Day 08 Lambert’s Bay to Velddrif
My route as planned for the next ride, and what it turned out to be. Light rain and heavy mist greeted me for the next leg from Lambert’s Bay to Velddrif. After waiting 45 minutes, I decided to fit the rain covers and get on the road hoping the rain and low cloud will burn away. Misty morning towards the harbour leaving Lambert’s Bay. A stop for photos at Muisbosskerm and back on the Kruzer.At 10km the drizzle stopped, I took the covers off and back onto the “Toll Road” towards Elandsbay, looking forward to a late breakfast/early lunch. Clouds and mist disappearing fast as the day progressed, I had a 5 minute wait at a rail crossing, waiting for about half the train to rattle and rumble by, again looking in wonderment at the train, 2 locomotives up front, 2 at various distances as part of the train and one at the end, total length of train, 3km.Road condition as the previous day, absolutely terrible with deep loose sand, deep corrugation and sand filled holes. Drivers speed by at high speed covering you in dust, fine sand and being sandblasted by small stones in their wake.Made it to Elandsbay with only the bottle store and general dealer open, had a quick look at the beach and town and on my way to Velddrif. Would like to have lunch, but the Lobster was not on the menu.A nasty climb rounding the mountain and then at last some downhill towards the coast, but, the wind will not allow me any rest and I had to pedal to make good progress at some descent speed down the hill.Stopped at Draaihoek for lunch and leg stretch and back in the saddle, fighting the wind and sun.Outside Dwarskersbos quick stop for drinks and snacks, about 12km from Velddrif. Back on the road, straining against the strong wind, eventually Velddrif came into sight, stopped, replenished supplies, takeaway fish and chips dinner and made my way to the camping ground for a well deserved shower and rest. Pitched my tent next to Manfred and Doris from Munich and their Hobo, touring Africa on their way to Cape Town.
Again, “Life is Good”.