Africa Blog

The Ride to Half a Million Miles


My next country was Swaziland.  It's located between South Africa and Mozambique.  They tell me that Kruger National Game reserve is twice as big as Swaziland.

   As I left Johannesburg the wind was colder and stronger. A cold front was coming.  As I headed east the landscape turned into mountains and pine country.  Logging seems to be the biggest industry here.  

    I arrived late at the border again due to much construction on the road ways.   I have the route on leaving South Africa down to a science now.  Getting into Swaziland was rather easy but did take some time.  As I crossed the border the rains and fog where in the distance.  The roads were good but mountainous and with large mining trucks going very slow and tossing stones and gravel.  I finally found my place for the night,  as I had dinner I watched the cold rain come down.

   The Next morning was very foggy and with light rain, and yes, cold.  I didn't have much of a mood to go out and explore the area.  Muddy  wet roads was the forecast today.

   As rode east on the edges of Manzini I saw a BMW Car store with a small sign that read Motorrad.  So I turned in their drive to say hello.   They didn't have much in BMW motorcycles but the staff was very friendly and welcoming.  I had a long chat with Carlos who told me the main BMW guys was Wayne.   When Wayne finally had a chance to come say hello I told him the story of my bike and the reason for my trip.

    Before long he and Carlos were taking pictures with the bike, them some of his customers came over to see what all the fuss was about.   I mentioned that I was on my way out and the gave me a quick you can leave yet,  so much to see!!!   I got a list of places to visit which I did and it turned out to be a great day.  It was still very foggy rainy cold but I had a great time.