Thursday, 17 May 2012

Karoo - Day6 Leg2 - Off up Swartberg pass

We got up at 7am and left around 8am, not the early time we had initially envisaged. Probably from a little too much red wine the night before? Anyway, today was going to be fantastic. Plans were to do Swartberg pass, then a back road to Calitzdorp past game, on to Barrydale through another pass, then Montague then home to Cape Town.

We were worried because there had been a change in the weather and when we got to the Swartberg pass turn-off we could see a thick cloud on to of the mountain where the road goes which would mean mist and cold in the twisty part also wet slippery gravel roads.

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 and motorbike hire 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.

Heading onto the gravel at the turn off to the Swartberg pass
Signboard. Decision time. Do we go over or round. 126 km further x 2 to go round. Were going over.

Zoomed in looking at the clouds over the top - bit worrying

Why do all decent pictures have to have f!*&% telephone lines in them? They are everywhere

Road to the pass

It starts off with a very deep gorge

Driving into solid rock

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