N9 (South Africa)
|Maintained by SANRAL|
|Length||517 km (321 mi)|
|Southwest end||N2 near George|
| N12 near George|
N10 near Middelburg
|Northeast end||N1 at Colesberg|
|Numbered routes of South Africa
The N9 begins just south-east of George in the Western Cape at an intersection with the N2. It runs concurrently with the N12 through the center of George and then north over the Outeniqua Pass. At the top of the pass, at the intersection with the R62, the N9 and N12 split, with the N12 being cosigned with the R62 northwards towards Oudtshoorn while the N9 turns east, cosigned with the R62, to run along the northern side of the Outeniqua Mountains and over Potjiesberg Pass.
After 71 kilometres, the N9 and the R62 split, with the R62 becoming its own road eastwards while the N9 turns northwards and enters the town of Uniondale, before proceeding onwards to Willowmore in the Eastern Cape.
From Willowmore, the N9 travels across the Eastern Cape Karoo through Aberdeen to Graaf-Reinet. At Aberdeen, the N9 is joined by the R61 and they are concurrent through Graaf-Reinet (where they meet the R63) and for the next 46 kilometers before the R61 becomes its own road eastwards near Nieu-Bethesda.
From Graaf-Reinet it crosses the Sneeuberge through Naudesberg Pass and Lootsberg Pass to Middelburg, where it meets the N10. The N9 and N10 are concurrent northwards out of Middelburg, but after a short distance (24 kilometers) the N10 becomes its own road north-west towards De Aar. The N9 continues northwards, entering the Northern Cape, through Noupoort, to end at an intersection with the N1 just outside Colesberg.
An urban legend in the "vanishing hitchiker" tradition arose after a girl named Marie Charlotte Roux was killed in an auto accident not far from Uniondale on Easter Sunday of 1968. According to press reports, beginning in 1973 and for years afterward around the anniversary of her death, the girl's spirit hitchhiked along the road and allegedly vanished after being picked up by various drivers. According to folklorist Sigrid Schmidt:
The South African press played its role in the game of legend-telling perfectly. It transformed the legend into an official report...[until] a nationwide Uniondale legend was formed by the press, and people were left expecting the ghost girl to hitchhike at the same spot next Easter.
- R306 (Eastern Cape) connecting road
- Falkner, John (May 2012). South African Numbered Route Description and Destination Analysis (Report). National Department of Transport. p. 23. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- Jan Harold Brunvand (2002). Encyclopedia of Urban Legends. W.W. Norton & Company. pp. 402–. ISBN 978-0-393-32358-0.
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