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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    This trip was an amazing experience, one I would repeat in a heartbeat.

    Some observations from my side:

    1. All the fancy and expensive tyres are overrated, Jors did all the trails and regularly drive all the trails, plus the “X” rated F trail on Dunlop Grandtrek AT22’s. He also just completed a Namib desert trip using these. Toyota install these on FJ’s and Land Cruisers as example. Apparently they know something most don’t
    2. Do NOT trust your smartfone or GPS in the car to give you the right directions
    3. The trip planning is spot on, what is not is ours and the lack of time to visit all the remarkable places close-by. So we’ll just have to do it again, but then have at least 4 days spare to go to the likes of Augrabies, Oranje Rivier Kelders, etc….. o yes as well as swimming and fishing in the Orange river
    4. Putting a handshake to a forum name is precious as well as walking away with new friends
    5. The FJ is The King of the dunes, no argument
    6. Baofeng hand-held radio range is not so great.


    Wish I can return tomorrow with the FJ of course
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    Default Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    I compiled this video from some clips given by Dirk and Rechard’s wife

    Note the first drop into the trail, the right hand side of where we went down.. note the drop off, then see if you can see the angle that the car in front goes back up again..

    And then some more of the clips of the steep exit out of trail c

    https://youtu.be/hOCzQx22Ws4
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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    I compiled this video from some clips given by Dirk and Rechard’s wife

    Note the first drop into the trail, the right hand side of where we went down.. note the drop off, then see if you can see the angle that the car in front goes back up again..

    And then some more of the clips of the steep exit out of trail c

    https://youtu.be/hOCzQx22Ws4
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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    YouTube says Video unavailable and private Andrew.

    Is it only me?
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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    A wat ek kan se is wow

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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by DCTheron View Post
    YouTube says Video unavailable and private Andrew.

    Is it only me?

    Fixed it
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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    I compiled this video from some clips given by Dirk and Rechard’s wife

    Note the first drop into the trail, the right hand side of where we went down.. note the drop off, then see if you can see the angle that the car in front goes back up again..

    And then some more of the clips of the steep exit out of trail c

    https://youtu.be/hOCzQx22Ws4
    Jy moet hom Unlisted maak dan kan hy net vannaf hierdie link gekyk word , of Publish

    Ah , Fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    Jy moet hom Unlisted maak dan kan hy net vannaf hierdie link gekyk word , of Publish

    I fixed it... Sheesh
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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    you cant leave us hanging like that!

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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    That section was lot scarier than the videos portray, for sure

    A fitting end to the mountain section.
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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    I loved Lelik pad.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    What is amazing about this report is that most of the very good parts are not on film, because there just was no time to capture it.
    So what we are seeing here are in general, the more relaxed bits... The areas where people had time to photograph and film.

    A Further Highlight for me:
    The route from Riemvasmaak to Klein Pella:

    The sudden hit that the landscapes give you in the stomach from just outside of Riemvasmaak and the feeling you get of traversing some rough terrain with your 4x4 and adding the trailer into the dynamics I thoroughly enjoyed, and I am soooo happy it could be included in the trip.

    I have to applaud the team for the way you faced the challenges that I threw at you that first day...., the sudden escalation of driving challenges that I gave you all of a sudden, especially the very technical drive from Pella to Klein Pella via Lelik Pad was maybe a bit unexpected for all of you, bar a few, but you all just dug down and pushed through.

    I must say, I had not expected that the trail would have been as affected by the resent rains as it was... I enjoyed every minute of it. My wife kept asking if I was mad
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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by Coenoes View Post
    I loved Lelik pad.
    Lelik Pad was a Lekker Pad!

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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    What is amazing about this report is that most of the very good parts are not on film, because there just was no time to capture it.
    So what we are seeing here are in general, the more relaxed bits... The areas where people had time to photograph and film.

    A Further Highlight for me:
    The route from Riemvasmaak to Klein Pella:

    The sudden hit that the landscapes give you in the stomach from just outside of Riemvasmaak and the feeling you get of traversing some rough terrain with your 4x4 and adding the trailer into the dynamics I thoroughly enjoyed, and I am soooo happy it could be included in the trip.

    I have to applaud the team for the way you faced the challenges that I threw at you that first day...., the sudden escalation of driving challenges that I gave you all of a sudden, especially the very technical drive from Pella to Klein Pella via Lelik Pad was maybe a bit unexpected for all of you, bar a few, but you all just dug down and pushed through.

    I must say, I had not expected that the trail would have been as affected by the resent rains as it was... I enjoyed every minute of it. My wife kept asking if I was mad
    As someone whose preference is not "to do a trail for doing a trail's sake", the trip from Riemvasmaak to Klein Pella was most definitely the highlight for me personally!!! Although I also enjoyed doing that portion of the dunes that I did (and seeing that my DIY el cheapo sand tracks worked. I should have lied and said that I got stuck on purpose to try them out, but it really was unintentional!!!)

    Thanks again to everyone who made for a memorable trip. And keep up the good work as a scribe, Wayne!
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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by Mambo View Post
    Lelik Pad was a Lekker Pad!

    You guys have me worried, was there a lelik Pad??
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    Default Re: Klein Pella - Easter 2021

    @ DCTheron - Quote: All the fancy and expensive tyres are overrated UNQUOTE.

    After very many 10 000 Km overland trips I must agree.

    In just over three months in 2012 we did an approx. 15 000 Km overland trip towing a trailer fitted with RTT in the old Suuz (Basic 4x4 D/C).
    Tires on trailer and Isuzu were bog standard 16 inch Goodyear AT Wranglers as they were at that time - Not even a puncture during the entire trip.

    This trip covered travelling from Pinetown to and through Kalghadi NP (RSA Side), South Eastern and Eastern Namibia side then via Windhoek to Caprivi Strip and onwards into Zambia via Sesheke (Bad gravel and basically off-road at that time) up to Mongu before meeting tar (surfaced) road, then into Eastern Zambia and later into Zimbabwe .... including a 7 hour 70 Km stretch through washed out river bed and rocky terrain as well as deep san in other places - then back to RSA via a few places and back roads, then back in RSA , from Thsipise to Punda Maria gate (KNP) through the rural areas - not on normal roads of any kind of description.
    We were just the two old folk travelling all alone - (I was less old then than now).
    From there on it was normal road conditions via Swaziland back to Pinetown.

    So my conclusion and with ref. to DCT's comment quoted above:
    Unless you are some kind of tire freak or have a very specific application, I would not spend money on "special" tires.
    Rather keep in hand for unexpected emergencies - mechanical (or these days, electrical / electronic) failures - or "other".
    BUT carry an extra spare just in case of the unexpected.

    So, apologies for high-jacking the thread, but just had to say again - not even a puncture.
    There - Now I have put the cat amongst the pigeons.
    Maybe this should be under a different category.

    Mods please move if felt appropriate.
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