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"Bosberaad!"
« on: October 26, 2011, 04:41:41 pm »
One phone call and I was summoned. One call.

I am pretty busy these days, little time to ride and even less time to do reports, but when certain people speak you listen. Honeybadger is such a person. A wise traveller with experience I can only dream of. He also happens to be Mr. Tracks for Africa.

There was to be a "Bosberaad" in the Hell (where else?) and my pressence was requested. Important matters relating to travel and travel reporting was to be discussed. So on the morning of Saturday 30 July my bike was packed and ready.

I met another attendee - Bernard - nearby and soon we were on our way to Hell.



My rides used to start with Montagu Pass, but since we've moved it starts with the lesser known Great Brak Pass. Work on this pass began under Henry Fancourt White shortly after he finished the Montagu Pass. Although not as serious an impediment as what other passes had to contend with, the height and steep slope of the escarpment between George and Mossel Bay still necessitated the building of a suitable pass.

Looking back over the Pass to Great Brak:



This does not mean that Montagu Pass is not on my route anymore, I never miss a chance to ride Montagu Pass.

On this trip I was evaluating the Liquid Image Goggle cam, so there are some nice in-ride shots:



Brilliant views from here as always.



Bernard and I didn't get away as early as we would have liked, so we pushed on - close to Herold:



And entering the Klein Karoo through Paarde Poort:



We had a wet and cold winter, leaving the semi arid Klein Karoo green and beautiful. Some snow can still be seen on the Swartberg Mountain.



We soon caught up with Honeybadger's group which meant that we could now take it easy and travel with the group, but first, lunch in De Rust (recently named South Africa's Town of the Year ).



From De Rust we headed West along the Oude Muragie road. It runs through both farmland and indigenous area and has several little passes.



I have ridden here so many times before but each time is different. This area changes with every downpour, drought and season, it remains beautiful each time you see it.



Koos Raubenheimer dam:



This is a deep, rocky dam well known among fishermen. The dam has a a good population of largemouth bass and is extremely clear with visibility of usually more than 2 metres. Known by insiders as the bass Mecca of the Little Karoo, Raubenheimer regularly delivers bass in the 2 - 3 kilo range, even topping 3 kg, although the average seems to be more in the half to one kilo range.

We had no time to fish though. We still had some ways to go so we got some supplies and off we went... :ricky:



Riding through Schoeman's Poort:


(Photo by Eugene)


(Photo by Eugene)

Swartberg Pass was beautiful as always, but we had to push on. Time was not on our side.



The last stretch...



Riding towards the setting sun, the helmet cam doing his thing:



There were some flooding here recently so there was some fun to be had...


(Photo by Eugene)



More water!




(Photo by Eugene)

I was riding behind SW Burger with Bernard closely following us.



Some footage from Bernard's helmet cam:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/7OFuAhpeI6o" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/7OFuAhpeI6o</a>

We weren't going as fast as it seems in the video footage. Fish-eyed lenses exaggerate speed.



A quick stop and regroup at the end of the road before the descent.



Honey badger - if that bike could talk...



The last push:



A quick look over the edge...


(Photo by SW Burger)




(Photo by Eugene)

...and as we approached our destination for the night darkness crept ever closer and soon we descended into the depths of Hell.





We were booked at Boplaas, a farm right at the end of Gamkaskloof, but as luck would have it the Gamkasriver was in full flood and the farm inaccessible.

No problem. Alternate arrangements were made and we ended up spending the evening at Pietjie and Hester Swanepoel's place with another traveller who rode his Honda here all the way from Germany.



We all settled in getting ready for a cold night. Usually OBS would do it's thing but tonight we had some hot chocolate vodka to keep us warm - and it works! Hy loop soos 'n Muis met Slippers!



Fire's were lit, drinks were poured and the "Bosberaad" began...


(Photo by Eugene)
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Re: "Bosberaad!"
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2011, 04:42:05 pm »
The next morning we rose to the most glorious day.

Our lodging for the night:




(Photo by SW Burger)

We had some rain during the night and this morning everything was fresh and green. We also had much more time today to soak it all in.



