112Km – accent unknown but a lot! - 12.5 hours for the day
A downhill is a good start to any day, but even I walked down from time to time, it was that scary. The pass was probably an amazing pass to ride at some point in time, but all that’s left now is a cattle track with thorn trees trying to catch you around every turn. With my bicycle on my back walking UP after the downhill – the Oliphant’s River is on the other side of the mountain.
I got my first puncture in the back wheel; the slime wasn’t good enough so I had to plug it. This also kept popping out so I fixed a bit of duck tape around it and it seems to be holding.
I crossed the Oliphant’s river with a cable car and was on my way to Penge,
and then Orighstad. Steelpoort River
After Penge the battle started - trying to get down a valley to the
. Without success, tired and with cuts in my legs, I decided to take the tar road to the Steelpoort river and from there turn left on a gravel road Steelpoort River
At 15h00 I had a brown cow and even Ice tea from a spaza in one of the villages. Contemplating the 400m accent before me a jackal run across the road.
Arriving after dark I first had a great meal at Orighstad restaurant before going to Helmot’s place for a hot shower and blissful rest.