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Dwyka Road - A detour off the N1
« on: November 02, 2010, 10:55:28 am »
Riding up or down the N1?
Feeling worn out by the monotonous blacktop?
There is a short diversion that might get your blood flowing again: Dwyka Road

Location: Western Cape between Laingsburg and Prince Albert Road
Length: 36km
Duration: Anything from 60minutes to 150minutes depending on your skill level
Altitude: around 600m ASL
Cautions: Gates, corrugations, active rail crossings, river crossings, sand





From Laingsburg side the road starts with a hardpack twin track, with just a thin layer of sand over the top. Nothing to be concerned about. Look out for roaming sheep and tortoises.



There are several stream crossings which may be in flood at any time. Most of the crossings are rocky and firm but loosened rocks might catch out the inattentive rider.



The road disappears near the confluence of the Dwyka, Bads and Blood river. Here you will have to power through the fine gravel bed. If the river is in flood you are encouraged to walk it first because submerged obstacles can and probably will ruin your day.





The road doesn't improve and follows an unnamed stream. Incorrect tyre pressure might cause you to dig in but worst of all is the winding curves of the stream and the infrequent grassy tufts which are hard enough to flick your front wheel in a random direction.



At the time of our visit (end October 2010) somebody had illegally chained a gate. One presumes the farmer had had enough of people not closing gates behind them or coming in to poach their sheep. Since it is a regional route you are entitled to use it. We had to force the chain with a tyre lever but made sure the gate could still close properly afterwards, to prevent livestock from wandering onto the rail track.

Some of the things to look forward to are the three well preserved blockhouses, two of which are quite near each other on the banks of the Bloed- and Dwyka Rivers.
If you are ever in the area again, give it a try. It's a nice little road with some terrific sites. Well worth the detour

Please find a GPS track attached at the bottom of the post
« Last Edit: November 02, 2010, 10:59:36 am by LuckyStriker »
 

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Re: Dwyka Road - A detour off the N1
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2010, 11:03:44 am »
Great stuff your Luckyness  :thumleft

Old man was looking into buying the Dwyka Station a few years back. Obviously nothing happened, but we went there quite a lot.

 

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Re: Dwyka Road - A detour off the N1
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2010, 01:04:07 pm »
Looks lekker LS.
Thanks for posting  :thumleft:
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Re: Dwyka Road - A detour off the N1
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2010, 04:00:07 pm »

Interesting route. I plan to visit the railway station at Dwyka over December, when I will be doing a little Karoo meander.

My grandfather was banished to Dwyka as a lowly pumpman in 1915. He was a ''German'' traindriver and after spending time being interned in P-maritzburg as a POW, he was posted to Dwyka by the SA Railways (his employers) till well after the end of the war in 1919.
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Re: Dwyka Road - A detour off the N1
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2010, 05:45:30 pm »
What co-incidence! I'm also heading that way soon.
 

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Re: Dwyka Road - A detour off the N1
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2010, 09:19:43 pm »
What co-incidence! I'm also heading that way soon.

I will be checking out your RR.  :thumleft:
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