What a crazy ride! Tom almost got blown off the bike by the hectic crosswinds and the 40-degree sun was unrelenting!
Compatible Presents: The Two-Wheel Traveller
Eugene & Tom Go West
Join Compatible’s Business Development Biker, Eugene – along with his trusty sidekick, Tom – as they embark on their 2020 motorcycle tour.
Beginning in Gauteng & traversing the North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape & Free State, their adventure will span 4600km!
Follow Eugene & Tom as they stretch their post-COVID legs & take the scenic route West, where they will be touching base with partners across the western parts of our nation.
Taking the Show on the Road
Click on the tour dates below to reveal when Eugene & Tom were in your town!
- Leg One: 1st - 4th October
- Leg Two: 5th - 11th October
- Leg Three: 12th October
- Leg Four: 13th October
Dawella Auto Springbok
Vredendal Motor Group
De Vlei Ford
CWL Baard Ford Hopefield
Triumph Cape Town
CFAO Cape Town
B&M Ford Bredasdorp
- Leg Five: 14th October
- Leg Six: 15th - 17th October (537km!)
- Leg Seven: 19th October (378km!)
- Leg Eight: 20th October
CP Nel Hyundai & Isuzu
Klein Karoo Toyota
Southern Sea VW
Hyundai Graaff Reinet
Renault Graaf Reinet
Human Auto Bloemfontein
Tom befriended some locals at Willowmore in the Klein Karoo & the pair spent a wonderful weekend on the farm.
Eugene & Tom kicked the day off by hitting this stretch of dirt road between Barrydale and Riversdal. Tom fell asleep on the back, despite the stunning countryside views!
Points of Interest Along the Way
- Augrabies Falls
- Cape Town & Table Mountain
- Knysna Heads
- Hermanus Whales
- Ronnie′s Sex Shop
Kathu is a town in South Africa, and the iron ore capital of the Northern Cape province. Its name means “town under the trees”, after the Camel Thorn forest it is situated in. The phrase “the town under the trees” was coined by an engineer working in the town in the early-1990s as part of a tourist marketing drive, together with the accompanying graphic. It was intended to be a marketing slogan. The meaning of the word “Kathu” has anecdotally been attributed to a porridge brewed by the local population from the powder found in the pods of the Camel Thorn trees.
Having been established in 1867, Zeerust has a long and interesting history. It was originally a farm, on which a fort and a church were built. This was the beginning of what would grow and develop into a town. Originally, it was known as Coetzee-Rust, which was then shortened to its modern name. It soon became popular as a trading town.
Hondeklipbaai, which translates as dog stone bay, is a coastal village in the Namakwa district of the Northern Cape province of South Africa. It lies about 95 km south-west of the district capital Springbok. This village was originally used as a harbour to export copper ore from the mines around Springbok but was later surpassed by Port Nolloth, which had a safer harbour as well as a railway line. Today, Hondeklip Bay is a popular regional holiday destination and serves the fishing and diamond-mining community. Holiday accommodation ranges from camping at the municipal caravan park to self-catering chalets at the Honnehokke Resort.
In Khoi, Nama kwa land means Nama Khoi people’s land and is an arid region of Namibia and South Africa, extending along the west coast over 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) and covering a total area of 440,000 square kilometres (170,000 sq mi). It is divided by the lower course of the Orange River into two portions – Little Namaqualand to the south and Great Namaqualand to the north.
The Khoi people called it “Aukoerebis”, or place of Great Noise, as this powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterised by the 18km abyss of the Orange River Gorge.
Source: South African National Parks
Clanwilliam is one of the ten oldest towns in South Africa, and is situated in the West Coast region of the Western Cape. Between the Western slopes of the Cederberg mountains and the east bank of the Olifants River lies this amazing town filled with interesting stories and history. Part of the town’s history is the Clanwilliam Cedar, after which the Cederberg Mountain range is named – a magnificent tree, with durable wood.
Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa, after Johannesburg, and also the legislative capital of South Africa. Colloquially named the Mother City, it is the largest city of the Western Cape province and forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. The city is known for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, and for landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point.
In 2014, Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by both The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph.
The Garden Route is a magnificent part of the South African coastline, known the world over for its breath-taking vistas and natural abundance. It links the provinces of the Eastern Cape and Western Cape and includes a number of popular holiday towns; such as Nature’s Valley, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George and Mossel Bay.
This is also the very special route along which the Knysna Heads are found, emerging from the raw power of the ocean to stand like tall sentries, guarding the picturesque lagoon and town.
Whales are without a doubt one of the most mysterious and beautiful creatures in the ocean, with many people travelling hundreds of miles in the hope of spotting one of these gentle creatures. Thankfully there are 100′s of Whales to be viewed at Hermanus, situated on the stunning South Coast of the Western Cape (90mins from Cape Town) and famous for its incredible viewings of Southern Right Whales.
If you don’t believe the notion that ‘sex sells’ then this small pub in the Karoo will definitely prove you wrong. The story goes that Frank Ronald (Ronnie) Price bought a tiny farmer’s cottage on a remote section of the R62. His aim was to open a farm stall, selling fresh produce to the passing trade. He painted the name ‘Ronnies Shop’ on the side of the building, but business didn’t get off to a cracking good start.
Then one day, his friends decided for a laugh, they would add the word ‘Sex’ to the name, making it read ‘Ronnies Sex Shop’. Pretty soon this irresistible sign brought in loads of passers-by, and Ronnie’s initial irritation was transformed as he began to see the business opportunity his establishment’s newfound popularity presented. On the advice of these very same friends, Ronnie opened a pub… and the rest, as they say, is history.
Source: Visit Barrydale