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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1380 on: December 19, 2019, 08:07:10 pm »
And that concludes Hogsback.

I am off to bed. I did a 60km mountain bike ride today  :ricky:
From Alicedale to Alicedale, anticlockwise via Riebeek East.

Hot, lots of climbing, headwinds, but lots of fun!  :thumleft:

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1381 on: December 20, 2019, 08:34:54 am »
The scenery is really awe inspiring... I really want to visit Hogsback some day. They have a tree-planting festival or something, would love to join but worry I might get stoned along with that pig ::)

Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1382 on: December 20, 2019, 01:01:29 pm »
On Monday I met with my friends from the Hogsback trip, and we enjoyed a beverage at featherstone brewery, which is unfortunately closing its bar soon.

We chatted about the week ahead and the high temperatures forecast for Grahamstown.
It was decided that we would go to Kenton for a beach walk (Tuesday).
I then mentioned doing another long cycle, and my friend’s eyes lit up. “What do you have in mind?”

Alicedale.
Now, I was thinking of doing this in the first few weeks of January.
But my friend asked “How about Wednesday or Thursday?”

Eh, why not!

Tuesday was great, we walked from Kenton to Boknes, about 10km. It was very windy but fortunately we had the wind atnour backs. Afterwards we headed to Horns Up for a drink. What a lekker spot, beach vibe but on the river and sheltered from the wind.

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Thursday

05:00 and I was up and packing my bicycle. We were leaving for Alicedale at 07;00.
4 of us in total, of which 2 (T and R)  do long bike-packing trips fairly regularly. I was a little worried about keeping up, especially looking at the elevation profile of our route.

But we all agreed we would take it easy. It was going to be a long day with high temperatures.

We set off from Alicedale by 08:30, and settled into a comfortable pace, with T, probably the fittest, going ahead.
It was a fair bit of climbing, but we were happy to get the worst of it out of the way sooner rather than later.

Breaks were had regularly to calm the racing hearts and soak up the views. While brown and dry, it is a beautiful area.
The climb was fairly steep, but winding which helped. And the thought of fresh coffee and scones in Riebeek East spurred us on!

And did that snack go down well! I contemplated only having one scone but decided “why not?!” and had two. Good thing I did- little did I realise the next 25km or so would be into wind.

Fortunately we only had short climbs followed by fun descents, so it was easy enough to recover.
T, who had been leading in the beginning, was starting to struggle with the heat. R plodded along. And B and I stuck together at the back. At one point he asked if I had ever cycled in someone’s slipstream. I hadn’t.

So we set off in tandem, me getting as close as I dared to his rear wheel (about 1 foot). Wow! So cool! We went screaming along with almost no effort from me  :ricky:

About 2/3 of the distance in we stopped for lunch in a cave.
R had mentioned a friend got him onto fried egg sandwiches, so I had made myself one that morning. Delicious! Far better than my usual peanut butter and bovril.

We chatted a while but when T started dozing we decided it was time to get moving otherwise we all would have happily had a nap in the cave.

The temperature had shot up, and while the wind was more from the side and occasionally behind, we were all struggling with the heat. We counted down the kilometers, visualizing the cold beers that were waiting for us.

10km.
5km.
The final stretch was downhill. Glorious!

We were tired. But happy. A tough but beautiful 60km.

Seeing T fading at the end I was reminded once again that we are all human. And we have different strengths. I am slow, but I find I recover quickly and can mission on for ages.

And I am very happy that my legs didn’t get sorr. So I am definitely getting stronger and fitter.

But I slept very well!

Today I am not sore, but I do feel rather pap.
Fortunately I am off to the sea after work today :D

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1383 on: December 20, 2019, 01:35:01 pm »
 Far better than my usual peanut butter and bovril.


Madam do you know your sense of taste is buggered!!! ;) :o :lol8:
Try peanut butter and honey next time, it's sooooo much better!! :deal: :thumleft: :drif:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1384 on: December 20, 2019, 01:58:27 pm »
Far better than my usual peanut butter and bovril.


Madam do you know your sense of taste is buggered!!! ;) :o :lol8:
Try peanut butter and honey next time, it's sooooo much better!! :deal: :thumleft: :drif:

Sardines and condensed milk may be a better choice  :biggrin:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1385 on: December 20, 2019, 02:43:02 pm »
Slip streaming saves roughly 30% in energy. It's useful when you take turns to slip stream.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1386 on: December 21, 2019, 08:03:13 am »
Far better than my usual peanut butter and bovril.


Madam do you know your sense of taste is buggered!!! ;) :o :lol8:
Try peanut butter and honey next time, it's sooooo much better!! :deal: :thumleft: :drif:

Sardines and condensed milk may be a better choice  :biggrin:

@ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS, there is a lot about me that is buggered  :lol8: I like the combination of salty and slightly sweet. And after a few hours in the sun the oeanut butter melts a little so it’s a nice texture too.

