Out for a lakeside walk in Valea Morilor Park in Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 4, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rain turns the dirt roads to mud!

We had to do about 440 kms (275 miles) yesterday from the Kalahari Farmhouse to the Canyon Roadhouse. There's an easy paved road that goes that distance, but it wouldn't be like us to do it the easy way!

Actually it was more wanting to do it the exciting way instead of the boring way. And exciting it was...

We had done the paved route in reverse when we were camping in November. We remembered the road, and although it was paved, it was very boring. So we took the back roads!

You can see the yellow paved highway that we could have taken. But that would have been boring!

We had a lot of rain on Sunday night, and it was still spitting when we left on Monday morning. But the first part of the back road looked okay, so we took that route.

At first, the road was pretty solid. You can see the large puddles though!

It didn't take long though and the road was mud. 

Very slippery mud. Good thing for all my years of winter driving in Canada. This was just like driving on a snow and ice covered road. Maybe even a little more slippery! Our vehicle is a part time 4 wheel drive, but I never had to engage the system. Not yet, anyhow...

You should have seen the car. The wheel wells were caked with mud.

Sometimes on the back roads here, you have to open and close gates because the road will go right througha  farmer's property. So Ruth gets out at this one and immediately gets hit in the face with a really bad smell. You know the smell like there's something dead around? Ha...check out the look on her face!

One of the cactus varieties here had different flowers.

As you can tell from some of the pictures above, the sky was cloudy pretty much the whole drive. We could see where it was raining in the distance, and some of the clouds were pretty dark. Eventually, it rained on us too!

It poured buckets!

Sorry for the fuzzy picture. When it rains this hard, the water has nowhere to go and it runs in streams across the roadway. The guy in front wanted us to go through first because we had a higher clearance and 4 wheel drive. So I put it in 4 wheel drive, and slowly drove though. We made it, and it wasn't any more than a foot deep. Still, I think we missed the worst of it because we saw a couple of vehicles stuck further on.

We saw a sign for a dam, so we took another shortcut and saw the lake at the dam. They have campsites at the recreation area. Didn't go check for prices or anything. Ruth was taking a picture of the birds.


We drove on, and again saw storm clouds in the distance. These ones were almost black. We were going to have to make a left hand turn soon though, so it looked like we might be able to skirt around it.

And we did. Can't believe we missed this storm!

By the time we got close to Canyon Roadhouse, there was actually some blue sky.

And so we're at the Canyon Roadhouse for two nights. Of course we'll tell you more about it in another post.

Oh, we booked our passage to South Africa! We leave on January 1st at 5:00pm. It's an overnight bus that goes from Windhoek to Cape Town...a 21 hour bus ride. But, it's on their ultra luxury "Sleepliner"! So that should be interesting. We kind of like that we're starting off 2014 by visiting a brand new country!

I guess this is the time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! We're missing our parents, children, and grandchildren at this time, but that's the price we pay for doing what we're doing. Won't be doing anything special, although the roadhouse is decorated and ready for Christmas. They're doing a special Christmas lunch tomorrow, but we're heading over to the Canyon Lodge tomorrow morning, so we'll take part in any Christmas goings on that might be happening there. Hope everyone has a great Christmas holiday!


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  1. Good to read you arrived safely, it's amazing how quickly dirt road conditions deteriorate in the wet. Have a fabulous Christmas. x

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    1. It was a messy ride but at least it wasn't boring. Hope you, Steve and the family had a great Christmas.

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  2. Kevin - Merry Christmas to you and Ruth and All the Best in 2014!

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    1. Thank you Randy, hoping that you and Pam had a great Christmas too!

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  3. Always better to take the road less traveled! Great pics. Please post on the bus ride, I bet it is a cool bus like the Pullmans we have in Mexico. We'll be in HC on Thursday and we are really gonna miss you guys! But, that's what travelers do. We hope to see you soon.

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    1. Taking this road sure made the trip a little less boring, actually it was a bit of fun at times. We will definitely show some pictures and let everyone know how the trip went once we get to Cape Town. Have fun a Hacienda Contreras and give everyone a big hug for us.

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    1. Thank you Sandra. Hope you and Gordon had a very Merry Christmas too!

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    1. Thank you Contessa, hope you had a very Merry Christmas too!

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    1. Thanks George, hoping you had a very Merry Christmas.

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  7. Thank you for the Christmas wishes. To you Merry Christmas too!

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    1. No problem Renate, hoping you had a great one.

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    1. Hope you both had a very Merry Christmas too!

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  9. Sending wishes your way for a very Muddy, er, Merry Christmas! :c)

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    1. Thanks Paul and Marti! we had a very Merry Christmas and it wasn't the least bit muddy! ;-)

      Hope you and Marti also had a very Merry Christmas.

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  10. Merry Christmas and glad you made it. It was the less boring journey, which is one of your trademarks!

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    1. Yep, I think perhaps it is our trademark.

      Hope you had a very Merry Christmas Mary-Pat,

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  11. Happy Christmas from the uk!! Tony and Helen xx

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    1. Thank you Helen and Tony. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a great time at Kelly's for dinner.

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  12. Merry Christmas, Kevin and Ruth! Hugs from PA!!!
    Barry & Connie

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    1. Thank you Connie and Barry for both the hugs and the wishes. We had a fantastic Christmas, although we were missing our families.

      Hope you, Barry and your family had a very Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you, hope you have a very Merry Christmas too!

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    1. Thank you Chuck and Anneke, sound like you had a very Merry Christmas too!

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    1. Thanks Teresa, Hope you all had a Merry Christmas as well.

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  16. Merry Christmas from the West "wet" Coast of Canada!!

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    1. Thanks Doug and Nancy, sure hope your's was good too and that you have a Happy New Year. Hope you get some sunshine soon.

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    1. Thank you Diane, hope you had a Merry Christmas as well.

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  18. Merry Christmas enjoy the warmth and sunshine. It is -25C here this morning and they are calling for more snow to add to the 14 inches already on the ground, HO, HO, HO!

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    1. Thanks John, hope you and Diane had a Merry Christmas too! You need to seriously find a house sitting job in a warmer climate.

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    1. Thanks so much John. Hope you had a Merry Christmas too. How's life treating you down in Acapulco?

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  20. Wow that road looks like it was a real challenge. Well done! Congrats on missing that storm. It looked like a humdinger. You really have given yourselves a fantastic holiday gift here! What experiences, what memories, what stories you have. Happy times for sure!!

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    1. Thanks Sherry, all the credit to the driving goes to Kevin. I am very happy he is a very skilled driver. We did indeed have a fantastic holiday gift, missed being with our family though. Hope both you and David had a Merry Christmas.

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