Joined January 2020 Message
  • Day40

    100 % pure Orange awesomeness

    January 26 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    No, in South Africa you will not find any satisfying orange juice. Go to South America for that. We start in the morning of 25th, quickly buy a small 15 litre Italian-made fridge freezer and directly continue on N7 northbounds in direction to Namibia. Kilometres, kilometres, kilometres! 600.

    After a night in Springbok, being the last infrastructural centre, we exit civilization as well as the very last tared road for the next days (hopefully weeks) shortly after Steinkopf. Today's late afternoon we enter Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and follow deeply gravelled river beds and some
    mountain passes to De Hoop campsite at the shore of Orange river. Cold beers and a sky full of stars and Glühwürmchen await us. Oh my holy shittyness ...

    Also the next day we don't encounter any other people in the whole area and it turns out to be a 4x4 paradise as we spend the whole day crawling in low range over steep passes with flabbergasting views. Domorogh pass for the win!! Behind each ridge the "vegetation" and rock formations change. Fucka-lucka-ding-dong! Just a 100 k's on my odometre later - but nearly a third of my 87 litre tank - we cross the Orange river to Namibia. Temperature approaches 40 °C.
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  • Day38

    Chicken liver pizza

    January 24 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We fetch the the car with fixed ignition lock assembly, secondary 8-micron diesel filter and even find a well-built awning from Tentco for very little money. In front of our home base we test the camping equipment with an ordinary South African chicken liver pizza. Everything is packed and prepared. Next course on the menu: Richtersveld. Let the party begin!Read more

  • Day35

    Intermediate intermezzo

    January 21 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Toyota's D-4D 3.0 L diesel engine (173 hp) seems to be in good condition. We can professionally start it with a screwdriver and I am proud of my Polish roots :-D
    They did compression and injector tests, the fuel system and tank were examined, etc. They complained about the yellowish German diesel in my tank and thought that it must have been 5-7 years old :p Next step would be unmounting the injectors and running them in a testbed but that would take another few valuable days and we don't see a reason. I keep the guys busy until my spares arrive: they will install a secondary fuel filter. Saw horrific filters after dudes were passing the Kalahari.

    Meanwhile we got another Polo Vivo for 2 days and are heading to West Coast National Park for bird watching with Wurstdaniel's special equipment. He brought a truckload of lenses, tripods, books and flux compensators. Ooh these ecologists ...
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  • Day34

    Delay

    January 20 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Toyota around here does not have the spare ignition lock barrel rod. The whole assembly unit has to be ordered from Japan which will take 2-3 weeks. After a whole day of phoning, googling and having helping people around I finally ordered via DHL Express from a German spare part dealer in Langquaid, Bavaria. Many thanks to them as they assisted me until late evening via WhatsApp with calls and advices regarding customs.Read more

  • Day31

    Nope.

    January 17 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    :-( :-( :-(
    Left the car yesterday for window tinting and diesel injector checking. Both is quite affordable here and the latter even conducted through a Bosch Diesel Service with superb staff! Today in the morning they wanted to start the car and ... nothing. Apparently the aluminium "ignition lock cylinder barrel rod" just cracked, leaving the ignition dead! Wtf? No tests. No anything. Dead car. The point of fracture looks very uneven so it could have been a manufacturing fault. I read about this possible failure a few times before but never thought that my holy car could once be affected by it ;-)
    We are approaching the weekend where everything stands still here in SA. They do their best to find a spare part but I somehow have to keep Daniel in good mood because we wanted to be on the road by this weekend already! After the repair still comes the testing. I already cancelled the installation of an additional long range fuel tank. Right now the weather gets bad with winds up to 30 knots and fortunately some light rain.
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  • Day28

    Unpacking the treasure from Germany ...

    January 14 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Sitting, waiting (and sleeping) inside SACD's huge cargo hall while my car is beeing administratively processed by local customs. The container arrived in 11th but my carnet de passages arrived just yesterday via UPS courier with a huge delay, because, after the German customs completed their paperwork, they sent it back to my German home address instead directly to Kaapstad. In between came Christmas and "stuff" ...
    So, today, just now, after validating the vehicle identification number on my carnet the container is again closed for several hours and I am dropped at home (what I call The Buddha Garden by now). In the afternoon I get picked up again for the final arrangements and car release. While on the way back to the customs I get a call that unfortunately it'll not work out any more today because container unloading was scheduled too spontaneously (due to carnet delay) and has to be postponed for tomorrow. Damn! Haha! "Pläne und so ..."
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