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Old 05-22-2017, 09:25 AM
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mostly rocks, but sometimes a bit of space to appreciate the views

then back to this


and this is black mamba territory ... this is not one ... this one is feeding a remote patch of organic mountain cabbage


the climb does not end nicely, it goes all bouldery




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Old 05-22-2017, 09:37 AM
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with a rewarding view at the top


by now we had been riding for about 4 hours, covered about 30km and my 3l of electrolytes were done! All we had to do now was get down the mountain and into the "river bed"!!

my experience of riverbeds in this part of the country is not what we eventually found. My expectation was a snaking wide sandy riverbed where you give your main jet a good testing. in this instance it was narrow and rocky with sandy sections inbetween, but not long enough to get enough speed to ride on top of the sand, so the next 2 hours were slow and taxing (and hot at about 28deg C)
would have been nice if i was feeling fresh, but after running out of fluids my energy levels dropped surprisingly fast!




so much so that i had to strip off and take a few minutes to recoup


fortunately at the end of this there was a shop selling ice cold coke - i guarantee these are the best in the world!!

we then decided to hit the tar back to the car, a wise choice as i freewheeled the last 200m on fumes (70km on a tank!)
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Old 05-22-2017, 09:40 AM
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the red loop is the ride
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Old 05-22-2017, 09:43 AM
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ok so it seems i cannot change the thread title!
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great pics!
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