And then it was done... After an exhilarating journey of 19 days, we're finally saying goodbye to this remarkable desert we've been tripping through on our Dunlop Tyres SA #BeyondTheDesertEdge Expedition.
It is a wilderness world unlike any other, and the diverse ecosystems - from the #damaraland Torra rock fields to the alluvial plains and rugged shale peaks of #kaokoveld, the arid #savanna of Hartmann's Valley, and the remote Dorop NP coastal plains - both tested and amazed us as we navigated south from #angola and the Cunene River.
Over approximately 1200km, we tested the #GrandTrek tyres, Isuzu South Africa #KBs, @HiTec_SA apparel and Giant Bicycles to their absolute limits, and were fortunate to not once have any major issues. We were also fortunate enough to pass through some of the most remote and beautiful #WildernessSafaris concessions, including #SerraCafema, #Hoanib, #DesertRhino and the #Damaraland Camps - and this was an incredible privilege.
Tomorrow we fly back to our families and I cannot wait to to see Karyn Marais and my gorgeous kids. This is also when the real work starts: sorting through images, writing articles, editing documentaries, reconnecting with sponsors and, of course, intensifying our fundraising efforts around #ChildrenInTheWilderness, our official charity - more on this soon.
Once again, a huge thanks to #DunloptyresSA, #IsuzuSA for the vehicles, #WildernessSafaris for guiding and access through their concessions, #HiTecSA for their quality apparel, #Holdfast for their #mtb racks and kit, #SPOT_Africa for tracking, #GiantRSA for their never-say-die mountain bikes, #ciovita for the top class cycling shirts, #DripDropSA for quality rehydration, and #Racefood, #DarlingBrew and #BeanThereCoffee for fuelling us.
Peter Van Kets and I are already setting the wheels in motion for our next #BeyondExpeditions adventure mid-2018,so stay tuned. And if Peter Kirk and Graham Kirk can join us, that will just be #BeyondBedonnerd 🙌
All images shot on PENTAX SOUTH AFRICA #PentaxK1, TomTom Sports #Bandit and @sonyxperiaZA #xzpremium.