@Trail Blazer  :o
I hope that is a joke?
I have never actually had sardines.
I made chicken liver for the first time recently. It wasn’t too bad - drowned it in curry powder!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1387 on: December 21, 2019, 08:34:14 am »
Maybe you've had tinned Pilchards.
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1388 on: December 21, 2019, 10:12:28 am »
Maybe you've had tinned Pilchards.



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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1389 on: December 21, 2019, 12:46:35 pm »

@Sardine


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That should be @TrailBlazer ... Trail Blazer (2 words) is going to be as confused as can be, 'cos he's got a mention for something he doesn't know about  ??? ???  :imaposer: :imaposer:


I hope that is a joke?

Yep... very definitely a joke. Just pulling your leg... I must mention before I retired I  had a guy come in for an early shift, and he'd been giving it a bit of a knock the night before. He seriously looked green about the gills, and I suggested that to calm his stomach I give him a half cup of this mix... he made a bee-line for the gents and came back about 5 minutes later, looking a bit better. Clearly it works as a hangover cure  >:D  :biggrin:

I have never actually had sardines.

Many (read about 50) years back, I was forced to eat them... "You eat what is put in front of you," said my folks... and then I asked my old man why he didn't eat parsnips or pumpkin. Problem solved... I could leave sardines, pilchards and peas  :thumleft:


I made chicken liver for the first time recently. It wasn’t too bad - drowned it in curry powder!

Now THAT is something I will not, repeat, NOT eat! No afval of any sort... I believe the Boss put enough meat around the outside of the animal... there was no intention on His part that we should have to eat the inside as well  :(

By the way, you may recall I chatted about a flying position for a friend of mine, when you were still in Bots. She eventually managed to get the bucks together for a 1900 conversion, and has just returned to Tajikistan / Dushanbe for her 4th, or is it now 5th cycle. Loving it to bits...
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1390 on: December 21, 2019, 08:38:33 pm »
Maybe you've had tinned Pilchards.



 :puke_r: :puke_r:

They are actually just big sardines as far as I know. The only way I can eat them is in a curry (with peppers and spuds an all an all) then quite lekker. :ricky:
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1391 on: December 24, 2019, 01:27:27 pm »
I have been busy running, cycling, walking, and stuffing my face. Who am I kidding, I have mostly been stuffing my face!
It has been a wonderful break but from the 26th it is back to the grind, and looking busy! So hopefully I will have some updates for you in the new year.

Have a wonderful festive season, folks. Stay safe out there!
 
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« Reply #1392 on: January 04, 2020, 11:39:18 am »
Hope you've also had a good Xmas and New Year, my niece has been in Kenton ( think her hubby comes from around there?) and posting lotsa pics on FB….I must say it looks lovely, we don't know the area at all.
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1393 on: January 04, 2020, 12:43:58 pm »
I have been busy running, cycling, walking, and stuffing my face. Who am I kidding, I have mostly been stuffing my face!
It has been a wonderful break but from the 26th it is back to the grind, and looking busy! So hopefully I will have some updates for you in the new year.

Have a wonderful festive season, folks. Stay safe out there!

 :spitcoffee: Stuffing the face....a shared problem by most of us during Dec Sardine but I know you have got enough disciple to get back in tip top shape  :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #1394 on: January 04, 2020, 07:58:01 pm »
Season’s Greetings to All!  :3some:

@EssBee , the Kenton area is amazing!
Today I did a 9km walk near Port Alfred. Beautiful!

@Tom van Brits , I am trying... but dang, @edgy and his family feed people well!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1395 on: January 04, 2020, 08:07:10 pm »
Season’s Greetings to All!  :3some:

@EssBee , the Kenton area is amazing!
Today I did a 9km walk near Port Alfred. Beautiful!

@Tom van Brits , I am trying... but dang, @edgy and his family feed people well!

He a very good man  :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #1396 on: January 04, 2020, 08:13:24 pm »
Indeed he is!

He even let me ride the 790!
Holy cow!
What a blast!

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« Reply #1397 on: January 04, 2020, 09:21:57 pm »
Indeed he is!

He even let me ride the 790!
Holy cow!
What a blast!

Bliksem it suites you too  :3some:
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1398 on: January 04, 2020, 09:49:02 pm »
Indeed he is!

He even let me ride the 790!
Holy cow!
What a blast!

Bliksem it suites you too  :3some:

Agreed, it does indeed!! I'm very jealous of your longer legs :ricky:
 

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« Reply #1399 on: January 05, 2020, 05:25:17 am »
Aw shucks, you two are making me blush  :lol8:

Ri, I still can’t flat-foot it though
For some reason I am quite comfortable with my right leg hanging over the seat in nothingness, i.e. left foot firmly planted, but I find getting my right foot sown a lot more unnatural. So I have to plan my stops carefully. And then I look at someone like Taye Perry who is around your height, on that massive Dakar bike... but, I can’t and shouldn’t compare myself to her.

That being said, once I got used used to the throttle response (zero to “I just ate the seat” in about 2 seconds) on this beast, I felt more comfortable on it than I did on the XR650.