(Day 8) Vic Falls to Lusaka – 7 April 2011

Distance for the day    – 497 km              Odometer – 3 950 km
Hours on the Bike        – 06:10
Donations up to date for Adelaide Hospital – R 46 627.00

Today we got a nice challenge from the Steyn Family in Paarl to all out there to donate R500/country reached in aid of the Adelaide Hospital. We have a few outstanding donations that are not yet on the blog and as soon as they are verified then it will be updated.

The above mentioned challenge is definitely not going to be a walk in the park, as it becomes more evident that our bikes are heavily overloaded and taking some strain. All the advice of everybody that we spoke to before the trip about keeping it as light as possible is starting to make good sense. Richard blew his hind shock and he is now only riding on the coil spring. His bike performs like a cross between a Citroën and a See-saw. Norman had his front and rear sprockets replaced as well as his chain. Richard’s clutch cable also broke and we quickly replaced it alongside the road like trained professionals.

Early morning on the road to Lusaka

Beautiful roads leading to Lusaka

Change in Landscape

Interesting Hair doo

Grass, grass, grass......

We had a very pleasant trip from Vic Falls to Lusaka today on probably one of the best roads we have been on so far. The road must have been upgraded quite recently, because when we left Vic Falls the GPS started warning us of “Caution, road with very bad potholes” The program on map source gave the same warnings and obviously needs to be updated. The average speed is starting to drop, because of more activity alongside the roads with animals and people crossing the roads.

 

Talking of over loading our Motorbikes?

Panic Mechanic Bennett at work.

Broken Clutch Cable

Richard's bike back shock

Richard

Our fuel planning worked out fine today and no more siphoning work was needed. Lusaka is a nest of activity with very congested traffic, lots of round-abouts and few traffic lights that do not work. You need to be very alert and it is quite a challenge not to loose one another while trying to work your way through the traffic.

Entering Lusaka

 

We were all in favour to have good nights rest for a change and decided to book in to a Hotel, for the night, get some washing done and let some of the wet gear get a chance to dry out. The nearly 4000 km’s is starting to have an effect on the bodies with the odd ache and pain surfacing.

 

Richard and Norman relaxing in the foyer of the Protea Hotel Lusaka

Tomorrow we plan to continue east towards Sinda or Chipata, depending on how it goes. We have made contact with a group of cyclists, Tour d Africue, who are busy doing a Cairo to Cape trip and will pass us en route. We hope to take a team photo with our South African counter parts.

Lets hope that we can get going tomorrow morning seeing that Richard and Norman have just returned from a “drown all sorrows evening” and are now cleverer than Einstein. They apparently met with The Hon. Ronald Mukuma, MP and were buying farms left right and centre.

 

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3 responses

  1. Geniet dit. Ons volg julle deur die dag en kan nie wag vir die “update” nie. Dit gaan nog goed in die Winterberge.

    April 8, 2011 at 16:22

  2. Glad you have made it so far, despite the technical difficulties. I guess there are always surprises along the way. That’s why it is called an adventure.
    One of the South African Tour d’Afrique riders is Peter Lamond, from Cape Town, whom I know. He will be pleased to meet a few friendly fellow South Africans.
    Strength to you guys.
    Mal

    April 8, 2011 at 08:11

  3. montyme

    Am very impressed with my mechanically minded brother! Well done Rich always knew you had it in you! Do hope you manage to get all the niggles fixed on all the bikes before you head off again. Good looking accommodation too!

    April 8, 2011 at 01:21

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