Day # 7 - THABA-TSEKA (Lesotho) to SEMONKONG (Lesotho) 210kms
From Thaba-Tseke to Semonkong is another 228 km of amazing, new Chinese road. We cross many passes the highest of which is the Mokoabong Pass 2,880 m (9,448 ft) with its fast sweeping curves and huge drop offs and stunning scenery. The last 86 km of great asphalt leaves me wondering why do the Chinese put speed humps on a steep uphill section?
They are no problem for the GSs but must be a nightmare for overladen trucks – not great for Su in the 4x4 either! Either way stand up as you go over them or risk getting kicked over the bars. The last 4 km into our hotel are a little tricky. Muddy and rutted in places with a steep descent and a river crossing 100m before arrival at reception. First gear, stand up and slowly, slowly catch the monkey. You could always ask Johnny Maroc to ride your bike down for you but it will cost you a beer for him to walk back up to you.
Our lodge tonight is situated on the banks of the Maletsunyane River. The accommodation, built of traditional stone and thatch, offers just the right balance of rustic elegance with comfortable en-suite rooms, and warm comfortable beds. The lodge has a popular pub called the Duck and Donkey, where we eat and spend the evening.