A Travellerspoint blog

May 2009

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)

SPONSOR US!

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!

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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...

...but MUST GO TO BED NOW!

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)

Keep Pedalling!

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Just Pedal

At first I saw God as my observer, my judge,
keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited
heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like a president. I
recognized his picture when I saw it, but I really didn't know Him.

But later on, when I met God,
it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride,
but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that God was at the back, helping me
pedal.

I don't know when it was that he suggested
that we change places, but life has not been the same since. When I had
control I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. It was the
shortest distance between two points. But when he took the lead, He knew
delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck
speeds. It was all I could do to hang on!

Even though it looked like madness, He said, "Pedal!"
I worried and was anxious and asked, "Where are you taking me?" He laughed
and didn't answer! and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life
and entered into the adventure. And when I'd say "I'm scared,"
He'd lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed; gifts of healing, acceptance
and joy. They gave me gifts to take on my journey. And we were off again. He
said, 'Give the gifts away; they're extra baggage, too much weight.' So I
did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still
our burden was light.

I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He'd wreck
it; but he knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp
corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten
scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest
places, and I'm beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face
with God as my
delightful constant companion.

And when I'm sure I just can't do anymore, He just smiles and says,

"Pedal!"

~ Author Unknown ~

Posted by robandpol 13:31 Archived in South Africa Tagged bicycle Comments (0)

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