Slept pretty well got up for breakfeast at 8:30 had the regulation bacon and eggs and cereal. wasnt it to much of a hurry to get down to the air show as it ran all day and didnt want to be to tired for the footy later it sucks having to take all that shit into consideration when I set out for a day but oh well getting stronger and better at dealing with all the time.
Came back to my room after breakfeast and had a bit more of a rest till around quarter to 10 then started to unpack the bike its certainly easier to rip the gear off than it is to put it back on, why is that.
So all sorted and off to the airshow, got to the gate and there was a heap of bikes parked on the grass area out the front of the club so jsut parked the bike there and walked in.
Arrived at the air show at around 11:30 and talked to one of the guys at the gate who knew Vern and Alexa so no dramas striaght in and up to the club to catch up. Was alot of people there and all the planes and the piloting was excellent to see was getting the run down all the different planes and all the different pilots involved from Vern and JJ, both have been involved in the Aero Club and been organising the day over the years.
There must of been quite a few thousand people there hard to say exactly as there streets outside the area were lined with heaps and heaps of people as well and they would of had a decent vantage point but nothing like being on the balcony opposite the airstrip. Met so many people today its nearly impossible to remember everyone, I do my best to remember names but today I must of been introduced to around 50 people and all very friendly.
One of Verns mates was involved with the organising and was the guy I met the other day about doing the story and he said that he would be back later with the tv crew to interview me, yikes I hate that sort of thing, fortunately they didnt come back.
I dont know what it is but as much as im comfortable talking to every day people about what im doing im not comfortable with the publicity side of it and havent been from the very beginning as much as I can see the positive goal setting story to it since my accident and how maybe it coud inspire someone to get off their ass and have a go when you go through something like that. I know I set positive goals to acheive my goal of riding through Africa but maybe its cause I dont feel like ive done anything yet. In reality I know I have acheived alot im sitting in Durban in South Africa been to Thailand New Zealand and Tasmania since I left on my adventure but I think back to my captaining and coaching days playing football and my belief that you havent achieved anything till the final whistle in the grand final when you win.
Anyway I didnt have to worry about it we left before they caught up with me to go to Kings Park with JJ and his family to see the Sharks v Bulls rugby Union Currie Cup opening game.
Grabbed my bike from out the front of the Aero Club and brought my bike into the carpark and parked it right near the front door of the club and locked her up. JJ had booked a taxi so we all piled in and headed off for the short drive down to Kings Park Stadium.
Kings Park stadium is quite an impressive place to watch football in and JJ's companies corparate box is in a dam good spot between the halfway and quarter line. Settled into it with a beer, it sort of sucks not drinking but I had to ride back from the aero club after the game so puts a bit of a dampener on any ideas I have of hitting the piss.
The game was good the home team the Sharks won and pretty much dominated the game other than a few brief minutes so everyone was in a good mood you know how it when your favourite team loses, oh the coach is a bum the ref is shit so there was none of that everyone was happy.
Everyone there in the box I met seemed like really nice people so had a reral enjoyable time. The young guy working behind the bar was the son of one of the crew there and I was talking to them about I want a billion dollar note from Zimbawe and then he pulls out a 750 000 note so that will have to do to funny its only worth a few cents well less than that actually but ill send it home to Logan he will love it.
Left the footy with JJ and his family and headed back to the Aero Club and had a beer and alot of the pilots from the day were up there having a drink. One of them was an x world champion stunt flier who was in the red bull race series, what he was doing today was quite extroadinary makes riding a bike through Africa pretty lame in comparison. Another one of the pilots CC Plum I think, he was one of the guys that flew one of the older slower planes but like the rest what he could do with that plane was amazing basically had it almost still when most planes would fall out of the sky he kept it up, over the years he has worked out 40 kilos of balast in the back of the plane can reduce your stall speed to basically bugger all, i guess with those things these guys are talking millimetres with their control of the plane pretty amazing actually to talk and hear them speak on the subject.
Alexa turned up and was obviously keen to party, I must say i could get comfortable in Durban theres some nice chicks here, there was one blonde girl sitting near us im pretty sure she was with someone but JJ's wife was saying how she looked like a barbie doll ok Im a fan of barbie then haha
Anyway had the bike down stairs and it was 9:30 so thought id hit the road as much as I would of loved to hang around and get on it with Alexa and the rest of the crew that were there plus some of them were getting pretty pissed which would of been an advantage to me obviously looking like I do.
Anyway running out of battery on this pc so ill wrap it up basically had an uneventful ride home now just chillin watching tv and tomorrow is another day. Thank you to everyone that I met today and for all your welcoming hospitality, just love it.
The picture i've added below was the under 20 game before the big match.
The airshow was cool lots of great planes and some even better flying, not an avid fan of planes and flying but it was still impressive.