Day 12 – Ficksburg to Ladybrand
Nice early start at 08h35 and on our way to Clocolan. Road in a terrible condition, shoulder about 30cm, road surface littered with potholes. Fortunately the traffic was fairly calm and courteous, but I do not think that there was a police officer on duty anywhere, as there was a meeting in Ficksburg and at least 50 police vehicles passed towards Ficksburg. Many ups, a few downs and a favourable wind made it a good ride, avg speed 23kph, distance 67.63km and riding time 02h56m. Managed to get a place to sleep at the Little Rock caravan park and chalets. After unpacking, shower and doing the washing had a successful venture into town and managed to get a cover and glass screen protector for my new phone. Asked about Indian food and was directed to a cell phone shop, where in the back a man from Pakistan made food. Meal for 2, consisting of rice and lamb curry shanks, 2 rottis for R80.00. Wifi a very rare commodity and managed to hook up to Spar for some much needed communication updates. Trying to get to grips with new phone and need to download some apps to be fully up and running. Weatherman predicting some cold weather for our journey South, with a cold front moving in over the country. Now, at 21h00, very mild outside, will see tomorrow. Looking at riding to Wepener via Hobhouse, about 97km. Hope the weather and terrain is good.