Saturday, February 28, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Is there anyone out there who did the ride in 2008 who wishes to comment on how it was?Day 1Depart from Heathrow for Johannesburg SA.
Arrive in Johannesburg and catch connecting flight to the coastal city of Durban. The team will meet up with you and you will be transferred by coach to your Hotel. A few drinks around the pool during the day, in the evening we do the intro speeches, introduce you to the team and your trusty Honda CTX that will be your much loved companion for the next 8 Days.
Depart Durban and ride into the famous 'Valley of a 1000 hills'. The route is a gentle introduction to what you will start to experience from Day 5 in the Wild Coast. That night sees the 100 plus riders settling into comfortable accommodation on the South Coast.
Today is a cracking ride as the adventure really starts to unfold. We enter the Wild Coast and experience the mighty Mtentu River, Mkambati Gorge and finally after a long day in the saddle arrive at Port St John's nestled on the banks of the mighty Umzimvubu River. The fabulous Cremorne estates in the tropical forest region is our home for Day 4.
The Wild Wild side awaits and the Low Road vs the High Road is your decision. Our destination is the coastal village of Coffee Bay and the Ocean View Hotel. The days ride sees us hug the rugged coastline past the holiday villages of Mpande and Presley Bay. A day that will challenge your riding ability with rocky river crossings, muddy forest sections and the fast grass banks next to the beach... an awesome day.
The famous section that was savoured and enjoyed by Enduro Africa 2006. The Hole in The wall, The Haven Nature Reserve and the Mighty Bashee river are just a few of the riding delicacy's that you will enjoy en route to Kob Inn Hotel. The hotel has a pub that is nestled on the rocks with the crashing surf setting the scene.
A well deserved rest day and the team together with the riders help us to change oils and give the hard working CTX's a once over. The rest of the day is spent at leisure on the beach, in the bar. Its your day so enjoy.
The mighty Gorge across the Qora river and the low road for everyone. This route takes us along the coast past the wreck of the famous Jacaranda which is one of many vessels that has been sunk by this stretch of coastline, Waves us to 30 metres have been reported by wide eyed captains on this stretch and the scenery is amazing. A great technical days riding that will have you saying "WOW".We cross the mighty Kei river by motorised ferry and arrive at The Morgans Bay Hotel and surrounding cottages.
A big day as we head inland and pass through the port City of East London on our way to the Halyards Hotel situated on the banks of the Cowie River in Port Alfred. It's a 300km plus day and the comforts of the Halyards will be well received.
Homeward bound to Port Elizabeth through the Big 5 Reserves of Kariega. It is a wonderful day that offers an enormous variety from Sand Dunes to tar. Tonight we celebrate our achievement and party hard with a closing function of note.
Breakfast, fond farewell and a short bus trip to Port Elizabeth Airport. Johannesburg awaits you for your connecting flight to London...
Monday, February 23, 2009
---- Forwarded Message ----
From: Enduro Africa <Africa@globalenduro.com>
To: Enduro Africa <Africa@globalenduro.com>
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 7:01:44 AM
Subject: ENDURO AFRICA 2009 GET - TOGETHER
Just a quick note to let you know that riders have been signing up in abundance for the Enduro Africa 09 Get-together on 9th/10th May in Wales. There are limited tickets left and it's on a first come first serve basis so act now if you would like to join us! For Enduro Africa 09 riders this is a particularly important event as it gives you the opportunity to meet the organisers, wider Enduro team and of course representatives from each charity.
Follow the link on the invite below for all the details and how to book your ticket.
Global Enduro Limited
10 Argyle Street | Bath | Somerset | BA2 4BQ | U.K.
Work: +44 1225 33 33 00
Fax: +44 1225 33 33 17
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
By contrast, the bombproof Hondas or Yamahas we'll be riding and donating for EA2009 will have engines one sixth as big, weigh in the mid-200 lbs, and are designed to forge creeks deep enough to fill the tanks with water and mud if one were oblivious enough to leave the filler caps open.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
It's been a little over a week since I launched my campaign to raise funds and awareness for Enduro Africa (EA) and I've been simply bowled over by the response.
Several friends and colleagues have contributed (thank you, dear Donor Hall of Famers) and scores of others have pledged to do so. Some have asked how to join the trip! It's just been a great opportunity to talk about HIV prevention, charities, adventures we always dreamed of taking, and making a difference in the world.
Soon, I'll post milestones for fundraising offered by EA, which I'll need to work hard to catch -- given how late I was registered and got everything started.
In the meantime, I will need to step up my efforts to get the word out and funds raised. My leading ideas for getting the word out, most of which are low-hanging fruit, include:
- Distribute information to neighbors by pounding the pavement, posting to the citizens association website, etc.
- Visit and enlist support/donations from area businesses (e.g., Bethesda Urban Partnership, chamber of commerce).
- Interest the media.
- Post regular blog updates on training, fundraising, and the trip itself.
- Spread word via e-social networking sites.
- Ask friends/colleagues to help spread the word by linking to blog, posting the fundraising widget on sites, etc.
- Distribute postcards everywhere we go -- restaurants, events, etc.
- Visit area motorcycle, biking, and adventure retailers to talk with owners, customers.
- Invite readers to sign up for RSS feeds for automatic updates.
- Give birth to octuplets.
Many of you have had experience raising funds and spreading news. What worked best for you?
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
The 8-day ride will end with the donation of funds raised and our rugged motorcycles to local agencies providing HIV prevention, education, and care to Africa's most vulnerable in remote communities.
But, to participate, I'll need your help.
Please contact me to learn how to donate. Or just use my secure, PayPal-hosted widget to make a contribution online.
And stay tuned to follow my fundraising progress, view the Donor Hall of Fame, or share words of encouragement. I'll also post video from past EA rides, a gps map from this year's route, daily updates from the trail, and assorted other things.
I'm thrilled about the trip and I look forward to sharing the experiences. Thanks in advance for your interest and support!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Congratulations! Your organization's MySpace IMPACT / PayPal Fundraising Widget has been activated. Please make sure you post the widget to your organization's MySpace page and start collecting donations today!
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us again.
I'll do some final testing of the system -- with help from the home office -- and then plan to launch my official Enduro Africa 2009 fundraising asap.
I've been sitting on a box of 500 beeaauuttiful postcards I had made to help spread the word. Look for one soon!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
What's so special about CNY? If you've ever sampled pineapple tarts, which are a staple of CNY celebration in Singapore and Western Malaysia, you'll know what I'm talking about. These wonderful jam-filled cookies are derived from the Peranaken or Nonya cooking traditions of Chinese immigrants to the Malaysian peninsula and are simply delightful. They make the perfect gift for family and friends, especially in this economic climate, as they are thought to symbolize wealth and prosperity due to their golden color.
Best of all, my dearest Elizabeth, whose mother hails from Sarawak and who grew up in Kuala Lumpur, made a killer batch over the weekend that competed rather successfully against my now second favorite brand of tarts brought from Singapore by her fairy godmother. To learn more about these wonderful treats, try here and here.
I'll try to eat only one per hour while I await a final decision from PayPal and clear the last hurdle to starting my EA2009 fundraising campaign -- although I think we've already polished off a pound of tarts since yesterday, setting my weight loss resolution back by at least two weeks!