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Offline MellowJo

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Family Karoo weekend (Video added)
« on: April 27, 2011, 02:24:05 pm »
When it became clear that a trip to Lesotho had to wait, we decided to have a Family Karoo weekend over the Easter weekend.

The plan was to do a figure 8 through Sutherland, Prince Albert, Swartbergpass, De Rust, Klaarstroom. From Klaarstroom we would go back to Prince Albert, Swartbergpass, Gamkaskloof (“Die Hel”), Calitzdorp and sleep over at Warmwaterberg before returning home.
The party was to be myself on the 1150 GS, Archangel on his 950 (rebuild), with my wife and daughter in the Audi with the camping gear.

Archangel got back his bike after an engine rebuild, a week before the weekend. Two days before the weekend, the bike did not want to start, but it turned out to be a loose battery contact. I had a set of recently reconditioned shocks from Martin P to test out in the wild, so ….

Day 1 : Melkbos to Sutherland, Verlatenkloof Camp Site via Ouberg Pass (410km)

So on Easter Friday morning in perfect weather we set off aiming at Wellington and Bainskloof pass. After a pleasant drive over the pass and the traverse of Michell’s pass we had breakfast in Ceres.



From Ceres we raced up Gydo Pass towards Op-die-Berg where we turned towards the Cederberg and Katbakkies Pass. At last we hit the first serious gravel. In Katbakkies Pass we came to this rolled Golf, highlighting the dangers of gravel. Still we liked jumping the bumps and took some video. (link? Archangel is busy editing some video footage) ADDED at the end of the report.



We eventually turned North on the R355 until we turned East towards the Tankwa Karoo National Park. At the turnoff we saw a family with a bunch of quads and buggies. I see they start them young.



Just before entering the Park we turned South on the Ouberg Pass road towards Sutherland. The area sometimes resembled a Martian landscape and the road was washed away in several places.





The road became a steep Jeep track climbing windingly skywards. Climbing out this road we had to pass a few 4x4’s and this became a pattern over the weekend, every Tom, Dick and Hillbilly was on the roads.



Halfway up the pass, we stopped for lunch and to admire the spectacular views.





From the top of the pass it was another 50kms to Sutherland. The women wanted a few things for supper but everything in Sutherland was closed. Luckily the garage owner was at hand to fill up a string of vehicles looking for fuel. After filling up, we did the last 25 ks to the Verlatenkloof 4x4 camp site. The first night was to be minimalistic camping.



After pitching camp, we had nice warm showers (donkey heated) and a braai in the boma/shelter while admiring the stars.

Day 2: Sutherland, Merweville, Prince Albert, Swartberg Pass, De Rust, Klaarstroom (400km)

After a quick morning coffee we tracked back 10kms towards Sutherland on the R354 till we got to the turnoff East towards Merweville. At the turnoff, I noticed a metal dics falling from the Audi engine bay into the road. I picked this up but could not figure out where this part originated. We were not planning to let this derail our plans and we just carried on towards Merweville. The road was similar in condition to the previous day with many ruts caused by flooding, crossing the road.



After about 60 kms of slowly descending from the Sutherland highlands (and opening and closing many gates), we got to a magic pass (don’t know the name EDIT Rammelkop pass, tx ChrisL). From here we could see right across the plain to the Swartberg range in the distance where we were heading later in the day.



The Audi crew was not holding back due to lost engine parts !!!



Merweville architecture.



At Merweville we figured out that the mysterious part was a suspension subframe spacer, not 100% critical. Anyway from Merweville we travelled South, crossed the N1 at Prince Albert Road and headed for Prince Albert. After a fuel and food stop at Prince Albert we headed into the spectacular Swartberg Pass.
We stopped at Eerste Water for lunch while admiring the red rock formations around us.





Then we started the climb, past many BMWs and 4x4s. Only later did we learn that the BMW squad had a weekend at Oudshoorn on the same weekend. Both I and Archie have been here before, but the wife and daughter were amazed by the pass. From above the vehicles look like ants crawling up the snakelike ribbon.



From the Cango Caves we turned East again on the “Oude Muragie” road towards de Rust. From De Rust we went North on the R62 through the stunning Meiringspoort pass until we came to Klaarstroom where we were booked at the B&B. We were just unpacked when two couples from Richard's Bay pulled in on their two BMW RTs.



