Faith pilgrimage turns out to be ruse for free ride.
Ordinary people wonder what motivates adventurers to attempt feats that are extraordinary. In the case of Jurie Pieters, his two-year “Geloof Loop” (Faith Walk) turned out to be a ruse for the proverbial free ride.
Pieters invented an elaborate, heart-breaking story that he touted as his motive for embarking on the pilgrimage – including a pact with God. For two years he was able to rely on a weathered look and his bulky 40kg backpack to tap into the goodwill and gullibility of friendly South Africans from North to South, East to West.
During his years on the road spinning his tale of woe, he got to visit some interesting little towns, bedded down in some choice guest houses, hotels and game lodges and even spent some time on a boathouse on the Vaal.