Tallinn to Cape Town on a KTM 450

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by memento13, May 25, 2019.

  1. sonnyboy

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    Glad to see your mobile again. Nice riding area, spent a few years of my youth in Transkei and east London. I'm sure somebody would have suggested the Baviaans kloof and Seven passes from Knysna to George on your have to ride list for Sa, typing from iPad, Bruce man if you can help with maps directions maybe thanks.
    Shout if you need a hand or advice when in Cape Town
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  2. memento13

    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Thanks! Baavianskloof was I think first track I bookmarked. George and Krsyna also in the plans. I have some tracks from Wilddogs, will see how good they are.
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  3. memento13

    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Bike had 167km when I left home.

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  4. brucemuzik

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    Love it. 50000km is a hell of an accomplishment - especially on the stock seat. I guess you're never having children!

    Where are you now, Romet?
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  5. memento13

    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    In Jeffrey's Bay, will head to Knysna next. Just came back from Baviaanskloof, will post about it later.

    I don't know why people hate the stock seat so much. It is not that bad, maybe my 6days model has a bit better seat. You don't choose EXC for its comfort. I have to try a aftermarket seat just to see what people are talking about, maybe there is no way going back :D

    Was thinking of buying flight tickets for the 4. July, but seems I just missed and they are sold out. Will have to wait for the next set of flights. More time to ride.

    Seems like I'm gonna leave my bike here when I leave and come back in December-January. Do many unfinished riding here. So all bike storage recommendations in CT or nearby are welcome.
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  6. neppi

    neppi Been here awhile

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    ...or you could keep on riding there until NZ opens, fly your bike (and you) here and continue your trip down here...
  7. memento13

    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    NZ is indeed in my shortlist (with Iceland and Japan), but don't want to play this waiting game with finances twindling lower. Actually I was just checking NZ hiking trails a couple of days ago. Will see, there is still time to change my mind, yet again.

    And stop putting stupid ideas in my head, I'm easily influenced :D:D
  8. memento13

    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    After staying at @BernardP place in Port Elizabeth, headed to the eastern gate of Baavianskloof, but they declined me, saying park is closed. It was still 18km to the gate, so decided to have a peek and rode towards it. Half way to the gate, there was a car crash and road blocked, so turned back and headed north towards Grootriverpoort. Was quite disappointed not to be allowed to Baavianskloof, but when I saw the track going north, it changed quickly. Nice flowing track over mountains, some part rocky.

    Bike was running on fumes, when I got to Willowmore, so road blockage earlier probably saved me from running out of fuel. It was already starting to get dark when I got to Uitspan Guest Farm, west of Baavianskloof. Plan was to try again to get into Baavianskloof at the western gate.

    Road to Baavianskloof:
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    Track towards Grootriverpoort:
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    Grootriverpoort mountain pass:
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  9. Essbee

    Essbee Been here awhile

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    Glad to see you're making up for the time spent in Covid19 "prison". You won't have any problem getting a place to store your bike in or near CT, just do a shout-out on Wilddogs! Go well!
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  10. brucemuzik

    brucemuzik Adventurer

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    What he said
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  11. memento13

    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Getting into Baavianskloof ended up harder than getting into most countries in Africa. Was successfully granted entry after 3rd try at the west gate (+1 on east gate earlier). Took about 3 hours, help from local farmer Chris and visit to the police station. Apparently there is problem even for local workers to get from Patentsie to the valley to do work. Hopefully things will improve now, but wouldn't recommend trying without some kind of permit. Casinos are open, but yeah lets close public roads.

    As i got into the park quite late, didn't have much time there but here is 2 shots:

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  12. memento13

    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Yesterday in Jeffries Bay went out to a restaurant with guesthouse owner and other tourist. Seems restaurants are not allowed to sell alcohol, so we had our own bottle of tequila. As everything closes down at 7PM, was not long night out, but we managed to finish the tequila. No hangover.

    Rode today to Knysna, but as usual chose too long route and too many side trips, so ended up riding most of Prince Albert pass in dark. I guess I will have to ride it again to actually see what was there.

    With that, crossed also from Eastern Cape to Western Cape and this time they checked my papers, but no problems. Wrote down my info and let me go, quick and easy. Eastern Cape was quite fun, got some of the wanderlust back.
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  13. memento13

    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Got my tickets to home (not that I have one). Enough time to finish the ride and relax a bit in CT.

    Quite lucky with the flights, my other 2 trips home from Africa had way worse itinerary:
    11 July 2020 20:15 Cape Town (CPT) - 08:00 Amsterdam (AMS)
    12 July 2020 09:55 Amsterdam (AMS) – 13:15 Tallinn (TLL)
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  14. neppi

    neppi Been here awhile

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    You know, it’s way more complicated to

    a)
    - F ly ZA-EE
    - then (like soooo much later) fly EE-ZA
    - pack the bike
    - ship it over to NZ
    - fly ZA-NZ
    - and then
    - wing it

    than just

    b) You&bike ZA-NZ

    see the difference? a) has a lot more steps than b) you know... just sayin’...

    just sayin’

    Glad you got your flights booked, bro! Must feel good to have that off your chest! Do you still have all arms and legs or kidneys attached? No reason for us to leave, but our flights would’ve been like six times the normal rates...
  15. memento13

    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Haha, easy life is boring life. And you forgot to add that I need to go to Finland twice to get a new SA visa :D.

    Still have my kidneys: 1024+131 EUR. A lot more expensive than usual, but def not 6x the normal rate.

    It does feel good having some plan now.
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  16. neppi

    neppi Been here awhile

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    Aw Man, that sucks! I mean it would be ok if the Poros wouldn’t be there. ;)

    Atleast there’s a Burger King on the ferry...
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    TM1(SS) Matthew 24:36, Ride today, ride now :-) Supporter

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    maybe there is BK coupons they can scan from the internet.? double whopper and XL shake.
  19. brucemuzik

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    Glad to hear that things are working out and you're in the WC now. Lots of great back roads to ride.

    Tankwa is especially beautiful if you like desert. Let me know if you go there, as I have some tracks for you.
  20. memento13

    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Thanks. Currently no plan to go Tankwa or anywhere more north. Although deserts and desolate places are one of my favorites. Plan is to go to northern parts once I get back later. Now will ride around southern parts towards Cape Town and leave a bit time to relax there.