On a deserted road in Namibia, we came across this old rusted vehicle on the side of the road. It was a sight which would be repeated a number of times in our travels there, and got me to wondering how the vehicle got there and why was it left there.
Did it break down on that spot and was deemed too broken to fix? Was it put there by somebody who thought it would amuse passers by and inspire photographers? Was it stripped of its fittings and tires – or did those weather away in the harsh environment?
Most of the vehicles left in the desert were very old model cars and trucks, which made me think they were deliberately put there as a kind of decoration – as if the desert was too empty without some sign of a human presence.
Watch this short video with the sound turned on . . .
At a small settlement known as Solitaire (more about that in a later post), we came across a small collection of these rusted old vehicles. Not exactly good advertising for the garage and workshop nearby!
And then sometimes on a deserted road, you will come across some other sign of human habitation which is far more reassuring!