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.