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Weekend Wanderings – 14th & 15th March

This weekend back to a full itinerary, as long as you are non-viral. The corona virus is likely to have a big impact on all our participation activities so double check that events are on before going there, or better go anyway and if the event is not on, do it yourself. Things to avoid, sneezing or spitting or sweating on anyone PLEASE. Other things to avoid are idiots in cars with hazard lights, taxi drivers and any political blah blah, but that is for another time.

Last weekend was quiet in terms of organised events, pity organisers cannot spread themselves a bit to avoid congestion.

Cordwalles Dustbuster – Sun 15th (Karkloof)  https://roag.org/events/event-info/3240/aquelle-cordwalles-dustbuster

This is up in the Karkloof, away from cities and people and is a very pleasant Biathlon format. Choose between the short version (2.5 km run and 10 km MTB at R210), or do the trail run options (5 km and 9 km routes) or the MTB (40 km, 20 km or 10 km routes), unfortunately the whole Mudman type of sprint triathlon format or the longer Biathlon seems to have been binned by the organisers, so longer distance multi sporters have no options, this will affect numbers I think. Anyway, Karkloof is always nice for a run and ride, get out there early and do the trail run unsupported, then the MTB ride.

Fuel & Gas Kamberg Trail and MTB – 14th & 15th (Glengarry, Kamberg) https://roag.org/events/event-info/3418/fuel-gas-kamberg-classic-trail-run

Trail run on the Saturday, and MTB on the Sunday, this means if your family have varied interests, you either have to stay over, drive a lot or compromise. Saturday is the 14 km and 7 km trail run through the hills, lots of lovely single track but not too technical, this is a holiday farm setting. Prices are reasonable at R170 and R120 respectively. The MTB takes place on Sunday, 25 km (R200), 40 km (R240) and 60 km classic (R270), normally well supported even if the pricing has gotten on the high side. These are great MTB routes with a bit of everything, good berg riding.

Delloitte Challenge – Sun 15th (Durban) https://www2.deloitte.com/za/en/pages/about-deloitte/articles/kzn-challenge-race-information.html

Popular combination of evetns, somewhat curbed by the road closures on the coast, the routes seem to have changed to be more Durban centred rather than a point to point format. No LATE ENTRIES unfortunately for any of the events. Usual Marathon, half marathon, 10 km and combo MTB/road cycle race. Good for all, but it is also getting expensive at R275 per entry, unless of course I am just whingeing!! If you have been organised enough to pre-book, this is normally well attended due to the comrades qualifying aspect, and hopefully the water tables etc. will be back up to standard.

BLythedale Trail Run – Sun 15th (Blythedale) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/blythedale-trail-run/

I think the Pick of the Week, lovely trail options up in Blythedale if you can get there, 5 km (R100), 12 km (R140) and 20 km (R180) routes on offer, usually well organised by the KZN Trail Running team and a great venue.

Go out there, run like the virus is chasing, take PLENTY vitamins and NATURAL supplements.

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Weekend Wanderings 7th & 8th March

What a weekend of sport, Sharks WIN, Proteas WIN, Van Rooyen 3rd, Blitzbok WIN, Proteas WIN AGAIN, Liverpool lose twice, can’t win em all, Zambezi is flooding. Despite all the political crap, SA sports is still managing to thrive, we are all part of it, every time we participate or even just play we beat this oppressive system of governance.

Anyway, on to more positive things, also a few good races last couple of weeks, Dusi maniacs, Maritzburg Marathon, good trail runs. All reports tell of well run events, but the numbers are down, maybe a hint to keep the pricing down even though we all know costs rise blah blah blah.

There are a few races to enter for now, Ultra Trail Drak, Glengarry trails, etc as some of these do not accept late entries and you need some time to save up. This weekend seems a bit sparse, but sometimes events are poorly advertised.

Marshalls 25 km – Sun 8th (Stella Sports Durban) 

There is a 25 km and 10 km on offer here with a 5 km walk, great for weekend warm ups and getting in a quick 25 km if you are training for something bigger.

