Saturday, September 24, 2011

Biking to the Flowers of Namaqualand, South Africa

On September 8, while on holiday in South Africa, we loaded our bike and headed down the road...

On the road again

The Free State countryside was still brown after a severe winter but beautiful all the same

Our first overnight stop was Victoria West, 626km from home.   Victoria West, a small town in the heart of the Karoo,  is known for being the birthplace and hometown of famous Springbok Rugby player Francois du Toit Roux.  He was nicknamed Mannetjies (which means small man in Afrikaans) by a domestic worker.  You can read more about our National South African hero here. After we'd unloaded the bike luggage into our comfortable accommodation for the night, Grant and I walked downtown to visit the Mannetjies Roux Museum. I convinced Grant to pose in the cut-out in the museum.

Here I am as Mannetjies (Roux), while Grant is Frik (du Preez) one of the other Springbok players of the same era 
The sleepy town of Victoria West

In Marquard earlier that week, I'd visited Sanet, my hairdresser and friend of two decades .  She cut the mop of hair that had grown over the past three months, coloured it and generally made me feel brandnew again! I was the only  appointment she had that day as she was on her way to visit her fiance, Chris who has a law practice in Victoria West. We told her that we would see them on our travels. Which is what we did...

Eating out at a true-blue Karoo restaurant which served lamb (roasted, grilled, fried and stewed),  venison carpaccio, curried tripe and more. From left Chris, Sanet, me and Grant

Loaded and ready to ride on the second day of our trip across the Cape

The next morning it was time to move on. We loaded the bike and headed for the next stop, Clanwilliam approximately 700kms away.  To be continued...


  1. I always laugh when I see you use the word "biking" because I always think "bicycle" before I think "motorcycle" although I'm not sure why.
    Your hair looks really cute. I keep forgetting to phone my hairdresser, and I'm sure she'll be booked solid tomorrow, then closed on Monday, so maybe early on Tuesday morning before I go to Banff and Lake Louise. Wish me luck.
    Hug me a cat, please.
    Luv — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. Victoria West is my kind of town.

  3. Jo, a nice report the first of your biking trip. I love the first shadow shot of you two on the bike, very cool. It is neat to see all the signs including the coca cola sign outside the trading post. I couldn't go anywhere without my diet coke. Your hair looks great. Wonderful shots of you, Grant and your friends. Here is my wish when traveling, when the trip is over I would like to transport home magically and skip the airpirts and the flying. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend too.

  4. So many memories.............. Did you manage to speak to Lynda? Diane

  5. WATCHOUT!!! There you go again driving on the WRONG side of the road again!!!Hahaaaaa

    Glad you got a new "doo"! I just wish I could Find a Good beautician!!

    Be Safe Girl!

  6. I enjoyed my cyber motorcycle trip!

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