Spent the last two days provisioning the camper (aka Assegai) and applying the decals created by Andrea and Clark of Wilmington’s Southern Sign Company. Very pleased with the way they look – they’re a real nice finishing touch. Many people have wondered what the inside of Assegai looks like, check out the slideshow below.
She’s a very sweet ride! Tonight I’ll spend my first night in her trying to remember the function of all the various switches…..there’s lots of them!
After enjoying a breakfast prepared by the lovely kitchen staff at African Perfection I will be cooking for myself for awhile. At African Perfection even the place mats reflect the surfing lifestyle that dominates all of Jeffrey’s Bay. I couldn’t have picked a better spot for my first days of The Quest for Hope.
What an incredible day!
First off I was met at PE airport by the bubbling smiling bundle of joy that is Tanja Schroeder, whose company built my camper. Then we went shopping for camping provisions and then – after dreaming about this moment for over two years – it was on to the factory at Jeffrey’s Bay to see the vehicle for the first time.
Wow!!! Inside and out it exceeded my fondest hopes and dreams. It’s fabulous!
Then she took me to my hotel for the next two nights, aka African Perfection right in front of Super Tubes – one of the greatest surf breaks in the world! I’m pretty sure I’ve died and gone to heaven!!
The last three days have been an emotional roller coaster. First there was the wonderful news that Prince Harry has joined Rhino Conservation Botswana as a Patron which will undoubtedly help this very worthy cause. Just when we need it most. Apart from his own long established love of wildlife Prince Harry has an enormous worldwide following who will undoubtedly help spread the word about rhino conservation efforts in Botswana and elsewhere. We also heard from a couple of tough old bushmen, Map Ives and Paul Swart that the Prince more than pulled his share of the workload in some very challenging conditions. Thank you Prince Harry. Onwards!!
This was followed by the inauguration of our new President, Donald Trump, the least popular candidate ever elected to head up the world’s largest democracy. Then came the worldwide marches by hundreds of thousands of women around the globe giving notice to Trump and his cronies that they will not stand idly by and allow him to trample their hard earned rights. Not surprisingly thoughts of where we are headed as a world community inevitably fill my mind as I make final preparations for my upcoming trip – The Quest For Hope.
Grateful for the support of my wife, Kay
I know there will be moments of great joy and just as surely there will be lows and heartaches. I have several meetings en route, starting with Ian Michier, the driving force behind the shocking documentary “Blood Lions” and what I see and learn during The Quest will I’m sure be profound and life changing.
I am humbled by all the support I have received and I have a long list of people I am deeply indebted to. Please accept my heartfelt thanks and know that I will be doing my utmost to justify your faith in me. At the top of my gratitude list is Kay who has never wavered in her support nor questioned me spending our life savings in furtherance of this effort to help save Africa’s wildlife. Saying goodbye to her and our much beloved dogs tomorrow will be very tough but after all the years of planning and preparing, the time has come to make a difference. Thank you everyone. Stay strong, be passionate, take action. Onwards!
Africa here I come! The time for talk is over. Now it’s time for me to walk the walk. Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement. I’ll be updating my progress on Facebook as often as possible.