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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2012, 10:37:34 am »
A month after the above trip I bought a 1983 XT 600 Tenere.
21 000kms on the clock for R12 500 and of course two weeks later I had to test it and
what better road than to Gamkaskloof "the Hell"
It was end of May 1999 and freezing cold past Calvinia and Sutherland.

I heard these guys did something wrong and this is their punishment!!!! :mwink:



The first dat I rode from Lutzville to just below Komsbergpas south of Sutherland and stayed with
friends. The XT was a much better bike for long distances than the XL. Big tank and the seat was much better.
Meet Dirk van Zyl and family. He and his twin brother was responsible for takeing the first car into the Hell.
They took it in from the northern side along the river. In those days the Gamkapoortdam have not been built
and the only thing there was a little shop owned by a old Jewish gentleman. The people from the Hell
traded their goods with him. Distance is 17 miles. It took quite a few guys from the Hell and some donkeys to get
the car there. I had an interesting night talking to him infront of the Aga stove. His son Erasmus was also
the first person to drive into Gamkaskloof with a bakkie and caravan. Then Piet Joubert brought in some more
for his campsite.



Of course I had to take a pic of the church in Merweville after going down Rammelkoppas.
Every time I see this church I ask myself how can it be that such a little town can have
such a stunning church.



I filled up in Prins Albert and made my way to Gamkaskloof. I suppose if one lived in the Hell
this road can become tiresome but to us that does not come here too often it is a gem. :thumleft:





The old car that the van Zyl brothers brought in. Problem with the car in the kloof was that
they had to walk 19 miles to Calitzdorp to get fuel!!!! So after it broke the first time the backaxle
was taken out and used for making a donkeycart.



I meet Annatjie, Piet and oom Bennie Joubert. Tannie Annatjie is a Mostert and she grew up here in the Kloof.
She owns the farm and had moved here on the 12 of January of 1999 after oom Bennie retired.
They were restoreing all the old houses and buildings on the farm. I asked oom Bennie how many times
they have driven the road since they moved here. Ninetysix (96)times was his aswer from 12 Jan to end of May
to fetch building materials, food and labourers!!!!!!!!!!!! The time they take to drive it is shocking too. They fly
through there. :deal:

In 1999 these were newly restored.





So where do I camp I ask tannie Annatjie. Nee Boeriekind jy slaap by ons in die huis. :deal:
From that visit she calls me Boeriekind because of some show on TV that was about Namaqaland.
Piet then 17 and I shared a room and I got to hear all about the kloof past and present. I could have stayed
a week. They would have liked an exstra helping hand. The next morning I was told everything was for free
just because I know Dirk van Zyl!!! He is our friend then you are our friend. :deal:

The family Joubert infront of oupa Piet se huis.



Many a pic have been taken about this few. Note how dry it was even for end of May.
I followed the mountain to Calitzdorp over Rooiberg to Van Wyksdorp and Garciapass to Riversdale and
then Stillbay.



Took my mom for a spin to the farm.



Stayed a day and then rode home in one go. In the pass just before Ceres.



This was a great trip to get to gel with the Tenere.
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2012, 11:00:15 am »
Nice  :thumleft: Jou gat is al seker soos skuurpapier na al die kilometers innie saal ?

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2012, 11:17:38 am »
Aai Chris, dis lekker om die ouer fotos te kyk en jou stories te lees! Gooi maar as jy tyd het!

Is nou 'n valie geword al, maar het grootgeword daar waar die Breerivier en die Witte mekaar ontmoet. Stilbaai was altyd ons vakansieplek (nog in die dae voor water en elektrisiteit). My ma se ma se familie was almal van daai deel van die wereld. My groot-tante het die "Son en See" losieshuis op Stilbaai gehad: ons het as kinners altyd as kelners gewerk (my tante het ons nie betaal nie, sy was bietjie stief, maar die "tips" was goed: ek het een jaar 'n "honeymoon" paartjie bedien, hulle het veral goed ge-tip!  :biggrin: )
 

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2012, 12:31:52 pm »
Great RR's Chris, thanks for sharing and keep them coming... :thumleft:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2012, 07:43:38 am »
Great to read and to look at your trips of the past  :thumleft:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2012, 03:22:38 pm »
Ja nee,die ou stories lees vir een of ander rede lekkerder as die nuwes.Gooi maar die res :thumleft:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2012, 07:02:53 pm »
Dit is wonderlik om alles te lees. Dis interessant om te sien watse klere mense in 1999 gedra het vir motorfietsry en dis net 'n paar jaar terug. Regtig baie interessant. ;D
 
 

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #27 on: January 05, 2012, 07:56:10 pm »
Nice Chris

The Tenere was also my first "real" touring bike. Brings back fond memories.

Thanks for sharing!  :3some:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #28 on: January 05, 2012, 09:43:00 pm »
Lekker Chris, moenie te vroeg gaan slaap nie, scan nog n paar fotos.

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #29 on: January 05, 2012, 09:56:27 pm »
Thanks Chris - awesome ride reports.  En jy het rerig mooi fotos geneem!

Alles op "regte egte" bikes ook nog!

 

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #30 on: January 06, 2012, 03:16:48 am »
It's great to see the old photo's ... these were real spontaneous adventures .. one just took off in a direction and hoped all would be good. Today we have 40kg of crap we really could do without. Thanks for sharing.
1978. It's 6am, mid winter...two up on a XL 185S ... off to my first casino ever with all of R40 and we've got a full tank of fuel, so enough to get there we reckon.... that's determination...

