Blog Entry Nine - D Day minus 60
Managed to squash my 160 kms target this week a bit quicker than I would have liked- courtesy of my still failed front brakes. Lance should have tried no brakes as a performance enhancer instead of EPO.
Rode the Mazoe Valley with Marco Richards. We’re riding the Matopas Heritage Ride together the week before the Old Legs Tour starts. We finished the Mazowe ride like drowned rats after a most welcome deluge that the crops were absolutely desperate for.
Am currently like a kid at Christmas waiting for my brand new, second hand bike. It is a Momsen Vipa and it is blue and black and quite possibly the sexiest bike ever. Think even I could pull chicks on it. Will try pick Jenny up with it soonest. The only bad thing about my new bike is that it is in Port Elizabeth. Alas. Am trying to make a plan.
I continue to hone my riding skills at the back of the Herd. On Saturday Graeme Fleming, king of the involuntary dismount and the many pointed landing, showed me how to cross a stream with your bike. It is quite a complicated technique but I am sure to get the hang of it. Once you’ve picked your bike up and placed it carefully on the other side of the stream, you then proceed to fall into the stream in slow motion with poise, grace and extreme reluctance of a pregnant buffalo crossing a Serengeti River swollen with crocodiles.
The Old Tour continues to put bums on saddles. Bruce FIVAS is due home next week, hopefully fit and good to go after an extended period of low altitude training and Castle Lites in KZN. As I write Al Watermeyer is pedalling in Malawi and Dave has just completed the Umfurudzi Challenge. And my eldest son Gary has come out of retirement to ride his seldom used bicycle to ride with us from Gweru into Bulawayo. At 157 kms, the ride will be more than a hundred kilos longer than his previous longest ride.
With nine weeks to go, it is all systems go. Jenny has taken on the accommodation portfolio and almost all our bookings are in place. We need a spot to camp in Plumtree and Hotashell. My portfolio has shifted to sorting out bike trailers and camping kit. Which should be interesting given the fact that I forgot our tent on last year’s camping edition of the Blue Cross.
Till next week, enjoy and pedal if you can.
Eric the soon to be Vipa Rider