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    I've returned from South Africa

    The wife and I had a remarkable trip to South Africa: A 4 day safari in Kruger (We saw the big 5 plus many more), 4 days touring the wine coutry (Franshhoek) and the Garden Route (Knysna and Plettenberg Bay) and we finished off in Cape Town for 4 days (including Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai).

    What a beautiful country with a bad reputation. Some of the friendliest people we had ever met, and we never felt threatened or unsafe (We even took a township tour). The only negative things we heard was about the poor conditions in Johannesburg. Many people from Zimbabwe have migrated there illegally causing a rise in unemployment and crime. We only spent one day there so I couldn't really assess the situation.

    The people in SA are really trying to promote their country and gear up for the World Soccer Championship. I hope the World Cup of Soccer in 2010 will show the world what a gem this place is.

    Anyway, I had to get back on the bike this morning after 3 weeks. Ugh. Noodle-legs.
    14,000 miles and rolling...

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    3 weeks off an noodle legs????? With everything you seemed to do, I am surprised it was a problem for you. Sounds like you had a great time.
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    Pics?

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    Welcome home!

    on light duty due to illness; please contact my assistants for forum issues. They are Siu Blue Wind, or CbadRider or the other 3 star folk. I am currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes. I am making good progress, happily.


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    Welcome back brother. Sound like you had a great time.
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    Oh yes, photos are mandatory .

    Sounds as if you had a great time, but welcome back!

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    I was in SA in 1997, beautiful Country. I spent time in Johannesburg and Cape Town and met many nice people.
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    Here are a few quick photos. There are far too many to share right now.









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    You took those? They look like they were lifted from postcards - great shots!

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    Oh man, I've been waiting for these pics since you posted your plans to go there. I'm glad you had a great time.

    I agree with what you said about a beautiful country with a bad reputation. I think that's true of most of Africa. The majority of the people are so nice and generous, even though many of them have so little. It's the governments that are screwed up in most cases. That's why it's so sad that so many people have to suffer because of the greed and corruption of a few people.

    Anyways, I can't wait to see some more pics. Those ones you posted are awesome. How close were you to that lion? Did you have mega zoom, or were you really that close? I would have a hard time not petting it. That's my favorite of the bunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChunkyB View Post
    How close were you to that lion?
    About 20 feet.

    Thanks for the comments. I took all of the photos with my father-in-laws Canon.
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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    I reiterate


    Quote Originally Posted by Mazama
    on light duty due to illness; please contact my assistants for forum issues. They are Siu Blue Wind, or CbadRider or the other 3 star folk. I am currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes. I am making good progress, happily.


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    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    I reiterate
    Uh, hate to tramp on your joke, but that's a leopard, the lion was the picture above..... BTW the caption has a grammatical error, there should be a comma after Christ, and why do these things always have to use Jesus Christ's name as a profanity????

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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    Blast, I snagged the wrong link

    You know what I meant though
    on light duty due to illness; please contact my assistants for forum issues. They are Siu Blue Wind, or CbadRider or the other 3 star folk. I am currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes. I am making good progress, happily.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wogsterca View Post
    Uh, hate to tramp on your joke, but that's a leopard, the lion was the picture above..... BTW the caption has a grammatical error, there should be a comma after Christ, and why do these things always have to use Jesus Christ's name as a profanity????
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