Ethiopia and blackout of the on-board power supply
For entering Ethiopia, it took some more documents, although our visas were already inside our passports. However, we had to visit three offices at the border village to get our permission to enter Ethiopia. It took a little longer, but altogether it fitted with the time we had planned for this border crossing. Entry completed, the CapetoCape Touareg goes on Southbound.
After packing and unpacking our personal belongings, car, kitchen and cosmetic equipment for several times, we noticed that there is not much left of what we´ve called packing discipline. Many things found there way out of the Touareg, lots of new stuff was put inside - wherever there is an ever so small gap, as long as the door closes, there is some space.
Crossing Ethiopia is pleasant. We have beautiful landscapes, fertile plateaus and many small villages. We have to be careful though, as life happens next to the street and quite often also on the streets. Every animal would make a quick getaway it it saw a VW Touareg of 3,5 tons coming. In Ethiopia, they seem to have different rules. Slalom-driving, honking here and there - no one knows if they are left-hand or right-hand driving. But why should they? We´ve got a roadway of 6 meters, which makes at least 4 lanes here.
In all this excitement we don´t notice that our tablet for Navigation does not show anything, and also the spare tablet does not work. We seem to have a problem with the power supply on board and look for the reason. For navigation, we use a smartphone and a paper version of our route right now.
It is clear that we need our comfort version back, when only one of us awake for driving, as anything which is not driving falls asleep after four days - even if its the feet…. Addis Ababa is in sight, at least for motivation - we won´t be there til midnight.