Back in the Saddle after a Temporary Setback

by Naomi on July 22, 2011

in Daily Life

KTM rider Dave Estment with his daughter on a motorbike

There’s nothing to do but love these two! Dave’s daughter, Terri-Lee, said it best last week, after he’d launched car and trailer – airborne – onto a vehicle-width bridge, and crossed it at break-neck speed without wavering an inch. “Adventure finds you,” she exclaimed, rubbing her head where it had just hit the roof. Well “it takes one to know one” as the saying goes. Terri has a good dose of Dave in her DNA πŸ˜€

Not three months have passed since his double spinal fusion (to repair an old racing injury), and Dave is back to motorbike riding and teaching Terri too. Here they are in search of some enduro racing action, which we were shooting at the recent EWXC (Enduro World Cross Country) race in Mpumalanga:

DAVE & TERRI heading off in search of some action

This is a sample of Dave’s selection from the day, showing just how hectic things can get! More awesome photo’s can be viewed in his Facebook album: EWXC 9 July 2011

EWXC action at Serendipity, Mpumalanga - July 2011

Last weekend, it was Terri’s turn in the saddle at Ramabanta Trading Post Lodge in Lesotho:

DAVE teaching TERRI-LEE to ride - Ramabanta, Lesotho

What are we going to do with these two!

We were there for the Enduro World “Snow Run”; one of the tours that prepares motorbike riders for the Mother of Hardenduro, the Roof of Africa. We learned exactly what “Snow Run” meant, finding icy patches all over the shadowy mountain sides, and no running water on our last morning, thanks to frozen pipes.

Luckily the lodge has electric blankets, which work off the generator from 5pm – 10pm, so bedtime was early! It was a wonderful weekend, complete with great company and summer’s delicious peaches, masterfully bottled. There was a bit of stress too, but thankfully the full moon came through for us, guiding the guys home on one fateful evening, in the freezing cold. Don’t get me wrong, though, we also relaxed. To prove it here’s a pic of the peaceful scenery πŸ™‚

View from the balcony - Ramabanta Lodge, Lesotho

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

melanie July 22, 2011 at 8:05 am

hehe, that pic of her being unbalanced and he supporting had me in giggles. how lucky to capture those monents !

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The Ging July 22, 2011 at 8:23 am

Eish.. Where are the helmets oom!! Do i need to educate you again huh!! πŸ˜‰

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Naomi July 22, 2011 at 9:07 am

It’s a tough job, Simon, but someone’s got to do it! Nix me, πŸ˜€

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Naomi July 22, 2011 at 9:02 am

Thanks, Melanie…it was one of those “look, look, I got it!” ones πŸ˜€

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Cindy July 22, 2011 at 9:14 am

Good heavens, you have to give the man credit for brave perseverance!
Terri is a very pretty girl.
I hope you had some wine with them peaches?

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Naomi July 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

Thank you, Cindy, on behalf of Dave & Terri too πŸ™‚ We sure did have wine, but you would not have approved; there was only box available!

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nrhatch July 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Wonderful that he’s feeling well enough to get back in the saddle! Great shots!

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Naomi July 23, 2011 at 6:51 am

Thanks on both counts, Nancy. Much appreciated!

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Tammy July 23, 2011 at 4:06 am

Getting back in the saddle is supposed to be one way to overcome fear of falling again. Terri is beautiful and so is the view from the lodge.

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Naomi July 23, 2011 at 7:02 am

I believe you’re right, Tammy. Getting back in the saddle after a fall is something Dave has done countless times over the past 30-odd years and no evidence exists of the slightest fear. On the other hand, his family may well contest that it wasn’t there in the first place πŸ˜€

Thank you for Terri’s lovely compliment πŸ™‚

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Amy @ Souldipper July 24, 2011 at 6:35 am

The acorn and the oak! Both gorgeous, talented and braver than Moses. Naomi, I hope being the photographer diverts the scares you must experience readily.

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Naomi July 24, 2011 at 7:34 am

What a beautiful comment, thank you, Amy! You have such an insightful way of observing things, and translating that vision into wonderful words – and you’re spot on about being the photographer. I can’t imagine a more effective diversion πŸ˜€

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