Ride for a Child 2021 Day 2 Louis Trichardt – Ellisras
Thunderstorms and potholes!
Arriving at our first overnight stop at Lalapanzi Hotel about 20km before Louis Trichardt we were met by a group of bikers who came out to meet us and to our surprise Major Mandesa Mfeka (#wingedspanner) one of them. Major Mfeka is a SAAF pilot in South Africa and also a keen biker. She flies military jets for the South African air force. Absolutely fantastic meeting her and all the persons who came out to meet us.
Day two and we had to “touch” the most Northern border of South Africa at Beitbridge as we aim to visit the most Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern corners of South Africa and by doing that we draw a symbolic circle around South Africa to show our support to our South African children in our “Circle”. We got off to a slow start in the morning after the N1 North was closed temporarily following an accident involving two trucks on the highway causing one to burn out completely.
The distance we travelled on day two was approximately 522 km riding from Louis Trichardt to the Border post then back to Louis Trichardt and onwards to Lephalale. Travelling was slow due to heavy rains and in places bad potholes in the roads. We were all muscle sore but in good spirits when we arrived at our overnight stop in Lephalale.
Poor Olaf and Betty our mascots were completely soaked and looking very sorry for themselves.
Day three of our annual “ride for a child” charity bike ride and we are departing from Ellisras (Lephalale) onwards to Rustenburg via Thabazimbi and judging by the clouds it may be a wet day!