After a dip in the pool, we swopped biking stories till dinner.

Day 3 to come soon.

« Last Edit: May 05, 2011, 09:11:18 am by MellowJo »
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2011, 02:54:53 pm »
Very nice RR
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2011, 03:32:15 pm »
Nice RR and thanks for sharing.It was good to see you at the Hel and put some faces to the forum names :thumleft:
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2011, 03:34:04 pm »
Nice RR and a nice photo!!!
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2011, 03:47:57 pm »
Good stuff. Goed om jou fiets weer out and about te sien MellowJo :thumleft:
 

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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2011, 03:56:37 pm »
Nice rr and pics- well done  :thumleft:
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2011, 04:01:30 pm »
Day 3: Klaarstroom, Prince Albert, Gamkaskloof, Calitzdorp, Ladismith Warmwaterberg (300km)

Archangel was communicating with Firecoast and Panne, who were also on a Karoo weekend and staying at Prince Albert, about joining up for the trip to “die Hel”. The Audi crew decided to rather go browsing through De Rust and then to stick to the R62, while the bikers travel to hell and gone. So after a quick breakfast Arch and I took the R??? to Prince Albert and linked up with the other two dogs.



After fuelling up we climbed out the Swartberg Pass (that we did the day before) and stopped at the T-junction to Gamkaskloof. It was here that we bumped (not literally) into Haley’sComet who have just come from Gamkaskloof. After a bit of banter we sped off.

I was a little surprised at first on the placidness of the road (for the first 35kms). What was all the fuss about? Then, suddenly the earth opened before us and we could look into the little slither of surrounded valley below.



The descent was fairly simple except for the dodging of 4x4s again. And then there was the few kms amble at the bottom of the valley up to the kiosk. I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of stock that the kiosk carried. We were also joined here by Skipskop, nemodakar and PieterL and some 10 more DS bikes (mostly BMWs from the Oudshoorn vestival). We had a quick cool drink and then started our ascent.





From the bottom of Swartberg pass we turned West towards Calitzdorp on the Groenrivier road. On this road the sad state of our tyres were starting to tell as we battled to get turn-in grip into corners. There were also some more vehicles on the road and I was nearly collected by an oncoming Hummer at a particularly narrow section. But we made it into Calitzdorp without harm and decided to have lunch.



During our lunch, we were joined by a medic on an 1150 Adv, who was the sweeper for one of the BMW festival routes of the day. He told us that the lady rider who went over a cliff the previous day, was not too seriously hurt.
After lunch we continued West on the R62 into an ever stronger wind. At Ladismith Archi filled up and we cruised the last 50kms to the Warmwaterberg hot springs where the girls finished pitching camp.



We had a lovely dip in the warm baths to sooth the stiff muscles and butts before getting the fire going for the evening braai.



Last part soon
« Last Edit: April 27, 2011, 05:19:13 pm by MellowJo »
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2011, 04:03:25 pm »
Lekker RR ....................... We are doing Ceres - Sutherland - Merweville - Beaufort West on Friday  :thumleft:
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2011, 04:09:34 pm »
Nice ride report
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2011, 04:43:30 pm »
nice RR

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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2011, 05:03:23 pm »
Lekke MJo and family.
The pass between Sutherland and Merweville is called Rammelkop.
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2011, 05:08:31 pm »
niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!!!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2011, 05:34:40 pm »
Heerlik, heerlik. Ek is ook op n familie naweek, maar ongelukkig geen fiets nie . . .
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2011, 07:19:04 pm »
Looks like a lekker trip  :thumleft:

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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2011, 07:30:41 pm »
excellent RR and pics. thanks for sharing guys. Die Hell on the to do list for December!
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2011, 07:54:05 pm »
Nice ride and RR.
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« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2011, 09:16:23 pm »
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2011, 11:28:06 pm »
mmmmm, lekker trip en RR. Jammer ek het die een gemis.
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« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2011, 11:39:56 pm »
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Re: Family Karoo weekend
« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2011, 06:17:47 am »
Nice RR, glad you guys had such a nice trip.

It is alway lekker to add a face to a forum name, so now I know what the ou looks like on the other side when I get given so much shit.

Hope we get a chance to ride together sometime.

Same goes for other dogs we met up with on our travels this easter.