OK, at this point it started to rain properly (about 2K from the Lesotho border) and there was no way we were going to risk going further on those tyres. The photo doesn't do the gradient justice (honest!)
We met these guys from Pretoria University doing a survey of the roadside flora and they took the panniers and the missus down with them in their pickup. I freewheeled down slipping and sliding to the hotel at the bottom.
Slip sliding away. You know the nearer your destination, the more you're ya-de-da...
We were mighty glad to check in to the Sani Pass Hotel. Nice view from our room!