The life and times of Betts

I wish I could begin to describe the intense love / hate relationship I have with Betts, my Land Rover Defender 110. It’s the quintessential African vehicle: Spartan interior, rough looking exterior, and all around beast. It was made for gear and equipment to be lashed down on the roof rack and fording rivers with reckless abandon. There’s no other truck I would have rather crossed from Tanzania to South Africa in … not because I always needed the off road capabilities, seating for 9, or frequent petrol stops but because it’s honestly the one vehicle one should do such adventures in. However, as anybody reading this blog is acutely aware of, Betts is a trouble maker. I long since lost count of the breakdowns. Since I’ve gotten back from the Christmas holiday, she’s managed to find her way to the shop 3 times and is still leaking oil and on the verge of collapsing. That’s why with great sadness I’m announcing she is in search of a new home. I put her on South Africa’s version of Craig’sList and have already gotten a few hits. I am renting a older model Mazda 323 for the time being. I must admit it’s nice to be able to squeeze into parking spots and zip around town, but nothing can replace Betts no matter how much more practical it is.

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