A short but full riding day. We delayed the start to enjoy one last slice of Moose’s apple pie and to let the thunderstorm advance ahead of us. While waiting for the pie to come out of the oven, we took advantage of the many photo opportunities of the sun rising over the mountains and the resident camels charging us! The morning ride was just as beautiful as the last days with green grassy fields, bright blue skies, and brown-black-red hills. I saw my first springbok bounding on the side of the road, and kept the camera ready for the next one to appear.
As for other animal life… It is a TdA tradition to ride a naked mile at some time during the ride. Namibia is a perfect place with empty roads and beautiful backdrops. The tradition was resurrected at lunch time as the first riders zoomed by in the buff. I was a little more modest and waited a few kms down the road to drop everything on the side of the road and race towards the first mud puddle! It was wonderfully refreshing to ride in the birthday suit; although, both genders agreed that it did feel much better to put the padded cycle shorts back on for the remainder of the ride.
Thanfully we redressed for the remainder of the ride as a strong headwind and thunderstorm drenched us and gave us shivers in the final 10km. It was still a beautiful ride into Sessrium, and our place of rest for the next day.