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Will gets his nourishment from chocolate, chips and energy drinks. Oh. And eggs. Fruit is a big no-no, and most other healthy things. But I am the one with diahorrea – again. I have lost all shame. Emergency toilet stops on the side of the road with no place to hide from the traffic – no worries. I can shit anywhere – and do.

The view over the dam

The view over the dam

Today was up-down-up-down-up-down-up-down. We climbed above the dam wall, and then skirted the dam between 100 and 200m above the water. All in the blazing sun. It was beautiful, but, feeling sick, it seemed relentless – every 12% climb followed by a 12% drop.

Roadside restaurants popped up at 17km and then again at 55km. With no shade, we pushed on until about 4 to the one at 55km, at which point I flopped into the sofa, took some antibiotics, slept, and visited the toilet.

View from the toilet

View from the toilet

Tomorrow is another rest day. Kim and Will left – being on a tight schedule, but not before demolishing 8 eggs each.

8 eggs each

8 eggs each


At altitude I lost my appetite. Today I lost my appetite due to the heat. The contrast in climate is spectacular. Today was back to the ritual of having a 3 hour afternoon sleep. For the heat, and relief from the boredom of the straight road through hot farmland.

Afternoon sleep

Afternoon sleep

We cycled through melon land today. Everyone was selling watermelons, and some were also selling rock melons. Often there were stretches of road with sellers on both sides, sleeping on couch sofas unter the trees or under little verandah lean-tos.

We are now in the mountains again – at least there are mountains around us, and we will climb slowly now following the valley. I’m looking forward to gaining some altitude and losing some heat.