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Entry 16 // Namibia Camping

Update by: Luke | February 11th, 2011

Now that we have our first boarder crossing out of the way, we head for the only gas station since there was none on the South African side. (This is a main boarder crossing point by the way.) We fill up and I go to the ATM to get some cash out because I used my last pennies to pay for the boarder crossing. You see you don't want to have extra currency from the previous country, because it is worthless in the new country and if you can exchange it, they give you a horrible rate.Apparently this ATM won't take my card. Hmm... Nick comes over and says they accept South African Rand here. Interesting, I didn't have to cut it close on money for this boarder. I ask to borrow some, but of course he if fresh out. His wallet was semi-stolen (ask Nick about that story) earlier at Marvels, in Cape Town. By the time the wallet was found/returned/collected from all corners of the dance floor, he already phoned his bank to cancel the Debit Card. So now Nick is going through africa with only a Credit Card. Anyway, that's fine. He can get cash advances with his Credit Card. Well, the ATM machine only takes Visa. Nick has a Master Card. hmm...Ok, the gas station worker sends me off to the restaurant to try to run my card as debit for cash back. They swipe my card and the machine asks for the managers code to allow it to happen. They have no clue what this is. So that didn't work either. This is getting kind of funny for me at this point. We find out that there is a bank down ther road so nick takes off with my card and pin and I stay behind and drink water and fill up our jugs from the bathroom. (By the way the tap water is safe to drink all throughout Namabia) The girl at the counter asks why Nick didn't take her so she could show him the bank. Apparently she likes motorcycles, but just doesn't like to drive them. Well nick comes back a while later and shakes his head no money. Then he says he's just joking. We do this to each other whenever somthing serious could happen. I pay the people and we are off to Whimpy burger.

It almost seems like they were waiting for us...Even with deals like this we pass on for some feal food.This turns out to be the "real food"Nick grabs some cold frys and I get a microwaved pre-made sandwhich to tide us over until we stumble across something better. We realize the chances of finding something better and just pick up the basics ourselves. Meat, Potatoes, Onion and eggs.

With food, gas, water and daylight we vear off the tarmac looking for dirtroads.
Still tarmac, but not alot of traffic.

That's Nick down there.This Tractor probably has somthing to do with the Winery in the area.There is a huge river that runs through this desert so they pump the water for the grapes. It really looks odd to see the green and the brown like this. It doesn't look nautral.This river is flooded right now from a huge storm in JoBurg probably 1,000 kilometers away from this place. It is so high right now that it washed out a main road closing one of the few boarder crossing from Namabia to South Africa. We had no clue of this and it was only our good fortune that we drove to the boarder crossing that was open.

Around the corner the road turns dirt and we find this village. I am gussing that these people work the vinyards. What else would you do out here?We continue on thinking about how easy our lives are in America. These people don't even have electricity. At least the slums in Cape Town all had power. The road comes to a T. The way we want to go is closed. It's probably has to do with this flood. We take it anyway... It's a beautiful route right along the flooded river.Maybe 20 K down the road it dead ends at a nearly impossible water crossing. The mud around it was all water logged just waiting to suck a bike down. The only way past is to take the high route and deal with all the rocks. Not an easy task! Notice the Baboon walking through the water in the distance.We want to try it really badly. I'm convinced it's possible. It's getting late so we talk through the pros and cons. The pros are basically taking pictures of us doing it and looking cool. It would be amazing footage. The cons are most certainly falling with hopes of no broken legs smashed on paniers and rocks. Also there is zero chance of anyone passing through to help if we need assistance. So many things could go wrong here. We also talk about our time frame. We are supposted to be meeting our friend Timmer to climb Kilimanjaro in 10 days. We are still 2,000 miles away with Victoria falls and kayaking the Zambazie in between. If we keep playing like this we will never make it. I am a little discouraged, but we have our priorities and this unfortunatly doesn't make the cut. We don't have enough time. We decide to camp tonight and slab it all the way to Vic falls for the next few days.

We turn around and haul through the desert. It is so vast and barren here. I love this!As it gets towards the end of the day the animals start coming out.They can be hard to see. Look closely.We should probably get off the road and let the animals have it to themselves. This looks like a good place to try.We drive our bikes about 1/4 mile off the road behind a small knoll and set-up camp. No one around for miles.Nick cooks up a feast while I take photos like a crazy man.Dinner is served

Boiled potatos, with fried sausage and onions. And a malaria pill to wash it down.The weird animal noises we heard while trying to fall asleep didn't scare us too much.

FYI, it started raining in the middle of the night. No we did not have the rain fly on the test. It's more fun to put it on as needed.

Today was an Awesome Day

 

 

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