Desert and Sea

Very strange. Spent last few days in /Uis, an old tin mining town near the Brandberg Mountain, Namibia. Did a 10 miles and a 14 miles. Quite tricky after a day spent looking at rock art in 40 degrees C. I am sure everyone thought I was barking. It was actually ideal. There is a strip of tarmac road about 2.5 miles long, so up and down this I went, coupled with adventures down the dirt roads.Big stones off track so not a great option. We stayed at the Brandberg Restcamp, run by a very hairy man so felt quite at home. He has devised a nasal snuff injection mechanism – a little gavel hits a see-sawing bit of metal. Apply snuff to see-saw. Place nose above – ‘Basil’ hits the other end – quite a kick ! Couple that with red wine from Swakopmund and quite an evening was had by all.

Am only running about 4-6 miles at a time with no shoes as the blisters keep reappearing.

Just had one night in Swakopmund to check out the museum. Quite a large Bushmen section so very interesting. Fitted in an 18 miles run by the sea so that is great. Hmm, it is a long way at my pace. It is all very well but fitting in hours of exercise ( oh yes ..so slow!) is tricky. Will have to do a 20 or 22 in Tsumkwe which I am not looking forward to – heat, little tarmac, camping – bad combination. We will see !

About Chris

Chris Low is a London based academic, increasingly southern African charity worker, and a person who like to feel alive by playing music, telemark skiing and, as of recently, running barefoot

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