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Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:17 pm

Me again. We did this spur-of-the-moment day trip yesterday, Brackenfell to Wuppertal and back. It's NUTS I know, a long trip to fit into one day, but we did it anyway.

We left Brackenfell at about 7am and our first stop was in Ceres. Breakfast time at the Wimpy. We are on first name terms with the staff by now, we go there so often... :P

From Ceres we went up the Gydo Pass where the tyre marks from the last King of the Mountain race day can still be seen. From the top of the pass we took a picture of the Ceres Valley.

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At Op-Die-Berg we turned right towards the Cederberg National Park. After a few km's the road turns to gravel and we are right in the mountains. This is beautiful country!!

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We drove on this road until we got to the Cederberg Oasis. It was getting hot, and we stopped for a cooldrink. Gerhard (the owner) made us feel VERY welcome and wanted us to stay for a couple of days.. have a few beers... maybe even a braai... And to bring the dogs along next time... :D :lol: Next time Gerhard, we promise.

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Kaspaas is a very nice vehicle, but damn!! :shock: :oops: I never had the air-con fixed like I was meaning to do since I bought him in June. :oops: :shock: It was getting hotter and hotter, and we were suffering big time. A thermometer inside the car showed 45 degrees C at one stage. The road was quite bumpy by now, as we were on our way top Matjiesrivier and Eselbank. It was really really hot, but the scenery made up for it.

At Eselbank we met 2 Lou Ul supporters....
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:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

After Eselbank we got to the top of the cement pass and looked down on Wuppertal.
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Down the mountain on the cement pass is beautiful. It is quite steep and very narrow, but the surface is solid although a little bumpy. In Wuppertal we drove arount the town and stopped outside the museum to make our own little picnic. The breeze was warm but at least we were in the shade.

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After spending about an hour in town, and replenishing our cooldrink and water stocks we set off for Clanwilliam. The heat was almost unbearable by now, but we were still in awe at the scenery around us. Once we got to Clanwilliam, it was tar roads all the way home, and luckily for us there were almost no cars on the road so we made good time from there back to Brackenfell. Home at 18:33 according to the Garmin, and in the pool at 18:33:35, and 2 ice cold drinks later it was 18:33:45...... :lol: :lol: :lol:

::: Stats :::
Km's travelled : 526 km
Fuel Consumption: I dont care right now, it's too hot!
Impression : Despite the heat it was BRILLIANT!!!
Lessons Learned : Fix the damn air-con, Winter does not last for ever...
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Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:50 pm

Hi Thys, it's not that far man, we drove 980 km from Kasane (Bots) to Tsumeb(Nam) so this sound like a good full day trip.The only diffs is we saw no ulls like you did. Did you stop and ask for their names :?: :o :o I want to do this trip to Wuppertal as well. :D Very nice :D

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Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:00 pm

Thys,

Seems you had a great trip! Nice to do this thing on the spur of the moment, but oh yes, you dpo need to get the A/C fixed :mrgreen: Not that it really cools you down or anything, seem the A/C in the SFA's just manages to make the cab that much cooler, as opposed to, for e.g. the 2,7's A/C, which does keep one cool.

Beautiful scenery, glad you enjoyed the trip!

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Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:01 pm

Niel wrote: Did you stop and ask for their names :?: :o :o
Yes Niel... the one was BotHurBal and the other one was SupraLosBal.... :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
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I feel some

Foo'Ball Violence

coming on soon...
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Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:32 am

Thys, I think I have heard of them before but where :?: :?: , I always believed that violence is not a solution (thought it only happened in the UK). So that brings me to my next question what is the similarities between the Barmie Army and the lue ulls crowd :?: :?: Both don't know what they are looking at or rememer the rules :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:32 pm

Hi Thys. It sounds like a trip I would like to do. Ive been on the Gydo pass but not futher. Is the roads marked to the Cederberg. I normally go in from Algeria. Have been to the Biedouw as well but not as far as Wuppertal. Is there a detailed Map of the whole area that is usefull. I havnt got a GPS.

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Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:39 pm

Mike, jy kan saam met my gaan ek het n GPS (soos jy weet) en ek sal seker maak jy verdwaal nie oppad Wolfberg arch toe nie :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:03 pm

Ek sal maar alleen gaan verdwaal, kamp en myself geniet. Jy doen mos net trails nie verder as 50km van die huis af nie. En tel ook nie eens jou foon op nie. Dit lyk my al 4x4 wat jy doen is in die BAR.

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Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:23 pm

Ek doen dit ten minste boeta maar ons sal sien wat gebeur in 2008 :D

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Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:27 pm

Boys boys.. play nice now!! :P :P The roads are sort of marked Mike, but it is pretty easy to find. Stop at the Cederberg Oasis and chat to Gerhard, he got us on the right track. :D
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Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:34 pm

Ek soek n ou GPS wat nie werk nie want al het dit gewerk sal hy nog steed verdwaal. Hy is rigting bedingest, maar ek ken hom al meer as 18 jaar en help maar waar ek kan :lol: :lol:

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Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:14 pm

No worries Mike, next time ek foun djou djy verdwaal saam ons... :mrgreen:
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Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:17 am

Thanks Thys. Waar is die Cederberg Oasis ?

