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our motorbikes on a Sunday morn- ing breakfast run, countless wagons creaked and trundled their way to the diamond and gold fields to seek their fortune. Today, Bain’s Kloof Pass is a Na- tional Monument. This well-travelled route offers magnificent vistas, indig- enous fynbos unique to the region, crystal-clear natural rock pools, camp sites and hiking trails. The road itself is any rider’s dream. With a collection of 101 horse shoe bends, curves and sharp corners the route has a reputation for danger. Chiseled from the natural rock, the road hugs the mountain side closely to keep riders safe from the precari- ous (and fatal) drop into the kloof far below. The only protection is a row of large strategically placed rocks that frame the route. The asphalt is sur- prisingly perfect and even the most cautious rider will enjoy leaning their trusty steed around each bend. Then, all of a sudden, you get to the last bit of the rise. The vegetation opens up to the most staggering view all the way back to the city. There are a few perfectly positioned rest areas and I guarantee that you won’t resist stopping for the obligatory selfie op- portunity. Be warned, there are often troops of baboons and they’ll be quick to grab your snack right from your hand if you are not paying attention. By the time you reach the summit, you would have climbed a total altitude of 549 metres and you won’t even realise that you were going up. Just after the summit, you will pass through a little village that is not more than a handful of houses to the side of the road. Then, you are suddenly thrust into more bending road with rocky cliffs hugging up and down to each side. As you carve your way down, you will possibly see some cascading waterfalls spitting out of the mountain side. You most likely won’t see much more than the road though. It really is a tight route with cars having to pull over to pass each other. About half TRAVERSE 45