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Day 1960, Okahandja – Otjiwarongo: The Prof

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Feb - 19 - 2016

Distance: 131.3 km
Ride time: 6:57:16
Average: 18.9 km/h
Max speed: 35.3 km/h
Total: 45571 km

I was spending the first 30 minutes of the day riding next to a local cyclist who turned out to be a serious competitor at national levels. In fact my new friend was about to leave for a year on a professional contract in Spain. Sometimes I just love small countries where you run into people like that by chance.

I have sadly forgotten his name, but if a new Namibian talent joins the Tour de France in a couple of years it is probably him. Apart from the morning encounter I didn’t see much civilization on the 130 km towards Otjiwarongo. Not that I felt I needed it – I was fully content with views like this.

At points the road seemed to continue endlessly into the horizon, and the wind was not in my favour. Luckily I had loaded my phone with new pod casts which occupied the mind until the next turn.

I knew I would have to cycle through the hot midday hours to make into town before darkness. When I finally made it I was looking very much forward to a cold drink – I will never be a fan of 40 degree hot water.

My destination of today, Otjiwarongo, seemed both bigger and more developed than I had expected. For some reason I had imaged northern Namibia to be somewhat rough, but that is not really the case – at least not yet. Instead I found myself among a modern shopping mall and fast food restaurants – this could even have been a small town in the US!

My goal was the next days is to rent a car and drive to Etosha National Park!

Categories: Namibia
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4 Responses so far.

  1. I’ve always wondered how you can concentrate on your surroundings, while listening to music or a podcast. 🙂 Do you use earphones, or just one of the earpieces?

  2. Hi Stephen! I would say that it depends on the combination of the road and the traffic. If there is a shoulder you can listen to music anywhere. Here in Namibia there is never a shoulder, so didn’t listen to music/podcasts when I was close to Windhoek. Now that the traffic is once again limited I find that I can listen to my podcasts as long as I still look back once in a while to check up on the traffic.

  3. I know some cyclists, like Fredrika Ek, use a mirror. I might use one of them.

  4. Geoff says:

    A mirror one of the first things I bought after a few days biking The Garden Route in South Africa 🙂