02 Apr Malawi Gin
I really didn’t now what to expect as we entered Malawi. All I knew was that it is a small country with a big lake and that it is very green. Everything about Malawi exceeded my expectations. Although there is a slight handout mentality with kids on the side of the road always asking for money, they are at least on their way to school.
Malawi is lush, it is green and it is beautiful. I went into Malawi refreshed from the spectacular ride in Tanzania, which was continuing, into Malawi. Malawi is also bicycle heaven and everyone rides bicycles. I would estimate that 70% of the people in the smaller villages ride bicycles. Single-speed bicycles I might just add. I know most of these people probably wished they had cars but it is truly an amazing sight to ride into these towns and see so many bicycles.
Malawi was also where the rain started. With the heat and humidity in Malawi I did not mind the odd drenching shower now and again. The definite highlight of Malawi except for the amazing riding was Lake Malawi. It was really refreshing camping on the beach and starting to enjoy the luxuries of the Southern African countries. Like fresh full cream pasteurised milk.
We were also greeted with a spectacular thunderstorm and a drenching amount of rain.
As mentioned before and as in Tanzania, the fruit is just amazing – mangos, bananas and apples straight out of heaven.
Being on a bicycle everyday for six hours or more you tend to think about a lot of things. One thing that I thought about a lot during this section was how easily people give up. How easily they think of excuses to give up. When the going gets tough, the tough stays and the going gets going…
It is so important in life to finish what you start. Your sanity relies on that in a way.
Entering Lilongwe I realised that my journey is getting slightly easier in terms of resources, food and the temperature of the drinks on offer, now available in shops and even supermarkets. It is getting more civilized now. The mileage that we still need to cover is however not that civilised.
What I have learnt in the Malawi Gin section:
– Finish what you have signed up for. ALWAYS.