Cape Town - We kicked off Women's Month with a feature on women involved in motorcycle racing at Killarney and have had a number of responses from women riders with their own stories to tell. This one is from adventure tourer Lona Marais, who says it's always heart-warming to hear about strong women out there.
But that applies just as much to her - and we'll let her tell it in her own words:
I’m not a motorcycle racer, but I've been an ‘adventure tourer’ since the early 1990’s, touring through Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi….most of southern Africa, many times, and Namibia by far the favourite.
A highlight was joining an expedition touring through South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia) on BMW F800’s, crossing the Andes mountains in mid-winter, and riding in minus 14 degrees Celsius weather! Of course it’s not always easy – you fall hard in sand, mud, and tough off-road conditions – the weather can be extreme to either side – you sleep where you can find a spot – and I couldn’t do any of it without my long suffering husband always picking my heavy bike off the ground & dusting me off, haha.