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Attakwaskloof (Dial-ups beware!)
« on: July 22, 2007, 05:05:42 pm »
Attakwaskloof: Day 1


On Saturday Morning Topbox and I arrived at Honda George where Geoff, Kevin and Gavin were already waiting.

Topbox has a great bike and I can seriously see one of these in my future  ;D



More and more bikes arrived. Introductions were done and bikes admired.





Before long we were on our way. A couple of km‚??s from Fancourt we hit the first dirt.



The roads were wet and muddy and the going was slow.  :o



Quite a few bikes had close calls. Mud is not the favorite road condition! At this stage I was wondering Hoo Hoo who would be the first to go down‚?¶  ;) ;D
   




At the first stop road conditions was the topic of discussion. A light bike with knobblies has big advantages in these conditions.  :P





Tyre pressures were adjusted and we were on our way again





As the road conditions improved people started enjoying the South Cape scenery.

Clinton and LetsGoFishing enjoying the ride:



Hallo Uiltjie!  8)



The second stop was at a river where we enjoyed snacks and drinks.





Next stop was at Diesel & Dust to fill up on petrol.



Some bikes had some interesting ‚??extras‚?Ě  ;D



Then Uiltjie ‚?? being the perfect Gentleman ‚?? decided that he would break the ice‚?¶  ;D ;D ;D

I did promise that I would report that he was power sliding at 220km/h on dirt when he went down‚?¶  ;) ;D ;D



From freshly renamed Uitjie & Dust we followed the Haelkraal road and later turned North to Bonniedale Adventure Farm.









This is a lovely road with ever changing scenery.







This is the same spot where a certain lady from this forum decided to ‚??stop‚?Ě on our Easter trip



 ;D ;D ;D

It‚??s a nice spot ‚?? one of many on this route



From here it‚??s a short stint to the farm. I stopped at a gate to close it after everyone was through, but no one came. After a while we realized that something was wrong. Clinton rode back and found that Kevin from PE overshot a corner and had quite a bad fall. I‚??m sure someone would post pics of that fall later.  :-\

On to the farm.





This is a great destination and I hereby formally nominate it for a venue when we have a Cape regional bash.  ;D

We unpacked and relaxed. The liquid refreshments were close at hand.



Geoff in a relaxed mood  8)



When the sun started to set we were well underway to a great evening.

Uiltjie‚??s pride & joy



Eisbein decided to look around. Check out the ATGATT.  ;D





The party continued until the wee hours. More on that later‚?¶  ;) ;D


Attakwaskloof: Day 2

When we woke this morning quite a few people weren‚??t as rowdy as the night before. Breakfast ranged from Weetbix to cold pies and braaivleis.



Sauerkraut showing how cold it is



Before we set out we all lined up for a group photo ( I can‚??t wait to see that pic Vicky) and when we pulled off I rode over a water pipe (which I did not see) at an angle.  :-\ With all the dew I had no grip and the front wheel washed out.  ::) I went down like a sack of potatoes much to the delight of the others and especially Uiltjie‚?¶  >:D

I‚??m sure those pics will be posted and quoted over and over‚?¶

When the laughter died down we finally set out for Attakwaskloof.



This is my favorite Kloof route. The pictures cannot do the scenery justice. It‚??s absolutely amazing.









A quick stop at the ghost town Woeska‚?¶



‚?¶and then through the rest of the Kloof







The Kloof road T‚??s into the Herbertsdale / Van Wyks dorp road.



Here we said goodbye to Uiltjie, Philip, Topbox and Surf who headed to Gysmanshoek Pass (I cant wait to see those pics).



We headed over Cloetes Pass towards Herbertsdale







At this turnoff the group split again and we said our goodbyes to the PE guys and Eisbein who continued to Hertsdale and the N2.



LGF, ‚??Sweeper‚?Ě Mike, Clinton, Sir G and I took the scenic route back to George







King of the Hill‚?¶  8)



We also saw the game that was so elusive the day before.





And so another great ride came to an end. I hope all you guys got home safe. Thanks to all who attended ‚?? you guys made this ride a success. Special thanks to Sir G who led the group which in turn freed me up to take lots of pics, to ‚??Sweeper‚?Ě Mike who closed the gates behind all of us and LGF who cleaned up this morning and even did the dishes!

I hope to see you guys again in the not to distant future.

In anticipation of what is going to happen in this thread I would like to leave you with this image:



 >:D ;D >:D ;D >:D ;D

Cheers!
« Last Edit: July 22, 2007, 05:34:54 pm by Trailrider »
 

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Re: Attakwaskloof (Dial-ups beware!)
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2007, 05:33:13 pm »
Goeies :hello2: :headbang: :hello2: :headbang:
Snaakse goed gebeur gewoonlik met die snaakste mens.
Hoop Uiltjie se bike het nie seer gekry nie.
Ek kan seker nie dieselfde se van sy EGO nie.
Nogmaals 'n goeie een TR, hoop die volgende een is vinnig op pad. :D :D
As die hoender in jou vasvlieg moet sy vere waai, maar dis darm ook nou nie nodig om in die hoenderhok in te klim nie.
 

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Re: Attakwaskloof (Dial-ups beware!)
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2007, 06:03:12 pm »
Nice Report and some great pics there TR!

Well done.
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2007, 06:13:47 pm »
Great report! Ai, next time...
 

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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2007, 06:14:16 pm »
Nice, TR.

Those roads still gives me butterflies in my stomach.

Eish.  That fall was sore!!
 

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Re: Attakwaskloof (Dial-ups beware!)
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2007, 06:26:02 pm »
man, that remains beautiful country!
 

