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Trip Start Feb 27, 2011
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Where I stayed
Springbok Caravan Park
Every bloke knows where that point is
when you feel like you have hit the open road. It's that invisible
place where you cut free from familiar territory, put your nose to
the wind, take a few deep breaths and the journey begins. For me that
was Lambert's Bay after we had said our last goodbyes to friends and
drove off into the sunset.
I'd be fibbing if I said it's been all
plain sailing but we are getting ourselves a little organised and
routines are starting to form, which is making life a lot easier
especially so with the kids
Best experiences so far..
Intentionally taking a detour (Jen
thinks it was a faulty American GPS reading) and driving through some
of the most stunning scenery on some of the worst Namakwaland roads.
We came across a village named Rietpoort, which hardly shows on the
map and has a couple of hundred residents at most but a historical
catholic cathedral which makes westminster abbey pale in comparison.
The GPS is now banned and we are back to paper maps for a while, but
it was worth it!
Another highlight was getting Jen to
understand (partially!) Newton's gravitational law in that all
objects are exposed to a force of 9.8 m/s and thus add weight to an
already overloaded spongebob
hoarder of note. Anyway, we are having a little sort out and have
“agreed” that some of the “bit's and bob's” are going back.
J.P. please be so kind as to bring your heavy duty trailer when we
catchup with you in Namibia...
I had a great outing with the boys
outside Springbok, Northern Cape, hunting in the mountains for
historical mines. We found the Simon Van Der Stel copper mine dating
back to an unbelievable 1685 according to the inscription carved on
the rock face. We couldn't get very far inside as the entrance had
been blocked but found many gold nuggets, some as large as bricks!
Jen will post pictures.
Lowlight to date was getting the
electrical system meltdown, as one of the battery connectors had
jumped off on the detour road that darn GPS took me resulting in a
short circuit and melted wires
setback but Jos Hartog made calls and paved the way for repairs in
Springbok, all sorted out in no time. Thanks to Jos.
Tomorrow we stock up and make our way
across the first frontier