Good day folks.
So this was my second D&D, and Donald, whose birthday wish it was that one of us newby's got to do the Ride Report, chose yours truly!!! Happy Birthday Donald, but more of that later. This report should be interesting as I must have spent 90% of the ride eyes riveted on the path immediately in front of me and the remaining 10 hoping I was still in the Pretoria municipal area. Night riding is very disorienting!!! So if I get names of people and places wrong, please forgive.
15-20 persons left from the mall 19h00'sh. The same amount returned. Well done! I was told 2 of them were virgins, which seemed sad considering their respective ages. Temp. stayed above the 17C mark, and made for a beautiful evening.
First attraction was a grassy area with smooth sweeps and a nice drop off. Iam guessing 'Xtacy Park' from Hardy's description below. This got things warmed up. And I was already lost, does incentivise one to stick with the group though. The next part is a bit of a haze this morning, but I do remember horses and some passers by shouting "Beautiful!". On realising this was not for me or my bicycle turned round to see the multitude of lights from the D&D's. It was indeed cool. We stopped on top of a hill and the ladies x2 hauled out cup cakes x many, candle x1 and bottle of champagne x 1. Very impressive this is the way to ride!!! Happy birthday was sung, candle was blown out, well done Donald.
From here on there were washing machines, pythons, and I could have sworn I saw a bush pig. One section on the road to Smuts museum had grass at about head height. I can now categorically state that smiling whilst riding through this is not advisable. Unavoidable, but not advisable. It would seem my teeth spacing lends itself to a seed harvest size of 3mm x 0.26mm. I will let you know if this is an optiml germination size. Up past Smuts museum and the old age home at the end of the tar road, a nice climb where I was sucking air like a V8. Then past the St Georges hotel on the airport side, down a 43km/h corrugated road, fantastic. Over the river and back up to the mall by 21h19'sh I think.
1 or 2 minor stops but lets leave the feet in the cleats falls. I did a 12.9km/h moving average. Great mixture of jeep and single track. It was an absolute pleasure riding with such outgoing positive people. Awesome to see a club going after 4 years founded on the principal of for the people, by the poeple. Just Awesome!
Moo mall led to long cold draughts, hot chocolates, deep discussions on where to focus on the path for optimal ride and then ultimately ascending to the literary skills of the Loslyf editorial staff. Hope ihave done the evening justice and definitely aim to be at the next intro ride.