Come cycle with us on a mandatory pilgrimage along our country roads.
Cycling the country roads around Amohela ho Spitskop in the vastness and beauty of our valley gives a great sense of freedom and exhilaration perfect to awaken the senses and rejuvenate the spirit.
The pleasure of exploring some far flung corners of the beautiful eastern Free State Highlands cycling together along a golden country road still decked in the tapestry of the winter and early spring colours, russets, yellows and browns, with a promise of the coming summer and verdant green fields await those cyclists wishing for a memorable traverse.
Route A is scenic, 11 kilometers with easier terrain for children and those who prefer a gentler pedal.The route along the S343/S40 (see map) takes you past farmland and some large dams where a variety of waterfowl are to be seen.The entire route is on gravel roads, and the scenery is breathtaking.
Route B is longer at some 20 kilometers, scenic, takes you along the border of Amohela ho Spitskop on the S343 (see map) You cycle through the valley past farmlands and return along the S388 where more large dams are found.Turn right onto the S40 and cross over the spruit, then quite a steep hill as you head back to Amohela ho Spitskop, past the crossroads and turn right into the gate to head back to your cottage.The entire route is on gravel roads.
Route C is not for the fainthearted, this 45 kilometer route is a challenge. Incorporating a portion of route B then turning east along the S444 (see map) which is at this point a simple farm track, climbing up along a loose shale gravel road towards the hill summit with simply awesome 360 degree views. The valley road then winds down along a farm track with some difficulty of terrain, your route passes farmlands and, turning south, you pass Lot’s Pillar, a smaller Spitskop look-a-like. Returning along the valley with still fairly testing terrain, you pass pans and farm dams until you again see Amohela ho Spitskop and home via either the S343 or S388.
When I grow up I am going to cycle on a big bicycle on the big roads, but for now I will ride my bicycle where Mum and Dad can walk alongside me or watch me from the veranda while Dad prepares our braai for supper and Mum relaxes with a glass of wine.