Alarm goes off at 4:40AM - I peel those eyelids open slowly, wind is howling outside, my better half murmurs "you not really going to ride in this weather are you?". Yes I would love to go back to sleep, soooo tired - but then the thought of Mark waiting out there by himself kicks ride mode into action. 15 minutes later I am cycling against a howling cold wind towards our preordained rendezvous. After picking up Mark we go past the BP to see if there are any stragglers that did not join the other ride with Jess into the mine dumps (yes we dodged this one after all the rain we have been having). Dee is waiting there patiently and the three of us head off towards Bapsfontein road.
The wind going down the aptly named roller coaster road is really fierce and in our face. We take turns in the front, shielding the other two, thinking wow a short coffee ride is far more appealing. Slow ride up to the radio tower mast, quick breather and photo and then back home with the wind behind us. A quick adrenalin rush when we get chased by 3 dogs, Dee got the brunt of the barking, snapping abuse, as the boys were better sprinters...at least it wasn't me this time :-)
The ride back was so easy compared to the ride out, the tail wind made such a difference. Great ride and good to be out there, as you feel as if you have accomlished something in life when returning from a hard MTB ride. Total of 65km round trip, click here for the stats of the ride
|Dee and Mark at the top of the hill|