East London via Baviaans - the Teaser (26 km in 6 hours)

Weedkiller - Adie's picture

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1. Must go to East London

2. Can fly for quick visit

3. Can use Car 

4. WILL use bikes.

5. Will include more Dirt roads

6. Will camp and stay with friends

7. Will leave Wednesday and be back Monday night.

 

did this happen -NOOOOO

1. We (Marinda and I) did go to East London

AND THEN

Papwiel

2. Papwiel by Ronnies sex shop

3. We slept in Oudhoorn in stead of PE

4. We slep in Port Alfred instead of working in East London (Arrive 18 hours after schedule)

5. Travelled from Port Alfred to EL, Work till 12. Travel on King and work till 3:45. Eat something at the slowest Wimpy and left for PE after 4 pm.  Sleep in PE

6. Left PE 10:30 am.  Meet other biker at garage. decide to go from PE over mountain to Steytlerville.

 

GOOD section

GOOD section

 

Eerste valletjie

Eerste valletjie

 

Tweede valletjie

Tweede valletjie

 

Dinge raak erger

Dinge raak erger

 

Derde (groot) val

Derde (groot) val

 

3 km se loop tussen twee fietse laat mens sweet.

3 km se loop tussen twee fietse laat mens sweet.

 

Still time to admire the views

Still time to admire the views

 

Really getting bad

Really getting bad and I still shuttle between the two bikes.

 

First river crossing

First river crossing and fall in water.

 

26 km - 6 hours

26 km - 6 hours

This was the peak of the whole trip.  About 6pm I turned back to get help for Marinda as her nerves and confidence was shatered.  In fact, we only needed to do about 500 meters before we reached easy conditions again. The farmer took Marinda and her bike 16km to the graded gravel road and we rode the last 40km to Steytlerville in the Karoo night.  Arrived at the guest house at 8:00pm.

 

7. Returned to Cape Town on Sunday full of Voltaren via R62. (all tar)

Will we do it again.

DEFENATELY.

Tot later

Adie

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Nice report.  Why were you walking up and down between the two bikes?

I see on the map it is marked as 'Start of 4x4 trail'.  Did this not give you a clue about what you were in for? Wink

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Great avontuur, laat ons hoor!

Dit klink my na die Grootrivierpoort. Duidelik baie rof en baie verspoel, veral die deel waar jy afsak van die vlakte af na die water onder. Heng baie los klippe - dis waarskynlik jul grootste sukkel gewees. 

Sien

http://www.bmwmccc.org.za/grootrivier-poort-die-baviaanskloof-se-kleinbo...

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Adie, I don't know who's tougher.... you guys or the Dakkies! Laughing Glad nothing was broken.

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Lekker Adie. Dankie.

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Weedkiller - Adie's picture
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Charles, ek het eers die kaart GISTER op tracks4africa gemaak. :-)

Ons het geen voorbereiding vir die rit gedoen. Ek sou dit nooit oorleef as ek vir Marinda vooraf laat weet het hoe dit gaan wees. Dit is makliker om na die tyd te sê "sorry skat, het nie geweet!!"

Eintlik is die pad sleg maar nie onrybaar nie. (OK, miskien is ek nie meer 'n beginner nie maar Marinda wel - Windgat??)  Toe ek moes terugdraai om hulp te kry kon ek teen 'n gemaklike spoed vorder.  Die hele roete sal gemaklik in minder as 'n uur gedoen kan word selfs nou met die slegte pad.

Marinda se arm was effe verstuit en wou nie ry, Ek moes toe altwee fietse vir so 3 km bult af en weer op neem.

Its not about the road, it's about the adventure.

A

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Geelkameel,

Julle het van die ander kant af gekom en seker by die radio toring Patensie toe gedraai.  As ek na jou fotos kyk lyk dit soos 'n snelweg teen hoe dit nou lyk. ha ha.

 

Groot Baviaans

Op die oomblik moet motorfietse deur 'n 4X4 voertuig vergesel word. (My sus was 2 weke gelede deur en sy se dit was rof. (Ok, rof is ook 'n relatiewe begrip :-)

A

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Wow! Wat n ondervinding! Bly julle is veilig en heel!

Jinx Louw

I don't suffer from insanity, I love every minute of it!

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Ek en 'n vriend is 28 Sep van Patensie na Steytlerville deur die poort. Vir algemene inligting vir diegene wat dit wil ry - en dit is absoluut die moeite werd - neem kennis dat dit regtig afgesonder is. Ons het van die toring bo Patensie vir ongeveer 'n uur en 'n half nie 'n mens of voertuig gesien nie. Die rivier was effe uitdagend met sy ronde klippe. Die toestand van die pad van die toring af onder toe tot by die rivier was nogal baie tegnies en ondervinding is 'n aanbeveling. En laastens : ons het weer geleer hierdie tipe roete neem altyd langer as wat jy vooraf dink. So het ons eers 7-uur op Willowmore aangekom van Steytlerville af en toe die Baviaans in vir 60 km tot by ons slaapplek - in die donker. En die volgende dag toe gebeur dit wragtie weer toe ons terug is Willowmore toe en vandaar na Prins Albert en aan na Merweville om eindelik by Sutherland te slaap. Die laaste uur of wat ook in die donker - darem met volmaan. Alles en alles fantasties heerlik!!      

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The upside down pic looks like a bunch of panniers with a bike attached!

If they are all full of kit and tools I suppose the bike normally rests in that position Undecided

Nice report Adie, thanks.

 

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Great report Adie. I'm glad you made it through in one piece eventhough you might have been a little tired!

 

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