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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #80 on: October 31, 2018, 09:09:33 pm »
They already had a swim and we did not waste any time to get into the river as well, ice cold water in 40 degrees heat was the best thing you could ask for and of course an ice cold beer would have been the cherry on top but there was none to find….

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« Reply #82 on: October 31, 2018, 09:17:59 pm »
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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #83 on: November 01, 2018, 06:46:47 am »
I was fortunate enough to be part of the Honda Quest 2017 as well as 2018.

For some reasons I still do not know I left Quest 2017 a little unfulfilled. I did not quite find the life changing experience I was hoping for despite riding some of the best terrain and the most beautiful parts of the continent I have ever been to.

The hard work started for Quest 2018 with some Recce's, a Bootcamp and then the actual event. Whatever Quest 2017 was not on a personal level, Quest 2018 was and even more.

I can only describe it as one of the few events that's had the biggest impact on my life. I guess it is no secret that I shed some tears on the final day and that I am still a little emotional about the whole experience.

I got to see 14 strangers become friends and hardship forming a special bond between them. I saw their passion for riding bikes, for each other and I saw their giving nature. The true spirit of Quest.

Hardy and his Specialised Adventures team in conjunction with Honda SA made magic happen. Magic so eloquently captured by Kalon Films and Will Venter.

It was an absolute privilege and honor to be part of Quest 2018 and I will be forever greatful to the crew and 14 very special people who changed my life.

I cannot wait to relive it through their eyes and words.

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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #84 on: November 01, 2018, 08:05:50 am »
I was fortunate enough to be part of the Honda Quest 2017 as well as 2018.

For some reasons I still do not know I left Quest 2017 a little unfulfilled. I did not quite find the life changing experience I was hoping for despite riding some of the best terrain and the most beautiful parts of the continent I have ever been to.

The hard work started for Quest 2018 with some Recce's, a Bootcamp and then the actual event. Whatever Quest 2017 was not on a personal level, Quest 2018 was and even more.

I can only describe it as one of the few events that's had the biggest impact on my life. I guess it is no secret that I shed some tears on the final day and that I am still a little emotional about the whole experience.

I got to see 14 strangers become friends and hardship forming a special bond between them. I saw their passion for riding bikes, for each other and I saw their giving nature. The true spirit of Quest.

Hardy and his Specialised Adventures team in conjunction with Honda SA made magic happen. Magic so eloquently captured by Kalon Films and Will Venter.

It was an absolute privilege and honor to be part of Quest 2018 and I will be forever greatful to the crew and 14 very special people who changed my life.

I cannot wait to relive it through their eyes and words.


I haven't been involved at all apart from being on the outside looking in , the thing that struck me is the camaraderie ,  enthusiasm and humility of everyone involved , and that is from the participants to all involved in the background .
If it has done anything for me , and that is looking in from the outside , is that I am looking at things differently , trying to be more patient with people , trying to help out more where I can and being a lot less impulsive , so if that is the effect I have had just from looking then I can only imagine that being directly involved can only be described as earth moving .


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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #85 on: November 01, 2018, 08:08:25 am »
I was fortunate enough to be part of the Honda Quest 2017 as well as 2018.

For some reasons I still do not know I left Quest 2017 a little unfulfilled. I did not quite find the life changing experience I was hoping for despite riding some of the best terrain and the most beautiful parts of the continent I have ever been to.

The hard work started for Quest 2018 with some Recce's, a Bootcamp and then the actual event. Whatever Quest 2017 was not on a personal level, Quest 2018 was and even more.

I can only describe it as one of the few events that's had the biggest impact on my life. I guess it is no secret that I shed some tears on the final day and that I am still a little emotional about the whole experience.

I got to see 14 strangers become friends and hardship forming a special bond between them. I saw their passion for riding bikes, for each other and I saw their giving nature. The true spirit of Quest.

Hardy and his Specialised Adventures team in conjunction with Honda SA made magic happen. Magic so eloquently captured by Kalon Films and Will Venter.

It was an absolute privilege and honor to be part of Quest 2018 and I will be forever greatful to the crew and 14 very special people who changed my life.

I cannot wait to relive it through their eyes and words.


I haven't been involved at all apart from being on the outside looking in , the thing that struck me is the camaraderie ,  enthusiasm and humility of everyone involved , and that is from the participants to all involved in the background .
If it has done anything for me , and that is looking in from the outside , is that I am looking at things differently , trying to be more patient with people , trying to help out more where I can and being a lot less impulsive , so if that is the effect I have had just from looking then I can only imagine that being directly involved can only be described as earth moving .

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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #86 on: November 01, 2018, 08:12:43 am »
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« Reply #87 on: November 01, 2018, 08:23:06 am »
I had very little opportunity to take pictures but would love to share what I have.

The first night always starts off with plenty of tents which seems to disappear and make way for stretchers only as the days pass.






