5 May Cape Town
It is quite possible to write a whole book about our time in Cape Town and still leave important bits and pieces out.
Angus Brits and Derrick Geary from the MOTHs were our companions through the beautiful Mother
City (with its one and only mountain) and on to Barrydale. We miss them
terribly already. Lots of good solid laughs and a few deeper
discussion, they enriched all our lives and were a brilliant support
team. Angus was leading at a comfortable pace with great awareness of
the riders behind him and Derrick always made sure that the very last
rider as well as our support vehicle is guided where we need to go.
Dave’s day started with a visit to the Eric Miles Cheshire Home where
he spent a little time chatting to and inspiring the residents. There
are many touching stories in this visit, including a resident who
quietly, in the back away from everyone, gave Dave some money towards
the tour and thanking him for what he is doing.
From there we
all headed off to the The Viper Lounge, Table View. Dieter, owner of
the Viper Lounge, was generous with his support and time. Ari Serlis,
Anthony and a few others from QASA met us there and I noticed that Ari
wrote the following in a letter to others a little later “QASA is a
beneficiary of the fundraising of this activity, although the awareness
and motivation of the abilities of a double amputee on a motorbike is of
more significant than the funding that might be raised”
What a brilliantly supportive attitude to have, seeing the value in everything, not just money.
At Retro Prestige Motorcycles, Paarden Eiland (https://www.facebook.com/Retro.Prestige.Motorcycles
) we made a few new friends and also enjoyed browsing Flying Brick next
door. They have a few copies of Dave Barr’s Books if you would like to
get hold of it in Cape Town
The highlight of the day was surely Tommy Rendle VC MOTH Shellhole. Some planned reunions and many more unplanned ones.
Daphne, the nurse who looked after Dave’s ward in 1Mil met him again
for the first time since then, as did Anton van Rooyen, who was in the
bed next to Dave when they both lost both their legs.
Croukamp, who’s books are must-reads came to support Dave and the event.
He and Dave have a lot of skydive history and just the way he recounts
some of their adventures gets the adrenalin pumping.
fitted the machine gun on Dave’s cruiser in Angola met up again after
over 30 years, and I’m pretty sure there were even more, judging by the
number of hand shakes, hugs, laughs and long discussions.
About these very special moments I could write much more than what
anyone could care to read. It was a huge privilege to be here and part
of it in some small way