Saturday, 31 December 2016

Day 118: Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay 87km, 4 hours 26-38°C

A splendid breakfast
Tomato  and cucumber slices  have made an appearance in every country,

First stop is an ostrich farm,
Once the source of feather fortunes in the 1800s
Now the source of feather dusters, meat and leather - and tourist entertainment.

Today I learned that...
The advent of the motorcar led to reduced demand for feather plumes on ladies' hats,
Ostrich hens lay  50 eggs a year, 42 days till an egg hatches, each egg is equivalent in volume to 24 hens eggs...
Ostriches and kiwis are ratite cousin - flightless birds.
Ostriches can nip with their beaks
Ostrich feathers are soft and fluffy
Ostrich eggs can bear the weight of a man.

It is hot and arid up here in the Karoo
Forecast to be 41° today. Gets to 50°C in summer
Ostriches like these conditions.

On we go on highway 328
Around the corners, over the hills
To Mossel Bay where it is 10° cooler.

A walk down the steep hill,
Fresh fish for dinner,
Tomorrow is New Year's Eve and we have a special ride planned.








Bush fires. Both sides of the road have been burned over the last few days.

Mossel Bay from our perch.

Kingclip - a popular local fish. Simple good food.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Day 117: Port Elizabeth to Oudtshoorn: 405km, 7 hours, 25° most of the way 36° near Oudtshoorn

Hours of pleasure 
Cool temperatures, good roads,
along the coast.

Through the Garden Route National Park
Lush green trees,
Ravines, sharp rock wedges leading to the sea.

Summer traffic
Wedged in place, begins to move slowly along
Main Street, of pretty Knysna.

Through Wilderness and George
Up into the winding roads
Over the hills to Oudtshoorn.

Hot as hades here
38°C in the shade
Lovely place to stay

Eating out at Jemima's
Good food...
and a story about Jemima being the patron saint of cooks.



Garden Route National park.

A good day for a ride.
Not well enough clad though.
Slow entry to Knysna.

Up the hills, some lovely winding roads.
Over the hills and the temperature surges to 38°
The scene is desert with sage brush.
The sort of environment that Ostriches like. 
From high fashion to feather duster.
The motorcar restricted women from wearing hats with ostrich feather boas...
And the fortunes of ostrich farmers began to fade.

Tasty Bobotie. Rather smart version compared with the Back Country Freeze dried version we have when tramping in NZ.

Sole meunière and lovely vegetables. 
Ostrich steak, medium rare.

Day 115: East London to Port Elizabeth 314 km 22.5-25.5°C

It only takes a moment to smile
But it opens up another world

From east London we ride along the southern eastern cape route,
Long straight roads...
Swooping with  yellow garlands.

Clouds make big statements in the sky
They deliver no rain today,
But keep the temperatures down.

We stop at Kenton-on-sea
Following a big pink blown-up swan
On its way to the river to float upstream on the incoming tide.

A wonderful warm welcome from new friends,
Family of our relatives Grant and Penny,
New members of Team Kiwi -  Nick and Katie.

Simphiwe in East London. A superb forecourt attendant for BP . BP should 'clone' him and his magical personality.





Nick...Team Kiwi member.
Getting ready to go and float in the river.

We stoppedd along the way and met a relative of Orlanda. Alas we didn't meet the owner.
We have started to see a few more touring bikes on the road now.


Port Elizabeth has a magnificent golden horseshoe beach.

Teddy the Newfoundland.
He smiled,
Reminded me of Riley.
Security fencing  is ubiquitous.

A referrees whistle?
This is one of a series of paintings in our hotel based on the Football World Cup in 2010 by artist, Duncan Stewart 

One of my precious pearls...