Old Legs 2018 Tour - Blog Fourteen D Day - minus just 33 days.
I am blogging from the desert in Dubai. After 2 days in a hotel, thanks to Kiera Arnold and Nik Geez who hosted us in suburban Dubai. Unfortunately their complex had a gym with not 1 but 2 stationary bikes. So when the wheel bearing on my first bike bust, I had another bike to suffer upon. At least I didn’t get a puncture.
I went to a bike shop in Dubai, mainly to salivate. We caught the Metro to the nearest station and then walked. Jenny pointed out to me on the walk, repeatedly that the bicycle was most probably invented by a pedestrian in Dubai.
The highlight of my trip was my bike ride in the desert organized by Kiera. The rental guy offered to show me how to work the gears. Wearing Lycra shorts, I laughed politely and declined. And then spent the first 20 kilometers sucking in air like a barbel from Gokwe, slogging in the biggest gear trying to figure out how to work the paddle controls. My Trek rental weighed just 8 kilos. I should have flown around the 50 km track but didn’t. Either kilometers in Dubai are longer or I was still jet lagged. I saw an oryx in the desert which was cool. And then another oryx. And another oryx. And so on until you get to 30. I have no idea what the plural of oryx is. The desert was utterly featureless and others might have got lost. But thanks to the built in GPS in my head and directional signs, I never. But noted with interest that we rode past the same bush and sand dune 147 times.
Back home the Old Legs Tour continues to gather momentum. Thankfully we have acquired a camping shower so won’t stink quite so much when we get into Cape Town. Have also acquired a pair of very young Old Legs. Twenty year old Alexander Welch from Bulawayo will join us on the Harare to Bulawayo leg. Welcome Alexander.
Dave Whitehead trained in mountains of Nyanga last week and bumped into a leopard, literally. He also bumped into and was inspired by Evan Price, his girlfriend Megan and his 73 year old mom Hilda. They left their UK home on bicycles carrying all their gear 3 years ago and have ridden the world since. Hilda is riding having had both knees and a hip replaced!
Al Watermeyer is in Ceres in the Cape wrapping up a recce on our last routes.
Our fund raising efforts have stalled. Please help me kick start them. Sponsor me just 8 cents a kilometer all the way to Cape Town and you’ll feed a pensioner for 6 months. Ask your company to sponsor Bruce Fivaz just 6 cents a kilometer and they’ll buy diabetes medicines enough for 1 pensioner for 6 months. That has to be the best Value For Money Feel Good ever.
Until next week, enjoy and peddle hard.
Eric of Arabia