Hi everyone! I'm finally back at my desk in our South African home after many excursions and experiences around the country. Thanks to all who were concerned at my non-posts, even mailing me to find out if all is OK.
Crossing the Orange River on our first day of biking at the beginning of March
Yes, life is great for the Hedges family. Grant and I covered 4000km on the motorbike visiting places and friends along the Cape Coast.
Overlooking the Knysna Heads where I met a blogger friend!
I met a blogger in Knysna (more about this later). Once we'd parted at our favourite Guest House in Knysna (which she's already posted about) we met up with, and were subsequently joined by friends in Barrydale, who rode up the coast on their Harley while we rode our BMW.
The beach at Nature's Valley
Grant and friends relax at our favorite B&B in Port Alfred
The lagoon at Chintsa Beach
A rather obscure photo of a Knysna Turaco in Hogsback
After ten days on the road, and finally at Hogsback, we bid our friends farewell. They headed south down the coast to their home in Barrydale. We returned home to the Free State, off-saddled from the bike, re-packed our travel bags, and flew down to Cape Town.
The Atlantic Ocean below our Cape Town accommodation at the beginning of this week
Travelling through Cape Town on Monday morning
Sir Loury's Pass just outside Cape Town
We drove back [home] through Cape Town on Monday morning and up the main National Freeway/N1 to Bloemfontein. (1200km). We finally arrived in Marquard at 7pm on Tuesday, having covered 1500km in two days.
Cresting and driving down Van Reenen's Pass which marks the border between the Free State and Kwa-Zulu Natal
On Tuesday night Grant and I repacked our luggage; early on Wednesday morning we traveled down to Kwa-Zulu Natal to visit our one remaining parent: Grant's 83 year-old mum.
From Durban we traveled north through Pietermaritzburg, and visited Grant's aunt Gill and her husband Neville. Then we met up with John, Debbie and children where we stayed at a Stud/working Guest Farm on the famous Midlands Meander.
John and two oldest grandchildren on the lake below our chalet in the Midlands Meander
We spent two glorious days with our precious family, popped into see my brother, Phillip in Estcourt. Finally, today we returned home to the Free State. (total kms on this last trip: 1200!)
I trust you're all looking forward to enjoying a wonderful weekend.