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Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of South Africa  , Eastern Cape,
Saturday, April 28, 2012

1.   One thing that it is worth mentioning is the climb and descends. From Port Edward at sea level, we climb up to 700 m inland before turning back to the coast. Then you undulate on roads following the top of the hills, which start splitting and forming crevices. The closer to the coast the more water they gather and rivers are formed.  

2.    To get to our next destination at the coast, you have to backtrack uphill 20 or 30 km ( +- 400-500m) until a river crossing is available. Then wind downhill, cross the river, wind uphill once more and down to the coast again to find a new place with something to offer.  Exploring and enjoying the adventure.

3.    In "The Bucket List" Jack Nicholson said, “Never trust a fart”. I would like to add “Never trust a GPS – Turn Left on Unpaved Road”. After the third time it took us into no man's land, we started to get a bit more concerned and pay more attention to where we might be going if we listened to the GPS. (See photos). Anita calls the GPS “Dowe Freeken  Dolla”, cause she has NO clue where she’s going or so she says.

4. Besides the above, the road is quite scenic, with the typical Trankei  rondavels lining the road (Pink, peach, blue or yellow)  with a little garden at the top”. When the sun shines on them, they can be seen from far. They look quite unique.  Not sure why the colour choice.
5.       Everywhere, lots of little ones screaming “sweeeeeeeeet”.

6.        They don’t need speed humps in Transkei simply because the natural “speed humps” are much more effective. These are, goats, pigs, cattle, sheep, horses, mules, donkeys, geese, cats or dogs, which makes sure to slow the traffic down considerably. The roads are paved with “moo-pooh”. In one day our trailer picked enough up to supply a small vegetable patch.

7.       Ooh, another thing, there are many schools. Kids in uniform everywhere. Even pre-primary schools colourfully decorated.  Can only be good for RSA future.
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