Blackwattle-Kakiebos-Jive

Pushing the limits, body, mind and soul! Fab Bronkhorstbaai Ride on Saturday, 20 June 2020 ๐Ÿคฉ! Absolutely loved it ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿ’จ! Clocked โœ… 103,47 km, with and Elevation Gain ๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ of 1,108 m, and burned 2845 Cal ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜ƒ! This ride also allowed me to complete my June Gran Fondo STRAVA Challenge ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽ–๐Ÿฅณ!

Early morn, bike ๐Ÿšฒ washed ๐Ÿšฐ๐Ÿงฝ๐Ÿงผ and ready to roll! Little survival backpack ๐ŸŽ’ sorted with nutrition ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿช, water ๐Ÿ’ฆ, spares ๐Ÿ”ง, and minor medical stuff ๐Ÿ’Š, in case anyone experienced a mishap ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ˜…!

We got the Show on the Road, from Rosemary Hill Farm just before 08:30 am, skipping the worst of the winter morning chill โ„๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ๐Ÿฅถ! Zooming down a combination of jeep track and district road ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿ’จ! Chatted to some cycling buddies en route, always nice! Did a speedy pit-stop at Oxbow Farm ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŽ๐Ÿƒ entrance, and one more little stop for a quick chain lube ๐Ÿ”ง and removal of too much warm gear ๐Ÿงค๐Ÿงฃ๐Ÿงฅ! The winter landscape breathtaking ๐Ÿ˜! Pedalled up over the hills ๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšต๐Ÿšตโ€โ™‚๏ธ and down into the valley towards Bronkhorstbaai. Conquered a few thick sand sections, without “buying land” ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ˜œ! Yay, proud of me ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿฅณ! Hot cappuccino โ˜•๏ธ and something to snack on was on our minds. Unfortunately, most coffee shops are closed in The Baai ๐Ÿ”’๐Ÿคญ! However, we persevered and found a little gem on the other side of town, on recommendation of one of the locals, a Stukkie Hemel Kombuis ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ! Had the best beef ๐Ÿฅฉ๐Ÿฎ hotpot ๐Ÿฅ˜ ever ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿคฉ! The meat succulent, spiced just right and cooked to perfection ๐Ÿ˜‹! This combined with great, friendly service!

En route back, we decided to do some “route scouting” and went up a mountain, and down a little ravine ๐Ÿ˜ƒ! Adventurous move ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜! The scene, a lovely green Blackwattle forest ๐ŸŒณ and at the bottom, a wild garden of tenacious seeding Kakiebos plants ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜! The seeds are like magnets, sticks to everything ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜›! Decisions, decisions ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคฃ! Do you push through or turn back up the mountain ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿค“? We reach the top again ๐Ÿ˜œ, for a rest and decontamination session ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿงฆ๐Ÿ‘š๐Ÿคฃ! Had the best view ever ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿฅณ, and downhill we went, followed by a small climb out of Bronkhorstbaai, homebound! Adrenaline and joy of a great ride powered the homeward stretch! One more stop roadside, to fuel the body ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿช, and then flat taps ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿ’จ to end a spectacular day on the bike ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿฅณ! Topped off with a breathtaking sunset ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ๐ŸŒฅ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ˜!

Reflecting ๐Ÿ‘‰ Fabulous chilled ride ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿ’จ! Lunching on divine beef ๐Ÿฅฉ๐Ÿฎ hotpot ๐Ÿฅ˜, chasing down hills, and crawling up other ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿฅณ! Blackwattle-Kakiebos-Jive ๐Ÿ˜‚! Perfect day in great company๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿคฉ! “One for the books ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿฅณ”

Not many ๐Ÿ“ธ, but the memory of the adventure will last forever ๐Ÿคฉ! Rubber side down Baby! Stay Motivated! Keep Moving! REBEL Life ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿฅณ! Just Ride!

Photos by Luculle Stols โ€“ย @real.life.rebelย on Instagram

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