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Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:47:06 pm »
OK, so here goes my version:
"It was a dark and stormy night, with the rain hammering down on the corrugated iron roof and fiery flashes of lightning illuminating the ghostly desolation of the valley we were camped in."

Sorry, that was for a different ride report! This one has sunshine, beautiful blue skies and at night, the Milky Way and other countless millions of stars twinkling gently around us.

Just after eight on Saturday, the SC dogs rolled into Sedgefiled where I joined them. We hit the tar to Knysna where some of the guys topped up with gas, before proceeding to Simola Golf Estate where we would meet Chris L. We then set off towards Gouna and Kom se Pad. I've ridden it countless times and still think it is THE most beautiful ride through indigenous forest. This has to be on your Bucket List - and when you do ride it, take it slow. The day was warming up and the obligatory stop at Angies G Spot was just the thing to wash the dirt from our throats. Prince Alfred Pass was next, as we were due to meet Rooipoot at Avontuur. The road from the end of Kom se Pad to Avontuur has really been degraded due to all the seasonal traffic - particularly the stretch to De Vlugt.


Meeting up with Chris L at Simola


Along Kom se Pad - Leftless was too fast for me!


Chris L


Pad

And then onto Prince Alfred's Pass






There's a fair amount of water flowing in the river in Prince Alfred's Pass.

Anyway, after another round of introductions, we set of on the tar towards Joubetina, where we filled up and had lunch at The Ark - great value for money, but the service is really on the slow side. We were going to do the loop that starts just before Joubertina and comes out 14km beyond it, but as we were to meet the PE dogs at around 3pm, we decided to skip it and head for Kareedouw where Watty, Uncle Al, Crab, Drazil and daughter were waiting for us. Some MORE paw shaking took place, accompanied by another cold one to prepare us for the ride into Jan Prinsloo's Kloof.


The Ark at Joubertina


Catching up with the latest news


View from The Ark


Meeting the PE dogs at Assegaaibosch


The owners of the farm and his family, who have owned it for four generations, led us (very slowly) in their bakkies into the kloof. At one point he stopped to explain to us that we were about to descend 450m in 1.5km - yes, it was quite steep, but I had expected the road to be much worse. The views along the way were stunning and as for the holiday houses on the river - what a spot!






How this for a getaway-from-it-all spot!


This is the steep bit!


A couple of dogs chasing a bakkie!  :biggrin:


The couple who were turned to stone after witnessing the murder.

Arriving at the old farmhouse.

Crab


Terror SA


Pad


Gryph


Dr Dirt

After unpacking the bikes and settling in, Pad, Dr Dirt and myself decided to go for a swim in the river.
I dont think they are very good swimmers, as this is as deep as they got!


And this is where they were meant to be!


As dusk started settling, the fire was lit and the inevitable wild dog socialising began. Soon it was in full swing, with people stumbling over tent pegs, falling off benches and hanging up african masks to keep the spirits at bay. My camera doesn't take great pics at night, so see the main report for this.


From L to R: Watty fortifying himself for the terrors ahead; Drazil following suit; Crab deep in thought about the legend of the kloof and Chris L just plain tired after a long day's ride. ;)


From L to R: Terror SA; Trailrider or should that be Ghostrider; Dr Dirt; HorsePower the Harley maniac - big respect to him and Gryph who's a little camera shy.

I forgot to mention that as dusk fell, bats starting emerging from the roof - at least 20 if not more - 1 at time. TR wouldn't believe us as every time we told him to look round, he'd stare for a few seconds and then turn back. Just as he did so, another one would emerge. I think he just has a short attention span. In the background of the previous pic, you can see Rooipoot trying to capture a picture.


The valley at dusk
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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011, 05:52:43 pm »
It was a loooong but uneventful night! I won't go into that!  ;)
Eventually the sun rose, as did the dogs in various stages of sobriety. Coffee was made, headache tablets were swallowed and slowly the camp site came to life.It was a veeeery slooooow start to the day, so Leftless, Chris L and myself decided to explore the track that the owner had spoken about the previous evening. Beyond his farm , the road passes through a couple of other farms and then the eventually takes you into Baviaans. He said that the other farmers were contactable and that if we asked their permission, we could do the ride! This I'm sure, is going to be the subject of another eventfull ride report!


This little school serves the farm workers' children in the area


Leftless and Chris L


Leftless looking into the valley ahead




The start of the road that leads into Baviaans


A beautiful old Yellowwood tree

We got back by which time everybody was pretty much ready to leave. I went ahead to tacke some water crossing shots at a small stream close to the farm house. So here are the results of the PrinsloosKloof Splash and Dash....


