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Cape Town to Johannesburg by BMW R1200GS – Day 2

Jeffries Bay to Maclear. Via Port Elizabeth, and Grahamstown, and Fort Beaufort, and Alice, and Hogsback (for lunch), and Cathcart, and Queenstown, and Lady Frere, and Cala, and Elliot, and Ugie!

Google can’t actually allow you to customise a trip on the Mobile Version properly so I’ve split up into two sections

J Bay to Hogsback

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Hogsback to Maclear

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So firstly Big Up to my mom for the advice of taking the road less traveled! My original plan was to go via Coffee Bay, but having been there before, and wanting to travel to places I have not yet seen, she advised I had up to Hogsback

I can truly say that today I travelled what must be some of the most beautiful parts of our country!

Entering Grahamstown you are reminded that this is part of the Frontier Country of the Eastern Cape!

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The road from Grahamstown to Fort Beaufort rises up over the mountain range North of Grahamstown and winds up through the valleys through some truly remarkable scenery. Unfortunately for you reading this blog, I was too busy enjoying the passes and countryside to stop and take pics.

A very old and dilapidated Fort Beaufort! 🙁

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Amazing scenery on the way to Hogsback!

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And then Hogsback! 🙂 After a near miss with a cow on the side of the road! The road to Hogsback winds up the side of a valley where it literally becomes a single lane road with no markings covered by tree tops, but yet still serves two-way traffic. A very interesting ride in the least.

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Thanks to Google for letting me think that the road from Hogsback to Cathcart was tar! And thanks to Mother Nature for the awesome weather!

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First time ever on a dirt road in the rain on my new baby! But, she handled just fine!

A Frontier War Relic at Cathcart.

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A World War One Memorial at Queenstown. “Lest We Forget” … that we live in South Africa where people will steal anything they can get their hands on! Such as half a memorial! 🙁

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The journey to Maclear was an interesting one,  and yet even more beautiful. Another very,  very,  very close “shave” with another cow, followed shortly by a goat, and the travels were getting exciting! The road from Queenstown to Maclear is in fantastic condition with at least half of it newly tarred. There is the odd pothole or few, but nothing drastic, and easy enough avoid the bike. The trick being to ride the middle of the road where cars don’t travel. That way there has been little chance of causing potholes there.

These people have the best properties in the country!

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A valley selfie!

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My Baby!

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All in all, I arrived in Maclear, safe and sound, after an amazing day on the road.

Nunnsby

Loving Living Life!

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Cape Town to Johannesburg by BMW R1200GS – Day 1

Cape Town to Jeffreys Bay. Took about six-and-a-half hours including stops.

Bike handles awesomely.

It was raining when I left Cape Town, but I managed to get a gap in the clouds, so only picked up heavy rain on the way down from Sir Lowrys Pass at Botrivier. The Pass just above Somerset West was really misty though, so that was fairly intimidating, with vis at one stage reduced to about 50m. But I got through fine. Clearly! 🙂

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Been There, Jumped That!

Stopped at Bloukrans to watch the jumps. Man they were “pushing” them through at pace. About one every 3-4 mins or so! Bloukrans Bridge Bungie Jump is the World’s Highest at 216m!

Jeffrey Bay is also the perioed owner of a Wind Farm!

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Right now staying at All Africa J Bay Backpackers. Pretty cool spot actually. We’ll have to see the night progresses as to how good it turns out to be! 😉

Nunnsby

Loving Living Life!

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