East London to Middelburg, via Queenstown and Steynsburg.
Highlights of the day:
Nice send off from Caltex Beacon Bay at 5 am with an introduction to Rob Burton by Kevin Vincent and a prayer by Arthur Salzwedel. Accompanied by EL cyclists to the Merrifield circle. Then first team continued while other teams were driven to their respective starting points.
Arrived all at Caltex Queenstown at about 10 am. Did interview with MFM (Radio station from Stellenbosch). Continued to Middelburg from other side of Queenstown, but skipped the road from the Sterkstroom turnoff till after Steynsburg because of unsafe road conditions for cycling (potholes, narrow road, no yellow lines).
The last team arrived at the Desert Inn at Middelburg at 15.15.
Click here for more pictures of the Rob Burton Memorial Ride.
Arthur Salzwedel (Master sergeant)
Macleantown to Stutterheim we had a large long crested eagle accompany us for many kilometres. We also had the company of a small buck next to us for quite a long way.
Jim Armstrong (Rear Admiral)
Discovered a lot of muscles I never knew existed. They introduced themselves with pulsating surges of pain.
Rodney Offord (Wing Commander)
Keeping up with Arthur
Having a photo taken next to Molteno Traffic Counter operated by SYNTELL, who have made a big donation to the Eyabantwana Trust.
Alison Langtree (Sergeant Major)
Amazed at how the traffic moved right over to the opposite side of the road on the Steynsburg/Middelburg road. Very good quality road.
Andrew Langtree (Captain)
A great send off for the team from Beacon Bay Motors. Fantastic effort from the EL cycling community. Last leg in 34 degrees C Karoo heat and a headwind was tough.
Highlight of the day: Sharing a fresh plunge pool with 3 lovely ladies.
Colin Lazarus (Lance Corporal)
The shower at the end of the ride
Garth Voigt (Flight Lieutenant)
Getting the second stage, starting in Cathcart, and then down Hobb’s Hill.
Richard Bind (Major)
The highlight for me was the camaraderie with my cycling partner and our seconding team who did a superb job in keeping us safe on the road.
Tomorrow we’ll cycle to Willowmore, via Graaff-Reinet. It will be an easy day, rather flat to start and mostly downhill later.