First up - Rooipoot


Errmmm - sorry I missed you Pad - you were too fast!  :P


Gryph - no, sorry mate  ;)


Leftless - not bad... ;D


Chris L - not too bad either ...


Terror SA - getting better.... ;D


The runner-up TR! (well, weight does have some advantages!)  ;)


But the winner is...Dirt Copper!
Please collect your prize next time you visit the kloof!  ;D

We then headed back the same way - besides the track to Baviaans, there is only 1 way in and out. Then about 5 kays from joining the tar, Gryph coasted to a rest with a flat front on the AT. Chris L and Rooipoot helped out, while Dr Dirt pushed on the back of the bike to hold the front up. We rejoined the tar and heade to Kareedouw for breakfast, but both the coffe shops were closed! The decision was to head back to Joubertina and The Ark. Trailrider, Rooipoot, Chris L and myself decided to do the "Joubertina Loop" we had missed on the way there and were richly rewarded with a fantastic dirt ride!


Looking back


That little spot on the river again



This section is to follow.
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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 07:06:07 pm »
 :crybaby2:  Still sad to have missed this one.

 :headbang:    :headbang:   Stunning report so far, thanx
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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2011, 10:09:00 pm »
Great RR LGF :thumleft: :thumleft:

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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011, 10:17:57 pm »
Very lekker !  :thumleft:

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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011, 10:27:58 pm »
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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011, 10:30:34 pm »
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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2011, 06:18:27 am »
Great RR there LGF. Thanks Oom Mike  :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011, 06:30:35 am »
very nice chaps!
 

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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2011, 07:21:36 am »
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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2011, 07:46:18 am »
Right. So about 14 km's before Joubertina, we turn right onto dirt. It's pretty warm by now, but we keep the speeds down to around 50kph so we can really enjoy the surrounding and the vistas that keep unfolding from the tops of every hill we climb.





We then descend and come across a tributary of what I think is the Nabooms River. We haven't had that much rain down here - the region still looks fairly dry, but despite this, all the rivers we came across were flowing fairly strongly. We continued winding our way through this wonderful area - left, right, up, down - hardly a straight in site. We passed a number of deserted houses - it must have been tough farming in this area despite the availability of water. Then all of a sudden we come across aguy jogging along the road listening to his mp3 player - huh? - where had he come from and where was he going?. He seemed quite happy as I greeted him.


Stopping on the causeway over the Nabooms River

The next river we came across was the Skrik - quite an apt name considering where we had just come from! And so we continued on our way - the road surface was pretty good in most places with the expected corrugations on the uphill corners.


The Skrik River




Now I wonder where that goes to....


Going down to the next river


Rooipoot enjoying himself




Great scenery along the way


Then we came across the Kouga river


...and climbed up once again to look down on it



I didn't get the distance for the entire loop, but it is around 60-70km and well worth doing. We then hit the tar again just outside Joubertina and headed back to The Ark where we thought we'd find the rest of the bunch enjoying a few cold ones. But I think after the previous evening's festivities, they were fairly eager to get back home. So the 4 of us had a (slow) bite to eat and then tackled the 210km of tar back to George intoa fairly strong headwind - man, that was bloody awful! Thank goodness I had decided to take the TA and not the DRZ! At the bottom of the Outeniqua Pass we said our goodbyes and I headed back to Sedgefield - arriving just before 5.
What a great weekend it was and thanks once again to Leftless for organising this as well as to the rest of the WildDogs who made this yet another weekend to remember!

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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2011, 08:05:58 am »
Awesome riding there.................Thanks for the RR and lekker pics :thumleft:
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« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2011, 08:08:13 am »
Great loop that  :thumleft:
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« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2011, 09:27:18 am »
A totally enjoyable trip with a bunch of um err good dogs :thumleft:
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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2011, 09:51:06 am »

I forgot to mention that as dusk fell, bats starting emerging from the roof - at least 20 if not more - 1 at time. TR wouldn't believe us as every time we told him to look round, he'd stare for a few seconds and then turn back. Just as he did so, another one would emerge. I think he just has a short attention span.


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« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2011, 10:24:59 am »
Fantastic riding country and some awesome pics  :thumleft:
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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2011, 02:38:06 pm »
Great loop that  :thumleft:
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« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2011, 04:05:27 pm »
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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2011, 04:09:23 pm »
Nice RR - Nice pic's.
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Re: Prinsloo'skloof and the Joubertina Loop - bandwith intensive!
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2011, 06:19:22 pm »
It was a great ride and weekend.
Stunning pics LGF.
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