After some weeks of preparation we believed ourselves to be ready for our latest adventure. We're taking the bike (The Todd) on a 12 day road-trip up the South Africa West Coast to see the wild flowers which blooms during early spring around Namaqualand.
Day 1: Stellenbosch to Clanwilliam
We set off on a beautiful Saturday morning from Stellenbosch and headed via Wellington, over the gorgeous Bainskloof Pass towards Ceres. It’s really an amazing road and it’s hard to believe it was built over 150 years ago – without the aid of cement! It was constructed by convicts and at various places along the pass, large iron rings are set into the rock as resting places for the chain gangs. Lisa told me that her grandfather (an Italian) was taken as POW during the 2nd World War and worked on the neighboring Du Toit’s kloof Pass.
We glided over the magnificent Mitchells Pass towards Ceres and got there just in time to compete with the locals for a jostle in the shops – we decided to grab something for lunch to enjoy somewhere in the Cederberg alongside the road.
Passing through Prince Alfred Hamlet we went over the Gydo Pass and took the turn towards the Cederberg. What started off as a pleasant dirt road soon became somewhat less pleasant! It had rained the week before and the road was riddled with terrible potholes, corrugation and even worst: Marble like rocks and stones. Considering that had never really before been on dirt roads on a motorcycle the route might have been somewhat optimistic.