Treacherous African Roads
Already white knuckled, Margrit stared back in disbelief as I excitedly asked, “Shall we give it a go again?”
Back in 2014 we were traveling in the incredible mountains of Swaziland Africa. The only problem was the muddy roads after a heavy storm. For a while, we navigated the mess pretty well in our tiny red rental car.
Then, a long steep seemingly impassable slope appeared on the horizon. A few others had made it through. Though most were coming downhill in the opposite direction.
My question to Margrit came after carefully backing down from our second try. Each time close to the top, the mud got deeper and rockier as the bottom of the poor little car dragged and complained before grinding to a stop one wheel spinning wildly.
You could just hear it moaning, ‘I thought I could, I thought I could.’
Try Try Again
Maybe my confidence came from experience in icy snow or on dirt bikes in the mountains. But Margrit wasn’t so sure… well terrified would be a better description. Funny thing is, had we been on horseback the tables would be turned.
This time we backup farther to get more speed and momentum. With Margrit’s knuckles white up to her elbows, off we flew again.
Slithering and sliding, bumping and rolling we finally passed our previous record, yet our little beast was slowing down fast. Just as the dragging and complaining was reaching its limit, the tires caught a dryer patch and we popped over the top.
Now we could continue on to some spectacular remote places with unique cultures, scenery, and high mountain mining and farming communities.
So white knuckles are a good thing
I guess courage and confidence from previous white knuckled adventures allows greater opportunities for deeper adventures.
Enjoy the day and do some good.
Russ Harris loves all things technical and making the world a better place, especially for Margrit.