One down, 25 to go.

Day started at 4:15 with breakfast at Aintree lodge (PMB).
The trip to the start- PMB City hall – demonstrated a weakness in my bikes armour: the narratives fell off the Map Holder which entailed dodging traffic off my bike to recover them.

The start was hurried, probably made worse now that the (un) official photographer (me) was now on a bike.

The trackers (we found out at the midmorning stop) weren’t working. They hadn’t been turned on and the Race Office were not able to track us.
Johann and I paired up with Rob Flashman who is also doing RASA (race across SA) and going to Cape Town.

The Boys (my leg muscles) never got into a proper rhythm and resulted in every uphill being a struggle.
Soup break (not something that will be a regular occurrence) was at the Minerva Station – largest engine museum in SA.

Next was the Umkomaas River – bushwacking which while unplanned was premature so delayed us and tired us out for an hour. Then came Hela Hela: steep and long.

12 hours later we completed the 100km trip. Arrived at Allendale to a great meal prepared by Dana and warm shower.

Now to sleep. Tomorrow is longer, harder and navigation wise more difficult.

-p

Peter O’Farrell
KZN, South Africa.
https://peterthevet.wordpress.com

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose” (Steve Jobs 1955-2011).

4 thoughts on “One down, 25 to go.

  1. More power to the boys. In my mind I am not past great adventures like these and am so grateful that I can travel vicariously with you. Go well Pete.

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