Surprises and Disappointments - Between Pella and the Orange River there are two passes running almost parallel to each other through similar terrain. Both are fairly short and both end up at the same point on the banks of the Gariep, yet they are worlds apart. Mike Leicester ventured off into the 40C+ heat to film a range of passes we have been wanting to capture on video. The biggest surprise was Charles' Pass - a twisting, winding track dwarfed by near vertical ochre and black cliffs. His route took him back to Pella via the Pella Pass, and as impressed as he was with Charles' Pass, he was disappointed with Pella Pass. Both of these will soon be able to be reviewed via brand new videos.
Breedekloof Valley near Worcester in the Western Cape has a road, which essentially services the Stettyn Dam and irrigation system. The only blemish along this long, sometimes scary, but stunningly scenic road, is the omni presence of the double set of large exposed irrigation pipes, which keep you company all the way to the dam. There are rock pools filled with trout, massive mountains which tower up into the inky blue Boland sky and side ravines with waterfalls and rapids - a hikers delight. We visited the Dwarsberg Tout Hideaway as guests and as such gained access to drive and film the entire pass. The new multiple part video set will be released soon. MPSA are busy obtaining special access where this pass will be come the main feature of a new tour we are busy creating. Watch this space.
Imagine doing the Ben 10 on a bicycle? Several weeks ago we featured the father-daughter story of the Ben 10 being conquered on home made steel bicycles with one gear and back pedal brakes, but today we take a different look at the mental challenge of completing the tough challenge through the eyes of champion cyclist Hanlie Booysens.
This week's podcast covers a chat on SA's most beautiful pass - the Bulembu Pass between Barberton and Swaziland. LISTEN.
Pass of the Week
Burgers Pass in Mpumalanga is to all intents and purposes a forestry road that winds its way over a classic profile and sports a large density of sharp corners, many of which exceed 150 degrees radius. If you enjoy driving through dense forests on gravel roads with your windows open and the sound of birdsong in the air, then this pass is well worth seeking out. It's one of the newest additions to our database. Go check it out and if you like it, bring the bucket closer....
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Thought for the day: "If the fire in your heart is strong enough, it will burn away any obstacles that come your way" ~ Anonymous