It seems that since we're travelling through SA's Garden Route our efforts are easing a little. For the first 2 days after leaving Stil Bay we were assisted by a tail wind. While camping at The Wilderness the garden was watered (rain storm) so we decided to take a rest day there (it was also nice to meet Botha, Anria & family for dinner). The past 3 days have been fairly easy (I didn't want to strain myself on my birthday yesterday). Leana's sister, Amanda, has also been to visit, and transported our baggage for 2 days (now that's really taking it easy!). This morning started with a mean hill (plus baggage again) out of Keurboomstrand where we camped last night. At the top of the hill we met up with Nico who fed us hot cross buns and coke. After that we had an easy cruise with the wind to Storms River village where we are camping at the Backpackers. Incidentally, as we sneaked through a gate at the Tsitsikama toll plaza we stet off an alarm (it seems they still haven't caught up with us!). Some people didn't think we were taking it all that easy. While grinding up a long hill the other day 2 small boys emerged from the surrounding farmlands and trotted alongside. One asked what was in the bags, and when I told him that it was my clothes and things he responded: "O, trek meneer-hulle dan?" (Are you moving home?).
Distances since Stil Bay were:-
- Mossel Bay (mostly gravel rd) 93k
- Wilderness 74k
- Knysna (into wind) 54k
- Keurboomstrand 47k
- Storms River 58k