Land Rover Series Exhaust Manifold
The mechanic welded some other leaks at the remaining exhaust. The problem was that for this engine, you do not get exhaust parts anymore. So the whole exhaust was already rather rusty, which resulted in frequent leaks all over the system. Dennis told me, that exhausts should not be welded electrical but with gas, which often was not available at different garages.
As everything took longer than expected, we had to extend our visa. So we had to drive to Tanga again. This time to save costs we were going by minibus, called Matatu. They were always cramped with people on that route. So we found one, but I could not sit, as it was so full, so we did the 40 km standing squeezed among other people. At the immigration the officer was very friendly and we wanted 1 month extension, but he only gave us 11 days because I made a mistake and said that the vehicle would be repaired within 10 days. Anyway at least we got an extension. Then we went for shopping. Then we walked back to the Matatu station, where we got a full Matatu again. Again we had to stand.
The ride was uncomfortable, but it was more uncomfortable for a young girl next to me, because as I am rather tall and was bent in the Matatu thus having no proper hold. So the standing crowed was pressing against me, and I was pressing against the girls knees with my foot. First the girl pressed her knees together to avoid me slipping between her legs. But later she gave up and I ended right between her legs at her lap. It was a strange feeling for me and probably for her as well. I think we have both been happy that we finally got out. This evening a South African couple arrived in their Land Rover Defender Tdi. Dave was already retired and his younger girl friend Jill was still working, so she only could fly to where Dave was at the moment for a few weeks a year. We had nice conversation with them and had a lot of fun. Jill even gave her pills for the bones to our dog Tara, because we were running out of supply very soon. She offered, when she will meet Dave again in Diani Beach in Kenya, she would bring some more from South Africa for Tara.
A Swiss couple arrived at the campsite. They were driving with an Iveco 4×4 from Europe down the West Coast of Africa and wanted to go up the East side back to Europe. They were already exhausted from the difficulties of Africa and wanted to ship the truck immediately back to Europe and fly home. But the container shipping was too expensive, so we advised them to relax here for several days and think it over again. We knew the route that they wanted to drive and it was not so much difficult, so they could manage with their experience they already had.
The Land Rover Series Exhaust manifold was ready. With the mechanic I drove to the Sikh guy and had a look at the manifold. It was made quite good and I was sure this clamps are the better solution. We drove back and he mounted the manifold and it sounded quite good. Now I borrowed the timing light from Dennis and adjusted ignition and Dennis helped to tune the twin carburetors. Now our Land Rover Series was running nicely again.
28.10.2012 to 30.10.2012
We spent the days with working, in the morning we often walked to the village along the beach to one of this numerous breakfast stalls, where you could it for little money. Most of the time we had chapati and Alexandra some beans. So we both had breakfast for less than 2 US$ and the food really tasted nicely. Back at the campsite we prepared our departure.
As we wanted to leave the following day we had to stock up our supplies. So with the Matatu we went to Tanga to do our shopping. As we were already fed up with this overcrowded Matatus we took a Bajaj, one of these motorcycle rickshaws. It was adventurous. As it was an overland drive, the driver had to get first a spare wheel, which he managed to get at a filling station. Then he had to find some tools, in case he had to change tires. Then he had to fuel the Bajaj. And then we went. As the road was corrugated the ride was bumpy and uncomfortable, but as it was going so slow we could enjoy the landscape and the air was cool, not as hot as in a Matatu. Of course the ride took much longer, after two hours we arrived at the campsite.