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #31 on: January 07, 2012, 11:03:59 am »
Hi Chris

Jammer vir die hijack, maar jou foto's van die DR met die Tenere het so baie "memories" teruggebring. Ek het bietjie gaan grawe in die garage - ek het jare terug die voorblad van die barksa gehaal met my Tenere - ons was 'n groep van 5 ouens wat almal op Tenere's die trip gedoen het.

Die DR was een van my gunsteling trips tot so 2004 toe dit te groot begin raak het.

Elk geval, hier is ons lot oppie voorblad van die barksa  :ricky:

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #32 on: January 07, 2012, 05:43:28 pm »
Leo ek sal daai BikeSA in n glaskas sit as ek jy is.
Jy het natuurlik nou jou mond verby gepraat. Ons soek n RR van daai Desert Run!! :mwink: :deal:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #33 on: January 07, 2012, 07:37:19 pm »
Hier moet ek kyk.

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2012, 11:05:09 pm »
I can remember 1999 was tough year for diamonddiving. The whole consession we worked on
was sanded up and we could not pump through it as it was too thick. We found this spot and it carried well.
Problem was it was a tideal spot. In summer we had to be at the spot at 4.30 am when it is lowtide to bring everything
down to the beach and then pump until the hightide chases us away. Then every pipe and piece of equipment has
to be taken  up on the hill away from the waves.



It took a while to get those four sets of pipes in every day.



And very tireing staying underwater in the surf carrying rocks and loosening them with a "koevoet"
for 4 to 6 hours a day. We had a good year and had taken out just over a 1000 carats and the boss said
"off you go and have a good holiday" which was more than a week earlier than other years.



Overnight I decided I'm going to Namibia on the bike and spent the next day changeing oil and packing.
I was really looking forward to a long haul by myself. Physically it was a hard year on my body and I just
wanted to ride and think about nothing.



The first day was just from my house near Koekenaap passed Nuwerus and along the N7 to Bushwhacked
downriver from Vioolsdrift where last years National Bash was held. Adam and Maudie had opened
that year and the place was then called Fiddlerscreek. Got there early afternoon and spent the rest
of the day with Mafusa the staffie they had then. The new one shared my tent at the bash!!!!! :biggrin:
Of course Mafusa liked me!! I had biltong!! :deal:




The next day I rode one of my favourites roads. Noordoewer to Rosh Pinah along the Orange river.
This is where the Fish river runs into the Orange.



I've done this road a few times and it never bores me.



The road from Rosh Pinah to Aus was still dirt. Between Aus and Luderitz the nothingness is endless.



I camped at Shark Island and I was lucky there was no wind blowing which is rare for Luderitz.
I rode and walked around town the next morning and meet one diamonddiver that I knew. We have
a drink and I ride out to Kolmanskoppe. No one to be seen. A driver of a passing car tells me I should
have booked one of the tours in the morning. O well next time then. I leave Kolmanskoppe at 1.30pm
towards Aus and fill up and ride back to the main road. I go strait across and the road is fine but it
becomes a tweespoor sandtrack after ten kilos. I battle on thinking all the time but this cannot be
the road to Helmeringhuizen?!! ??? After 20+kilos I reach a farm and the farmlaborer tells me I should turn around!!!!!
I nearly fell a couple of times in the sand. Reached the mainroad again turn left and 200meters later this big highway
turns left to Helmeringhuizen!!!! Ook ma lekker dof!!!!! :biggrin:

Close to Kolmanskoppe.



I told this lot I will see them at a restuarant close to me again. :mwink:



Before Helmeringhuizen I turned off left on the D707. What a stunning road. The shadouws were getting longer.



I see a sign on the right saying farm 12 kilos. I took this road and reach a valley with steep red cliffs in
the background. All the buildings were painted Terracotta red. Farmhouse and some chalets. I could see
my wallet was too thin for this place. :biggrin: No he does not do camping says the farmer. Only 4x4s.
We talk some farming and about the lack of rain and I turn around. When I reach the D707 I decide
I might as well camp there. It will be dark soon too. I have camped at a few places in the bush in my time,
but this night is the one that I will always remember. Not one car passed at all. Just me and my thoughts
and the millions of stars above me. I was happy. :thumleft:





I rolled my bivvie out infront of my tent as a groundsheet and after eating laid down on my back and watched
the stars until I went to bed at ten.

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2012, 11:25:27 pm »
AWESOME CHRIS!  :thumleft:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #36 on: January 09, 2012, 08:40:57 am »
Mooi mooi mooi ! :drif:

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #37 on: January 09, 2012, 08:51:42 am »
Nice man :thumleft: .Is dit daai selfde tent wat jy nou nog het,of is dit net 'n nuwer weergawe wat dieselfde lyk?
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #38 on: January 09, 2012, 09:02:01 am »
Nice man :thumleft: .Is dit daai selfde tent wat jy nou nog het,of is dit net 'n nuwer weergawe wat dieselfde lyk?
Moet ek skaam wees as ek erken dis nog dieselfde een?!! :peepwall:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #39 on: January 09, 2012, 11:12:39 am »
RESPECT!!  :thumleft:
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