On the home stretch
The last night belonged to Zimbabwe, the second but last country on our Touareg CapetoCape Tour. The complete darkness of the night made our journey difficult. The small streets, often with high plateaus and brittle edges needed full concentration. Forthcoming trucks would often stay in the middle of the road to protect their tires, which forced us into the grove off the street sometimes. Many cows and other animals would also sleep on other parts of the road, so that our Goodyear tires were really required - please note that we´ve been driving with these tires for 16.000 km now. That´s why Goodyear had planned ahead. Not only a Kühne+Nagel scout waited for us at the Soutafrican border to support us with the border proceedings, but also a local Goodyear dealer from Louis Trichardt waited for us with a new set of Wrangler HP. But his work was not demanded as he saw that all tires, the ones mounted and the spare ones, have more remaining tread depth as we would need, to complete the tour. Of course - thanks a lot for getting up that early and for the opportunity to change our tires. So we proceeded to the last fuel stop of our tour. Right before Pretoria our Touareg friends Dieter Holle, a German living in Johannesburg, and his colleague Derick Joubert from the 4x4 Community South Africa waited for us at 7 a.m. on this Sunday morning. It was a really nice welcome and a good entry into the heart of Johannesburg. The convoy of these two VW Touaregs accompanied us to the Southern boundary and Dieter and Derick said Goodbye. The way to the far South is still a long one. The landscape is beautiful but for more than 1000km it is not changing at all. We will soon reach Beaufort West, which is already in our target area, Westcape. Afterwards we´ll directly proceed to the most southern tip of Africa, the long-awaited Cape Agulhas. We will reach the finish later this evening - hopefully! More about that, tomorrow.