Friday, 24 February 2012

Karoo - Day2 Leg6 - Soldiers Grave 1902

On this trip we had now riden for the best part of one and a third days and were a good 300km into the Karoo, when we discovered this group of nine soldiers that had died and been buried just off the side of the road.

The only reason we saw it was because we reached a gate in the road. We stopped to open the gate and continue and then noticed it just a few, probably about 15 meters off into the veld. They had died out here in 1902. It does not state why they had died, but it seems incredible that people would have been on horses so far out here. Does anyone know if there was a battle in this area? Amazing. Or did they just die from lack of water? Saying that I see there was some water there in the road, but only at this time of year.

This is the daily blog from A short series on the Karoo Motorbike tour we took on during September 2011. See the plans for the trip blog here: Planning a 6 day 2500km route through the Karoo maximising dirt
More South and Southern African motor cycle tours on our list of tour route summaries are available, where we explore these sorts of motorcycle tour routes. Just choose one of our events and reserve yourself a place on one of the future motorcycle adventure safari events.

The grave

reaching the gate

Parked up just through the gate - taken from the soldiers gave site

And we set off again

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