ‘Die Bos’ in Prieska but the locals were obviously having a huge party there so we rather looked for other accommodation. We ended up at the River View Lodge and were quite happy with our choice as they had a bar overlooking the Orange River. The food was also quite good and the prices very reasonable. One of the waiters at the lodge informed us that you cannot stay at ‘Die Bos’ as they will steal your petrol from your bike during the night if you do not guard it!  :patch:

The Orange River from the deck at the bar.




We left early the next morning as we still had around 770km to go. Just outside Douglas we saw a sign directing you to the confluence of the Orange and Vaal Rivers. We decided that we will probably never go past here again and make a quick turnoff onto the 8km dirt road to go and have a look at this quite impressive landmark.

The confluence of the Orange and Vaal Rivers.




From Douglas we carried onto Kimberley and from there took the N12 home. Just outside Kimberley we went past this dam with huge flocks of flamingos.


 
It was a rather uneventful ride the rest of the way with a couple of roadwork stops but otherwise no incidents. We arrived home after almost 9 hours of riding with a short stop in Klerksdorp for a quick Wimpy burger. We were very tired but happy with the memories of another great ride! ;D
 

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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #44 on: September 19, 2010, 05:18:17 pm »
This was a very enjoyable report with great pictures. Thanks for posting  :thumleft:
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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #45 on: September 19, 2010, 06:49:25 pm »
Thank you for a very nice report and picks. :thumleft:
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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #46 on: September 19, 2010, 06:54:19 pm »
This was a very enjoyable report with great pictures. Thanks for posting  :thumleft:
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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #47 on: September 19, 2010, 07:52:06 pm »
Really great report and pics - thanks !!
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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #48 on: September 19, 2010, 11:26:52 pm »
Hi DD650

Me and some friends are leaving for the same area on Wednesday!! Thanks for the info will go check out some of the places you mentioned!! Great RR Cheers
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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #49 on: September 20, 2010, 10:58:24 am »
Hi Daleen! Baie dankie vd info wat jy gestuur het! Die voorafgaande fotos laat my net nog meer uitsien na ons trip!! Groetnis :thumleft: :ricky:
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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #50 on: September 20, 2010, 11:01:48 am »
Hi DD650

Me and some friends are leaving for the same area on Wednesday!! Thanks for the info will go check out some of the places you mentioned!! Great RR Cheers

Lekker! You must enjoy it, it is really a fantastic area. Looking forward to you RR.
 

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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #51 on: September 20, 2010, 07:13:22 pm »
Yes very lekker trip. Enjoyed your report, nice and laid back. Looking fwd to doing something similar with my missus once we get another bike.
 

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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #52 on: September 22, 2010, 09:06:53 am »
What a great looking trip. You should be an expert on sand now.
 

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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #53 on: September 22, 2010, 05:13:45 pm »
Great RR and awesome pics!  We did a similar trip last year - ended up spending quite a bit of the trip in the Cederberg, most of it in nice Cape rain weather.  Makes for interesting riding.  You should try the 4x4 route out of the Cederberg (on the eastern side going North).  It's well worth the ride!

Anyway, thanx for sharing this and reminding me of our trip.   :thumleft:

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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #54 on: September 22, 2010, 06:09:31 pm »
Great RR and awesome pics!  We did a similar trip last year - ended up spending quite a bit of the trip in the Cederberg, most of it in nice Cape rain weather.  Makes for interesting riding.  You should try the 4x4 route out of the Cederberg (on the eastern side going North).  It's well worth the ride!

Anyway, thanx for sharing this and reminding me of our trip.   :thumleft:

Thanks Koet. We wanted to do that route, but just didn't have enough time!   :(

Thank you all for taking the time to read this RR and especially for the nice words!
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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #55 on: September 22, 2010, 09:15:20 pm »
Baie mooi fotos en baie dankie vd RR

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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #56 on: September 24, 2010, 04:51:42 pm »
Really enjoyed this read! Have done these areas and was nice to go back there!
 

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Re: Westcoast - gravel and flowers
« Reply #57 on: September 24, 2010, 07:26:14 pm »
Very nice, thanks!
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