Mazeppa 06

Trip Start Nov 03, 2006
Trip End Nov 07, 2006

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Friday, November 3, 2006

We left early(ish) on Friday morning for East London (both of us riding BMW 650 DAKAR's).
Being in a bit of a hurry, we headed straight there on the Tar (something i'm never keen to do cause it is just too boring). After the standard bit of shopping etc, we settled in at a mates house (Craig and his girlfriend Jenny's place) for a good old SA braai and a fair amount of beer. (i've been in the uk for a fair amount of time, so had a few too many...) I did regret it a bit the next day, as it was a bit of a scorcher.

Up early this time, and nursing a fair headache (nothing a few drugs couldn't sort out!) we set out for Morgan Bay, where we dropped off all but the most essential stuff, and then headed for Kei Mouth and the Transkei.
For just R40-00 each, we got a return ticket across the Kei river on the pontoon, and were finally in the Transkei propper.
From the pontoon, we headed inland, on the (not so good) dirt roads towards Kentani, and then nort east over the Cats pass, and then south east to Mazeppa. It was pretty humerous to see a speed limit sign stating 80Km/h, cause i rekon we only got that fast about 4 times on the bikes! the roads were pretty badly eroded with lots of potholes, but the bikes handled then so easily it was amazing. The normal vehicles that we saw didn't have that luck, and at one stage, we saw a bakkie driving along on the rim!! - with nothing but a few shreds left of his tyre - the driver wasn't perterbed though, and carried on happily.
After reaching Mazeppa, we turned up the coast towards Kob Inn. Traveling on a foot path, we struggled a bit and got stuck once or twice in the mud and sand. We stopped for lunch on the beach, which was beautiful.
We headed back to the hotel at Mazeppa, and had a drink there. After which (the rather grumpy) owner of the place alowed us to quickly hose down the brakes on the bikes to get rid of some of the mud.
We then started looking for somewhere to camp, and were happy to find a good spot right on the coast, just below the southern houses of Mazeppa. We wern't sure if it was legal to camp here, so we waited for sundown and then quickly put up the tents....

In the morning, we decided to head south as much as possible alont the coast. The 1st bit looked pretty bad, with some big rivers, so we headed around to the Jacaranda ship wreck, and then made our way down the coast on foot paths etc.
There were some pretty hairy river crossings and some difficult muddy sections, and we found ourselves struggling along some sandy sections. Ryan dropped his bike once on the beach in a deep sand section, but no harm was done except to his pride, and i ended up putting my front wheel under water when i tried to cross a tricky river without first checking the depth... we learn...
Eventually we popped out just up the road from the pontoon at Kei mouth, and we were pretty chuffed, because we were running out of fuel by this time.
After filling up, we headed through to the Dunedin Nature reserve on the Kei River (I grew up on this farm) for a great lunch. Feeling in need for a bit of a nap now, we headed back to Rhett's place in Morgan Bay.
We spent the next 2 nights there, catching up, and drinking gin, and then headed back to Queenstown.

Ryan had to get to work, so he headed off early and went on thetar, but i meandered back along some very senic routes passed Komga, up towards Bolo, and then west to cathcart via the Henderson road, and then via Tylden (on tne dirt road) to Queenstown.
It took at least 5 hours of cleaning to put my mind at ease with regard to all the sea water that was probably rusting my bike by now, and then i could sit back and have a Gin and tonic and reflect on a good week end.
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Where I stayed
Kob Inn
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