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Jack and Gill

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  1. Up a mountain, Centocow, KZN. 3.5km, 400m ascent.
  2. Wartburg to Mfula Store down the Mqeku River. The Mqeku starts near Harburg and joins the Umgeni River about 8km up river of Inanda Dam. Some seriously steep ups and downs, it’s not called the Valley of 1000 hills for nothing.
  3. Natal Midlands, Midmar Dam in the background.
  4. We’ve just bought some from Texrex (Dirk). Still testing them out but seem like good quality and we have had great service from him. Like you, we’re planning similar trips and sheltering under the credit card. https://texrex.co.za/explore-cycling-luggage/
  5. Mqeku River, Valley of 1000 Hills. This is usually a shallow, but rocky, ankle deep causeway. It has been washed out with all the rain in the past few weeks.
  6. Fumpa Pump Very impressed with how well this little gadget works, quick, easy and efficient.
  7. A lot of the route is on district roads and Ntsikeni is a nature reserve open to the public. We stayed at Flitwick Farm (fantastic spot) and as guests had permission from the farmer to ride the routes on the farm. We did not venture on to any other farms or private land. https://flitwickranch.com/
  8. Flitwick Farm, Swartburg to Ntsikeni Nature Reserve exploring the Freedom Circuit route.
  9. I have the Cypher Comp, the orange and black one that you are looking at. Bought it to ride the Freedom Circuit in April. Absolutely loving riding it. It weighed just on 12kg out the box but added slime, peddles and a bottle cage so will be slightly more now. I’ll weigh it again tomorrow and let you know. I’m a lady and can comfortably lift it over gates and for portaging.
  10. Port Edward, Grosvenor, Mtentu, Port Edward - 5 beautiful days riding the Wild Coast????
  11. Hi We got back yesterday from doing the ride from Port Edward to Grosvenor and back via Mtentu but have previously been all the way to Mbotji and back. I have the .fit files of the route and am happy to share them with you (sure they can be converted on Garmin Connect). The total distance is only 75km from Port Edward to Mbotji but it is not an "easy" ride. It's an adventure ride, you will be off your bike as much as you are on it. Some points to note: 1. Tide is critical. You need low tide for beach riding and river crossings, so you cannot ride a long time every day (full moon is the ideal time to get mid-morning low tide). 2. Anyone can ride it but it does require a fair degree of all round fitness/strength/skill. You need to be able to comfortably pick up your bike and carry it, with some rock hopping, climbing and swimming thrown in. 3. Don't expect to get a ferry at any of the rivers. Nothing is guaranteed and be prepared to swim a big river at high tide. 4. Your bike and all your kit must be in the best condition possible as it is tough on your equipment. 5. From Mbotji we go to Drifters Lambazi Bay (Grosvenor) and then to Mtentu, all approximately 25km from each other (a decent days ride on the route - don't expect it to take 2 hours, it can take all day). 6. We have only ever ridden this section unsupported, just our bike and a small backpack with a change of clothes (Drifters and Mtentu provide all linen and food). It's a fantastic ride in a truly amazing and beautiful place, I highly recommend that everyone do it. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions. We are happy to answer what we can.
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