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Offline Kamanya

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2020 Honda Quest
« on: November 03, 2020, 01:52:51 pm »
Ok, ok! I know you like all your presents at once and prefer to read your reports from start to finish. Well, even I don’t know what’s about to happen. I woke this morning at the beautiful Kaleao Guest Farm in the Cedarberg waiting for the first of the contestants to arrive.



(it’s 35 degrees now and only going to cook more the further north we go)


Tomorrow is the long trek for all of us to meet up with the bikes in Springbok. It’s only there that they will be told in the evening who their team mate is going to be and do final prep for the bikes – hand guards and my favourite – the mounting of their stickers on their own bikes.

Imagine waiting all this time – we were supposed to go in April, but Covid scuppered that. Then we were due to go in September and the government put a spanner in that one too. – And now it is finally happening.

Anyway, I can’t wait! I am hoping the crew and contestants will add their 5c as we go along if they can squeeze in the time.

So, welcome to the 2020 Honda Quest, it should be epic!

Some memories from the past two events to wet your appetites (go back and do yourself a favour and read those mega ride reports)…











« Last Edit: November 03, 2020, 04:26:08 pm by Kamanya »
I wonder where that gravel road goes? And that, has usually made all the difference. (Apologies to Mr Frost)

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Re: 2020 Honda Quest
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2020, 02:19:08 pm »
Good luck to all and everyone! Hope you have lots of water available!

Go @bud500:biggrin:
 
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Re: 2020 Honda Quest
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2020, 02:47:30 pm »
Sheez... I am jealous!!!!!

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Re: 2020 Honda Quest
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2020, 03:10:37 pm »
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2020, 03:26:06 pm »
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Re: 2020 Honda Quest
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2020, 03:32:44 pm »
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Re: 2020 Honda Quest
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2020, 04:28:54 pm »
 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Yay, this is so exciting! Thanks for keeping us posted Kamanya.  :thumleft:
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Re: 2020 Honda Quest
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2020, 04:30:51 pm »
will be following  this thread daily  :ricky:

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2020, 04:48:33 pm »
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Re: 2020 Honda Quest
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2020, 04:54:19 pm »
At last !!
 

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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2020, 08:43:35 pm »
Good luck @bud500!
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Re: 2020 Honda Quest
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2020, 09:53:29 pm »
Day Minus One

And so the 3rd edition of The Honda Quest starts exactly where it’ll end, the gorgeous Kaleo Guest Farm nestled up against the Cedarberg in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The contestants are busy making their way through to this little oasis. Tomorrow it starts and in 10 days’ time, if the gods of Adventure are willing, we, a merry little band of 14 contestants and the Specialised Adventure crew will have travelled 2123km over some of the finest adventure tracks and gravel roads in Southern Africa aboard the 2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin, to be back here again.

So just what is this Honda Quest?

Well, Honda believe that the Africa Twin is the finest large dual sport adventure motorcycle available today. It’s a bold claim! The 2020 version is the current edition of a hard earned heritage that includes being a 4 time winner of the Paris – Dakar Rally in the late 80’s, a legendary status as a highly capable large adventure bike that has taken many from home to furthest remote adventures and, the first dual sport adventure bike to sport the highly acclaimed dual clutch automatic transmission. With such a fine pedigree, how best could one showcase all the promise that this bike can deliver? Enter Honda Quest.

The ingredients are; firstly a stretch of the planet that is both rugged, remote and beautiful that has ample reminders of those harsh desert rally roots to test man and machine, a place where utter reliability and versatility is crucial.  Next, find 14 adventurers plucked from their everyday lives. Then, pair them up into teams and put them each aboard a bike. Make the prize for the winning pair, the very bike they are sitting aboard and then set off into the unknown. And lastly, let the unrehearsed and unscripted story unfold.

However the competition is not a race. It’s going to take a very well-oiled team who espouse the qualities that would make them a fine addition to any group of adventurers. It is an adventure expedition, designed to test human endurance, teamwork and adaptability. There will be tough days for both the bikes and riders where the trails are technical and difficult and the whole group will have to work together to make it though.

Maybe what’s needed could be best described by Kobus Myberg’s message to the current contestants on the eve of their departure. Kobus was a contestant on the very first Quest and instructor on the last version who sadly couldn’t be with us on this one. Kobus is the very embodiment of the Honda Quest adventurer;

“The last time I checked there was 1 day, 11 hours and 45 minutes remaining before the start of Honda Quest - True Adventure.  As the long wait draws to a close for 14 excited contestants, I relive the moments that instilled such fond memories in me.

To all the contestants:

Some of you will be already packed, some will have repacked a couple of times trying to fit everything in and some are still working flat out and wondering when they will find the time to pack everything. For a few this will be the longest expedition they have ever ventured on and are really nervous of the unexpected. A few of you will still jump on the treadmill for the last time, wondering if you’ve done enough physical preparation.  Some are vigorously working on last minute preparations for their presentations. And then there will be the Class Captain that is already packed, presentation aced and you’ve got your whole strategy sorted.  Yes, you know who you are.

From my own experience, I recommend the following essential tools to pack with:

- Integrity
- Sense of humour
- Your true personality
- Team Spirit
- Honesty
- Respect
- Humility
- Fairness
- Compassion
- Responsibility

There will be some long days, some difficult days, hot days, windy days and some days where you have doubt that you’re cut out for this.  If I can quote one of Gené’s favourite sayings - “Toughen up cupcake!” - you are absolutely capable of doing this, that’s why you were selected. There will be days where your team mate and even other teams will need your support and days where you need theirs. Look out for the signs and don’t be shy when you need the support of others.

Always remember that this is not a race.  Pace yourself in everything that you do, hydrate often and look after yourself and everyone else.  To complete this event you need to look after your body and your mind. Don’t lose sight of the fact that it is a competition with a huge prize at stake.  Competition can bring out the best and the worst in people, you need to decide which side of the scale you want to be.

Lastly, listen to what the Specialised Adventure crew advise.  Everything that is said, even if you disagree, is for very good reasons.  Your safety is of primary concern to Honda and the Specialised Adventures team and their decisions always take that into consideration.

I want to close by wishing each and every one of you the best of luck.  May you make many friends, grow as a human being and come back enriched by the experience.  Enjoy every moment.

Best Regards,
Kobus Myburgh”

This, is Honda Quest; there’s adventure, there’s a bike and there’s soul. All the best ingredients for a life changing journey.

“Unless a man undertakes more than he can possibly can do, he will never do all that he can” – Henry Drummond




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Re: 2020 Honda Quest
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2020, 03:24:10 am »
Go I&horse and co.

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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2020, 04:06:13 am »
I'm also following this thread  :sip:
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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2020, 05:05:17 am »
Here we go!
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Re: 2020 Honda Quest
« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2020, 05:45:15 am »
The sun is rising over the Cederberg, Guinea fowl, Peacocks, Wild geese and birds chirping in the trees.
The first contestants are moving and getting their things together.
The excitement is tangible this morning.
Quest 2020 is finally starting in a few hours!
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« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2020, 06:03:02 am »
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Re: 2020 Honda Quest
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2020, 07:21:10 am »
Good luck to all but special good luck for @bud500.

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« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2020, 07:28:53 am »
Good luck to everyone.

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Re: 2020 Honda Quest
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2020, 08:19:25 am »
Only this evening does it officially start once we’ve got to Springbok. The before shot...
« Last Edit: November 04, 2020, 08:19:59 am by Kamanya »
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