Alley Road Tri-Series – Sun 8th (Durban)

Bit of a misnomer for the middle of their series as these are biathlons, short swim and run, take up an hour or so then you can get on with the day, R150 for the longer version ( 1km swim and 5 km run) and R100 for the short version.

Gooderson Leisure Willem Boshoff Marathon – 8th (Vryheid)

Marathon, half marathon and a 10 km walk, probably the PICK OF THE WEEKEND if you can get there. I have never done this route so cannot comment, but probably relatively fast and good for Comrades.

There is a run at Crusaders Friday night it seems and a Downhill and Enduro MTB series event at Karkloof this weekend ALL weekend, so don your full face and go mad.

Other than that, you are welcome to park at Something Used shop opposite Midmar Dam , slip into your running shoes and go on the meander with purpose, or through Midmar for a nice flat run or ride. There are a few dirt options I can let you know about if you pop in over a cuppa.

Run like you mean it and watch your front wheel, you never know when Cyril will slip you up!!

 

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 15th & 16th Feb

Hot, hot, hot. Plenty of heat and rain, fantastic stuff. There are many entries to get in this week, Maritzburg Marathon, some of the stage trail runs (3 Cranes, Lesotho, Wild Rides, Durban Ultra, Durban 1/2 Iron Man, Deloittes Marathon etc) so get with the programme, many of these do not accept late entries.

This weekend there are a few roadie events, as well as the usual MTB and trails, but we can always make our own trails, no need for road closures and police, they are all in CT anyway looking after the self important politician types and their friends.

TW Mchunu Marathon – Sun 16th (Estcourt) https://www.kznathletics.co.za/events/go-beyond-for-a-child-2/

10km, 21 km and 42 km in Estcourt, starting 6 am so get there early, I have no idea of the route but I am sure the route is very undulating in Estcourt.

Zabalaza Marathon – Sun 16th (Cato Ridge) 

There is a 10 km, 21 km and 42 km here as well, yes same day as the last one only 100 km up the road. This 42 does 2 laps of the 21 km course and is a nice running course, taking in much of the comrades route for those who want practice.

Wartburg Classic – Sat 15th (Wartburg) https://roag.org/events/event-info/3329/illovo-wartburg-classic-mtb-trail-run

This is one of my favourites, very nice routes and you can set yourself up to do both disciplines as  duathlon, or just the trail run or MTB events. Usual MTB on offer being kids race 10 km (R50), 25 km (R110), 45 km (R150) and ultra 65 km (R180), with a R30 surcharge on late entries. The 65 km route is not to be sneezed at although quite quick, but lots of hills and plenty lovely single track. There is also 7km trail run (R70) and 14 km (R100) starting at 6 am early bells. Combined is the duathlon (7 km and 25 km R140) or 14 km and 25 km (R140), which would be my personal pick for the weekend, starting with the trail, that is why so early so you can get back for the 8 am cycle start and not get lost. There is normally beer etc. after the race, so a full day, leaving Sunday off to go and do the next event.

Burg Wheelers Compendium – Sun 16th (Michaelhouse) https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/event.aspx?itemid=1496392986&fbclid=IwAR1LdTgg_lxHmVomq6AAAyzp8FwSXgMN_QRMdo30R4qt98OXwHJvqYemBuY

50 km (R240) and 80 km (R320) road races from Michaelhouse up and down the R103 to Midmar and notties, good for those in training for the Cape cycle tour or who just want a mindless jaunt up and down the road, can do on MTB so get in there.

There are also a couple of those lap events on MTB on the North Coast for those into that sort of timed event. As usual, support your local Park Run if not doing an event on Saturday, organise mates for a run/ride and braai Sunday, either at one of the many commercial venues, or just on your own.

You are welcome to park and run or ride from our shop into Midmar or into the Midlands, Something Used opposite Midmar Dam Gates, have a coffee or cooldrink and crunchies after. There is plenty parking and you can browse our furniture whilst sipping cappucino.

get out there, run like you mean it, keep and eye on your front wheel and stay healthy.

