An early start for the team, driving the Touareg up Cape Town's famous Table Mountain before sunrise. With Sam's arrival from England the night before, our Challenge team of three is now complete, so we took the chance to get our official pre-departure photography with the Touareg. As the sun rose slowly over the city, we were treated to the most beautiful views of the coast and mountains as our backdrop.
With the photography completed, and after a quick breakfast, we took the Touareg for some final checks, adjustments and a full clean at the city's Volkswagen agent, Barons N1 City. Again, we were so impressed and grateful to Neil and his team there, especially Johann, a great mechanic and a real help to our Challenge preparations.
From Barons Volkswagen, and now with a perfectly clean Touareg, we drove on to the Cape Town offices of Inmarsat. It was great to meet Alistair's staff, fit and test the Satellite communications card, and show them around the technology aboard the Touareg.
Our final preparation task of the day was to stock the Touareg up with food and drink supplies for our journey. The vehicle has a large Waeco fridge fitted in the rear (where the central passenger would sit in a standard Touareg), which is now loaded with enough provisions to keep us self-sufficient through the first half of the drive. Our food won't win any awards; functional and non-perishable is the theme with lots of bottled water, cereal bars, cold meats and cheese all on the menu.
Finally, time to leave the beautiful city of Cape Town for the 3 hour drive down to our World Record starting point - Cap Agulhas. We reached the Southernmost tip of the African continent at around 23:00 ready for our beds, knowing that the start of the Challenge is now little more than a day away.