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Longway to Cape Town and back to East London
« on: March 28, 2020, 03:36:04 pm »
The last few years I do my best to go on a trip somewhere during the year, but I always have to wait for the auditors to finish my part of the work, which is normally the middle of August or early September.  December is booked for a visit to the kids Down Under every second year and a trip with Ou Bees the alternative year – doing the back roads with the car.  Two years ago I was planning to go to Namibia, but I had to cancel due to family issues, but that is how life is and I have no regrets.

Without explaining to much, my trips are normal stuff (what is normal), and a lot of you have been on these roads.  I believe that you can be happy on your bike, doesn’t matter where you are or where you ride – tar / gravel / mountains……

OK – let me start……

Auditors signed off and leave forms was signed.  Mine by our financial director and the other guys’ forms were signed off by their wives.   :peepwall:

 :( Am I the only one that still works?

Day 1 would be from East London to King, all tar – skip the compulsory breakfast at the Wimpy in King and aim for Grahamstown.  As we entered KWT, we saw “Die Arende” on their way to somewhere (kannie meer onthou nie Louis - sorry) to get some stuff for their daughter’s wedding.  After a chat, change of clothes as it became hotter than in East London, we were on the road again.

Just after Dimbaza we smelled the first gravel road and joined the Debe Nek bypass road that runs towards Grahamstown.  Ed arranged with his bother that he will give him a miscall once we leave Grahamstown.  Alon on the other side saw a whatsup message “leaving in 10 minutes” and he jumped on his bike and went faster than lightning to the meeting point that was at the crossing of the N10 and the R400.  That was about 10 in the morning and we only got to him at about 1 that afternoon.  Needless to say – he was well rested as he slept in the shade the whole morning.

From there we followed the R400 for our 1st night’s rest at the well-known Royal Hotel in Steytlerville.

My partners in crime are:

David – travels a lot with me



Ed – also known as Areena on the forum




Alon – Ed’s brother from PE



It is very dry and after about 60 km’s this is the first water we saw.  Met a local black farmer who had a chat to us and he explained their worries about the drought and how they battle to get water.



The road ahead – dusty, dry, hot, but we are blessed.  We can do what we like to do.



This bull was on a mission, but we let him go………..



The bridge at the Fish River.



The sign says it all





The meeting place with the N10 in the background.





Waiting for Alon and David – Alon had a puncture and it was HOT



I am not a politician but I cannot think for how long that would be still “legal”.  Personally I don’t have a problem with the flags painted on the rocks – just thinking…..



The bridge at Steytlerville.



Think I have more than 100 pictures of me and the sign 😊





Nothing as good as a cold on after an hard day at work 😊



And now it is bed time………..



Day 2 to follow.
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Re: Longway to Cape Town and back to East London
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2020, 04:02:03 pm »
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Re: Longway to Cape Town and back to East London
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2020, 04:15:11 pm »
Today we were riding from Steytlerville to a farm close to De Rust.

After a good night’s rest, we were ready to rock and roll early the Monday morning, but first we have to have an healthy breakfast, and no better way than to do it right now.

While waiting for the breakfast, I took some pictures as I cannot sit still and wait for something…..

Coffees to choose from………



Paintings on the wall





Next time I want to have a look what it looks inside of the church.





We took the road that runs along the Baviaans Mountains – not sure what the road is called, but it is very scenic.  Did it a few years ago with Ou Bees.



The 3 musketeers -  :ricky:



The road ahead.



And what we have done so far







Even Ou Skillie was on the road.



Sometimes you have to rest….



We also saw a lot of empty houses ‘cause of the drought.  Heartbroken. :'( :'( :'(



David comes flying down the road.



Waarheen  :biggrin:



By midday we were in Willowmore and ready for a milk shake



While to others were busy…..







I enjoyed mine






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Re: Longway to Cape Town and back to East London
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2020, 04:58:35 pm »
After the milkshake, cake and coffee we were walking around in Willowmore.  Do yourself a favour and visit the place – always clean and the people are friendly.  Not sure if it was because of the 3 old men with me, maar nou ja – let us leave it there….



Wanted to buy this, but wasn’t for sale.



And they do keep the town clean.



Time to be on the road again and we took the gravel road between Willowmore and Klaarstroom.



Hoog in die takke.





Klaarstroom hotel.



Die kerk en die bar sit langsmekaar…. :deal: :biggrin:



Meiringspoort







After we bought some beers and meat in De Rust, we set off to our accommodation for the evening.  A placed called "The Stables".  What  a place it is.  Our hosts were friendly people and the place is out of the books.  It is old stables that were converted into bedrooms.







My horse quite happy to rest tonight.









David made sure that the fire is burning.



Sunset after a very good day on our horses.



Time to go to bed and sleep.  Tomorrow is another day.





