Icy head winds

Planning is always recommended and generally leads to better outcomes.

Taking part in the Freedom Challenge RASA2012 has taught me to accept that planning will invariably fail to factor in at least one variable. That variable is usually the one with the largest weighting or the most significance with regards the outcome of the days activities.

This morning (Wednesday) was (another) example. All set and ready to go for a pre-dawn start with the full moon to help with navigation. Problem: we hadn’t factored in the bucketing rain, howling winds and 100% cloud cover. The decision was to wait until a glimmer of light before heading out. Worked out well (seemingly) as the rain eased off and stopped by the time we left.

The wind did not abate. From Anysberg Nature Reserve to Montagu there was an icy headwind keeping us company.
The clouds lifted in time to allow us to cycle directly towards the setting full moon at dawn.

Cycling into Montagu ones’ senses are assaulted by noises, people, cars, buildings and the lack of space (and a petrol station, haven’t seem one for over two weeks). This is purely as a result of being cycling in solitude (cf previous Blog post) for days (weeks technically) on end.

Met Jody Forrester (twitter: @Jo_Fo) at supper – he started four days after us. Had some interesting stories to share including hypothermia, breaking into (and then out of) an emergency container in the snow at Lehana’s pass, falling asleep while cycling and ending up in the bushes, Dino and his bike (Alaskan Wolf, no shocks, the shifting spanner instead of a quick release, caliper breaks and how they don’t work as well as disc breaks downhill). Those are stories that will be elaborated at another stage (including the one of someone losing their bike and searching for over an hour to find where they had left it).

Evening ended with a very civilised dinner in the Montagu Country Hotel with a pianist playing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”. Very apt. If you don’t know the words then google it.

Now for sleep. There is a long day ahead.


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).

2 thoughts on “Icy head winds

  1. Really enjoyed your bit yesterday about why people come back to do FC. Nice going. Loved to meet you at the finish, but will be in Knysna for the weekend.

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