Tallinn to Cape Town on a KTM 450

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

  1. Essbee

    Essbee Been here awhile

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    Glad you're sorted. Hope the weather in CT is not too bad while you're there waiting. Good Luck.
  2. sonnyboy

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    Yes plenty to see and temp and weather not to bad,trust you sorted on parking but shout if you need help,saw your thread on wilddogs. When you get back we can look at some of the other around CT routes, old postal, tankwa and swartberge/ die hell and also stop by Cape Augalas
  3. memento13

    memento13 Been here awhile

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    Weather has been quite good indeed. I did Swartberg and Die Hell a couple of days ago. It had road closed & park closed signs, but went anyway. There was a couple of goverment bakkies, but they just waved for hello and didn't bother what I was doing there.

    Parking in CT should be alright yes, no shortage of offers.

    In Swellendam today, will head to Cape Agulhas tomorrow and then by the coast line to Cape Town.

    Bike had another milestone, engine has 1000h now.
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  4. memento13

    memento13 Been here awhile

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    Prince Alfred's Pass:
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    Swartberg pass:
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    Road to hell:
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    Looks like Die Hell indeed. All the trees in the valley were burned:
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  5. memento13

    memento13 Been here awhile

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    I think I got mountain passes overdose. Heres another one, Montagu. Coming from a country, where highest point is 318m, it still marvels me, how all these roads through mountains are built. Some are narrower than 2 cars, but somehow cars still pass each other. In the same time in crowded city everyone trumpets their cars horn and demands their right of way. Must be the mountain air.

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  6. brucemuzik

    brucemuzik Been here awhile

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    This website is dedicated to explaining exactly that. It's a gold mine of interesting history about those exact passes. They have documented every major pass in South Africa and won awards for their work.

    https://mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za/
  7. memento13

    memento13 Been here awhile

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    It has been almost 4000km from Hillcrest. I guess you could find a shorter route :lol3

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  8. Essbee

    Essbee Been here awhile

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    NICE!!!! say....all those pases that you posted, I can brag that I've also ridden them, by mountain bike. Die Hel a few times. Good memories of the days when I lived in the Cape. Prince Alfred was in rain so I need to go back for the view.:deal
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  9. memento13

    memento13 Been here awhile

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    Touchdown, Cape Town!

    Finish was quite fulfilling, riding the Chapman's Peak, going between Table Mountain and Lions Head and descending into the city bowl. Don't think there is much better places to finish a trip.

    Would take some victory drinks, but lockdown restrictions, have to wait until Monday :D
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    brucemuzik Been here awhile

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    Congratulations. I'll drink one for you. Safe travels home and enjoy my city.
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  11. SteveTheLocal

    SteveTheLocal Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for the write up. Brings back good memories.
    I see that Canadians are allowed in the EU now. May see you there!
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  12. sonnyboy

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    Wow, perfect finish indeed
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  13. memento13

    memento13 Been here awhile

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    Seems like for 800 euros (all fees included), I can get my bike shipped to Europe, which seems quite reasonable to me.

    Kind of in between what to do. In one side I did miss Lesotho, in other side I would have my bike in Europe in 3 weeks and could start riding again there.

    EDIT:

    Shipping the bike, will get it to Duncan (African Overlanders) tomorrow. There is just too much uncertainty with COVID and also with my own plans. I feel closure and peace with the trip, having arrived in Cape Town. No need to push further now, East Africa and Lesotho will come sometimes further in future.
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  14. Essbee

    Essbee Been here awhile

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    Enjoy my (ex)hometown!
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    morse Been here awhile

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    Congrats!
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    Fixed it for ya...
  17. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town... Supporter

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    Well, it's not like you're going much further south anyways...
  18. memento13

    memento13 Been here awhile

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    Haha, if it would be possible, I would actually consider it :)
  19. memento13

    memento13 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, didn't see any bridges to Antarctica in Cape Agulhas.
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  20. memento13

    memento13 Been here awhile

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    It's a sad day, almost changed my mind again:

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