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KTM SE/R from Ushaia to Alaska

Discussion in 'Americas' started by HappyGoLucky, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. HappyGoLucky

    HappyGoLucky Goeie Grys Giftige Gert!

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    :shog sorry, its been a while since I replied. Todays reply is worthy though!:clap

    Trev (TeeJay) just got himself an almost brand new SE/R!!!:clap:clap:clap

    So I just HAD to post pics :D:D:D


    Ever seen a cheshire cat grin?

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    :wings - its so frikking beautiful, I have forbidden Trev to ride offroad and get it mussed up :deal
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    next to mine - aint them purdy???? :nod:D:nod:D

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    jest like twins... mmm TWINS...:lol3

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    and I took this one with a church in the background, cos Trev's gonna need it :evil

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    So, to answer some threads:

    Chas, good luck my mate. Keep us filled in please, of your progress and all of that, and we hope to meet you on the road one day!:freaky

    KMForget - thanks mate, but that bashplate idea has been swinging in my head for ages, and I set up a thread early on in the OC about my bashplate development. This one is of kevlar, carbon kevlar aramid, and carbon fibre, with special eglass as a base form, with high temp epoxy resin as well as regular temp epoxy resin. Super strong, with core foam inserts which has worked out tremendously well. Unbelievably stiff, strong and right now, fits so well that I didnt even need bolts to keep it in place.

    TeeJay of course may want to go the carbon route, but if he doesnt, I am sure your plate is the one to go for :thumb

    Great guys, thanks a zillion.

    The greatest step towards this trip has been taken with TeeJay getting the bike (they are freeken expensive here compared to the States), and its so awesomely motivating. We are working together on the finance plan now too, so its really starting to feel like a bit of reality. Tres excited..
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  2. Teejay

    Teejay n00b

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    Thanks KMForget - much appreciated dude - and when (note when not if) you are ever in Cape Town South Africa the hospitality will be returned 100 fold (in troooooo South African fashion):evil

    Chas - enjoy the trip, ride safe and post some ride reports!

    HappyGoLuckyGoAnywhereMyMate - What can I say.....WHOOOOOOHOOOOO.......that's just for starters........can't wait to travel and explore the world........for sure we WILL get there and we WILL share some (naaaahhh make that PLENTY) of these along the way :freaky - kan nie wag nie (that means can't wait)!!!!

    Church - what for - I ain't getting married - bwaaahaha!

    Life is for riding!
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  3. HappyGoLucky

    HappyGoLucky Goeie Grys Giftige Gert!

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    :lol3:deal:lol3
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  4. adiablolex

    adiablolex Lost again

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    awesome bikes doods,
    can't wait to see you 'round our parts.
    :freaky
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  5. Teejay

    Teejay n00b

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    Hey HappyGetStuck

    Re get an Avatar Noob - why u hiding huh ...... u scared I'm gonna crush you huh...........:rofl

    Happy - find me a suitable Avatar man - u got all day to surf the net etc while I slave away.
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  6. HappyGoLucky

    HappyGoLucky Goeie Grys Giftige Gert!

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    there you go Tiger....

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    :lol3

    Alex - :freaky!!!
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  7. Teejay

    Teejay n00b

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    Thanks HappyGoLucky - just like my muscles huh - no wonder u were hiding:wink:
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  8. HappyGoLucky

    HappyGoLucky Goeie Grys Giftige Gert!

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    Theres nothing like preparing for a world trip, than going on a quick 2 week, destination unknown, trip.

    Trev and myself have decided to take the bare essentials and then learn from experience on how to whittle that down further.

    Things to take with.

    1) Head torch
    2) Sleeping Bag
    3) Mattress
    4) Tent
    5) Mosquito Spray
    6) Contact Lense Juice
    7) Cap
    8) Sunscreen
    9) Swimming Costume
    10) Pants
    11) Tshirt - spare
    12) Deoderant
    13) Spare socks
    14) Spare underpants
    15) Slip slops
    16) Beanie
    17) Wash cloth/Soap
    18) Earplugs/ Sunglasses
    19) Camelback
    20) Knife and fork and spoon
    21) Mug
    22) Passports
    23) Camera, cellphone, and respective chargers
    24) USB for photo dump
    25) Long tops
    26) Medicine -from bandages to headache tabs
    27) Money, medical insurance, credit cards, petrol cards
    28) Tea
    29) Coffee
    30) Sugar
    31) Milk Powder


