Sunday, 23 September 2012
We woke up this morning with ice and frost on everything! Apparently -7’C, but fortunately I did not get too cold. Poor Abie froze to death in his tent – so it pays to lug extra big tents and sleeping bags along!
We had a lovely ride today – not a huge distance, as the going was slow and at times the road just disappeared into an almost single tack, to suddenly re-appear some kms further. To be honest, there were a few times I suspected Abie was taking us on a wild goose chase, but then the next moment we would be out at a larger road and a faded old sign post would indicate we are on tack!
We scaled down quite a few passes, some over 400m at a time. And stunning views of dry grasslands, dams, sheep and cattle down in the valleys and along the road. Then we hit the strange roads… It looks as if a bulldozer had started making a clearing, but never got round to making the road! Then passing a few scattered little houses, suddenly that road disappeared and we were on farms and having to hoot a cow and calf out the way, just to make use of the little bit of road. Potholes, ruts and ditches were the order of the day. And a few challenging muddy spots. But I had no problem with any of it! So that was Cool! My favourite kinda riding!! My front right hand’s shock started getting an oil leak, so that makes for a bumpy ride, but I can go on like that till I get back to the Cape.
We had a long day and tough riding, but once again I loved every moment of it! Arrived just before sunset in Hogsback, which is a lovely place! We have a quieter day tomorrow, so we will go out and explore a bit!
I am missing hubby and the pets! How do people do this for months on end?!? Best would have been if he could ride along! Yess!
Seems there is rain in the Cape, so let’s hope I don’t catch it! We started just after 5.30 this morning, having a braai of some of last night’s meat tonight and then an early bed for two tired bodies!