Since leaving Windhoek I’ve cycled on average 116km per cycling day. It took me a while to work out a pace that makes sense for me. It’s the first time that I’ve cycled on my own and I’m enjoying the experience tremendously. Being with Kumi and then later also Pablo was also enjoyable and special, and this section just balances it all out.
Now on my own, I find that I have time to clear my mind and I don’t feel lonely in any way. On the contrary, I’ve been feeling a magical contentedness, especially early in the mornings, before the sun is up, just as it’s getting light. I’m the only one on the road. The sky is clear, the air fresh, and nature is as beautiful as it should be. In those moments, I am the best version of me. I don’t really think of anything, and everything feels just right.
Later, as it gets hotter, and the traffic and trucks start playing their roles in uplifting the economy, and the flies latch on to me as if they are trying to help me in some way, and tiredness and fatigue begins to take hold, then I go into a sedated state of motion where I let my mind wander as I listen to podcasts and music. The hours go by and then it’s the end of the day. Another 100km done, another town to visit. What will destiny serve me tonight, who will I meet, what will I learn?
In the past 2 weeks I’ve met two other cyclists. Steve from London was riding in the opposite direction. He left Cape Town and is cycling up towards Cairo. There’s a picture of him lower down. Good luck Steve! Then 2 days ago as I was entering Garies, I bumped into Loretta from Canada – a solo African cyclist that has been on the road for 3 years, of which 11 months has been in Africa. We exchanged stories and had a good few laughs as we could relate to common cycling touring situations. Sorry, I never took a picture of her, but I’ll add a link to her blog soon.
Where to from here
I’m currently in Clanwilliam. It’s about 220km from Cape Town. I’m considering my route from here, as I want to climb off the N7 and head towards the coast, but am not keen on the strong coastal winds, rolling hills and crazy weekend traffic. I’ll figure something out. I’ll have to limit my distance though as my left knee has been injured (not sure how….ummmmmm….see the next sentence*) and my muscles are tired from the past few days. I had a puncture yesterday about 40km from my end point and light was fading fast, *so I had to pedal hard to get to where I wanted to be.
My plan is to reach Cape Town by Sunday afternoon. That will be the end of my big adventure.
I’m ready for the final kilometre. I’ve done what I needed to do. My journey is almost complete.