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Post by DaveS on 1st October 2009, 22:20

The following was posted in another thread earlier today:

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Re: To all of you...
by JCM Today at 8:36 am

.So Marquard is in the news today.....as first winner of the “Volksblad-Toerismedorp van die Jaar-kompetisie”.

Runners-up are Clarens, Excelsior and Ladybrand while Ficksburg is in the vicinity anyway.

Maybe a tour some time or another to see if we agree..............?

See: http://www.volksblad.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/2114/72d8d9356bef473a80314ae483fb5b9c/01-10-2009-03-06/Wendorp_se_resep_is_samewerking,_gesindheid

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....which of course got the thought processes flowing.. Wink Twisted Evil

So - who is interested in a ride to Marquard next Saturday, 10 October - approx 355km via the scenic route, have a look around the area, sleep over for the night and come back on Sunday.

1. DaveS
2. JCM
3. Johan & Trudi
4. Wahl


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Post by GSlady on 5th October 2009, 10:58

I wanted to go with.. but was reminded that there is only a short time left to get into shape for the 94.7...
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Post by tj on 5th October 2009, 13:05

You can go with your bicycle???? Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_biggrin
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Post by JCM on 5th October 2009, 17:20

tj wrote:You can go with your bicycle???? Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_biggrin

Ek het al snaakse goed op 'n GS gesien. Kan mens nie maar 'n bicycle ook oplaai nie? confused Laughing
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Post by tj on 5th October 2009, 17:25

... of in daai Kroeser van jou? Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_cheers
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Post by GSlady on 6th October 2009, 17:46

lol!
jaa swaer . . .
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Post by tj on 7th October 2009, 09:09

Soos voorgestel deur JCM:

Ek stel (voorlopig) die volgende roete voor: Ons ontmoet almal Saterdagoggend op Bapsfontein (dan hoef Johan en Trudie nie op te kom Pta toe nie). Dan ry ons daarvandaan Delmas-Devon-Balfour-Grootvlei-Villiers-Frankfort-Tweeling-Reitz-Bethlehem-Fouriesburg-Ficksburg-Clocolan-Marquard (ek het hierdie pad - tot op Bethlehem - al voorheen gery om tolpaaie te vermy).

As Johan en Trudie nie omgee om eers Pta toe te kom nie, kan ons natuurlik heeltemaal 'n ander pad ry. Gaan ons Clarens ook insluit? Seker verkieslik Sondag.....dan lewe die plek).

Ons moet, wat ons ookal doen, die pad tussen Petrus Steyn en Reitz vermy as gevolg van padwerke.

Oor die presiese terugkompad kan ons later besluit?

Anyway....hierdie is maar net voorlopige gedagtes.....dalk het julle beter idees.
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Post by tj on 7th October 2009, 09:11

Ek ondersteun die eerste voorstel. Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_cheers
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Post by JR on 8th October 2009, 13:34

Due to a few “unforeseen accidents” and some ferocious riding lately Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_rolleyes - Vanessa came down yesterday - we will probably not make this one but please be so kind to post just the “macro” trip detail. Departure point and time, route there (just towns) and overnight plans……one never knows Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_wink , maybe we can join in for part of the route.....


….and some others might be interested as well
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Post by JCM on 8th October 2009, 18:57

JR wrote:Due to a few “unforeseen accidents” and some ferocious riding lately Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_rolleyes - Vanessa came down yesterday - we will probably not make this one but please be so kind to post just the “macro” trip detail. Departure point and time, route there (just towns) and overnight plans……one never knows Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_wink , maybe we can join in for part of the route.....


….and some others might be interested as well

Vanessa.....your daughter? What happened.....hope she's fine!

I think we will finalise the departure point (Bapsfontein?) and route tomorrow morning.
Will post the detail.
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Post by JCM on 9th October 2009, 13:09

Right, here we go:

Seems as if some of us (Dave, Wahl, etc.) will leave tomorrow from Total (John Vorster at +-07:30am) meeting the rest (Johan/Johan, Trudie etc.) at the Bapsfontein garage (4 way stop) at 8am.

The planned route is:
Delmas-Devon-Balfour-Grootvlei-Villiers-Frankfort-Tweeling-Reitz-Bethlehem-Fouriesburg-Ficksburg-Clocolan-Marquard.

We will be staying in the Marquard Hotel.
(See http://www.cylex.co.za/company/marquard-hotel-15488009.html).

NOTE: Not all the roads in the vicinity of Grootvlei will get you onto the N3. The coordinates for the Grootvlei ramp onto the N3 is: S 26 48 21.9; E28 27 32.6 which is 26km from the Villiers Engen.
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Post by curtz_1 on 9th October 2009, 13:20

Oh bother, said Pooh...
I have to leave for Namibia tommorrow morning.
Enjoy, everybody!
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Post by tj on 11th October 2009, 18:49

So, we met at Bapsfontein at 08h00 sharp on Saturday and did the loooong way round to Marquard, some 540km later.

