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Published: November 10th 2017
Geo: -19.0933, 22.4451
Raining again, very strange weather for this time of the year normally very hot and little water. The delta is still full thus the animals are not concentrated around the water holes..
Camp packed we head off having a great time wandering the various tracks the rain has made the sand easy to drive.. come across the 1st river crossing on our way to bridge 3.. I stop to check it out and another chap on the other side is also having a look.. we both wade to the middle and find it is about 2mm short of the male critical zone.. his vehicle is a petrol version of a RAV with low range thrown in.. I get the WD40 out and spray his critical components and whish him luck.. If ya get stuck I will pull you out were my parting comments.. and get stuck he did.. he unfortunately went too far to the left and his vehicles air intake sucked a big mouth full of water.. hooked it up and Lisa dragged him out with the shorty.. when he opened his doors it reminded me of a similar situation Spike and I had in the Flinders.. water flowed
freely.. I grab my tool kit and pull the plugs, shake out the air filter and empty the intake ducts.. the starter motor was not working.. after some pondering we decided to tow the vehicle with the shorty and the spark plugs removed to evacuate the water in the engine.. worked a treat.. plugs back in again a squirt of WD40 and then we tow started the thing.. everybody was happy… so now it was our turn to try the crossing.
Another couple had joined in with the fun and wanted us to go first incase the needed a tow out as well.. with the pressure on Lisa and I headed off in 2nd gear low range.. in we went.. water over the bonnet.. and out the other side we came.. wow what a rush.. Back in Oz I decide I could not be bothered with fitting the water proof winch solenoid pack.. bugger the water cause a short and the winch had started up.. WD40 to the rescue..
The rest of the day was spent driving around and not a bloody animal in sight… as I am writing this water hippos have come in very close making a god awful noise..
Lisa is in the tent again.. alas I will persevere.
On the way back we had to cross the river again, I decided to take a slightly different line.. it was a straighter line however it was deeper.. water over the bonnet and up the windscreen (check the photos).. all was good windows were up doors closed however I had forgotten to switch the fan off hum!!.. a little water in the fan system.. evap cooling!!
Back to camp.. cook dinner.. for those doing shopping in Maun before heading to Chobe do not buy the Tom Kar Guy asian soup sauce.. it is bloody terrible. The Hippo's are close now so I must take defensive measure and retreat to the tent.
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