Bike Paradise. Yesterday morning, Monday, picture this! 5:15 I'm on the MTB out the front gate straight on to the dirt road. Twenty minutes later after a climb I'm up on the Cradle - Kromdraai road. ( Cradle of Mankind, now proclaimed a World Heritage site). A beautiful morning, not a sound, not a car, not a building, not a person to be seen. No wind, just pure bliss! Then barking and a troop of big baboons cross in front of me, later I have to slow on a downhill to let a female carrying a baby cross right in front of me. Out on the left, 45-50km away the concrete jungle of Johannesburg is on the horizon. On the right about 50-60km away the Magaliesberg Mountains stretch across that horizon. I feel on top of the world. Later a couple of vervet monkeys scamper along the road. Overhead 9 or 10 vultures soaring on an early thermal looking for breakfast. Then I'm riding past signs warning me of hippos on the road! Never seen those! I think they're anticipating a breakout from one of the game reserves along there. But I have seen brown hyena and a couple of years ago a leopard. Peace, perfect peace. 7:30 - 8:00 after just under 40km on sand road and I'm back home. This is my alternative training route to a 60km road bike route on the tar. I try to do three of these endurance routes a week varying between the road and the MTB as I feel. Must admit I often take the MTB. I don't have to load the road bike to get to the tar and I can really chill out up there. Unfortunately "civilisation" seems to be daily getting closer. Now it's proclaimed a Heritage Site I suppose the roads will soon get tarred and messed up for US mountain bikers! But hey! It'll be great for US roadies! See I'm really not biased, I'm addicted to both!