We have arrived at the Rooi Ooi and things were about to become better even though we were stranded with Tony’s broken bike. We have met many great people on this trip and we were about to come across another very special person.
But first it was time for breakfast and beer. We needed to come up with a plan and quickly. Jaycee joined us after breakfast, what an interesting woman. We all just hit it off immediately and it was the start of a great friendship.
After breakfast I decided to reach out on the CrazyNomad Whatsapp group that we really needed help and if anyone was traveling between Joburg and Cape Town, we really needed an engine delivered. Immediately Desmond Soekoe said he had an engine available immediately and anyone going through could collect from him, Thanks Des. Next we got a message from Zoot in Bloemfontein, he said if the engine can get to Bloemfontein, he would bring it to us. Wow, this is a total stranger that we only met a few days before, what a great man! Desmond then said he has a supplier in Bloemfontein and Zoot could collect from them immediately. Now this is 24 December, Christmas Eve 13h00, At 13h17, Zoot sent a message that he had the engine and was on his way. That is 175 km one way on Christmas eve, we were experiencing Christmas like never before. We decided to stay where we were as the beer was cold and the food was great. We had a really nice swim in the resovoir in the back of the yard of the Rooi Ooi and then were served an incredible fish and chips. By now we had met the ownerof the Rooi Ooi and I had asked her if we could camp in her back yard. She never even hesitated and at the same time invited us for Christmas dinner. Every 2nd year Carin hosts a Christmas dinner for people in Philippolis that are away from their family. Well apparently we qualified for this invitation. It is so rare in this world to find people that are so pure and such beautiful souls. By the way, Carin does this dinner in her restaurant at her own cost. I think about 25 people arrived and by the end of the evening it was like everyone was family. It was definitely a Christmas that I will never forget.
So now we had Breakfast, Lunch and Christmas dinner at the Rooi Ooi, don’t ask how many beers. Carin if I am in South Africa with my family again, we are coming, you can be sure of this.