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Offline unishaun

Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #60 on: June 05, 2018, 08:46:15 pm »
Day 9 marks half way roughly. I stayed with friends of Rob and Irene's in Van Wyksdorp, Ralph and Lynn/Linn (not sure on spelling). They have a super cool tequila shed, and if you are ever in the area, you need to pull on through. Started my ride at about 9 after a decent breakfast, the route was again typical of the Karoo, not to many hills, not a soul in sight and nothing much else. The route ran between the Rooiberg and Langeberg ranges so I at least had some epic views surrounding me. I find these sorts of rides the toughest though. I made it to the tar road that leads to Riverdale, this about 45km of riding. The tar road to town was another 25km, but there was nowhere really to camp or stay because I was far from about to push the last 25km,  so I managed to hitch a lift in the back of a bakkie and skip the tar road, which did not have a proper yellow lane to cycle in. So a little bit of a cheat, but far safer.

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #61 on: June 06, 2018, 07:27:29 am »
Nice meeting with you yesterday and for the lekker kuier en chat.

Good luck with the trip and VASBYT.

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #62 on: June 06, 2018, 07:32:08 am »
Cheers Woody, always good meeting up with friendly dogs.

I don't think he is far wrong...

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #63 on: June 06, 2018, 08:17:39 am »
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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #64 on: June 08, 2018, 10:33:42 am »
I'm done! That's it, I'm making Swellendam my end point. It may still be a bit of distance to the end of the official Cross Cape Cycle Route, but I'm more than happy with what I have achieved. 450 km in 10 days of riding on my unicycle! I set out on the trip to have a bit of fun, meet new people, push myself and see a bit more of this amazing country, and I have done just that. The main reason for me calling it here is due to the fact that my butt can't take it any more ;) It is at the point that I can't ride more than 2km before I have to get off the uni and walk to give my butt a break.

I will still do a report for the last few day, as well a full right up, but thought I would let you all know

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #65 on: June 08, 2018, 10:41:12 am »
Well done. Looking forward to the full RR.

I've done a lot of endurance sports when I used to bounce higher, and knowing when to call it, and to live to ride another day, takes as much mental strength as finishing it.
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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #66 on: June 08, 2018, 11:09:44 am »
Well done on getting so far.  I saw you were taking strain when you were in Riversdal. But you have done something that you can be proud of.

I also think the next day or so would have been not so lekker with the rains predicted.

Enjoy the comforts of home.  Maybe put a sheepskin on the saddle next time.  :laughing4:

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #67 on: June 08, 2018, 11:12:19 am »
Or put on some weight ...you don't have padding down there man...that is the problem. :imaposer:

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #68 on: June 08, 2018, 02:35:32 pm »
Well done indeed ... no easy task this.

Now you can look for the skelm who stole the front wheel.

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #69 on: June 08, 2018, 03:08:25 pm »
Respect sir!!!!
 

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #70 on: June 08, 2018, 03:57:04 pm »
Cheers guys

I reckon I am done to about 75kg now, which is scary considering I am 1.89m tall

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #71 on: June 08, 2018, 04:01:40 pm »
Well done, that's a pretty impressive achievement  :thumleft: Can't wait for our trip in Oct, your photos have just made me look forward to it even more  :thumleft:
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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #72 on: June 08, 2018, 07:36:28 pm »
Well done Shaun, that's an impressive ride...
450Km on the back wheel, a wheelie of note :)

I was gifted one of these about 18 years ago, on the condition, that if it ended up in a cupboard I'd pass it on..
which I did, about 6 months later, could'nt get the balance :)
I was wondering about the descents, until I saw the brake..
Mine was fixed gear, I presume this is forward gear engage only, which makes balance even more trying?

Thanks for sharing, and again well done :)
 

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #73 on: June 08, 2018, 11:14:33 pm »
well done -  sad about the saddle sores but great achievement.
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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #74 on: June 08, 2018, 11:50:37 pm »
Amazing, well done!!  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #75 on: June 11, 2018, 08:44:00 am »
You've gone further on one wheel than me on 2 wheels.

Well done. 

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #76 on: June 11, 2018, 09:13:17 am »
Shit - every photograph with that unicycle looks like an accident scene !
 

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #77 on: June 13, 2018, 06:11:30 pm »
So I have been meaning to put up the last few days and here they are. I know it's like you have read the ending of a book and are now paging back.

Day 10, got off to a slow start out of Riverdale. The road pretty much ran just north of the N2. The beginning I was met by nasty winds before climbing into the pine forests. A lot of the area is diary country, so plenty of farms and livestock. Rode for about 50km and it was starting to get late, so I thought it a good time to find a spot to camp. Found a good spot just out of sight, behind some trees and called it home for the night. The day was warm, as was the evening, so much so, I did not even use a sleeping bag.

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #78 on: June 13, 2018, 06:13:21 pm »
Day 11 was my ride from my camp site in the middle of nowhere, into Swellendam. The distance was about 45km, but mostly on tar once I got near Suurbraak. I stopped for lunch in this quaint little town. The rest of the ride to Swellendam was via the N2, so no highlights to speak of there. At least there was a coffee shop that sells Origin coffee, so that lifted my mood.

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Re: Cross Cape "uni"Cycle Route 28 May 2018
« Reply #79 on: September 04, 2018, 06:49:17 am »
Hey Dogs

So I did articles for two cycling magazines, Mountain Bike and Ride. I tried to attached a PDF of the one, but it is too large, can someone help me to compress it if it all possible? They are both out on the selves.
 
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