Eastern Cape bike trip
Type: Travel and Accommodation
Day1: Centurion Ulysses bike club arranged this trip and we met at the N14 Petroport on the Krugersdorp highway. There were a total of 9 bikes with 15 members who left on Friday morning 26 April 2019 at 9am.
After a short word from our Road Captain Loftie on the route for the day, a quick prayer for safety on the road, we were off on our 2,500km journey over the next 6 days. Day 1 took us past Krugersdorp and Randfontein towards Parys, where we stopped for a coffee and leg stretch.
Onwards to Kroonstad, Welkom, Theunissen, Brandfort and first overnight stop in Bloemfontein at Sangiro Lodge. A great late afternoon spent sitting outside on the grass, with a few drinks and laughs, with some Ostrich, Guinea fowl, Blesbok, Springbok and even a Giraffe in the background as the sunset. We got cleaned up, had supper at the lodge and straight to bed after a long day on the road.
Day 2: Our club President Blackie joined us, making it 10 bikes with 17 members. We left Bloemfontein at 8am for Wepener where we had breakfast at the Lord Fraser Guesthouse.
A quaint little town easily overlooked and hardly stopped at. Some antique furnishings and wooden floors made this a special stop over for breakfast. After breakfast we took a look at their bar and few pictures taken under the large oak trees before setting off again.
We were then off past the town of Zastron, passed through Aliwal North, Lady Grey, Barkley East towards Elliot, and stopped at Mountain Shadows Hotel for the evening. Once again, we gathered on the porch of Frikkie and Zelda to enjoy a few sundowners, laughs and some of us managed to watch the Bulls vs Stormers game… (not allowed to say who won this encounter) Once the sun went down it got rather chilly and so it was time to freshen up and go for supper.
Before supper we enjoyed a few games of pool, while the ladies sat around the fireplace and enjoyed another drink.
Day 3: After breakfast we left at 8am for the next leg of our trip. We journeyed down the Barkly Pass, and on towards Elliot, Ngcobo, Tsomo, Ndabakazi, passing many small villages towards the Kei River mouth, and ultimately ending up at Morgan’s Bay for fresh Fish and chips at The Deck Restaurant for lunch.
Then it was time to get back onto the ‘ysterperd’ for our trip along the N2 past East London, through King Williams Town to Hogsback. We were booked in at the Hogsback Inn, a total of 1,550kms completed so far. We freshened up and met in the bar before supper. Had some fun, chatting and played a card game where we had to answer some questions about ourselves and some very interesting (tor) answers.
Day 4: After breakfast we took a brief walk into the small town of Hogsback, took some group photo’s and then it was off again to our next destination.
We went through Alice, Fort Beaufort and stopped at Baddaford Farm Stall for some refreshments before setting off for Queenstown for lunch at the Spur.
After lunch we pushed our bikes hard back to Aliwal North where we would spend the evening at the Riverside Lodge. A beautiful lodge set next to the Orange River, as the sun set at the end of day 4… we prepared once again for supper. A pity the kitchen could not prepare the perfect 300g steak for Fred.
Day 5: After a quick breakfast and word from the Road Captain it was time to get back on the bikes for our final destination. Can you believe how quick this trip has taken?
It was off through Rouxville, past Zastron, Wepener and right towards Ladybrand, where we stopped for a quick coffee. Then on through Ficksburg to Fouriesburg, for some biltong at the local Butcher and a lunch stop at Fouriesburg Country Inn.
Then it was off to Clarens for our final destination. The beautiful trees lined the road with the autumn leaves making it a spectacular ride of various colors against the mountain backdrop. We pulled into the Maluti Mountain Lodge in Clarens for our final stop over.
Day 6: We were up early for breakfast and packed the bikes ready for our final leg home. As a few of the riders had never been through Golden Gate Nature Reserve, we decided to make a day of it.
We headed through the Golden Gate to Harrismith, then onto Warden and stopped for a coffee in Villiers. Said our goodbyes and sent each one off with well wishes as we then left at our own pace back home. A total of 2,600kms covered over 6 days… what a memorable trip with friends.
At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 3 years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.