The bike ride of a lifetime

2,100 kilometres through the wild: Stephen's route from Windhoek to Knysna (picture courtesy of Stephen Drew).
2,100 kilometres through the wild: Stephen's route from Windhoek to Knysna (picture courtesy of Stephen Drew).

Update From Stephen


Back in February of this year, I published an interview with Stephen Drew from South Africa. We talked about all things bike-related, especially about his dream to set out on an adventure of a lifetime: A bike packing tour from Namibia over more than 2,000 kilometres of back country roads through the wild outback of Southern Africa to his home in Knysna.


And after several months of planning, Stephen is on his way.


Windhoek To Knysna

Here is a message from Stephen from Stephen from end of September: "We fly to Johannesburg this Friday 29th then to Windhoek Namibia the next day. Start on 1 October. Have had a challenging time getting my new leg in time for the trip and only got the completed leg last Thursday. Have only tested on three shortish rides so far and unfortunately will only be able to really test on the trip which is not ideal but that is what I have got!"  


A few days later, an update followed on Instagram: "A 2,100 kilometres bike packing cycle from Windhoek back to our homes in Knysna. 

It is very appropriate, and I am privileged to attempt this journey with my friend Willy. He is the one who got me on a bike five weeks after amputation all those years ago. Who would have thought it would lead to this.


We left Windhoek on Sunday and after four days of wild camping, between Sesriem and Betta Willy, developed server diarrhea, which ended up being food poisoning. Luckily, we had passed a castle of some sort previously and decided to backtrack to recover.


It turned out to be Le Mirage resort and spa. What an incredible experience this has been. The staff are genuinely concerned, and there is nothing they will not do for us. The manager arranged for Reine from the clinic to drive out 25km from the local clinic to attend to Willy and give him a drip on site. 


This morning, Willy has miraculously recoved and rest today and leave first light tomorrow. We have the hardest and most challenging section ahead to Aus.


I have been so privileged to have so many people help me through my journey. I thank you all"


Well, Stephen, from what I hear so far and if your postings on Instagram are anything to go by, things have been off to a rather challenging start.


"All the best from the whole The Active Amputee crew. Enjoy your time on the road, have your adventure of a lifetime, and stay safe."



Post by Bjoern Eser, the creator of The Active Amputee.


Further Reading

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