Day 14 – Wepener to Rouxville via Zastron

After a hard day in the saddle, a well deserved rest at the wonderful Lord Fraser Guesthouse in Wepener, the great hospitality of Addie and his staff, good food from the buffet, all the locals in the bar giving advice on the road to our final destination we started the ride to Rouxville via Zastron. Beautiful scenery once again across the open Freestate expanses and a temperature hovering around 8c and the wind indicating that it’s going to be a factor. If anyone ever tells me that the Freestate is flat, you need to get on a bicycle and experience reality. It is hill upon hill and more, some steeper than others, but never ending. Made it to Zastron for much needed supplies and headed South out of town as per the GPS, after about 2km realised we were going in the wrong direction, bad for us as it added about a total of 10km to the days ride, as mentioned with a strong wind varying from on the nose to full on the shoulder, trying to push me off the non existing road shoulder. Landscape and views changing to small hills and mountains, blue sky and vapour trails left by aircraft on their way to East London and Port Elizabeth from Johannesburg. Secretary Bird, hawks and many other bird species looking curiously at me as I pedal past. Must be the squeaking of my saddle but sheep and cattle run away from the fence as I  get close to them. At last Rouxville came into sight and you can see how poor this place is, many dilapidated buildings, hardly any shops, 1 garage and one guest house where we are sleeping tonight, with major water restrictions, allowing a half an hour for showering and that’s it, no water for the toilets, washbasins or anything else. Tomorrow we are heading for Aliwal North and into the Eastern Cape. Today’s ride, 110km , avg speed 21,7kph and a time of 05h02m. On the other side of halfway and maybe on the South side of the North-South devide of South Africa.




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