Mud, River Crossing, Cheezo Blitz!

Easter started with a fabulous 60 km gravel ride πŸ₯šπŸ£πŸ₯β™₯οΈβœοΈπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸš΄πŸ’ƒπŸ₯³! Rain hampered riding plans for two days after. We were lucky to get patches of clear skies on Easter Monday, 18 April 2022, so we got out and enjoyed a short Blitz on the mountain bikes. Dodging, mud patches and water puddles πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸ’¦πŸ˜.

My partner Allan and I came to a low water bridge that’s part of the route to one of our favourite coffee stops. Heaven help us, the bridge was flooded πŸŒŠπŸ™ˆπŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ˜…! The picture in our minds of a warm snack and a caffeine fix started to evaporate 🚫πŸ₯ͺβ˜•οΈπŸ˜©. We stood and watched the water πŸŒŠπŸ˜ƒ. Pedestrians living in the area, have no fear πŸ˜…. They pull off their shoes, waterside, and walk through to the other side, no hassles. We didn’t want to ride through with our bikes, in case the force of the water was too strong. Also, it damages the mechanics of your bicycle. Indecision gets one nowhere 😁! Next, off with the shoes! Hold them tight πŸ§¦πŸ‘Ÿ, you’re screwed should you drop one 🀣! We’re walking across πŸ’ͺ! Al, strong, carrying his prized Blue Blitz πŸš²πŸ˜‚. Me, well, The Black Stallion had to do with being half lifted, half pushed through the fast-flowing water πŸš²πŸ˜πŸ€­πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…. The pedestrians and some locals who were washing mud off their commuter bikes, watching. Al made it through, I was halfway through, and I could feel the water grabbing my Little Steed πŸŒŠπŸš²πŸ€―πŸ™‰! I screamed like a five-year-old πŸ˜…πŸ€£! One of the commuters ran into the water to help πŸ˜…! I was holding onto one side of the bike, and he was holding onto the other side of the bike. Thank goodness, we made it through with no mishap πŸ™πŸ₯³! Reward, an apple for energy and bravery, as I don’t carry much with me on the bike πŸπŸŽ–πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜!

Shoes back on, we’re gliding through more mud patches and water puddles, with purpose, towards our intended destination πŸ§¦πŸ‘ŸπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸ’¦πŸ₯ͺβ˜•οΈπŸ˜!

Enters a Terrapin 🐒😁! β€˜Stop, stop! He’ll get killed by the passing cars 😒! We have to help him!’ Me πŸ˜…!

Terrapins are turtles that live both in water and on land. All the rain and flooding must have flushed the little guy out. He was in danger, on the gravel road, right in the tracks. I stopped and gently moved him to the side of the road, and to safety. His little feet were retracted. Al wanted to move him a bit further, and as he was about to touch him, out came the Terrapin’s feet πŸ€­πŸ˜…! This guy could move at speed πŸ’πŸ’¨πŸ˜‚! He finished the job by himself and allowed us to get on with our ride 😁.

Finally, caffeine fix sorted πŸ₯ͺβ˜•οΈπŸ˜‹πŸ’ƒ! Revived, ready to roll πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈ! Guess what? Home’s back the same way we came 🌊😝!

One for the books πŸ§¦πŸ‘ŸπŸŒŠπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸ’¦πŸ₯ͺβ˜•οΈπŸ˜πŸ’ͺ🀩! It is not always about distance or speed, but rather the adventure and who you share it with! Thank you, Allan Webber, the best partner in crime ever.

‘Never, never, never give up!’ – Winston Churchill

πŸŽ₯ Join our adventure, watch the clip πŸ’ƒπŸ₯³! I had great fun, producing it in Canva πŸ’»πŸ€“πŸ€©πŸ₯³! Love it πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ˜! Enjoy!

Hope you enjoyed a fabulous Easter Weekend πŸ₯šπŸ£πŸ₯β™₯️✝️! Rubber Side Down πŸ’ͺπŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸ‘ŸπŸΆπŸΆπŸŒ»β˜˜οΈπŸŒˆ!

PS Have time for another adventure? As mentioned at the beginning of this post, Easter started with a fabulous 60 km gravel ride πŸ₯šπŸ£πŸ₯β™₯οΈβœοΈπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸš΄πŸ’ƒπŸ₯³! We were lucky to spot beautiful locomotives from Rovos Rail, en route πŸš‚. Rovos Rail is known to be one of the most luxurious trains worldwide. We also passed an Alpaca breeder and spent time with the fluffy creatures πŸ“ΈπŸ¦™πŸ¦™πŸ€©. You will not believe it, but there was a cream coloured one with a hairdo that would put many a rockstar to shame πŸ¦™πŸ€£! The Story and Pics πŸ“ΈπŸ€“! Follow us for more!

⭐️ Embrace the emojis, it adds to the vibe πŸ€“πŸ€©πŸ₯³! – Luculle ⭐️

Photos by Allan Webber and Luculle Stols – on Instagram
Blog Post art and clip created by Luculle Stols