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04-06-2013 06:04 PM
Re: Around Cape Agulhas

Great to hear you are on the mend. You must be very proud of your wife and the exceptional job she's done taking the bull by the horns. Where do you find one like that? Best of luck getting the boat back home and setting out on your next adventure. You give us all something to shoot for.
04-06-2013 05:42 PM
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When I was volunteering in the mountains of Lesotho there was one of those vans about 500 feet below the highway in a steep section of switchbacks. On one occasion the van could not get up the hill and the conductor jumped out of the van to stick a rock behind a tire so the van and driver could get ready for another go at it. Heard the story of the vans. They are originally used in Japan until a certain age (5 years) when it becomes too expensive to certify. Then they are sold to former British islands in the Caribbean where they are used for several more years and then sent to Africa. Works because all of the countries you drive on the left.

Part of cruising for sure. Those vans, mainly Toyotas are everywhere.
04-06-2013 02:09 PM
Re: Around Cape Agulhas

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
one of those 12 passenger minivans that have been setup with seats for 15 and there are 18 in it and the music volume is set to 11,
I once heard them referred to as "An express to Hell".
04-06-2013 09:37 AM
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Geez, you really did a number on that hand, didn't you?

Still, it will heal, eventually.. your 'meantime' plans sound very interesting. Thanks for the update.
04-06-2013 07:02 AM
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It really is jet-setting when you are in one of those 12 passenger minivans that have been setup with seats for 15 and there are 18 in it and the music volume is set to 11, but you are really seeing the country and the people. We have also stayed in some wonderful guest houses and a few dumps where we slept in our clothes. In total, great fun.
04-05-2013 07:18 PM
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Yachting to jet-setting and back to yachting! Life IS a beach.
04-05-2013 05:47 PM
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An update for those who might be interested. Hand recovering, but slowly Probably two more months until it is close to normal. Had surgery about a month ago to remove wires from the broken finger and that wound should be healed in a week or so. The problem in the slow recovery is that I have to keep exercising (about 5x a day) all the joints in my hand and all the bending tears at the skin healing over, but the exercises are essential to the recovery. Anyway, it is coming, but a lot slower than the Doc in South Africa.

At this point, our plan is to leave here near the end of August to visit June's family and then travel by land to southern China and then through Burma to Thailand before spending some time with friends on a PDQ Antares. From there we will fly to Cape Town. The air fares (Toronto-Beijing and Bangkok-Cape Town) are not to bad if you shop around. Plus we enjoy backpacker style travel since you get more in contact with the country you are visiting.
01-25-2013 02:35 PM
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Yep...You can be very careful and still get nipped or hurt.

30 years of walking on slippery commercial kitchen floors, sheet of ice walk in freezer floors, hot fryers and ovens, grease, razor sharp knives, slicing machines, mixers...I saw some horrendous accidrnts but was able to avoid them. I never really got cut with a knofe in all my years. Saran wrap box....jagged metal edge yes.

You can be as safe as possible, but the most important thing is to know what to do in case of the inevitable injury.

Thank goodness you are ok and you will recover.

01-25-2013 10:07 AM
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The lesson to be learned is that things happen, even when you are careful.
Know what you mean... after 30+ years in industry, moved to teaching... a couple of years ago a moment's inattention and I managed to nearly nip a fingertip off in a control valve.. Good news is that I'm pretty sure none of my students in THAT class are likely to be that careless.... and things have healed fairly well.
01-25-2013 09:49 AM
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I know what you mean about being careful and still getting hurt. I am a stage hand. A Stage Electrician, to be exact, for the past 20 years. This can be a dangerous job when things are good and an extremely hazardous one when things go bad... you have to respect the work, do your best to avoid getting hurt, and plan ahead for what to do if you do.

A small amount of fear never hurts.

That said, I can only wish you a quick recovery and hope that your time away from the boat is a blessing in disguise
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