Finding New Roads
Trip Start Dec 25, 2009
83Trip End Dec 14, 2010
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Yesterday I had to run a few errands before checking the Eastern Fence Line. This meant running to main gate to let the people hopeful for work here that we'll be trying to contact them next month. Between doing this (there were 2 groups) I went up to Zebra Plains to see if there was anything wildlife-wise – those illusive zebra or perhaps the giraffe. Nothing there but on the way down I did see a male kudu. (Love their horns, this one must’ve been equivalent to in his 20s because he only had 2 turns and the older they are the more turns they have apparently.) When I finally got to checking the fence line I ran across (not literally) a bird I’ve never seen before so I need to try to identify it at some stage. About a minute after that I got my first people on the property
We were supposed to have a meeting with K that evening but as F had one last errand to run, she arrived while he was still out. Then about 15min later he radios saying he’s run out of fuel and even has no reserve and needs me to bring him some. So I leave K to start dinner while I head off to the rescue. I find F at the top of the mountain and he’s literally bled the tank dry. Even me, who is very much not mechanically minded, knows that’s a big no-no. It was stops and starts all the way down. We ran into K who had decided to head home and see us the next day instead. (F’s quad is still suffering today as a side note)
Today, again, was an errands day
Anyway, we were chopping firewood when 2 of the Volunteer Co-ordinators came past and we talked about the plan for the workers moving up to Sakabosch. There were time questions and day questions, even practicality questions until it was finally decided to get Ch, who would know all. (This guy really does and, aside from being very much 'old’ South Africa (if you get what I mean) he is such a nice guy, and he really tries to teach you stuff rather than just doing it.) When we found him, Ch and the boys decided that we would do the move on Monday, a relief for me because there’s a bit of walking involved which my hip today would not have been happy with
This afternoon has been yet more errands. And we also found out that we’ll be heading into town for the morning tomorrow. [some comments removed]. Tonight the plan is to finish reading “Tropic of Capricorn” by Simon Reeve so I can send it home in the post with some other things. (Good book by the way, must see if I can get his first one “Equator” at some stage.) Then it will be an early night (like last night – 2030 in bed, it’s just not right but then again I feel like this is what would have been the norm before electric lights were commonplace because I don’t have a light aside from my head torch in my cabin. The only light is in the kitchen/ lounge cabin…) before an early morning (even earlier than usual).