3 Feb 2008

Groenkloof revamped

Well, well, well, was I nicely surprised to see the change at Groenkloof when I was eventually convinced to ride there with some friends. The last time I was there I had to fight my way over pebble round boulders and loose sand churned up by the 4x4's which were using the same trails as the mountain bikers. Some of the roads had been regraded and are in a very good condition despite all the rains of late.

More single track is also now available and there is a beautiful part among the trees where the road winds through the shadows. A nice little uphill was also build and one has to keep a sharp mind to be able to get up the sudden steep uphill and wonderful slide down on the other side of it.
The uphills are not that strenuous, but watch out for a few hair raising downhills with loose boulders and where a bit of the road has been washed away. Of course you don't have to do the tricky downhills but can opt to take the long windy road down.
More animals have been introduced into the reserve which makes it a very pleasant ride. Zebra, giraffe, blouwildebees and other buck as well.
For those who don't know, Groenkloof Nature Reserve is just passed Fountains. It has a seperate entrance, which is about 500m further on from the Fountains' entrance. The entry fee is R18 per cyclist.

Of course any good ride should end with a picnic of some sorts. Why rush home?.......... Stay for more!

Hope to see some of you out on the ride at Groenkloof.

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