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4 July 2019

By: Ingrid Avidon

Martin Dreyer makes grown men (and women) cry 

I must admit that I was a keen watcher of Game of Thrones. When the last season ended, two months ago, I was a bit lost. John Snow had become my source of inspiration, but now he was gone, over a wall somewhere.  I tried watching Survivor, but didn’t feel the love. I then watched the Cricket world Cup, hoping to fill the void in my life. I needed a hero, a new role model. Maybe Faff and his boys would become my new reference point.  But, alas, I was soon disillusioned by the Protea’s lack of balls (er ball control). [I should have cut my losses with the Protea’s many years ago when Alan Donald didn’t run].  Little did I know my new source of inspiration would be with my computer screen watching names move down a squiggly line from PMB to Paarl. 

 There are many heroes in the history of the Freedom Challenge.  In my opinion, anyone who manages to ride from PMB to Paarl is very brave and should be allowed to wear a red cape with their underwear over their pants, day and night, even in public, or even at church. But, this man we know as Martin Dreyer has really, really come to the party with regards to bravery and respect. You see, last night at about 6pm a lot happened for Martin.  

Wow, even Tim James, the most hardened and toughest man I know (sorry Mike W, you are a close second) was reduced to tears, as were many other men and women.   

Just in case you are non-computer savvy and have no idea where to find an audio program, then please read the whattap message below as it summarizes Martin’s voice clip to a certain extent. The message was sent last night from Mike W at about 6:30pm. 

So here’s the low down on Gladiator Martin. Right now he’s not feeling terribly Gladiatoral. He was fine into Gamkaskloof but after a quick bite he left and while on the way to Die Leer he came over nauseous. By the time he got to the district road on the other side he was in terrible shape. When he got to the spot where he is now he flopped into the ditch leaving his bike visible for the Payne’s to see. A passing bakkie stopped and offered assistance but Martin declined the offer of a lift and crawled back into the ditch. A farmer near his sleeping spot saw him in the ditch and went out to see if she could help. Poor old Mart stood up and was so lightheaded he landed head first on the ground. And yes, as we saw in the Damsedrif picture his helmet does come off. When he hit the ground with his head his helmet was found a few metres away. Now nauseous, dropping blood and possibly concussed our mighty Gladiator is recovering in the farm house. Once he gets his colour back and his nausea is under control he will decide what to do next.

Well, today, after a good rest and some broth, Martin has decided to continue his journey to Diemersfontein. What a legend! More on his progress later. 

Now, let me turn my attention to the other guys (and one woman) who will soon be wearing their underwear over their jean pant. 

The table below is a useful tool to use when trying to figure which riders are moving quickly down the trail, and those riders who are getting the full Freedom Challenge experience by sleeping at all the support stations and scoffing all the food on offer. 

#

Rider

Batch # (Days on the trail)

Current location

#Days +/(-) 26 day schedule

 

1

Fanus Vorster

1 (17)

Rouxpos (SS#21)

4

2

Nigel Basel

1 (17)

Rouxpos (SS#21)

4

3

Bradford vd Westhizen

1 (17)

Rouxpos (SS#21)

4

4

Richard Erasmus

1 (17)

Rouxpos (SS#21)

4

5

Derrick Muller

1 (17)

Rouxpos (SS#21)

4

6

Johan Radcliffe

2 (16)

Rouxpos (SS#21)

5

7

Johann Lombard

2 (16)

Prince Albert (SS#19)

3

8

Sandy Maytham-Bailey

2 (16)

Prince Albert (SS#19)

3

9

Willem Kamstra

2 (16)

Die Hel (SS#20)

4

10

Richard du Toit

2 (16)

Montagu (SS#23)

7

11

Hanko de Beer

2 (16)

Prince Albert (SS#19)

3

12

Philip Erasmus

2 (16)

Rouxpos (SS# 21)

5

13

James Cruikshank

3 (15)

Prince Albert (SS# 19)

4

14

Bryn Roberts

3 (15)

Prince Albert (SS# 19)

4

15

Graeme Green

3 (15)

Rouxpos (SS#21 )

6

16

Radislav Zamandi

3 (15)

Prince Albert (SS# 19)

4

17

Alex Kingwill

3 (15)

Willowmore (SS#18)

3

18

Nigel Payne

4 (14)

 McGregor (SS#24)

10

19

Adrian Payne

4 (14)

 McGregor (SS#24)

10

20

Charles Hughes

4 (14)

Rouxpos (SS#21 )

7

21

Francis Bradford

4 (14)

Rouxpos (SS#21 )

7

22

Kobus Nel

4 (14)

Dam se Drif (SS#17)

3

23

Alan Rainnie

4 (14)

Dam se Drif (SS#17)

3

24

Francois Roux

4 (14)

Dam se Drif (SS#17)

3

25

Mark Smuts

4 (14)

Dam se Drif (SS#17)

3

26

Renier vd Merwe

5 (13)

Willowmore (SS#18)

5

27

Gavin Robinson

Withdrawn

 

28

Andrew Ryan

5 (13)

Willowmore (SS#18)

5

29

Gary Scoular

5 (13)

