Cycle Touring In South Africa: One Week Of Rain

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I was already in a bad mood because of the news I received from back home about the people renting my condo bailing on me at the last moment. I had been in a bad mood about this for about a week now. So when the weather turned sour and I had to continue cycling east, I wasn’t in the best of spirits. However, it was just a short 2-day bike ride from Burgersdorp to Lady Grey, South Africa – my next destination. So I sucked it up and cycled east.

In the city of Aliwal North I stopped to get some bananas and water at a corner market and gave a few bananas to the young boy who “watched my bicycle” while I was inside the shop. I normally don’t give anything to these people, but because there was no one else around, I gave the boy some of my food. He seemed happy with that… and so was I.

Then I spent the night camping about 10 kilometers east of the city, behind a barbed wire fence, in a cow pasture near a large country estate. It rained all night, it was extremely cold, and even though I was only on the road for two days between Burgersdorp and Lady Grey, it felt like an entire week.





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My goal as the Bicycle Touring Pro is to give you the confidence and inspiration you need to travel by bicycle anywhere in the world. I do all of the work on this website by myself. Since 2007, all of the articles, books, emails, interviews, photos, podcasts and videos have been created by me in my spare time. Thanks to the generous donations I receive from readers like you, I'm able to focus on creating regular, high-quality content; invest further in developing the website; and cover the costs related to my bicycle touring activities.

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