Mark Basel completed his first Freedom Challenge when he arrived at Diemersfontein last night. His only previous experience was doing the Spring Ride to Rhodes and for a RASA rookie he had a remarkably composed and calculated ride. Having spoken to previous Blanket Wearers during his preparation, he had done his homework and was well prepared. Once out on the trail, he enjoyed the challenge of navigating everyday and the diverse landscapes but the highlight was definitely the hospitality of the hosts along the trail. He earned his first Blanket with a finishing time of 19d13h45min - well done Mark.