11 Jan 2015

NAMIBIA Day 4: Grunau – Keetmanshoop – Koes - Gochas

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We were up early enough to enjoy a spectacular sunrise. 




Although a cold night, we slept warm and woke to birds singing and a red sun rising in the distance.  


On the road as the sun starts setting
We met up with Nic at the White house and left around 8.30. Not having anything to eat or drink, we had a picnic on the way just before Keetmanshoop.





Toni giving Nic some of his Espresso
The red dunes near Koes

There we turned onto gravel, rode past the Quiver tree forest and Giants playground (masses of huge heaps of stones – looks almost like it was put there by someone – yet the rocks were way too huge!).
The road was dry and dusty, but beautiful
The Quiver tree forest









Thorn bushes where ever we look!



Nic and Toni discussing the route again

Notice the large birds nests to the right!
The road started getting very difficult due to loose gravel and huge middelmannetjies (central ridge). This meant Jinx was standing for ages and a girl (a very unfit girl!) can only take so much! Hardly sat down and she hit one at a bad angle and started to loose control. For some moments her life was flashing past her and I wondered if her family would remember she had funeral insurance. Forgetting all she had learnt, Jinx was all over the place and realized her whole trip she had been saving up for years and years was coming to a crashing halt – literally!

She stood up, looked up and let the throttle ease a bit and suddenly had control again. Tony made her stop and she was shaking like a reed. Lesson learnt! From there, any sign of danger, Jinx would be up out of her seat, strong legs taking on the challenge.

Yep, that's how we felt!
More red dunes
 Something strange in the tree?
Birds nests!! With a difference!
We rode over beautiful red dunes near Koes, saw a herd of horses stampeding up to us and then right past us – come to think of it, saw horses a few more times, but not as dramatic. 


The highlight: We saw a Bush pig chase a large baboon. Never heard of it and loved to experience something like that for real! Some awesome sights! Unfortunately Jinx's cam once again was not taping when that happened.

Some horses joined us
Dusty but beautiful road

Getting to our campsite as the sun is setting
Unpacking the tents

A cow came to inspect and see if the tents were up properly
Toni eating pasta and too tired to smile!



We took way more hours to do the almost 400 km’s and arrived at the Aub campsite just outside Gochas as the sun was setting. Tired to the bone and totally drained of energy, we barely stayed awake to eat (Pasta and sauce) and dropped off to sleep as soon as we had a shower. 

Sun rising over our tents the following morning
A lot of dust and difficult riding conditions made Jinx wonder why she loves taking gravel roads!?!