8 May — Part 3: Hit­ge­heim Coun­try Lodge

Just before we left PE for Addo, we dis­cussed how you can see someone’s per­son­al­ity in the way they ride a motor­bike. This gave us all the gig­gles as we ana­lyzed dif­fer­ent traits in each of us and all our guides to date.


If it was true for Archie, the owner of Hit­ge­heim Coun­try Lodge, he is slighly naughty, quite adven­tur­ous, large and a born leader. He did not dis­ap­point. He is also incred­i­bly funny, very, very gen­er­ous and owns one of the most beau­ti­ful lodges I have ever vis­ited. We sat for hours
just look­ing at the view, deeply relaxed.

I’m sorry I did not see his daugh­ter Mar­tina ride her beau­ti­ful KTM 990, but I’m pretty sure that super-​competent would have been the con­clu­sion.

Mar­tina put together and hosted the most spec­tac­u­lar event of our quest so far. In Addo! She arranged for the hangar to be cleared out, planes parked out­side, cater­ers to come in. Hired tables, chairs etc. Huge TV screen put up, aloes in pots, can­dles in glass bowls, it was beyond spectacular.

There were close to 70 peo­ple who came to lis­ten to Dave story and we had to rely on the gen­er­a­tor run­ning out of fuel around mid­night to get us in bed at any rea­son­able time. What a day! What a gal!

Lucky for Dave we also man­aged to get a few km of dirt road for his Harley for the day, no day seems to be com­plete with­out it. Archie and many of his friends also ride their Harleys on the dirt. I’m slowly chang­ing my opin­ion on what these beau­ti­ful machines can do. And then off course the dif­fer­ence between rid­ers and bik­ers is becom­ing more appar­ent every day.



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.