34 kms/ 22 miles from home we turned east and within minutes the air was even colder than before. In the distance to the right of us, lay the Maluti Mountains. They were white with snow.
Last Saturday morning my husband and I set off on our motorbike. We hadn't had a ride this holiday so we decided to do a quick run to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. You can read about one of our previous trips here.
All bikers will know that when you ride out, you choose a road with "twisties" (turns and winding corners) and long sweeping mountain passes. All South African bikers will know that, in this country, you opt for the road with the least pot-holes! The route we took here, fitted all our requirements.
The Maluti Mountains form the border between Lesotho and South Africa.
My husband, who is used to North African heat, claps his hands together for warmth
Even though we always expect the cold in winter, it still comes as a shock when we experience it. The temperatures in general had been below zero (well, -1°C ; give a warmblooded South African a break!) but on this day, I'm sure it had dipped to minus ten! Although we're always dressed for biking (i.e. safety first and warmth a close second), we still felt the extreme cold. When my husband stopped for me to take photos and for us to thaw (his words!) I had to warm my thrice-gloved hands on the exhaust before I could risk taking my camera out of its bag.
By Northern Hemisphere standards, this doesn't seem like extreme weather. But for warm-blooded Africans, this is C - O - L - D!
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