Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Johannesburg to Kampala Solo on Vstrom 650.

What Lay in Wait:
The story of my journey through eleven African countries.

First Things First: 
There are two kinds of dreamers: those who do nothing about it; and those who do something about it. John Robie of 702 Talk Show calls the first  daydreamers and the second adventurers  who live their dreams in real time.
The Dreamer and Scorpion in Mbala Zambia

The Beginning
"Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. Your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil" (James Allen). We all have dreams. In themselves,  naught if they remain mere dreams. Nurtured they are the bedrock of growth, the flight to freedom, the buds of goals and sometimes the petals of 'happiness'.  To grow is to set goals and to pursue them to a logical conclusion. In this manner  I set out on my odyssey from Johannesburg to Kampala and back to Johannesburg. 

On Inspiration:
I don't know if I got the bug from somewhere. What I do know is that I am an adventurer. They have certain intrinsic persona that go the extra mile  'magis'. They have faith, they are importunate and risk is not a stranger to them.

On Adventure: 
Adventure means different things for different people.  For me, it has tended towards travelling. The last one in 2004 took me around South Africa: Johannesburg to Cape Agulhas; Cape Town to Port Nolloth; Mafikeng to Kruger Park in 67 days in my ten year old 323 Mazda. Bless that car dear Lord!

Now it is a journey on a dual-purpose bike, solo through many countries. Isn't that something to talk about?   Recall the "Long Way Down" by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman  nothing like that.  Just a lone rider adventuring.


On History and Planning: 
After the 2004 trip, I set my sight to the North.  The dream become true on the 4th Dec 2009.  Many things happened between 2004 and 2009.  Some of it is here: Wilddogs Adventure Riding!

Important: The story is told episodically.  Each episode tells an account of the whole. There are several episodes.  You enjoy reading.  You are blessed! 

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