After spending many days alone on the road and in the woods I started to feel like a true nomad, my home was wherever I laid my tent or hung my hammock. I would walk until it became night, just before dawn was the safest time to set camp. I’ve managed to pitch my tent in 5 to 7 minutes now depending on weather conditions and wind. Distance and time no longer mattered, I was only concerned with landmarks like rivers and lakes, that’s where I would settle and shower.
My first sign of civilization was a small town called Humansdorp. It seemed like a well developed town mostly populated with blacks, Indians and coloured people. It was a slightly rough city however it was my midpoint and thus I needed to stock up and rest. The people were kind in the shops, there was a point where I forgot Rafiki (my stick) in a grocery store for about an hour. When I came back for it they have kept it safe for me, that was a great feeling. It seemed everyone in the store knew it was my stick. I ate outside of the police station as that seemed like the only available spot with a path of green grass. After gauging down over a thousand calories I began the second leg of my walk to JB (Jeffrey’s Bay).
The second leg of my walk was roughly 3 hours, short compared to my previous walk that day. I was getting excited though. I heard a lot of good news about JB but I had originally planned to skip it and go straight to PE (Port Elizabeth) and sleep along the national highway. Am I glad I didn’t choose the first option.
I am now in Bredasdorp a town of roughly 10,000 people. I’ve stayed here in this cozy and friendly town for the last 2 days going on 3 now. The reason for my delayed departure has to do with the fact that I haven’t been able to access my funds from my bank after my wallet was stolen back in Muizenberg. I’ve ordered a new card and figured out Paypal and Visa Direct transfer so all is good now. This was a blessing in disguise. You may be wondering why it has taken me so long to get this sorted. Well big towns are very far in between in South Africa especially going further north. Bredasdorp is one of the largest towns for within a 10 day radius (walking) until I reach Port Elizabeth thus everything needs to be done here before the next leg of my journey.
A modern explorer recently finished a voyage of walking across Africa entirely by foot and kayak.