Saturday, April 30, 2011

TdA Rest Day. Sesrium/Sossusvlei.

This morning we discovered why our beautiful lodge exists.

Sand. Copious amounts of sand.

Our alarms sounded especially early on this rest day in order to make it out to Sossusvlei before sunrise. Now, I've seen a few spectacular sunrises in my day, especially on this trip, and I was skeptical about whether this one could live up to the hype. Don't get me wrong, I like making the most of the day by welcoming the sun; it just seems like the sunrise thing is usually more remarkable to the type of person who hasn't been living (mostly) outdoors for three months.

When we arrived at the foot of Big Mama, it was still dark. We began walking along a small hill of sand. Walking up, and then walking up some more as the hill turned to dune. Walking. And walking.

Let me tell you, my walking muscles have atrophied quite some on this trip. I thought a lot about how good this sunrise had better be to have disturbed me from my sleep and make me hurt in this way. At least there was a good group of us cyclists in the same boat.

The sun eventually approached, taking away the darkness and slowly revealing the dunes. It was lovely. Oh my god, the colours. And it became more and more spectacular as each minute passed.

Sossusvlei is really one of the most beautiful places that I've ever seen, which is kind of impressive considering that it is essentially a wasteland.


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