Road to the sea

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Marilyn Whiteley on November 20, 2007

... where we had a flat tire and had to drive several hundred kilometres on the temporary spare tire--most of the time without seeing any other vehicle ...

Lilypon on November 20, 2007

and they say Saskatchewan is flat???? The highway sounds pretty similar to here though. ;D By the way I started a new thread in the share your photos forum just for highways (you should really post this one there!!! ;)

I'm going to phone my husband to ask him to try and catch the busiest section of the TransCanada that he runs into today. (oh boy there should be at the most 20 vehicles in that shot ;)

Marilyn Whiteley on November 20, 2007

Thanks for the suggestion, Pam. I've now posted it.

Much of Namibia is not this flat. But it's at least as "wide open" as Saskatchewan!

Giulio Colla on November 20, 2007


Very beautiful shot! Compliments!

Ciao, Giulio

Marilyn Whiteley on November 20, 2007

Thank you, Giulio. It's strange how even wide, empty spaces can be beautiful! Greetings, Marilyn

Hank Waxman on November 20, 2007

Now that's FLAT. Even more than I thought. Cheers,


Giulio Colla on November 20, 2007

It is true, Marilyn, the beauty of this picture lies in its simplicity.

Ciao, Giulio

Lecleire Jacques on November 21, 2007

Great picture, dit you visit the Himba's ?

Greetings, Jacques

Marilyn Whiteley on November 21, 2007

No, Jacques, unfortunately we did not get up into that corner of the country, nor did we on our two briefer trips in the 1990s when my husband was part of the advisory committee for a development project based in Rundu. We've been to Rundu and along the narrow strip all the way to the eastern edge near Victoria Falls; to the coast at Luderitz as well as Swakopmund; and to the Fish River Canyon. But despite all that we've missed what must be a wonderful experience of visiting the Himbas!

Greetings, Marilyn

© Carsten on November 21, 2007

Hi Marilyn, this picture is a little bit scary just because of the deep space. There is absolutely nothing. This is forced by the low angle you shot this photo. And the sky is only blue. Like if the clouds disappeared to. But the tone blue is great in this picture. The photo gives a good impression you had when you were forced to stop. Very good photo.

Greetings from Germany,


Marilyn Whiteley on November 21, 2007

Thank you, Carsten. I'm glad the photo gave you the impression I wanted to convey! I had a strange experience with the camera when I took this shot. I wanted to focus more on the distant view, but the camera didn't want to! If I hadn't been distracted by the flat tire, I could have overcome that, but I didn't. Now I'm glad that the focus is more on the road because that contributes to the feeling of nothingness!

Hank, I admit to unfair play when I posted this. It is not typical Namibian scenery, though the emptiness is typical. Someday I'll post something more representative.


sylfantheo(Pascal) on November 21, 2007

There is an automobile garage in the end, you cannot be mistaken it is always straight Imposing photograph

Salutations , Pascal

Marilyn Whiteley on November 21, 2007

Thanks, Pascal. Alas, this was one time when there was no garage!

Greetings, Marilyn

Ryan Calhoun on November 21, 2007

Wow! I like all the lines converging in the distance. It looks like they were carefully and purposefully raked into the dirt.

Marilyn Whiteley on November 22, 2007

Thanks, Ryan. I sort of regretted the few curving tracks at the left until I realized that gives it a sense of reality--keeps it from being "too perfect"!

Brandon_Belew on December 1, 2007

Wow, I'm looking at this road on the map, it seems to stretch out in a straight line forever! Must have felt like you were just on a treadmill, moving but not really going anywhere at all.

Marilyn Whiteley on December 1, 2007

That's a very good comparison, Brandon. We certainly didn't feel that we were going anywhere. (And having a flat tire in that deserted an area is not a great feeling!)

Christophe Van Hulle on December 4, 2007

Must have been a fantastic experience, breaking down in the middle of nowhere. Same thing happened to us once in the Serengeti. The tire was not the problem but the springs were broken. When we wanted to get out of the car he advised us 'don't go far' and fixed the car with a screwdriver and some rubber band. Very inventive.

Marilyn Whiteley on December 4, 2007

As you no doubt know, that kind of experience adds something special to the memories of a trip!! Thanks for the link.

jhk on March 29, 2008

Nice title Marilyn! The road to the sea, with nothing in sight. I can imagine this is one place where you don't want to have a flat tire...

Of course, once you're safely back home, such things do make for the more colourful travel tales :)

Cheers, Justin

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