Fun Gaalens today.
There was a 24h event on, but this did not bother us, as we were headed towards concrete climb.
that little bump went surprisingly well. Amazing what one can achieve with the modern technology of gears.
wife had a little tumble in some soft sand in the one corner, but nothing serious.
We then decided to give pomphuis a go, at the option of turning right to complete pomphuis, the missus ( I am blaming her completely for this)
decided we should try snakebite trail. Something neither of us have ridden before. All I can say is, go and experience it for yourself, it’s quite something.
after more switchback climbing, and more climbing. At this stage I heard the sentinel of a baboon troop barking laughter at us. He was clearly aware of the foolishness of these humans, taking their machines where only baboons can leisurely stroll…
We almost gave up, temps were just above 30°, and water was running low. (This is only about 25kms into the ride)
After climbing forever, one is rewarded with some gnarly down sections, the arm pump was a deserving reward.
We decided to go back to the shop at skeerpoort, and fill up on some water, I had coke and a bar one, as my breakfast was burned up on the concrete climb, nevermind the snakebite ( redubbed JMSP climb, by me).
onwards to the river section, it was great, shady, cool and flowing. I could taste beer and smell pizza at this stage…
We jumped in the car and high tailed it to ale house.
So much for easing back into it. My garmin suggested 4 days of recovery.
I know the beer and pizza will have reduced that….