DURBAN to DUSSELDORF- Cheap Aussie Style

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by thecanoeguy, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    Glad you are ok and the petrol tank on wheels is going well.:clap I think that miniature Doberman was" in love" with you:rofl
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  2. jorrizza

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    Glad to see everything's okay. Nice photos by the way. :lurk
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  3. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    the only carnage i had in Lesotho was a flat tyre form when i happen to be observing the view and slammed into a rock at about 30 kph ,went half over the bars ,but managed to stay upright ,i think it must have been then that i pinched the front tube, because about ten minutes later the front went a bit wobbly going down a hill and next thing, no air in the tyre, and the hippo was all over the place in not the best of places, managed to slow her down and stay upright, but it i think the first front flat i have had in a long time
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    nice girl at the Lesotho border post, she earns 150 rand, $16-18 bucks, for a 14 hour day
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    Lesotho is a beautiful place and well worth the effort to get there
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    so now its on to the coast below Durban
    i took a lot of small back roads to get there mostly farming and forest roads ,but a very pleasant ride
    i ended up in port St Johns
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    Port Saint Johns is known to be a bit of a hippy hang out, and I ended up at a hostel that fitted the bill exactly ,bob marley on the sound system 24 /7 ,every member of staff had dreadies, and if you like smokin weed, this is the place to be ,so anyway, after a quick joint or 2 i got into the swing of things and went off for a canoe trip to the beach down a shark infested river,the town used to be a great surfing place but the sharks there are very friendly ,so not really much good for surfing these days
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    this is about when i tripped over a log and twisted my ankle,there was swearing and that is the end of me on the bike for a spell,i did ride the next day and heade for a place near port alfred where there was a hostel ,it had closed down but lucky for me Burt owns a KLR and let me stay ,i could not walk when i got off the bike and next day they took me to the hospital where i was waiting for a while and got some pain killers and antiinflams
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  4. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    i ended up having nearly a week off spent between Port Albert and Kasouga on the coast ,i swapped my noisy pipe with Burt for his stock one and went back to quiet , the bike now feels a bit restricted but at least it's quiet ,so thanks to Maya,Burt and Chris at Kasouga for the hospitality and Angela for the nursing in Port Albert
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    i have a gopro set up on the front of my bike to take i pic every 60 seconds and have been having all sorts odf dramas with that switching off on regular basis ,sometimes after 30 seconds sometimes after a couple of hours ,i am hoping to link that together in a video ,but have already missed some good parts ,i upgraded the software on it and made a few changes on the wiring setup so i hope its ok now
    i heade of to jeffries bay to check it out as my mate worked there for 9 years i had to go surf the supertubes
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  5. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    I met up with a few guys who had done the Baviaanskloof on saturday ,they road up from Knysna and gave me a few pointers ,they headed off back home on sunday morning in the rain ,I,on the other hand am a pussy and stayed put in J Bay for another day and left on monday morning ,it is a great ride through there , it was a bit wet in places from the sunday rain and there were a few high creeks to cross and some slippery bits ,as it is a bit of a canyon and not much sun in places ,saw plenty of interesting wildlife on the way
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    the scenery changed dramatically from one minute to the next ,sometimes dark and overgrown lush and green,next out in dry open rocky country ,nice and slippery

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  6. sunbeamtim

    sunbeamtim n00b

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    Davo , hope alls good , where you hitting Europe ? when ? Ballpark
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  7. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    at the rate of progress i am making I'd say around november 2017
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  8. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    I ended up coming back on to the black top just before Uniondale which seems to be an old farming area as there were some really nice old green and white farm houses scattered about ,i met a guy in Uniondale and he seemed to wonder what the hell i would be doing out in the middle of nowhere ,the road from there down to Knysna was awsome, and included the world famous Angies G Spot, i managed to get caught in Knysna, as Karl, the backpacker owner, was an aussie bike rider i met in J Bay, and he put on a Brie for us ,i even got a new heineneau tyre off him, that he did not need, for a good price
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  9. sonnyboy

