Dino is slowly building a reputation as a real tough nut among his riding companions - his steed of choice is fully rigid steel bike, complete with homemade steel carrier and speculation is rife as to its total weight - most agree that its easily over 20kg!
Then 'The Gautrain' pulled in at around lunchtime - Gawie, Ezanda, Casper and Charl - they had left Vuvu before 6am and made good time up Lehana's in relatively good conditions. They were also accompanied by Shaun and Phillip, the other half of the original 'Hackers' which previously included Jody and Dino. (The group had split up the day before when Shaun and Phillip had turned back at the base of Lehana's and gone back to Vuvu for the night.) These guys were fairly relaxed and glad to have made it in before the predicted afternoon rains finally arrived.
Roman and Katarina were not so lucky and arrived mid afternoon in the pouring rain!. They went straight to their room to jump into a hot shower and are now enjoying a warm meal. Having left Vuvu well after the others, they had no one to follow and did well to navigate their way over Lehana's without incident.
During the day, Garth arrived - in a vehicle - after having been picked up by David at Tenahead Lodge. His right knee was locked up due to an aggrevated ITB and he had no other way to get down to Rhodes. Initially he thought his race was over but after a check up from fellow rider and doctor, Casper, as well as repeated hot and cold packs on the knee, he is determined to carry on again tomorrow in an effort to get to the finish. Having recieved a lift, he has been given a 3-hour daylight time penalty, which he has served this afternoon in Rhodes - so he can leave whenever he feels up to it tomorrow morning. He clearly wants that blanket!