Sitting on the river bank watching as the boat guys decide how to load.
They did it- got Suzi onto the pirogue.
A pirogue is basically a tree trunk which has been scraped out to create a dug out canoe. They are very plentiful on the rivers and sea around Madagascar and most parts of Africa.
Everything is ready
We have Suzi the bike securely
tied on the pirogue
We've got comfortable seats for Abi and me, I'll also be using my BMS Ergo seat, which adds further to my Princess and the Pea reputation. All our bike gear and luggage is safely stowed.
We've been shopping and got floppy hats and umbrellas to protect us from the sun.
Abi looks a bit more Ladies Day at Ascot than me!!
And off we go (never mind that the river is only ankle deep at this point!!)
Yes, SHE got the flowery umbrella
this is Marietta
Fali - the main paddle guy is on the left and Nasulah the guide on the right
Together we've got three days of rivers to navigate before we reach a dirt track.
Whoops almost forget, one other passenger, this is Henny Penny who sat in the shade under Suzi most of the time
Henny Penny's motives for travelling seem a bit unclear, but actually she's destined for the stew pot - just don't tell her.