Nedbank Tour de Tuli, Day 3 – talking to donkeys and photobombing
Have you wondered how the cyclists find their way around without getting lost in the bush until they die from lack of a tea stop? The participants are divided up into teams. Some teams consist of corporate or club groups and some are a mix of groups and individuals. Team 15 was made up of 9 members from Worldwide Sport and 5 individual entrants. In addition to the members, each team has two guides. They form the engine and caboose of each cycling train and are equipped with a gps device and two-way radios. GPS is the only way to get around in terrain where some of the time you are bundu bashing on two wheels with no trail to follow. After all, it is essential that the riders get fed and watered on time, right? We are mentioning the team now, because they feature in today’s nutty pictures. We also want to prepare you for the prank they played on Jeremy on the final day. (more on that tomorrow)
- For the first time since day one, the cyclist rode through a communal area and encountered what amounts to a lot of traffic in the area: a donkey cart. Team member, Patrick Miller stopped for a brief, entertaining, chinwag with the pair.
- The next stop was a local school to deliver backpacks to the children. Cyclists were greeted with much enthusiastic singing and dancing, a hallmark of African schools and one we love. This is one of the many schools in the area that is supported by Children in the Wilderness. To find out more about their amazing work, click here.
- After a bit more riding, cyclists took a moment to stop at the Royal Flame Bottle Store and TM General Dealer to have a drink of their choice. Jeremy went for a coke and team member, Tony Payne, went for a little competitive quenching with a thirsty person he met at the store.
- Peter Kirk caught this shot of Jeremy negotiating a tricky bit of bush. The organizers describe this as “dancing through the bush”
- After a bit more bush riding, the cyclist arrived at their destination, Fly Camp. Situated on the Nottingham Estates. The elephants came to visit and feed off the orange pulp left over from the oranges processed on the farm.
- Team members pose for a shot and get upstaged by Tony Payne’s expert photobomb.
Thanks to Jacques Marais (elephant photo) and Peter Kirk (donkeys, thirst quenching and bush dancing) for the photographs to illustrate the journey. Their photos of the tour are spectacular and can be viewed on the Children in the Wilderness facebook page. Visit Jacques website here.