Pub­lic account­ing was never meant for me. So in Sep­tem­ber of 1974 I found myself in Pen­sacola, Florida attend­ing the United States Naval Avi­a­tion Offi­cer Can­di­date school. That was the begin­ning of the great­est bless­ing God ever bestowed on me.

Through­out the time I spent on active duty (about 12 years) I had the oppor­tu­nity to fly the T-​34B SE Prop trainer, T-​2 Buck­eye twin jet Trainer, TA-​4 Sky­hawk, T-​39 Sabre­liner built by North Amer­i­can Rock­well, S-​3A Viking(with VS-​24) and the F-​14 Tom­cat (with VF-​142). I com­pleted deploy­ments on both the USS Nimitz and the USS Eisen­hower. I have just over three years total cumu­la­tive time liv­ing on air­craft car­ri­ers. I have 303 car­rier land­ings, 103 of which were at night.

I was actu­ally able to see most of the South African coast­line while deployed on the USS Nimitz when we were sent from the Mediter­ranean to the Indian Ocean dur­ing the Iran­ian hostage cri­sis.

In Decem­ber of 1985 the lure of an air­line career became over­whelm­ing and I ulti­mately “jumped ship”. I was orig­i­nally hired by Pacific South­west Air­lines based in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia. As a first offi­cer I was assigned to the MD-​80 and DC-​9 air­craft. After sev­eral years we merged with US Air­ways and I was moved to the right seat of the Boe­ing 737300÷400 which I flew till I could hold a cap­tains bid on the BAE 146. After indus­try cut­backs in 1990, I was pushed back to the right seat of the Boe­ing again where I remained for a short period of time. I then moved back to the MD-​80 as cap­tain and remained there till the com­pany parked them. The left seat of the old DC-​9 which by the way was my favorite (real aviator’s machine) was my next stop. When the DC-​9 was retired I moved to the left seat of the Boe­ing 737300÷400. With more merg­ers and reduc­tions in domi­cile I was dis­placed to the right seat of the Air­bus 330 and flew inter­na­tional for a short period of time. I absolutely hated the time zone changes! Even­tu­ally I found my way to the left seat of the Air­bus fam­ily again and flew the remain­der of my car­rier as cap­tain on the 319÷320÷321 where on Decem­ber 31, 2007 at 12:17 local I made my last land­ing.

Here is a photo of me taken just prior to my retire­ment:

That’s pretty much it. I’ve been rid­ding with Dave since 2009. Dave often humbly refers to him­self at events as “just the clown on the motor­cy­cle”. When I’m present he is then quick to assert that that makes me the “idiot dumb enough to fol­low the clown on the motor­cy­cle”! There is never a lack of sar­casm, harass­ment or humor while on the road.

I’m cur­rently rid­ding a 2013 Street Glide mas­querad­ing as an Ultra. The Boss (wife) insisted on some­thing that was extremely vis­i­ble since I wanted to run cross coun­try alone some­times.

This is why I had to give up my Ultra in order for me to get my “kitchen pass”. It worked because I’ve had it for two sea­sons and have 34000 miles (about 54700 km) on it and plan another 16000 miles this year. I under­stand that you have arranged for the bikes that we will ride. Would you know if I’ll be able to get some­thing close to what I’m used to rid­ding?

Well that’s about all I can think of at this point. If you have any ques­tions of me, do not hes­i­tate to ask. And if there is any­thing you need me to bring from the States and it will fit in my bag by all means don’t hes­i­tate to ask.

Regards,

Bill

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.