Willowmore (SS#18)

5

30

Grant Cowan

5 (13)

Willowmore (SS#18)

5

31

Mark Basel

5 (13)

Die Hel (SS#20)

7

32

Derrick Bingham

Withdrawn

 

33

Leon Kruger

6 (12)

Willowmore (SS#18)

6

34

Grant Hill

6 (12)

Willowmore (SS#18)

6

35

Anthony Avidon

7 (11))

Rondavel (SS#18.5)

7.5

36

Kyle Dohne

7 (11)

Prince Albert (SS#19)

8

37

Gawie du Plessis

7 (11)

Prince Albert (SS#19)

8

38

Scott James

7

Withdrawn

 

39

Liehann Loots

8

Withdrawn

 

40

Arno Crous

8 (9)

Rondavel (SS#18.5)

9.5

41

Fjord Jordaan

8 (9)

Prince Albert (SS#19)

10

42

Graham Bird

8 (9)

Rouxpos (SS#21 )

12

43

Leon Erasmus

8 (9)

Prince Albert (SS#19)

10

44

Alex Harris

 

Withdrawn

 

45

Martin Dreyer

8 (9)

Montagu (SS#23)

14

46

Gavin Horton

8 (9)

Prince Albert (SS#19)

10

47

Jacques Tattersall

8 (9)

Rouxpos (SS#21 )

12

 

The uber-super hostess at Dam se Drif will be hosting Kobus Nel, Mark Smuts, Alan Rainnie and Francois Roux tonight. Mike Roy, my fellow update writer is super jealous. Just don’t tell his wife!

The Willows Guest House in Willowmore will be hosting a large group of riders tonight. Grant Cowen, Grant Hill, Andrew Ryan, Gary Scoular, Renier van der Merwe, Leon Kruger and Alex Kingwill. Arno Crous is also en route to Willowmore but will probably move onto Rondavel Farm about 90 km away from Willowmore. Also staying at Rondavel tonight will be Anthony Avidon (my husband). Anthony has lost his cell phone and two pairs of spectacles. I did ask him if he had maybe lost his testicles as wel,l as he was riding very slowly. He was not amused.       

A large group of riders will be enjoying the luxury of Dennehof in Prince Albert tonight. Graeme Green, Harko de Beer, Johann Lombard, Sandra, James Cruickshank, Bryn Roberts and the Czek mate (Radi Zemandi) are all living the dream in PA tonight. I know they will enjoy Ria’s food and sleeping in 100% Percale cotton sheets.  Leon Erasmus, Fjord Jordaan and Gavin Horton are also en route to PA, but will probably not linger for too long in PA. Only time will tell if they have the discipline to leave a place like Dennehof to chase down Martin, Graham Bird and Jacques Tattersall. They will also be racing to catch up to the Payne brothers who are setting a cracking pace.    

Just over the Swartberg Pass and staying in de Hel tonight are Willem Kamstra and Mark Basel. Lock your doors guys! 

Brad’s Lads (Derrick Muller, Fanus Vorster, Richard Erasmus, Nigel Basel and Brad himself), are one of the groups making the most of their Freedom Challenge experience. And who can blame them. The food at each support station is fabulous and the beers are cold. Tonight they will be at Rouxpos Farm, the home of the waffle. Yes, hot waffles with syrup and ice cream. Joining in the waffle scoffing will be Graeme Green, Johann Radcliffe, Francis Bradford and Phillipus Lodewikus Erasmus (aka Philip Erasmus). Philip resides in Bloubergstrand, Cape Town; that makes him cool and special. I live down the road, so I too am cool and special. But, what makes Philip extra, extra special is that at the age of 70 years old he is the oldest man on the trail. Philip has already earned one blanket. If he completes his journey to the end, as I am sure he will, he will be the oldest man to have earned a Freedom Challenge blanket. Contrary to belief, he is not the brother of Leon Erasmus, but is his uncle, but rides as if he could be Leon’s younger brother.  Cycling prowess obviously runs deep in the DNA of the Erasmii family.  

Graham Bird and Jacques Tattersall are currently in position 2 and 3. They are en route to Rouxpos but will probably not loiter for too long eating waffles with the other guys. They have smelt blood and will be hungry to try and catch up with Martin Dreyer. At the moment Martin is riding well and looks to be getting stronger. What a legend. He is en route to Montagu and will probably head to McGregor tonight or even towards Trouthaven, if his body allows. Already in Montagu is Dr Richard George le Roux. Apparently he has a total hip replacement booked for tomorrow (not for him, but for a patient). I bet R1000 that the patient will have to wait until at least Sunday for the operation. I only hope Richard is not so buggered after Stettynskloof that he mixes up hips with knees and right with left. 

Riding at the front of the field are the Payne brothers. They are now at Pony cottage in McGregor. Only time will tell if they head onto Trouthaven tonight. I have a sneaky suspicion that they will rest a bit until midnight and then ride to Trouthaven, about 7 hours away.  If this does happen then they will be the first riders to begin their final trek through the notorious Stettyynskloof tomorrow. 

Yay, let the fun and games begin. 

 


 

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