|Happy to be alive!|
Once again too many pics, but after Abie leaves, we are back to Jinx taking most of the pics! Endure a little while longer please!
|Poor Toni has to figure out why Jinx's luggage was 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 were we to be chicken??
|Our first (of many) water crossings |
|The view from the 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 Jinx brings up the rear|
|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.
|Near the campsite|
|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|
|Jinx thought she was going to get lucky with a stripshow, but unfortunately not!|
|What an awesome sight?!|
|Coming down the slippery pas|
|Amidst rain, mist and cold|
|Jinx's pants and shoes totally drenched (and muddy)|
|Slippery and dangerous we slowly made our way to the bottom|
|The road we took 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|
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. We could not believe the
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.
But all in all, a stunning and thrilling day. We loved the challenges, the beauty and new roads. Totally drenched and knackered but happy!!