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Ringdahl Riders

Elaine (a dancer) came breezing up 'Greg's' track, stumps and roots did little to perturb her.

Last weekend we had the pleasure of having my niece, Elaine and nephew, Royd to stay for 3 days during their holidays. Coming from Jozies, there aren't many opportunities to cycle safely, let alone ramp along winding shoelace-like single track. They had already resigned themselves to the fact that sooner or later their uncle and aunt would insist on getting them onto a bicycle. I knew it wouldn't take much coaxing to get Royd enthused, but Elaine needed a little more convincing.... happy to say that without any prompting after the 2hour loop, she said it was much more fun than she expected, so much so, that she was keen for another ride the next day!

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First time riders

Timi, just freshly one day out of school, kitted up on her 2nd hand Trek, 2nd hand panniers (from my first Asian trip)


Most school leavers in SA head off for a week of drunken debauchery at the seaside town of Ballito or Margate. Not Timia. Just yesterday she finished her final exam of her school career and today at 5:30 am together with friends Keegan and Daniel, they set off on an pedal powered adventure to Cape Town. A trip that will no doubt have a profound impact on the way they see the world from now on, well at least that is how it was for me.  With a hodge-podge of second hand and make-shift panniers, I was impressed by their half empty bags indicative of a minimalist approach . I admire the courage and spirit of Timia, even more so that she only started to ride about 2mths ago.  She set herself a challenge and she's stuck to her plan, still leaving Howick as planned, even though it was a drizzly damp summer day. I joined them for the first 45min and was very tempted to just keep going...

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Lucky Bike

Lucky pup!

Lucky pup!

Lucky knows all about bikes - from the pumping up of tyres to replacing broken spokes,  but a bike is bad news in Lucky's mind - it generally means a morning or afternoon at home alone: just him and Impi dog.  A welcome back he's chuffed and delights in jumping on the table and perching his paws on the saddle. I just love this picture!

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