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Day 1965, Otjiwarongo – Otavi: Trial Run

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Feb - 29 - 2016

Distance: 118.0 km
Ride time: 6:26:04
Average: 18.4 km/h
Max speed: 29.2 km/h
Total: 45689 km

Yesterday I had done a 10 minute ride around Otjiwarongo to check if the back pain would allow me to continue cycling. My theory was that cycling was perhaps even a good thing to loosen everything up a bit. I was also growing impatient – it’s never fun to stay put in a place if you prefer to be moving.

I retrospect I should have stayed a couple of more days with the nuns at the old hospital in Otjiwarongo. Cycling was just about possible, but with some pain involved. I had to lie down every 45 minutes to stretch out – something that must have looked a bit strange for the cars passing by…

I knew there would be 118 km to cycle today, and in Namibian style I didn’t expect there to be anything in between Otjiwarongo and Otavi. Much to my surprise I spotted a gas station with 30 km to go, just at the hottest time of the day. When the water in your bottles is so hot that it is almost impossible to drink, you have no idea how nice it is to be able to buy a cold coke!

The northern park of Namibia receives a lot more rain compared to the south. This means that the landscape is much greener. Today I was enjoying the shade under a big thundercloud for the last part of the day. In other parts of the world I would much prefer sunshine and blue skies, but in Southern Africa anything that can give you a break from the sun is a blessing.

Arriving in Otavi, I realized that the cheapest hotel in town was 30$ a night. Somewhat problematic as I would have preferred to stay a couple of days until the back is back in shape. Now I think I will be forced to hit the road again tomorrow.

Categories: Namibia
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