Day 10 Long day in the saddle

December 30, 2016


Day 10 Colin and Andrew arrived at Dennehof last night to a Prince Albert dinner of note supplied by Ria and Lindsey at the Dennehof Guest House. The boys had had a hard day on the bike battling the head winds first into Willomore then along the dirt road to Klaarstroom and Prince Albert. This route is one of the more scenic parts of South Africa but I suspect the boys only had eyes for the front wheel and the patch of road just in front of them. I did hear that Colin had an afternoon nap in the bushes just before Klaarstroom though. Johann Rissik the cycling legend from Prince Albert took time to meet Colin and Andrew on the road and provide a cup of his legendry coffee.

The duo left early from Prince Albert to climb the Swartburg Pass, both riders have completed the Freedom Challenge they knew what lay ahead of them on the pass. They are headed for Montague as their next stop, planning to arrive at Eden on the Bay on Thursday.

Kenny had a very lonely day starting in Burgersdorp and finishing in Aberdeen 20 odd hours later. The wind hit Kenny as soon as he left his lodging in Burgersdorp and got steadily worse by the time he passed Steynsburg. Kenny was managing 8 kmph most of the time and riding on the opposite side of the road so that if the wind gusted it blew him into the side of the road and not into the traffic.

Kenny stopped in Middleburg and assessed his options and decided he would head for Aberdeen passing Graaff Rienet even if it took him into the night, which it did. Kenny arrived at 02h00 in Aberdeen at the Pagel Guest House, which has seen all riders stop there this year.

Kenny left at 07h00 to cycle to Willomore with his goal being Prince Albert for the day.

The wind looks like it will back off a bit and maybe the riders can plow on some mileage today. The weather in Cape Town is overcast and cloudy but is supposed to clear up on Thursday, let’s hope so.