Old Legs 2028 Tour
Blog Entry37 - Day 20
We rode out of Kanoneiland this morning and into the small town of Kenhardt at the start of the Bushmanland. Hendrick, our host from the previous night gave us an escort for the first 50 km. I think he was trying to make sure we left town. What a nice guy.
Hendrick must also think there is no way we’ll get to Cape Town on time. With only 90 odd kms, we buggered around like school kids on the last day of school. We stopped to take photos. We stopped to wee in the Orange River. We stopped to take photos of people weeing in the Orange River which is an abysmal invasion of privacy.
I have now officially run out of superlatives to describe a landscape that has absolutely nothing in it. Just rocks, sand, more sand and the odd Quiver tree. Quiver trees are cool and would not look out of place on a U2 album cover. Compared to what we rode
through today, the Kalahari was like a Garden park. Going forward, finding shade for our lunch and breakfast breaks will be a challenge.
But we were told by Johan, a local farmer that the Bushmanland is not a natural desert. It’s just been absolutely ravaged in the last 4 years by the worst droughts in memory. But Bushmanland farmers wrote the book on tough. He told us if Zimbabwe can get over Mugabe, he’ll overcome the droughts, no problem.
Who ever built the road we rode on obviously got very bored with flat. And as obviously, wasn’t a cyclist. Because any hills that could be seen on the horizon, for sure he took his road over them.
I saw a live meerkat and then the skeleton of a dead one. I asked Bruce if he could try and fix it but he said no. I wish he would try harder with meerkats.
As we rode today, we felt a cold front blowing in from the south. The wind was a bugger but the drop
In temperature welcome.
Tomorrow is Freedom Day in South Africa. Bruce has decided to go commando style, or hangbal as Rob Fisher would have it. I think Bruce has run out of clean underpants.
I now lead the Dick of Day awards with 7. Ryan and Dave each on 4 are trying hard to catch up. Bruce and Leachie on 3 and 2 respectively, need to focus more. Jenny is on zero having told everyone at the outset that any nominations would result in a drop in portion sizes.
Today I would like to again acknowledge some of our generous sponsors. Thank you to Jonathan Cox and Bill Bruce and the management and staff of Cresta Hotels. And thank you to Alastair Watermeyer and the team at ProPay.
We have 290 kms of nothing to ride through over the next days to get to Calvinia, our next Rest day. The distance doesn’t scare us but the possibility of a headwind does.
Wish us luck, enjoy and pedal if you can.
Eric the Dick of the Day contender.