The Nav and I awoke to a splendid morning, eagerly anticipating our Sunday morning ride into the countryside. After feeding the chickens, the dogs and enjoying our first cuppa, we left home at 07h15 and was met by a spectacular sunrise as we rode along Baden Powell on route to Clarence Drive. For once I was able to stop and capture the splendour!
We met up with Loekie from the KLR forum on Clarence Drive and meandered along the coast through a very misty and cold Betty's Bay/Kleinmond, over the spectacular Highlands Road on route to our breakfast stop at Peregrine. We parted ways with Loekie after breakfast and the Nav and I went in search of some adventure as we turned off onto the old railway track which runs just below Houw Hoek Pass. I last rode this track 2 years ago and it's amazing how much more experienced I am riding the technical bits after 2 years in the saddle. Even the sandy patches which I paddled through previously, was a doddle and I was left with the feeling at the end of the track - "was that it?" 2 years ago, that was a big deal for me. Sadly, Port Jacksons are invading this picturesque valley and spoils a bit of the beauty that surrounds this awesome off the beaten track!
We made our way back home via Botrivier, through Franschoek where we stopped for the usual ice cream treat, onto Durbanville via Contermanskloof, the N7 to Tokai.
|THE ROUTE |
Tokai, Clarence Drive, Kleinmond, Highlands Rd, Peregrine, Old Railway track Botrivier, Van der Stel Pass, Villiersdorp, Franschoek, Durvanville, Contermanskloof, N7 to Tokai
|One sugar and milk please!|
|Spectacular sunrise on Baden Powell|
|The Nav patiently waiting......|
|The mist rolling in from the sea....(Clarence Drive)|
|Waiting for Loekie to join us on Clarence Drive|
|The Nav & Loekie discussing all things KLR on Highlands Road|
|Never ending view - Highlands Road|
|Saying our goodbyes to Loekie at Peregrine (Elgin)|
|The old railway track below Houw Hoek Pass - overgrown by Port Jacksons sadly|
|The Nav @ the old railway track|
|The old railway track is also a popular hiking trail|
|The Nav up close and personal|
|Goat crossing up ahead - only in Botrivier|
|Van der Stel Pass lies between Bot River and Villiersdorp, a beautiful pass that takes one via the Theewaterskloof Dam.|
|Villiersdorp up ahead|
|Van der Stel Pass is home to a series of working farms that produce apples, olive oil, lavender, wine, flowers, milk and horses.|
|Franschoek Pass - magnificent view|
|the usual ice cream stop in Franschoek|
|Capturing the beautiful yellow sunshine fields of canola at Occultdale|
|Rear view of Occultdale farm|
Kilometres travelled - 345kms. Another wonderful day out on the KLRs!
Safe travels everyone, till next time
- Angela -
4 wheels move the body, 2 wheels move the soul