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There is a dis­tinct dif­fer­ence be­tween the half­way point on the map and the real half­way point. On pa­per, half­way on The Munga is around the town of Lox­ton and RV3. The real half­way mark is ac­tu­ally RV4 in Suther­land – that’s ‘only’ about 270km from the end, but it’s half­way, be­lieve me.

Once rid­ers drop off Ou­berg Pass into the Tankwa Ka­roo, they’re faced with two promi­nent climbs: Dag­breek Pass and Swaar­moed, which tests the spirit into Ceres.

But wait, there’s more – the ‘ High­way through Hell’ lies ahead too: a dead­straight 60km stretch of road from Tankwa Pad­stal to the base of the climb be­fore drop­ping off into RV5 at Ceres.

The men­tal game is huge at this stage. Psy­cho­log­i­cally, you can taste the fin­ish – but it’s still over 20 hours away for the back­mark­ers.

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