|Race office in transit|
Meanwhile some people were riding their bikes - here's a quick recap of the day's action:
Batch A - Andy, Peter, Ansa, Sarel, Bruce, Charles, David, Pierre and Pete & Dave from Batch B all moved swiftly through the Baviaanskloof and arrived at the new Dam se Drif support station a.k.a Golden Crust by mid afternoon. They are planning an early departure for Willowmore in the morning.
Gavin and Henry followed a few hours later - they crawled out of the Grootrivier Poort sometime this morning after spending the night somewhere down there - brave men indeed!
The Dreyers are next in line, they are currently making their way down the same Grootrivier Poort section tonight and are headed for Cambria.
Just behind them, we have Scott, Charles and Christo, who left Toekomst this morning and got to the interim stop at Hadley, no promises of food there tonight but at least there are warm beds.
At Bucklands tonight, we have Anton, Martin and Avril. They rode comfortably through from Toekomst today and I'm sure Avril appreciated having some company for a change.
Just behind them and charging hard is the Lone Ranger, Marnitz. His day started at the foot of the Struishoek, (where he overnighted with local farmers Dave and Verity Hobson) and he's aiming for Buckland's tonight - still a few hours to go but he's on track and seems to be riding strongly.
Batch E: Dave, Doug, Janine and Philip have checked in at the lodge at Toekomst - where they reported temperatures above 30degC on arrival today! They had another good riding day, despite rumours of a tummy bug doing the rounds...
Guy 'Happy Feet' plus Eric and the Adams Family (Ted + Shaun) are also holed up at Toekomst tonight. Guy still has tummy troubles and had some punctures to deal with today but he's trucking on and determined to have fun.
And fighting for the last few beds at Toekomst are the remnants of Jack's Army: Coen, Colin and Andrew. Andrew hit an Angora goat today although there was no long term damage to report. Best he get out of that habit before he gets to the rhinos in the Baviaanskloof...
Roy recovered well after a late night chasing trolls over the Aasvoelberg yesterday. He stopped in Hofmeyr to lick his wounds and then marched off to Stuttgart.
Not far behind are Robbie and Gaeren - they parted company after the Aasvoelberg today, with Gearen stopping in Hofmeyr after battling strong headwinds and Robbie going on to Elandsberg, just managing to sneak off the mountain after dark.
A way behind them are Chris and Julia, happily honeymooning their way across the countryside and still looking strong - they sleep in Kranskop tonight.
And bringing up the rear are Andries and Leon, who left a freezing cold Rhodes this morning and got through to Slaapkranz by late afternoon.
The weather's holding and the wheels are still turning, these riders are all going well and Diemersfontein is inching ever closer.