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
adven­ture.

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…

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries

Cheshire Home South Africa

After more than forty eight years of ser­vice to Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in South Africa, Cheshire Homes has accu­mu­lated a sub­stan­tial range of resources and ser­vicede­liv­ery pro­grammes, which are care­fully man­aged, in line with a ded­i­cated visio­n­and mis­sion refined in con­sul­ta­tion with Per­sons with Disabilities

Quad Para Asso­ci­a­tion of South Africa

QASA is a co-​ordinating, policy-​making, gov­ern­ing and­sup­port­ing organ­i­sa­tion.
The Asso­ci­a­tion strives to pre­vent spinal cord injury, as well as pro­tect and pro­mote the inter­ests of peo­ple with mobil­ity impair­ments by for­mu­lat­ing a national pol­icy and strat­egy, to develop and ensure the full poten­tial and qual­ity of their lives.

Main Spon­sors

Hoog­land Health Hydro

Hoogland Health Hydro

Hoog­land Health Hydro is a fam­ily owned busi­ness, spe­cial­is­ing in improv­ing phys­i­cal well­be­ing since 1977. Hoog­land prides itself in treat­ing guests as unique indi­vid­u­als and sup­port­ing and improv­ing the body’s own heal­ing abil­i­ties in a com­fort­able, nat­ural envi­ron­ment. Their team of med­ical and well­be­ing pro­fes­sion­als are highly expe­ri­enced and all cel­e­brate the tenac­ity of the human spirit. Few peo­ple embody spirit and tenac­ity as much as Dave Barr.