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Week 1 - Mseleni to Bulembu

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Mseleni to Bulembu - a good start.

Summary of Week 1 16th-22nd June

It was a full week ago now that we left Mseleni.

What has happened in that week - our 1st on the road?

We made it (with a little help from our friends) to the first nights campsite at Lake Jozini and spent a wonderful evening being completely spoilt. Jeanne, Laurence, Henrik, Carri and Merion (so sorry about the spelling) gave us an evening we won’t forget and set us up with a very good start to our trip.

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399 Kilometres were covered,

1 set of brake pads were used up,

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Swaziland was traversed,

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The Jozini road was conquered

and the Ubombo mountains were summited.

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We were fed copious amounts of food and treated to a boat safari by Derreck and Odette - Thank you very much.

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We said our fond farewells to friends and colleagues in Mseleni. Saying goodbye is always so hard. We will miss everyone there so much.

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We were reunited with friends in Northern Swaziland for a truly wonderful and unforgettable weekend of hiking, rugby and banagrams!

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Rob got familiar with the bikes gearing mechanisms (thanks Rob :0))

Pol mastered the GPS

The GPS found us and awesome camping spot just before crossing into Swaziland when we were too tired to keep going

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We met Qhing Qhing Dlamini at the excellent Ngwavuma Backpackers in Southern Swaziland

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We reached the Northern Swaziland border post of Bulembu after as the lonely planet put it a "pretty hilly road" -
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just to clarify that's a beautiful but extremely hilly gravel track!!!

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We loved Bulembu. The ex-asbestos mine is re-juvenating itself after the collapse of the economy when the mine closed in 2000.

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It's been a good week!!

Posted by robandpol 10:02 Archived in Swaziland Tagged bicycle

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Hi Guys. Hope all is going well. Am thinking of you. Just had a look at your pics, they are very cool! Helen

by Helen Williams

I got your details from the back of the Vineyerd church in Winchester. Hope to follow your progress from time to time. It's a mind boggling journey ahead and I wanna see how far you can go.
Assume you're on your way now so best wishes, John

by John Godfrey

Dear Rob and Pol

Loved seeing your photos, specially the camping spot, looked so idyllic. Were there any friendly crocs.

Glad that you've only had 1 nightime nightmare on bikes. Praying you won;t have anymore! (got your text)

Love you

Ria + Rob + David

by Big sis!

Thanks for all your messages of support! we are having such a fantastic time.. everyone we meet is so interested and freindly.

Ria - there were some hug crocs and hippos but fortunately on the other side of the lake!

Helen williams! - are you in your new house yet?

John - we can go all the way!

by robandpol

Still smiling by the sound of it - just had a very pleasant (and probably the last for a very long time) weekend in Malongarne. I think I was a poor substitute braai master - although we did all eat eventually.

Mseleni still good fun but not quite the same without you - not long to go now - feels like the right time for me to depart (for this time around at least).

Both in thoughts and prayers as always

Ben

by robandpol

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