North to West18 July 2018
By Simon Pocock
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This trip had certainly been a long time coming. Stuart and I have been talking bikes since our varsity days and many years later we were beyond stoked to be heading out on a week-long trip with a solid crew of new and old friends alike!
The idea was to share some of our beautiful Western Cape mountain riding with our friends from up North before they would cut their trip short and head home. The remaining crew of four would head West across the Northern Cape, bound for the coast. A surf recce mission of sorts and a chance to get deep into the desolate stretches of sand tracks and far out camp spots, the Weskus holds an allure that is tough to explain.
From Cape Town, we rode North through the Cederberg, without much of a plan except for a few landmarks to visit and ideas for re-supplies. We seriously lucked out and were welcomed into campsites and local farmers households with open arms. Always having just enough fuel and food to continue moving forward.
We continued onwards toward Niewoudtvile, as we began our drop off the escarpment and kept moving North to Kliprand where we found massive granite boulders rising out of red dust, before our traverse West started, passing through equally wild and beautiful country on route to Garies and onwards to the coast. Finally, our route continued South along the coast bound for Cape Town.
In the end, we dirtbagged 1500km on two wheels around our beautiful country, sunburnt, dusty and smelly.
We took it slow and steady, enjoyed the sights and opportunities to explore the wild places, meeting some pretty incredible people along the way and everything always worked itself out.
Simon is an outdoor photographer, adventurer and graphic designer based in Cape Town.
Read about his Seweweekspoort FKT attempt here