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Knee Jerk Reaction

Posted: October 25, 2010 in The Journey, The Nerds

Here is the reason why we added foam to the dashboard.  Not feeling pain is overrated.

The chef at Buther Boys started to drool

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Almost upon us

Posted: September 28, 2010 in The Journey, The Nerds

I leave tomorrow for Kloof.  Then one more sleep and there is nowhere to hide.

I’m feeling a mixture of fear and excitement right now.  I think most temporarily abled people underestimate how tough this is for someone completely paralysed from the chest down.  One of my biggest fears is landing up with a pressure sore.  Google it for images and you’ll see why; not feeling your ass has a downside!

My goal now is to enjoy each moment of the ride. Two weeks ago, I would have said it is impossible that the vehicle or I would be ready on time.  Over the past month, I broke my foot, had the worst case of gastro since 1996 and to top it off got a UT infection this time last week.  The power steering and tripin hand grip arrived on literally the last day possible or I would have had to cancel.

They say the best shows have the worst dress rehearsals.  I hope they are right!

Meet the Nerds

Posted: September 28, 2010 in The Nerds
Paul Butschi
Riding Kawasaki KDX 200

“I got my first bike when I was 6 years old, a Kawasaki 200 3-Wheeler and have been off roading ever since, I currently have a 2006 Kawasaki KDX 200 and will hopefully be getting into the KTM league pretty soon. I’m excited to ride the Quads 4 Quads. Firstly the opportunity to ride from Kwazulu Natal to Gauteng on dirt is not a common one, and secondly to be involved in such a unique event, which is life changing to say the least.”

Brendon Parkes
Riding Sponsored Suzuki LTZ400 Quad Riding Yamaha Rhino Side-by-side

“When I discover something new and exciting I tend to immerse myself in it, almost to the exclusion of everything else. When I discovered Quads4Quads I immediately started researching how I could get involved. What attracted me to the event was that it’s for a good cause as well I’m a sucker for bikes and adventure! Most of my spare time is taken up by attending bike rallies and biking charity events such as this, I think the most important aspect of this adventure will be ensuring that Phil makes it to the finish and our goal of completing the long and sometime challenging ride is completed successfully.”

Jeremy Forsyth
Driving with Phil in the Polaris RZR / Driving backup vehicle

“I love to travel and see interesting and unusual places. The Quads 4 Quads drive for me is more about seeing the more remote parts of the country that the drive goes through, and supporting my friends so they can make it to the finish line in one piece. Why take an average ‘sit on the beach for a week’ holiday when you can drive through the wilderness in support of a good cause, and help your friends accomplish something special? Plus Starcraft 2 is taking up way too much of my time – an off road adventure is a welcome change of scenery.”

Andre Jooste
Driving with Phil in the Polaris RZR / Driving backup vehicle

“Huge advances in technology have enabled deaf people to hear, blind people to see shapes with their tongues, and this week, quadriplegics from across South Africa will quad bike from Ballito to Joburg in 4 days. Technology has opened many doors and I am proud to be a part of this initiative that will show the world that everyone on this earth is equal and anything can be achieved with some brilliant technology and most importantly, the power of the mind!”

Meet Phil

Posted: August 24, 2010 in The Nerds

Phil Case
Riding Polaris RZR

Phil Case

Phil, the oldest and best looking of the riders suffered a spinal cord injury during a shallow dive into a lagoon in the Eastern Cape while still a varsity student nearly 14 years ago.  He is now a shareholder of Dial a Nerd and works as the CFO, keeping an eagle eye on the other nerds and complaining whenever they spend too much money. He has known about Quads 4 Quads for a number of years and has always wanted to give it a go. A meeting with the director of QASA turned into a motivational prodding and the die was cast.  2010 would be the year to ride the epic adventure.  It seemed like a really great idea at the time!