10 May Mid­del­burg to Eden­burg and Bloem­fontein 342km

Juanita Enslin was one of the first peo­ple to con­tact me when I first started post­ing details of our quest on Face­book. Her son, DJ, has cere­bral palsy, and her aunt lived in the PE Cheshire Home.

DJ was born small but with a big adven­tur­ous spirit, and would love to meet some­one like Dave Barr. Not many peo­ple like him visit Eden­burg though. It is a small, slighly run down Freestate town which gives the feel­ing that a lot of inter­est­ing his­tory must lie hid­den in the lovely stone build­ings. I won­der if any­one has taken the time to tell some of its stories.

Our tour decided that a small detour is in order, and arranged to pop in for lunch. Ste­fan Boshoff put the word out to Bloem­fontein rid­ers and again we were joined by Air­borne Rid­ers, MOTHs and CMA rid­ers. These 3 groups have been con­sis­tent com­pan­ions through­out our tour, and my respect for them deep­ens all the time. After a wind-​buffeting ride from Mid­del­burg, it was such a plea­sure to see these bik­ers wait­ing to guide us to Juanita
and DJs home.

Juanita put the Amer­i­can flag up out­side her home to wel­come Dave, and I was impressed with how com­fort­able and con­fi­dent DJ was with a whole lot of bik­ers arriv­ing in his dusty road. Quite a young man, I think he will go far.

Ste­fan off course rode dirt roads all the way from Bloem­fontein, and tried to con­vince Dave to do the same on the way back, but hav­ing already fit­ted in a few km of dirt from the farm in the morn­ing, fight­ing those Karoo west­erly winds from Mid­del­burg, and not hav­ing the lux­ury of stand­ing on foot­pegs when the road gets rough, Dave opted for the tar


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.

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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.