biking the 361 route

A weekend in Carlitzdorp

Due to a previously held booking by another client the accommodation we had in Oudtshoorn was not available to us over the weekend, so it was an opportunity to explore the area. Selecting the nearby tiny town of Carlitzdorp as somewhere we would probably have driven right through, we booked into Groenfontein (translates into Green…

coming in

Continuing the training

Now that ground school was finished and exams passed the next step for Tony’s Flight Instructor training is the actual flying side of it all. So back in Oudtshoorn it is for a few weeks, while all the flying is undertaken. Tony’s instructor is all of 26 years old but with waaaaay more hours than…

A closer look at the area

On to Oudtshoorn.

From Willowmore its just a short hop over the Potjiesberg (pronouced Poi-kees-berg) Pass to Oudtshoorn. A mere 140km drive with time to stop along the way for tea at a convenient cafe/restaurant. There is a lot of history all along this coastal region as many of these small towns were originally settled by voortrekkers heading…

Riding the Karoo

To Willowmore

Apart from riding the bikes as often as possible our daily exercise begins with the packing of our trusty Toyota Corolla. Fortunately there are only the two of us in the car…no room for anyone else’s luggage. And so we leave Gariep Nature Reserve and head out for our next stop…Willowmore. 425km later we reach…

more riding

On the road yet again – To Gariep Dam

Yet another lengthy trip begins with the overnight stay in Johannesburg. After driving 300km to collect Tony at the airport on his return from Belgium we settled into a great spot in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, let down only by the fact that it is on the flight path to the nearby International Airport, making it…

Dung beetles hard at work

Hippo Creek Guest List

And for a brief time life in the Waterberg, at Hippo Creek Cottage, is a delightfully relaxing time. Our days have no fixed pattern with the exception of including a bike ride around the 500 plus hectares of game farm that we live on. Seeing Impala bound off into the bush ahead of us, or…

The equipment

Another Eggs-periment

Having made the wacky purchase of an ostrich egg in the supermarket at Oudtshoorn and having baby sat it all the way back to the cottage -and no we were not trying to hatch it -it was now time to remove the yolk while retaining the eggshell.  The necessary tools were lined up, along with a…

water water

Return to Hippo Creek Cottage

Exactly 31 days after leaving, and approximately 3600 km later we finally arrived back at our favourite place – Hippo Creek Cottage. (Although you would never guess that from the amount of time we spend away!) While we were away the annual rains began and it really let rip this year. These cellphone images were…

And not the only muddy stretch

Johannesburg

From Springfontein it was back on the N1 Highway towards Johannesburg. On the major arteries within South Africa there are petrol stops along the way providing no only fuel but clean toilets and fast food. As well as ample parking these pit stops are roughly every hour or so along the way (on the N1…