Day 8

McKenzie club to Jolivet.

99km starting off on one side of the ‘Umko Valley’ (Umkomaas River Valley) descending on single track mostly on a cliff edge. That did limit the amount of time spent savouring the view in favour of staring straight ahead and concentrating on the track.

I have perfected the art of ‘tuck & roll’ (Kt) when dismounting my bike in a hurry. Unfortunately this resulted in me landing up in a thorn bush three times today.

I have also used up all my tubeless tyre plugs (Gunter – the ones you bought when we first converted to tubeless). We seemed to have escaped lightly in the mechanical / technical department. Today saw two fractured clavicles; one fractured hip and countless slashed tyres (the latter being from some of the shale that was to be found on the route).

One of the competitors has a small yellow warning sign on his back. “stupid should hurt”
That statement sums me up today. The initial part of the statement an indicator of my mental status and the latter part my physical well being.

Tomorrow is the final leg – 76km to Scottburough.


Typed by my thumbs & sent via my BlackBerry. Peter O’Farrell (BVSc MBBCh). Mseleni, KZN, South Africa.

One thought on “Day 8

  1. Hi,
    stayed up till early Thursday morning, reading your entire blog and looking at some amazing photos! Peter, I really think you should produce a coffee book of your pics, some of them are insane and I really think people will appreciate and pay for them!! I remain, living vicariously through your pics and experiences, smilingly, me xx

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