Friday, 20 September 2013

NAMIBIA: Day 2. Cederberg – Algeria – Clanwilliam – Springbok



Happy to be alive!
Once again too many pics - especially of me - but after Abie leaves, we are back to me taking most of the pics! Endure a little while longer please! 

Poor Toni has to figure out why my luggage is taking so long to load!

We woke up to a cool overcast morning, with weather threatening to become more than the light drizzle that was in the air. 









Climbing a hill
After a cup of coffee, we left just after 8 and found ourselves at a deep river crossing. Abie was on the other side already, so who was I to be chicken?? 
Our first (of many) water crossings
                                                                                                                                                             
First Toni


The view from my helmet cam!
We made it through safely, but the second crossing seemed too daunting, deep and fast flowing.


Abie and Toni discussing if they should try and get through

We decide to turn around

Abie goes through first









Back through the first river and then onto a detour that was beautiful. 

And I bring up the rear

It started up a steep climb and then made its way through the rocky outcrops on the Plato.

Abie coming up the hill

Toni flashes past
















































By now the drizzle was hard enough to make seeing through the visor almost impossible, yet we were accompanied by a beautiful rainbow.



















The rock formations were intricate and majestic, yet simple and plentiful. The detour included going through about 5 gates, farms with horses and a lovely campsite.

Near the campsite





Through farms

Waiting to go through one of the many gates
Some deeper (and bigger) puddles to pass













































After an energy bar, the rain started falling a bit harder where the detour road connects with the original, Potholes and slippery mud greeted us a little further and we inched our way forward. Well, a little faster than inched, but still very slow. Although stressful, as I did not want to come down at the beginning of my trip, I really enjoyed the challenge and sense of achievement once I had passed without landing in a puddle.

End of our detour

Almost thought I was going to get lucky with a stripshow, but unfortunately not!

What an awesome sight?!

Coming down the slippery pass

Amidst rain, mist and cold

My pants and shoes totally drenched (and muddy)

Slippery and dangerous we slowly made our way to the bottom


The road wetook to get to the bottom



Brutus had seen cleaner days!














Sluices opened at the Clanwilliam dam

All kinds of 2-wheelers were enjoying the masses of water

Abie taking a look















From Clanwilliam we took a look at the dam after the sluice had been opened.



































Then winding along a stunning road next to the river. We just had to stop at the Brick wall made by Italian Prisoners of war. Also a beautiful sight, as the water was rushing past to join the tons coming down after heavy rains, flowing high up to the trees.

















This stretch was also quite a challenge with slippery mud, some sand and lots of wet spots with potholes. Yet one of the most beautiful roads winding all along the river!



The Clanwilliam dam
































We met up with the N7 at Klawer and then rode tar all the way to Springbok. I could not believe the Northern Cape could be so green?!






While refuelling in Bitterfontein Abie discovered a huge gash in his tyre and was forced to turn back, limping safely into Klawer for the night.








Cold garage doors, little bedding and no privacy, especially in the bathroom!




Almost dark, covered in mud and shoes still soaked from the trip we opted to stay in the Springbok Backpackers. Unfortunately I must (for the first time ever) say that I was totally unimpressed with the value for money at this poor accommodation.
The unfriendly and unhelpful staff let us feel we were inconveniencing them in spite of booking ahead of time.








But all in all, a stunning and thrilling day for me. I loved the challenges, the beauty and new roads. Totally drenched and knackered but happy!!

2 comments:

  1. Was a stuning 2 days of riding in fantastic company thanks for inviting me.

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  2. Thanks for coming along Abie - was awesome having you there!!

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