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Wednesday, February 17, 1999
Strandfontein, South Africa to Outside Noordoewer, Namibia
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Outside Noordoewer, Namibia:
Latitude: 28° 41' 26" South
Longitude: 17° 33' 48" East
Altitude: 22 feet
From Seattle: 11194 miles
Lodging: Camp - Felix Unite River Adventures

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Today's Travel:
Countries: South Africa, Namibia
Regions: Western Cape, Northern Cape, Karas
Route: Roads: R362, R363, N7, B1
Path:Strandfontein, South Africa - Outside Noordoewer, Namibia
Linear:243 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Desert vista N7, South Africa

Desert road N7, South Africa

Landie N7, South Africa

Margaret N7, South Africa

Craig, working for the photo N7, South Africa

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 678
Linear Dist: 136695
Countries Visited: 50
Regions Visited: 186
More stats...
Hotels: 199
Friends / Family: 158
Camping: 78
Hostels: 181
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2487
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Journal Entry:
Remarkably early start given that the others really weren't feeling that great. Spent a couple hours packing and cleaning up the house and were on our way by 9:30. Long travel day, brutally hot and the car started acting up again (skipping / backfiring when it gets to hot) bringing our speed to almost zero on the hills. Every time we'd stop to try something else (checked the timing several times, checked the points, and changed the condenser, and coil) the car would run fine for just long enough to make us think it was fixed - then when it got hot enough... Stopped in Springbok and had a mechanic look at it. He spent about an hour doing all the same things plus a few others and when we left the car sounded better than it ever has before - for about an hour. The good news is the mechanic didn't charge us anything.

Had a great desert sunset and then for a finally a several hour lightning display on the horizon even though it stayed clear above us. Finally got to the Namibian border sometime after dark. Had to deal with the hassles of getting a VAT refund on the South African side, but all in all about the easiest African border I've crossed yet. We stopped at a river rafting camp just the other side of the border. We had well deserved showers and a couple cold beers at the bar. We were planning on sleeping under the stars (another amazingly clear night). Huge flying things and giant biting beetles had me thinking, then when the bartender showed us the scorpion they'd caught earlier in the day I really started to wonder - it was a good five inches long. She assured us that it was safe to sleep out, just make sure to shake out your bag before climbing in. In the restroom I saw another scorpion although much smaller. I set up my tent just to do it, then slept outside anyway.


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Namibia
CIA World Fact Book: Namibia

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