Unplanned Stopover

On leaving Slaapkrans (think I spelt the name incorrectly in my previous post) Jaco Strydom – RASA finisher three years ago and now completing the Freedom Trail in reverse (Paarl – Pietermaritzburg)who was overnighting at the same farm as us, had warned that we should expect to take six hours for the first 12km. We took eight and a half to do the first 20km.

Then we hit mud. Followed by mud associated deraillier (rear wheel gear changer) fatigue and subsequent whole body fatigue. Eventually arrived at the lunch stop at 7pm, cold and wet to the core. Moordenaarspoort became our emergency stopover.
This morning (Friday, 22nd June according to the sign in sheets, have no concept of days out here) we completed the remainder of day 8 and took a rest day. There was much needed bike maintenance to be carried out. While the wind and rain was taking a heavy toll on our body’s, the mud was grinding away at every movable part on the bikes. Mike – one of the crazy guys who made it to Rhodes in three days and five hours sleep- best described the mud as ‘snotty’. Not only does it get everywhere, stick to everything but it sucks ones wheels in ensuring that one has to peddle when going down hill.

Now for some sleep. Martin Dreyer & Alex Harris (both in the racing snake category) rocked up as we were heading to bed. Not often one gets to stay in the same house as professional athletes. Tomorrow we leave Kranzkop and continue to head south west.


Peter O’Farrell
KZN, South Africa.

“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).

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