Friday, 14 November 2014

Running Clarens

I only did one run while we were in Clarens in the Eastern Free State last weekend, but it was one for the books.  Miss K and Baby J were both a bit sick, which didn't leave us with too many opportunities to get out and explore, but Will was kind enough to watch both of them on Sunday morning in order to allow me to go for a quick run.  Got to love some teamwork, right?

There were two hiking trails on the property where we stayed, and I decided to cover both of them on my run.  I'm so glad I did - the views on both of them were incredible! 

Route 1 (the longer, north-south one) and Route 2 (the shorter, but tougher, one up the side of the mountain).

I came across some Bushman (San) rock art within 100 m of setting off - what a bonus!  I find it incredible to think that San people were living in the area, hunting and gathering for a living, not even that long ago.  Wow. 



Route 1 took me past a dam, where some locals were doing bass and trout fishing, and up to a small waterfall.  The area is quite dry at the moment, but I'm sure that the waterfall will be quite something in the rainy season.

Running path next to the dam.

Route 1 ended at the waterfall, so I retraced my steps back to the rock paintings and started Route 2: Up the mountain!  I thought about turning back a couple of times, seeing that I was alone and had no contact with the rest of the family in case of an emergency, but I'm so glad that I didn't.  Reaching the summit and beholding the view was such a weekend highlight for me.  Definitely my run of the month!


I ended up running and scrambling about for just under an hour before returning to the chalet.  How I wish I had more time to run in all this beauty - we'll definitely be back!


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    1. WISH we had more time to run there, Cat - but we'll definitely be back!

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    1. Thanks so much! It was definitely one for the books :) .

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  3. So beautiful! Sounds like it was wonderful :)

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    1. And the Eastern Free State is so close to us, Lisa (much closer than Cape Town, etc.) - I'm going to make a point of going there much more often.

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  4. That looks like a great place to run - next to the water and in the canyon!

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    1. Sooooo beautiful, Tina - one of those good-for-the-soul places to run :) .

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  5. History is soo fascinating! History AND running though... lucky you!!! Your trip sounds like it was amazing!:)

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    1. It really was an amazing trip, Hailey - too bad we only had such a short time to spend there. But we'll definitely go back - and a bit longer next time!

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