Hi, my name is Gregory Gerhardt. I work for Drupal agency Amazee Labs. After three years of employment we get one month off to free our mind and do something really extreme. My project? I'm walking from Johannesburg to Cape Town. See my route
Homerun. Left Wellington after one of these rich South African breakfasts: Coffee, cereals, porridge, pancakes, toasts. The calories took me all the way through to Durbanville, Bellville and down to Cape Town. After seven days of walking and seven days of cycling I arrived safe and sound at my starting point, the Nine Flowers Guesthouse. Matthias Schaffner took me to the Fireman's inn for a little celebration and some beers. Winding down. What a wonderful country South Africa is! Will have to sit down to structure all my thoughts and experiences. More right here.
I was flying! Started at the Inverdoorn Game Reserve. A beautiful and crispy morning - all layers on, including cap and gloves; No headwind, few gravel roads and lots of downhill. Left the Karoo towards Ceres (quick breakfast at Wimpy's) and down to Wellington. The landscape changed rapidly from semi-desert to lush and green, from sheeps to cows and bushes to fruit trees and grass. Arrived after 10 hours on the road. Just enough time to enjoy the beautiful sunset and a little wine tasting at the Bovlei Valley Retreat. Tomorrow Cape Town!
Woke up in a fridge. Sutherland had about 5 degrees Celsius and the rain and wind were drumming against the window. The coffee turned cold before I could grab it. My toes never really got warm. Taking a positive approach I had the luck to live through what Sutherland is being praised for: Being the second coldest town in South Africa. After breakfast Dania dropped me on the R 356 and I took on the daily leg of my moonboot safari; this time equipped with wool cap, gloves, fleece and jacket.
After a rich and yummy breakfast at the Die Tuishuis guest house my stiff Oberschenkels and me hit the road for a fourth day on the saddle. We were welcomed by our most loyal companion, the headwind. 20 km ahead of Sutherland the wind struck me with such a strength that I had to stand up to get enough weight into my padels - rain and a chilly temperatures inclusive. Luckily, Dania and Ben passed by shortly after and I allowed myself the luxury of being fastforwarded to Sutherland (South Africa's second coldest place) for a hot coffee.
On the left you can see my route through South Africa. The pins depict the milestones on the fastest possible way from Johannesburg (top right) to Cape Town (bottom left). Milestones will be: Johannesburg, Wagterskop, Parys, Viljoenskron, Bothaville, Hoopstad, Hertzogville, Boshof, Kimberley, Hopetown, Strydenburg, Britstown, Vosburg, Pampoenpoort, Loxton, Fraserburg, Sutherland, Inverdoorn Game Reserve, Ceres, Wellington, Cape Town.