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Day 1997, Sinda – Chipata: Young Mothers

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Apr - 13 - 2016

Distance: 122.5 km
Ride time: 6:16:52
Average: 19.5 km/h
Max speed: 47.9 km/h
Total: 47699 km

The day started with a number of rain showers drifting across the country side. Luckily it was just a question of hanging around for twenty minutes, then things would clear up again. As always an interesting time, stopping in the local villages for a chat.

A thing I notice in these villages is the very young girls carrying around kids. I often hope it could be their siblings they are taking care of, but I do believe it’s often their own babies. Apparently marriage down to the age of 12 is not uncommon.

Back on the highway I was making good progress towards Chipata, the final town in Zambia. From here it’s only a short ride to the border with Malawi!

Bicycles are everywhere in Zambia… and the cargo can pretty much be anything 🙂

Chapati had both a big Spar supermarket (they have been common all the way from South Africa and up) and a couple of fast food restaurants. I visited both, as I don’t think I will find neither a proper supermarket, nor a pizza restaurant on the other side of the border in Malawi and probably for quite a while!

I found a nice hotel and settled in for my last night in Zambia. Tomorrow yet another new country is waiting!

Categories: Zambia
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One Response so far.

  1. It’s amazing what can be carried on a bicycle! My visits to China, all sorts of strange things, large or small, were being carried!