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Post by JR on 12th October 2009, 16:38

Incase someone might be interested in joining, we are doing Kosi Bay this weekend but we are leaving Thursday morning to return on Saturday.

Thursday 15/10 to Pongola where we will overnight. (we need to do a 2 hr stopover "private job" in Ermelo Kosi Bay 15 to 17 Oct Icon_wink )
Friday 16/10 to Kosi Bay, down to Hluhluwe to Mkuze where we will overnight.
Saturday 17/10 back home to be in time for a matric farewell.

Total distance 1 461km

we will be on road bikes or S's so no gravel will be included.......not even a 1km air strip Kosi Bay 15 to 17 Oct Icon_redface

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Post by DeonP on 12th October 2009, 17:13

Please be very carefull in that area for goats,cows,children etc,etc,etc running across the road.

Remember the Dave Swart rule, if the cow or bokkie's head is down ie.grazing, it is OK to pass. If not , approach with care or in your case on the K - just open up that throttle and leave them behind wondering what the bliksem just went past !

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Post by JR on 12th October 2009, 17:36

thanks for the advice

and if on a loud K, ensure you are not the first bike to pass Kosi Bay 15 to 17 Oct Icon_lol

.......dit los soortvan 'n konsternasie agter jou Kosi Bay 15 to 17 Oct Icon_wink
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Post by KnopKop on 12th October 2009, 17:37

Just a suggestion:

The roadworks between Piet Retief and Pongola is VERY bad, with bad road conditions, and lots of stopping and waiting. Like this:

dakardrix wrote:Day 4:

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I suggest you take the road from Piet Retief to Vryheid via Paulpietersburg, then via Louwsburg up to the R66, then onto Pongola. Yes it is further, but the road is nice, with lost of twisties from Louwsburg down the escarpment

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Even though this is about 120km further it only took us 15min longer.

If you really want to do the N2, you can take this short-cut (all tar) where you will miss a great deal of the roadworks.
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Post by KnopKop on 12th October 2009, 17:50

Also note that the R69 between the R66 and the N2 is a dirt road, even though on Mapsource it looks like a tar road.

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Post by Marnus on 12th October 2009, 19:42

Shucks JR... and I still have to do Kosi Bay... Razz

You guys must enjoy and enjoy it safely!

PS. I was thinking of doing my Kosi Bay trip trough Swaziland (and perhaps Moz)... but only dreaming at this stage...
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Post by DaveS on 12th October 2009, 20:34

JR - I think you know the Vryheid - Pongola road. Wink

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Post by JR on 12th October 2009, 20:56

thank you so much Etienne, your input has been very helpful especially the part about the R69 between the R66 and the N2. cheers
I owe you a few cold ones for this

KnopKop wrote:If you really want to do the N2, you can take this short-cut (all tar) where you will miss a great deal of the roadworks.......
the N2 is not really a must but we are coming back via Louwsburg and Vryheid.

DaveS wrote:.....I think you know the Vryheid - Pongola road. Wink
indeed Very Happy no harm in riding that stretch of road twice. Wink

@ Etienne - are you positive the link back to the N2 from the R543 on your short-cut is tar?
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Post by KnopKop on 13th October 2009, 09:05

JR wrote:

@ Etienne - are you positive the link back to the N2 from the R543 on your short-cut is tar?

Yes 100%

It is a narrow, sometimes twisty tar road with no shoulder, but the surface is good. We did this road on the way back from the Kosi Bay GS trip in August. When we filled up in Pongola a guy on a Fazer told us about this detour. He rode with us all the way from Pongola to Piet Retief. So the road is roadbike friendly.

You can see him in the picture between me and the robot.

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Post by JR on 13th October 2009, 11:13

thanks man Kosi Bay 15 to 17 Oct Icon_biggrin
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Post by Chris on 13th October 2009, 12:28

Hi JR & ST, enjoy your ride, looking forward to the report. Sad Rolling Eyes
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