WILD AFRICA QUEST – 1
On the 18 December in the early hours when the rising sun had hardly reached the edge of the earth, two intrepid travelers revved their engines at the start of an epic motor bike tour through Africa. Born from the desire to venture beyond the standard bounds of work and routine, Morgan Castle planned a route to take him north from Natal, through Mpumalanga into Botswana. Time permitting his long time friend and once National Enduro champion, Glen McDonald will accompany Morgan as far as possible, before returning back to the daily work grind sometime in January.
From Botswana, the plan is to skip Zimbabwe and cross with the ferry east into Zambia, then across to Malawi, Tanzania through Burundi into Rwanda, onto Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia into Sudan and then Egypt and then, who knows…..
Both men are riding 690CC KTM Enduro motorbikes, with Morgan on a full race spec Rally Factory replica (RFR) and Glen on a standard spec.
Like their bikes, each man is customised a bit differently, and nothing is more true for these two men. Glen lost the use of an arm in a biking accident and now steadies himself on the bike by strapping his hand to the handlebar with Velcro. He is considered among friends as being in a league of his own when it comes to long distance riding and a more capable rider with one arm, than some people are with two.
Morgan on the other hand is often called the “ten year man” doing everything in cycles of ten years. An ex Navy North Sea Diver , he once sailed the Cape to Rio yacht race and decided not to return. He spent 10 years sailing some magnificent yachts including the infamous Moon Bean up the Rangoon River till he met his wife, Kate, and returned to Africa.
Now don’t get us wrong. We know that they are not the first to engage on a long road trip through Africa, nor are they famous, but “the human spirit is like an elastic band. The more you stretch, the greater your capacity.” – Bidemi Mark-Mordi.
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