Light Trail legacy – 31 August 2019

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How much will we be remembered in 150 years from now? With some self-reflection, probably not much if at all. How about 100 years from now? Maybe. 50 years? Perhaps.

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Maybe we will be remembered for something we started, branded or achieved? How do we want to be remembered, and is there not more to this race of life?

Running the Liggie (Afrikaans for little light) Trail made me ponder upon legacies and what these look like as well as what legacies are really about. This Tale showcases a legacy of a trail and what light is left behind:

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Starting below and traversing the slopes of the Elandsberg just north of the Klein Karoo town of Ladismith, the Liggie Trail was formed by Stanley De Wit who merely wanted a light to shine to the town below at night by using the power of the river to drive a bicycle dynamo to power the light. He installed it on 31 May 1963.

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IMG 9786Ascending some 900 meters in around 5 kilometres this trail proved its mettle. Add an unexpected fresh sprinkling of snow the night before for some fun!

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Stanley maintained the light over the 30 years he traversed the trail some 278 times. Today, the light is kept shining through an alternator and solar energy and is maintained by volunteers.

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What does your light look like and who can see it?

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Do you want the Light you have to be seen?

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What legacy race are you running?

"For of the wise as of the fool there is no enduring remembrance, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. How the wise dies just like the fool!" - Ecclesiastes 2:16

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