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