Enjoyed sleeping in a bit at the wonderful Chameleon Hostel, which Kendra and Christina had booked for us after a long search around town. After taking care of some errands, such as the usual rest day laundry and internet time, we all headed to the Namibia Craft Market for some amazing food and browsing the work of local artisans. We shared the biggest chcocolate chip scone I have ever seen, washed down with big bowls of cafe latte. The browsing turned into shopping as the pieces for sale at the Market pulled us in. My prized purchase.. a springbok wallet.
The afternoon checked off a few more to-do’s, including packing up all of my gear for the trip home. We ran into Heather at the TdA camp lodge restaurant, who had taken the last few days off to pursue her own adventurous route from Maun to Windhoek. It was great to chat with her and think back to the day we both arrived in Addis to begin teh tour. It feels like forever ago, yet in reality it’s not all that long. I suppose since all that time was so rich with experiences that they could be spread over several years, that the 10 weeks is all relative.
Tonight I really wanted to see Steve (S. African staffer)’s show at a local bar, and I talked a few folks into going with me, despite having to get up early to ride tomorrow. Steve is one of my favorite staff, mostly because he has such a huge heart and he loves to entertain us with his guitar and singing. The show was really fun and allowed me to say goodbye to a few of my favorite riders, including Carrie, James, Ribca, Aman, Ram and Chris P.
As I head to bed tonight I think about the fact that, despite the early alarm time, I won’t be getting on a bike tomorrow. To be honest part of me is rejoicing, but most of me is feeling sad to miss out on these last two weeks, particularly as it is offroad and the scenery is said to be amazong. But, I need to head off back to work, to a job that I know is worth missing out for, and on the way I still have a weekend trip to Maputo with my friend Paul from Norway ahead.. Fare well, TdA riders, I will miss you all and think of you all the time and will be following along the other side of the blog..
Kendra, I will miss you most my friend.
Stay safe and healthy and keep having fun! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing adventure together, I so look forward to the next one!