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Cartwheels over Lesotho, Part 4 - Thy Mountain Kingdom Come
May 4, 2010
Like most storytellers, I enjoy the occasional temporal digression. It keeps me (and hopefully you too) sharp and focused. So let's rewind a bit. The last post recalled the end of our stay at the Golden Gate National Park and was leading up to a second incursion into Lesotho, a full crossing this time, to culminate both metaphorically and geographically with the infamous Sani Pass ascent. That story will come soon. But we had already ventured into the Mountain Kingdom betwee...
Cartwheels over Lesotho, Part 3 - The Ladybrand Disappointment
April 25, 2010
We packed up early and left the Vleihuisie with a tear in the eye. Then it was back over the hills and onto N9, direction Ladybrand. Reaching Middelburg, we branched off to the east towards Burgersdorp and Aliwal North, which we reached in good time. We were now ready to climb off the western flank of Lesotho. Aliwal North marked our passage from the Eastern Cape to the Free State. Our old friend the Orange River flowed through town on its winding way to the Atlantic Ocea...
Cartwheels over Lesotho, Part 2 - Once Upon a Time in Nieu Bethesda
April 16, 2010
From Beaufort West, we drove steadily east and as our morning unfolded, the Karoo's unflinching dryness mellowed out and slowly gave way to encouraging traces of vegetation. By the time we'd reached the town of Graaff Reinet, two-thirds into our daily leg, green had appeared all around us in a surprising display of tenacity. There had been much rain recently and we were witnessing its almost instantaneous effect on the landscape. Roads were flanked with high fluid grass wavi...
Brooklyn inches closer to Manhattan
April 14, 2010
The newly opened Pier 1 section of the Brooklyn Bridge Park improves on the old Fulton Landing site dramatically and provides a refreshing new alternative for evening strolls and even picnics. A stone's throw away, across the murky waters of the East River, Manhattan seems even a touch closer than it was. It's very encouraging to see the New York waterfront revamped and handed back to the public. So to speak. ...
Temps mort
April 8, 2010
While New York experiences science-fiction spring weather (the actual all-time record-breaking max yesterday was 32°C - the forecast max for tomorrow: 15°C!) and we re-adjust tant bien que mal to the Big Apple, chafed by the "hum" - that constant background noise and vibration so characteristic of mega cities, but comforted by the vibrancy and exhorted by the very real notion that we are standing on the belly-button of the known universe, my poor laptop is agonizi...
Cartwheels over Lesotho, Part 1 - War and Peace in the Karoo
March 26, 2010
The Karoo has not always been hot. Long, long ago, it lay covered in ice for a hundred million years. Then, two hundred and fifty million years before this blog post was written, the area turned into a basin and as the millennia passed, featured various water bodies, some as vast as inland seas. Enormous coal deposits were formed. There was ferocious volcanic activity and lush forests emerged for life to thrive in. The Karoo was a happening place. Today, wh...
I once owned a Canon G10
March 21, 2010
We were airborne once again. Our South African Airways A340-300 was dashing through the sky like an arrow towards its target. At our easterly route 39,000 feet cruising altitude, the air was thin and a frigid -55°C, but as smooth as a lake's surface on a foggy morning. Our speed hovered just below that of sound and we'd cover in about an hour a distance that had taken us 3 full days in the Landcruiser. Soon we'd leave Lesotho far behind the right wing and it would recede ...
Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2010 - Pick'n Pray (Continued)
March 16, 2010
[This is part 2 of 2 - read part 1 here] ... One of the major factors helping so many people to finish such a long and difficult race is the crowds. All along the route, there are spectators cheering the riders. In some places things are taken to an extreme and people have loud music playing, or even improvised bands. There are spontaneous cheerleaders and amateur water points. There are hoses pointed at cyclists for cooling off. There are local kids offering a "push" up ...
Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2010 - Pick'n Pray
March 14, 2010
Imagine the most breathtaking coastal scenery in the world, with Table Mountain at one end and Cape Point at the other. Throw in some cute little fishing towns, majestic cliffs, giant breakers, seaside mist, sandy beaches, wild surf, unrelenting sun and some annoyingly nasty climbs. Draw a 110 km route around all this, starting in downtown Cape Town and almost closing the loop at the new Greenpoint Stadium. Invite 35,000 of your cyclist friends, assign them a number and a sta...
Cartwheels over Lesotho - The Teaser
March 11, 2010
It's been weeks since we came back from the road. With so much to do in Cape Town, including flash training sessions for the Argus Cycle Tour, I've only had moderate amounts of time to sort out the many pictures taken and throw a few ideas on paper. But it is all taking shape. Some might remember that in early 2009, Marie and I set out for a memorable road trip up the West Coast of South Africa, into Namibia's incredible Namib Desert, across to southern Kalahari and back t...