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<br /> <br /> OFF THE BEATEN TRACK<br /> OFF THE BEATEN TRACK<br /> THIS YEAR HAS TAUGHT CYCLISTS<br /> THAT WE SHOULD SAVOUR EACH<br /> AND EVERY RIDE. WE MET UP<br /> WITH THE KING OF THE KAROO<br /> JOHN SWANEPOEL TO FIND OUT<br /> WHY WE SHOULD ALL EXPERIENCE<br /> RIDING OFF THE BEATEN TRACK.<br /> WORDS BY JOHN SWANEPOEL<br /> IMAGES BY JOHN &<br /> FRANCES SWANEPOEL<br /> T<br /> hings have changed a lot<br /> since March 2020. We’ve all<br /> been affected in some way.<br /> It was all a bit of a shock, but<br /> it’s time to stand up, dust ourselves off<br /> and accept that worldwide pandemics<br /> are probably here to stay a while and<br /> we need to look at new, safer ways of<br /> satisfying our spirit of adventure.<br /> Clearly, if you venture into areas<br /> with a lower population you are at a far<br /> lesser risk of contracting some horrible<br /> disease, even better if it’s nice and dry<br /> so the lurgies can’t survive that <a title="Full Sus Volume 68 page 1" href="https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publication/9d55e42f?page=1"> </a> <a title="Full Sus Volume 68 page 2" href="https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publication/9d55e42f?page=2"> OFF THE BEATEN TRACK</a> <a title="Full Sus Volume 68 page 3" href="https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publication/9d55e42f?page=3"> OFF THE BEATEN TRACK THIS YEAR HAS TAUGHT CYCLI</a> <a title="Full Sus Volume 68 page 4" href="https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publication/9d55e42f?page=4"> OFF THE BEATEN TRACK but if you stay north of t</a> <a title="Full Sus Volume 68 page 5" href="https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publication/9d55e42f?page=5"> OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Fresh air, Karoo roll</a> <a title="Full Sus Volume 68 page 6" href="https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publication/9d55e42f?page=6"> Image by Jacques Marais</a> <a title="Full Sus Volume 68 page 7" href="https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publication/9d55e42f?page=7"> B I K E PA C K I N G 1 0 1 B ikepacking. 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