Saturday, July 07, 2007

Day 19 - Recovery

After our string of hard days we decided to take it easy and just do one stage today. The terrain was very easy - mostly jeep tracks and a steep road. Some sections were really sandy but we just got off and pushed these. No one eager to cause problems at this stage of the race - we all just want to finish.
We stopped for coffee with an old lady that lives in this really remote farm all alone - no workers or anybody for company. She was too happy to invite us in for coffee and tell us her life story. Shame, she blushed and got all shy when Andy wanted to take some photos of her.
The bike is running really well and the others are starting to have gear and brake problems. Brownie just keeps on going. We ran out of lube, so I just used cooking oil - haven't had to re lube in 4 days now. I do have half the Karoo hanging off my chain though - I suppose you can't have everything.
We have all got niggling injuries or pains but at this stage we don't really care - myprodol is our drug of choice.
Whoopee - 3 days to go!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there Superhero, cannot imagine the scenery that you are going through (Up, Down, across.....)You guys are amazing, its not just the cycling, its the mountains you go over, rivers you transverse and the bush you go through.what an experience. We are so proud of you and like always, you see the bright side of everything. Only 3 days to go, what an achievement, your Chocolate Brownie has really been a work-loaded donkey, bless her. Stay strong, Im sure when you see those familiar mountains, your energy boosts will be amazing.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi boytjie (mmm my afrikaans is not so good so excuse the spelling!) I am just so jealous of the experience you are having! every step of it sounds so awesome. You are almost there. You have done really well and your blogs are better than big brother!
I only wish i was at the finish line to take another photo of you! Love you lots tanja

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there you crazy guy - certainly sounds like you're having an experience of a lifetime! Been following your experiences and challenges with great interest and so happy to see that you're almost there! Would love to have been able to meet you at the finish line back in the good old Cape but still away on holiday. Have fun on the last stretch of this awesome experience and enjoy the luxurious trip back to Jhb! Love Dereck + Jenny

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blimp quotes :
"Even though his mission is suicidal, he'll keep plowing forward like the troops who sprinted from their trenches into battle in this area in World War I.

Unlike those German soldiers, Perez will not face the death penalty if he retreats back to the field."

Yeah Andre, you guessed it, as tou head back to civilisation it is time for your daily live Tour de France updates! Hope you finish today and get some sleeeeeep (and a shower) before you head back.
Well done'

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good day Andre, i woke up this morning with with a feeling of well being thinking i dont have to go and start the computer to see where you are in your race When i read all the blogs i can only say you are in good company And i say a silent prayer that each and every one will arrive safely at their homes and love ones Im sure you have a lot to reflect on when you realy start thinking of the race Your team mates family and every one that has rooted for you, You can be proud and so am i , would have loved to see arriving to day but then im sure you would not whant to see your parents performing "a snot and trane" show in public "Jy bly nog maar ons seuntjie" And to each and every one on the race and the support team a safe trip home to your love ones And to Andre see you at home we have such a lot to talk about.
And to all the rest of the team god bless all of you And to Martin good show you have shown records are made to be broken And least but not last to the only lady in the race you are one tough lady Andre has said when your name came up "We are going to get our buds kicked" and you sure did Regards to all. See you in 2008 ride
Old dad

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nerly there Andre!!! All the best for the home stretch, still rooting for you

Lots of love

Liz and Mike

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baie, baie geluk!!!!!!
You are one mean dude!
From now on, you will be the one that created the single speed record. That can never be broken.
Enjoy the rest.
The one-armed-bandit

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are with out doubt THE MAN congrats on a magnificent achievement cant wait to hear all about it when you get back home - maybe you can convince Craig to think about doing the woesie ride from PMB to Rhodes with me next year ??
Chat soon
Well done,

9:17 AM  

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