Old Legs 2018 Tour Blog

The Final Blog
The Final Blog

Apologies for the delay in getting the last blog out. I have been attending to my fluid intake. 

Day 26
Day 26

I am writing yesterday’s blog at 03.42 today. Inspiration was in short supply last night on account of the fact I was knackered.

Day 24
Day 24

We were in a coffee shop in Clanwilliam enjoying breakfast and Wifi when Dave told me I hadn’t moved in 3 days and 2 hours. It was a bold statement.It 

 

Day 23
Day 23

Rushing in a car from somewhere to somewhere else on the route we travelled today, the trip would be remembered as boring with crap roads. But on bikes, it was absolutely glorious. 

Day 22
Day 22

Yesterday’s ride from Brandvlei to Calvinia was a 150 km slog through a lot of not a lot, in terms of scenery. I saw some meerkats on my way out of the village. 

Day 21
Day 21

We were on the road out of Kenhardt for 30 minutes already before the sun got up and out of bed.

Day 20
Day 20

We rode out of Kanoneiland this morning and into the small town of Kenhardt at the start of the Bushmanland.

Day 19
Day 19

It was still semi dark when we rode out of our borrowed farmyard at 06.40. The sun sleeps in late in this part of the world. We headed due west in the general direction of Upington.

Day 18
Day 18

Meerkats are not extinct. I’m camping on a remote farm in the Northern Cape 100 kms north east of Upington and there is a whole big flock of meerkats, thirty or more, in the paddock next to our tents. All is good in my world.

Day 17
Day 17

Yesterday as we rode into Hotazel, once again the testosterone sloshed. I caught Dave with his pants down, literally, and made my move from about 4 km out. But for the fact that Dave rode faster than me, I would have beaten him. Alas.

Day 16
Day 16

I rode my mountain bike into Hotazel today and it was cool. It was also about 33 deg C. I have been dying to  write that sentence for months.

Day 15
Day 15

If my arse was a TV character, he’d be Dr Frank Burns from the TV sitcom Mash. Frank Burns  was always whingeing, whining and threatening to quit but no one listened to him or took him serious. 

Day 14
Day 14

In my next life, I do not want to come back as a passenger waiting for a bus in South Botswana.

Day 13
Day 13

Half the Old Legs Tour is behind us. Alas. Two phrases came to mind on today’s 136 km ride from Jwaneng to Khakhea- Mad Dogs and Englishmen out in the mid day sun and Testicular Strangulation.

Day 12
Day 12

I think the internal combustion engine was invented by a guy on a bike on his way to Hotazel. In keeping with the principle of baby steps, my personal focus has shifted from reaching Gaborone to making it to Hotazel which is bloody far off the beaten track. 

Day 10
Day 10

Sorry to once again make my bottom the start point of my blog but it has become the centre of my universe. Every time I pedal, it hurts.

Day 9
Day 9

Botswana is very big, especially when seen from a slow bicycle. The towns and villages are intermittent with big lots of not a lot in between.

Day 8
Day 8

I had a busy head in our tent in the goat paddock last night. I lay awake listening to the night sounds of Africa- mostly trucks, dogs, Dave snoring and, in the middle of the night, a big bloody train.

Day 7
Day 7

Today we rode 145 km from the Cresta Marang in Francistown to a goat paddock on the left just past the middle of nowhere.

Day 6
Day 6

AJ and Debbie Bradnick took Jenny, Dave and I to Plumtree School this morning for a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Jenny and I met each other at Plumtree School 37 years ago.


ZANE donations a few facts and figures

ZANE donations a few facts and figures

The saying goes every penny counts. Did you know a small $60 donation will pay for a six month supply of medicine to treat high blood pressure? Have a look at what your donation to our cause ZANE will help cover.

Cape Town Is Calling

Cape Town Is Calling

Cape Town is certainly calling! Perhaps this song by Ossie could be our theme track for the 3,200km we have to cover? 

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