Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa

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Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa.
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After quite a slog yesterday, todays run was a relatively short 140km from Middelburg to Hatfield, a suburb of Pretoria. In hindsight, i should have taken the back roads to save paying the two motorway tolls. Stopping at a service station for a drink, i met up with a guy riding a Honda Blackbird. After talking about my journey and how he had a tough early life until he found Jesus, we went our different ways.

Arriving in Hatfield, the hostel existed, where it said on the map, and they had space. Success. After checking in to a dorm, i found that the internet was pretty good compared to the dial-up speeds i’d been experiencing since Cape Town. After uploading the financial information required for my Australian visa, i went for a walk to find Hatmed who are the approved company in Pretoria to take the chest x-ray that the Australian Immigration dept also required. Turning up at the center with my HAP number, they look me up and i’m x-rayed and out within 15 minutes, ZAR480 poorer.

Trying to sort website migration while travelling is not easy when the bandwidth you have is so poor. I spent the afternoon trying to download and upload files between servers while watching some films. Just before hitting the sack, i was talking to the owner who mentioned the young lady who ran reception at another backpackers along the same road had been mugged just along the street.

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Posted: 7 May 2014

Author: Steve Armitage

Category: Africa

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