Weekly Update 2020-05-31

By Jaco du Plessis | Published on 2020-05-31

Good evening friends.

I'm still sticking to my plan of sending out a newsletter every Sunday, but each week it seems to go out later and later... which means I've finally found a way to make Sundays stretch out longer. I still enjoy writing these letters, and I hope you enjoy reading them.

The Cape motorcycling community finally realised that going for a ride won't kill anyone (more than it usually does). Rowan and myself went for a ride to Tesselaarsdal today, enjoying some of the best dirt roads the Overberg has to offer. During the 350km odd trip I probably saw more than 50 other motorcyclists on their Sunday outride. If you ask me, it would be more of a criminal offence to NOT go for a ride on such a beautiful day.

In terms of new website content, Rowan did a write up of our trip last weekend: https://www.onanysunday.co.za/posts/Back-on-bike/

This week I found out that there is another, hidden entry into the Baviaanskloof from the northern side, known as the "rear entry". It's an old service road to a Telkom tower but is in such a poor state that maintenance teams go up by helicopter rather than try to get there by land. Which makes it the perfect route for an adventure rider looking to put some scuff marks on their crash bars. This is not a tame pony and apparently almost impossible to do on a large, heavy bike. Anyway, I'm going to do some more research but will almost certainly attempt this route as soon as the opportunity comes along.

Thinking about routes I still want to do prompted me to make a brief list of some "bucket list" routes that one can do in South Africa: https://www.onanysunday.co.za/posts/bucket-list-routes-sa/

Honestly, not a lot of research has gone into that post but links are included to point you in the right direction should you wish to know more. Maybe at some point we can make this a set item on the site and then invest some time into doing it more thoroughly.

JJ has released a couple of new podcasts:

Rika de Bruyn — a well known local motorcycle adventure rider and entrepreneur with an inspiring story.

Matthew & Megan — a couple that have done both an epic African and American trek.

Find the podcasts here: https://www.onanysunday.co.za/podcasts/gravel-travel/

Have a good week as we go into a lighter stage of lockdown.

Jaco du Plessis

PS — Tesselaarsdal is a very interesting place with some dark history: https://www.netwerk24.com/ZA/Hermanus-Times/Nuus/tesselaarsdal-reveals-dark-past-20191211-2

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