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Tankwa Tales - Long Part 3

March 16, 2018

Mountain pass heaven!

 The day of "Moonshine" finally arrived, and I still don't know who was more excited...our two amazing guests or us.  We have spent days, if not weeks planning and re-working this route.  For one reason only.  We had to find a way to include almost all the spectacular mountain passes that the Cederberg mountain range has to offer.  All and all we eventually managed to fit 10 passes out of 15+ into our Moonshine route.  All thanks to the online route planning platform gpsiesWe also made use  of the good old trusted paper maps, which I prefer.  For a well informed map on the region you can link here to Slingsby Maps.

 

As most days in the Tankwa Karoo, the weather played in our favor and we were set for another scorching day.  Luckily we were ready as the sun rose over the Hantam mountains. Our Guest rider was in awe as I started to unpack brand new riding gear...yes, still with price tag and all.  This seemed to set the tone for an awesome guided off road motorcycle tour.

 

We reached Skittery(shaky) Mountain pass within 25km from base camp and Approximately  5 km further, we stopped at the top of the spectacular Katbakkies mountain pass with endless views of the Koue Bokkeveld.  I am no fundi in translations but from what I understand the Katbakkies pass name was derived from the the fact that the road was full of potholes, or means so because of direct translation from Afrikaans to English.  It is also here at this very viewpoint where we were caught off guard by changing weather.  The sky was cloud covered and the wind was cutting through our riding gear.  A quick add to our wardrobe and off we went.