A day in the life of.......in retrospect
Thursday morning dawned - a pearler of a day to start the test ride. Shortly after 07:30 I set off into a cold morning. Within minutes my fingers were frozen and my toes numb. I cycled along in almost traffic free conditions. The sky was big and deep blue with the rising sun turning the early morning jet trails a beautiful pink. Life was just marvellous and I made good time for the first 25 kms up Baden Powell Drive. The sea of False Bay was calm and turquoise with soft waves frothing gently to the beach. Early morning fisherman casting their lines and breathing frosty plumes nodded and waved as I rode by. Other cyclists and runners greeted me cheerily and wished me well. It's at those moments when I feel such joy and I really love life, the universe and everything! As I rode past the shacks of Khayelitsha a gang of laughing, pushing, bubbly, energetic little boys came rushing out to greet me, offering high-fives and asking where I was going and where I came from. I felt like an Olympic Champion! What a delightful portrayal of the human spirit.
At the intersection with the N2 the fittings on my left front pannier rack gave way and I had to stop, pull out the trusty boy scout multi-tool to remove the rack else it would have damaged my spokes. I was grateful that I had remembered to pack cable ties to tether the bag to the rear pannier and continue my journey decidedly unbalanced and with some steering difficulty.
After 40 kms I stopped at the "Big Strawberry" for a Ginger Beer and to rest the legs. The last 25 kms were much tougher than the first 40 but frequent quick stops and internal bribery kept me going - I could have two jelly babies if I made it to the top of the hill - then when I achieved that milestone I took three jelly babies and hoped I wouldn't notice....such are the games I play to keep the legs going round.
I was delighted when the signs started pointing me to Muldersvlei Estate which was to be my campsite and home-from-home for two nights. Helen Starke, a regal and delightful lady, runs a magnificent function venue for weddings and other parties. Helen is a wonderful hostess, her cottages are warm and comfortable and the food she creates is delicious. Do look her up if you're in need of a good weekend away. http://www.muldersvlei.com/