Dispatches from Afar #2

Roger and Pat are down on the Garden Route taking care of some business but they did  get in a small ride and sent in this Despatch from afar:

It’s been pretty busy down here but we did manage to get in a short ride in and around the hills and mountains just to the north of Sedgefield where we are staying. Lovely riding… mostly on tar with a few bits of gravel thrown in for good measure. Alas, not very long but it was all we had time for.

View over Sedgefield on the Garden Route. Western Cape. South Africa
View over Sedgefield on the Garden Route. Western Cape. South Africa

We turned north off the N2 opposite Groenvlei just to the east of Sedgefield, heading up towards the Oteniqua Mountains. Stunning scenery! Just mind blowing, especially to the west towards Wilderness. The little CRF250l was a little out of its element on the tar, the knobblies humming a little as we tootled along, taking in the environment, sights and smells. At the little hamlet of Barrington we stopped for refreshments and the store there sells the most delicious little cup-cakes that certainly top up the sugar levels. 😳

Stunning views towards Wilderness. Western Cape. South Africa
Stunning views towards Wilderness. Western Cape. South Africa

We turned left onto the 7 Passes Road (actually, it seems that there are 8 passes but who’s counting anyway) and after tackling the rather diminutive Karatara Pass (built by Thomas Bain in the late 1800’s), we took a quick turn around the little forestry settlement of Karatara. It seem that the name is of Khoekhoen (Khoikhoi or Khoi) origin and probably means “horse hill” after a small hill to the north of the village.

The headwaters of Swartvlei. Garden Route. Western Cape. South Africa
The headwaters of Swartvlei. Garden Route. Western Cape. South Africa

The road back to Sedgefield was just as lovely and we took a short detour (download the track log here) to have a look at the headwaters of Swartvlei and the Hoëkraal River. 

Pleased you got in a ride Roger and Pat and thanks for the update…

Bruce

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