We made it!

8 Jul

After 610km Mandy and I cycled into Katima Mulilo last night in time for sunset over the Zambezi. It may not have been 5000kms, but it was the perfect introduction to cycling and travelling for us. It has been a great practice run for our big cycle trip after the container is set up.

For the two weeks we were cycling there was no internet hence the reason I have been out of contact. But I have written up four blog posts about our first week of the cycle trip which I will put up on my blog over the next week.

During the trip we stopped off at four established bike work shops along the way. It was great to see the difference they make. I will do a blog post on one of them.

Along the way we have also got some great footage for the documentary and have learnt a lot ie, remember to take the tripod, remember to switch on the microphone, remember to put the memory card in, remember to have a charged battery and my favourite one is forgetting to push record! It has worked out perfect as we have gotten all the mistakes out the way in time for our Katima project (don’t worry Sich, all under control ;))

We are rather excited to be here in Katima, we both get a good feel from the place as we cycled through the main street this morning. Our new home for the next couple of months and my final chapter of working the world.

Apparently the container should have arrived a couple of days ago, but we are still waiting to hear back from our contact here in Katima. The training will be kicking off on Monday where I will be helping Paulina the BEN, Namibia bike mechanic trainer. So pretty excited to finally be here and doing it.

In other news, there will be no more round again rings for sale as the wonderful Nicola Macklin is in the middle of Mongolia. Thank you to everyone who purchased the round again rings, and a BIG thank you to Nicola for choosing our project to raise money for. If you haven’t seen Nicola’s website, then check it out here.

OK gotta fly, just got a message from the our contact here, we going to meet him at the container, it arrived yesterday.

PS big thank you to Scott for all the help along the way and his contacts here in Katima. Also big thank you to the all the people that have hosted us along the way. THANK YOU

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10 Responses to “We made it!”

  1. kiwijobloggs July 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    Well Done Hap and Amanda! Lunches in the office are always brightened with your news. All the best with the BEN project coming together – All I can say is stretch xx

  2. Barney The Big Fat Purple Dinosaur July 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Good work bro, congrats to you both!

  3. Barney The Big Fat Purple Dinosaur July 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Oh, how’s the backside? Plenty of Vas in reserve for the big ride?

  4. crystal July 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    Yea!! Good to hear you’re both safe and sound (well, except for your bums, I suppose). Thinking of you guys all of the time….
    XXOOO Crystal

  5. Hap July 9, 2011 at 4:19 am #

    Hap Bro
    Great pic, clearly all the tips Sich gave you are paying off!
    Catch you both on sunday.
    Cheerz G

  6. Sich July 9, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    one knee on the ground, straight back, two hands on the camera… excellent work grasshopper.

    look forward to hearing more, this recent news in most positive!

  7. Mark July 9, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    Congratulations guys!

  8. sis July 9, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Hey bro,

    So no dancing animals on arrival?? The sunset looks pretty damn good anyway! You may be lacking a few of the vital skills needed to film a doco (i.e switching the camera on!! – Sich I worry for you!!) but you look the part in the photos…
    Good times ahead…good luck with putting all your hard work into action in Katima. x

    • Hap July 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

      Hey everybody who has commented on this post. Sorry for lack of replys but internet is hard to come by here. the only place in the whole of Katima where I can find internet on a Sunday is at a flash hotel and I have to pay $7.50 AUD for 30 mins, so please except my lack of personal replys.

      Project kicking off tomorrow.

      Cheers for following, and cheers for all the comments, always great to read them.

  9. Pauline July 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    You are always in my prayers…so good to see everything going so well…love you both! Mama Pauline

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