1963 London to Cape Town – January 17th
It had been a terrifying few days. The early experiences – being interrogated at gunpoint, an accident and being accused of being spies – all these had paled into insignificance during the last couple of days. A gunfight with bandits have left Eric Jackson and Ken Chambers without petrol and without water.
They were sure that they would never see England and their families again.
It was only by a miracle they had survived. Were their troubles over? From Petrol in My Blood :
“That’s when we ran out of tyres. Finally we had run out of tubes and pucture repair kits and there we were – three wheels on my wagon. Now what were we going to do? ‘Nine lives, Jacko’ Ken muttered sounding very dispirited ‘You told me you’d got nine lives.” I’d lost count – did I have any left?”
And yet time was ticking by….