Start of the Men’s 113km race in Sabie, South Africa. Everyone seems to respect the countdown; cookies deserved by all. A 1.5km neutral start may or may not have contributed to the laid-back pace…
Front row call up: A nice way to start the day.
3150m of climbing: Lots of good views if you care to look.
30 degrees celcius: Turns one into a rolling salt lick. I’m unsure if the monkeys that have been walking on my car are into this or not. I limit my time spent sitting on the grass post-race, for safety and embarrassment minimization. I did not opt for the Primate Footprint Waiver from Hertz, so I hope they cleaned their shoes.
Showed up at the park not too long after the gates opened for a little animal viewing action. Was a little apprehensive about driving a miniature Volkswagen hatchback into the stomping grounds of a variety of plus-sized mammals, and the pamphlet outlining elephant encounter protocol was not reassuring. Roll-up windows and a vague recollection of select Survivorman episodes would be relied on for my personal well being.
While I didn’t see a lion (I’m not fibbing), there was no shortage of other viewing opportunities.
Top tip: Signs indicating the upcoming road is designed for vehicles with high ground clearance might not apply to VW Polos.