Week 1

The week was spent visiting friends and family. We so enjoyed ourselves staying with Estelle and Andre, accompanied by Carol and David. We were royaly treated to wonderful meals prepared by both parties!
We loved our time spent at Katimba with Rain and the two younger grandchildren, Gabriel and Sophia. Missed the older boys who were with friends.

Gabriel and Sophia

We also spent time with Sally and Rowan at the Lookout Deck. Good to renew old friendships and enjoy a Strawberry Daiquiri or three!

George marveling at the sunset!

We hardly made any headway northwards with our journey , travelling eastwards instead – more or less along the 34°S parallel. We are  now at our furthest point East – another excellent national parks board location; Tsitsikama Storms River Mouth park.

D Day at last!

After 18 months of dreaming, planning, packing, packing ,running up  and down stairs our day finally arrived. I can’t explain the feeling I have. It’s almost as if I’ve an important exam to write that determines the outcome of my whole future. 
After welcoming our new tenants, Karen and Clive, such great people, we left the house midday with a beautiful  goodbye from Belinda and Andrea.   


We lunched with Haldane and Alison at the Deli. Alison decorated “Tortoise” our slow 4×4 mobile  home


– just married?
It feels a bit like that, such a major thing we’re doing, life changing I’m  sure. 

Ian made a remarkable statement to Alison; “Today is the start of my new life – Photographer, Writer and Traveller”. Is that not exciting? Solveig wonders what her new role will be…..

Said goodbye to the shop, Agnes and Martha. Off on N1 and R60 to Swellendam.. Beautiful route. Solveig received best complement ever at campsite office – lady queried her request for pensioners discount!!!! Maybe she needs glasses.  Slept well but took a while to fall asleep. Head so full of thoughts. Emotions high!!

10 Days to go!

We’re taking strain!  Wish we were on our way already.  So many last minute things to deal with. 

George says that we’ve collected just too much stuff in our 46 years of marriage! He’s right. All we’ve done for the past six weeks is pack, Pack and PACK!

Thanks to Memory and Chris for all your help.

We’ve learnt a lot by preparing our house for a years rental. Also the preparations for living in the confined space of a motor vehicle for a year has made us more aware of what one really needs to get by. In these times of rampant consumerism we have been programmed into buying unnecessarily.

We are spending two nights in Arniston with a number of special friends who are going to be  sorely missed by us,  combining this short  trip with final testing of our preparedness and just spending some precious time with all of them. The weather prediction is rain, so we’ll be able to test the mods made since our last trip and a bit of chilling.

Three weeks to go!


It’s three weeks until our Epic Journey into the most exciting continent begins. On the 15th January 2014 we set off From Gordon’s Bay, first into familiar territory along the Garden Route for two weeks. We’ll visit friends and family along the way, staying at some of our favourite spots, before returning to Cape Agulhas where the actual journey begins.