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Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:27 am

Mike, well done you have the first post of 2008!

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Tue Jan 01, 2008 12:46 pm

LuxRover wrote:Thanks Thys. Waar is die Cederberg Oasis ?
You know, Mike, I dont remember right now.... I have a map in Kaspaas and I will get it and give you directions... hehehe :lol: :lol: :lol:

Back.. I looked it up on Mapsource. It is between Vogelfontein and Matjiesrivier...... Does that help you at all?? :D :D
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Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:35 pm

Hi Kaspaas, ons het dieselle trip so maand gelede met die motorfietse gedoen. Het jy geweet dat daar 'n swemgat by Eselbank is? Seker nie anders sou jy gaat swem het! As jy deur Eselbank ry kry jy mos die hek wat jy moet oop en toe maak, nes jy deur die hek is, so 150 meterverder draai 'n paadjie na regs uit. As jy hom volg kom hy by die rivier en wonderlike swempoele uit.
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Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:40 pm

Nou sien jy Piet!! Ek het dit nie geweet nie anders sou ons beslis loop afkoel het... Volgende keer.. :D :D
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Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:19 pm

Mens is nooit te oud om te leer nie.
Toemaar, met ons eerste Wuperthal trip het ek ook reg by die koue water verby gery. Dit was nou eers saam die motorfiets ouens wat ek daarvan gehoor het.
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Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:35 pm

Pieter nou weet jy natuurlik... voordat ek enige plek heen ry gaan ek eers vir jou vra waar die afkoelgate/watergate/lafenispunte is... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Kaspaas wrote:Pieter nou weet jy natuurlik... voordat ek enige plek heen ry gaan ek eers vir jou vra waar die afkoelgate/watergate/lafenispunte is... :lol: :lol: :lol:
Mmm, miskien sal Niel ook dan saamgaan na trails wat verder as 50km van sy huis of die local bar af is. :? :? :wink:

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Ek het gehoor Niel het vir hom hierdie nuwe kontrepsie agter op sy bakkie laat inbou, om hom deur die ver ente te hou.
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Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:32 am

Ek het ook een van daai.... Hy hang sommer aan my tru-spieeltjie... langs die fuzzy dice... :twisted:
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Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:51 pm

Nice Report Thys :!:

Planning the same trip to do in a fortnight, but will be camping at the Pakhuis Pass.

How was the condition of the the jeep track (from Wuppertaal South):?:

Last time I did it (about 2yrs ago), I pulled over at one of the goat stations up there, well chuffed with negotiating the 'infamous 4x4's Only Jeep Track' when a Citi Golf (with Government Plates on) went trundling by :!: :!:

Thanks again for the Report Man :!:

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Sun Jan 06, 2008 3:20 pm

Dadz Toy wrote:Nice Report Thys :!:
How was the condition of the the jeep track (from Wuppertaal South):?:
Thanks mate, it's a pleasure. I take it you are talking about the track from Eselbank down to Wuppertal? The roads are in a fair condition, we got a guy with a early 80's Mazda 323 coming up from the front while we were on our way down. :lol:

Did you not know that the best 4x4 by FAR is a Citi Golf with Govt Rego Plates? :shock: They go everywhere and once they got there they can park wherever they want to too... :D

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Kaspaas wrote:
Dadz Toy wrote: Did you not know that the best 4x4 by FAR is a Citi Golf with Govt Rego Plates?
I always thought the best 4x4 is an AVIS Tazz :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:51 pm

heheheh as they say a hired car can go anywhere :D

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Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:47 am

Hi KasPaas,

I did this trip a little while ago, we took our time though, 1 day to go from Brackenfell to Biedouw Valley, via Gydo pass and Eselbank(same route you did), lots of stops, then we stayed at Middel Plaas for 2 days, did a few jeep tracks and swam in the farm dam and some river. We were the support vehicle, the other 2 chaps were on offroad bikes. We came back via Clanwilliam, back into the Cederberg, over Uitkyk pass, back to Matiesriver and passed the National Park again. Long trip but I really enjoyed it...

Once the EFI is done on my 4Y, I'm going to do it again!

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Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:53 am

Hiya Bretton... Nice to have met you yesterday.. We didnt have our RTT ready for overnighting action yet, so we made it a day trip, but I can imagine that it must be cool to sleep over there in the mountains somewhere.

You must say when your EFI is done, then we do it together.. I believe Niel is also interested. Niel is always interested as long as we take some Sprite Zero's along.... :shock: :shock:


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