After riding some distance on tar, and having filled our tanks at the last village Uniondale ? we made it back onto dirt roads again.... BLISSS
I did stop after a while to take the following three photos.
PLEASE NOTE: THEY WEE TAKEN SITTING ON MY BIKE< FRONT, SIDE AND REARWARD......
Straight roads? You got that right, quite weird after a day of passes and mountains.
This did not mean you could fall asleep, Potholes, wildlife and no oncoming or overtaking traffic were the order of the day... so stay alert.
Miles and miles of farms, game farms and little else meant that sightings like this were a real pleasure.
I had to use the maximum 16x Zoom of my camera to pull this guy in when I stopped and he ran off.
Eventually a T-Junction.
The signage was starting to look like what we wanted to see.
The Baviaans trip was a great part of this ride plan.
Then eventually a sign, we had to turn around for on Jupiters insistence.
But it did show where we had made it to.
The start of the Baviaans Kloof propper.
Next smoke break was ina dried up river drift that crossed the road, evidence of the previous weeks heavy rains were everywhere to be seen.
But this was a pleasure to see.... maybe one of my favourite pics so far.
Then after the first section cris crossing the rverbed, we had some open roads and the pac was pushed up again.
Evidence of what was to come.
And then of course our destination for Day 5
Bikes parked up at the Reception area where breakfast is served.
They also have a large meeting/conference room space here.
Note the idylic backdrops everywhere.
Nico and Christine who run Uitspan as a working farm, and guest farm will supply you with everything you need.
Nico is both a very capable engineer and a DS bike rider himself, so understands what is needed by bikers.
This is an amazingly well set up camping place, they cater for allsorts, tents, 4x4's challets, and the unit Deon and I had could sleep 6 upstairs and downstairs. Dozer took lovely photos that I will post when his pics get here.
I had pre-ordered Braai/BBQ Packs from the UK, as well as wood etc.
The challets are fully equipped with all you need from dishwashing liquid to plates, glasses, towels, soap etc.
They also have an "Honesty Bar" where you use what you need from the bar and just write it up and settle the bill in the morning.
There were three dogs on the farm too, which put me straight into my "happy place"
The Australian Kelpie made sure he followed either me or the older Collie, and even insisted on waiting for me to get done in the shower.
Once we had chatted to Nico and Christine, had a couple of beers we went to our lodgings to unpack, Jupiter had a dream cottage on the other side of the river and dam.....
Then we started the fire up and got down to the serious business of Braaing.
I drew the short straw and did the cooking (one way to ensure a decent Medium Rare steak)
For some reason animals have always gravitated toward me, wherever I go.
I love them to do so, and have been banned from my local vets because the staff did not like me giving customers' pets attention.
Deaf, but always working.... he just never settles, always bringing a stick, or looking for something to herd together.
Best seat in the house ?
Jupiter at his best.... relaxed and in a good place, being mugged by one of the dogs. They know so well when they are in charge (dogs that is)
I had a visit from a rather large stick insect, attracted by the outside light.
He landed on my arm, then went down to my leg and again onto my hands.
Nice to see nature come in from the dark.
Kelpie guarding me......
Then made sure I was comfortable in my bed.....
Right..... 11.21 here.
Time to get onto some other stuff.
More later on day 6.