9 May Middelburg and Graaff ReinetDave Barr lost one of the lenses in his glasses, so when he forgets to take them off for a photo, he seriously looks like a pirate, especially just before he gets on the bike and the bandana is on and the peg-legs are out in the open. It has started the day with big smiles more than once.
Some friendships will last a lifetime. They defy generations and social tiers, background, gender. These are the friends you don’t have to see for a few years, and when you meet, you just pick up where you left off as if no time has passed. Those are the true friendships, and Dave Barr has many here in South Africa, probably in the world. He is just one of those ‘what you see is what you get’ people and so authentic that any friendship with him will last forever.
I have a few of these friends scattered here and there, and suspect I might have made a few more on the trip so far. Pieter Kahts and his beautiful (inside and out) wife Hendrina are two special people from way back.
When I told Pieter about our chutzpah quest, he was quite keen to help. Himself a very capable biker, owner of a number of toys including a Harley
Roadking and a BMW 1200 GS, he is also one of those larger than life kinda people.
Pieter is the one who organized a sponsorship of R 30 000 worth of stationary directly to Cheshire Home and QASA from Office National. Pieter owns 2 Office National outlets, one in Graaff Reinet and one in Middelburg, and managed to get the biggest single sponsorship for our charities (other than Hoogland Health Hydro) Thanks Office National!
Pieter also arranged a lunch for us with the Graaff Reinet Sakekamer where a handful of bussinessmen from the area was enthralled by Dave’s telling of his incredible journey.
The evening at Pieter’s farm was supposed to be a quiet one, but it is near impossible to have an early nights there. One of the best sayings I can
think of is in Afrikaans ‘hy is nie op sy bek geval nie’ and anything PC is left at the turn-off to the farm. Mary-Ann and I were in stitches. I laughed so much my tummy and my face ached, tears streaming down my face as Pieter spent the evenings testing Dave’s boundaries.
We briefly discussed writing a book about the evening, but it will probably be banned, and evenings like these around fires and friends should really be experienced in person.
In Durban Adrian Penny, one of those life-time friends of Dave’s through skydiving, is the GM at Suncoast Hotel. So we were being spoilt rotten again and staying at this magnificent hotel. Adrian arranged a HOG evening in Umhlanga, our first bit of support from Harley since the tour started.