|Co-ords||S 25 06 56.3
E 16 16 33.1
|Fuel||16.33 L 62 363km|
Quite a long drive to Springbok today. Customs didnít even blink at the car. The guy asked if we had anything to declare and I said only personal effects and he scrunched up the declaration form. Immigration searched in vain for our exit stamp and we had to explain we did not exit because the passports were issued in Spain. OK, no worries.
This part of SA is really nice. Good weather too which is odd because
it is winter. The campsite at Springbok is quite good but busy. Itís odd
to be with so many other campers who have not at least done some thousands
of km and who are not at all interested in other people. Used the big tent
again which I like because it makes packing easier. Weíve decided to spend
the night in Cape Town tomorrow.
18th August 1999
|Co-ords||S 29 40 24.6
E 17 53 56.4
|Fuel||34.8 L 63 462.7km|
Staying in an old jail tonight. Actually a very nice hotel called Breakwater Lodge at the Waterfront. We did try the City Lodge but it was full, then we made a booking at the Commodore but they only had underground parking into which we did not fit and they were not at all interested in helping. So we found this place and itís really great.
Had lunch at a farm stall on the way. Really nice to, the owners came to look at the car and couldnít believe we had driven all the way. This is truly great countryside. The flowers are starting too bloom so splashes of colour all over. It was a bit startling to meet so much traffic though.
This afternoon we did a bit of shopping and wandered around the Waterfront. At 5:30 we went on a sunset cruise. It was really nice, Iíve never been on a big sailing boat before. It was nice to see the sun set over the bay and the lights come on in town. It was a bit up and down but nowhere near as bad as the Zanzibar ferry. Some of the other passengers were feeling a bit queasy but Renee and I were fine.
Had dinner at the waterfront, we both had what seemed like massive amounts
of food. I had gumbo and couldnít finish it. Oh well, I have lost 6kg and
weighed 68kg at Yvonne's. Have to work on it I suppose.
19th August 1999
|Co-ords||S 33 54 26.8
E 18 24 56.5
|Fuel||32.88 L 63 732.8km|
Thatís it, we can go no further South Ė Cape Aghulas. Left Cape Town at around 8:30 arrived at about 11. Wow. We opened two bottles of champagne and sprayed them all over the car and the monument. Took loads of photos too. The other people there must have thought we were a bit odd but there werenít too many so not so bad.
Hell weíve come a long way. I never thought we would get here. Tunisia seems in the distant past. Got the wheels balanced Ė were told that they are not round.
We made it on to Knysna Ė again along a really beautiful stretch of
country Ė and are camping at what must be the best campsite I have ever
seen. It is on the other side of the bay to town and has everything. The
best showers and ablution, including a sauna and gym. Also a pool table
which Renee and I used most of the evening. One great thing is that we
were totally on our own. It must be busy though in the summer.
20th August 1999
|Co-ords||S 34 03 27.9
E 23 01 53.7
|Fuel||69.4 L 64 337.2km|
Today we head for our second honeymoon at the Fish River Sun. We looked for the Storms River bridge so that we could bungi jump but missed it. Its not really on the Storms river and itís on the toll road so better luck next time. Actually spent the morning shitting myself that Renee would really want to do it. Oh well, must be brave. I really do want to try it out but just mustnít think about it.
Arrived at the hotel at around 3pm. We have a nice room overlooking
the pool, which is empty, and have a patio with deck chairs. Now for a
relaxing four days.
21st, 22nd and 23rd August 1999
|Co-ords||S 33 29 05.9
E 27 07 57.4
|Fuel||55.65 L 64 820.4km|
Had a great time. Siesta, walks, ate well, and watched TV, showered or bathed twice a day.
Well we had a great relax at the Fish River. Not too much to do but thatís what I planned. The weather was great on Sat and Sun but started getting windy on Monday. Lay on the bed so long that I started getting back ache. Went into Port Alfred on Monday and just sat in the car reading magazines and watching the sea. Felt really ill at lunchtime Monday and puked up my lungs as well as my lunch. Lay around dosed up with valoid and painkillers. Renee went off to supper on her own.
Damn, can you believe itís coming to an end. I canít.
24th August 99
|Co-ords||S 33 29 05.9
E 27 07 57.4
|Fuel||70.5 L 65 310.5km|
Odo 64873.7km S 33 29 05.9 E 27 07 57.4
Fuel 65310.5km 70.5l
Fuck itís freezing. Iím sitting in bed in a hotel in Bloem writing this. Iím feeling loads better than last night. The drive up was OK just very windy. We arrived at 4:30pm and decided on Bains game farm. Not much game but quite nice.
Had a great dinner of baby chicken and chips. Now itís watching TV (The Postman) and getting warm.
25th August 1999
|Co-ords||S 29 04 32.6
E 26 09 02.8
|Fuel||43.41 L 65 738.3|
Took a slow drive up the N1 freeway towards Johannesburg. A feeling of aprehension, what to expect, how to settle into something fixed, how to stop really. It feels a little odd heading back to Johannesburg after three and a half years away. To return seems like going backwards.
We went directly to see Renee's Mom and then went to her house. We will be staying here for awhile until we can get somewhere ourselves. My Mom and Dad and came over to say hi and welcome back and so did Erica and Robin. Robin brought a huge banner saying welcome homw which he wanted to hang on the road but we got there before him so we just stuck it on the side of the truck. The weekend coming we have all our friends over for a braai, time to sit and remember the stories.
26th August 1999
To close off here are the final figures
TOTAL Kilometers = 26 469.3km
|Co-ords||S 26 06 57.8
E 27 56 57.4
TOTAL Litres = 2 999.17 L
Consumption = 11.33 litres per 100 km
(8.825 km per litre)