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    Nice ride and pics, travelled through Baviaans last year April, its just wow. Where you off to next?
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  10. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    a few km out of Knysna there is a turn to the right back up into the hills through De Hoek and some nice tracks coming out in George and then headed down towards Mossel Bay
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  11. kalahari-k

    kalahari-k Kalahari-K

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    I'm just back from riding in the sticks of Washington State, USA, and glad to see you're alive and well and posting again, canoeguy. I'm enjoying your postings from my ex country and Lesotho - many thanks. When you reach Cape Town make sure to ride the peninsula via Scarborough, and also the road NE of Gordon's Bay along the coast towards Hermanus. Happy travels!
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  12. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    I decided to give Mossel Bay a miss and continue on towards a small village called, I think Veesbai, which had some nice roads, then on to Gouritssmond, still too early to stop and not much going on, I pushed on to a track marked on the map and also coming up on my gps to stilbaii,this track was beautiful and followed the beach ,after about 20 km there was a gate, it was not locked so i understood that to mean i could go through ,there was a resort of some sort that was deserted and looked to be closed down, so i kept going along the beach road til i came to a light house, and another gate, this one locked, by this stage it was getting dark and the cabins right along the beach looked inviting ,i found one unlocked but empty so this looked good for a home for the night
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    this was the ocean view from the balcony ,luckily i did stay in here as it pissed it down all night
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    the next morning the skies were grey with a slight drizzle ,and i thought i woulfd have to back track a lot of km ,when i went back and had a look at some of the other buildings in the closed up resort, i saw a tar road that led me back out onto the small track that got me through to stillbai , i then stuck to the small raods through lovely rolling hills, mainly farming , i ened up stooping at a ferry at Maigas that was getting some repairs done so chatted to a local lady who had never moved more that 20km in all her 62 years ,her dad used to run the ferry which was manpowered
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    these gus loop there chain around the cable and walk ,then unloop go back and do it again
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  13. Wheelman

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    Awesome trip you having bud:D. When you land in Capetown, I'm on the south side near a place called Glencairn if you google it. Give me a shout and i'll buy you some lunch. Weather is okay for the next few days too!
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  14. drifter696

    drifter696 It's "lekka" to live

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    Hey, seems like your going is very slow, getting sidetracked often ... :D or is it off tracked ...:muutt
    but damn, your typing is even slower !!!!! :lol3 Come on man, we'd LUV to keep up with you ! Let the fingers do some writing while you take on the Brandy's. :freaky:kbasa

    Hehe ... man how's that weather down in the Cape !

    Keep the wheels rolling, Dave !
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  15. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    yes i am a biit slack on catching up on the details ,and are you still going to join me , i did not find a number plate is lesotho ,do you have any from there lying around , i have replaced the motor in the KLR ,with pedals ,thats why so slow ,but i am saving a fortune in petrol
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  16. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    stayed on the small farming roads until i got to Strussbai and bought some better straps to hold my spare tyre on on got myself some nice lunch from the supermarket , most supermarkets here have a good selection of good cooked food to take away, you know like roast ,with veges ,carrots ,peas ,not fried crap i packed it on the bike and headed to Cape Aghulas for lunch at the most southerly place in Africa
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    I guess this makes it the big 4 1. Nordkap, Norway in 2005,2.Prudhoe Bay in Alaska in 2006 3. Ushuaia in Argentina in 2009 and Cape Aghulas ,South Africa in 2013
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  17. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    so after a nice celebration lunch i wanted to head for a little town on the coast before Joburg called Rooiels,
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    it was still iffy weather and i found a backpackers listed on my GPS ,again some pisser small dirt roads to be had on the way,from Stamford it was mostly on the coast ,and man wow ,what a road ,it makes the Great Ocean Road in Oz look only OK,
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    I got to my destination around 5.30 pm just in time for the rain to start and to find out the backpackers had closed down and it getting dark,so i continued and got drenched before i could put on the rain gear ,I eventually found a place to stay at Simons Town but was frozen and soaking wet, the place i stayed was a round house with ensuite and a heater for R ($22 aussie) so thawed out nicely but had noodles for dinner ,i managed to make a great little rack above the heater and my soaked gear dryed out nicely by morning

    i then heade dfor the Cape of good hope which is the windiest place in Africa and the most south west
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    mind the edge
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  18. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    made it here to Cape Town ,actually a bit settled in ,i had lunch at the fish and chip place on the jetty at Caulk bay the other day ,great feed,and even bought a huge snook to take home for R40
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  19. loxsmith

    loxsmith Good ol days my arse

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    Ok, I've caught up now, so carry on Dave
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  20. bend27

    bend27 by hook or by crook

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    :*sip* Love you're work
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