The Roadtrip…

…to Bloemfontein for the first leg of our two day trek to Durban to board the MSC Sinfonia started with us locked and loaded into the car a touch after six in the morning.  The air was filled with palpable excitement. 

Our first stop en-route was just outside Willowmore, where we had breakfast under the trees (in very cold, windy conditions).  After that it was a mandatory refuelling stop in Graaff-Reinet for not only the car, but us – we run on Wimpy coffee.  I wasn’t really hungry so I opted for a cream cheese and carrot muffin which was very yummy.  Mom and Aunty Carol weren’t so lucky with their bran ones, which tasted like what I imagine dog biscuits to taste like.

From there we hit the road to Bloem where we stayed at a delightful place called Blueberry Hill.  The host, Alta makes your stay a home-away-from-home.  The entire house is at the disposal of the guests and can sleep up to 9 people.  It is comfortable, clean, fully equipped and above all, reasonably priced.  We will definitely stay there again when we go up North.

After a quick unpacking session, and a welcome cup of tea on the verandah…

we headed off to the Windmill Casino – needless to say, it was a waste of our time and money.  We weren’t even there for two hours when we headed back.  I had a shower and got into bed.  I was so exhausted, I don’t even remember putting the light off…