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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1460 on: February 12, 2020, 03:45:55 am »
11 February

Today was an early start. Multiple cups of coffee were required to kickstart the brain.

Last week I wanted to sign up to the Athletics Association of South Africa, but you need to be a member of a running club.
So I signed up to the local running club, and they start their weekly time trials down the road from my house, which is really convenient.

This afternoon I took a jog down to their meeting point, met some of the other club members, and then walked back home. A really nice, short walk and such a beautiful evening to be out.

Hopefully from next week I can join in on their runs.

A cricket pitch! Such a civilized game  :lol8:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1461 on: February 12, 2020, 07:08:43 pm »
12 February

I am glad I took it easy yesterday.
Today we set off on a hike and bike adventure. Leave mountain bikes at Woody Cape Backpackers, drive to Cannon Rocks, then hike to Woody Cape and cycle back to Cannon Rocks.

We would have the wind at our backs for the hike- rather a headwind on the bicycle on a gravel road, than on a hike on the beach.

The hike started off great and we wound our way through a forest. Then we hit the beach. Or rather, it hit us. I have never experienced a sandblasting as ferocious as today. It felt like my legs had been set on fire, while some dragged sand paper up and down them.
We made a beeline for the water and the wet sand.

The wind was strong, but bearable, and we only get hit by the occasional wall of sand.

The walking was good, with wet sandy sections, rocks, and ridges. We took a short break and ate biscuits washed down with coffee. Then we hit another section of beach. This one relatively flat, and vast.

It felt as if we were stuck in limbo. The wind blasted, a constant roar in our ears, the sand whipped past, and no matter how many steps we took, the tree-line we were aiming for didn’t seem to get any closer. It felt like we had been walking for days. Minutes felt like hours. What felt like kilometers were barely even 200m stretches.

Thank goodness we had had that coffee break, otherwise I might have cracked. Eventually, we reached the unreachable point, scrambled up a dune, and were back in the forest.

After a few minutes we popped out on the lawn of the Woody Cape Backpackers. Ahaaaaaaaaaaaa! I dumped my pack, pulled off my shoes and socks, and emptied half the beach out of my shoes.

We enjoyed ice cold water, sandwiches and coffee. After over 3 hours of walking, it was good to be off my feet.

But... there is no rest for the crazy. We donned our cycling kit and set off into the wind. After negotiating a steep climb, we put our heads down and pedaled. The wind had picked up and the sea was a frothy white mess.

Uphills were tackled painstakingly slowly, and we had to pedal to maintain speed while going downhill. It was tough, but not painful. Though there was a point where, head down and arms tucked in, I was telling myself to “embrace the suck.”

Cows in the field alongside the road were running faster than us. At one point the wind stopped, and I found myself thinking “Have I died?”
It was as if Eskom had flipped the off switch. It lasted all of a second though, and then the roar was back.

But, we made good time. I predicted the 20km stretch would take us 2.5hrs. We did 22km in just under 2hrs. The final 10 minutes were with a tailwind. Oh sweet relief. Just not having the wind roar made such a difference.

We had done it. A long, grueling day (was it only today? Feels like I have been away for weeks).

Caked with sand, salt, dust and sweat, I struggled to keep my eyes open on the drive home. Content.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1462 on: February 12, 2020, 09:13:44 pm »
This is one of my favourite photos from today’s hike from Cannon Rocks to Woody Cape Backpackers.

With the tide out and the wind blowing a gale, hundreds of these guys were half-burrowed into the sand. I didn’t realise I had also captured the flecks of sand whizzing by.
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1463 on: February 13, 2020, 11:30:43 am »
This is one of my favourite photos from today’s hike from Cannon Rocks to Woody Cape Backpackers.

With the tide out and the wind blowing a gale, hundreds of these guys were half-burrowed into the sand. I didn’t realise I had also captured the flecks of sand whizzing by.

Epic pic, it looked so tranquil until you mentioned the flecks of sand whizzing by!!


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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1464 on: February 13, 2020, 03:42:23 pm »
I am going to refrain from reading this fred, no more flying and I am dog tired after reading every new installment!!
Too much running and sweating to my liking these days.

I miss the days we were given hundreds of pics of bikini glad girls on their way to the Delta!! ;) :peepwall: :lol8:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1465 on: February 13, 2020, 06:54:47 pm »
13 February

1.9km (1.2mi)

Last night I slept like the dead, and allowed myself to sleep in until 6am. I could feel I had worked hard yesterday.

But, as the coffee kicked in, I contemplated a short run. The morning went by slowly. In a good way. With cake and friends and tea, and a bit of work admin.

Then all of a sudden it was 2pm and the rest of the day flashed by. My shins were hurting, my body was tired. And all thoughts of running evaporated.

I was going to walk around a nearby dam, but there were some unsavoury characters about.
Then I remembered that I had a post card I wanted to send to my niece. Done. I would walk to the “posting box” near my house.

It was a painful few minutes, but after the first block my shins felt better, my calf muscles loosened up, and my ankles protested only slightly. Postcard sent, I popped in at a friend for coffee then walked home.

Once I pushed past the initial “I don’t want to do this”, I would up feeling quite good. I would have missed out on a beautiful evening if I had given in.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1466 on: February 13, 2020, 08:25:40 pm »
@Tom van Brits
According the history online, the post box did come from England.
Quite crazy, really.

@Mr Zog
While many have said the Grahamstown Festival has decreased in size over the years, it will be interesting to see nonetheless.
As for the cricket pitch, why yes, very civilized whot.
I still can't get over all the kids here calling me ma'am.  :eek7:

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Thank you :)
It was quite intense. The mental aspect from the constant wind noise though... torture technique, that!

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It has been quite slow on the flying front, but it will pick up from Saturday.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1467 on: February 14, 2020, 12:50:58 am »
Out of curiosity, what temperatures did you experience on your sandblast hike?
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1468 on: February 14, 2020, 05:34:55 am »
Ma'am  :imaposer:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1469 on: February 14, 2020, 09:35:29 am »
Also thanks for reminding us what a beautiful country SA is  :thumleft:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1470 on: February 14, 2020, 09:47:38 pm »
Out of curiosity, what temperatures did you experience on your sandblast hike?

Hi Big Oil,
It felt like around 25-28, quite comfortable (but I am cold blooded!).
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1471 on: February 14, 2020, 09:48:36 pm »
14 February
1.6km (1mi)

It was an early start to do a 45km cycle with Buks.
What I thought would be a nice 2.5hrs out was more like 3.5hrs.

Despite it being the perfect morning - cool, quiet, little to no wind - I struggled quite a bit. I wasn’t sore, just tired. Clearly I need to do more back to back cycles and hikes to build endurance.

The last time I came this close to hitting “the wall”, was during an intense duathlon last year. Though, today was more mentally taxing than anything.

Despite psyching myself out, I got through it. Eventually.

After a 15 minute power nap, I got on with my day, and even went to watch a movie in Port Alfred (1917, great movie).

Today’s mile was walked at my “happy place”.
Thanks again to the Wille’s for taking me in!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1472 on: February 15, 2020, 05:42:53 pm »
Hey-o, to Magic Hills I did go.

What a beautiful day. Not too windy, or hot, or humid.
And I reckon today was my best circuit and landing for 2020 so far! Speeds, heights and power settings just worked.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1473 on: February 15, 2020, 06:16:57 pm »
Always very interested in aviation, such n beautiful aerial photo shot...
Is the massive pipe like thing on the side of the plane in the first photo some sort of a exhaust?

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1474 on: February 15, 2020, 10:19:44 pm »
Always very interested in aviation, such n beautiful aerial photo shot...
Is the massive pipe like thing on the side of the plane in the first photo some sort of a exhaust?

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1475 on: February 15, 2020, 10:20:33 pm »
15 February

An early morning mile on the beach.
Sand and sea and not a breath of wind. Great way to start the day!

And I got to fly, too!
Started the day at one beach and ended it at a different beach.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1476 on: February 16, 2020, 11:05:23 am »
Hey-o, to Magic Hills I did go.

What a beautiful day. Not too windy, or hot, or humid.
And I reckon today was my best circuit and landing for 2020 so far! Speeds, heights and power settings just worked.

Very beautiful areal shot...wow!!  :3some:
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1477 on: February 16, 2020, 01:11:55 pm »
Who is flying that machine when you are taking photo's mmmmmmm?  :imaposer:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1478 on: February 16, 2020, 03:08:27 pm »
Today"s a good day.
No need to run or cycle.
You can sit and drink beer and still sweat.
And SA won the GS Trophy, so all good

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1479 on: February 16, 2020, 04:28:44 pm »
15 February

An early morning mile on the beach.
Sand and sea and not a breath of wind. Great way to start the day!

And I got to fly, too!
Started the day at one beach and ended it at a different beach.

Did you fly low along the coast past sedgefield/wildernis yesterday? Saw a caravan come past where we were paragliding, heading down the coast at about 150-200ft by the look of it.
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- you reckon that thing will pop a wheelie? We're about to find out, SLAP that pig!