Nedbank Tour de Tuli, Day 4 – seeing dinosaurs and looking out for other large reptiles
Day Four took cyclist through the bush from Nottingham Estates to Sentinel Ranch, then on, across the border into South Africa and the last push to the end.
- A Massospondylus skeleton in a rock on Sentinel Ranch. Cyclists had the opportunity to stop, have a breather and ponder their relative youth.
- Along the way, Jeremy’s team pranked him by mixing a bit of Deep Heat into the aqueous cream riders use to soothe saddle discomfort, thus ensuring that Jeremy’s rear was rated one of the hottest on the tour. His efforts to reduce the effects were caught on camera by Peter Kirk and earned him a roasting at the post ride gathering. (we have added a little Scope magazine star to the photo to protect sensitive viewers and to hopefully retain Jeremy’s dignity).
- Another informal border post was set up in the bush and the rider’s now well-travelled passports got their final farewell stamp from Zimbabwe customs.
- When Rudyard Kipling’s Elephant’s Child wanted to know what the Crocodile had for dinner he goes to “the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees” to find out. Cyclists set about their second Limpopo crossing without the aid of uni-mogs or cable cars. They did however have the aid of armed croc spotters on the banks (not shown in this photo), but I am sure they keep a sharp eye out during their wade through the very un-greasy waters.
- The final night was spent in Mapungubwe National Park famous for the archeological discovery of the golden rhino and other evidence of a wealthy African kingdom. Here are riders felt infinitely wealthy for having completed a beautiful and off beat mountain biking tour, for having made new friends, experienced the African bush up close and personally (sometimes too personally) and best of all, supported Children in the Wilderness in their efforts to conserve through education and upliftment.
Special thanks to all the volunteers and organisers of the tour, to the guys in team 15 and all the other teams, to the hosts of the camps, the croc spotters and the medics, and also to the team from Bean There Coffee Company who were heroes of the camp every morning with their brews.
For the month of August we are offering the Tour de Tuli Dog Box for a R1000 to all South Africa based wine lovers. R100 from the sale of each dog box will be donated to Children in the Wilderness. In addition to that our usual contribution of R2 per bottle will also go to the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Order forms in all goodie bags from the tour, or email amanda@paintedwolfwines, even if you did not take part but are enjoying the experience through this blog.
Thanks to Jacques Marais (dinosaur skeletone and arial shot of camp) and Peter Kirk (Deep heat prank and border post) for some of 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.