CAPE TOWN TO KILIMANJARO : THE THIRD WORLD AS SEEN FROM THE SADDLE
by Eric George de Jong.
Not one to sit and do nothing Eric George de Jong, formerly a policemen, hotelier, cabbage grower, concert promoter, movie maker, political activist and flower grower, in 2018 he formed the OLD LEGS TOUR.
Being a passionate cyclist, Eric and The Old Legs came up with the idea to ride to far-away places, creating an awareness of and raising funds for the beleaguered Zimbabwean pensioners. “Epic” is the description Eric uses of these adventurous trips. This book is a compilation of Eric’s blogs along the way, telling in an amusing way the fun, hardships, practical jokes and taking the wrong roads. Sore bums, sunburn, freezing cold nights, tasting mopane worms, attacking dogs, and months of training ensured it was not all a joy-ride.
Eric’s sense of humour and honesty brings their days of cycling, meeting wonderful people, watching sunsets from different countries and experiencing different cultures to life. He compares the progress of neighbouring countries they cycle through with the demise of Zimbabwe and laments the situation there. He also describes the suffering and dire straits so many Zimbabweans are living under and how grateful they are for help and companionship.
Running Dogs and Rose’s Children was Eric’s first book. Told with empathy and humour, this memoir is an honest account of bringing up children, being a political activist and living in Zimbabwe in the Mugabe era.
As we write this review Eric and the Old Legs Tour are completing another “Epic”, which, along with sales of this entertaining book, will go towards helping others.