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Offline Nimmo

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A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« on: July 09, 2011, 02:45:11 pm »
Solo around the mountain
 
When I woke up this morning this was the first perfect day in the past 6 weeks.
We had no frost and the temp was a crisp 0°C & absolutely no wind.  :biggrin:
 
I have long been wanting to do a trip heading out onto one of the more desolate roads in the district and then linking up with a couple of sub roads that I have never traveled.
 
It always surprises me how little we know of our own backyard.  I have been mapping all the sub & sub/sub roads over the past year and have been looking forward to travel this way for a long time now…

The idea was to head out to the right-hand side of Coleskop (NW) and eventually return on a road that returns on the left hand side (W) of the mountain.  Hence “around the mountain”.  The distance was about 160km and time wise about 5 hours.
 
We have already had 4 times our yearly rainfall and the district is WET, every single fountain is flowing, dams are full and the roads are in a terrible condition because of erosion.   In other words FERFECT conditions for a memorable trip. ;D

This is not so much a RR as a look at how the Karoo looks when it gets rain.

Enjoy:





This low water bridge is about 2meters high and the debris was level with it:






Some of the roads were in pristine condition:




A friend of mine has a farm on the route, but he lives in PE and they don’t come there often.  I thought I would take a slight detour and go see what it looks like there:




There are MANY farm houses like this just standing empty, being used only when it is hunting season – this one is a 5 bedroom in great condition.  After his dad died his mom moved of the farm and his brother (who has a couple of farms as well) farms it now.


 

Note the mountain in the background – it is called Chinee’s hoed.



The reason GPS was invented:






The klip koppies a well known sight in the Karoo




A part of the Seekoei river:







The Karoo is beautiful in its own way…


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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2011, 03:42:16 pm »
Nice round turn you did there Nimmo. Coleskop. Where exactly is that?
Are you sure 0'C is a good temperature for a ride? I recently came back from my Namibia trip and anything below 10'C was far too cold for me. But with proper gear it might be more fun.
 

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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2011, 03:48:36 pm »
Lekker een  :thumleft:
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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2011, 03:49:18 pm »
Nice round turn you did there Nimmo. Coleskop. Where exactly is that?
Are you sure 0'C is a good temperature for a ride? I recently came back from my Namibia trip and anything below 10'C was far too cold for me. But with proper gear it might be more fun.

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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2011, 03:58:02 pm »


Dankie Nimmo, ai dis mooi wereld daardie!! :thumleft:
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2011, 04:18:24 pm »
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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2011, 06:48:44 pm »
Mooi wereld die karoo . .

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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2011, 07:04:24 pm »
I always dream of living on one of those "empty" farms, but I know the reality is harsh.

Great pics -  stunning area.  Thanks.
 

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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2011, 03:12:33 pm »
Hey, dis Vorster se plaas daai  :deal:
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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2011, 04:43:10 pm »
Are you sure 0'C is a good temperature for a ride? I recently came back from my Namibia trip and anything below 10'C was far too cold for me. But with proper gear it might be more fun.

i once heard someone say "there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear"
its a bit of a windgat statement, but i guess there's a lot of truth to it
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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2011, 05:59:31 pm »
Hey, dis Vorster se plaas daai  :deal:

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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2011, 02:11:14 pm »
Ja - nee! the Karoo is one of the prettiest areas I,ve had the pleasure of touring through. The scenery make you feel at peace with your soul. :thumleft:
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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2011, 03:17:23 pm »
Ja - nee! the Karoo is one of the prettiest areas I,ve had the pleasure of touring through. The scenery make you feel at peace with your soul. :thumleft:

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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2011, 04:32:29 pm »
Nice RR :thumleft:
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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2011, 07:49:58 pm »
Lekke man!!!!!!
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Re: A Karoo story : Solo around the mountain
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2011, 09:26:21 pm »
Hi J
Dit lyk soos amper die selfde roet wat ek gedoen het die laaste keer wat ek met die KLE daar was net die anderkant om gery, sal foto vir jou wys volgende week, sal maar eerder nie hier post nie wil nie jou goei foto beneek met my sel fotos nie :P
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« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2011, 09:50:32 pm »
Mooi area waar jy woon Nimmo. :thumleft:
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