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News from Fish River Journey

All five groups have now completed the canoeing, all have moved through Solo and three out of five groups have completed the three days of cycling.
In the first week of Journey, the pupils were introduced to the splendour of mountains in Nardousberg and challenged by the terrain they had to traverse. As the second week of Journey comes to a close, some of the landscapes might be similar, but the challenges have changed. Looking back on this week, it is the elements that will be remembered by all involved. This last week has seen temperatures in the high 30s and early starts close to 0, blazing hot days with afternoon thundershowers and days where the rain has not halted. Yet through all this, the groups have stayed strong and overcome a challenging leg of this year’s Journey.
As mentioned, this week saw all groups pass through Solo, which is an integral part of the process. The pupils naturally approach this day with nerves and apprehension as they are unsure what to expect. Once the group is in camp, the boys and girls are placed into their own campsites, where they spend the next 18 hours writing letters and reflecting on the experience so far and what is still to come. In the morning, the group has a service before heading out. It has been amazing to hear from the students how they enjoyed that time alone and how beneficial Solo is to each individual.
Having spent the last week moving through the groups, I have enjoyed seeing how each of them has formed their own identity. The bond between the groups has grown closer, and there is a real sense of unity among all.
As I sit writing, we are being blessed with some beautiful rain in the Eastern Cape and know how needed it is by our farmers. The last week of the 2021 Journey will soon be upon us, and the groups will want time to slow down so they can create more memories, but as we know, the Journey must go on!
Ryan Dewey (John Jones Fish River Journey Co-Ordinator)