Bikes, crashes, chapels and welcoming the cold front
I started this blog 6 months ago to talk bugs, macro photography and cycling. To date there has been no cycling. Here we go then……………We woke up at 6, got the cycling gear and bikes together and headed to the Garden of Eden parking spot on the N2 toward Plettenberg Bay. We got to the spot, sighned the register and had a quick ride around the board walk through the Garden of Eden before heading onto the Harkerville Red Route. The terrain was easy, but gritty with lots of decomposed sandstone. The night before had seen Mike chuckling at my back tyre, a 1.9’ Maxxis Mimo, I said it was OK but was to eat humble pie as within 5 minutes I crashed hard when everything washing away under me leaving me with a bruised hip (and ego). The Red route is wonderful. Approximately 10km of it is indigenous forest single track (read that loads of roots), about 10km is coastal fynbos single track and the balance logging roads and jeep track. The route is not as technical as the ones we have here in KZN, no massive drop offs or wild rock gardens but there is a lot of loose gravel and roots to make you keep your wits about you. It was a great mornings riding and some of the best riding I have done. This is Mecca. Attached is a map and ride long section.
Harkerville Red Route
Harkerville long section
The rest of the day was spent on the beach or at the famous red bridge with Mikes sons (Nick and Chris and fiend Nick2) and daughter (Robyn Anne) bailing off the bridge. The two elder Nicks are climbers and do a lot of slack lining. A bit of time was also spent discussing Physic 101 and the forces involved in slack lining. Day two started wet and miserable and Tracey took us up to Diepwalle, on the way to Uniondale. The plan was to ride the logging roads as far as the Garden of Eden and then ride back to Knysna along the N2. The ride started wet, it gradually dried out and we had a superb ride, I stayed on the bike and got home in one piece. Attached is a photo (stitch of three) taken with Mikes Blackberry.The Santa Cruz blur on the right is his.
Diepwalle to Garden of Eden Cysle route
After finishing the ride we had a fairly chilled lunch and then headed to Belvedere and Brenton. Belvedere was great and we visited the very pretty Belvedere chapel. The chapel was built by the Bishop of Cape Town, the very same man who founded the famous Bishops School. After Belvedere we went to Brenton beach. I had hope to see the Brenton Blue (Orachrysops niobe) but was told that I was out of season so we went to the beach and played touch rugby.
- Belvedere Chapel