Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Andre didn't make the double shift

I didn't hear from Andre last night and this morning I found out why. He didn't want to worry me and let me know that he didn't make it to the second stop that he had planned for yesterday. Andre got hopelessly lost in the Drakensberg and with the light fading fast, he didn't want to take any chances. So as night fell he found a shepherd's hut and knocked on the door. 4 shepherd boys let him in and in broken dialect insisted that Andre sleep on the one and only skinny single bed and they would sleep on the floor. Imagine riding the whole day and then having to sleep in all your kit because it's so cold...hmmmm.
Anyway, the boys gave Andre a blanket and he slept fitfully. This morning they boiled Andre some water so that he could eat some of his emergency food - Oatso Easy. They promised to show Andre the way down the mountain so that he could get onto the right road. Andre said he could see the mountain he was supposed to be on...but it wasn't close to the one he slept on!
The boys had never seen a camera before and were so excited to have their photo taken because then they could actually see themselves! Bless...
Andre said the day looked clear and he was positive and ready to start the day again. That was at 7 this morning and I haven't heard from him since then. Thank you for all the words of encouragement and support - Andre reads them all and really does appreciate them.
Till next time,


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The stories of kindness makes me very proud to be South African. If only the rest of the world could see. Good luck for your next bit. Love tanja xxx

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable story indeed, this makes us extremely proud. Well done Andre, that was a brave but a good decision to spend the night there. I am so glad all is well and wish you the very best for the days to come. May you never get lost again.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck for the next stages, in the meantime, while you do the cycle thing, you should brush up on your Sesotho and Zulu basic language skills. Take it easy, stay calm and enjoy the ride but do not quit. - Dawie

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, what an experience this must have been...

We hope you got onto the right road and will manage to get to a save place to sleep tonight (maybe some boer, where you can have a dop) and have a good meal and sleep warm.

Wishing a save trip to your next destination.
Wessel & Corlette

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Rudolph said...

Andre kindness and goodness will always be found at the least expected places You always have kind words and thoughts for other people and this how it is being repaid
Vasbyt en kophou seun Lees daai kaarte reg jy kan mos of hoe?
Trust the next stage is on target!

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Andre, spoke to mum tonight. Says Good Luck and sends you love. love mummy and t

9:53 PM  
Anonymous JanL said...

Jo Dude,

Amazing what happens when you dont hear from friends for a while. Olaf asked me to check out ur blogg. Didnt know any of this was on. Must say you got guts (was going to use another word... but not here). Keep going. Jan

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Phyllis in Gretna, Scotland said...

What a wonderful act of kindness and one I always associate with country people anywhere in Africa you should all be very proud. I'm up here in the Scottish summer and it is all of 20°C so a minor heatwave here! Take great care and I hope you have more success with your route today. I shall be watching every step of the way. God speed and stay safe.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Rob Kirk said...

Hey Boss

Good luck with rest of the race, BTW I have this problem with SQL, could you please... just kidding!!!!

Did I also mention you are MAD!! Cars were invented for a reason!!!
He He He

Good Luck, and keep on track(or off it)!!!
From the Brazillian =]

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My amazing son-in-law I am SO proud of you!!!! Always knew you were a special man, this just proves it!!! Stay strong and we are very proud of you. All the best for the way forward. Lots of love Liz & Mike xxxx

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi babe, thinking of you. Love Babes

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Kaas Kop...
You're doing really well. Thinking of you. If you can do this for nothing, I'd hate to know what you'd do for a million bucks... he he. Kap-it-flou!!!
love the Smith's

10:26 AM  

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