Day 7 – 12th April 2016

Zastron to Aliwal North

Once more the hospitality and food of Elsabe and Chris at Mountain View was outstanding. The braai in the evening gave all the opportunity to relax and chat about the events of the day. It was also special to meet again with Louis Shear, an Old Boy of 1986 vintage. Tough on the non-Old Boys but a great opportunity to catch up on news.

It is hard to comprehend that day 7 of our epic journey is done and dusted. As the days have passed so has the riding prowess of the participants grown in leaps and bounds. Before departure at 9 am bikes were fine tuned to meet the exacting requirements of the rider. One lady rider was heard requesting that her seat be raised 1 millimetre!

The profile of the route today was almost the inverse of day 6 and therefore the long promised downhill. And did we love it! A slight breeze from behind kept us cool, without which it would have been very hot on the road. The obligatory photo stop at Rouxville and again at the first N6 sign in honour of Hollard Insurance who sponsored an insurance indemnity at SANRAL’s to the tune of R 10m in the event that the 7 bikes damaged the road between Zastron and Aliwal. Without their support this leg of the ride would have been impossible. Thank you Hollard.

Tragically we spotted the remains of a brown hyena on the side of the road. There is no evidence at all linking this incident with other homicides reported in earlier blogs.

At last we have crossed the over the border between the Free State and our home Eastern Cape. The sign “Welcome to the Eastern Cape” greeted with lots of noise and some emotion. Setu is happy to be back in his land of his mother tongue!

Arrived at Umtali Inn just before 1 pm and after a stretching session were treated to a great lunch

Great ride, great lunch, great rest and looking forward to day 8.

Esse Quam Videri

Rodger and Setu

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