    Things on the bike

    Front and Rear Tube - Heavy Duty (spare)
    Slime in tyres
    Puncture Repair Kit
    Rim Protectors
    Tyre Levers - 4
    Tow Rope
    Tools
    Extra 10 litres Fuel
    Cable Ties
    Duct tape
    Soap Solution for mounting tyres
    Two cloths for cleaning up
    Pratley Steel Epoxy, regular epoxy, steel putty.
    Loctite
    Puncture Repair kit
    Bicycle pump
    5metres Tow Rope
    Q Bond

    This is what it looks like. The backpack will be on, its a small 45litre job, that has space to spare.


    Bike and rack that we made up

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    10litres fuel

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    Replace air filter

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    Heavy Duty Tubes

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    Backpack with sleeping back and strops

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    Maps, and stuff

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    Under Trevs seat

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    Kettle, Sleeping mat, Booze, Chair, Tent, Bbq grid, 10litres fuel, chopping board, knife. Tools under seat, and all the extra bike stuff.

    Backpack to go in front of the the fuel tank, which will be emptied to the main tank via a siphon shaker - no need to suck :D

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    Wish us luck, we are boldly going where we havent been before, and who the freak knows where will land up. It was so hot today that the bike managed to melt its sidestand into the tar.

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    And lets hope that the fresh meat I put on, doesnt look this (after a 3hr ride - Michelin Baja on a 625KTM

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    ps: Got these guys from Nigeria to make our straps, hes quite the designer.

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    :thumb:thumb:thumb


    and oh yes, a damn thorn (called dubbeltjie locally), managed to pierce my fuel tank after I pulled the thorn out my tyre and put it on the rack to dispose of later. Put the fuel tank on it, and ........ puncture. Steel Epoxy to rescue, and then used pickup liner to protect from abrasion and further piercings.
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  9. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul

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    HGL,

    :clap

    Have a great trip, dude. The 950SE should be a ball.
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  10. Miguel

    Miguel off road junkie

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    When does the epic journey begin? :lurk
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  11. Moto North

    Moto North Ontario ADV Rider

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    Hey Teejay, big congrats on the new bike!!! Good to see yours and Happy's plans coming together. I'm starting to get excited with my ride planning for my trip North this summer to Churchill. Only thing is, instead of going on shake down runs like you guys, my bike is stuck in the shed with a snow drift holding the door shut. :becca
    Cheers:beer
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  12. HappyGoLucky

    HappyGoLucky Goeie Grys Giftige Gert!

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    Got lots to catch up, but lets just say that there are two Super Enduros left in Bloemfontein South Africa, and a rental car was used to drive back home....

    I think a ride report called 2 Friends, 2 SE/R's, 2 Weeks, 2 Countries, 5000km's could be written... can only confirm mileage later this week.
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  13. MarcMuller

    MarcMuller Been here awhile

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    Chasfactor,

    how much to fly your bike to Chile?

    Thanks! and have an awesome time!

    MarcMuller
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  14. HappyGoLucky

    HappyGoLucky Goeie Grys Giftige Gert!

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    So it started off as a desire to escape the rat race for the holiday season and all the bloody Vaalies who would descend upon our fair shores, trying to impress us with their loud cars, loud hairstyles, loud gold jewelery strung across their necks, wrists, waists, ankles and toes and assorted private areas, and also their bulging wallets.

    Nothing doing said TeeJay (Trevor) - we both cant work (enforced leave), so lets go explore the road less travelled. The plan was to get some topographical cadastral maps (as we dont have the requisite de riguer GPS that everyone seems to have these days, and if we saw a dirt road, we'd take it.

    Planning took a while longer than what we expected. To get a bracket fabbed up for the trip in Christmas season is harder than coaxing a live turkey into your boiling pot, and so after a frantic week of it all coming together, Sunday morning 8am arrived.

    Of course, cos we were on holiday, we only left at 11am and to the sound of jubilant Transvaalers hooting their horns and hanging out their windows, we were set.

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    It was critical for me to put a non political message to our newly elected ANC president, Jacob Zuma.

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    The most bizarre thing, is that Trevor told me that the most reaction (read: guffaws of laughter), came from our darker brethren, and not from the pale ale variety.

