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21 Jun 2012
On my way back to Rhodes with Ben de Lange, and should be back in Pretoria on Friday.
20 Jun 2012
Another tough day. Only managed a half a day to Moordenaarspoort with the mud. Bike is giving big problems in the mud - gears and shock -and is now unrideable. Fellow cyclist, Dave Bell, has cracked his frame, and Ben de Lange will be bringing Dave a spare bike tomorrow. Ben will also bring down Rodney's bike, and we will see what the best plan is. (Thanks Ben!!!)
I am now one-half days behind now, tomorrow I will be two-half days behind - with possible further penalties.
We will see what tomorrow brings (Rodney)
19 Jun 2012
Dave and Dawn Bell and Chris Morris joined us in Slaapkranz. Rory and I are now one day behind and will have to catch up later. (Rodney)
18 Jun 2012
News from the Freedom Trail: Day 7
Some Feedback from the Freedom ChallengeCell phone reception has been poor, and Gerda has had a very busy time ("what an adventure"). Here is some feedback on her ride from sms's and Twitter:
Day 2: Allendale to Ntsikeni: Got a bit lost coming into Ntsikeni at night. Met up with Rory and Elton and made it in by around 8:30pm
Day 3: Ntsikeni to Masakala: With all my night riding to Ntsikeni, batteries running out. And triangular bag's zip is packing up.
Day 4: Masakala to Malekholonyane: At last safe and sound after taking wrong turn off in the wattles and arrived in another valley. They came to pick me up @ 8pm after farmers didn't want to accommodate me. Getting a 2hr penalty. Can only leave at 8:30.
Day 5: Malekholonyane to Vuvu: Took the district road with Rory and Elton from Tinana. A horrible road, very very difficult and hard on the body. Got into Vuvu around 7pm
Day 6: Vuvu to Rhodes: Took the alternative route to Rhodes with Rory and Elton. Gear cable splayed at the top, and don't have granny gears so have to walk all the hills. Gloves worn through on the patches, luckily have the other pair. Elton withdrew just before Naudes Neck.
Day 7 Rhodes to Slaapkranz: - 09:00 Rory bitten by a pack of dogs -fine but off to Doctor in Barkly East for repair - then riding on to Chesney wold for the night
"What an Adventure"
13 Jun 2012
1st day was not without its drama. One of the riders, John Rex fell on concrete strip and demolished his face (and had 12 stiches). The ride is always tough, don't know why I thought it would be easier ... blond moment. Hella Hella is as steep as ever. Went through 6 packets of tissues ... long dry winter grass not doing me well.
I ran out of water on hella Hella and stopped a good Samaritan in a Corola. He had water 1 month old. I gladly accepted n thank goodness for water purifiers. He also offered me 3 oranges
Tomorrow is another tough day _ planning to leave at 04:30
8 Jun 2012