The Internet in Namibia sucks so it has been a while since I did a post. Other than that Namibia is the unexpected highlight of this tour. It's absolutely insane! Ever since Windhoek we have been spoiled with stunning sceneries, impressive rock formations, red sand dunes and beautiful sunsets /-downs. Also the recent rain, which is very extraordinary for Namibia, adds a special green glow over some of the landscapes. People on the Tour that come to Namibia every year have never seen it like this.
Namibia has been different from the start. It all started in Windhoek when a Norwegian guy joined the Tour. I had my doubts about this guy because he had done this section before, so why come back when you have so many other options? Also he brought a so-called fatbike with front - and rear suspension that would allow him to finish some stages, something he was not able to do last time. The next day I learned what he was talking about.
We went off-road and a couple of relatively short stages took us to Sossus Vlei and Hidden Vlei, the red dunes that everybody will recognise (I try and upload some pictures).
The next day we had the toughest ride so far. We were led onto dirt roads so bad, so corregated (ribbels) that 16 people dropped out that day!
The remainder of last week was somewhat easier and what's bound to happen is that with Capetown within reach, people tend to get euphemistic. Well, the tour lead, sensing this quickly ended this dream. Tomorrow we will cross the border and SA promises to be extra tough, sometimes cold and potential dangerous.Partly this has to do with the Tour directing us from the main roads because "some people on the main road drive to run you off the road!!??".
Anyway the SA stretch promises to be even more stunning than what we have seen so far! 7 riding days left ....