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18 Feb, 2022 @ 22:40:17 pm
George
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This month of February marks the start of our 4th year on this road trip, having spent the winter months last year at plettenburg bay  forever resort. Whilst its a first class campsite im not sure winter was the time to be there, situated in a valley along side the Keurbooms river the sun only rises over the mountains around 9am and disappears the other side around 3 pm and most of the campsites are under a canopy of trees, and the wind and storms that come through that valley are quite wild at times. never the less we enjoyed our stay there.

The fourth quarter of last year we moved a little down the road to Harkerville forest lodge, a little east of Knysna, where we spent Christmas and in fact are still here now. We were supposed to have left here on the first of this month however the sale of our boat took a lot longer to finalize and was only completed a few days ago hence we stayed on another month, The boat was really starting to narrow and limit our road ahead so it was time.

We also sold our trusty 22 year old colt rodeo in December last year and bought a 10 year old Triton 3.2 club cab 4x4 , There was no reason really to part with the colt other then I wanted a bakkie with a little more power and a little newer to go into the future with, there still a long road with as many years to go.

Harkerville being in-between plett and Knysna , we prefer doing the normal shopping at plett , being a laid back kind of town it never appears to get really busy and one can move around quite freely, in fact we spend a lot of these summer mornings in the sea at the beach next to the beacon isle hotel, we normally there by 7am in the morning for an hour or so, sometimes followed by a beach walk. 

Knysna on the other hand can be a night mare with traffic, partially due to the fact that the N2 is Knysna's main street, the town has out grown its infrastructure and there is no space left to change it, we used Knysna mainly for launching the boat in the lagoon and out to sea through the heads which can be challenging , but we quickly learnt the ropes. we were out there several times right up untill we sold the boat, however the only fish we ever caught out there were hake, lots of hake.

Anyway we getting ready for the next move soon, of to mossel bay
no worries mate
George
 
 
two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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19 Feb, 2022 @ 07:55:28 am
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George ek lees altyd jou stories, en daar is wat ek by geleer het.

Ek geniet dit om die, updates te lees van ander en so doende te leer en beter beplaning te doen vir my.

Nie dat dit gaan werk nie, want men's leer uit ondervinding, soms deur ander sê foute.

Ons is reeds besig om kort toere te onderneem, en sal dus nie die permanente kamp doen nie.

Ek hou my huis as n basis en beweeg weg om hom.

Moet nog gewoond raak aan die permanente verlof.....lol

 

 

 

 

 

Al weer oppad iewers heen.
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19 Feb, 2022 @ 09:00:27 am
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Dis hoe ons dit ook doen. Sonder n basis sal ons verlore voel. Ek dink dit moet bevrydend wees om jou bande af te skud en so sonder beperkings te lewe. Ons sien egter nie kans daarvoor nie. Voorspoed George!

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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19 Feb, 2022 @ 11:57:44 am
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How time flies. It feels like just the other day you camped at Margate CP.

The Happy Campers.
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19 Feb, 2022 @ 14:53:33 pm
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We heading for year - 3.
We started at Soetdoring, Vereeniging for almost 1-year.
Then it was Klein Paradys, Limpopo for 3-months.
Currently at Klipspringer, Limpopo for 1-year.
This morning we went camp shopping again and still decide on Vaalwater area in the next re-location, Limpopo.
After that, then it will be Lephelale and then Thabazimbi.
Maybe after that, the coast.
We are not very eager for the coast areas, because my wife and I grew up at the coast.
She - Western Cape.
Me - Eastern Cape.
Should we decide to heading for the coast, it will be Pennington, Mc Nicholls or Caravan Cove.
Schottsburgh is a "No Go" for us, because the town is not the same as in the "Old Days".
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19 Feb, 2022 @ 15:48:05 pm
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George ek lees altyd jou stories, en daar is wat ek by geleer het.

Ek geniet dit om die, updates te lees van ander en so doende te leer en beter beplaning te doen vir my.

Nie dat dit gaan werk nie, want men's leer uit ondervinding, soms deur ander sê foute.

Ons is reeds besig om kort toere te onderneem, en sal dus nie die permanente kamp doen nie.

Ek hou my huis as n basis en beweeg weg om hom.

Moet nog gewoond raak aan die permanente verlof.....lol

 

 

 

 

 

Jin,

Many years ago when we were younger, I met a permanent traveller and his wife in Badplaas. Can't recall where they are from. He sold everything after converting a bus into a travelling house, no other word for that one. It had everything in, from full kitchen to washing machine with dryer etc. Luxurious inside.

He said one thing that stuck in my mind: " 'n man moet 'n adres hê" 

Three years later, the lady fell seriously ill and they had to sell to enable them to get a permanent address where she could recuperate. She died unfortunately.

For that reason, we have kept our house in Malelane, turning it into a "lock-up and go" Did not want to rent it out. Want to use it when I need to.

