3 DOWN, (HOPEFULLY) ONLY 19 TO GO!
Today is Day #3 of our lockdown in South Africa, and whilst we can’t escape the physical confines of the situation, we are each blessed with limitless imaginations and a treasure trove of memories we can use to adventure our way out beyond the claustrophobic anxiety of this unprecedented global crisis.
My plan was to have the new blog launched in time for the start of lockdown, but I somehow managed to get myself locked out of WordPress. Oops! But better late than never.
Remember to check in every day for a blast from the past – and some new news too!
The idea behind this travel blog is to re-visit our archive of newsletters, like the nostalgia-sweetened re-reading of handwritten letters received in the post from an old friend on the other side of the globe. I’ll be rummaging around on the Web for new information, photos and hopefully inspiring you to submit your own stories, whether written, videoed or photographed!
Please email me if you’re keen!
In adventure (and sterkte),
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And without further ado, here’s the very first newsletter
from our dusty archives dated 2 September 2013!
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We’re back from a ‘dirty weekend’ in the Tankwa Karoo during one of the worst weather systems in decades. It was exciting driving hundreds of kilometers over soggy, muddy roads with only 4×4’s and bakkies to be seen.
We managed to get nine passes filmed, including:
- Bothmaskloof > near Riebeeck West
- Nuwekloof Pass > east of Tulbagh
- Theronsberg Pass > northeast of Ceres
- Uitkomst Pass > north of Matroosberg
- Die Venster > on the R355
- Bloukrans Pass > south of Calvinia
- Gannaga Pass > in the Tankwa Karoo
- Botterkloof Pass > near Nieuwoudtville
- Klipfonteinrant Pass > near Biedouw
- Piekenierskloof Pass (N7) > Citrusdal (Construction is finally complete!)
The Northern Cape is a massive blaze of wildflowers. Those who risk going a little off the standard routes will be richly rewarded. (The best flowers were to be seen near the crossing of the Doring River northeast of the Klipfonteinrant Pass.)