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Day 1987, Livingstone – Kalimo: Childhood Imagination of Africa

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Mar - 28 - 2016

Distance: 125.7 km
Ride time: 7:09:46
Average: 17.6 km/h
Max speed: 38.9 km/h
Total: 46758 km

I was pretty excited as I left Livingstone in the morning to head into the unknown of Zambia. In the words of my friend “Once you cross into Zambia things are going to turn into a little bit more of your childhood imagination of Africa” – Sounded like adventure to me!

It did indeed feel like Africa had finally become alive on this side of the border. Often a local cyclist carrying goods would ride along for a while before turning into his village. Luckily there were plenty of these villages where you could buy a cold drink or even a roasted chicken in a very local road side restaurant.

To my surprise the road was in perfect condition with a wide shoulder to ride on. There was not much traffic, so it was in fact easy going – even the temperature had come down to a very comfortable level with the odd rain and thunderstorm thrown in here and there.

For the night I found a guest house for 20$. A bit on the expensive side, but that’s OK for the first night in a new country. The next stop will be Lusaka another three days up the road from here.

Categories: Zambia
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One Response so far.

  1. I love the picture of the old theatre!

    As for your ride, that day, 7:09 moving time, out of an elapsed time of 8:36, is pretty good!