First we decided to head further into the Kloof to see why we could not get to Boplaas.



That's a good reason...




(Photo by Eugene)

Think I can make it?



Lets not tempt fate unnecessarily...

Cruising through the Kloof:





And looking back into this glorious place. Heavenly it is.



Such scenery. Luckily we're not pushed for time today.




(Photo by Eugene)



We even had time to fix a puncture - three times!





And finishing the ride with Swartberg Pass:




(Photo by SW Burger)

So? What happened?

Well, the helmet cam works a charm. I wouldn't have put the buttons on the throttle hand side though.

Oh! You mean with the "Bosberaad". Exciting times ahead!

Lots of ideas were bounced around the camp fire. It set the tone for what T4A wants to develop and notably the old 4th dimension Honeybadger is always referring to is coming to a reality. It's a concept of some platform on which to publish more than just points and lines, but rather rich (useful) content using different sources and media to provide maximum information and a richer experience to the traveller.

The term Travel Informed was coined and later changed to Travel Africa Informed based on input from the T4A forum.

With new technology available in the GPS unit and smart phone market new opportunities arise also with not only T4A maps but also content, information and links to reports of the area you're travelling in. There's to much to go into here, but keep an eye out for T4A on your smart phone in the very near future. Also, if you have a new T4A SD card in your GPS unit have a look under Where To> Extras > T4A Africa Guide. Johann impressed two heavy weight T4A users with this, one being Honeybadger himself! 

On the hardcopy side T4A already offer paper maps in addition to the GPS maps and these might even expand to include "guidebooks" in future.

The landscape, as far as travel information is concerned, is changing. Like I said - Exciting times ahead!

Travel Africa Informed.
 

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Re: "Bosberaad!"
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2011, 04:53:01 pm »
Nice ene TR !  :thumleft:

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Re: "Bosberaad!"
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2011, 08:31:39 pm »
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Re: "Bosberaad!"
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2011, 02:03:08 pm »
Awesome route and great pics  :thumleft:

Thanks for sharing
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Re: "Bosberaad!"
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2011, 04:14:53 pm »
Fabulous Trailrider!! Nice pics & thanks for sharing! Just for interest ... how long did it take you to fix the puncture? I had my first one a few weeks ago - also rear - and it took me, with the help of my friends, a looooong time! :thumleft:
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Re: "Bosberaad!"
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2011, 04:22:13 pm »
Well, that one had to be redone 3 times... ::)

I once had to do one alone. Took me about an hour from puncture to back on road. I am not as good at this as Andy660 is for instance.

All depends on who is fixing the puncture. If I'm involved it's gonna take some time... ;D
 

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Re: "Bosberaad!"
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2011, 04:43:03 pm »
sigh,it's people like you that make me N.A.F.I. at work.
Awesome photos and ride :thumleft:
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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2011, 05:22:56 pm »
great RR. Thanks
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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2011, 09:19:20 pm »
Cool RR. :drif:
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Re: "Bosberaad!"
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2011, 09:55:41 pm »
Jou RR het my laat besef ek was lanklaas in Gamkaskloof.
Sal n plan moet maak. :mwink:
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Re: "Bosberaad!"
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2011, 06:19:59 pm »
Vanaand besef ek julle groep mag maar fotos neem!! Dis wallaper en nagional geographic quality fotos wat jy daar neem.  TR hoe het die oom die foto geneem wat langs die eksaus pyp wys.  die foto wat agter toe wys?
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Re: "Bosberaad!"
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2011, 06:24:42 pm »
Vanaand besef ek julle groep mag maar fotos neem!! Dis wallaper en nagional geographic quality fotos wat jy daar neem.  TR hoe het die oom die foto geneem wat langs die eksaus pyp wys.  die foto wat agter toe wys?

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Re: "Bosberaad!"
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2011, 08:41:55 pm »
 :imaposer: :imaposer:
Moes grootword, bike moes gaan
Moes in George werk soek want ek wil nie trek
Moes bike verkoop ding lek te veel olie