3 riders showed up at the moo mall to get their dirt on. It had been raining during the day, but it cleared up and it was a nice and fresh thursday evening far away from sticky living rooms with people glued to their tv sets and computers afraid of rain,fresh air and good dirt.
It was me,kobus and jaco and when it tuned 19:15 and we knew no more riders would show up, it was jaco’s first dnd even though he has done a few adventure races and recently double moon.
We decided to head off into the night anyway, even though we were only 3, and i knew i at least could find python from where i would know how to chain some of the old routes from memory, Kobus also knew some of the routes, so off rode into the night.
We went up towards where cruser used to start, but followed the fence, rode past extacy park and reached the new roads they are building, the view of the city at night was nice from here while our bikes picked up fresh dirt and mud witch we washed off again riding through carwash with long wet grass it stood true to it’s name and poped us out on the road to smuts koppie and python. Jaco asked “why is it called python?”, and i replied, “you will see”. It was awesome to be on this smooth single track that flows like a snake again.
Past the cement factory i saw dirt riders hill challenge, and told them that that used to be a challenge, but i don’t think it has been done recently, maybe people has gone soft. We went past and followed the road all the way up to just before the R21 where we went right towards batman tunnel. Here jaco made friends with rocks, but eventually we went through batman tunnel and saw a huge tree that fell over in a bizaar way, it’s main stem is cleanly separated from the roots by a force of nature that we could only guess was lightning.
I rode to the start of blaire witch, and clearly the witch was busy trying to hide the singletrack from us with thick overgrowth, but me and kobus knew it was there and once we got though the thick of things we could ride again. Then we went down rooters route, it was nice but very washed out towards the end, with me clearing some vegetation towards the end we found the track popping out at st georges hotel.
We returned to the moo mall via mieliemeel muur and had some garlic bread and horlics shakes to celebrate a great night out. It is always nice to be out there with like minded people. We did 25km of dirt in +- 1h50min.You guys missed out.See you next time, and remember keep the dirt side on and the tv off.
Jacques a.k.a. mummy man