Adventure beckons on Route 62

The start of my next adventure is a week away from today and there is some preparation that needs to take place. I will attempt to cover roughly 1700km or just over a thousand miles in a little over three weeks or in just under four weeks. As with any adventure worth its salt, too much planning is counterproductive. The joyous thing about adventure is freedom so you don’t want to be thinking, I must, or I have to, much at all. So loosely, I intend to visit roughly 34 towns and stay over in 22 of them, culminating in a trip of about 24 days. I start and finish in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, in the Eastern Cape, and on the first night I will stay over in Jeffrey’s Bay, a mere 84km away, and then start Route 62 through the Langkloof valley and mountains on day two. I will be camping at campsites or Backpackers en route that will take me along the R62 to Ceres, in the Western Cape, and then down the Bainskloof pass to Wellington, near Cape Town, and back along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth.

I picked up nominal experience last December when I cycled from East London, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, to Wilderness in the Western Cape, and back again. An out and back trip of approximately 1300km in just under three weeks. This has given me a good idea of what to take with me and what I can leave behind. Also, at the end of the last trip I spent my recovery days trying to write and upload my second ever blog post, detailing my journal, with photos, of the entire trip. This was a mission, especially as for some reason I wrote the whole thing in the present tense. The blog can be found at www.grantawakened.wordpress.com

This time around I will post numerous blogs throughout the trip and will try to make them short and interesting.

So this being the first relating to this particular adventure, here is a list of what you might need if ever you plan to do a similar trip, and I recommend that you do. This is what I have packed.

First and foremost…

  • A bicycle (I have opted for a mountain bike with knobly tyres as I might go off road and this is not a race)
  • Rack and panniers
  • Handlebar mounted bag
  • Water bottles
  • Hand pump
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Glasses
  • Hydration pack

On top of the rack:

  • Axe (For knocking in tent pegs etc.)
  • 2 man tent (cheap camp master)
  • Foam mat
  • Sleeping bag (Again el cheapo)
  • I use a luminous safety vest to cover everything and then tie down
  • Flag for visibility and decoration

Inside the panniers:

  • Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Flip flops
  • Zip-off trousers
  • Bathing costume/shorts
  • Toiletries – Toilet paper; Toothbrush; Deodorant; Biodegradable soap and shampoo; Towel; Moisturising cream; sunblock; Mosquito patches; hair brush
  • First Aid emergency pack – plasters; blister dressing; antiseptic; personal medication; whistle; space blanket; multi tool; emergency contact details
  • Notebook and pen
  • Waterproof bags
  • Peanut butter
  • Trek and naked bars
  • Spare kit (clothing)
  • 2 spare tubes, tyre levers, bombs

Inside the handlebar mounted bag:

  • Cell phone
  • Wallet with cash and card, drivers licence
  • Wet wipes
  • Sunscreen lip salve
  • Torch
  • Chargers
  • Trek and Naked Bars
  • Spectacles (old, the spectacles and the reason I’m wearing them)

If you have any questions, feel free.

 

 

Grant Edwards
Founder/Adventurer at Soul Navigation Adventures
Grant Edwards is the founder of Soul Navigation Adventures. As a part time blogger and full time soul navigator his purpose in life is to experience, and help others to experience, what a wonderful world it is and can continue to be, if we just take care of it and all its inhabitants, so that future generations can experience the adventure too.