One of the most beautiful riding days EVER!!! The hills of Namibia are breathtaking!
11km out of Windhoek, we left the tarmac behind, turned sharply left and started to climb. The ascent left plenty of time to look around and admire the view. A couple of local residents passed us on their descent, squeezing in an early am ride before work – a wonderful reminder that people actually mountain bike for fun! At the peak, Christina and I took out our cameras and took a “we wish you were here Kari” photo. These dirt days were Kari´s favorites and she would have loved the ride.
63km to lunch passed in a blink of an eye as we continued to marvel at the scenery and take more and more pictures. Several people saw springbok, baboons, and warthogs during the ride, but all we saw were a pair of eagles and a white squirrel. A strong tailwind turned into a crosswind and headwind, making the last 10km a challenge – thank goodness for a wind block from Joerg to make the cycling easier. The last time I rode dirt was in northern Kenya, six weeks ago, so 114km of it combined with the hills left me exhausted!
We pulled into a horseback riding guest farm for our camping spot of the night. It was a relaxing evening of warm showers, flow yoga, and a 360 degree sunset. Most fun was introducing toasted marshmallows to those who hadn´t grown up doing beach bonfires. Next time we´ll have the chocolate and graham crackers for the full S´mores experience!