 

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Weekend Wanderings 1st & 2nd February

First month of 2020 already done, fitness levels on the rise and the start of Mudman and Tinman series, yeeeeehaaa!! The mudman series seems to have turned into dustman series and they have taken out the swim, certainly for the first one in Hermannsberg, so suit those who swim like bricks and run like gazelles.

Once again, event organisers timing is at odds, there are 2 tri type events, 2 trail runs all within 100 km of each other, so choose carefully. Oh, also a canoe race , but the good thing there is there is a trail run and MTB ride along side the river I think, not much info available for that.

N3TC Drak Challenge – 1st and 2nd Canoeing (Castleburn) https://roag.org/enter/event/3298

You start at the top of the river and go down to the end, if you are planning a return trip get a bike. I think they have a trail and MTB event alongside the river for those who do not paddle so fun for all the family. The event requires pre-entries for the canoeing.

Hilton College Trail- Sun 2nd (Hilton College) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/hilton-college/

This trail run has been around for a while, always good fun although there is no beer at the end, head over to Crossways to satisfy this craving. On offer 7 km (R110), 12 km (R150) and the iconic 20 km (R190) with a surcharge of R 50 on top of these fees for late entries, entries are taken on the day. The 7 km is a pleasant jaunt through the forests at Hilton along a well worn track used by us for running and the college boys for escaping. The 12 km takes you DOOOOWWWN into the Umgeni Valley, and what goes down must come UUUUUPPPP, tough on the legs but really good fun. The 20 km combines the 2 routes for a tough but rewarding run which you know you have completed.

aQuelle Hermansburg Dustbuster – Sun 2nd (Hermannsburg) https://hmbschool.co.za/dustbuster-2020/

Change to the epic Mudman series format, I presume many people complained about the dam swims, not sure why as they were great fun on the hot summer days, but basically now instead of a sprint triathlon we will be doing a biathlon, suit the faster runners. Entries and organisation done through Roag, So on offer, 5 and 10 km trail runs, (R120 and R140), 5km run plus 10 km Cycle (R140) and 10 km run and 20km cycle (R140), really good format and the scenery out there has a few hills and challenges.

Wagendrift Challenge – Sun 2nd (Wagendrift Dam, Estcourt) https://roag.org/enter/event/3332

Another trail run or triathlon combination, pity it is on the same day as the Dustbuster as I have not done this one before. Chouce of 18 km trail run (R140) or 18 km MTB (R140), or a swim ( the dam is FULL), or a biathlon with 1 km swim and 5 km MTB, or triathlon with i km swim, 10 km MTB and 5 km trail run, or a half tri. The price posted are R130 per event but I suspect you will pay late entry fees as usual. I would put this as pick of the week as the scenery is fantastic out there.

 

Remember, Midmar Mile coming up in 2 weeks, enter now, collect entries at our shop called Something Used, directly opposite Midmar Gates, browse and get a coffee, juice etc. You are welcome to park there and train from there during the week, good start to cycle loops and running loops into and around Howick and Midmar Dam, have a coffee after and browse.

Run like you mean it and watch your front wheel. Above all , have a gas.

 

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 25th & 26th January

The month is almost at an end, make sure those resolutions are strong, back up any health goals with natural remedies and boosters such as Moringa, CBD oil based healing and anti inflammatories which you can find here or almost anywhere these days!! Eat fresh, support local farmers and producers.

Trail running is one of the most satisfying forms of exercise for me, you do not have the pressure of thousands of people pushing you along the road, but are often able just to set your own pace and anticipate and deal with the obstacles as they come, bit like life. SA is a tough place to be in at the moment, but stay strong to your morals and ignore those dumbass politicians who are constantly trying to drive racism as a way for them to stay relevant.

