Last night the ten two-person teams for Honda Quest 2017 were announced around the campfire at the foot of the majestic Spitzkoppe mountains. Early today they kitted up and headed north for Palmwag in the heart of the Damaraland.

This was their first day of riding together as team mates. While the ride wasn’t technically that hard, the 350km of dirt road was in a terrible state, with serious corrugations, making for a very trying experience.

But the biggest challenge was the dust, which made for extremely taxing conditions with visibility sometimes down to 30 metres. Added to that was the hazard of foreign tourists used to driving on the right side of the road, creating dangerous situations for all in involved.

The convoy suffered two punctures, which were a direct result of the bad road surface, as well as coming to the rescue of two stranded Dutch tourists who were stranded in the middle of nowhere with their rental car having had two punctures.

The Quest convoy eventually settled down in the camp at Palmwag, servicing their motorcycles and support vehicles. They also continued with their daily routine of individual competitors having to give presentations to the rest of the group about African subjects they were briefed on before the start of Quest.

Tomorrow the Quest convoy will head for the town of Opuwo, the capital of the Kaokoland.

Issued by Jaco Kirsten, Media Manager for Specialised Adventures: