Day 3 #BruisedButtCycleChalleng.
After a very pleasant stay at March Hare Cottage in Storms river, and a very good meal at the hotel pub across the road from the cottage, we had an early night and we left at 6:50, shortly before sun rise.
The first 20km were very pleasant. We had a short break before going down Bloukrans pass. IT WAS FREEZING!!! And spectacularly beautiful. Although we thoroughly enjoyed having the entire road to ourselves, it is very sad that the pass is closed to the public, thus denying a great many people the opportunity of seeing the beauty of the natural forest.
Stopped in Natures Valley for a second breakfast – we are going to have to stop that, firstly because we will put on weight, but mostly because we are informed we are heading for bad weather, and we cannot afford the time.
We expected to climb a lot today, especially because we were doing two valleys, and although we did climb more than yesterday – a total of 1162 m over the 109.4km we cycled today, we are grateful that we didn’t climb the 2000 m we expected. We arrived at Paradise House in Knysna, our home for two nights -at around 16:20, for a total of 9.5 hours on the road and 6.28 hours on the saddle.
Tomorrow we intend to clean and prepare our bikes for tge next leg, and also get some work done. We will also be meeting Wayne Burrows’s dad – thanks for arranging Wayne.
While I am thanking people, thanks to Roger and Marco of Roger Wolfson and Associares (http://www.rogerwolfsonandassociates.co.za/wmenu.php) for the fabulous job you did repairing my bags and Patrick of Meat on Grant – our excellent neighbourhood butcher – for assisting me with the vacuum packaging my meds. It is working like a charm. Funny sight of tye day. Neale was in front of me and went wide to avoid a goat. the unhappy mother then chatlrged under the saftey rail and butted her baby out of the way. clever mommy. Funny comment of the day. A Stranger asked if we knew of a man named Henry Ford who invented cars. He he