Into the Western Cape
Today the Td'A riders crossed from the Northern Cape into the Western Cape of South Africa. We're within 300km of Cape Town now, exciting times. The days are still tough though and the cold, dark mornings are a far cry from the oppressive heat we have experienced in the AM through much of Africa. This morning's ride involved repeated climbs and descents through mist filled valleys. It was incredible to climb to the top of the hill and look at the ocean of fog below and around you. The terrain is arid, rocky and scrubby but the beauty and wonder of looking over miles of empty South African space is something to behold.
We have camped in the small, borderline picturesque town of Vanrhynsdorp. Here riders will once again assemble their tents, dry their sweat soaked jerseys and chat the evening away over another delicious meal cooked by James… some may even saunter over to the bar for a few beers. I think that these simple routines will be sorely missed when we all return to our regular lives.