Our Great Trek north is over and we are back safely. If you are here for knitting and quilting content you may want to check back in a week or so since I’m going to talk about Kruger for a bit.
The trip from Cape Town to Kruger is just a little longer than the drive from Brisbane to Melbourne, so getting there was an adventure in itself.
Some highlights of the drive up:
Finding an open bookstore after dinner in Bloemfontein and discovering this book on sale.
See the price reduction? R225 to R79. I am so in love with some of the patterns in here, now to find yarn suitable substitute yarn…I made the comment (tongue firmly in cheek) to Gorgeous Man, that now I needed to find a yarn store (quilting fabric stores are much harder to find and are often run out of someone’s home, so it’s not worth even mentioning them) to make the holiday complete. His feeling was that we would be very lucky to find a yarn store as we weren’t frequenting that sort of area.
After a night in the second worst hotel* we’ve ever stayed in (the mattress was so compressed at the head that it felt like you were sleeping on a down hill slope) we went to a local shopping area to withdraw money. The armoured truck was there busy filling the machine, and after the guard asked me to stand further away from the area as ‘it is dangerous’ (cash heists are quite common here), I went to sit in the car.
Guess what I spotted from my car? Way down at the end of the complex was an Afrikaans word I do know: WOL. Gorgeous Man sighed (only a little) and off we went. There was stash enhancement, but not much.
It will make a cute jumper, or hat.
Other highlights included:
* Stopping so that Gorgeous Man could check out a bird (of the feathered variety) and discovering that there were also meerkats and a bat-eared fox in the same field
* Road signs that warned of hippos crossing
* Road signs that warned of high car-jacking risk area (sorry, we didn’t stop or slow down to get pictures of them)
* Road signs that warned heavy vehicles that if they parked there for the night their tires would be stolen
* Seeing a police car pull over to allow a car travelling at about 150 – 160km per hour pass. I laughed for about 10 minutes over that one. It is a custom here that if a car faster than you comes up behind you you should pull over to the shoulder and let them past. The police had passed us about 5 minutes before, we were going about 130 (speed limit is 120).
In between Bloemfontein and Nelspruit this happened
The first of Gorgeous Man’s socks was grafted. After much trying on and discussion I’ve discovered that the foot is perfect, as is the heel, but the leg is a little baggy. I consulted the Yarn Harlot’s Knitting Rules and I figure I know how to make the calculations to make the next pair absolutely perfect.
We spent the night in Nelspruit at a lovely B&B and then wandered around the botanical gardens. Gorgeous Man went bird hunting and the (second) sock and I communed with nature
Other events on the trip up to Kruger:
We visited Pilgrim’s Rest which was nothing like the websites or the books describe. It was actually a bit sad and depressing. Beware of the guys who wash your car without asking and then expect payment.
We spent a third night at Panorama Rest Camp. The accommodation was really basic, but clean. However, the view was spectacular. I was so zoned out from all the driving (well Gorgeous Man drove and I knitted) that I didn’t take photos in the evening, and the next morning it was too foggy :(
We got to Kruger fairly early Thursday morning, but that is a post for tomorrow.
* the worst hotel was one between Sydney and Melbourne where the mattress was so bad that we ended up getting the camping mattress out of the car at about midnight and sleeping on the floor. We will not discuss the hotel I stayed in in Portland, Oregon when I back-packed around the USA which had the back-packers sleeping in a room behind the security guards room… or the hotel in Inner Mongolia in winter with no hot water…
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