After several weeks in Kabwe preparing everything for his girls, Timothy is now heading toward Cape Town to pick us up. Traveling the African roads is never without “adventure”, and this trip has been no exception. Friday night he slept by the side of the road in his bakkie (pick up). In the wee hours of the morning he heard gunshots, but no following noise. Assuming the situation was a street brawl, he went back to sleep. A little while later he and the friends traveling with him, Hannes & Christel, got ready to hit the road again. While looking for an outhouse, they noticed that the villagers were all hiding in their huts… not a good sign. Finally one of them whispered hurriedly, “Lions! There are lions in the trees!! Get back in your truck!!” Thank heavens they were sleeping in the truck, not under it (a common practice in the warmer seasons), as their bakkie was only a few yards from the trees where the lions were seen! Lions rarely come near villages, as they are naturally afraid of people. Any lion venturing into a village, is likely a “man eater”, a fearful prospect for the African people living in flimsy grass huts, often without doors. Praise God no one was hurt and the lions moved on to find something else for breakfast.
No road trip is complete without some kind of near disaster; this trip was no exception. Saturday morning the guys needed to pull the utility trailer out of the bakkie. As they eased it down, the ropes broke with a POP and the trailer came hurtling out of the truck. It nearly hit several people, and careened to a stop just short of the gate. God’s hand was obviously on the trailer, as it could easily have seriously injured someone. Fortunately, everyone (including the trailer) is fine and they continued after enjoying a nervous laugh.
After a surprisingly uneventful day and a half of flights, Monica and I arrived safely in Cape Town late on Wednesday, 8/26. Monica really was SUCH a good baby. She slept through most of the flights and played nicely in the terminals. I was grateful to be traveling with Lenora Hammond. It’s so nice to fly with friends; good company makes all the difference. The weather in Cape Town has been stunning– no rain, lots of sun (did I get off at the right place??). Monica has finally adjusted to the time difference, which she found much more challenging than the flights themselves. However, she is having a great time with the Hammonds and their kitties, bunny, and duck. I am really happy to be back on my home continent and in one of the loveliest cities in the world. Although, I will be much happier when I can enjoy all of this with Tim! : )