My wife and I have been dreaming of a big bicycle tour for a long time. We did a 2 week tour of the Cederberg in December 2015. Afterwards my wife often told me it was one of her best holidays. Given the success of the Cederberg we set out to plan something bigger in Africa.
There is nothing special in particular about our route. It is simply the way it worked out. For various reasons we did not want to do the “traditional” continental crossing. I have a keen interest in mountaineering which brought Mt Kenya into the conversation. Somehow the equator and Rwanda featured and slowly a plan came together. The fact that I’m a citizen of one of the SADC countries, further made the route attractive from a visa and logistics perspective.
I have often wondered about people doing extended and continuous tours, so called adventurers, as to how they can afford such a lifestyle. Many of the more extreme ventures with large social presence get sponsored. This is effectively a contract with expectations on both sides.
There are no expectations on us, except that which we have of ourselves. Our tour is self-sponsored and not dependent on satisfying anyone to get a grant. This adds great freedom in the way we go about it. We are not extreme adventurers. We are not super athletes. We are not trying to prove anything. We are a married couple with day jobs. (Our company generously allowed us to take leave. Naturally we are grateful!) In fact, I do hope that we will be successful in reaching our goals. Like any big challenge the outcome is not certain. We have however done proper planning and in faith we will take one day at a time.
We are typically not very active on social media and just like to do our own thing. We however wanted a medium through which to keep our families and friends updated, which resulted in this blog. We further recognise the tremendous privilege we have to do this tour. Many people talk about similar undertakings, but due to various reasons and other commitments it is just not practical for them. This blog is also for them and anyone else who might be interested.
We further want to use this opportunity as a fundraiser for Klipheuwel. Klipheuwel is a small community on the outskirts of Durbanville, close to Cape Town. Through Durbanville Community Church (DCC) and the Josiah Trust we got involved in serving this community through various activities. By God’s grace this has been a great blessing to us.
This adds another dimension and makes the whole undertaking more exciting and meaningful for us. The name Klipheuwel is an Afrikaans word which translates directly to “Stone-hill”. We plan to conclude our tour in Rwanda, known as the land of a thousand hills. That made the connection and therefore the name “1000 hills for Klipheuwel”. Please also view the Klipheuwel page for more information on how to support this endeavour.
We welcome you as a guest on our blog and we thank you for your interest.
Willem & Eva Louw