There is a small crowd of us who are members of a Facebook group called "S24o Bicycle Microadventures" we regularly do Sub-24hour-overnight bicycle camping trips. These S24o's have proven to be about the most fun you can possibly have with a bicycle. As a result most of the regulars have become really good friends and a few of us started speaking about extending the fun by doing a week long microadventure. We felt that it would be good to go in a group of between three and six people as any more would possibly make it a bit more tricky to wild camp, get bookings at campsites, restaurants, guest houses etc. After a few phone calls we had six people who were keen and available. A planning braai was called for and we all got together to finalise dates and plan a rough route. After two planning braais (that generally involved more eating and drinking than planning) we had a start point, a middle point for a rest day and a cottage booked for the final weekend. That was all we really wanted to plan because part of our plan was to make it up as we went along. We also thought it would be great to mix up a bit of camping with staying in the odd guest house or a motel so that we could enjoy a restaurant meal and a proper bed for a few of the nights. Basically we had rough plan that we could change as we went along and that didn't put us under pressure to achieve any goals, except have a good time.
The original idea was to catch a train to Worcester and start riding from there, as we wanted to get out of the city and onto gravel roads as soon as possible. Unfortunately the train from Cape Town to Worcester only goes in the evenings. So we had to make last minute arrangements for a shuttle to take us to Worcester. This ended up being good fun and allowed us to leave early on the Saturday morning.
Anyway what follows is a short photo essay of our adventure, hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Day 1: Woodstock Cycleworks to Worcester by shuttle, then cycle from Worcester to Montagu.
Making supper, telling stories and fixing punctures.
Day 2: Montagu to somewhere in the Karoo for some wild camping.
Day 3: Karoo to Barydale.
Day 4: Barydale to Malagas.
Day 5: Malagas to wild camp somewhere near Napier.
Day 6: Napier to the cottage we had rented in Klein Baai.
After this experience, we all just kept speaking about where to go for our next adventure. I would highly recommend that you try something similar, it really is about as much fun as you can have with a bicycle and it makes for great stories, amazing memories and builds strong friendships.