Sunday, June 16, 2019

2019 Holiday - Route 44 and Robertson


And so on to the last section of our break.

We decided to take the scenic Route 62 from George through to Montagu, instead of using the N2. While this set us back time-wise because of the numerous Stop/Go road works along the way, the views were worth the sacrifice.

Because of the time delays, we decided not to stop along the way for photographs, and eventually got to Barrydale just after 14h00. It was our first official stop since having coffee in the Wilderness earlier that morning, and it was definitely time for a break.

We followed the signs to the Blue Cow Cafe, and took a few photos of the beautiful areas around there, had a cappuccino and a visit to the restrooms, and then left for Robertson.

The R62 takes one through Montagu, and I must say I was really surprised to see the lack of progress that had been made on the mountain pass. We were there almost two years ago and it really looks as if very little has been accomplished since then. More Stop/Go interruptions there caused us to fall even more behind,  so when we arrived in Robertson itself, we decided to detour, found their Pick n Pay, and bought some provisions for a light supper.

From there it was straight to the Orange Grove Farm, where we booked into the most luxurious accommodation we had on the entire trip. The cottage that we had selected was almost as big as our current home! Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room, lounge, and a huge kitchen, plus two patios (one with its own small swimming pool) that were fitted with built-in braais. Beautifully furnished and appointed, with everything one could ask for in the kitchen - gas hob, electric stove, large fridge, coffee-making machine, etc., etc.. An absolute dream and highly recommended!

View from the front patio

The facilities at the farm were truly excellent, and we spent most of the time at the cottage. Except for a tiny bit of exploring, and a trip to the Viljoenskloof wine farm for their boat ride along the Breede River.

We were quite sad to leave, but looking forward to being back home at the same time, and had a very pleasant an incident-free drive back to Somerset West.

A small selection of photos for this part of our journey can be seen here.


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