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Latest News! 16th January, 2020

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Uitkyk Pass, Cederberg Uitkyk Pass, Cederberg - Photo: Trygve Roberts

The week that was...

* 2020 has begun. The party's over.

* New tours in the making

* Refliming a classic in the Cederberg

* Featured pass of the week

* Words of Wisdom

 

Back to work!

By the time you read this newsletter it will be fait accompli being back to work/ back to school. Hope you are all ready and recharged to deal with the first month of the year and the first year of the new decade. Year end is always a rational time to step back a few paces and look at your life, make some alterations and more importantly implement them.

As mentioned in our previous newsletter, we have kept the renewal subscriptions down to an increase of just R10 in an effort to encourage our subscribers to enjoy our offerings for another year. We are convinced that if renewals were automated, that many more would be happy to renew. How this works is that our accounts system sends you an email advising that your subscription is due and will automatically be charged to your card. If you don't want to renew, you reply and say no. For many busy people the hassle of having to log on, go through the process of completing forms, completing card details is often just too much hassle. We believe that an auto-renewal process will be well received by most of our subscribers.

Dealing with EFT renewals will bring some new challenges, but we are investigating ways to resolve some of the issues. We will advise as and when the new process will be ready and it will be voluntary to switch to the new system.

You might notice that we have changed the look of our Home Page. The Latest News page which was always imbedded at the bottom of the home page has now been miniaturised and moved to the top of the page where the space is shared with the featured pass of the week. We think this is a more user friendly format. We hope you do too.

New Trips & Tours

Our mobile office will be based in Wilderness for the next two weeks, where we will find the inspiration to dream up exciting new adventures for 2020. These will be displayed on our shop page as soon as possible. One of the routes we will be exploring next week is a 4x4 route over the Swartberg range, which starts off the Swartberg Pass and ends near Klaarstroom. If we are happy with the route, it could be included in a new tour. Watch this space. 

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Refilming a golden oldie

Progress is often difficult to cope with by many people. Examples are the tarring of the Sani and other gravel passes. Some folk complain about the bumpy surface whilst others don't want the smooth roads, believing it takes away the allure. Such a case was brought to our attention late last year, which was the tarring of the Uitkyk Pass near Algeria in the Cederberg.

When this happens our previously filmed video of course becomes out of date and we have to return to refilm the pass. We took the 2nd of January as a good, quiet day with low traffic volumes and set off nice and early from Cape Town to ensure we would be there at exactly 12 noon. This particular pass is often difficult to film as it heads in all four compass points at various stages. Midday is the only time one gets reasonable footage along the entire pass.

On the way up we had some time to spare, and took a drive up the Versfeld Pass at Piketberg to enjoy an al fresco breakfast enjoying the gorgeous views from the summit. We arrived at the Uitkyk Pass at 11.50am with just enough time for a leg stretch, and do the camera setup. I have to admit, the new road is really nice.  It is still a narrow road though. Yes the old road had its charms, but this new one is way better - and obviously a lot safer. For the purists, we have left the original video on the page for reminiscing awhile.

We have now produced the new video for you to enjoy. Feel free to share your thoughts with us via Messenger, Facebook or WhatsApp on 083 658 8888.

After filming we popped in at Kromrivier to enjoy a good farm style lunch and some Sandvis Amber Weiss (which I rate as the best craft beer in South Africa), before tackling the gravel road back via Truitjieskraal, Cederberg Oasis, Grootrivierhoogte, Blinkberg, Gydo and on to Ceres. Just another tough day at the mobile office with MPSA!

Pass of the Week

 

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Trygve Roberts
Editor

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