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Skeleton Coast Park, Namibia

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DaveSwede DaveSwede
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Know your car and yourself Mar 16, 2017
The roads in Namibia are remote. And despite being in generally good condition, there are always unforseen obstacles and hazards.

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to know your car as well as your own limits. Better to be cautious and well planned than to be stranded. Know the temperature, its hot and you may need water. Know the distances, everything is far and you may need fuel. Know the roads, there may be holes or debris which can puncture tires. Know the environs, there may be sand which can trap your wheels.

Possibly the most remote and longest road of my trip was almost over. Henties Bay was just a few miles ahead. But any adventure needs an antagonist - and this road had one in the way of a 500m / 1600ft section of flash flooded basin. Saying a few expletives along the way, the deliberation between attempting to cross it and be 'home free' went against the 18hr / 700km /430mi detour it would take to get past it while remaining dry - not to mention the likelihood of running out of gas on the return journey. Getting out and walking my line through the river, testing the bottom and depth by foot, I chose my line. With fingers crossed, my roller skate turned into a canoe, but it bounced and bubbled its way across. Upon the other side, a few disbelievers arrived shortly in the other direction. But thinking they were invincible, their modified 4x4 got stuck within the first 50m. The chip on my shoulder was now visible from Henties Bay.
Braving the Floods
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