Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Maybe it’s a good time to get a boat!

Because I do a fair amount of travelling on South Africa’s roads, my senses are normally tuned to keep a lookout for potholes, or any strange objects lying in the road. I’ve also learned that it’s sometimes far safer to keep well below the speed limit, especially on our neglected back roads,
where stray animals, and also ‘uneducated’ humans may be ambling about, – some with apparent suicidal thoughts it seems!

My previous little mishap on our roads occurred in early November last year while travelling on the N1 highway on a newly tarred stretch, which seemed safe enough to ‘put some foot’. At the time my senses were not tuned to consider the likelihood that the big speeding truck travelling in the same direction, in the lane flanking my left, was going to loose a portion of a broken suspension spring, and that the broken piece of solid steel was going to falloff that truck and completely destroy my rear alloy rim and tyre!

Last week, while I was travelling North along the N1, and as I was approaching the Stormvoël off ramp, I again collided with debris that had fallen off a truck. The midpoint of a highway is the last place one would expect to find building rubble lying about, but then again This Is Africa, is it not?

This time round the little mishap was far worse than the previous one. Both my right front and right rear alloy wheels suffered serious damage, which is fortunately repairable, but at a heavy price, and an annoying waiting period of one week. (In civilized European countries they apparently take 30 minutes to fix these mag wheels, – not so in Africa!)

All things considered, I suppose I should count my blessings, and accept the fact that maybe my Guardian Angel does not want me to travel on the roads this week, for the number of potholes, concealed beneath pools of water, on our roads are increasing by the hour. If this rain does not stop soon, I should maybe seriously consider trading in my ol’ Renault for a motorized boat!


Potholes can be reported in various ways in South Africa to Dial Direct Pothole Brigade:



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