Monday, June 19, 2006

Day 3 - Singletrack heaven

Typed up this whole post then lost it, so here it the short version.

Left at 5:45 and pushed, rode, carried out of the mountains for 4hrs - awesome scenery.

Rode away from Greville at this stage and continued alone. Ate dust on a district road for the next 2hrs - really difficult- big climbs, and a rocky road surface.

Was just starting to fade a bit when i got to some of the best singletrack. 50km/h through villages, dongas, across a plateau. Fast, flat and winding. 2hrs + of this. Thanks to battle and human feet.

Its now after 9. Grev, xolani and gerrit are still out. Must be lost.

Left at 5.45. Arrived at 15.20. 98km.

Leaving at 3am tomorrow - 2 stages 150 km. Expecting to be out for 18 hrs.

Will probably only post on wed. Thanks for the messages of encouragement-they really help. Cheers

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Andre! So glad it's going well... Car sounds really concerned that you won't be coming back! Think she's worried she'll never be able to water the garden again or wash the dishes in the dishwasher!

I mentioned to some Scottish locals what you're doing and there was utter amazement combined with several shouts of 'he's mad'! You're somewhat of a hero now... I'm asked for updates on the 'mad South African' every day... rating right up there with the current series of Big Brother!

Hope your ride is still going well and you're still fit and healthy and enjoying it! Thank god for vetkoek, eh?

Love
Shann

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Francois Jordaan said...

Hi Andre

Well done so far, I envy your guts for doing this ride. Good luck, I will be thinking of you every day.

I will be in the Mossel Bay area from the 24th June to the 8th July, any chance I might catch you somewhere?

Francois

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Dad said...

Hi Andre im with you all the way i have full trust in you Hoping your steed is behaving himself Make sure you tighten the wheel nuts when you do maint on it you know what happens when a front wheel come off at speed

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes andre, make sure the wheel nuts are done up!!! bet you the vetkoek is not as good as Oumas!
I am watching you everyday, you don't seem to need the good lucks, sounds like you are having a whale of a time! Keep your chin up and know we are all here cheering you every step of the way!!! love you lots, your little sister x x x

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes andre, make sure the wheel nuts are done up!!! bet you the vetkoek is not as good as Oumas!
I am watching you everyday, you don't seem to need the good lucks, sounds like you are having a whale of a time! Keep your chin up and know we are all here cheering you every step of the way!!! love you lots, your little sister x x x

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Andre, Sounds like quite an amazing adventure so far. I have to wonder though after 3 days of riding if the reson you did not see anyone for or anything for hours could be linked to ditching your Deo. :) Keep it up Cheers Gordon

7:23 AM  
Blogger Riaan said...

Hey, sounds *&#^^@^@ awesome!!! Extremely Jealous. 18 hours hey? Sounds like a biggie! Enjoy and may the good fortune ride with you! C Riaan

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Christo said...

Hi Andre! This sound great! Makes the Comrades look like a fun run! I had a 10:28 fun run and Jaco did 9:46! Enjoy all the hard work and hang in there through the bad patches!
Cheers, Christo

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Olaf said...

HOwzit swaer
Hope you made it to Ulundi last nite and should be traversing Naude's nek today to coast easily into Rhodes. Why dont you just ride past Tiffendale and get a shower, ski a bit...your spading options are a bit limited by now, BO and all and all.
Hope all is well, Cheers

8:38 AM  

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