I bought a City to City bus ticket from Hoedspruit to Jo'burg
after having contacted Laurentia to see if it was OK to crash a night
or two at their place. She said she'd ask her husband Robert, and a
little while later answered positively. The bus ticket was for the
next day, and so I drove one last time to Hoedspruit with Katryn and
Nelri. They left me when the bus arrived. I climbed into the coach
and asked the driver if he could drop me off in Midrand, because it
was much closer to where I had to go than the train station in the
city centre. The driver told me to relax and take a seat, which I
The bus route went over the pass I already used twice starting
from where the Oliphant's River comes out of the mountains. After
that we drove down to Ohrigstad and from there to Lydenburg. The
countryside was getting flat again, and quite boring, so I mostly
read and dozed off a few times.
Arriving in Pretoria, I asked the driver again to drop me off in
Midrand, just to be sure he wouldn't forget. Sean, the American I met
in Maputo, told me that he wanted to stop in Inhambane, but nobody
told him and when he finally asked, they were already north of
Xai-Xai. So I wanted to make sure that wouldn't happen to me. The
driver told me to relax again, which I did again.
Once at the Caltex stop in Midrand, I told Laurentia that I just
arrived. She was still working and would pick me up about an hour and
a half later. When she got there, the traffic was quite heavy and she
came along the other side of the highway. My mobile phone isn't
working so good since it fell into the water in Inhambane in January
and it couldn't pick up a connection right on the moment I needed it.
But we finally managed to find each other and we drove off to her and
Robert's place. On the way there I learned that of the 3 dogs they had last time I visited, only Butch was left. Ouma had had to be put out and the little one had been given to someone (don't remember who).
The next day was a public holiday and we went to visit her sister
and niece in another part of the city. We had a nice day with plenty
of food and wine. On my last night here, we went to Emperor's Palace
Casino to watch a show.
I was then bound to Gaborone without knowing where I would sleep
the night when I would get there at about 9 or 10 in the evening.
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