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Old September 11th 06, 07:29 PM posted to rec.bicycles.racing
Thomas Schmelzer
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Default Garden Route, South Africa?

Has anyone cycled from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth?
With a racing bike?
I have seen some commercial offers but they are too expensive...

Old September 12th 06, 10:15 AM posted to rec.bicycles.racing
Donald Munro
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Default Garden Route, South Africa?

Thomas Schmelzer wrote:
Has anyone cycled from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth?
With a racing bike?
I have seen some commercial offers but they are too expensive...

The garden route area is a bit of a tourist trap, especially in the
(southern hemisphere) summer. The commercial tours probably use high
priced luxury bed and breakfasts so in theory you should be able to do it
for less by staying at cheaper no frills B&B's or backpacker hostels. It
would probably be a good idea to get a map and plan which towns you want
to stay in on the way so you can try to find cheaper accommodation ahead
of time. You could have a look at:
although you can sometimes find cheaper alternatives by googling the name
of the town and bed and breakfast or B&B, or looking at some of the
backpacker web sites. Some of the resort towns are more expensive, for
example Knysna, so you could try to avoid staying there.

If you're planning on coming in the southern hemisphere winter then around
the start of July you might find some company as some Cape Town cyclists
ride from Cape Town to Knysna for a race in Knysna (the road race is
normally on the first Sunday in July, with the more well known MTB race
being on the Saturday).


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