It was wonderful to sleep in a warm, dry bed last night! Fortunately, more rain did not come in the night so the road was in a much better state than the day before… for the bicycles; however, the torrential rains caused road closures for the trucks. My stomach troubles returned (so much for a clean bill of health in Windhoek – back to the one week cycle), so I was on the truck. But, as always, many unexpected surprises still came out of the day.
The road closures meant that we had to take a detour over the top of the Napute Dam. From afar, it did not seem that the trucks would fit, but our skilled drivers successfully navigated the way. Because of the torrential rains, the dam was actually spilling the excess water without using it for power. This is normally avoided because it is a loss of energy production and money, but the alternative is less desirable. It is ironic to think about this excess water in light of our experiences earlier in the trip – the drought through Kenya and the water rationing in Sudan. It also strikes me now that when we pull into camp sites, it is acceptable to drink the water from the taps without concern. This was impossible to do just weeks ago.
After the driving adventure, we arrived at the Canon Roadside Campground, another strange sight in the middle of nowhere. The restaurant was full of antique cars, roadsigns, and paintings from 1950s movies. They served an amazing Amarula cheesecake that quickly ran out upon the TdA invasion. After an attempt to eat, we hiked up on the hills overlooking the camp. Spectaculor vistas, interesting rocks, noisy bugs, and quiver trees greeted us on the path. Sunset yoga completed a very relaxing day. Here’s hoping to ride tomorrow!