Muppets have made it! (Hero status achieved)

Posted on June 5th, 2008 by siteadmin.
Categories: 18. South Africa.

After just short of 5 months and 24 000km’s the Muppets finally rode into Cape Point last Sat for the welcome home party. A number of friends and family had gathered to welcome us home: Dans folks from NZ, his girlfriend Catherine from the UK, my folks from Maritzburg, my sis Carey from JBurg, my mates from Durban (Ryan, Sarah, Numzane, Rich, and Vikki), and Dylan and Catherine from Cape Town. It really was special to be greeted by so many familiar faces at the end of our arduous journey!

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It was a strange feeling knowing that our adventure was at an end – after 5 months on the road, the activity of riding a bike everyday is simply ‘what you do’, the thought of normality brought on a sense of trepidation! The ride into Cape Point is absolutely breathtaking, and fortunately the winter Cape rains kept at bay – with tears in our eyes we wheelied up to the car park, the moment we had daydreamed about for so long was upon us, and it felt twice as good as imagined!

After a gi-zillion photo’s and a GP podium style champagne fight we headed back to the folks accommodation at Sea Point for some quality family time, then hit the bright lights of Camps Bay where the cane train carried us (plus more local friends who joined the festivities) well into the night.

After having some time off in Cape Town to see the sights (incl. hiking up Table Mountain and Lions Head), we jumped on the bikes for the last official leg of the Muppets trip, to the southern most point of Africa, Cape Agulhas. Arriving at L’Agulhas the sense of relief and accomplishment was huge. With the welcoming partying out of the way it was an opportunity for Dan and I to soak up the moment for ourselves and reflect back on what an epic adventure we have completed. But like most things on this trip, there was one last twist in the tale, there sitting on the Cape Agulhas point sign were 2 other overland bikers?! Turns out these 2 lads had not 15min earlier completed their Trans-Africa motorcycle ride – riding Ducati Multi-Strada’s down the east coast starting in Italy. An incredible coincidence, and a fantastic moment as 2 sets of bikers who had collectively circumnavigated Africa share stories and a cig. Well done Robin and Matteo, was awesome bumping into you guys and look forward to catching up when guys are home.

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The Muppets are now officially on holiday, the bikes are on the trailer and we are enjoying a well earned holiday up the Garden Route to Maritzburg and The Berg with our families. We of course will don our MX gear to tear up my local enduro trails in PMB and scramble up Sani Pass – but for the most part it’s now a break from bike riding.

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Dan and I will be in Jburg for a huge welcome back party on Tuesday the 10 June at My Grill My Bar, Fourways from 6pm. We are hoping to get the bikes onto the main foyer, and have a slideshow of our favourite pics running while we party the night away!

There is still plenty more to come on this website – once settled back home each of us will write up a trip summary, along with detailed reviews of the bike, bike maintenance, camping gear, and any other pearls of info for future West Africa bike overlanders.

Thank you all again for your support throughout the course of the trip – courage to fall is easy when you know there are loved ones to pick you up!