South Africa

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  • Day1


    June 1, 2016 in South Africa

    We've registered! The home of the Freedom Challenge is at the Sleeping Bao B&B in Pietermaritzburg. Bikes are prepped, the tracking device is charged and our bags are re-packed.
    We met the rest of our batch tonight. Friendly bunch of chaps but they all look seriously competitive, Sean and I reckon we're the recreational element!
    There are two experienced trail riders among us so if we are very lucky, we may be able to hang onto their tails for a while. The infamous Umko valley seems to be the place that poses the most navigational challenges. Todays batch spent quite a bit of time wandering there and arrived at Allendale well after dark.
    Only time will tell! Tomorrow brings the start of our big adventure...
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  • Day5

    Day 5 - Amashova day

    October 22, 2017 in South Africa

    Race day from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. Final 106 km 1160m ascent to Durban. Unfortunately Paul and Maurice had a stomach bug and were unable to race.


    The history of this, the oldest ‘classic’ cycle race in the country, is one of dogged determination to succeed in spite of the odds. The idea of having a bicycle race on the route of the world famous Comrades Marathon, between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, was the dream of veteran Springbok cyclist Dave Wiseman and his friend Tony McMillan. Realising that they needed media support to make the venture fly; they enlisted the help of Fred Forge at the Natal Mercury. Forge assured the duo that he would give the race publicity if they went ahead, and with that assurance they approached Pick n Pay who agreed to sponsor the event.

    The relevant authorities, however, did not share the enthusiasm of this visionary group. The NPA felt one “day long” event was enough and wouldn’t budge. Finally, a local politician, who saw the value to Durban of hosting such a race, forced the traffic authorities’ hand. So, reluctantly, permission was granted for the first race to take place in 1986. The race was called ‘The Natal Mercury/Pick n Pay National Classic.’ The traffic authority gave permission for only 150 riders to participate.

    In the years that followed, the traffic authority gradually increased the allowable participation from this small group to 350, then 500, then 550 and so forth. In addition, these cyclists would have to qualify for the race by doing other events at a fairly high average speed. Only 4 hours was given for all to finish. The impression created by these restrictions was that this was a race for only the most serious cyclists.
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  • Day9

    Pietermaritzburg & Midlands Meander

    December 26, 2006 in South Africa

    Een zeer woelige nacht, waarschijnlijk nog stroompannes want er was omgeschakeld naar onze vertrouwde diesel. Deze ging wat trager maar omstreeks 5,30u kwamen we toch aan in Pietermaritzburg. Er was veel mist onderweg en het had hard geregend in Boughton het vorige station. Om 6u mochten we gaan ontbijten en dan wisten we pas welke uitstap we konden maken. De wandeluitstap was volgeboekt en de battlefields waren gecanceld dus werd het de Midlands Meander met Penny.
    Het Pietermaritzburg station is zeer oud, in 1893 werd Mahatma Ghandi hier uit de trein gezet omdat hij een kleurling was! Ervoor staat nog steeds een standbeeld van hem. Onze trein blijft hier heel de dag staan.
    De Midland Meander in KwaZulu-Natal is een mix van meer dan 160 gelegenheden om te eten, te drinken, te slapen, te shoppen en in het algemeen om plezier te maken. Gestart als een collectief van ambachtslieden die trachtten de bezoekers van de platgetreden paden naar hun studio's en gallerijen te lokken.
    Het belooft een warme dag te worden, eerst gaan we naar Howick falls we komen aan om 8,30u en moeten om 10u terug aan het busje zijn. Er zijn nog veel winkeltjes gesloten en de straatventers zijn nog aan het uitpakken dus besluiten we een hike te maken naar de voet van de waterval. Een 1,2 km wandeling helemaal naar beneden door wilde begroeiing en omring door het oorverdovend geshirp van cicaden.
    We hadden natuurlijk geen sneakers aan dus was het voorzichtig gaan over de vochtige grond, en warm werd het inderdaad tot 28°!
    De volgende stop was aan Piggly Wiggly een farm shop eigenlijk hadden we niets nodig maar een pakje chips gaat er altijd wel in.
    Een resem van shops werd ons gepresenteerd: kaas, potterie, kleding, lederwaren, schoenen, noem het en we kwamen het tegen.
    Om 5u moegeshopt terug aan de trein gelukkig is het een heel eind tot Durban.
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  • Day27


    July 3, 2010 in South Africa

    It was a bit of a mixed bag really for Matts Birthday in Durban.
    Matt and Dave arrived the day before, so today was our first trip out, the three of us.
    The foremost plan was to go to Lion Park, near Pietermaritzburg.

    It was hardly the most glamourous place i have been to. It was advertised as a drive through a lion game reserve. In reality, it was more like a dozen lions dumped into a small enclosure you can drive next to and watch sleep.

    Dave and I decided to attempt to surprise Matt by taking him quad-biking, which he wanted to do. Our cover story, was we were visiting a 'waterfall' on the way back, the real location being a 'Thrills Park'

    When we arrived, we were to be sorely dissapointed... it was thrills park alright, for all the wrong reasons. The actual location, was in the middle of nowhere, in a poverty striken area.
    There were no completed buildings to this park, one half constructed shack. There was no security. All 'Thrills' were under construction.
    There was no way i was doing anything, leaving my camera in the car to be stolen. The others were to attempt Quad-biking, only to find the bikes so dangerous and unsafe, they decided against it. Fair enough too. When the 'thrill' is potential injury, mugging of death, its not so appealing.

    In the end, we ended up at Pavillion Mall, to play minigolf. The trip there was interesting enough. Not a white person to be seen, and unexplained crowds everywhere... there were buses so full people were hanging out of the door.
    It has been decided that Durban itself is a hole... the city feels unsafe, is drastically polluted, poorly designed, and most of the street names have been changed, making it extremely difficult to navagate. In addition.. traffic is a joke.. and as dangerous as iv ever seen.
    Minigolf, when we arrived was very fun, and we enjoyed dinner at an Italian resteraunt before the days end. Watermelon cocktails are awesome!!!

    Tomorrow is the big semi final between Holland and Uruguay, and im also looking at doing the following over the next few days; Aquarium, Bird Park, maybe Drakensburg, maybe another game park.
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