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 days of fun and fabulous riding.
The only 'formalised' ferry taking us across the Kei river mouth, many more mouths to come!
We shared the ride with a pack of friendly vagrant dogs that were quite familiar with the ferry procedure and a some local fishermen
The first kilometres of an amazing 210km ride.
Wildcoast cycling is not just about riding, theres a fair amount of pushing too - when the sand is too mushy...
...and portaging too!
Beaches are treasure troves of shells.
When we timed it right with the tides, beach riding could be blissful : compact, smooth and fast.
Nonchalent Ngunis are the most regular sun bathers you'll find along the coastline.
Sarah and her porter 😉
Old technologies still at play
Boy and his friend.
Little transkei pup.
Unspoiled coastal views all the way to Port St. Johns
River crossing
Keeping feet sand-free is a tricky business.
Wide open empty beaches for miles.
A little friend I made en route.
Xhosa boy runs with us.
A stranded sand shark. I was too late.
I say a sun hat is more protective than a helmut.
Stylish nguni
Mazeppa bay cafe: a welcome sight for all of us.
More beaches beckoned.

Bridget Ringdahl

Pedaling has been natural to me since the tender age of three. Cycling is practical, fun, it gets you to the corner café, across countries, continents, keeps you fit and is by far the most efficient and environmentally friendly transport option around, being virtually carbon neutral.

I live in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal which is great cycling country, within 10 minutes I can be bouncing along some of the finest single tracks in the province.