The Kernes are First Aid Level 1 certified

This past weekend Warrick and I completed a First Aid Level 1 course with Neil Kelham from First on Scene.

Although it meant we had to give up our weekend, the skills we learnt from this course are invaluable. Both of us agreed that before we head off on this #Joburg2Kili expedition it is vital that we know what we should or shouldn’t do if we have any medical related emergencies along the way. I almost wish we had done this course years ago as there were so many things we have been doing wrong for years in terms of basic first aid. We hope that we do not have to use any of the new skills we have learnt such as CPR, the Heimlich manoeuvre, bandaging broken bones etc but it is really empowering to know that we could help in a medical emergency situation.

There are a lot of First Aid courses out there but we really do feel we chose one of the good ones. I would definitely recommend Neil Kelham from First on Scene who is extremely experienced and knowledgeable. He really makes the information relatable to all the attendees in the class and there is a lot of practical application done during the course. Click here for further details on First on Scene.



Joburg2Kili expedition cyclists Warrick and Camilla Kernes and Gareth Pickering were recently interviewed by Jon Gericke (@bbjsportguy) on the SAfm Sports Special in-between the SA vs Ireland rugby match (which thankfully the Bokke won!).

Thank you to SAfm for sharing our expedition with your listeners to help spread the word about our initiative. If you missed out on the interview, you can listen by clicking on the links below (courtesy of Newsclip):


Training Camp to Pilansberg

This past weekend we decided to head off on a training camp with the team to the Pilansberg National Park to test out all our camping equipment and to have some time to get to know the team better. However, Bobby was unable to join us as he will only be flying in from the USA next month just before our departure on the 30th July 2016.

We drove up last Friday afternoon, in the Jeep Wrangler with the trailer in tow, up to Bakgatla Resort where we had booked a campsite for two nights. Bakgatla Resort is where we will be spending our 2nd night of the #Joburg2Kili expedition so it was great to be able to familiarize ourselves with the place and note where the best campsite spots are along the fence to the Pilansberg Game Reserve.

We arrived in the dark which made setting up the campsite more challenging especially as no one had ever setup the trailer tent before but we all worked together and managed to get it all setup relatively quickly. Throughout the weekend we took note of things we were missing to make our camping experience more comfortable for the expedition such as making sure we have enough camping chairs and cooking equipment etc.

Being situated right by Pilansberg Game Reserve, we couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to drive through the Park to try and see some of the Big 5. We had some great sightings during our drives including seeing two cheetah, a brown hyena, a marsh owl, jackal and a pride of lions.

Bryan also taught us about geo-caching, which is the world’s largest treasure hunt. We managed to locate one of the geo-caches in Pilansberg which was very exciting. Geocaching is something we would recommend our #joburg2kili supporters look into as its a lot of fun and allows you to explore new places in or around your city – there is a great video introducing the concept which you can visit on Watch this space as you may hear more about geocaching on our journey.

All in all it was a very successful weekend away in preparation for this exciting adventure we will be embarking on in 43 days. Check out some photo’s from the weekend in the gallery below:

Introducing our Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles

We will be riding Qhubeka Buffalo bicycles as part of the #Joburg2Kili expedition. Many people have asked us what makes these bicycles different from normal road and mountain bikes so we thought we would put together this post to introduce you to these bicycles.

So what is Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycle?

The Qhubeka Buffalo bicycle is a robust, single-speed bicycle engineered specifically for African terrain and load requirements.It is designed by World Bicycle Relief in Chicago USA, tested and assembled in South Africa. The bicycles are built to be as tough as the fierce African buffalo, a symbol of strength and power; hence the brand name Buffalo Bicycle.

Here are a few key stats on the Qhubeka Buffalo bicycle with some extra notes on how we have customized the bicycles for our expedition:

  • One size fits all – This has proven a bit problematic for Warrick who is 6’4” tall so we have had to get a new saddle post for him and also lengthened the handlebar stem.
  • Single-speed – Yes it has NO gears which is going to make climbing hills more challenging but we should come back with very strong, muscular legs after this trip.
  • Rear carrier which can carry up to 100kg – We have removed this from Camilla’s bicycle and put on a lighter pannier onto Warrick’s bicycle which will carry a daypack including water, nutrition and medical supplies for each ride.
  • Bicycle weighs about 23kg – To put this in perspective an average road bike weighs between 6-10kg and an average mountain bike weighs between 8-13kg. We have reduced the weight of the bicycles slightly by removing the steel pannier carrier and chain-guard and exchanging the steel mud-guards with plastic mud-guards.
  • Back-pedal braking system – This braking system has taken time to get used to especially as we have put our cleat pedals onto the bicycles which makes stopping more challenging as you have to remember to uncleat and back-pedal at the same time. We have also now included a front caliper brake onto each bike just as an extra precaution.
  • Kickstand – This is our favourite feature of the bicycle. The kickstand means we do not have to worry about leaning our bikes up against something when we take a break from riding. We can literally just rack them up on the kickstand wherever we are.
  • Rotatable handlebar – We have removed this handlebar and replaced it with a riser handlebar with funky ESI grips
  • Ergonomic saddle – As saddle comfort is going to be vital to this expedition we have replaced the standard saddles with a Sportourer saddle each.
  • Bell – We have both enjoyed giving the bell a ring as we pass fellow riders and commuters on some training rides.
  • Bicycle pump, bicycle lock, multi-tool and metal tyre levers – this is a great starter pack of all the basics we will need to maintain the bicycles on our expedition
  • Helmet – It is really fantastic that a helmet is included with each bicycle as it is essential to wear a helmet whilst riding for safety. As we have been cyclists for many years and already have helmets, we have decided to donate our Qhubeka helmets to two people who do not have helmets whilst riding.

In summary, the Qhubeka bicycles are built for Africa so we are looking forward to proving their durability on this expedition.

Source: Qhubeka



Interview with the Randburg Sun

We recently met up with Neo Phashe from the Randburg Sun for an interview about our expedition. Although we were a bit nervous for the interview, she was truly interested in what we’re trying to achieve and she posted this great article on the Randburg Sun local community newspaper site.

Click here to read the full article and be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates on our progress leading up to and during the #Joburg2Kili Expedition.

*Photo credit: Neo Phashe from The Randburg Sun

How bicycles can change lives

As part of our #Joburg2Kili expedition we are raising funds for Qhubeka, which is the World Bicycle Relief’s non-profit organisation in South Africa. Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward” which is exactly what they aim to do by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results.

So how do bicycles change lives?

Here are a few facts from Qhubeka:

  • A child’s commute time to school is reduced by up to 75% with a bicycle
  • A bicycle increases a person’s carrying capacity by five times
  • Healthcare workers can visit more than double the amount of patients per day with a bicycle
  • Marks improve by an average of 25% for children who ride a bicycle to school
  • Schools where children ride bicycles see attendance rates rise by 18% on average

In essence, having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there. To learn more about how #bicycleschangelives take a look at this video:

Welcome to our #Joburg2Kili Expedition Blog

We would like to welcome you to our #Joburg2Kili Expedition Blog where we will be posting updates on:

  • How we are progressing with our planning for our expedition leading up to our departure date 30th July 2016
  • Information on Qhubeka our chosen charity and how our fundraising is going
  • Information on all the gear and products we will be taking along with us on the expedition
  • During the expedition we will also use this platform to update as often as is possible on how things are going including the highs and lows

We look forward to sharing this exciting journey with you through our blog!