Hugh and I parted ways today. Again!
The first time, despite it happening last Saturday, on April Fools Day, was real enough. Fortunately, it turned out to be more of a Plan B than a real goodbye, as we were reunited later the same day. (Details to follow). Today, on the other hand, offers no such hope. I am spending tonight in St Lucia, while Hugh is with friends in Pretoria, on his way home to Cape Town this weekend.
Hugh, it's been great dipping my toes into this deep pool of adventure with you by my side, thank you! I miss you already!
Our route to date:
Day 10: Underberg, Donnybrook, Ixopo, Umzinto, Scottburgh to Warner Beach, Amanzimtoti.
Day 11: Day of (Cecil's) Rest, Day of (Hugh's) Pain.
Day 12: Amanzimtoti, Durban, Pinetown, Cato Ridge, Ashburton, Edendale, Boston, Impendle to Himeville.
Day 13: Himeville, Sani Pass, St James Crossing, Menoaneng Pass, Linakeng, Taung, Thaba-Tseka to Katse (Dam) Village in Lesotho.
Day 14: Katse Village,Ha Seshote, Ha Lejone, Hlotse, Butha-Buthe, Caledonspoort Border Post, Clarens to Golden Gate Highland National Park in the Free State.
Day 15: Golden Gate, Harrismith, Colling's Pass, Normandien Pass, Muller's Pass to Chelmsford Nature Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.
Day 16: Chelmsford NR, Newcastle, Charlestown, Volksrust, Wakkerstroom, Dirkiesdorp, Mkhondo, Emahlatini Border Post, Mankayane, Malkerns to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland.
Day 17: Rest Day: We visited the Malandelas Complex (Restaurant, Theatre, Art), the King Sobhuza II Memorial and the National Museum in Lobamba.
Day 18: Mlilwane, Manzini, Big Bend, Golela Border Post to St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal.
After almost 3 weeks on the road I made it home safe and sound
Thank you Cecil for allowing me to be part of your dreamtrip
It has been an amazing experience and I wish you all the best on the rest of the journey