From: Pamela Smith
Sent: Saturday, November 05, 2005 8:06 AM
To: Africa Live!Journal
Subject: Pam’s Story - November 4, 2005
It’s hard to believe that we are only four days away from the end of our journey!
It has been quite a “ride”! I have so many emotions inside that are hard to understand. This is a land that appears to have such impoverished people; yet, everyone is smiling and so welcoming. One of the biggest delights of the day is to see the children run out to the road to wave at the motorbikes and our “Bushtracker” mobile. . . such big smiles and bright shiny faces. I have learned so much about plants, birds, trees, geology, clouds, rock formations, and beetles, etc. thanks to Marlene and Marius. It has inspired me to
study more about our earth and the things that inhabit it when we arrive back home.
The very best part has been watching Steve succeed in his goal! He’s a fabulous rider (even if he does carry too much “stuff” with him - according to all of the other bikers)! The terrains and temperatures have been challenging and unlike ones he’s been used to.
For not having had a great deal of off-road riding experience he’s been riding like a pro! I am so proud of you, Sweetheart!
We’ve just come through the dunes the past three days. I never would have believed that the temperature would have DROPPED by 40 degrees when we arrived there unless I experienced it! However, the temperature quickly increased as we moved inland away from the coast. It rose by approximately 50 degrees. Today we are in Fish River Canyon surrounded by towering mountains on all sides and enjoying the natural hot springs. For the most part the elephants, zebras, and lions have ended. We occasionally see an ostrich and a jackal. There are a few farms along the way. This time of year, especially, water is scarce on the land. There is hardly any water in the Fish River Canyon. The rainy season begins the end of this month and the people can’t wait for rain!
I will close for today and hope to write one last time in Cape Town. Curtis and Michael, we have missed you and hope that your bikes will be able to be repaired to as good as new when they arrive home. It was a pleasure getting to know you, both.
To those of you considering a “journey” DO IT! Step outside of your box! And if you come, I hope that you are fortunate enough to have such wonderful traveling companions
on your adventure as we were!
Tot weer siens. . . . . . .Pamela Smith
PS to MJ: Grandma PJ and Grandpa are almost on their way home. We have the most wonderful pictures and stories to share with you! See you very soon. We love you!
To Ryan and Brooke and Mike: Thank you for your encouragement and support that “nudged” us to make this trip! We’re lucky parents!