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TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 6 & 7 FROM ST BERNARDS PEAK MOUNTAIN LODGE, ELANGA SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG TO RESTHAVEN GUEST HOUSE, MATATIELE

Friday & Saturday, 4 – 5 September 2020.  We started day 6 with a beautiful, full moon sunrise at St Bernards Peak Mountain Lodge, and are on our way today to Resthaven Guesthouse in Matatiele.  It is surreal to think that we are so close to the Lesotho border which lies only 500m behind St Bernards Peak, the mountain which the Lodge was named after.  Our host, Ian Warrel, said his goodbye with some motivational words for the Industry, proclaiming “Vasbyt. Life will get Better!”

The team were fresh, the sun was shining, and we saw no clouds in the sky.  It would be a great day for our 60km cycle.  Today we ride for our Sponsor of the Day – Kim, Justin, Lourens, and Kipper at Midlands Power Equipment, Howick.  A company worth supporting! We crossed the border into the Eastern Cape, officially leaving our home province behind us.

Happy to arrive at Resthaven Guesthouse in Matatiele we met our hosts, Philip and Elrita Rawlins, who were patiently waiting for us.  Up to now, we had completed 250km in total.  Today we were blessed to be riding alongside the Southern Drakensberg.  Not downhill.  The long and incredibly dusty roads seemed to go on forever.  We didn’t even travel through a single village.  The road was very corrugated and even though we lost a few fillings, it was a fun ride.  From now on we are focussing on the km’s we have done and not the distance we still have to complete until our next destination.  Goal!

Rest day was also Laundry Day – so that happened, thanks to Drak Dry Cleaning and Laundry.  We ended our evening with a braai and braaibroodjies in the cool night air.  As we mentally prepared for our day 5 start, head on our way to St Bernards Peak Mountain Lodge, the cold had lifted in the Southern Berg, it was a full moon outside, and you can hear the Jackal calling in the distance.

Apart from running the Guesthouse, Philip Rawlins also arranges Lesotho 4 x 4 Day Trips, Fly Fishing, Birding excursions and more.  Ask him anything about the area, its birdlife, 4 x 4 trekking and Sani Pass! He knows his stuff.  Needless to say, we had an informative and exciting look around the area.

Day 7 arrived with approximate 50km ride to Ongeluksnek, Mariazell Mission.  We were nearing the end of week one and stood in awe of all the people we have met, and the sights we have seen on our journey this far.  Thanks to Terbodore Coffee we could make a strong start to the day, which opened a whole new world to our team.  Make sure to look at the photographs on our Phat GM Rides facebook page and visit the links in our blogs to find out more.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS, ACCOMMODATION SPONSORS, AND FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL DONATION MADE. WISH YOU WERE HERE!