Days 188-192 - The Road Trip begins!
Trip Start Feb 04, 2010
50Trip End Oct 05, 2010
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We continued travelling northwards, stopping at another beautiful campsite in the valley of a small stream with mountains all around us and sharing it only with a troop of baboons who ambled passed us as we were cooking dinner
We were in wildflower country out here, which might not sound exciting to most but the harsh desert landscape out here is transformed into a riot of colour by the emergence of thousands of wildflowers of all colours. We visited a reserve that was blanketed by orange and purple varieties and the change was amazing. Sadly, this journey was tainted by our exhaust falling off as we travelled down the gravel road. We hobbled into Springbok, the only town of any size in the region north of Cape Town having only managed 1000km of an expected 12000km odessey, on a Saturday afternoon, just before the garage shut for the day.
The exhaust was fixed without a problem but other problems were spotted including a radiator AND oil leak. So we could go no further until this was sorted but the next day was Sunday and so everything shut down for the day leaving us stranded in a dusty Caravan Park surrounded by old people having a holiday that involved them doing nothing except watching TV and drinking beer outside their caravans - why not stay at home we thought!
We were back on the road on Monday evening, but not without fuss, the oil leak was still there, too costly to fix and going on the assumption that regular top-ups of oil will keep us going as we really don't want to spend huge amounts of money and time getting it sorted. Stupid? Maybe, but we shall see!
Continued north to the Namibian border that day, hoping desperately that the car would last until at least we made it to another country for a bit!