So day two like day one had the odd wrong turning, mainly because I was so interested in the surroundings I wasn't concentrating on the route properly. Also my Sat Nav is not mounted, I keep it in my jacket and it's too much of a time waster to keep stopping and checking. I've learnt now when to check it though and will definitly purchase a proper mounted one now.
After breakfast I headed down the correct road and very shortly came out at the Petrol garage I needed and for the Pont over the river, which I was very much looking forward to. I first filled up and noticed a nice little hotel over the road which I explored, but forgot to take some pictures to show you (sorry). I will visit it again in the future so more pics eventually.
Here are the pictures of one of the last ponts I am aware of in South Africa. I remember as a kid going over a few in the Kwa Zulu Natal area as there are so many rivers and hills there and in those days the road infrastructure was not very mature. This was my first pont since I was a kid. Here are the pictures:
|Arriving at the Pont - difficult to take a picture with both hands on a downhill while leaving the bike running I discovered|
|They bring the pont closer and we can drive on|
|They drive the pont manually by walking down the side pulling on the fixed cable across the river|
|Charged us ZAR 13 about GBP 1.20 or USD 2 to cross on the Bike. Cars cost 3 times more|
|Hard work to get the momentum up but after that if didn't appear to take much effort to get us across|
|They must be pretty fit doing that all day every day. Mind you it's not a busy road.|
|View of holiday homes along the river banks.|
|Stopped her to confirm the directions on GPS/Sat nav|
|Now for the trip to Witsand beach|
On the bright side it was the best part of the ride as it had interesting turns, tracks and ramps. I was racing along having fun, then had the joy of doing it all over again on the way back! Great an extra 20km on an already very long ride for the day. I also had to avoid an apparently angry farmer chasing me on a tractor yelling and asking me what I was doing on his farm. Fortunately a Dakar can out run a tractor in even in second gear, so no problem there.
Finally reached Witsand having travelled an extra 20km, but a great leg of the day.
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