Day 111 - May 3 - Stage 78
Started with Judith, and after 31km on relatively good dirt road reached the tar road and rode into Bethanie. Stopped at a Coffee Shop which was being overwhelmed by Riders, had a cappuccino and toasted ham, cheese with tomato sandwich, followed by another toasted sandwich. Judith enjoyed a good carrot cake with her tea. We were the second last riders to leave the Coffee shop!
At lunch which was at the 70km mark, Judith hopped on the truck, I rode alone and kept up quite a fast pace - wasn't caught by Brad the Sweep. Even though I was stopped by a bunch of German Tourists (from Hamburg in Germany) at a Lay-bye, who wanted to know why I was out cycling and I had to give them the complete TDA story before they would let me go on my way.
After riding 50km alone, I managed to catch up to Liz with 7km to go, we crossed the Fish River and turned off the tar road back onto the dirt. After enjoying today's luxury of cycling on the tar, we will be back onto the dirt for the next two days.
Camped in the Seeheim Hotel grounds, and the usual bunch of us abused their Bar and Restaurant facilities.
Tomorrow we cycle parallel to the Fish River down to the Canon Roadhouse, one of my favourite Namibian stop-over places.
|Philip completing his ablutions before leaving Konkiep Lapa|
|Straight out of Camp and turn right for Seeheim|
|Happiness is a Coffee Shop|
|Coffee Shop overwhelmed by cyclists|
|Cyclists enjoying the early morning coffee break|
|Arriving at a lonely lunch truck|
Back onto a good tar road
|Group photo with the visiting Germans from Hamburg|
|Selfie while seeking solace from the sun in a shady road cutting|
|Shade glorious shade!|
|Seeheim Hotel welcomes the cyclists|
|Andje demonstrating the versatility of her hydration pack bladder|
|The Ladies discussing team tactics while Rupert tries to intervene|
|Zirk the Owner of the Seeheim Hotel|
|Peter and Deborah waiting for the evenings briefing session|
|Welcome to Seeheim|
|Cyclists attend the Briefing Meeting|
|Tour Leader Tallis after giving his briefing|
|My chance to be the Waiter and fetch beers for the boys|