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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2011, 07:59:59 pm »
Hmmm I only had one stop and drop and it was at a perfect place between to bushes to take a rest... shoe there was a lot of rocks on that there hill.. :eek7:

But thanks Blazes for showing me the way what a amazing ride... :thumleft:

Was very proud when I got down the other side... Yipeeeee I did it... ;D
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2011, 08:19:47 pm »
Yup, Old Mill has been on my to-do list for a while now........... I need to make it happen now!

Thanks for sharing, can't wait for the rest!

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Hehehehehe, that is what I was thinking, but then I will need to drop the price.

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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #22 on: October 06, 2011, 08:40:14 pm »
nice blazes.
looks like you went 'backwards' - from calrens to the river.
it's getting more 'civilised' every time...
1st time i did it,  my klr went horizontal 15 times on the 'forward' route before the gate.
no matter,  a stunning ride.
congrats dakota.
 

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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #23 on: October 06, 2011, 08:48:13 pm »
nice blazes.
looks like you went 'backwards' - from calrens to the river.
it's getting more 'civilised' every time...
1st time i did it,  my klr went horizontal 15 times on the 'forward' route before the gate.
no matter,  a stunning ride.
congrats dakota.


Hi D --yep  i did it both ways like many of us have that have ridden the Pass --Prefer the route from Caledon up over into Clarense more challenging --Still have not taken a dive there yet  ::). Just wonder what it is going to be like after the big rains again --also see that the 4 x 4 no longer can get over there--

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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #24 on: October 06, 2011, 08:51:42 pm »
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #25 on: October 06, 2011, 09:40:38 pm »
The way the Locals get over the Border -- When the Caledon river is not overflowing -- bringing maize back from OLD MILL--





The makeshift Bridge between Lesotho and SA--





Well Dakota made --Old Mill --What next  ??? Hmmmmmmmmm --Baboons in Lesotho sounds about right  :mwink:

Cheese and Butter still in her rucksack  ::)

Well we  will be going into Lesotho Tomorrow for some fun riding

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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #26 on: October 07, 2011, 07:22:00 am »
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #27 on: October 07, 2011, 07:46:10 am »
We've done it 2 months ago on 3 990's. We missed the turn off  :peepwall:

The route changed to a single track and we had to turn back as it became a footpath with very steep slopes. I looked on google earth and it doesn't seem to connect up with any other roads over the mountain. We plan to do the chicken out route again next year on plastic bikes and camping gear.

Coming all the way back down the steep slippery slopes on a 200kg bike was challenging..... :thumleft:
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #28 on: October 07, 2011, 08:02:33 am »
Awesome!  :thumleft:

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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #29 on: October 07, 2011, 09:11:45 am »
Awesome....we doing that route next month! :thumleft:
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #30 on: October 07, 2011, 10:52:08 am »
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #31 on: October 07, 2011, 11:42:41 am »
Awesome....we doing that route next month! :thumleft:

Enjoy --done it a couple of times --nice on the 610 and smaller bikes --  BIG Fun when raining - ::)
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #32 on: October 07, 2011, 01:41:24 pm »
 Well next day we were off to do some riding along the Caledon river and Mountains leading out to Monantsapas --Nothing thechnical --just a awesome route and views to drool over --

Vroom --Vrooooooooooooo away we go --

Along the Route --

An Old Mercury that has seen better day's



A local lad that decided fishing for the day was a better option than school --I agreed   ;)



One quick lesson for Dakota before we get to Lesotho on her new ultimate DS Bike -- :mwink:



Well over the border in 10 minutes and R30 entry per bike on Lesotho side although i was told the system showed i had not yet left Lesotho on my last trip there a month ago --Not my fault that there is NO Lesotho exit border post on the other side -none the less they gave me exit stamps as well --so love it when a plan is made -- ::)

A once window with a view still --



Views to drool over --



 Roads that just turn and twist forever-up and down for ever--



A local herdsman --



The school where we met Lydia and dropped of some supplies for them -

She runs the whole school on her own --Now that is what i call - Multi tasking --



A public phone in the Middle of nowhere--



Dakota -- my little Super Star who had just conquered --Old Mill Pass the day before --enjoying the view --



 The road ahead-



One of many River crossings that vare low this time of the year but can become impossible to pass when the rain comes down -



Another River being crossed --the way it should be --  ::)



SNAP ---



A View from on top of the world--



Alas The border post --



Well all in all some great riding and wonderful companionship--

Weeek -end ---------------------------------so i will do the last bit through a deserted road in Qwa Qwa from the border over the Golden Gate Reserve --cutting out about 40km of tar  :mwink: where a million year view was found --- took a bit of searching -but at last i found it-- till later ------
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #33 on: October 07, 2011, 03:05:19 pm »
Great one M&L !!
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #34 on: October 07, 2011, 03:21:00 pm »
Lekker! :thumleft:
BTW I saw the same bunch of pajamadonkeys this morning as I passed through Golden Gate... twice! :mwink:
 

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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #35 on: October 07, 2011, 03:46:03 pm »
looks so lekka..
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #36 on: October 07, 2011, 04:20:33 pm »
Great one M&L !!

Thank's Peter --Hell we need to do some catching up --missing the rides we all had up here --Well maybe we need to go down and visit you for a change ---hmmmmmmmmmmmm let me see -- ::) anything for a ride --
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #37 on: October 07, 2011, 04:22:11 pm »
Awesome!  :thumleft:

Bucket list for schiz!   :drif:

Ok but take off all the plastics of your bike first ---as you may have heard i can make a XT a naked bike in only a few Kilo's  :peepwall:
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #38 on: October 07, 2011, 04:26:28 pm »
Lekker! :thumleft:
BTW I saw the same bunch of pajamadonkeys this morning as I passed through Golden Gate... twice! :mwink:

Thank's   :thumleft:  They are so cute -- a lot in that area ----
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Re: Dakota does Lesotho-Old Mill -Qwa Qwa and Golden Gate
« Reply #39 on: October 07, 2011, 10:46:37 pm »
awesome stuff Mike!!  :thumleft:
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