Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 3 - Ntsikeni to Masakala

Thanks to some fantastic nav and prep by Fiona (Thanks Fi !) we got out of the new Ntsikeni lodge quite easily.We followed a jeep track, skirted a forest and then headed down over a spur to Politique Kraal and onto the jeep track a few km's beyond that. We headed off to Glen Edward farm and once again Sheila made a fantastic soup. With the wind already screening off a snow covered berg it was a welcome respite.

From there it was an absolute haul against a direct frontal headwind up and down a few monster mountains. It's energy sapping stuff. As we headed onto the last single track of the day the temp had already dropped to just 4*C before wind chill. Scratching across a waterlogged vlei wasn't funny in near zero temp's. Once we crossed the mountain it was a 11km trip to the Masakala rural guest house. We got in after dark in biting cold weather.

Wow vetkoek, tea & OB's awaited us followed by a magnificent dinner of chakalaka, pap, rice, potatoes & beef stew !
I'm knackered now so I'm off to sleep... 

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