Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Very Wet Day!
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Leaving the Morgan Bay for a new adventure!
First obstacle of the day!
The ferry crossing at Kei Mouth.
We have crossed the Kei River into the Transkei.
Now the pace slows up because of the roads and the terrain.
We have been warned there are lots of animals and children on the roads so we need to be careful.
The Transkei was an independent state under the Apartheid Regime and fell behind in development terms.
So now it is about 40 years behind the rest of South Africa.
It is also notably hotter and very humid.
We keep being told to hydrate. It is a challenge in itself to carry enough water.
River crossing in the Transkei.
Look at this Transkei panorama view!
Just climbed out of the valley bottom successfully I might add to see this amazing view.
River crossing no. 4 today.
I made this one and one other but I have had two dunkings.
I am wet and tired.
Today was just the toughest part so far.
What started with a ferry crossing into the Transkei ended with us riding in total darkness in all mighty thunder storm.
The lightening was streaking through the sky all around us and rain drops so large they stung your face.
But that's a fraction of the pain we went through.
The descent and ascent into and out of the Qora Gorge was unbelievable.
Words fail me.
Gold Team all made it through but Red Team lost a guy through dehydration.
That's all the news I have so far.
Green, Blue and Orange Teams were still coming out the gorge when the storm struck and I don't envy them their ride to the Kob Inn Hotel in Quigney (www.kobinn.co.za).
We have earned our rest day!
The only guys who won't be taking it easy are the mechanics who must now repair our distinctly secondhand looking bikes!
By the way,
I'd like to introduce some people in my team.
Max and his dad Alex from Edinburgh.
Grandad Pat who was awarded the "Spirit Award" yesterday.
He is 68 and still going strong!
They are sisters Cora and Stephanie.