Sunday, 5 November 2017

FEEDBACK Saturday 11 November 2017 - Valley of Red Gods, Maclears

The west side of town was under a thick sea mist as we trawled Theresa Avenue trying to find legal parking spaces.

A smallish group of 25 trailers gathered at the start. Paul arrived late and galloped up the hill to find that he and Katya were the only 2 in the fast group. They took off and we didn't see them again!

As we trudged slowly up Kasteelpoort, we popped out of the mist into beautiful weather, which just got better! 

What a stunning route. Trailers haven't explored this part of the mountain often and we marvelled at the Valley of the Red Gods - Lorraine researched the Rudyard Kipling poem containing the phrase - and the Valley of Isolation. Lots of climbing! Just before we reached Echo Valley, those with time constraints turned back picking up some of the Relaxed group on the way.

4 of the medium group went off ahead on their own journey and the rest of us went up the ladders to the top of Platteklip and then turned right to Maclear's Beacon - a first for some! After a small celebration and some food, we turned back and went along Echo Valley before retracing our steps home.

It was getting hot, but there was still enough flowing water on the mountain for refreshing drinks. A long morning out, but so worth it! 

On the way back we met up with 3 of the relaxed group who had gone to Echo Valley and back via the Dams. They were also enthusing about their route. A bunch of happy trailers

That part of the mountain is definitely worth exploring again.

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