We spent only 2 and a half months of 2021 at home. 2022 should equate to approximately the same.

Will not sell unless I need to relocate. But will always have an address.

Jesus saves all who do the will of the Father Matt 7:21-23
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19 Feb, 2022 @ 15:52:18 pm
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This month of February marks the start of our 4th year on this road trip, having spent the winter months last year at plettenburg bay  forever resort. Whilst its a first class campsite im not sure winter was the time to be there, situated in a valley along side the Keurbooms river the sun only rises over the mountains around 9am and disappears the other side around 3 pm and most of the campsites are under a canopy of trees, and the wind and storms that come through that valley are quite wild at times. never the less we enjoyed our stay there.

The fourth quarter of last year we moved a little down the road to Harkerville forest lodge, a little east of Knysna, where we spent Christmas and in fact are still here now. We were supposed to have left here on the first of this month however the sale of our boat took a lot longer to finalize and was only completed a few days ago hence we stayed on another month, The boat was really starting to narrow and limit our road ahead so it was time.

We also sold our trusty 22 year old colt rodeo in December last year and bought a 10 year old Triton 3.2 club cab 4x4 , There was no reason really to part with the colt other then I wanted a bakkie with a little more power and a little newer to go into the future with, there still a long road with as many years to go.

Harkerville being in-between plett and Knysna , we prefer doing the normal shopping at plett , being a laid back kind of town it never appears to get really busy and one can move around quite freely, in fact we spend a lot of these summer mornings in the sea at the beach next to the beacon isle hotel, we normally there by 7am in the morning for an hour or so, sometimes followed by a beach walk. 

Knysna on the other hand can be a night mare with traffic, partially due to the fact that the N2 is Knysna's main street, the town has out grown its infrastructure and there is no space left to change it, we used Knysna mainly for launching the boat in the lagoon and out to sea through the heads which can be challenging , but we quickly learnt the ropes. we were out there several times right up untill we sold the boat, however the only fish we ever caught out there were hake, lots of hake.

Anyway we getting ready for the next move soon, of to mossel bay
no worries mate
George
 
 

By the way George, I really enjoy your feedback and follow your moves. Make for interesting and good reading and like Jin said, a lot of information to use for own planning.

In my opinion, you do long terming the right way. Staying in an area untill you have experienced it all.

Enjoy and go for it!

Jesus saves all who do the will of the Father Matt 7:21-23
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19 Feb, 2022 @ 17:49:23 pm
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Thanks for the update George, really appreciate it.

Sorry the boat had to go, I recall it was part of the overall plan.

Trust the new wheels serve you as well as the previous ones.

Enjoy the next chapter.

(Where in Mossel bay?)

Living the dream
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19 Feb, 2022 @ 19:21:29 pm
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Thanks for the update George, really appreciate it.

Sorry the boat had to go, I recall it was part of the overall plan.

Trust the new wheels serve you as well as the previous ones.

Enjoy the next chapter.

(Where in Mossel bay?)

Hi richard, i heard a saying once that a boat owner is only happy twice, once when he has bought the boat and then again when he has sold the boat, well i can tell you there is no truth in that, this was a reluctent sale however common sense had to prevail as we plot and plan the road ahead.

The new wheels was a good buy however i spent a little more and did a lot more to it to bring it up up the level i wanted. As usaul i can only buy the latest vehicle in 10 years time as thats when they fall in my price range.

Mossel bay we will be at Dibiki for 3 months and there after of to Gansbaai for 3 months    [ they only allow 3 month stays ] we have found as the pensioner traffic increases year appon year one needs to book up to a year in advance to get a site in these parks. we will be in cape town in the tulbach area for the year end.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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19 Feb, 2022 @ 19:24:10 pm
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How time flies. It feels like just the other day you camped at Margate CP.

 

Gosh, and that was 2 years ago.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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19 Feb, 2022 @ 19:40:57 pm
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Jin,

Many years ago when we were younger, I met a permanent traveller and his wife in Badplaas. Can't recall where they are from. He sold everything after converting a bus into a travelling house, no other word for that one. It had everything in, from full kitchen to washing machine with dryer etc. Luxurious inside.

He said one thing that stuck in my mind: " 'n man moet 'n adres hê" 

Three years later, the lady fell seriously ill and they had to sell to enable them to get a permanent address where she could recuperate. She died unfortunately.

For that reason, we have kept our house in Malelane, turning it into a "lock-up and go" Did not want to rent it out. Want to use it when I need to.

We spent only 2 and a half months of 2021 at home. 2022 should equate to approximately the same.

Will not sell unless I need to relocate. But will always have an address.

We thought long and debated much on this subject before starting this adventure and figured there is nothing we can do in a house that we cant do in our caravan on the road. I guess we figured ................. none of us are getting out of this alive anyway.............

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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21 Feb, 2022 @ 10:32:44 am
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The fellows living this unique lifestyle may want to answer the following two questions about which I have often wondered.

