9 May Mid­del­burg and Graaff Reinet

Dave 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.


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.