Gilboa Challenge – Sun 26th (Karkloof) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/gilboa-challenge/

This is a whopper, another KZN trail running event so the same rates apply there is a 4 km (R110), 10 km (R150) and 15 km (R190) route on offer, with a penalty of R50 on late entries. THIS IS A CHALLENGE OF A HILL TO START, straight up the highest hill in the range, but once up there the running and the views are spectacular. There is time to get you breath back before plummeting back down the path to the beautiful venue at Bushwillow Park. The 4km doe snot have the hill and the 10 km do some of it. this is definitely my pick of the weekend. Easy to get to and there is BEER at the end.

KZN Road Championships – Sun 26th (Harburg) https://roag.org/events/entries-and-info

This is a roadie event, I think entries may be closed. They used to have late entries but got irritated with some of us one year who did it on MTB, the police escourt eventually asked us to leave the circular repetitive route as they wanted to go home, those road bikes left us in the dust.

PDAC 25 km road race – Sun 26th (Pinetown) https://runningraces.co.za/durban/pdac-25km-road-race-2020/

Get those road legs in order, many guys trying to stick to set plans for running of the Comrades, but take a detour and actually run a race, good fun when you do these distances with others. I have not done this one before, but in the Pinetown area sure to be a few hills.

It is also the Half Iron Man in East London this weekend, HAVE A GAS, hope the weather stays nice and cool, there are many people going from this part of the world and these events are a real bucket list.

If you are not racing, get some swimming in, Midmar coming up and the Mudman season kicks off next week, normally most of us drown the first couple of races due to lack of practice.

There are plenty park runs, a couple of other runs have started up as casual group outings at St Ives etc, so no excuse. With this weather, MTB fanatics may see their ass a few times on the routes, Karkloof has some closures due to timber harvesting so check before hand.

Get out there, run like you mean it and watch your front wheel.

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Weekend Wanderings – 18th & 19th January

I am back, first my sincere condolences to the family of the lady who passed away whilst attending last weekends trail run event, very sad accident.

I took small sabbatical as it is difficult to curb the desire to mention the political corruption destroying South Africa and Africa as a whole, affecting not only the economic survival of an ever increasing population being disenfranchised by the political elite and their foreign and local private cadres, but also destroying the environment in which we live, stuffing up the oceans, forests, grasslands etc with their increasing need to be rich and show it to their friends. The Eastern countries have seized on this greed from African politicians and so-called business men long time ago and have planned well the downfall of Africa into junk status. There are perfectly acceptable ways to sustainably develop without destruction, but whilst still being of anthropological benefit. If you all want to keep on having children, then we need to develop.

Anyhoo, down to the far more pleasant business of outdoor fun, just be mindful that we are the keepers of the environment and we must do our best and shame those who do not publicly.

This weekend is full up in KZN and fits in well with those New Years resolutions and gets us going for the year, the fitter we are the healthier we are, use natural supplements such as Moringa, CBD oils, spices, spirulina, skeletium etc to boost health and performance.

Seaton Summer Challenge – Sun 19th (Salt Rock) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/seaton-summer-challenge/

Beautiful area to run in, forest, beach, jeep track, this has it all. Plenty of shade along the route, but will still likely be hot so hydrate before hand, KZN Trail Running encourage you to take your own water bottles now so they do not supply sachets etc. at water tables. 5 km (R110), 10 km (R150) AND 18 km (R190) routes await the eager loper, please bear in mind also for late entries they will charge and extra R50 on top of the race fee, not sure why!! This is the pick of the weekend, especially for those on the coast.

Alley Roads Tri Series – Sun 19th (Midmar Dam) http://www.triseries.co.za/

Back into Tri season, excellent for those who want complete challenges. The Alley Roads series includes youth, sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and Midmar is a great venue, stop at our shop Something Used opposite the gates for a coffee, cool drink and to browse our offerings of new and used furniture and things (SMALL PUNT).

