11 weeks to go! Soon we will be counting the days! This last week we reconnoitred the JHB route and visited the places we are going to stay and all is in place. The accommodation is good. The road is mostly in great shape, we have potentially two qualified first aiders on the team and the … Read more11 weeks to go!
Newsletter no. 37 Hard to believe, but there are only 85 days before we set off on our journey to Queenstown. There is no doubt that the organisational pace is picking up fast. Leon Jacobs has reconnoitred the Cape Town to Queenstwon route; Rodger Webb is beavering away on the PE contingent; and Marlene Stals is … Read more85 days and counting down…
Distance: 131km Time: +/- 7 hours Today was really, really, really hard. And we weren’t even allowed to stop for hamburgers, pancakes, schnitzels or cokes! Our Leader, Tony, must be worried that we are going to be put on weight on this tour, instead of lose some. We left Elsie’s B&B in Clocolan at 8am … Read moreDay 5: the long and (not winding) road
Distance: 92.49km Time in transit: John and Leon: 10 hours; the rest of us: 8 ½ hours Today was my best day so far. I think it’s because I was comparing it to yesterday which was my worst day so far – 114km with lots of uphills at the end, and the thought of Leon … Read moreDay Four: Will my legs ever feel normal again?
Distance: 114km Ride time: 3 decades Hi. It’s me again. Kieran – the chirpy one. This being the inaugural escapade, there were bound to be things that we wouldn’t anticipate. Remember the rain Ashley spoke about yesterday? Well, I can assure you, wet shoes are a [insert explitive of choice] delight to ride in! That … Read moreDay Three: So fair and foul a day…
Time: about 6 hrs inc a breakfast stop Distance: depends whose computer you look at. Mine said 98.24km I was really nervous about today. I mean, getting up and getting BACK ON A BICYCLE AFTER riding 104kms the previous day was going to take a lot of mental and physical energy. But, surprisingly, it was … Read moreDay Two: just a little bit of rain
Ride time: +- 5 hours Distance: 104km You know, I can’t help but notice that we began our ride almost at the same time as the Cape Epic ended. “827km?”, they must scoff, “On a road bike? Pffft.” And they have a point. By way of comparison, what we’re attempting to accomplish may seem a … Read moreDay One: Getting a feel of it