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Namakwa Padmaker


Just back from a 4-day MTB trip to Namakwa. 4 mates and 3 new faces.  Latter will be going all the way to CT (8 days)!

Started at Orange River and headed south, Richtersveld, Namakwa etc.

It was tough but epic.  Support van met us every night.  Great weather but cold (end Day1/start Day2 – 2C)!

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I bonked after lunch on day 3 – it become a long slog home.  Missed out on day 4. Some mechanicals, tyre cuts etc.

Wide open spaces, stillness, brutal climbs, undulating terrain, initially rough and sandy tracks morphing into district roads.

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Saw 2 “bakkies” in 3 days – pretty remote area.  It was something special.  In our “backyard”.

Got lost badly on day 1.  In “Lost” photo (Padmaker-18D1-Lost-lr.JPG), we should have been on the other side of the big mountain behind rider in red top!

Them 1:50000 maps not a reliable solution.  Technology is your friend.



Got lost on day 3 too.

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