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

Stage 66-70: Elephant Highway #Botswana

Amazing!! We rode the most spectacular 713 km the last five days. Very long days in the saddle with temperatures close to 40 degrees but we were rewarded with an incredible wildlife show. The section we are currently riding, between Vic Falls and Windhoek, is called the “Elephant Highway”, and it took not even 15 km before we had our first Elephant encounter just after … Continue reading Stage 66-70: Elephant Highway #Botswana

Lilongwe (Malawi) to Lusaka (Zambia)

It doesn’t get easier! After a quick breather in Lilongwe we headed to the Malawian border. Ahead was a week of long miles and a decent amount of climbing. Physically I felt good and prepared to tackle the next section but mentally, I sensed, was going to be a tough one. After almost three months of constant riding, permanently stressful situations on the road with … Continue reading Lilongwe (Malawi) to Lusaka (Zambia)