88km - 2130m Ascent – Dawn to dusk
Today it is me and the Iron Crown, Orrie Baragwanath Pass and Camp Mafefe… Looking back after the first climb I see Haenertsburg covered under a thick blanket of cloud… a breathtaking site.
Luckily the day is not as cold as I thought , so with a heavy bag and a full stomach I ride on. Walking up the Iron Crown I start wondering if it truly is the best path to take but I just have to look back over a spectacular view to know it’s definitely worth the effort. As I start the first climb of the jeep track on my way to the Mohlapetsi River, the sun is high and there’s not a cloud in sight.
A lot of concentration is needed to get through the last downhill to the Mohlapetsi River. One certainly can’t get through this river and stay dry. Its wetter than when I scouted and the guys from Nature Conservation and their 4x4’s almost totally destroyed the routes, so a bit of rough riding ahead.
A brutal day, hardest 90 km so far. I’m tired but not giving up yet!
Camp Mafefe – well I had a bed and a kettle!