    As we got the ocean to say goodbye to it here in Cape Town, Trev had to decorate his bike with the all important go fast accessory

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    Onlookers thought he was making prayers to the Akrapovic gods, as Table Mountain was now covered in mist.

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    We should have paid attention to the fact that that damn Table Mountain was covered in mist....



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    Yes, its supposed to be behind me in all its glory

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    Trev had just got his SE a few weeks before (I think 2), and the bike was in seriously mint condition. Today would be his first long dirt ride on it.

    We escaped up through the surburban areas, onto the N2, past Somerset West into Grabouw and onto the first dirt road we could find.

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    Whats amazing to most of us down here, is that the local casino is set gob smack in the middle of some of the poorest people in Cape Town. This is what a squatter shack settlement looks like and its all within about a kilometre of the casino.

    Heres the casino:

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    Heres an example of a nice looking squatter camp - its gets seriously worse than this

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    So, as we pass onto the mountains via Sir Lowry Pass

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    We jumped on some dirt road and it was amazing to us yet again how beautiful an area we are privledged to live near.

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    While on the dirt road, Trevs stuff had become loose so while I sent him to buy coffee, I repacked his stuff for him in return. Yup. Thats 2 weeks worth of needs right there.

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    Hes still looking happy and forward to the trip. What a joy to be out of the city!

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    We quickly hit the backside of this to the Simon van der Stel pass outside Botriver, and came across this castle in the middle of nowwhere. Nice pad!

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    Actually, along this well travelled dirt road, are some absolutely awesome farm houses that deserved to be photographed. If you like your visiting places rustic, charming, genuine and down to earth with generous lashings of natural beauty, come down for a visit here. :thumb

    We finished the dirt highway sitting at ease, and hoping to see at least a farmers daughter leaning on the fence waving to us bikers.

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    Next up was Villersdorp. The road runs over the TheeWatersKloof dam, which is a major source of water for Cape Town. We were pleasantly pleased to see the dam really full. Bodes well for us it does.

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    As we cruised into Villiersdorp, we still had no need for gas, so slow were we travelling. On a thirsty bike, with a 14l tank, you know thats slow.

    We sat on the pavement drinking cokes and eating chocolates (holiday concession), these kids came over, awed by the bikes

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    We were awed by the lack of front teeth and the 3 seater bike, with liberal does of happy go lucky attitude. I asked them if they fell sometimes, and they were only to happy to point out the toothless reason for their mishaps. Still, no shoes, and happy as heck.

    Then their friend joined them


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    After perving likely the hottest woman ever to have graced the streets of Villiersdorp on her bicycle (seriously, we looked for her on her bike pretending to be tourists, and spotted her with 2 kids riding bicycles :cry), we realised it was getting dark. And cold. And threatening to rain.

    But we gotto do dirt man!

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    The wind was picking up and it was time to fly

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    Good spirits

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    And this is an old shot of the same road in sunlight

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    We hit Montagu (voted SAfricas prettiest small town in 2002), and decided to perhaps pitch tents for the night. It was now cold, windy and the rain was threatening to come in. This arch used to be used (on the right), for British soldiers defeding a position of theirs in the Anglo Boer war. The rock formations were breathtaking, rather than the war stories.

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    heres a pic of the main road in Montagu when I still had my bimmer, and was test riding a 1200GS

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    True hardcore adventurers we were, we scouted out 2 to 3 places to crash and pitch tents in the dead of night, and we scooted off into town for provisions. After checking out the locally lackless 7-11 shop, we decided on the hardcore choice of steak at a restaurant.

    We chose the sister to this place, but only because everything else appeared closed

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    Sure didnt get this fare

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    At the wee hour of 11pm, we thought it would be a good time to go find a bed. Having decided to carry on our dirt route, we carried on north to a fine dirt road leading to Ouberg Pass, and looked for a spot. Everything was fenced off. :cry

    So we found the first dirt road leading off the main dirt, and came to a farmers house in the middle of the night. Lights went on, dogs barked, we did a UTurn.

    Suddenly that same farmers apricot orchard (found that out after sleeping on a bunch of fallen fruit), had an entry and we slipped in, lights switched off asap. We made tent in the dark, enjoying our first roughing it.



