I was in the car all packed and ready to go at exactly 6:30am. The rest were still getting ready, but with the concern for the tyres and the time limit as I had to be at Upington airport at 12 to return the car I had no choice but to leave the wonderful view from Kieliekrankie
As mentioned before a very corrugated road, but I think maybe with the low profile tyres and my worry about the tyres it was worse than it actually was. Most of the time my knuckles were white holding the steering and before long, click click passed me on the road. She was going back to where we saw the Cheetah the previous day
no time for me, I had to keep going
I got to the junction at Auchterlonie and no choice, I had to turn left, it already took me almost 45 minutes to drive the 8km from camp. I found this Tawny Eagle sitting in a tree and decide I will drive as fast as I could on the road and only stop for something I have not seen yet IMG_2226
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VVSG and SO then passed me and I commented on how the road had become so bad in just over a week, but I think they might have done some work on it and it made it worse for me
Not long after another new sighting for me...A tortoise wanted to cross the road IMG_2237
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and then the Black Bellied Bustards, or are they Korhaans??
A male and then the female.IMG_2232
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In the meantime click click has also passed me and I found her at the waterhole just inside the gate. Hundreds of Sandgrouse enjoying the water, but unfortunately I did not have a clear view and time was ticking. It was just before 9 and that is the time I had to leave TR to make it to Upington in timeIMG_2244
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I arrived at TR petrol station as I had to fill up, check the tires and was shocked that I had 10 cars infront of me. Only 1 attendant and I can understand he had to keep a cool head and remembered who did what and who paid. So we moved at a snails pace one car at a time. It was exactly 9:45 when I was done and could get going, almost 1 hour behind schedule.
I drove at the 80km an hour on the road leading me to the main road and as I got there I set the cruise control to 100. It felt like I was flying after driving at 15 to 30km/h in the park. I became more confident and after about 10km or so jacked it up to 120
What a mistake
I only went about 5km and then the dreaded sound and the car pulling violently to the side
Another flat tire
It seems like the plug they put in at TR had come out and it was only me on the road. No click click or VVSG and SO in sight. I pulled off and there I was ...no soul in sight and only 1 and half hours to get to Upington. No signal on my phone
A car came pass, but just passed me without looking
After about 15 minutes another car. I waved and thought what is needed, must I lift my skirt so ppl can see my old leg
Unfortunately where I was parked they had a blind rise infront and luckily the 2nd ppl who came pass had to wait for a place to turn around and it took them about 10 minutes to come back. I was almost in tears...and I thanked them for stopping. The young guy in the car had no idea how to use the jack or actually what to do and I was not much help and with that over the rise came a familiar sight. IT was VVSG!!! They immediately knew it was me and pulled over and with his ribs, he gave instruction to the ppl who stopped to help me and in no time the spare was on and I could get going just as click click arrived. Problem with the spare it said maximum speed 80km/hour and it was a LONG drive back to Upington.
We arrived Upington airport at 2pm, I handed in the car after giving the guy a piece of my mind
and we were on our way to Pretoria. We arrived back just before midnight
I thank my good friends VVSG and SO and click click for their company, its always nice to spend time in the bush with ppl who are the same as you. I thank the Forum for organizing the cricket as that is why I went. Im hooked and will definately go back to KTP and most of all I thank you all for reading and for your comments.
With that and until my next report from KTP. Have fun and I wish you awesome sighting where ever you may go.