Day 16: Phuthaditjhaba to Witsieshoek

29 March

Start 09:00 End 13:45 Distance 40km Avg: 10.9km/hr

Portage from the pretty Golden Gate National Park where we camped to the outskirts of Phuthaditjaba where we finished the day before. We have an intentionally short day planned due to the difficulty of the hills. The locals of Phuthaditjaba are very friendly; several greet and wave. Bicycles in these parts are still novel enough to cause excitement among the children. I don’t see another bicycle the entire ride through the sprawling village. “Why is that?” I wonder as I push my bicycle up another seemingly unending hill, sweat dripping from my forehead onto the roasting tarmac. It was chilly in the morning when we started but I am now regretting my decision to wear a vest. Continue reading