Spring Tour!

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

As always a tour in Spring can be influenced by the weather, but apart from a damp cool start we were fortunate to have had mostly good weather for the 4 days. This tour we chose not to take a vehicle and so we did the back pack and pannier option. One learns to pack light! Two of us were on mountain bikes and one was on a gravel bikes with panniers. Both have their advantages but it really makes no difference to the riding.

This was an easy tour to do out of Cape Town, we were dropped off in Gordons Bay and collected in Bot River, however we could have changed the route slightly and gone out and left a car and done a loop over the 4 days, or taken a car and alternated the driving.

Day one (50km) from Gordons Bay to Kleinmond was cool and wet, we had to have an early lunch to wait out the squalls, but apart from a brief shower at Cape Hangklip we had an awesome ride to Kleinmond. This route along the sea is probably one of the most beautiful roads in South Africa with very little elevation, the riding was easy and the views are breathtaking! At Betty's Bay we detoured to go see the penguins, stunning! We arrived in Kleinmond mid afternoon to lovely accommodation superbly situated right on the seafront with magnificent views and an easy 5 min walk to the little village, where later that evening we had an excellent meal at KabelJoe's Seafood Restaurant. The calamari and fish (Hake) were superb.

Day two (90km), we awoke to an amazing bright cloudless day and excited for our ride to Franskraal. This was a superb day of riding and although it seemed far we took the whole day and stopped in Hermanus for a coffee and then Stanford for lunch. Our start was exceptional as we found a small coffee shop (Hazz) in the industrial area of Kleinmond, what a find!! with the perfect day Hermanus was its usual beautiful self, although we didn't see whales, sadly. This route has a slight inland portion, it is still beautiful and made easy with roadworks allowing us to ride on the new road without traffic, very lucky. A really awesome surprise for us was the fishing town of Gansbaai, De Kelders and then Franskraal close by, what a beautiful area! We found a small pub, Kuslangs, close to the beach in Franskraal, superb - Local is Lekker!

That night we stayed at Groeneweide farm accommodation although a slightly quirky reception! Ha ha They provided us with meat and salads and we had a lovely braai.

Day three (67km), with a North Westerly blowing and the possibility of some rain we headed inland to Tesselaarsdal and stayed at Otium Oasis Glamping and Camping. This ended up being a tough day due to the head wind in the last 25km, but the scenery made up for it! We popped in to Stanford Valley Guest Farm for a lovely breakfast on the way, very accommodating and a much needed energy boost before the our block headwind! Otium Oasis was super fun and the owners were wonderful in allowing us to use there Lapa for an evening braai and even provided us with a laptop and screen to watch a mountain stage of the TDF. The tent was more comfortable and fun than expected.

Day four (57km), another amazing cloudless day to finish the tour! original plan was to ride to Houwhoek but a slight change of plan allowed us to have wonderful ride to Bot River. The beauty of this day is very difficult to capture on camera, the ride into the Hemel en Aarde Valley was stunning! Riding in this area in Spring is spectacular with fields of flowers and lots of greenery, we loved every kilometre!

Lunch and our very convenient pickup was at the Shuntin Shed in Bot River, awesome end to a great 4 days!

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