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To Bloemfontein

We had another motorway drive of just over 200 km. (We are making a large loop north, then west, and back south which visits three National Parks - Addo Elephant, Mountain Zebra, and Golden Gate - and also circles the country of Lesetho which is an "island" like country completely surrounded by South Africa.) We heard a radio newscaster this morning reporting a blockage due to an accident on a "Carriageway".

Today was another ranch country day. However, we see very few animals considering the amount of tall grass and vast area. There is little evidence of hay cutting which may indicate they are able to graze year round. The brochure for the Mountain Zebra park indicated they do get snow there, but maybe just on the mountain tops.

A unique feature of todays drive was numerous rest stops with tables and chairs under the overpasses along the motorway. They didn't look very inviting and we only saw truckers using them.

We stopped at a new Mall in Bloemfontein. Very stateside in layout and appearance, except it was an in-city mall with very small area except in the garage. The garage was to low for the Maui's so we wound up parking in a hotel parking lot where the attendant invited us in as a "guest" for a gratuity of 20 Rand. We were glad to pay that for the added security it afforded. I was able to upload all photos todate at the Mail Boxes Etc. store, except for one day I overlooked in copying them to my memory stick. Most facilities do not let you use your laptop. The few that do have wifi are very expensive.

Our Caravan Park tonight is another huge facility with over a hundred sites. There is one other camper besides us. The Wagon Master said it was full last year and they had to camp at a different park. We got here early enough to use the pool, and made it almost back to the Maui before the sky opened up. Fortunately, we have the premier site tonight with a large covered patio. The only one in the park, it is probably privately owned, or leased year round by someone. It's a corner site overlooking the Modder (mud) River. The covered patio came in handy for our happy hour gathering as the rain continued off and on.

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