Three quarters on our Ride for a Child trip around South Africa
We are about three quarters on our trip around South Africa on our annual 7000km motorcycle ride to the reach the most Northern, Southern, Western and Easten parts of South Africa to draw a circle around the children of South Africa to show them that we care about them.
We have been greeted and supported by motor bike riders all along our route so far and the support from fellow bikers has been phenomenal throughout Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West province, the Northern Cape and the western Cape and we are very excited and are looking forward to be joined by many more bikers along the rest of our route through the Eastern Cape, Kwa Zulu Natal and back to Mpumalanga.
The drive from Vryburg to Uppington in extreme heat was not for the faint hearted, but the absolute beautiful scenery made up for the heat discomfort. The Karoo/Kalahari had good rains for the most part and was green as far as the eye could see.
Uppington has long been a favourite stopover on our ride due to the beautiful friendly people we encounter there year after year. We received a fantastic welcome in Upington from Woolworths in the Kalahari mall. Woolworths donated beautifully wrapped and presented individual gifts to all the children living in the Jogébed Child and Youth Care Centre in Upington, that we visited to hand over the gifts and we took each child on a short motorbike ride.
In the evening we were welcomed and entertained by the Wild Bulls MC in Uppington, who raised funds for us and the effort they made was absolutely heart-warming. We are looking forward to our visit next year already.
We departed to Port Nolloth via Alexander Bay on Saturday morning on our longest ride in kilometres for the trip and we spend just under 9 hours in the saddle. On our route we stopped of at the Augrabies waterfalls and it was an awe inspiring site to see the mass of water.
There is just something about the Karoo and the Kalahari that bring a smile to your face, as one cannot help to be in awe of its vastness and stark beauty.
We were warned about a massive grasshopper swarm flying about 40 km before Springbok, but lucky for us they were flying quite high when we reached them, and we managed to ride through rather unscathed.
Arriving in Lamberts Bay from Port Nolloth via Springbok a small fishing village in the Western Cape, we had lunch at the Muisbosskerm open air restaurant as a treat and what a treat it was. The food was delicious.
Monday morning saw us meeting up with a group of motorbike riders in Dwarskersbos for brunch before continuing on to Cape town and arriving in the mother city on the 21st February.
We had a short 2 day break in Cape town to visit the Nazareth children’s home in Cape town that brought a smile to the children’s faces and the excitement was palpable when we took a number of able bodied children on a short motorbike ride and afterwards we also donated a large quantity of nappies and off course Ice Cream to the children’s home before departing to Cape L’agulhas the most Southern point on our route around South Africa.
We always arrive and ride the Garden route on a weekend to ensure as my riders as possible can join and support us.
We overnighted in Mossel bay and on Saturday morning we left Mossel bay early to arrive at the Sasol garage N2 in George early to meet up with motorbike riders from all over the garden route and Oudshoorn en route to Gqeberha.
We had magnificent support from motorbike riders Saturday and Sunday with dozens of motorbikes escorting us into and out of Jeffries bay and up to Gqeberha.
Our goal with this our 3rd “ride for a child charity motorbike ride” around South Africa is to raise R250 000-00 as part of the funds required to provide medical treatment, surgeries and nutritional assistance to sick children in need and in food distress.
R250 000-00 is not enough by far, but it is a good start to our 2022 fundraising effort to enable Pediatric care Arica to assist children who needs a helping hand.
Reaching East London on Sunday afternoon, we have travelled just over 5000km so far of our 3rd annual 7000km charity motorbike ride around South Africa.