Category: 2010 Wild Coast Cycle Trip

A Ride on the Wild side

[caption id="attachment_396" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Our beautiful Wild Coast. For the last 2 years Sarah has been organising bike trips along the wildcoast. This year she very generously offered to take her friends! see www.active-escapes.co.za for more info about Sarah's tours"][/caption] South Africa’s ‘wild coast’ is one of the last stretches of unspoiled coastline along our 3000km of beach. The roughly 280km stretch, starts from at the Kei River mouth and…

Day 1: Kei Mouth – Xhora River

Day 1: 46km 4hr20 ride time: Starting from the great Kei River mouth and the boundary of the former 'homeland' of the Transkei we headed north for 220km to Port St Johns. Never could I have imagined how spectacular and unspoiled this coastline really is, just goes to show what we expect as 'normal' . Sun-kissed and inspired, I lapped up all the details, the landscapes and the sweat  in a blissful but tough 5…

Day 2: Xhora River – The Haven

Day 2: 39km , 4hrs30 ride time:  Today we crossed the Xhora, Jajura, Ngadla, Xhixini, Ngabara and finally the Mbashe river mouths, all named so beautifully with the Xhosa click. Passing through the Dwesa forest reserve I was astounded by the size and the condition of this incredible pocket  of coastal forest, certainly one of the largest in South Africa.  We whizzed up and down excrutiatingly steep jeep tracks through Dwesa enjoying once more a…

Day 3: The Haven to Coffee Bay

Day 3: 5hrs to pedal 47km,  This was without doubt one of the most spectacular days or riding (also one of the toughest), encompassing every element of the wildcoast: Wide open sandy beaches, headlands jutting out to sea, the last remaining pockets of coastal forest on our eastern shores, exquisite estuaries, quaint villages, relentlessly steep hills, sweeping grasslands and views enough to make you want to ride off the edge....  …

Day 4: Coffee Bay – Mpande

Day 4: 46 km, 7hrs.   Coffee bay will remain with me as being ironically the most disappointing coffee experience of my life (not a decent cup in sight and the barely acceptable instant we found at the backpackers came at a hefty price !) . Apparently it was named after a ship carry coffee beans ran aground in the late 1800s, although a few beans seeded themselves the conditions proved too harsh for the plants…

Day 5: Mpande to Port St. Johns

Day 5:  32km in 8hrs. Deceivingly easy to start with, we enjoyed graded road rolling up and over the hills clocking up our best average time to date : some 20 odd km in as little as 2hrs. However once that ended some serious bundu-bashing and sandy tracks brought us back to the wildcoast ( so appropriately named) It took us another 5 hrs to complete the final 15km which brought us to our finishing…