Day 6: fast pedaling to Zastron

Today was great!

Just before we left, Julie awarded Clint the Pfizer Cap of the Day (day 5) for meeting up with two locals, also on bikes, and stopping to have a friendly chat on the side of the road. Us 1965Riders are quite nice people.

We left 4 minutes earlier than planned which for us is a real feat. And this despite Rob noticing he had a puncture as we were preparing to leave. At the town’s exit we met Charles Mansfield who had decided he needed an early morning warm up and so had cycled from Ladybrand to meet us. He then proceeded to set a cracking pace for Zastron.

At our first tea stop we snacked on Jen Ralph’s delicious fruit cake. This has become a staple food on the tour – it is the most delicious fruit cake ever and is right up there with the pancakes we ate a few days ago.

Today’s cycling was nice and fast – we averaged just over 25km per hour. The terrain was mostly flat with a few uphills to keep us on our toes and some fast downhills. Okay, I have to admit the last 10km was tough because by then it was boiling hot and the wind was in our faces.

We had several tyre blowouts today: Tony, Owen and Brendan who broke a wheel spoke almost at the top of a nice long climb. This was an awesome excuse for him to climb into the bakkie once he had changed his wheel, so that he could catch up with the rest of us.

Tonight we are staying at Mountain View chalets, a lovely spot with an uninterrupted view of the Zastron mountain. Seriously :). We will be having dinner with some old Queenians who live here.

Tomorrow is another short day to Aliwal North. I can’t believe we have already completed six days.

Special Note
We omitted to announce in yesterday’s blog that Julie awarded the Pfizer Cap of the Day for day 4 to Owen “for always being there to help me with my bike.”

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