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Re: Longway to Cape Town and back to East London
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2020, 05:14:27 pm »
Today’s plans were to ride from the farm, Swartbergpass, Prins Albert, Merweville and Sutherland where we would sleep at Wit Jan’s farm.

As from early, it was hot, very hot and the wind came up.  :deal:

Good morning to day 3.  Welcome to a new fresh day……….  :biggrin:.



On the road again.



Why must I live in the city???  But I also know that the platteland has it's own challenges.  :deal:  :deal:






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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2020, 05:29:04 pm »
We had breakfast at "Kobus se Gat" and the hot burn started.  :(  I then realized that I forgot my tablets at home.  :pot:

Swartbergpass NEVER EVER disappoints.


























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Re: Longway to Cape Town and back to East London
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2020, 05:45:09 pm »
Hi Jmol enjoying your ride report where is this Oliver Rust you referring to ?
Searching on trip advisor don't see what  your pics show of the accommodation
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2020, 05:50:58 pm »
We spend a lot of time in Prins Albert, having milk shakes and looking for hot burn tablets.  The ones they offered me would lasted 10 minutes and eventually I decided to take it, but take 2 at once.  I also stopped eating the “lekker” food and drinking all sorts of shakes 😊

By this time it was hot, late and the wind was pumping.  Once we got to the N1 on our way to Merweville, we decided to hit the black stuff to Matjiesfontein and go straight to Sutherland.  Boring, I must say, but as said, it was late, windy and hot.

Once in Sutherland, we bought some meat and went to have a look at the Telescopes.

While Ed and Alon went in with a tour group, David and I waited patiently outside and took these pictures.



This was actually taken inside.



Think I must go back there and show it to Ou Bees.

Eventually we got to our destination and the fire was waiting for us.







After a nice meal, we went all to bed for a good nights rest.  Tomorrow it is Cape Town.
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2020, 05:57:46 pm »
Hi Jmol enjoying your ride report where is this Oliver Rust you referring to ?
Searching on trip advisor don't see what  your pics show of the accommodation

Hi Kevin.

This is the best I can show - David knew about the place - https://goo.gl/maps/SpXnPdWUKDcodzJD6

083 627 1494  - It is called "The Stables".

I had it wrong in the original post.  I changed it.

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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2020, 06:17:58 pm »
Hi Jmol enjoying your ride report where is this Oliver Rust you referring to ?
Searching on trip advisor don't see what  your pics show of the accommodation

Hi Kevin.

This is the best I can show - David knew about the place - https://goo.gl/maps/SpXnPdWUKDcodzJD6

083 627 1494  - It is called "The Stables".

I had it wrong in the original post.  I changed it.

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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2020, 08:18:15 pm »
Lyk na n lekker trippie oom J...
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Re: Longway to Cape Town and back to East London
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2020, 06:04:35 am »
Dankie vir die deel, weereens 'n lekker rr.   :thumleft: :thumleft:  Net wat ons nodig het deur die tyd.   :deal:

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« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2020, 06:58:03 am »
Baie nice RR. Goeie foto's
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« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2020, 08:37:41 am »
Dankie vir die deel, weereens 'n lekker rr.   :thumleft: :thumleft:  Net wat ons nodig het deur die tyd.   :deal:

Julle moet nou stadig ry, die rr moet nog 19 dae hou.   :biggrin:

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« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2020, 01:17:23 pm »
Today's the planned trip is down Oubergpass, Tankwa Karoo National Park and then off to Tankwa Padstal for breakfast.  From there to “Die Dorp op die Berg”, Ceres, Wellington and Bellville where David would visit a specialist tomorrow and the rest of us would relax with family.  David and I stayed at my brother and his wife.  They also run a deli from home, called 42 On Sonneblom (https://shop.42onsonneblom.co.za/) and we ate like kings.

Good morning – Day 4 on our trip.

From early I was awake and listen how the day started.  Just something different on a farm than in the cities early morning.



Getting ready going down Ouberg Pass.







David is glad we all made it down the pass 😊





Tankwa National Park









Eventually we got to the R355, but Tankwa Padstal was closed  :(  Ed and Alon went straight ahead and they went to CT where their mom stays. 

David and I were on our own and by this time we were extremely hungry and we found a nice place in “Op Die Berg”.  Think it is the local Co-op.  Anyway – it was good.













Bain’s Kloof Pass










Passing through Wellington, I had to stop at “Huis Murray” where our daughter stayed when she was studying in Wellington.  Things have changed a lot since then….





From there we went straight to my brother’s place and the following day we were just relaxing at home and spending times with family.  I even saw @Lem .
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« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2020, 01:24:43 pm »
While waiting on Lem, I quickly jumped on the bike and went to the house where our son, LJ stayed while they were still in CT.

I had to take a picture of the house and send it to him.  I also send a picture of "Huis Murray" to Odette.

They both live in Aus,



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