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As promised in my last post, here are some pics from our sensational Soccer World Cup experience, starting with one of the trio sitting next to us on the train. They demonstrated just how it was done: South Africa for Africa – staying true to our roots sporting SA fan gear together with the Ghanaian flag!
FANS OF AFRICA – 2010 Soccer World Cup, Metrorail, Johannesburg Continue reading
Tonight’s the night we head to South Africa’s flagship stadium, Soccer City near Soweto, Johannesburg, for the quarter-final match between Uruguay and Ghana. With all due respect and apologies to Uruguay, we’ll be yelling for Ghana, as Africa’s only remaining hope for a first ever semifinal spot in a World Cup tournament!
We have stunning seats, huge thanks to a friend of ours, as well as the disappointed English fan who he inherited them from. They are certainly not going to waste 🙂
WORLD CUP SOCCER TICKETS for quarter-finals at Soccer City! Continue reading
As you may already have gathered from this blog, Dave is an avid enduro rider and racer, participating in South Africa’s National Pro Masters Class and sponsored by Pro Action KTM, as well as Venture Sport, who are the importers of top biking gear such as Scott clothing, Airoh helmets, HGS performance exhaust pipes, TCX motocross and superbike boots, etc. He did them all proud on Saturday, winning gold at the Enduro World X-Country held at Serendipity Eco Trails near Modimolle (previously called Nylstroom). Unfortunately, I forgot to take our cameras along – a mistake I won’t repeat this weekend at Montagu!
Instead, here are a few photo’s that you may enjoy, which Dave took last month on a training trip in Lesotho. One of the things that must be said for this sport, is that it takes the competitors (and us fans) deep into the heart of some spectacular countryside!
Dave participated in the first SA enduro of the year on Saturday: the EWXC (Enduro World Cross Country) held at Arrow’s Rest near Hartebeespoort Dam (not far from Johannesburg). We took along our cameras to capture some of the mayhem 🙂
Here’s Dave getting ready to race on his Team Pro Action KTM motorbike, not realizing at the time that he’d broken a rib only a few days before…he has a pretty high pain threshold!!
Dave got the hole-shot in the Masters Class, before a sharp rock slashed his tyre during the first lap. This put him out of the race and was most disappointing for him, but surely saved his rib any more harm 🙂
For the rest of the field, though, there was a war to contend with!
A few of the big guns took on the challenge of the extreme enduro event – and boy, was it EXTREME! This is Wild Will Gillitt of www.wildwillracing.com in action. He was also responsible for setting the gnarly EWXC course!
I was treated on Sunday to the most magical few hours horse-riding with wonderful friends and wild game. If you ever have this opportunity, do not pass it up!
We rode at a beautiful place near Hartebeespoort Dam (not far from Johannesburg), which stocks Wildebeest, Zebra, a variety of Buck, Jackal, Porcupines, among other things…and a gorgeous male giraffe. He is dubbed “George” by the locals, but is COMPLETELY WILD.
Here are a few stunning pics, courtesy of Tuija Jantunen (from Finland) and Andy Hanmer, which show something quite spectacular: Tuija and her mare Destiny interacting with the giraffe! We thought that loneliness may have made him more friendly, since his mate died a little while ago. The good news for George is that he will soon have some more females to play with 🙂
…and a pic of me with the awesome little gelding Warrior, who has the biggest heart and surest footing ever! THANK YOU, Warrior, beautiful boy!! HUGE thanks also to Shaun and Janice who let me ride him!!
Big congratulations to the USA for beating Spain into the finals of the Confederations Cup, in the biggest football upset in years! What a pleasure to be hosting the tournament here in South Africa. We’re holding thumbs for Bafana Bafana … Continue reading