We woke to this view.
I had intended us to go to the top of the Ben MacDui pass (above Tiffendel – extension of the Ski ramp maint road to the top of the mountain) which I believe is now the Highest pass in SA at 3,000 m, but we had lost ½ a day yesterday and also didn’t want to start the day off with any bike drops and start the day off tired.
After filling up with coffee, we left Tiffendell to go down Carlislehoek pass, down to Rhodes to find some Petrol for Alan. His DR had been standing since our previous trip months ago and his Carb was not lekker – sucking too much fuel and his bike would just not idle.
At Tiffedell, you are at around 2750 m Altitude and drop 1,100 m in 20kms to Rhodes. It’s a slightly steep in places but has cement strips where needed so your average Joe can get to Tiffendell in their 1200cc cage.
As we came into Rhodes from the East, we followed the road left past the police station and started looking for fuel. No sign as we zig-zagged through the streets and finally stopped a policeman walking up the road. As we entered Rhodes from the East, had we kept straight, the 2nd house on the right – there is a guy (and I have lost his card) who sells fuel from containers.
With Alan sorted for fuel we would make it to Mount Fletcher for the next fuel stop, so we headed for Naude’s Nek.
Then a Quick Stop at Pitseng Pass to have our takeaway breakfast from Tiffendel and have a look at the Pitseng Rocks.
Next stop Mount Fletcher along the Dr08018. From there we headed to Himeville to find somewhere to sleep. Still trying to make up time from yesterday, skipped Ongeluk’s Nek and Qacha’s Nek. With all the rain it was just as well as we met 2 guys, one with a broken foot – said condition was terrible with massive rock boulders left where once was the dirt, now washed away.
We stopped at the Himeville Arms for a beer and met up with a bunch of riders. They were to split the group to take one of their party back home who had also broken a foot in the bad conditions.
Had a few beers with these guys and got accommodation at the Backpackers and a had good meal before heading to bed
Met up with more bikers in the Morning and after coffee, loaded the bikes and off we went.
We headed north from Himeville on the P27-2. This road was in great condition, good grip and some banking formula for loads of fun.
Quick stop at a shabeen for supplies and off we headed towards Mike’s Pass.
Unfortunately, Mike’s pass was closed due to severe damage from the rains. We went off to Didima Lodge to speak to management to try get them to let us go up the pass, but they said it was so bad it was off limits even to their staff.
Oh Well they had ice cold beer and good food.
We continued along the berg stopped at Little Switzerland for a beer. Landed up staying there for the night.
Up early at first light to watch the day arrive, before we headed back to JHB.
Quick stop to have a look at Sterkfontein Dam and then as much dirt as we could do
Really great trip!!