by Rohan Sturridge

Mountain Biking - Blog Entry 22

Spine of the Dragon - Blog Entry 22

Mountain Biking - Blog Entry 22
Mountain Biking - Blog Entry 22

Day 39
Start: Seweweekspoort
Finish: Anysberg
Distance: 89km
Climb: 994m

The Seweweekspoort area is quite beautiful, if a little cold for us! We woke to find the mountain above our cottage lightly  dusted in snow! When is spring arriving!? We kitted up like Eskimos as usual and set off west towards some ominous black clouds. The plan was to get to lower ground as quick as possible in the hope that it would be cooler and that the rain would hold off. So, the three of us bolted at max speed and in no time had covered 80 km! Sarah followed in the Mother Ship and got quite worried that she couldn’t find us, not realizing how quickly we were going, but she eventually caught us, refueled us with coke, etc. and we were off again.

For the first time on the trip we had possible accommodation issues as Anysberg nature reserve is in the middle of nowhere and Cape Nature had said that their camping is closed and their cottages full. Sarah went ahead to see what she could negotiate while we settled into a steady rhythm rolling down into the karoo lowlands on smooth dirt roads until we reached the reserve border. It was then a few hours of riding rough double track in the reserve. We saw Hartebeest, Gemsbok, springbok and no less than 4 snakes. We learnt that the Colonel is petrified of them!

Sarah had negotiated the last available cottage for us, so plan B of camping in some remote spot was avoided!

We experienced one of the most amazing sun sets so far on the trip with at the same time, the full moon rising in the east. A great end to our last full day in true wilderness as from now on it’ll get more and more ‘civilized’ as we near the Cape.

For more info and photos: www.detourtrails.co.za

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