Secunda To Sabie
After our quick visit to Sabie the last time, we decided to go there for a longer visit. We left Secunda on Friday at 1pm. It was a bit windy but not too bad. We filled up the bike at the 1-stop near Belfast.
From there onwards, it was freezing and one of the most difficult rides we'd ever done on the bike. It was drizzling with a lot of fog. You couldn't see much ahead of you. We stopped in Dullstroom to put on our rain suits, the only thing that could help against the cold.
At times, we were going as slow as 60km/h. That was painful especially on a Superbike, but it was the best we could do. The Long Tom Pass was a nightmare - rain, fog, trucks and cars. You name it, they were on the road.
What a relief when we reached Sabie. We were exhausted and cold to the bone but luckily, the Oxford rain suits kept us totally dry. We had a quick bite at the Wimpy before taking on the last 20km to our self-catering cottage.
The next day it was overcast but didn't rain. We went back to Sabie to buy some food for the next few days. We also stayed in town waiting for Andre and Janeke, who'd left Pretoria early that morning in the rain. They only got to Sabie around 12 noon after experiencing the worst ride ever with rain, fog and more rain.
Well the weather was not on our side for the rest of our stay. So we couldn't really enjoy the winding roads the way we intended. The Monday morning we took a ride to the Sudwala Caves, definitely worth our while. I've never seen such a big cave...huge, beautiful and mysterious all at the same time.
Tuesday we headed back home again and had a quick bite in Whiteriver. We also visited the car museum, a big disappointment. We got wet before we reached Nelspruit, must say we didn't expect the rain to come down that quickly.
We dried our clothes with the hand dryers, put on our rain suits and hit the road again. We decided to ride via Waterval Onder. Big mistake - too many trucks and cars and no room to overtake.
When we reached the highway, it was full throttle all the way to Belfast. We said our goodbyes and parted company with our buddies just before Witbank. It was freezing again, so we made sure to waste as little time as possible getting ourselves home.