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.
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. 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.
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.
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……..