After this seeming like an impossible journey, we are now in a groove and moving rapidly towards Cape Town. 180km more clicked off today. Blessed with a tail wind in the morning (oh the delightful tail wind!), the pace was quick. Some really fun fast long downhills gave us respite from the long drags. As we narrowed in on Beaufort West, the wind came on the nose and the heat sky rocketed. A tough last 30km made for a very rewarding day on the bike. Tonight we stay at Matoppo Inn, If you ever are down this way, what a nice place to stay. 930km are now under the belt but we have to guard against thinking we are almost there. The cumulative fatigue is building. Ida and I have avoided sunburn but our bodies are taking some serious strain. Ida's knees hurt, my quads are extremely sore when I walk but perfectly fine on the bike. Both our butts are very tender. Fortunately we have a sports massage therapist on tour with us, so Ryan's magic helps us recover enough for the next day (he can't help with the sore butts). We carry with us stories of inspiration and heartache which put the aches and pains in a place that we cycle through. We are grateful to have come this far in our personal challenge, but also are indebted for the support and donations received so far in our mission to raise awareness for the Sunflower Fund. This thread has already more than 300 views, our website, daily mails, Facebook and Twitter are getting lots of views and likes. All of this creates awareness for the lifesaving opportunity that can occur when you register as a Bone Marrow/Stem Cell donor. We encourage you to register as a donor (details here). It doesn't cost you anything and it doesn't cause any pain (the initial blood test or the actual donation if you are a match). We are almost at our original goal of raising R20 000 for the Sunflower Fund but would love to blow this number right out of the water. If you are able, we would really appreciate a donation on our Back a Buddy page. (Back a Buddy) [if you donate by EFT is takes a couple of days to reflect. Please send the confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will follow up to make sure it is reflected). Tomorrow (day 6) we head for Matjesfontein, the small matter of 228km. The profile is relatively flat, long gentle downhills, long drags back up. But there is a kicker of a hill at the end. Really we are at the mercy of the wind. Tail wind and it will be over quickly. Head wind and we may make it in time for dinner. This was the toughest stage of the Tour last year, lets hope Mother Nature smiles on us tomorrow.