So I have been working non-stop during the holiday season even some of the public holidays and felt really sorry for myself... My dad told me Friday that I could take monday and Teusday the 3-4 of work. So friday I grabbed my drybag and tent sleepingbag and some extras. The idea was to leave Sunday morning early from Yzerfontein to Elandsbay from there gravel and tweespoor to Lutzville and then attempyt the dreaded coastal route to Hondeklipbay. I haven't had a long ride since last December going to Nam...so 5 bells Sunday I left Yzerfontein in the dark and mist to Elands on tar. Took the railway road to Lamberts and refueled here. Even spotted the sissen train as I stood at the tollbooth sheesh she is long. after lamberts I took the first sandy road turnoff to Strandfontein.... I took the road to Lutville where I started to create a mobile BOMB....... 14l in my tank 7.5 in fuel bladder 2x 2l bottles in tankbag 2 x 2l bottles in backpack so 30 liters of fuel to hopefully make Hondeklip as I hear the sand is hectic and I am loaded with my drybag and tubes compressor, bombs, tyre levers, spare bolts, jumpers, camera and my maps My loaded scooter. Most of the ride are these tweespoor and farely easy to ride. I checked in on the route at about 8:30 and phoned Weskus for some last minute advice. I also booked lodging at the Skulpiesbaai lodge for the nights accommodation. The coast here is stunning with people camping around everybend and under every overhang. I was loving the tweespoor and sand everynow and then. I decided to drop my tyre pressure down to 1.3 front and 1 bar rear this helped plentys with the sand surprising every so often. I was feeling the years stress and overworked thoughts leaving my head as I loved railing the little sandy berms and floating over the sand on Grietjie (my trusted HP2) The road to Groen river went past in a blast. I did however experience a serious highside just before the lighthouse .I was already getting ready to crash at 110km/h when I somehow throttled out of a 90 degree tosser I turned into the Namaqua National Park and got a map from the ranger. And got warned about the sand. On this road I found the dreaded tweespoor dune sand riding whoop whoop it was so much fun. I spotted some dunes on the left and took a road to them on some lekker DIK sand. When I stopped for a pics I didnt even need a sidestand as the bike just stood up. I took some of the roads down to the ocean, but most of them had dead endings so I took those with interesting sounding endings I went down to the Spoegriviergrotte this tweespoor is fun and sandy lekker sweating at this stage was mandatory. I rolled into Hondeklip at around 12:00. It is around this time when I realized that the day is still long and standing around Hondeklip for the rest of the day will be boring so I decided to fill my bike with the remaining fuel (about 8 liters) and took the road to Koingnnaas and turned left towards the Wildeperdepass (which ChrisL wrote a very nice report about) and enjoyed the wonderful views from the top of the pass back to the West. I reached Springbok and decided that this place is too hot and I would rather go to the Orangeriver for the night. I felt a little tired now and took something that I saw On Cyrils Dakar bike . When I reached the border I took the dirt road to the left of the river to say hallo to a friend quickly. That road by the way ends 3km down like this. When I reached the border I decide that going over to Nam would be fun (Jacko learned me to always carry my passport and thus I had a option of crossing the orange and seeing how the area looked after some much needed rain. I found this at the bordder trailaring his 990 Dis ok Stoetie jy kan maar nou se jy soek eintlik 'n BM I made some new friends at the border post .and passed both side without a numberplate on my bike as I lost it somewhere on the westcoast in a jump related incident. I took the tar to the second Karasburg turnoff about 77km in and turned right towards Karasburg for the 90 km gravel highway that I know so well. I saw more than a 100 Springbok on the side of the road. I felt like I was home relaxed and happy so I did a highspeed run on the HP to celebrate. In it's natural habitat I reached my Brother in-laws house at 18:30. I had a swim and then we had a braai. 880km for the day it was not planned, but I couldnt stop thinking about Albert at Dakar and how he had 14 days like these to contend with I felt tired and slept like a baby (not any that I know my son wakes me 3 times a night so maybe like a cat under a aircon ..