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Day 1935 – 1936: Garies – Springbok, South Africa

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Jan - 28 - 2016

Distance: 98.0 km
Ride time: 6:50:24
Average: 14.3 km/h
Max speed: 44.6 km/h
Total: 44322 km

Last time I had pitched my tent was on Newfoundland in Canada back in September. Now I had just enjoyed another fine night wild camping next to the road in South Africa. The two places have the thing in common that there is plenty of space and not a lot of people. It’s a bit hotter down here in Africa, though.

After having Margie’s boiled eggs for breakfast I was on the road early.

Climbing mountains on a loaded bicycle is always hard, but the good thing about today’s climb was that it took me up to 1000 m of altitude where the temperature are somewhat more bearable.

Nothing wrong with the mountain views up here on the N7 highway headed towards Springbok.

The dry creeks that I was crossing once again reminded me of Australia.

I thought about taking a siesta under a bridge in the hottest midday hours, but on the other hand my mind was set on reaching Springbok today. Sometimes you have to suffer a bit. I was pretty fried when I finally climbed the last hill into Springbok at 5 pm.

With 10000 inhabitants Springbok is not a big city – yet it’s the biggest I have seen since leaving Cape Town last week. I decided it was time for a rest day to update the blog and plan the next stage of the trip into Namibia!

Categories: South Africa
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2 Responses so far.

  1. Sandeep says:

    Hats off to you! Best wishes 73 – VU2MUE

  2. You’re right about the dry creeks! If it weren’t for your other photos, anyone would think it was Australia!