Stage 84-90: I can smell the finish – South Africa

With 7 days to go until Cape Town we could almost see the finish line on the horizon. But we had to work hard to get there. Between us and the Cape Town finish lay 910 km, a few climbs through several seemingly endless passes, painful corrugation and amazing sceneries through the Namaqualand and Cederberg. The day out of Felix Unite over the South Africa … Continue reading Stage 84-90: I can smell the finish – South Africa

Stage 79-83: Surfing the Waves – Sesriem to Orange River

We camped at the entrance of the Dunes in Sesriem and used the afternoon of our rest day to drive into Soussusvlei and Deadvlei for the sunset. Memories returned of my honeymoon with Pierre a few years ago. We rested on a dune near Deadvlei and watched the sun go down by a glass of red wine. Absolutely spectacular. Back in camp, we had a … Continue reading Stage 79-83: Surfing the Waves – Sesriem to Orange River

Stage 76-78: Windhoek to Sossusvlei & The Naked Mile

We left Windhoek behind and turned towards Weissenfels in the mountains. It took not even 11km and the road changed from smooth tarmac to beautiful mountainous gravel. A real test were the 6-8% gradients after 1500 km on totally pan flat roads. It took a few hills to wake up the climbing legs. The views were incredible making 114km fly by very quickly. That afternoon … Continue reading Stage 76-78: Windhoek to Sossusvlei & The Naked Mile

Stage 71-75: Maun to Windhoek

I left Maun with a serious rest-day hangover. My legs were still in sleep mode and not prepared to turn the pedals. The 157 km that day felt long, extremely long. Most of Botswana is covered by the beautiful semi-arid sandy savanna of the Kalahari. However, after hundreds of kilometer on straight flat roads through the Kalahari it is hard to keep the mind entertained … Continue reading Stage 71-75: Maun to Windhoek