The weather forecast along the route is for a little more rain tomorrow at Brosterlea, but 1.2mm probably represents a lot less than what has fallen by the sound of it.
Ad further along at Gunsteling, just past Romansfontein support station, no rain is forecast.
So it seems that the weather forecasts are tending towards the rain diminishing in the next few days, and sun to return by Tuesday.
But that's not to say that the mud will dry up quickly in tempereatues expected to be in single digits for the next day or 2.
The route profile and distance:
How far can the riders go tomorrow? In dry conditions one would probably expect Martin and Alex Harris to embark on a lengthy stage from Kranzkop to Hofmeyr.
In the current mud, could it only be as far as Romansfontein?
The first stage of tomorrow's trip is from Kranzkop to Brosterlea, all of 58.2kms, and fairly simple after a short easily navigable portage through a farm shortly after leaving Kranskop. Thereafter, it is pretty much district roads to Brosterlea farm support station. This would in dry conditions be good fast riding. Perhaps not so tomorrow. This section may well be undertaken in the dark hours of the morning, and if there is no rain overnight the mud may be frozen, making riding a little easier.
From Brosterlea, the next stage is to Romansfontein, a 78.5km stage, and then over the Aasvoelberg portage and on to Hofmeyr, another possible 92.5km for a lengthy day. There are a one or two portages, one being a minor one down from the Battle of Stormberg site, and the other being a more significant one over Aasvoelberg just after Romansfontein if Hofmeyr becomes a target.
The total distance to Hofmeyr tomorrow is a lengthy one therefore, but the route is not too demanding in terms of climbing, with a cumulative ascent of +2648m over the entire stretch from Kranzkop to Hofmeyr, a lengthy stretch of over 200kms, and slightly more cumulative descent to the tune of -2,857m.
Whatever the riders' decisions tomorrow, Weather and conditions will have a big influence.