…was a different kettle of fish altogether…
We hit the road after eight, thanks to the GPS on my phone telling us that Durban was a mere 486 Km from Bloemfontein. Needless to say, it wasn’t.
It was pouring when we left and the rain didn’t let up at all by the time we got to Bethlehem for the mandatory Wimpy coffee stop. As none of the women in the car was able to pinch their bladders until we arrived there, we stopped off in some obscure little town called Senekal, where we went to the loo (not that we used them because they were beyond filthy!). With great difficulty we clamped our bladders shut until we got to Bethlehem.
Once again, leaving in the pouring rain we continued our journey East. Just past another obscure little town called Kestell, we aquaplaned, while Dad was behind the wheel and had an accident – landing meters away from a large, gushing storm water culvert. We spun around three times before actually leaving the road and skidding down a steep embankment where we finally came to a stop, centimetres from a barbed-wire farm fence. Had I been driving we would more than likely have rolled, and been badly injured, or worse, dead. He controlled the spin like a pro.
Fortunately nobody was hurt – but Mom was in such shock, that I had to slap her – just like they do in the movies. I must admit that I did get some satisfaction out of it. Poor Uncle Barry got absolutely drenched trying to flag down some help, but as can only be expected in this day and age, people are not keen to stop, let alone help.
Being stuck in the sinking mud, cellphone signal was nil, so I clambered my way up and contacted MTN emergency who cut me off not once, but twice. I then opted for Geri and Dan who told us to sit tight and that they would get us all sorted out. Minutes later I was on the phone with a police officer from Kestell who dispatched an ambulance, just to make sure we were all unhurt and who gave me the number of a towing company. Upon contacting them, I was told that they would come and pull us out of the culvert as soon as we put R1100 in the hand of the driver. Between five of us we had quite a bit of money…in US DOLLARS! Again, on the phone to Geri and Dan who got hold of the towing company, transferred the money and got us sorted. What we would have done without them the Lord alone knows.
About a half hour after that, we were being pulled out back onto the road, and were taken to Harrismith where the car was put on the lift and checked. No serious harm done, except (as we only found out on our trip home) that the rear shocks were shot.
By the time we eventually arrived at Geri and Dan’s place in Amanzimtoti, we were too exhausted to do anything – a braai had been planned, but it was still raining, so we ordered pizza instead and just chilled at home. I was stunned to see just how big their children have become.
little Lulu is not so little anymore,
They are gorgeous children, who managed to creep into my heart in a matter of minutes.
After dinner, my folks, Aunty Carol and Uncle Barry headed off to their guest house just up the road and I helped Geri with the washing up. They went to bath James and Lulu and put them to bed. While they were busy I took some photos of the view from their verandah
and phoned Jay – I just needed to hear his voice. I told him quite honestly that not a day had passed since his visit that I hadn’t thought of him. He was relieved to hear that we were all safe and told me to really enjoy my holiday. I rang off feeling better.
I spent some time catching up with Geri and Dan, but by 22:30 I just couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. The day’s events had really taken my oomph out of me. I went to bed, again not even remembering putting the light off.