I’m alive and well. Sorry (esp. to my family who worry when I don’t check in), for taking so long to write. Namibia has “decent” internet, but I just haven’t been at the right spots to connect. Then I bought some air time using MTC’s product NetMan which turned out to be a total ripoff. MTC is a Namibian telcom which supposedly stands for “Make The Connection” but I say it stands for “Mostly Torturing Customers”. They just got sanctioned here for false advertising.
Anyway, after being told that I was an “American wimp” if I didn’t ride the mountain pass (the C28) from Swakopmund to Windhoek, you guessed it, I rode through the mountain pass; 300km of gravel, sand, then some game — ostriches and springbok, then RAIN, then MUD, then HAIL. I nearly went down a few times, but just kept giving it gas every time it got squirrely on me, and somehow managed to keep her upright!
It has rained every day in Windhoek, except today. Usually there are thunderstorms in the afternoon that last a couple of hours, but the last few days, the rain has started at 3pm and gone to 10 pm. I came to visit friends at the Cardboard Box backpacker (where I am writing this from) and I had to ride home in the rain (about 5 miles). The problem was that my headlight fuse burned out, so I had no headlight or taillight, so I was riding in the rain with my turn-signal on so that people could see me.
I’ve connected with some DJs here in Namibia, learned a lot about the music scene, and entertained quite a few folks with the unicycle. Everyone keeps telling me that I could be making money with it 🙂
I’m leaving tomorrow morning heading for the Caprivi Strip (I’ll let you look that up). Hopefully, I’ll be able to get online a bit more. Time to start taking the malaria drugs 🙂
Jim (currently in Africa with limited internet access)
P.S. Also lost my motorcycle keys, but had spares, and managed to get new spares made.