We get lots of help with our passes project from researchers, historians, travel writers and road engineers. On Saturday last week, we had the privilege of meeting our favourite road engineer, Graham Ross, at his home in Somerset West. Graham has patiently guided and mentored our project with a wonderful sense of patience and diplomacy. A lot of Graham's lifetime worth of experience has gone into research and he has shared his invaluable collection of statistics as well as some lovely stories, many of which have been crafted into a rich tapestry of tales about South Africa and it's developement over the last 300 years. He has given us access to all of this and many tales, facts and figures are reproduced on this website with his blessing. Do yourself a favour and find yourself a copy of Graham's excellent book: "The Romance of the Cape Mountain Passes" It's a book you will refer to many times over the years. [ISBN 978-1-920289-51-5] Sunbird Publishers.
Graham Ross - 'Padmaker' of note.
We have a few more interesting Northern Cape passes for you to cyber drive this week: [ Click the READ MORE button for the hyperlinks]
1. Studers Pass - A major gravel pass in the mountains north-west of Garies and a trade secret of those who seek out the best wild-flowers in springtime.
2. Messelpad Pass - A historical road (of provincial monument status) still in its original line and construction that dates back to 1869, with interesting history.
3. Wildeperdehoek Pass - The extension of the Messelpad Pass and built by the same team. Now restricted to a 4x4 only route. It's in the Namaqua National Park.
The weekend is here. Go and drive a pass or two and get to know your beautiful country.