Waterberg

Had a good ride in some nice hills of the Waterberg. Did 220 km all together. That is counting 105 km from the Nylstroom side down a fair amount of dirt road. Some stony stretchers and other sandy patches.20140418_054412 20140418_054357

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then there was about 18 km  riding around the farm.20140420_07165920140419_001207

Came back home past Naboomspruit and Cresy.

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Down hill to Naboomspruit. With Springbok flats stretching out in the distance

Was very disappointed to see the tar road that was ripped up by a contractor who ran out of money or was it ran away with the money. Ripped the tar road up in about 2011 has not even been taken to court or the government has not got another contractor to retar the road. There is about 5 km of dirt road now. It used to be one of the main roads to transport grain, fertilizer and other goods out and in of the Springbok flats. Now transport company’s have to use other longer routes.

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Can see what road looked like before it was ripped up. This piece of road was left untouched

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Road after been ripped up.

Cannot say too much about the fishing. Did not even get a bite. We tried all different baits, worms and lures.

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As can be seen from the pictures it was in a lovely setting. The winter temperatures are on their way in. Night was a little cool (6 degrees celsius) and day time temperature going up to 30 degrees celsius.

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Well there are lots of nice off-road places in the Waterberg. Game farming is reclaiming the bush and cultivated lands are returning to bush.

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Africa is at Gautengs door step. Malaria free and close to the big cities.

 

 

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Camping in the Waterberg

On my bicycle for the long weekend to another farmers farm in the Waterberg. Plan is to cycle there and do some fishing and camping for the weekend. Then ride back home on Monday. Not to many km for the weekend. It should be about 160 km. Will get a chance to test the heart rate monitor out on a longer road. Will be interesting to see what it does to my over all time and different terrain covered.

My step son and his wife will be going on his motor bike. Well it promises to be a bit of a caveman weekend. No shaving and just hanging out by the fire and river.

Will bring back some pictures of Africa and life in the outdoors of South Africa. Looking at posting again on Tuesday next week.

Africa does it right

I got this on face book and thought this is exactly what I have seen in Africa. Rest of the world thinks they have the answers for Africa but they do not look at their own problems. I have seen happier children with less psychological problems and drug problems in the rural areas where I have cycled. The children are far more active and have less health problem. I realize they have a higher death rate in ages younger than 5 years however this is only because they do not have access to health care and are exposed to tropical diseases.

 

Settler to Belmoral

I did not post a post this weekend as I took a long weekend to visit my sister. I did 332 km by bicycle for the weekend.I will post a few photos.

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Had to cross a few mud puddles. I landed up been covered in mud. Some were a foot deep.

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I will not try my luck going through this fence, if there are lions in this game farm.

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Stopped to take photos

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No doubt they are serious. Just wonder how this sign will help in court if they did shoot a person

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Highveld of South Africa. My view at lunch time.

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Highveld. My lunch time view.

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Bicycle also had to take a rest at lunch time.

The weather was good and the wind favored me. On the way there I managed to cut an hour off my best time and did 166 km in 9 hours 10 minutes. The way back is more down hill and managed to cut 1 and half hours off best time, came in at 8 hours 40 minutes for the 166 km.

Cape Argus cycle tour

What a nice weekend I had. Rode my first ever cycle race. The Cape Argus cycle tour is the biggest timed race in the world. There was over 36000 entrance. 31046 finished within the cut off time. It takes place on the Southern tip of Africa. Starting and finishing in Cape town. Route is 109 km passing through some of the most scenic parts on the cape peninsular. Having lots of hills and sometimes strong winds. Locals line the streets and encourage you on your way.

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Cyclists waiting in check in holding area

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Adriaan and I at the check in holding area

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Behind me at start

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In front of me at start. This is the OA starting group

Entered in Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour

My boss Kobus and the vets from CS vet have been pushing me to do the Cape Argus race. I tried to wriggle out of it as I have not ridden a cycle race yet. Well they got it right and I received an email from the organizers that said the following.

You are now entered for the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour taking place on 9 March 2014.
Website: http://www.cycletour.co.za

The Cycle Tour forms part of the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Lifecycle Week and is organised by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.\

Now all I must do is ride, as there are sponsors that covered the entry fee, hotel and cycle clothing. There are some others from our farm that will be ridding also. I am looking for a 6 hour time over the 109 km distance. However some say I should be able to do it under 5 hours. I will be ridding my mountain bike so do not expect such a good time as the people who ride road bikes. Follow this blog to see how this goes down.

Planning next big adventure

I have been asked a number of times, where you going next? Lets put it out there. Before going to Malawi, I was thinking of doing Johannesburg to Windhoek. Now that I have been to Malawi, I have been thinking to go some were in South Africa. Are there any trips that somebody would like to do? The next adventure I would like to do with other cyclists. Is there anybody that would like to join in an adventure?

Home from Malawi

Well this was a fast moving trip. The wheels of the bus pushed me deep into Africa. First leg was up to Lilongwe Malawi. The bus straight to Karonga did not run anymore so had to take one to Mzuzu. From there took a mini bus taxi to Karango. At one time there was 19 people plus bicycle and all their luggage. My back wheel was hanging by a string from the mirror on the back of the taxi. 20140106_062022Then there was a rope with fish hanging from the two windscreen wipers.

Well for more details of trip go to bicycle trip page. I will be posting actual costs and distances done there. I will also be posting pictures there once I have condensed them.

malawi on my bicycle

I have tried to down load pictures from my cell. They do not want to go on my media file. I only have my samsung galaxy s4 active with me on my trip. So when I get home on 20th January I will post them. Well it has been a wonderfull trip so far. Only a few small deviations to trip plan.

Well crossing three African borders in less than 48 hours is a book on its own. I had a clean pass but other passengers had to pay bribes and import duties.

Bus and taxi rides in malawi is amazingly simple. Never the less to a person that gets around on their own car it can be a little nerve racking.

Took 4 days by bicycle, bus, train then 2 buses and finally a small high ace taxi to get to starting point.

Karongo malawi is a dusty town with more bicycles in it than I have ever seen in africa.

On to chitimba camp. Nice cheap get away on the beach. They have about 12000 visitors a year as the overland tour operators stop here.

Then on to mzuzu over the monster of a hill, rising more than 800 m. Not to mention the ups and downs along the way. I am now sleeping at Mzuzu after 130 km on this road. Temperatures rising to 43 at on time. I also met another couple from the Netherlands on the road. They had been on the road from Namibia then Zambia and now Malawi.  They had previously worked here so know people and the area.

Sorry for the poor typing but phone does not do it as well as a computer.  I will keep you up to date as best I can.