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maverick
17-11-04, 16:09
Had a go at some dirt roads with a different bike. This is The top of Swartberg Pass in SA.<br><P>

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Michelle and her step siss making their way down the 19 kilometer gravel road...<br><p>

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_3.jpg"></img><br><P>

Saw only two bikes going down this road and both 650's<br><p>

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_4.jpg"></img><br><P>

I managed to overtake the girlie rider a few minutes later on the downhill as they were taking it very easy down the slippery road.<br><p>

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_5.jpg"></img><br><P>


The turnoff to the Hell, went there last year and 50 km's of the most spectacular gravel and scenery I have seen. This is the only road in and the only one out.<br><p>

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_6.jpg"></img><br><P>


The girls beating me on the uphill and getting well ahead of me, London sure does not keep you fit!!<br><p>

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_7.jpg"></img><br><P>

At least after every climb there is a downhill I could catch them as my featherweight body mass helped along the momentum. :rolleyes:

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_8.jpg"></img><br><P>

It just goes on for ever and thankfull it was mostly downhill as the heat was already around 29 celcuis at 8:30 in the morning. :D

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_9.jpg"></img><br><P>

Looking back at the switchbacks and wondering how nice that would of been on my GS!!<br><p>

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_10.jpg"></img>

The bottom of the pass and my arms were knackered holding onto the bars and grabbing a handfull of brakes every now and again. :eek:

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_12.jpg"></img><br><P>

We left the main road and took a small back track through the veld<br><p>

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_17.jpg"></img><br><P>

Having a quick rest in the lei water(water channel) and splash to get rid of the sweat and dust of the pass.

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_15.jpg"></img><br><P>

Not exactly a ford neither a GS but was still great fun.

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_16.jpg"></img><br><P>

The last few km's back to town to a well deserved breakfeast and beer. :beer:

<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_18.jpg"></img><br><P>

Wish I was there!! :(
<img src="http://www.maverick-evolution.150m.com/2004/vakansie/cycling/swartberg_mtb_19.jpg"></img><br><P>

:gringo

Alte Wolf
17-11-04, 18:53
Mav your havin a really tough time out there, what with all that blisterin heat and aerobic stuff an all. :rolleyes:

Dont know how you get through. Dull cold and wet here, enjoy it while you can Kamerad ;)

maverick
18-11-04, 09:22
Originally posted by Alte Wolf
Mav your havin a really tough time out there, what with all that blisterin heat and aerobic stuff an all. :rolleyes:

Dont know how you get through. Dull cold and wet here, enjoy it while you can Kamerad ;)

Wolfie my budie my O'l pal I am back in the UK and had a lovely ride on the A13 into London with a nice soft down pour and a few thousand motorists.
Only getting to post the aftermath now and unfortenately it only makes it worse when you start thinking why we are in the UK when sunny sky is readily available.

On the bright side only 33 day's to the longest night and shortest day. Always looking forward to change :D

No Neck
18-11-04, 23:29
Hello guys, I am petty sure this is the pass that they used for the release of the 1200GS isnít it?

Good effort to get up there on a pusher!

maverick
19-11-04, 11:48
Originally posted by No Neck
Hello guys, I am petty sure this is the pass that they used for the release of the 1200GS isnít it?

Good effort to get up there on a pusher!

Yep the same pass indeed, ermmm I did not cycle up there hitched a lift :D

I am crazy dude but not stupid ;)