The last couple of days in Swakopmund were a real treat. Her farewell to me  a glorious sunset  and my  toast to her a glass of  robust red to take the chill out of the sea breeze. All the while I watched the last rays of light jump off the edge of the world.

 

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What is it with us travellers and sunsets or sunrises?  Does it define the beginning of something special and unknown,  or is it in the significance of a day coming to and end and with it , our time in a new place?  We were all out there on the pier armed with our capturing devices trying to take a little piece of mother nature home with us .

 

Just before she jumped

Just before she jumped

I met up with Grant for dinner at a restaurant called Tugs at the pier. I have to correct my post from a few days ago – Grant is an Australian living in Canada and not from Canada . Sorry Grant for relocating your birthright . We chatted over a delicious meal of fresh calamari and Kabeljou while tour bus after tour bus ferried  in the patrons. It is a very popular place and for good reason .

From here it was our goodbyes and off to bed – for tomorrow was my ride up towards Etosha and a early start was the order of the day. I had altered my original route of going up the coast and then cutting across from Henties bay due to bad road reports . So it was liquorice lane all the way up for me. No gravel, no sand just the black line to ride.

I have purchased a very bright lime reflective construction workers vest to wear over my  black jacket to improve my visibility while on tar. It seems to work well, for here I write safe and sound from Otjiwarongo .

The first 200 km where very busy and windy so the riding was a little stressful but soon I was out in the forever changing Namibia , starting in the sand…and ending with Vic in the bushveld.

 

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Unfortunatley you lose a lot of the countries natural beauty when taking the main roads. It is far easier riding but far less rewarding.  I am going to have to find the balance as I would hate to not see more of the lesser explored .

 

 

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Just add water

Just add water

The ride up took me from Swakop through Usakos , Karibib and then up the C33 ending my day on just over 370 km in Otjiwarongo where I am spending the night in a small hotel on the outskirts of town  called C ‘Est Si Bon. A busy little place with very conversational parrots about.

I had a thought while riding today.  I think I am going to open a page on the site called ” Vic of the Day ” where it is a picture of the scooter in a place or with an enquiring person.  It will keep my eye engaged so here is the first one!

 

Vic of the day

Vic of the day

 

Tomorrow I head up to Etosha for a night or two of camping and safari. I am looking forward to spending time close to nature with her smells and sounds all about.

Until we meet again.

 

 

 

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