I awoke at 7:10 AM and took a fast bathe. Breakfast was served at 8 AM in the primary room of our guesthouse and consisted of a buffet model breakfast with fruit, bread, yogurt, granola, muffins and scorching meals (equivalent to scrambled eggs, french toast, and bacon) out there from the kitchen if you happen to simply request it (at no further cost). Then we performed a fast packing job earlier than attaching the trailer to our van and hitting the street.
We drove for about two hours to the east. The surroundings alongside the best way was lovely, however I used to be drained and I’ve to confess that I fell asleep for somewhat bit whereas listening to music within the backseat of the van. We stopped for gasoline at one level and I purchased two ice lotions. Then we drove a bit additional earlier than arriving at Honeywood Lodges – a distant property that includes a lot of small rustic guesthouses scattered throughout the property.
I shared a small home with Michi. The home had three small bedrooms, a kitchen, two bogs and a front room space. Steve and Kim shared the small home subsequent to us and the remainder of the group was positioned in a a lot bigger, extra fashionable constructing on the opposite facet of the property.
Michi didn’t appear too pleased with the place he had been positioned. I believe he needed to be within the nicer guesthouse with everybody else, however I used to be completely pleased with the place I used to be. The place was sort of run down, nevertheless it had a pleasant rustic enchantment to it. If it weren’t for the truth that there was no Web and that the water popping out of the pipes (within the sinks, bathrooms and showers) was darkish, darkish brown (the colour of Coca-Cola), the place would have been actually fairly good.
half-hour after arriving at Honeywood we met on the important home for subway-style sandwiches, salad, humus, sausages, and orange juice (none of which was superb). The homeowners of the property appeared soiled and unkempt – not the sort of high-class individuals we had been round for the previous a number of days.
After lunch we jumped within the van and have been pushed a brief distance up the street to a small park space the place we unloaded the bikes after which took off on our lengthy bike experience for the day.
Harry and Kirsten took off in entrance of the remainder of us and we didn’t see them once more till the tip of the experience.
The remainder of us cycled alongside the sting of a gradual mountainside, passing via rocky and sandy beach-style landscapes. The experience had a lot of quick, small climbs, however nothing like we skilled on the primary couple days of the tour (which I used to be pleased about). At a number of factors alongside the best way we crossed via shallow streams and needed to stroll our bikes over a couple of obstacles.
On the finish of the path we have been met by Kim and the ready van. We now had a selection. We may get again within the van and be pushed again to the guesthouse the place we have been staying, or we may keep on our bikes and cycle via the rain some 20+ kilometers again to Honeywood Lodges.
Erwin and Sandra obtained within the van and rode again to Honeywood within the automobile, whereas the remainder of us rode our bicycles alongside the primary dust street again to the guesthouse property. It was raining your entire time and once I arrived again at our small home I used to be dripping, moist, freezing chilly and lined in dust (particularly on my again and butt).
I didn’t care concerning the soiled brown water popping out of the pipes at this level. I used to be grateful simply to have the ability to take a bathe and have heat water. The bathe felt nice! I then washed all my soiled, moist garments within the sink and hung them as much as dry earlier than making ready myself for dinner.
Dinner was served in the primary home by the husband and spouse hosts and their kitchen workers of two. The couple had a beautiful outdated kitchen stuffed with weird and delightful rustic utensils, instruments and home equipment… however the place was soiled and somewhat bit horrifying. I didn’t eat a lot that night time (partially as a result of there was little on provide for vegetarians life myself… and partially as a result of the cleanliness of your entire place had me too afraid to eat), so I went to mattress hungry, however slept properly and awoke the following day ready for a number of extra hours of mountain biking goodness!