Category: Cycling in the Midlands

Pre-himalayan training

Another glorious winter midlands day. This 65k Himalayan training ride took us stereotypical rolling landscapes that typify the area. Pinus plantations, lush dairy farms, grassland patches and views of the Karkloof, Nthalzan and the snow-covered Drakensberg way off in the distance. I am always in awe of the fact that despite cycling extensively in Karkloof we still get lost, like today - just goes to show you don't have to…

What I do at lunchtime

This years winter has been particularly freezing, the coldest in 20 years so they say. And I believe them. Daily, Anisa and I have to cope with more than just work issues but keeping warm in an office that faces north and feels like a fridge to any visitor. We have blankets, drink bottles of boiling water, use hot water bottles and reluctantly turn the heater on (yes, being the…

Brunsvigia Bonanza by Bike

[caption id="attachment_384" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The Brunsvigia is an indigenous bulb of South Africa found typically in grassland areas in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands. This year the Brunsvigias blossomed like they never have before. The grassland slopes in the small Umgeni valley reserve just 1km from my home were sprinkled with these beautiful pink 'tumbleweeds'."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_385" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="One of the best ways to see the fields of Brunsvigias is to bike…

A ride in our back garden

Karen, me and Cath. Photo: Vaughan We always seem to stick to our immediate back door rides so today we decided to start our ride out a little further away from home (10km). Starting off at the Karkloof Polo Club things were a tad bit nippy even though it was 9am, just above 0 degrees to be precise as frost iced the way. But hey what could we complain about…