For better or worse, I decided to put the pictures below in chronological order. It's pretty haphazard - so were the impressions.
We just followed a more-or-less around the clock circle starting out from Kaapstad, north along the Weskus, east by the Oranjerivier, south through the Karoo, back west by route 62 to Kaapstad.
All in all, it took us about one overwhelming month.
What a weird country. You'll notice soon enough.
As usual, plenty of links to and fro. Plus some, sometimes caustic, comments.
What we were totally unprepared for, it's so much like the Far West. Country of sturdy Pioneers.
No doubt the story is similar, as well:
The country was settled by boeren who moved farther and farther away to get rid of that despised pest, the Tax Person.
No use, of course: Once they had civilized a region, the guy thought it safe to open his office there.
What's really amazing to me, then they took the churches along of their own free will.
Weskus - West Coast
It took a very long ride on a very slippery very muddy road to arrive at this dead end: A wine farm.
Like surprisingly many places there, be they ever so romantically isolated, it's on the grid.
used to be a quaint seashore village
fishermen still work there, and live
in cottages which now must be
well worth their lives' earnings
Looks great on Google Earth - totally red-colored salt ponds.
Alas, not so easy to find on the ground. Plus, there seems to be a powerful stench from the fish drying facilities.
But we did like the harbor.
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