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    Spike, it will be good to see you again. Yes we are going there on Saturday, meeting at 09h30 at the Main Lapa. Jaques has also got a place there so we will see you there.

    The sand should be quite hard but there should also be some mud. Last I heard there was about 10 Ford's going. The weather sounds good as well so it should be a jol. See you there. ( ps have you still got keyrings )
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    ps have you still got keyrings
    ja got some left.
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    Ah! Lekker... die "1 - 2 - 3 manne"!!!


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    We tackled Vaatjie yesterday. And got a fleeting glance at Ashley's Ford Club convoy coming past our lapa.

    The trail consists of sand tracks with a few stoney river crossings. I would rate it mostly a 2 (softroaders can make it) with a few tougher bits here and there (thicker sand) which could catch out the inexperienced, so make that a 3plus or a 4minus (bit of experience required and and maybe lowrange). A nice place to go play, and for newbies to learn, and to take the family etc cos there's nothing to freak out the wife. If you're into a tough challenge then this isn't for you. Clive drove in 4x2 to churn it up a bit to make it a bit tougher for the rest of the guys. A nice alternative to Atlantis Dunes.

    Apart from one hectic optional obstacle I didn't come close to getting stuck. ( I bogged once when I got lazy)
    The hectic obstacle consisted of a tricky cliff type ascent on the side of a river. So you had to drop into the river then plant it to get up the muddy cliff. Needless to say I didn't make it and re-earned my mudcab status (and klapped my bullbar quite radically). After much pushing and shoving and guys falling in the mud, the guys managed to turn me sideways and I got out. Next up was a Hilux SFA who thokked into the cliff and thokked his diff into his oil filter apparently cos he dumped all his oil and that was the end of his day. Clive in his red Jeep, and Bob in his old shape Colt with lift and 32's, were the only ones to make it. Only 5 out of 11 attempted it.

    Charlatan you are lucky you couldn't make it for the trail cos I think, in your SuperJeep, you would have been bored out of your skull.

    Pics will follow shortly. I haven't checked them yet.


    ps. Philip and Bob you owe R100 each!
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    Some pics.
    1. Clive making it to the top.
    2, 3 and 4. Eees brokken
    5. A troopie having an unsuccessful bash
    6. Troopie trying the easier line, also unsuccessfully
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    1. Another Toyota dead. That's two that had to be left on the side of the trail (that's Bob in the white old-shape Colt)
    2. That's Philip with the boep in the white t-shirt.
    3. Trail shot
    4. Werner Kroese
    5. Toy prior to dropping it's oil.
    6. Nice old jeepie. 46 or 48 thereabouts
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    Some more.
    1. Clive
    2. Niel's cool Colt with 32's
    3. Nice view.
    4. Bob with Die Blouberg in the distance.
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    Looks lekka,

    That one is on my personal shortlist now.
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    Vizzerman it would be ideal for you to learn your vehicle. Just take a buddy ( or two) to snatch incase you get stuck. Momentum and tyre pressure and it won't be a problem.
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    Go Coltmonster! Good thing you could regain a bit of credibility after the faulty tyre gauge episode at Klein Tafelberg, eh Bob?

    @Spike: I'm not always out to look for extreme stuff - this looked like a nice mellow ride with one serious obstacle. Good enough, maybe if they had one more challenge like that it will be perfect.


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    ja, like I said at KT, was very ashamed at getting bogged down at KT in that sand, you didn't hear me crying myself to sleep in the tent about it that evening.

    Vaatjie was fun / relaxed drive, gave Niel some space now and then and then planted foot to catch up again for some fun. I agree, it's an easy family drive, even one you could let the wife do to make her more comfortable with handling the 4x4.

    Was still very good to get out and play some :-)

    PS: Spike, I paid Jacques directly just before we came and said goodbye.
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    Hi Spike

    I am sorry I never stopped and chatted but as I was leading the convoy I was trying to get through the trail before the weather came. We were eleven Fords and one Mazda and as you know with a big group it takes time.

    Your trip report is very accurate and I agree with your ratings, in Summer this changes and it becomes very difficult in the play area ( Anton's se Gat) and then even the hard core manne take a bit of strain.

    Chuck Norris drift was a different case as you correctly state I went through first , no hassles with the STT's and the Official Ford Bakkie had MTR's on also no problems, but after that it became slippery etc, two bakkies with road tyres had to be recovered . A few went sideways quite spectaculary but then made it up. Only one Ford took the easy option. The Mazda made it as well , no problems.

    My wife dislocated her shoulder a few weeks ago so she was waiting on the other side and as a gentleman I had to go back and fetch her.
    Now I was faced with a dilema, easy side or difficult side which was churned up and a real challenge by now. So of course I chose for Groot Bals Drif ( renamed to Chuck Norris at a Dominee's request). I just floored it and the STT's did the rest.

    Fortunately none of our vehicles took any damage expect for the loss of a trailer electrical plug plastic cover. We had a nice braai afterwards in the Lapa and listened to the rugby. I was hoping to see you afterwards but you guys had all gone it was only Jaques and Colin left.

    We will have to have a Forum outing there so that the rest can join.
    Last edited by Ashley; 2007/06/25 at 09:57 AM. Reason: forgot to preview, typo's

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    I paid Jacques directly
    No worries. He was short and I was trying to figure who had paid/not paid via Jacque trying to remember and describe. Moenieworrienie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    No worries. He was short and I was trying to figure who had paid/not paid via Jacque trying to remember and describe. Moenieworrienie.

    he he, no not worried. Organised trails before so I know it turns to chaos when you need to get everyone to pay. And it really does suck when you total up in the end and find you are short. Dis swak styl.

    Anyway, got some photos of you getting pushed around in the mud there, at home though, will upload tonight if I have time. Ronel didn't take too many photos.
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    got some photos of you getting pushed around in the mud
    Yeah the bakkie is still covered in mud with a nice pile still stuck on the towbar. Getting a free valet courtesy of Mitsubishi today (in for a service)
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