Hoezeet, once again, from the only major city in the world that is neither on the coast nor has a river running through it. (And I was wondering why we had to travel so far to go fly-fishing….) How could I have lived here all my life and only found that out yesterday? We all know that this is the largest urban forest in the world, with six million trees across the city, blah blah blah, but did you know that Johannesburg is the only place on the African continent that has polar bears? Interesting what you can find out when you're wandering around the gorgeous Parks suburbs. We should come up with more interesting facts or stories when asked what's good about SA's biggest city. (In the interim, I'll be one of those people prodigiously adding to our fabulous forest). And yes, the whole town is buzzing – flowers are out, insects and birds are frenetic, and our wonderful afternoon thunderstorms have been making their appearance – finally!
Actually, the city is a hive of activity – well, from my point of view, definitely – as it gears up for the second largest timed cycle race in the world, the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge. Until my husband started riding a bicycle, even though I'm on the periphery of this sport, I'd never noticed how many people have gotten on their bikes. And I'm not just talking about roadies either. With The Man in training for the Cape Epic (and oh boy, they announced the route yesterday, and it's definitely living up to its name), the streams of mountainbikers who are up and down the sloots and rivers in the area are fairly impressive. Now if we could just get all those drivers of gas-guzzling nonsensical urban four wheel drives to get onto two wheels and lower their carbon footprint, we'd have a city where we could hear nature instead of just the drone of engines and wheel rumble on the tarmac.
Me, however, I'll just continue to live up to my name and stick with walking!