Ride for a Child Cape Town – Day 9, 10 and 11
Cape town is our half way mark!
Arriving in Cape town after 9 days on the road and having successfully visited the most Northern point on our route at the Beit Bridge border post and border to Zimbabwe and the most Western point at Alexander Bay that is located on the southern bank of the Orange River mouth where the Orange River flows into the Atlantic ocean and forms the border to Namibia. Alexander Bay is 240 kilometres north-west of Springbok, the administrative centre of Namaqualand. Being near the southern end of the Namib desert, it is officially also the driest town in South Africa with an average annual rainfall of less than 51 millimetres.
We had to travel in some fierce wind gusts for about 60km between Springbok and Port Nolloth, making for precarious motor bike riding, testing our riding skills to its limit.
We arrived in Cape town on Monday the 22nd February in splendid weather and clear blue skies after taking the tourist route from Lamberts Bay where we overnighted after our 740km drive in strong winds the day before from Port Nolloth to Alexander Bay onwards to Lamberts Bay via Springbok.
Cape town marks our halfway mark after having travelled about 3470km crossing the Karoo and Kalahari. The Kalahari was spectacular after the good rains and the road to Uppington took us through waving grass fields and green as far as the eye can see.
The area around Poffadder was very dry in contrast with the green fields a hundred km back.
After checking into our accommodation we set off to meet up with the HOG Winelands Chapter South Africa, a Harley Davidson owners group for a sunset cruise. We were met by 27 Harley Davidsons who met us at the Harley Davidson store and after a welcome and a safety talk we sat of to Melkbosstrand and dinner afterwards.
Then on Tuesday the 23rd February we took our motorbikes to Metalheads Motorcycles in Paarden Eiland for a check up to make sure our motorbikes are safe and in a road worthy condition, to continue our journey to collect funds and raise awareness for children’s surgeries and medical treatment.
Wednesday we had the privilege to visit and entertain the children living at Nazareth House, Vredehoek in Cape town, as it is now one of the highlights of our stop in Cape town.
The first foundation stone of Nazareth House Cape Town was laid in 1902 and it is a very beautiful imposing and sprawling sand stone complex, with stunning views of table mountain and surrounding area.
We showed the children that was able to venture outside our motorbikes, let them start it themselves and having a little bit of childhood fun to brighten up their day. Unfortunately this year we could not take the children on motorbike rides as we did last year, due to Covid restrictions that prohibit close contact with the children and large groups. We also spoiled them with ice cream, Jogi sips and back to school goodies we brought with specially and all the from White River.
Hopefully next year we will be able to get back to normality and give the kids at Nazareth a motorbike ride and a handshake or a hug.
Thursday the 25th February we depart to Cape Agulhas the most Southern point in South Africa and also the Southern most tip of Africa and where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.
The purpose of us visiting the most Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern points of South Africa reachable by road bikes is to draw a imaginary circle around the children living in South Africa to show our Solidarity with them.
All of our children deserve a healthy life and no child deserve to go to bed hungry no matter who and where they are.