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Zebra Moon Backpacker

I always stay at Zebra Moon when I am in Greyton. It’s a backpacker-style hostel at the top of the town which offers cheap, convenient, basic accommodation and self-catering facilities.

Getting there: West Street
GPS Coordinates: -34.04697, 19.60787
Website: www.zebramoon.co.za

This is the least “fancy” of the 3 backpackers that I have stayed at. Expect absolutely no frills and you will not be disappointed.

We recently stayed whilst overnighting on the two-day Boesmanskloof Trail. Whilst I could not see any changes or additions, the entire property seemed tidier and cleaner than on previous visits.

The Segment feature on Garmin Connect

The Garmin Connect site has undergone some radical changes this year. Many have expressed irritation at the new site. In case you thought nothing had really changed, think again!

In my mind Strava‘s killer feature is Segments, and it’s the only real reason I make the extra effort to upload my data to the site.

I saw signs of a Segment feature on the new Garmin Connect site when it first launched (see my February post Garmin Connect overhaul 2014), only for it to disappear again. Garmin Connect users are expressing their anger on forum thread’s such as this one: https://forums.garmin.com/showthread.php?93934-Segment-feature-on-Garmin-Connect, and Garmin as ever is not being very communicative!

The feature now exists and you can create a Segment. I used my Garmin Activity from the Matroosberg Trail Challenge to create my first Segment: the monster climb up Matroosberg Peak!

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You need to create a start point and an end point for your Segment. You can click on the map as well as on the profile — I found clicking on the profile easier especially considering I could easily see and find the peak of the climb.

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When you select the end point you will see the blue segment overlaid on the map and the corresponding segment in the Elevation graph will be shaded as well. The details of the Segment (distance, incline percentage) are displayed in the summary on the right.

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Add the following details:

  1. Segment Name
  2. Activity Type
    1. Running
    2. Cycling
  3. Segment Type
    1. Sprint
    2. Hill Climb
    3. Hills
    4. Downhill
    5. Other
  4. Surface
    1. Paved
    2. Gravel
    3. Dirt
    4. Mixed

Once you have clicked the Save button you will be able to see the Segment you have created along with a  message warning you  that it “may take a few days to process your activity and match  it to the segments you crossed“.

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Unfortunately, the exciting stuff — the Leaderboard — takes quite some time to populate; it took exactly a week for my first rankings to appear. I would have thought I would get some kind of preferential treatment for the Segments I created…

However, once the Segment is processed you can view the Leaderboard and see how you stack up against the competition.

View Segment Leaderboard on Garmin Connect

Clicking on “Find a Segment” takes you to a searchable map. Entering “Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve” in the “Starting Near” search box yielded the following results, including my newly created Segment “MTC Beast“.

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Garmin Express replaces ANT+ Agent & Garmin Communicator Plugin

When Garmin announced the updates to Garmin Connect, the blog page also included an announcement that Garmin Express is to replace ANT+ Agent & the Garmin Communicator Plugin.

Additionally, Garmin Express will be replacing ANT Agent, Garmin Communicator Plugin, and will fulfil the role of transferring data to Garmin Connect as well as updating devices (Forerunner 305, 405 and 410 users, will have to wait a while longer).

I have already downloaded Garmin Express as I used it when I was checking out the Garmin Oregon 650 and the Garmin Forerunner 210.

I noticed some initial glitches, but the latest update (Version 3.2.16.0) seemed to solve these.

What has been negatively affected is your ability to upload to other sites such as Strava and endomondo. For now I am manually uploading FIT files to these sights. Read this article which explains amongst other things where your FIT files are found on your computer: http://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/simpleCase.htm?caseId={afea30d0-9b70-11e3-d5f4-000000000000}&kbName=garmin

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Trail du Mont Rochelle

From the organisers of the epic Matroosberg Trail Challenge — Running the Cape — comes a new challenge in the beautiful Franschhoek Mountains: Trail du Mont Rochelle.

Trail du Mont Rochelle logoWhen: 31 August 2014
Where: Mont Rochelle Private Nature Reserve, Franschhoek
Distance: 8km | 13km | 20km
Website: www.traildumontrochelle.com
Facebook: TrailduMontRochelle
Twitter: @traildumont | @RunningTheCape

The 2 longer distances appear to have a substantial amount of climbing; be warned!

Great to see Ghaleed presenting a new race, and super-impressed with the social media presence and dedicated event website.

Diepwalle Elephant Walk

The Diepwalle Elephant Walk is a manageable trail that takes you into the forest proper and gives you an opportunity to enjoy the smaller things like colorful fungus and millipedes which are easy to miss.

Getting there: take the N2 out of Knysna in the direction of Plettenberg Bay. Take a left onto the Uniondale turnoff and head north into the forest.
Distance: 7km
Difficulty: easy to follow trail

The trail follows a clockwise loop through dense undergrowth and is well signposted with red elephants on a yellow background. The one place we were slightly baffled was at the point where you exit the forest and find yourself at the road you arrived upon — here you must head to the right, along the road for a very short distance before finding the next signpost and heading into the forest on the opposite side of the road.

We came across a mess of feathers on the trail which looked to be a the remains of a Loerie.

It’s worth factoring in at least an hour to browse The Forest Museum which offers tons of details with loads of photos of the history of the Knysna Forest. By this time you will be famished so head over to the community tea room for some (very basic) refreshments.

We also got a chance to stop by at the camping decks.

Oude Post Bistro

A roosterkoek from Oude Post Bistro is the ultimate padkos and we stop there every time we travel up to the Garden Route!

Getting there: On the N2  at Buffeljagsrivier
GPS Coordinates:
Twitter: @oude_post
Foursquare: Oude Post Bistro

Oude Post Bistro is adjoining a fuel station and a small shop. It has plenty of off-street parking and an outdoor area with a kids play area. It even has a small petting zoo!

I am told that originally two enterprising ladies started making roosterkoek on half-drum braais in the parking lot. Now there is a lovely bistro serving delicious food and drinks.

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