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Offline XT JOE

CT to Warmwaterberg and more the long way round
« on: October 17, 2011, 09:22:08 pm »
So we left on friday midday after planning for a while for our annual warmwaterberg visit and CT being CT it had to rain as we were packing and leaving so no photos till we got to Stanford. The normal crew was planned but our main planner/gps unit/peacemaker amongst other things "eikeboom" could not get away for the weekend so the road planning became my responsibility. Two of us were doing the whole trip on 2 wheels and Engelsman and Protoge will meet us at W/waterberg from where we can ride together saturday and return on the sunday.  The plan was Ct to Stanford ; Elim ; Bredasdorp ; Malgas ; Heidelberg to Barrydale for day1. The rain stopped by Rooiels with little spot here and there afterwards. No chance of rainsuits with big jackets and off road boots on so when we stopped at the Birkenhead brewery to sample their finest, the clothing was dry but my socks not so dry as my old boots are not waterproof but windproof. We then went onto the nice dirt road to Elim and skipped the Bredasdorp turn to fly past Struisbaai back to Bredasdorp. Spoke to some of the nice people there for directions to Malgas as i've never been there, that turned out  to be the best pce of gravel highway to the pont, xt flying at its 110 to 120 and the poor gs idling in its dust. Crossed pont and onto Heidelberg where we tried for directions at the garage on where to find "geisemans pass", all the bullshit actually got us onto a small gravel pass and then onto the tradoux pass which is full of corners, just made for 2 wheels. After Barrydale where we were relieved of a R100 for doing 71 in a 60 zone we were off to Ronnies for the compulsory milkshake stop b4 the campsite. What a nice guy!
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Re: CT to Warmwaterberg and more the long way round
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2011, 09:39:17 pm »
some more pics
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Re: CT to Warmwaterberg and more the long way round
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2011, 11:15:10 am »
discovering through the next hour that my bag with clothing,food etc was left in CT by accident and all i have is my sleeping bag, pillow and toolkit was a bit of a damper as we were already stinky and dusty. After kuiering a bit with all the good people and putting up tent in the dark we hit the sack with Engelsman, Busclown and  the peacocks going head to head with snoring ,farting and scqeeking to wake us from about 4 am. Giving up around 7 we started getting ready for the ride and was out there by 8 ish. We turned left out of w/waterberg towards Sanbona gamereserve which i had arranged with the previous day with Paul Vorster @ 028 572 1822 to arrange for a estcourt through the park. What a nice guy who mentioned that he has been receiving flak from some about the estcourting of rider's through the park and some people wondering off the main roads and riding around and that was his hassle. He wellcomes any bikers, just stay on the main roads and he is most helpfull with directions for getting around the area. We got close to some Zebra and a couple of Kudu and lots of Springbok coming in at the eastern gate and out at the western or montague gate. We then turned sort of north east towards Laingsburg, just fantastic gravel highway with not a soul around and even a couple of  flowers here and there
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Re: CT to Warmwaterberg and more the long way round
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2011, 11:50:16 am »
Nice  :thumleft:


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Re: CT to Warmwaterberg and more the long way round
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2011, 12:35:32 pm »
Nice route that  :thumleft:
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Re: CT to Warmwaterberg and more the long way round
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2011, 12:52:08 pm »
mixing the photos a bit, anyway we stopped for brunch in Laingsburg wimpy and some pepstores emergency kit. Out of Laingsburg onto the Ladismith road we ran into road closures due to flood damage and thinking of how much rain it would take to break the road like it was. At the seweweekspoort turn we went down to the Gamka dam, absolutely the find for the day going down the mountain pass down to actual dam, this huge mass of water in the middle of the karoo like in the middle of nowhere, coming back we even managed to get the Ten flying over some of the water run offs in the road. We then went on to seweweekspoort road where the busclown tried his best to prove that BM's are bulletproof by going through a foot and a half of water to try for the best wave effect for the photos. After the 3rd atempt we had to drain the airbox and turn the plugs out crank the motor a few sec's, with the plugs back the motor was running in 3 seconds. We all had to bow down to the Boxer, that was impressive. After all that we were off back to Ladismith and onwards to w/waterberg for some socialising and watching the Sharks flatten the Lions
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Re: CT to Warmwaterberg and more the long way round
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2011, 01:02:37 pm »
some more pics
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Re: CT to Warmwaterberg and more the long way round
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2011, 03:20:14 pm »


Ahhhh lekker RR , looks like fun

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Re: CT to Warmwaterberg and more the long way round
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2011, 03:41:26 pm »
early to bed but starting again with the peacocks and snoring and farting in the 4am area DUH! headdache .After a super Burger breakfast, the best R55 you will spend on a burger we hit the road now with directions on how to find Gysemanshoek Pass, about 10ks from Ronnies turn left on the Brandrivier road and a few kms on take the right to Gysemanshoek. Nice road going into the mountains with a couple of places looking like Nelspruit with a bit of misty rain.The road going through forests but only a sign here and there as to where you are off to, to soon it was over and we where on the dreadfull N2 with the wind blowing like shit. As the backsides was a bit tired we were pushing to get home and just for a last resort shot off through Greyton for a last bit off dirt, 1100 kms about 70% dirt , good friends a couple of milk shakes(although we really missed Eike) nice
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Re: CT to Warmwaterberg and more the long way round
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2011, 06:04:04 pm »
Always grt to read the RRs hows that damage in the road.... :o :o

That could do some damage.... ???
 

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Re: CT to Warmwaterberg and more the long way round
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2011, 06:23:07 pm »
Lekker route. Overberg area is local for me and sometimes have to have myself tied down to resist doing it every day. Great scenery. Lots of great unmarked by-roads as well, each worth exploring if you have the time. Looks like you guys had a load of fun.
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Re: CT to Warmwaterberg and more the long way round
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2011, 06:33:55 pm »
Dis nou wragtag lekker
Shame, oubaas Ronnie raak nou oud
Die foto is in 2008 geneem