Pedal Africa

Joined May 2016
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    Day 1 - Golden Gate Hotel

    October 18, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    After 190km everyone was really glad to roll into the Golden Gate National Park Hotel.

    Golden Gate Highlands National Park is located in Free State, South Africa, near the Lesotho border. It covers an area of 340 km2 (130 sq mi).[1] The park's most notable features are its golden, ochre, and orange-hued deeply eroded sandstone cliffs and outcrops, especially the Brandwag rock. Another feature of the area is the numerous caves and shelters displaying San rock paintings. Wildlife featured at the park includes mongooses, eland, zebras, and over 100 bird species. It is the Free State's only national park, and is more famous for the beauty of its landscape than for its wildlife. Numerous paleontology finds have been made in the park including dinosaur eggs and skeletons.Read more

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    Day -1 Quick stop in Clarens

    October 18, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Almost there, a quick stop before finishing off the day in Golden Gate National Park.
    Clarens, a small town situated in the Eastern Free State is today a tourist attraction and capital of everything from adventure to art.

    The town is over 100 years old, there’s a lot of history that adds to making the town into what it is today. A great variety of fossils from teeth, claws and limb bones indicate that there were prehistoric giants of dinosaurs that roamed in the town before the bush men who were the first people to dwell in the town came into the scene, as evident of Khoisan Hunter gatherers shown on the town’s rock art.Read more

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    Day 1 - Lunch in Bethlehem

    October 18, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

    After a 135km stretch a great spread was put on by the Frontier Casino.

    Bethlehem is a large town in the eastern Free State province of South Africa that is situated on the Liebenbergs river (also called Liebenbergs Vlei) along a fertile valley just north of the Rooiberg Mountains on the N5 road.It is the fastest growing town in the Free state province, with its target of being the Fourth largest city after Kroonstad in balance. It is a wheat growing area and named after the biblical Bethlehem (from "Beit Lechem", Hebrew for "house of bread")Read more

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    Day 1 - Heilbron - The official start

    October 18, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    We had a quick transition out of the bus and were on the road before 08h00.

    In 1836, the Voortrekkers fought off the local people of Ndebele Chief Mzilikazi at the Battle of Vegkop near the present town of Heilbron. This historical site boasts a monument and a contemporary museum which are both popular stops for battle field tourists.

    Heilbron was officially established in 1873. The town was founded at the site of a perennial natural fountain, thus the name 'Heilbron' (Afrikaans for 'Spring of Bliss'). The fountain is the source of a small stream which runs through the town. Various small groups of people have lived on the banks of the stream for centuries.
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    Day 1 - Start of tour Bedfordview

    October 18, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    20 cyclists and 2 support crew

    Marcello Pompa
    Ian Michie
    Julian Bryant
    Allan Lewthwaite
    Patricia Barradas
    Adam Connor
    Clint Hefer
    Kishoor Pithamber
    Donovan Smith
    Durbina Smith
    Lynn Jackson
    Julio Sanfona
    David De Melim
    Glen Winter
    Ian Michie
    Maurice Connor
    Paul Pelser
    Ric Tonini
    Richard Wright
    Sean Wheeler

    Collin Jacobs
    Amen Tshabalala
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