10 May Bloem­fontein BMW Motor­cy­cle Club — Inland

Ste­fan Boshoff is a big, strong, quiet guy, not at all easy to sum up, but when you’re with him, the air around him tells sto­ries of far off adven­tures and hav­ing seen and done things few people even dream of. Rid­ing behind him and watch­ing the way he han­dles his bike is quite a plea­sure. You can see he is rid­ing the bike and not the the other way around. His rid­ing style is not showy, just strong, com­pe­tent and qui­etly in charge. I can see why he is a Coun­try Trax instruc­tor.

He and his fam­ily were our gen­er­ous hosts in Bloem­fontein and orga­nized two very spe­cial events for us there, the first being our evening with the BMW Motor­cy­cle Club — Inland. It is great to have their sup­port for our chutz­pah quest even though Dave is on a Harley. Who knows, maybe next year he is on a BMW?

The evening taught us again how small the world can be, and how con­nected we really are, but also how the things we do will fol­low us around in some way for the rest of our lives. Dave met up with some­one who was with him in 1 Mil many moons ago. I’m embar­rassed to say I for­got his
name but as soon as I get the details form Dave I’ll post it here. I think per­haps it will be a good idea to have part of our web­site ded­i­cated to the remark­able peo­ple we met on this tour.

He told tales of 1 Mil which Dave had not thought about for a long time, and showed how inspir­ing peo­ple really is a part of who he is. Appar­ently after lights out in 1 Mil, Dave would grab one of the wheel­chairs, bot­tle of wine between his stumps and do his rounds in the ward vis­it­ing and encour­ag­ing all the patients. Know­ing how strong Dave’s faith is, I would imag­ine the dis­cus­sions were some­times quite deep, but know­ing how naughty Dave can be I think a lot of it was pure fun and I’m sure the nurses could hear the laughs from their sta­tion down the cor­ri­dor. Dave has one of the fun­ni­est most infec­tious and crazily mem­o­rable laughs I’ve ever heard.

Back to the evening at Bloem: The atten­dance was impres­sive and the BMWMC– Inland, donated a bril­liant R 5 000 to our quest. The venue also promised 50% of the profit from drinks sold, but as many of the guys were there on bikes, and they seemed quite a respon­si­ble bunch, I’m not sure what that will mean…

A big thank you to the BMW dealer for his gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship of a lucky draw prize and our BMW neck warm­ers.

Our ride is get­ting fur­ther and fur­ther away from branded bike-​specific as each day con­tin­ues. Dave is on a Harley with a KTM jacket and a BMW neck-​warmer. Love it


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.

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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.