Let me just start by saying that I keep, every 15 minutes, checking the webcams, especially Nossob - A: because I can; B: I wish I were there; C: I want to know what is going on there right now (while I am in my office or on the plant).
From here on I will be numbering my posts in categories - if I want to add something to a section I can refer to the numbers.
2. Route to KTP planning
I am driving from Secunda. Only 1 driver. I prefer not driving more than 2.5 h between stops for a stretch and concentration gathering rest. I keep to the speed limit – partly because of the law, partly because speeding tickets will not help the cost of the trip (already looking at around R5k in petrol), partly because above 110 km/h my vehicle starts chowing fuel like a Hummer at the Dakar, partly because the amount of concentration needed is much less than going even faster, partly because then I can break/swerve for holes/animals in the road, but mostly because that is what will balance getting to my destinations safely and enjoying the world through which I will be going to get there.
Luckily I can leave work around 12, pack the CRV, greet the family and then it is a go go go – so I should miss most of the other weekend traffic. Although I was planning on going N17-N12, I have been informed by a colleague who travels the route to Potch monthly for the past few years that I should rather take the N17 to Nigel, cut across via Heidelberg and Vereeniging, onto the R54 towards Potch where I can join the N12.
I am still not fully decided on what happens next. Currently the plan is to get to Vryburg via Wolmaransstad and Schweizer-Reneke, but I may decide to go via Delareyville for no good reason still. Much will depend on road conditions as described by the brother of previously mentioned colleague who live in Klerksdorp and travels the area often. In a perfect world I will push to Kuruman, but somehow I see the sun setting too soon for that and as someone who grew up visiting the Karoo often, I prefer avoiding driving in the dark in areas where kudu may pay me a visit. Regardless, I will be rising before the sun to make my way to TR.
The town in which I overnight is currently not too relevant. I will make a list of accommodation options in each (simple self catering with no breakfast, just a bed and safe parking required) and phone my SO when I feel either too tired or that it is getting too dark to book me a place at the next stop. Perfect. Sorted.
Now for the fun. As this is a photographic tour, I need to take the scenic route. Although not a 4x4 bakkie, my CRV handles soft offroading pretty well. So. I am planning on going via Hotazel and Van Zylsrus – partly as I may never travel this route again, and partly because I feel a sense of adventure at this moment. This is a trip of photographic moments and experience, so why not take the road less tarred? An update from a fellow photographer who comes back the weekend from travelling the same route I have proposed may decide the final route.
But seriously, even at 75 km/h, the two routes will take me the same time. And I do not plan on getting any supplies in Upington. And I am anticipating the chance of amazing sunrise and landscape moments on this route. And I can stop almost where I want: I am not sure who else other than the odd farmer would be on the road? And sommer – that is a reason too, although my mother would disagree.
The route home will be TR to Augrabies via Upington, then Augrabies via Upington on the N12-N17 to home. So why travel the same road twice?
Now I am already lus to pack and get going. Still 60 sleeps. Huh, the wait.
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