Sting in the tail!
Today we started straight into the Postal Route from the Tankwa side. A challenging route especially for big bikes, it has everything on offer – thick sand, steep rocky climbs, loose rocks, river crossings and magnificent vistas. Even more special is that this route will no longer be available to the public. We are effectively the last group granted permission from the farmers to be allowed through.
The trail crosses two rivers and climbs up into the central mountains of the Cederberg. Playing heavily on the minds of the contestants was that this was the last full day of competition. Making mistakes is not an option.
It bears saying that very few big bikes attempt this pass and especially from taking the “up” option, but as a result of the previous 8 days, all the contestants had zero trouble getting up the critical Karretjies Pass.
Once through, we would finish the day with the Eselbank 4×4 trail that starts in the picturesque village of Wuppertal to end at Kromrivier.
Lunch was accompanied by a refreshing dip into a tributary to the Keurbosfontein River
With less than 6.8km to go in the day, for the first time on this Quest, 2 bikes picked up front punctures within meters of each other. It took just 20 minutes before we were on our way again.
With the sun touching the tops of the rugged Cederberg mountains, the last written test was sat. Included in it were questions taken from everything the group has experienced and learnt over the previous 8 days.
Tomorrow we find out, who will get to keep the keys of their Africa Twins by winning the 2020 Honda Quest True Adventure.