Today we head east, transferring (140km) through the fertile Breede River
valley, passing old settlements verdant with vines and fruit trees and
seasonal blossoms. We transfer into Montague and after a short coffee break
at a local Route 62 shop, we get onto the bikes for the rest of the day. From
here the landscape changes to the semi-arid desert of the Great Karoo, a huge
ancient plateau making up almost a third of South Africa's landmass and
littered with remains of ancient Bushman cultures. We cycle a scenic back
road traversing a more fertile region known as the Little Karoo, a short
climb brings us to the Tradouws Plateau before arriving in Barrydale, our
base for the night. This quiet old Dutch village is in a fertile valley
surrounded by a colourful mix of vines, fruits and wild flowers (in season).
Time allowing we will visit a local co-op cellar and have an opportunity to
taste their produce, including the local Chardonnay which is well respected
for its unique taste.