After Rhodes, the Freedom Trail gets a little less hilly, but in the few days after Rhodes there are some tricky portages that make night navigation risks significant. It is a stretch that present lengthy stretches of good riding road as well, but this may not be much of an advantage in the type of mud and rain described today.
The Eastern Cape "High Country", just after Rhodes, can be debilitatingly cold as well, until one drops down into the Karoo where it gets a few degress "less cold". The high point on the route profile above was Naude's Neck, passed today, so tomorrow the riders remain in what promises to be a cold Eastern Cape High Country, but thereafter begin to drop down to lower altitude.
The two pace setters, Martin Dreyer and Alex Harris are expected to ride to Brosterly tomorrow, a lengthy (and probably muddy) haul of 184km according to race narrative.
The weather forecasts:
The weather forecast at Kapokkraal near Chesneywold is for rain throughout the day, and cold temperature maximum of 7 degrees celsius
At Brosterly, it doesn't look much better, with temperature maximum of 8 degrees and rain throughout the day too.