28 Dec 2014

NAMIBIA TRIP: Day 1. Cape Town - Gouda – Tulbagh – Ceres – Oasis Cederberg


Day 1
Cape Town - Gouda – Tulbagh – Ceres – Oasis Cederberg

PLEASE NOTE: 
Jinx has posted this (and the next posts from the same trip) on her personal blog before - Biking2Nowhere - As we did the trip together we would like to share it again, maybe just not so much from her point of view only. Skip if you have seen it before, enjoy if you have not!

First of all we want to apologize for all the pics of the first few days' posts. We are 3 people with a variety of devices for capturing awesomeness! We have brought them down from almost 1000 to 50. We promise to lessen the pics as the days go by.
Our Dog tags!


Wow! What a day - with tons of mixed feelings!! Doing some last minute needlework till 1am was not quite in Jinx's planning, but if things suddenly don't work, what’s a girl gotta do?! 
Yep, that's me with a needle and thread!!
On the other hand, were it any other capable woman, the job would have taken half an hour and not two and a half hours!! Then again, give her a bike and some dirt roads rather than a needle and thread! Although being awake since 5.30am we did not get away till 8.30! All thanks to her, of course. Once again packing and repacking, then not finding things and then having to get loaded and all the different luggage arrangements. Sighhh…
 
First day of our trip and ready to leave!
Toni and Jinx slept over at Abie’s, so that we could all leave together and get an early start – we hoped!


 
Toni repairing my power output in Ceres





Just as we were kitted and ready to leave, Jinx found her Helmet camera kept shutting down. Then discovered the battery was flat!?! How was that possible? She had charged both the battery and the spare just before she left for Cape Town! She decided all must rather hit the road and she would replace it a little later once we stopped again.







The very last time Brutus or  Jinx were clean!!



Snow capped mountains in the distance

Curious cows
What a beautiful ride through the Durbanville hillside, green pastures everywhere and white-covered mountains accompanying us till the end of the day. 
Happy and fooling around

















When we made a stop, Jinx replaced the battery with the spare and discovered it too was flat!! Devastated, she had to ride on without the much anticipated cam! The reason being that the cigarette lighter charger Toni had installed for her to give direct power to her (many) devices (vices?!?)– they say she's a gadget freak! – broke the day before the trip started.













The crisp, cold morning air was refreshing and we felt alive. Felt like jumping and bucking, because we were at last on the trip of a lifetime! Passing a pasture with sheep we  saw one of the most fascinating sites… Steam was coming out of them, each individual, but from their entire body. So the whole field was full of little white clouds with white air rising out if them. If ever Jinx was heartbroken about her cam’s flat batteries!! 

Behind the Tulbagh mountains

The Porselein road between Wellington and Riebeek Kasteel almost had Jinx buying some pretty expensive property as she nearly came down in a stretch of mud. 

Almost buying some property!
                                           
Brutus came through for her and they passed it with flying colours – ok ok, by the skin of our teeth, but hey, no dust was eaten, ermm… I mean mud! Toni and Abie of course rode like champions and did not seem fazed one bit by the conditions.
 
First (of many!) refueling on the trip - in Ceres
Toni used his socket and started charging the cam in the meantime. We had the R20 Wimpy breakfast at Ceres and Jinx went to fetch her charger so that it could get a bit of a power boost while they were eating and buy a new power socket for herself. Lo and behold! She had managed to forget her wall charger at home!! Highly stressed, yet relieved country folk are so prepared to go out their way to help, she managed to get a cigarette lighter installed again. Thanks to Toni for doing the job.


Ceres from the Gydo pass



From Ceres we went up the Gydo pass, where we had to take pics of the valley and the snowy mountains and on to Op die Berg. Although the snow had been melting for the last 4 days, it was still close and low enough that we could enjoy every moment of its beauty. 




Just came from here

And going here



There we turned east and headed for Oasis in the Cederberg, passing fields of orange flowers, rock formations and a stunning pass.




                                        

                           
                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


                                                                                                                                                                
Oasis - literally!!
        
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Abie trying to get away from the muggies (midges) eating us alive!

                                                   
Toni happy with his new orange KTM beanie!
Great ribs and chips
The first day was concluded with of the best Spare Ribs we have eaten, good company and good conversation with Gerrit, the owner of Oasis. What an awesome place!













Thus our first day ending on a high as we got to ride of the most beautiful areas and the recent snow adding to its beauty!