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Offline Hellhound

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« on: April 09, 2006, 09:42:43 pm »
Eventually the time has come to start the final bit of preparations for the 4Corners tour. It has been a lot of sleepless nights dreaming about the tour and I think the last couple of days before this Friday, is going to be the worse. But firstly an intro to the tour.


It started out as a tour around South Africa's border/coast, taking  gravel roads where possible. But due to time constraints, it was decided to do the four compass corners of South Africa. A route was planned linking the 4 corners with the most direct gravel routes. Our journey will take us to Kozi Bay in the east, Cape Agulhas in the south, Alexander Bay in the west and lastly Musina in the North. We estimate the distance around 8000 km of which more than 90% will be on gravel.


In total 5 bikes will undertake the journey, 3 x BMW Dakar's, 1 Honda XR 650 and a 1150 GS Adv. Support vehicles will only be present on the way from Pretoria to Ntendeka forest, near Ngoma, where family and friend will join us for the Easter weekend, and then again from Musina to Pretoria. The rest of the journey will be done the good old way, biking and camping. Departure date is the 14th of April, doing the easter bit as part of our Easter weekend, then leaving for the southern bit on Monday the 17th. We hope to be in Musina on the 27th of April, where we will stay for the  next long weekend, bofore returning home.


This site will be updated during our trip , wherever we can get cell phone reception, including pictures. We will also be shooting some video footage, which will be made available after the trip. It will also be the first time we will be using a helmet cam, since riding whilst taking pictures with the other hand led to some tight situations. :shock:

Now just for some final prep and then we are ready to go.
 

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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2006, 09:53:36 pm »
Sterkte met die trip, hope all goes well, and that you will enjoy the trip.

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2006, 09:54:49 pm »
hey! good luck and have a ball  :thumbright:  :thumbright:
 

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2006, 10:11:49 pm »
Good luck guys. Sounds like you may win the competition for the first mobile report on the forum. Go for it and SAFE RIDING....

I wish I was you!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2006, 11:14:32 pm »
Me plenty jealous! Ride safe and enjoy!
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2006, 11:16:43 pm »
Good luck and anjoy!

Thats one mean decked out XR !
 

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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2006, 11:24:08 pm »
Amazing. Good luck on the trip!
can't wait for the report - remember to keep a diary
 

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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2006, 01:19:50 am »
This is going to be awesome! :thumbup:
 

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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2006, 08:28:36 am »
Agree with Shark, that is one mean XR ! Good luck with the trip.
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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2006, 10:01:45 am »
Good luck guys - enjoy  :D   I shall give you a go with the real-time reporting stuff - planning to do it on our Easter Frontier Tour too :D

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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2006, 10:41:38 am »
Safe journey Hellhound and remember there is always time to stop and take pics 8)
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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2006, 10:48:59 am »
good luck guys! looks awesome! :D
 

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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2006, 10:31:45 am »
Enjoy the trip :o,
We will lookout for any news on the road.
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My vote goes for the Honda.
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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2006, 01:05:51 pm »
When will you guys be in the Eastern cape?  maybe we can meet?

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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2006, 09:48:57 pm »
Hi boys

Geniet dit en veilig ry :lol:
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« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2006, 08:30:22 am »
:lol: Hey Guys
Hope you enjoyed the weekend trip
It is a long road ahead, keep it safe, but most of all enjoy it

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« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2006, 09:57:20 am »
What a trip. This will be great to read about in helping plan our around the border of ZA trip...........

Safe riding! post pics, take lots of them...

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« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2006, 02:46:40 pm »
Got away from Petoria at around 8 am, and everything went smoothly until the first puncture. It also was not the last. About 3 hours were lost fixing the same wheel. But eventually we arrived after dark, having done 590 km. In general, it was a good days riding, but not without incident. We will be staying in Ngome indigenous forest for a couple of days. Unfortunately the signal is ver poor, and I will only be able to make updates when possible.

PS. at the moment we are experiencing some dificulties with the fotos but will update them as soon as posible.

 

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« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2006, 02:50:42 pm »
The second day's route took us from Ntendeka to Kosi bay and back. A total of 550km was covered, mostly on loose gravel roads. Once again the XR's rear tube was giving us problems and we had to stop to replace it. One section of the road was a single track through bushes with thick sand, which we had to turn around because it was taking too long and our petrol was almost up. We reached camp around 7 pm, dodging taxis, dogs and cattle in the night on gravel.


 

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« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2006, 02:51:30 pm »
17 April, we left Ntendeka at 9:45. Some of the nicest tracks were encountered today. We passed through Utrecht, Newcastle, Harrismith, Fouriesburg to arrive in Ficksburg at around 6 pm. The last 50 km was done in torrential rain, soaking as to our bones. The camp site was a river and we decided to book into the local hotel.