Mission Accomplished

Arrival

 

The names of the last few stops on our journey roll off the tongue as nicely as the breakers of the Atlantic they sit upon: Strandfontein, Elandsbay, Yzerfontein and, at long last, Cape Town.

We have arrived.  Mission accomplished.

The celebrations have begun.  There will be more to come in this space down the road, but for now we are going to rest, process, enjoy the “Mother City”, and figure out a way to resume our normal lives in a week or so.

Thank you for travelling with us.

 

88th and final stage of the Tour d’Afrique – leaving Yzerfontein on a brisk and foggy morning

 

Start of the police escorted convoy into Cape Town

 

Table Mountain in the background

 

The end of the line

 

 

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  82 comments for “Mission Accomplished

  1. Anonymous
    May 13, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Congrats to both of you…but I gotta say I’ll miss the updates!!!!!

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  2. May 13, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Big congratulations to you both!

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  3. Laura Sykes
    May 13, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    WOW. Incredible you guys. I am so happy for you but so very sad to not have more posts to look forward to! Enjoy the celebration! May I have a few drinks on your behalf???

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  4. Anonymous
    May 13, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Great accomplishment ! Congrats !

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  5. Liz and Bob
    May 13, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    I can’t begin to imagine all the emotions you must be feeling, and the adrenaline pushing back the exhaustion…..for today. Safe travels in someone else’s care for the next couple of days. Home awaits you. Liz and Bob.

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    • May 15, 2019 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks for following. Hope to see you later in the summer.

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  6. John Aylen
    May 13, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Congratulations to you both!!!!

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  7. May 13, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing your journey. I have looked forward to your posts and am excited as I plan on doing the ride in 2020. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Cape Town. Rita

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    • Chum and Nona
      May 14, 2019 at 12:46 am

      Thank you for taking the time, at the end of your days, to take us with you. You have completed an incredible journey.
      Chum and Nona

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      • May 15, 2019 at 9:27 pm

        Glad you found some enjoyment in it. Be well.

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    • May 15, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you Rita. Feel free to contact me with any questions re preparations etc. You are going to love it.

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  8. Paul and Karen
    May 13, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Amazing! The picture with the bicycle in the air is stunning! Enjoy all the awesomesauce you can find, plus the heartiest congratulations from everyone you know and probably many you don’t. We hope to see you before long.

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      It will be good to catch up. Thank you for following.

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  9. Jonas Barter
    May 13, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    You guys are machines. What an accomplishment!

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    • May 14, 2019 at 12:08 am

      “All done bicycles?” ala our Madeline.
      Congratulations to you both and thanks for so unselfishly bringing us along on your journey. Bravo!

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      • May 15, 2019 at 9:24 pm

        Means a lot from the queen of reporters. Thank you.

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      Your shoes saw me through Jonas. Peter told me that you are off to Scotland with Redspokes. I would love to hear about that trip upon your return. I have a sister in Ottawa – we should get together at some point. Great

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:03 pm

      Your shoes saw me through! I want to hear all about Scotland with Redspokes. Let’s get together at some point – I have a sister in Ottawa.

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  10. Jane Guest
    May 13, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    well done Gerry and Lenore, the ultimate intrepid adventure travelers,
    Enjoy your last days and safe travels home
    Jane

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  11. Anonymous
    May 13, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    My eyes watered reading this entry Gerry. Congratulations! Party on Wayne…..
    Cindy

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      The scene on the beach was quite emotional. Glad you came along for the ride Cindy.

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  12. May 13, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Fantastic journey Gerald and Lenore, well done. And thanks for the pictures/video’s and the stories. Now back to Canada to see how your granddaughter has grown , i think see is one year old by now.

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    • Elisabeth Buffey-Needham
      May 14, 2019 at 9:18 am

      Congratulations! What a great accomplishment and experience! Now for some well-deserved R&R and some new furniture to sit on!!

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      • Heather Miller
        May 15, 2019 at 3:29 pm

        Congratulations! Thank you so much for sharing your adventure! Gerald, you should become a professional blogger.👍 Lenore, a professional photographer!👏 Heather and Dave, West Vancouver, Canada

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      • May 15, 2019 at 9:32 pm

        Something with a soft seat!. Thank you Liz.

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you Peter. Looking forward to seeing family.

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  13. Ryan van Rees
    May 13, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Crazy! What an amazing journey. Thank you for taking us along. Congratulation to you both!

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      More great than crazy – but a bit crazy indeed. Thanks Ryan.

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  14. patrickguest1397
    May 13, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    IIIIINNNCCRREEDDIBLE! What an accomplishment! Bravo Gerald and Lenore! Your trip has been beautifully logged and you should be very proud of this feat! Well deserved rest ! Congratulations! Best regards Patrick

    Patrick Guest patrickrigbyguest@gmail.com (514)-246-6083

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you Patrick. Looking forward to being home.

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  15. omapruim
    May 13, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    You made it!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

    Op ma 13 mei 2019 21:35 schreef Cairo to Capetown on Bicycles :

    > Gerry posted: ” The names of the last few stops on our journey roll off > the tongue as nicely as the breakers of the Atlantic they sit upon: > Strandfontein, Elandsbay, Yzerfontein and, at long last, Cape Town. We have > arrived. Mission accomplished. The” >

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      Yup. Wish we were flying back through Amsterdam. We’ll catch up soon.

