(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.