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Sidecar Brits canal ride
« on: December 26, 2010, 11:42:55 am »
It was the day before Christmas and we decided to go and have a look at the Brits canal ride as I had read about it here on the forum and Lourens was so kind as to forward me the route via mapsource.

We left quite early and met at the local garage for fuel etc. The weather was looking ominous out Brits way and we where worried that we may encounter rain again as with the December camping trip which saw us properly drenched.

We followed the Gps and set off. There where a lot of puddles due to the early morning rain which we missed thankfully (the rain I mean not the puddles as they make a great splash with 3 wheels!). The road next to the canal is in very good condition and we thouroughly enjoyed the scenery and the cool morning air which makes you feel alive.

It was a pity to see the amount of rubbish strewn around the township area but otherwise the area was pretty and generally rubbish free. The local farmers where not the friendliest bunch but I supppose they are a bit gatvol of us biker tipes riding "their" dirt roads.

We came upon a pach of mud with some tell tale signs of a two wheeler coming down hard but this must have happened earlier and there was no sign of the bike or biker. I hope he/she was OK.

We exisited the canal route at Greens next to the R511 where we put in some more fuel and stopped for some biltong at the local butcher. From there it was a quick ride to Beestekraal station where we had a great breakfast. I was pleased to note that the service levels at the station restaurant has improved dramatically since our last visit. Some local farmers had gathered there for breakfast too.

From there it was back home along a very potholie R511 and onto the Christmas celebrations with family.

We will definetely do this ride again. Thanks too all who mentioned it on the forum...

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Re: Sidecar Brits canal ride
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2010, 03:53:47 pm »
There are actually 2 canal routes, the East and West canal. I think you have probably only done the one. I am from Brits and must agree the farmers are not that friendly towards the biking community.....and according to them caused by 'windgat quad riders. There are also miles and miles of bushveld roads, awesome scenery. Unfortunately don't have a Gps on the bike. Try Google Earth and have a look! Nice ride and pictures  :thumleft: