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Old 07-19-2011, 03:58 PM   #31
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Thanks guys and thanks Thomas and Andrea I will certainly be in Switzerland at some stage so maybe down the track ill catch up with you. Ill try and get a few more photos into this blog ive been limnited by the internet connection ive got but will do some in the next few days. Cheers

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Airshow and Sharks v Bulls Rugby Union

In the end I ended up riding the whole way back to Durban in one hit about 700k's the last 2 hours in raining wet conditions, I was so tired but just pushed through and made it just after dark. My neck was that sore by the time I arrived back I couldn't even turn my head which made for some interesting times but as a rule I was going faster than everyone so all I had to see is forward anyway. I will have to do something about the high screen it puts it right on my helmet line and buffets my head badly which will only make my neck worse and worse.

Obviously slept pretty well last night, got up for breakfeast at 8:30 had the regulation bacon and eggs and cereal. I wasn't it to much of a hurry to get down to the air show as it ran all day and didnt want to be to tired for the footy later, it sucks having to take all that shit into consideration when I set out for a day but oh well getting stronger and better at dealing with all the time.

Came back to my room after breakfeast and had a bit more of a rest till around quarter to 10 then started to unpack the bike its certainly easier to rip the gear off than it is to put it back on, why is that.
So all sorted and off to the airshow, got to the gate and there was a heap of bikes parked on the grass area out the front of the club so jsut parked the bike there and walked in.

Arrived at the air show at around 11:30 and talked to one of the guys at the gate who knew Vern and Alexa so no dramas striaght in. There was alot of people there, all the planes and the piloting was excellent to see and I was getting the run down on all the different aircraft and all the different pilots involved from Vern and JJ, both have been involved in the Aero Club and been involved organising the day over the years.

There must of been quite a few thousand people there, hard to say exactly as there streets outside the area were lined with heaps and heaps of people as well and they would of had a decent vantage point but nothing like being on the balcony opposite the airstrip. Met so many people today its nearly impossible to remember everyone, I do my best to remember names but today I must of been introduced to around 50 people and all very friendly.

One of Verns mates who I met the other day about doing the story said that he would be back later with the tv crew to interview me, yikes I hate that sort of thing, fortunately they didnt come back or I got out of there before they did.

I dont know what it is, as much as im comfortable talking to every day people about what im doing, im not comfortable with the publicity side of it and havent been from the very beginning and as much as I can see the positive goal setting story to it, it really just isn't me. I know the story and how I recovered and set positive goals could inspire someone to get off their ass and have a go when they have a set back in life for what ever reason, maybe its cause I feel like I haven't done anything yet, in saying that I know I have acheived a lot, im sitting in Durban South Africa been to Thailand New Zealand and Tasmania since I left on my adventure but I think back to my captaining and coaching days playing football and my belief that you havent achieved anything till the final whistle in the grand final when you win.

Anyway I didnt have to worry about it, we left before they caught up with me, I was sitting in Kings Park with JJ and his family to see the Sharks v Bulls rugby Union Currie Cup opening game now.

Grabbed my bike from out the front of the Aero Club and brought my bike into the carpark and parked it right near the front door of the club and locked her up. JJ had booked a taxi so we all piled in and headed off for the short drive down to the Stadium.

Kings Park stadium is quite an impressive place to watch football and JJ's companies corparate box is in a dam good spot between the halfway and quarter line. I settled into it with a beer or two, I wasn't able to drink to much as I still had my bike at the aero club and had to ride home later, it sort of sucks not drinking but oh well next time.

The game was good the home team the Sharks won, pretty much dominated the game other than a few brief minutes so as you can imagine everyone was in a good mood, you know how it is when your favourite team loses, oh the coach is a bum the ref is shit this player needs to go so there was none of that everyone was happy.

Everyone there in the box I met seemed like really nice people so had a real enjoyable time. The young guy working behind the bar was the son of one of the crew there and I was talking to them about I want a billion dollar note from Zimbawe and then he pulls out a 750 000 note so that will have to do, its only worth a few cents, well less than that actually but ill send it home to Logan he will love it.


Left the footy with JJ and his family and headed back to the Aero Club and had a beer and alot of the pilots from the day were up there having a drink. One of them was an x world champion stunt flier who was in the red bull race series, what he was doing today was quite extroadinary makes riding a bike through Africa pretty lame in comparison. Another one of the pilots CC Plum I think, he was one of the guys that flew one of the older slower planes, but unlike the rest of the quicker stunt planes what he could do with that plane was amazing, basically had it almost stall and when most planes would fall out of the sky he kept it up, over the years he has worked out that 40 kilos of balast in the back of the plane can reduce your stall speed to basically bugger all, i guess with those things these guys are talking millimetres with their control of the plane pretty amazing actually to talk and hear them speak on the subject.

Alexa turned up and was obviously keen to party, I must say i could get comfortable in Durban theres some nice chicks here, there was one blonde girl sitting near us im pretty sure she was with someone but JJ's wife was saying how she looked like a barbie doll ok Im a fan of barbie then haha

Anyway had the bike down stairs and it was 9:30 so thought id hit the road as much as I would of loved to hang around and get on it with Alexa and the rest of the crew that were there, plus some of the girls were getting pretty pissed which would of been an advantage to me obviously looking like I do.

Anyway running out of battery on this pc so ill wrap it up basically had an uneventful ride home now just chillin watching tv and tomorrow is another day. Thank you to everyone that I met today and for all your welcoming hospitality, just love it.

The picture i've added below was the under 20 game before the big match.


The airshow was cool lots of great planes and some even better flying, not an avid fan of planes and flying but it was still impressive.








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Old 07-19-2011, 04:02 PM   #33
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Hanging out with young Channing

Got up did the regulation breakkie and then hung around for awhile. Young Channing was here with Alexa so had a chat with him. His last day of school holidays today. We were just hanging around shooting each other with his bebe gun then set up a set of soccer goals and had shots at goal out the backyard.

Alexa had a lie down as she was tired from the day before plus she was out late with the crew so me and Channing were just chilling out. I suggested we go to the movies to see Transformers so we asked if that was ok got on the net and it was playing in 3d in an hour so off we went to the movies.

Have misplaced my thongs flip flops whatever you want to call them so other than my hiking boots I had no shoes so off I went bare footed to the shops to grab some new ones.

Obviously they arent used to seeing people walk through the shopping centre in winter wearing board shorts and barefooted, I got a few strange looks, but maybe they were just checking me out cause im really handsome and have movie star good looks.

Went straight up to the billabong shop I knew I could find them cheaper than in one of the surf shops but didnt really have much time to frig around so just paid what they asked wacked em on my feet and headed off to the movies.

Tried to do the booking of seats on their computers at the counter but they are so all over the place just thought stuff it, walked over to the chick and paid, looks like they are trying to be all modern but doesent seem to be to successful everyone was having problems with it.

Got into the movies, it was ok typical Transformers movie, lots of fighting but alot more people getting killed in this one, pretty full on for a 10yo rating but oh well nothing they havent seen before these days in video games.

Came out of the movie and decided to go in to one of them time zone gaming joints, was heaps of machines in there but to be honest alot of were broken taking extra tokens not playing etc, just basically shit, nothing like Oz, Tried to get someone's attention to help with getting our money back a few times but gave up in the end they weren't interested. At least when you play a game over home it works and you get your moneys worth, this place for such a busy joint was absolute crap you wouldn't get me going back in a hurry as much as I like them places with the kids, this one was rubbish.

We ended up playing alot of the ticket games which is a waste of money cause you get jack shit for them but the kids like it so Channing was collecting tickets and having fun.

We had a game of ten pin bowling, the music was blaring you couldn't hear yourself think let alone chat so we only played one game and got the hell out of there. I had to leave, as if im going to let him beat me again, looks like its back to Wii bowling for me. It was the music I just couldnt get into the rythmn.

Came home at around 3:30 so we had been about 5 hours after all that so Alexa had a pretty good day laying around in bed relaxing doing the Sunday thing after such a big day at the airshow yesterday and night out last night.

We all just hung around then took the dogs out the back yard, they really have nice gardens here, lots of big trees its really nice. We walked over by the fence and the dogs were going off their heads so we went over to see what they were going on about and there is this little owl stuck in the fence by his wing.

Fortunatly the dogs couldnt get into were he was stuck as they probably would of ripped him apart so Alexa grabbed a towel and I got in there and picked him up and let him go over the fence away from the dogs.

He just limped off so we were a little worried about him so Alexa rang their local wildlife people and they told her that the mother kicks the little ones out of the nest and then they fend for themselves but in most cases they get eaten before they get strong enough so we decided to go grab it and save it.

As we were walking around to next doors property Helen a friend of Alexa's turned up I had met her last night, she is JJ's personal assistant but didnt get to much of a chance to talk to her last night, she was pretty blind drunk, the way I like my woman but I left pretty soon after she arrived, its to bad i'm not going to get to know her a little better she seems really nice.

We found the little owl and the guy next door said theres another one over the other side of the yard so we went and found him as well and put them both in a box and took them home, there awesome looking things.

We all went back in side and hung out and we had Chicken curry for dinner then Alexa and Channing headed home. Helen who was house sitting Vern and Mickeys place here at the lodge had to go get her son Byron from the shops and come back. I was charging up my computer off my bike when Helen and Byron came back so had a brief chat then they went back inside and headed back into my room which is on the other side of the property.

Wasnt expecting to see Helen again but was outside getting my computer off my bike which was charging and Helen came out to say good night. She has to work tomorrow so was having an early night plus they have to get the kids up to go to start school at 7:30 here, that would suck when I would take Loges to school we would only wake up at 7:30 to drive the 40 k's to school up at Tweed Heads for a 9 am start much more respectable.

Thats about it for the night Adios Amigos

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Old 07-19-2011, 04:05 PM   #34
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Alexa was here when I got up this morning so we hung around for awhile chatting way deciding what to do with the owls, she had given the wildlife rescue place over the other side of Durban a call so we decided we would take them over there. Was our good deed to save them from doom I guess. We arrived at the Crows place, whatever that stands for something something something wildlife sanctuary I guess and took the owls in. Made a donation to help them feed them, ok a few hundred rand which is about 40 bucks the place looks like it does a really good job for all sorts of wildlife so its a small price to pay to see something as nice as these owls survive.

We had a walk around the park there was baboons, monkeys, lots of small creatures birds etc etc, apparently they have ex druggos on help here as some sort of rehabilitation, I actually thought as much even before Alexa said that, the lady I talked to in the garden while Alexa was talking to the bloke seemed like she had a few screws loose, so when Alexa told me that it all sort of fit.

But in saying that there was quite a few younger girls in here, so if it helps them recover its doing a few good jobs and helps them to head in the right direction.

We left there and headed back home and just hung out, Alexa was off to do whatever she was doing so I just chilled went for a ride on my bike up to Gearup a motorcycle accessory shop up in town to see if they had the stuff to put in my tires,

All good they had 1 bottle of it and also the tubes for my bike, so now had spare tubes and the slime you put inside them to stop them getting punctures, motorcycle dudes will know what im talking about, I guess you never know if it works or not as it just runs around inside your tyre and repairs it if you ever do have a flat. I know they say you cant patch a tyre once you use it but id prefer to take the chance it stops me having to patch a tyre in the middle of nowhere, which is always a pain.

Had a look at the smaller screens and and the aero fit pop up screen to see if there was anything I could do to fix this wind tunnel effect that hits me right in ther face from my extended Bmw screen, it certainly sucks. If you have a Bmw Gs 800 and are thinking of getting the extended screen they are shit and put the wind right on your face, I'm sure they must of got a tiny little Japanese dude to test where it hit you in the face when trialing it. Ill work something out in time other than that my neck will be strong as an ox in a few months with having to fight against the wind all the time.

Had my first mac attack in South Africa actually i think well im pretty sure it is the first. Whats with the fast food joints here, you go in with a 200 rand note which is like 25 bucks and they can never cash it, always asking for something smaller for f*cks sake maybe they are used to be robbed by the staff or something but it really is a pain, fair enough if it was a 100 bucks note or the equivelant but 25 bucks, really.

Came home and just relaxed for the night sorted of decided i was going to take off on Wednesday so might have a relaxing day tomorrow and catch up with my blogs and uploading them etc

Helen and Alexa are next door, I know where I should be but I'm just relaxing watching tv, doing this blogging. I just txt Alexa to change the channel cause shes got control of the digital box in there, Vern put the pay tv through to my room but I have no control on what we are watching so an abusive txt does the trick, get this crap off.

Anyway im out of here ciao

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Old 07-19-2011, 04:38 PM   #35
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Still in Durban

Today woke up early as the crew that are staying here are obviously workers and bloody noisey dam them as if I want to wake up at 6 am bloody the hide of some people.

So up and into breakfeast then went out side and Helen was leaving for work, said good bye to her and Byron her son as im thinking ill take off tomorrow morning and head over to ride the Sani Pass in Lesotho which by all accounts should be an amazing ride, probably what anyone following this blog is waiting for, me to actually ride somewhere.

I must admit ive been made to feel so welcome here in Durban and im not in any hurry.

Said good morning to Alexa she wasnt going anywhere other than to drop Channing off to school still half a sleep in her pj's. So went back into my room after everyone had left and promptly fell back asleep ahhh thats the world im best in slumberland.

Woke back up around 10:30 only to walk out to Alexa stressing out. Asked her what was up and apparently her dad Vern had a turn up at Kruger lodge and wasnt real well. Must of been a real worry, he's no spring chicken at 80 but as the day wore on the news became better, even though he had been admitted to hospital, gave her a big hug she looked like she needed it, she latched on that's for sure she's got a great bear hug, nearly put me out.

Wasnt much I could do but just be there for her if she needed anything so what did I do I took off on my bike for a ride. Headed down the beach front watching the surf, a few nice waves coming in about 5 foot on the sets. Only a few guys out surfing down the beach so alot of waves going unridden, maybe there is better spots somewhere up or down the coast but it looks pretty point free around here mainly beach break stuff with a few rocky outcrops at most.

Was just sitting there watching the waves and a guy came up who was on holidays from Johannasburg and wouldnt you guess it Ive forgotten his name and lost his card, real nice chat we had. His wife was up by the pool in one of the resorts, so he was just doing what I was doing hanging around down by the ocean.

He owned a Yamaha and had owned an 650 Dakar in the past so jibbered with him for well over an hour, hope you stop by and sorry I lost your card i'm friggin hopeless I've got to be a little more careful with that sort of thing.

Reminds me of the stuff that happens with me all the time like once a few months before I left I went over to get my yellow fever shots ok no dramas you say, well have to get the book stamped and all that right, so get all my shots done and then book signed, all to easy. Walk out the door, get on my bike, ride home and walk in the door, ok wheres the yellow fever book. For fooks sake, ok it must be somewhere, tear the bike down looking for it as it really is an important thing not to lose, ok its not here, it must be back in Mullumbimby at the surgery, better go look for it. Bolt back over there in the rain by this time. Go to the shops where I had been, no luck.

Walk back into the surgery, oh have you seen my yellow fever booklet, yes Sheldon you must of dropped it as you walked out the door it was out the front in the rain, cool I got it back. Oh by the way while you were here you forgot to pay oh ok sorry about that no probs, pay my bill everything is sweet grab my my yellow fever booklet making sure I have it this time, walk back to my bike go to get on hang on wheres my helmet, shit a brick Ive left it back in the surgery. So walk back in feeling like a total dick by this time and the lady says you will need this to which I respond, and I need to go to Africa to get lost im doing it 5 minutes from home, fair dinkum. At least over here people will just say what a dumb prick that guy was and never see me again when I do that kind of stuff. As Funny as it is it's really annoying and happens all the time. It will be one of the reason's the border crossings will be very interesting and I mean very interesting. I know its when things are the hardest for me when there is alot going on in this small little space up there, well vacant space so just trying to be as organised as I can be and if it gets to much I will just go away sit down somewhere and have another go a little later, it does worry me a bit though its one of the things im still getting used to, I dont know whether you ever do but all i can do is make the best of it, in the wash up it could be a hell of alot worse.

Anyway back to South Africa, got back on the bike and headed home, Alexa was here and was still trying to organise things with her mum and dad so I asked if she wanted me to bring Channing home from soccer training as I had told him I would come and watch him train. She was cool with that so I headed off to Gateway to rack up some internet credits and then to Channings training. I got down there and was watching the kids train, the coach is a bit of a peckerhead, shit a brick man 30 minutes of netball then 30 minutes of shooting practice seriously buddy that was a shit session.

I can be a hard marker when it comes to coaching the kids being involved with the development squads and being the youth coordinator at Byron in the past but really that was a terrible session, I reckon the kids with their 60 minutes of training kicked the ball maybe 30 times, come on man thats crap they should be touching the ball 30 times in the first 5 minutes with their feet.

At least he looked the part in all his Juventus stuff one back sock one white sock with matching white and black boot, what a classic, maybe I got him on a bad night at least he seemed to try, even the netball is good for the kids but it's supposed to be for a few minutes to get the kids to learn to move off the ball and receive it but your supposed to give them a goal at each end which they have to head through so they can catch pass and move into an attacking position then recieve again. That goes on for a few minutes then you explain what you are doing then go back to the game on the ground with the ball not just 10 kids playing netball in a small area all on top of each other for 30 minutes with no explanation of why or whatever, come on dude.

Anyway I was standing there watching this jive turkey and started talking to a kid who was kicking the ball into the goal by himself so went over and had a kick with him, we did a few drills with him and got him from toe poking the ball to locking his ankle and hitting the ball with the correct technique in 10 minutes so made a little contribution to someone down there, he actually got the hang of it real quick probably just never been shown before going by the coaching I had been witnessing.

Also showed him the right technique to head the ball by holding it in front of him getting his stance right and bending his back and then heading it out of my hand then using the technique, we went back to the goals and surprisingly he hit some really nice shots for a kid that 20 minutes before was standing there toe poking it at the goal. Its funny sometimes thats all it takes to get them going, one on one training with someone.

Channing finished training and we headed home got back here about 7ish and Alexa was here with her mum obviously a little worried and upset but everything is ok, Vern is stable and relaxing in hospital and was almost able to come home but stayed there just to be on the safe side. Sat and talked to them for awhile till about 8:30 then made my exit for them to relax as much as they could in the circumstances, im sure they must be very worried with Vern all the way up the coast all by himself in hospital. I was going to leave tomorrow after Vern and Mickey got back together but im going to hang around for a few more days to make sure that they dont need any help with anything just in case, they have been so nice to me its the least I can do is wait for Vern to come back from hospital and make sure he is ok.

Just chillaxing now hope Mickey is getting some rest im sure shes very tired and stressed out from the ordeal shes been through.

I had a few talks to people about riding the Sani Pass today sounds like an awesome ride from what I had read it is pretty steep at the top and bit danerous but they assure me ill be fine.

While I was out I had dropped into Bmw and got in trouble from Roy the guy that owns the dealership as i was riding around in boardshorts and thongs and there he was all kitted out in all his brand spankin Beemer safety stuff.

He told me that his mates a skin surgeons up at the hospital and will love me when I go to hospital and they will use a steel brush to clean my gravel grazes up when I have a stack. I told him my story about when I had a head on collision while riding on a Katana 1100 with a station wagon flying right over the car and landing on my knees sliding along where it ripped my shoes off my feet then flipping upside down looking back at my bike 20 feet in the air spinning around in what seemed like slow motion, landing back on my feet to do the kamo run off the road in front of the next car, I had severe grazes on my knees and feet full of tar and gravel from sliding along the road, so I went home after all the accident was sorted and the people in the car were all taken to hospital and I grabbed a bottle of scotch sucked half of it down my guts and went to work cleaning the gravel and tar out of my knees and feet, see so you dont need a skin surgeon to do that I said. The next day I got up went to the beach and jumped in the ocean to give it the ol salt water clean up too, to easy, man the next day in the salt water hurt though ha ha

I did eventually go to the doctor a few months after the accident though cause I still couldnt bend my leg, anyway the things you do, that was so long ago its like 4 or 5 near death experiences back.

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Lunch with the Girls

Had a pretty quiet day just been chilling went to lunch with Alexa her mum, JJs wife and Di another friend, was quite funny we just went to the chinese restaraunt where me and Alexa had been before. The girls started talking about make up nails and all the girl stuff quite funny I had to remind them that I only wear frocks on Mondays. Went and picked Channing up after school and headed home nothing exciting today but just spending time with nice people. Played with Channing in the backyard for awhile and hung out for awhile it as a nice day.

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Met Caryn the Barbie doll from the other day down the Shop today

Went for a ride for awhile today then just headed down to the beach front was a another nice day for riding nothing to wild jsut getting to know town a little more its actually really nice around here I like it.

Went into Gateway the shopping centre to get some more internet phone creds and while was there thought id get Channing a hockey stick as he had been hassling his mum for one. Found a pretty good one, so got it for him, a hockey ball pretty cheap really.

Left the shop and as I was walking back I saw the blonde girl from the club the other night that looked like a Barbie doll, I had asked Alexa her name so said hi Caryn and stopped and had a chat to her. I joined her and we went looking for some stuff that she needed, she seems really nice and gorgeous to boot, had to ask her if she wanted to catch up again and she was happy to but im not holding my breath wouldn't be the first person that ive asked out not to hear back from, but heres hoping.

I txt Caryn to check out my website just so she knows im not a mass murderer or something, she txt straight back saying she was going to ring Alexa so thats a good start i can slip Alexa a few bucks to give me as good wrap.

Channing came home from school and we had a game of hockey out the back then a game of forcings back hitting it as hard as we could and yeah you guessed it done my back in, shit a brick, anyway tell someone that cares.

Helen came over to keep Mickey company as Alexa had to go home. Me, Mickey and Helen had a few drinks, well they did they were hitting it pretty hard I had only had a few, then Helen says we should go to the club, I sought of ummed and arred but Mickey was saying we should go so ok lets go then and off to the club we went.

Walking into a club at midnight is always tough so thought id hit a few quick ones and get stuck in as Helen was pretty pissed from drinking at home, righto 20 minutes later ive had 4 or 5 so im getting a smile on the dial already.

Helen is really nice so we had a lot of fun. Met a few of her friends down there all really nice people so all good. Stayed there for a few hours then went to her mates club next door which is the standard late night club, they are the same anywhere in the world other than its so cheap to drink over here 2 bucks a beer or something silly.

We both ended up pretty hammered, alright pretty shitfaced and got home around 3:30 had a few laughs and then crashed.



Out for drinks with Helen tonight the regulation munchies on the way home.
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Recovery Day

Woke up feeling like absolute poop today but not going anywhere and Caryn txt and said can we hook up tomorrow so thats a bonus didnt feel like doing anything today.

Channing and Alexa came over after school I thought it was 4 oclock and had slept all day but apparently the kids finish school at 1pm on Friday so that was good I wasnt the total bum I thought I was.

Alexa and her mum invited me in for dinner later so me and Channing just played out the front for awhile with his new hockey stick and just kept out of the way of them preparing dinner. Mickey cooked us a nice chicken schnitzel, bloody nice too. It was getting a little late around 8, Channing Alexa and Mickey were starting to relax so made my exit and came back to die, I felt like crap still.

So today was pretty much non event, Vern is apparently on the mend and may be able to come home soon which will be good for everyone its been a real worry for them

My back is still really sore from the other day I feel like crap from drinking, looking forward to meeting Caryn tomorrow in the morning for breakfeast you know how you just have this feeling about someone for some reason I got it about her, time will tell, it probably has something to do with her nice rack more than anything, I'm only human....Just.

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What a day started at 10am meeting Caryn down the surf club for breakfeast, she txt and said that she will be the regualation 10 minutes late so thats all good its where ive been going down the beach for my rides and its really nice down there. Caryn turned up and we just had a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich chatting away enjoying each others company.

Had a really good time, sitting on the beach front over looking the ocean. She seems like a really nice friendly person as all the people I have met here in South Africa. Was getting towards 11:30 and I had been invited to the Wings Club with the crew to watch the South African v Australian Wallaby rugby test match but was open to anything to happen today, I asked Caryn what her plans were for the day and if she was going to be watching the rugby, it's so big the rugby union over here even the girl's love it. She said a few of her friends were watching it over the road so she rang and asked them if it was ok that I came along, we left our beach front rendezvous and then she followed me in her car back up to the lodge to drop my bike off so at least I can drink.

Got back to the Cotton Club where I had been with Helen the other night and met her friends Antwon, Tizi and her husband Byron and a few of their other friends. The rugby had already started so that was good made the introductions a little less formal as everyone was yeah hi mate watching the rugby, just the way i like it.

WI was about to go to the bar, Caryn was talking to me when the Wallabies scored their first try, I sought of ditched her and was screaming at the tv ahahahah great start fobbing a chick off for the rugby is always going to get their attention, you know the better they are the more the guys pander all over them but not this little black duck and especially when I'm watching the rugby. I feel really comfortable with her and we were there to watch the rugby in the wash up, she just walked off and went back to her seat and after the replay I went back over and said sorry but oh well she was cool with it, se just didn't like it because it was her side getting scored against.

We started getting into it Caryn and Tizi into champagne me into pints of Hansa beer its pretty nice stuff. The boys were doing these shots every time someone scored so there was quite a few of them flying around so who was I to say no, this was going to be a good day, if not a little messy.

The Wallabies played really well and smashed the Springboks so I was happy you've never seen so many heads in hands when the Sprinboks made a mistake or the Aussies scored. Caryn was supposed to be going to leave at 5 as she had a date with some bloke but in the end she rang him and told him to come and meet us at the club. We were all getting smashed and Byron and Tizi left, well Tizi did with one of the other mates Byron had backdoored it at some stage.

Started to get a little messy but was all great fun me and Caryn were getting on great and having lots of laughs dont ask me what about I just know I was having fun and we were all laughing our heads off alot of the time, was great. Got to the stage where I was trying to sell Caryn to some old bloke, he offered me 10 000 rand but I haggled him down to 5 saying oh she drives me mad you will be doing me a favour just to funny, im glad she took it all in good humour then again if she didnt like my humour or me she would of been out of there at 10:30 this morning and it was now around midnight I think.

They do a tab thing here with the bar stuff and im not sure if its the wisest way to do it when your hitting the piss so hard, Peter, Caryns supposed date got a bill for 3000 Rand how the fuck did he rack up 400 bucks I know what im like, i wasnt drinking all that much by that stage well definatly me and Caryn weren't as we were already spastic by the time he got there. He did have a lot of younger rugby guys hanging around that Caryn said he knew so they were probably hammering his tab a bit id imagine.

I was buying mine at the bar after I paid and earlier tab which came to about 150 aussie bucks which is no drama as that was like all the piss, shots and champagne for about 6 people all drinking heavily and id take that much out with me in Australia for myself. Got to love the cost of grog here no wonder they all drink so much.

I cant even tell you what time it was when we left somewhere between 2:30am and 3am but I was absolutely smashed as was Caryn's and her friend Peter we all stumbled out. I stopped to jibber to some dude and Caryn and Peter had walked ahead with some other guy and were walking Caryn home just up the road, by the time I started following they were a hundred metres up the road and I thought oh stuff it im getting a taxi home, so jumped a taxi and got out of there.

We txt each other a few times between 3:30 and 4 am when we both got home so she got home safely so our day went from 10am to then, what a fantastic day spent with and absolute angel and her friends .
I could serioulsy get real comfortable here and meeting Caryn certainly isnt going to make it any easier to leave but hey im not on any time frame, everyone ive had the good fortune to come into contact with has been absolutely amazingly friendly. It was suggested on facebook to throw her in my luggage, that certainly sounds like a great idea.



Caryn on the left of the pitcture and Tizi in the stripes, what a great day.








