After the conclusion of our ‘suicide shift’ and an emotional meeting with some MAD Leadership foundation scholars at Grey Bloem yesterday morning, it was time for a much needed rest / admin day. Hearing yesterday how their lives have been changed as a result of the foundation is incredibly powerful and motivating.
Leaving camp, involves packing the entire thing up, but it’s another cool observation of great teamwork in effect and while it’s a bit of admin, it’s certainly not without a liberal dose of fun and humour along the way.
Ryan Tyack – just coming off a suicide shift himself – suffered a self-imposed 4 Savanna downdown fine when he boldly stated that he’d drink 4 beers if the tent bag they couldn’t find, was still inside the tent. Most witnessing the event were keen to give him a little grace, but Dayle Raaff (M2R head), was not so forgiving and dashed off like a cheetah to fetch Ryan’s fine. Despite what he’d been through, he powered through them – see my Insta story.
Then onto the bus with quick pitstop for some beers and bobs and onto Kroonstad. Arriving there to an empty field, it was the first time I’d observed the setup of a camp, quite something to behold – all captured beautifully in time-lapse so make sure you watch the video below.
The rest of the day involved a few celebratory beers for what had been achieved so far, some personal admin in terms of getting kit ready for next shift, getting a massage, having dins and catching Tiger win the masters on a small phone screen.
Into bed at 21h00 with a 07h00 alarm setting. What were the chances of actually sleeping 10 hours? Not much. I think I last slept 10 hours at Varsity. I think I took minus 3 seconds to fall asleep and despite waking up at about 02h00 with a blinding headache (I quickly slotted 2 grandpa), I did only open my eyes again at 07h00, the misspent anxiety a distant memory and got up feeling like a champ and excited about the day ahead.
After a good breakfast and some pre shift prep, I’m now sat in the back of our bus while Dan cranks out the first 10km of the shift. Everyone in our two buses is feeling pretty chipper after similarly amazing recuperative sleeps. The Tyack brothers, Ryan and Devlin, even dressed up for the occasion – see pic below.
Surely that kind of fashion sense during a week like ours is worth a donation. Surely??
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