Our final day in McGregor dawned grey, cold and rainy. (Heaven knows, they need the rain!). Not the finest eBiking weather. Not at all. Perhaps a bit of exploring in a nice warm car would be a better ride. Like exploring Bonnievale. That’s where they produce those rather yummy Cabs and Merlots and Pinotages and Chenins. You see the method in my madness here? Anyway, the young lady at Bonnivale Wines was charming, knowledgeable and such a pleasure to deal with that we bought waaayyyyy too much wine, the Pajero clinking and groaning from the weight of it all as we headed back to McGregor. (We have subsequently risen to the challenge and are steadily working our way through them. One must endure these hardships!)
But back to riding. We had hoped that the weather would clear a little as the day progressed and so it did. We arrived back with just enough time to explore ‘The Ride to nowhere’. The name alone was sufficient to get us out exploring it. We’d just had 2 days of riding, tackling the short Lord’s Loop on our day of arrival and the longer Strykhoogte the next day.
We may have cut it a bit fine (in fact we did), heading up the main street of McGregor and out of town into the mountains. Again, the riding was good but it seemed that the parting of the clouds was only temporary. A chilly wind had picked up, flinging clouds across distant peaks, making riding cold and less satisfying than it could have been. Still, we persevered, riding up onto a plateau, following the signs to Lord’s Wines – maybe they would be open and maybe they did a nice fortified wine – a port or sherry perhaps. Or a nice brandy… Now that would be good. And perhaps a bowl of soup or something… Alas, it was not to be.
It was after 5 when the vineyard appeared in the valley below. It looked deserted and in any case the light was going and large splats of rain plopped onto our helmets. Time to go. We gave the Haibikes their heads on the return ride, and soon we were back in town, basking in the warmth of Open Kitchen, Francois doing something in the back
Our original plan was to ride out to Lord’s Wines, but the road goes much further. From what I see on Tracks4Africa you can actually ride right up into the mountains to a radio antenna that, I believe, has some stunning views of the Riviersonderend Mountains. We’ll have to go back and when we do, we will update this but of you’ve done this ride, we’d love to hear from you. Check out more of our Mountain Biking Photographs
Route Length: We rode just over 10km out before turning back but it looks possible to do a little over double that – 21km, making the ride about 42km.
Route Conditions: Deserted, smooth gravel roads – really nice riding. There was a bit of climbing on the ride we did but there will be much more if you ride to the end of the road. But you’re on an ebike – why should you care?
Nina’s Place Accommodation: S33° 56.899′ E19° 49.433′
McGregor Publicity (start of the rides): S33° 56.896′ E19° 49.656′