North of Windhoek the bush starts to look at little more familiar as it opens up into a scrub-like savanna. We were about to reach our first checkpoint since leaving Cape Town…. The checkpoints are a place where rally participants get together for a big social bender and for the officials to get a chance to take a tally of any casualties that might have occurred on route.
There have been some remarkable stories of recovery and camaraderie so far. The atmosphere of the whole rally is extraordinary – you’re travelling with sixty other vehicles across Africa, you stop at a roadside Wimpy to grab some grub and you end up chatting to a complete stranger, but he’s also doing the rally and you’ve got something in common. I can already see that I am going to make some really close friends from this trip.