Gamkaskloof

My Date with Fate: back to Hell

Zanie's picture

Points: 10

Prologue

I have a bone to pick with Die Hel. Actually, it picked one of my bones. Now, almost 2 years later, I was going to take my healed self back there. My insurance: TITS (Time In The Saddle). My reinforcements: Lance, Ilse and Gerhard. Die Hel still held a grudge and levelled a curse at my bike this time, rather than me. Yet I managed to make it out (eventually).

Finishing a Ride, come (Die) Hell or High Water

Zanie's picture

Points: 12

The Plan
I recently tackled Gamkaskloof (Die Hel) for the first time on my own bike; talked into this crazy venture by my overly-optimistic partner, Lance. I was extremely worried about the Huisrivier crossing and “drowning” my bike. Thanks to Youtube, I could see that it is no quick fix once you manage to get a lot of water into the engine or exhaust. Die Hel is a rather expensive middle-of-nowhere if you have to call for any sort of assistance, be it from a trailer rescue service or long-suffering family.

KZN - Eastern Cape

pdpafrica's picture

Points: 1

Holgatpas - het so "bietjie" werk nodigHolgatpas - het so "bietjie" werk nodigOorsig Dit het begin een aand, ver van die huis, oor n bottel wyn in Lone Hill (Jhb). Maruis van die Strand en ek van Westbrook, n “one motorbike village” in KZN (30 km noord van Durban). Kom ons doen n trip, n epic. Nie lank gevat om te reel. Die plan was maklik, ek sal Saterdag van Westbrook ry na Oos Londen (oorslaap), my vrou optel by die lughawe 12h00 in PE, ontmoet Maruis, Frits en Sabrina (van Belfast in Mpumalanga wat sal treiler na Stilbaai) in Keurbooms by die Sarie Marais woonstelle wat ons goeie vriende Willy en Lutrie Viljoen van Pretoria tot ons beskiking gestel het. Van daar sal ons oor Prins Alfred pas na Uniondale ry, die Kammanassie Rivier volg na De Rust waar ons vir Noël en René van Rensburg van Riversdal sal ontmoet, dan oor die Swartberg pas na Gamkaskloof (Die Hel), oorslaap, terug uit die Gamkaskloof, links by die afdraai na Prince Albert. Van daar deur Meiringspoort terug na Uniondale, proviant koop en die pad vat. Na so 15 km regs na die Baviaanskloof. Slaap by Boetie en Henriette Terblanche in Aalwynbak grot. Vat die pad deur Baviaans en dan was die plan redelik oop totdat ek vir Magda (vroulief) weer by PE lughawe aflaai en my pad terug maak deur die Transkei na Westbrook.

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