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> Desparate hut wives

Posted On: Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 10:12

Day 202 - Tues 20th April, 17110km, Shipando, Namibia 

Family privacy seems to hold much more importance in Namibian culture than in other African countries and once again I've been invited to camp in a beautiful traditional family compound. Despite living off the land and scrambling for the bit of dinner I could spare, there is a satellite on one of the huts! I'm also rapidly discovering that with the men working away in towns these...

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> Food obsession

Posted On: Tuesday, 20 April 2010 - 10:26

Day 201 - Mon 19th April, 16995km, Rundu, Namibia 

Phew I'm finally back on tar, hopefully that'll be the last bit of dirt road I'll have to cycle this trip! I've also made it to civilisation again and I celebrated Homer Simpson style with a pie, chips and doughnut. My beard has got to such a length now that I have to brush it out after every meal unless I am specifically looking to save some tasty morsals to snack on later! Having made good...

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> Malt loaf magic

Posted On: Monday, 19 April 2010 - 11:11

Day 200 - Sun 18th April, 16888km, Rupeho, Namibia 

Far from being one big desert, the northern area of Namibia which I'm cycling through is very green at this time of year with thick bush right up to the roadside, which makes any hopes of seeing wildlife very slim. Following a restless night suffering from stomach cramps after overdosing on lumps of cow meat, I totally burnt out on the empty and endless dirt road this morning and had to...

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> Independence day

Posted On: Sunday, 18 April 2010 - 17:33

Day 199 - Sat 17th April, 16718km, Namib wilds 

Almost a month after Namibia celebrated 20 years of inderpendence it just so happened that the party arrived in Eenhana today, and returning from a decent run this morning I couldn't believe my luck at finding the youth centre's kitchen being used to cook the free feast! Promising that the Namibian flag would take pride of place at the top of my flag stick, I was soon weighed down with enough cow, rice and...

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> Goodbye bureaucracy, hello pies

Posted On: Saturday, 17 April 2010 - 18:14

Day 198 - Fri 16th April, 16602km, Eenhana, Namibia 

After all the visa delays and stress I cruised straight through the border to Namibia today on a visa that expired 25 days ago without so much as the raising of an eyebrow. Bertha certainly did her bit by attracting a camera phone wielding crowd that helped distract the immigration official at the vital time. Indeed Bertha must be one of the most photographed ladies in Angola thanks to her unique,...

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> Cream crackered

Posted On: Friday, 16 April 2010 - 11:27

Day 197 - Thurs 15th April, 16458km, Missao, Angola 

After another ten hour stint in the saddle, including 60 odd km of horrendous rough and wet dirt that has...

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> Angolan dance off

Posted On: Thursday, 15 April 2010 - 10:15

Day 196 - Wed 14th April, 16298km, Cahama, Angola 

Washed, cleanly clothed and ready for action at dawn this morning within two minutes of leaving the house I...

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> Seeing the sights

Posted On: Wednesday, 14 April 2010 - 11:46

Day 195 - Tues 13th April, 16105km, Lubango, Angola

Keen to check out some of the local sights and offered help by the brewery to try one last time to sort out my visa I ended up spending a fun...

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> Lubango burger

Posted On: Tuesday, 13 April 2010 - 13:00

Day 194 - Mon 12th April - 16096 - Lubango, Angola

If I had known that the ultimate burger was awaiting my arrival in Lubango today I definitely would have had a greater appetite for the final hills up to the beautiful 1,...

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> On the up

Posted On: Monday, 12 April 2010 - 16:55

Day 193 - Sun 11th April - 15990km - Vite-Vivar

Still feeling rejuvinated from an easy last couple of weeks I was making great progress this morning until the tar abruptly ended & I was left choking on the dust of passing onion trucks but it wasn't these that almost brought a tear...

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-20,293km Rustenburg, SA

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