Once upon a time, before trail running, before Parkour, we hiked up various mountains in South Africa and ran down like crazy people… we called it Extreme Jogging. This blog is a tribute to the good old days, friends & family, my Creator and everybody that love running in nature!
Extremeness: Technical single track
Location: Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Joggers: Deryck Nel & me
We only had 1.5 hours for this jog and decided to cut down on our initial plan of 20km. I am glad we did, since I could not do a single jog in the past week due to work and terrible weather. Today was a perfect sunny winter’s day and we started our jog in the best possible way… all three sections of the Canary. The days of walking on the Canary are long past, and we kept a solid “slowly but surely” pace all the way to the top. I did briefly stop once or twice – just long enough to take a proper photograph. We then took the contour jeep track back towards Stellenbosch - not ascending any further. This road links to our well known jog, the Jonkers Eastern Loop, which took us back to the Jonkershoek gate. When we arrived, my wife and son (Riana & Adriaan) was still walking in the forest. I joined them and Zoe (Deryck’s daughter) took the awesome photograph of Adriaan and me below.
Deryck on the lower Canary MTB route
Deryck, still on the lower Canary MTB route
Deryck moving up in the world, on the middle Canary MTB route
Deryck moving further up... now on the upper Canary MTB route