18 Jan Bastervoetslaan Pass not for all – Extreme Adventure
When Kevin and I arrived at Intaba Lodge just outside Elliot before the Barley-East pass yesterday, we had no idea what was install for us today. We have done the Baviaanskloof and other difficult passes before, but this one is not for the faint hearted. The Bastervoetslaan pass, in the conditions that it was in today, make passes like the Baviaanskloof and Die Hel look like babies. This was for sure the most extreme route I have ever attempted and thank goodness I had my good friend Kevin Stettler with me. This pass tested us in all aspects. Durability, riding ability, patience, endurance, planning, teamwork etc. etc. I will for sure not attempt this pass with anything else than an advanced rider. DO NOT attempt this pass ever on your own or if you are not 100% confident in your riding, especially not with a big bike like a 1200. This is the reason why I will always scout routes before I will ride them with any guest.
Also known as the Dr. Lapa Munnik Pass, this rough, gravel pass is sited between Barkly Pass and Ugie, in the vicinity of Barkly East. The rugged mountains and deep, green valleys of the Southern Drakensberg are strongly reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, with icy winters and mild summers. This is the only pass in South Africa named after a minister of Public Health. This route was first discovered in 1862 by Adam Kok lll, when he led the Griquas in their historic trek from Phillipolis in the Free State to their new home, called of course – Kokstad, over this route.