Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Day 7 - Change of scenery

The real Freedom Challenge started today. All the backup teams were pulled out as the ride to Rhodes is finished and we are now on our own. We have decided to ride together as a large group and try to push through to Cape Town together. Glen is withdrawing so we are with 10 riders leaving this morning. The guys left between 4am and 6am and by lunch we were all together bar 2. Kevin was sick and Jannie took a wrong turn and he's still out there somewhere.

Adam was sitting here when we arrived after zig zagging behind Xolani for a few days. He was constantly off course so there are 9 of us now. The riding today was chilly but pleasant - most of the terrain was very hilly but no big climbs, just short sharp bursts. It was hard going on the single speed but it seems everybody is starting to hurt so I don't feel too bad.

The valleys that we rode in are pretty deserted. It seems that the entire valley is bought out by one farmer who then farms all the remaining properties from one farm. We stopped at one of these farms for lunch; the guy has about 1000 caps hanging from the roof of his pub - the lunch was awesome, by the way.

Our portage for the day went really well with no problems and this guest house is top notch. We are being treated like kings. I am dead tired so bed for me. Tomorrow is a big day with 2 big portages and bad weather on the way.

P.S. Jannie has just arrived after 9pm.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Andre,
Very pleased you are going to try and stay in a group, you will ALL need support of each other, in the cold weather that is in front of you. Been watching your every move, with prayers in my heart,that you will sustain your energy, strength and tenacity to give the C.B. all the TLC she needs to carry you through to the next stage. Thinking of you all the time.
Lots of Love

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Andre
Yes man enjoy the race in the group and make sure of finishing rather than getting lost alone. Hope the cold weather is not to bad and hope you bring us some snow photos.

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Andre

Congrats so far, still rooting for you and bursting with pride here in Durban!!!! Stay warm and keep them legs and wheels turning. Lots of love

Liz and Mike

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Stinky..which iam sure you do by now! glad to hear you are in a group so you can't go walkabout on your own and lost up on some mountain...one britz has already got the record for doing that! Keep up the positive thoughts! I hope that the socks are helping especially with this cold front heading your way... I am very proud of you...VASBYT! Love your little sister...t xxx

9:40 PM  

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