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Thursday, 6 May 2010 - 09:47

Day 217 - Wed 5 May ~ 18,387km, Sherwood Ranch, Botswana

Tired after a night of being harassed by mosquitoes, the day got off to a bad start when I woke to find someone had had the cheek to eat my pasta breakfast! I can hardly blame the mystery muncher - after all it was a ‘chakalaka’ special but still the loss smarted like an England exit from the World Cup. My luck soon changed however after a chance encounter with filling station manager Sonja when nearing the South African border.

It transpired that her family had pretty much established Sherwood Ranch and within no time at all I was being treated to food & drink from the restaurant & taken back to the traditional family homestead (formerly a Hotel) to stay for the night, in a king size bed! I've even taken a bath which after a dirt trail run only served to reinforce why I gave up on them years ago, with the water rapidly taking on a hue & consistency that wouldn't look out of place in a gravy jug.

Even after 7 months touring I am still overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers like Sonja who also kindly sorted me out with a lift to watch Spurs fire their way into the Champions League - what a result! We might as well pip the Gunners for 3rd spot while we're at it.

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As a Spurs fan and an ex Pietermaritzburg resident


As a Spurs fan and an ex Pietermaritzburg resident (now residing in SW London for 13 years) I can both share your joy at last night's result, as well as wish you very well towards reaching my old home both safely and ready for the world's greatest ultra marathon. It's a down run this year so marginally less excruciating than the up run from Durbs :) Fluids, fluids, fluids!

Also I have to say you chose well; Chakalaka is an absolute winner, especially with pap and boerewors. Be sure to try the other staples we Saffers grew up with like vetkoek, babotie, umasi and hot atchar. Sadly the best 'local' beer is Namibia's Windhoek lager.

One last Bafana Bafana viva!


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