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.
When there’s only one way in, there can only be one way out. That meant we were treated to a return ride back across the awesome trail which had lead us into the Baviaans the day before. Around an hour in we came across the trail’s first junction, which branched off to a town called Uniondale. To get there meant even more dirt roads, with these particular ones being the smoothest and best conditioned of the whole trip. Just like us riders, the Triumphs were in their element as we blasted along at crazy speeds, sending dense dust clouds straight into the faces of the riders behind. I’ve been that trailing rider too many times on this trip, and I’ve learned to try and stay at the front whenever the opportunity allows; that or hold back as far as possible to limited the grit from hitting the back of my throat.
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