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Cape Town to KwaZulu-Natal Roadtrip: The Route January 11, 2010

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So Wifey and I got back from our epic roadtrip from Cape Town to Howick a few days ago, which you can read about here. I said I’d detail the route for anyone interested in the “proper” way to go across the country, so, here it is.

To summarise our route, for anyone planning a similar trip, you start out on the N1 from Cape Town, and after going through the engineering marvel that is the Huguenot Tunnel, turn off onto the R60 at Worcester, heading through Robertson, then Ashton, and Montagu, at which point you’re on the R62 . (Route 62, as it’s known, is a must-drive for any trip heading vaguely West-ish. Trust me on this 🙂 ) (more…)

Cederberg Hike – August 2009 August 20, 2009

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And so, this past weekend it was with no small sense of achievement on my part, that we donned our packs and once again headed out into the mountains to take another stab at one of our favourite pasttimes, this time in the Cederberg Wilderness.

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Why? Well, it was a year ago, almost to the day, that wifey, friend Dawie, and I, did our last hike, in the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness area. It was a weekend with weather of epic proportions, which saw us walking almost entirely at night, and almost entirely while it was raining. (I believe the Cape had one of its highest recorded rainfalls on this weekend?) The wind was high at times, and there was the odd spot of hail and sleet too. To top it off, wifey sprained her ankle quite badly in the last stretch – the only positive in this being the fridgid water in the hole she stood in, acting as an automatic and immediate ice pack lasting just long enough to get us back to the car!

Then, a few weeks later, Dawie, our trusty encourager and hike-organiser, was involved in a serious motorcycle accident, which saw him out of action for a very long time (operations and rehab galore!). 2 weeks after that, I tore ligaments in my ankle (and bruised the bones), while playing some touch rugby, which put me out of action for a very long time too… (though not as impressive as Dawie’s excuse)

Wifey, Sunday's Walk

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