Op­er­a­tion Car­rot Cake!

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Your TV se­ries Weg Agter­paaie Karoo in­spired us to ex­plore the Karoo dur­ing the April hol­i­days. In one of the episodes, we learnt that Fox Lede­boer, who man­ages the cot­tages on the banks of the re­mote Gamkapoort Dam, loves car­rot cake. I had al­ready made a car­rot cake to take to a friend in Ge­orge, and I fig­ured I might as well make one for Fox, too. We made it to the dam af­ter a three-day road trip that saw us ex­plore Gamkaskloof, Meir­ingspoort and Sewe­week­spoort. Bosluiskloof Pass down to the dam is so nar­row that only one ve­hi­cle can use it safely. A chasm yawned on one side of the road and my moth­erin-law Joekie (86) and I were quite ter­ri­fied! In some places we had to drive close to the edge be­cause the road was washed away. We fi­nally ar­rived at the dam, where ev­ery­thing was quiet and seem­ingly de­serted. But Fox (pic­tured with the eye­patch) was there, and he was very im­pressed with his car­rot cake. He told us that other trav­ellers also oc­ca­sion­ally de­liver things to him, like news­pa­pers or fresh bread. We were sur­prised to learn that he drives a 1400 Nis­san bakkie – over that daunt­ing pass! Fox’s grat­i­tude made the car­rot-cake ex­pe­di­tion worth­while, de­spite the bumps and nerve-rack­ing heights.

SANDRA ELOFF, Polok­wane

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