With the objective changed from reaching Lake Malawi to making it back home on the bikes, we kicked into a more relaxed mode, enjoying what the local surroundings and culture had to offer. Babu and Kalvs went looking for a machine shop whilst i finally went fishing and by lunch time they had successfully merged the sprockets. Fishing was not as successful...
The afternoon was spent exploring the town and its local pubs, getting the spirit back up and planning our homeward journey.
Stepping on a sea urchin whilst fishing
Portuguese sardines- surprisingly good
Starting early the next morning, we found some good tracks heading north.
Breakfast – grilled fat…
An exclusive roadside shop....
...selling biscuits and Chivas Regal...
Something to take care of is when approaching concrete bridges. The edges are exposed after the rains, making an excellent opportunity to go over the bars if you are not paying attention… Also, bridges are the one place where you do not want to wonder off the beaten track. They were heavily mined during the war and the construction companies only cleared the area necessary to construct the bridge.
Cruising back we were not as rushed and looked for alternative routes. Some random pics from the return journey:
A quick mention of some stuff that worked really well on the trip:
(Don't know if this allowed - just let me know and i will delete)
- Giantloop fender bag - Great idea, works like charm, takes a huge load, very comfortable on the bike, zipper access could be bigger.
- Garmin 276C - Works great with Touratech bracket, nice big display (needs to be on power cable day and night for backlight effect) - no complaints.
- Garmin 60 CSx - Simply brilliant - 20,000km and no problems. Some fellow riders had battery terminal problem, but fixable.
- Zackspeed chest protectors with integrated backpacks - 100 times more comfortable than anything i have ever used and it works well with the leatt neck brace. 10/10
- Mousses - expensive, but sure saves you a lot of time / worries. Feels good to know that you do not need to worry about punctures, especially when riding in big game tracks at night.
- Reise know how Maps - Rip-and-waterproof, highly detailed, simply awesome!
Approaching the border, we had one more problem - the 525 just cut out and the spark was gone. We tested the spark plug cap and the coil, no problems there. At the time of this RR we still don't know what went wrong since Babu is away on travels. Will reply once we have figured out what broke, maybe the CDI??
As fate would have it, the 525 cut out right next to missionary's house, with the pick-up standing in the driveway... At least a bit of luck!
Twisty sandy tracks - 690 country.
Babu - always time for a smile (even tho his bike died, the boat is heavily overloaded and he has 50km to go...)
Home sweet home - Tanzania
Ja well, we did not reach lake Malawi on this one, but we had some splendid screwups, great riding, cold beers and loads of sunshine - great adventure indeed.