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To the real team

Saturday, 23 August 2008 It’s been over six weeks on the road, weeks that have just evaporated along with the kilometre of coastline. Although it's winter, we have not escaped the harsh African sun, there is the winter reminder, a constant peppering of rain and the undertone of cold that seems to creep into our bones. A journey that has been physical and mentally draining in many ways, but I know the difficult part starts now as our bodies tire. If there is one thing that...

Adding up the days

Saturday, 23 August 2008 It’s been a relentless build of day after day hammering away at the kilometres. The weeks have now become months and I can feel that my body is taking longer to recover. The terrain has also become less hospitable, from flat coastline to rolling hills and now rugged cliff tops and deep eroded valleys. Coastal tracks have become narrow paths hugging the sides of cliffs, drops of a few hundred meters fall away below you, small game scurrying in the bush has...

Sticking to the rules

Saturday, 16 August 2008 I have seen a few weird things during the journey thus far, but the other day’s sighting just seems to let most faze out into a mere haze in comparison. We were nearing the end of a really long beach day, coming over the dune ridge we heard voices. We trundled up to see what the source was, the only form of companionship we had come across over the last 45km was a run in with a group of not so friendly abalone...

It’s a beautiful day

Saturday, 09 August 2008 Winter seems to have those special days that you just can’t explain the breathless beauty around you, and today was one of them, slowly jogging down the beach from Hermanus to Die Kelders. A stretch of 14 Km of flat sand as far as you can see. The ocean as calm as a pond, only the sound of a lazy wave as is just folds over and plops on the sand. Little Plough snails slowly flap their way though the wet sand...

Eish The wind

Friday, 08 August 2008 One of the reasons that we decided to do our coastal run during the winter was to avoid the Cape Doctor, The S/Easter. A wind known to drive up-country holiday makers home, push locals to the brink of insanity and just give you a serious “Klap” around the gills for a few months of the year, work that hair do into extinction and leave you with a trade mark Cape pavement perm. We left Gordon’s Bay and headed along the most scenic...

Life’s Pillars

Friday, 08 August 2008 It’s been another hard week, 1200km done and the terrain is starting to get taxing. Gone are all the secondary roads and holiday towns; ahead lies the ragged rocky coast, sandy, soft coastal migrating dunes, occasionally pegged by reclamation done years ago with alien vegetation which, unchecked has begun to do more damage than the natural dunes could have ever done. The bush is thick and impregnable little game tracks burrow through the wall of vegetation. This has become our only way of...

Little Robin

Friday, 08 August 2008 So often in life the little things are overlooked and often it’s the small things that end up making the biggest difference. It is also often to our surprise when a little person stands up to be counted and takes it on his small shoulders to make a difference and be an inspiration to giants around him. Robin Brewer (8 years old) has seen how this project has evolved and has witnessed the change that it has brought to the lives of many...

Farewell West Coast

Monday, 04 August 2008 Finally the majestic table mountain manages to force her way through the swirling cloud and overcast sky taking up her position looking like a massive island in the sea. A sight cherished by many a traveller on land and sea, for me a welcoming sight a beacon of strength, in a way a post marking a milestone of achievement as I was now to round the Cape of Good Hope and head up the east coast, the hardest leg of the journey...

Foot Therapy

Monday, 04 August 2008 It’s taken a few years and thousands of kilometre to realise the importance of my running shoes. I find there are basic lessons. Shoe rotation I have a few pairs of each shoe type, and they are numbered 1 to 4, each morning I will use a different pair and so rotate them, never using the same pair more than once in 4 days. I find that this helps to stop the shoe getting too much ware and moulding to your foot thus...

A brick in my life’s wall

Thursday, 24 July 2008 When you have a day that is long and dark and you feel that you cant go on. You think that your problems are in surmountable and the biggest in the world. You have been dealt the worst deal in life. Sit back and think again , look at all the positive things that you have in life, be thankful. The following message was sent to me. “Ek is self met 'n gesplete lip gebore. Dit is nie aldag maklik om...