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Baviaans to the Hell (more pics)
« on: April 11, 2012, 07:25:26 pm »
After reading about it, driving many a times past the turn offs and listening to so many stories we finally got there stayed a few days, met some good people drove through this very scenic place over 2 days. Onwards to Oudshoorn, go see Cango Caves play with ostrich, over the Swartberg Pass drive down to the Hell, and then out other side down to Prince Albert for 2 nights and back to CT, now in winter mode.

As we planned this for 7 people (my best friend and looney neighbour)his family and mine (4 adults and 3 small kids) it took quite a bit of time even starting at the end of Jan this year, accomodation for such a bunch and the KKNK that was on in Oudshoorn(everything in 50km radius booked) We had the use of Merc Vito which was perfect but closer to the time water in baviaans and crappy road to the hell put a stop to that. Next choice was Brians V8 auto discovery or a Isuzu d/cab, the d/cab let us down with u joint problems at no 99, so we hooked up a trailer loaded the lot yeah high and hit the road saturday am. The + -700km unfortunately became a huge pain in everyones b/side due to various and we eventually got there late in the night but to wake up to paradise the next morning. After a walk about in the absolute silence we heard the distinctive sound of a thumper coming, Jupiter was popping in for a visit and quick ride. As he knows most people in EC (or so it seems but it does help if youre the marketing Man for EC)) he went to say hi to our hosts the owners of Bruintjieskraal, Chris & Sanette. There wooden chalets are hidden in between the thorntrees and was probably our best stay
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Re: Baviaans to the Hell
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 07:58:35 pm »
So Jup pulls up at the chalet and we have three 34L's together, bet that does not happen so often these days. Over a cup of coffee we sort our countries problems and he tells us about the fantastic place we are in and we decide on a quick ride. Like the afrikaans saying " ek was sommer kinderlik opgewonde". What a nice place with some flat, some valleys some mountain pass but where is the water that we always see. Eventually we start getting small little crossings but not enough to splash and cool , tossing up between jacket on and off  we decide play safe and sweat as some baviaans rocks look quite menacing, all to soon we get to Smitskraal hearing the destinctive sound of a "hueghy" helicopter as they're moving buffalo. After a Coke and a chat we hit the road back, now knowing the road a bit better we start getting brave and enjoing the ride even more, wow is a good desciption. Back at the chalet over a beer we listen to Jup's love for his family, riding and the area, what a character. Jup give's us directions and things to see for another bunch of passes in the area on our way back to Oudshoorn and then departs. We had a good braai the night and left in the morning to go see St Frances and Jefferies. St Francis was quite frankly  a beautifull dissapointment( Ec is suppose to be a poor province-this is where all the $ are at) we left as soon as we came and visited j'bay for a few hours, kids swimming etc. That was our last night at bruintjies as we off with the better halves driving the discovery and were on the bikes to a another site in the middle of Baviaans for our next nighs stay.
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Re: Baviaans to the Hell
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 08:10:50 pm »
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...dis nooit te laat om n happy childhood te he nie !

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Re: Baviaans to the Hell
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2012, 08:33:22 pm »
Net lekker begin drink (koffie), nou moet ek ophou.   ???

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Re: Baviaans to the Hell
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2012, 08:47:58 pm »
My part in the ride was posted here http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=88214.120 starting at # 137

Thanks again to you guys for a good day.
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Re: Baviaans to the Hell
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2012, 09:00:31 pm »
So what do you say after youve had about the best ride of your life, imagine 20 odd water crossings, 2 mountain gravel passes and enough wide open straights all in a 100 odd kms, the pics dont do the justice(who makes a u turn at a watercrossing and go again, probably most of us). Lots of kudu, baboons and donkeys. Photos still to come but here's some possibly in small format
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2012, 09:16:03 pm »
After such a first day, we had to settle for a calmer day riding out of Baviaans over the beautifull little Uniondale, we had a couple sarmies on the lawn next to the church watching them repainting it, quite a church. The plan was to ride on dirt to Dysselsdorp and then Oudshoorn but as we did not need the GPS, its built in already you see, i took a wrong turn and the next thing were back on R62 b4 the George/Oudshoorn split. We stayed at the nice Smitskraal/Bella De Karoo farm on the way to Calitzdorp, nice, played the fool with ostriches, donkeys and potbellie pigs . The next morning we were off to the caves and then Swartberg and the Hell
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Re: Baviaans to the Hell
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2012, 09:21:11 pm »
Sorry, should have warned you about that funny cross in the road  :ricky:
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2012, 11:27:49 am »
Oudshoorn was bustling with people camping everywhere and it was nice to see it so busy, the Cango allways good to see. After a light lunch we were off over the swartberg to the Hell. The Swartberg road was good as always but the first few kms on the hell road shaking the xt and my chassis quite badly. While travelling at this sedated pace as per normal a big KTm and a GS comes flying from the front doing 100&plenty and 2 up with us looking like old farts. Maybe it was as well as shortly thereafter Brian who was keeping up the rear driving behind the Landie saw a massive oil line in the road, a oil cooler pipe came  loose about a km before the final descent into the Hell. Thank F it  did not break or cause other damage and also happened when it did, as we only had 1 litre oil spare we had to drain 1 xt so the V8 could carry on. After lots of sweating we got it sorted and reloaded the xt onto trailer. Just as well because the final downhill was quite hairy and had the fairer sex threatening all sorts of obscenities about this stupid trip and wanting to go home, eish. The Hell was a bit dissapointing to say the least, we stayed in one of the chalets and made fire till very late sucking many milkshakes while mumbling about our trip planning, early morning we were in the pool and as it was warm but within 2hrs it started closing up looking like rain. We set off to on the return trip now back to Prince Albert with a fine misty rain falling on and off, more pics will still follow
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Re: Baviaans to the Hell
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2012, 12:00:07 pm »
Lekker lekker  :thumleft:

Thoze three XT's together look .... uhm...... very cool   8)  O0
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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2012, 01:32:22 pm »
The ride was quite nice back to the top, maybe scary in a slow top heavy land rover but fun on a bike. Arrived in the beautifull Prince Albert after lunch at the place were staying the owner  also happen to have a 34L, wow what a coincidence. We decided to stay a day longer as everybody was quite gatvol of the travvelling. We all went riding in the area and we visited all the old shops/pubs saw a couple other xt 's  travelling through, wow what a little gem. More pics still
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Re: Baviaans to the Hell
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2012, 01:40:01 pm »
I see the Nutcase actually has a ATGATT jacket  :imaposer:
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Re: Baviaans to the Hell
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2012, 02:49:30 pm »
See how decent the cousin with tail looks in the tree, better than the one on the bike, thats whole wheat bread, very bright boys down in the EC

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« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2012, 03:34:50 pm »
 :thumleft: Glad you guys finally did it!!! My personal favourite route!!! :3some:
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Re: Baviaans to the Hell (more pics)
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2012, 02:45:23 pm »
some water crossings
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Re: Baviaans to the Hell (more pics)
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2012, 03:09:13 pm »
the beauties
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Re: Baviaans to the Hell (more pics)
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2012, 03:20:30 pm »
donners lekker report die!

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Re: Baviaans to the Hell (more pics)
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2012, 03:37:30 pm »
odds & ends
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« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2012, 04:37:36 pm »
and then
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Re: Baviaans to the Hell (more pics)
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2012, 07:03:30 pm »
nice ride op nice bikes.... :thumleft:

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