Gordons Bay to Kleinmond – 55.6km, 03h18m – Avg Speed 16,8kph

Started from the Shell garage next to the N2 and made my way to Gordons Bay and onto the coastal road towards Kleinmond. There was a steady wind and the weather man said it would be South East at about 20kph. The route to Kleinmond and beyond, along the False bay coastal road is a spectacular ride with towering mountains on the left and the  blue Atlantic ocean stretching to Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Cape Point way to the South and very distant.

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The wind started to pick up and over the ocean, with small white waves were being kicked up by the increasing velocity of the wind. I was still being protected and sheltered by the mountain on the left. Cars were giving me a wide berth and being cautious when passing. Streaks of red tide was being blown along the ocean, fortunately the non toxic one. Slowly but surely I  was making my way towards Rooiels and Pringle Bay. On the climb out of Rooiels, I got my first rude awakening of how strong the wind was, as it came through the cutting on the hill out of Rooiels towards Pringle Bay. Here I  had to do some walking up the final 600 meters  to the top. MAH00253(3)Even going downhill I had to pedal to keep the speed at 18kph. Heading into Pringle Bay I was greeted by Sammy Schonweis, parked the Kruzer in his garage, drove into town and met Danny Watts for lunch. It was a wonderful  reunion with 2 very special people after 20 years, sharing many good laughs as we recalled the past and did catchup on our lives.

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Much to soon we said our goodbyes and I was heading into the wind, once again, making my way to Kleinmond and Klem Dunstan for a well deserved hot shower and rest.

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A good ride and beautiful scenery for day 1 of the Krooze. Thank you to Klem for the hospitality, warm shower and bed.
Till next time and wifi……..

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