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Old 02-25-2006, 10:37 PM   #1
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Transkei dualsport trip

My first post, good to get posting at last and nice meeting you all. I live in South Africa which is here:



I recently did a with Mrs Jockey and some friends through the Transkei, which is here:



The bikes: 1200GS, DRZ 400, Dakar, 640 Adventure. Here we are crossing the Umzimvubu river after having covered 300km of tar (or as some call it surfaced roads).



Ahead of us some fantastic twisties for about 40 km and then gravel at last.

Getting closer to our overnight spot and the standard beautiful Transkei scenery. Looks like it could rain tonight.



Mrs Jockey getting a rude introduction to rock riding. Hard to believe that these rocks are covered in sea sand during winter, summer rains clear it out.





She doesnt' do too badly though.





I fared worse, trying to save that soft GS belly. Still bottomed three times and tore one mounting rubber.





We are to stay overnight in wooden huts hidden on the far bank.




Early the next morning, just after 5. Hennie and his daughter who is doing her first bike trip with dad. These waves have been exploding like gunshots all night.




Early morning peace; don't need much more from life.




We are on our way to a waterfall, I took Mrs Jockey's bike, she's not a known early riser. Some of these rocks can get quite slippery.


And yes it did rain during the night.




It may be early but it is humid.






Every time I come here the scenery just blows me away. I'll stop talking... you enjoy.












This area is also known as the Wild Coast. With good reason.



Our destination; Waterfall Bluff.







Catching droplets.



At the top of the falls there is one goat track that will lead you to the pools that form before the water drops into the sea. If you don't know where to look for this track you won't find it and you can then only look down the cliff face to the pools below. A magical place.







The view from the top of the falls.



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Old 02-26-2006, 12:53 AM   #2
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What a fantastic place. Looks like SA will have to go on the list.

Thanks for posting
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Old 02-26-2006, 04:31 AM   #3
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Good idea to show the location, sure there is many people that don't know where South Africa is.

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Old 02-26-2006, 04:39 AM   #4
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Old 02-26-2006, 04:52 AM   #5
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Superb!!!!!!

Make me think of some of the west of Ireland and bits of Cornwall and Devon, where I grew up. Keep them coming and welcome to advrider.

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Old 02-26-2006, 05:45 AM   #6
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you guys rock, but please, put a lid on the little girl at least. ATG ATT
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Old 02-26-2006, 07:20 AM   #7
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Great report and pics ,

I had to laugh at the fact that you ride in Jeans and shirts..... I used to do it as well, and the rest of the world do not understand why, not that I know, other than the simple cost of kit in SA, I only bought my first set of riding kit at age 39 or so having been riding fast and far since age 14 when I started on a Yamaha RD350, in shorts and t-shirt, with sandals and no helmet at times a windbreaker and some old army boots with a nice lid was my kit before.
Now I feel naked even going to the shops without all the kit.

Anyhow, I know the country and we used to go to Dwesa every year for christmas holidays a loooooooong time ago.

Great photos and memories.

Thanks a lot, and post again soon.
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:45 AM   #8
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really nice report/pics and a beautiful area
keep them coming
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Old 02-26-2006, 09:00 AM   #9
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Dude, AT LEAST wear gloves. If you fall off the bike at 2mph and mangle your hands, your ride is OVER. I fell off a Razor scooter at about that speed and spent a decent amount of time removing rocks and loose flaps of skin.

Edit: It goes without saying that the place & pics are BEAUTIFUL!

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Old 02-26-2006, 09:02 AM   #10
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Wow... What a place
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Old 02-26-2006, 10:35 AM   #11
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I think actually they were wearing helmets, if you look at first shot.

They just took em of for the fotos to get you guys going!
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Later that morning after breakfast we backtracked inland on the way to Port St Johns. These grassy plains had one hell of a wind blowing. Still pretty though.



There are quite a few falls in the area. Can't recall the name of this one but it is above Fraser Falls.



Posing in the Magwa tea plantations.



We popped in for a beer at Mbotyi hotel. It is truly a fantastic spot, but earlier in the year they had an armed robbery. This left them with only 25% occupation for the December holidays. The manager told us how the robbers twice tried to shoot him in the head. The pistol had (lucky for him) stopped working after they shot and killed the guard at the gate. They then knocked him unconscious and was dragging him by his leg past this pool when the guests having dinner saw the commotion and raised the alarm.




View from the deck.



Local art, calabash covered with hide.



Mbotyi forest.



Arriving in Port St Johns we came across this low spec GS.



Streetlights. It takes a special kind of person to live in Port St Johns. It is my favourite South African town by far.



See what I mean? Special. We had brunch here and were offered dagga (dope) by a friendly hawker (read dealer).



The interior of the establishment.



The view.



Taking a break. Funny how a 150km stretch can be so tough after lunch and a few beers.



Our next stay over, Ndumbi backpackers near Coffee Bay. Had a memorable evening here. Surreal. Only got up at 10:00 the next morning, felt like shit.



Leaving the backpackers in perfect riding weather. Perked me right up.





Stopped for brunch at White Clay. It's between Coffee Bay and Hole in the Wall. Highly recommended for being the pub with the most spectacular view in the Transkei.



Seat belts on. As it was Hennie's first trip with the kid it was a bit of a learning curve. Turns out kids tend to fall asleep quite easily. Solution, strap her to dad's back.



We stuck mostly to gravel roads with the odd cattle track thrown in.



On the lawn in front of our room at Kob Inn Hotel. Lovely place to end a days riding.



Next day, final stretch home. Lovely riding still.



Typical Transkei scenery. We ride here often on the offroads. I'll post a report on that later.



Nardus trying to rein in the 640. Once it's head is turned homewards you need a strong hand.



Crossing the pont at Kei Mouth. 20 min from home and an excellent way to have spent these 3 days.


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Old 02-26-2006, 10:45 AM   #13
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Just wanna post this one pic in a bigger size to see if it may work better.

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Old 02-26-2006, 10:52 AM   #14
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And it get's better
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Bigger is better, that resize is perfect!
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