Carl had just started a new job in June, so unfortunately he had no leave available to come along.The Mozambican coast is just a few hours’ drive away and never really experiences the effects of winter, and was thus the destination of choice.
Since some of my fellow travellers were also avid bikers it was decided to bring along some off-road bikes on a trailer to play with in the sand. The vehicle of choice was my 2007 Toyota Hilux 4.0 V6 going on its first excursion.
It didn't turn out that way.
It was 11:30 when we stopped at the Komatipoort border.
The V6 had performed admirable thus far, but quite naturally pulling a trailer carrying two motorcycles was making it rather thirsty.
Thank you ma’am!
The previous year, when also travelling to our destination of Macaneta, we found a short-cut. This service road, built as part of larger road construction project cuts out the Maputo sections of the EN4 and EN1. Anyone who has ever driven in Maputo will know that this is a good thing. It was on this alternative route where we discovered that the temporary brackets used to fasten the bikes to the trailer were not doing well under the strain. One of the bikes was already hanging by a thread even before the road turned to gravel. We also found that the road conditions on our route had deteriorated a great deal in the last year. This was presumably due to heavy vehicles avoiding the toll gates surrounding the city.
This was the last we saw of the pillows.
As busy as it can get in December, as quiet it is in winter. Still, it was school holidays, so we were paying peak season prices.
First stop on-route was El-Paso, a bizarre western themed place, complete with free roaming horses and a Saloon. They served beer.
Here some locals were gathering wood, and we used the opportunity to support the local economy. For a mere R75 we filled the back of the bakkie.