22 Apr Zambezi Zone
It turned out that I was VERY happy to leave Malawi. And I do not think I will return to Malawi. Another beautiful African country with big problems due to the lack of leadership and a handout mentality.
After being arrested at the border for over staying my welcome and then verbally intimidated until I paid a bribe, I realised that Africa will never change. I got the feeling that poverty was caused by the victims themselves. But what do I know?
Fact is I got greeted by the friendliest people on the journey thus far: Zambians. Wow…I am so impressed with Zambia…beautiful beyond words and as mentioned before it is the people who makes a country and Zambia is exactly just that. People trying to make things work for themselves and everyone around them. People accepting the change, looking after the land and striving for better lives. People who are willing to work for that change.
Lusaka was a bit of a homecoming. Riding through the main street it felt very South African as there were nearly more shopping centers than people and all the shops were South African franchises.
The roads were in awesome conditions and Zambia is a beautiful country. Of course the highlight of Zambia was The Victoria Falls. This natural wonder of the world is just absolutely breathtaking and a destination that can be revisited.
One thing I never realised was how untamed Zambia is. Even more than Tanzania. Wildlife everywhere and on my very first day out of Livingstone towards the Caprivi border, I saw elephants crossing the public road. Just amazing.
This, and the fact that you had to be aware of your surrounding at all times no matter how tired you are, made Zambia exciting and one of the favourite countries to bike through.
I felt really close to home, but with another 3 400km to go I realised very quickly that I will have to keep the focus. The roads are long and flat. And from Lusaka and even Lilongwe we averaged 160km a day.
I am tired and my body weary. But somehow I am still very focused and very determined not to quit.
I have managed this by adjusting my strategy. I realised that to succeed and also keep my 3rd overall position I will need to have more fun. So from now on through the final two sections, I will learn how to have more fun without losing focus.
What I have learnt through The Zambezi Zone:
- Keep the focus despite what others around you are doing
- Be able to adjust your strategy