Windhoek (Namibia Stories)

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Southern Namibia was very dry, flat and with almost no trees. The only place to get water was in the towns. They were 50 to 100 miles apart.

North Namibia - There became only trees and rolling hills, but water was still hard to come by. In the last 90 km to Rundu the culture totally changed. It went from large white farms to small African villages like this. Normal whites houses to stick huts.

Christmas Sunrise
I finally found real Africa!!!

People are alot more at home here. I probably saw 3-4 women my first day lift up their skirt and start peeing standing up. I'm on a bike so they can't hear me coming and I likely look like a person walking in the distance. So I don't know if I'm meant to see this. Should I wave or look away? It is very weird.

Just some random fun stories from Namibia

One of the valuable lessons I have learn, you always keep your tent closed. You don't want snakes or anything else going in your tent when you are not looking. One morning I forgot that and got some coffee with some South Africans. Brace yourself, what happened next was pretty scary.  When I returned some little song birds had found my banana bread. They didn't eat much but they shit all over my tent, sleeping bag, pad and almost everything else. Lesson learned.

 

Felix United

The last day of South Africa went great.

Christmas Sunrise
It went so great that I covered that day’s distance and the next day’s, too. It made me pretty tried by the time I reached the border. The only camping was eight miles further and into a strong head wind. So I go there and it takes close to a hour to reach the place. The first campground staff I talk to tells me they are full and can't take anyone else. It is one of the things I fear most and a problem we don't have in the USA (most state laws will not allow a campground to turn away someone on a bike or walking). I asked to see the boss. We went to see him up in his office. People seeing me with the bike gives me some credit and allows them to see that I'm not joking around. We start talking with the boss and he tells me they are full. For some reasons I think my best argument is that I'm one guy with a very small tent and no car. He starts to tell about a campground another 10 miles further down the road when it's hits him. He asked if I was on a bike coming from the south. He said that he passed me a few days ago and all the sudden I was camping for free!!! So if you are ever at the border, please stay at Felix United.
Christmas Sunrise

 

Christmas Day

Christmas started off well. I had a 130 km stretch of nothing of Nabimia. No water source for the whole hot and very dry climate period. It was going to take me 6-7 hours to cover that. My plan was to leave at 2 am and ride in the cool morning. After 8 am, it goes above 35c which is hot.  I saw so many shooting stars that morning. The stars are so bright in this part of the world. I took a rest break and left my bike against a tree. When I came back the flashlight caught a spider the size my hand trying to get a free ride. The sunrise was amazing that morning. All of my other sunsets and sunrises lack clouds. This one didn't. It was simply wonderful. You can see the photos below. It was as if nature knew it was a special day. At around 90 km I meet this stupid dude walking. How the hell did he get there? I don't know. He didn't have any water so I gave him my last liter of water. How could I not give it to him on Christmas? I got the gas station around noon.  The whole place is a ghost town, but for the few drunk local bums.

Christmas Sunrise
I meet a local kid and he gives me a one liter of water. While I'm talking to him, this father and son duo drive up. These guys are wasted. We talk for a few minutes. They asked for my name 7 or 8 times. Then a cop drives up. The father and son talked with the cop for a bit. They say goodbye and drive off. The cop just watched or maybe even asked these guys drive away, even if they were completely drunk. I'm riding on these roads so I finally make the call to go the 85 km to the next city to get water today and not wait for the cool of the morning. The 1 liter of water only last me 20 km. I'm so hot at this point and mouth is completely dry. In this climate you can’t tell if you sweating or not. This leads me to beg passing cars for water. Only a few stop and give me water. Thank God for them. I slowly made it to around 70 km when I just give up and set my tent up next to road for the night. I few asleep naked in a pool of my own sweat. Merry Christmas!!!

 

So Balloon Trip

I finally made it to windhoek and took a break from the bike.

Lucky for me I meet another solo traveler that wanted to see sossusvlei and swakopmund. Antika wanted to do a hot balloon ride over the large and beautiful red sand dunes of sossusvlei. So all I know is I hate heights. I've skydived, been to the Sear's Tower and rock climb, but still hate being scared like that. At the same time I wasn’t going to miss out on something like this. I signed up and off we went. We had a bit of good luck.  The campground close by after we got there and the also had room for us. But we did have any way to contact the balloon tour operator and find out where to meet them the next morning for the dawn flight. None of the pay phones worked and none of the nice lodges would let us use their phones. So we woke up the next morning at 4:20. We had everything back in the rental car and off to the gate at around 4:50. Then our poor little Volvo got stuck in a couple inches of sand. So we left the car and walked to the gate. At this point were 10 minutes late. We walked to the gate and could see and tour bus. We waited there till 5:30. We went back to the campground entrance and started wondering what to do. We were 30 minutes late and my chill mood was turn in to let's get some sleep and see if we can go tomorrow.
Southern Namibia
At this point Antika was surprised that my optimism had finally ran out and starting to give me a hard time. That was fair because I had been given a hard time most of the morning about how things will work themselves out on their own if you let them. Then we heard are you Antika and Keegan. It was the tour shuttle bus driver and he had been waiting at the other gate. He raced us to the deflated balloons. It was a amazing landscape. The dry yellow grass with the black mountains in the background. This made the balloon ride amazing. I had bought gloves, a hat and jacket, thinking it be cold up there. It was anything but cold. It is like having a bonfire you can't move more than 5 feet from. So when the thing finally takes off, you are so scare because are in a wooden basket hundreds of feet in the air and leaning over the edge to escape the heat of the flame. All it was amazing and totally worth being scared.

 

 

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Southern Namibia
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Christmas Sunrise
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