    As we pitched (for the first time), our new tents, my small fly sheet broke off. Oh, no problem, it wont rain. Oh yeah? :lol3

    At 4am, I had enough rain in my tent to crawl out of my wet down sleeping bag, and go get zip ties under the SE's seat to fix tent. After a further 20mins of realising its too cold and wet, I got up and took this pic

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    It got lighter

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    Now, Trev was up (making us coffee inside his tent)

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    err... and still in his tent!

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    The old ballies cant take the pace. So as we started to pack up, the heavens opened, and we packed in the rain. It was slippery, muddy, Christmas day I think it was, and we needed gas. We had made 198km's on a 14litre tank which just amazed us. For a LC8? Wow!

    And oh boy did it rain. It made the dirt into clay and mush - nice and slippery and we made it into town without mishap - back into Montagu.

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    We had to retighten everything as the slippery qualities of water were allowing our "Helen 2 Wheels" style straps to slip, and that could be bad on a muddy road.

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    Hungry, cold, tired, but gassed, we wondered what to do. Ride up and down town to find a spot? Yeah! Genius here (reporter), chose not to bring his rain pants with him, so lets just say my charlies were wet, and starting to get chafed.

    But finally we found a place that would let us dripping wet (no exaggeration) into their place for a meal. An army marches on its stomach.

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    After a few more coffees, soaking maps, almost soaking camera (Sonies are tough man), we set off for day two of our adventure.
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  15. kejago

    kejago Kev. Haute Savoie, France

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  16. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike" Supporter

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    Thanks for sharing, looks like a great trip.:freaky
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  17. Deuce

    Deuce Crazy Canuck

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  18. DirtRiderwjc2000

    DirtRiderwjc2000 Been here awhile

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    more please, great pics.:lurk
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  19. Moto North

    Moto North Ontario ADV Rider

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    Don't keep us in suspense too long now...
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  20. HappyGoLucky

    HappyGoLucky Goeie Grys Giftige Gert!

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    So we take off from the biker friendly restaurant (last on the right leaving Montague from Cape Town side, and first on left coming in from Joeys side), full in our bellies and pretty confident that we will get onto the Ouberg Pass road (all dirt, from Montague). Playing in my mind is our luggage which can slip on the seat, and wriggle the wet straps loose, as well as that damn muddy road, which is turning mushy in places. Last thing I want is either of us to have a nice tumble at speed, thanks to the red dirt.

    Here was our route, marked up a minute ago with matches.

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    This is the Klein Karoo by the way, which means that it is our SAfican desert. Popular things to grow here are ostriches, some fruit, and grapes for the wine industry. We left that restaurant wet to our charlies, we left off and came to our first warning sign for water.

    Just to give you perspective. This is usually dust, and either concrete at the bottom or just dry sand with some rocks.

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    Difficult to see with desized photos, but it was raining - still. And the water was strong.

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    Trying to check perspective

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    So we turn around, and head off back to Montagu to do some damn replanning. Before we left, we spotted two people and a dog......

    I get about 500m up from the river, and pass a cop van. Hello hello, howzit howzit, and all that. They are laughing at us in the rain, thinking were idiots (probably are), and I try to be as pleasant as I can, cos I have no numberplate - on purpose (we have speeding cameras, and its get real expensive real fast).

    He says: "well, meneer, theres some people whose car just got washed down the river"

    :huh

    :D - Yahoo - lets go see. This means, that we arent being woosies.

    So we turn around.

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    See those two forlorn people? The chick has purple hair, is from Germany and found a man to shack up with. They had tried to drive across the river with their bakkie - which is the same kind of size of pickup as in the next photo, and been swept away. They managed to jump out, with the German Shepherd dog, as the bakkie got taken.

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    We stand staring at the river, wondering if its not possible to come down at 200km/h, wheelie, and gas it across the river. Hmmmm.....

    So we turn around and head back into town for more coffee and a freken reroute (again). Turns out that the entire region has been hammered with rain - and a LOT of it, and all rivers will be swollen and impassable. Fek. :bluduh

    This is how we got. (double matches pointing the wrong way) - Montagu is that little yellow spot on the left.

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    Now, we find a new route. Sure, we will have to go through a Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino) area, but no worries. We definately want to see Anysberg, and then onto 7 WeeksPoort.

    So we go to Tradouw area - on Route 62 - and decide, hmmm we have gone too far. Its tar, its quick and its currently dry. Awesome.

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    Ok, this is where I take a break: smugmug is giving me shit. Probably the 3rd world technology we have here in Ufreakuh.
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