The Last Rest Day
A non-race day allowed the racers and expedition riders to make the 20km detour to the lookout at Fish River Canyon. The canyon itself is like a mini version of the Grand Canyon and an incredibly beautiful way to begin the day. A small group of riders took a drive (organized by the Canon Roadhouse) to the canyon for sunrise this morning and were then dropped back at the roadhouse to enjoy breakfast. Afterwards, they made their way through the lunch spot and on to Ai Ais. Riders packed up and headed into the canyon on their bikes and then rode on through while others just headed straight to Ai Ais. Whatever their route, the scenery was breathtaking for the entire ride; canyons, large rocky hills and a myriad of contrasting colors (the greens, blues and browns) made it impossible not to look around throughout the day. The bonus at the end of the ride? A 20km downhill section weaving through the canyon walls. For the majority of the day even the wind was behind us…yeehah! Ai Ais has great energy! Unfortunately, the pumps in the indoor hot pools are broken so riders are unable to enjoy them but the temperature has climbed again so most have planned to get up early, do a short walk up to a rocky view point above the campsite and then spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool..sound familiar??? Well, it is our last rest day before we arrive in Cape Town!!