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    Default Re: JHB to DBN on Dirt Roads

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcR View Post
    I have sent a request to someone who has done the race for route info...
    Feedback I got is...

    My contact did the race without/before the GPS route was integrated into the program.
    The cycle route goes through some private farms
    The cycle route has some single track
    The support vehicles did not / could not follow every inch of the route

    It is probably still a good starting point and reference for options, but not a route that can just be uploaded to the GPS and followed.
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    Default Re: JHB to DBN on Dirt Roads

    There are more than 10 passes between Oliviershoek and Memel, some requiring some 4x4 skill. I try to do a different route each time. Sometimes the road is washed away ... all part of the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    Is that route selected by telling T4A to only use public access roads?
    I have tried to have Basecamp only routing on gravel by using the avoidance functions. However, that did not work. I then created a route by selecting shortest distance. I then manually changed the route to the gravel roads I saw on the map. T4A had many breaks in the roads in Gauteng and it did not want to route through them. I am not sure why this is as there is no description of locked gates or something.

    Back to your question. I don't think there is a function to automatically avoid private roads. Usually the road description will mention that and I have tried to stay away from those. I did see one or two of them. In some places there will be breaks that will prevent you from routing on these unless you start a route from inside this section.

    I think it boils down to the fact that regardless how much planning one puts into planning a trip on the computer, somewhere along the line one is bound to have to make some adjustments while on the road. And also T4A is just as good as the feedback that is sent in after a trip. Roads and accesses are dynamic things and do change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Bloody awesome. I will zoom in on the route and make notes. Thanks a span
    If you send me your email via PM, I can send you the GPX and KML files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyP View Post
    I'm not doing the entire route on dirt.
    So it will be on the N3 to Villiers where I turn off to get to Cornelia to Vrede is gravel but from Vrede to Memel is tar on the R34. I'm only leaving Joburg at 15:00 so will overnight in Memel.
    Friday morning I take the R722 from Memel, but turn left (9 k's outside Memel) onto the gravel road which will take me to Collings Pass and join up with the N11 to Ladysmith. From there I'll jump onto the N3 again, but get onto the old road at Mooi River through Rosetta, Notties (for a stop at the Rawdon's Brewery) Lidgetton, Howick, Maritzburg and on to Durban via the Comrades route.

    I'll post a few pics when I get back
    Hi Tony,

    Have you done the Old Rail Formation 4WD Trail from Van Reenen's side yet? Some stunning view from there also. At one point you also pass through an old tunnel,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniek View Post
    Hi Tony,

    Have you done the Old Rail Formation 4WD Trail from Van Reenen's side yet? Some stunning view from there also. At one point you also pass through an old tunnel,

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    This sounds interesting
    There is no such thing as inclement weather, only poor selection of clothing.... or Vehicle

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    There is no such thing as inclement weather, only poor selection of clothing.... or Vehicle

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    There is no such thing as inclement weather, only poor selection of clothing.... or Vehicle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    I'm assuming those 2 can't be the same route?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    I'm assuming those 2 can't be the same route?
    The Mountain Passes Route is just the top section of the route market previously. See below:

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    And I have not read through whole of the thread for the trip the guys did in 2012. It looks as if they did the Railway Formation track on the 1st day and from there they went on other roads also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniek View Post
    Hi Tony,

    Have you done the Old Rail Formation 4WD Trail from Van Reenen's side yet? Some stunning view from there also. At one point you also pass through an old tunnel,

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    No Danie, I have not done that route yet. Unfortunately I will be a little pressed for time on this trip but figured I could squeeze the Colling's pass section in.
    Next time I plan to do a little more of the side routes.
    After adding a few more sections each time, I'll make a proper back route trip for the entire way.
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    Don't know if it helps someone did mention something similar with Tracks for Africa I am on the South Coast in Port Edward and recently asked my GPS to plot a route to Underberg in the Berg but I asked it to avoid toll roads and it plotted a route which avoided Durban and Pietemaritzburg and used only back roads I think they were mostly tar roads though

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    Default Re: JHB to DBN on Dirt Roads

    Sounds like a good trip however if there is tar roads in the rural areas they are covered with speed bumps and thousands of them.The mother in law stayed in Balito and I decided to stay off the N3 and come out Stanger side.It was an experience and would advice caution for safety in some areas.

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    It would be very interesting to do a trip one way or the other on non-main or preferably gravel roads since we have a daughter living in Midrand / Centurion area and it would make a good alternative to the N3!!!!
    However we would not do such a trip (if feasible at all) in one day so would need one or even two overnight stops along the way, either camping or self catering ...
    It would be interesting to hear (read) any suggestions as to possible such overnight spots, also with the reference above to safety / security issues.

    There must have been an old road going through the whole way in the past but maybe parts of N3 or N11 now cover some of those sections.
    N11 although tar is not a bad option either - also missing most of the toll roads - just the trucks .... eish!
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    Default Re: JHB to DBN on Dirt Roads

    We did this a few months ago - VanReenen to Ladysmith. Great route but some tar is unavoidable... It also looks like some roads have been recently tarred...



    Quote Originally Posted by Daniek View Post
    Hi Tony,

    Have you done the Old Rail Formation 4WD Trail from Van Reenen's side yet? Some stunning view from there also. At one point you also pass through an old tunnel,

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