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I do Africa - My turn

Let me just get this out of the way, I am a notorious bad driver of cars. My dad used to joke that he would have made more money had he become a panel beater -  just from fixing all my fender benders. There is more... I have never ridden a bike.

So you may ask, what on earth are we doing? Well, my answer to that would be:  right now,  last minute lessons.

If all goes well Guillaume will be the driver for the entire trip, but as a precaution I need to learn how to ride also. Should he become ill or hurt it will be my responsibility to get him to hospital or a doctor and I have therefore started my bonding with the bike by putting my horrible driving past behind me... or so I thought.

This was my first attempt:


In actual fact our Big Boy is a very easy ride and it doesn't take that long to figure out. My second attempt went much better - but in first gear only.

I have a lot of practice to do before I will be comfortable and confident on the bike. Guillaume showed me how:

I really like riding, and I hope that I will get my turn in the driver seat every so often. 

* No bike's or persons where hurt during the shooting of these photo's.

Dorette Marais

Dorette Marais Title: Blog Contributor
Affiliation: Drive South Africa Blog Dorette Marais has a degree in journalism and a postgraduate degree in media. As a child she lived in the Kruger National Park, ran away to Spain for a gap year and dabbled with the idea academics before she braved the world of online media. After a couple of years working for publications like Pasella, Nuus24 and Beeld she decided to leave everything behind to fulfil a lifelong dream of travelling Africa for an extended period of time. This journey will also be her honeymoon, a recipe for interesting stories and events.
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