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Beautifully made promenade
View from Table Mountain towards Camps Bay.
What a view from the table mountain in Cape Town.
With the cable car you can go back within minutes.
The Companies Garden in Cape Town is the administrative part of town. Additionally museums, churches, etc are located over here.
It was very windy. Even at a very steep descent on a perfect road the speedometer just showed 6 km/hr. What was frustrating. One thing is clear. I will not ride three weeks. If it did not change significantly, I would have to think about a plan B. After all this is my vacation and no torture tour.
A huge beach. Almost deserted. Even if the water looks tempting it's simply too cold. You really would not want to bathe inside.
Unfortunately, it was so windy that I could not do much. It was eve so stormy that the gondola was closed in Cape Town. And that does not happen often.
Penguin colony at Boulders. Plenty penguins everywhere. They also nest there. But unfortunately, everything is built with houses all around. Is not quite as idyllic as it looks on the photo.
Still on the peninsula south of Cape Town.
The slum in Khayelitsha is one of the largest in Cape Town. I had to ride past it. I do not have more photos. In the area you do not really want to show around an SLR. Better being safe than sorry.
Port Elizabeth, or PE as the South Africans call it, is absolutely uninteresting for tourists. There's really nothing to see (the stadium I have not seen. Just drove past it). The beaches a bit in the south of the city are quite OK. At least for city beaches. Unless you are fancying swimming with heavy industry in the background. So let's get out of here. My first night ride (should also remain the only one) in South Africa.
Free-running horses without fences. Yes, that’s the way I like it.
Yes, that’s the way I had imagined it. No more fences. No wonder why the state is called Free State.
Arguably one of the least interesting tourist capitals I know. Does not really offer much. But a tourist-info. I just decided there, that it should not go via the northern route. Too much asphalt. And humans. So I wanted to cycle through the centre. It is still untouched. Will change shortly as four dam projects are on their way. 2 are already completed.
As elsewhere in South Africa and Lesotho many people (all black) walk on foot. Just as these children in the early morning on the way to school.
One of my first passes in Lesotho. The name says it all: God Help Me Pass
As always many people are travelling on foot. You see a lot of farmers with their cattle, horses and donkeys.
A Great view into the distance.
Once more I met nice people on the way.
As so often kids stand at the roadside and wonder about a stranger with an overloaded bike.
A classic track in Lesotho. And yes that is what I came here for.
The rear wheel exploded downhill at 60 km / h. The flat tyre was the smallest problem. But I had a twisted rear wheel. Even intense tightening of the spokes did not help completely. To Durban, it is still far.
In spite of the altitude in the mountains of Lesotho (about 2,000m), the heat was quite unbearable. Added to this was that I had still not fully accustomed to the sun. So I always had to wear long trousers and a jacket.
There are villages such as this still exists everywhere in Lesotho.
It was already dark. And it rained. I still do not want to camp wild. But better being safe than sorry. And so I had kept looking out for a house. Three boys lived in the single-room house. With hands and feet, I was wondering if I can not just sleep on the floor. And I was allowed. Few minutes later it was pitch dark.
And as often I met a friendly rider.
Even in really remote areas you are never alone. Suddenly, from somewhere people simply appear. In this case there were two children. They were more than surprised what I was doing with the black box (= camera). Actually they simply wanted some candy.
Not just people just like to appear on the roadside. Even horses.
In Lesotho, there are still many traditional houses like this one. They are usually made with materials from close by. Even in heavy rain they do not leak. Only with the cold, it could be a problem. I think they are all unheated.
The Sani Pass. A dream comes true. It's just fun to race down the hill. Unfortunately I had to hold me back. The twist is getting bigger in the rear wheel. Some spokes are already powerfully tight, so they are at the limit. Better to go down a little slower. Finally, I want to make it all the way to Durban.
Unfortunately, the race was over too soon.
One last photo.
What a campground. Having said that I cycled all the way from Cape Town, the manager immediately offered me to stay over night.
One of the sights along the coast is the Oribi Gorge. Really worthwhile. Fortunately, not many tourists go there.
On the way to Durban you will pass some great beaches. Although not always easy to get there.
After everything was packed, we went exploring Durban.
Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium
Old buildings are rather poorly represented in Durban.
Must be a great atmosphere when it is fully occupied.
On the way to the top.
Last View of Durban. A little later I was already picked up from the bus and it went to the airport. The end of a great tour.
The bike had to be completely disassembled and stowed away.