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Updated: Sep 16, 2020

(For the previous blog of this trip see post here)

Day 7: Calvinia to Lambertsbay

Our night in the Hantam town of Calvinia was rather cold but we survived and after breakfast headed west towards Van Rhynsdorp. At Nieuwoudtville we filled up with petrol and visited the nearby waterfall. This fall only runs after heavy rains and is truly spectacular so if you pass by make sure to go check it out!

We continued down the marvelous Van Rhyns Pass. It offers amazing views over the flatland of Namaqualand with the scenery rapidly changing as you enter the Olifants River Valley. The sudden heat of Vredendal was quite a shock! We made a quick pit stop at the local bike shop to try and improvise a substitute for the damaged top chain roller.

From Vredendal the road winds along the Olifant River, where we paused at the majestic train bridge en-route to Lutzville. The bridge is part of the 861km rail between Sishen and Saldanha Bay used for transporting iron ore. In 1989 a historic bid for a place in the Guinness Book of Records as having run the "longest and heaviest train ever assembled" was made when a 7.281km long train consisting of 660 ore trucks, nine electric locomotives, seven diesel engines and three other cars made the journey!