Namibia 2

Windhoek was the largest city I had driven to during my trek from Arusha to Cape Town. For the first time there was far more than just a main road to navigate. I was forced to consult my map as well as a couple gas station attendents. I found my way to a hotel recommend by my Lonely Planet guide book called Roof of Africa. It was one of the better looking establishments I had found myself in since Dar es Salaam.Once situated in my room, I connected to WiFi in search of a mechanic or garage to repair the drive shaft. The first garage I called couldn’t get me in till Friday and a second didn’t pick up thier phone. Somewhere in the process of dailing the second garage back, I ended up on the phone with a middled age guy. I asked him about a one of the garages I had seen online called Landy World. The guy on the phone said the owner had sold it awhile back but I could phone him. I did and that led to progression of ever more complex directions from my hotel to his workshop. Finally sensing my frustration, he suggested I make my way down the street and his son would meet me on a side street next to a school. Well between the rain and my natural proclivity towards being lost I passed the street a couple times before his son flagged me down. I followed him back to their workshop where a couple dozen other Landys stood in various states of repair. Every Land Rover owner can tell you, seeing Land Rovers outside a workshop is a welcomed sight. You have to understand the Land Rovers don’t behave like typical cars and trucks. They need special attention and mounds of love to keep on the road. Not everybody is fit to work on these cult icons.

The father / son combo immediately set to work removing the remainder of the damaged linkage under the truck. I made a run to LR Parts to buy the drive shaft with the father while the son finished up on the removal. Another hour in and the Land Rover had been reassembled and cranked for good measure. Then we talked Rovers for awhile before I departed to watch the AFCON semi finals back at the hotel.

On my way out of Windhoek, I stopped by the CAT dealer (sorry former Cummins coworkers) to see if I couldn’t establish a relationship with them to bring US manufactured gensets into the country. We covered quite a bit of ground and I feel we’ll get some product moving their way this year.

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