January - February 2017
  • Day1

    Getting ready to roll...

    January 16, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Juanita has been serviced, my hair has been cut, final shopping is done - all that's left is to pack: equipment, food (including bread-making stuff), warm clothes for the mountains and swimming costumes in case. We're almost ready to roll!

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  • Day2

    Lunch at Villiers

    January 17, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    An OK drive to Villiers. We have been swapping drivers regularly. We have stopped for lunch at the Wimpy here and will now leave the N3.
    Wimpy looking up when they serve balsamic and olive oil.

  • Day2


    January 17, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    The Free State is as flat as ever. But today it was a brilliant green! Lots of mielies! But I couldn't get a good picture flying by at 120 kph.
    The first signs of the escarpment and the Maluti mountains was especially welcome...

  • Day2

    The more things change...

    January 17, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    The more they stay the same. Bethlehem is unrecognizable as the same town we travelled through 60 years ago, and Clarens is now a tourist trap instead of a little Vrystaat dorp.
    But the Escarpment is still there, as is the Ship Rock (proper name the Titanic 'cos Clarens became a town in 1912) and the poplar trees have almost taken over.
    I think the little box is the old Police Station where Dolfie and I had to beg for petrol on a Sunday in about 1985.
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  • Day2

    ... in Clarens

    January 17, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    We are staying in one of the Clarens Cottages. It is very modern, very comfortable and a bit impersonal. But it's in Clarens, so it's fine! It's also a lot cooler in Clarens than in Modimolle: we are threatened with a low of 8 degC tonight. Brrrr.

  • Day3

    Clarens day 2

    January 18, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    We actually managed 3 exciting things today: We drove several kms back towards Bethlehem to look at the Ash River Outfall. This is where the water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project flows out of a 40 km long pipe all the way from Katse Dam into the Ash River and thence to the Wilge and Vaal Rivers. Then we struggled to find an entrance to the Clarens Nature Reserve. Actually there are lots and trails go all over the mountain even to Ship Rock. Then this evening we dined at the Highlander Restaurant with cousin Diana and her Clarens family: Angela, Roger and grandson Sebastian.Read more

  • Day4

    Top of the World

    January 19, 2017 in Lesotho ⋅ ⛅ -10 °C

    View point at top of pass.
    Well Bill created this Footprint when we were there but unable to post anything. So here are the pictures from the Top of the World.

  • Day4

    Katse Dam

    January 19, 2017 in Lesotho ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    It took us 5 hours from Clarens to the Dam wall with all the stops for oohs and ahs and pics and driving hazards, but it's worth the drive!
    Here are our first impressions:
    First sight of the Dam wall, the Malimabat'so river below the wall, view of the wall from below the Dam, looking back upriver from the Dam wall, approaching the bridge over the dam (18 km upstream) on our way back to Clarens (20/1).Read more