Matt & Nat's wheelie big adventure!

Rain and flies

After sheltering for half an hour , we decided to get soaked & ride on.
Millions of lake flies descended on Nkhata Bay so we decided it was time to move on. Today we rode 50km from sea level up to almost 1500m through the mountains in the pouring rain. It’s still good to be riding again though. My knee seems to be quite famous – yet another strange tourist approached us today and asked how my knee is [...]

The one where Matt has a malaria test

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We’ve spent the past few days hanging out in Nkhata Bay, staying at the same backpackers where I spent two months back in 1999. It is now a town rather than a village on the lake, but still has a wonderfully relaxed vibe. We’ve been swimming and snorkelling in the clear lake and watching all the bright cichlid fish – Lake Malawi has mor [...]

Give me money

This was the view just to the right of the private beach
After a five week break, we’re back on the bikes, whoop! The riding here is fantastic (if you don’t mind kids shouting “give me money” every two minutes): empty flat roads along the lakeside, with friendly fishing villages, and many relaxed local cyclists. Food is easy to find – there are piles of mangoes and tomatoes for sa [...]

Lake of stars

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We’re camping on a lovely white sand beach at Senga Bay, at the end of a peninsular that juts out into the huge lake. I’ve been for a couple of short rides around the village and my knee feels okay. Camping has been less than ideal though: It hurts a lot to bend my knee past 90 degrees, so sleeping, cooking, eating, washing up and [...]

The warm heart of Africa

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When we arrived at Devil St, Lilongwe at 3am, the other passengers told us that it was safest to stay on the bus until morning, so we did and watched the adjacent fish market set up in the breaking dawn. We’re staying in a guest house on church grounds and spent Sunday resting in our room and listening to the singing from the church. De [...]

It’s a long way to Lilongwe

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It’s over 35 degrees in Lusaka, the municipal water was cut off all day today, there’s no fan in our room, and I can’t get my knee wet in the pool at the backpackers, so we’ve been cooling down by drinking cold beer and hanging out at the air-con shopping mall where we found an excellent Indian restaurant. Tomorrow we [...]

Jolly glad to be leaving

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We’re taking the bus to Lusaka tomorrow as our Zambian visas will expire soon, so it’s time to start moving. We could apply for visa extensions but we want to start moving north before the rainy season starts in the next month. We’ll bus until I’m ready to ride…

The smoke that thunders

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Yesterday we went to Victoria Falls. It is the end of the dry season, so there is not much water in the falls at the moment. I was able to walk around for a couple of hours, which is an improvement, but my wound is still bleeding and I can’t bend my knee very far. The bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Allez les bleus

Jacques (20 years on the road) & Regis
The wound in my knee is now infected and I’m back on antibiotics. We’ve just booked our room at the hostel for another week. Yawn! Two French cyclists are here for a couple of nights – the first long-distance tourers we’ve met in Africa. One of them has been cycling round and round the world non-stop for 20 years! I [...]

African Queen

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We went on a charity cruise on the Zambezi today. It was an annual fundraiser for a local home for sexually abused girls – the youngest girl they have is only 3 years old… We ate fried rice and drank beer and watched the hippos and bought crafts that the girls had made.

A stitch in time

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My knee is slowly (painfully) healing, though the cut is deep and still bleeding and I have limited movement. I had the stitches removed a couple of days ago and the doctor is happy enough with the progress. Thanks for all the emails and messages of support. We’re staying at a great hostel near Victoria Falls with lots of chill-out areas with [...]

An angel called Gabriel

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The amount of wildlife around here is incredible – as we rode through Kasane at dawn yesterday we passed elephants, hippo, baboon and antelope, all in the town. We took a ferry to cross the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, at the point where Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia all meet. I thought the elephants, speeding taxis and huge truck [...]