Waking up to a sunrise at Garas Park (on a blue sky morning) is an experience not to be missed and we were not disappointed today. Vantage spots were snapped up by riders having breaky today and while a few left at dawn, the majority of the riders hung back to enjoy the sunrise. A small group enjoyed a champagne breakfast to help Elaine, the tour nurse, celebrate her birthday. Gunther was part of this crew and attributed his early morning fill of champagne as the main reason for his stage win today (Let’s hope he doesn’t expect this each day until the end of the tour). The other reason was that we hit the dirt roads again. The route took us about 65kms down the paved road and then we turned off and traveled along a dirt road for the rest of the ride. Of course, Gunther had a huge grin on his face when he arrived at lunch today. The dirt roads were largely in great condition with a few corrugations, sand patches and bumps to remind us of Sudan and Northern Kenya. A couple of the riders were forced to remember how to ride off-road again after tumbling off early on in the day. All in all everyone was in a great mood at the end of the day and many are looking forward to a non-race day tomorrow and a side trip to the lookout at Fish River Canyon. From there, we head to Ai Ais for our final rest day before Cape Town, and with the promise of a little soiree to help celebrate a birthday. It should be a fun night and fun day!