 

As usual there are plenty of park runs, community runs, runs organised by personal trainers for those that have specific goals in mind. Be mindful of the hazards of urban running in South Africa (potholes, broken pavements, missing drain covers, unpleasant lurkers on the pavement, loose electricity wires) but get out there and have a gas, your health is one thing that is under your control and regular exercise and natural products will keep you out of the expensive health care industry,

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Weekend Wanderings – 14th & 15th December

The year has flown by, the government has achieved nothing, the climate has gone wonky, too many people in the world blaming everyone else for their woes, so all we are left with is our health, as long as you don’t paddle in the Duzi or swim in Midmar sewerage works. Look at all the natural alternative supplements out there, much cheaper than chemical alternatives and your body probably benefits more, but do your research and make your own mind up. Remember there are no supplement shortcuts to fitness!!

Last few organised rides out there and as with most businesses the rides and runs are going right up to and through Xmas it seems, so no shortage of fat burning races to gear up for the festive season. Even without these events, you can still bump through potholes and leap large festering piles of politician on the pavements as you go through town, better still get out into the forests, much smoother tracks and less people, but go carefully as there are affirmative shoppers lurking.

Umdoni Forest Trail Run – Sun 15th (Umdoni) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2932

There is an 8 km (R120) and 12 km (R150) available, beautiful place to run, bit out of the way but if you are in the area then good option. Not too far from Durban. Run through the forest trails near the golf course, get a round in if you are lucky, or single. Of course there is the pub option once you are finished for a great reward.

Insingisi Christmas Ride – Sun 15th (Eston) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2987

No mess no fuss, 2 races, 20 km MTB (R200) and 40 km MTB (R200) through the trails used for many of the races in the area, lots of single track and jeep track and the price includes a light 2 course lunch to get into the festive season. These are really nice trails to ride so get out there.

The Big Hill Run – Sun 15th (Ballito)

Sugar Rush Park are getting their last money spinning event in for the year, there is a 21 km and 10 km trail/jeep track run through the cane fields and forests near the coast, fantastic if you are there already on holiday, get there early as traffic in Ballito is a bit congested this time of year, no prices available but probably in the R150 to R180 range as normal, plenty to do there for the rest of the family if they are not into trail.

Get out there, stay healthy and hydrated, exercise is the cheapest way to stay healthy and happy. Let your mind sort through the daily crap that enters our lives whilst you are running/riding, but keep your concentration as the other people on the road are more likely reading their phones.

Moringa capsules are in stock, cannaOils stocks are limited but available.

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 23rd & 24th November

Busy weekend, the weather seems to have cheered up in KZN so lets make hay while the sun shines. The trails will be a bit soggy, so no time for heroics out there in the forests.

Sani Stagger – Saturday 23rd (Sani Pass)  http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2926

Talk about iconic races, this should be at the top, it certainly is in terms of elevation, there are trail runs and the Marathon and Half marathon available, labouring up to the top of Sani Pass and then EFF ing off back down the mountain. The scenery is spectacular if you can manage a breath going up the hill in the marathon, the half starts at the top so is much easier, but scary stuff coming down that hill!! Entry fees are steep, but so is the hill, if you have not entered by now you are a SPECTATOR and need to get entries in for next year.

Drakensburg Extravaganza – 23rd and 24th (Champagne Sports)  http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2966

There are MTB trails on the Saturday (only 20 km and 10 km) and a 10 km trail run also on Saturday, then Sunday sees the roadies take a piece of pothole with 84 km, 40 km and 15 km, so perfectly fine for MTB also in the Sunday races as the distances not too bad. Good chance to sample the clear fresh air up in the Berg after the rains.

Alley Road Tri-Series – Sunday 24th (Midmar)  http://www.triseries.co.za/

This is my PICK OF THE WEEK, it is part of a series carrying on into next year. Any triathlon is fun, Midmar may be a bit dodgy this year due to some sewerage spillage form Mpophomeni that the Municipalities are too useless to stop, so don’t swallow when swimming!

Stop in for a cup of coffee at Something Used, directly opposite Midmar Gates, and browse the shop, Linda will welcome you.

As usual, park runs all over the place, good for warm up for the Sunday races. I am jealous of those going up the Sani this year, but hey someone has to keep the wheels chugging. Keep safe, keep healthy, don’t take chemicals.

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 16th & 17th November

The rain is wonderful, but putting paid to much of planned training I suspect, take a cup of coffee at your nearest coffee bar and appreciate.

