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> Mnweni Mountain Marathon!

Posted On: Sunday, 16 May 2010 - 11:04

Day 227  -  Sat 15 May ~ 19,269km, Mnweni cultural centre, Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa 

Taking a detour up into the Drakensberg Mountains to check out the Mnweni Mountain Marathon, I had decided to do the sensible thing and rest my foot injury until I got totally caught up in the pre-race excitement and cameraderie from camping with the 80 other runners. Being around other athletes...

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> Free meal ticket

Posted On: Friday, 14 May 2010 - 13:28

Day 225  - Thu 13 May ~ 19,181km, Ladysmith, South Africa

It's amazing what freebies you can get for cycling 19,000 km and today was a bumper. Off to a flying start courtesy of Elma's monster fry up, her frankfurter and cheese sandwiches kept me going until local cyclist Jonathan insisted on shouting me a steak sandwich and chip lunch and then Raj and Linda my current kind hosts fixed me up with some...

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> Grapefruit surprise.

Posted On: Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 11:36

Day 224  - Wed 12 May ~ 19,078km, Newcastle, South Africa 

I was shocked to wake up to my first frost this morning and despite delaying over a cooked breakfast from Doris it was a bitterly cold start to the day in my woefully inadequate cycling gear. Later on I chanced upon an overturned truck of grapefruits being swarmed over by locals so I duly got involved and now have a week's supply weighing...

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> Mining country

Posted On: Wednesday, 12 May 2010 - 12:16

Day 223  - Tue 11 May ~ 18,938km, Morgenzon, South Africa

Travelling across the Highveld through the heart of SA's mining country it was a day to forget as countless ore trucks sucked me into their back draught and spat me out while I tried desperately to cling to the hard shoulder in a ripping cross wind. There is a complete absence of traditional villages while enormous Afrikaans farms dominate the...

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> Hats off to SA generosity

Posted On: Tuesday, 11 May 2010 - 13:15

Day 222  - Mon 10 May ~ 18,832km, Middelburg, South Africa 

South African's are certainly proving to be a hospitable bunch that appreciate a good sporting challenge as once again I find myself with free accommodation and even all I can eat pork and mash courtesy of the lovely Francis at Toe Word Ons Dors B&B. Turning up late in the day looking utterly exhausted having cycled over 18,000km certainly helps and my pitch is becoming...

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> Fast as an Ostrich

Posted On: Sunday, 9 May 2010 - 09:33

Day 220  - Sat 8 May ~ 18,736km, Groblersdal, South Africa

I'm not sure if it was last night's moonshine, the thumping tunes until my normal wake up time or the unbelievable excess of birthday cake I consumed but I was feeling rotten this morning and it took a good few hours spinning for the effects to wear off.

Passing more private game reserves along...

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> Football Friday

Posted On: Saturday, 8 May 2010 - 15:34


Day 219 - Fri 7 May ~ 18,606km, Mokopane, South Africa
 

Spoilt for choice with two free accomodation offers tonight I opted to go with Charlize, the sales girl from the Vodacom shop, because she said one of her housemates was having a party. She sure wasn't wrong and boy do the Afrikaans know how to eat and drink, but hanging out...

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> South African arrival!

Posted On: Thursday, 6 May 2010 - 21:24

Day 218 - Thu 6 May ~ 18,481km, Oryx Ranch, South Africa

Yebo Gogo! After 7 months and over 18000km I've finally made it to the promised land of SA! Cycling every inch of the way, bar a bit of swimming, running & enforced boat rides, it’s been an incredible adventure and the excitement certainly isn't over yet...

Next up I've got the small matter of...

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> Spurred On!

Posted On: Thursday, 6 May 2010 - 09:47

Day 217 - Wed 5 May ~ 18,387km, Sherwood Ranch, Botswana

Tired after a night of being harassed by mosquitoes, the day got off to a bad start when I woke to find someone had had the cheek to eat my pasta breakfast! I can hardly blame the mystery muncher - after all it was a ‘chakalaka’ special but still the loss smarted like an England exit from the World Cup. My luck soon changed however after a chance...

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> Easy as she goes

Posted On: Tuesday, 4 May 2010 - 21:02

Day 216 - Tues 4th May - 18,282km, Palapye, Botswanna

For once I have internet access to update the blog myself rather than sending multiple txt's to my integral support team back home (cheers as always H & pa)- yes it really is that low tech and carrying two old nokia bricks through Africa certainly hasn't helped my...

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Triathlon Completion: Day 255 - Sat 12 June
-20,293km Rustenburg, SA

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