The Americas 2013

A Motorcycle Diary

24 August 2013

24 Aug

We spent the day relaxing in Duluth which is an interesting little town. Apparently it was considered one of the wealthiest towns back in the 30’s due to the iron ore mining in the area that was loaded directly onto the ships in the local port on the lake and shipped out to all the corners of the world. When the mines were no longer feasible the towns’ economy stuttered and never really recovered however there is something of an upturn that has taken place as the mines are producing again due to increased commodity prices and this upturn is reflecting itself in the redevelopment of the waterfront and old port area which is bustling with new restaurants and hotels which are packed full of tourists on the weekends.


A walk around the town however shows the darker and less affluent parts that are still prevalent the further away one gets from the redeveloped waterfront that is filled with tourists!

The summer months of Duluth are apparently deceiving because although it was hot this weekend, this is apparently one of the coldest places in north America during the winter rivalling even the temperatures in northern Alaska…according to local residents!!

Needless to say, for all that this town may or may not be, we had a wonderful and relaxing weekend in a beautiful place.


Be a sport Many of us have the means and wherewithal to undertake the dreams we want but elect to choose otherwise, many however, do not and that is the purpose of this plea. Afrika Tikkun (http://afrikatikkun.org// ) is a South African non governmental, non profit charity organisation run by the Lubner family that in essence does just that; re-provide the possibility to dream and to create the possibility of turning those dreams into a reality.

Unlike many pleas of this nature, I am not looking for any kind of sponsorship for my trip, but I am looking for your donation, regardless of its size to Afrika Tikkun. Please pledge generously as this is a fantastic cause that will assist them to provide food, care, education, health and social services to those that are desperately in need.

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