帰る日, Going Home

The day flying back

Richard and Betth gave me so much hospitalities during my stay in Cape Town, not only for comfortable cottage many other things. I feel I gain some weight.


The last 500g steak in Africa with Richard and Betth.

In Doha, Qatar, I had a 20 hours stopover. It was really good. I was saying that because I got so much benefits from international rule; free hotel and meals. I've hard that you would get free accommodation, etc if you had over 8 hours transit according to international flight rule.
Anyway, I could go outside without visas and stay at a business hotel with buffet for 3 meals.


Now, waiting for getting on board. Here, I'm coming, Japan !!!!

そして現在、成田行きの飛行機待ち。待ってろ日本! 俺が帰るぞ!
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After the Goal, ゴールの日その後 Vol.2

As many people who had gone to table mountain saying, it was beautiful place.


From the top, we got very panoramic view, north to Cederberg where I came through and south to cape peninsula.


When I took a ferry from Spain to Africa, the Atlas Mountains were overlooked from the ferry. I remembered I was filled with excitement.


Now, I am looking at mountains in the north. The sun goes up in the north as well. I've come very far away from home.


The central Cape Town.

It doesn't look Africa as I came from north. The show windows were filled up with fancy things, and seemed there were not as much rubbish Chinese and Indian goods as I've seen in other African nations.



I took the Robben Island tour one day. This island had been used as a political prison until recently.
The late, Mr. Mandela had been also exiled in this island.

ここからはRobben islandツアーに参加した。ここはかつて政治犯の刑務所として使われていて、今は亡きマンデラ氏も収監されていた。

The next day of visiting the prison was the Election Day.
Mr. Mandela became a president after he was released. He had been making his effort for reconciliation of people and improving the economy.


However, the reality of the people, especially among black that covered majority of South African, is this as you see on this photo. I took this photo when I was cycling towered the cape point. It was huge township in suburb of Cape Town.


Many people still live in bad condition; a lot of trash and smell like spoiling. South Africa is supposed to be the most advanced nation in Africa, but as long as I've seen in township, the life is still harsh.


Apartheid was over, but for those who live in township, nothing has been changed after. This is hidden situation of South Africa. For my opinion, there are a lot of things they have to work on rather than economics growth.


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After the Goal, ゴールの日その後 Vol.1
This is my life in Cape Town. I had been camping in the bush for last few month but now staying a clean and nice cottage. What a change my life is.


South African couple, Richard and Beth kindly provided me this place. I was hooked up with them by my Italian friend. They are also cyclists and have experience crossing Africa by tandem bicycle before.


They are so nice to me. When I arrived to their place, They had already prepared a champagne.


Then, in the evening, they brought me a food market. I was given many congratulations by people there. Even the legendary South African rugby player, Chester Williams came to me and asked a photo with him.
It was a very nice night.

自分はラグビーの事は全く知らないのだけれど、南アフリカのラグビープレイヤーで、スーパースターらしい Chester Williams から写真を一緒に撮ってくれなんてお願いされたりして素晴らしいゴールの夜だった。

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The Cape of Good Hope, 喜望峰
At 8am, on 1st of May, The Cape of Good Hope

Total: 944days and 48600km (30,300 miles)

総走行距離 48600km

The mark of the cape of good hope had been stayed there quietly.


There were only sound of waves crashing on the rocks and the wind from south east at the cape.


The stones laid on the ground were polished by many many people walking on everyday.
However, it was so quiet in the early morning. Quiet enough to think of the end.
How many cyclists had finished their journey in this point.


However, to be honest, at this point, I didn't feel I crossed the finish line. It was just like part of my journey.


After visiting the cape point, I came down to the parking place where I left my bicycle. I felt I really didn't want to cycle back to the Cape Town. It might be the point I felt the end of journey.


I started cycling back to Cape Town. It was like cooling off proses for my long distance journey. This cycle, from the cape point to Cape Town, was feeling a bit different from normal routine cycle; I didn't need to think about the camping spot, food stocks, water etc....
It was totally free of stress.


It was the end.

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A day before the goal, ゴール前夜

April, 29, the cape of good hope has been on visible.


I was coming from east, and it was on my left hand side. The left side of the road was dropped to the ocean. There were many sea lions jumping.


In Boulders beach, I saw cape penguins.


Where I was was only about 50km away of the distance in a straight line. I have to cycle all the way along the ocean.
I will try to get to the cape point in the early morning of tomorrow.


より大きな地図で Cycling East Africa 2/2 を表示

Tonight is the last bush camp. This is really the last. I wonder how many times I pitched my tent since the beginning. I feel a bit sad for bush camping. It has been giving me always the opportunity of the silentness and observing sparkling stars.
On the other hand, I am very happy to be able to sleep on the bed. I have really been sleeping in the tent since Zambia for everyday, it's really everyday.


I came through some surrounding area of the Cape Town today. It was busy and stressful. Im camping now only 16km away from the cape point. Its not very far from the town.
My camp spot of tonight is very calm and quiet. I hear a sound of small stream. Some time, I even hear the sound from baboons. This is really the last bush night.
For tomorrow, I will wake up really early.

