I had to take a deeeeeeeeep breath before I sat on my saddle. Oi, oi, oi - the pain! However I really loved the 1st section of this day. I felt so strong and rode hard. It was lots of single track which I could manage. There were a few sections of hike-a-bike as well which I really was fine with - slow but quite strong. Sadly Doug lost his GPS somewhere on this section. He felt quite naked!
Once we got onto the dirt road heading towards Glen Edward I sat on Doug's tail and we made good time to the soup stop. Colleen was really struggling with her knee and rode quite slowly.
The soup at Glen Edward was delicious - meaty and full of veggies and yummy! I sank my sore butt into a divine soft chair and munched away quite contentedly.
By the time we got to Ollie at the next little rest stop (probably 30 minutes away) I knew I was not stopping. I had a restorative cup of tea and a couple of biscuits. I do believe that a cup of tea cures most things and if it doesn't work wine is sure to do the trick!
Ollie said that Masakala was not very far away and we would get in in daylight. It was about 16kms to the end. They were really long and unfriendly kms. My forearms were in such pain going down the hills, my hands were bruised from the hectic bumps, my backside was so painful to sit on, my legs were so tired that standing and peddling was also not an option. Gosh it was long. I just kept on praying for the end - which of course came along in due course. What a day!