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Mountain Biking from Arabella Golf Estate

An hour up the South coast and a stones throw past Kleinmond, the Arabella Estate has become a jewel for the rich and famous. Not that I belong anywhere near either of those two labels, but I cracked the nod for the nights stay with two friends of mine, on condition to bring my mountain bike for a spin this morning.

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(The view from the hills above Arabella toward Koegelberg Nature Reserve)

After hitting a small low earlier in the week, arguably just from burning the candle on both ends, I really enjoyed getting away and being reminded of my love for a fun bit of training. One of those rides where two hours felt a half hour, with the breath taking views and the surrounds, great humour, a snake sighting, and some unchartered territory to explore.

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(Still uncertain how they allowed me through their gate in Ruth’s ‘out-of-place’ Tazz)

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(Burnt trees with new life beneath after winter rains)

The indigenous fynbos is supposed to burnt once every seven years, something to do with the germination of seeds and some extra bits I cant recall from my half asleep biology classes at school. But it does make for stunning sites of black remains, white sand in this area, and new green growth resurfacing.

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(Fynbos on the sandy terrain)

The route we were on criss-crossed sections of the Totalsports Challenge I raced here in January this year, and will again on the 12th of January as my opening race of 2008. Clouds rolled in on race day this year, and I could not see any of the spectacular views to see this morning. Perhaps better saved for the day I had a camera in the back pocket.

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(The estuary borders the Arabella Estate and is venue to the K1 leg of the Challenge)

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(More of the incredible landscape)

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(Jacques van Rensburg – better on foot than the bike – previously one of South Africa’s best runners)

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(Dr Andre Truter – On call for the snake eventuality)

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(Really enjoyed the ride)

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(My two hospitable friends, Jacques and Elana, with a new addition)

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(Sunday lunch of note)

Hoping to hit a perfection week this week. Which means more sleep and less socializing like the past one. Also looking forward to my first radio interview tomorrow night, for a small station in Johannesburg. On Saturday my father and a friend are organising a race – a hill climb – up Jonnas Kop. A 14km ascend of 1400m altitude gain. The race is invite only, and all is handicapped. Should be entertaining. On Sunday I’m looking forward to being a part of a Specialized Work Shop. For woman that is. Think I just hand out some prizes, but a start, no? Haha. Perhaps I’ll be fit to hand out advice some day soon.

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