3 May Victoria West to Ladismith
3 May Victoria West to Ladismith 417km
This is my favourite photo of the tour so far.
It gets the closest to capturing the beauty of the scenery we rode
through yesterday. Dave is not scared of a dirt road on his Harley. Not
at all! We had to slow down for the photographer, but usually there is plenty more dust trailing him and he looks so comfortable flanked by the KTM 690 and KTM 1190
I think by the time the tour is done, I might have grown a dress size
or two. The hospitality we receive everywhere is almost overwhelming. We
left Victoria West around 7am for brunch with Celia Le Roux
of Country Trax and her family. Jan Staal du Toit from Amersfoort and
Stefan Boshoff from Bloemfontein joined us there as well. The food was
spectacularly good and the company better. I’m not sure if I have ever
laughed and ate as much in such a short period of time.
Shortly thereafter Dave Barr was reunited with many key men in SA
history and his own history. Col Breytenbach is a man of legend, and
meeting him was a real honour. He and his wife are both very charming,
incredibly humble and easy to talk to. They have played a wonderful
supportive role in Dave’s life and Mrs Breytenbach regularly sends
rooibos tea over to California for Dave.
Our host for the
evening was Neels de Villiers. He is now a spinal orthopedic surgeon,
but back in the 80s, when Dave Barr and Col Breytenbach were injured in
the landmine explosion, he was the medic responsible for Dave’s Casevac.
This is the first time they really met, as Dave was in a lot of pain
and heavily medicated in the helicopter where they first saw each other.
Neels not only gave us a wonderful lunch at padstal Neelsie on R 62
outside Oudshoorn, he also opened his spectacularly beautiful farm home
to us for the night. It is in remote hills near Ladismith and the stars
from here are breathtaking. As if that is not enough, he also donated R
4000 to Dave Barr’s cause on top of that! One of those larger than life,
generous people whom I thought extremely rare until we started this
Yesterday we had one Harley, two KTMs and two BMWs
on tour, with another two BMWs joining us later in the day. Look forward
to seeing who joins us later…