The Barrydale Cycle Loop
The Barrydale Cycle Loop
A chilled ride through 6 glorious farms with many an out
For Karoo Art Hotel guests up until now cycling has been a quirky affair...
There's typically been a "you are going to be riding a bicycle" hint on the dress codes for the magical mystery tours, but in jackets and ties and who knows what else one might respond with on the instruction to bring '1920's cycling gear; Jodphurs ?
The cycle loop a great leap forward.
`Woema's Jersey cows on Bergsig
The Barrydale cycle loop project was originally kicked off by Alan Hardaker but after his departure was picked up by Mark Saul (below) and some willing helpers..
'Vacationing cyclist' is perhaps what it's all about. Maybe you're a top cyclist and you're dying to get your partner or other mates to bite the bug. This is that kind of exercise.
Currently open is the 40 Km loop . Next up will be the more challenging 100 km loop.
The first out is a mere 8kms into the loop on Andre Van Der Walt's (Vooma's) beautiful dairy farm, Bersig. This might be a fast track return to the Barrydale Brandy Cellars tasting room for anyone looking to keep the cycling part of the weekend short and sharp.
Down a long hill after Vooma's you'll cross over into Duo and Mariana Faure's farm Moddera (vegetable seed, cattle and sheep, Peaches.
Next up is Weltevrede belonging to MontDry the Montagu based dried fruit operation. There you'll see Apricots, Peaches, Pears, Carrots, Onions. There you might bump into Kobus Zulch.
At 12kms in is the next 'out' ie a 24km loop. This is on the Van Tonder's abundant fruit farm Weltevrede. That's Pieter snr and Suzaan Van Tonder plus their sons Deon and Pieter Jnr - all involved in what's an extensive operation producing export Peaches, Pairs, Apples and Apricots. The same promise of the Barrydale Brandy Cellar tasting room as an end of ride celebration or perhaps an ale at Makers Brew or the Hotel Verandah holds true.
Riding on you'll enter Jacques and Rita Theron's Weltevrede farm and the Heldestroom Boerdery. This farm a fine example of the kind of water infrastructure that's an essential underpin to anyone wanting to create abundance in a semi arid land. They have peaches and pairs and their Jersey herd is one of SA's milk herds. Also there are Cobie and Alta Theron.
After that you skirt Adolf and Millie Potgieter and Caren and Caren and Fanus Oberholzer's place and enter one of the highlights of the Barrydale show Lentelus. The Joubert snr's (Kobus and Helena Joubert) live in the Lentelus homestead while Meyer and Biate are at Joubert Tradauw. Meyer drives the business with its export Pairs, Peach's, Apples. Plus the top end estate wine label Joubert Tradauw. Farm manager is Coenraad Visser.
This is a definite 'time to smell the coffee stop' or a wine tasting. Meyer a more than handy cyclist himself and his wife is Beate is a superb cook and she runs the estate deli. She's a gourmet cookbook author and an artist and they do incredible platters. Decision time. Go big or go home ?
Not far further along the loop is Kenny Scheepers Metanoia distillery. Kenny retired early out of a career in international oil trading and swapped Zug in Switzerland for the creation of a high end Gin, Whiskey and Brandy distillery in the Klein Karoo. It was a brilliant move. If you don't get as far as them ask for Metanoia in the hotel pub. The Gin Loop is +_ 35 Kms.
Virtually in hearing distance across a beautiful orchard filled landscape is the Route 62 'middle of no where' Rock venue. They have a regular program of visiting performers and even if there isn't a live act on it's worth a pop in.You are now plus minus 20kms from home. The options are either by tar on Route 62 or back along the loop.
How it works is that you pop into the hotel, sign an indemnity and then we take the courtesy of letting the farm owners who's on the route. It's quite simple we give you a map, cover any detail that you may require and send a whatsapp pic of the group and off you go.