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Old 04-16-2009, 11:23 AM   #1
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Southern Africa: Bike power to horse power

I have always wanted to do ZA on a motorcycle. Last November I got my chance. I made my way from Roatan to La Ceiba, to San Pedro Sula, to San Salvador, picked up my South African sweetheart and headed up to Washington DC for the night. The following morning we boarded the SAA flight to Jozi. Daryl, the owner of Sama Tours met us at the airport and took us through to his home in Pretoria. We booked a 16-day unguided tour to Cape Town on an R1200 GS. We were given maps and hotel vouchers and promptly sent on our way. We followed Daryl out to the N4 and blasted off for Hazeyview.

Daryl and his daughter sort our bike out for us.

Loskop Dam on our left

Nice fast curvy roads with almost no traffic and no speed cameras (least none that we saw)

We took the long, scenic route, got to a wet and misty Long Tom Pass (had to ride it again the next day just to enjoy the view and the many twists and turns. Being an off-road rider at heart, I'm always looking for dirt! We turned off the main road on route to Pilgrim's Rest and found a dirt road that twisted its way through the mountains and alongside a river. I don't think we saw another soul the entire time. It was remote and beautiful and we had it all to ourselves.

We drove into Graskop for lunch, chatted with some locals who were interested in our biking adventure. We found a logging dirt road which took us through Sappi Forest area and brought us out near Kipersol.

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