The border crossing was intensive. I only fitted 6 hours sleep in before the 150km journey from Lilongwe (Malawi’s party capital) to Chipata, Zambia. It was hell but I managed it and made sure I had an early night. The next evening was also very late as I planned a safari in South Luangwa and did not know the distance or the state of the road. I should have known this was my 6th month in Africa. The local bus spent 2-hours collecting and fitting everyone and anyone into it before heading back to Chipata. The bus ended up leaving South Luangwa at 11p.m. so there was no hope of an early night. This was changed and prolonged as the bus decided to drive over the big stones put in the middle of the road in a line to avoid vehicles to drive in the lanes being constructed. Funnily enough the bus broke down. Arrival time was unfortunately 4a.m. and I then cycled another 100km the next day. I was tired but all ended well… we found our first cyclist, Yves from Belgium who we cycled with for the next four days up and down to Lusaka. It was great to have more company. We compared cycling regimes and pumps (only joking conversation never turned too serious!!)
|Steve and Yves my two husbands (the african ladies laughed)|
- A flat / blow out of my tyre when I am cruising downhill could cause some serious damage as I would fly at top speed head first off my bike.
- While my mouth is ajar again speeding downhill a bee could fly into my mouth, sting my throat and suffocate me (many bees have flown into my forehead).
- Meeting a four-legged predator would be bad news, as the animal will naturally chase you on your bicycle to hunt you down. So one solution, you must get off your bicycle and be the stronger bigger predator but then you cannot cycle off to save yourself?? All this is concluded with people’s writings and opinions that say the two-legged friend is always worse!!
When I reached Livingstone (the home of Victoria Falls) I was blown away with the best camping backpackers hostel in East Africa, Jolly Boys. This is due to the self-catering kitchen; it had a kettle, 2 fridges, 2 electric stoves, and 2 microwaves. One week back I would have been cooking on our stove sitting on an item made into a seat in the middle of nowhere. The place was unbelievable, many activities to be done not to mention the lovely people.
|Booze cruise after party|
I was shocked at the hospitality of some American guys (USA mates) going around the world in 70 days (travelingmbas.tumblrcom). When talking about our trip the guys enjoyed buying food and chocolate for us. As long as Steve didn’t write, “Feed me” one night out on my forehead this was always great, thank you.
|Instrument / dong used to notify people church is about to begin|