Myself & Trudie, Wahl, Johan Mijnhardt & Dave, who did most of the organising. With Dot still in Chicago it can get quite lonely at home

Which turn-off to take?
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During a leg-stretcher; Shall we take the 50km detour via Golden Gate??
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En route the bikes required some washing - a la JR Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_bounce

Dave needed only a tread rinse
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Wahl could do with cleaner spokes...
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These guys obviously learnt how to do it at Jan Staal se plaas Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_rabbit

Johan got on a bike the first time over 60 some months ago, and also do it gracefully Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_cheers Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_cheers Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_cheers

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Ja well the 800ST was in real need for an all-over soak - so too the rider Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Lol Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Lol Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Lol
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and my RT turned out to be the cleanest after that crossing! Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_bounce
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Caught them two red-handed during a fuel stop Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_twisted Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_evil Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_cry Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_redface Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_rolleyes Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Suspect

With some witnesses looking on. (Must go back to obtain their statements Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_pirat )


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Arriving at the beautiful Marquard Hotel. Still in renovating mode

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The staircase to the rooms
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The passage on the 1st floor
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The compulsory pub visit. The Lions beat the Griquas and are in the Semi's! Unbelievable, UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dave watching the game
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We all went for a sight seeing tour of the town, albeit a bit less ATGATT as required, but then the coppers were off duty at the time, old chap! Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_wink

Johan doing it in G-mode. This is happening all the more often on S-trips
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Setting up a pose for the inevitable picture at the town entrance
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Dave can we have your version please?

Next mornig after breaki the road home, most of the time in a soft drizzle, was over just too quickly...
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Post by dakardrix on 11th October 2009, 19:09

Lovely - tj, that water crossing is a classic! cheers
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Post by Wahl on 11th October 2009, 19:27

Thank you very much - It was a very nice overnighTer
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Post by DeonP on 11th October 2009, 19:54

Wow guys !
Another sucessful outing !
Sorry I missed out.
Would have been cheaper than staying at home.
A quick visit to Bavaria on Sat morning for 2 new tyres,an extended Warranty on the bike ( and almost a new bike )
Thanks for the report back !!
Looks like a place worth visiting in the near future.
I see Wahl was convinced to go along. Are you also coming on the boat trip to Namibia? PLEASE !!
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Post by Gemmerkat on 11th October 2009, 20:03

Thanks Dave and Johan M for organising such a nice trip. Thanks Whal for joining and Tj for being the sweep. Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_cheers

Can we pleaeaease do it again??? Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_biggrin
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Post by DaveS on 11th October 2009, 21:46

I think that TJ is still suffering from information overload and will let him correct the few errors in his post.... Rolling Eyes

Maar so tussen die Drakensbergers wat verdwaal het naby Villiers hier is 'n paar fotos wat nou-nou sal volg... Wink Razz

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Post by DaveS on 11th October 2009, 21:59

Some more photos...
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Op die Stoep restaurant where we had some drinks, left to go back to the hotel, came back for dinner (walked) and had some more drinks.
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Very friendly people the locals - everyone chats and greets when they arrive and leave. Sometimes things get a bit blurred though!
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This mornings view outside the hotel
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Some of the furniture in the hotel
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Thanks all for a good overnighter (the spelling in the title was correct! JCM - jy het net vuil gedagtes - sies jong!!! Shocked)

....but I like the sentiment!! Wink

Need to do an overnighter again in the near future.

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Post by Marnus on 12th October 2009, 05:48

Great stuff! Looks like this is a "dorpie" to put on the to-do list. Great water crossing pictures Very Happy As a rule of thumb - go as slow as possible... and only as fast as necessary tongue
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Post by DaveS on 12th October 2009, 07:38

tj wrote:[/b] Dave watching ordering a drink.
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Fixed - the 'game' on the other side of the bar counter was not worth watching! Wink

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Post by tj on 12th October 2009, 07:41

deonp wrote:Wow guys !
,an extended Warranty on the bike!!

Off topic:

Since when is an extended warranty on bikes available?

If so. Please start a new thread on this very important information!!
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Post by tj on 12th October 2009, 07:46

DaveS wrote:Some more photos... (the spelling in the title was correct! JCM - jy het net vuil gedagtes - sies jong!!! Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_eek)

....but I like the sentiment!! Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_wink

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I suspect Admin had a finger in this pie?!?! Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Suspect Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_twisted

Wahl has it correct:" OvernighTer" Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_wink Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_rolleyes
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Post by GSlady on 12th October 2009, 09:46

Lovely little town.. Thanks for the report.
Great example that one doesn't need a long weekend to go riding!
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Post by JR on 12th October 2009, 10:22

Good one guys.

Thanks for sharing! Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_biggrin

oh yes, that 800ST went through the water crossing on a mission Marquard overnighter - 10/11 October 2009 Icon_rolleyes
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