Old Legs 2018 Tour
Blog Entry 21 - Day 2
Bruce Badger Fivaz, aged 72, is my new super hero. I rode behind him for most of today. And today was brutal. Bruce’s legs were metronomic and his surname should be Lister. But I just wish that like other super heroes, he wore his underpants on the outside, so I didn’t have to stare at his black and grey padded ride shorts. They look suspiciously like my missing 5th favorite ride shorts all day. I asked Bruce if he has an alibi for between Feb 5th and last Thursday and he said he was at home watching TV with Jane.
As mentioned, today’s ride was brutal, 155 kms long, hot with a harsh headwind and a 1000 meters of viscous hill crammed into the last 10 kms. We were in the saddle for 8 long hours and comatose off our saddles for another 2. I got global warming in both feet. And Dave told me his favorite joke, again. So all in all a long day.
But it was made more than bearable by best ever breakfast and lunch on the road, the support of a million passing motorists and pedestrians and today’s night stop. Courtesy of the generosity of Andrew and Wendy Connelly, we’re staying at Antelope Park, an absolute oasis in the bush on the outskirts of Gweru. We’ve eaten like kings, spoiled by Maria Sithole and staff. I’m typing this blog in my bed in a luxury tent, listening to lions roaring and either bush babies or Dave crying in the trees outside. Please check out Ryan’s footage on www.oldlegstour.co.zw or better still, check it out in the flesh.
Tomorrow’s leg to Bulawayo is another monster, 160 kilometers, but thankfully all flat and zero hills.
Eric the knackered.