Coun­try Pump­kin Bar­ry­dale 6 May 2014

Route 62 is not over rated. Other than one or two places I can think of briefly, it does not have empty gim­micks to draw peo­ple out of the cities to just leave them feel­ing vaguely dis­ap­pointed. Route 62 is pure rid­ing plea­sure, spec­tac­u­lar scenery, good roads, and lib­er­ally sprin­kled with inter­est­ing, very real people.


Dereck from Coun­try Pump­kin is one of those char­ac­ters well worth meet­ing, and his restau­rant well worth vis­it­ing, not only because it is one of the Route 62 icons, but also because the food is great, the atmos­phere friendly and the other patrons almost as colour­ful as Dereck him­self. He is ener­ous and made us feel right at home the moment we arrived in Bar­ry­dale.

I just wish we had more time there. Thanks for every­thing Dereck. Great meet­ing you and hope to see you again soon.

This pic­ture was a lit­tle spe­cial as it shows the high­est num­ber of BMWs we’ve had at any one time on the tour so far. A nice bunch as well, 1150, 1200, 600 and an old Fun­duro (my favourite on the tour) We put them all together in front of Coun­try Pump­kin as an invi­ta­tion to other BMW rid­ers to go visit as well. It will be nice to see a pic­ture with a greater vari­ety of BMWs all together, maybe a few road bikes as well?

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.