Tuesday, 3 April 2007


I've always known that the Western Cape is a hilly region (and windy - as we've experienced it). Since leaving Hermanus 5 days ago the pedalling has been quite taxing. Given that I'm in a rather unfit and overweight condition, I suppose this could be called a crash course in fitness. Also, there is a massive difference between normal cycling and touring with a loaded bike (everything including the kitchen sink). Take for example our average speed these past few days (10 to 15 kph). However, don't be concerned, we're getting along quite well. I even had to scale a fence and replenish our water supply from a sheep trough the other day (I'm sure not for the last time). The toughest stretch so far was from Gansbaai to Bredasdorp, mostly on (poor) gravel roads. We arrived at Bredasdorp in the dark after 9h30m on the road (the horseflies probably sucked out litres of blood every time we stopped).

Daily distances were as follows: Hermanus to Gansbaai (52k); Bredasdorp (101k); Swellendam (76k); Heidelberg (60k); and Stil Bay (73k). Today is a rest day (and also Leana's birthday).

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