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The Ride to Half a Million Miles


   My next point of interest was a trip to Soweto an urban neighborhood in Johannesburg.  This was a different type of tour, this was on a bicycle.  The tour is run by one of the local hostels or backpackers as they are called here.   This was a great way to see the real neighborhood and have a chance to speak to locals as we paddled across down the streets and allies. 

   Soweto today a vibrant  townships with a very deep heritage and  a very difficult history as it struggled against the apartheid.

   It is Soweto were people like Nelson Mandela and Rev. Desman Tutu lived.    I took a brief tour to Mandela's home.

    A very simple and modest home that he lived the early 60s until his arrest.