“Round the World Journey since 2009 – Dreams come true” says his business card.
Jimbo had been traveling on his bicycle for three and a half years when he arrived at the nursery. He worked at a travel agency in Japan, and had a dream to see all interesting countries he worked with, but to experience them as part of each ones culture, and live how the locals all lived. He realised this would be possible if he travelled by bicycle and formulated a five year plan. He started at Istanbul, cycled through Europe and zigzagged his way around 31 different countries in Africa – to see his travel route click here. He arrived at the Good Hope Gardens Nursery in Cape Point looking for a spot to camp in November last year. His original plan was to stay with us for 10 days and then continue on his journey, but he ended up here for 100 days – he said it was one of the most beautiful and peaceful places he had ever been to and was fascinated by the many different species of fynbos and thought our floral kingdom very special. To view the beautiful photos he took while he was here, click here.
He insisted on helping out in the nursery every morning that he wasn’t exploring the area on his bicycle (a “little cycle” to Kalkbay or Simons Town) in exchange for camping on the property. Always full of enthusiasm, kindness and humbly sharing exciting tales of his travels, we were very sorry to see him leave for the next stretch of his journey last week and honoured to have had him here. He introduced us to the joys of eating and preparing seaweed and he couldn’t believe how spoiled for choice we are with the vast array of “sea vegetables” at our beaches.
He left with a 70kg load on his bike, headed for Lesotho and then down to Richards Bay where he will catch a boat to Madagascar. From there he will catch another boat to India and make his way through to China and eventually back to Japan.
Bye bye Jimbo and safe travels!
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.