Okay – this is not a travelogue. Heavens no. And, it’s short. Please keep reading. I recently travelled to Kruger National Park in South Africa – a truely extraordinary place. I’ll leave the pictures of leopards, elephants, giraffe, zebra, hyaena etc etc to others. These creatures, magnificent as they are, were expected. The profusion of birdlife was not. Some of them were familiar to Australian eyes, but many others were fabulously surprising.
Enjoy the pictures. Kruger is the kind of place where an underpowered camera with an underpowered operator can still make good.
‘it wakes you up in the morning with a cup full of piss in your face, slaps you about the chops to make sure you’re awake enough so it can kick you in the bollocks.’
Malcolm Tucker, The Thick of It
Mr Tucker may well have been talking about his job as a spin-doctor for the British Labour Party. But, for me, he might as well have been talking about the Monaro Cloudride (CR), a non-stop mountain bike race from Canberra through the Snowy Mountains and everywhere in between. Like most Cloudriders, I observed the event via Spot Tracker for a few years before finally deciding to tackle the great beast. But the first time I heard about the event, I loved the idea. It seemed so preposterous, so likely to end in heartbreak, that I decided I would have to have a go. In April 2017, I joined 22 other riders on the start line. Nine days and a thousand kilometres later, I finally crossed the finish line. Here’s how I did it.
The Opperman Project started a decade ago. It is dedicated to telling the story of the cyclist and politician, Sir Hubert Opperman. Better known as ‘Oppy’, he was an icon of cycling, not just in Australia but also in Europe and Great Britain during the 1920s and 1930s. His legacy has faded. I’m working to make sure it fades no further.