Steady Progress

Our repair and maintenance efforts are still ongoing. 90% of our trail network is now again very rideable, including the ditch – known locally as “Die Bouchard Sloot” – where we’ve put in a tremendous effort to dry some parts out.
The Vrede Farm Bridge and culvert under the road has been repaired, and we’ve added a brand new bridge at the bottom of Vrede Farm and Volmoed to cross the wet area (before just muddy, now a flowing river).
We’ve done a bit of work along the Blue Route to help dry the trail out as well – huge thanks to Haygrove Heaven Farm for donating some drainage pipes we used here.
You also no longer have to drive down to the river and use the staircase at Camphill. The hole has been partially filled and we are now allowed to ride alongside it once more.

Everything is all good for a decent weekend’s riding!!!

Trails good to GO!

After a few weeks of proper graft, we can now say that the majority of our trails are once again OPEN!

⚠ Bit of a trail update ⚠

πŸš΅β€β™‚οΈYou can get around Camphill on the new section – short portage required. Be sure to look around for some of the biggest yellowwood trees in Hermanus (own opinion)

πŸš΅β€β™‚οΈ Lots of work along the Blue Route – trying to dry some places, lots of cleaning and clearing…

πŸš΅β€β™‚οΈThe Gorge has been attended too and is very rideable.

πŸš΅β€β™‚οΈ The ruts at the bottom of “The Steps” in front of La Vierge on Bouchard Finlayson have been attended too, the rest of BF still pretty wet in the trail commonly referred to as “die sloot.”

πŸš΅β€β™‚οΈ We tended to the culvit under the road at Vrede/Plaaskombuis today, and it is rideable again… We’ll be doing more work here soon. We still need to build the bridge at the bottom between Plaaskombuis and Volmoed – you’ll notice a new, deeper stream easy to cross, but the bridge will come.

πŸš΅β€β™‚οΈ The double black trail which starts at the Gorge, climbs the back at Camphill and then over the neck to Bosman should still be avoided. (Trail highlighted in yellow on the map below).

Trails Partially Re-opened

As of Wednesday, 12 May we have opened sections of our trail network after repairing a few key places after the flood.

All trails between the start (The Village) up to Camphill, has been re-opened. This includes access to the XCO track.

NO ACCESS to the Blue, Red and Black routes beyond Camphill due to extensive erosion.

The infamous Rock ‘n Roll bridge has also been compromised and offers no means across the river. An alternative route has been marked for riders who are coming from the Plaaskombuis side in order to cross at the old Quad Bike bridge, which is is still intact.

300mm in 2 days

The Hemel & Aarde Valley did not escape the big rains experienced across the Southern Cape in early May, with just over 300mm of rain recorded to fall in the Valley over 2 days. The De Bos Dam was filled to capacity by lunch time on day 1, which meant the overflow into the Onrus River filled up the placid stream rather quickly and in style.

Much damage was reported on the farms in the valley, with road and bridges being damaged and some farmers getting marooned on their land for days before being able to cross rivers again.

Sadly the trails network took a bit of a beating as well. We lost a few of our bridges where we cross the Onrus River, and erosion in areas adjacent to the trails caused havoc. We were forced to close the trails for a few days while assessing the damage, but 5 days later we opened up again, but with only partially open trails…

…the mop-up continues…