Date: 29 & 30.11.16
Blog entry date: 30.11.16
Odometer: 2 788km
Avg speed: 18.2km/hr
Time on bike: 2h14min
Problems: Flat tyre
Flat tyre counter: 2 (Days 5&46)
Max speed of tour (Day 14): 65.8km/hr
Staying at Nunda River Lodge in a bungalow. Our first proper bed since Windhoek and a real luxury to us. Our waking hours normally consist of packing, un-packing, cycling (of-course), cooking, bike maintenance, washing, eating and sometimes writing the blog. Eva still finds time to read, but I struggle to get to that, my efficiency is not at the same level 😆. The break at Nunda is really great for us. Fantastic location, bungalow overlooking the Kavango. Got a special rate on the accommodation.
Planned for a short 40km on the 29th and still had breakfast at River Dance. We wanted to settle our account (at River Dance), but they told us everything is free of charge. What an amazing surprise! We are so thankful! To top it all, River Dance is really awesome accommodation and the food was excellent.
That said, our day started as it ended, pushing our bicycles along 2km of sand track. Then followed a short 30km to Divundu our next town. Here we stocked up our provisions again and continued 6km to Nunda. The status quo prevailed and we again had to push our bikes the last 1.4km to Nunda lodge. Very nice setup and worth it.
May have noticed the dreaded flat tyre counter ticked on. About 5km before Nunda Lodge we got the second flat of our tour. I was cycling when my front tube deflated very quickly. Soon I was riding on the flat tyre as I could not stop fast enough. I just managed to stay on the bike and in the end jumped off as eventually I lost control. I could stay on my feet and there is no serious damage to the bicycle, it only got some character 😁. Quickly put in another tube and arrived shortly afterwards at Nunda. On the positive side, two flats for 2 bicycles after almost 2 800km is not too bad.
Yesterday afternoon we did a boat ride which was worth every cent. Saw hippos, crocodiles and birds. We also visited the Poppa falls (actually only rapids) which was beautiful in late afternoon light.
Taking a rest day today to enjoy something of the special location we’re at.
Cannot upload any pictures due to slow internet but will do that when possible.
Thanks for all your messages and prayers. We have many times experienced God’s goodness and protection on this tour and are grateful.
Willem & Eva
P.S. I managed to download the Sasol Bird App which is very practical and can be recommended if you are interested in birding.