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  16. Caroline Beaulieu
    May 13, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    WOW!!! Incredible physical and psychological accomplishment. You are allowed to laugh or cry!!!
    Congrats to both of you… and the rest of the group of course! Have a good rest and enjoy the beauty of SA.
    It was great to follow you.
    Caroline B.

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  17. Anonymous
    May 13, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Bravo!
    and thank you for the interesting commentaries and magnificent photos!
    Enjoy a well deserved rest!
    Louise and Tom

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      Happy to have had you along. Thanks.

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  18. Phillip Strachan
    May 13, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Congratulations to you both. You made it! It has been such a terrific adventure and so much fun to follow your ride via your blog. Hope to catch up with you both next month in Montreal.

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  19. Anonymous
    May 13, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Astounding adventure and fantastic commentary…..thanks for bringing us on your journey!

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    • Anonymous
      May 13, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      Ian Gray

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  20. Anonymous
    May 13, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Congratulation Gerry & Lenore!!!
    Enjoy your rest.
    We’ll miss reading your extremely well written & interesting blog.
    (When’s the next one?)
    Karl & Mireille

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:15 pm

      Nice to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed.

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  21. May 13, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Wow ! What an epic adventure and we have been so lucky following along with you. Hope you have a wonderful celebration planned and some well earned days of rest. I shall miss the blog…. I looked forward to and enjoyed
    each one.
    Congratulations!

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      We’ll catch up at home. So glad you came along for another trip to Africa.

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  22. stephenkauser4573
    May 13, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Heartiest congratulations to you both. Yours was an epic achievement that will be hard to replicate or surpass. Everest next?

    Very best,

    SJK

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:20 pm

      We have met 2 Everest summiteers on bike tours, but will not add our names to that list. Thanks for following. Be well.

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  23. Dave Nauth
    May 13, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Brilliant job, cannot believe you rode 11200 kms. What an experience.

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  24. May 13, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Congratulations to you both. You did it!!!

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  25. bonnie major
    May 13, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Congrats !!! What an epic adventure !!! Awesome ..Wow !!! And way to go!!!! Rest well 🙂 Bonnie

    Sent from my iPhone

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  26. C&C
    May 13, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Unbelievable……..you must be sooooooooo proud!!!!!!!!

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      Happy to be sure. Thanks for all your comments and encouragement!

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  27. kathleenfox6187
    May 13, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Congratulations! You are awesome! Celebrate – you deserve it!

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks for your encouragement along the way Kathy.

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  28. Michael Sendbuehler
    May 14, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Well done! Nice to see you got new kit for the arrival. We miss you and look forward to hearing about your adventures. You’ll never have to buy your own wine and rum when we raise the glass together.

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      And raise a glass we shall! We will leave the new “loud” kit at home.

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  29. Amanda
    May 14, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Wow! What a moment!! Such an awesome accomplishment! So proud of you guys and can’t wait to see you when you get back!! Xo

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  30. Scott
    May 14, 2019 at 1:50 am

    You are my heroes!!!!!!!

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      Just a couple of crazy bicycle tourers – but thanks!

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  31. Stephen R Lee
    May 14, 2019 at 2:00 am

    EVERY ending is a new beginning. Your “normal” lives will never be the same normal, so start from there. Looking forward to seeing you back safe.

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  32. Francois Major
    May 14, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Wow!!! Congrats to both. Thanks for taking the time to share this amazing trip with us.

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:30 pm

      Merci François. Hope to see you on the bike this summer.

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  33. May 14, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Bravo. Well done Gerry and Lenore!

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  34. Anonymous
    May 14, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Thanks guys for sharing your journey so eloquently over the past few months. Absolutely amazing – looking forward to following the next one?!

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  35. Anonymous
    May 14, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Oh, that was me Gregor!

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    • Carol
      May 14, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Congratulations! I have enjoyed your accounts of your adventure.

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Open to suggestions Gregor!

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  36. 94stafford
    May 14, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Congratulations Gerry and Lenore ! I followed your journey from start to finish and learned so much reading about your adventures. We can all learn from your lead and get out of our comfort zones. Totally amazing !

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  37. Anonymous
    May 14, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    You guys are my heroes! Wow, a trek. Congrats!

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    • Anonymous
      May 14, 2019 at 1:35 pm

      Oops, forgot to sign my name and I noticed that I also forgot a few words. I meant to say the following:
      You guys are my heroes! Wow, what a trek. Congrats!. Sharon

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  38. jean4100
    May 14, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you for allowing us to travel with you vicariously.  It has been a fantastic journey.Enjoy your rest.  Jean

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  39. May 14, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    What an adventure!
    Nerves and Buns of Steel!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    • May 15, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks. Looking forward to catching up next month.

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  40. Anonymous
    May 14, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Bravo.. what an accomplishment!

    Liked by 1 person

  41. Anonymous
    May 15, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Toutes nos felicitations! So proud of you both! Such an inspiring journey! We can see the joy of the mission accomplie! The blog helped us to feel we were right along with you. Bravo!!! Love you guys, see you soon!

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    • Frances Hyde
      May 15, 2019 at 12:29 am

      Sorry I forgot to sign it! Love you guys, Fran

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  42. Anonymous
    May 15, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Wow! Congratulations to you both. An incredible Journey. It will be difficult to get back to normal life after this. Thank you for sharing your story. Toni

    Liked by 1 person

  43. Ruth
    May 15, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Well done to both of you, what an amazing journey 🌞

    Liked by 1 person

  44. Anonymous
    May 19, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    congratulations you made it alive! see you soon
    mark

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