Last week our two teams spent 4 days trail blazing the final off-road paths through stunning parts of the lower midlands and East Griqualand. If you have never driven (or walked!) from Centocow to Lourdes you have missed some of the most spectacular scenery in our beautiful province.
Two teams did the trekking whilst Finn and I provided vehicle support , clocking up over 900 km in 4 days. We would especially like to thank Fr Ignatius from Centocow who kindly allowed Fr Paul to walk with the team to Lourdes Mission after the planned for walking guide did not arrive. The people in the villages loved seeing the Father in his white cassock walking through their villages and Father blessed many, babies and children and octogenarians, as he walked.
The final test of the trail will be between 9th and 20th March, from Reichenau Mission to Mariathal Mission.
(We still haven’t finalised the way to walk from Mariathal, over the Umkomaas river, passing Einsiedeln and on to Mariannhill but hope to do this soon).
The proofs for the pilgrim records, the APT Trail certificates, and the artwork for the 9 self-inking stamps are at the Mariannhill Mission Press and will be ready by March.