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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2007, 06:41:12 pm »
Those pics of Attekwaskloof brings some good memories of the April trip.  Thanks TR.
 

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Re: Attakwaskloof (Dial-ups beware!)
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2007, 07:22:58 pm »
The road back to CT after the split.

Myself, Philip, Topbox and Surf set off direction CT with all the gravel we could lay our tyres on.  After 200km of first gear trailing the kloof, we ENJOYED some very high speed gravel sections towards Barrydale - speeds of up to 180 km/h were recorded (hopefully not by law cameras!) on the gravel highways towards the R323.  We then turned towards Barrydale, in search of the Gysmanskloof Pass that eluded us 2 days before.  After asking locals (Tannie Karen van Garmin ken nog nie daai pas nie!) we rode the most beautiful of passes this area has to offer.

To get back to my reported "220km/h powerslide on dirt my China" fall - KTM's love petrol, and my one just wanted to hug the pump - 'n pomp is 'n pomp ou pel!  I just wonder why so much explanation was given to the Trailrider fall - and no excuses for the Uiltjie come-off?????  All I can say is, my boney has been stationary for a couple of minutes before she rolled off the side stand......

Any way, thanks guys for a most enjoyable weekend with great company!

« Last Edit: July 22, 2007, 08:47:29 pm by Uiltjie »
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2007, 07:27:58 pm »
More pics - check out the TR "reverse-grip-bike-pick-up"!
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Re: Attakwaskloof (Dial-ups beware!)
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2007, 07:31:49 pm »
The majestic Gysmanskloof Pass - check the view!

After a lekka lunch in Swellendam, Philip and I hit the road to Caledon and Topbox and Surf set off for CT!  Thanx for a great ride guys!

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Re: Attakwaskloof (Dial-ups beware!)
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2007, 07:35:49 pm »
Daai pas gaan ek nog ry.

Daai twee vieslike mugshots van my moet jy hier opsit: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=8764.0

I just wonder why so much explanation was given to the Trailrider fall - and no excuses for the Uiltjie come-off?????  All I can say is, my boney has been stationary for a couple of minutes before she rolled off the side stand.....

 ;D

To get back to my reported 220km/h powerslide on dirt my China fall - KTM's love petrol, and my one just wanted to hug the pump - 'n pomp is 'n pomp ou pel! 

Ons moet maar die pompe en pype vermy...
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2007, 07:41:00 pm »
So the Vara had a nap too?  ;D See, a Vara can do anything a Katoom or GS can...  ;D
 

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« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2007, 07:48:27 pm »
So the Vara had a nap too?  ;D See, a Vara can do anything a Katoom or GS can...  ;D

Ons wou dit maar as 'n sirpraais vir jou hou, ou Grootbek!  (ons het seker gemaak die Vara is opgetel voor jy daar aankom!)
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Re: Attakwaskloof (Dial-ups beware!)
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2007, 08:14:25 pm »
Flippin cool  ;D , ek het gedink dit gaan reen by julle.
 

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« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2007, 09:08:13 pm »
Nice ride guys. ;D

TOPBOX, your ass must have been in some serious pain. :o

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« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2007, 10:55:08 pm »
Hoe lank ry mens op 'n KTM 950 van Sedgefield na George?

Ek sien LetsGoFishing het Saterdag 09h29 nog gepost op die forum....geen wonder ons moes wag vir hom nie.... ;) ;)
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Re: Attakwaskloof (Dial-ups beware!)
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2007, 10:59:49 pm »
Just to get this out of the way:

As jy jou wil uitgee vir 'n toffie ...
*grin*








Some of our hosts (other than Uiltjie and Betsie) at the Uiltjies' farm:



Last minute checks before we set off on Friday Morning:



An interesting picture that Vicky took while we were going across at Malgas:



And getting ready to leave from the easiest water crossing thus far...


We are consulting with 'Tannie Karen' from Garmin to help us find the path ...



She showed us this:







Proud owner and steed:
(Them KTM's sure are photogenic)



The big ride/slide:
Trailrider giving thumbs up:


Some serious hairiness...


This was taken at the plaaswinkel where we got petrol:



And some very cool scenery a little later:




This is what caused some close calls...
The blobs on the ground just fell off from the bashplate



This was where we stayed the night:


The pack, ready to ride:


This was some of the very cool 'exit route' scenery:









And then just some mug shots of the ones we could snap...
Couldn't get 'round to getting all - sorry !


Trailrider:


Topbox:


Mike/Sweeper:


Mike's son, Clinton:


Surf:


Me:


A dusty Vicky:


Gavin:


Kevin:


Aragorn/Sir Gravelot/Gert:


I'll post some comments tommorow - for now I'm 'sat' and off to bed...

For now we just want to say a big 'Thank you' to everyone that was there and to Trailrider who organised the trip ! It was really awesome !
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« Last Edit: July 23, 2007, 12:58:54 pm by Eisbein »
02/02/12 - RIP Glen - the Arrow of Elliot and the little man with the big heart that truly was larger than life.

You have touched us and left us better for having known you - even if it was only briefly.

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« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2007, 11:33:32 pm »
Nice ride guys. ;D

TOPBOX, your ass must have been in some serious pain. :o
The seat is known to be a pita , but it was not as uncomfortable as i expected.
The screen was brilliant and made the distance and speed ok.
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« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2007, 06:24:02 am »
Jeez... I is jealous... Gotta start making a plan to get a ride

Looks like a great time was had by all. Nice one TR
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« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2007, 06:26:03 am »
Just to get this out of the way:

As jy jou wil uitgee vir 'n toffie ...
*grin*

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I love this pic!