Wayward Luggage Returned!
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
435Trip End Dec 31, 2020
We left Swakopmund very early and found it quite a picturesque journey back to Windhoek, We chose to take the sealed road all the way rather than the shorter unsealed route. Eerily there were quite dense patches of fog which slowed us down somewhat and then whilst we were still some 80 km out of Windhoek, the petrol gauge suddenly dropped from 1/4 full to dead empty. This is not a land where petrol stations are plentiful and we spent a very tense hour or so wondering if we were actually going to make it! We were almost right back into the city when we were stopped by a police road block. Heather wound down the window and explained we desperately needed a fuel station. The police man gave directions and waved us on - bless him!
Though we had been told every time we inquired that our luggage was not at the airport we decided, while we had the hire car, (mind you it was quick trip) to drive the 40 Ks out to the airport and have one last try
Our luggage safely stowed in the boot of the hire car, we headed off to Avis to return our car and face the music for our broken windscreen and missing hubcap. We argued the point over the hubcap because we noticed that the other three were tied on with a type of twist tie, so they must have known that it was likely to come off. We suggested that possibly their workshop or a previous customer, had the need to change a tyre and the twist ties not replaced?
We had booked our bus from Windhoek to Cape Town over the Internet before leaving. We had had a long day already with a 5.30am start in Swakopmund, the excitement of finding our luggage and now we had to kill time all afternoon in the city centre, before our bus journey of 20 hours. Lucky we like reading! Finally 6pm arrived for us to catch the bus and while buses came and went, ours didn't. Lots of people waiting and waiting and waiting. Eventually the bus came, and by the time we left it was two hours late! It was a double decker and "almost" comfortably, we cruised on through the night, on our journey into South Africa.