When the teams headed out of Palmwag this morning, they probably didn’t realise just how much lay ahead and how much was still at stake.

Not only was it yet another dry, dusty and corrugated 107km to Twyfelfontein, but the worst part – riding through thick sand in the Sorris Sorris Communal Conservancy, including a long stretch down the Goantagab riverbed – still lay ahead.

This turned out to be a final test of character for the Honda Quest participants, as they had no other choice but to follow one another on the same churned up and thick, loose sandy twin track trail heading to the famous Burning Mountain, or Brandberg, known for the famous bushman rock painting of the White Lady.

During the ride Charl Potgieter took a heavy fall when his bike hit a hidden aardvark hole at speed, resulting in him being catapulted over the handlebars. Fortunately he wasn’t hurt and the Africa Twin only suffered a damaged hand guard!

Eventually, at round about 18:00 the first group of dog-tired adventure bikers rolled into the campsite at Brandberg.

But it wasn’t over yet.

They still had to write a 45 question Knowledge Quest test on knowledge gained during the event, as well as each giving a presentation on the humanitarian project of their choice. A winning presentation will be chosen – which will then receive support from both Honda Motor South Africa and Specialised Adventures.

It was a long and tiring day, but the last full day before the whole Honda Quest group head for Windhoek, the Namibian capital, where the winning team will be announced tomorrow.

This team will be fortunate enough to take home the two Honda CRF 1000L Africa Twin motorcycles on which they competed during Honda Quest.

By now, the instructors already know who the top teams are. But by tomorrow this time, the winners will have been announced. Stay tuned for more news!

Issued by Jaco Kirsten, Media Manager for Specialised Adventures: jaco.kirsten@specialisedadventures.com.