More good weather, with sunshine and dry roads meant the march towards the finish continued in earnest:
Gary (Batch 7) left Willowmore late last night in an attempt to double through Prince Albert and make up some time - unfortunately things didn’t go according to plan and he had to take shelter in a farm house due to freezing overnight conditions. He tried to go early again but in the end settled for Prince Albert as his stopover tonight.
Tim and Didi (Batch 5) left Prince Albert in the dark on their way to Gamkaskloof in the hopes of doubling up to Rouxpos today. Things seem to have worked out better for them and they are on track to reach Rouxpos later this evening.
Estelle and Wikus (Batch 4) slept over at Anysberg last night and got going early for Montagu, then later continued to McGregor for tonight, arriving just by late afternoon.
Mandy and Sarah (Batch 3) started their day at Rouxpos, leaving really early and ticking off some tricky navigation in the dark on the way to Anysberg. They then continued to Montagu and after a brief stop, got going again for McGregor, where they are staying tonight.
Graham (Batch 4), Kobus, Pierre, Leonard (Batch 6), Carl, Russell and Paul (Batch 5) and Mark and Sean (Batch 5) all left Montagu this morning and had a fairly relaxed ride through to McGregor in ideal conditions. After a brief pitstop there, they all continued to Trouthaven, arriving just before dark for beers and a braai - tomorrow the last hurdle of Stettynskloof awaits.
Chris (Batch 3), Andrew W (Batch 2), Bruce and Lance (Batch 4) all took on Stettynskloof today on their way to the finish. They worked well together as a group and made good time up the kloof, reaching the exit around lunch time - from there it was a relatively easy ride down to Diemersfontein and a well deserved finish for them all.
Ingrid and Charl (Batch 7) took on Stettynskloof in the pre-dawn darkness and were well up the kloof by first light. This meant that they were able to exit before lunch time, after which Charl blitzed through to the finish on his own, arriving just after lunch. Ingrid had no issues in the kloof but took a wrong turn on the descent off Du Toits Kloof pass and ended up getting to the finish via a circuitous route through Paarl. But she made it and adds another Blanket to her collection.
Nigel (batch 5) left Trouthaven with the others this morning but took a wrong turn off the path early on and ended up on his own in the kloof for the rest of the day. Taking a high line out of the kloof gave him some great views of the recent snows but it definately wasn't a quicker option. He finally rolled across the finish line just before dark, to earn his second Finisher’s Blanket.