MSL’s deputy editor Bruce Wilson has joined Trailquest and 11 other adventurers who’ll be crossing South Africa on Triumph’s Tiger 800. Each day we’ll follow their story as they make their way 2000 miles from Johannesburg to Cape Town, ticking off some of the best routes and trails the nation has to offer.
The morning’s cold air hit us by surprise. We’d been spoilt up until this stage by a warmth that was verging on unpleasant, but that wasn’t the case on day four as we made our way out of the quaint town of Colesberg. Our Tigers were equipped with heated grips and they proved a popular addition throughout our group of twelve bikes as we hit the highway and found ourselves deep within the Karoo.
Without really appreciating the transition, the landscape had changed from being rich green farming pastures to rocky scrub land; similar to what you’d find in the south of Spain. Likewise, the cows and general livestock in those fields had morphed into creatures a little more exotic. Within a matter of miles, springbok, snakes, blue cranes and baboons had caught my eye. And then there were the vervet monkeys which numbered in their hundreds, littering the side of the road. As an outsider, goggling at these creatures made it hard to concentrate on the route ahead, which had also changed from the mind numbing endless straights we’d become accustom to.
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