Word Riders Day 5

Things are getting funny around here. After yesterday’s wet day, one of the guys in our bungelow went and buy himself a hair dryer, and left it on for hours in his riding boots.
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It was time for major repairs, like the petrol tank reatouration on my colleague’s f##$/@ beat up Suzuki…

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But today we visited another few schools with great results!

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After a few schools in the Great Brak, and George and Sedgefield regions,  we had lunch at the beautiful Knysna.

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I saw a few amazing yachts in harbour:

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On the way back at Sedgefield I came across a dealer of antique cars…

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Regular readers will remember a Chevvy Fleetline wreck a few weeks ago. This is how they can look!

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Tonight we are having a large barbeque. And tomorrow we are going slowly to the Southern point of the African continent at Cape Agulhus. This is where Charley and Ewan also ended Long Way Down.

I am suffering from a huge tooth ache! So this is enough for today, and my steak is calling my name…

Word Riders Day 4

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We are having a ball of a time on our tour! The food is great. The weather… interesting. Two days ago it must have been about 45 degrees C in Oudtshoorn. This morning we woke up to rain…

It was like the rain of Vietnam in Forrest Gump… It came from above, sideways and even from below!

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We got wet to the bone!  This guy is my mother in law’s pastor, she would cry if she saw him being mistreated like this! Look at his feet…

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But we visited 5 schools in our group. We really had a good time meeting with the kids in the rural areas…

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We rode over Robinson Pass in heavy rain.

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Really rural areas, really wet!
And all of us, even the beginners, arrived safely in Hartenbos. At the moment we are sitting in the Spur, overlooking the Indian Ocean and seeing a group/ flock/ pod/ of dolphins playing in the water.  And the frustration is: no camera with a zoomlens with me…

It was a good day so far!

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Our flat tonight overlook the bay between here and Mossel Bay… But wet…

Word Riders Day 3

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We started quite early this morning at the Dutch Reforned Church at Schoemanshoek. I went with the group that went to Calitzdorp. My father in law grew up here.  We meet with grade 7 learners, and we give each one a brand new Bible, talk a little with them and pray for them. 

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This is me in action at the Gamka Oos School.  Our smaller group went to 3 schools around Calitzdorp, including the school my father in law attended. 

Afterwards the 3 groups met for lunch at Meiringspoort, definitely a must see for any biker!

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This afternoon we have a bit of free time. So I decided to… Ride some more. I just came over the Outiniqua pass through George to Victoria Bay…

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In the pass it was quite misty, have to be carefull back to Oudtshoorn, wouldn’t like ending up like Hansie Cronje…

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Tonight another lovely meal to look forward to, the people of the Klein Karoo is such gracious hosts… Blogging when I find the time and signal! Thanks for reading!

Word Riders Day 2

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We have no mobile signal at the moment, staying over at a guest farm near the Kango caves in Oudtshoorn.  This morning was beautiful, we started riding at 7h 15,  Route 62 is spactacular just after sunrise, with the mist in the valleys. I had the privilege to preach in Ladismith.

Afterwards we had the amazing Huisriverspass just before Calitzdorp.  Beautiful riding at it’s best.  It was just so hot, it felt like 45 degrees C!

We are sleeping at a guest farm outside Oudtshoorn, our Ostrich capital. Tomorrow more riding. Sorry, short post, really tired… and no signal…

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Our guest farm…
Oh, and the  church at Schoemanshoek gave us a very good dinner, outside in the orchard underneath the stars..

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On this trip we really enjoy motorbikes and friendship a lot!

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That’s all for today, folks!

Word Riders Day 1…

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This morning we started Word Riders 2014 at the Bible House in Bellville… Before that I stopped at the Thruxton Bikeshop around the corner, and saw some beautiful oldies. And some newer oldies as well…

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But this tour is not just about bikes- We have 42 bikes with some 70 people on the tour. The first stop from Bellville was at the beautiful but touristy Franschhoek.  Then some fun on Franschhoek Pass

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The wind was really blowing , as we made our way over Villiersdorp, Robertson, Ashton to our overnight stop at Montagu… this is a beautiful town with white and green houses all over, in an old Cape Dutch style..

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Realy a gem of a place on Route 62…

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This town is famous for wine and dried fruit.
It was really hot on the bikes again today. We are staying over at the school hostel. This is the view at the moment:

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We are knackered! Having our first dinner as a group together tonight, and tomorrow some of the pastors will conduct church services in towns along the route, the congregation of Ladismith will suffer me on their pulpit! A good first day in a beautiful part of South Africa!

First goal reached!

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After 3 days in the seat, and about 1850 km due South, I have reached the first goal- my friend’s house in Melkbosstrand, just north of Cape Town. When I saw Table Mountain I almost wept… not being there on the 9th to ride my 20th Pick ‘n Pay Argus Cycle Race.  But it is good to be in Cape Town! Tomorrow I will need to rest, and go look for a larger helmet, my new helmet hurt me a lot!

On Saturday we are going on the Bible Society of SA’s 2014 Word Riders tour, visiting some rural areas in the Western Cape.  I will blog as we go along… now I think I need to rehydrate, with another beer…

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Lunch in Bonnievale at the colourful Karoo Be Vo..l..k

Word Riders trip to Marken

The past two days I had two beautiful days at the office!  First I had to do a Bible study

Photo: So hou ons Bybelstudie in die Bosveld!

at our own church- we went through the second letter of John. This is how I looked during the Bible Study- might be a bit hard to take for more conservative church members…

Afterwards we met a small group coming from the Bible Society in Kempton Park for brunch at a local Coffee Shop. Then we saddled up, and rode the scenic 210 km to Marken, a VERY small town in the Limpopo Bushveld.  It is ironic how distances work in our country- this town is further away than Johannesburg from us (just the biggest city in Africa…) but we do have a lot of contact with the pastor and people of Marken. It is a very small town. We were invited by the local church and 8 of the rural schools to bring bibles to the Grade 7 learners.

And so we went.

IMG_1119In front of the church building in Marken.  We stayed over  at a bush camp, part of the local pastor (a friend)’s farm- he is in part time ministry in the region where he was born…  This pastor’s sister in law now also lives here- she grew up in Minnesota in the USA- maybe the coldest place in the States, and came here, to one of the hottest parts of our country- their winter is usually on a Tuesday every year.

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It was extremely hot in this part of the world- we rode through temperatures of 37 degrees Celcius, and the sun burnt us a lot. But is was so good to visit these schools, far, far away from civilization…

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Motorbikes, Bibles, Children… It was such fun!

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My BMW underneath a Boabab tree…

IMG_1146Good friends, scenic routes, mountain passes…

This is the stuff life is all about! I had a good two days at the office!