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Day Forty Four- Corrugations

5th November 2011

sunny 34 °C

We were fresh today. It felt like something of a beginning for the first major section of our trip. We had left the Atlantic Ocean yesterday. We would now travel across Africa to the Indian Ocean before turning left to head north. Today our little off road trip began. To begin we had to pass through the main town in the area which was Sesfontein.

The road wasn’t too bad, corrugated in places, crossing plenty of dried up tributaries and streams but not too bad. We could cruise at forty kilometres per hour just nicely. We passed Purros. It was a settlement really, hut and kraals. We didn’t see a shop.

This was when the road got nasty. The corrugations were horrific, ten centimetres deep in places, relentlessly pounding the suspension, shaking the car apart unless we travelled below ten kilometres an hour. For much of it we drove off the side of the road following where someone had done the same before us. Still it was awful, looking at the map on the laptop someone had annotated ‘this road will break your suspension.’ It got so bad in fact that we eventually turned off. Somers had spotted a river bed that we could drive up and it had to be better than our current road surface. We turned off the ‘D road’ onto the Khumib River bed. A couple of kilometres along, we stopped. We set up camp, collected wood and got a fire going. Red wine, Eric drumsticks and Scrabble.

We fell asleep to the sound of absolute heavenly silence.

Posted by ibeamish 08:43 Archived in Namibia

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