Go! Camp & Drive - - News - ROB AND CELIA SPEIRS Bos­ton, How­ick

We had re­cently emerged from the Richtersveld af­ter driv­ing some hec­tic routes with a bro­ken front shock. Af­ter a windy, cold night spent near Spring­bok, we set off for the Ceder­berg with the heater turned up. Af­ter a while, a diesel smell be­came no­tice­able. I switched off the heater, think­ing it might be pick­ing up en­gine smells. Af­ter my wife, too, be­came aware of the smell, I stopped and dis­cov­ered an in­jec­tor pipe with a hair­line crack. Back on the farm in KwaZulu-Natal, I’d have fixed the prob­lem eas­ily, but that hor­ri­ble feel­ing of be­ing help­less in “the mid­dle of nowhere” set in. Af­ter about 30 km, we drove into the vil­lage of Garies. The at­ten­dant at the fuel sta­tion di­rected us around the cor­ner to the work­shop of the lo­cal me­chanic (I never did get his name un­for­tu­nately). With­out any fuss, this gen­tle­man re­moved the of­fend­ing pipe, braised it, and re­placed it be­fore we could drink a cup of cof­fee. Upon en­quir­ing about pay­ment, we were told that none was re­quired! I need say no more. Oh, yes, one thing: the Garies Tourism Stall is worth a visit – their veni­son pies are darned good.

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