We set out this morning with a vague plan to explore some of the back roads in the Dargle area of Kwazulu Natal and so headed out to Tweedie Store to top up with fuel and meet up with Bruce.
From there, left onto the R103 for a bit and then right onto the P548 that takes you around the back of Midmar Dam towards Petrus Stroom. We tootled along… very slowly, taking in the fresh, crisp morning air, the whole pastoral scene revelling in the good rains we had last night. The occasional puddle and patch of mud kept one’s mind from dwelling too long on the scenic delights, and all too quickly we found ourselves at the L152 and tar a little further on.
So we kept going on what I believe is the D16 which got progressively narrower until we found ourselves riding on little more than a forest track, fragrant pines almost forming a canopy at times. The frequency of wet slippery patches increased as we moved into the shade and I had to “catch” it a couple of times, much to the consternation of Pat on the back. 😳
We were riding blind at this stage, the track not marked on our Tracks4Africa GPS maps, and it seemed to be heading in a direction away from where we wanted to go, so we headed back to the L152, tar and il Postino.
Il Postino is a wonderful little pizzeria on the P134 (29°28’33” S 30°6’16” E) and well worth a stop if you are in the area. It’s been some years since we had sampled their wares and I did wonder as we rode along, if the pizzas would still be up to scratch. They were. The best we’ve had in a long time, made by hand in the traditional thin base style, and baked in a genuine wood-fired oven. And great cappuccinos as well.
The ride back to Howick was uneventful but pleasant. Gotta do lunch at il Postino again. Soon.