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Welcome back Walter
For the rest day in Maun, most riders enjoyed a scenic plane ride over the Delta (some struggled to keep breakfast down though!), spent the day lounging and swimming by the pool, eating whatever food they could get their hands on and welcoming back Walter Bachman who had left us for a few weeks to get treatment for an infection in his arm (he’s returned looking refreshed and healthy). The tour departed this morning heading towards the Botswana/Namibian border. Ahead lay 158km of boring, flat, fast riding with a tailwind…no, hang on that’s what the riding notes from last year stated but in 2007 the tailwind turned into a crosswind this morning and then decided to become an annoying headwind this afternoon. There were also a few wee climbs to remind you that you had legs. We were told there would be plenty of giraffes but all the riders saw were plenty of cattle, donkeys and horses! Checking scenery took a back seat to making it to the campsite or resting under a tree avoiding the oppressive heat that has returned to terrorize the riders! Guess what?…the flu bug has snuck into someone’s tent and is very quickly making it’s way around the group. Tonight we are settled into our third to last last bush camp of the trip and we have lamb stew and sweet tunes to enjoy! Bike heaven is well and truly on the downhill slide into Cape Town.
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