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Almost Ready

8 hrs to go!

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View Long Way Home on robandpol's travel map.

We’re sitting in our empty parkhome. Our eyes blurry, heads still buzzing, but it does look like we’ll be ready to leave in the morning!We’ve both been ill over the weekend and had a constant stream of visitors.. mainly the kids from the children’s home.. so sorting our lives into 2 panniers each didn’t happen as fast as we were anticipating.Anyway 8.30 tomorrow morning  we’ll be on our bikes... Day one is gravel for about 75km.. should be interesting as haven’t ridden the laden bikes yet.. in fact haven’t ridden the unladen bikes much either!Let the adventure begin!

Posted by robandpol 22:29 Archived in South Africa Tagged bicycle Comments (3)

Horrible Nightmare

'2 british adventurers trampled by horney elephants'

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Had a horrible nightmare last night..

We will be spnding many nights under canvas in area where elephants roam free.

Contrary to popular belief.. elephants are not big and friendly.. they are big and agressive.

We have been chased several times in the game parks around here while in our car..

Anyway - saw these guys getting very excited last week and as a result I had a horrible nightmare last night.. I woke in a cold sweat with a very angry elephant baring down on us.

Whatch the videao and see what gave me nightmares!

Posted by robandpol 01:34 Archived in South Africa Tagged bicycle Comments (4)


Make a difference to people in South Africa!

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We don’t want you to subsidise our adventure. We are simply asking you to give generously to one or both of the charities that are changing lives in the area that we have been living in over the past 2 yrs

Maybe you could give a lump sum of £10 or £20 or sponsor us per km – how about 1p/km? If you don’t think we’ll make it all the way home we dare you to sponsor us 10p/km!
(We will peddle an estimated 12,000km)

We have 2 nominated charities that we'll be raising money for.. it has been a struggle to set up donation accounts as both are South African and not British.

However we have now managed it for hipporollers.org and are working on it for the vulnerable children progect Lulisandla Kwmtwana.

Now a little bit about both:

Hippo Rollers

Two widespread problems we have encountered while working here are fatal gastroenteritis amongst children and chronic neck and back pain in women.

Over 90% of Africans still do not have access to running water and survive by carrying relatively small volumes (usually 25litres) on their heads. This directly causes 2 huge problems:–

• Soaring rates of fatal childhood gastroenteritis: With water as such a scarce commodity, washing the childrens’ bottles is rarely a priority. The HIV epidemic is fueling this problem: HIV is transmitted by breast milk so bottle feeding is increasing.

• Chronic pain in females: 25 litres does not last a family long but it does do untold damage to posture, necks, shoulders and backs.

We will be raising awareness and funds for a local project - HippoRoller.org, a charity that aims to improve access to water for needy households by making it possible to collect 90 litres of water (4 times the amount possible using traditional methods) in less time, with greater ease resulting in better health and more time for other activities – like school!


Women and children bear the brunt of responsibility for collecting water, spending 4-7 hours per day walking, waiting in lines to fill containers, and carrying them home. This prevents many children (especially girls) from attending school and completing even a basic education.

Hippo Rollers are barrel-shaped containers that roll like wheelbarrows with little effort making it easier for villagers on foot to transport life-giving fresh water to their homes.

A Hippo Water Roller typically lasts between 5 and 7 years yet some of the originals distributed over 10 yrs ago are still functional. A roller currently costs £55 to manufacture.

The Hippo Roller improves lives instantly. An African solution to an African problem.

DONATE BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK https://www.justgive.org/basket?acton=donate&ein=26-1751484

Please write longwayhome in the 'AS A GIFT IN SOMEONE'S NAME' box.

Lulisandla Kwmtwana

This means 'reach out to the children' and is a brilliant organisation that supports over 4000 vulnerable children in the local community.

We haven't yet set up a machanism by which you can donate.. but watch this space.

Posted by robandpol 06:07 Archived in South Africa Tagged bicycle Comments (0)

Getting famous!

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Our story has hit the heady heights of Hampshire online!

check out:http://www.thisishampshire.net/news/4370130.Hampshire_couple_to_cycling_into_Africa/

Posted by robandpol 05:42 Archived in South Africa Tagged bicycle Comments (0)

WOW. have worked out how to use the map...


W[map=188404 lat=9.54545454545455 lon=-2.8421709430404e-14 zoom=1.98]ill put the full route on when get a chance.. watch this space.

Posted by robandpol 14:41 Comments (2)

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