Saturday, October 11, 2008

To the Wild Coast Sun and beyond!

This was a view from my room at Mbotyi River Lodge.

We left there in the morning for the last ride.

Our first stop of the day - a visit to the Magwa Falls, east of Lusikisiki.

Our lunch stop was in front of the field and a tractor.

Given the journey we have been on and the heights our riding has now reached, today's ride can only be described as tame.

Mostly dirt roads through stunning mountain passes and valleys, it only registered a mere tremour on the richter scale by comparison to previous days' rides.

This however did not prepare us for the "civic reception" laid on for our arrival which was far from the ordinary as is possible.

All the teams met up on the outskirts of town for a cavalcade ride en masse into the TO Strand Resort.

Police outriders with sirens blaring, Zulu warriers dancing and hotel staff singing it was enough to me grown men cry.

Many did as we all hugged and slapped each other in celebration at having been the only team to make the entire trip without losing any of its members.

It's been an epic ride in more sense than just the physical.

It's over now but the memories will remain forever.

None of us leave Africa the same as when we are arrived.

I would like to introduce more people from Enduro Africa 2008.

Pictured is our Medic Etiene who has patched us up en route and delivered life saving medical assistance on more than one occasion these past 8 days.

Our leader and Mike Glover ... who makes the whole thing happen.

By the way, Princes William and Harry will be joining Enduro Africa 2008 from Port Edward to back to Port Elizabeth.

Good luck to them!


MINORITY said...

Hello Mark,

I've been following your progress, seems like an awesome journey,
I live in Port Elizabeth, when do the riders arrive back here? it would be great to welcome them!

MyPE said...

Well done Mark

Come back to Friendly Port Elizabeth again soon, please.

And then look me up for a sail out of Algoa Bay Yacht Club.