Day 6- JoBerg2c , Kamberg to Underberg- 91km and a climb day of 2000m
Andy, o2fitness athlete's South African adventure continues...
Well hopefully as I write this my GI issues are behind me (no pun). Today was a mostly district road traverse of mountain passes with a little tech S-track here and there. Not a bike ride I would normally choose if it were not for the breathtaking beauty of the Natal province. It's big sky, majestic mountains and green valley floors are a sight to see.
This mornings start was again cold at just over freezing, but early climbing warmed the blood. Unfortunately a diet of white bread, bananas, pasta and rice is not a good prep for powerful legs- racing this day wasn't really on the cards. Josh and I labored behind middle of the field for the first part of the day, the legs finally came back to life on the first real climb to water point 1, about a 700m ascent. Next a chilly 13km high speed descent got us to the 52km mark before 11am. Did I mention SA's can't descend?
The up and down terrain drew us through a number of rural villages all with African kids standing by the roadside asking us for chocolate. We couldn't figure out why they thought we would be carrying chocolate. An Australian friend explained that in these poor villages the kids use the few words or word they have learned in English to reach out to strangers. The disparity in socio economic groups is striking. The average wage earner in these rural areas could turn the value of my bike in to four years worth of wages.
How lucky I am to have such an adventure.
We finished at picturesque Hazeldean farm in Underberg and I treated myself to some meat for lunch for the first time in 38 hours (fingers crossed)- beer is a gastric insulator I think.