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« Reply #88 on: November 01, 2018, 08:48:12 am »
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« Reply #89 on: November 01, 2018, 04:06:26 pm »
It looks like I have some catching up to do, the thread is already on Quest and I have just left Bootcamp.

The 2 weeks between the phone call and Leaving for Quest were busy as anything, work was crazy with broken processes from the office move and new systems to learn, and try to balance that with Quest preparation, making lists and shopping for items required, I think I visited Dischem more times in those 2 weeks than I have in my life. On top of that Andrew sent a message asking us to complete 2 online questionnaires, at a time when we were relaxed, not tired and were able to focus on our answers, about 45min each - hmm. As the time got closer the lists seemed to get longer, and before I knew it, it was the day before Quest.

I woke that morning and said goodbye to the family as they each left the house to start their day, I was due to leave for Ceres later that afternoon to meet the rest of the contestants at a B&B, so we could travel to Kaleo together the next day and arrive on time for our 8:30 start. 

My partner, Judy reminded me I had offered to drop her car in for a service just down the road, apparently we had spoken about it and I had agreed.

I left early and decided to walk back via the green belt rather than wait for the shuttle, besides some headspace the fresh air would be welcome. I remember passing people out walking their dogs, jogging or just going for a morning stroll, I overheard a couple in conversation as I passed them, I left the path to allow them to pass, as I returned I was aware of 2 guys standing just off to one side, they took a step towards me, and in one motion, one of them pulled and cocked a firearm which he pointed at my chest - the other stepped to my side. "Give me your phone" the one with the gun said, I stared at it trying to work out if it was loaded and for a split second I thought about calling his bluff - a voice inside convinced me it was not worth taking a chance at point blank range, so I handed it over, they turned and ran.

Phuck!

In that moment you feel helpless, you start playing through all the things you could have done, you realise how messed up things are and how dependant we are on those silly devices, my whole life just ran away, messages, plans, lists, access to bank accounts.  It took me all of 10min to walk the rest of the way home - only to realise I had no way to contact or tell anyone what had just happened.

My list of stuff to deal with just got a whole lot longer, report to the police, buy a new sim card and block phone, find and charge old phone, cancel meetings, call Judy and let her know, download and configure apps I might need in the coming week.

Judy got out of meetings and Uber'ed home, she was worried, she told me she was sure everyone would understand if I dropped out of Quest, I hadn't even thought about that, but when she said it, I started to feel concerned over the wellbeing of the family as it had happened so close to home, I was worried they would feel unsafe with me away, but at the same time I felt an obligation to see it through and not drop Hardy and my teammates with less than 24hrs to go.  We discussed it and I assured her I would be ok, if they felt ok with me going.  I called Hardy and told him what had happened and sent Hannes a message to let him know I would no longer be joining them that night.

5am the next morning I set off with all my gear strapped to the back of the little 250 Rally, distracted by recent events, all the way to Kaleo.
 

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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #90 on: November 01, 2018, 05:55:13 pm »
That is pretty scary , glad you are ok , it could so easily have gone pear shaped
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« Reply #91 on: November 01, 2018, 06:56:45 pm »
You did the right thing, when I was in an armed robbery end of last year I calmed the lady and gave co-operation even when I wanted to stuff his gun up his backside only to later find out that the same guys had beaten their previous victims very badly for not giving co-operation!
Got a bad scare on monday as my phone was stolen in Port Shepstone taxi rank and in Margate taxi rank, I had to push past the victim of a apparent robbery where he was lying stabbed full of holes. Could have been me!
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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #92 on: November 02, 2018, 04:43:41 am »
Character - "the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual."

I was really looking forward to this year's Quest, as the group was loaded with diverse personalities and character. From the outset at boot camp we decided to choose characters in order to make Quest 2018 even more interesting and eventful.
 
Boot camp was difficult - It shoots you in the foot when you choose 30 good semi finalists, as you, at some point, have to whittle them down to 14.
We debated and argued for hours after the semi-finalists left, and eventually decided on the final 14 just before 17h00 on the Friday afternoon .
Thank you to everyone that attended - you were all fantastic.

It was interesting to see how Karoo Kid, Scrat, Kobus Myburgh, and Kamanya who formed part of the crew, approached the choosing of the finalists, since they went through boot camp as semi finalists, in 2017.
The decision to include these four ex-Quest contestants, proved to be the best decision I have made regarding Quest 2018.

Andrew (Kamanya) was going to be the media liaison officer on Quest - He quickly showed that he was never only going to be just that.
Scrat (Gerrit du Toit) - Instructor
Kobus Myburgh (aka KTM Kobus) - Instructor
Karoo Kid (Charl du Plessis) - Instructor

More about my adventure with these four men later....



 

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« Reply #93 on: November 02, 2018, 05:05:42 am »
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« Reply #94 on: November 02, 2018, 06:44:36 am »
It looks like I have some catching up to do, the thread is already on Quest and I have just left Bootcamp.

