Saturday, August 4, 2007

Vleesbaai 4x4 Dune Route

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For a while now I’ve heard about this 4x4 route. Several people asked if Dual Purpose bikes would be able to ride it so we decided to go and check it out with the 4x4.

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It costs R180 to ride the route. It is well laid out and very challenging. The sand is deep and loose – not for the faint hearted! Even on four wheels.

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The views are spectacular!

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The route incorporates red route “detours” – difficult obstacles next to the normal route. This is one of them:

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The Isuzu battled at first, but made it to the top with a lot of spinning after several attempts. The problem with this obstacle is the tight S-bend right before the final climb. This turn shaves off needed momentum and makes it difficult to reach the top. We got to the top on the first attempt, but not quite over…

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We tried again – with the same result.

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In the end the holes spun by the Isuzu was just too deep.

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Next up we encountered a very steep dune. The Isuzu drove down and tried to get back up again, but ended up in the bushes. Personally I don’t think any vehicle would be able to get back up there (Luckily the route carries on and that’s not necessary).

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Unfortunately the gradient is never clear on a photo.

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We helped recover the other vehicle – getting stuck is part of the fun!

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Close to the end of the route we decided to stop and have something to eat. There are very few places in SA where you van still get this close to the ocean with your 4x4 vehicle.

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The last dune is a helluva uphill. Both the Isuzu and the Cruiser got up there on the second try.

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What an enjoyable day shared by 3 generations of our family.

Next Vleesbaai report here.




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1 comment:

Louis van As said...

Excellent, we are doing it in December'08 and I cannot wait, hopefully the Hilux doesn't dissapoint.