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A few passes
04-15-2015, 05:59 PM
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A few passes
We have done Moodies Pass and Gysmanshoek pass today. [Image: 0a356d29c52cddcc60bf2ced1b8a83dd.jpg]


And another

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And another

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En toe kry ons die vroue

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04-15-2015, 07:08 PM
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RE: A few passes
That looks very cool. I can't seem to find the 'envious' face to paste in here.
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04-16-2015, 09:45 PM
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RE: A few passes
I did Gysmans about a month ago. It's a nice scenic drive with no real obstacles but I've never heard of Moodies. Where is it?

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04-17-2015, 05:50 AM (This post was last modified: 04-17-2015 05:52 AM by Mark62.)
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RE: A few passes
Ja ons bly ook in Van Riebeecks str Barrydale oorkant die NGKerk jou Syncro gespot...
in Tradouws Pass...
Foto nuwe stop vir Syncro,sBig Grin

Big Grin on Route 62 Barrydale langs Jukskei baan...


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04-17-2015, 06:15 AM (This post was last modified: 04-17-2015 07:07 AM by johanhorak.)
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A few passes
Hi Oberon

This guy from mountanpassessa mentions that Moodies Pass is not well know and taken for granted by those who used it regularly. http://www.mountainpassessouthafrica.co....-r322.html

(04-17-2015 05:50 AM)Mark62 Wrote:  Ja ons bly ook in Van Riebeecks str Barrydale oorkant die NGKerk jou Syncro gespot...
in Tradouws Pass...
Foto nuwe stop vir Syncro,sBig Grin

Big Grin on Route 62 Barrydale langs Jukskei baan...
Mark volgende keer kom groet ons gou Smile


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We slept over between Riversdale and Ladismith close to Ockersdale on a farm called The Place. About 26 km from Ladismith.

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They converted a shed into a luxury studio.

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And the host can prepare a proper omelet.

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After breakfast we took the road to Ladismith, where we bought some cheese, got juice and off to Calitzdorp for port.

About 13 ks out of Calitzdorp we turned right from the tar to Oudtshoorn passed massive red hill boulders to Kruisrivier. What a lovely stop and Rodger the photographer. Btw: he has a very lovely self catering place for two, and small pet friendly, for about R600 per night.
The red out crops:
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The road is very easy and lovely drive. For many kms we travelled on a narrow gravel road until we got to a t junction. Right to the caves and left to Swartbergspass.

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Elmarie was strapping on for this occasion. She is not one for heights and going up she was going to be on the death drop side.

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Very few traffic on the pass and mostly plat karre.

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Elmarie made it in one piece to the summit.

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Now for the long and little snowy decent.

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The dogs were intrigued

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And when we got to the end Elmarie said this was one of her best holidays as she drank from the bottle of port.

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Great stuff Angel

We slept in a large but nondescript house in Prince Albert at R500 for the night. I am saying nondescript as most homes are rather historic and interesting.

Most restaurants were closed but the Prickly Pear with Scottish owner was open. Lovely pup style meals. Here we met a couple of locals. The owner was a great and kind guy.


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Today we will have breakfast at De Rust, and then on our way to Graaff-Reinet. All the way on tar. At least not on the N1.

Tomorrow will be another short tar trip to Zastron on the Lesotho border to fetch another dog. Two are enough but this long trip is for no other reason but bring back home a third dog. This one is for Elmarie.

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04-17-2015, 09:04 AM
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RE: A few passes
Very nice photos. Looks like you had such a relaxing journey and cleared any city stress.

I like the scenery

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04-19-2015, 09:55 AM
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RE: A few passes
(04-17-2015 09:04 AM)Dazz Wrote:  Very nice photos. Looks like you had such a relaxing journey and cleared any city stress.

I like the scenery
Thanks Dazz. It is really great fun.
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04-24-2015, 07:12 PM
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We did a bike trip through the Karoo in July and also did Swartberg Pass, from the Oudtshoorn side.

My fear of heights turned the "up" into a freaking nightmare... Blush

The wind didn't make it any better either, but going down was better, there was less wind.

Swartberg Pass must be on everyone's bucket list. It is an engineering marvel.

Nice report and pics, Johan!

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04-25-2015, 07:39 AM
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RE: A few passes
(04-24-2015 07:12 PM)theRéhann Wrote:  We did a bike trip through the Karoo in July and also did Swartberg Pass, from the Oudtshoorn side.

My fear of heights turned the "up" into a freaking nightmare... Blush

The wind didn't make it any better either, but going down was better, there was less wind.

Swartberg Pass must be on everyone's bucket list. It is an engineering marvel.

Nice report and pics, Johan!
Thanks. You and Elmarie will make a great fear of heights team Smile

We did many more passes; tar and other. Even the closed pass Bloukraans. It and insult that this pass is closed to force you to use the mighty toll road.

From PE we took the R102 instead of the N2, on our way to Nature's Valley.
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They said the pass was closed but as good citizens we ignored it.

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The pass was really great with some rock falls covering some Road surface.

Then we took Prince Alfred to Avontuur. The road surface was bad with many many potholes. Not fun. We stopped over at Angie's, G Spot for a drink and lunch. It was one of the highlights of the trip. I think her husband is called Harrold.


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Elmarie had a fine dining burger

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I had a proper Cape Malay chicken curry.
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They have some real basic accommodation options and camping spots next to the river. The two under cover tent options looked great.

But we had to cover ground and decided to reach Barrydale. A long haul before we could sleep.

Next time I tell you about Barrydale. A place to enjoy.
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