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« on: April 09, 2006, 08:52:35 pm »
The plan : go and ride some new dirt and try and get the bike wet with a river crossing. Turns out I did cross a river although smaller than I hoped it was one of my best rides to date  :D

Looking at my map I plotted some roads that followed or crossed something that resembled a river. It took me from PTA towards Bronkhorstspruit - Groblersdal - Balmoral - and back again.

Not long into the ride (40 km to be excact) I hit the first dirt and was greated by some Cosmos flowers and soon after my first river, the small babbling stream called "Osriverspruit".









Notice the DRZ on the bridge



Went for a closer look and got my feet wet aaargh, should have worn my Alpinestars  :?



After the Osriver I took a right turn and rode dirt that was pretty rutted with some stones thrown in for some good measure, in other words fun !



A quick stop for another pic and trying to get some of the water out of my shoes  :evil: Was a lekker little spot though  :wink:





I feel a bike wash coming on



The trail made a  U shape and it was not long before I came across some more water, it's amazing to see how much water there is around after the rain as it seems to appear magicly from the ground.



Low level bridge crossing



Good place for a drink, enjoy Coca Cola  :D



Just for you Welshman, quote of the day brought to you by your friendly local farmer "success is to have everthing that money can't buy" very true  8)



They were busy scraping this road which exposed alot of rocky sections



These cattle enjoyed munching the green grass, I enjoyed munching some biltong  :twisted:



Nice top gear stuff lay ahead



And some more water, and yes I got my feet wet for this pic as well just for you guys !



I took the tar into Bronkies and noticed a bike shop called CJ Cycles. Low and behold another DRZ, my bike just had to say hello.



They also had a fantastic old BMW, looked as good as new.



I followed the map towards Groblersdal and looked for a turnoff right onto the next dirt section. I battled to find it but eventually after nearly turning around I came to the dirt road and it was killa !



The road well was flanked on either side by some great scenery, some sections even reminded me of Baviaaskloof



It'a amazing how fast the scenery changes, look how wooded it is here. Only minutes before it was flat with few trees.



This stretch was a beaut to ride but the best was yet to come.



I could see a little river down below but no way of getting to it, then in the corner of my eye I caught a little rutted stoney road leading to trail Nirvana. It led to a river, yes a proper river crossing. Small but beautifull and snotglad  :lol:





The tricky trail leading down from the main dirt road. Very eroded on one side so be carefull if you ride it someday. It looked like a 4x4 track that was now overgrown or became to narrow to drive anymore. Plenty of room for a ds bike though  :wink:



The trailcontinues but looks lekka tricky, next time if someone would like to we can see how far it goes



I was damn hungry by now so out came my new gas stove, man can life get any better ? Well yes it was only two minute noodles  :lol: Still tasted great though !



Hmmm, the great outdoors !



Like this pic, adventure man getting off the beaten track and drinking (boiled) river water  :lol:



Veldfocus moment





Lovely spot but I had to push on, turning around was tricky but hey I crossed a river !



Came across the Wilge river flowing a rate !









The last dirt section had me head for Balmoral and a final few pics.





The final stretch consisted of some tar all the way back to PTA, it was a great ride though 250 km in total.

Hope you guys enjoyed !
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2006, 09:12:44 pm »
Excellent DD! Very nice photos. Can't help but wonder whether it's worth carrying the stove just for some 2 minute noodles though... :roll:
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2006, 09:22:55 pm »
Nice one dude, always good to test out the kit before a trip, them dirtbagz need filling.
 

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2006, 09:28:50 pm »
Cool report & pics DD. 2Minute noodles for Sunday lunch......... erm......   :wink:

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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2006, 09:28:55 pm »
Yes, definately enjoyed it, thanks  :D

Life is certainly great, with trails like that to ride
 

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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2006, 09:55:58 pm »
nice one DD
hey, i cant even make noodles  :oops:  :oops:
 

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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2006, 10:08:52 pm »
Awesome report and pics as usual DD...

Thanks for sharing
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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2006, 10:35:58 pm »
will we be doing this route on the sabie weekend?
 

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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2006, 01:28:21 am »
Superb! :thumbup:
 

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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2006, 08:17:55 am »
I wanted to 1) Test the Dirt Bagz and 2) Make something with my little stove before I went on a longer trip. Both worked great ! I even got stuck in a river with clay mud all over the back wheel (no pics of that episode) and without the Dirt Bagz brackets I would not have been able to pull the bike out  :?  :o
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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2006, 08:33:32 am »
Thanks DD! Great pics and lekker ride!






I hope you remembered to pick up that coke bottle and chucked it into a bin :wink:
 

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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2006, 09:51:37 am »
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will we be doing this route on the sabie weekend?


Not sure, Leo would know I guess. At one point I was near Witbank so the trail certainly leads in the right direction  :lol:
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2006, 09:53:28 am »
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Thanks DD! Great pics and lekker ride!






I hope you remembered to pick up that coke bottle and chucked it into a bin :wink:


Yep I kept it in my bags until I got home, some would just chuck it in the river  :roll:
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2006, 10:48:23 am »
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I hope you remembered to pick up that coke bottle and chucked it into a bin :wink:

Yep I kept it in my bags until I got home, some would just chuck it in the river  :roll:


As long as you don't throw it out of an aeroplane, we all saw what happened in "The gods must be crazy" :D

I love pics of long stretch out roads like this...



Very cool 8)
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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2006, 01:19:06 pm »
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Not sure, Leo would know I guess.


The section that reminded you of Baviaans is the road to Zusterstroom by the looks of it!

Quote from: "krazy-eyes"
will we be doing this route on the sabie weekend?


It's a bit further east from the route I'm planning, but we can follow that route when we return on the Sunday no problem  :D
...or I can change the route to include that section.
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« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2006, 01:23:14 pm »
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Not sure, Leo would know I guess.


The section that reminded you of Baviaans is the road to Zusterstroom by the looks of it!



Yes that's it, Zusterstroom. I forgot the name and did not feel like going back to check it out. Nice road I really enjoyed riding it  :thumbright:
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« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2006, 04:30:30 pm »
cool report.  keep us 'foreigners' salavating.  :D
 

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« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2006, 09:09:50 am »
Nice pics DD, you are a master at that...
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