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Re: Safest road, WC to Durbs
« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2014, 04:05:14 pm »
The Elliot/ Queenstown route  :thumleft:

Then from Kokstad I'd go straight to the coast at Port Shepstone.

Awesome stuff.

Thanks for all the help!
I'll try report back on the route once I get to Durbs.
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Re: Safest road, WC to Durbs
« Reply #21 on: October 09, 2014, 01:33:11 pm »
Report-back.

Left Somerset West at 0500 on Tuesday. Hit thick fog at Sir Lowry's Pass. It was a tense 20minutes of only being able to see about 2m ahead, knowing there were trucks around. But from there, it was smooth sailing.

A quick stop at Cape Agulhas for a photo.
Brunch at the Blue Crane Farm Stall just outside Heidelberg (really good rusks there!).
Coffee in Nature's Valley.
And got to my accommodation (Orange Elephant) just before 1900.
Accomm wasn't quite what I expected. But the bar served really good food (tramezzini).

0500 on Wednesday and I was on the road again, for the long haul to Ballito.
Took the R342, followed the signs to Grahamstown, and found myself on a dirt road going past Shamwari. Oops. But wow, what a scenic route. And I saw bokkies and birds of prey, so that was cool.

Super drive from Grahamstown. Queenstown looked alright, and I should have stopped in at Spur for breakfast. This was the last decent town for the next 7 hours.
While the view was great, the pace was slow. Single lanes, trucks, and steep hills meant I averaged about 80km/h. My mood deteriorated very quickly. And my poor car struggled at the 3000ft + elevation (on Tuesday I got just under 500km on about 25l of fuel. On Wednesday, not even 400km for the same amount of fuel).
It was great to be back on the N2 from Kokstad, but the going was still slow.
Reached Port Shepstone at about 1615, and had my first break in 7hrs.
From there, it was a nice drive in the rain, and I got to Ballito just before 1900.

There were 3 stop-go's, but luckily I had the GO option for all of them.

Been resting today.

Tomorrow I continue to Gauteng. I was originally planning on taking the N3 all the way.
Now I'm considering N2 to Stanger -  then Greytown - Ladysmith - N3.
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« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2014, 01:40:57 pm »
Ok, well so now we get drive reports.

Looking forward to your ride reports

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« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2014, 01:51:42 pm »
Ok, well so now we get drive reports.

Looking forward to your ride reports

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Be a while before I write a ride report, unfortunately.  :xxbah:

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Re: Safest road, WC to Durbs
« Reply #24 on: October 20, 2014, 03:58:26 pm »
"ave 80km/hr"....yorrr!!!! That must have been super-frustrating.

I was considering a road trip to CT last year December and that would've been, pretty much, my route too. I have never done the part between Elliott and PE...never even been there. Also wiff o'night in PE...almost certainly Oranje Olifant too.
 

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Re: Safest road, WC to Durbs
« Reply #25 on: October 20, 2014, 05:56:36 pm »
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Left Somerset West at 0500 on Tuesday. Hit thick fog at Sir Lowry's Pass. It was a tense 20minutes of only being able to see about 2m ahead, knowing there were trucks around. But from there, it was smooth sailing.

A quick stop at Cape Agulhas for a photo.
Brunch at the Blue Crane Farm Stall just outside Heidelberg (really good rusks there!).
Coffee in Nature's Valley.
And got to my accommodation (Orange Elephant) just before 1900.
Accomm wasn't quite what I expected. But the bar served really good food (tramezzini).

0500 on Wednesday and I was on the road again, for the long haul to Ballito.
Took the R342, followed the signs to Grahamstown, and found myself on a dirt road going past Shamwari. Oops. But wow, what a scenic route. And I saw bokkies and birds of prey, so that was cool.

Super drive from Grahamstown. Queenstown looked alright, and I should have stopped in at Spur for breakfast. This was the last decent town for the next 7 hours.
While the view was great, the pace was slow. Single lanes, trucks, and steep hills meant I averaged about 80km/h. My mood deteriorated very quickly. And my poor car struggled at the 3000ft + elevation (on Tuesday I got just under 500km on about 25l of fuel. On Wednesday, not even 400km for the same amount of fuel).
It was great to be back on the N2 from Kokstad, but the going was still slow.
Reached Port Shepstone at about 1615, and had my first break in 7hrs.
From there, it was a nice drive in the rain, and I got to Ballito just before 1900.

There were 3 stop-go's, but luckily I had the GO option for all of them.

Been resting today.

Tomorrow I continue to Gauteng. I was originally planning on taking the N3 all the way.
Now I'm considering N2 to Stanger -  then Greytown - Ladysmith - N3.

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Re: Safest road, WC to Durbs
« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2014, 05:08:38 pm »
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Left Somerset West at 0500 on Tuesday. Hit thick fog at Sir Lowry's Pass. It was a tense 20minutes of only being able to see about 2m ahead, knowing there were trucks around. But from there, it was smooth sailing.

A quick stop at Cape Agulhas for a photo.
Brunch at the Blue Crane Farm Stall just outside Heidelberg (really good rusks there!).
Coffee in Nature's Valley.
And got to my accommodation (Orange Elephant) just before 1900.
Accomm wasn't quite what I expected. But the bar served really good food (tramezzini).

0500 on Wednesday and I was on the road again, for the long haul to Ballito.
Took the R342, followed the signs to Grahamstown, and found myself on a dirt road going past Shamwari. Oops. But wow, what a scenic route. And I saw bokkies and birds of prey, so that was cool.

Super drive from Grahamstown. Queenstown looked alright, and I should have stopped in at Spur for breakfast. This was the last decent town for the next 7 hours.
While the view was great, the pace was slow. Single lanes, trucks, and steep hills meant I averaged about 80km/h. My mood deteriorated very quickly. And my poor car struggled at the 3000ft + elevation (on Tuesday I got just under 500km on about 25l of fuel. On Wednesday, not even 400km for the same amount of fuel).
It was great to be back on the N2 from Kokstad, but the going was still slow.
Reached Port Shepstone at about 1615, and had my first break in 7hrs.
From there, it was a nice drive in the rain, and I got to Ballito just before 1900.

There were 3 stop-go's, but luckily I had the GO option for all of them.

Been resting today.

Tomorrow I continue to Gauteng. I was originally planning on taking the N3 all the way.
Now I'm considering N2 to Stanger -  then Greytown - Ladysmith - N3.

HUH ???   When did you stay here???????

Hello,

I arrived around 1830 on Tuesday (7th), and left Wednesday morning around 0500.