We thought we had left the corrugated roads behind us in Sudan and Northern Kenya, but the unseasonal rains in Namibia have turned many of the smooth gravel roads into a corrugated mess. One third of the riders had enough yesterday and decided to ride the lunch truck out to the halfway point, skipping the really horrible sections. There was a Gypsy King dance party at the lunch stop before everyone got on their bikes and rode to the final Konheid Lapa Camp.
Interesting side note, the lunch stop was positioned in front of a temporary settlement of a Namib family. These Nomadic people pack their belongings on donkey carts and resettle their homes about once per year. Namibia is a wealthy country, rich in uranium and diamonds, with a high per capita income and a very small population. However, this wealth does not filter down to nomadic families such as this one. The family was very happy to receive our old bread and super ripe fruit.
Back to riding… it was an enjoyable afternoon ride through brush desert landscape punctuated by hills. We stopped at a little village to enjoy homemade treats (fellow riders, Wendy and Ribka, are seen here enjoying the “yummy apple pie”!). A gentle tailwind, smooth road, and gentle downhill made for an enjoyable afternoon. I arrived early enough to go for a short run (my muscles forgot what that was like) and a rejuvenating yoga sessions. We enjoyed a delicious grilled salmon dinner beneath a colorful sunset.