Oh yes, its September, hot but greening beautifully. The long winter is suddenly over and the days are noticeably longer. Its out with the sun tan lotion and time to pack away the winter gear. The big ride I have hinted at is almost here. A group of 7 intrepid riders are set to explore a route from Magoebaskloof (near Tzaneen in Limpopo) to Swaziland (the last absolute monarchy in Africa - if not the world). Kevin Davie (journo) and Jaco Strydom (www.beit2cape.blogpot.com) have already pioneered a rough route and we are planning to formalise it into a spectacular touring route. Its about 500km that takes us through mountain reserves, private game farms, forestry plantations, tea plantations and over the border. Its been a team effort between locals and passionate riders who have all chipped in with local knowledge, time in the saddle and an adventurous spirit. None of us have done the whole route and most of us have not ridden any of it. We've booked lodges along the way so we'll be comfortable at night and assured of good meals too. We'll be blogging (www.gocycling.posterous.com or www.dash4freedom.blogspot.com) and tweeting (@santacruzrulz) to keep you jealous. Can't wait!