10 May Bloemfontein BMW Motorcycle Club — InlandStefan 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