After a long week of riding I decided to take the lunch truck in the morning to get in early to Maun for a full day and half of rest before my final five days of riding. I rode the rest of the route on my own, entertaining myself by singing the entire Slippery When Wet album out loud.. the locals were not impressed! I got a little scare when a vicious looking dogs started barking and chasing me down the road..I don’t think I’ve ever ridden that fast! I didn’t want a repeat of the situation in Tanzania, where rider was bitten by a dog and had to go to the local clinic for cautiounary rabies shots. Luckily the dog got tired after a few kilometers and I rode safely on the Maun..
At the Sedia Hotel, where TdA was camped, South African staffers Steve and Ferdy went out of their way to pull together a BBQ for a double birthday celebration. The Botswanian steaks we threw on the grill were amazing, easily one of the best I’ve ever had, and we enjoyed a delicious bottle of South African wine, which is becoming easier to get as we head south. The guitars came out, as Steve, Mike and Christine sang us some tunes, and Bob surprised the crowd with an ad lib song about TdA – absolutely hilarious! Marshmallows were roasted, the drinks were flowing and the usual TdA jokes and laughter continued long into the night. Some folks went out dancing with the hotel staff, but I was happy to head to bed by midnight after all the kilometers covered this week..