This past weekend myself and a couple friends thought that it would be a good idea to ride from Cape Town to Tulbagh then back again the next day. A good idea it was, perfect weather, awesome scenery and a great two days of training.
Having sent our overnight bad ahead we set off at 6am form the V&A Waterfont on Saturday morning. Our route took us through Milnerton, Durbanville, Wellington, over Bainskloof pass, through Wolseley and on to our final destination in Tulbagh. A total of 140km and roughly 5hrs 15min in total. This included two stops, the first being in Wellington to fill our bottles and the second in the bustling metropolis of Wolseley.
Tulbagh is a charming historic town with a wealth of Cape Dutch Architecture. Set in a beautiful landscape, Tulbagh is famous for its heritage, magnificent country living, scenic beauty and majestic mountain ranges.
For a small village, there are loads of restaurants choose from. On Saturday night we went to the Paddagang Restaurant which is situated in the historic Church Street of Tulbagh and were treated to a great meal. I highly recommend a visit. We decided not to explore the Tulbagh nightlife using our weariness as the excuse.
On Sunday we again set off at 6am and followed the same route back. The highlights for me were:
– Riding Bainskloof pass from both sides. The scenery is mindblowing and the gentle light on the Sunday morning was something to behold.
– Arriving at our B&B in the midday Tulbagh heat to discover an awesome pool to cool off in.
– Riding in around Tulbagh town going to the restaurants etc. You get to see so much more than if you are in a car!
The lowlight of the weekend, if any, was the the South East wind we encounted about 45km from home. All in all though, the perfect weekend away with some good training, good food and great company.