Matt & Nat's wheelie big adventure!

Zebra crossing

The dirt roads have hugely improved in the Namib-Naukluft Park and we’re easily managing 90-100km days. A driver pulled over in the dust and said “I bet you guys are Kiwis!”. He was from Palmerston North and gave us bottles of ice cold coke, which was much appreciated as we’re pretty much down to warm water and stale bread. Other cars have stopped to take photos of us and offer us water, which we didn’t need as we’ve carried 19 litres to last this stretch through the desert. We’ve wild camped each night, totally alone under huge skies, and have seen loads of zebra, ostrich, jackal, gemsbok and springbok.

I thought the tropics were a bit more lush than this.

I thought the tropics were a bit more lush than this.

Lots of zebras around.

Lots of zebras around.

90km exhaustion at this point.

90km exhaustion at this point.

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Hello jackal. They run fast away from us and we hear them howling at night. Matt also hears hyenas at night, but I'm not sure we know what they sound like...

Hello jackal. They run fast away from us and we hear them howling at night. Matt also hears hyenas at night, but I’m not sure we know what they sound like…

Free cold coke in the desert, yeah!

Free cold coke in the desert, yeah!

Who knew Namibia had clouds?

Who knew Namibia had clouds?

Another sandy sunset dinner, with the nearest person a hundred kilometres away.

Another sandy sunset dinner, with the nearest person a hundred kilometres away.

8 Comments

  1. 16 August 2014    

    awesomeness!
    Looking forward to my own namibia crossing.
    You make me looking forward!

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      17 August 2014    

      Yep, it is awesome, you’ll love it! Have you done much touring?

  2. Terry and Yvonne's Gravatar Terry and Yvonne
    16 August 2014    

    Great mileages. What are your thoughts/plans re ebola?
    Signed nervous parent

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      17 August 2014    

      We’re keeping an eye on the news, but nothing to worry about yet – we are months away from Kenya. We wouldn’t ride anywhere remotely close to an outbreak. Namibia would be pretty safe, there doesn’t seem to be any people here. X

  3. ma&pa's Gravatar ma&pa
    17 August 2014    

    Good to hear, from another anxious parent! Meantime it sounds like a very well deserved break there. Ha, hyenas, jackals,zebra, crazy! We get excited if we see a kangaroo! Fantastic photos.

  4. 17 August 2014    

    In my opinion, there is no danger of ebola, yet.
    Uganda and other countries where the desease is spread out now, are too far away.
    Hoping that this status quo will be for the next month as well.

    @ Nat, yes I crossed slovenia last year and I love to bivvy in the mountains.
    Safe travels for you!

  5. Alice's Gravatar Alice
    22 August 2014    

    90km in a day – you are troopers

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      22 August 2014    

      We’re feeling quite slack this trip – we pushed ourselves harder last trip. It’s great to have more time though, much more enjoyable.

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