The 2 weeks between the phone call and Leaving for Quest were busy as anything, work was crazy with broken processes from the office move and new systems to learn, and try to balance that with Quest preparation, making lists and shopping for items required, I think I visited Dischem more times in those 2 weeks than I have in my life. On top of that Andrew sent a message asking us to complete 2 online questionnaires, at a time when we were relaxed, not tired and were able to focus on our answers, about 45min each - hmm. As the time got closer the lists seemed to get longer, and before I knew it, it was the day before Quest.

I woke that morning and said goodbye to the family as they each left the house to start their day, I was due to leave for Ceres later that afternoon to meet the rest of the contestants at a B&B, so we could travel to Kaleo together the next day and arrive on time for our 8:30 start. 

My partner, Judy reminded me I had offered to drop her car in for a service just down the road, apparently we had spoken about it and I had agreed.

I left early and decided to walk back via the green belt rather than wait for the shuttle, besides some headspace the fresh air would be welcome. I remember passing people out walking their dogs, jogging or just going for a morning stroll, I overheard a couple in conversation as I passed them, I left the path to allow them to pass, as I returned I was aware of 2 guys standing just off to one side, they took a step towards me, and in one motion, one of them pulled and cocked a firearm which he pointed at my chest - the other stepped to my side. "Give me your phone" the one with the gun said, I stared at it trying to work out if it was loaded and for a split second I thought about calling his bluff - a voice inside convinced me it was not worth taking a chance at point blank range, so I handed it over, they turned and ran.

Phuck!

In that moment you feel helpless, you start playing through all the things you could have done, you realise how messed up things are and how dependant we are on those silly devices, my whole life just ran away, messages, plans, lists, access to bank accounts.  It took me all of 10min to walk the rest of the way home - only to realise I had no way to contact or tell anyone what had just happened.

My list of stuff to deal with just got a whole lot longer, report to the police, buy a new sim card and block phone, find and charge old phone, cancel meetings, call Judy and let her know, download and configure apps I might need in the coming week.

Judy got out of meetings and Uber'ed home, she was worried, she told me she was sure everyone would understand if I dropped out of Quest, I hadn't even thought about that, but when she said it, I started to feel concerned over the wellbeing of the family as it had happened so close to home, I was worried they would feel unsafe with me away, but at the same time I felt an obligation to see it through and not drop Hardy and my teammates with less than 24hrs to go.  We discussed it and I assured her I would be ok, if they felt ok with me going.  I called Hardy and told him what had happened and sent Hannes a message to let him know I would no longer be joining them that night.

5am the next morning I set off with all my gear strapped to the back of the little 250 Rally, distracted by recent events, all the way to Kaleo.

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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #95 on: November 02, 2018, 06:46:57 am »
I promised myself that I will not Hijack this thread, but Hardy sparked something in me with his comment.

As part of our job we had to recce the route which gave me time to get to know the crew better.

Scrat and Kobus was team number 10 on Quest 2017 and understood each other as a team.

Since Quest 2017 Scrat became a very good friend of mine and we rode together quite a bit.

Even the recce for me was something very special. We got to bond as a team and as instructors. We had some amazing days in the saddle and experienced true adventure like I haven’t in many years.

To make a long story short - I would go to war with these guys. The camaraderie, laughs, tough times and good times were all special.

The scene was set for Quest 2018


















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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #96 on: November 02, 2018, 10:51:31 am »
Story and video from Kalon Films:

Day 1

Day one was planned to be an easy entry into the joys of Richtersveld desert riding; Easy gravel to for the first half to find their feet so to speak, then a reasonably short section of the fabled Namakwa Eco trail to make friends with the sandy remote jeep trails next to the Orange River.

The challenging trail is a mix of rocky tracks and sandy river beds witnessed by the massive desert mountains that flank the River as it winds its way towards the ocean along the border of South Africa and Namibia.

For many this is a first for many things; deserts, sand, over 40 degree heat and powerful big adventure bikes.

Some found the introduction a steep learning curve.

Being a desert there is little respite from the sun, so the day was cooled by a dip in the cool waters of the Orange river.

For those that found the sand hard going an impromptu coaching session was held on a plateau overlooking the river.

Tomorrow is the heart of the trail with many long sandy sections, steep rocky climbs and iconic panoramic views.

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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #97 on: November 02, 2018, 01:22:26 pm »
What a journey this was! I'll add my contribution later, time allowing. I'm missing Bike no 8.

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Re: Honda Quest True Adventure 2018
« Reply #98 on: November 02, 2018, 01:34:13 pm »
Mmmm  meisie , ek sien n' GS binnekort op die mark  :biggrin:
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« Reply #99 on: November 02, 2018, 01:35:33 pm »
Mmmm  meisie , ek sien n' GS binnekort op die mark 
Lol, daar's plek langs die GS vir 'n AT...

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