How compatable is this lifestyle when age-related incapabilities knocks on one's door, and health issues becomes the main concern?

Secondly, until what age do you folk intend living this lifestyle?

I am approaching eighty, and still caravan and fish, but I am also the first one to admit that these days I am a "fair weather" outdoorsman. That sparked the questions.

It is not how old one is that matters, it is how one is old that matters. One do not stop playing because one is old – one is old because one stopped playing.
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21 Feb, 2022 @ 16:40:46 pm
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The fellows living this unique lifestyle may want to answer the following two questions about which I have often wondered.

How compatable is this lifestyle when age-related incapabilities knocks on one's door, and health issues becomes the main concern?

Secondly, until what age do you folk intend living this lifestyle?

I am approaching eighty, and still caravan and fish, but I am also the first one to admit that these days I am a "fair weather" outdoorsman. That sparked the questions.

Kanneman, this is easy going.

Your living style change overnight.

You do not have work stress and therefore your living style is healthier.

You eat when you supposed to eat, different from normal living style when you eat if there is time.

I am not the healthiest man on earth and also suffer from that "Woodrot Cancer", but we choose towns where medical is up to date.

Lucky, we have a very good medical aid "Bonitas" and therefore we going with the flow.

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21 Feb, 2022 @ 17:15:39 pm
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Kanneman, this is easy going.

Your living style change overnight.

You do not have work stress and therefore your living style is healthier.

You eat when you supposed to eat, different from normal living style when you eat if there is time.

I am not the healthiest man on earth and also suffer from that "Woodrot Cancer", but we choose towns where medical is up to date.

Lucky, we have a very good medical aid "Bonitas" and therefore we going with the flow.

Back into the topic:
When we decided on this, it took me nearly 6-months to addopt this living style.
For my wife, that was easy.
The normal procedures of home-owners dissapeared, beause we never believed in domestic workers and therefore she ran the house on her own after bussiness day, because she was also proffesnionally employed: i.e: Cleaning, Whashing, Ironing etc... on her own.
We had a gardener doing our garden every weekend, which was a bonus.
We used to earn big "Bugs" together and gave it up.
Nowdays, we survive with R15k only and we live like normal, actually the same as when we earned big "Bugs".
I will never force or reccomend fellowers to choose our way, especially with the danger of reptiles etc.. in the Bushveld, but for us this work financially 120%.
 
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21 Feb, 2022 @ 20:59:19 pm
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The fellows living this unique lifestyle may want to answer the following two questions about which I have often wondered.

How compatable is this lifestyle when age-related incapabilities knocks on one's door, and health issues becomes the main concern?

Secondly, until what age do you folk intend living this lifestyle?

I am approaching eighty, and still caravan and fish, but I am also the first one to admit that these days I am a "fair weather" outdoorsman. That sparked the questions.

Those are 2 million dollar questions, i recall some time back i said to my finance manager that the day i die there must only be 10 bucks left in my bank account, to which he relpied give me that date so i can arrange it............................

There are just so many unknowns ahead of all of us whether we are living in a caravan on the road or staying at a fixed abode, health is going to be a major factor for all of us as we enter the golden years and is not predictable untill it is apon you , one cant stop living incase it might turn on us, what if it does,nt........... well, inevitiably it catches up with all of us but you get the picture of where im going with this.

We know [ my wife and I ] that one of us is going to wake up one morning and the other one of us is not going to be there, we also know that one of us may "break" at some time leaving us with one good and one broken, there are just so many senarios that can play out and how you deal with them is not going to change much whether you are living in a house or a caravan. A major focus of ours when plotting this adventure some years back    [ it was not done on a whim ] was ensuring we would be financially sound untill the end of time......................and only leaving 10 bucks in the account when we gone. [ just kidding ]

When are we going to stop................. well, alot depends on the above , and a lot depends on what we see up ahead, we will know when its time if not decided for us before that, there will be that one special place................me thinks it still some way of though...............

 

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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22 Feb, 2022 @ 15:14:09 pm
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What is important is that you enjoy it to the fullest.

Gaan vir goud

GOD IS ALTYD TEENWOORDIG
Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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22 Feb, 2022 @ 16:46:01 pm
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What is important is that you enjoy it to the fullest.

Gaan vir goud

Die belangrikste is as Full Timers:
- Jy is permanent met vakansie.
- Daaglikse se dinge kom nog in ag: Onderhoud kom eerste
- Spandeer volgens finansies.
(Spend your money wisely): Dit is uiters belangrik!!!
- Ons lewe as gewone kampeerders:
- Geen tuin, blommetjies en tarlentynjies ens.... nie
- Elke Donderdag word die wa gewas.
(Ek ken nie die woord  "Jerrispark" bewoners nie: PUNT).
Ons lewe as gewone kampeerders en besluit nog oor "Relocations"
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