Wednesday 25 November, 2015 Day 2!
Middelburg to Keurfontein (Willowmore) via Graaff-Reinet
Highlights of the day:
Started at 5.15. Jim was supposed to start, but had to be replaced by Alison, because he lost his helmet and had to buy one in Graaff Reinet.
We had a fantastic reception at Caltex College Motors in Graaff Reinet: coffee, cool drinks, chicken snacks and burgers.
Rest of the road was mostly flat with a few passes, but the temperature was soaring.
Everybody arrived safely in Willowmore around 13.30 and relaxed around the pool afterwards.
Early morning start
The Navy, Andrew and Alison during their first leg.
The Army, Richard and Colin on the road.
Colin with a typical Karoo windmill.
Grandads Army without the Navy in Graaff Reinet
Jim and his replacement helmet
Richard and Colin wondering where to go.
Grandads Army at the College Caltex in Graaff Reinet
Getting treats at the FreshStop in Graaff Reinet.
The Airforce, Arthur, Garth and Rodney strolling down the road.
Our accommodation for the night.
Arthur Salzwedel (Master sergeant)
Lovely, beautiful view of the valley (not a valley, but a wide expanse) from the top of the pass. Seeing a springbok alongside the road grazing. Felt a bit robbed not having to ride down the pass. It would have been exhilarating to fly down the pass for so many kilometres. Great ride.
Jim Armstrong (Rear Admiral)
Not much activity for the Navy here in the Karoo, especially with the draught. The Beervlei Dam was totally empty. But there was a good storm in Middelburg last night. It was a hell of a storm, but that hardly wet the top of the soil. Rumour has it that there is more rain on the way tomorrow. At the moment there are only a few puffy clouds, but it’s more than the scorching cloudless sky we had today’s ride.
Rodney Offord (Wing Commander)
At the (supposed) top of every hill was the ongoing climb to the next (supposed) summit. The hospitality by Caltex in Graaff Reinet was unsurpassed. Having done the 10 km grind uphill south of Willowmore we came back downhill with the wind at our backs in a few minutes.
Alison Langtree (Sergeant Major)
Beautiful Karoo sunrise and cycling early in the morning. Watching the men cycle with a duiker… and the Duiker won!
Andrew Langtree (Captain)
Drama- the RA could not find his helmet and special cycling glasses. After long delay I did the 1st leg with my darling wife the Sgt Major. Very slow but it was a tough 35Km. 2nd and 3rd leg with Jimbo good average speed of 27,7km/h. Very, very hot in the Karoo with gusting strong head winds. Still strong!!
Colin Lazarus (Lance Corporal)
Looking over the Karoo from the top of the Lootsberg Pass and later the Naudesberg Pass then the exhilarating ride down with Richard.
Garth Voigt (Flight Lieutenant)
Had 10km of uphill from Willowmore, into the wind. Good thing was that we turned and had 10km downhill back into Willowmore. The Caltex in Graaff Reinet was Fantastic.
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