Myself(Oliver Burnett), Peter Combrinck and Glenn Harrison rode our mountain bikes from Villiers to Scottburgh over 8 days, the journey starting on the 26th of May 2012. Myself and Peter were riding to raise money and awareness for Khazimula Children’s Home and Sunfield Home respectively. Glenn was riding as training for the incredible Freedom Challenge (www.freedomchallenge.org.sa) starting on the 19th of June and to thank private land owners and clean up parts of the route used for the Joberg2c mountain bike race. For all three of us the ride was a personal adventure into remote and diverse parts of our wonderful country, a time to disconnect from our very busy daily lives and enjoy the freedom of being alone on our bikes in the country as well as to test ourselves both physically and mentally.From every perspective, with only a few small mishaps, the ride exceeded all of our expectations. The riding itself constituted everything from purpose build single track on private land to wide open district roads (we avoided main routes and tar wherever possible) and although very testing at times it was certainly the best 8 days of riding I have ever done with many historical, scenic and riding highlights along the way.The undoubted highlight of the ride however were the people. Both those we met along the route and those supporting us from afar. Along the route we encountered nothing but friendly and happy faces in all the small rural villages we rode through, it is humbling indeed to see people who clearly have far less than ourselves simply sharing in our joy of riding bikes through the country. The most humbling aspect however was how warmly we were received by all those who helped us along the way. We were taken into people’s homes just as if we were family and were given warm meals, beds, cosy fires and great company. The hospitality shown by people who had previously been strangers to us has humbled me immensely and most definitely confirmed my faith in our fellow man, needless to say we have made some great friends along the way. The generous support we have received for our chosen charities has also been incredibly humbling and wonderfully uplifting and this support certainly kept us going up some of the steeper climbs!
In all we have learnt a little more about our country, a little more about ourselves, a little more about each other but we have learnt a great deal more about the incredibly powerful human spirit of giving and the warmth and openness of the people across South Africa and hopefully it is these things I will carry with me forever.For the record over the 8 days we rode 753km’m and climbed a total of 11500meters, crossed innumerable rivers and even more fences and I would guess we probably ate and drank several times our own body weights to keep fuel in the tank!Oliver Burnett
Here are some pictures of the ride:
The letters the children wrote:
Khazimula childrens' Project- "Let The Children Shine"
Father Mvuyo Ndenze, Principal of Khazimula Youth Care Centre near Lidgetton, thanks Mr. Mike Peacock of Lythwood Lodge for a very generous donation from District 1010 Rotary Grants Comittee, Kinross in Scottland. This small community headed by Mikes brother in law , John Matthew, has dug deep and raised R14,000.00 specifically for the new bunk beds seen in the photo background. Thanks to you all in Kinross from our grateful children at Khazimula who now have comfortable and sturdy beds to rest their heads at night.
- Meander Chronical.
Soccer at Michaelhouse:
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