“We have two options: We can either continue westwards along the R62 towards Montagu, across the Montagu Pass, and via Robertson and Worcester up to the N1…”
“We can head south across Tradouw Pass, and join the N2 near Swellendam.”
We chose the route across the magnificent Tradouw Pass, built by Thomas Bain right before he was commissioned to construct Garcia’s Pass (which we had just crossed that morning). The name of Tradouw Pass is apparently derived from the Khoi words ‘tra’ or ‘taras’ (women) and ‘dau’ or ‘daos’ (poort or ‘the way through’) – thus ‘the poort or way of the women’. We had traversed this from the opposite direction during last year’s visit to a little farm outside Swellendam (I briefly wrote about its history here).
So, will you join us?
Perhaps we can even have a picnic at one of the many viewing sites, admiring the breathtaking sceneries and marvelling at the engineering skills, perseverance and sheer guts of those road-builders of the olden days, while we sip some tea and munch some crackers with salad and ostrich biltong?