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- Cycling from London to Cape Town: The Final Chapter - October 6, 2016
- Cycling Namibian deserts and the last push to Cape Town - May 26, 2016
- Zambia, Zimbabwe, Zebras and a hippo attack on the mighty Zambezi! - April 11, 2016
It’s been nearly two weeks since we left Walvis Bay and set out into the Namibian desert and we are now just 142km from the South African border which we should cross tomorrow. The Namib Desert has been challenging but beautiful to cross and, despite some really bad sandy roads, we have actually been reasonably lucky with the roads and even managed to fit in a trip to the stunning sand dunes at Sossusvlei.
Exhausted after 12 days on the road and a 75km detour to get my bike fixed (I was riding single speed and had a broken bottom bracket for over a week – if you don’t cycle, be rest-assured, it’s not fun!) we are now on beautiful tarmac, with two working bikes, ready to take on the South African mountains.
There is so much to share about the past week but we are two weary cyclists and, after two weeks of mainly wild camping, we have been given a bed at the Grünau Country Hotel so we are looking forward to actually sleeping instead of shivering all night. Someone has turned down the thermostat over here!
So, for now, please excuse this brief update and enjoy some photos which should give you a flavour of what we have been up to.
Please follow our progress over the last week on our Trident Sensors GPS Tracker and do please consider making a donation to World Bicycle Relief and help us change the lives of some more people – we would love to raise as much as we can during this final stretch.
We’ll be in touch from CAPE TOWN where we will hopefully arrive on the afternoon of the 3rd June.