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« on: March 10, 2006, 03:27:10 pm »
So yesterday I had a client meeting in Rustenburg. Having had no need for the usual suit attire I decided that it would be good to go with the bike. On my way back I had an idea to go across Breedtsnek ? a pass that has been well documented before by the Voels and me. So off I set, early in the morning it promised to be a great day to be in the open ? no wind, no prediction of rain. :D



Olifantsnek ? looks more like tusks to me, but nevertheless, a spectacular formation:



Olifantsnek Dam:



And after the meeting was over and the niceties were exchanged I took the road from Rustenburg to Sparkling Waters, where I would get onto the pass:



I?ve never done the pass from this side, it?s like slipping in the back door :twisted: :



I?ve ridden the pass a few times before (KiLeR, this is where you guys stayed last year) and it has always been a comfortable ride. However, with the heavy rains of the past few months a lot of the bedrock is exposed and much of the road is covered by miniature boulders:



At the top of the pass I turned slightly off the beaten track for the panoramic view of the Buffelspoort Dam, way yonder:





Also at the top of the pass is a ?road? leading up even further. I think it was formed by the water that usually runs from the mountain and was eventually converted by 4x4?s to a kind of track. No prob, been on it many times before, and hey, last time that a ride report was done on this pass this track was found to be GS safe!  :wink:



Right at the top of the pass:



Mmm, another track leading down into the valley, and I could see a further track up against the mountain again. Mesmerisingly, I was drawn to it:



It proved to be a lot more technical than the first track, with lots of mini boulders and pebblesand that appears hard packed, but sometimes just sinks away. Twice I found the backwheel just spinning around and I got parked at 90 degrees in the veld.



Eventually I decided that I was losing my sense of stupidity and reason kicked in. I?d rather come back another time with some buds to help me drag this heavy bike out.

On my way down I made a mental note of this part of the track ? a flat piece of rock lying at a 90 degree angle drop. Coming back up I had to make a quick call: try and run up the rock or into the veld; decided to run up the bedrock?and the ta got stuck on its belly, well the exhaust to be more precise. And the back wheel just made an unnecessary hole.





So it was standing and rocking the bike, moving mm?s at a time until the bike was in a position to ride again. Back on track again and down the pass:



The damage ? hopefully it will burn through soon so that I can ?upgrade? the zorst!



Geez, it was time for a beer?

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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2006, 03:44:01 pm »
Wow.. what a cool ride Wino,

Looks great...unbelievable the places we are able to gowith only a short ride..i like not living in the first world..

My arse itches for a lekka ride with the manne... will make a plan...soon.
 

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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2006, 03:45:38 pm »
sweet report.  beautiful views.  making me homesick again.
 

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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2006, 03:48:58 pm »
Nice report Wino. Judging by the sort of terrain you covered it was probably a wise decision to turn around and come back with some reinforcements!
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2006, 04:02:26 pm »
Good report wino - thanks for the feedback

I'm looking forward to being back in the saddle soon
 

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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2006, 04:23:48 pm »
Enjoyed your report Wino. Great stuff. :dmage:
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2006, 05:17:36 pm »
lekker lekker  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
 

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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2006, 06:36:52 pm »
Good ride you had there!



But you ought to get some TKC80 or Mezeler Karoo tires, a real men's proper rubber. :thumbleft:
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2006, 06:37:08 pm »
Great ride Wino, been over that pass as well a while back. It was a fun ride. I rode from the dams side and saw a sign saying "bad road ahead", I take it that's Breetdsnek. Can't remember that track though  :? Is it the one darting off to the side at the very top of the pass ?

Thanks for sharing.

PS - that trail on the other side looks steep  :twisted: Gotta try it sometime !

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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2006, 08:05:30 pm »
Very nice Wino ...... glad to hear that you got home safely
with no major mishaps.
 

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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2006, 01:38:02 pm »
Quote from: "digitaldan"
I take it that's Breetdsnek. Can't remember that track though  :? Is it the one darting off to the side at the very top of the pass ?

PS - that trail on the other side looks steep  :twisted: Gotta try it sometime !


yip, thats the road up to Breedtsnek. and you are also spot on with the track, after this one there's a secondary track down into the 'valley' connecting with the steep one that you mention (well, i hope it connects!) the drz will eat the track for breakfast! keep 1 april open, shark should be back from his diving then.
 

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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2006, 01:42:52 pm »
Quote from: "tsiklonaut"


But you ought to get some TKC80 or Mezeler Karoo tires, a real men's proper rubber. :thumbleft:


the siracs have given me good service, but my riding is starting to go more offroad. after the siracs i'll be looking more at a 50/50 tyre, will consider those you mentioned :wink:
 

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« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2006, 06:46:47 am »
Looks like a great ride, a nice sort of place for me to lose another set of bash plate mounts :oops:  :oops:  8)

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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2006, 12:10:35 pm »
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 the drz will eat the track for breakfast! keep 1 april open, shark should be back from his diving then.


Will do, I wanted to take it that day but it looked more like a hiking route to me. It's a really beautifull area, I even saw some ferns growing on the pass. Reminded me of the Southern Cape  :o
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« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2006, 06:58:10 am »
Nice report Wino. Must do this one soon. Just worried about all the rocks and the bash plate of the GS. You think this route is BIG GS safe??
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« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2006, 08:53:58 am »
if you can dance your bike like a ballerina!
only 1 way to find out!
 

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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2006, 09:02:24 am »
So if I ride with I have to pick up a TA again.
Man I'm tired of doing that ;)
 

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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2006, 09:30:11 am »
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if you can dance your bike like a ballerina!
only 1 way to find out!


I never thought of myself as a ballerina, maybe from Fantasia, there was a Hippo doing ballet in that I fink :?:

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there is nothing funnier than the looks you get from a fat old man doing a wheelie with a fully loaded Adventure (aluminum cases, two duffels across the back, big tank bag etc. etc.) It's sort of like a cross between the Wookie ballet and Fat Albert Loses a Bicycle Up His Ass.
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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2006, 09:31:35 am »
exactly! trust you got some extra muscles from the moz weekend! (i think if we run a poll on bikes that have gone down since the forum started, the ta will top it!)
 

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« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2006, 10:13:13 am »
Sies Sharkie  :(

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