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Go on the last leg, 行くぜ最終区間

After cycling through Namibia; on the gravel for 800km, I still have energy to go on a dart road again.
I feel I have to see the beauty of nature. It doesn't matter how long I have to cycle on bad road.

あれだけナミビアで未舗装を走ったのにこりない私。それでも景色が良いなら行くしかない。Cederberg Wilderness Area

It was amazing scenery though the road was a bad condition. There were many plants I've never seen.


This is Rooibos plants in wild. Those used to be used by San-Bushman as medical plants. Now, many products of this have been exported to Japan.


Seemed Hiking was one of the good options to enjoy this area. There were plenty of trekking routes.


According to a tourist information, there are many bushman's rock arts left in this region. However, looked its impossible to find by myself unless I had a guide because there were no signs.


It was easy to manage the water. There were some places where fresh and cold water running.


In a reservoir, many water plants have grown on the bottom. I felt like observing a big nature aquarium tank from the top.


As I passed over the mountain region, the Wine Land had been appeared. This region is the main wine producing area in South Africa, and the wine from here has been exported for all over the world.


Another pass after Ceres

The vineyards were all over this place. The history of wine making in South Africa is actually long. It's even longer than America and Australia.
The quality of it is also recognized by several prizes.


Seemed the vintage of this year has been all done. The most of vineyards looked quiet. I wondered how the vintage was in this year.
I wished I had someone going wine tasting with. Since I don't want to drink wine alone, I just focused on cycling.
Perhaps, I should cerebrate my goal in Cape Town by taking some sparkling South African wine.

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Now, I'm in Clanwilliam, an old little town 230km north from Cape Town.

今、ケープタウン北230km、Clanwilliam という古い小さな町に滞在中。

It's like a country town in Australia.

小さな町 Clanwilliam。オーストラリアの地方みたいな雰囲気。

The Rooibos tea factory.

From this point, I am getting into an area where more interesting places are, so I stopped by this town to get some informations. Also, I felt I had to have some rest.
The campground was very expensive; 130R about $13 even though it was not very clean.

この辺りからは見所が満載なので、情報収集をするのと、疲れたんで1日オフ日を取った。唯一のキャンプ場は130R, 約1300円、質のわりにクソ高い。この所キャンプ場に恵まれない。

However, I met a French cyclist, Iva here. He was also taking a day off for on his way north. We had a good conversation, and I got some good informations from him.
I haven't met many cyclists in Africa, and even for those I've met, it was almost always on my way. It was good meeting him.


From this town, I will go a bit of inland and cycle through some nature reserve area. Then try to get to the cape of good hope from east. It was also suggested by Iva. he said it was so beautiful, so I'm looking forward to seeing there.
I will be arriving to the cape in 6 days; around the first of May.

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The Last Country, 最後の国南アフリカ

I made the last border crossing. It was filling with deep emotion. Now, heading to the end of end, the cape of good hope.


I wished there was a sign something like "Welcome to the End of Earth". There was not even "Welcome to South Africa". It was a bit disappointing.
It was easy border crossing; no hassle at all. Officers and police men were friendly. It made me expecting of good country.

この国境に架かる橋に「Welcome to the End of Earth」なんて気の利いた文言でもあれば、1発写真に収めたかったけれど、「Welcome to South Africa」すら無かったので、いつものごとく出入国をチャッチャと済ませた。イミグレの人や警察はすごく感じが良くて、思わず良い国を期待してしまう。

On my way, many drivers, white and black both honked me for greeting. Since i was a bit nervous from the image of apartheid, those greeting helped me to relax.


However, I've started seeing the shadow side of South Africa. It was remaining of apartheid. In the almost all village and towns, there were area called township where many huts were. Most of people who lives there were black. The life of white here looked similar to the most of western countries.


It doesn't do anything to my journey but not fun to see.


North west part of South Africa is called Namaqualand.


This land looked all brown and dry now, but I've hard that it would be totally changed about August. A lot of flowers started blooming in that time of year and making the land sparkling color. I hope I can see it sometime in the future.


In the first decent town Springbok, I saw the first sign with "Cape Town". It's only 560km away!!

南ア入国後、最初の大きな町Springbokでは遂に「Cape Town」の標識も出て来た。もう560kmしか無い。東京から宮城くらいの距離か。

It was like nothing cycling for 20km. 30km, and 40km for normal days compared to the distance I've covered so far. However, those small distance NOW eliminates the such a small distance of Cape Town, 560km in day by day. I feel a bit emotional for every pedaling I do these days.
I feel I want to make the finish line as soon as possible and go home, but on the other hand, I feel sad for finishing.


より大きな地図で Cycling East Africa 2/2 を表示

My Japanese brother, he is like my brother, told me "Enjoy your journey BY THE END".
It is really true. Of cause I want to go back but am still now on my journey. As long as I'm on my journey, I should enjoy every single time until the last day. I said my self and kept pedaling.


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