We spent four wonderful evenings with our couchsurf hosts (Marlies & Chris) in Cape Town. There were so generous and hospitable to us and it was a sad farewell as we rode off to try to catch up with our friends who where waiting for us in Luderitz, Namibia. We hadn’t planned to see much of South Africa as we would always come back. South Africa for us was a stop over point to visit family, get some R&R in and have a few things looked at on the bikes. We had two long riding days and headed for Springbok in the Northern Cape about 550km from Cape Town. It was an uneventful ride, but the ride reminded us so much of the harsh Patagonia conditions with the fierce wind beating on us. For some reason, we failed to fill up in Springbok thinking that there would be a gas station at the South African border town of Voolsdrift, but with the wind, Angela’s bike went into reserve 50km before the border. Not wanting to take any chances, we stopped off on the side of the road and transferred 2,5 liters from my bike into her bike and kept our fingers crossed that the gas station would be close.
As we rode up to the South African side and no gas station in sight, Angela’s bike went into reserve for the 2nd time that morning. We quickly learnt that the gas station was about 3 km into the Namibian side. Lesson learnt and we have been filling up whenever we see a gas station. It is going to be a long road ahead. Our passports were stamped out of South Africa and the Immigration guy questioned why I was entered into the country as a citizen vs. a tourist, so had to explain about the problem I had arriving in Johannesburg. Once that was taken care off, we went over to the tax refund office to see if we could get our VAT back on some of our purchases. We hope that once we arrive back in Vancouver, we will have a cheque waiting for us. We crossed the border into Namibia and it now seemed that our Africa trip was really starting.
Crossing into Namibia was a relatively easy process, but we did have to pay US$20 each for a road tax. After a few miles into the barren landscape, we started coming across the most gigantic bugs on the road and at first I tried to avoid them, but after a while got tired and just ran right over them as the road was littered with these bugs.
We left Keetmanshoop the next morning and headed west to Luderitz to meet up with Tom, Pat, Chris and Dom who had arranged for us to stay with Brad, another couchsurfer. Brad was with the US peace Corp and was assisting at the local school by teaching English.
|Pat (Africa Twin); Dom (BMW 1200GS); Tom (V-Strom 650)|
|Tire repair on the streets of Luderitz|
New photos added to the Namibia photo album.