This weekend, busy as always, make a plan and get out there.

Honey Trails – Summer Series Trail Run – Sun 17th ( Valley of 1000 Hills)  https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/summer-series-honey-trails/

5 km (R105), 10 km (R145) and 15 km (R180) are available on this course, lovely area, lots of switchbacks and double backs so you are never lost! Late entries are available for a cost on the day, so see what the weather does before you commit.

on the road running side there are 2 in this part of the world.

Greater Edendale 10km – Sun 17th (Edendale, Pmb)  https://www.runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500058250

10 km as the sign says, loads of entries normally, the course runs through Edendale so plenty of short sharp hills, a few dogs, cows and people, skip over some storm drains and potholes, through a makeshift ditch or 2, luckily taxis are not allowed on the route so probably will pay to be mindful. Just from a participation point of view, this would be my PICK OF THE WEEK.

Bluff Marathon – Sun 17th (Bluff, Durban)  https://www.runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500058245

For the more serious runners this weekend, Bluff Athletics has its annual marathon and half marathon, hopefully the route will not be washed out this week, but this is popular with the Durbanites, few hills in that area.

Anyone who wants to MTB this weekend, careful on the trails, I think Virginia is open again, Karkloof open, but all will be slippery and wet, that’s what we like, bit of mud rather than dust. Otherwise come out to the Midlands and cruise some of the district roads, you are welcome to leave vehicles at Something Used opposite the Midmar Dam gates and ride/run from there either up into the hills, along Petrus Stroom road or even into Midmar for a merry flat and fast. We should have coffee and stuff as of next week, just in time for the Triathlon at Midmar.

Remember, hydrate, increase your vitamin and booster intake naturally through moringa, turmeric, and avoid inflammation and cramp using  skeletium and canna oils. Multiple benefits from using any natural products over chemically produced ones.

Get out there and run like you mean it.

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 12th & 13th October

Oktoberfest time, beer drinking and World Cup Rugby, the more you get out there the more festivities you can handle. Interesting times for the rest of the world cup, there are no easy games left on the table for any of the teams in the quarters, so this will be compulsory watching from here on in. Start to get some fishing in, bass are biting. Come visit us at our shop Something Used opposite Midmar Dam gates to find those furnishings to finish your house.

iNsingisi Night Trail Run – Sat 12th (night time) Eston http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2965

This looks like fun, 10 km (R150) and 5 km (R150) night races for Halloween, run from the iNsingisi Lodge through the forests for a thrill, would be great for a family outing. Dinner is included in the fee, so pre-booking is a must.

Blythedale Trail Run – Sun 13th (Blythedale) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/coastal-series-blythedale-trail-run/

This is part of the summer Coastal trail series organised by KZN Trail Running, always well organised and well attended, great place to run through forest trails, sugar cane fields and along the beach. 6 km (R105), 12 km (R145) and 20 km (R180) as usual, this is your chance to get those longer trail runs in, nice relaxed atmosphere and no huge hills and no pressure. Trail running at the coast is special and this should be on everyone’s list this weekend.

Durban City Surf Run – Sun 13th (Durban)  https://runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500059187

Starting from Blue Lagoon, this will be a quick sprint (or jog) up and around the beach front area, good for before Sunday Breakfast.

Remember, your health is easy, stick with natural products that your body can assimilate easily, boost your immune system this time of year with natural superfoods (Moringa etc.) and fight those aches and pains, as well as skin conditions, with the Full Spectrum healing elixirs and salves available.

Environmental health, particularly this year is becoming more important, NO LITTERING, the roads are looking quite disgusting around KZN and the winds this time of year spread it around, do not dump on the side of the road, take responsibility for your own mess, it is very easy and leaves the area a pleasure to run and cycle in.

The drought this year is real, no word from any public departments as they are busy fighting for money from our fiscus instead of doing their jobs, but the water situation is going to be bad this year unless big rains, so do not destroy our water sources with pollution and do not waste.

Get out there and have a gas.