@Dreamer and @anne-marie it takes time to write stories DAY 5: 13 JULY 2009
Loaded up, filled up with petrol and whilst waiting for the card payment to go through I was told about a couple of great cheetah sightings the previous day...and then the lion kill when they got to Nossob.
A 100 meters from the gate, south side!
And we came back via the north gate and no one said a thing
No wonder the interest in the jackals to the south, in the hide!!
As BasDutch has said there is no signage to Bitterpan, but last year I overheard directions, and checked with the fuel pump attendant.
Laundry was loaded from reception and our neighbor was also requested to take some. They were our neighbors again in Bitterpan.
A little anxiously we approached the first dune.
Although my SO has had 'The Beast' for 2 and a half years, we had not used the 4X4 functionality yet. She took over my Honda CRV when it was paid up. It was unfortunately rear ended and written off! So she was looking around for a replacement and this beauty (although a year older and less kms on the clock) had just been put on the floor, she paid a small deposit waiting for me to see it and that was that
The manual, as most are, is not clear on when and what selection should be used.
The little lever has HH, HL and LL.
I reckoned we would just proceed as is and if there is a problem I would try one of the other positions.
Well, the first dune appeared and we just purred over it.....and the next.... and so on. The trail was steep in places.......loose sand now and then......steps up the dune (left wheels down then right wheels down) and still 'The Beast' kept going.
Needless to say I was extremely impressed
While we were stopped to look at an eagle I shifted the lever to HL and a light came on, on the dash, which the manual said was central diff lock engaged. ok
Not once did we come close to a stall, nor did a wheel spin....in fact it was like a Sunday afternoon drive.....except the bouncing from side to side on occasion and sudden disappeareing track in front of us. You didn't even have to steer as the front wheels followed the tracks, like a train on rails
It was fun
.....although SO had jarred her back a week before we came, and she was in agony again from the jolting etc
I thoroughly enjoyed the drive! It made this leg of our trip absolutely worth while.
When SO drove the next day, I found some info in the manual that said:
HH for high speed flat surfaces
HL for high speed slippery/icy conditions
LL for thick sand, steep inclines etc
Well, 'The Beast' managed the worst in HH!!!
Probably the engine power, large tyres and good ground clearance....or just my driving