The fishing is obviously great here in Durban caught these 2 beauties, wonder what the deal is with the catch and release policy id like to hold onto one of these to eat later.
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Just relaxing doing it tough with Caryn on the left and some random blonde I have no idea who she was on the right, I should pay more attention though obviously.
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Riding in the rain

The last few days have been pretty shitty weather but good excuse not to do anything.
Today Durban had some of the wildest weather they have had in 20 years apparently, ships breaking there anchors and washing aground just up the coast was really strange weather for them so I was told. Sittign around the lodge doing nothing so thought that id go for a ride in it, so get on my bike and go for a ride in it to nowhere. It was blowing an absolute gale and flogging down with rain, why would I go for a ride on a day like that, cause I can. Just love it.
Was great rode around for an hour or two then all the way down the beach front where i usually wouldnt of been allowed to ride as there was absolutely noone down near the ocean, it was deserted so that was nice. The boardwalk is only a few ks long but but its actually very nice, have walked a bit of it but while there was noone around I just got on and rode along it.
Was pretty dry had my boardshorts under my wet weather gear so didnt really matter was a tad coolish but nothing to bad the climate around here is pretty dam good.
Went up to the bike place to get the screen raiser thing for my bike to try and get this wind off my head and neck so picked that up, ill take that over to the dealer at some stage you have to drill through the perspex and was told the Yamaha guys would do it. Went for a bit more of a ride then came home. Just love it
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So its Tuesday now the weather is till pretty wild so just hung around did the regulation bike ride then to the shops etc so nothing out of the ordinary. That was till 4am in the morning lol this is going to have to be a very edited version of the nights events and no names mentioned at the request of the culprit ha ha

Ok so I was actually awake at 3:30am, still have shitty sleep with my neck and back but this is the story.
I was just lying in bed on facebook and I get a txt message, “are you up” ok yeah im awake so the next one is well ill be around in a few minutes put the kettle on, Ok then, so here it is 4am in the morning and I get a visitor and it was a very pretty visitor too, not the one I would of liked but oh well as they say in the good book NEXT!!!!! She had been out and had wanted to party but noone was there to party with her so it was poor old me that had to get up, oh just terrible, why me I thought, life just wasnt meant to be easy was it.

Now im not going to complain to much about my misfortune of having her sitting on the end of my bed at 4am but fair dinkum. I really should complain to management, they let anyone in here, it could of been a robber ha ha. We partook in [edited on request] and then [edited at request] then after spilling the ash tray on my nice clean white doona and [edited at request] and then leaving a wet spot on my bed, yes she spilt her water too, she left and headed off around 6am. Was a very nice surprise put it that way, one that id be happy with at any time even it was all just innocent fun, after all I am a sweet innocent lovable guy who just likes to make people happy.

Was interesting evening to say the least, needless to say nothing untoward happened but I guess that depends on your classification of untoward doesn't it. I asked her how I was supposed to blog this, so this is my attempt. Was fun with you as usual [edited at request] talk to you soon. ha ha

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Shepherds Keep Orphanage

Had a really different day today, i've been having a great time but thought it was time to do something constructive with the rideforsmiles.com so got on the internet late last night and research a few of the local orphanages in and around Durban. Came across Shepherds Keep here on the south side of Durban so thought Id just go for a ride and see what its all about.

Had thought i would find one with older children so i could let them sit on the motorbike and maybe take them for a little spin but something drew me to Shepherds keep so off I went.

Arrived out of the blue and rang the doorbell and was welcomed in. Colin and his son in law Andre came down to greet me and we sat down for a chat. Was an interesting talk, told them about my adventure and how it came to be and Colin said its funny you arriving now as just a little while ago they had beern sitting down discussing living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment, exactly what im doing just enjoying every moment of the second chance ive been gifted with after my accident, talk about timing.

They showed me around the orphanage it really is an amazing job what they do for those kids, some coming from absolutely horrific beginnings. I didnt really get emotional about it but did later tonight, it certainly touches you in a special way. You can focus on the babies horrific beginnings but they do fall in to Colin and his families loving caring hands and they have found homes for over 500 abandoned babies all around the world, in Colin's words he is a grandfather to 507 children, what a man.

While I was there I just had this sense I was surrounded by little angels that had been blessed with the gift of life. I left them a little gift as well but there is no need to post what it was its not really important and they gave me a small gift in return which was totally unexpected, what an amazing day and to meet such a beautiful family giving so much to those beautiful babies.
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