Returning via Bredasdorp there are a series of long flatish straight roads. I begin to think that the Romans were the first people to colonise South Africa. Our first break was at Swellendam where we split up as there are two options, the main N2 direct to Knysna (on the Garden Route) or the 'back' way with a couple of big mountain passes.
Basically we cross a short but gorgeous river gorge to get onto the N62 which traverses an arid, scrub covered, mountainous region, not dissimilar to the Mackenzie basin in the South Island. The road is all tar seal but there are some features included by the road builders just to keep you on your toes. The speed limit is 120kph and the ride is quite exhilarating.
You may rightly assume the main road was not an option
Lunch is at Ladismith (not the one of Paul Simon fame) which splendid food and the owner is keen to swop the restaurant for Tony's motorcycle. I though this was a pretty good idea but was overruled.
The Advanced Motorist training gets a plug here as as their overtaking method saved me from being munched by a truck that swerved out to overtake another truck that was hiding in front. I pulled out to get a proper look without accelerating as I used to. Phew!
Gear note: The Joe Rocket lightweight gear is working really well but is let down by the build quality. The liners came out at lunchtime as it was getting uncomfortably warm on the bikes and by Oudtshoorn it is pretty hot. Without the liners as soon as you're moving even slowly the airflow gets right through and you might as well be in shirt sleeves.
The zips are a bit tricky to get to mate properly and the ones you can't see, like the one a the back connecting the jacket to the pants is a bitch to get to work. The fly on the pants has failed completely. Joe is going to get a Rocket whet I get back.
To resume, out of Oudtshoorn we are back on the main road to George with a superb high speed mountain pass. What is a surprise though is that the temperature drops some 14 degrees C in as many kilometres. I've got the heated grips on until I put the liners back into the kit.
The last bit along the coast is busy with after work traffic, and while pretty is a bit of a drag after the days excitement.