Matt & Nat's wheelie big adventure!

Smashing out the clicks

We were so excited to be riding on tarmac from Swakopmund that we cycled our longest ever day – 141km – from sea level up to 1300m. We’ve been riding (into headwinds of course) on the Trans-Kalahari Highway, past Rio Tinto’s Rossing mine – the world’s largest open-cast uranium mine. Traffic is fairly light, which is lucky as there is no hard shoulder and a speed limit of 120km/hr, and the many trucks are giving us a wide bearth. We’ve seen loads of warthogs and some magnificent kudu as well as oryx and jackals. It’s much hotter now we’re further north and it’s the end of winter – over 30 degrees every day.

Enjoying a gemsbok steak (not as tasty as beef apparently)

Enjoying a gemsbok steak (not as tasty as beef apparently)

Welcome shade. Not sure why there's a cross, but it's quite a religious country.

Welcome shade. Not sure why there’s a cross, but it’s quite a religious country.

We've seen hundreds of warthogs

We’ve seen hundreds of warthogs

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We tried, but failed, to pronounce these names. Long straight roads make for good riding.

We tried, but failed, to pronounce these names. Long straight roads make for good riding.

5 Comments

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

    Looks like the best of both worlds – smooth roads and exotic scenery. You must be getting fit to do those mileages in that heat.
    Love T,Y&J

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      27 August 2014    

      Yes, it’s excellent riding here, and we’re feeling pretty fit. X

  2. Nick Bloom's Gravatar Nick Bloom
    26 August 2014    

    Jealous! Moi? You bet. Not the heat. Not the headwinds or warthogs. Just the sheer a-mazing scale of your trip. Gotta be a book in it somewhere. Maybe a biop.A world lecture tour. Anything to postpone the need to return to normality. Onward and upward.
    Nick

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      29 August 2014    

      Nick, we thought you might laugh at our longest day – you could do that before breakfast. Remember when you rode 200km in Iran & you were so knackered that you let some friendly stranger ride off with your bike, haha.

      • nick's Gravatar nick
        29 August 2014    

        I think I was so knackered he probably could have cycled of with my wife and I wouldn’t have cared (if she’d been there of course). And only joking Lin Ha Ha

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