By all reports it was a tough day at the office for most of the riders, and even Martin Dreyer and Alex Harris may not have seen their plans materialise. I say this because it is possible that both Alex and Martin may well have ended their day's riding prenaturely at Kranzkop (previously Vaalbank), almost 50 kms short of the expected destination of Brosterlea. We can't confirm this because their trackers have stopped transmitting in the area that they have moved into, and the race office doesn't have comms with Kranzkop support station right now.
Martin again heads the average speed table at just above 8.05km/hour, measured to Kranzkop station which he recently reached at 20h20, while Alex Harris averaged 7.98km/hour. Alex's time was measured to Moordenaarspoort, which he reached at 17h00, because at time of reporting on the rider progress tables he had not yet reached Kranzkop. So the pattern remains similar to previous days, Martin ending slightly ahead of Alex.
The bikes sound like they need quite a bit of work after the day's mud, so riding on into the night may not be an option just yet. To leave in the early hours of the morning, though, could be beneficial, provided the rain subsides, because the mud can freeze at night making it a little easier to ride. Certainly from a navigation point of view the route to Brosterley presents little in the way of navigation challenges, so night riding is not a problem from that point of view.
One little milestone that perhaps went unnoticed yesterday was that Gerrit Pretorius and Brian O'Regan reached De Doorns to pass the 1,000km mark. Today they should get to van de Venters Kraal, and are about half way to Cape Town and still furthest down the track.
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