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Klein Karoo Capers - Day 3 Redstone Hills to ???

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Day 3.  Redstone Hills to ?????.  58km.  2100m climbs.  6hrs 10min and 7hrs 20min.

We were up long before the sun and the chickens, but not before the lowing dairy cows who had called for their missing calves all night.

“Boys, it’s a good think that I took those few rest days,” informed ‘Kortpad’ Koos, “I couldn’t sleep all night with those cows.”

“I thought that noise was coming from your room,” commented Stephan ‘Neither Buffel Nor Wildebees’ Grobler, “Are you sure that it didn’t?”

“Right, pay attention!” commanded ‘Chairman’ Johan, “You have been a pretty pathetic lot when it comes to getting you all in one spot.  This is the very first group photo opportunity.  And remember – there are basically three climbs for the day, and then one ‘moerse’ downhill where at least one of you will probably die.  Then you are finished for this year’s tour.”

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Klein Karoo Capers - Day 2

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Day 2.  Calitzdorp Spa to Redstone Hills via Rooiberge.  About 85km, about 2300m climbs – for some 4 to 7 hours depending on your status.

“Right, listen you Hell Riders – and you Buffels!” shouted Johan ‘Day 2 is Piss Easy’ Borman.”The main object for today is to see how many mini-groups you can splinter into, and how many kilometres the ‘Ever-Patient, Ever Present’ Sanel and I can do in the busses with the trailers to collect you from all over the Klein Karroo.”

“Wouldn’t it be easier if we just stayed together and enjoyed the camaraderie?” asked Lawrence ‘We Are Always Peaceful in the Cape” Chambers.  You could see that he was new.

“Not at all,” explained Johan the Patient.  “Today will feature a race to the top of the Rooiberge.  I will be the judge from the comfort of the bus.  I will carry water and half time oranges in the back of the bus so that you can minimize your load and optimize your performance.  You will then turn off onto a tiny almost non-existent track and climb forever along the ridge of the Rooiberge.”

 

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