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Old 06-01-2010, 08:09 AM   #51
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Bush camp to bush camp

Early and we are up and at them. Hennie makes it through the river only to drop his bike 5m up the bank. Check out the dry feet.

I don't make it up the bank and submerges most of my luggage, including my camera that is tied to the left mirror. I am very thankful for the waterproof ATG bag, thanks to it, my sleeping bag stays dry. But not my feet. FFS! 30m into the ride! Hennie has to come back and get his feet wet picking my waterlogged bike out of the river. Yeah baby, all for one and one for all.

And so I learn another lesson; don't camp this side of a river, camp on the other side. At least then you can start your day with dry feet.

Again lovely riding in the morning but today we must get a move on, we are heading towards the road connecting Malawi and Lusaka, and we need to cover about 500km so that we can get back to the good stuff.

One or two stops for beer,

two stops for fuel, and we are heading up the end of the Rift Valley. Half an hour after sunset we finally get a causeway to make camp on, the rest is just twin-track flanked by 2m tall grass.

This is going to be interesting. We were told that this route from Petauke to Mfuwe should be avoided until June, that is when the first vehicles can get through. We intend doing it in April. So we are not sure of what we'll find or whether we’ll be turned around.

We prepare by making sure we get some protein in, leg of goat.

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