As our departure date draws near my father and I find ourselves realizing the full extent of this journey. No odyssey comes without its challenges and that rings especially true as we prepare for it. The major preparations and purchases have been made, thanks to my dad. Now we must deal with the logistical aspects that anchor our dreams in reality. Within the next two weeks we will sort out all these details and take final measures–then the adventure begins. I, being a novice motorcycle rider, must educate myself in the art of maintenance and eventually take a few lessons on off-road riding. My father and I will then pace our trip with some flexibility and sort out accommodations/camping. It isn’t all planning, charting, and studying however; our minds continue to day-dream of lush greens, brilliant blues, and the earthy reds and browns that await us. Anticipation is rife and possibilities abundant. Africa beckons.
I am 61 and a college professor getting his Ph.D. from the University of Stellenbosch this year in Sustainable Development. As a gift to myself for this achievement and as a present to my son, Reese, 26, for his graduation with a Masters in Education from the University of Northern Colorado, we have planned the father/son adventure of a lifetime. We are riding my motorcycle from Cape Town, South Africa, to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to follow the Great Migration of the Wildebeest. Our journey will take us from South Africa to Mozambique to Malawi to Tanzania and back through Malawi, Zambia, Namibia and home to South Africa. Please follow us on this epic adventure as we make daily blog posts. Our adventure starts on July 9 when we leave Seattle, Washington, USA headed to Cape Town!