Jay & Ethel’s
 South African Adventure
May 24, 2007
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“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and
put in process, a new factor emerges and takes over. A trip, a safari,
an exploration,
is an entity different from all other journeys.
It has a personality, temperament,
individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a
person in itself; no two are alike. And all
plans, safeguards, policing and coercion are
fruitless. We find after years of struggle that
we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”
-John Steinbeck
Last Weekend in ZA
Monday, May 21, 2007
After arriving “back home” in Johannesburg on Friday we settled in to unpack the bike and organize our stuff before beginning the process of prepping the bike for resale on Monday. As our work progressed, we were very pleased when we received two invitations to gather with friends before departing
Completing the Loop
Friday, May 18, 2007
After a great stop and visit in Ellisras, we set out for Rustenburg, through what we now refer to as Warthog Alley. We felt fortunate that there were road crews mowing the grass on the roadside and repairing potholes in the asphalt as we rode out of Ellisras, but, even with all this activity, we
Kasane to Ellisras
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The ride out of Kasane proved to be just what we were told to expect....a game ride. We hadn’t gone 5 km when Ethel poked me in the ribs and pointed to an Elephant standing in the bush along the roadway about  500 meters ahead. We slowed and watched as five of the giants crossed the road; a couple
Kasane, Botswana
Saturday, May 12, 2007
As we didn’t have far to go, we took our time getting started to the border and Botswana. After checking the bike over and enjoying breakfast on the deck over the river we began the 70 km ride to the ferry. The border post was somewhat hectic on the Zambian side with a throng of money changers and
Friday, May 11, 2007
To say that public transportation does not exist in Southern Africa is to do a great disservice to the thousands of taxi operators who, on a daily basis, provide a valuable and much needed service to a huge population which, without such assistance, would essentially be immobile. Taxis come in all
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What’s Up with
this Trip?
After a review of the commercial touring options, we elected to see South Africa on our own. The notion of taking our time, picking the spots we wanted to visit and traveling on our own clock was just too tempting to pass up. So we’ve purchased a scooter in Johannesburg and will be traveling through various parts of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and possibly other places as the journey progresses.
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