Matt & Nat's wheelie big adventure!

Easy as apple pie (not)

We’re continuing north on deserted dirt/sand roads, with a settlement every two days’ ride. From time to time, a column of dust (usually a tourist jeep) on the road heads towards us. We’ve stayed at some lovely (but expensive) campsites, and have seen lots of wild horses on the desert plains – some of the only wild horses in the world.

Every other tree has an incredible massive weaver bird nest. Snakes apparently live in there too.

Every other tree has an incredible massive weaver bird nest. Snakes apparently live in there too.

Close up of a weaver bird nest

Close up of a weaver bird nest

Desert Horse campsite. It was in a stunning area.

Desert Horse campsite. It was in a stunning area.

Wild horses. Actually they were pretty tame.

Wild horses. Actually they were pretty tame.

The horses woke us in the night, clip clopping very close to our tent

The horses woke us in the night, clip clopping very close to our tent

I think these are Mountain Chats. They poo'd on our tent.

I think these are Mountain Chats. They poo’d on our tent.

Lots of antelopely animals around.

Lots of antelopely animals around.

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Hot and sandy

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The sign said ‘Best apple pie in Namibia’. Now I have to try them all to see if they were right…

10 Comments

  1. Terry and Yvonne's Gravatar Terry and Yvonne
    3 August 2014    

    Apple pie and beer. Can’t be too bad. Great photos.

  2. Nick B aka Cyclopath aka Dr Slow's Gravatar Nick B aka Cyclopath aka Dr Slow
    5 August 2014    

    Sounding a better deal than cycling around Devon. Peddle on team, onward and upward. I hope you managed to pick up a few ‘Carbon Carats’ around the Orange river, they could come in handy: playing vinyls, Drippy-droppy earrings. That sort of thing……
    Nick

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      8 August 2014    

      Cheers Nick. Nope, no diamonds to be found, although we did wild camp down an abandoned diamond mine road. Thought we might find something when we dug holes for our morning ablutions, but no luck…

  3. Nico's Gravatar Nico
    6 August 2014    

    Updates again!! Yeah. Enjoy the ride and can’t wait to see you.

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      8 August 2014    

      Hi! Good to know you’re following again. Thought you might have a cycle touring honeymoon!…

  4. Nico's Gravatar Nico
    6 August 2014    

    Oh, did you know that Sperrgebiet means ‘restricted zone’ in German? Is it a case of mistaken signs that the area is called that, or is it actually restricted?

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      8 August 2014    

      Not lost in translation – the whole huge area has been strictly out of bounds for the last century. Apparently it is ecologically fascinating as a result, totally untouched except for all the mines of course.

  5. Nicola Thwaite's Gravatar Nicola Thwaite
    8 August 2014    

    Looks absolutely stunning, but those says roads look like they’re hard-going. I wish you were travellingwhere there was better wifi so we could get more updates! The weaver birds nest look incredible. You’re very rave getting that close with the chance of snakes. Xxx

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      8 August 2014    

      We only found out about the snakes after – we’re now steering well clear!
      Wish I could do more updates too. I’ve got a weak phone signal now for the first time in days, but not enough to upload photos.
      I was daydreaming about being in the hot tub at the barn as I was cycling today! X

  6. Nicola Thwaite's Gravatar Nicola Thwaite
    8 August 2014    

    Sandy roads not ‘says roads’!

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