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05/17/11 - Interview with Yolandie Rust via 5FM.
Jolandie decided to do it! So what did Jolandie do? She got a bike, went to Cape Town, and she is doing it!
Is she mad?
J. landed in the media yesterday,.
Hi! How are you?
Have you changed your mind yet? Are you still going to do this? What is going on?
(laughs) No, I'm past the point of no return.
Ok. So when did you leave Cape Town?
About 3 weeks ago.
And how have the last 3 weeks been, your highs, your lows?
It's been tough. It's been pretty tough. I fell ill on the first day of my trip. I've been sick for a while.
You're ill because you're fatigued or because you were scared?
No I got the flu, I am not sure why I got the flu ont he first day.
Ahh. I think your system was run down just by the thought of doing this.
(chuckling) I think my body just said, "What?!"
Exactly. Ok. So you've reached Namibia. Were there any hard parts of the last 3 weeks on this bike?
Yeah, yeah. I've had some tough days. Yesterday was a highlight, you know, crossing my first border and having a 40-km downhill.
That must have been amazing!
That was brilliant! Because it's all pretty much uphill from Cape Town to just before the border. And then it's all downhill for about 40 km. So now I start climbing again.
So tell us about this bike. Did you get a special bike that was modified, or did you just get a bike and hop on?
No, I've had her for about 4 years now. We cycled through South Africa together and around South Africa and now it's the big one.
Ok, so when do you think you'll be back in town, let me call it that?
I'll be away for about 2-1/2 years.
Cycling around Africa.
Yeah. I won't be home again for quite a while.
Do you have a support team? How does it work behind the scenes?
Behind the scenes - well on the road it's just me, and back in Johannesburg I have 2 of my best friends who help with logistics. They have been awesome, they really have. They've been a great help in finding accommodations every night and so I can have a warm bath and big sleep-in. Yeah, it's pretty much that's it.
And safety concerns? I remember Riaan Manser who is pretty much a hard core guy having security issues. What's your plan security-wise?
Security-wise, first I have not had any troubles. But this is the easy part. Once I cross into Angola, it's a different story. I will have to take it as it comes. You know?
You're not scared?
No, not really.
Some of the days were tough. What helped you over that tough period?
I have this picture in my mind that I keep running over and over again, all day long, of when I get back into Cape Town, when I roll my bike over that finish line, and that keeps me going.
What's the 1st thing you are going to do when you get back home 2-1/2 years later? What are you really missing right now?
I'm missing my friends. That's always the hard part.
Missing my friends.
So no girls' nights out for 2-1/2 years. That's the hard part. That sucks. You can always turn back.
There's no way. I've always said that once I get into Namibia, I won't turn back.
Is there any way we can support you? Follow your journey? Websites maybe?
Yes, I do have a blog site. I update it regularly. People can follow me on there.
Awesome stuff. We'll keep following you, Jolandie. We'll keep checking with you every 2 or 3 weeks just to make sure you are safe and see how you are doing.
Thank you too!