|I love this vastness!|
After a wonderful rest thanks to Bianca, we left on a balmy but cool morning. Days of difficult off-road conditions actually made me enjoy the tar road. – Yes, I know I would never let THAT come out of my mouth, but I have had a few days to reconsider my riding skills and nearly-near-death-experiences and cannot help wondering if I am way more of a sissy than I thought.
|The first thing that I bump into the next morning?!?|
In this case, I don't think Toni is too big for his socks!
|An idea of all our electrical paraphernalia we drag along on the bikes!|
|A bit of shade for our stop|
Toni: I had not been in this part of
|Tucs (the wind blew away before I had mine) and Nartjies|
We made a stop some 50 kms further to have a bite to eat. A couple of German guys pulled up in their car and came and sat with us. We got chatting and had a wonderful visit with the two musicians, who were in Namibia for concerts, playing the cello and violin. They also gave us good directions for the rest of our stay in Swakopmund. By now it had become blazing hot and we seemed to become more lethargic as the day went on.
T: As we had not had any form of breakfast yet, and our attempt to buy “good” biltong failed, we were rather peckish.
We found a picnic spot on the road that had shade (a very important commodity in this part of the world) and soon we were enjoying our breakfast. Salticrax, canned smoked mussels and some biltong we bought at the local Spar. The cost of the food a few rand, the cost of the fuel to get there a lot more, sitting in this spot having breakfast: priceless.
|We made a 2nd stop to eat more of the biltong.|
|And some more Nartjies|
|And suddenly we were in the desert|
|Toni trying to take pics from weird angles|
|My attempt at pics in the desert|
|More hills and sand|
We were met by Braam and Laura in Swakop, just as the sun was setting and a sticky wetness was in the air. Dog tired once again, but relieved we did not still have to pitch tents, we made ourselves comfortable and got our washing done.
|Desert as far as the eye can see|
T: We arrived later than expected (it happened a lot on this trip) in Swakopmund and got to our delightful accommodation. Jinx, being Jinx was soon chatting with the friendly owners Braam and Laura. No sooner were we there and all (and I mean ALL) my clothes we taken away from me. Jinx had arranged with Laura that our clothes get washed (and yes by now they really needed a wash!).
|Palm trees line the street as you enter Swakopmund|
|The jail - a beautiful old building|