Dispatches from Afar #1

Bruce is riding around South Africa on his BMW 1200LC. No one is too sure of the actual route and destination, least of all Bruce. This is the first of his dispatches, WhatsApped to me last night:

Update, Dispatches from Afar: I took a leisurely ride from Trompsburg to Philippolis after lunch. It was only about sixty kilometers and the day had warmed up to a comfortable eighteen degrees – almost perfect for bikinis and sunbathing! No, not really, but it made for enjoyable riding. Philippolis soon appeared, the tall church steeple giving away the town’s position. Philippolis is a quaint little Freestate town which is neat and well kept. The main street is home to most of the businesses and being a Friday afternoon it was a relative hive of activity with the locals stocking up for the weekend!

There is even one Art Deco style building which was a bank in times gone by. One street back we found wonderful typical Karoo styled homes which had mostly been converted to guest houses. All of these houses had a ‘stoep’ (verandah) tying them to the street. I guess the Afrikaans term ‘stoepsit’ comes from sitting on the ‘stoep’ and sharing a drink with the neighbours while chatting to passers-by… We enjoyed a fantastic home cooked dinner at the Kom-ma-in Restaurant and whiled the evening away over a beer and chatting with Lorna. Now, if you’re ever in Philippolis you simply have to find Lorna, make plans to eat in her restaurant and let her fill you in on the history of the town and its many characters! The famous author Sir Louwrens van der Post, born here in 1906, is remembered here in a special memorial building which houses many of his books.

And so to the bike – The BMW continues to perform well. Overall fuel consumption sits at 4.8l/100km despite some wind. A short 40km stretch on gravel was also a pleasure today and a welcome change from the tar.

Happy Travels Bruce. We are with you in spirit!

Roger de la Harpe

Some lovely gravel between Dewetsdorp and Hobhouse
Some lovely gravel between Dewetsdorp and Hobhouse

 

The ribbon of tar that leads you into Philippolis
The ribbon of tar that leads you into Philippolis
One of the well maintained buildings in Philippolis
One of the well maintained buildings in Philippolis
The Ko-Ma-In restaurant in Philippolis
The Ko-Ma-In restaurant in Philippolis
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