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This has been a long time coming, though with my photo collection bordering on totally amateurish, I tried to put it off for as long as possible. There are however so many lovely places to visit and experience, that one cannot even try and cover that in one lifetime.

From my early days in Johannesburg I missed the great outdoors (grew up on a farm in the Northern Transvaal). That didn't stop me from enjoying the buzz of Hillbrow, with it's daytime shopping and vibrant nightlife. Landmarks such as the Hillbrow tower and the round Ponti still towers over the now neglected and dangerous metro. 

I worked on the outskirts of the city. An industrial area close to Jan Smuts (now Johannesburg International Airport). In those days two-wheeled transport was still a lot cheaper than a motorvehicle (late 70's, early 80's). Come winter, summer, rain (thank goodness never any snow) or hail, it was off to work for a reasonable "run" of about forty kilometers by motorcycle.

The motorcycle of course had other uses as well. Such as getting away from it all every now and again. Most favorite was the Eastern Transvaal with decent roads and breathtaking scenery. And a visit to Nelspruit was tradition (that's until my brother moved to the Cape). A typical Lowveld dorpie (by now above the status of a simple town). Oh well, it was on the way.

Then of course there was fishing. By far the easiest is the Vaalriver, about 100Km's from where I stay. With plenty of resorts, camping spots and a hotel on the waterfront, this is a popular place for local fishermen. Not to mention 4x4 clubs!